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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Writing with Friends is Much Better Than Writing Alone

In September 2014, my husband and I enjoyed a small piece of quiet between dinner and bedtime. This doesn't happen often, but we've had the best talks during these stolen moments of time. During this one, I lamented, again, to my husband how much I hated my job. I worked as an assistant manager for a popular convenience store. I fantasized about poking my own eyes out so I wouldn't have to go. I took this job out of necessity but really didn't need it anymore. I was good and there were pretty big hints about letting me manage my own store. I enjoyed the idea of being in control, but really hated the work that went with it. So my husband asked me, "Well, what do you really want to do?" I told him I wanted to write a book more than anything. He encouraged me to do what I needed to do and so I quit the next month. I discovered this little thing called NaNoWriMo and I've never looked back.

That first NaNo showed me just how hard it was to actually write a book, but it also introduced me to a group of local people who met two times a month to learn about writing. The group had been meeting for a while before I joined. I was scared the first time I went. I just about had a heart attack when the moderator asked me to read something that first day. I went back the next time and since then I've only missed once.

Joining Prolific Pens, was one of the best things I've done in my writing career. I love going and move heaven and earth to make sure I get there. Some writing groups are more critic groups. Each participant writes, shares, and critiques. The group I belong to does that and more. That is what every writer needs. We spend as much time, if not more on learning the craft of writing and how to apply it to what we are writing.

Each of the main branch libraries here hosts some kind of writing group and there are several run through "Meet-Up". If you do not live close to a group, find one the Internet. Internet groups are a little harder to break into because so much is left open for interpretation. What is meant as helpful genuine critique can be seen as mean and flipped when reading on the Internet. It is important to give more than you want to get if you join an Internet group. Connections make writing groups more successful.

Writing in isolation is equivalent to playing chess by yourself. It is possible but doesn't seem to be much fun or challenging. Learning to give and receive criticism has helped me a lot. Overcoming fear of reading aloud has made me a bolder writer. Collaborating is exhilarating. For me, it is a type of group therapy.


Now I belong to several online writing groups and we leverage our communities by sharing each other's work. It has been a huge help.
My advice to any writer out there is FIND A TRIBE; BUILD A SUPPORT GROUP. These people will become your friends, your mentors, and sometimes will be the first people in line to buy your book.

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Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since second grade.
When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly.
To find out more about her characters and the lives they live, check out her website, http://www.terriawilson.com. Follow her on Amazon and Goodreads, or connect through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Popup Interviews

Last year, I started a FB show called Popup Interviews. I called them that because I did them randomly based on my availability. They were a lot of fun. Then the summer came and I got busy. That was something that had to stop. Several authors contacted me about doing them again and I started season two this past month.

Popup interviews are fun. It is a conversation between me and a book lover where we talk about books. I use a free service through zoom.com. Nothing is scripted and I purposely do not research my guest first or use a set of canned questions. I find the spontaneity of it makes it more fun and more real.

You can check out the latest episode by going to my YouTube channel. If you're interested in being on my show, go to my website terriawilson.com and fill out the form.

It's a great way to help you with your marketing.


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Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since second grade.
When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly.
To find out more about her characters and the lives they live, check out her website, http://www.terriawilson.com. Follow her on Amazon and Goodreads, or connect through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Those little facts that make a historical romance! FACTS! or "What I did on my vacation!" AND an offer you can't refuse!

My series of CHRISTMAS BELLES
Did you know that after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and the reestablishment of the Bourbons with Louis XVIII on throne, French nobility were invited back to their estates? 

That is, many of them. 

In a few French provinces, peasants rioted and a few who lived on former estates refused to allow their lord to return. No compensation for the past was given by the Crown or the peasants. (This is as you might expect!) 


Here I am last May at Chateau de Villandry!
Many French nobility had fled to England, Canada and elsewhere. Thousands of others were imprisoned, guillotined or killed by their own peasants. One other interesting tidbit I learned doing research for THE VISCOUNT'S ONLY LOVE was that comparing causes of revolution in the American colonies to revolution in France was size of privately owned farms. In America, the size of individually owned parcels of land was 3 to 5 times larger than that owned by French farmers. Of course, this size reflects on one's ability to feed one's family and pay one's taxes. 


Hmm. Upside down? Why?
And speaking of food, please do examine this pix I took of dinner service in the Chateau de Villandry. Note the fork and spoons are turned down. Why do you think that is? Known as FRENCH SERVICE, this practice was instituted early in the reign of Louis XIV. (Wasn't everything?) 

