Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cover Reveal: Lost Blood by Emma Raveling

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Lost Blood by Emma Raveling
(Chancer, #1)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

They are the Strange, those born of magic, myths, and legends. Beings who defy scientific explanation, whose physical and mental abilities far surpass the limitations of the human body.

When they first appeared, the world resisted, frightened by their powers. But after decades of bloodshed, humanity finally accepted that the Strange were here to stay.

A tenuous peace exists. For now.

WELCOME TO BRANNIGAN CITY

Seventeen-year-old Delaney Corbeau is one of the Skilled. As a Chancer, she uses her magic to help humans find everything from misplaced keys and hidden heirlooms to lost pets.

She can find anyone and anything…except the two people she needs the most.

Liam Connelly is an Earth Shifter and son of Brannigan City’s Alpha. When his older brother goes missing, he must turn to his former childhood friend for help. Delaney’s the only person who can locate him.

The problem is they haven’t spoken in four years.

When a reclusive art collector hires Delaney to locate a stolen antique Japanese book, her path crosses with Liam once again. Soon, the simple retrieval job becomes something much more terrifying.

An old evil is stirring and it’s determined to punish every living being in Brannigan City, both Strange and human.

Delaney and Liam will have to work together if they want to survive.

Lost Blood is the first book in Emma Raveling’s new Chancer series, featuring two unlikely allies and a mysterious, thrilling adventure set in a dark world full of monsters and magic.

 
About Emma:
Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.

An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.

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Kate Triumph by Shari Arnold (Book Blitz)

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Kate Triumph by Shari Arnold 
Publication date: October 16th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Normal is so overrated. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she’s something of a freak.

Then Andrew Shore arrives.

He claims he’s her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.

 
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About Shari
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids,
where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite.
And occasionally she takes photographs.
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Cover Reveal: Uncross the Stars

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Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

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Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.

Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?

 
Janell
Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master’s degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren’t alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

Visit her at Facebook @Janell Rhiannon Author. If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit

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Texas Teen Book Festival

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Let me first just say, WOW… what a great adventure that was. The people running the festival were so kind and accommodating, the attendees were excited and on fire for reading YA and my BFF was full of jokes and good times.

I had a blast!

We arrived at the festival on Friday (the day before the actual festivities) and put together our table, which was in the exhibition room because I missed being in the author room by a few months. We used a black table cloth, several books, a HUGE bowl of candy, post cards and book marks. We sprinkled some silver confetti stars on the table and propped up a picture of the new book cover in a black frame, and put up a small matted poster of my first book on a large stand beside us. It looked simply, inviting and fantastical!

We wrapped up all of our planning and such and headed out for a girl’s afternoon of shopping and eating – BLISS.

The next morning (Sat) we were onsite by 8 and people we’re showing up by 9, excited and ready to fill their minds with fiction and empty their pockets of hard earned cash! I’m glad I left my wallet at home – I’d have spent ever dime I HAD!

We got the chance to speak to a ton of teenage girls and boys and their moms, teachers, grandmothers and librarians. I met a few new book bloggers, which I was excited to get to know a little better, as well as a few great authors. I made a new friend, D.E.L Connor and had a few good laughs with her and her friends.

We were only allowed to submit 25 books to the bookstore, but I’m happy to say that we sold out of all of them! I signed T-shirts, hands, bookmarks, books – you name it and I signed it… almost. 🙂

I had a blast and met some SUPER cool girls. Can’t wait to go back next year and just so you know, my Amazon sales are up and I’m looking forward to getting the next book moving again. It was just the encouragement that I needed!

Enjoy the pics!

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Frost by Kate Avery Ellison (Book Blitz)

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Frost by Kate Avery Ellison 
(The Frost Chronicles #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Synopsis:

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone.

After monsters kill her parents, Lia must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Describe Frost in one sentence.
A fierce girl learns falls in love with the enemy while struggling to protect her siblings in her icy, monster-filled world.

