Forgetting Fallenwood by Leslie D. Soule – guest post and giveaway

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Beating The “I Don’t Want To Write” Syndrome

Do you ever have those days when you really want to write, but for whatever reason, you can’t bring yourself to do it? The culprit could be increased stress due to job factors, a sudden loss of interest, or maybe a bad review of something you’ve previously written. Sometimes, it’s just plain burnout. As a college graduate, I’m rather familiar with the symptoms of burnout – it happens when you really want to do something, like write a paper or complete a project, but for whatever reason, you just can’t bring yourself to do it. Eventually, there will be a crash if you persist. The I-Don’t-Want-To-Write bug is similar, and you can’t beat it just by forcing yourself to write, like some kind of novel-machine.

As with burnout, the answer just may be to do something else entirely, to take your mind off of the task at hand. Once you’re refreshed, you can then return to your work with renewed vigor and (hopefully) a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. I find that because writing is such an intensely mental exercise, it helps to do something physical if you’re feeling like you don’t want to write, or nearing burnout. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or pay money in order to get some exercise in, either. Even stepping away from your work desk for a few minutes may have a positive effect. Running is a good option, and there are many websites where you can print out a Couch To 5k schedule, and start with small workouts that build into the ability to run a full 5k eventually.
In conclusion, when facing the “I Don’t Want To Write” bug, I find that it’s often helpful to do something enjoyable, other than writing. Your writing will always be there, and it should be something you want to do, instead of feeling like a chore.

What do YOU do when you don’t feel like writing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!

Cover_Forgetting FallenwoodWhat happens when Ash accidentally makes her way through another portal, this time into the Other Realm, and forgets she ever went to Fallenwood? More importantly, how much of one’s identity is made up of memories? Fallenwood 2 is the continuing journey of heroine Ash Kensington. Struggling with a deep sense of grief, sorrow, and overall confusion, Ash tries to work her way through to a deeper, underlying meaning. This search leads her back to Fallenwood, where the mystery unravels itself as she realizes that a very sinister force may be underlying everything…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Ashley woke in a cold sweat. She remembered nothing of her time spent in the magical realm known as Fallenwood. Without the remembrance of her journey in Fallenwood, Ashley awoke as her former self, without the benefit of the lessons learned during her journey. That journey never existed, and her memory bank filled itself with everything she’d known before she left. Ashley began living a normal life, as though Fallenwood didn’t exist at all. Now, visions slipped away into nothingness and she believed she’d only had a series of incredibly vivid dreams and nothing more.

Yet the heart keeps a remembrance of its own, and without Prince Edward, a cold loneliness sank to the core of Ashley’s heart. Her mind couldn’t define the source of her heartache, so she blindly sought its cure.

AuthorPicLeslie D. Soule is an author who loves to try new genres and Sacramento, California is her hometown. She has an M.A. in English from National University and is a member of the English Chapter of the Sac State Almuni Association. She is currently working on her fantasy quadrilogy, The Fallenwood Chronicles.

Website link: www.lesliesoule.com

Twitter: @Falcondraco

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The Making of a Romance Writer by Maria Alexander

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The Making of a Romance Writer
by Maria K. Alexander, Author of Untangle My Heart
How many of us have imagined what it would be like to be famous? If you did, maybe you dreamed of wearing glamorous clothes, fabulous shoes and sparkling jewelry. Don’t forget limos and champagne along with a sexy man escorting you across a red carpet.

When I think of my early impressions of a romance writer, I think of Danielle Steel. She was one of my favorite authors who got me enthralled with reading romance as a young girl. I remember looking at her author photo at the end of her book, where she’d always be wearing something sophisticated and gorgeous, and I’d say to myself, “I want to be like her.”

Well, here’s a reality check…

This writer’s everyday life is not glamorous.

I get too little sleep, don’t keep the house as neat as I’d like, I miss out on the occasional softball game all in the name of writing. Like many, I juggle a day job, family, fitness, friends and writing. It’s a journey I started over five years ago and despite the missed sleep, I wouldn’t change it.

I’ve always been a goal-oriented person. And any goal worth striding toward is worth some self-sacrifice. I thought long and hard before embarking on this journey. I armed myself with data on the craft of writing, attended a countless number of workshops, and have worked hard to strengthen my skills. It’s not an easy journey and has the potential for failure. Even knowing this, I was still intent on pursuing my dream.

