“One Last Wish” Update

So I’m really excited because One Last Wish is moving along quite well. I’m almost halfway done the third draft and then I send my manuscript to my agent. Yes, you read that right. My agent. I decided this time around I needed a little bit of professional help.

This means I’ll have a professional author website up and running once it’s done being made, One Last Wish will have professional editing and a book design will be created for me. It’ll be published the same way as Lost Voice and Shadows were, but with some extra help this time around.

I’m used to doing all of this on my own, so I’m excited how far a bit of professional help will take me this time around.

I don’t have a release date, yet, but I believe One Last Wish will be out sometime this year or early next year. Keep your eyes peeled for a release date and more updates!

Maine Warrior Salute 2015

It’s that time of year, again!

I have a co-worker who’s hosting the third annual Maine Warrior Salute event this summer and she’s spoken with me about finding donations for a massive raffle they’re having at the event. She’s looking for more actual items to raffle off. I’m donating a few autographed copies of both my novels, and I’m asking for other authors in the US to donate an autographed copy (s) of their novels, as well.

Last year we were able to raise over $3,000.

Proceeds go to the Wounded Heros Program of Maine. More information can be found here:
http://mainewarriorsalute.com/

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact me at:
authornicolebelanger@gmail.com

Thank you!

Break Free (Poem)

So I’ve been suffering some writer’s block for the past few days, and I’ve tried many things to rid myself of it including reading, asking my roommate for ideas, re-reading everything I’ve written so far, etc. Nothing has helped. So I decided to write a poem. It didn’t get rid of the writer’s block for this book, but I got a poem out of it, so I suppose it isn’t a loss, right?

Break Free

You’ve lost yourself,
can’t find your way out anymore.
It’s time to remember
what you came to stand for.
Do you feel those tears
soaked against the pillows?
Shudder away the fears,
and sail off into the night.
Break free of that chain
that binds you.
Dance in the rain,
it’ll be alright.
Burst through the bars of the cage.
Soar through the night sky,
and free yourself of the rage.
The stars are in sight,
so no more nightmares.
It’ll be alright,
you’re free now.

 

The Memory Closet Book Review

The Memory Closet by Ninie HammonI recently had the pleasure of getting to read The Memory Closet by Ninie Hammon. I wanted to start off with saying Ninie is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she is.

Anne Mitchell has experienced something terrible. Something so traumatic that her mind has erased all memories from before she was eleven. The first thing she remembers is being hands down in the dirt and she doesn’t know how she got there. Suffering from Amnesia, Anne embarks on a battle with the “Boogie Man” – unknowing how dangerous that may be. Is she willing to risk her sanity to dig up a past so awful that her mind erased all memory of it? Is it time to open the memory closet and reveal the “Boogie Man”?

The Memory Closet is a book that will keep you wondering what happened and each time you think you know the answer, Ninie throws another thing at you that makes you doubt your conclusion. Even when it got towards the end and I thought FOR SURE I was right, I was wrong again and Ninie threw me through another loop.

This book not only kept me on the edge of my seat white knuckling the armrests the entire time I was reading, it also drew emotions. I found myself rooting for Anne the entire time, and pitying her as she got closer to her answers. There were plenty of times where I stiffled a laugh (and a few I burst out laughing from the comfort of the charting room at work at three in the morning – don’t get me started on how embarrassing THAT was.) and even times where my heart broke for the characters.

Ninie is a captivating writer that leaves you wanting more at the end of the chapter. I will certainly be reading more from this author.

Thank you again, Ninie! I’m honored to have had the chance to not only speak with you, but to also read your work.

Buy The Memory Closet here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Closet-Modern-Contemporary-Fiction/dp/097990353X/

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I Saw My Book For the First Time

Displaying WP_001641.jpgI saw Shadows in print for the first time today. It was like having my second child (I’m not a mother, but I can imagine what it’s like). I’m in love with the way it looks and I don’t think I’ll ever get over how weird it feels to not only see my book in print but to also read it. It’s surreal, really. I read the first few words of Lost Voice, which I haven’t done for a long time, before picking up Shadows and reading the first few words. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come as a writer since writing Lost Voice, and I’m even more excited than before to share this book with you all. I’ll be spending the night reading through to make sure it flows correctly and there weren’t any overlooked mistakes (which knowing me a few will slip through anyways). June 7th! I can’t believe how close but far away it is!

Shadows Quote Number Two!

Upon opening the file for Shadows this morning, I’ve come to notice that I’m quickly approaching 50% complete! The goal is to have the first draft done by the end of the month and I think I can pull it off! 

Here’s another excerpt from Shadows to keep you wanting more!
*I promise I’m a happy person and these things aren’t personal*

“Staring into the flames, I watched the colors dance together. The smell of sulfur burned my nose as I blew out the fire and carefully pressed the tip of the match against my leg. I cringed as I forced myself to hold it there, pain shooting through my thigh. I pinched my arm to distract myself from the burning.”

And remember to enter the Shadows Cover Contest which you can find here on my blog:
https://nlbelanger.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/shadows-cover-contest/

Are you as excited for this novel as I am!?

Quote from Shadows!

I realized while I was writing tonight that I’m almost 1/3 of the way finished with Shadows. In light of that, I thought I’d give you all a teaser. Here’s a quote from the novel:

“Releasing my pain and fears from my body was the best decision I could make. Without the broken skin, there was no way for the darkness to escape. It would consume me into the shadows of the night, withholding sleep as the sky grew the deep shade of black.”

Hope that gets you as excited for Shadows as I am!

Tell me what you think! Is there somewhere in that quote where the wording sounds little off?