Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #5 for September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 No comments

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of September.

If you look at my August update, my main goals for this month were to write 10,000 words in 30 days (or about 333 words a day) and to continue to prepare for two new releases.

Have I accomplished this?


My new releases went very well and I'm super happy that I was finally able to share these books in the Risqué series with you all. If you missed getting your copies, you can go here to get them.

As for the writing...

Well... I tried.

Early on in the month, I was doing okay. In fact, I managed to get 5000 words written total in the new story. Then I hit a snag... at the same scene yet again. You see, this story was one I tried to write before. However, this time I changed around circumstances to make the plot make sense. Which was good, but the scene is just so DULL. It made me think that maybe I need to step away from it and reconsider this as my next project or find a way to flesh out the details so that the characters aren't so flat and the dialogue isn't so boring.

Then near the end of the month, I got sick. This definitely didn't make progress on writing easier. I'm currently on the mend and it likely was a head cold or something else that isn't COVID.


Am I on track?


I'm getting back on track again. Even though I didn't meet my goal of 10k words on this new story, I figured out early on that this story wasn't quite ready yet. And that's a good thing! Sometimes it's better to set a project aside instead of pushing through it and being dissatisfied with the end result.

Instead, I've been going through all my story ideas. The ones I've outlined, the ones I wrote scenes for, the ones that are just general ideas with and without a plot, etc. I have a bunch of them started in my Google Docs, but they were so jumbled I couldn't remember what I wrote for what. So I went through each of them one by one, reading over my notes. Then I added to the titles whether they were outlined, if they were short stories, novellas, or novels, or if they have been started. That way I can tell at a glance what's what in my folder.

September ended up being more of a regroup and rest type of month. It's the last month of the third quarter and I accomplished a lot more than I thought I would. So, I'm excited to plan ahead for the rest of 2020!


Goals for October


Figure out what's next! There's a possibility the story I started might be next if I can work out the details, but I may set it aside for now. I have SO MANY ideas that I'm sure I can find one to write.

Once I decide, then I can outline and make notes on important details of characters. I may start writing the story in October, but I think I'll try to get the bulk of the story written in November during NaNoWriMo. I don't think I can handle a 50,000-word month in November, but I'm going to aim for half that at least. I wrote 20k last year during NaNo, so 25k shouldn't be too much of a stretch if I outline right! And even if I can't reach that goal, any writing would be a good thing.


In the meantime, please stay safe out there! Take care and I love you all!

Release Day for Seducing the Star (The Risqué Series #3)

Monday, September 28, 2020 No comments

It's release day for Seducing the Star!


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Margaret Bloom doesn’t know why she’s at this party.

Recently dumped by her serious boyfriend, she would much rather be ringing in the new year at home in her pajamas. If she were cozy and warm on her couch, she wouldn’t have to worry about the dreaded midnight kiss. She has to figure out what to do and time is running out.

Enter Phoenix Westbrook.

He’s sexy, he’s nice… and he’s a porn star? This information may have initially come as a shock, but just makes the idea of kissing him all the more tempting. They make a pact to share a kiss at midnight, with no strings attached.

They didn’t count on the kiss leading them to other things.





Excerpt from Seducing the Star:

What I need to do is come right out and tell him what I’m thinking, even if the answer is no. “I was wondering...”

“Would you be my midnight kiss?”

My jaw drops. Did he ask me what I was about to ask him? “Do you read minds?”

“No, why?”

“Because I was about to ask you the same thing.” I bite my lip to stifle a laugh.

He chuckles. “Great minds think alike.”

“I suppose they do.” I let out a long breath. “Okay, I guess it’s settled then.”

“Definitely.”

“Just a kiss, though. That’s it.”

“Of course, Maggie.” He stands up and holds out a hand. “Shall we go back inside?”

I nod, accepting his hand and finding myself face to face with Phoenix. Even with my stiletto heels, I’m still shorter than him. While our faces aren’t aligned perfectly, all it would take is a tilt of mine and his for our lips to meet. It’s not even midnight and yet I’m glancing over the curve of his mouth, wondering what a kiss from him would be like. His hand comes up, stroking my cheek gently, and then he tucks a strand of hair behind my ear.

