SNARKY RESPONSE: Now you’re just trying to be cute, Fortune Cookie Guru. And as they tell most writers, if you think you’re funny, you probably aren’t. Don’t quit your day job. No! Wait! This is your day job, isn’t it? Doh!

It’s a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to the waiter.

Well, I don’t know about that waiter, but things here at Golinowski’s Gambol are about to get REAL SERIOUS. How serious, you might ask? We’re talkin’ real BITCHOK* here.

My local chapter of the Romance Writers of America, Virginia Romance Writers, has challenged us all to a FastDraft challenge. Author Candace Havens came to our chapter a few months ago and shared her technique to pound out a full manuscript in two weeks. The way to do it is to write 20 pages a day. You’ll end up with a 70,000 word manuscript which is publishable length. Now, it’ll be a rough draft, but this is about production, not quality.

About 25 of us have pledged ourselves to the effort. I’m on a “crew” with many of the other authors over at Words, Women, Wisdom. We’ll be keeping each other honest and accountable, checking in every day when we reach our allotted pages.

I’ll share updates along the way – written AFTER I’ve completed my day’s pages, so stay tuned!


I’m thrilled to announce that Collector’s Item, my paranormal romance, will be released by The Wild Rose Press on May 17, 2013.

Here’s the “back cover blurb” for your personal edification:

Alpha were-jaguar, Katarina “KT” Marant is trained to protect the pride so when her aunt disappears, KT naturally takes up the hunt. Her suspicion settles on the Collectors, humans who view shapeshifters as the ultimate big game.

Peyton Massey can’t believe he’s got to blow his cover to rescue a shapeshifter “princess.” Even harder to believe is that she wants to stage her own kidnapping in order to catch the leader of the Collectors and find her aunt.

Everything goes sideways when KT is kidnapped for real and by someone she never suspected. Will Peyton find her before time runs out? Or will she become a true Collector’s Item?

On May 17th, you’ll be able to find out!

* Butt In Chair, Hands On Keys


About Denise Golinowski

I write "Fantasy with a Kiss of Romance" and love reading same. I hope that together we can share our experiences - likes and loves - as we read and I write, together.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Candace Havens, challenges, Collector's Item, Fast Draft, manuscript, rough draft, RWA, The Wild Rose Press, VRW, W3, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think as long as we see the Fast Draft as being a lot of fun and getting us closer to our dreams, it will be something that we can achieve without problems (I'm saying that now, but I am less than 2 pages in). I will be cheering you on – now get back to pounding the keys! HA! 🙂

  2. Congrats on the release date for Collector's Item! Can't wait to see the final product! Good luck with Fast Draft, too. (I'll keep it short so you can get back to creating!)

  3. I'm cheering you on as well. I believe yesterday's results were pretty good across the board. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks, Leah! I'm so excited that it's finalized. Gotta work on laying groundwork and such. Happy writing!

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