Write to me at cerise.deland@ymail.com and tell me why you think these are upside down and right or wrong, you will receive a copy of THE VISCOUNT'S ONLY LOVE, digital book only. 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

IMMORATAL DESIRES ANTHOLOGY


Immortals last all night….so do their desires. Dive into this wickedly sexy boxed set, packed with thrilling and steamy romances from some of your favorite New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling authors. We’ve brought the heat with paranormal bad boys who will leave you begging for more. If you love vampires, dragons, shifters, ghosts and other hotties that go bump in the night, this is a limited charity boxed set you don’t want to miss out on!

Immortal Desires authors:
Melanie James, Lia Davis, A.K. Michaels, Madison Sevier, Heather Hildebrand, Rebecca Rivard, Bella Roccaforte, Monica La Porta, Jennifer Theriot (writing as J.D. Frettier), Susan Griscom, N.L. Hoffmann, Elaine Barris, Nicole Garcia, S. J. Pierce, CJ Hartnett, Casey Hagen, D.J. Bryce, Cora A. Murray, Christina Escue

I am sure at some point, every family has been affected by Cancer. I know my family has. Well, for only 99¢ you can purchase the IMMORTAL DESIRES boxed set and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Help a great cause and enjoy over 2900 pages of reading by a large group of authors.




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Immortal Desires (boxed set) featuring: 

Flirty Dancing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles) by J.D. Frettier

What an amazing deal---with such a talented group of authors. While  I have only read one story, I have the book pre-ordered and wanted to share this one review. 

TO CHANGE AND GOOD FRIENDS

Once again, Jennifer Theriot writing as J. D. Frettier, has me laughing out loud with this afterlife story—and the Green Room.  Whether you have read—or listened to one of the audiobooks of the Green Room Chronicles, the story will work well as a stand-alone.  It will have characters from her two other stories in this series. 

In Flirty Dancing, twenty-nine-year-old, Kitty Eatin, mother of two and wife to Sam will fall off a pole, hit her head, and die.  Entering the Green Room, she will encounter several unique and colorful characters, Dee, Bonnie, Linda, and Peter---and then later Gilly and Milly. 

“The Green Room is a holding place.  Think of it as Purgatory.”

The story is full of humor, double entendre, and snarky comments.  It will have her new-in-death friends helping her channel and visit Sam, and even help him with real-life issues facing her death and the children—and helping Sam with a birthday surprise!

“We can help you, but you can’t go back.”

The story is a great addition to the series and is a quick read.  It was fun being back in the Green Room once again.  With the help of friends, Kitty can visit Sam with channeling, see the kids, and make changes for the future in the Green Room.



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Monday, February 25, 2019

Celebrate Fan-Fic February with SHERLOCK'S SCANDAL by Suz deMello (#sherlock #victoriana #99cents #Free #KU #FanFic)


I will readily admit that I am a Sherlock Holmes fan. No, a fanatic.

Taken the Goodreads quiz on Holmes? Try it—I got 100% (grinning). I thought it was (ahem) elementary.

But why do people love Holmes?

The character wasn’t initially popular. According to Wikipedia, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four (its first title) didn’t sell well. The short stories, initially published by The Strand magazine, were the works that ignited the public’s imagination. The first, A Scandal in Bohemia, was published in 1891.

I know why I love Holmes—I’m a sapiensexual. I’m turned on by brains. I’m literally repelled by men who mix up well and good or who don’t hold their cutlery correctly. (A great face, cute smile and buffed bod are also important, along with a sweet soul).

These days, we love hot heroes with brains as well as flaws. Sherlock is complex. He has a lightning-fast wit but the emotional I.Q. of a boulder. He’s interesting. The reigning Holmes, BBC’s Sherlock, describes himself as a “high-functioning sociopath.” I’d add, with a touch of Asperger’s.

Upon publication, however, Sherlock appeared in a very different world.

In 1888, a serial killer started a rampage in an area of London still called Whitechapel. We do not know the number of murders committed by Jack the Ripper. Five brutal killings are apparently linked, but as many as six more could have been the work of the same slayer.

The number, frequency, and brutality of the homicides terrorized London even after they ended in 1891. Unhappy with official efforts to catch the killer, citizens formed the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee and walked the streets searching for suspects. Police received hundreds of letters purporting to contain leads, most of which were useless. Though serial killers have appeared throughout human history, the Ripper was the first to ignite a media frenzy (Wikipedia).

People cling to certainty in an uncertain world. To a city gripped by dread, the cool, calm, logical Holmes, a detective who unerringly solved every case, was an inspirational hero bringing comfort in a frightening world.

