Have You Been Keeping Up?

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The last month has seriously been a whirlwind. Between summer break, vacations, birthday parties and commitments, and writing deadlines, I can’t keep up. But among all that I have some great things to share.

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First, I’ve been working on this amazing collaborative project on Wattpad, for those of you that have checked out Broken Boy, here’s the link to the book and the latest chapter. The original book that I’m writing a spin off from has over 6 million views and a large Broken Boy Ch3_teaserfollowing. And with only 7 chapters published so far on my end, I’ve received over 4000 views and ranked 144 in ChickLit. I’ve really enjoyed adding to this project so far – so much fun! If you like sexy romance (we keep it on the cleaner side) with some wild characters and scandalous plots, you need to read these. Wattpad is free and so are adding books to your libraries. It’s also a great platform for writers to share their work!

Broken Boy Ch7_teaserMy next big news which will probably add to my sporadic updates here, is after querying my YA dragon fantasy and participating in a couple of pitch parties online, I’ve received a hefty R&R. It’s with a great publisher so I couldn’t be more excited. But it’s going to require some work. So if you wanna keep up-to-date with me or chat, you’ll usually find me on Twitter. I respond to comments here as well, but my posts will be infrequent. And I’m always answering questions on Wattpad, just remember to tag me.

I miss sharing with my WordPress community, so I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. Feel free to comment below and tell me your good news. I love to cheer lead!

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XOXO

Vanessa

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BROKEN BOY: Chapter Two Update

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Guess what guys! My second chapter of Broken Boy is up on Wattpad and I’m over 1000 reads with over 200 of them in the past 12 hours!!! The Cheaters Club series has some amazing stories, I’ve been reading them as well and I already have some favs. Come check them out! And if you stop by, please vote or leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you:) Every single one counts….I’ve checked out my book profile and I’m already moving up the rankings in the category of ChickLit.

Enjoy the read!

And I promise as soon as my #Ficfest is over and I have a couple of chapters of Broken Boy stored away, I’ll be back to writing flash fiction on here. And if there’s anything writing related you’d like to chat about, leave me a comment below and I’ll get a post up for it in the future.

Mahalo and Aloha from my vacay in Maui!

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BROKEN BOY: Chapter One Update

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If you guys don’t already know, I’m working on a new collaborative project on Wattpad! I recently posted my first chapter of Broken Boy and received nearly 200 views in the first 24-hours. The Cheaters Club series is picking up steam and receiving hundreds of views a day, with new readers following us just as fast. If you love romance with hints of sexy and scandal, this is for you. Come check it out! And if you stop by, please vote or leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you🙂

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SIGNS OF LIFE by Selene Castrovilla Release Day

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I’m thrilled to take part in the release launch for Selene Castrovilla’s SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)! Check out the book’s details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

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Publisher: Last Syllable Books

Publication: June 21, 2016

The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself —even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?

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Excerpt from Signs of Life

Joey — Now

I get to the church, and low and behold there’s a new message on its sign. The messages outside this church make my soul shudder. I try not to look at it, but then I always do. It’s like an accident on the side of the road. A really bad accident, where there’s nothing you can do to help—and there you are, staring. Helpless.

I think of this sign like an especially bad therapy session. Like it’s a shrink bringing up shit—no, topics—you don’t want to think about. But this sign is even worse, because it’s not just about me. It’s about all of us—and there ain’t a thing I can do about it.

I don’t know what’s up with this church always making people feel bad before they walk in—or maybe they’re trying to guilt you to come in and pray, to try and do something to ease the pain.

Maybe religion’s just another drug.

Tonight the sign says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

I said that once myself, to Doll. I didn’t even know where it came from, it just blurted out without my even thinking about it. It was like the words were divinely delivered into my throat for me to say. When it was too late to do anything about them.

Typical God.

Makes you wonder what’s up with him, causing all this grief. Maybe he’s toying with us.

But I still go to meetings and I still surrender. What else can I do? And anyway, I don’t have the the strength to fight anymore.

Never thought I’d see that day.

I salute ol’ Jesus still nailed up on that cross and head inside. Poor Jesus. If he had no chance, what’s gonna happen to the rest of us?

Dorothy – Then

The more we kissed the dreamier I felt, like that first time. At the museum, by the
Monet paintings. When we floated among the water lilies. We just drifted right in with them. Now we were floating in the water below us, going with the current, carried by the tide. Nature, we could trust.

But could we trust human nature?

