Want To Be Saved By The Marine?

Happy morning or afternoon or evening! I’m playing catch up after a few days out of town at a paranormal conference and investigation in Yuma, Arizona. I’m wanted to let you know that Saved By The Marine is here! This story was originally in the Romancing The Military Man box set. If you missed it that time, now is your chance to grab it. You can get it at Amazon only for the time being either as a regular purchase or Kindle Unlimited. Snag your copy here.

Want a little taste of what’s in Saved By The Marine? Try this excerpt and meet Candy and Mike before danger envelopes them. Here ya go.

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Explosive danger creates a whirlwind of heat between two strangers…

At forty years old, Candy Cartright isn’t eager to indulge in girlish dreams of ‘happily ever after’ when she attends her friend’s wedding. When she runs into a suit and tie guy at the hotel bar, she thinks he’s a nerd businessman.

Retired US Marine Mike Compton finds it amusing that Candy at first mistakes him for a nerd. He’s not looking for a hookup, but he can’t resist the challenge in her eyes. However, when unexpected danger forces them into tight quarters, they discover there’s a hell of lot more to both of them than meets the eye.

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She felt a man settle on the stool next to her at the same time she caught a whiff of freshly showered skin. She glanced over at him. Contradicting impressions threw her off kilter. Although her platform high heels made her close to five ten, this man was big. Big in one of those, don’t-even-consider-messing-with-me ways. Her attention snagged first on his body. Broad shoulders were encased in a casual gray sports jacket and under that an open-collared white shirt. He wore khaki’s and casual brown shoes. Candy jerked her attention to his face. He had very short, thick dark brown hair. He owned an aggressive face with a Roman nose and the dorkiest black glasses she’d ever seen. Nerdy. Well, okay. Not exactly nerd city, but he sort of looked like an accountant. His jaw showed a hit of five o’clock shadow. He looked a little tired around the edges, as if he’d made a long journey and had little time to recover. All right. Not a stereotypical accountant. He looks too rough for that. Right. Probably a married businessman slamming down a drink before heading upstairs to his room and a phone conversation with his wife. Her gaze landed on his left hand. No ring and no sign of a tan line to indicate he wore a ring. Still, some married men didn’t wear wedding rings.

Before she could return her attention to her whiskey, the man caught her staring. Heat warmed her cheeks as he captured her gaze and held it. His startling green eyes flashed with definite intensity and a sudden interest that made the heat in her face spread down over her body. Uncomfortable with her reaction and embarrassed he’d caught her staring, she could have turned away or left.

Instead she swallowed her discomfort. “Sorry, didn’t mean to stare.” She put her hand out to shake. “Candy Cartwright.”

His big hand clasped hers, warm and assured without smashing her with his grip. He swept her with a thorough, hot gaze that belied any idea she might have about cool green eyes. He liked what he saw.

He released her hand, and the subtle caress of his callused palm made her fingers tingle. “Mike Compton. Nice to meet you.”

His warm, deep voice had rumble to it. Something in his tone made her think of sex. Bang up against a wall sex. Her face flamed again and she considered asking the bartender for a glass of ice water to put out the fire. Okay, girl. Where did that idea come from? He’s just a man you know nothing about. Rein back the crazy.

The bartender asked Mike what he wanted to drink, and Mike ordered a beer. Curiosity played with her. She could usually pick out a military guy on a dime—this man could be anything from an insurance agent to CPA.

“What brings you here?” he asked.

“A wedding.”

“You one of Jessica’s friends?” he asked.

“Yes. From Denver.”

“Are you a lawyer like Jessica?” The bartender placed a tall glass of beer in front of him, and Mike took a swig.

She shook her head and smiled. “Executive Assistant. I work at the federal building in Denver. Well, at least I did until a month ago. I’ve been on—”

She cut herself off, mortified she’d launched into her life story before she knew a damned thing about a stranger.

Too late. His eyes narrowed as he turned slightly toward her. He pushed the big black glasses back up on the bridge of his nose. “Been on?”

She drew in a slow breath. “My mother was…dying. Cancer. She hung on for a long time and then needed some help at home. She wanted to…she had home hospice care.”

Candy swallowed hard as an unexpected rush of tears surged into her eyes. She drew in a shuddering breath and managed a smile, jamming back the waterworks by sheer force. The unexpectedness of her reaction took her off guard.

