Behind the Scenes

A blog featuring, an exclusive look

at the behind the scenes misadventures,

of a 30-something thriller author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wonderful World of Writing and Rewriting

The Wonderful World of Writing and Rewriting

On the eve of November 30, 2016, I typed the last few words for my national novel writing month target of 50,000 words for the prequel novel, Silence. Upon the completion of this milestone, I had two manuscripts sitting on my hard drive waiting to be edited. The plan was to take December off, a well-earned break, then dive into the revision and editing process; this was the plan. It was a dream that I had every intention of following.

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What to Expect from my Behind the Scenes Author Blog

What to Expect from my Behind the Scenes Author Blog

I can’t believe I’ve decided to do this nevertheless, I’m excited to announce, I’m adding a second blog on top of all the other things I’m committed to doing as an authorpreneur. For quite some time, I’ve been wrestling with the idea of creating an author website for my fiction books. This would mean having three websites, including a website that I’m no longer using. As I pondered this idea, I couldn’t help thinking, there must be a better way. The results of this pondering lead me to create this behind the scenes blog. So, what is Behind the Scenes? How is it relevant to my book coaching and Indie Authorpreneur Blog? And, what can you expect from this blog?

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ME

 

Hello!

 

I’m Amelia. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay and I’m the author of Missing, the first book in the James Lalonde Mystery Series. I’m the host of the Thriller Novel Nerd Podcast and, I’m a book coach. Right now, I’m editing book two in the James Lalonde Mystery series. When I’m not writing, hosting my podcast or coaching aspiring authors, I love to travel around Europe with my husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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My Books

A van Gogh is Missing and A Body is on the Lawn

 

When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A killer is on the loose, Excalibur is missing, and his career is on the line…

 

James, the chief editor of a small newspaper, returns home to discover that his girlfriend, Valentine has unexpectedly left. Later that morning, he fails to reallocate her story. To avoid blank space in the paper, James decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on… Excalibur is Missing, and his girlfriend has been kidnapped.

 

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What I’m Writing Now!

 

88%
Revised Draft

48,483 of 55,000 Words

 

Right now, I’m preparing Book Two in the James Lalonde series (title coming soon), for a final round of revisions. The next step is to send the story off to my editor. I aim to have the ebook available in Kindle Unlimited by the end of November 2020. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

Publishing Updates

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First Draft

0 of 60,000 Words

I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24 hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook in Kindle Unlimited by the end of November 2020. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

100%
Revised Draft

112,960 of 99,000 Words

Book Four in the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be available in ebook in Kindle Unlimited by the end of February 2021. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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