Frameworking, how I write books and serials

I’ve been planning on doing something like this for a while. I actually have a Scrivener file on my computer with two, not one but two, versions of me starting a book about the topic of how I write and plan my stories. I also did a presentation on this topic (of which I’ll link an adapted version in this post later) back in Jan 2017, so I’ve been working on this in one form or another for nearly 3 years.
What is ‘this’ exactly? Frameworking is a method I created that isn’t really planning a story, but is more a way for people who pants (who go in without a plan) to keep their thoughts straight and prevent saggy middles in their story. It’s basically a way to make sure you pace your story well, even when you have no idea what your story is actually going to be about. It’s like a frame that you can hang things on (like when you have Christmas cards or something, or pretty things), in this case, you ‘hang’ your story ideas onto it.

With NaNoWriMo coming up soon, and watching people stress out about their story and story ideas, but also because I had to set up my new story, my next serial (the final Lughnasadh Elite Academy novella is with my beta readers right now), this seemed like a great time to talk about it.
Instead of writing long blog posts about it, or do a whole book or something, I decided to sit down and film myself talking about frameworking. The whole thing ended up being nearly 2.5 hours long. I’m not kidding. But then, people who watch my YT videos know that I can ramble, though these are low on rambling and just high on information. The idea was for it to be two half-hour videos, the first one being about the theory behind frameworking and also about how things like the 3 act structure and a romance beat sheet work (though I keep for some reason call it ‘romance structure’ in the video, not sure why), and the second video would be me applying the theory to my new serial and show what I do and how much I set up when I start a new serial (or any story). They ended up being about 1.5 and 1 hour long, I managed to cut it down to 2 hours and 11 minutes and I’ve split it into 8 parts in total, each with specific topics and goals in them. Which makes it easier to watch them and to find specific information that you would like to revisit later without having to sit through everything again.

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Birthday Bash Giveaway!! The 3-1 giveaway!

On September 1st, I'll turn 31, and to celebrate that, I want to do a fun giveaway for you all!

The idea is simple, if you win, you can choose 3 ebooks or 1 paperback copy of anything that I've written. This means that you can choose books from E. Engberts, Emily Engberts, Emmy Engberts, Layla Heart, Skylar Heart and Rosa Swann. Which ones you choose is your choice!

The giveaway is open worldwide, so no matter where you're from you can play along!

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New Year, New Style Giveaway 5!!

A new giveaway!!! We're almost there now!! I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be posting about on the blog when these are over…

 

This time you can win three paperbacks of my lesbian romance novels! They're by far not as angsty as my gay romance or my straight romance, they're rather on the sweet side of things, but I adore them! I don't have a picture of all three paperbacks together yet, as the last one has only been out a week now (see previous blog post) and I've not received a paperback copy yet (Amazon's ‘author copies' option is soooo slow!). I will have the copy by the time the giveaway ends, I can promise you that!

Of all my pen names, this is my newest one, it's ‘related' to the Emmy Engberts pen name in that they're stories about queer women, but unlike the Emmy books, these are adult romances (though fairly light on the sex). They're not high angst, but very character driven. And they take place on one of the Dutch mudflat islands, Schiermonnikoog. They're all in English, apart from a couple of street names and the name of the island, it's totally in English. You do get to know a lot about the island as each story shows a different side to it. Also, every story has at least one character with a really cute dog who are all Dutch breeds. Dogs are adorable and silly!

The three books in this giveaway are:

Second Chance at Christmas, a Christmas romance, more in that it takes place over Christmas than anything else, and this story features one of the women dealing with snow in boots that aren't meant to deal with snow.

A Card for Valentine's, a Valentine's romance, lots of crafts going on and they're going ice skating without skates because it hadn't exactly been planned…

A Blooming Spring Love, a Spring romance, loads about flowers (especially hyacinths) and a very emotional scene in a classroom.

Just two out of three, since the third one's paperback copy hasn't arrived yet…

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NEW RELEASE!! A Blooming Spring Love – Emily Engberts

The first flowers each spring bring big changes along with them.
Two women, thinking that they are too different, find that those differences don’t have to be bad…

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The first flowers each spring bring big changes along with them.
Two women, thinking that they are too different, find that those differences don’t have to be bad…

Dani lost all her dreams in the divorce three years ago, but she’s finally saved up enough to live her own dream this time. So, she moves to the island with her young daughter, Rose, to open a flower shop, ready for a new start in her life.
Her heart is still tender, but when she catches a glimpse of her daughter’s teacher, things start to change.

Kim is the only one of her siblings who still lives on the island. She loves her job as a primary school teacher but with siblings with big careers, she feels like she’s always behind them, never the same. She teaches, takes care of her parents and still feels like she’s not doing enough, like she’s supposed to do more.
That is, until she gets a new pupil in her class whose mother makes her rethink everything she ever presumed about her life, who makes her rethink everything she believed in.

Spring is coming and that means teaching about plants and colours and how things grow. A tour around the town with Kim’s class, trying to spot spring flowers and a couple of little lambs, brings the women closer together. But it’s not until an intimate moment at a dinner party that things start to get intense.
This year, will there be more than just flowers blooming on the island?