“Sorry. I don’t usually dump my history in a person’s lap like that,” she said, keeping her gaze pinned on her whiskey.

“Hey.” His voice rumbled again, but this time it held genuine warmth and concern. “It’s okay. I’m sorry to hear about your mother.”

She was ready with another smile to prove she didn’t ache inside. “Thanks. It’s a little raw yet.”

His wide shoulders made a subtle shrug. “Of course.” Behind those glasses his gaze was thoughtful and filled with compassion. “My Dad was killed in a construction accident when I was ten. I still grieve his loss sometimes. It hits me at weird times when I don’t expect it.”

A lump stayed lodged in her throat and she nodded because she couldn’t squeeze a word out at first.

She drew in a deep breath. “I’m so sorry about your father. That’s got to be hard for a little boy.”

“It was. Mom was amazing, though. She held it together as best she could.”

A comfortable silence formed. A slow song came over the speaker system and the lights lowered. Voices hushed a little under the melody’s seduction.

“Would you like to dance?” he asked.

She looked down at her ridiculously high heels. “Uh, these shoes aren’t made for dancing.”

“What are they made for?” The low vibration in his voice was husky and soft.

Um. Well. “Good question. Crazy fashion?”

His gaze skimmed from her ankles up her legs. She’d worn a long sleeved, knee length red sweater dress that hugged her curves. She felt the sizzle as his attention finally landed on her face.

“I don’t usually wear heels this high.” Candy shrugged. “I had a momentary aneurism when I bought these, I guess.”

He smiled, and the grin was megawatt. “Dance with me. I won’t let you fall.”

 

 

Whiddon & Cornelison on Characters & Settings

Please welcome authors Karen Whiddon and Beth Cornelison to my blog. They have a new book out today called Rock-A-Bye Rescue. Be sure to stop by your favorite bookstores and grab a copy. Karen gives us some insight into characterization and Beth tells us about setting. Take it away ladies!

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It was a dark and stormy night… Using setting in story
by Beth Cornelison

It was a dark and stormy night…

Ah, yes. The trite opening line that even Snoopy, in his Great Writer persona, used to set the stage for his novel. Why? Because setting, when used to the fullest advantage, is an important element of a writer’s toolbox. What would Rebecca be without the mysterious and austere Manderley? Would Star Wars be the same in a galaxy just around the corner from Earth?

The setting of a story, used to full advantage, affects the plot and the mood and can reflect a theme in a novel. In To Love, Honor and Defend, one of the first books I published with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, the stark cold weather, gray skies and bare trees mirrored the feelings of isolation, fear and betrayal my heroine felt. Setting can also be used for contrast, thereby highlighting some aspect of plot or character. In Healing Luke, my grumpy and bitter hero glares irritably at the bright Florida sunshine early in the story, showing the reader the truly dark place his life had reach.

Knowing the importance of setting, when I set out to write Rock-a-bye Rescue with Karen Whiddon, I knew we needed to pick a setting that would complement our story. I needed my characters to be cut off from help for a period of time, to feel alone, with the chill of fear and suspicion hanging over them. This sort of scenario is becoming harder and harder to believably achieve in the real world. Cell phones, the Internet and GPS tracking have all made keeping in touch and staying connected with the world easier. While this is great for real life, it makes the job of a suspense writer harder!

Instant communication doesn’t allow your heroine to feel suitably cut-off from help and reliant on the dark and mysterious hero who shows up at her door. The potential for a climactic battle of life and death holds less tension if a call to the local police could bring help in a matter of minutes. To build a sense of danger and suspense for Guarding Eve, I needed my hero, heroine and her infant charge to be essentially on their own for a significant period of time— enough time for danger to find them and pose a threat to life and limb. Circumstances had to be just right, and an essential element to framing and plotting the story was the setting. But how? A natural or man-made disaster, geography, or failure of technology?

After an exchange of emails, Karen and I chose the mountains of West Virginia where finding a cellular signal is difficult. But isolated mountain roads and a cabin tucked away in the woods were not enough to isolate my heroine in the modern world. So I added a significant ice storm that would close steep and twisty roads, knock out power, and strand my heroine and baby Eve. In addition, the treacherous roads provided a means for the bad guys to escape captivity, setting the suspense plot in motion. Karen seized on these elements for her story as well, and we had the foundation for plotting our “babies in jeopardy” novellas.

