Moonlight And Mystery

Stepping outside the comfort zone

Let’s Step Outside

These days pretty much everything feels like it’s outside my comfort zone. Except napping. I love a good nap. And my cat, Luna, is always trying to sucker me into a nice long nap in the middle of the day.

But, I can’t spend all my time sleeping. (Sorry, Luna!) And when I do step outside that safety zone, I almost always find the excursion was worth any initial discomfort. It’s the first steps that are the hardest.

In writing, authors are often told to “write what you know.” Seems simple, right? Nice and tidy, and no need to step outside of that oh-so-comfortable zone we all love. But it can also be, well, boring.

So what’s an author to do?

Make shit up, of course. It’s what we do, right?

Not so quick. Characters, their stories, and imaginative new worlds they live in are only limited by our imagination—eh, that’s not entirely true. Ever have a character do something in a book that you know is wrong? (Like a Regency duke deciding to bypass his wastrel eldest son so the dutiful youngest could inherit the title—couldn’t have happened.

This one will drive some avid Regency readers insane!) Probably pulled you right out of the story. Authors absolutely HATE it when readers get pulled out of the story. Whether due to shoddy research or cute kittens who like to nap, we don’t want you to put that book down until you’re sighing with happiness at the ending.

By now you’ve probably realized I’m something of a worry-wart.

I live in fear of the questions I never even thought to ask while I research something or other. My most recent story, ON HER OWN (featured in SNOWBOUND IN HAVENPORT) has me biting my nails because the heroine is not of the same race as me.

The story is not about her race, but obviously, her race is part of who she is and I hope I’ve done her justice without falling prey to stereotypes. I’m nervous as hell about it, but felt compelled to step out of my zone and write her story. She started as a secondary character in a previous Havenport story and by the end of that book, I knew she was going to have to get a book of her own. Her hero wouldn’t have it any other way.

And even though I freak out every time I step out of my comfort zone, I know I’m going to do it again.

ON HER OWN

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SNOWBOUND IN HAVENPORT

Stepping outside the comfort zone

Finally free of her abusive ex-husband, and the magick that bound her to him, Jennifer Venkat returns to Havenport for a wedding. She never planned on going back to the scene of so much pain, but she couldn’t help but think about the man who’d helped her through it all. Will she rekindle the spark she felt with the groom’s best man, or is she not yet ready to risk her heart?

Braeden Tiede can’t wait to see Jennifer again. Ever since their one weekend together, he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind. She’s been through a lot, and he’s determined to prove he’s nothing like her ex. But is he man enough to be there for her when she needs him the most?

When Jennifer receives threatening messages, her latent power turns a gentle snowfall into a raging blizzard. Snowed in and terrified, Jennifer can’t control her magick. Can Braeden help Jennifer through her fear, or will she run from her past and destroy any hope for their future?

Check out more Havenport books

  

A Romance Novella Anthology

Ghosts have taken over Havenport! Four restless ghosts…four tales of love.

The Witching Hour by Ruth A. Casie ~ Lost: One locket filled with memories. Will finding it lead to peace and happiness?

The Ghost of You by Emma Kaye ~ A ghost saved his life, then broke his heart. Years later, he may have found a way to bring her back, but will the act of saving her destroy him?

A Spirit’s Bond by Nicole S. Patrick ~ A connection, which knows no boundaries, helps a couple find their way to love.

Kindred Spirits by Lita Harris ~ A young widow must find a way to work through her grief in order to move on and find happiness once again.

Find Emma

Website: http://www.emma-kaye.com

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Lake Lanier Mysteries

An Interview Beyond The Mist

The fabulous author, Tena Stetler, had the rare opportunity to interview Nick Cramer, hunky hero of Casi’s Lake Lanier Mysteries book two, Beyond The Mist, and the exciting and beautiful heroine, Piper Taylor. Want to know more about him and his incredible time slip? Stay calm and read on!

Good morning Nick and Piper. I’m so glad we could arrange this get-together. You’ve been quite busy lately. But our readers are anxious to know about the real you, so pardon me if we get a little intimate today. Let’s begin with Nick.