We were still holding hands, he was clutching me, so tight, but then he let go of one hand and touched my hair. It made me feel like when his dad touched me, and my entire body shook. I pushed him off of me and gasped, sucking in huge breaths and yet still unable to breathe.

“Doll …” he tried to touch me again and I recoiled. I fell to my knees on the sidewalk, but I felt no physical pain. It occurred to me to pray but the last time I did that I got screwed.

“What is it?” he asked. He was bent down beside me, but giving me distance too.

I couldn’t answer, but it really didn’t matter because I didn’t know the answer.

“Do you need me to get help?”

My eyes were closed now as I concentrated on calming myself. Who needed God anyway? Joey had been right about him.

Maybe I was my own God, maybe we were each our own gods, and that thought made me laugh. Then I was laughing and breathing, and I was okay. Which proved my thesis, right? I opened my eyes and looked at Joey, who was not getting the joke.

“What the hell?”

He looked like he was about to fit me for a straight jacket.

“I guess … I guess I have a little PTSD. When you touched my hair, I flashed back to your dad touching me …”

“I’m sorry. Okay, I’ll keep out of your hair.” He gave me a crooked grin.

I smiled back. “For now.”

“But … what was so funny?”

“I surrendered to a higher power that turned out to be me.”

He stared at me for a few beats. Then he said, “Whatever works for you.”

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Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

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A Pizza My Heart Anthology Cover Reveal

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It’s finally here! I’m so excited to share with everyone the awesome cover for the YA anthology I’m in that will release in November. Want to know more about this fun book filled with pizza and young adult fiction? Scroll down to read some fun blurbs of the short stories included and meet the authors involved. Because seriously, who doesn’t love pizza and YA?!

Book Name: A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology

Book Genre: YA fiction anthology

Book release date: November 12, 2016 (National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30119563-a-pizza-my-heart

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A Pizza My Heart Blurb

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

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Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

 

About the Publisher

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

Website

Twitter

 

Cover Design by Haley Crosby

 

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology

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Vote for my Snow White inspired Short Story!

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Hey WordPress Friends!

I recently joined the wonderful world of Wattpad and have really enjoyed my experience so far with a huge new project collaboration and my other stories. But going on right now is a short story contest sponsored by Target with the chance to make the top 25 for consideration into a published anthology! How exciting is that?!

I need your help, because every vote counts. If you hop over to my Wattpad page and vote for my first chapter (because that’s the one that counts) of MY PRINCE NEXT DOOR AND SEVEN REASON WHY NOT, I’d really appreciate the love and support.

Here’s what my story’s about:

Snow White thought she had it tough living with seven dwarves, but for Gwen Diaz, she’d take that any day. In a family with seven brothers who’ll scare off any potential Prince Charmings in a hundred mile radius, Gwen may never get a chance at love—or a first kiss, for that matter. That is, until Hot Neighbor Boy moves in, and Gwen’s best friend makes it her summer mission to help Gwen get her prince. Even if it requires distracting Gwen’s seven unduly protective brothers and out-sassing Hot Neighbor Boy’s Evil Ex-girlfriend. MY PRINCE NEXT DOOR AND SEVEN REASONS WHY NOT is a modern day short story romance inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

If you love this story just click the star in the top right corner to vote on Wattpad. And if you really, really love it you can follow me or add my stories to your Library! There’s so much great talent on there and I’ve connected with some wonderful authors.

Thanks in advance!

xoxo,

Vanessa

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It’s Getting Hawt in Here

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I’ve been waiting oh so patiently…not really…but I can finally share some writing news on my end. This past Tuesday, the Wattpad project I’ve been collaborating on, my cover reveal was released. You can check out the full post, where you get to meet me – yes, I posted a video – here and check out all the great things going on over at The Cheaters Club. Now don’t be swayed by the name, it’s this fabulously fun and scandalous story by the lovely Rebecca Sky and it’s up to 6 million views!BROKEN BOY_cover1

And behind the scenes I can tell you there’s some crazy awesome stuff waiting for the readers in the weeks to come. So please please stop by, join the secret Facebook group, vote, make tons of comments because all the authors involved love to chat. Don’t forget to add the books to your Libraries so you get updates and can be the first ones to read it when new chapters post. I guarantee you’re not going to want to miss out on this!

To the right you’ll see my awesome cover – this one will be written by your’s truly.