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Rita Award finalist Beth Cornelison made her first sale to Harlequin in June 2004 and has gone on to publish many more books with Harlequin/Silhouette as well as other publishers. Cornelison has presented writing workshops across the United States, and she currently lives in Louisiana with her husband and three spoiled cats. For more info about her books, her latest news, recipes and photos, visit www.bethcornelison.com.

Characters Are People Too
By Karen Whiddon

When Beth and I got together to write our joined novellas for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense 2-in-1 Rock-A-Bye-Rescue, we decided on setting and backstory first. Then, while Beth worked on developing her characters, I worked on mine. We’d mutually agreed to make the villain two brothers, with one coming after her couple and the other coming after mine.

For such a short book, I knew I wanted to have my characters former lovers. Nothing better than to throw two people with unresolved issues together and watch sparks fly! Most of my stories start with the people. My hero Garrett Ware lives for his career as an FBI agent. He’s never stopped loving my heroine, Michelle Morgan, but the differences that tore them apart five years ago seemed insurmountable. Most importantly they broke up because she wanted children and he, raised by an abusive drunken father and fearful mother, didn’t. He believed he didn’t know how to be a father.

Michelle has always been a nurturing person. She looked after her baby sister as best she could, and wanted nothing more than a family of her own. When her sister Lydia was taken in by a cult leader, believing she loved him, Michelle moved to a nearby cabin in case Lydia wanted to get out. Unfortunately, Lydia is killed, but not before she bears the cult leader a baby. The baby is delivered to Michelle for safekeeping while the FBI and police search for the escaped cult leader and his brother.

With the setting Beth mentioned earlier – remote location in the West Virginia mountains, a crazed bad guy wanting to kill an innocent infant, I added in a blizzard to ratchet things up a bit more.
So we have a couple who never stopped loving each other trapped together in a cabin. A woman who now has her greatest desire, a baby, but at the cost of losing her sister. And the man charged with protecting them, about to come to terms if love can be greater than fear.

A writer can have the most beautiful setting in the world, the most dangerous villain, and an intricate plot, but without people we can root for, who can make us ache when they hurt and laugh when they feel joy, the reader will feel something’s lacking. That’s why it’s up to the author to create believable, sympathetic characters, like Beth and I did in our stories.

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Award winning author Karen Whiddon spun fanciful tales for her younger brothers as early as the age of eleven. Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, then the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she found enough magic in the rugged peaks to keep her imagination fueled for years.

 Now making her home in North Texas, she shares her life with her hero-like husband and four doting dogs. In her spare time she volunteers for Legacy Boxer Rescue, Inc. She has published over 45 books. Currently she writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Nocturne.

You can email Karen at KWhiddon1@aol.com

 

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Coming Soon: Saved By The Marine in Kindle Unlimited

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Hey all! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Last couple of weeks have been crazy. I was in Texas for a funeral and that included many hours of driving (about 15) and the brain was totally fried when I returned. I decided that my body had treated Texas like a foreign country with different bugs and came back with a cold thing that has lingered for two weeks. Still not rid of it. My hubby was even worse. Anyhow! Not here to tell you my physical woes. Here to say that I have a book coming out probably in February. I’m playing it a little by ear. My plan is to release my romantic suspense novella Saved By The Marine in Kindle Unlimited format for a few months. Normally I don’t release books in Kindle format only but I wanted to give this one a whirl as an experiment. I’ve done this before and then released the book later on in other formats. Plus, this story was already in the Romancing The Military Man box set which came out last year. Here’s a look at the cover! Will let you know as soon as I have a firm release date.

 

 

Dangerous Intentions (Taggert Security Team series): Evolution Of A Novel

Welcome to 2016. Hope your New Year is already off to a fantastic start. Many years ago (2002 I believe) I published Dangerous Intentions, the first in what was originally going to be a series of romantic suspense novels. I wrote a second book, Treacherous Wishes, and then two short stories related to the series. My muse conked out for ideas, and I didn’t write additional full length books in the series. Still, Dangerous Intentions and Treacherous Wishes garnered great reviews, including receiving Romantic Times Book Club Review’s 4 1/2 stars top pick designation. In their first incarnation these books were hot but not erotic. After they went out of print with one publisher I took them to another and turned the books into erotic romance. Not something I’d do for any book, but these books were already pretty hot and it wasn’t a stretch to spice them up a little more. After I pulled the books from that publisher, they found a new home with Liquid Silver Books and although I still consider them erotic romance, I’ve toned down some of the language. The previous publisher had required more hard core language, but Liquid Silver Books doesn’t and I felt the softer touch fits these stories well.

