Current Project-Perceptive Soul

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I have so many ideas floating through my brain sometimes I find it difficult to keep up with them. I counted the other day and I have five projects I either have at least one chapter written on or some extensive notes for future use. Today I want to talk about the one I’m mostly focusing on at the moment. It is a work in progress titled Perceptive Soul. It is a little different than what I’ve worked on before. It is kind of a historical, but not in the same time frame as my novellas. Pirates are fun and all, but I wanted to try something different. So what is Perceptive Soul about?

Well it is taking place during World War II. It actually starts just before the United States enters the war. The heroine works on the island of Hawaii as a nurse/physical therapist. She has something special about her, something she doesn’t completely realize or understand. She is an empath/psychic. Her abilities remained dormant for years,but they have begun to come to the surface at a time when she may not be handle the onslaught of emotions. Her life was going wonderful. She’s planning her wedding and is happy with her life. She doesn’t need these complications and yet she cannot ignore them. She meets someone that understands them and his job is to help her to control them.

I have about a third of this written. It has been a struggle to get it just right. Rebecca’s journey is filled with so many different facets. I hope I can do it justice. This isn’t just another Pearl Harbor story. Its a story about one woman’s struggle to survive, not only herself, but also the world around her. It is completely different than anything I’ve written before. Is there romance? yes, but its not the main focus of the story. *cross your fingers* I can make it work and get it published.

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A Flawed Jewel-contest to win an ebook copy

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Today I woke up to an email that made me go O.o. It had A Flawed Jewel in the subject line. The email was from Amazon. I opened it immediately thinking there was some issue. What I found made me laugh. Amazon was sending me a list of books I might want to buy with AFJ at the top of the list. Here is a screen shot of the email:

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Pretty interesting right? What an awesome way to start off the day. I say that because well I am also promoting my book in another place today. Look below for more information.

 

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I am part of a month long promotion over at The Romance Reviews. If you want a chance at winning a copy of my book A Flawed Jewel then go here.

Answer some of the trivia and hangman questions to enter the contest to win several different prizes. My book is only one thing that you can win. Good luck!

A Flawed Jewel-ARe silver star

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I haven’t been over to All Romance much since A Flawed Jewel was released. For some unknown reason I wandered over there today. As I was looking at it I noticed a symbol. What is this symbol you ask? Its a star with a circle around it.

here it is

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Now I had to wonder. What does this little star mean? Well apparently it means that A Flawed Jewel is a best seller either in its category or in the top ten. I’m willing to bet in the category as I fail to see any other area it would be. It’s awesome regardless.

Here is a full look of a screen shot

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and if you still doubt me here is a link to the page to buy it on ARe

I have to admit its pretty exciting to see that some one out there is buying my first book. Thank you to all those that did.

 

Submission Call (Lyrical Press)

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Are you looking for someplace to submit your latest book? Here is a good place to start.

From Lyrical Press Content & Acquisition Editor Amanda Siemen:

I am a huge fan of romance authors and the stories they tell. I know how much work goes into perfecting your writing and getting your stories published. As an editor I recognize my authors as my greatest assets and work hard to help them recognize their goals.
I am interested in adding to my talented roster of authors and would like to invite you to sub your manuscripts directly to me. I am looking for all manners of romance and erotic romance with a keen interest in historical romances and fresh new ideas. If your story explores unchartered territory or is set between 1700 and 1978 I would love to read it. I am particularly interested in the decades between 1910 and 1970.

If you have a polished manuscript that you feel fits these parameters I encourage you to submit it. You may submit your manuscripts directly to me at amandamsiemen@gmail.com bypassing the Lyrical Press slush pile. My inbox awaits your 30-90k word romance or erotic romance masterpieces.

What to send:

  • Legal Name
  • Pen Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Genre
  • Word Count
  • 1/2 to 1 page query
  • 2 to 3 page synopsis
  • First 3 or full.

 

 

So that means all you peeps out their writing away get typing faster so you can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Taking Pleasure Where You Can-Guest Post

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Today I have a guest on my blog. Kelly Ryan has a flirt, Taking Pleasure Where You Can coming out on June 27. 