“Failure is not your final destination.” Vernice Armour
I heard these words from a motivational speaker at my day job. This phrase, along with her workshop (and book) really resonated with me. The journey through life can be challenging. For some, more so than others. The same applies to writers. Some people write one book, get and agent, and get published. Others have written ten or more before they’re picked up. Many more are still struggling.

I’ve been blessed that it only took five years and two manuscripts before I got published. It wasn’t easy and I had a lot of challenges to work through. And I still do. Because there are so many opportunities for publication, writers have to work harder to write the best story possible. We have to keep our material fresh and engaging to our readers.

And now that I’ve reached one goal—publication—it’s not over. The journey doesn’t stop with the publication of a book. Rather, it’s a start of a whole new phase. Now that I’ve reached that bar, I raise it up and try for the next goal. In my way of thinking, the bar never stops moving. You’re in charge of where you set it and how quickly you choose to move to get there. Sometimes life gets in the way and you sit idle for a while. And that’s okay. But keep moving, even if it’s moving in place.

The making of a romance writer isn’t always glamorous, and it certainly has its ups and downs, but I’ve met a lot of fabulous authors and made new friends. This July, I’ll head down to San Antonio, Texas for Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. I’ll be in the presence of awe-inspiring authors like Nora Roberts, Kristin Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and many others. For the first time, I’ll get to sign at the “Readers for Life” Literacy book signing. And while I won’t attract the masses like the wonderful ladies I just mentioned, I hope to connect with a few readers who will be attracted by my cover and stop by my table. I’ll get to dress up and attend an award ceremony to recognize achievement in writing. For those few days, I will feel…not exactly famous…but part of greatness. And it will bring a smile to my lips and help me remember all that I’ve accomplished and what’s more to come.

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen her marriage ended in tragedy, Kate DiFrancesco rebuilt her life, but has never gotten over the pain of what she lost. Seeking the help of an ex-lover ignites feelings she’s promised never to have again. She’ll need to untangle herself from dangers in her past in order to break the hard shell around her heart.

Edward Weston has a lot to prove, both to his stuffy upper-crust British family, and to himself. Working alongside Kate, a woman he had a casual relationship with, stirs unexpected feelings. Helping her family makes him realize what he’s missing. For the first time, he wants more than a one-night stand.

When Kate is threatened, Edward must overcome feeling unworthy to protect the woman he loves and fight for the family he never thought he’d have.

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A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the stories she read. Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in love.

 

Maria blogs about her writing journey with The Violet Femmes at http://thevioletfemmes.com. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.

 

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Website: http://mariakalexander.com

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Four Novellas by Lashell Collins


This post is part of the Cover Reveal Blog Tour for the first four books in Lashell Collin’s Kelly Family Series. These four novellas will all be released on April 30, followed exactly one month later on May 30 by a full length novel in the series. Lashell will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The other stops on the tour can be seen by clicking the tour banner.

Ethan: A Kelly Family Novella

Officer Ethan Kelly is a nice guy. That’s what all the girls say, right before they toss him aside for one of those bad boys. But when he meets rookie officer, Heather Moss, Ethan is determined to show her that a nice guy knows how to treat a real woman.

But Heather isn’t interested. Or at least, she doesn’t want to be. She swore off men a long time ago, and focusing on her career leaves zero room for romance. Even with someone as sweet and sexy as Ethan. But when she saves his life on a robbery call, Heather realizes that he might just be the man to save her from herself.

Storm: A Kelly Family Novella

Bad boy cop Storm Kelly is on the prowl for some action. And the way he’s feeling, he doesn’t much care if it comes in the form of a bar fight or a smart, sassy woman. So when he gets off his Harley and walks into a biker bar, he’s in his element when he finds both … barroom brawl, check. Rescue the damsel in distress, check. And with any luck, that sexy damsel might just turn out to be the perfect sub he’s been searching for.

Nina Fitz is in a world of trouble when the sexy stranger comes to her rescue. Never one to resist a hot guy on a motorcycle, she quickly decides to invite this one home. And when the jerk from the bar decides he’s not through with her, Officer Storm Kelly becomes her protector. But after one night of passion with Storm, Nina is left wondering if she can handle his dark dominant side.