Oh my…

There’s a desire building between us, a pull I can't explain. I don’t think either of us has the patience to wait to act on that impulse. I can’t have us giving in to a kiss until the top of the hour, so I tell him, “I’m going to find my friends quick, and then I’ll return to you before the countdown.”

Smiling, he says, “Sounds good to me.” He takes my hand and presses a quick kiss to it. “See you at midnight, Maggie. I’ll see you at the bar, where we first met.”



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Giveaway


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Release Day for Enticing the Escort (The Risqué Series #2) + Giveaway

Monday, September 14, 2020 No comments

It's release day for Enticing the Escort!


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Goldie Rivers needs a date… and fast.

She isn’t showing up to another wedding by herself. She can't face the incessant questions about why she’s still single, not to mention the men who won’t leave her alone when they find that out. What’s a girl to do?

Hire an escort, of course.

Gavin Pruitt is sexy, confident, and definitely not coming home with her tonight. He’s only there to keep the questions and other men at bay. Yet when his company proves far more tempting than she could have predicted, things heat up.

Will Goldie be able to fight it, or will she give in?




Excerpt from Enticing the Escort:


I swing the door open and lay my eyes on this man for the first time.

Holy mother of hotness, Batman.

The most handsome of handsome men is standing at my door. His caramel-brown hair is moussed back, and he has the most gorgeous azure eyes I’ve ever seen. And his suit… charcoal, with a white dress shirt and a matching textured tie.

“Hello?” he asks, his voice deep and sultry.

That’s when I realize I’ve been gawking at him for well over an acceptable amount of time. “Oh, sorry,” I say quickly as I hold out a hand. “My name is Goldie. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“Gavin Pruitt.” He returns the gesture, his warm palm holding mine for much longer than it should. “The pleasure is mine.”

I need to learn how to breathe properly again, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon. “Do come in, and please don’t mind... this.” I gesture to my lack of being ready, although I hope seeing me in a tank top and leggings would’ve been enough of a hint. “Give me a few minutes to finish up and we can head out. Make yourself at home.”

Running off before I make a complete fool of myself, I lock myself in the bathroom. After placing both hands on the sink, I take in a few deep breaths. “You can do this,” I mutter to myself. “So what if he’s hot. You’ll just make your friends jealous.”

I’m about to put on my dress when I realize I still have one last curler remaining in my hair.

Triple shit.




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Giveaway


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Release Day for Desiring the Dancer (The Risqué Series #1) + Giveaway!

Monday, August 31, 2020 No comments

It's release day for Desiring the Dancer!


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Carlie Coleman is not looking forward to her stepsister’s bachelorette party.

It was supposed to be a simple affair with a small group of Valerie’s closest friends at their parents’ beach house. Instead, the guests have tripled, there’s a fancy caterer, and at some point there will be strippers.

It’s going to be a disaster… until she meets the cute waiter.

Aiden Carter is sweet and she’s smitten. They can’t stop staring at each other from across the room. Their mutual attraction is undeniable. Before the night is over, she discovers something else.

The cute waiter is also the entertainment.




Excerpt from Desiring the Dancer:

I carefully walk around everyone as I pass through the kitchen, making sure I won’t bump into anyone. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for creating a mess. Valerie would likely hold it against me for years.

Unfortunately, my caution doesn’t extend to the hallway, as I nearly run into one of the waiters on his way to where I just left.

“Whoa!” He lifts the tray up out of the way, somehow keeping every glass on it level enough not to spill as I sidestep him.

Holding my chest, I say, “I am so sorry, sir. I should’ve been paying attention to where I was going.”

When I look up at him, I find myself staring into the brownish-green eyes of a tall, handsome man with short dark brown hair. My jaw drops, but I force myself to close it before he notices. When he smirks, I have a feeling that he did.

Well, damn.

“It’s okay,” he replies, voice smooth as silk. “Hazards of the job. I’ve learned how to handle it.”

“Clearly quite well,” I say, gesturing to his tray. “How did you do that?”

Lots of practice.”



