Pick the Title for Book Six

Happy holidays!

I love this time of year. My husband and I always take off the last two weeks so we can spend time with the kids from Christmas through the first week of January. It’s generally a time of sleeping in, playing games, eating a lot, and just being together. It’s the best two weeks of the year.

This year has been no different except I’m spending a lot of time writing. I have big goals for 2014 and writing every day will help me achieve them.

As I am putting the finishing touches on the final book in the Sharing Space series, I am struggling with a title. It’s the last one, after all, and it has to say so much. My husband, who is intimately aware of what happens in the final book and how it ends, has been trying to help me come up with a title, but we can’t agree on anything. I think we’re both way too close to it and there may be some serious over-thinking going on.

Then we got the bright idea to turn it over to you guys. You’re invested. You know the characters. Why not let you decide? Then we thought we’d make it into a contest because free shit. I mean, who doesn’t like free shit?

So, here’s how it will work:

  • You can submit as many two-word titles for book six as you want.
  • You can leave them in the comments below or on the Facebook status linking this post.
  • You can email them to nina@projectfandom.com if you don’t want to list them publicly.
  • You have until midnight on January 1st, 2014. (PT)
  • I’ll pick my top three favorites and create a Facebook poll where you guys will vote. The title with the most votes by the designated deadline will win.

The title MUST be two words only.

The winner will receive a signed paperback copy of the complete Sharing Space series AND will have a character named after him/her in my next book series scheduled for a May, 2014 release.

Now, you may be wondering how you can think of a title for a story you know nothing about. I got you, boo. Here’s a brief synopsis (no spoilers!) for the final book:

A new year brings a new set of challenges for Chloe and Patrick. Their relationship is still showing signs of strain due to the tragic loss they’ve suffered. When a major opportunity for Patrick leaves Chloe feeling disrespected, she makes a difficult decision she believes is best for both of them. 

Distance and the harsh spotlight of fame leave them vulnerable to outside forces dedicated to keeping them apart forever. Can they admit their mistakes and find their way back to one another? If so, will it be too late?

There you go. Help a sistah out.

Keep reading. I’m writing.

– N.

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In Case You Hadn’t Heard, Book Five Is Here

You would think this would get easier. You would be wrong.

It’s 1:28am PST and I’ve been up since yesterday, 7:45am. Partly because I’m sick – I get sick right before Christmas, always – but mainly because Winter Wishes (Sharing Space #5) is now available and I have nervous tummy.

It doesn’t matter how many 5 and 4-star reviews the first four books have, I still think this is all a fluke and that everyone who liked the previous books will suddenly think they’re all shit. And demand their money back. As if awakened from a spell, they’ll flick through their Kindles and wonder how the fuck those stupid books got there.

This is very much like sending your kids off to school, out into the world, and hoping that people like them. That people get them. And that if they don’t, they’ll at least still be kind to them because they’re your babies.

So, book five is here. I really hope you like my baby.

 

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Sharing Space Book Five Cover & Title Reveal

Tis the season, people.

I am so excited to show you the new cover (and title) for Sharing Space book five…

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I can’t reveal much without giving away major spoilers, so we’ll leave it at this:

Tis the season of giving and togetherness, but a conniving ex and a family tragedy threaten to tear Chloe and Patrick apart.

You can download Winter Wishes, the fifth book in the Sharing Space series, for your Kindle device or app VERY SOON. You can get caught up on the series by downloading books 1 thru 4 here.

My book, Blog It Out, Bitch is also available as a free Kindle download for a limited time.

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She’s going to kill me for telling you this.

My best friend and I love to read together.

We’ve known each other since we were 13. Maybe 12. It’s been a very long time.

But we still love to read together.

In the first apartment I had on my own (a two-bedroom in Bed Stuy with a friend from high school) my best friend and I — both in our late teens — used to lie in my bed, on our backs, and read the same paperback. Not two copies of the same paperback, but the same book. Sometimes we’d wait to turn the pages until we were both ready, but most times if one got a bit ahead it was okay to keep going. This would require us to switch sides, but we made it work. Books I remember reading with her like that are The Firm by John Grisham and one of the Anne Rice vampire book. Maybe The Vampire Lestat.

In our 20s, while living in separate states, we’d read the same book at the same time (separate copies, of course) and make dates to meet online to talk about it. This was before fancy texting and Facebook. I’m talking old-school AOL Instant Messenger.

Read to chapter 3 and let’s meet back here in an hour.

Are you done yet? What’s taking you so long?

I just finished. OMG! What do you want to talk about first?

We would do this all day on a Saturday. All day. You can tell this was before married life and babies came along. What I wouldn’t give for an uninterrupted Saturday to read with my best friend now.

And now, in our late 30s (Shut up. Late 30s are the new early 20s. Or something.), we still do it. But now we have Kindles, kids, husbands, jobs, and side projects. So, our reading dates look like this:

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We now need two days to commit to one chapter.

