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Dorlana’s Writing Diary (9th entry)

The Trouble with Scarecrows _3 Final (large) copyThe Trouble with Scarecrows (Book 2 Trouble with Men) –  I have my cover and my official summary/blurb , and a few days ago, I received my final galleys. But every time I get my edits back, I find tons of things to change – from commas to entire paragraphs. It’s not as much as the last one, but it seems never ending. So this is what I’m focusing on right now. After I’m finish with this round, I will send it back to my editor, and then I think the next thing I’ll receive is a PDF copy, and that one should be the actual final time to read through and edit little things (too late for anything else) before it goes on presale. So it’s getting to the exciting part of my – and the book’s – journey. (*clears throat* BTW, Book 1 – The Trouble with Snowmen is available now on Amazon. :)

Young Adult Fairy Tale Inspired Novel: Right now, I’m rewriting and expanding the last quarter of the book. On the last update, I had 39,000 words. As of today, I have 43,400, which is good considering I already have the rough draft. My goal is 50,000 – so I still have a long ways to go.  And, like any other story, doubts are swarming in my head: I’m never going to finish this one. (I began it like 5 years ago.) Is the concept strong enough? Are my character’s well developed? Should I be working on something else instead? (I already know the answer to that one though – I can’t. I must finish this one!! I just have to.)

Love and Laugher,

Dorlana

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Writing Diary #2

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Transforming a Villainess into a Heroine

Brenda FisherI’m working on edits for my second book in my Trouble with Men Series The Trouble with Scarecrows. And one of the biggest challenges I’ve had with this book is my female protagonist, Brenda Fisher. If you’ve read Book 1, The Trouble with Snowmen, then you know she is the antagonist in that story. So I’ve been working with this character since early 2012.

I’ve created some pretty mean, selfish, female characters over the years, but Brenda started out as one of the most self-centered personalities I’ve ever imagined. Which made her tons of fun to write! When I started writing Book 2, I thought I had to stick to her true nasty nature in the beginning and then give her a fabulous massive character arc – like in the story, A Christmas Carol, she would be my Scrooge!

But as Book 2 progressed (I finished the rough draft February 2013) and critique partners started reading and commenting, I found I had a major problem. Brenda made people angry – they hated her. Lol. Not good for the heroine. Even if she does redeem herself by the end of the book, it was too late.

Since then, Brenda has gone through a lot of changes. She still has an edge, but I feel she also has heart. And although she has been through the ringer (My editor read Book 2 first and said I’d better make some changes in Book 1 if she was going to become a heroine – so I even had to make changes for her there.) it molded her into a dynamic woman with many layers. And after everything, I can easily say that Brenda Fisher (Fishlips) is my favorite character I have ever created.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

The Trouble with Snowmen (Book 1 Trouble with Men) Available now in eBook – Print coming soon.

The Trouble with Scarecrows (Book 2 Trouble with Men) April 2016

The Trouble with Snowmen is on Tour!

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Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Click Here to purchase >> The Trouble with Snowmen -eBook- ( Amazon for $2.99)

Snowmen drift into your life like they were sent from above. The relationship is great, rolls right along, and builds. Everything seems perfect … until a little heat is introduced. Then they melt, leaving only their hat, their scarf, something to remind their victims of what they’d lost.

Urban cowgirl Haley Monroe is told that the fabulously hot guy who just dumped her was a snowman. Her friend Maximilian convinces her that the only way she’ll ever stop being played by snowmen is to become one. It takes a lot of drinks to work up the nerve, but Haley gets her sexy on and goes on the prowl.

Famous horror author Larry White drops everything to attend a midnight séance at Maximilian’s apartment where he meets Haley. By the way she’s dressed—and just propositioned him—he assumes she’s a hooker. Larry can’t pass up the chance to get inside her head, especially since prostitution is the character’s occupation in his next book.

After spending the weekend together, unexpected sparks surprise both Haley and Larry. The trouble is Haley is dead-set on snowmanning the unkempt “starving artist” she met at the séance, and Larry doesn’t think he could have a real relationship with a woman with a past, so they go their separate ways.

The real fun begins when they meet again and find out neither one of them were who they thought they were. Can they reignite the flame? Or will they have a snowman’s chance in hell?

Giveaway Summary “The Trouble with Snowmen”

Square banner Snowmen giveawyFor some reason links to my site did not work on my last post  – so I decided to post a summary.  I have a giveaway underway for my new romantic comedy, ” The Trouble with Snowmen.” There is no purchase necessary, and it is open to U.S residents 18 and over.

I’m super excited about the prizes.

The first one is a signature scent especially designed by Jfay (my sister) of Studio 3B for my story. “Melt my Heart” perfume has warm spices, musky incense, and exotic woods.  The perfect scent to cozy up and melt that snowman’s heart.

The other signature gift, The Trouble with Snowmen Pen, was designed and hand-turned by Don Vann, of Vann Ink.

There are two more goodies, a 10.00 gift card from Amazon and, of course, the book I’m celebrating, The Trouble with Snowmen (Kindle eBook or PDF copy).

I have a giveaway page here Snowmen Giveaway for more details about the prizes, terms, and my book – or you can go straight here – Rafflecopter – to enter right now.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my giveaway!

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

The Trouble with Snowmen by Dorlana Vann

The Trouble with Snowmen (Book 1 Trouble with Men Series)

Read more about the series here.

Read Chapter 1

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