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Book Signing: Meet Rebekah Lewis

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VictoriaHere is another opportunity for you to meet one of our talented authors in person!  The wonderful Rebekah Lewis will be hosting a book signing at the Barnes and Noble at the Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah Georgia tomorrow (18 October).
I would definitely recommend that you take the time to go and meet her.  She’s not only fun, fiesty and supremely imaginative in her writing, but she’ll also have 25 printed previews of the first 2 chapters of her next book Mercury Rising with a coupon code in it for the full novella that comes out on Halloween!  There’s bound to be plenty to talk about and I know she’d be happy to answer any questions you’ll have!
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4739574
Don’t miss out, it’s going to be fantastic!!
Chat soon,
Dominic
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WickedSatyrNights 600x900Wicked Satyr Nights: The Cursed Satyroi, Book 1
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Some creatures want to be found.
When Dr. Katerina Silverton travels into the Pine Barrens to make a documentary on the Jersey Devil, she doesn’t believe she will find evidence of anything supernatural. However, Kat soon finds herself face-to-face with the very creature she was sent into the forest to capture on film.In Ancient Greece, the god Pan made a terrible mistake which resulted in the creation of a race of immortal satyrs. Centuries later, he lives secluded in the Pine Barrens, frightening the mortals by taking the guise of an abhorrent local monster. When a beautiful woman shows up in his forest looking for proof of his existence, Pan can’t resist revealing himself to her.

But outside forces may be manipulating them both, pushing them together for nefarious reasons. Kat must decide if she could learn to love a satyr or if his appearance is more than she can handle. Can she resist Pan’s wicked nature, or will she give into the temptations beyond her wildest fantasies?

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The only cure to the satyr curse is a nymph. When Ariston finds one spying on him, can he win her over?
Under the Satyr Moon a curse was wrought, and under the same moon shall it be reversed…if the Fates allow.A freelance photography job goes downhill fast when Lily Anders’ boyfriend dumps her and disappears from the campsite, leaving her stranded in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Feeling lost, heartbroken, and afraid, Lily follows a mysterious melody through the wilderness. She never would have guessed the source of the music would reveal that legendary figures of Greek mythology really existed, and she could be one of them.

Ever since he was cursed, Ariston has only wanted one thing—to be human again. He has searched the globe for a nymph to free him, but over three thousand years of failure has pushed him into a life of solitude. Ariston believes he’s finally found the salvation he’s longed for when he catches Lily spying on him in the forest. Unfortunately, he has to convince her to like him first.

What seems to be the Fates bringing them together in time for the Satyr Moon proves to be an elaborate scheme with macabre intentions. Dionysus has sent Ariston’s estranged brother, Adonis, to ensure the curse cannot be broken, and nothing tosses cold water over the flame of seduction like a twin seeking vengeance.

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Meet Avan Noxturna from Point of No Return by Torie James

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Full of seething, sensual shadows and hidden faces, the annual Masquerade Ball at Lymbo Resort is one event anyone would sell their soul for.

One night a year, impiety and temptation take center court at the invitation only event hosted by the mysterious Avan Noxturna. Decadent darkness, burning lust, and wicked intentions hide behind innocent masks in the most innocuous places.

The fires of hell may blaze hot, but the flames of passion consume common sense when obsessive memories escape to ignite an inferno of intimate bliss that will sear both saint and sinner.

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I hope you’re all having an awesome week so far?  Mine has been great, but it always looks up when I get the chance to hang with the ultra nice Torie James and her interesting cast of characters!  Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Avan Noxturna from Torie’s latest book - Point of No Return – which releases tomorrow!

Hi Avan and thanks so much for joining us today.  Why not tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

*throaty laugh* Let’s just say we have a business arrangement. I’ve fulfilled my end, now it’s her turn. Shame she hasn’t read the fine print, though.

Oh yes?  Sounds like an interesting situation… care to tell us more?

You’ll have to read my story to find out more.

Fair enough I suppose *grin*.  Ok, how about you tell us what it was that drew you to your mate?

