The Sweet Taste of Success


November 30th. The last day of November. That last day of NaNoWriMo. This past month has gone so incredibly fast, no doubt in part thanks to the craziness of NaNo. I’m pleased to say that this year, my second year participating, I met all my goals and reached 50,000 words. If I’m honest, that count isn’t all new words, it’s sometimes rewrites and edits as well. Nevertheless, I’ve won by my own standards and that’s what counts. Next year, though, I certainly aim to write 50,000 fresh new words in a month.

As for editing, I finished edits for Queen of Hearts and started properly looking for betas. (If you’re interested in becoming a beta for me, scroll down for a synopsis.) I can’t believe how quickly I finished this round of edits although there are still many more to go. Nevertheless, I felt quite emotional when I reached the end of the manuscript. I feel that it’s finally at a stage where it’s ready to be consumed (and torn apart) by people and it feels amazing to know that I’m progressing on the writing journey. December, I think, will be a time to sit back and consolidate the edits and work on some other, smaller projects while I wait for feedback. And prepare for Christmas and exchange, of course. 🙂

This will also be my last update for a week or so (I’m having my wisdom teeth out on Wednesday) so happy post-NaNo/December. 🙂


Synopsis Queen of Hearts

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

Daughter of Kings follows the story of Karavere as she overcomes her brother’s death and led her country’s army against the invading forces of the nearby empire. Set among the political intrigues of a court ruled by a weak king and the muddy tents of an army camp, Daughter of Kings is an action-packed, emotional coming of age novel.


When Kara defies her father and frees two slaves, she sets in motion a series of events that threaten to overhaul the very fabric of her society. And with a large empire looming in the north, poised to conquer everything in their path, Kara must face many choices, both for herself and her country. But will she choose between what is right and what is necessary? As Kara leads her people to war in the north, she must learn to juggle her responsibilities as a commander and the political web of the distant capital if she is to remain alive. Luckily, she has a strong group of friends to support and protect her, even to the end.

So there you have it, the synopsis of Queen of Hearts. Apologies if it’s sort of terrible and off point. If you are interested in beta-ing (is that even a verb?) then please shoot me an email at AT gmail DOT com with your availability, strengths etc. 🙂 I hope to have the document ready to send by the end of the week. 🙂

11 thoughts on “The Sweet Taste of Success

  1. Emily Witt says:

    Congratulations on the win! I saw last night you were pretty close.

    I would offer to beta for you, except I’m not very good at it (unless the writing is really bad, which I’m sure yours isn’t). I tend to get too involved in the reading and then people end up with maybe three comments if they’re lucky.

  2. rosedandrea says:

    While reading my mother’s romance novel I discovered that I very much enjoy beta-ing (it’s a word now! lol). The problem I would have is that I’m already procrastinating on another beta project and my first child is due the middle of January. The house is nowhere near ready for her. :/
    It’s difficult passing up your story, though, it sounds like an interesting plot.

    Good luck with the book, and your wisdom tooth extraction.

  3. Fallon says:

    Congrats on winning NaNo!! I keep saying I’m going to be a rebel, then end up starting something new on November 1. One of these years, maybe. 🙂

    I’d love to beta for you. Like Emily, I tend to get sucked into a story, but hopefully I can give you some feedback still. 🙂

  4. Cindy says:

    Congrats on the NaNo win! Feels good doesn’t it?

    I am also going to sit back and relax, well sort of, for the rest of December. I have three theatre project sill this month. And then in January, I am going to set about and revise the current novel. Then if all goes well later in 2015 revisit my other two NaNo Novels for revision. 2015, I have decided is the revision year (and more writing too!).

    Have a super week!!

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