Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's the hap-happiest season of all


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Christmas is always my favorite time of the year. Not only do I get presents (who doesn't love that, right?) but I get to see family more often. If I can get over my hatred of driving on ice-slicked roads, I even love snow...especially when I get to play in it. :)

In honor of the hap-happiest time of the year, I've decided to offer my newest release, The Highlander's Curse, for a discount. During the month of December, you can get The Highlander's Curse eBook for $1.99 ($1.00 savings!) and the paperback for $8.99 ($2.00 savings!)*.

You can find the discounted prices for the eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback is available at Amazon and Createspace.
*Availability of eBook and paperback depend on your market.


I hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SJ Thomas's "My Business, Your Pleasure"

Today I'd like to welcome SJ Thomas, a fellow Evernight Publishing author. She's here to talk about My Business, Your Pleasure, her MM paranormal romance, which has just been released as part of Evernight Publishing's Romance on the Go line.


Writing sweet yet sizzling paranormal romance, scorching paranormal erotica, and dark paranormal horror, SJ Thomas has had several short stories and novellas published and is currently building up to her first full-length novel.

SJ lives in the South West of England with her wonderful husband, her new baby daughter, and a very spoilt Springer Spaniel. She has a full time day job so has to fit her writing in whenever she can, although like every author she would love to write full time one day. When not writing or working she loves to read and enjoys walking, geocaching and surfing badly.

More details about SJ's current and future works can be found at the following links and she is always happy to chat via Facebook or email.

www.sjthomaswpr.weebly.com

www.facebook.com/sjthomaswpr

www.twitter@SJThomas25

sjthomaswpr@hotmail.co.uk

www.pinterest.com/sjthomas25/


Welcome SJ. Thanks so much for joining me!

So, what do you do when you are not writing?

I am currently on maternity leave so most of my time is taken with looking after my four month old daughter. I have to confess I haven't written anything for ages due to a severe lack of energy and focus but my baby girl have just started sleeping through the night so I am hoping I'll have some more energy soon.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write what I like to read and everything I write has a paranormal edge. I just can't make myself write anything 'normal', its got to have a vampire or ghost or demon or some other exciting paranormal creature and I love the sexy exciting edge it gives.

Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas can come from anywhere, an image, a song, a film. I normally get a scene or piece of dialogue in my head and from there think out the why and how and often before I know it I have the rough outline of a story in my mind.
What is your favorite part of the book?
Definitely the spark between the two hero's, Elliot and Justin. There is so much chemistry between them and the whole premise of the story is Elliot and Justin confronting their feelings for each other. Neither of them shy away from telling each other how it is and I think it makes for some great lines.
What was the hardest part to write in the book?
This was my first MM so definitely the sex scenes. It was really important for the sex to be accurate and respectful. A couple of fab MM authors I know were kind enough to read it and give feedback and I had some err 'technical' advice from a MM reads group on Goodreads.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published author?
Firstly, it would be to write. Get something finished because having a completed story is crucial.
Secondly, is to remember that first drafts are normally rubbish but that's what edits are for, you can rewrite and polish and perfect after you have finished.
Thirdly, don't think you have to have an agent or go via the big traditional publishing houses. There are some fantastic e-publishers out there actively seeking submissions and they don't require agents.
Alrighty, onto some fun questions...
Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I always make the bed. I am a fairly neat person and can't stand it if the house is messy.
Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
I am embarrassed to confess that I do, especially when people pull out in front of me. Drives me crazy!
Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?
Yes I'm afraid I kill spiders, or at least I set my dog on them or get my husband to kill them for me. I just cannot settle if there is a spider in the room.
Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
Whichever one I am writing about currently! I normally majorly crush on my current hero and it would be lovely to see them in the flesh!

Can you give us a blurb and Excerpt for My Business, Your Pleasure?

Blurb

Justin has one rule; do not get involved with immortals. It's bad for business and dangerous. Trouble is his business partner Elliot—an immortal being of unknown origin but undeniable sex appeal—makes him want to break that rule. Hoping a night with an immortal will get this infatuation out of his system, Justin visits a rival club looking for a one night stand.

Elliot has wanted Justin for ages, but despite his best efforts has gotten nowhere. When he learns about Justin's plans he turns up at the club. While he hopes one night will turn into many more, Elliot needs to have Justin at least once.

Will Justin let down his guard and let Elliot become his partner in more than just business?


Excerpt

"Looks like you've got this all planned out."

Elliot ignored the bitter accusation in Justin's voice, shrugging out of his jacket before he closed the curtains. When Elliot turned to face him, Justin stood with his arms crossed over his chest, his tousled dark blond hair falling across his brow, his usually calm, almost delicate features brimming with anger. Elliot suddenly found his courage failing him.

When he didn't speak, Justin narrowed his eyes. "Well? You wanted to talk, so talk. How did you find out about this tonight?"

As he looked at the man he wanted, Elliot knew he needed to be honest with him. "Kara helped me."

"Kara."

"Yeah, she figured out your plans and clued me in."

"She what? I can't believe this. She is so fired." Justin paced back and forth for a few seconds, and then stopped, his head jerking toward Elliot. "How did she know what I was up to?

"Kara's smart and she knows you too well. Plus she worries about you. She thinks you work to hard and worries that you're lonely."

Justin's brow furrowed as he shook his head. "But why did she tell you?"

"She's a good friend, and she knows how I feel about you."

A sharp intake of air was Justin's only reaction, and Elliot forced himself to carry on. "I've wanted you for ages, Justin, but I knew you'd never go out with me. Your damn rules about not getting involved with immortals would stop you. She thought if I got you away from work, then you might admit your feelings for me. If I could get you to see me as something other than your business partner." He gestured down at himself.

Justin followed the movement, his gaze sweeping over Elliot. His full lips parted, eyes darkening with obvious lust and Elliot's cock swelled in reaction, body growing hard with desire. His tongue darted out to wet his lips, and Elliot stifled a groan.

Justin spoke in a husky voice. "I'd have never thought you could pull that look off."

Elliot shrugged. "I've had many different looks in my life." He offered a cocky smiled. "And I've rocked them all."

Justin's mouth twitched and hope flared within Elliot, until Justin shook his head. "This," Justin gestured to the champagne, "and you," he nodded toward Elliot, "doesn't change anything. Why would you think it would?"

"I know you are attracted to me, but you've never acted on it. I tried so many times to take our relationship further, but you always shut me down."

Justin's brow furrowed, his expression turning pained. "You know why I have my rules. The club runs better if we don't get involved with the clients—"

"I'm not a client." Elliot's voice was harsh in the snug confines of the booth.

"No, but you are an immortal. How can I tell our staff to keep their distance if I can't myself?"

"So, what is this all about then?" Elliot tilted his head toward the club. "You came here for a one-night stand with an immortal, a stranger. Is that keeping your distance?" Anger and frustration flowed through Elliot. The thought of Justin fucking some random immortal who'd do God knows what to him, filled Elliot with rage. Vampires bit, werewolves clawed, and some breeds of demons tasted their lover's souls. Image after image of immortal creatures hurting Justin flitted through Elliot's mind

"I was doing it to get over you!" Justin shouted, and that nasty little creature called hope once again flared inside Elliot.