*clenched teeth* He’s not my mate. He’s a thorn in my side. A fly in my ointment. My cross to bear. No pun intended. *low growl, then sigh* He’s not entirely unappealing. I just resent his position in my life and his overall arrogance in thinking I’d be anything other than pissed. To err is human, to forgive is divine and hell hath no fury like me when scorned, hungry and inconvenienced. 

Tell us how you really feel *grin*.  I’m guessing this is going to be a really fun read!  Here’s a great question for you – and just a little bit naughty - where was the wildest place you seduced your partner?

You mean my prey? *wicked grin* I gave Adam Lambert a hand job on the Spinning Teacups at Disneyland.

That is a really wild place indeed!! Let’s hope that Adam never finds out that you shared that info with us… Tell us, boxers, briefs or commando?

I say commando for a man. As for me, it depends. Sometimes the feel of silk or satin against my flesh is deliciously sensual.

Good to know! I’m sure our readers would love to know what one sure fire trick is that your partner can play if he wants to seduce you?

I’m the seducer. Not the seduced…*winks*

Never been seduced?  You don’t know what you’re missing… to each their own though I guess *grin*.  Alright, what is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

*thoughtful look* It depends on the lover.

Not giving much away are you!  Hmm… here’s a great one, what was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Point of No Return?

She never embarrassed me, she betrayed me. *arches a brow* Lovely of her to conveniently blind my senses to what was stalking me. I won’t forget it anytime soon, either.

Oh dear Torie, sounds like you’re in for some trouble from this one… not that you’re not fully capable of looking after yourself!  So Avan, is there anything else you would like to add?

Why take the stairway to Heaven when I can show you the highway to Hell?

And that ladies and gents is a pretty cryptic and intriguing reason to order this Flirt from Torie James!!

Chat soon,

Dominic

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Writing the Blurb

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quill-penIt’s a strange thing, but one of the elements of completing your book that trouble most authors is writing the blurb.  You would think that asking someone to “sell” their book to you would be simple… after all, who better to sell the book to a reader than the person who wrote it.  However, it’s not really as easy as it sounds.  Sometimes, it can be a case of being too close to the story to be able to break it down or perhaps it’s the act of trying to condense your story into just a few sentences that is the struggle?

Here is something that I found on the Digital Book World site (full article here) that really helped break it down for me and I hope that you’ll find it just as helpful.

Here is the formula:

(1) Situation. Every story has to start somewhere, with some people in some sort of circumstances. Describe them simply here.

(2) Problem. Every story (every interesting one, anyway) has some sort of hitch that either makes that situation untenable or makes change inevitable. This part of the description often starts with the word, “But…” or “However…” or “Until…”

(3) Hopeful possibility. Here’s the potential to overcome the crisis. This “cool thing” or “longshot opportunity” makes your audience want to read your story. Yes, the situation (above) seems doomed by the problem (above). Still, there’s hope because of this new twist. Parts 1, 2, and 3, if concisely written, together create the drama that propels the story.

(4) Mood, tone or spirit of the story. Finally, readers want to know what kind of emotional state they’re going to get into while they’re reading this book. Is it a dark, dystopian tragedy or humorous chick lit cotton candy? This is where you set the tone and clinch the deal, turning browsers into buyers.

Now, the other great advice I will give you is this… go and look at some of your favourite books.  Read their blurbs.  What is it about that blurb that made you want to read the book?

Finally… the only way this will get any “easier” is if you practice!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Talking Reviews

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review-starsIt’s strange how you see patterns on Facebook… it’s like an ocean and you can follow the progress of an idea around the world by seeing when your distant friends share something.  The latest wave – which started as one small post and then started to crop up on various pages – is the question of reviews.

Let me be more specific.  The questions that were raised were as follows:

  • Is it ok to ask for reviews?
  • Is it ethical to suggest exchanging positive reviews?
  • Is it right to offer a 5 star review on sites even if you haven’t read the book?
  • I hated the book.  Is it ok to say so in my review?

You may think that this is a no-brainer and I’m sure that to almost everyone reading this blog, it is a no-brainer, but in case someone is new to the review thing… let me elaborate a little.

  • Is it ok to ask for reviews? 