As with any book written that long ago, there were things that didn’t figure quite as prominently in 2002 life as they do in 2016. I tweaked the book here and there, but the Taggert Security Team series never featured a ton of pop culture references that would make the manuscripts seem dated.

I look forward to introducing you to Dangerous Intentions soon. Treacherous Wishes will follow later in the year. AND, there is a possibility there will be new books made from the original short stories, but I’m not certain. With creativity anything is possible! In the meantime enjoy this new cover!

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Marie D. Jones: A Family Writing Affair & Supervolcano

Several years ago I had the good fortune of meeting Marie D. Jones on line and interviewing her for my blog talk radio show Authors Unplugged. Over the years I’ve read her non-fiction and heard her speak on a variety of paranormal and unusual topics. Every time I’ve been fascinated by the new things I’ve learned. Today I’m welcoming Marie to my blog to talk about her non-fiction book Supervolcano. Marie has just released an updated version of this fascinating book. Welcome Marie!

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When I decided to ask my father, a geophysicist, to write a book with me, I had no idea how the process would work. My father, Dr. John M. Savino, was a brilliant scientist and author of dozens of published scientific articles. Technical writing was one thing, but could he actually write a mainstream non-fiction book with me? I was a pro at it, having already written a few books, even one in collaboration with another author. I knew the ups and the downs of trying to format and structure a book with another person, a task hard enough with someone who is not a “technical writer.”

But I knew my dad had always dreamed of writing a book, and I wanted to be able to offer him that gift, that opportunity, because I had it to offer. So we talked about it and decided to write about a new theory making its way through the earth science world involving the supervolcanic eruption of Toba in Sumatra over 75,000 years ago that literally altered our human genetic history. The theory was not my father’s, but he was a supporter and had his own years of related research to discuss. We talked about how we would work together, with him providing most of the hard science research, and me writing on less technical subjects. I’d put it all together in a cohesive format, and we’d both edit the hell out of it to make sure the science and theories were sound.

Thus, Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History was born. My agent, Lisa Hagan, immediately secured us a book deal with my current publisher, New Page Books. They were excited about the fun collaboration of father and daughter, as well as the intriguing subject matter. We began the process of outlining and researching, and as my father turned in his scientific “stuff,” I began to put it into shape as our manuscript. Our biggest problem was finding a way to streamline the writing styles so that it didn’t look or read choppy, and somehow we succeeded in combining two very distinct styles of writing into one. Because my father lived in Las Vegas, and I lived in San Diego, we exchanged tons of phone calls and even more emails between us, putting everything together and double-checking our work as our deadline crept closer. My dad was adamant that the book not be sensationalistic, although we did have a blast including a fictional scenario of how a supereruption at Long Valley Caldera in California might play out. Yet, even for that fictional scenario, we interviewed scientists and government officials to make sure we presented a realistic portrayal.

My dad and I had never been that close. Growing up, he wasn’t super emotional or accessible, although he loved his kids. We talked few and far between as I got older, especially after he and my mom divorced and he moved away and remarried. Writing the book together was a way for us to reconnect and rediscover shared interests and passions. We had always shared interests over the years…science, horseracing, books, sports… But this book gave us the chance to come back into each other’s lives in a way nothing else could, and lessen some of the distance between us.

The book took us about eight months to write, and was officially released in 2007. My father was nervous and excited, having to do radio shows and media interviews. The most he had experienced were lectures before hundreds of geophysicists and seismologists. We even went on Coast-To-Coast AM together and were a huge hit. It was so amazing to see how excited my dad was to talk about his work, ideas, theories and the book itself.

