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 6!!

A week later than expected, I was working my ass off getting everything ready for YALFest, which was amazing BTW!!

 

BUT, here is the final giveaway of the New Year, New Style giveaways! You can win all three paperbacks in The Vampire's Past Trilogy.

This trilogy is part of a much bigger world, two stories of which I wrote way back when I was a baby writer (I may rewrite them so I can publish them at some point, when I've got space in my schedule… Haha… ha… ha… hmmm…). This trilogy I'd already started on almost a decade ago, but it disappeared into my rabbit hole of story ideas. When I restarted it, I grabbed the old version (which is most of the first book, I was far from finished with it), made a broad outline of what I'd done and then I literally wrote the story from scratch from page one. After finishing the Omegaverse Mates World serials, I wanted something totally different, which this is. It's vampires, vampire hunters, sexy long-haired guys and lots of sweet and sexy (okay, those last two are also in the OMW serials, but I guess that's just who I am…).

The trilogy starts with His to Protect, then His to Guard and finally His to Rescue, and they're all following the same couple, Sean and Jules. Fun fact, until days before the publication of the first book, it was still called ‘Sean', not His to Protect.

Here they are right next to each other!!

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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 Year, New Style Giveaway 4!!

These books were the ones that let me go full-time as an author! Four books in the fourth giveaway!

The Mated to the Alpha serial not only started my career, but was at the start of a much bigger genre move in gay romance, the start of mpreg (male pregnancy) going almost mainstream. It's hard now to imagine that before 2015, mpreg was not a thing in gay romance, when just in the top 50 today there are more of them than I can count on a single hand. The Mated to the Alpha serial (starting with Omega's Fate) was right at the start of it all, and it was amazing to watch unfold.

The other three books are The Baby Pact Trilogy, which were quite another type of amazing experience as they've been among my best ranking books at release ever. I could never have done it without our amazing fans! So many memories!

If you're not so sure if you're into or up to paranormal mpreg books, you can read the first part of the Mated to the Alpha serial for free: Omega's Fate

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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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New Year, New Style Giveaway 3!!

And we're on our third giveaway now!! Things are moving fast!

This is the halfway point (give or take) of the giveaways, we've got three more to go after this, so still loads of stuff to win!

This time you can win print copies of Shattered and Unraveled. Two highly emotional romance novels.

Shattered tells the story of Lizzy and Hunter who both have to fight their own demons but may find that the other can help ease the struggle they have to face.

Unraveled tells the story of Lizzy's twin sister, Lola, when the guy who left her broken in a hospital room years ago, Blaze, suddenly appears at an art showing and then also works on the same art project she's part of…

Two books that took me to some dark places, probably the most emotional books I've written yet (and if you know what the boys in the Omegaverse Mates World series have gone through, that says a lot…).

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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!

New Year, New Style Giveaway 2!!

Yesterday, the first giveaway ended and it was a great success! Thank you soooo much everyone!!

Today, the second giveaway starts and you can win paperback copies of the whole Omegaverse Mates World series!

These are my contemporary mpreg gay romance stories, mpreg being male-pregnancy. Yes, men who get pregnant and have babies. It's really cute!

That's SIX books in total!

Second Chance Mates Volume 1 and 2

Making a Family Volume 1 and 2

Omegas' Destined Alpha Volume 1 and 2

That's a whole stack of books, just look at them!

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New Year, New Style Giveaway 1!!

Today we're starting with the first of many giveaways to celebrate this redesign of my writing life!

If you want to know about the why and how of this redesign and giveaway, take a look at yesterday's post! New Year, New Style!

Enter below to win paperback copies of the three Young Adult books I released last year:

Her Elysium

The Other Dress

BASE Status: Online

The first two are romances and the last one is a science fiction novel. They all revolve around queer and neurodiverse characters who get into (and out of) a lot of trouble.

 

Here are the books you can win!

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