What event in your past has left the most indelible impression on you?

If I told you that, I might… Read more “An Interview Beyond The Mist”

To everything there is a season Moonlight And Mystery

Does NaNo Help Or Hinder Your Muse

NaNO till You Can’t Write Mo

It’s November, that magical thankful month when writers decide to push themselves and complete a novel in one month. Many complete the challenge. Others do not. But that’s not what this is about. This about my personal journey last year through NaNoWriteMo and the sixty-thousand-word behemoth currently residing under the working title of “What Hath I Done?”

I shouldn’t have tried last year to participate. I wasn’t in the right head space. I had too much personal drama going on. I had no idea what to write. But, as a good friend who is also a writer told me many times, just put the words down. Then you can edit later.

So as soon as the last little Halloween chocolate mini was given away, I sat down at my computer to start my magnum opus. I chose a set of characters, I devised a general plot, and I developed a bad guy. With a full pitcher of ice tea, and a clean notebook for jotting down notes, I set about writing.

First, I am not a planner.

I’ve been a pantser since elementary school and book report deadlines that always seemed to leap up and surprise me. So it wasn’t long, November 6th of last year to be precise, when I realized that my topic had veered wildly off course.

My heroine was having lustful thoughts about the bad guy, the hero was just not into saving anyone, and the most interesting character was a golden retriever who barked at empty corners. Since I was more than three chapters into this mess I was attempting to craft into a book, I decided to keep going and see just how weird this thing could get.

I set a forest on fire to cover up a break-in. I exploded a landmine under an SUV on a narrow mountain road only to flip up against a tree, thereby saving everyone from falling a thousand feet into a gorge filled with poison ivy. I built mining tunnels throughout the mountains, filled with secret rooms used for hiding moonshine and holding mystic ritual ceremonies.

There were love scenes

that could have inspire a gymnastic routine. Car chases around town in rush hour traffic, where the entire chase moved no faster than fifteen miles per hour and the trick was to keep moving from lane to lane without crossing in front of the bad guys. Oh, the penultimate moment when the hero and his lady had to raft down a slow-moving river while hiding from a gunship drone looking for them.

By Thanksgiving I had reached my word count goal, and stuck my tongue at all those who said I couldn’t make it. After hitting save for the final time, I closed the document and haven’t looked at it since.

I’ve concluded that while I always feel the stories weaving themselves inside my head, not every thread is a gem. I’ve also discovered that I cannot push my muse. She’s a capricious wench, and to deny her the time to build her stories her way, is to court literary goulash of a horrific manner.

Someday I will open this file again…

read through the gumbo of a story I threw together in honor of the great November writing exercise. There might actually be a real book in there, once I get past all the gadgets and gimmicks and lame interactions that I threw into the mix to make daily word counts. But never again will I push myself to commit to something I don’t feel inside. Without that commitment from my inner guide, nothing happens.

I applaud all those who are participating and wish them great success. They possess an ability I find lacking in myself.

But if you know anyone interested in a story with international terrorists running a gold mining operation in the wilds of Northern Georgia, discovered by a team doing a modeling shoot at a secluded mountain chalet, have I got a book for them!

Nancy’s Best Author Advice:

So, I plod forward a few paragraphs at a time. It’s progress, and I am definitely not complaining. I will take them as they come and work them into sentences. Slowly but surely the pages of the stories in my life will creep forward. That is the direction I choose, and I thank all that is holy for the ability to do so.

In the end, that is all I need.

About Nancy:

Nancy Reece won her first writing contest in seventh grade, and a life long passion was awakened. Born in Pennsylvania, but raised in the South, Nancy studied Psychology at Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia and Computer Information Systems at Southern Polytechnical College. She is married, and lives in the Atlanta area along with two children, two dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she is very active in animal rescue, especially horses, and is on the Board of Directors for Blue Skies Riding Academy, a 501c3 equine rescue dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining horses which have been redeemed from slaughter pens and other abusive situations.

