Tuesday, September 20, 2016

3T Writing Tidbig

In July and August we dealt with how to bring clarity to muddy areas of the story by approaching them either from before the beginning, or stepping back from the end.

Now I'd like to focus on the item itself. Maybe one of the reasons your story element is muddled or confused is because it's trying to DO TOO MANY THINGS.

This is one area of failure where I excel, lol.

My tendency is to write sentences like,
Bo held the limp human bundle in his arms and started to fight the rogue vampires.

No, no, no. Let the reader fully appreciate the pathos of the limp bundle before we go on.

Bo lifted the injured, unconscious woman. She was a small, limp bundle in his arms, her breathing labored, irregular. He took a moment to hope she survived.

Then his anger flared, fury at the rogues who'd done this to her. He lashed out, catching the first in the throat.

Make sure your reader sees the pothole before you step over it; make sure she sees the vampire is dead before you breathe life into him again. It's easy for us as writers to simply go to where we want to be. But that's not storytelling. Even in condensed passages, make sure you note the downs, to provide proper contrast to the ups, and vice versa.

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2T Repeat Performance, Kindle giveaway, AND 40 FREE BOOKS

Check out the September FREE for All & Giveaway!

40 Romance Authors are offering 40 books.

Most of them are FREE for a limited time. It's just our way of thanking our loyal readers.

Even better, we've pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Here's the link to the September FREE for All / Giveaway: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/free-for-all/

September 2015 at Lust With a Laugh--Rule 34, Ebay and Feels

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 1T Status Update

I always mourn the passing of August. Though we started it June 22, now begins the obvious turn of the wheel toward shorter days in the north. I don't have seasonal affected disorder but boy, winter makes me sad, though my all-spectrum light bulb helps.

Moving on...

Some goodies coming up shortly, but the big news is, I have a signed contract to write a new series with Entangled Publishing! I'm ecstatic about this. The series is The Ancient Ones and it will feature three ancient vampires. Each finds that special human woman who complements him, although in my own fashion, they don't necessarily think complement is the right word at first. Especially the heroine of book two, bwa-ha-ha. More on that as I have it.

My first audio book, Cin Wikkid, is now available! OMG, the voice actor, Audrey Lusk, is phenomenal. You have to hear it for her version of the Step Sisters alone. Amazon | iTunes

The box set Dark Whispers, which includes Black Diamond Jinn, will be appearing late this month or early next, in time for October sales.

So for the past few years author Leigh Morgan has led a team of Macski's supporters (get your haggis on!) to do the Irish Fest walk/run for arthritis. Gregg and I went two years ago and enjoyed it, and so we signed up for this year's too. Well, the problem is, the walk/run registration includes a free pass to Irish Fest. Well, no, that's not the problem. The problem is it also includes a ticket for a free beer. And I love Irish music, especially the reels and jigs. And two years ago there was a vendor selling really cool Irish flutes.

Maybe you can see where I'm going with this?

Two years ago I tried out the flutes and loved them but we couldn't afford one. So this year, the combo of beer and the background music of Cis and we had a little extra cash...yup. We bought a flute. So, that takes care of all my presents this year, lol. If I can, I'll record a bit when I get it. The Carbony Winds guy is drilling special holes for my short little fingers. :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mind Mates Tour & Giveaway > $50 in prizes

The tour starts today. Over $50 in giveaway prizes. Get in on your chance to win today!

Thanks to Barclay Publicity and Steph for putting together the great tour. Special thanks to all my lovely tour hosts! And big thanks to everyone who joins in on the fun.