 
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About Kate:

I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats. When I’m not writing, I’m usually catching up on my extensive Netflix queue, reading a book, giggling at something funny online, or trying to convince my husband to give me just ONE bite of whatever he’s eating.

Learn more about my writing and books at my blog (http://thesouthernscrawl.blogspot.com/), find teasers for upcoming works on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kateaveryellison), and subscribe to my new releases newsletter to be notified of new novels as soon as they hit stores (https://tinyletter.com/kateaveryellison)!

Excerpt:

He came out of nowhere, hitting me hard from one side and knocking me over. We rolled together across the floor and he came out on top, his hands on either side of my head, holding my wrists down against the stones. His burning eyes bored into mine.

I couldn’t seem to find my breath. The whole world slowed down, and I realized with perfect clarity that he might kill me.

“Don’t scream,” he hissed.

I shook my head.

“How far is the village?” He whispered it, the words harsh and raspy in the air between us. I could see his mind working behind his eyes—was he calculating how long it would take him to try to struggle away on his own, how long before they found my lifeless body?

I was neither brave nor stupid. I told him what he wanted to know. “The village is less than a mile.”

He grimaced, and I realized he must be half-mad with the pain. Maybe if I moved suddenly, I could throw him off and get to the door…

He must have sensed my plan, for he pressed down harder on my wrists, keeping me pinned. “And the gate?”

“What gate? You mean the village gate?”

He didn’t explain. “The mountains, then.”

“The farm sits in its shadow,” I gasped. His hands were cutting off my circulation. “But killing me does nothing to help you. You are too weak to get far, and the Watchers fill the woods.”

His eyebrows drew together sharply, and he coughed. He was weakening—I could see it. “Kill you?”

His grip on my wrists slackened. I saw my chance, and I took advantage of it.

I slammed my elbow into his face. The Farther cried out, falling sideways like a puppet with its strings cut. I scrambled up for the door and yanked it open.

“Stop—wait—”

I turned. He was crumpled on the ground, his limbs shaking. I could see that he had no strength left.

“I’m sorry if I hurt you,” he gasped. “I just needed answers.”

I lingered, not running but not relaxing, either. “You would kill me for information, then?”

He pressed a hand against his side and wheezed a bewildered laugh. “I’m not a murderer of farm girls. Not even those who plan to harm me.”

“Harm you?” My words were sharp. “I’m sticking my neck out for you. I’m putting my family in danger for you. I’m sheltering and feeding you—and for what? It’s you who just tried to harm me.”

“I just needed information about my location,” he said, wincing at my words. He struggled up into a kneeling position and raised his dazzling blue eyes to mine. Blood colored his lip red. “I won’t try anything again, I promise, even though I know you want me dead.”

It was my turn to laugh, breathlessly. “You make no sense.” I grabbed the herbs from my pocket and brandished them at him. “I came to bring you these for your wound. I’m not going to kill you. I just want you gone before you can cause any more trouble.”

His expression turned inside out—the planes of his face softened in surprise, and his eyes widened slightly. But then they slitted shut, and I could tell he didn’t believe me. “You’re lying.”

“Why would I lie?” I snapped. “If I wanted to kill you, I’d have done it by now. I could have simply left you in the snow, or refused to clean your wounds, or refused to feed you.”

He was silent, considering this. Some of the wild terror on his face eased at the logic of what I’d said. “Why haven’t you? Left me to die, I mean?”

I didn’t answer that, because I didn’t know how to put my reasons into words. I didn’t even quite know what the reasons were.

Author Spotlight Interview: Helen Treharne

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Helen Treharne, Author

Please enjoy the author spotlight interview before. My friend Helen Treharne, author of Relative Strangers agreed to answer a few questions about herself and give us a little insight into her world!

About Helen: After a successful career in business and career coaching, Helen Treharne returned to South Wales in 2010 to focus on writing, among other things.