To everything there is a season

Raised in a dysfunctional family, Cassandra Devlyn Ferguson has tried to leave the past behind and carve out a new life with her husband, former Black Ops specialist, Sean Ferguson. Her family’s shady business dealings never involved her, and she intends to keep it that way.

Sean wants nothing more than to be a devoted, loving husband. But his new job sends him to the front lines at some of the world’s most dangerous spots. For years, he’s blamed his Irish wanderlust for the risks, but the truth is ‘ he enjoys the rush of adrenaline danger brings. When the Devlyn family’s mistakes come looking for Cassie, it’s up to Sean to bring her home safely.

The one positive? Cassie knows all about her family’s true nature and is willing to walk away from everything to stay with him. The negative? Someone wants them dead and will stop at nothing to keep all the skeletons in the closet.

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Writing Short Stories Moonlight And Mystery

Seeing Thanksgiving Differently

I’m Seeing Thanksgiving Differently This Year

Judy Ann DavisAmong many things I’m thankful for as Thanksgiving rolls around is the ability of being able to see.

Humans have a multitude of senses, and these senses are our contact to the environment. Traditionally, sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) are the five recognized senses.

But by far, the most important organs of sense are our eyes since we perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight. And if other senses such as taste or smell stop working, it’s the eyes that best protect us from danger.

I received two new lenses for my eyes in October and, though it wasn’t a difficult procedure, it was something that made me stop and reanalyze how much I take my sight for granted.

Think about it.

Daily, we use our eyes from the moment we awake each morning to when we retire for the night. We use them to eat, play, and work. As writers, we use our sight continually when reading, writing, using the computer, doing research, or when taking a break to grab a snack or to watch television or even dial the phone.

Our eyes are also a recorder of all events that take place in our lives. If it’s said, our eyes are windows to our souls, isn’t our sight actually a window to our entire world around us?

This Thanksgiving, when we glance around our table at our cherished folk who are celebrating with us, let’s give thanks for our eyesight which allows us to enjoy the celebration—along with all the other gifts and blessings The Almighty has bestowed upon us. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Writing Short Stories

I am showcasing my newest release this year, called “Four White Roses.” I am happy to announce that it was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards. The Book Excellence Awards were founded by Literary Excellence Incorporated. Books that have received a Book Excellence Award have been recognized for their high quality design, writing and overall market appeal. It is a cross genre novel that includes mystery, romance, and a paranormal element.

BLURB:

When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?

A WORD ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judy Ann DavisJudy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous award. Nineteen of them have been collected in “Up on the Roof and Other Stories.”

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Visit Judy:

Her blog: www.judyanndavis.blogspot.com

The web: http://www.judyanndavis.com/

Facebook: Judy Ann Davis Author

Twitter: JudyAnnDavis4

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/judyanndavis44/

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Goodreads:

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Other Judy Ann Davis Titles:

RED FOX WOMAN

UNDER STARRY SKIES

KEY TO LOVE

SWEET KISS

UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES

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Moonlight And Mystery

It’s all about the moments

And For My Next Trick…

Ever feel like life wants you to entertain it? Or that the Universe has a fetish for creating obstacles on the simplest path? Well, join the club. I’ll impart to you the wisdom gained in all my years of living: life changes. That’s it’s MO, it’s deep secret. As soon as you think you’ve got it, it moves. It’s like those stores that you frequent where you think you know all the aisles and what’s on them. Then you enter one day, and some demented designer has “remodeled” the entire place. You’re left standing in the center, wanting to scream because you can’t find the socks you’re looking for.

That’s a bit what it’s like when you’re a writer.

Sometimes I swear the publishing business is nothing but shifting sand. What they want, what they feel readers want, it’s all a guessing game. It also depends on exactly that: what they want. What appeals to a particular editor, or what the publishing house wants to focus on. It’s the same in other professions. I worked as a pre-school teacher for several years, and what’s considered best practices too often depends on how much money the state has to spend and what the latest fad is.

