Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 Things About MORE THAN WORDS by Lilly Avalon + Giveaway

Today I have my friend and fellow author Lilly Avalon on the blog to share 5 things you may not know about her newest release, More Than Words, which came out last week. AND she has a super awesome exclusive giveaway just for you guys! 

First, here's a bit about More Than Words...

More Than Words
by Lilly Avalon
Published: October 24, 2014
All of her friends know her as Dana Darling, the clean romance writer. She's never written a steamy novel, not even in her head, but now her publisher needs her to write one. It doesn't appear too difficult at first, but then Dana's lack of sexual knowledge creates writer's block.
That's where her friend Landon comes in. She needs pointers on positions and dirty talk, and he owes her a favor. They agree that it's strictly business and clothes are mandatory, but once they get to work, it's another story entirely... one that's being written between the sheets and not on paper.

*More Than Words is a standalone erotica novella*

5 Things You May Not Know About More Than Words
1. I wrote the whole first draft in 12 days. The word count broke 12,000, so that means I averaged about 1,000 words a day. It was a milestone for me as a writer: consistent high count writing days and fastest I've written a whole story. What was even more amazing about it is that I didn't have to change or add much when I edited.

2. I didn't choose the title until I was done writing. Usually I have to have a title before I write, but this time nothing was clicking. When I was almost finished, I started considering a few different titles. Then I wrote a line in the story that included the words "more than words" and I knew I had my title.

3. I didn't expect to write this story until some time down the road. I wanted to focus my attention on Longing, the sequel to Resist, first. Of course, no matter what your intentions are as a writer, inspiration has other plans. More Than Words just fell into place one night. I pretty much wrote a bare bones draft in my phone of about 2800 words the first night. The path of the story from then on out flowed until the end. To be honest, it was magical.

4. The character of Landon took the whole story to flesh out. At first he was just a sweet guy, then he started to tell me more about himself and that just added to his dynamic and the friendship he has with Dana. I have a soft spot for men with a strong sense of humor, and Landon really made me swoon because of that (and other more sexy reasons...obviously).

5. When I contemplated writing this, it was going to be a short story. I guessed maybe a little over 5,000 words. But when I started actually writing it, I realized how much more needed to be said, how much more there was to the story. I couldn't deprive Dana and Landon by not telling their story the way it needed to be told.

Interesting, huh? I love knowing behind the scenes facts about stories I've read. More Than Words is my favourite book of Lilly's so far, and I highly recommend it. You can read my review here. Hopefully that, plus Lilly's post and the amazing giveaway will convince you to buy the book, which you can do at any of the following retailers:

~About the Author~

Lilly Avalon is the author of the erotic romances Here All Along and Resist, and the upcoming novella More Than Words. She's somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head. When she's not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she's out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It's a toss-up.

Find Lilly online:
{Goodreads ||Website ||  Facebook || Twitter}

~GIVEAWAY~
Lilly has donated an amazing, exclusive prize just for readers of Ramblings of a Daydreamer. It's so cool I want to enter myself, but I guess that's not really fair, is it? ;-)

One lucky winner will get this More Than Words themed pack of goodies:
*3 mini composition notebooks
*5 bangle bracelets
*1 tiny tiger plushie
*1 compact mirror (with the quote "Well behaved women seldom make history")
*book swag

~Open internationally~


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Have you read More Than Words? If you haven't, is it on your TBR? Have a question or comment for Lilly? We want to hear from you! ;-)

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