Relative Strangers, a modern vampire story featuring an increasingly feisty Sophie Morgan, hits digital bookshelves in 2014. In addition to being the creator of the “Sophie Morgan” series, she is an urban poet and social commentator who can frequently be found ranting in the Twitterverse. She knew the degree in Sociology would come in useful some day!

Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. She can’t be trusted near stationary and is often found watching horror films on a Sunday afternoon.

I love the title of your blog and your affinity for tea. Tell me when that started and how you grew to integrate this warm beverage in your everyday life?

It would be fair to say that my relationship to tea is nothing short of an addiction – there’s nothing quite as calming as the ritual of making tea, particularly when you need to clear you head. It creates a stillness which is very often missing from my life – I’m usually racing through everything at a hundred miles an hour.  Going out for Afternoon Tea is something that you can share with everyone – it brings people together. Nobody gets into a fist fight or vomits over their shoes after a decent mug of tea – well, not on my watch.

When did you start putting pen to paper and realize that you had a story to share?

I remember short stories about an orphan called Annabella , when I was around six, who was the ward of a rich uncle and had lots of adventures. I wanted to grow up to be a writer, but life got in the way and academic studies and a “proper job” took over. It wasn’t until my mid thirties that I rediscovered the joy of writing for pleasure – before then I’d only been writing as part of a day job. I began writing short stories and had a few false starts at novels – then one day I picked up a notebook and started writing Relative Strangers and I never stopped.

Give my readers a run down on your new book, Relative Strangers? I loved it by the way!!

I’m glad you liked it; I wasn’t sure how well it would go down with a non-Brit audience because of the dialect and locations so it’s been great to have such positive feedback from my overseas fans.

Relative Strangers is about Sophie Morgan, a down to earth 23 year old who has had a relatively easy if not subdued life. She’s been raised by her single mother in South Wales but has stayed in Coventry in England since attending university there. She hasn’t had much success with men (not that it has bothered her I might add), so when she is dumped by her first boyfriend, a friend whisks her off to Belgium for a weekend of shopping, wine and good food. Things are on the up when she meets unconventionally attractive Irish barman, Mickey, but things quickly go to hell in a handcart when she’s attacked by a vampire. The story follows her reluctant acceptance of the supernatural world and her return to the UK where there is plenty more action – including a 300 year old vampire who takes a shine to her, a dead body turning up outside her apartment, and a neighbour who is more than he seems. It’s not just about vampires though -it’s about figuring out you are, surviving and the uncertainty that comes with new relationships.

Tell me about the process by which you create a full length story. Map out your writing plan for us.

I’d love to say I had a plan for Relative Strangers but I didn’t – not at first – I literally picked up a book and started writing. I wrote three separate scenes, one of which made it into the book and the others which have been banked for the rest of the series. Each of them were pivotal moments when something is revealed. I knew these were the things I needed to write but I still needed to fill in the blanks.

That said, after that I point, I sketched out an outline of the story, and created back “stories” for each of my characters, down to key events that had happened, their birthdays, what they looked like. It was still a relatively “light touch” approach though as I always knew who I wanted them to be. My process is still similar, but the emphasis has shifted from the characters to plot development. I still carry a notebook around with me though, and whenever I get an idea I scribble it down – whether it’s a line of dialogue for a character, an interesting location, or a behaviour that interests me.

 

Tell us about other hobbies that you enjoy on a regular basis.

I’m a big reader and a huge movie buff. My husband says I’ve watched every film that’s ever been made but that is definitely an exaggeration. I go to the gym a few days a week and I also volunteer for an animal welfare charity, although that’s mostly admin and social media management now. We have three cats, two of which are elderly with health issues, which keep us busy!

Are you currently working on any other books? If so, feel free to give us a sneak peek of any/all of them.