    Yes, it is completely ok to ask for reviews.  Especially if you’re asking fellow authors or friends and relatives.  You should even encourage readers to post reviews by mentioning it on your social media and in your newsletter (if you have one).  You can even offer a random prize to be drawn from people who post reviews and share links on your Facebook page.  All of this is ok.  The only time you head into murky water is if you are offering to pay for a review.

  • Is it ethical to suggest exchanging positive reviews?No.  It would be far better to suggest that you will offer an honest review in exchange for the same.  This means that both parties should be aware that if one of you didn’t enjoy the others book… you’re going to say so.  Nicely.
  • Is it right to offer a 5 star review on sites even if you haven’t read the book? 

    Um… no.  I’ve seen professional “tour and review” companies and individuals offering this service.  “10 5 star reviews guaranteed”.  This is not something you want for your book.  I for one would by far rather that my reviews (good or bad) came from people who had actually read the book.  At least then you don’t end up with an inflated idea of how many people you’ve reached!  After all, if I don’t have to read your book to review it… you won’t be getting many sales will you?

  • I hated the book.  Is it ok to say so in my review?

    This falls under the category of being honest, so yes.  However, my answer comes with a condition.  By all means say that you didn’t enjoy the book, but remember that a human being wrote that book and worked really hard on it.  When saying that you don’t enjoy the book, give clear, concise reasons for that.  Bear in mind that if you read a book on vampires and you don’t like vampires, that is not a good enough reason to not like the book.  If you felt that the characters were underdeveloped or you felt that the ending was a let down or the plot twist ruined a good story arc, find a way to say so while offering suggestions on how the author could avoid a similar situation in future books.  Be nice, be considerate and don’t just slam a book to feel “big”.

In short, reviews are a vital part of the publishing journey for all authors whether published by a mainstream publisher, Indie publisher or even self-published.  Reviews are a physical sign to potential buyers that others have read your work and hopefully recommend it.  Be respectful of readers and writers and above all… have fun!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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The Observation of Whiskers the Cat

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Cat_paw_(cloudzilla)We have a cat.  Well, to be honest, we have a few cats… Domino isn’t very good at saying no to a feline in need!  One of these is a fluffy tuxedo Tom called Whiskers.  Just for something different, I decided to hand the blog over to him today!  Without further ado… here is the guest post I got back *grin*

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Sunday, 12 Oct.
09:47am

I have been watching the female human closely as she sleeps.  Apparently it is “Sunday” and although I have no idea what that means, I can tell you that it is the day of the week when the humans traditionally give over to their inner cat and sleep a bit later.  They certainly sleep far too little and I suspect that it’s part of what makes them occasionally so very grumpy.

10:31am

I have decided that it is time that I am fed.  The others agree with me.  We put it to a vote and I will now walk across her face until she wakes up.  Sleeping is necessary, but food is vital.

10:36am

I have woken the female human.  I wasn’t expecting to be swatted off the bed, but as long as there is movement I will consider it a successful campaign.  I will now rub against her feet to show her that she is behaving appropriately.

10:53

Food has been successfully ingested and the human has taken up my favourite spot on the chaise in the sitting room with a cup of some revolting brown mixture.  It must have some sort of nutritive importance because she cannot go a day without it.  Yuck.

11:22

I was trying to nap on the desk, but have been put on the floor so that the lightbox can be placed in my spot.  Sigh.  The human will now spend hours making clacking noises while staring into that light.  It seems to be a larger cousin of the nefarious red dot.  Poor human, her paws are moving so quickly, but she’s no closer to capturing the light.  I will let her play for a few minutes and then I will attempt to help her capture the light.

11:27

I have been kissed (ew) and cuddled and told “no”.  Fine.  If you don’t want my help, you may continue to suffer at the hands of the device and the light.  I’m going to nap.

14:10

I don’t know when she tired of the light, but that infernal clacking has mercifully ceased.  She has hidden the light by putting its face on the table.  Good.  I can now lie on top of it so it won’t distract her any further.  Wait… she’s moving to the sofa.  Hmmm… I think I’ll just lie here a little longer in case the light regains its strength….