"You do want me then." Elliot spoke it as a statement, not a question.

Justin ran his fingers through his hair. "Maybe I do, but I'll never act on it. I am not going to risk our relationship for one night of sex. And I couldn't face myself if I was such a hypocrite." Justin shook his head. "This isn't what I wanted tonight."

Despair and frustration fueled Elliot's next words. "No, I know what you wanted. A night of make-believe with some random guy. Well, get this straight, if you aren't going to be with me then you're not going to be with anyone else, mortal or immortal. I'm not letting any other creature get his hands on you."

Justin's lips parted, his eyes going wide. "Tell me you didn't just say that?"

Elliot didn't answer. He just lifted his chin and set his lips in a stubborn line.

Justin laughed bitterly. "You immortals, thinking you own the world. This is exactly why I don't want to get involved with your kind. I see the possessiveness, the control you want over your lovers." He stomped over, getting right up in Elliot's face, sexy as hell in his anger. "No man, mortal or immortal, owns me. No man will control me, got that?"

He'd never seen Justin so angry, so forceful. All Elliot wanted to do was take Justin in his arms and crush their lips together. "You're sexy when you're angry, you know that?"

Justin's lips parted and he gave a sharp exhale. "You are unbelievable. And I am not going to do this."

He went to step away, but Elliot gripped his arm, stopping him. The look Justin gave his hand would have sent an enraged demon running, but Elliot refused to be frightened off that easily. "Justin, please. Don't walk away from this. You have no idea how good this could be."

Justin’s gaze flicked up to Elliot's face, and for the briefest second Elliot saw indecision in those hazel depths. Then Justin's jaw tightened, and with a methodical movement he took Elliot's hand and forced it away from his arm. "I can't do this with you." Justin's voice was strained, full of anguish, and as he yanked aside the curtains and walked away, pain speared through Elliot's chest.

Elliot let out a ragged breath, his gaze tracking Justin as he weaved his way across the dance floor. Shit, that couldn't have gone any worse. He stood for a moment, unsure whether to follow or just let Justin go.

No. This might be his only chance to have Justin, and even if all he got was a single night, Elliot wanted it too much to give up without a fight. Elliot squared his shoulders and stalked across the dance floor.
I want to thank you again for joining me and for telling us about My Business, Your Pleasure. It sounds like an incredible read, and I can't wait to check it out. :)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Say Something

The other night my husband and I were watching The Voice, and on the show, there was one of those rare moments where I was completely entranced at what I was seeing and hearing on the show. It really is rare, especially considering I'm always multitasking while the TV is on, and I hardly ever just sit and watch what's on. Maybe I was captivated because it stirred something within me, or maybe it was simply because it was such an incredible performance - probably both.

On this show, A Great Big World performed a song called Say Something, along with Christina Aguilera. If you haven't heard the song yet, I seriously suggest you do. Especially if you're a writer or even a lover of books. To me, this song represents that pivotal moment between a hero and heroine when either one, or neither, of them know if they'll make it - if their love will prevail.

So have a listen, and tell me what you think.

Monday, November 11, 2013

NaNoWriMo was a No-Go

During the month of November, authors everywhere participate in NaNoWriMo, where authors strive to reach and/or exceed 50,000 words during the month. I truly considered joining in the fun this year, but I just couldn't make myself do it. For one, I really want to work on a Primordial Guardians novel again, and since I've already started that particular book, there was no point in trying to add 50K to it (especially since I need to re-read what I've already written). A few other books have been nagging me, but I really need to give some love to my Guardians.

That being said, I need a royal kick in the butt to get me into gear. I've been slacking, and it's been driving me crazy.

Well, off I go, hopefully to get some words written tonight. ;)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Best-Seller list in Germany!

So excited. Last night I browsed online, only to stumble on Germany's Amazon site. I was more than a little shocked to see that The Highlander's Curse (Legions of Fate™, Book 1) had made the best-seller's list for Time Travel. It's updated hourly, so who knows when I made that list or how long I'll remain there, but just the fact that I even made it on that list is truly a blessing.

 Something else that made me jump for joy was seeing the authors that I share(d) that best-selling space with. I just can't believe that my highland novel made it on that list, especially since it only released earlier this month.

Lots of squee's going on in my house. ♥

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Holy updates, Batman!

I can't believe it's already been two weeks since I posted. A lot has happened in that time: The Highlander's Curse released into the world (in print and eBook), and has already received a 5-Star review; I've become an award-winning author - the beginning of The Highlander's Curse having taken 4th place in both the Paranormal category as well as the Golden Pen category in the Utah RWA's Heart of the West Writer's Contest. I got to meet Jimmy Thomas, the model on the cover of The Highlander's Curse (such a nice guy!), and I went to the Heart of the West conference in Park City, along with my fellow Utah RWA writers.

I know I don't normally post pics (other than covers), but I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures taken at the conference, and at my first book signing (oh yeah! I also participated in my first book signing... add that to the busy couple of weeks!).

Three out of the four are me with Jimmy Thomas, and yep, he let me pose with him while holding The Highlander's Curse. I totally spaced asking him if he could do a Scottish accent. That would have really made Cailen come alive!















As another update, The Highlander's Curse eBook is still on sale for only $2.99 in celebration of it's release, but that promo price is bound to end soon. If you're still not sure if you want to give it a try, I posted the first chapter on WattPad.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Day 8!

Wow, here we are on day eight of the cover reveal, and less than 24 hours from the release of the book! I can't believe it's so close. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I'll be able to share that it's available. :D

Update - The Highlander's Curse is now available in eBook format at Amazon, and also in print at Amazon and CreateSpace!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Puzzle-Piece Cover Reveal - Day 7!

Wow, I can't believe we're a week into the cover reveal. Every day seems to be flying by!

Here is today's addition to the cover. It's filling in, don't you think? :)


Friday, October 4, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Puzzle-piece cover reveal - Day #4

First off I'd like to announce that Carnivalpo is the winner of yesterday's giveaway. Thanks so much for playing! I'll just need your email address in order to email you the eBook on release day. :)
(If you don't want to list it here, I have a contact page you can submit that through on my website - www.katalynsage.com).

Here is today's addition to the cover. Enjoy!




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Puzzle-piece cover reveal - Day 3!

Today is day three of the cover reveal, and there is a little more detail starting to come through.
Just for fun, let's do a contest today. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below on what you think the book is about based on what you can see of the cover. What's up for grabs? How about a free eBook! Look below the cover for more details.



Contest details: To enter, comments must be added to this post by 9:00 am Mountain Time tomorrow, October 2nd, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and announced in tomorrow's post. The eBook version of this novel will be for Kindle, and will be emailed to the winner's email address if the winner provides me with a valid, personal email address after s/he is announced as the winner.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Puzzle-piece cover reveal!

As many of you know, I've been hard at work writing the first book in a new series. I started the book two years ago, but it went on the back-burner while I worked on other Primordial Guardian novels. I decided that I'd like to have it release within the next two weeks, just in time for my first book-signing. I'll have some paperbacks on-hand for the signing on October 12th, 2013. In anticipation of this upcoming release, I've decided to do a daily cover reveal. Here's the first piece. I know you can't see much, so make sure to come back every day for more.