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Tour stops

Monday, August 22

Nikkis book nook - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review
We All Make Mistakes In Books - Spotlight post + excerpt
Lacey's Love of Literature - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review NOT YET POSTED
Readsalot - Review
kimmie Sues book review - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review

Tuesday, August 23

Straight Shootin' Book Reviews - Review
Romance Playlist - Author Guest Post
Happy Tails and Tales Blog - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review
Lisa Loves Books - Spotlight post + excerpt
Splashes Into Books - Review
Splashes Into Books - Author Interview

Wednesday, August 24

Just Paranormal Romance - Spotlight post + excerpt
Just Us Book Blog - Spotlight post + excerpt
Diane’s Book Blog - Spotlight post + excerpt, Author Interview
Diane’s Book Blog - Review
I Smell Sheep - Author Guest Post, Review

Thursday, August 25

She Hearts Books - Review
OMGReads - Spotlight post + excerpt
Joyfully Reviewed - Spotlight post + excerpt NOT YET POSTED
EskieMama Reads - Spotlight post + excerpt
Angel's Guilty Pleasures - Spotlight post + excerpt, Author Interview

Friday, August 26

My Odd Little World - Review
Nicole's Book Musings - Spotlight post + excerpt
Yearwood Daily Book Review - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review
The Secrets In Books - Spotlight post + excerpt , Review NOT YET POSTED

Monday, August 29

T and L Book Reviews - Review NOT YET POSTED
Sissy Mae Reads - Review
Lipstick 'N Lashes Chronicles - Spotlight post + excerpt
Deanna's World - Review

Tuesday, August 30

Those Crazy Book Chicks (Facebook) - Spotlight post + excerpt
Book Briefs - Review

Wednesday, August 31

Wonderful World of Books - Spotlight post + excerpt
More Books Than Livros - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! - Review
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review

Thursday, September 1

Lipstick 'N Lashes Chronicles - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review
RoloPoloBookBlog - Spotlight post + excerpt
I Love Books - Spotlight post + excerpt

Friday, September 2

Romancebookworm's Reviews - Review
Evermore Books - Spotlight post + excerpt NOT YET POSTED
T&L Book Reviews - Spotlight post + excerpt, Review NOT YET POSTED

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NOLA Naughty Nin9: An Erotic Romance Anthology (Box set goodness, 99c this week only)

Title: NOLA Naughty Nin9: An Erotic Romance Anthology
Release Date: August 15th, 2016
Genre: Erotic Romance (mix of Contemporary, Paranormal, LGBT, BDSM, Historical)
Guilty pleasure. Perfect Sin.
New Orleans gets in your blood. Like sweet chocolate or a decadent bite. Ancient mysteries hide behind hidden doorways, and messy love happens in the dim bar lights of the French Quarter. Follow us through nine tales of love found through need, pain, desire, and inhuman temptations. Contemporary, paranormal, menage, or gender bending, we've got it all, in one perfect package. Just like the city itself. 9 Erotic Romance Tales in the Big Easy decorative-lines-14_large

Dedicated to Amanda Byrne. May your stories live on forever.

