Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Want to dance like Elizabeth Bennet?

Are you a Jane Austen nut? Do you sigh when you see something like this:


Yes, yes, I know we all are half in love with Mr. Darcy and that can cause plenty of sighs. But if you, like me, sigh over the elegance of movement and the beautiful costumes, and long for that to be you, cease your despair.
Last night I had the great pleasure of attending a class given by the Old Glory Vintage Dancers. My friend invited me, since she knows I am a writer always looking for new experiences and research avenues for my books. (Hint, hint)
It was so much fun, hopping and spinning around the floor in the lively, yet elegant, dances of the Jane Austen era. Even tripping and falling on my backside in the middle of a dance couldn't ruin the magical evening. Now that I have revealed my amazing dance skills, I know you all feel intimidated. ;)
If you are writing about Regency, or are just in love with the time period, this is worth at least a glance.

Happy Wednesday Writing!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Changing Blog Name? and A New Project!

I know my blog name keeps changing lately. You are probably thinking I am an indecisive person who just can't make up her mind. Well, you are part right. The other part is that I come up with brilliant names only to discover they are already taken by someone who is much smarter and quicker than myself. ;) I'm actually quite taken with this new one, so, perhaps I have finally hit on the winning title.
Other news: I am getting so exited for NaNoWriMo next week. Between outlining that project and getting to know my new characters, while still appeasing my current WIP characters and getting feedback on The Mark, and learning the ins and outs of numerous databases that will supposedly make this whole author thing a little more easy to handle (Ha! Like I believe that), it has been a crazy couple of weeks. Anyhow, here is a brief glimpse at my latest project, Dark Heritage.

Excerpt:
"Slaine." I struggle to breathe as I, for the first time since that fateful night, face my sister's murderer.
Disappointment shrouds my heart. This man, in his expensive black, Italian suit and leather shoes, polished until they shine, does not at all resemble the demon of my nightmares. Where are the red eyes and fangs I often imagined?
"Delusional," the therapists called me and I believed them.
"An accident," my parents murmured, and I agreed even as the truth, or so I thought, haunted my nights. I face the reality before me. Chocolate eyes hold mine, their cold amusement an odd contrast to their warm color. My nails dig into my palms so hard I feel beads of sticky wetness beneath them.
"Slaine." The name drops from my lips like a curse.









Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Theater, A Little Writing

I recently had the great pleasure of attending Centerpoint Legacy Theater's production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. The costumes were colorful and beautiful, the cast talented and the songs stirring. As I enjoyed this night of romance and high adventure, I found myself thinking, as I often do, of writing. I know, I know, the curse of all writers is that we are never quite free from our characters, plot-lines, and ideas for improving our WIP. So here are three things The Scarlet Pimpernel taught me about the craft of writing and editing.

1) As I took my seat and settled in to enjoy the production, I noticed colored tape all over the stage. This proved very distracting. The blaring tape could be seen even when the lights were dim and constantly shouted 'amateur theater' to me. My expectations about the quality of the play were drastically lowered from the beginning.
You are probably asking, what does this have to do with writing? Easy. What message are you sending with your book? Is it polished and professional? Or does it scream 'novice' with all the grammar, spelling and formatting errors? Don't leave any 'marking tape' for your readers to find and that my cause them to lower their expectation about your work. Whether you are planning on traditional or indie publishing, take the time to carefully edit. I would take advantage of all the amazing skills of those already in the professional editing business. *wink wink*

2) There were a couple dropped lines in the play. The actors hurriedly corrected themselves by saying the right line, but the damage was done. I was confused and the flow of the story was disrupted for a moment.
With your writing be sure your characters are saying what you mean them to say. If the dialogue is confusing, or the characters aren't staying true to themselves, the suspension of disbelief you have created will be shattered. Your reader will return to reality with a jarring bump and may have to work hard to return to the fantastical world you have tried to craft, or they may never return. Be true to your characters and your story, and avoid missed lines!

3) I am always impressed with any theater production I attend and their ability to create an illusion of another place, and often another time, with minimum props. In fact, the best play are those that are driven by dialogue and the emotions you can see portrayed by the actor's body language, rather than flashy sets and bedazzling costumes.
Writing is exactly the same way. Your story can thrive and flourish with well written dialogue, and choosing the perfect words. One right word can carry your meaning better than ten wrong words. Make your manuscript less bulky by taking the extra time to find words that invoke the right feelings, or images you wish to portray.

Now go write and maybe take time to enjoy The Scarlet Pimpernel, or another local production in your area. :-)



Monday, October 15, 2012

Name the Book Extravaganza!


The amazing Ali Cross is looking for readers help choosing the title for Book #3 in her Desolation Trilogy. Those who vote on the winning name will receive all three books in e-book format.
A fun scavenger hunt is also taking place. Participants get a chance to win awesome e-books, SWAG and other great prizes! You can find the details and rafflecopters at Tiffany's blog. The contest runs this week only, so stop by soon.
 Enjoy! And a big congratulations to Ali!