And who knows...some days there might be chances to win a free copy of the book. ;)

Enjoy!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ordered my cover

So, so, so excited. Editing is well underway on my current project, and since I'm getting so close, I opted to purchase my cover. I can't wait to see how it turns, and who knows, maybe I'll just have to do a cover reveal. Stay tuned, I'm hoping to share soon!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pluggin' Along

Sometimes I feel like I'm going so slow, other times, I'm happy with the progress I'm making on my Highlander novel. I set a goal for myself a while ago that I wanted to have the book published by October, and I've done my best to keep on track with that goal. I'm getting ready to finish my first-round edit, and then I need to find a critique partner or two that can give it a once over with a fine-tooth comb and tell me what needs work. I'm far from perfect, and my mind auto-corrects spelling errors. I know what I want to say, sometimes it just doesn't get down on paper that way.

That's one thing that is hard for a writer. Yes, I have awesome friends, and some of them are also authors, but I feel bad asking for help.

So, to keep my goal, I need to:

  • Finish my first-round edit
  • Get some awesomely awesome people to read through it and tell me where I effed up
  • Revisions, revisions, revisions
  • Get the cover (no need to worry, I've known what I want for a loooooooong time)
  • Get it formatted
  • And publish!
Wish me luck. With that long of a list, I'm gonna need it! :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Contest Finalist? Yes way!

Okay, so I sort of forgot to post about some great news I found out a few days ago. A little while ago I decided to enter my current Highlander WIP in the Utah RWA's Heart of the West (HOW) writer's contest. I was really nervous to enter the book, but decided to give it a whirl anyway. Any time I get feedback on my books I get seriously nervous, so entering a contest is one of those nail-biting events for me.

I waited weeks, knowing the exact week that I would hear back on the contest. I twiddled my thumbs, checking my email every 2 minutes, or hoping that something would get leaked on the URWA loop. When I finally heard, I couldn't have been more shocked.

I'm a finalist in both the Paranormal category as well as in the Golden Pen for our chapter!

Needless to say, hearing this news has really kicked me into gear and I've since finished my first draft on that novel. I've just started into my first-round edits, and hope to publish this book before I hear if I won the contest in either category.

For info on other finalists, click here. A big congratulations to everyone!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Scrivener update and a great writing day!

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I got laid off six months ago. When I lost my job, I lost my motivation to write. All of my goals for the year flew out the window. It wasn't for a lack of trying, though. I did start up my computer every day and open my various WIPs, waiting for inspiration to strike. Unfortunately, scenes only hit me at night in my dreams and washed up as soon as I woke for the day. This time should have been flooded with time to write, and I should have been able to release more books than I did last year.

Yeah, didn't happen.

It's now the last day of August. There are only four months left of the year. Back in July, I did a post on a writing program called Scrivener. I'd heard a bit about it from other authors and decided to download the trial version. Right away I was impressed with the program. I went through the tutorial, and as soon as it was over I dove in, importing one of the Primordial Guardian novels I'm working on. My favorite things about Scrivener are that you have a visible synopsis of your entire story on the left side of the screen. I imported scene by scene, labeling the general gist of that part, and lo and behold...a synopsis. Instead of hopping back and forth in a Word doc and trying to piece things together that way, I can just fit scenes right where they're supposed to be with a click-n-drag.

Surprisingly, it got me excited about writing again. I didn't have to remember the entire story to work on scenes, I could look at that section on the left, click on where I wanted to write, and...well, write.

Another thing I love about this program is that I can take screenshots of my scenes before/after changes. There is also a section for notes. I do use that section randomly throughout the scenes, but for the most part, I go to the tab for the whole document and make reminder notes there. For example, I'm currently working on a Highlander novel, and if I forget to add in some detail before moving on to new scenes, I just go into the main doc and add my note there. I'm almost done writing my first draft for this novel, so when I'm ready to go through the entire book again, all I need to do is check my notes (I'll probably print them, the list is soooo long now), and check them off one by one.

Not only has it motivated me, but it also organized me. I've even told my Writer Chic group about it, and I know that one (if not more) is giving it a try now.

Alrighty, now I'll move onto my news of a great writing day. As previously mentioned, I'm almost done with my first draft on my Highlander novel. I always seem to get into serious writing mode when I'm this close to the end, but I'm pleased with the progress I made yesterday. In the past, I've had 7,000 word days, but it's been quite a while since I've had that type of motivation (and the time to use it). Lately I've been averaging somewhere between 1,000-2,000 words, but last night I wrote a little over 3,500.

I guess my hero and heroine are finally ready to tell the rest of their story so it can be shared with the world.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Release day!

Yep, it's that time again. One of my favorite things about being an author is the long-awaited release day.

The HIS anthology just became available this morning and I'm so excited to share a spot with some absolutely incredible authors. I'm also so grateful to Evernight Publishing for putting this all together, and to my editor Marie Medina for working some long hours to make sure everyone's stories shine.

I'm hoping to sneak out of the house for a bit today and celebrate with a yummy lunch with my sweetheart, and then after that I'm going to curl up with my tablet and read everyone's contribution to the anthology. No doubt there will be some hot, steamy lovin' going on that'll leave me breathless. After all, that's what those authors are pros at!

Strength. Power. Experience. No obstacle is too great when an alpha male decides what he wants, and these dominating men are so sexy and irresistible, no woman would dare think of anything but submission. Billionaires, Doms, and mobsters alike aggressively go after the women they want, and they will stop at nothing to fully possess them and make them beg for more.

Come and find out how good it feels to be HIS.


To check out the HIS Anthology, stop on by AmazonEvernight Publishing, or many other eBook retailers.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Anthology info!

I've had a pretty exciting week so far. Not only have I been working more on my Highlander novel, but I've also had the chance to chat with some fans about my Primordial Guardians series. To top off the awesomeness of this week, I just got cover art for the anthology that my publisher, Evernight Publishing, has been working on for a while! I'm lucky enough to have gotten into the anthology along with some incredible authors.

How can you not love a cover like this???


Woo! So excited my novella, Angels Incorporated, will be released in the His anthology on August 15th. That's less than two weeks away! Squeeee!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

That bloody Highlander

I got to spend some relaxing time with some family this last weekend, enjoying the refreshingly cool air in the mountains, surrounded by deer, bears, and mountain lions (before you ask, no, I didn't see the latter, but that doesn't mean they're not there). Oh, and let's not forget the crap-ton of sheep that were BAAAAA'ing 24-7 and their sheep dog that liked his voice a bit too much.

While we were camping, I not only got in some fun family time (4-wheeling, playing games, helping my little guy play with his brand new toys he got for his first birthday, and cuddling in front of the fire while it rained and hailed - in July - true story), but I was also able to write and edit. The Highlander won the battle against a particular Guardian for my attention, so he's very happy (and a wee bit smug about beating an immortal) about the fact that I'm working on his story.

