Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays, End of the Year Note, and a Special Surprise

First off, I want to wish everyone the happiest of holidays and hope that all of you can enjoy time with the ones closest to you.  It seems like the season went by awfully fast this year, which didn't allow much time for writing, but on Thursday, it's back to business for me.

I also want to take a moment to reflect on the past year.  2013 marked the beginning of my career as a published author, and I have been very pleased with the results.  Although I haven't sold a million copies or made a six figure deal with a publishing company, I have published two books this year as well as wrote an additional one that I am submitting for publication early next year.  I have all of you to thank for this.  I would not be sitting here this evening writing this if you weren't, so my sincerest thanks are with you, and cheers to an even more prosperous 2014.

Also, I promised you guys a treat earlier this month, and now the time has finally arrived.  Under the bonus material tab on the website, you will find a short story that I had published in my university's literary magazine entitled "The Fame."  I am eager to share it with all of you as I plan on turning it into a full-length novel eventually and would love to get your feedback.  Please leave comments as you wish and thanks in advance.

Again, I thank you all and would like to wish you happy holidays and a great 2014!

M.F.G.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Update

Hi, guys!  Sorry it's been so long.  I never knew freshman year of college was going to be so crazy.  The good part is the first semester is almost over now.

One good thing to note is the reason I haven't been able to update is because I've been writing.  This year, as you might know, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time.  I was able to successfully reach the goal of 50,000 words (I actually ended the month with over 58,000 words.  The novel, Vegas, is related to the Love, Windy City Style series, and one of the characters will be introduced in Ideal Hero, which I am still working on.  I'm wrapping up Vegas since I'm almost finished with it, anyway, then I will be back to work on Ideal Hero full-time, which will probably put the release date for Ideal Hero in the spring of 2014.  I am going to be entering Vegas to some traditional publishers, so I will keep all of you posted on that.

A fun side note: this semester, Nolos, the literary magazine here at my college selected a short story I wrote to be included in their fall 2013 issue.  For all of your enjoyment, I will be posting that short story (which may or may not become a full-length novel, hint, hint) as a Christmas treat for all of you.  Yes, I promise you there is a sexy hero.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and I will be sure to hopefully keep all of you better updated in the future.