In the past few weeks I’ve had an issue with my WIP. When I hit a major obstacle, I thought I’d try what several fellow authors do so successfully—work on another book to divert my thoughts and move back and forth between the two stories.
Some of my friends always have two books going at once, usually in different genres. It works for them beautifully, they say.
Well, I undertook beginnig another story. And learned that for me, writing is a lot like dating was when I was younger. I’m a one-boyfriend-at-a time kind ’a gal. And I learned it the hard way.
My roommates successfully juggled boyfriends with no problem. Surely I could do the same, I thought. So I found myself dating more than one guy—no serious relationships mind, just casual dates here and there. They were delightful boys, very different, and I liked them all.
Until they unexpectedly showed up to visit, all on the same night. To give them credit, they were perfect gentlemen and when each arrived a few minutes after the other, they all sat down to talk. My roommates saw what was happening and joined us to ease the tension. The third and last one brought ice cream. I did what any good hostess would do—I served it to everyone.
Later, my roommates thought it was all hilarious. I did not. I was stressed, I felt guilty and conflicted. I felt like a horrible person. And right then, my dating rules solidified. One at a time, no matter how casual.
That story does have a happy ending. All three guys called to ask me out again and I did date one throughout the summer until college started again in the fall.
So how does that apply to writing more than one book at a time? I found myself getting completely wrapped up in the new story to the point I couldn’t concentrate on the first one. Which would take precedence? This switching back and forth didn’t work for me—when I was deep in the medieval mindset, getting back into the Regency rhythm took forever. When I was immersed in the Regency period, my medieval knights sounded way too sophisticated. And anachronistic. And I became conflicted.
For those who can juggle more than one book at a time successfully, I have nothing but respect and awe. But I don’t see how you do it.
He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.
Writing is my passion. It’s not what I do, it’s who I am. So I created my trailers from the vivid images my muse revealed as I wrote my novels and stories.
Best selling author, Tena Stetler, uses her over-active imagination to spin tales of paranormal romance/suspense and cozy mysteries. Her spicy romances spin the adventures of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. From demons to faeries and witches to vampires her intriguing characters take roads less traveled to draw you into exciting tales that engage the imagination and warm the heart. We ar excited to feature Tena Stetler as our ABA’s Awesome Bewitching Authors Highlight.
A Demon’s Witch was my debut novel and has remained close to my heart. A Demon’s Witch hit the market and garnered best seller status. It earned The Romantic Reviews Readers Choice 2016 Nominee in the paranormal romance category. I love talking about this story.
The ideas begin to percolate as I sat in a beauty salon listening to the chatter from other customers. One woman swore she’d been approached by a vampire want-to-be.
This got me to thinking, which is scary in and of itself. What if the hairdresser was an alpha male, Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere that owned a multi-species salon in Washington DC? Enter a powerful witch, whose beauty caught the eye of the demon on a rainy day when she rushed into his salon. Now, unbeknownst to him, she is not any ordinary witch, but the little sister of the demon’s enforcer. Now you have a romance with unbelievable complications.
The story became a series, but the other planned books in the series took a strange turn when the majority of readers and reviewers clamored for the enforcer, Tristian’s story to be next in line. I’d never considered writing a book on the witch’s brother, the demon’s enforcer. But after mulling it over for several months and publishing three unrelated books. I am excited to announce A Warlock’s Secrets (Tristian’s story) is awaiting cover art and will be published spring 2017. So please watch for it!
A Demon’s Witch
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Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C., is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running. Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.
Bruce’s world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce’s long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation, but something darker threatens them all. Will undeniable attraction between demon and witch tear their worlds apart?
At two in the morning he awoke feeling her restlessness, listening he heard her soft sobs. He pulled on his black silk lounge pants and grabbed the robe from the foot of his bed. Padding silently in his bare feet down the hall, he paused at her bedroom door just as her anguished scream filled the room. He was at the side of her bed a second later. Gathering her onto his lap, he held her unyielding body to his until her flailing limbs quieted and her troubled violet eyes opened. Cognizant of where she was now and with whom, she flung her arms around his neck and clung tight as shivers racked her slight frame.