Frankie: A Kelly Family Novella

Frankie Kelly has fought her whole life to prove that she is just as capable as all the men in her testosterone-driven family. And now her hard work and dedication to the police K-9 program is finally beginning to pay off. But when her secret, sexy romance with her sergeant culminates in a marriage proposal, Frankie is thrown for a loop wondering if she’s ready to go public with their clandestine relationship.

John Myles is sure of two things in life – one, that he is dedicated to the K-9 program he leads at the police department. And two, that he loves Frankie Kelly more than life itself. But when she hesitates to accept his proposal, John is rattled. Especially when the job gets in the way, forcing him to send her and her K-9 partner out into the dark night in search of a dangerous murder suspect.

Marina: A Kelly Family Novella

Marina Kelly is sick to death of cops! That’s all she’s known her entire life – her father is a cop, her uncle was a cop. All of her cousins are cops. Even her two brothers and her big sister … all cops. So Marina decided early on that her life would take a much different path, getting as far away from that lifestyle as she could get. And dating a cop is totally out of the question!

Levi Hawks is well aware of Marina’s ‘no cops’ dating rule, so when a supposed chance meeting brings him face-to-face with the sexy shop owner, Levi is determined to hide the fact that he’s a police detective from her for as long as he possibly can. Or at least until he can get her to agree to go out with him!

About the Author:

Lashell Collins spent the last twenty years of her life working in Veterinary Hospitals and Garden Centers. But whether she was surrounded by the adorable puppies and kittens she helped care for, or by the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs, she constantly pursued her favorite pastime – reading romance novels and imagining herself as the heroine in each and every one of them. She began writing as a way to work through her grief after the loss of a few people who were special to her, and she found it to be cathartic, so she kept at it. She self-published her first novel in 2013. Since then, Lashell has self-published ten titles across two series – the Pierced Trilogy (romantic suspense), and the Jagged Ivory Series (contemporary romance) – and is hard at work on another seven titles for this year. All of Lashell’s stories are full of heart and romance, with smart dialogue and spicy sex scenes.

When she’s not writing, Lashell enjoys reading, shopping, eating Chinese food, and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. She loves watching General Hospital and Grimm. She is a huge music fan and is completely obsessed with Slash. Lashell is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Drop her a line; she loves to hear from readers.

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Baby for Easter by Noelle Adams – Book Blast and Giveaway

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Alice Grantham lost her fiancé and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Now, however, Alice was regretting her random impulse to put on a skirt that morning, since she was on her knees in front of the bookshelves, putting the last of the commentaries back in place.

At least no one was around to see her undignified position, with her skirt pushed up to her thighs to give herself freedom to move.

“Daniel,” a voice came from outside the office. “Daniel!”

She recognized the voice, but he was in the office before she could move or pull down her skirt. She froze as she looked over her shoulder, befuddled by Micah’s sudden appearance.

He seemed equally startled to discover her on the floor, after his eyes scanned the room for his absent brother. “Oh,” he said, standing in the doorway.

It took her a minute to pull herself together, but when she did she managed to smile. “He went to the hospital to see Mrs. Cooper.”

“Oh.” Micah was such a self-assured man that it was strange to see him so stumped.

Then there was a different sound in the office. It took Alice a few seconds to even identify it. It was so unexpected that she was sure it wasn’t right.

It sounded like a baby whimpering.

Finally, her eyes drifted down to something Micah was holding. A baby carrier. A baby carrier.

“Is that a baby?” she asked, her voice hoarse with surprise.

He looked down at the carrier as if he’d forgotten he held it. “Yeah.”

She scrambled to her feet, rather clumsily, and hurried over to look at the baby as he set the carrier on Daniel’s desk, right on top of the printed copy of sermon notes for Sunday.

She peered into the carrier and saw the baby—maybe four or five months old—wearing a pink sleeper. Her eyes were blue and grumpy, and her whimpers were quickly turning louder.

Instinctively, Alice reached out for the girl and pulled her up to rest against her shoulder, patting her back in a comforting manner.

Alice had always liked kids. She’d never had baby-fever, but she certainly knew what to do when one was starting to cry.