Immediately, we began discussing a second book, one perhaps on my dad’s own micro quake theory he was developing…or perhaps a book about the feasible ways the world might end from natural disasters, or at least be irrevocably changed by them. But then my dad got sick. For about three years, he grew more ill and weaker and no one could properly diagnose what was wrong. Then he got the awful news. He had ALS, a terrible degenerative disease that steals away the muscles and organs, and yet leaves the brain intact. For my father, it was a slow and brutal death, made even more brutal by the fact that his brain was still fully functioning. He WANTED to continue to read, research, learn and even write. But his body failed him. He could no longer use his hands to type or hold a book. He lost his voice and ability to swallow. It was horrifying to watch, as my dad became a lifeless ghost.

He passed away the day after Christmas of 2011. We never did write that second book. Just this year, I decided to buy back the rights to “Supervolcano” and update it with some new research I knew my dad would be excited about. I decided to publish it on my own, in eBook and print, in honor of the man who gave me my own rabid passion for science.

I miss my dad. But in a way, I decided to bookend the experience of writing with my father by writing with my son. In 2014, my son, Max, and I began a middle grade science fiction series called EKHO: EVIL KID HUNTING ORGANIZATION, based on the real life spy group he formed in grade school when he was being bullied…with a little extra sci fi magic thrown in. Listening to my son recount his EKHO days and activities and getting it all down on paper reminded me of working with my dad, and the fun and excitement of sharing interests and creating a book together. The second book in the EKHO series is coming out in 2016, with four more to follow.

I am not sure how many other writers out there have had the distinct pleasure of writing a book with a parent, or a child. It’s a bonding experience like no other, and one that I will take with me all my life. Every time I hold “Supervolcano” in my hand, or discuss it with someone, I know my dad is right there looking over my shoulder, smiling proudly at our combined creation!

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Thank you Marie. You can find Marie and information on her books at:

Marie D. Jones
Writer/Producer
www.mariedjones.com
Co-Founder – ParaExplorers
www.paraexplorers.com

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Louisa Oakley Green & Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander

As you all know I’m interested in the paranormal and always have been. While I usually go hog wild around Halloween, I enjoy the paranormal any time of year. Recently I had the opportunity to hear Louisa Oakley Green on a paranormal radio show and enjoyed the discussion on the show so much I invited her to stop by my blog. As a journalist and science writer she was always a skeptic, then some things changed for her. Here’s a tidbit of why Louisa recently wrote Loitering at the Gate To Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander. You can find this book at Amazon here and her other paranormal book Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander at Amazon here. Please stop by Louisa’s website here. Welcome Louisa!

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It isn’t often something occurs that turns your sense of reality on its side. But that’s just what happened to me more than 20 years ago when I met my psychic husband, Stephen.

I’ve worked as a journalist and science writer. And back in those days I was also a strong skeptic about anything paranormal. But the universe has a sense of humor and I ended up falling in love with a quirky guy who, other than thinking he was psychic, seemed reasonably normal. Oh, and he also came from a family of psychics. They didn’t do readings for a living. They all had normal jobs. But they had this ability….

After a while I found myself surrounded by remarkable clairvoyants and mediums, so I began referring to myself as a psychic bystander. (Did I mention that I have no detectable psychic ability myself?) Over the years, I experienced events through his family and friends that just couldn’t be explained. It piqued my curiosity and I eventually decided to write my first book in the Psychic Bystander™ series, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander. It retells more than 100 true stories from everyday people about their psychic experiences—including out-of-body adventures, premonitions, contact with the dead, reincarnation and more. The fact-based side of me added the history of many of these phenomena through the millennia in various cultures.

When I went to book signings, people handed me their contact information and asked if they could be included in my second book. It surprised me that people assumed there would be a sequel. But eventually, there was. Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander is a second anthology of more than 100 true paranormal stories. But this time the science writer in me added highlights from several recent university and military studies into consciousness, near-death experiences, reincarnation and more.

People in these anthologies have worked in the fields of healthcare, education, finance, engineering, marketing, entertainment, pastoral services and law enforcement. When you finish reading their personal accounts, perhaps like me, you may never view “reality” the same way again.

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Freeing Your Creativity: What No One Will Tell You

As a creativity coach I witness it over and over again. Writers blocked and conflicted, agonized, depressed. While every writer having issues is an individual situation and can’t be lumped into the same container, I can tell you the number one problem I’m noting with authors who are having long-term issues with their creativity.

They aren’t writing what they want to write.