My version of Holmes, from Sherlock’s Scandal, isn’t so cool, calm, and logical. Here’s a snippet to pique your interest:

After the performance, I purchased a bouquet of red roses from one of Covent Garden’s ever-present flower-sellers and posted myself at the stage door to see if I could meet the lady. When she finally emerged, she had cleaned her face of stage makeup and changed out of her costume into a stunning gown of midnight velvet. I am no connoisseur of women’s fashions, but I will never forget the sight. Her décolletage was fetchingly displayed by a lace-trimmed bodice cut so low it exposed her admirable bosom almost all the way down to the nipples, which I promised myself I’d lick that night. She must have bound her breasts for the role, I realized hazily, trying not to stare.
I cleared my throat. “Good evening, Miss Adler.” I offered her the flowers.
She took them and buried her face in the petals to inhale their scent. I hoped her open enjoyment of the fragrance betokened a sensual nature. She looked up, saying, “Thank you, Mr. Holmes.”
I lifted my brows, fixing on her full lips and large, sparkling eyes in order to avoid crudely ogling her breasts.
Of course I know who you are.” Off-stage, her American accent was pronounced but not unpleasant.
I am most flattered.” I offered her my arm. She took it, and we strolled to the kerb, where a hansom waited.
In the intimate interior of the cab, I could scent her perfume, a flowery aroma that blended delightfully with the roses she still clasped. “May I invite you to a late supper?”
Thank you.” She daintily arranged her skirts, favoring me with a glimpse of one neat ankle.
My member hardened, and I blessed my dinner suit’s loose, comfortable trousers. I drew a deep breath, hoping to calm my hot blood and racing pulse. “Uh, uhm, Sampson’s?”
Beefsteaks? A fortifying meal for so late in the evening. Will I be in need of fortification, Mr. Holmes?” she asked. Her eyes were partially shadowed by lowered lids.
Yes,” I said. “You will.”
She raised her gaze, boldly meeting mine. I leaned closer and put a finger beneath her chin. Her skin was soft over a strong jaw, testimony of a determined character.
My chest clenched in a most peculiar manner. Had I met my match?
        It was rude, and crude, and forward, but I could not resist. I had to taste her mouth.

Here's the blurb, and what others thought of the story--reviews are from an earlier edition:

A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won’t come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory and love.


What others have thought about this story:

Five Stars! A heady and enjoyable romp
--JMyersBook, Amazon reader

***

More than spicy!
--Tammie, Night Owl Reviews

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Captivating!

--Brenda Talley, Romance Studio


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Do You Enjoy Nephilim Stories?




Do you enjoy stories about angels and demons? How about getting to know a few descendants of Naphilim, the children of angels and human women? If your answer is yes, I think you'll enjoy this series. My "Orlosian Warriors" series has received a face-lift! The Nephilim series allows us a glimpse into a world where there are 500 men for every 1 woman, and women are considered to be royalty simply by virtue of their birth. Each story is about a warrior who leaves (among other Orlosians, it is considered defecting) his dimension for one reason or another and ends up finding his soul-mate on Earth. As the series title suggests, each one is a warrior, so he's a bit rough around the edges, but the man has wings among other impressive gifts ;-) 




Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Book 1
Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.
A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet? In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1.
When Asriel - Orlosian Warrior, descendant of Nephilim, law enforcer – is sent to guard Malina, a human with a penchant for drawing trouble like a tornado, she becomes his obsession.
With no hope of finding love in his dimension, he breaks the cardinal rule, leaving his home to protect her, but she has also drawn the attention of his enemies, and he is forced to face demons from his past. If Asriel chooses to stay with Malina, not only does he risk forfeiting his right to ever return to his dimension, but he will need her blood to survive.




Destiny’s Favor: Orlosian Warriors Book 2
His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his…

Imagine a man who looks like an angel, wings and all. What would you do if you met such a man, and he told you that he exists for only one purpose, to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take-charge, Rubenesque beauty with a tough façade. She finds herself caught in that age-old quandary of always being the bridesmaid but never the bride. A string of lackluster relationships leaves her hopeless and ready to settle for whatever comes along, until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend. Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, but somehow, from some instinct deep within her, she knows this is only the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel, but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even to drink human blood, if it means having the one that he believes is meant for him alone. When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, though, Japheth will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and, perhaps hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.

Both, "Calm Assurance" and "Destiny's Favor," as well as the prequel, "Outreach," are available at Amazon now, and the final sequel is in the works! Join my Facebook group for quick updates!