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.
 When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.











Where darkness lives, all becomes desolate . . .
It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.
Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.
And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.
Ali's Bio
Ali Cross is the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.
Find Ali:
twitter username: @ali_cross

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gallagher's Hope Book Blast



Gallagher’s Hope Synopsis

She sought a new beginning.
He sought what he didn’t know was missing.
Together they would discover hope in unlikely places.

Isabelle Rousseu must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.

Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want...until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets.

It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both, hope for the future.

Teasers

Excerpt One: 
Nothing existed of the life she had known.
      Her slender arm wrapped around the little boy’s shoulder and pulled him closer to his side. She could feel his slight trembling and wished more than anything that she could take away his sadness. They were alone in the world. They had each other, and she prayed that would be enough for them both.
      They stood and listened as the priest gave the final blessing, and two men lowered the caskets into the ground. The few other mourners who had been kind enough to attend the funeral asked her to leave with them, but she needed the closure. She needed her eyes to see what her heart refused to accept. ”An unfortunate affair,” everyone called the incident for it wasn’t every day that a man murdered his wife and then shot himself. Isabelle wished not to think on the possible reasons why, but she couldn’t seem to help herself. She never imagined her family to be anything but happy. Their father’s death, however, revealed the truth. No one spoke of it with them of course, but the lawyer had made the situation quite clear.
      They were penniless.

Excerpt Two: 
“You promised Gabriel, you promised!”
Gabriel wasn’t a light sleeper. In fact it often took a great deal to wake him from a pleasant slumber and last night had been one heck of a night’s sleep. He enjoyed waking with Isabelle in the room. What he didn’t enjoy was being yelled at and falsely accused before he’d even had his first cup of coffee. Her words though, did enough to bring him about.
“Criminy, Isabelle it’s too early for yelling and I didn’t break my promise.” Gabriel moved around the side of the bed until he located his boots and slipped them on. His happy memories of holding her in his arms the night before were quickly replaced by anger and irritation.
“What do you call waking up next to me then Gabriel?”
“If you’ll take a good look at yourself, and me for that matter, you’ll see we’re both fully dressed. More’s the pity.”





   

The Author

McClintock is an entrepreneur, baker, photographer, tour host, reviewer and multi-genre author.

Over the years McClintock has traveled the country and abroad, experiencing the beauty of other lands and cultures. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock will always call Montana home.

McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.


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2 Gallagher’s Pride (Book One)-Kindle Edition


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Monday, October 8, 2012

A Timeless Romance Anthology Review

Christmas comes early this year! Six unique love stories by six best-selling authors that are sure to make you feel warm-inside and out. Grab a mug of your favorite steaming drink, curl up with a blanket and let the novellas transport you back in time with tales of disappointment and triumph in life and love.

I have read every one of Sarah Eden's Regency Romances and her newest novella does not disappoint.
The Road to Cavan Town opens on Ireland, 1864. Though the setting is different from her other novels, you find yourself just as captured and engrossed in the time and characters. The main protagonist, Alice Wheatley, is in love with Isaac Dancy, but he is courting the rich and gorgeous Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice knows Miss Kilchrest is not right for Isaac. Will he come to realize the truth before its too late? A touching story that hooks readers from the very beginning. Great start to an amazing anthology!
 
Heidi Ashworth's It Happened Twelfth Night introduces us to the gatekeepers daughter, Luisa, and her childhood friend turned beau, Percy. When Percy returns from Ireland after six-months away, Luisa is confused by his sudden indifference to her. Brokenhearted, she watches all her dreams crumble. That is until a handsome, mysterious man shows her kindness. Luisa suddenly realizes that new dreams can be even better than the old.
Warning: Dreams of dashing strangers sweeping you off your feet may occur.


Next comes An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon. Set in Cache Valley, Utah in 1880 during a bitter winter, we meet the irrepressible Caroline. She has big hopes and dreams, which don't include being courted by her childhood chum, James. But when faced with possibly losing James forever, she realizes her heart may not agree with her head. Can a friendship become something deeper? Is it too late to find out? A cute story of friendship and love.

Next in line is Caroles on the Green by Joyce DiPastena. This amazing writer of medieval romance once again transports back to an age we can only imagine. This story revolves around the unlikely relationship of Isabel and Lucian. Agreeing to choose a husband by Epiphany, Isabel must sort through many suitors. The handsome knight, Lucian, is not on her list of potential candidates until an incident at the oak tree forces her to reevaluate this dashing suitor. The characters are so well developed it is a little disappointing their story is so short. Hopefully, Joyce has more planned for them in the near future. ;)

A Winter's Knight by Donna Hatch is the first story I've read from this author. However, after reading this touching romance I am determined to read all her others. Clarissa and her Aunt Tilly are forced to take refuge in Wyckburg Castle during a storm. Clarissa is terrified-she has heard all the rumors of curses and murdered wives of the previous earls. But when she discovered her own family's involvement in this cursed castle, she knows she must help set things to right. Will the current earl feel the same? One of my favorite stories. I am a sucker for haunted castles and ancient curses.