Relative Strangers is the first in a series and I’m already working on the follow up, Death in the Family, which further develops the back story of some of the other key characters, plus what happens to Sophie when she moves back to Wales. Needless to say, there are some interesting developments – she definitely hasn’t seen the last of her troubles with vampires!

If you’re not into the supernatural though, I’ve also published a short collection of flash fiction which has some very different themes – I wrote it at a time I was dealing with a bereavement and focuses on themes of grief, peace, love and freedom. On the 17th October, I’m also releasing a collection of 10 urban poems about growing up in South Wales.

What’s your social media of choice and do you use it mostly for promotion of your book or just sharing your day to day life?

Twitter is my favourite platform by a country mile! It gives you the opportunity to network and connect with people with immediacy and on a range of subjects. It’s also a great tool for teaching brevity in writing!

I use it for promoting my book, but I think that the best way of engaging people is to be human. I may tweet the occasional promo, but I mainly like to share interesting content and engage with readers and those with similar interests. My blog is a close second, as that’s where I really get to unleash my views of the world, as well as share reviews and support other authors. I’ve also a Facebook page and I’m on Google+ so I think I’ve covered most of my basis. I suspect I’m a social media addict.

How long did the process of self-publishing take for you and what was your biggest stumbling block?

The whole process from picking up a pen and getting it onto bookshelves took about a year, although I did take the occasional break! The actual process of self publishing took around six months, if I include editing, proofing, formatting and design. The biggest stumbling block was time. I’d love to be one of those writers who have a dedicated “writing time” which they don’t deter from. I’ve tried that, but it doesn’t work for me. I’ve gone days without writing, then spent two days straight at it; sometimes writing in the morning works for me, other times late at night. It took me a while to ignore all the advice that you must do something every day, and gave myself permission to write in the way that suits me. It’s fine if it takes you longer; just don’t expect to be churning out four books a year. Don’t beat yourself up over it; just find ways to write regularly that work for you.

What words of advice would you give to an author writing a novel for the first time?

Enjoy it! Write the story that you want to tell and that you would want to read. Whether you are writing full time or around other commitments, writing a novel is a huge endeavour. If you’re not feeling motivated to write that next chapter, or are struggling on where the story should go next, it’s probably not the right story or not the right time for it – take a break, try writing something new, come back to it. Don’t give yourself a hard time when it’s not working and be sure to celebrate the small successes.

Do you think in the future you will stick to adult women’s fiction or do you have any interest to move into another space as well?

That is a very good question! In Relative Strangers, I’ve written from several characters’ points of view and I’ve particularly enjoyed writing from the male perspective. I’d be keen to do something for a broader audience (although strangely enough I’ve had a lot of support from men, middle aged ones in particular!). I’m a huge horror fan, both literary and film, so I suspect I’ll produce something more firmly entrenched in that genre soon. There’s also a novella for children/ young adults which I started a while ago that I’d like to revisit.

What do your friends and family think of your success? Do they get sneaky peaks at your works in progress, or is it a closely guarded secret, even to them?

It’s only recently that anyone other than my mother and husband found out about my writing. I think most writers are deeply insecure and dread criticism from those closest to you – or worse, that you get undeserved praise which doesn’t help your writing at all. Some of my friends didn’t know until they saw my newly created Facebook page! Everyone is amazed that I kept it quiet for so long and are really impressed that I’ve written a book in the first place!

Do you read as much as you write or is it a give and take situation?

I go through phases; generally I find it quite difficult to do both as I’m an all or nothing sort of person. I’m always reading at least one book, but I have to be strict with myself and limit myself to an hour a day, or when I’m travelling, otherwise it’s all reading and no writing. As a writer, it’s essential to read often and across a broad range of genres and writers -it helps make you a better writer.

Tell us what your average day looks like?

I’m not sure there is an average day, although a little routine isn’t a bad thing. At the moment, it’s getting up, going to the gym, heading into work, then writing a blog post or review over lunch, or reading. Once the work bell announces home, I’m back there to work on my novel and do some work for Cats Protection. At the moment, I’m still juggling writing and my day job in PR and communications so it’s definitely manic!