15:00

*stretch*  That was a great 50 winks.  I think it’s time that the human was reminded that I am worthy of praise and attention.  She is holding one of those papery blocks that seem to mesmerise her so much.  They’re great for rubbing my head on though… *climb onto her lap and rub head on spine of book*… ah yes, that’s fantastic!  Hmm… the human is getting annoyed that I’m moving the object and is now stroking me.  Excellent.  My plan is working.  Nap time.

17:55

Time to remind the human that my food doesn’t serve itself.  Stretch, insert all 20 claws gently into her lap.  Purr loudly.  Jump down, miaow pitifully.  What does “just one more page” mean anyway?  I’m starving here!

With love, purrs and all my own fur,

Whiskers xx

 

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Getting to know L.M. Brown

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What if you could only touch your lover one night of the year? Halloween night is all you have when in a relationship with a ghost.

Drew Jessop wants a life without ghosts. He doesn’t want to see, hear, or talk to them. Ignoring them should be relatively simple. But Drew soon finds that Benji Richards, an eternally gorgeous ghost from the fifties, is not so easy to ignore.

Halloween night is approaching and both Drew and Benji know what it could mean for them. From sunset to sunrise, it is the one night of the year when a mortal can feel the touch of a ghost.

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Hi everyone, please join me in giving L.M. Brown, author of Touch of a Ghost a big welcome today. Tell us, can you remember if there was a moment when you decided you wanted to be a writer?

Despite my dreadful memory when it comes to most things, I do remember this vividly.  It was back in school when I was thirteen years old. My English teacher would give us creative writing assignments and, each week, someone was tortured by having their work read out to the class. When mine was chosen, I was embarrassed — especially since I had written way more than the minimum requirement for the assignment. The bell rang before the teachergot to the end of the story, I had waffled on so much. After the class, one of the other students, who wasn’t a particular friend of mine, approached me and asked to read the end of the story since they enjoyed it so much. That was when I decided I wanted to be a writer, though it was a long time before I actually achieved it.

That’s rather flattering and certainly a great incentive to pursue this kind of dream.  So, having decided to be a writer, what inspired you to write your first book?

Like many writers, I found myself writing a lot of fanfiction, mainly in the Harry Potter fandom. From there I discovered “slash” fanfiction and wrote what turned out to be an epically long (400,000 words) story about Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. I know, I know, the pairing has been done to death, but yes, I jumped on the bandwagon. 

After this story was finally done, I realized I had been neglecting my original stories and went back to writing those, determined to get some of my half written pieces finished. At around the same time I saw an open call for ghost stories and decided to concentrate on polishing up Touch of a Ghost for that open call, just to see whether I could really do what I had dreamed about for so long. The story was accepted and I have been writing original stories ever since. Though I occasionally do wander back to the world of fandom.

That’s an impressive word count and I’m thinking it doesn’t matter what inspires you as long as you’re inspired!  We’re certainly glad you tried your hand at this particular call *grin*.  Having written the book, how did it feel to finish your first book?

It felt great. Even if it had never been accepted for publication, actually finishing a story is quite an achievement for a procrastinator like me.

That’s certainly a true enough answer.  Many people never finish their work and that is a huge achievement all on its own!  Here’s a great one, is there a certain song or soundtrack you listen to while writing?

Although some of my stories are inspired by particular songs, I wouldn’t say I write to them. I tend to put my iPod on shuffle so I don’t have to mess about with picking songs or tracks when I am busy writing. My iPod has all sorts on it, from 50s tracks right through to present day. Though the era with the most tracks from it is definitely the 80s. 

I have to say, I’m a big fan of music going back to through the ages (all the way back to be sure) but the 60s are my personal favourite.  Hmm, what was the most terrifying thing about submitting your first book?

I submitted my first book and immediately thought “what the hell have I done?” I never imagined it would be accepted and braced myself for weeks of waiting to hear back from the publisher. To find a contract in my inbox less than 24 hours later was a huge shock. I am kind of glad they responded so quickly, so I had less time to go through the terrifying ordeal of waiting and wondering if I had done the right thing.