Any time I take a break from writing a story, it takes me a little while to catch up again, so I've been going through the book one section at a time and sortof editing as I go. And I am so glad I'm working on this story. It's about time I give some attention to characters that aren't in the Primordial Guardians realm; and about time I focus on the not-so-supernatural side of imagination. Uh, okay, okay... there is a little bit of paranormal to the story, but not in the characters themselves.

It feels nice to really get back into writing again, and I hope that I'll be able to keep it up. So far, my goals for this year have been shot, so I've got to scramble to catch up.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wake up, lass. Ye dinna need any sleep.

To start off, no, I don't know why I gave my title a Scottish accent. I guess I was compelled to from the overly pushy Highlander currently running rampant in my brain. Anyhoo... on with the post.

Sometimes I wish I was one of those people that could not only survive, but thrive on just a few hours of sleep every night. If I could, then I'd be able to give my characters the attention they deserve, without taking away from my family time.

Last night, I was lying in bed, minding my own business and probably snoring up a storm, when BAM! New. Story. Idea.

And a loud one at that.

It woke me up it was so loud, and I laid awake for at least an hour, even spoke the idea into my phone so I could go back to it later, and rolled over onto my tummy and tried to catch some zzz's. (Ha-ha-ha...)

Yes, I'm already trying to keep my Guardians as happy as I possibly can, and I'm trying to give some TLC to my Highlander, but now... oh jeez ... now, there's a new Alpha in play and he's making life inside my head a freaking whirlwind. It's 6:30 at night and I haven't been able to get this new guy out of my head. He has a story to tell, and a heroine to claim.

So, hey... now I guess I get to try to appease all my characters, and push the not-so-pushy ones off for another time (despite the fact that they've been waiting months, if not years, for me to tell their stories).

All I can do is shrug and be grateful that they've selected me to write their tales.

Nighty night all, I'm going into my writing cave.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

There's just not enough time in the day...or energy, for that matter.

I've had really good intentions of writing every day. I wake up each morning and try to plan out my day, which includes getting in some cuddle time with my baby, doing dishes and laundry, cleaning at least one room, job-hunting, and then of course writing and editing - even if I don't think I'll be able to get in some quality finger-to-keys time until 9 o'clock at night.

Right now, there are quite a few books pushing on me to write them, but it seems like whenever I get a chance to sit down and write, I'm just too tired to do it. I've thought about getting a little voice recorder so that I can tell the stories to it while I'm buzzing around throughout the day, but I'm just not sure how well that'll work.

Hmm, maybe it's time to start hunting for a nice, cheap voice recorder.

I wonder what other authors do?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Scrivener

For a while now, I've seen a lot of other authors talking about Scrivener. I've pretty much just sat back and waited for the pros and cons to come in, not really sure if I wanted to give it a try. But for the past few months, I just haven't really been able to get into writing. At times, my characters are persistent and I just can't get them out of my head - of course, that's always when I'm trying to catch some sleep in the middle of the night, if I'm on a drive or at the grocery store, or doing something else that I just can't drop and write. Whenever I free of some time to put my fingers to the keyboard, they're silent, or bickering about who I should write at the time.

In one of my WIP's, the characters are lobbing scenes at me, completely out of order, and I find that I spend more time trying to figure out where to put it, that it really just eats up my writing time.

Enter Scrivener.

From what I've heard/read, this program helps authors keep things in order, and organizes research, etc. so it's all in one place. So, I've decided to give it a try. I downloaded the Trial version, and will see if it really helps keeps things organized for me, since at the moment, my thoughts are everywhere at once.

So, wish me luck, I'm about to go through the tutorial, and then I'm going to try to get all of my jumbled thoughts into this program and see if it can help me make sense of it.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Self-doubt

As I'm sure you've guessed, I've been such a slacker. I haven't devoted nearly enough time to writing lately, so my novels aren't getting written as quickly as I'd hoped.

This morning I've started working on the edits I received for Angels Incorporated, and even as I read through it again, I'm so full of self-doubt on my writing that it's insane. Earlier this morning, I wrote a blog post on doubts that authors have. Funny, since I'm feeling some of those as I go through edits.

Well, off I go to the writing cave. Enjoy the day everyone!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Excited

Yesterday was an awesome day. Not only did my Goodreads giveaway get a bunch of new people entering to win it, but I also got a very cool email in my inbox.

About a month ago, I decided to write a short story in hopes of getting accepted into an anthology with some amazing authors. It's the first time I've attempted to write anything less than 80,000 words, so it was a little difficult to fit certain things in to the word count range, but I pulled it off. And I'm thrilled to announce that my short story has been accepted!



I'll be sure to update my blog and site as I learn more about when the anthology will be released, so keep checking back for details.

Goodreads Giveaway has ended

I can't believe an entire month has already gone by. It's crazy how time flies.
When I woke up this morning, I was greeted with an email that the Goodreads giveaway ended, and the winner was selected. So, congratulations to Krissy from Pheonix, AZ. I hope you enjoy your book!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway!

Just waiting until Goodreads approves the giveaway, but feel free to enter! :)


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dark Seduction by Katalyn Sage

Dark Seduction

by Katalyn Sage

Giveaway ends June 15, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Birthday bash contest, and tribute to moms!


Not many people know this about me, but I was born on Mother’s Day. Every year on my birthday, my mom would tell me how happy I made her the day I was born, and on those years where my birthday shared space with Mother’s Day, I felt even more special to share that day with my mom.

So, I’d like to hold a contest, both in celebration of my birthday (Hey, I like to share presents!!) and to honor those special women in our lives: those who gave us life (and those who didn’t), those who raised us and held us and rocked us to sleep.

Here are the rules:
Leave a comment on who your awesome mom is (or grandma, stepmom, mother-in-law, friend’s mom, or whoever) and why she is so special to you. Be as creative and sincere as possible, and I will pick my favorite. If there is more than one favorite among the entries, I’ll let my sweet little baby pick the winner at random. And who knows, your mom’s first name/personality traits could make an appearance in a future Primordial Guardians novel!
One entry per person for this contest. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on May 12th, 2013. Winner will be randomly selected on or before May 15th, 2013.

What’s up for grabs?
The winner of the contest will have their choice of one of the following:
  • An autographed copy of Dark Seduction (Primordial Guardians, Book 1) or Passion Ignited (Primordial Guardians, Book 2).
  • An eBook copy of one of my Primordial Guardians novels: Dark Seduction, Passion Ignited, Born of Silence, or Rapture.
  • $20.00 Amazon Digital Gift Card.
  • $20.00 Evernight Publishing Digital Gift Card.
I’m also holding another contest on Facebook, so be sure to stop by the Primordial Guardians Facebook page for details.

Have fun, and good luck!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Elyzabeth M. VaLey's Victoria from A Dragon's Heart, A Demon's Blood

Hi everyone!

I’m happy to be here with Katalyn Sage to tell you about my recent release A Dragon’s Heart, A Demon’s Blood. In previous posts, I’ve talked about all manner of things, from the different worlds the characters visit to the music that inspired the novel, to participating in the Evernight Book Boyfriend Blog Hop with Adrian running as the perfect guy. Today, I’m going to talk a little about Victoria, the heroine of the story. 

