Stuck in a Writing Cave…

Hello everyone! I’m popping in real quick to show that, yes, I am still alive. I’ve just been so BUSY. I’m still working full time, despite COVID concerns, because I work in healthcare and, well, healthcare doesn’t stop and doesn’t close for anything. It just keeps going. So I’m definitely busy there. I’m also busy WRITING and EDITING and PLOTTING and OUTLINING. 

After nearly four years of not being able to really write, I’m finally back on the grind and, frankly, it feels really nice. I haven’t been able to finish anything since I finished The Sanctuary in 2016 and its felt kind of awful. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve started novels. I started a science fiction that didn’t go anywhere. I got really far into a fantasy that I’m still hoping to go back to but with all these dragon novels coming out recently…I just lost my taste for it. I worked on a young adult contemporary for NaNoWriMo in 2019 but I got stuck on that too. I’ve just been struggling.

Relaunching The Awakened Duology and getting Benched ready for publication (coming this September – preorder now!) has really kicked my ass into gear and I am working harder than I’ve worked in quite a few years. Its seriously awesome. I’m not reading a damn thing right now – I’m five books behind on my GoodReads goal for the year but while normally this would bother me and I’d go into a pit of despair in how little I’m reading…I can’t care right now because I’m writing for the first time in ages.

First off, I’m working with my amazing and incredible friend, Alyssa, on the content and line edits for Benched to get it ready for publication. I already had a lot of faith in this book and really believe in it. I really think its great and I’m proud of it but I can’t even explain how much better its gotten since working with Alyssa. Its just really come together and even though I absolutely loathe edits, I’m seriously happy with how things are turning out and shaping up while working with Alyssa. I think that with the two of us working so hard on it, its really going to be the best book it can be when it comes out.

I have also began work on Benched #2, which DOES have a title but will not be revealed until September. I had started something very small way back when, just a prologue and the beginnings of a chapter for this story but I was so disappointed that Benched wasn’t getting picked up AND then The Awakened DID get picked up so I got…distracted and just never went back to it. I am excited to write it now – I really think that people are going to love the characters in this story because I love them so much and I think its going to be great. I can’t say much yet but I have about 5K words and counting and I’m working on my summary and outline now. Its so nice to work on something NEW, which I haven’t done in SO long.

Lastly, I sort of toyed with the idea of rewriting and self publishing a novel that I wrote about ten years ago. If you’ve been a fan of this blog since its inception in 2012, you might know what I’m talking about. Its a story that was near and dear to my heart, but it just…looking back on it now, it wasn’t done and it wasn’t ready and my writing is nowhere near what it is now. I also thinking I was attempting to write new adult before I really had an idea of what new adult was and now that I do and now that I’ve written Benched, I feel more comfortable and confident in what I was trying to accomplish there and I want to write it again and write it BETTER. I have sort of slowly started rewriting it and we’ll see where it goes. I’m not holding my breath that it works and Benched and Benched #2 have my full attention at this moment so we’ll see.

At the end of the day, I’m spending a LOT of my time on writing and so I think I might post a lot more writing stuff on the blog coming up, the way I did years back when I was super focused on my writing. But I promise you, I’m totally alive, still having a good time, watching a LOT of cheesy baseball romance movies and hiding in my writer’s cave. 

You’ll see a lot more updates from me on both of my instagram accounts – whatanerdgirlsays and sesantanawrites

See you there!

Benched – A New Adult Sports Romance – ARC Sign Ups Are Happening Now! {And You Don’t Have to be a Pro to Get One…}

Now that the Awakened Duology is back in the world again, and available for paperback and various ebook retailers, I can stop and focus on the really important book, BENCHED.

Benched is my brand new, new adult romance coming this September 22nd. Its my new adult debut and it is the first time that I’m self publishing a brand new novel with…well, confidence and knowledge and know-how and all of that. I’m seriously excited to be bringing this book into the world. I’ve been working on some version of this story since I was in high school and I’m excited that its finally going to be shown to the world. My editor is working on the final edits right now and loving the book so I’m feeling SO great about it. I have great preorder campaign incentives coming and I’m just SOOO excited.

Now, though, its time for ARC sign ups!!! I will be giving out a limited amount of physical ARCs and a BUNCH of e-ARCs in the hopes of drumming up some interest and love for Benched before its released this fall.

This is important – Yes, I definitely want to hear from those who book blog or have a bookstagram account or a BookTube channel or post reviews religiously on GoodReads but if you don’t do any of the above – that’s okay! If you like to review books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc, I still need your help!

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ITS THE AWAKENED AND THE SANCTUARY RE-LAUNCH DAY!!! {Order Bonus AND Giveaway!}

Its finally here! Today is the day! Today, The Awakened Duology is officially relaunched into the world and I’m so excited. Its only 8 am here right now and I feel like today will be a good day. I sat in traffic all morning and I have a headache haha but its going to be a good day because my babies are back in the world!

This post is here so you can learn about the series, if you’re unfamiliar and how to find out how you can get your hands on some goodies – including signed bookplates! There is also a giveaway as well so check it out!!!

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Blogversary Announcement – BENCHED, A New Adult Sports Romance, Coming September 2020!

Its What A Nerd Girl Says 8th Blogversary today!!

I can’t believe that this little ol’ blog has been around for eight years. I started this blog on a whim – I hardly thought it through. I think the only thing I truly thought through was the name, something that I’m SO glad I thought about because its been my moniker, my identity, for 8 years. This has been so insanely important to me. I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and was taking a look at my memories and I posted something that really resonated with me today. I didn’t celebrate much last year, mostly because I had started a new position at my work and had just moved into an apartment. But I really expressed myself well. Here’s what I wrote:

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Join Me on May 23rd for an Instagram Live Event to Celebrate 8 Years of What A Nerd Girl Says!

Can you believe in just about TWO weeks, this blog, this little ol’ engine that could blog will be turning eight years old? Honestly, I hardly believe it myself most days. I’m SO excited for it though – trends kind of come and go and while I know that book blogging and blogging in general aren’t really cool anymore since Instagram and YouTube are where a lot of people get their content nowadays, I’m glad that I’ve stuck with this blog as long as I have. It makes me happy and its a place to go to share my love for books and all things nerdy.

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BIG News! The Awakened is BACK! All the Details Here!

I know, I know, my blogging skills nowadays are totally lacking. I’ve honestly just been SO busy – I’m still working my full time job, I’m trying to keep up with a decent reading schedule, maintain my health and fitness routine, and so on.

But there’s a BIGGER reason on why I haven’t really been blogging much lately and that’s because I’ve been working on something HUGE and something BIG. The something-HUGE won’t be announced until May 23rd, the 8th birthday of this blog (WHAT!). However, I’ve been working really hard on the something-BIG and if you follow me on Instagram at all, you’ve already seen the news!

That doesn’t mean I can’t share it here too!

After nearly two years of being off the market – The Awakened and its sequel, The Sanctuary are being republished on June 16th, 2020 in both paperback and ebook!

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