I think when you’ve written something great, it’s always fantastic to have that recognised!  Hopefully it will be something that encourages you to keep doing submitting.  I’m wondering, was it easy to tell your friends and family that you were writing romance? What was their reaction?

Only a couple of close friends know I write and they haven’t really had much of a reaction to it at all. They are not big readers and while they did give me a quick “congrats” on my first book, they don’t know I am still writing since I am kind of reluctant to bore them with the details. I have found only those who know the pleasure of losing themselves in a book can truly understand the excitement of becoming a published writer.

I have to confess I don’t understand people who don’t love reading as much as I do, so I completely understand what you mean.  Having been accepted, did you find it hard having to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

The first time I saw the work of an editor on one of my stories it was actually not so bad. Having heard plenty of horror stories by this point, I expected worse and breathed a sigh of relief.  Then, during the second round of edits, I suddenly got a new editor who wanted a lot of changes made. It was hard to see so many criticisms of my story. I shut down the document for a day and went back to it with fresh eyes and a determination to learn from the experience.

Thankfully, every editor I have had has been a pleasure to work with and I like to try to learn from them to make my stories better. I trust their judgment and try not to go all diva on them, though I do stand my ground and explain the rationale behind something if a suggested change is one which will substantially change the story/characters. I hope my editors enjoy working with me too, as I do think that a good relationship between editors and authors makes for a better story in the end.

Although I gripe and moan about edits – just like every other author I know – I actually don’t mind doing them. Even if I would rather be out in the sunshine instead of stuck inside on the computer on the hottest days of the year!

I think that’s an important way to look at it.  I agree that if you feel that a change will alter something fundamental about the storyline or a character… you have to stand your ground.  Having cracked the submitting and the editing, what would you say is the hardest part of being published for you?

Definitely the bad reviews. When you are an unknown author, it is pretty hard to get reviews for your stories at all, so when I get the bad ones it hits me pretty hard. I actually don’t go looking for reviews at all now, and even went so far as to delete my Goodreads account since I found going there killed any inclination I have to write.

I agree that bad reviews can be difficult to deal with, but I hope that you will reactivate your Goodreads account so that people can also find ways to leave good reviews and also to interact with you in a positive way.  You need to remember that bad reviews are merely opinion and it’s important to experience both the good and the bad.  Here’s one I like, if you were given one wish, what would you do with it? (No, you can’t cure diseases or solve world peace…but for the rest… go nuts)

I would wish to be able to write full time. Or to win the lottery of course, which would enable me to write full time. Totally selfish, but every minute I spend at the soul-sucking evil day job (as I lovingly refer to it) is a minute I could have spent telling my characters’ stories.

Oh believe me, you’re not the first to wish that!!! So what advice would you give an aspiring writer?

  • Don’t give up at the first hurdle. 
  • Try to write something every day, even if it is only a few hundred words.
  • Set up a blog so readers can find you.

And most importantly, when you are asked this question in an interview – take your own advice! 

That’s great advice! Hmm, if you weren’t writing, what other artistic outlet do you think you’d have?

Like Drew from Touch of a Ghost, I love photography. I like to capture moments and places on film and, when I am out and about, I make sure to have my camera with me. I can’t say that I have any great talent in photography but I can usually manage to point it and click without too much going wrong. All the flowery photos on my blog (the header and titles of different types of blog post) were taken by myself.

That’s definitely a rewarding passtime.  I find that being able to compose a photo and have it look exactly how you pictures fills my need to get things right better than blundering about with a paintbrush would *grin*.  Do you have a secret skill that you can share with us?

I’m not so sure it is a skill so much as a necessity, but I have perfected the not-so-secret knack of writing whilst being held prisoner by one or both of my cats. They have discovered that sitting on my chest and trapping my arms is not sufficient to stop me from tapping away at the keyboard.

That’s certainly a great secret skill and one that I have yet to perfect!  Tell me, what has been the strangest place that inspiration has struck and how did you deal with it?

I don’t think that inspiration has ever struck me in a particularly strange place, though it does tend to hit at inconvenient times. I now learn to carry a notepad and pen with me, as well as keeping one beside the bed (midnight inspiration just when I am falling asleep is especially common). You don’t want to wake up the next morning and realize the brilliant idea you had at 2 am has now completely slipped your mind.

