It sounds like a title of an episode from Mork and Mindy, doesn't it? If you're a writer, though, you know exactly what NaNoWriMo is.
I wanted to send you a link to a writer who is participating for her first time this year. Her name is Leigh Scott and she's begun writing a new humorous trilogy called The Goddess of Tornado Alley. This first book is titled Dead Beat Dates and Deities and Leigh has just posted the first chapter, (unedited) on her blog.
Here's the synopsis of this first book:
Twenty-nine year old loan officer Frances Reed, more commonly known as Frank, is smart and beautiful, on just this side of plump with a fondness for caramel macchiatos and white cheddar cheese popcorn that borders on addiction. She’s been on more than her share of dates but has yet to find her prince among an army of toads. Her love life is helpless and she’s sure she’s doomed to live her life without finding that special someone she wants to fight over the remote control with.
During another disappointing date, this one at a restaurant in the local mall, Frank drinks one too many margaritas and decides to ditch her suitor while he’s in the bathroom. She consoles herself with a sale at her favorite lingerie shop but gets a concussion instead of a push up bra when she falls headfirst into a decorative Aphrodite fountain. While unconscious, she has a ‘dream’ in which the statue comes to life to reveal that Frank is a descendant of the goddess herself. With Frank being as romantically challenged as she is, Aphrodite is less than pleased.
Believing this encounter to be nothing more than a hallucination, Frank decides to dismiss it…until her paramedic falls instantly in love with the ER nurse and a spark is ignited between her best friend and her doctor. It soon becomes apparent that people fall in love when in Frank’s presence. Using her newfound ability, Frank starts up a wildly successful online dating site that puts her little town of Sparrow, Nebraska on the map.
What in the world is a goddess born from the sea doing in Tornado Alley? And why can Frank make love connections for everyone in town but herself?
If this sounds at all interesting to you, please visit Leigh Scott's blog, give this first chapter a quick read and leave her a comment.
If you like what you read, wander over to Leigh's Facebook page and press that awesome Like button. I know she'd be incredibly grateful to you if you did.
For those of you who have begun NaNoWriMo for this year, good luck and happy writing!