Megan came running from the other wing of the house where the staff lived during the week. “Is everything all right?” She peeked inside Angie’s bedroom door.
“Just a nightmare, nothing to worry about. She’s awake now.
“Oh no my Lord,” Megan said in a low frantic whisper.
“Don’t call me that,” he growled, his amber eyes tinged with orange glowed in the dark room.
“Sorry. There’s something dark and dangerous chasing that one.” She nodded in Angie’s direction. “It’s not of this world.”
He lowered his voice and spoke kindly. “Go back to bed, I’ve got this handled.” He paused for a beat exhaling slowly. “For now.”
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Making time for promotion and then actually finding effective ways to get your name out there can be a real challenge for authors—especially when we’re deeply involved in a story and we’d prefer to stay in our fictional world and write. But putting yourself out there can really pay off as well. I’m sharing today how doing local events and getting my name in the paper led to a dream-come-true opportunity—signing books beside the “Queen of Suspense”, Mary Higgins Clark, as well as many other very well-known authors whose books I have enjoyed.
Last spring, I received an email asking if I would be interested in participating in an author panel and book signing event at the end of the summer, with no details other than the proceeds would benefit Dream Day on Cape Cod, an organization bringing children with life-threatening illnesses to Cape Cod for relaxation and vacation time with family. I had no idea who the other authors on the panel would be, but I immediately said yes—a chance to help children and gain visibility for my novels in a win/win.
I didn’t learn the identity of the author panel until a few weeks prior to the event, and you should have seen my expression when I opened the promotional flier and saw “Mary Higgins Clark” next to my name. Then I saw other very well-known names such as Hank Phillipi Ryan, Sally Cabot Gunning, and Jacquelyn Mitchard and nearly fell off my stool at the kitchen island.
A little background into what this meant to me. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and throughout my childhood, my father would bring home stacks of library books each week, selected with the help of the local librarian. That’s how I discovered a ghost story/sweet romance entitled Jane-Emily, a novel which inspired my own books many years later. But when I would inevitably finish all the library books in a few days, I’d turn to raiding my mother’s bookcase. And that’s how I first found Mary Higgins Clark’s debut novel, Where Are The Children?
I quickly hunted down the two other paperbacks we owned, A Stranger is Watching and The Cradle Will Fall. Over the years, I read all three again many times in between waiting for new releases. And before I began writing my debut novel, Silver Lake, I re-read Where Are The Children? as a lesson on building tension and suspense. I was surprised to discover the book was set on Cape Cod, a place which meant little to me as a child, but has now become my home for the last 18 years.
What a great night the event was! It was held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and it was entitled Art, Word, and Wine, organized by and benefitting Dream Day on Cape Cod. There were nine authors in total, each with a large table displaying our books, bios, and cards, and while we signed books there, Brewster Book Store employees took care of the sales. Local shops offered wine tasting and appetizers, and there was a large raffle table as well. We had a 45 minute author panel with a quick Q&A session; for the most part, we signed books at our tables and chatted with attendees.
I was able to chat quite a bit with Mary Higgins Clark and Hank Phillipi Ryan, whose tables were near mine. What an honor! Mary Higgins Clark signed my author panel name card on request, and was so very gracious about it, and Hank Phillipi Ryan suggested I Facebook friend her. Done! Quite a few of my friends came to the event, as well as a number of members of the gym where I work.
I met a lot of new people as well, including the County Administrator of Barnstable, who works right near the Old Haunted Jail from my novel Haunted Souls (which he purchased and said he enjoyed very much in follow-up emails!). Since the building in that area (Barnstable Village) are so old and filled with history—and possibly ghosts, per our local paranormal society—he offered to give me a tour of some areas “off limits” to the general public, which was a fabulous experience. The pictures and notes can be found on my blog; and for a taste of some Cape Cod spooky suspense mixed with steamy romance, give my latest release, Haunted Souls, a try!