True enough!  The biggest lie we ever tell ourselves is “I’ll remember that later”!!  I like this one… If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The ability to fly. Whether it is to get something from the shelf that is just out of reach or to soar up into the clouds with the birds, this is the super power I would like. Well, it is today, I may change my mind on this one at any given time because other powers are pretty tempting too. The one I would never want is the power to read minds though – I would rather not know what is going on in another person’s head, any more than I would want someone snooping through mine. 

I LIKE that!!  Hmm, lastly, do you have any movies or television shows which inspire you?

I love television shows and movies that are of the paranormal/sci-fi variety. I love exploring ideas stemming from “What ifs?” Whether it’s the existence of ghosts, demons and angels (I am a huge Supernatural fan!) or the mysteries of the depths of the oceans (am I the only one who remembers Seaquest DSV?) I can pretty much find inspiration in most programmes I watch.

Seaquest DSV was one of my FAVOURITE shows… funny how I’ve wondered if anyone else had every watched it *grin*.

Thank you so much for joining us today!  I hope that you’ll all go and order your copy now!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Writing Fantasy Romance

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I have a confession, I simply adore sci-fi and fantasy stories.  I love the new worlds, creatures, epic quests and adventures.  I know, they’re not really romances are they… and yet, there’s almost always some element of romance in these stories.  You see… if there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be quite the same somehow.  What good is it if the reluctant hero and his ragtag bag of accomplices save the world from certain doom if he doesn’t get the girl?  Why should we care if the large, sword-wielding knight survives if we haven’t seen how much he loves his wife and children back home?

heartIt’s as if the sub-plot of “love” gives us a clearer view of the characters.  It sharpens their edges and shows us why we should care about them.  Obviously we care if the world is saved, the princess rescued, the dictator deposed, but we need more.  The truly great sci-fi and fantasy writers have got this down to a fine art.  They thread just one or two lines of romance into the huge tapestry of their story and it’s fantastic.

We, however, are approaching it from the other angle.  We’re adding sci-fi and fantasy to our romance.

So what challenges do you face when writing a fantasy or sci-fi romance?  Well, to begin with, your focus has to be on the romance… the love story.  It’s all well and good that you know how a proton powered photo-nuclaic turbine engine works in outer space, but if you write 10 pages of your hero working on it, you’ll have missed the point.  In creating a believable and beloved story, you first need to focus on your characters, their conflict, how they’re interacting and possibly resolving this conflict and how you’re going to get them to “happily ever after”.  The rest is just set decoration.  If you have a great romance, you can have their first kiss in a daisy field, floating in outer space, covered in alien blood, right after she finds out he’s a vampire, right after she shifts back from eagle to human… anything that you fancy really *grin*

The other problem you face in the fantasy realm is this… if your hero or heroine is immortal, cursed or has special powers and the other is mortal… you need to figure out how to resolve the “happily ever after” to the satisfaction of your readers.  Factor possible solutions in throughout the story and do something that feels genuine to the characters that you’ve created.  Don’t leave the reader hanging or wondering what just happened.

Also, have fun with it.  Make sure that you’re writing in a genre that you enjoy reading and don’t be afraid to change the rules.  These days we have vampires in daylight, werewolves with self control and zombies that are cute.  Re-invent a well known character type to suit your story and then sell it to us.

Finally, don’t forget to keep your story grounded in reality.  Yes, yes, you’re writing about a female alien with blue skin and green wings falling for a humanoid space pirate from a moon in the Qua’sil nebula, but readers need familiar landmarks in a story.  So, beds, food, weapons.  Situations that feel familiar.  You get the picture.  If you anchor the story in the realms of the familiar and real, you’ll be able to go a bit wild without losing your audience.

I’d love to hear what you think.

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Getting to know author Dana Wright

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The voices of the past are alive behind the iron gates of Bremore Asylum. Can Rachel and Matt deduce its secrets before it’s too late?