 

A huge thank you to Dawn for letting me stop by and talk a little about writing and give a sneak peak of my new release, Taking Pleasure Where You Can. So excited to stop by and gab a little! So thanks again Dawn for being such an awesome lady!
Today I thought I would talk a little about the need to practice the craft of writing. I recently read an article (one that I of course cannot find when I want to quote it) that talked about how talent is not so much innate ability, but more diligence and practice. I remember it stating something like it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Think about that 10,000 hours. Thank applies to creative writing as well. Sure, some people seem to be born writers, but they are also very dedicated to their craft and put the hours in.
To me I found this article to be hopeful. I am a published author, with the release of Taking Pleasure Where You Can I now have 8 stories/books in some way shape or form under my belt, but I still feel like I am a novice amongst the masters. I am learning and growing with each book, but I still have a long way to go. I never want to stop learning and growing either. I want to keep “practicing” and getting better at my craft. Sure, I have spent my 10,000 hours writing already (I am pretty sure I have done so much more) and I will be the first to admit that I am not a master writer yet, but I am so much better than when I began. And I am a published author now too. That is huge! So pardoned me while I go back to some practice so that tomorrow I can be a little better than today!

And now for a sneak peak of Taking Pleasure Where You Can:

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Blurbs from Taking Pleasure Where You Can:

John never thought that he would be the same after Pearl Harbor, then he set eyes on Imee and everything changed.
Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.

Excerpt:

Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.

Author Bio:

Kelly Ryan, aka Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and two dogs, and grew up with a fascination for all things that “go bump in the night”, so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance among other genres of romance. She is an avid exerciser and gets some of her best ideas while on runs. She also has a bit of a wild side, which only leads to inspiration for her writing.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living.
She is constantly putting out new material, so it is best to keep up with her on her website.

 

Kelly/Sheri is a multi-published author; you can keep up to date with all things Kelly Ryan/Sheri Velarde at: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.

 

Buy her book here

Cowgirl Fever Dirt :)

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I just finished my first round of edits on Cowgirl Fever. Working through it and rereading some of the things I wrote I had a good feeling. Some of it clearly needed some work and it helped its been a while since I sat down and looked at this manuscripts. I think when it’s finished it will be amazing. This one is all me. Not personally, but my strange sense of humor shines through. When I wrote the historicals I have to sit back and think about some of my word choices and nix any slang that wants to erupt in the writing. With Cowgirl Fever I can let it all loose and not think to much about some of the things I want to throw in there because its more modern.

After going through the first round I can’t wait to start working on the second book in this series. I have title’s and ideas worked out for each book in the trilogy. The first book is Cowgirl Fever. The second book is titled Cowgirl Indulgence and the third Cowgirl Retribution. It should be fun continuing to explore this world. Book two will feature the characters of Wes and Tori and Book three will explore the relationship between Emma and Colt.

Cowgirl Fever has a tentative release date of September, 2014. I can’t say if its the beginning, end, or middle of the month. All I was told was September. I’m in the dark for now. Once I know an exact date I will make sure to share it with everyone. In the meantime I will continue to work on making it as awesome as possible and start the rough draft of book two.

The Shot: The Traincoach of Death book one by Leona Bushman

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I love the premises of this book. What would have happened if the English had won the war? Where would America be today if that had happened? It’s fascinating to think of all the possibilities and if we would be who we are today if there were no United States of America. Would we even exist? So of course when I got the chance to read the first book in this serial I jumped at the chance.

First off I mentioned it is a serial. So I had to ask how many books will this end up being….more than a half dozen. So be prepared to be sucked in for several books. That also means this book IS left with a bit of a cliff hanger. You WILL want to continue reading after the first book. It is that GOOD. I can’t wait until the next book is available because I HAVE to find out what happened with Victoria and Bill.

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So a little bit about the book. Here is the blurb:

In a world where the old remains and is integrated with the new, Victoria struggles escape from those who wish her ill, or worse, dead.

What if the American Revolution never happened? Follow the timeline to the year 2011 where Duchess Victoria is waiting for her birthday to inherit the rest of her titles as well as her fortune. Then her father would lose his control over her and cease sending any more men to try to dupe her into marriage. If she married before she turned twenty-five, Victoria would lose most of her inheritance.

Enter a dashing undercover agent sent by the King of Americas to spy on Victoria’s father. When she meets Bill, Victoria is tempted by him more than any other man. As they travel cross-country via private traincoach, it becomes apparent things aren’t what they seem in ways Victoria doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Victoria and Bill must work together to find the culprit responsible for sabotage and murder, but this is only the beginning. Can they keep their wits before one of them is killed? Join them in the first of many adventures in the steampunk serial, The Shot: Traincoach of Death 1.