One of the most freeing things I’ve ever experienced is realizing creativity doesn’t always operate well inside a box. The publishing industry won’t tell you this. Most other authors won’t tell you this. In fact if you say it out loud many people will roll their eyes. After all, if you write what blows your skirt up there’s even a chance some of your friends, family, and perfect strangers won’t like it or won’t approve. So you should conform, right?

Not if you want to create for the long term, be authentic, and be genuinely happy.

For ninety-nine percent of you who are in this writing gig to please yourself (which in the end is the only way creativity flourishes long term) you’ll find that going against your creative instincts can lead to ninety-nine percent of your writing career problems.

The message perpetuated in the writing world comes out in the wash as, “If I write what the market is telling me to write, what readers are telling me to write, what publishers, and agents say to write and what makes money, I’m doing the right thing.” Can an author do this for a long time? Of course. But often it catches up with them in the most unpleasant way. Unfortunately, for many writers, this can be the end of their creativity.

Let me describe a scene from long ago in my writing career. By 2001 I’d decided I wanted to write erotic romance and to write about creepy bad guys. I was jazzed every time I wrote both of these things. It felt right and it felt good. At the same time, I needed variety in order for my creativity to flourish. Maybe I wanted to write a sweeter story one month. Another month I wanted to write a historical romance set in Jack The Ripper’s London. Another time I wanted to write a story about a modern day soldier with PTSD. In yet another moment I wanted to write a romance set in World War II London. Sometimes these stories were erotic, sometimes super hot, sometimes a lot tamer. The characters dictated how hot these stories would be based on their personalities. My instincts told me what type of story I’d write next.

In the conventional romance writing industry this is often considered professional suicide.

Authors are told to have a pen name for every genre, and for goodness sake never write in multiple subgenres within romance. Conventional publishing is still (even with the advent of self-publishing) about “branding.”

Several years ago I attended a writer’s organization meeting and heard this sentence come out of an agent’s mouth. “At some point you’re going to have to stop writing what you want and write what sells.” She was talking to our group and not to me specifically, but I was hacked-off by this statement, and it was then I realized this issue was a hot button for me.

What was she really saying? My interpretation was that if an author wants to sell any book, if an author wants to make money writing then the author may have to deny her own creativity.

It may not be exactly what she was thinking. She may not have connected the ability to create with being “happy” with what an author creates. Yet, I realized in that moment that a lot of people in that room might take it as gospel.

I understood if I followed that particular agent’s advice I might as well quit writing, because it would suffocate me, strangle my creativity and make me miserable.

If writing what I didn’t want to write was the only way I could get a publishing contract, what was the point?

With the advent of ebooks and even more so with self-publishing flourishing, it became apparent that far more people could create what they wanted and publish it. Could they make money? Some could and some couldn’t. Good, right? Yes and no. Many people are still sidelining their true creativity in favor of following trends in hopes of landing big money.

Is this a bad thing? Sometimes yes. When you wake up one morning with money in your pocket from writing the one-hundredth story in a series, but are utterly and completely sick of writing, it isn’t a good thing.

At this point, many authors give up writing, because they can’t achieve their goal of making a lot of money. Many authors write with the sole intent on selling a ton of books (it’s never been about the creativity specifically), and these authors also have a different idea of what amount of money qualifies as “successful.” These authors do not find this stifling to their creativity. However if you’re a creative person who needs to write like you need oxygen, the pressure of writing “to market” can be damned painful. You may not even understand why you’re blocked.

Sometimes you don’t want to write that twelfth Navy SEAL novel. Or that twenty-second shifter or mixed martial arts novel. You’ve done one thing for too long and now the creativity inside you is drying up.  Every book is starting to sound the same. Yet you’ll ignore it because conventional publishing wisdom tells you that you should go where the money is. Even if it means torturing yourself to get there.

What’s the cure?

If you’ve been writing in a particular genre or subgenre for a long time, delve into another fiction or nonfiction arena that excites and thrills you. Write what makes you happy and you’ll have a much better chance that your creativity will flourish and grow. Let me say this as both as someone who has been doing this writing thing since I was fourteen, and as a creativity coach….if you write in a different genre you won’t die.

