It’s here! Dacia M Arnold’s award-winning dystopian thriller has hit shelves

Dacia M Arnold - Apparent Power

If you’ve been following award-winning author Dacia M Arnold on ChapterBuzz for as long as we have, you are already well aware of her DiaZem series.

And hearing about her latest book deal will come as no surprise, either.

After all, Dacia’s career is blasting off. She rocked our 10K Writing Challenge not once but twice, taking home awards both times. She’s signed with a publisher. She’s even been on the cover of a magazine—our very first issue of Books & Buzz Magazine.

Well, guess what? Book 1 in the DiaZem series, Apparent Power, has just been released! It’s waiting for you—but fair warning: it will pull you right in and you’ll lose all track of time.

The plot of Apparent Power is tantalizingly simple, and starts with a question:

How does a mother make an impossible choice?

A dormant gene awakens.
A mother is separated from her son.
A rising world government seeks genetic purification.

As Valerie Russell evades the totalitarian regime, she is also faced with a moral choice: risk failure and attempt to save the masses or run and preserve only the lives of her family.

Dacia M ArnoldHooo boy. If you liked the Divergent series from Veronica Roth, you’re gonna want to dive right in on the Diazem series.

The first reviews are in, and so far, so (really) good!

“… the author’s near-breakneck pace is exhilarating… A commendable sci-fi series launch spearheaded by a remarkable heroine.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“This book beautifully explored the lines between healthy and toxic relationships… Since Valerie is the daughter of a soldier and a nurse herself, Dacia did a beautiful job taking me (a civilian and non-medical professional) into their worlds.”
-Rachel Huffmire, author of Shattered Snow

Apparent Power is published by Immortal Works and is now available on Amazon, in print and for Kindle. Please support Dacia by purchasing your copy of her debut novel today!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Writing Challenge season

Learn more about TimThis is the time of year when writers from lands near and far—and all across the globe—meet in one spot to spend the month of October in writing bliss.

It’s the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz, and it’s starting first thing tomorrow.

They’re all in—are you?

This Challenge will be our biggest one yet! Take advantage of this chance to crank out a slew of exciting chapters, meet other writers and swap feedback, and maybe even win an award for your novel-in-progress.

Come one, come all…beginning writers & seasoned authors, half-finished manuscripts and blank pages. It’s open to all! As long as you write 10,000 new words in October, you’ll be eligible to win.

This is your moment. Are you up for the Challenge? Learn more & enter the Challenge

Final weekend! 10K Writing Challenge starts Monday

Learn more about TimThis is the last weekend to enter before the 10K Novel Writing Challenge kicks off! So many of our writers have already made the bold decision to write 10,000 words during the month of October.

Imagine how this could ignite your writing life…

You’ll end the month with (at least) 10,000 new words—that’s several chapters—and possibly an award for your work-in-progress. And if you really get involved, you’ll also receive some great feedback on your work, rack up Fame Points, and attract new Fans!

(Your Fans are the people in this world who are the most excited to keep up on your writing journey and receive your new material.)

Start getting your name out there, and show the world what you’re made of.

And…

Make your novel as awesome as you know it’ll be! Enter the Challenge now

Too busy to write? 3 steps to make time magically appear

Learn more about TimI hear it from writers all the time: “My life is too hectic, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to write.” I can totally relate. I have felt the same way for most of my life. But I discovered that with these 3 simple steps, I could conjure up extra hours in the day, almost with no effort at all.

And they can work for you, too:

1. Make a bold decision. This truly is the first step, and so many writers never do this. You need to tell yourself, in no uncertain terms, that writing a novel is what you want to do. Allow yourself to feel the excitement of setting out on this new journey. Close your eyes, and picture yourself holding your published book in your hands, in as much visual detail as possible. Then ask yourself, how does it feel?

It’s so simple, but it’s amazing what happens when you make this conscious (and bold) decision: it’s like your mind starts buzzing with all sorts of ideas on how to actually make it happen. Goals start setting themselves. Ever heard the term “mind shift”? That’s exactly what this is.

Here’s a good way to decide now that you’re going to get started: Join us in this 10,000-word Writing Challenge (starts October 1st…soon!)

2. Make your novel a priority. What’s important gets done. Ever notice how you never quite get around to things you aren’t very excited about? That’s no coincidence. If something is not a priority, there will be no shortage of reasons that you won’t “get around to it.” A year from now, do you really want to be thinking, I wish I could just get going on my novel? Or would you rather have a published book with your name on it—one that already hit #1 on the ChapterBuzz Charts—and be hard at work on your follow-up book as your readers keep asking you when it’ll be done?

Your familiar refrain of “I’ll write a book someday” stops today. Mark this day on your calendar…as the day you decided to make your novel a priority!