When Rachel agrees to take the job investigating the disappearance of a fellow ghost hunter at Bremore Asylum, she is totally unprepared for the sexy and stubborn psychic debunker Matt Rutledge to be a part of the package. Can these two opposing forces find the answers behind the asylum’s crumbling walls before they become the newest victims to the asylum’s grim history?

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I’m so thrilled to be able to introduce you all to Dana Wright, author of Asylum.

Dana Wright Author PicDana has always had a fascination with things that go bump in the night. She is often found playing at local bookstores, trying not to maim herself with crochet hooks or knitting needles, watching monster movies with her husband and furry kids or blogging about books. More commonly, she is chained to her computers, writing like a woman possessed. She is currently working on several children’s stories, young adult fiction, romantic suspense, short stories and is trying her hand at poetry.

She is a contributing author to Ghost Sniffer’s CYOA, Siren’s Call E-zine in their “Women in Horror” issue in February 2013 and “Revenge” in October 2013, a contributing author to Potatoes!, Fossil Lake, Of Dragons and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, Undead in Pictures, Potnia, Shadows and Light, Wonderstruck, Shifters: A Charity Anthology, Dead Harvest, Monster Diaries (upcoming), Holiday Horrors and the Roms, Bombs and Zoms Anthology.

She has also reviewed music for Muzikreviews.com specializing in New Age and alternative music and has been a contributing writer to Eternal Haunted Summer, Nightmare Illustrated, Massacre Magazine, Metaphor Magazine, The Were Traveler October 2013 edition: The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters, the December 2013 issue The Day the Zombies Ruled the Earth. She currently reviews music at New Age Music Reviews and Write a Music Review.

Follow Dana’s reviews:

Twitter: @danawrite
Author site: http://danawrightauthor.wix.com/danawright
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danawrightauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150230.Dana_Wright

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As you can see, she’s not exactly one to rest on her laurels!  It doesn’t hurt that she’s great looking and the nicest person you’d get to hang out with.  It’s part of the reason I told Domino that she was “shit outta luck” with this one.  I wasn’t giving Dana up for anything.  Domino has been pouting all weekend, but I’m sure she’ll survive!!

I’m sure you’ll all join me in giving Dana a huge Breathless welcome!  Hi Dana and thanks so much for joining us today.  It’s such a pleasure to have you join our family of talented authors.

Hi Dominic and thanks for having me.  I hope I didn’t cause too much conflict between you and Domino?

Nothing I can’t handle *grin*. How about you start by telling us what your least favourite part of the whole process of writing, editing, publishing and promoting a book is?

Hmm. The least favourite part about the process would have to be a complete editorial rewrite. I recently undertook a project and had to rip it apart and put it back together again. It was better afterward, but during the process it was all blood, sweat and tears.

I think the other piece to that puzzle would also be finding the time to get everything done. The work isn’t over when the editing is completed. You have to market yourself and keep up the interest in your work. Juggling that with two pen names and a full time job can be a little hectic sometimes.

I think that’s a valid point, especially since so many people forget that the writing isn’t the end of the journey!!  Is there any advice you would give an aspiring writer?

Write. You can read all the books in the world about proper rules and how to do this or that. Until you get up enough courage to face that blank white screen and dare to press the first key you are not really writing.

Don’t give up. Write whenever you can.

I love that!  It’s very similar to advice we’ve given over the past year or so!  As long as you’re trying, you’re miles ahead of the “one day” crowd!  So tell us, how do you normally react to having to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

Normally edits are not a problem for me. The first case I listed was the exception, not the rule. The way I have learned to look at edits is this – you are at some level blind to your own mistakes. If you think you’re perfect – you’re not. The editors are there to make sure you don’t make a fool of yourself and come out the other side with a book that people will love. To not have something edited or at least looked over is taking a huge risk. The editor is your friend.

I know that our editorial staff are going to love you for saying that as I fear editors often have a rough road… especially with new authors!  I have to say though that we have a fantastic team and I doubt they get much uphill *grin*.  Hmm, here’s a great one, if you weren’t writing, what other artistic outlet do you think you’d have?

Lately there has not been time for much else to be honest, but I do love to crochet, knit, bake, watch monster movies, “American Horror Story”, play with my furry kids (dogs) and read.

