Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Our topic this week is your best explosive (literally or figuratively, physically or emotionally) scene from your writing. Tell about your reaction to writing it, background information, etc.
Wow - what a great topic but I couldn't think what scene would work. After a lot of consideration I thought a beginning scene form a new work in progress was perfect. So here is a beginning scene from a book I've titled 'The Anniversary'.
When I wrote this scene I had a hard time. I was in Mary Lou's POV and heard the shots and ran. It was a hard scene to write. Why would anyone kill innocent people?
I'm interested in what the other's in my group have written about. Check out the next one at http://kaysisk.blogspot.com
And the other group members are listed below.
Heidi M. http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
Anne Stenhouse at http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Lynn Crain at http://lynncrain.blogspot.co.at/
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
My name is Krista Ames and I am from Northern Lower Michigan where I live with the love of my life and our 4 children. We also have 2 female chocolate labs which we adore and a beautiful playful cat.
I can now say I am officially an author thanks to Turquoise Morning Press for my start. I would tell you a little history about myself and my writing but to tell you the truth, I can't remember when I became interested in writing. I know that sounds funny but I never liked to read in school and I don't remember liking to write any better. I do remember having an active imagination and creating my own games as my siblings are older than I am.
I have 2 ideas of the perfect day......
1) Spending the day with my family doing an activity we all enjoy, probably roller skating. Kids grow up so fast and i don't want to miss a thing!
2) Having a whole day to hide away and write. Now that doesn't hardly ever happen because I usually opt for #1.
I do love to write though and it's funny, but with very little free time, somehow it just finds a way to happen. Things pop into my head when I least expect it and a story is born or a thousand words are written or I found a happy ending. Whatever the case may be, I'm always prepared. I'm a pencil and paper kinda gal so I have pencils everywhere. My oldest child thought I was nuts until she started the same habit lol :) Most times, I carry the pencils on me, stuck in a bun in my hair!
5 Secrets About Second Nature (We don't have them yet)
Blurb from Second Nature
If a second chance presented itself, would you take it?
When the love of Dana's life leaves without a word, moving on is the last thing she wants to do. Despite loving him, she believes she will never see him again but, little does she know, she's being set up for a night that will change her life forever.
Nicholas, A Navy man, did the only thing he could to save the woman he loved. Driven by a secret, he disappeared and now returns, years later, with hope for love. With one opportunity, will he be able to make things right, or is it just too late?
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Roane Publishing Author Page
My Cowboy Kisses Author Page
Thanks for checking out Krista and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions Krista will be around to answer them today.
And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more author secrets about their book.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Anyway, here we go. I managed to read and review two books I thoroughly enjoyed. The first one is Purgatory.
PURGATORY is by Denise Moncrief
It's about amnesia, with a hot, sexy hero and a great, well-described setting.
Have they found each other? The heroine has no recollection of him.
The author takes the reader through twists and turns, adds in threats and unknown villains, and keeps us guessing to the last possible second. When it looks like all is lost she manages to pull together the mystery, characters from five years ago and the reason our heroine hasn’t managed to overcome her amnesia until now. Great tension keeps you reading to the last page. I'd recommend it. It's available at Amazon and good reads, and I'm sure other e-reader stores.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Our guest author today is J. S. Wayne, who is going to share some tidbits about the writing of his book that no one knows--until today.
Born in Amarillo, Texas, J.S. Wayne has lived, worked, and traveled in approximately three quarters of the North American continent, and has amassed a résumé that could kindly be described as “eclectic.” He currently resides in Southern Utah, where he attends Southern Utah University as an undergraduate English major with a creative writing emphasis. He is actively involved with the Kolob Canyon Review, SUU’s literary journal, is an Honors student and member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society, and is the founder and CEO of Writing Out Child Abuse, a charitable initiative to raise funds and awareness for survivors of child abuse worldwide.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Last night we stayed at Fort Steele, just north of Cranbrook, a town of about 19,000.
Today we drive across the border into Alberta - cheap gas - yeah! And pass through a cool spot called Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (above)and through the Frank slide where half the mountain came down in 1903.
I'll be back with 5 Secrets Thursday.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Okay, I`m blatantly self-promoting. A Murder to Forget, the second in my Holly Devine, Assistant PI series has just been released. It’s available on most e-book sites.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Alexa Verde fell in love with writing at age eight when she penned her first poem. After publishing 200 short stories, poems, and articles in the five languages she speaks, Alexa has turned her creative passion to writing novels. Her 2014 debut inspirational romantic suspense, COLOR OF DANGER, is the first in her Secrets of Rios Azules series—set in a fictional small Texas town where rivers and emotions run deep and the richest family in town has a fine taste for food, jewelry, and murder. For news, recipes, giveaways, and more, please visit www.alexaverde.com.
Color of Danger
5 Things You Don't Know about Color of Danger
1. The heroine Mari Del Lobo is inspired by my soul-mate I met when I was seven. Just like Mari, she has a black belt in karate, raced motorcycles since she was fifteen, and used to be a rock-band singer. Really, how could I NOT make her a heroine of the book?
2. Color of Danger wasn't supposed to be the first book in the Secrets of Rios Azules Series. I wanted to start with the book about a reporter heroine investigating murders committed by the Smiling Killer. I've written most of that book.
3. The idea about a serial killer's sister heroine came to me when I was watching a show about a real life serial killer. Apparently, he seemed to genuinely care about his family. The people closest to him had no clue about who he really was. I wondered, how would it feel to find out that your brother is a murderer? And what would make that situation worse? And then worse again? It's interesting how the writer's mind works, isn't it?
4. I used to cook most of the dishes mentioned in the book (pie "Grafskiye Razvalini", salad "Olivier"). Now, like Mari, I don't even own a skillet.
5. Each book in the series features one of the childhood friends who grew up together in a small town of Rios Azules, TX. But I love traveling and want for my characters to travel more in the next book. Maybe to the places I've been to, like caverns in the heart of Texas, the Rhine river in Germany or a castle in Eastern Europe. Or maybe to the places I'd love to visit. Any destination is a fair game!
Blurb for Color of Danger:
Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother's - aka the Smiling Killer - signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?
Luke couldn't save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he'll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer's sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator's next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.
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