“What are you doing with her?” she asked Micah, who’d been staring at the baby with that same glazed look of bewilderment.

“I…I don’t know.”

“Well, whose is she?” Surely this baby hadn’t dropped from the sky into the back of Micah’s truck.

His features twisted slightly—maybe anxiety, maybe disbelief. “That’s the thing. I think…I think she’s mine.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey – spotlight and giveaway

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Scarlett Buck has always been flaky in comparison to her sensible twin sister Tara, so nobody is really surprised when Scarlett spends all her money on a one way ticket to Australia to be with the man she’s met on the Net. But she hasn’t reckoned on the guy already being married, or her mom getting sick, and now she needs money for a flight home to Marietta, MT—quick. Signing on with Bella’s Belles in Kalgoorlie isn’t be the proudest moment in her life but it will get her home fast. After all, it’s just sex.

Or is it?

Mitch Bannister’s ex is about to marry his best friend, and he could really do with a cold beer and a hot woman. But the cowgirl he takes a shine to at Bella’s is surprisingly skittish, and in the end he leaves without hooking up.

Later, when Mitch spies the cowgirl in the local pub begging for a job, he shrinks into the shadows–he’s not looking for complications, and something tells him that Scarlett Buck is a whole handful of them. But soon it’s clear she’s not just trouble, she’s in trouble, and like it or not, he’s not about to turn his back on this stray from the States. Especially if she can do him a favor in return. After all, it’s just a helping hand.

Or is it?

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“You look amazing,” he said, and it wasn’t his words that warmed her through and through, it was the husky quality to his Aussie drawl and the raw heat in his eyes. If she’d had any qualms that he was dressing her to make his ex feel bad, they were banished before they could take root. He was dressing her for him.

She’d never thought blue was a warm color, not until now, not until she’d felt this slow, warm glide of his eyes over her form leaving a smoking trail of heat.

So sex wasn’t part of this deal?

Didn’t mean it wasn’t going to happen.

Shoes and accessories were next. He took his time, not rushing and not checking out the sale items like she was, but going for top shelf every time.

She wondered whether he was as attentive a lover as he was a shopper.

And then she remembered that first encounter in Bella’s, and the hot stroke of his tongue against her breast.

Oh yeah!

USA Today Bestselling Author, Trish Morey has written thirty romances for the internationally bestselling Harlequin Presents line and her stories have been published in more than 25 languages in 40 countries worldwide, including being published in Manga comic book form in Japan, and as Trish Moreyova in the Czech Republic. Trish was awarded Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award (the Ruby) for short, sexy romance In 2006 and again in 2009, as well as being a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Awards in 2012.

A qualified Chartered Accountant by trade, Trish was employed as financial manager at a major business school prior to her first sale.

Trish lives with her husband, 4 daughters and assorted menagerie in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

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Dash of Peril by Lori Foster – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Foster

 “Foster delivers yet again. Her fourth Love Undercover novel is a tightly plotted, cunning, clever and overwhelmingly sensual tale that will hook from the first action-paced scene. Foster’s ability to break out from character stereotypes and go inside their complicated psyches makes the relationships in this story that much more intense, as every encounter turns into something unforgettable…” 4½ Stars, HOT

Bridget Keown, RT Magazine

 

 “Lori upends her tried-and-true romantic suspense thriller format for the satisfying fourth Love Undercover novel [and]…skillfully balances steamy seduction and police work as Margo and Dash learn to be a team in and out of the bedroom.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Intense, edgy and hot. Lori Foster delivers everything you’re looking for in a romance.”

   New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz  on Hard to Handle

 

DASH OF PERIL

by Lori Foster
New York Times Bestseller

 4_10 Lori Foster book coverNew York Times bestselling author Lori Foster is well known for her hot and sexy romance novels. Her latest release DASH OF PERIL (HQN Books; $7.99) is a deliciously sensual novel that will leave you breathless.

Foster’s fourth book in the Love Undercover Series is searing with sexual tension—it’s an intensely hot joy ride and a fast-paced thriller…the best of both worlds packaged into one steamy novel.

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret “Margo” Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is six feet four inches of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own. Beneath Margo’s tough façade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he’ll have to prove he’s all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter….