Almost 40 and I am so excited to be reading a book with my best friend again.

The Book Review That Makes Me Want to Write Forever

Even though I am well aware that everything isn’t for everyone, it still stings a bit to get a negative review for something you’ve written. And not just written, but created and nurtured. Over time, I’ve learned to react to them appropriately: reflect on what points were made that could make my writing better, remember that everyone won’t like what I write and that’s okay, and then keep it moving. It helps when the majority of your reviews are positive. You feel like you’re connecting with the right audience. So, now I let the 1 or 2-star reviews get me down for about fifteen minutes, and then I brush it off and carry on.

Today, I was in Goodreads updating my shelves (Add me! I like connecting with readers there.) when I noticed that Roommate Wanted (Sharing Space #1) had new text reviews. The most recent one was left about two weeks ago and it made me laugh so hard, I had to share. It’s in Spanish, so I used Google Translate to post it here. The words, and pictures, are all from user Sitahiri, my new favorite reader:

 

I loved it!

Nina, thanks for introducing me to my new book boyfriend: Patrick Murphy. 🙂

 

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A light reading , a refreshing change …

A simple and uncomplicated plot, but do not misunderstand me, it is exactly this simplicity and the way it flows naturally what makes a great story.

A story with funny scenes and characters with common problems that we all can have.

Chloe talks to her friend and herself, her reaction when she meets Patrick, her conversations with him, it had me laughing most of the time.

In this first part we mostly get to know some of the characters and their families.

Chloe is a fun girl who fights for what she wants, he does not care much preconceived standards of others with respect to race and who is not afraid to speak her mind (well, as long as it is not her mother. With her she uses more finesse and avoids conflicts.)

Then there is Patrick, aspiring actor, but with his feet on the ground. Since we know that is not so easy to get a chance in that environment and has the financial backing of full-time work in what is given his big break. Focused, fun, polite and with a smile dimpled votios 1000 included in the package.

In short, say that the story that unfolds in this first part of the series is like a good meal, no seasoning surpasses others, but that all comes together to form a delicious taste that leaves you with a good taste in mouth satisfied and wanting more.

And…

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I highly recommend! So come on, give in to the temptation to give it a try to this amusing story.

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Sweet, right? And how hot is their vision of Patrick? I approve!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to writing.

Taking Chances, Sharing Space #4 is Available Now

I’ve been so busy I am just now finding the time to tell you that Taking Chances (Sharing Space #4) is available for download at Amazon.com. It’s been available since Saturday night, but between work, writing, running Project Fandom, and recording Podcast Fandom, I haven’t had a chance to promote it fully.

As you can tell, I’ve been publishing the series ahead of schedule. This is due, in part, to the quick work by my illustrator, Steven Novak, and my editor at Clean Leaf Editing. Mainly, I’ve been anxious to get each book into your hands because of your wonderful support and enthusiastic feedback.

If you haven’t already, Amazon and Goodreads reviews go a long way in helping me find new readers so if you’ve been enjoying the series so far and could leave a quick review, that would be so appreciated.

You can pick up your copy of Taking Chances here.

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Taking Chances is the fourth book in the six-part Sharing Space series. A new book will be available for Kindle download every few weeks. Each book is a short, fun, and sexy read that will leave you wanting more.

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Chloe and Patrick have been basking in the glow of their semi-secret romance, able to enjoy each other without opening themselves up to the scrutiny and opinions of others. That all changes when Chloe is faced with a family emergency. Why does Chloe’s best friend treat the new relationship like a betrayal?

Patrick comes under scrutiny when Chloe’s mother visits for Thanksgiving. Will he live up to the standards Mrs. Brooks has for her daughter? And how will the Murphy clan react when they learn Patrick’s new love is black?

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Book five in the Sharing Space series will be available in mid-December.

Slow Burn Is Available Early!

Because my editor is a machine – a fabulous machine with a gorgeous smile and beautiful hair – Slow Burn, book three in the Sharing Space series, is available now! That’s right. You can get your hands on the next installment in the Chloe and Patrick love story a full two weeks early!

Book four is scheduled for a pre-Thanksgiving release and will most likely be early as well, but that’s not set in stone.


Here’s what you can expect in Slow Burn, part three of this six-part romance novel:

Finally admitting what they share is more than just friendship, Chloe and Patrick begin to explore a romantic relationship.

As Patrick watches his childhood friendships crumble, Chloe’s arms prove to be his one place for comfort. Chloe struggles with her reasons for taking the romance slow. Does she have doubts about Patrick or is she still affected by her ex’s betrayal?

One thing is for sure: Taking it slow may give their new love the best chance at lasting, but ignoring their passion is easier said than done.


Book four in the Sharing Space series will be available just in time for Thanksgiving.

Pick up Slow Burn for your Kindle device or app here!

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