I have to know… was Sophie (protagonist of Relative Strangers) structured after you or someone in your life?

There are certainly some similarities between myself and Sophie. I’m from Wales (although not the fictitious Bethel/Bethesda from the book), worked in recruitment and lived in Coventry for a while. Some of the events have been inspired by things that I’ve done or witnessed (for example, retrieving a handbag from a mugger, believe it or not), but that’s where the similarities end. I’ve taken a premise and created a character out of bits of me, bits of other people and a few “what would someone do if this happened?” questions.

Give us a piece of advice from someone who has successfully self-published a well-written novel. We’re just starting out, what knowledge would you impart to us?

Self publishing can be as cheap or as costly as you make it. If you can afford professional help – take it, but there are some areas where it’s more important. I’d recommend using a graphic designer for your artwork and if you don’t have the patience to format, then pay someone to do that too. To cut costs, I’d say it’s a good idea to get some “critical friends” to edit and proof for you – ideally these shouldn’t be your actual friends. Twitter is a great way to find beta-readers, authors or others who are happy to help out for an early copy. You can generally rely on them to give you honest feedback as they’re not emotionally invested. There are many self-publishing companies who will provide all these services for you and if you go down this route, I’d advise you to check out works they have published for other indie authors and see what the quality is like. Stay away from vanity publishers who charge a whopping fee for the service and then give you a minimal return (some as low as 30% royalties), its best to pay for a bundle of services and keep all the royalties you earn.

Most of all I’d say that you have to remember that good content is the most important thing, followed by enjoying the ride!

I want to thank Helen for her participation in this interview and say what a pleasure it is to interact with her. She’s a great writer and deserves a good boost on the Amazon market. Check out her book and pick up a copy today!! You won’t be disappointed!

L.

Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne is available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/Vu4Ve3  , iBooks http://bit.ly/1mTRyv7 and all major online retailers.

To find out more about the author, visit her at www.helentreharne.wordpress.com or hook up on  Twitter @Tea_Talks https://twitter.com/Tea_Talks

Musical Muse Monday (Post)

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Say Yes

 (Song: Rude by Magic!)

This was it. I had to do something drastic and yet, I was scared to death. Sarah and I had dated for a few months and her father was the president of the bank I worked at, the man giving me the death stare every time Sarah and I were in the same vicinity.

There was no more playing around with the idea of making the relationship work. I needed out. The nagging and jealousy and oh hell, her laugh. It sounded like a gang of hyenas had taken up residence in her throat and I swear this chick had an Adam’s apple.

Time to get drastic. I asked her to marry me…

I knew her father would deny me without blinking an eye. He was a rude, uppity type of guy, traditional and all, but a complete jerk. No way he’d let me have his little girl for the rest of my life. She needed to be there when he denied me so I could have my out – forever.

I pressed my slacks, singing the latest song on the radio by Magic! as laughter bubbled up at the thought of my devious plan. In a few hours I’d be a free man again and the nightmare I’d stumbled into would be out of my life and hating her father for our destruction, not me.

I glanced in the mirror, straightening my tie and licking my teeth before walking confidently toward my beat-up old Honda. I needed to play this up pretty good, seem desperate and needy to Sarah’s pops. He needed to see me as a guy that couldn’t support his little girl, but looked at her and really him as a meal ticket of sorts.

“Brilliant,” I muttered as I slid into my driver seat and cranked up the radio, the window down and my hair a mess. All part of the devious plan.

I let the tires screech in front of his large white house, the parents of my pseudo beloved looking up from a small bench they inhabited. I moved out of the car, stifling a smile and walked with confidence toward them, Sarah’s mom waving kindly and slipping into the house. It wasn’t a few moments later that I stood before her dad, Sarah standing in the doorway behind him.

