Home Again

I'm back! Holidays are over (sniff sniff), but they had the desired effect...I'm refreshed, ethused, and ready to make 2021 my bitch. I've started a new schedule, that allows me to write for an hour and a half every weekday morning. I can get around 1,000 words done in this time, which amounts to 5,000... Continue Reading →

Author Interview!

Yes, I am on holidays! And yes, I said I wouldn't be around... but... I have to point you all in the direction of Victoria 'Ray' and her fabulous blog, as she's featured yours truly in an amazing author interview! I was over the moon to do the interview, and so deeply thankful to Ray... Continue Reading →

Sins of the Lamb teaser

Ever wondered how Grace Dyer, that uncouth gunfighter from the Wild West, might behave at a swanky dinner party? Well, here's a sneak peek (extracted from Sins of the Lamb, The Armageddon Showdown Book II): Ethel launched into an excited description of her upcoming gala event. “It will be the ritziest blow of the century! A masquerade ball.... Continue Reading →

Is there a write time?

So, I've had a busy week publicizing the first installment of The Armageddon Showdown series - Guns of Perdition (my debut novel), and I'd love to say thanks to everyone who has supported my release! But, aside from promotion, I've also been doing a bit of work on Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb.... Continue Reading →

Guns of Perdition – Chapter Teaser

Guns of Perdition, The Armageddon Showdown, is now available for preorder. Want to know if it's for you? Sample some of the first chapter here: CHAPTER ONE Jessie was on his hands and knees picking up shards of glass when the batwing doors swung open, and a stranger strode into the Bad Hoss Saloon. As... Continue Reading →

Twitter Pitching Event – #PitDark

This one nearly passed me by. Only by visiting the blog of fellow dark writer, Priscilla Bettis, did I notice she'd shared a link for upcoming Twitter event #PitDark. What is #PitDark? To quote event organiser, Jason Huebinger: #PitDark is the first and only Twitter pitch event to highlight literature of a “darker” nature. Importantly,... Continue Reading →

Finally Back in the Saddle

I finally found the time, motivation, and effort to do a little editing on Guns of Perdition today. Only seventeen more chapters to go and it. is. done. I'm thinking of sending it off to a pro to complete the formatting, as it's not a task I'm particularly keen to undertake myself nor, do I... Continue Reading →

Eventful Day of Writing

I managed another eventful day of writing today - the muse is being kind to me. 5,300 words wracked up and Part III of the WIP planned. Here's a very small snippet from today's session (I can't share too much of today's writing because, you know, spoilers). Rolls of naked flab dripped down his torso... Continue Reading →

WIP Progress and a Teaser

Managed a most productive day today. Achieved 4,000 words on the WIP - some of them half-decent words too! This attractive fellow was the inspiration for today's two chapters: And here follows a little snippet of today's adventures: Though the light was dim, it was enough to illuminate the horrors within the hut. Every surface... Continue Reading →

The Pen is Mightier…

I finally got back to writing today. Not editing book 1, not rereading or editing book 2, but actual writing... and like any other muscle, my writing muscle is out of shape! I only got 1300 words done for a whole afternoon of effort. Woe. Boo. But, I'm writing again and that means book 2... Continue Reading →

Progress Update

A quick update from the spec fic corner down under... My manuscript is at the Doctor. That is; my manuscript is off for its final edit from a pro. Yes, I found an editor who seems to offer quality work at a fair price! I'm very excited to see what she comes back with and... Continue Reading →

Small Progress

Some small progress made today. I edited another 10 chapters in my WIP (Guns of Perdition) and am now over half-way through what I consider to be my final edit. I'm amending some plot points found by dear beta readers, fixing grammar, and tightening, tightening, tightening. I estimate it'll be another two to three weeks... Continue Reading →

Road Block

As mentioned previously, I've been away sick but am now almost completely back 'on deck', so to speak. This doesn't mean my 'mojo' is back - in fact, I'm having trouble picking up the pen again. However, this - I've come to realise - is not directly related to being sick. I've been procrastinating and... Continue Reading →

WIP Update and a Teaser

It's been a slack weekend writing wise but I did get some planning done and reorganised the structure of the WIP slightly. To be clear, I mean Book II in my WIP series! I don't have a lot of motivation for writing at the moment, and I'm putting this down to an impending holiday (or... Continue Reading →