CC: BROKEN BOY – A.J. Kinsey knew he was never meant to love until he meets the one woman he’ll break all The Cheaters Club rules for…even if it leaves him broken.

And if below you’ll find the full blurb on what my books about along with a teaser quote from an upcoming chapter. I seriously can’t wait to share it with you. I’m on twitter (@Married2ARod) often, so feel free to say to me there and send me GIFs. Because who doesn’t love a GIF?

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“There are far better things ahead than we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis

For A.J. his past is his only reminder to stay on the track to success. He’s young, hawt (because “hot” just isn’t enough), ambitious, and certain the dark cloud of his Las Vegas history is no longer hanging over his head. Until a weekend in New York City gets him noticed by Holden Drake. For any other gentleman, this is their wildest fantasies come true—for A.J. old habits will soon be proven to die hard.

Given no choice but to join The Cheaters Club, A.J. meets the wealthy heiress, Madeleine—a woman he’d never expect to be involved in a gentleman’s club, let alone peak his interest. But the more he gets to know Maddy, whose secrets are deeper and darker than his own, he can’t help himself from falling for her. With Holden grooming A.J. into his protégé and first love knocking at his door, he’ll be forced to break free, leaving The Cheaters Club with either a broken future—or a broken heart.

The first chapter of BROKEN BOY will post on Tuesday July 21st with weekly posts to follow. And be sure to check out my personal Wattpad channel for my other stories including a YA Fantasy, THE HEALER, and my new adult romance SEARCHING FOR MY SUPERHERO.

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A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology – Reveal

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Today is the official reveal day for a Pizza Anthology I’ll be published in come November! My story is called Love Pizza No. 9 …You don’t always get what you ask for.

So check out below all the other great authors involved, the publisher, and our fun hashtag.

Book Name: A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology

Book Genre: YA fiction anthology

Book release date: November 12, 2016 (National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30119563-a-pizza-my-heart

A Pizza My Heart BlurbLove-Pizza-No-9-Teaser

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

 

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

 

About the Publisher

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

Website

Twitter

 

Forthcoming Cover Design by Haley Crosby

 

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology

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Status Update!

status updateI haven’t posted any of my flash fiction in awhile because there’s some pretty awesome writer-ly things going on in my court. If you’ve seen my previous posts you’ll know I took part in #Ficfest as a New Adult mentor. Well that’s not over yet. My mentee is deep into edits, we’ve been bouncing ideas back and forth, and getting it ready for the agent round in July. I’ll be all over that the next month, and boy, am I excited for the finished product. It’s gonna be sweet!

One of my YA short stories was chosen for a YA Pizzathology…yep you read that right – a pizza-themed anthology! Some delicious fun😉 That will be out some time in November.

The huge project I’m working on next I’ll give you just a couple of details, some of the bigger fun is still to come. Come check out The Cheaters Club series created by the wonderfully talented Rebecca Sky on Wattpad. Behind the scenes we’ve got some secrets, fun and big things ahead that I’m gushing to spill, but I think you’re going to have to join the Club first😉 So head on over to Wattpad, follow us on Twitter and get all the juicy details. That’s it for now. You can check out some of my Wattpad stories I’ve been working on and check back for more updates!

What are you up to?

Xoxo

Vanessa

 

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 56: GUARDED HEART

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This is for week fifty-six of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

Another flash fiction piece from earlier in this series. This image spoke to me right away. I feel like period pieces are always a fun take. Castles, royalty and life so different from our own. I have a feeling that Bertrand is going to get in trouble with young Nicolette. Do you think he’s making the wrong choice?

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

 

GUARDED HEART (155 words)

The night air burned Nicolette’s cheeks as she took the steps two at a time to the west tower. She’d never marry Prince Issac. Even if she had loved him she wanted freedom—to travel to where the ocean ended, frequent the darkest taverns, be anything but a proper lady.

“May I help you?” Captain Bertrand stepped from the shadows. He’d always been kind, listening to Nicolette, but she didn’t need help from a guard who worked for her father.

Nicolette stepped closer making Bertrand hold his breath. “Yes. You can.” She grabbed his dagger and held it to his stomach. “Take me from here.”

“Do what you must, but I can’t.”

She knew he’d choose death. Unsure what to do, Nicolette pressed her lips to his until his resistance turned to lust. “Now take me,” she said.

He nodded. Kissing the king’s daughter now earned him a punishment far worse than the Princess’s blade.

 

Can’t wait to read more? Check out my other flash fiction posts here.

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