Enjoy this excerpt:

Dash studied how Margo held her left arm slightly out from her body. His brows flattened. “Why didn’t you say something about your elbow?”

She closed her eyes, almost like she couldn’t help herself. “What could you have done about it?”

No idea, but she still should have told him. “When I took you from your car—” God, he’d thrown her half over his shoulder then literally jogged with her in that position.

“It hurt like hell, but being shot would have been worse.” Pale with pain, Margo added, “You did great, Dash. Better than I’d expected.”

What had she thought? That he’d fall apart? Maybe hide behind her—the big, bad lieutenant?

More anger simmered to the surface, and that really pissed him off. He never got angry. Why should he? He’d been blessed in too many ways to count.

He had parents who adored him and a brother that would make anyone proud.

Most would call him wealthy, but because the money didn’t mean that much to him, he preferred the term financially secure.

Inherited genes gave him height and strength, a fit body that he’d honed in his construction company—a body that appealed to women.

That brought him back around to his disgruntlement toward Margo…the one woman who rebuffed him at every opportunity. Now he knew she considered him a wimp.

In the face of more pressing problems, he decided to work that out with her later. He could hear her teeth chattering, so he settled back against the wall beside her and carefully drew her to his side to both support her and share heat.

“If you weren’t here…” she whispered, then swallowed. “If you weren’t here, I would be dead.”

“No.” He wouldn’t even consider that possibility. He kissed her head, tucked her face against his throat.

She gave in, closing her eyes. “It’s not easy for me to admit, but I’m so glad I’m not alone.”

“Yeah, me, too.” He had no problem admitting it. He was here with Margo, holding her, protecting her, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

 About the Author: 4_10 Lori foster author photo Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. She also received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and Contemporary Romance.

Lori believes it is important to give back to the community as much as possible, so she routinely arranges events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

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Dash of Peril
by Lori Foster

Harlequin HQN; March 25, 2014
475 pages; $7.99 U.S. / $8.99 CAN.
ISBN-978-0-373-77857-1

Never Marry a Warlock by Marilyn Vix – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MEDIA KIT Warlocks 1 EBOOK UPLOADCatherine walks in on her husband in bed with her best friend. What is a woman to do? It helps that she is a witch. Unfortunately, so is her husband. Before you can say spell battle, Catherine hightails it up the coast of California to clear her head. Lucky for her, she finds an Aussie hitchhiker. She’s going to have to face her husband in the awaiting spell battle. Can she have a little fun with her new found boy toy, or will he get scorched in the foreplay?

Enjoy an excerpt:

My husband’s arms were wrapped around her naked body. The blankets were strewn and interwoven between their legs. He was spooning her with his biceps draped over her. I stood in the doorway taking in the scene of my husband and my best friend. It was the end of the world, at least for me. But I wasn’t going to take it lying down. I should have known better than to have married a warlock.

I hit him with a force spell that knocked him up against the headboard. He fell back down and braced his hands out to catch his fall. Cassandra scrambled out of the bed, dragging the silk comforter with her. Bitch. She better get out of my way. She was next.

Rich was naked as he sat up to look at me. Normally, the abs-flash trick would work. But not now. I was too pissed off. I knew what spells he used to look like that. It was easy to fool a mortal and ex-best friend on the floor. But not me. Thing is, we were too evenly matched. I think that was the problem.

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About the Author:MEDIA KIT Marilynvixpic avatarMarilyn is a debut paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don’t fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings. Best of all is letting her readers enjoy her adventures through the perspective of a character. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.

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Q&A and Giveaway: Joanne Kennedy

Long and Short Reviews is glad that Joanne Kennedy stopped by to talk with us to celebrate the release of her newest book, How to Handle a Cowboy. Leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US and Canada only).

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

First of all, read everything! Second, write a lot. If you want to write novels, don’t spend your time journaling or writing short stories. Plunge right in and write a novel. Chances are you’ll have to write more than one before you get the hang of it, and nothing can teach you to write a novel except the process itself.

Also, go to writers’ conferences. I’ve never been to one that wasn’t worth the price of admission. Keep an open mind, attend every workshop you can, and ask questions.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I think the number one element of good writing is great characters. When we remember books we loved, we don’t remember plots; we remember people, like Scarlet O’Hara and Jane Eyre. You have to give those characters great challenges to face as well, and the higher the stakes, the better the story. But everything comes from the characters. The plot is a result of their actions and reactions, which are driven by their personalities and their pasts.