Last, but certainly not least, is A Fortunate Exile by Heather Moore. Young Lila is sent away to her aunts after scandalously falling in love with the wrong man. Unsure how she will endure her strict aunt and her family's scorn, Lila is more than happy to accept Peter Weathers's help. As they aid each other in their struggles, they find themselves growing closer. But can Lila trust this growing attraction, or her own heart? Will her former poor judgement taint the gift they both hesitate to accept? A sweet tale of learning to trust yourself and others.

I loved each and everyone of these all-too brief tales. They were all unique, but equally compelling. The stories showcase the six authors' incredible talents, and leave you wanting more. A great read for a frigid winter night, or morning, or even afternoon. Any romance lovers on your Christmas lists? Check, mission accomplished. ;) Seriously though, I highly recommend reading this book either alone, or with a group of friends to set the holiday mood and spread some early Christmas cheer.





Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection. A collection unlike any other, readers will love this compilation of six sweet historical romance novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Romance.

The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance. Alice Wheatley walks each weekend into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. And while Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has his eyes set on the belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her.

Regency author Heidi Ashworth’s delightful story, It Happened Twelfth Night, set in England 1812, follows Luisa Darlington who discovers the man of her dreams, Percy Brooksby, isn’t in love with her as much as she thought he was. When Percy’s friend, the mysterious foreigner, Mr. Flynn, visits for the twelfth night holiday, he promptly sweeps Luisa off her feet, quite literally. Luisa is left catching her breath in more ways than one.

An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon is a captivating romantic novella, set in remote Wood Camp, the snowy canyon of Logan, Utah, 1880. When Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, she discovers that her long-time friend, James, has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the feelings he’s awakened in her, and it takes almost losing James to admit her true feelings for him.

In Joyce DiPastena’s charming medieval story, Caroles on the Green, we enter England of 1151, in which Lady Isabel has a dilemma. She promises herself that she’ll marry the man who sent a ring hidden in her pastry since the man she truly loves, Sir Lucian de Warrene, has proved to be impossible and exasperating. To forget him, Isabel sets her eyes on other eligible men, only to face another confrontation with Lucian—who isn’t about to back off and leave her to her newest plot.

Donna Hatch’s enchanting novella, A Winter’s Knight, begins when Clarissa Fairchild’s coach just happens to break down in front of the most forbidding estate in the county, that of Wyckburg Castle, a place where young brides have been murdered for generations by their husbands. Clarissa is horrified yet curious all in the same breath. When she meets widower Christopher de Champs, Earl of Wyckburg, she must decide if she should flee or uncover the greatest secret in the county about her handsome rescuer.

In Heather B. Moore’s exciting turn-of-the-century story, A Fortunate Exile, Lila Townsend finds herself the victim of a broken heart—broken by the most notorious bachelor in 1901 New York City. If that isn’t bad enough, her father sends her to Aunt Eugenia’s remote farm where Lila must wait for her father’s anger to subside and the gossip columns to find new fodder. When Lila meets her aunt’s boarder, Peter Weathers, she discovers a man who isn’t afraid to stand up to her formidable family and take a chance on a woman with a sullied reputation.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ATHENA's Book Launch

ATHENA's release date is November, but readers will get a change to buy an early copy at the October 6th Book Launch!

The book launch is at the same store where we held the others: Fort Union Deseret Book. 6:00-8:00 during their Ladies Night celebration, so there will be other authors/artists there, refreshments, and lots of fun.
Details at Newport Ladies Book Club blog.

Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?



Excerpt:
Lately, dating had become an almost frenzied quest to find a guy who could free her from the shackles of Luke’s memory—someone who could make her feel something stronger than respect and like. Someone who could make her want to say “yes.”
     But it was no use. Taycee only ended up hurting unsuspecting guys. Guys who didn’t deserve to be hurt. Like Pat.
     Well, no more. It had gone too far this time, and Taycee was through. Through with flirting. Through with dating. Through with trying. Maybe if she moved on with the rest of her life, Luke’s memory would move on too.


About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





Links:

FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/


Tour Giveaway - October 1st to 31st:

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  If the grand prize winner is not in the US they will receive only the  Amazon Gift card & a Kindle copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette.  The Sneakers DVD would then be awarded to the winner of the print copy  who must live in the US.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IWSG

My biggest writing worry is...

I will never be done revising. My books will never be good enough, polished enough, exciting enough that people actually want to read them. :(

Short, I know, but I have a busy schedule of a masochist who keeps going back to the thing she both loves and curses.

Good luck to the rest of you!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Giveaway-$50 Amazon Giftcard!

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Renee Anderson



Book Blast Starting October 2nd for a $50 Gift Card

Book Tour - Running throughout the month of October.


The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?




About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





 
Links:
 FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/

The Tour Schedule can be found here: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour.html

Giveaway Details
$50 Amazon Gift Code
Ends 10/31/12
Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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