Orphaned at a young age, Victoria has lived with the feeling of being watched ever since she can remember. She learned to ignore the uneasy sensation, to push it aside and pretend it didn’t exist, but it was a constant companion. Though she never admitted it, sometimes she’d look into the darkness and see them: glowing eyes, watching her every move. She’d wake up in the middle of the night, bathed in sweat, shadows looming over her that would disappear as soon as she blinked. She didn’t know it then, but they were the watchful eyes and they were worse than any mere shadow.

Her fear made her quiet and distrustful of strangers but it also made her strong. She was, as Adrian remarks at one point in the story: resilient.

“You had to be, to survive seeing shadows and eyes for 26 years and not end up in an insane asylum.” 

That’s something that was always clear to me when Victoria was created. She might have lived through the death of her parents, the abandonment of her foster family, the eternal feeling of being watched, but she truly believed that life was for the living and she had to make the most of any situation. She fought for a normal life. She went to college, worked the odd job here and there, made friends… Sometimes she despaired – I mean, who wouldn’t? – but even through her fear she always strove to make the best out of her situation.

However, her breaking point is near. Things have not been going well for the past few months. Her last boyfriend mysteriously disappeared and her nightmares have increased exponentially along with the sensation of being watched. Everything is spiraling out of control and then Adrian appears. Will he bring salvation or destruction? Or perhaps, something else entirely?


Blurb:

He is a shadow in the dark, smelling your scent and sensing your fear... 

Legendary bounty hunter Adrian Ormonde is no ordinary man. His life is filled with secrets and questions, blood and lust. His only concern for 150 years has been survival and discovering the truth behind his demon-dragon nature.

Until he meets his new assignment: Victoria Green.

Victoria Green has felt eyes watching her every move ever since she can remember. Then, Adrian appears. The eyes vanish but new dangers arise as she falls for the mysterious hunter. Cast into an ancient conflict between dragons and demons, Victoria must trust Adrian’s skill to be enough to protect her from both the outside world and that which grows within her.

Chance brought them together but will love and passion be enough to keep them joined? Or will the other forces at play in the dragon-demon worlds destroy them forever?


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Excerpt: Glimpsing at the tent in his jeans, she gasped.
“Already?”
In an instant, he was upon her, his mouth devouring hers and making her legs weak.
“You make me lose control, sweetheart, and I’ll be damned if that hasn’t happened in years.”
His hands slid down her waist over her hip and onto her thigh. Her breath hitched as she searched Adrian’s dark eyes.
“Already, you ask?” He sneered, his calloused fingers rising higher and caressing the junction between her legs. His fingertips skimmed over her labia, finding her wet entrance. His grin became smug. Adrian’s nostrils flared and his eyes flashed red as he dipped two fingers inside her, wringing out a breath she’d not been aware of holding.
“You’re already wet for me, sweetheart.”
Bringing his lips down to her, he stole another short kiss that had her whimpering against him.
“Adrian.”
She hugged him, bringing him closer and searching for his warm touch again. His eyes scanned her face, his gaze softening.
“You don’t want this, sweetheart.”
“Yes, yes I do,” she replied pushing herself against his hand. His thumb brushed over her clit. Victoria tensed. Her orgasm hung from a cliff, ready to fall.
“I do want it.”
Tangling her fingers in his hair, she pulled him to her mouth, teasing the seams with her tongue. He groaned and she tasted him with longing. Sucking on his tongue, she made love to it as he pleasured her with his fingers. Her body became a mass of over-sensitized sparks as he coordinated his thumb with his seesawing digits. His hand on her waist, held her in place as she humped against him.
“Come on, sweetheart.”
His husky baritone triggered her release. Victoria cried out, her pussy convulsing in short waves, hot liquid dripping onto Adrian’s fingers. Her towel fell to a heap on the floor as she lost control, the cool breeze doing little to soothe her heated skin. She wanted more. She wanted all of him.
Victoria moved to embrace him but he stepped away from her. Drawing his fingers into his mouth, he briefly closed his eyes emitting a barely audible sound of pleasure. When he opened them again, she gasped. Red sparks danced in his green depths.
“No, Victoria. You don’t want this.”
Shaking his head, he turned around and strode out of the room. Victoria stood rooted to the spot, watching in shock as he left the apartment, the main door slamming shut. Tears dampened her vision. Picking up the t-shirt he’d given her, she put it on. More tears trailed down her cheeks as the smell of detergent mingled with his scent. Taking a deep breath, she hastily brushed them away.
“Get a grip, Vicky.”
Wrapping the discarded towel around her wet hair, she strode to the kitchen, her stomach growling. She didn’t think she’d find anything edible in the small kitchen, but luckily Adrian kept a box of cereal and a few cartons of unopened milk. Digging into the meal, she shivered slightly as an unsettling feeling grew in her chest. The watchful eyes were back.


Author Bio: Defined as weird since she was about eight, Elyzabeth honors the title by making up songs about her chores, doodling stars and flowers on any blank sheet of paper and talking to her dog whenever he feigns interest.

Losing the battle to the voices in her head is her favorite pastime after annoying her younger sister with her singing. Writing stories full of passion and emotion where love conquers all is her happy pill and she'll forgo sleep to make her readers live the dream.


Contact Links: 
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Blog: www.inadreambeyond.blogspot.com

Website: www.elyzabethmvaley.weebly.com


Thanks for coming, Elyzabeth, and for letting us learn about Victoria!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's been a 'poopy diaper falls off the baby' kind of day

I feel like I've been a slacker the last couple of months. I'm guessing that getting laid off is to blame, but who knows if it's that or just a "writer's block" situation here. It's bugging the crap out of the me that I haven't been writing as much as usual (which means, well... my writing is practically non-existent), so I woke up super early this morning so that I could work on book number five in my Primordial Guardians series. And I totally would have attempted to get something written, but my sweet little baby decided that he'd wake up twenty minutes after me and want to hang out.

I probably should have known how the day might go right then and there...

I brought him downstairs, to the room where my computer was ready-and-waiting for me to put some fingers to the keys, and changed his diaper. Normally he's all squirmy, so I should have known something was up when he stopped moving and went all silent.

Pee. Everywhere.

Yep, I slid the new diaper under his little bum and got my hand soaked. It also got the new diaper, his jammies, and the carpet underneath.

What happened not twenty minutes later? Well, I picked him up because I smelled that tell-tale sign that he went number two. I must not have attached the dang diaper tight enough because it fell off of him as I lifted him up, and that poopy thing fell right off, glanced off my leg and landed on the floor.

Fun fun...

Haha. I need to make this a better day STAT. And because I'm having zero luck writing, I figured that I might as well plan out a contest I want to start within the next few days. I have an idea of what I want readers to do to win a prize, but I'm trying to figure out what fans would like as prizes.

So, what types of Guardian-esque things would you like to try to win? Any and all answers welcome. :) I'd love to hear what you think!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Want to win a free eBook?