It’s easy to get wrapped up

…trying to figure this out, both in life and in your work. There is another gem of wisdom, however, that I’ve found mitigates some of the craziness: enjoy the moment. If you’re writing a story that captivates you, or makes you laugh, write on. Enjoy the process. If you’re teaching little children and they cart you off schedule into the wonderland in their heads (they are worse than the Pied Piper at this), then enjoy the trip. At its best, life is a collection of those moments. They change, with some repeating themselves years later and some never coming again. It’s the journey that counts, so sit back and enjoy the crazy trip.

About Debra Doggett

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Being a writer is more than something I do. It is the way I see the world, the way I process it. I believe in the power of stories. They make us smile, make us think, and give us untold moments of enjoyment. My stories come from the landscape around me and the worlds I build in my head. I am proud to be a storyteller, and I hope my work leaves you both satisfied and entertained.

It's all about the moments.

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The Mystical Muse

MYSTIC READS PNR/UF LOVERS GIVEAWAY

MYSTIC READS PNR/UF LOVERS GIVEAWAY

Enter for your chance to win and choose your own prizes!

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Which paranormal romance or urban fantasy authors are your favorites? Which new books have you been waiting to buy? Enter our giveaway from November 1-18 and could be one of 7 lucking winners to choose the book prizes you want! Plus two winners will also take home a Kindle!

Beautiful Girl over Futuristic Urban Background of Night City

(Sponsored by the 40 authors listed below)

Aldrea Alien • Amanda Uhl • Ari Thatcher • B. Brumley • Bec McMaster • Beth Caudill • Calinda B • Carrie Pulkinen • Casi McLean • Crystal Dawn • D.N. Erikson • Dani Haviland • Jennifer Hilt • Jina Bacarr • Jo-Ann Carson • Joynell Schultz • Karen Michelle Nutt • Kel Carpenter • Kim Petersen • L.D. Rose • Leigh Anderson • Linda Nightingale • Lisa Blackwood • LJ Swallow (Anna Hub) • Marilyn Peake • Marsha A. Moore • Mary Abshire • Mary E. Twomey • Pauline Creeden • PG Forte • Rachel Medhurst • Sedona Venez • Shereen Vedam • Sherrie Lea Morgan • Stella Marie Alden • Tena Stetler • Tmonique Stephens • Traci Douglass • Aileen Harkwood

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The Mystical Muse

Autumn Gifts

Are you ready for some fall fun

and Autumn Gifts?

Have you ever been on a hop? Neither had I until a year or two ago. The premise is simple. You’ll find a list of all the people participating in the hop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/160857207832743/permalink/162079377710526/ 

Each participant has a giveaway on their Facebook page and a link to the next person on the hop. You just follow the link to the next person and “hop” along. Simple, Elegant and you get to meet lost of great people and mayhaps win lots of great stuff! What is not to like about a hop!

ARE YOU READY!?

Simply for sharing this hop with your friends, YOU CAN WIN a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Whoever   shares and tags the most will WIN, so why not you? The only way to win is to click “going” on the Facebook Hop Link here:

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(you have to be a member of the party going to win) and either tag your friends there on the post or share this post. Easy peasy.

So Let’s Go!!

Autumn Gifts

October 27th––31st I’ll Be Participating

In Howling Halloween

October 27th – 31st, Nicole Morgan hosts Howling Halloween. The event is for paranormal & urban fantasy books, so it you love that genre, be sure to stop by.

 

The Third Autumn Gift is

Mystic Reads

The Mystic Reads Giveaway runs for 18 days beginning November 1 and is dedicated to readers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and urban fantasy. A Rafflecopter entry form will be live from November 1-18. Readers earn entries by following the participating authors on BookBub. In addition, books included must be $2.99 or less and will be showcased on the event website as part of a mini-book fair, with the book’s cover and a buy link.

Prizes include a number of kindle/ebook packages. Multiple prizes up for grabs means more chances for YOU to win when you enter the giveaway.

This is a BOOKBUB FOLLOWER BUILDER ONLY so all you need to do is click and follow some authors you love on Bookbub.

So what are you waiting for?