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Writing Tip: This goes along with trying to balance time between writing, promo, and life in general, and it speaks to me because I’m not a speedy writer. It’s advice from Chris Bohjalian, an author I enjoy, who writes in several genres. “Write one terrific sentence. Don’t worry about anything else – not where the story is going, not where it should end. Don’t pressure yourself to write 500 or 1,000 words this morning. Just write 10 or 15 ones that are very, very sound.” – Chris Bohjalian, from his Goodreads author page Q & A.
Promo Tip: Again, relating to this post…get your name out there! Every time I do an event, whether it’s a book signing, a reading, a class, etc., I make sure the event is listed on the events calendars of all the local publications. It’s something you can easily do yourself, and it’s free promotion, and it also leads to bigger things. Aside from the book signing I discussed above, I’ve been contacted and asked to display my books at a local bank, appear at a salon open house, talk to a high school creative writing class…so many opportunities pop up just from letting people in the community know that I write novels!
Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.
As a mostly introverted, newly minted author, the prospect of promoting my novel was daunting, if not terrifying. Public speaking was nowhere in my vocabulary. I was grateful that my first two book signings required only one-on-one contact. But my third book signing was different. It was a game changer.
When I sat on a panel with two other authors, one seasoned, and one promoting her second book, I watched and learned…fast. An upcoming panel at a Writers’ Conferences I was scheduled for would have a larger audience. A crash course in public speaking was needed. Turns out watching my co-panelists was just what I needed. It made me realize giving birth to a novel is sort of like raising children. My kids changed me (for the better) because I needed to learn to be their advocate, a solid role model, and a source of inspiration. This is also true with promoting a novel. I had to be my book’s advocate while acting like a model author, while striving to inspire my audience. Once I looked at appearances in that light, public speaking didn’t seem so daunting.
Fast forward nearly a year and a half later. Now I love talking up books and writing. I feel a sense of elation thinking about the possibility that perhaps an audience member actually came there to hear me speak. I find that possibility incredible! This unexpected love affair has led to podcasts, interviews, radio shows, and more writers’ conferences. Amazing what can happen when we choose to look at things a little differently.
Like her heroine, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she was not blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was the recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship award for her debut novel,Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. To learn more, please visit: www.LidaSideris.com
Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.
Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.
I veered out of the parking lot and bounced onto the cavity-ridden dirt road. The mystery car appeared out of nowhere from beneath the tall pines, eclipsed by the darkness. Now it raced away somewhere ahead.
“Why didn’t we hear it start?” I asked James.
“It’s a hybrid.”
“We’re in a car chase with a Prius?” A car chase with a Porsche or Ferrari was respectable, but with a battery operated car? All bragging rights vanished.
I shifted into warp speed and surged downhill. Seconds later, we faced the hybrid’s rear bumper. The spot for the license plate sat empty.
“He’s not getting away,” I said.
The hybrid turned and launched up a hill, kicking up pebbles and a dusty haze. It fish-tailed and I nearly nipped it in the rear. I executed a sharp left and ran over something large. And lumpy.
“Stop,” James said.
I skidded to a halt, a cloud of dirt trapped in my headlights. The Prius escaped through an open gate and onto La Paz. My eyes cut to the rearview mirror. My tail-lights illuminated the road behind us in an eerie red glow. As I surveyed the scene, not a trace of saliva remained in my mouth.
In the life of a romance writer, every day is the perfect time for love. Romance rules and I love to stir the soul with passion, mystery, and a sprinkle of magic. My stories cross genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense. So scroll down and see the magic…It’s all about love.
