Great Contest You Don’t Want to Miss

Hey Folks,

If you’re a writer, you want to check out this contest over at Dan Alatorre’s blog. My company Select-O-Grafix, LLC is sponsoring one of the main prizes.

Check it out Here

Good Luck!

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Release Day!! Stoking the Flames is LIVE!

I’m so happy and excited to be a part of this boxed set. It challenged me to write a different kind of shifter story. And to make my shifter a heroine instead of a hero was also a new twist on this type of book for me. I fell in love with Grace in another story I wrote many years ago and to bring this back to life was a lot of fun.

The 12 other stories are all different and equally as entertaining. I hope you meet some new authors on your journey through this world of fantasy.

Authors love reviews, so if you read it, please let us know what you think, even if it’s only a sentence or two.

As always, a BIG THANK YOU to my readers. Without you I couldn’t do what I love!

To buy your copy, here are the links:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
AMAZON AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01NAQ7IJR
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/…/stoking-the-flames-13-tales-of-drago…
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1192874425
B&N: http://bit.ly/2ibLm94

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Tease from a Dragon – Excerpt From Soul Fire – Releases Tomorrow

Dragon Lovers Unite! Tomorrow is the big day. Stoking the Flames releases with 13 dragon shifter stories fromBest Selling authors. As a tease, here’s part of Chapter One from my story Soul Fire.

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How could she love a man who made her so furious? Because of his undying devotion, Grace had to murder thousands of innocent people. Her heart seized at the mere thought of what the Dark Witch’s curse held over her. When the witch enacted the bond of the Soul Fire Stone, Grace had no choice but to obey.

She rose higher in the sky, pressing down on the current with her strong wings. She’d need the height to swoop down on the village and release her rain of fire. She swiped at the air with her clawed feet, climbing higher with each stroke. If only she could figure out a way to fight the burning desire to destroy everything in her path each time the witch called upon her. She tried it once, and the pain nearly dropped her out of the sky. Some days, dying seemed a viable escape. Just refuse the Soul Fire’s call and let the agony consume her. It couldn’t hurt any worse than being forced to kill innocents. Only one thing kept her from surrendering…. Hope. Hope the infuriating man she loved would find a way to break the curse. But every time he got close, the witch summoned her dragon to destroy whichever town in which he sought information to the witch’s whereabouts.

I’m that dragon. I’m the one forced to expel my fiery breath upon all those who have no idea what danger is about to befall them. I’ve warned Gabriel time and time again. Search for the witch, but do not ask for information in town. He has the God-given talent to find her by other means. Why doesn’t he use it? He’s a hunter at heart, and I’m his prey. But this is inexcusable.

The call of the witch’s wrath flowed over her in a red-hot wave.

Do it! the witch’s voice commanded her.

Grace couldn’t resist. The burn rose in her breast as she banked for the turn. She prayed her love had moved on.

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Using Simple Memories To Bring Characters To Life

A funny thing happened while making my bed this morning. As I made a precise hospital corner, I remembered where I learned to secure a sheet in such a manner…Summer camp. Inspections were performed, and I remember taking pride in winning an award for the neatest bed. I think of those summer camp days whenever I change the sheets. Warm sunny days, playing kickball with new friends, craft time, backwards day, all of it comes back and makes me smile.

Isn’t it odd the way simple acts can trigger such fond memories. On the flip side some simple acts trigger some not so fond memories. Like finding a HUGE spider beneath a bathroom rug. *shivers*

What the heck does this have to with writing characters? Every character I write has a little bit of me in them. Some aspect of my personality or someone I know is included in my character’s profile. Having one of my female characters have this particular memory of being taught how to make a hospital corner with a sheet would be a great way to make her more real to my readers. She can be a super bad a** heroine staying in a hotel room cleaning her Glock, and she spots a hospital corner on the bed. For a brief moment she’s transported to a happier time in her life when things were far less stressful, and she wasn’t about to take the life of a super villain. It might also remind her of the reason she’s in her present situation to begin with. Perhaps she’s avenging the death of a sister who attended camp with her so many years ago.

Things don’t have to be that dramatic. It works well for any plot in any genre. Giving your characters memories, flaws, quirks, even something as small as a scar can add a level of depth that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Draw from your own experiences in life and figure out a way to weave that into your character’s personality. Taking the time to develop your characters to that level will enhance both the writing and the reading experience of the story.