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Moonlight And Mystery

Writing A double-edge sword

Fall is a double-edge sword

Fall is a double-edge sword…for me. Summer’s hot and humid temperatures are a fading memory. In my neck of the woods, Northern Wisconsin, the leaves are changing, giving us a last hurrah before winter sets in.

Cooler temperatures also mean the loss of something I absolutely love to do – be outdoors. I love to camp, hike, bike, and most of all write outdoors. I either sit on our back deck or go to a park. Every fall I spend a week camping by myself where I can sit beneath the camper’s awning and type away while listening to the birds and the leaves fall.

But with temperatures dropping

…I have to ween myself from writing outside and back in the house. It’s difficult. The past few weeks, we’ve had above seasonal temps, but not warm enough to sit on the deck. So, I’ve been driving to a park and writing in my van. I park near a pond or lake, crack the windows to hear nature’s sounds, and work away, taking a few breaks to walk around. It’s amazing how many words I can get written in a few hours.

But I know that’s going to change

and change quickly. I hate writing at my desk, so I’m easing myself to writing on the couch in the living room or basement. I had my husband bring up one of my favorite comfy recliners from the basement, giving me another option for where to write.

I dread the quickly approaching day when I have to say goodbye to my favorite place to write, and as winter starts and wears on, I’ll be dreaming of spring and I can take my laptop back onto the deck and work away.

 

Missing My Heart

 

Can hidden love notes and money bring two people together or tear them apart.

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Blurb: Time: 1975. Place: Bourbonville

After the death of the grandmother Ellie Farrell had lived with since she was sixteen, she is tasked with the job of cleaning out the over-packed house. When Ellie begins to find love notes and money from a Burt to Randi spanning over four decades, she sets out to find out who these people are and what they have to do with her. An unexpected check for $100,000 dollars delivered to her house, ramps up the mystery – especially when death threats begin to arrive.

Patton Trullinger, an investigative reporter, comes to Chandler County to research bootleggers for a book he’s contracted for. As a Vietnam veteran, he’s dealing with PTSD. When he meets Ellie, he finds her mystery too good to pass up.

Who are Burt and Randi? Who is sending death threats? Will Ellie and Patton’s love bloom as the mystery deepens?

About the Author:

As a child, Tina Susedik always had stories floating around in her head, but had no idea those stories could be put down in book form as writing stories wasn’t taught in her classes. One day her brother (yes, her brother) introduced her to Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower. Tina was hooked and a love of reading, and eventually writing romance, began. Besides her romances, she is also a non-fiction writer with seven history books in print. She also has written and published two children’s books. She also writes under her pen name, Anita Kidesu. This winter she will begin hosting a radio talk show, “Your Book Garden” on Authors on the Air Radio Network.

Tina has been married for forty-four years and lives in Northwestern Wisconsin. She has two children and five grandchildren. After careers in accounting and teaching (not necessarily at the same time), she found her career in writing is what fulfills her the most. When not writing, she loves camping, hiking, photography, reading, and playing with her five grandchildren.

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Moonlight And Mystery

Life starts all over in autumn

Life starts all over in autumnLife starts all over

when it gets crisp in the fall…

One of my favorite quotes, from my all-time favorite novel, The Great Gatsby, is when secondary character Jordan says, “Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall.” It always gives me a chill of exitement. Maybe it’s all those years of being a student and the sense of expectation, that this school year would be the one when everything was different and my life changed and got exciting. (My father always called the school years, “the best years of your life”. But they certainly weren’t for me.)

The Celts believed

the wheel of the seasons began on November first, and they celebrated the end of the old year on October 31. This celebration was called Samhain, which became our Halloween. On this night, the Celts believed the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was very thin and the spirits of your ancestors might visit you. They had feasts so that there would be food to feed their spirit guests, and it’s likely some of the rituals we associate with Halloween—dressing in costume and carving faces on turnips and other vegetables (they didn’t have pumpkins in Europe), were ways to scare off the spirits, in case they were vengeful or malevolent.