I'm over at Coffee Time Romance today talking with fellow Vampire Book Realm authors. I'm offering up a free Primordial Guardians eBook to one lucky winner who comments on my post (I've asked a specific question) and I might even offer some more giveaways!!
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/showthread.php?t=28763

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reid Lance Rosenthal's Threads West, An American Saga


Today I'd like to welcome Reid Lance Rosenthal, the author of Threads West, An American Saga series – Multiple #1 bestseller (Romance, Historical Romance, Western, Historical Fiction) and winner of ten National Awards including Best Western 2010 and 2012—USA Book Review, Best Historical Fiction and Best Cover Design—IBPA-2011 and Best Romance of the year from the Indies in 2011. 

It is a pleasure to be here today with you and your great readers, Katalyn! Thanks to all of you. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 
I'm fourth-generation land and cattle. I'm a rancher, and since slightlyF over two years ago--and much to my great delight--an author!




What do you do when you are not writing? 
Lately I'm either ranching, or writing. Sleep has been a casualty of the dual careers! On lucky days I get to pursue some of my passions – fly-fishing, riding, river drifting, hunting. 
Do you have a day job as well?
Over the last several years my “jobs” have been 20 hours a day, seven days a week. But when you're doing something you love, it's not work. 
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I decided I would write when I was nine. The story is on my website – “Why Do I Write,” http://www.ReidLanceRosenthal.com. I attended Colorado State for both forestry and technical journalism/editorial writing. In my teens and early 20’s I spit out some short stories which won Hartford Courant Awards, but I did not pick up the pen again to pursue my lifelong dream of writing novels until decades later. 
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I am intrigued with universal energies. What greater universal energy is there than romance-- the intrigue and steamy interactions of men and women? What area of the earth better transmits its power than the West, and who, as an American, can dispute that uniquely universal energy and History we share as Americans-- the American spirit. Historical Western Romance was a natural! 
Where do you get your ideas?
Threads West, An American Saga 16 book series is really our story. It is the story of us. The epic saga begins in 1855, spans five generations, and 170 years of history through those complex and conflicted fictional eyes. The last of the novels will be set in the real-time of the contemporary West. 
What sparked the idea for your novel?
Besides my intrigue with history, my reverence for the American spirit and my romantic cowboy nature (big smile) the storyline of the novels--the twists and turns of lives shaped by historical events and forged on the anvil the land--are the whispers of the characters themselves. 
How and why did you start writing?
I think your readers will get a kick out of that “Why I Write” story on the web site. Due to limited space here, let's just say, it's always been a dream and it is my belief that dreams are but the precursors of reality. And so it was with this labor of love. 
What is your favorite part of the series?
The books are a mixture of romance, action, history, pathos, triumph, courage and treachery. Just like life! My favorite part is usually the one I am writing at the time! 
What was the hardest part to write in the series?
I don’t consider any part of the novels or the nonfiction books that I write difficult to put on paper. It's been pointed out (much to my dismay because I didn't realize it), that many of the more steamy scenes are written from the female point of view. Not saying that's difficult – just saying! 
Hahahaha :)
What are some of your favorite authors/books?

Mila 18, Exodus, Battle Cry, and The Young Lions by Leon Uris. The Old Man and the Sea, and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. These would be the works that I draw upon stylistically and in other ways. I have read each and every one of Louis L'Amour's Westerns; I have his entire collection. So, too, I devoured Larry McMurtry's stunning Lonesome Dove and Max McCoy's two Spur award winners, one of which is Hellfire Canyon. Each book has contributed to my own craft of words and story, style and structure, some—like Uris and Hemingway—more than others. I read many of these books for the first time of a dozen re-readings in elementary school. Many is the night I would huddle under the blankets—dim light of the flashlight I had snatched from the kitchen tool bag—fading and flickering as morning approached. I eagerly turned pages of the books, once in a while poking my head out to study the approaching light from the East, filled with youthful resentment that my reading time was coming to an end for another night. It was that time, around the age of nine, in fact, that I vowed to myself that, I, too would write novels, spin stories, transport readers into the arc of the tale, and furrow their brows with empathy for the characters. 
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Thomas Jefferson. If you are a history buff, his quotes are phenomenal. He imparts grand worldly and timeless wisdom to a single sentence. 
What was your life like before becoming an author?
I got a lot more sleep! 
How personal is your writing?
Very personal. My books have many, many characters from many cultures, religions, and social origins. They hail from Asia, Europe, and America. They include an elderly black couple setting their life sails for the winds of freedom pre-Civil War, an Ogallala Sioux family experiencing the foreshadow of their tragically changing world. Each of the characters, whether they are the Jewish Europeans, the Mormons on the Exodus to Zion in Utah, the Ogallala Sioux, or even the scoundrels, have a bit of me in them. And they are my friends. So when a part of you is a piece of those people who live in the pages, and they are also your friends, it is very personal. 
What is your writing routine?
My biggest problem is finding a block of time to write. I can write quickly—three to five thousand words a day. The problem is finding the day! 
Which comes first: The character's story or the idea for the series?
The arc of the story and the characters are inextricably intertwined. The characters act the tale in the theater of setting, history and energy. 
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published author?
Simple. Write! 
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I really don't experience writers block. I experience time blockage! 
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I've been writing this story in my head for thirty years. I know it, and I know the players. I've learned that each author has their own formula. Mine, other than the overall description of the sixteen novels which are divided into six different time eras, is a one page chapter listing. Once I have the names and sequence of those chapters, which in some way shape or form drive the essence of each of those separate increments of plot, my outline is done. 
Can you tell me about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I lucked out. Of course I'd rather be lucky than good any day. I attended numerous conferences, with copies of my my first three paltry chapters of my very first book. I handed them out to big-name authors that I was fortunate enough to meet. Publishers called me. 
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your series or getting it published that you would change?
My journey into writing, the book world, and the book business has been punctuated by missteps, wasted time, and I'm sure wasted money. If I had to do it over I'd avoid those mistakes (I am laughing), maybe! 
What are you working on now?
Being a masochist, I am engrossed in several writing endeavors. The sixteen book Threads West epic saga will be almost 3,000,000 words when completed. The first of my three volume nonfiction work, Land for Love and Money, also a #1 bestseller and named Best Real Estate book of 2012 by USA Book Reviews to my delighted surprise, was published in 2012. The next of that series will come out this year and next. Also, I'm now represented by a great agent on a contemporary Western Romance trilogy which I hope readers will find intriguing, delightfully Western, and deliciously sizzling. But that will be up to the readers! 
Can you tell us about the upcoming book in the series?
“Uncompahgre - where water turns rock red”, the third book of the Threads West series, continues the adventure and romance of the brave men and women of 1855. This vanguard of five richly complex generations, having reached Cherry Creek—the embryonic predecessor settlement of today’s Denver--find their lives conflicted by family honor, hidden ambitions, and magnetic attractions forged in the fires of love, loss, hope, and sorrow of their rugged, tragic, yet sensual journey west from St Louis in Book 2, Maps Of Fate. Some face life decisions – return to Europe, abandoning torrid love affairs ignited during the dangerous journey across America, or settle in the untamed Uncompahgre Valley. The elderly slave couple flee for freedom. The Oglala Sioux family struggle to comprehend the assault on their lands and culture. A vicious renegade tastes the first sweet trace of potential partial redemption. New characters catapult into the fast paced, passionate pages of this ongoing historical epic. 
Is anything in your series based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I have a distinct advantage in writing novels of the West, whether historical or contemporary. I am a rancher. I know the land, the lingo, the life, and the reality. I'm familiar with many of the places of which I write, having spent time there riding, ranching or hunting. And yes, though I won't disclose whom – there's a few of the characters in the novels which, shall we say, share nuggets of personal history with that of my family.
How did you come up with the title?
I've always been intrigued with how at the same time, but in an entirely different, very distant space, the seemingly innocuous actions of you and someone that you don't even know exists begin a chain of events which have a destiny and rendezvous. That style of writing is called converging threads. It is the style that Leon Uris excelled in. This story of us is really of the threads of many different lives from disparate social origins and vastly different cultures. These life threads are destined to weave and interweave across the landscape driven by historical events, personal relationships and the evolution of America and the West. Hence the name Threads West--and the subtitle, An American saga. America is a tapestry, not a mosaic. It is the threads of these lives which weaves the full cloth of history.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I sure hope so! And judging by the insistent letters and emails many of the series fans, they impatiently share that hope! The schedule for publications of the various books I am working on can be found at the website, www.threadswestseries.com under a blog which will bring a grin to your readers’ faces, and entitled, “It's The Focus, Stupid.” 
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I can say honestly I enjoy writing about each and every character – and there are many, both brave men, and courageous, independent women in this five generation epic saga. 
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Toughest criticism? “Your book sucks". I am laughing. I haven't heard that too awful often. Best compliment? “I love this series. When is the next book?” 
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
First, write. Get it on paper. Then don't be afraid put yourself out there. You will never see your book in print, and you will never be published whether on your own or via in a more traditional model, unless people know the manuscript and you exist. The worst they can say is no. 
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
The best I can tell the fans of the Threads West series and the Land for Love and Money nonfiction series is: first, it is an honor to write for you. Second, that you enjoy the work, get something out of it, are moved emotionally, or in the case of the nonfiction benefit financially and spiritually, is unspeakably satisfying to me. And last, but most important, a huge thanks to all of you! 
Where do you find the most inspiration to write?
My writing inspiration dovetails with the foundation of my spirit. The land. Though I can get chapters done while barreling down the highway (because I use voice recognition) or while traveling, true production does not occur unless I am in the high lonesome, home on the ranch.
If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part? 
There some things percolating which actually have brought this question to mind, but all that is yet another tale. It might be great, Katalyn and lots of fun for your readers, if perhaps you would sponsor a contest to see who the readers think should play the various roles of diverse male and female characters. I would be delighted to chip in some books for prizes. What say you?