If you crave strong, believable heroines and delicious hot heroes who tempt your deepest desires, then fan the flames and be swept into your innermost romantic fantasies. See, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. If you love stories of star-crossed love and second chances, then try my time slip romantic suspense, Beneath The Lake.
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At first these stories reel you into what appears to be a formula romance. Then they turn the genre on its head, throwing a perfectly aimed, delightful curveball at the surprising and satisfying endings.
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Wingless Butterfly shares a lifetime of secrets lies, romance, betrayal, and mystery like whispers from a best friend––A story that began with my mother’s haunting warning: “You don’t want to know your biological father, he’s the kind of man who pulls wings off of butterflies.”
We’ve all heard the phrase before. Flight attendants explain daily why passengers should take oxygen themselves before administering to others. The command makes sense. Take care of yourself so you’re able to help others. When I thought about the simple phrase I realized the theory applies to life and love, too.
I’m not advocating self-gratification. Especially in the all about me society we seem to live in these days. But when I feel good about myself––who and where I am emotionally and physically––I live happier, love better, and open a door to inspire and encourage others. Life and love thrives when filtered through internal contentment.
My friends know the impact secrets and lies held over my life and the metamorphosis that took place when I unraveled my past. But unveiling secrets didn’t transform me or my self-image. The shift occured when I realized my self-image grew from what I believed about myself. Beliefs that wern’t true. The bully in my mirror reflected a discarded child, tossed away by her own father. And the reflection reinforced my beliefs day after day.
This is what I know about you and me, and everyone around us. Perception is reality. True or perceived, what we believe has incredible influence over our lives. So take time to know and understand what’s true and genuine about you…and your world. You, me, we all are united by a human distinction, we become who we believe we are, and we design our lives around what we believe is true.
Live your dreams explodes from my website, whispers through my manuscripts, and bubbles from every engagement I pursue. That is the passion I live, and it’s all about love! My passion, my brand, and the force that drives me is etched into my books and my Internet presence.
When you see CASI MCLEAN, visit my website, follow my blogs, or read my books, I hope you’ll see a vision of inspiration, feel a sense of encouragement, and discover the value of your own self-worth. It’s all about love.
I love this Facebook post from Julia Roberts: “Perfection is a disease of a nation. We overlay our faces with tons of make-up. We get botox and even starve ourselves to become that perfect size. We try to fix something, but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery.
How can you expect someone else to love you if you don’t love yourself? It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, what’s on the inside counts…I know I have wrinkles but look beyond that. Embrace the real me and you,––who you are, love yourself just the way you are.”
Wingless Butterfly: Healing the Broken Child Within.
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We’ve all read that quote before. It’s from the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tragedy. I thought about this line recently when I was introduced to someone new, by a mutual acquaintance, as a “novelist.”
Hmmm, I thought at the time. That was a new one on me. Usually, when I introduce myself and I’m asked what I do, I say “I’m a writer.” That, of course, leads to the next question of what do you write, to which I respond, “Romantic Fiction.” Any series of questions or facial expressions meets that answer, and I could write a thesis on those responses alone.
The reason the novelist descriptor set me a little back was because, (1) it sounded fairly classy and erudite – two things I am not! And (2) it kind of limited what I really do. Yes, I write novels; romantic novels. But I’m also a professional blogger, so being a novelist kind of defined me in a way I wasn’t quite comfortable with.
So, of course, this got me to thinking of all the ways in which writers are described.
Writer ( of course!), author, novelist, essayist, satirist, humorist, biographer, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright, dramatist, poet, scribe, diarist.
I’m sure there are more, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll stop there. All those descriptions and terms denote one thing, though: the person performing them writes.
Which is what I do: write. The tag line to my website is WRITING IS MY OXYGEN because, to me, writing is like breathing. I can’t live without breathing now, can I? Well, writing makes me feel the same way. Even when I am sick ( as I am right now with the flu as I write this) I can’t go a day without putting something to paper – or laptop, for the sake of transparency .