Disclaimer: Every writer’s experience and every writer follows a different path. I can only tell you what I’ve seen, heard, and experienced both as an author and creativity coach. I was inspired to write this piece by a blog written by author Shoshanna Evers (which you can read here). I applaud her for following her heart when it comes to her writing, and wish her tremendous creativity, satisfaction and fulfillment in her new creative journey.

 

 

Trapped With A Firefighter? Holding Out For A Hero? #firefighters #militaryromance #suspense

 

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Two book releases in one week? How did I manage that? I didn’t, actually. Things just sort of fell into place that way. Over the years, though, I’ve learned how to roll with multiple book releases occurring at one time. So what’s the story behind the release of Trapped and the box set Holding Out For A Hero: SEALS, Soldiers, Spies, Cops, FBI Agents & Rangers?

Over a three time period running from 2011 to 2013 a series of wildfires threatened areas I lived in or used to live in (Monument Fire, Antelope Fire, Waldo Canyon Fire and Black Forest Fire). Because of these significant events, I was inspired to write Trapped, a short romantic suspense novella featuring a wild land firefighter. The fire isn’t the only suspenseful element in this story. The heroine Arlie Davis ran from fire once before and yet paid a terrible price. A new fire threatens her world and an entire community and fear nips . When a madman decides she’ll succumb to the flames, firefighter Hank Clancy is her only hope for survival.

I dedicated this story to the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots who lost their lives in June 30, 2013, the day after I got the inspiration to write my story Trapped. You can grab your copy at:

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You can grab your copy of the Kindle Unlimited box set Holding Out For A Hero: SEALS, Soldiers, Spies, Cops, FBI Agents & Rangers at:

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My story in this set is Blackout (a post apoc. thriller with suspense and paranormal elements and features an ex-marine hero). Also joining me in this box set are NY Times and USA Today best selling authors Caridad Pineiro, Sharon Hamilton, Gennita Low, Tawny Weber, Karen Fenech, Lisa Hughey, and Opal Carew.

Every girl wants a hero, a knight in shining armor who comes to her rescue. Here are 8 HOT stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors making every girl’s wish come true. Sexy romance and breathless suspense. Intrigue and dangerous kisses. Holding out for love has its rewards! From SEALs to cops to spies, here are special men who know how to protect their women—and how to love them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope your days and nights are filled with heroes.

 

 

 

 

Thunderclap for Holding Out For A Hero!

Morning all. Or afternoon. Or evening. Wherever you are I’m saying howdy! A quick update for the day. We have a new Thunderclap campaign for the romantic suspense box set Holding Out For A Hero. We would love it if you could support us. What that means is that if you add your Facebook and/or Twitter or any other social media to our campaign, on December 31 our message about our box set will go out on your social media. This is a wonderful way to help authors spread the word about their work. Thunderclap doesn’t snag your social media permanently, it’s just a way to help us tell so many people that our box set is available. We need 100 supporters by December 31.

To help us out click here!

Thank you SO much.

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Crazy December Book Goodness With Military Heroes

Hello everyone! Guys, I tried posting this blog so that it would show up on Triberr where people can share blogs on places such as Twitter. Unfortunately Triberr thought I’d already posted this blog. So I’m trying a different title to see if it works this time. :)

I was saying on Facebook today that my brain is just pinging like a slot machine in Vegas because I have so many stories coming out in December. Actually…Holding Out For A Hero is a new box set. Sweet Sensations came out last month.

First up is my novella Major Pleasure, an erotic romance I wrote some time ago which is featured in the contemporary romance box set Sweet Sensations, a collection of stories from USA Today and Amazon Best Selling Authors.

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You can grab Sweet Sensations right now by clicking right here.

Preorder is up for Holding Out For A Hero: SEALS, Soldiers, Spies, Cops, FBI Agents and Rangers! Release date is December 8.

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New York Times and USA Today Best Selling authors Cardidad Pineiro, Sharon Hamilton, Gennita Low, Tawny Weber, Karen Fenech, Lisa Hughey, Opal Carew and Denise A. Agnew present eight amazing stories for every woman looking for a hero.

You can preorder your copy here for 99cents.

We have a Writerspace Chat you can attend on Wednesday, December 2 at 9pm Eastern. Click here.

We also have a great Facebook party on Thursday, December 10 at 6pm Eastern and we’d love for you to attend. You can sign up by clicking here.

Thanks so much and I can’t wait for you to read these collections!