3. Make writing a habit. I learned about the power of habits through my ceiling fan. What? During the summer months, I noticed that the ceiling fan in my bedroom would collect dust. Not just a little dust, but mounds of dust. And since I don’t spend very much time thinking about ceiling fans—and to be fair, who does, really?—it was only every month or so that I would realize the fan blades had become absolutely befouled with all manner of dust, dirt, and grime. Dust bunnies? Ha. I had curated an entire zoo of dust animals. Between perching myself precariously on a folding chair to reach the fan blades, climbing down again, plus all the trips back and forth to the kitchen sink to rinse off my dusting cloth, the entire process took 20 minutes and felt like a cross between my daily workout and a training session for an Ocean’s Eight–style art museum heist.

Then one day I had an aha! moment. If I forced myself to quickly wipe down the fan blades every night before bed, it would save all the hassle, the time, and most importantly, the dread of having to do this major monthly chore. So that’s exactly what I do now: each and every night, I run a damp cloth down each of the fan blades. It only takes a few seconds, and I never have to worry about the next grand opening of the Great Dust Animal Zoo.

The point is: I’ve applied this habit-based approach to my writing, and it works very well, which is one reason I’m able to post so frequently on this blog. Daily writing is a habit for me!

Sitting down to write for an hour, even 30 minutes, each day means you’re making gradual progress on your book. Writing a novel will no longer feel like a herculean task, worthy of dread, that you’ll “get around to some day.”

That’s truly it. Now you’re more than a writer—you’re a magician.

Make the bold decision to get started, make your novel a top priority, get in the habit of writing every day, and just watch as your hectic life bends to your will, and time—out of nowhere—magically appears.


I’m Timothy Pike, and I specialize in helping you publish a beautiful book to the virtual shelves of Amazon. This October, join us for the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz!

T-minus 4 days! Join us for this Writing Challenge

Learn more about TimWriters, only 4 days left to register before the 10K Novel Writing Challenge starts!

Make sure you get in right away, so you can spend October writing about 350 words a day—for a total of 10,000 words added to your novel.

Whether your novel is a blank page or halfway done, whether you’re a published author or total beginner, you’re welcome to join us!

Novelists of all skill levels are welcome, and you could even win an award for your writing, and be an award-winning author by the end of the month.

See you there! Enter the Challenge now

3 ways winning an award for your novel can help you

Learn more about TimWord is spreading quickly, so by now you’ve probably heard about the 10K Novel Writing Challenge that starts on October 1st, a few short days from now.

I’m guessing you’ve already made the bold decision to get going on your novel, and realized that this kick in the pants to write 10,000 words and make solid progress on your book is the best way you could spend the next month.

And I’m sure you know that several awards are up for grabs, all going to the most promising works-in-progress.

Since there’s no cash prize, what’s so great about winning an award? Simple: it’s a great career booster, and here are 3 reasons why.

1. You’re taken more seriously. Being an award-winning author (instead of just a “writer”) gives you instant credibility. It means your work was recognized as being top-notch—a distinction that few novelists ever get—and catapults you from hobbyist to serious career author.

2. People are more likely to buy your book. Hey, winning an award is an impressive feat, and readers know this. Seeing “Award-winning” on the cover of any book can quickly tip a reader from “Hmmm, sounds interesting…” to “Add to cart.” And that’s exactly what you want!

3. You’ll be featured in our literary magazine. As an award winner, you can give your blossoming career a jump start with a feature article about you in Books & Buzz Magazine. The name of the game is—I’m so sorry to keep rhyming—fame. Getting your work in front of as many people as possible is very important…and even more so before your book is published.

Ready to take your writing to the next level? Join us in the Challenge—it starts soon! Writers of all skill levels welcome.

3 ways to conquer fear and write, write, write!

Learn more about TimAs a novelist, do you ever feel anxiety or fear when you think about writing a book? Even procrastination and writer’s block can be brought on by deep-seated fears. Here are three ways to kick fear to the curb, and get those words onto paper.

1. Know you aren’t perfect. And neither is anyone else. Everyone has their unique gifts: for some, it’s storytelling, for others, it’s realistic characters. Still other writers are good with grammar. Then, of course, all writers are at different stages of their writing journeys. From beginners who have never written a single chapter, to experienced authors with several books published, everyone is on equal footing because each has nurtured—or is willing to nurture—his or her own unique talents. Here’s something to remember: even the big-name authors—the household names—also have editors who slice and dice and rewrite their manuscripts to make sure their books shine. No one’s perfect.

2. Remember what you stand to gain. I know that you know that your novel is going to be a hit. And what’s better than knowing that readers are out there enjoying your work, eagerly awaiting your next book? Remember that nothing great was ever achieved without risk, and even though writing and publishing a novel is not an easy feat, what you produce in the end will stand as a monument to your hard work, courage, and willingness to wade into the scary waters of putting your stories in the public eye. You’ve got this.

3. Take the Challenge. In other words, just do it. Diving right in and writing as much as you can is a great way to plow through your fears and hesitations. That’s where the 10K Novel Writing Challenge comes in. During the month of October, you’ll write 10,000 words, get feedback from fellow writers, and possibly (probably?) even win an award for your work-in-progress. Keep in mind that constructive criticism while you write is amazingly effective, and can help you fine-tune your novel so that you know readers are enjoying it—even before it’s published.

Please pass these tips on to writer friends who may need a nudge. And I hope to see you in the 10K Challenge next month!