I think of myself in many ways and as many things: mother, wife, nurse, cook, comic. But the one description that sums me up more than any other – in my opinion – is writer.
So. This is me: Peggy Jaeger, Writer. Nice to meet you.
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s. A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!
Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious. . .
Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu. . .
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Unique Ways to Unclog Writer’s Block
We’ve all been there. We might have ten different ideas bouncing around in our brain, but when we sit down to put them into a story, things don’t exactly flow to our fingers. So, what do we do about this when ‘I’ll do it later’ isn’t an option? In my research to find out ways to improve the flow of creativity, I stumbled upon some fun and unique activities.
In Eastern Culture, creativity in a person’s body is located two inches below the belly button in what is called the Sacral Chakra. This area is believed to house creativity, energy, joy, and passion. So, what happens when this area does not have proper flow? Creative stagnation. The theory behind hula hooping is that the circular movement helps open the Sacral Chakra. If you don’t have a hula hoop readily available, dance is another form of exercise that helps get the creative juices flowing.
In my search, I stumbled upon a few yoga poses. The one I found most helpful is called the Cross-Crawl. You start by getting on the floor on all fours. Then, lift your left leg and right arm. Hold the pose for ten seconds before alternating with your right leg and left arm. The theory behind this movement is to help balance both the left and right sides of the brain. This pose is also said to help with coordination.
Although the theory of a person having a dominate left brain vs. dominate right brain has been disputed, I believe it’s worth the time to find out ways to exercise both hemispheres of the brain for creative benefits. One way I discovered, purely by accident, was sitting home helping my son multiply mixed fractions. I discovered the next day my thoughts made more sense and flowed with less pausing in between ideas.
So, there you have it. If you care to share any of your techniques, I’d love to hear them. Happy writing and happy reading.
Lord Bachelor, a contemporary romance
Tammy’s Wonderful Christmas story
The song, Through The Eyes Of A Child by Air Supply, is the epitome of my website, my brand, my passion… It’s all about love and living your dreams.
Some say fantasy is for children. I see magical imagination as a powerful gift. Is it so hard to remember the dreams of childhood? In those days, I could be a princess, or a pirate,or anything my heart desired. I dreamed of castles and kings––but life dims the fantasy of youth. I wanted that feeling back again, the magic of pure innocence, of childhood hopes and castles in the sky.
It wasn’t an easy trek to find the path to my childhood dreams. But eventually, I did, because I never gave up. And now I write, with hope I inspire others to find their own destiny.
The pursuit of happiness drives everyone’s decisions. We search for happiness in relationships, jobs, our homes and careers. We also end things hoping to find happiness––divorce, career changes, and moving away. And we buy things to make us happy, too––but newness fades like the waning smell of a once new car.
How exhilarating to see life as a child again––to chase dreams like elusive butterflies. Everyone has the power within them to change their destiny––to use the past to propel them forward…Just look through the eyes of your inner child, remember your dreams, and do what you love…take a leap of faith and be inspired.
Book one in my Lake Lanier Mysteries Series
Beneath The Lake
shares a heartwarming tale of
star-crossed love and second chances
in an unforgettable time-slip romantic suspense.
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A ghost town buried beneath Atlanta’s man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery flees from an eerie stalker, she plunges into the lake and awakens in the arms of a stranger in a lost town, 34 years before she was born.
Bobby Reynolds, smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes, sparks fire to melt ice into a stream of molten desire. Can Lacey battle bootleggers, defy twists of fate and find the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart or will their star-crossed spirits wander forever through ominous shadows beneath the lake?
Book two in my Lake Lanier Mysteries
Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes.
The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams.
Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?