So safe to say that you’d be the all-round creative type even if writing was taken off the table!  Have you got any secret skills that you can share with us?

In my day job I am a bookstore manager and under my other pen name I write erotica.

So your secret powers include managing the masses, customer service and turning people on?  AWESOME combination!!  I love it!  Ok, ‘fess up, if you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

If I could have one super power I would get one of those gadgets that freezes time so I could get tons of writing done, the housework and cook something that didn’t come out of a freezer bag. Lol.

You and Domino both!  She’s been complaining that no-one has invented this stuff yet… didn’t Star Trek teach us anything was possible?  Ok, time to share your tips and tricks!

  • Learn to claim your time as a writer.
  • Ask for help from the people around you. My husband has taken on the grocery shopping and often will grab something for dinner so I can keep working.
  • Prioritize.
  • Write down your ideas and hold onto them.
  • Research. If you don’t know something you need for a piece, the internet is your friend.

Those are great tips!!  I know you need to head off to carry on with one of your projects, but I’m so glad you could join us today!

It’s a pleasure Dominic, I had fun!  Thanks for having me!

You have GOT to get this book… I’ve read the excerpt and you’ll love it!!

Chat soon,

Dominic

 

 

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Do You Believe We’re Magic?

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magic bookThere is an undeniable truth that a group of writers, a few bottles of wine and a very late night will invariably lead to some strange conversations.  Saturday night (or more accurately Sunday early morning) saw five of us curled up on the sofa cushions on the floor, candles flickering, full glasses and some nearly empty snack plates.  We’d watched a romcom, talked books, talked men and – naturally – sex and as the witching hour approached and our level of hilarity was rising, one of my friends (let’s call her Melissa) mentioned how much she loved our little “coven”.

Coven?  Writing may not be neurosurgery, but would it be right to say it’s magic?  Hmm.  We certainly create magic by stringing words together and our characters have a magic of their own, but are we using magic to do this?  The general agreement after much discussion was “yes”.  All writers are members of an ancient order of magical beings.  Beings who have unlocked the power of the letters and the combinations that maximise the individual powers of the letters.  The words in combination have even more power and herded together in great quantities and bound between two covers, the available magic was infinite.

The final piece of evidence for the group?  Almost every author we know has a furry familiar.  Some are dogs, but almost all of us have at least one cat.  We can’t live without them, they invariably monitor our writing, distracting us when we’re stressed, encouraging us when we’re on a roll.  Then there were the notebooks.  Hundreds of them with page after page of spidery script… like a small army of spells.

Did the brightness of daylight change our thinking?  Not noticably and if being part of this writing coven comes with spreading the magic and possibly a pointy black hat… I’m all for it.

What do you think?

Until next time…

Domino xx

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4 Oct 2014 – Meet Kirsten S. Blacketer and Decadent Kane!!

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In case any of you have forgotten, tomorrow is your opportunity to meet TWO of our awesome authors!!  They’re each holding a signing in their home town and I know that you’ll love meeting them so don’t miss out on this opportunity!!

Decadent Kane

Summer Ross AKA Decadent Kane is being hosted by Wind City Books (152 S. Centre, Casper, WY) on Saturday, October 4th from 1 – 3 pm for her paranormal romance release Elven Obsession:

Something Elven this way comes…

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Kirsten S. Blacketer

Kirsten will be hosted by the Cheyenne Barnes & Noble (1851 Dell Range Blvd, Cheyenne, WY) on Saturday, October 4th from 1 – 5 pm.

She’ll not only have books and be signing up a storm, but she’s promised cake and swag!

Kristen is such fun to hang out with so I would highly recommend that you pop in if you can.  You won’t want to miss out!!

Both of these talented authors will be more than happy to sign your copy for you, chat about inspiration, characters and writing.  They would love the chance to spend some one-on-one time with fans.  After all, without their fans, they wouldn’t be where they are today!

As Domino said in her post, they’re amazing women and talented writers yes, but they’re also great friends.  I hope that you’ll all make an effort to go out and support them.

Chat soon…

Dominic

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