I'm in for sure! I'm always in for a good contest, and what better way than to win some books!!
So that readers can get a chance to read your series and get to know your characters, let's plan a contest in a couple of weeks/months.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
Though it may sound corny, or strange, the truth is that once I write that initial paragraph or two of a chapter that sets the scene, casts the ambience, paints the energy, I've created a portal through which I can step—soul, mind and consciousness. Once on the other side I am merely a scribe as the characters, my friends, whisper the story. I have already met and know them all. 
Thanks again for meeting with me, Reid. It's been a pleasure to get to know you better, and find out more about your series. 
It has been a treat, Katalyn! Great questions. Thanks much for the invite!

Find out more about Reid at:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/threadswest

Website: http://threadswestseries.com


View the book trailers: 

Threads West Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXOYpND55ko

Maps of Fate Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiM-hL_H_LI


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kacey Hammell's Sweetest Salvation


Today I'm here with Kacey Hammell to talk about her Contemporary Erotic Romance, Sweetest Salvation. And hold on to your panties, girls, this one's got Light Bondage.

Thanks so much for chatting with me today, Kacey! So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Mom of three, wife, cattle farmer, school council volunteer, jane-of-all-trades kind of gal. I love to watch tv…my pvr never stops running, I read at least ten books a month and collect many things.


Do you have a day job as well?
No, I have been a stay-at-home Mom for eleven years now. I volunteer a lot at my kids’ schools, take care of things here on the farm while the men are out at their EDJs(Evil Day Jobs) *rolls eyes*, and watch over the new babies that are born often.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I’ve been a huge fan of contemporary romances, romantic suspense stories for a long time. I feel most comfortable writing in these genres but have branched out a bit with a Ghost Paranormal, and added some light bondage to my stories when the characters lead me that way.

What sparked the idea for your novel?
Sweetest Salvation is based loosely on a true story. While I led Andy down a more sexually aggressive path, the real Andy was already nearly there before she was able to let go of some of her grief and despair.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?
Sweetest Salvation is by far the hardest book I’ve ever written…simply for the fact that it is very personal to me and the story itself is so heartbreaking. I used many tissues and spent many hours agonizing over this story.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe—she just fascinates me. I’d have loved the chance to sit and just talk to her. Hear her thoughts about things and how she stayed as strong as she could in difficult situations.

What was your life like before becoming an author?
I reviewed for many online companies, did freelance editing and such. Now solely concentrating on writing, I find ideas come faster (tho I wish I could type that fast!!) and my mind isn’t full of other people’s works.

What is your writing routine?
Depends on the day of the week. I write mainly during the weekdays since my kids are at school, and on the days when my husband is working a day shift. I used to love a lot of noise when I write but find that I can’t handle that any longer. I don’t know if it’s the Muse just wants more dominance or what but that has changed. But when I’m deeply hooked into a story, I’ll block everything out that I can and just type.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, sometimes. When I’m in the middle of a book and things just stop flowing then I can’t get beyond the block. Most times I’ll just move onto another story and begin something new but at times, I just need to take about a week off and I can get back to it.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Depends on the complexity of the story that floats through my mind. If there are many intricate details –as in my romantic suspense titles with villains and a lot of characters – I find it best to get the minute details down before they are forgotten.

What are you working on now?
I have 3 WIPs on the go. Each contemporary, all different levels of heat and at the halfway point in each.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The last chapter. The summation of the journey is always one of the best parts for me. I love to finish a book smiling and knowing that the characters have found their way, and are happy.

How did you come up with the title?
Oh it was difficult with this book. I originally wanted “Learning to Live Again” but it didn’t really click. I played with three or four other titles, but nothing really hit me hard. Til I was talking with another author and we were brainstorming…I wanted Salvation, Hunter is that for Andy – they are to one another – and Sweetest just seemed to fit.  But there were about five other titles I’d considered. That part was just as hard as writing the story! *g*

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
A bit of both. My In the Arm of the Law series, there are nearly a dozen recurring characters, some I’ve bonded with a lot. They’ve been with me the longest. I keep working on each story of theirs with this scene or that, and wait for each of them to decide who is next.  Characters are what lead a story IMO and are usually what leads the idea into fruition.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Just keep writing. Never give up. You never know when that one story will catch an editor’s eye and pull you into the publishing world. And let your story lead you, don’t force a story or then it won’t be completely honest or pure.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for all your support, feedback and loving to read as much as I do. Without readers, this job just wouldn’t be all that fun! J

Where do you find the most inspiration to write?
Music. Lyrics from songs, various artists sometimes become a small picture playing in my head when I hear them.