I like the idea of autumn

being a time of new beginnings, especially in terms of writing. My garden is dying, which means I can invest more of creative and physical energy into writing. Instead of nurturing plants, I will nurture my book, and watch my characters come to life and grow and show me the way in the story. Fall brings the death of many plants, but they leave behind seeds and roots, the promise of new life in the future. Fall connects our past, scary or wonderful as it is, with a new beginning and a new opportunity.

Writing tip:

Learn the words you overuse and make a list for when you edit your book. Add to the list when you find new words you overuse. Then you can do a search for the offending words and eliminate most of them before you start the rest of the editing process.

Marketing tip:

The most successful writers develop a brand and stick to it. Even if you write in different genres, you need to create a sense of what links your books, and promote that. My brand is intense, passionate stories that connect to the past. Even when I write lighter, more humorous stories, or create modern characters, there is a thread of seriousness beneath the humor and some connection to another historical time period.

The idea for Lady of Steel

came to me over 20 years ago, and I even wrote a completely different version back then. But I think I had to get grow older (and hopefully wiser) to really understand the crux of the story. Women in medieval times had very little power. I wanted to show how a medieval woman, without stepping outside of traditional female roles, could take charge of her life. And of course, she needed a hero who would appreciate her for who she was, and admire her strength and resolve. Lady of Steel is the first book in my Medieval Ladies series. I hope readers enjoy Nicola’s and Fawkes’s story.

LADY OF STEEL, The first book in the Medieval Ladies Series, Coming in early 2018

Blurb:

One rapturous hour together sparks unforgettable passion between Lady Nicola and Fawkes de Cressy. But when Fawkes returns from the horrors of the Crusades, he discovers Nicola is surrounded by a web of treachery. The battle-hardened knight and secret, wary woman must learn to trust each other. For only if they dare to allow the soul-stirring magic their bodies share grow into love can they escape the ruinous plot that threatens to destroy all their dreams.

About Mary:

Mary Gillgannon is the author of sixteen novels, mostly romances set in the dark age, medieval and Regency time periods. She’s married and has two children. Now that they’re grown, she indulges her nurturing tendencies on four very spoiled cats and a moderately spoiled dog. When not writing or working—she’s been employed at the local public library for twenty-seven years—she enjoys gardening, reading and travel..

Links:

Website: http://marygillgannon.com

Blog: http://marygillgannon.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryGillgannonAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryGillgannon

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Moonlight And Mystery

Do Characters Feed Your Muse

What Do You Do When You’re Stuck?

My current WIP is driving me over the edge. I’m on page 151. I was on page 151 yesterday, last week, and six months ago. My fear is I’ll be on page 151 a month from now. The story started off with a bang, and I flew through the first chapters as one idea after another popped into my head. My fingers couldn’t type fast enough.

And then…nothing. I hit a wall.

I’ve tried all the tricks…long walks, copious cups of coffee and wine, rehashing the plot, and free typing in the hopes a new idea will pop onto the page. I even changed my writing location and listened to inspiring music. Nothing. Zip. Not one fresh idea.

Can Your Characters Help When You’re Stuck?

I discussed my writer’s block with another author who’s published a long list of best sellers. She thinks I’m stumped because I’m not listening to my characters. I’m forcing them to act in ways against their natures. An author has to know her characters inside and out.

I respect this author, so I’m doing as she suggests. I’m re-examining my hero and heroine’s goals and motivations, figuring out what they desire above all else, and what they fear. Hopefully, this strategy works and I’ll conquer the dreaded page 151 and move on to page 152, 153, and onward until I type those two wonderful words…The End.

Author Writing Tip:

Read. Read books in all genres, both fiction and non fiction. Study how other authors craft sentences and paragraphs, develop plot and conflict. But mainly read for the pure pleasure of the written word.

Promo Tip:

Add a personalized author signature to the end of every email you send. This way someone can easily find out more about you or your books.

Can Your Characters Feed Your Muse

Blurb:

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Wills he and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

Author Bio:

Bitter Legacy is C.B. Clark’s third romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. My Brother’s Sins and Cherished Secrets were released in 2016. C.B. has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

Social Media Links:

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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZVR5LJ/

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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bitter-legacy-4

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