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Giveaway


To celebrate the Risqué series, I'm giving away a $15 gift card to one lucky winner. Open internationally, and open until September 30th at midnight. Winner to be contacted by email.





Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #4 for August 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020 No comments

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of August.


If you look at my July update, my main goals were to finish preparations for my upcoming releases in The Risqué Series, to write a Christmas novella, and to outline a new series.


Have I accomplished this?


As far as preparations for my upcoming releases, yes, I definitely accomplished this. I put together all my posts and sent out emails to everyone who is sharing.

When it comes to writing a novella or outlining a series, not so much. The thing is, I wasn't feeling the novella. I tried to start writing it, but it just wasn't flowing so I set it aside for the time being. The new series I'm still dabbling in, but haven't really put much effort into other than outlining a prequel.

Instead, I started writing something different. It's a story idea I had ages ago that I brought back recently when I was debating on what to write next. I had typed up a sort of outline in June/July, but figured I'd actually write it after the Christmas novella. Turns out, the inspiration for this new story is much stronger. One night when I couldn't fall asleep, I pulled up the doc on my phone and typed up 180 words for the first chapter. It just... happened. Since then, I've managed to write over 2000 more in it and it's on track to be likely my next release if all continues to go well.

Am I on track?


For my new releases, definitely. I have some last-minute things that still need to be done like scheduling newsletters, but for the most part, everything is on track.

Even though I didn't get to the projects I originally planned on doing, I still made progress on a new project which seems to be working out much better. So I traded one plan for another that shows more promise.

Goals for September


Well, September holds two more releases for me, which is exciting and nerve-wracking. I'm ready for it, though. A large portion of what needs to be done is done, and everything else is manageable.

I also hope to get more accomplished with writing this new project. I don't know how much of it I'll be able to do given the fact that I have two releases, but I'm going to get as much writing in as possible. I have a low goal in mind for September (333 words a day/10k in 30 days), but I feel if I put forth the effort I can handle it. I'm hoping to participate in several writing sprints because those generally give me the motivation I need to accomplish my word count goals.


Other than that... Stay safe, wear a mask, and take care!


Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #3 for July 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020 No comments

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of July.

If you look at my June update, my main goals were to take care of edits and formatting on all three books in The Risqué Series, deciding on which story to write next, and set up my Kanban Board.

Have I accomplished this?


YES! I received my edits earlier than expected, so I was able to take care of that. Plus, I learned how to format, which was a load off my mind. Now I can handle all formatting going forward. I was also able to outline my next story, which I think will be a fun one to write (a Christmas novella). My Kanban Board took a little longer than expected to set up, but it's done and I've accomplished quite a lot on it so far, and we're only 1/3 of the way through the quarter.

Am I on track?


Pretty much! I allowed more than enough time to accomplish my goals of edits before the final versions were due on Amazon and Smashwords. That provided me with plenty of room to learn to format (and redo formatting a few times because I kept needing to fix one more issue, lol). While I was waiting for edits I finished up my outline for the Christmas novella. I may have to expand the outline a bit so that future writing sprints are more efficient, but it's a solid outline for now.

Goals for August


Now that The Risqué Series is ready for release, all that's left for August for the series is preparing for release. I have most of my graphics designed and ready to go, just need to make maybe a few more per book in the series.

I would like to utilize some of my free time in between with some word sprints for my Christmas novella. My goal is to have that written by the end of September, if not sooner. Also, I'd like to work on outlining a new series that I'd like to publish next year. I already have a lot of the first book (and the prequel) figured out in my head. I just need to get it written down. This is a series I'm extremely excited for because it's one I've wanted to write for a long time, but I simply didn't have a clue how to tackle it until now.


In the meantime, please stay safe out there! Take care and I love you all!


Cover Reveal for The Risqué Series!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 No comments

It's cover reveal day! You're not only getting ONE cover... but THREE new covers for my upcoming trio of books in The Risqué Series.

I can't tell you how excited I am to share these with you finally. I've been sitting on them for months. All three covers were designed by me!



Let's not delay this any longer and get right to the covers...

In 3...


2...


1...






