Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Rival Dreams by Natalie Decker


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Rival Dreams by Natalie Decker
(Rival Love #3)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 1st 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Skylar Fletcher and Caleb Morgan have been together for almost two years. On the surface, everything is great. Skylar is kicking major butt in swimming and has been offered the captain spot. Caleb is the top quarterback in the league. And even though their schedules can be a little hectic at times, they’ve always seem to make time for one another.

But once Caleb is approached by the NFL, his behavior turns odd. He flakes out on appointments to check out apartments and doesn’t call her on the nights when they’re apart.
Pro football has been Caleb’s dream since forever. But what kind of idiot asks a girl to drop everything so he can follow his dream?
RIVAL DREAMS is the dramatic and heartwarming conclusion to Natalie Decker’s RIVAL LOVE series.




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10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer



1. Plan your day. Hours in the day NEVER CHANGES. If you only get an hour or ten minutes that’s better than nothing.


2. Research. People ask where do you find this? How do you do that? What’s this? Google is your best friend. Research. 


3. Read and study Hooked by Les Edgerton. Want to have some amazing and snag worthy chapters this book is so worth the read.


4. Read and study Scene and Structure by Jack M. Bickman. This will change the way you look at your MS. Your scenes will become sharper and your writing will become better if you apply what you learned from this book.


5. Plot your scenes. I use post-its. I do not OUTLINE the entire story in great detail. That’s too much time wasted when you could just be writing a scene. I do however plot key things I want to happen. And I put how I want it to end. Ex: Girl gets assigned to boy she can not stand. She tries to get out of it but the teacher refuses to change their mind. Girl finds out the boy her friend is crushing on is her brother. Her father apparently had an affair with his mother. School is a nightmare. The town is all talking about the huge drama filled scandal. Relationships torn. Mending. Boy sticks up for girl when his girlfriend says nasty things about his class partner, and her fam. Girl starts to like boy. (See, it’s simple plotting) 


6. Study and read books in the genre you are writing. You become a better author by studying how emotions may have come into play with books. How did you feel when this happen to this character?


7. When you are waiting around for edits what to do? Write. Don’t sit around waiting, get other ideas down. Keep writing.


8. How to decide on character names? Baby name books are amazing. Last names: I used my year book you can also use the phone book. I know they still make those crazy things?


9. READ. Go back and read each chapter you finished writing. Why? It will save you time on editing. Also, is the material fresher in your head when you just finished writing it or two maybe three months from now when you finish it?


10. Edit Each Chapter before starting a new one. It saves you TIME, in the end. Plus, when you do this, it’ll make the final edit much more smoother and less stressful. So many times I see my Beta and CP’s pulling their hairs out over revising MS’S or editing. It doesn’t have to be this crazy. Just edit each chapter before starting the next. Then when you finish the whole story and go back and read it, you should have less mistakes to correct. The structure and flow should be there. And instead of taking a whole month off to prepare your MS for Beta readers it should take about a week maybe less depending on how fast you read line for line your work.






AUTHOR BIO

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!


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