Alrighty... On to some fun questions: Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I NEVER make my bed. *blush* But there is little point. My husband works split shifts of nights and days so it seems there is always someone in it. And it still drives my Mom nuts to this day that I don’t make it. Really, what is the point? I’ll only end up back under the rumpled covers within twelve hours or so anyway! LOL

Be honest, how often do you wash your hair?
Every other day—on the advice of my hairdresser. I have very thick hair, it’s very dry as well, and washing too much just makes it feel horrible.

Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
I have a lot of road rage. I’ve had to pull off to the side of the road more than once just to breathe deep. I detest people that do not use their signal lights, pull out in front of me when I’m about ten feet away from their intersection, and hate to see people texting or talking on their phone while driving.

Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?
I don’t go out of my way to kill any, no. But if I see a snake, I’ll be gone faster than anyone can blink. I’m not much of a runner but I’ll be damned if I stick around a snake!

Book Details:

Sweetest Salvation
Contemporary Erotic Romance/Light Bondage
Content Warning: Contains Voyeurism, Spanking, Multiple Partners
ISBN: 978-1-77130-330-9
Available at Evernight Publishing / Amazon.com (and more links below)
*An Evernight Publishing Editor’s Pick*


Book Blurb and Excerpt:

After the deaths of her husband and child, tragedies that she blames herself for, Andrea “Andy” Sheaver has shut herself off from the world. The only place she finds any relief from her shattered heart is Club Splendor, where she and her husband often frequented together.  There, Andy submits to pleasure and pain in situations so her grief is forgotten for a little while.
But Hunter Sullivan won’t stand idly by and watch Andy self-destruct. A friend of her husband, and the owner of Club Splendor, Hunter has kept his love for Andy hidden for years. He refuses to think of her at the club, cold and detached as she’s become, looking for an easy fix to take away the pain in her heart.  Hunter wants her to vibrant in life again and sets out to prove he is exactly who she needs.


Excerpt © Kacey Hammell, 2013
Hunter sighed, which caught Andy’s attention. Her eyes met his briefly before lowering to her hands, which were clenched tight in her lap.
“Look, Andy,” he began.
“What do you want, Hunter?” Her forest-green-eyed gaze met his. Anger swirled in their depths.
“I’m tired of this. Dammit.” He snarled, rising, and crossed to the fireplace. He ran his fingers through his hair and leaned one arm on the mantel. He looked over at her, stomach churning with indigestion and pain. He’d loved Patrick and Peter too. Could she not understand that she wasn’t the only one suffering?
“Tired of what? I never asked you here.”
“This!” Hunter spread his arms wide. “You. I’m so tired of seeing you locked away in this house, never leaving and pictures gone.”
“Go to hell,” Andy spat and leapt to her feet. She moved behind the loveseat, obvious fury making her hands shake as she laid them on the back of it. “You don’t have any say in how I live. I never asked for your opinion. If you don’t like it, get the hell out of my house. And my life!”
Hunter breathed deep, nostrils flaring. He could no more walk away from her than he could from the Sheavers. She was as much a part of his life, and his heart, as they were.
But his love for her went far beyond sisterly.
He pushed that thought away, buried it deep within himself as he’d done for years. She was Patrick’s girl, his wife. He always honored that.
“Dammit, I don’t want to argue with you, Andy. But you really need to move on. Live life again and leave this house.”
“I leave the house. You don’t know what I do every day.”
“Oh yes, you go out. Like the other night? Why did you go to the club? I thought we agreed you were no longer a member,” Hunter demanded, curious about her answer.
“No. You decided I was no longer a member. Not me. I never said I wanted that. Who are you to make decisions for me?” Andy retorted, cheeks flushed, hands on her hips.
Hunter had to admit he was finally seeing a glimpse of the fiery, strong woman she’d been until this last year. He liked her eyes ablaze, jaw clenched and fury radiating off her body. He just needed to provoke her enough and challenge her to move beyond these walls and back to the things she loved to do.
“I don’t want to make decisions for you.” He took a calming breath. “Listen, the club is not the place for you any longer. Without Patrick… There’s no need for you to be there anymore.”
“Why do you think that?”
“He was the one who wanted to show it to you. He never really thought you’d come to enjoy it as much as you did. Neither of you interacted with others. What can you find there now without him?”
Andy smiled, cold and detached. He hated that smirk.
“Oh, come now. You know what happens in your club. Surely, I don’t have to spell it out for you.”
Goddamn her.
Yes, he knew what she’d done inside the room she’d once used with Patrick. Though he normally didn’t interfere in his members’ activities unless there was a problem, he did ask Paige and Nolan if Andy had simply watched. He’d been shocked, then livid, to learn a few details of what happened between the three of them.
Andy had always been a devoted wife to Patrick, faithful to the core. To know she’d been an active participant at the club for the first time had suddenly left him empty and alone.
But he couldn’t allow his feelings on the matter to distract him from pushing her back into life.
He shrugged. “No. You don’t have to spell it out for me. But is that what you truly want and need in your life?  Sex with strangers? Do you need to find comfort in people who don’t care about you?”
Andy glared at him. “That is none of your business.” Her voice rose as she continued. “What I do in my life is for me to decide. I never asked to have you in my life. Don’t expect me to want you there now.”
His heart clenched. Her words were like a punch to the gut.
Yes, he’d sort of come as a package deal when she’d married Patrick. But the Sheavers were the only family he had. And when Peter was born, oh, he’d played the dutiful uncle to the little boy. Though she’d never voiced her frustration at his being in attendance at nearly all family gatherings or taking up some of Patrick’s time once a week for a guys’ night out, he’d understood the stone-faced woman who left the words unsaid.
“I always promised Patrick I’d look after you if he couldn’t.”
“Fuck off, Hunter. Don’t give me that.” Her hands fisted at her sides. “Look, please just go. I don’t need you here. I have things to do.”
He wouldn’t be so easily dismissed.
“Things to do? Like what, plan your next adventure at the club? I don’t think so. Why? Explain to me why you felt the need to go there?”
Arms wide, she yelled, “I wanted to fuck somebody. Is that what you want to hear? That I wanted to have a cock inside me for the first time in almost two years? I wanted to have a man inside, pounding me—brutal and painful. What better place to do that than at the club where I know I’m safe?”
Hunter’s heartbeat accelerated. To know she needed someone that close to her was agonizing. It was a barren and desperate act of someone who had nothing to live for. Or didn’t think she was worth much.
“Why pain? You couldn’t have found satisfaction in that. No pleasure, Andy? You, of all people, found pleasure in that kind of sex? I don’t believe for a moment that you’re now into rough sex,” Hunter said, gruff. His mouth was dry, and confusion made his head hurt. Would he never understand this woman?
Andy crossed her arms over her chest. She looked out the window behind him. Her gaze was unfocused, filled with pain.
“Yes, pain. It’s what I deserve, isn’t it?” Her gaze captured his. Hunter felt his heart crack at her desolate look. 


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Canadian author, Kacey Hammell is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes mainly in the Contemporary Erotic/Romantic Suspense genres.  She is a true romantic at heart.


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Thanks for joining me today, Kacey. I can't wait to check out your book. And by the way, hot, hot, hot cover!!