Desiring the Dancer
Releasing on August 31, 2020

Carlie Coleman is not looking forward to her stepsister’s bachelorette party.

It was supposed to be a simple affair with a small group of Valerie’s closest friends at their parents’ beach house. Instead, the guests have tripled, there’s a fancy caterer, and at some point there will be strippers.

It’s going to be a disaster… until she meets the cute waiter.

Aiden Carter is sweet and she’s smitten. They can’t stop staring at each other from across the room. Their mutual attraction is undeniable. Before the night is over, she discovers something else.

The cute waiter is also the entertainment.


Enticing the Escort
Releasing on September 14, 2020


Goldie Rivers needs a date… and fast.

She isn’t showing up to another wedding by herself. The incessant questions about why she’s still single, not to mention the men who won’t leave her alone when they find that out. What’s a girl to do?

Hire an escort, of course.

Gavin Pruitt is sexy, confident, and definitely not coming home with her tonight. He’s only there to keep the questions and other men at bay. His company proves far more tempting than she could have predicted, things heat up.

Will Goldie be able to fight it or will she give in?



Seducing the Star
Releasing on September 28, 2020


Maggie Bloom doesn’t know why she’s at this party.

Recently dumped by her serious boyfriend, she would much rather be ringing in the new year at home in her pajamas. If she were there, she wouldn’t have to worry about the dreaded midnight kiss. She has to figure out what to do and time is running out.

Enter Phoenix Westbrook.

He’s sexy, he’s nice… and he’s a porn star? This information may have initially come as a shock, but just makes the idea of kissing him all the more tempting. They make a pact to share a kiss at midnight, no strings attached.

They didn’t count on the kiss leading them to other things.

Preorder:
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All three novellas in The Risqué Series are going to be only $0.99 each! That means you can get the whole series for less than $3, less than a cup of fancy coffee.

I'm so excited to share this series with you. It's taken me months of writing and revising and kicking myself in the butt to keep going, but these books are almost here. Thank you for being patient with me as I get back on track.



Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #2 for June 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 No comments

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of June.


If you look at my May update, my main goals were to finish revisions on Enticing the Escort and Seducing the Star so that I can get it off to my editor. I also mentioned outlining a new story to publish by the end of the year.

Have I accomplished this? 


Both Enticing the Escort and Seducing the Star have been revised, sent to a beta, and sent to my editor!

The "deadlines" I gave myself were moved forward a bit. Seducing the Star took longer because my husband ended up being off work for a week starting the day I expected to finish revisions. It was only delayed by a few days, but still had me a bit nervous, especially since I wasn't adding as many words as I'd hoped to.

As far as outlining a new story goes, the story I originally had in mind to write (that needed research) wasn't going to work out this year. It's not that I couldn't write it; it's that I didn't feel it was the right time to. This story is important and I wouldn't want it to slip under the radar.

Why would it slip under the radar?


In 2016 during November, there was an overall decline in book sales. Authors have attributed this decline to it being a United States Presidential election year. Since 2020 is yet another US Presidential Election Year, and November was the month I intended to publish this book, I'd rather wait on it until there's a better time. This story means a lot to me and is one I've had in mind to write for years now. I would hate to publish it and nobody know that it's there. I'm more than happy to delay that one for a year to make sure it's not only researched and written properly, but will be available when it won't be overshadowed by what's happening in the world (which is very serious business, especially this year).

Instead of this story, I'm debating on a couple other stories. One is a Christmas novella and the other is a contemporary romance novel. If I choose the Christmas novella, I'll be aiming to publish in December. However, if that story doesn't get written in time, I'll switch my focus to the contemporary romance for 2021.

Am I on track?


Yes and no. Yes, because I did finish revisions in a reasonable amount of time, even though it was slightly later than anticipated. No, because I was hoping to have the stories in my editors hands right after. Instead, I opted for a beta reader in between to have an extra set of eyes on the stories. I feel this was the right choice because I want The Risqué Series to be the best it can be. This trio of novellas going to my editor two weeks after I intended will be a good thing. I did move the release dates back, but those were more or less tentative to begin with.