Exerpt

The idea of her being married off started a slow burn in him. They’d reached the upper levels by now, and he looked around for prying eyes. No one paid them any more attention than the next person.

Bill pushed her up against the glass dome. With the sunset falling behind her, her hair looked like flaming fire, reflecting how he’d started to feel about her. He’d already admired her on paper. Since meeting her in person, he felt like he rode the express train to ever after and didn’t know how to get off—or if he even wanted to.

He put a hand behind her neck and drew her in. Surprise flashed across her features as he dropped his lips to hers and then the fire from the sky spread through him. Their tongues dueled and his free hand brought her body close to his, seeking her fire. In response, she wrapped her arms around his neck and met him thrust for thrust, causing him to see and feel each second, each movement in slow motion.

Now he knew. Time slowed so that each whisper of their lips lasted as a hurricane, each heartbeat a lifetime of promise. Then time returned to its normal flow, and his body responded to the soul’s fullness. His ears buzzed with lust, and he wanted to lift her skirts right there and then and complete the act of becoming one. However, it occurred to him she didn’t know the truth about who he was, and it killed his libido faster than a cold shower.

He kissed his way up her cheek, placing a final kiss on her forehead. She relaxed her head against his chest, and he held her close as the sun set.

Something wasn’t right on the Louisiana Rail and Engine Company. The King showed his great knowledge and wisdom once again when he sent Bill to the Hastings’ holdings, and he hoped to live up to the king’s expectations.

 

I have only read one other steampunk before reading this book and it didn’t leave a huge impression on me. This one did. I adore the world building and the idea of train travel. I’d love to visit this world and explore it in depth. If you want to preorder it follow this link here. It is released on May 16.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Moving In by Sheritha Singh

How about another cover reveal?

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Okay that is only part of the cover… But I’m in the mood to tease and tease you all I will. I promise all will be revealed by the end of the blog post. But first how about a little information about this lovely book by Sheritha Singh.

BLURB:
Lace decides she has to make up for Dean’s sudden predicament and invites him to move in with her—she could use the rent. She doesn’t expect Dean to be as sexy as he is. But with his habit of walking around shirtless and his swoon-worthy body she suddenly needs toget a grip on her hormones. Losing her virginity to Dean becomes Lace’s top priority if she can win Dean’s trust and show him he means just as much to her minus his parents’ wealth.

Dean St. James can’t believe a single blog post ruined his comfortable life. He’s forced to look for another place when his parents kick him out of their apartment. In a moment of total insanity, Dean confronts the writer of the damaging blog post and is surprised when she offers him a place. Dean needs balls of steel if he’s going to live with the sexy writer especially since she has a penchant for a silk robe that falls open and flashes him the sexiest body he’s ever seen.

Doesn’t that sound like a must read? I believe so. So who is this extraordinary author?

Sheritha is thirty-something South African writer. She lives on the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast a where winter is almost non – existent. She has been writing since the age of twelve and often spaced out during Math and biology while dreaming up new plots for her many romance novels. Sheritha shares her home with her family and two canines.

Sheritha is currently developing Lace Higgins’s writing career. There are plenty sexy stories for Lace to write.
Sheritha’s publishing credits include:

Cherish – Lycaon Press http://www.lycaonpress.com
Witch Apprentice – Crimson Volume 2 Anthology short story – writing as Lace Higgins. http://www.breathlesspress.com
Sheritha loves hearing from readers. Tweet her @Shersinghzn

Now for a little excerpt and the finale. A full look at the beautiful cover of Moving in.

It can’t be. I blink before pushing my hair off my face and take a closer look. There’s a hunk on my doorstep. Maybe I’ve fallen asleep and woken up in an alternate reality. Shit, he’s gorgeous. His sun-kissed golden skin is flawless. He takes a long, sweeping look at me before he places one muscled arm on his slim hip and poses like a book boyfriend in my doorway.

An ice draft chills me. Crap. I pull the ends of my robe together to prevent another peep show and try to figure out who he is. And I had to flash him. Thank God, I’ve waxed. My face heats up all over again. I’ll bet he loved my little impromptu show. I wish his presence didn’t make my insides tingle or dry up my mouth. I’ve never had a guy look at me appreciatively or light up wildfires in remote places I never knew existed inside me with a single glance. And those eyes…Jesus… His eyes remind me of liquid fire.