Bayou Shadows by Erzabet Bishop Voodoo dreams and buried lies bring Delia to New Orleans. A sexy shifter with secrets of his own might just get her to stay...
Sultry by Amanda Byrne Ash is really fuckin' tired of being a virgin. Rory's suddenly got an urge to seduce him. But can their friendship survive?
Sinfully Hot by Tina Donahue A hotter-than-sin reaper. A badass demon. Hell doesn't get steamier than this.
Playing with Fire by Margaret Madigan When Vlad Golakov is sent to New Orleans to find a missing woman, he plans to get the job done quickly, then enjoy the Big Easy. He doesn't expect to fall in love with the woman-turned-werewolf or teach the pack's alpha that when you play with fire, you're bound to get burned.
Creole Corsair by Wren Michaels Sabine Chauvet needs closure on her family's past. But when she runs into Jasper Carrington, her old high school crush, the one thing in her past she wasn't searching for finds her instead.
Phenomenal by LeTeisha Newton We all lose, and it snatches our souls right out our chests. When I lost her, I wanted to destroy the world with the same bloody hands I used to pound my enemies. When I win her back, she won't get away again. I'll risk my life for it.
Change of Heart by Liv Rancourt Preacher always said New Orleans was a den of sin, so of course Clarabelle had to see for herself...
An Evening at Crossroads by Kate Richards They broke every taboo, an ancient vampire, an exotic shifter on the run sharing gay romance under the roof of the newest and most daring club in New Orleans
Lion of Frenchman Street by Teresa Noelle Roberts When saxophonist Peter Lyons invites New Orleans newcomer Kelsey into his world of jazz and kinky sex, his dominance ignites her body and his music speaks to her soul. But Peter's hiding old pain and when Kelsey's offered a job out of town, everything goes out of tune.
Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
Erzabet Bishop is an award winning author who loves to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Dinner Date, Crave, Hedging Her Bets, Red Hot, The Science of Lust, Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Mallory's Mark (upcoming 2016),The Devil's Due (upcoming 2016), Charity Benshaw's Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming 2016), Sigil Fire, Glitter Lust (upcoming 2016), Written on Skin, Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The Black Magic Café, Fantasies in Red, Wicked for You, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection, Holiday Cruise, Fetish Fair, Temptation Resorts: Jess, Temptation Resorts: Marnie, Taming the Beast, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many anthologies. Erzabet has been a finalist in the GCLS awards for 2014 and 2015. She has also been nominated for the Golden Flogger Award for Crave. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn't writing, she loves to review music and books.
Teresa Noelle Roberts writes erotic romance and romantic erotica for passionate people who like tales of true love on the spicy side. Also a poet and fantasy writer, she has a particular fondness for paranormal and fantasy tales in which the romantic, the supernatural, and of course the erotic mingle. She's also drawn to things kinky.
Born in the Finger Lakes region of New York, she now lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her own personal hero and a clowder of exceedingly large cats. When she's not writing, you might find Teresa working in the vegetable garden...or cooking up a storm...or knitting something bright and colorful....or on a beach, regardless of the weather. If you can't find her at all, well, she has to get ideas for all those sexy stories somewhere.
Wren hails from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin where beer and cheese are their own food groups. But a cowboy swept her off her feet and carried her below the Mason-Dixon line to Texas, where she promptly lost all tolerance for cold and snow. Fueled by coffee, dreams, and men in kilts, Wren promises to bring you laughter, sexy fun time, and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The easiest way to her heart is anything to do with the Green Bay Packers, Doctor Who, or Joss Whedon.
LeTeisha Newton: So I think this is the part where I’m supposed to say something super cool, win you over, and make you my life-long superfan…OR wait, is that how I am about my anime collection?
Probably. Basically, I’m an author, blogger, geek, and villain lover (Joker IS MINE!). There shouldn’t be any surprise then that I tend to love my heroes a bit broken, all messed up, and in need of someone who understands them just the way they are. Ha, my heroines are right there with them. You see, love is nice, it’s sweet. It can be all rainbows and glowing stars. And then it can be dark, twisted, hurtful, and feel so good you have to scream about it. So I write like that. From one side of the spectrum to the other, because that’s real. That’s life. And that’s what we crave–-delving into a fantasy world or not.
Margaret Madigan: I write romance for Entangled Publishing and Evernight Publishing. I write and indie-publish romance and sci-fi through M&M Publishing.
I'm an Oregon Ducks fan. I'm a donut and pastry addict (pretty much any carbs, really). I like cats. I'm terrified of balloons. When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a college classroom teaching English and, of course, wrangling my family.
Sadly, Amanda passed away in July 2016. When she wasn't plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda wrote sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She liked her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on.
When she wasn't writing, she was reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.
Liv Rancourt: I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon. I write funny. I don’t write angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog is the cutest thing evah(!), and we’re up to three ferrets.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

3T Writing Tidbit

Before I get to the the Writing Tidbit, here's some great news.

Check out the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway!

36 Romance Authors are offering 73 books...

Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It's just our way of thanking our loyal readers.

Even better, we've pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Here's the link to the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway:

 Now, on to the writerly stuff...

This is the opposite side of last month's coin. Are you struggling with a middle that's saggy or wishy-washy?

Go to your end. What has to happen? That's the top of your staircase. Now think about what would make achieving that end as hard as possible for your protagonist. That's your second-from-the-top step. Now think about what would make that achieving step as hard as possible. That's your third-from-the-end step...and so on. Pretty soon you've worked your way back to the well of your middle, with nowhere out but up.

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.