 

Read the first chapter below!

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WIP and Updates: Radish, serials and publications!

Time for a new update! While I keep hoping to do these posts more often, I keep getting distracted, but today I've got a lot of cool things to update you on! Lots of updates on old and new stories and I'm exploring new avenues to reach new readers! Books that are being published on Radish, books that are back on sale and updates on upcoming books.

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Smashwords Read an Ebook Week March 3 – 9!!!

Before I totally forget about this, ALL books by my pen names are available in the Read an Ebook Week promotions on Smashwords!!! These prices are Smashwords only!!

In general, all books and box sets are 50% off with the code EBW50

But, first in series by Rosa Swann are all FREE this week! And so are Shattered by Skylar Heart and Her Elysium by Emmy Engberts!!! Loads of stuff to pick up!!

In order:

E. Engberts – BASE Status: Online – 50% off!!

Emily Engberts – Second Chance at Christmas – 50% off!!

Emily Engberts – A Card for Valentine's – 50% off!!

Emmy Engberts – Her ElysiumFREE!!

Emmy Engberts – The Other Dress – 50% off!!

Rosa Swann – Mated to the Alpha series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – The Baby Pact Trilogy– First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Second Chance Mates series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Making a Family series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Omegas' Destined Alpha series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – The Vampire's Past Trilogy – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Skylar Heart – ShatteredFREE!!

Skylar Heart – Unraveled – 50% off!!

 

Don't forget that this is the last week you can participate in the Omegaverse Mates World giveaway where you can win six paperbacks from the Second Chance Mates series, the Making a Family series and Omegas' Destined Alpha series! Don't forget to sign up: New Year, New Style, Giveaway 2!

 

ALSO!! The Baby Pact is FREE this week on Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and iBooks!!! Grab your copy if you haven't read this series yet!!

At the end of the week I'll announce the next giveaway! I'm looking forward to it already!!

 

Have a great week!

Colour Her (Flowers and Keyboards 3) – Emmy Engberts

YES! It's here! Today is the launch of the newest book in the Flowers and Keyboards series!

You can enjoy two chapters per week of this story, on Wednesdays and on Saturdays!

The story will be available on Tapas and Wattpad, AND, this is a new experiment, I've also put the book up on pre-order on Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Google Play! The tentative release date for publication is June 7th. I say tentative since it's pretty far off and I know that things can get a little wacky sometimes.

There are always a couple of changes between the online serial edition and the published version (99% of that is simple quality increase…), but I know that some people really like to make sure that they can pre-order the book as soon as possible. It's not on pre-order on Amazon because Amazon takes away our pre-order privileges for a year if we have to change the date after we've set up the pre-order. Amazon will probably be added closer to the actual release date, but I'm not sure of that yet.

Also, don't forget that the giveaway is still running, and the first two books of the Flowers and Keyboards series is in the giveaway!! Check it out here: New Year, New Style Giveaway 1!

But, enough rambling from me, I'd like to introduce you to two lovely ladies, Mya (yes, Elliot's best friend) and Amber.

The search for a full set of limited edition rainbow coloured makeup brings two unlikely girls together.

Amber runs a semi-popular makeup channel. It combines the two things she loves best, makeup and teaching people. While talking face-to-face with people scares her, talking to a camera is much easier, it feels safer.
That distance between herself and the people who watch her videos has always been right for her, until she meets a girl who makes her rethink everything she does.

Mya is a girl of many interests, from gaming to anime and manga to makeup and clothes, she loves it all. What she likes even more is to share her passions with other people, and she surrounds herself with those who love similar things.
She’s good at talking to people, she loves it even, but then she meets one girl who could undo all of that and expose her much darker side…

A new makeup brand brings out a rainbow themed collection and as both girls work together to collect every last piece of it, their lives start to change in ways they never expected.

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NEW RELEASE! A Card for Valentine’s – Emily Engberts

A brand new teacher at the local primary school, a woman taking care of her mum’s book store, two hearts who believe that love and relationships aren’t for them.

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A brand new teacher at the local primary school, a woman taking care of her mum’s book store, two hearts who believe that love and relationships aren’t for them.

Kara moves to her favourite island following the job offer of a lifetime, become a teacher at the only primary school the island has. It’s like a dream come true, live on the island, go on long walks with her dog Tys and teach, all in one neat package.
But when she spots the beautiful woman at the local book store, things might get a bit more complicated.

Taking care of her mum’s store for a few months is exactly what Lin needs. A couple of months away from her old life and to become a face in the crowd at one of the island’s stores. Speaking fluently in three languages may not be her best skill, but keeping track of inventory and doing stock is definitely right up her street.
Her first week at the store has almost come to an uneventful ending, until a stunning woman walks into the store and smiles her way.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and when Kara comes in for crafting supplies to make cards with her class, Lin makes a bold offer. How hard can it be to spend an afternoon making cards with a group of kids when she has no experience with teaching or making cards? There’s no way Kara will find out, right?

 

Click ‘Continue Reading' to read the first chapter!

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