My blood hums before the pit of my tummy trembles and spreads through my veins quicker than liquid lava. I’m wet in seconds, and I have to clamp my legs together just in case any telltale juices leak down my legs. Alison’s right. I need to have sex before I go totally crazy and start dry humping guys. I don’t think this sex only after marriage thing is going to work for me much longer. Heck, I must be the oldest virgin on the planet.

“Where is she?” His voice cuts through my dazed thoughts.

What does he want with me?

A gazillion possibilities race through my head. What if he’s a stalker? I’ve had a few crazies send me creepy messages via my social media accounts. None have had the guts to show up on my doorstep… Besides Mr. Book Boyfriend doesn’t look at all crazy. He seems to be as furious as hell, though.

“I don’t know any Lace.”

and finally what you all have been waiting for….Here is the cover of Moving In by Sheritha Singh

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Absolutely gorgeous isn’t it? I love cover reveals because they give us insight into these books and what we might expect from what is inside. I can’t wait to read this book when it becomes available.

What Do Authors do?

 

When Hailey Edwards asked if I wanted to participate in a blog hop of sorts I said sure why not. I mean I have nothing better to do right? It is spring break in my household…which means I don’t have to work the day job. I had plans to write this week…but..um…it’s not going quite as planned. So where was I? Oh yeah answering questions. Let’s look at these and see if I can assemble some kind of answer that makes sense. After you finish reading my blog hop on over to Hailey’s blog and read about how this all works for her. Click here to learn more about her work and how she creates such wonderful stories.

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1. What are you working on?

I am working on several projects all at once. My mind wanders and oh look a pretty butterfly. Yes, I need constant stimulation to keep me on track. Currently I have a piece of work off at betas with a working title of A Treasured Lily. It is the second book in the world of my book A Flawed Jewel, which became available for purchase on April 4. A Flawed Jewel is the first book I published and wrote. I decided to continue on in that world and A Treasured Lily became a reality towards the end of March. Because I can’t sit still and wait I started a third novella in that world (also the final book I plan on writing in that set) called A Sanguine Gem. They should all tie together nicely.

I also have a book that borders on young adult that is maybe a third written. I put it on the back burner for a spell while I hash out these books. It will be finished…eventually. Cowgirl Fever will get published as soon as I decide who I want to sign a contract with.

2. How does your work differ from others in the genre?

Because it is mine. What that isn’t a good enough answer? Fine I will try to tell you why mine is different. There are always certain elements that carry over in a genre. A Flawed Jewel is a historical. When I wrote it I didn’t think I’d ever walk into that realm again. Then I got a crazy dream and decided to write two more historical books. There are pirates and I like to believe my first one is especially yummy. I hope they come off as unique because that is what I aim to achieve. Memorable characters that the readers will love as much as I do.

3. Why do you write what you write?

Um, because the voices in my head tell me to. That is the short answer. I wake up from crazy dreams with bizarre ideas that I just have to write. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It just is what it is. I don’t plot or plan…mostly anyway. I have a basic idea of what will happen, but ultimately the characters run the show.

4. How does your writing process work

I should have a process? Wait, why didn’t someone tell me this? I feel cheated. Seriously, though I get an idea in my head and I write like a mad woman for days. I eat, sleep, and breathe the story until it has filled the pages. Insane absolutely. Paradox Origin is the only one I didn’t finish this way. It is the slowest book I’ve got going right now. A Flawed jewel and A Treasured Lily had rough drafts written in less than a week. They ARE novellas though so that is excusable. Cowgirl Fever took me about a month. I took breaks and tried to remember the world kept turning around me during that one. I like to write then reread it the next day with fresh eyes. Afterwards I write some more until I get everything out of me for that day. I don’t always write every day. My schedule doesn’t always allow for it. Sometimes it sucks to have a day job that interferes with writing, but it also pays the bills. Damn those necessities. Ideas can strike at the worst possible times too. In the middle of the night I have pulled out my phone and taken notes. A couple of weeks ago I hand wrote notes and some quick dialogue…oh the horror. How did they manage to do that in the past. It. Is. So. Slow.

Any way I hope you learned something…or at the very least got some entertainment from all of this. Come again soon, ya’ll.

 

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