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What if you were given a Christmas miracle? I love mystical stories. The kind that leave a warm tingle all over me with a tiny “what if” tinge that lingers long after the end. That’s why I love writing magical mysteries and romantic suspense with a sprinkle of supernatural. Mix them all together and shake gently, what do you get? A Christmas gift that shares part of my soul…a gift for everyone who stops by my website. The Gift, is book 2 in my Destiny Series. A magical Christmas story that will steal your heart:
Savanna Bradford was given a magical chance to change her destiny…Her impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate. How could she choose between her dreams and the love of her life? Savannah panicked, took off to the solace of the lake despite the impending snow storm. She had to think, but her brief sabbatical didn’t include getting stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, or spending the night with an enigmatic old woman from the twilight zone. Was it fate, or had her accident thrust her into a comatose dream? And will she discover that the mystical gift from her bizarre encounter holds the key to her true destiny before it’s too late?
If you like The Gift, you’ll love the unique magical twist in every DESTINY story.
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Today’s Dreams Build Tomorrow’s Castles
I love this inspirational piece by Claire Gem. And I truly believe today’s dreams build the foundation for tomorrow’s castles. Go, Claire!
My morning ritual: boot up computer, brew cup of coffee, check email, read horoscope.
Okay, I admit it, I’m one of those people who believes the day just…won’t…go…right if I don’t read my damned daily horoscope. I know the words generated by whoever writes these daily doses of woo-woo are usually so generic, they can apply to anybody in any situation at any time.
No matter. I can’t start my day without my daily dose of woo-woo.
Every once in a while, though, I actually get smacked in the heart with a horoscope that resonates, deep down, somewhere in the murky depths of my creative soul. This one, recently, was especially inspiring.
The horoscope spoke of courage, and confidence, and defying self doubt. But it was the last line that got me: …today’s dreams are building the foundation for tomorrow’s castles.
I’ve always been a dreamer, and dreamers sometimes get a bad rap, because dreams don’t accomplish anything without action. Dedication, hard work, perseverance. But let’s face it, without the initiating dream, all that toil and trouble would have no impetus and no direction. Without our dreams to guide us toward a goal, we would float aimlessly about on the sea of life and never get anywhere, no matter how hard we work.
Now to share some of my personal tips:
What I’ve found to be the most useful promo tip, to remind not only the world but myself of my living, breathing authorial life, is to tweet a sentence from each of my books—often. No “buy my book” rant, just a snippet of description, dialogue, or action from each book, along with a buy link. I’ve noticed a pretty consistent record of a sale, or two, on the days I tweet, or the day after.
Right now, I’m in the final editing stages for my upcoming release, Spirits of the Heart, due out on Valentine’s Day. I’ve found that the only way—the only way—to find each and every typo or grammar glitch is to read it out loud. It’s amazing what you’ll hear coming out of your mouth that your eyes can’t see.
So I’m toiling for my castle. And every new sentence I type onto the page gets me one stone closer to realizing the dream.
Claire’s newest book
Spirits of the Heart – A Haunted Voice Novel
will be released on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, 2017
An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle
to reunite a little girl and her father—two spirits trapped
within the walls of an abandoned mental asylum.
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Laura Horton returns to her hometown to start her career with the Alcohol Crisis Center. But her homecoming is jarring. Her old friend moved out unexpectedly, so Laura’s new roommate is the friend’s intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard.
Miller Stanford works nighttime security for the State grounds. He’s a man with a shattered past. His Dad destroyed their family with alcohol, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is an addiction counselor—a sexy blonde one, to move in and start watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability.
But Laura sees them too—Greta, a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. When Laura starts digging into old asylum records, she reveals a horrific cover-up. Can Laura and Miller unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
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About Claire Gem
Strong Women, Starting Over~Redefining Romance~Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless, hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.
Her paranormal/romantic suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her latest release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.
Other Books by Claire Gem
The Phoenix Syndrome (Winner 2014 FCRWA The Beacon Contest)
A Taming Season: A Love at Lake George Novel
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Hearts Unloched (Winner 2016 New York Book Festival)
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