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

About a third of the way through writing this book, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wrote the rest of it through surgery, chemo, and radiation. I tried to make sure I wrote at least a little bit every day. I didn’t feel like I got much done, but somehow I ended up with a book I’m very proud of.

I’m so glad that I never stopped writing. It helped me feel normal, as if the world was still turning and I’d come out of the treatments okay. And I did!

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I just finished the second book about The Cowboys of Decker Ranch. This one’s Brady’s story. He’s the youngest brother, and the most charismatic and carefree. His life is all about buckles, babes, and beer—until he accidentally injures a barrel racer who’s his polar opposite. Suze Carlyle is driven and ambitious, and being knocked out of the running for a season is a disaster for her.

Brady’s determined to accept his responsibility for the accident and help Suze until she’s back in the saddle again, but the disastrous one-night stand in their past makes him the last person she feels she can depend on.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

My publisher helps a lot. I write down every title I can think of that has the word “cowboy” in it, and they choose the ones they like. Often they come up with something new, like this time. The “Cowboy How-To” books were their idea. I think it’s great!

Describe your writing space.

We just moved, and I now have a beautiful office with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a beautiful mission desk and credenza, and pictures of my covers and awards hanging on the walls. It looks out on the hill behind our house, and a herd of mule deer often pass by my window.

So where do I write most of the time? At the kitchen table, of course! From there, I can look out of floor-to-ceiling windows at the little canyon we live in, and there’s plenty of room for my three dogs to lay around and “help.”

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

Definitely the last few weeks before a deadline. At that point, I’ve lost all objectivity and I’m convinced the book is terrible. I worry that it’s a career-ender, and that my publisher will decide to cancel all my contracts because I’ve obviously lost my talent somehow and written a terrible, terrible book. Fortunately, I eventually get over this, and it’s never been true!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer. But after years of submitting bad adolescent poetry to literary journals and writing awful short stories, I decided I didn’t have any talent. As it turns out, that wasn’t the problem.

The problem was that I wasn’t being myself. I was trying to be all literary and serious and angsty, and that’s just not me.

I gave up and went into bookselling. I sold other peoples’ books for twenty years before I finally realized I should try my hand at popular fiction.

Even then, I got it wrong. I tried to write a mystery, but the hero and heroine kept flirting and falling into bed. I finally figured out that romance was my niche, and I’ve been happy ever since.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I am a pantser. I don’t want to be one. I would love to plan my books carefully and outline them in great detail, so that I knew exactly what I was going to write every day. But when I do that, my stories fall flat. I have to outline pretty loosely, and let the story play out through the character’s responses to the situations I put them in.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t have wasted my time on poetry and short stories. If you don’t enjoy writing a particular form, chances are you’re not very good at it. If I’d moved on to popular fiction right away, I’d have been a writer all my life. That’s my greatest regret: that I didn’t start sooner.

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I try to write about real people in the real West, facing modern problems through the lens of their old-fashioned, traditional values. Wow – thanks for asking that question! I’ve never managed to define my books so well before!

My books have a conscience – both a social conscience about those less fortunate, and a conscience about some of the challenges facing the West. But I never let those issues overwhelm what matters most, which is the story of two people learning to love and trust each other.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I received a letter from a woman who had read One Fine Cowboy, my second book. She said that the hero, Nate, reminded her of her husband. Like Nate, her husband could show that he loved her, but had a hard time saying the words. She said she felt like I’d brought her husband back to her while she was reading the book.

On the day she wrote the letter, she’d just buried her husband, and she thanked me for writing a beautiful book.

That letter still brings tears to my eyes. If I never write another word, I’m happy I could ease someone’s grief and offer that kind of comfort.

HOW TO HANDLE A COWBOY BY JOANNE KENNEDY – IN STORES APRIL 2014

4_9 joanne kennedyHow to Handle a Cowboy CoverHis Rodeo Days May Be Over…

Sidelined by a career-ending injury, rodeo cowboy Ridge Cooper feels trapped at his family’s remote Wyoming ranch. Desperate to find an outlet for the passion he used to put into competing, he takes on the challenge of teaching his roping skills to five troubled ten-year-olds in a last-chance home for foster kids, and finds it’s their feisty supervisor who takes the most energy to wrangle.

