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Sabrina
He didn’t look like the boy she remembered as a child.
He smoked, wore a leather jacket and was always carrying around that black duffle bag.
There was something dangerous about him and part of her wanted to figure out what it was.

Jayce
He should keep his distance.
She was innocent and he was nothing but trouble.
So why couldn’t he leave her alone?

Sabrina has moved back to the neighborhood she lived in as a child. The kid next door has become the infamous town bad boy. She should stay away from him, he warned her of it, but she can’t seem to get him out of her head.

Sneak Peak: Apprehension

Can you believe there is only one month until Apprehension is released?! I am so exciting to share this story with you guys so because of that I am posting a preview of Apprehension. Please understand this book is still getting the copy edits finished so I am sure there will be grammatical error. So without further or do enjoy the preview of Apprehension! 

Sabrina’s grandpa had passed away two months before she and her mom moved into the house in Falcon Haven. Falcon Haven was exactly how she remembered it as a child. A middle-class neighborhood on the outskirts of New Jersey. It was a couple hours from where her and her mom had lived for the past 10 years. As she sat at the kitchen table she realized the house still smelled like her grandpa, peppermint and old spice. If she thought about it long enough she swore she could still hear him at the stove making her favorite childhood food, Mac and Cheese. In his Will he’d made it clear that the house was to be left to his one and only child, her mother. They were both still grieving as they packed up their small apartment and moved into the blue house on Clark Ave. Almost all her grandpa’s stuff had been removed from the house, either having been taken by other family members or donated to charity. It made it a little easier to deal with the grief. It was a moderately sized house with two bedrooms, a finished attic and a finished basement. Her grandma and grandpa had put their heart and soul into the house. They’d saved up all the money her grandpa had made working at the factory to buy the house straight out. Years later the paint on the front of the house was starting to chip and the once-thriving garden was filled with weeds. Either way her mother was grateful to have a paid-for house. It was one less thing she had to worry about. Although she and her mom did fine on their own, being a single mother came with its own unique struggles. Sabrina and her mom had lived in the house when she’d been a child while her mom had gone to nursing school. Sabrina would always cherish those memories and the relationship she’d built with her grandpa. Now, she sat at the kitchen table across from her mom as they ate dinner. She felt the butterflies in her stomach as she thought about starting a new school. They had left their old life behind and senior year of high school wasn’t the ideal time to start over.
“I guess I need to find out where the bus is,” Sabrina said to her mom before picking up a noodle of pasta and putting it in her mouth.
“The bus doesn’t pick up from here. We’re too close to the school,” her mom said.
“We aren’t close. The school is miles away,” Sabrina complained. She should have done her research beforehand but it was typical of Sabrina to leave everything for the last minute. In reality she could say her mom should have told her but her mom worked nights and slept when the rest of the world was awake. Night shift payed more and they didn’t have the luxury of giving up extra pay.
“I used to walk the same route when I was a kid. It’s not bad until it gets cold outside. I can drive you when I get home from work in the morning but you’ll be early.”
Sabrina groaned. The likely hood of her waking up any earlier than she had to was slim to none.
After they’d eaten and cleared their plates Sabrina grabbed the full trash bag, tied it up and headed outside to the trash can. It was fall in New Jersey but it wasn’t cold enough that she needed a jacket quite yet. It was quiet outside besides the sounds of leaves ruffling in the wind. She walked the black trash bag to the side of the house.
“Getting settled?”
She jumped at the sound of the male voice behind her and quickly turned around. Leaning against the side of a black Camaro in the neighbor’s driveway stood a guy probably around the same age as her. His feet were crossed out in front of him. He wore a black leather jacket that almost blended into the color of the car. It would make sense why she hadn’t noticed him before.
“You scared the shit out of me.” She said putting a hand over her chest. She could feel her heart fluttering in her chest. The guy rummaged in his jeans pocket before pulling out a pack of cigarettes and putting one to his lips. He lit it and exhaled. She gripped the trash bag tightly in her hand as the smell of smoke filled the air.
“You don’t remember me do you?” he asked, his voice deep and husky. It made goosebumps appear on her arm.
She squinted her eyes in the dark; the only light was coming from the porch on the house next door. She was able to make out the brown hair, sharp jawline, and as he stood to stretch, his shirt lifted slightly to reveal a lean and muscular body. Even in the dark she could tell he was more attractive than the guys at her old school. She shook her head coming up empty. She was sure she’d remember if she had met this guy before.
“Jayce. We used to play together as kids.” He said.
The memories came flooding back to her of a small boy with blond hair that she used to ride her bike with during the summers. She had to do a double take just to be sure.
“You look different,” she blurted out.
He told a long inhale of his cigarette before tossing it on the ground. He pushed himself off the car and walked around to the driver’s side. He smirked. “Yea, so do you. I’ll see ya around.”
He got inside the Camaro and sped off. Sabrina quickly threw the trash in the can and went back inside.

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How I Increased My Writing Speed

Self publishing is all abut trying to publish the best books you can as fast as possible. This can be difficult if you work a full time job and if that is the case check out my post on Writing with A full time job

Now that NaNoWriMo is over and a lot of people are in the editing phase of their book. I thought it would be a good idea to mention ways that I have increased my writing speed. Because there will be always be another book to write. For most of us it doesn’t just end when NaNoWriMo is over.

Write everyday

Now let me say with each of these tips it is not going to work for everyone. You might have a work schedule that won’t allow you to write each day which is fine. I just want to share what has worked best for me and has allowed me to write a new book every one to two month. I write everyday. Writing everyday helps me to stay consistent and feel like I’m making progress. In reality when it comes to writing there will be days when the words are just flowing out of you and then there are days where it just feel like you are banging your head against the wall. Both days it’s important to write. Make some progress each day and then when you go back to look at your word count you will be amazed at the amount of work you were able to accomplish even on the days you were banging your head against the wall.

Word sprints

This has been probably the number one thing that has made me write faster. A word sprint is where you set a timer for a certain amount of time, I usually do 20 minutes. And during that time you completely focus on your writing. You don’t get up to go to the bathroom. You don’t change the music your listening to, you just write. The secret to this is that when you know you are being timed you tend to move faster and you know there is an end. After 20 minutes or however long you set your timer for, take a quick break. Get up and stretch, use the bathroom, make yourself a snack and then get right back to it. I usually aim for doing three writing sprints, a total of a hour of writing and I’m able to get a good amount of words written. The key here is to turn off your inner editor and focus on actually writing.

 Structure

Now I am a pantser so I can completly understand the small freak out that some of you might have when seeing the world structure. If you are a plotter this is 2nd nature to you. For the pantsers I don’t mean plan your whole novel out or even think to far ahead. What I do is everyday when I am done writing I make one to two bullet points that say what I want to happen next. It can be as simple as “-Sabrina goes to the store.” This way when I sit down for my next writing session I don’t have to re read what I wrote the day before and I have a starting point for my writing.

These are three of the ways I have increased my writing speed. Don’t be afraid to write because then you never will. Don’t forget for updates on book release and blog post make sure to follow my newsletter http://eepurl.com/dF1a0D .

Also my newest book Apprehension is available for pre-order here.