“Jimmy? What do you need, son?” He asked, the sound of his voice more pleasant than usual.

I cleared my throat and slipped my hands in my pockets. “I know you’re an old-fashion kind-of guy, so I wanted to do this the right way.” I paused only to wink at Sarah.

“Go on.” His shoulders stiffened and he grimaced as he looked back at his only child.

“Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? Say yes, say yes, cause I need to know.” I paused, a smile rushing to my face at the denial coming my way.

He looked me over and took another quick glance toward Sarah. The look that came over his face was one of surprise, confusion and contemplation.

I felt my face flush with heat. Was he considering saying yes? No way… I started to talk as a smile touched his lips and he nodded. “Absolutely.”

I stood there as Sarah ran out and wrapped her arms around me, my heart beating so hard it hurt. Her father laughed softly, the knowing look as to what I’d done for him finding resonance within me. He was trapped until that moment and now… I’d given him an out.

He turned and walked toward the house, a song on his tongue, “I’m gonna marry her anyway. Marry that girl, no matter whatcha say…. Why you gotta be so rude?”

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Musical Muse Monday (Song Info)

Good Morning!

Oh how I love this song and honestly there is nothing better than trying to push yourself as a writer to write a narrative from the opposite sex’s point of view. That being said, our song selection for today’s Musical Muse Monday is Rude by Magic!

Check out instructions on my Musical Muse Monday page if you need to!!

Drop me a comment, poem, short story, scene, sentence – whatever.

L.

Must Read! A new spin on an old favorite!

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Review: Relative Strangers (Five Stars)

All Sophie wanted was an entertaining vacation to recover from work and a recent heartbreak and yet she got so much more than she bargained for. Treharne writing creates a solid protagonist that makes you want to befriend her for her humor, her bravery, and her willingness to fight.

The plot is simple and yet contains an added level of complexity in the subplot, causing me to wonder what’s coming next. I very much enjoyed simplistic style in which the story was written, my heart connecting quickly to Sophie’s in her struggle to form some sense of normalcy after tragedy.

Sophie and Mickey – just a fantastic friendship that started from a night at the bar, a shared tragedy and grew into a longing for more. Through the course of the book I found myself huffing at the distance between the two budding lovers, wanting for Sophie what we all want for ourselves – companionship.

I LOVE the additional story lines that run throughout the narrative, giving you a momentary break from the main characters and letting you ponder as to how this new introduction of cast members plays into the story as a whole.

I must say that this was nothing like I expected it to be. I’m quite the vampire junky and to pick up a vampire book is something I’m willing to do any day of the week. The twist is in the way Treharne portrays the creatures, truly giving them the ominous, vicious structure that Bram created in the original Dracula. No shiny creatures here with thoughts of love and happiness.

This is a great book for anyone wanting a solid story and fantastic plausible characterization. I loved it and will be reading it again soon!

L.

Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne is available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/Vu4Ve3  , iBooks http://bit.ly/1mTRyv7 and all major online retailers.

To find out more about the author, visit her at www.helentreharne.wordpress.com or hook up on  Twitter @Tea_Talks https://twitter.com/Tea_Talks

How to create a well-rounded, believable character: Guest Blog by L.A. Starkey

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I think for me, as a reader, the necessity of having well-rounded believable characters that capture my heart, my attention, or my hormones is vital. Reading a book where you just don’t like the main character is honestly painful and not something I can hang with for too terribly long.
One of the best tools I’ve found in creating a good character is to sketch him or her out from the beginning. Let me give you an example from my own debut novel, Deceived.
Name: Samantha Parker
Age: 17
Appearance: Deep blue eyes, black shoulder length-hair (straight), around 5’8’’. Athletic build with curves where needed, but not overtly feminine. No physical markings on her body other than the infinity symbol she receives throughout the book.
Personality: Sam has a sardonic sense of humor and keeps a pretty negative outlook on things. She allows very few people to get close to…

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