Have fun with it. Dig deep and explore some of your own experiences and how they could enhance your characters.

Let me know what you come up with.

 

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Learning From the Pros

Kelly and James Patterson

Recently, I was blessed enough to attend an author event at the University of Florida and the guest of honor was one of my favorite authors. I don’t go all “fan girl” too often, but that night I did. It was such and honor to meet James Patterson and listen to him be interviewed by another great writer, Michael Connelly.

Michael Connelly

I learned some things I’d like to share. Most of these ideas are things most writers know and put into practice, but somehow hearing it from a man who has had 82 #1 best sellers made it seem more real to me.

  1. Outlining is important. It keeps you on track and prevents you from wasting valuable time writing yourself into a corner.
  2. Write EVERY DAY!
  3. James and I share the philosophy that if you write it, and make it interesting and relevant enough, kids will read it. We are all about encouraging young people to read.
  4. Keep track of all your ideas somewhere close and visit them frequently – you never know when something will spring forth and be that prize winning novel you’ve always dreamed about
  5. You can be successful as a multi-genre author
  6. Write at least three drafts before calling it done – Michael Connelly even does more than three on some of his books
  7. Readers have different opinions and you can’t please them all, but if you learn and develop your craft well enough to write a good story, you’ll please a lot of them
  8. Never stop learning about the craft of writing – set aside time to take a course, research a writing concept, read a book on writing – anything to continue to grow as a writer
  9. Try something new. Stretch your writing muscle in a different direction, through a new genre or character perspective
  10. Authors need to know their audience and market to them – With James Patterson’s background in advertising, I found this very valuable. Learn the characteristics, demographics, likes and dislikes of the readers that read a particular genre

I could go on, but I think ten tips is enough for today. I’m still mulling over a lot of the things I learned. A special thank you to my son for inviting me on this incredible journey. Check this one off the bucket list!

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Like Dragons? Stoking the Flames

It’s finally here! I’ve been working on this project for a while but couldn’t say anything about it until now! I’m in this fabulous boxed set with 12 other fabulous authors. We’ve put together a collection of 13 paranormal romances all about dragons! And some will surprise you. These aren’t your normal dragon shifter fodder.

It’s up for pre-order RIGHT NOW! I’m so excited.

Here’s the link.

Take a look at this FABULOUS Cover done by Linda Boulanger. Isn’t she fantastic?

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Be on the look out for a lot of giveaways and fun activities to go along with this wonderful release.

Here’s the Facebook Page so you can keep up with all of it.

ARCs will be available soon so if you’re interested in reviewing it just send me a message on FB or through this website

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Can’t wait for actual release day! You’re gonna love this collection.

 

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Take Time For Your Writing

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It’s the last day of the year, and I’m in a reflective mood. I look back on my writing endeavors for this past year, and I’m disappointed. Not in the stories I did write and publish. I’m happy with those as I believe my readers are, but I’m disappointed in myself. Like many of you, I’m a spouse, a parent, I work a full time day job, and that doesn’t include all the other things that tug at my life on a daily basis, like housework and laundry. I also run a graphics company. So yep…I’m a busy woman. And in all those things, while I’m not perfect, I do perform fairly well.

So what’s my problem? I failed to take the time to work on the one thing I’m most passionate about. My writing. Writing is an art and like every art it requires practice. It is not enough to just produce a story. It’s important to focus on the fundamentals as well. How much better can your plot fit your story? How can you make your characters more real? How can you craft the words in a sentence to show and not tell? These are the things I neglected this past year.

You have to exercise your writing muscle just like you do your body muscles or it becomes lazy and satisfied that it is producing its best work. The more you challenge yourself to improve your writing the better it becomes. I plan to reach into myself and pull out a few stories that I write purely for the purpose of improving my craft. Yes, I’m still working on The Gamble, my civil war action adventure, but just think how much better it will be if I spend the time exercising the craft.

In 2017, I plan to schedule time for writing practice. I’ve found some books and workshops I plan to attend to study my craft. It takes a long time to become a professional at anything. Do yourself a favor and build your writing into a profession. Take the time from your busy family life and work schedule if you’re not fortunate to work at writing full time, and carve out an hour or so a day or a few times a week to just practice learning your craft. You deserve that time. Think of it as your duty to follow your passion. All that other stuff will get done. It always does.

I’ll be along side you. I promise we’ll all be the better for it, and give our readers a much more gratifying experience.

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