Stay on Target

Okay, so this is the plan... 2000 (approx) words = 1 chapter 2 chapters a week = (approx) 1 Part per month 7 Parts = 7 months 7 months = 1 complete manuscript, (ie) Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb It's just a simple mathematical equation really. So, by this logic, I have one weekend... Continue Reading →

Weekend Progess

Despite still not feeling fantastic, I got around 3,500 words written this weekend, and completed chapters 4 and 5, and started 6. Feeling pretty happy with them too. One more chapter to go before things shift gear and I need to do a ton of research! When writing a WIP, I always think it's interesting... Continue Reading →

A Thrill and Indecision

Goddamn what a fucking thrill it is the first time you see your front cover! Especially for your debut novel! That was my joy yesterday when my extremely talented cover artist, Jennifer, from Indie Designz, showed me the first draft of Guns of Perdition. Thrilled is actually downplaying how I felt. So now I'm back to that... Continue Reading →

Editing Purgatory

There's a common saying among writers; editing hell. I submit to you that I'm currently in editing purgatory. Why purgatory, not hell? Well, the task is hellish. The pain in my back burns like hellfire. My eyes sting like I'm staring over the abyss of eternal torment... but I'm editing in one of the most... Continue Reading →

A WIP No More

Oh my God! My WIP - Guns of Perdition - is finally finished! And it only took 3-something years! Ok, I'll admit it. If I realised it was only going to take me a solid day of writing to get the damn thing finished, I'd have done it last year. But I didn't. Now, I... Continue Reading →

Update and News

A quick update - I haven't dropped off the face of the earth... it's just been a tough few months. We lost our second, and last, doggie this month - a mere six months after losing her sister. I kind of went into meltdown and didn't really want to have anything to do with anything.... Continue Reading →

Excuses and Explanations

No, I haven't done a runner and no I haven't been abducted by space aliens and probed vigorously (well, not that I'm aware of)... But I have been absent on WordPress of late. I have also written a total of ZERO words in the past three weeks. Both of these occurrences are correlated with this; life happens.... Continue Reading →

Deep breath… ARGH!!

Sorry. I just had to scream. I am SO close to the end of Guns and have NO time to work on it! Between a demanding job and pain in the arse health issues (yeah and let's add family in there for good measure), I'm just not getting the solid time I need to finish.... Continue Reading →

Writing Update; Guns Blazing

Another marathon writing session on my WIP today. 6,500K done! Plagued with the old 'but is it good enough' thoughts at the moment but I'm just swallowing those doubts and ploughing on regardless. Can't let ifs and maybes stymie me. After a lot of investigation and research, I've decided to send Guns off to a... Continue Reading →

Marathon

Thanks to the amazing support of my amazing husband, I was able to have an amazing day off from 'life' today and write. I got out 5,800 words on Guns of Perdition. Amazing! This now means I have only about 20,000 to go before the END. It's starting to feel doable! All I need is... Continue Reading →

Back on the horse

So I started writing again today! I picked up where I left off on Guns of Perdition; the beginning of the fourth act. After an extended break it amazed me to find words flowing, ideas burgeoning and the old familiar irritation at having to stop. A good sign for the completion of 'the beast' I... Continue Reading →

WIP novel update

By now, I'm sure you all know that I'm laboriously working on my debut novel, Guns of Perdition. I had planned to self-publish this WIP in December, however I've recently decided to try the traditional publishing route. This means Guns of Perdition may not be released in 2017 or possibly 2018. It depends if I... Continue Reading →

Guns of Perdition – an excerpt

I promised an excerpt of Guns of Perdition and I am a woman of her word. Without any further to-do, here's an excerpt from Chapter Twenty-Five He cried out and woke in a dark room. Thick velvet curtains were drawn across the window. Behind the curtains, Johnny could see the grey light of pre-dawn. He sat... Continue Reading →

A nip and a tuck

So, keen-eyed followers might notice something different about Jessica Bakkers dot com today. Yes, I've gone and changed my theme and overhauled some content. This includes a shiny new section for short stories (featuring two stories, one of which has never been posted on this blog before!) as well as... ...a whole PAGE devoted to my... Continue Reading →

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