Goals for July


The biggest goal will be to read over and implement edits from my editor on all three novellas. Once I have those complete, it'll be time to format and upload final drafts to Amazon and Smashwords. Also, it'll be ready to go for ARC readers! I'm not sure when I'll be receiving the edits back from my editor, so I'm just going to make July "edits month". Ha! Outside of that, I'll be deciding on which story to write next and begin an actual outline.

July begins the start of the 3rd quarter of 2020, so I'll be redoing my Kanban board to cover what I'd like to accomplish for July, August, and September. Before this month ends I need to come up with my quarterly goals. Wish me luck!


In the meantime, please stay safe out there! Take care and I love you all!


Sign Ups are OPEN for the Cover Reveal for The Risqué Series!

Monday, June 8, 2020 No comments

Hello lovelies!

The Risqué Series  is coming soon! With revisions almost complete, more and more information about the series will be coming your way.

Right now, I need your help... by signing up to reveal the covers!

That's right, all three covers of The Risqué Series  will be getting revealed on June 30th. You'll be seeing the covers for Desiring the Dancer, Enticing the Escort, and Seducing the Star  at the end of this month.

If you're a blogger or a bookstagrammer, I would love to have you be part of the cover reveal!


I'm also looking for ARC readers! If you're able to read one, two, or all three books, fill out the form below.


The Risqué Series will be getting release dates VERY soon. I also have blurbs that I think are almost ready to share as well. Be on the lookout here and my social media for everything!


In the meantime, take care of yourselves, stay safe, and stay healthy!


Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #1 for May 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 No comments

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of May.

At the end of April, I finished writing the third book in my upcoming Risqué Series. This completed the set of three I had planned out. Starting at the beginning of May, the plan was to revise all three books.

Have I accomplished this?

Not quite... Desiring the Dancer, the first book in the series, has been revised. Right now I am currently revising Enticing the Escort, book two of the series. That leaves the third book, Seducing the Star, still at the first draft stage. As of right now, I am about halfway through the second book, which means I'm halfway through revisions on all three.

You'd think I would be disappointed that I couldn't reach my goal of revising all three in May, but I'm actually quite pleased with my progress. I haven't revised anything longer than a short story (under 5k) in a long time. To be completely honest, I was dreading revisions at the beginning of the month. Getting started on them took me a few days. Once I really dove into it and began not only taking away huge chunks of nonsense but also adding in more words. I would take away 100, then add 300, making it a gain of about 200 words for a chapter.

The more I tightened up the story, the more I wanted to revise.

This didn't necessarily mean I went out of my way to revise. I still had my moments of frustration, especially with certain scenes that needed more work than others. I spent a lot of time working on the last two chapters of the first book because there were several sections that needed completely rewritten. Those parts usually ended up with me staring at the screen with several new paragraphs started, all reworded over and over until I got it right.

Once I finished Desiring the Dancer, I felt a huge sense of relief. I was one-third of the way finished! Plus, finishing the one made me want to start the second right away... but I didn't.

To clarify, it made me want to, not that I actually put forth the effort to dive in. Once I did, the good feelings from the first one returned and gave me the motivation to keep going. I'm hoping that once I finish revising Enticing the Escort  that I won't delay too long before starting revisions on Seducing the Star.

Am I on track?

Surprisingly, yes. If I can stay on schedule with these revisions (I set new achievable deadlines), I will still be able to publish within the timeframe of my estimated release dates. What are those dates? Hmm, can't say just yet. I need to make sure the rest of the revisions go off without a hitch. If I miss the deadline or something comes up, I may have to push those release dates back by a week or two. As of right now, though, I am doing very well. Wish me luck that it continues down that path!

Goals for June

Finish revisions of Enticing the Escort  and Seducing the Star  of course! Once these initial revisions are complete, I'm going to read through all three books once more and then send off to my editor. While I wait for her edits, I'll be outlining the book I want to publish before the end of the year. I don't have much to say about this project just yet, but I will say that it is requiring me to do some research and I'm really enjoying that research. If I get edits back before the end of the month, I'll be working on implementing them right away.


In the meantime, take care, everyone! Stay safe! Love you!