Saturday, February 23, 2019

St. Patrick's Day and Ancient Ireland

With St. Patrick Day coming up next month, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about him and a little bit about my two fantasy romances set in Ancient Ireland, which are great St. Patrick Day reads. 
Maewyn Succat was born in either Wales or the lowlands of Scotland around 415 AD. His parents were Conchessa and Calpurnius—a Romano-British army officer and deacon.
At 16,  Maewyn was abducted by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to herd sheep on Slemish mountain. After six years he escaped, made his way to the coast and stowed away on a boat headed to Britain.
After his kidnapping, Maewyn devoted his life to serving God and went to a monastery in France to study under St Germain, the bishop of Auxerre. During this time he changed his name to Pātricius. He was ordained a bishop by Pope Celestine, who sent him to Ireland. For twenty years Bishop Pātricius brought Christianity to the people of Ireland, baptizing farmers as well as nobles and even the sons of kings.

Here are two fantasy romances set in Ancient Ireland. 



Neither the centuries that have come and gone nor the sears between us ...can keep us apart.

As the Celtic pirate, Anwen, presses her hard iron dagger against the Roman's throat, memories of fated lovers, druids and sacrifice, stay her hand.

Kaeso is captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. In this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more? 



As wild and beautiful as the land she rules, 
all men lust for her,
warriors and kings bow to her might and magic, but one champion comes forth to gift her with a white bull and true love… 
but can the handsome stranger win her heart?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Heat your Cold Winter Nights


Valentine’s Day is behind us and spring is inching closer, but it’s still winter in most places. I find this the most difficult time of the winter. We’ve had snow since last November and it feels as though winter will never release her icy grip.

This is the time of year I tend to hibernate. You’re most likely to find me curled up on the end of the sofa with a cup of tea by my side and a book in my hand. (Most likely my ereader.) On those cold winter nights, I like a story with some heat.

If you’re like me, you might want to check out the Tapestries series. It’s a ménage a trois series that will whisk you away to another world where women are scarce and brothers compete for a chance to claim her. This series is all about heat with heart. The fourth book has just been released.


Tapestries, Book 4

When a magical tapestry brought a beautiful and loving bride into his brother’s life, Marc Garen could not have been happier, even though he’d hoped to win her for himself. But lately his feelings of emptiness have threatened to overwhelm him, as their buoyant happiness is such a stark reminder of the loneliness that haunts his soul. Then a new tapestry appears and hurls him into a strange and violent world—and into the arms of a woman who has haunted his dreams and carries the promise of the love he so longs for.
                    
Kathryn Piedmont is a brave and beautiful scientist, and she’s put her own life at risk to save two men who were part of a scientific experiment and are now marked for death. As the three find themselves trapped and facing certain execution, Kathryn is convinced their fate is sealed—until Marc, the ruggedly handsome warrior of her fantasies, suddenly appears in the flesh and magically transports them to safety.

With all of them now safe in Marc’s world, the three men in turn and together share Kathryn’s bed, each of them intent on satisfying her every sensual need—and each of them compelled to try to make her his own. But Marc knows that Kathryn is the one woman who can quiet the powerful stirrings in his body and his heart, and he will take her to incredible heights of pleasure to claim her for himself and make her his own for all time…
 

TEASER:

A brilliant light flashed in the room. For a second, Kathryn wondered if this wasn’t what it felt like when you died. But the moment passed and she was still very much in this world. She blinked and half stood, unable to believe her eyes.

A giant of a man stood just beyond the door, a tapestry in one hand and a four-foot sword in the other.

“Kill the men. Spare the woman,” the General ordered. “She’s mine.”

The man took in the room at a glance, his eyes widening when he saw her. Swiftly, he turned back to the threat and attacked. His great sword cut through the men like a hot knife through butter. As she watched, two bloody heads rolled toward the bed. Using the distraction to their advantage, both Tienan and Logan dove for the other weapons, bringing them up and firing. Both her father and the General dove through the door, but they weren’t in time. She heard her father screaming in pain and the General yelling at him to shut up.

The stranger swung around and leapt over the bed, landing by her side. “You are unhurt?”

His accent was strange, but she understood him perfectly. “Yes.” She raised her hands to his face. He seemed so familiar. She blinked, taking in his bare chest, the arm and wristbands and the long brown hair that fell down his back. “Marc?” This was impossible. Marc was nothing but a character from a book, a figment from her dreams.

He flashed her a grin. “Kathryn.”

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/threads-of-destiny-6
 



N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
                  

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