But He’ll Still Wrangle Her Heart…

When social worker Sierra Dunn seeks an activity for the rebellious kids at Phoenix House, she soon learns she’s not in Denver anymore. Sierra is eager to get back home to her inner-city work, and the plan doesn’t include forming an attachment in Wyoming—especially not to a ruggedly handsome and surprisingly gentle local rodeo hero.

Praise for How to Handle a Cowboy

“Realistic and romantic… Kennedy’s forte is in making relationships genuine and heartfelt as she exposes vulnerabilities with tenderness and good humor.” —Booklist STARRED Review

“The sex scenes are juicy… Each character is essential to the storyline and the plot moves seamlessly.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

4_9 joanne kennedy author photoJoanne Kennedy’s lifelong fascination with Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present inspires her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings. Her books include Cowboy Tough, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, and the RITA-nominated One Fine Cowboy. At various times, she has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Her love of reading led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives with two dogs and a fighter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For more information, please visit http://joannekennedybooks.com/.

 

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Cover Reveal: Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski

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Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls Book 2
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/34

Character Creation by Khloe Wren – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This guest post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Khloe will be awarding four prizes: a Handcrafted leadlight blue heart shaped window hanger/wind-chime and a signed A5 Cover to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour; a Charm Bracelet and a signed A5 Cover will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour; a Phone charm and a signed A5 Cover will be awarded to another randomly drawn commenter; and lastly, a Key ring and a signed A5 Cover will be awarded to another randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Character Creation

When creating a new character I’ll often start with the basics: Gender, name, country of origin.
I’m a visual person so the next step is to find an image. Then I’ll give them eye and hair color, height, build. Maybe their occupation and dress style. Once I have all of that I’m normally at a point where I can start writing. I keep my character profiles in a separate document so I can easily go back to them as I write. This is especially useful when writing a series. I’m constantly adding to them as I write. I’ll include things like what they call their lover (baby, sweetheart), habits (eye twitch when nervous) and if relevant names of parents, children & pets.

Characters are interesting creatures. As the author you create them, but once that initial creation is completed they generally run off on their own. Much like your children, you have limited control. To a non-author that may sound strange but once created a character truly comes alive. They get in your head and start making demands. They will completely change what you originally planned to write. I’ve had them change the order of books in a series too. They can be VERY insistent.

Of course, as the author it’s up to us whether we listen to them. I have discovered it is best to follow your characters’ lead. When you don’t, you often get stuck. The story just won’t flow and nothing sounds right. So no matter how much I sometimes don’t want to go where my characters go – I always do. It makes for a much fuller story and takes both me and my readers to places new and unexpected.

Xo
Khloe

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When Angelo sees Darcy he knows she is his Bride. Her sapphire blue eyes match his exactly. But he must wait to claim her. He fears he has lost her forever when she disappears.

Five years pass before he finds her again. Just when things start heating up between them, Darcy is taken by their enemies. Angelo must fight to free his one true love. Will he be in time?

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About the Author:4_7 sapphire Khloe facebook profileKhloe Wren started writing her first novel in high school, until it mysteriously disappeared from the family computer (her older brother was the lead suspect but nothing was ever proved). She didn’t put pen to paper again after that for a number of years but she did keep reading. Khloe has always loved all things paranormal: sexy vampires and sultry shifters have always been her favourites. So when she picked up writing again, it seemed only natural she would write paranormal romance.

Khloe grew up in the Adelaide Hills before her parents moved the family to country South Australia when she was a teen. As a young adult Khloe moved to Melbourne. After a few years she missed the fresh air and space of country living so moved back. Khloe currently lives in the Murraylands, South Australia with her incredibly patient husband and two young daughters. When she’s not sitting at her laptop writing, she’s spending time with family or friends, kicking butt at karate or feeding her addictions of reading, eating chocolate and drinking Coke.

Khloe loves to hear from her fans, please feel free to contact her at any of the following:

Website: www.khloewren.com

Email: khloe@khloewren.com

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