10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sarah Krisch #Contemporary #Romance

  1. I am a mother of three boys.  They keep me very busy with their myriad of activities!
  2. My full-time job is a manager in a large corporation, where I am constantly challenged to be a better leader.  I am very fortunate to work with such a great team of people.
  3. My husband is a full-time writer, Glen Krisch.  He writes horror and supernatural thrillers, which is quite a departure from my light-hearted romance.
  4. We have a major case of role-reversal in my home.  My husband works from home full-time, while I work outside of the home.  I am very lucky to have his support in pursuit of my business career, as well as my fledgling writing career.
  5. I am a vegetarian, and have been for more than 20 years.  It’s definitely not for everyone.  One of our kids claims to be a vegetarian, aside from the occasional corn dog.  Another would chase a cow across a field with a knife and fork.
  6. My dream vacation always includes a quiet beach.
  7. I love to craft.  I enjoy sewing, knitting, and painting.  Our middle son tells me he is going to be an artist when he grows up, so now that I have a partner in crime, I can shamelessly spend money on fabric, paint and whatever else strikes our fancy.
  8. My favorite way to relax is with a cup of tea and my Kindle.
  9. My favorite memories always include my siblings.  We have such fun together.  In a few weeks, some of us are going on a research trip to a ghost town for Glen’s next horror novel.
  10. I enjoy the outdoors.  I love to hike in the local canyons, view the waterfalls, and spot the wildlife.

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Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating – PG-13

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Things You Didn’t Know About #Author Ramz Artso @RamzArtso #SciFi

Things You Didn’t Know About Ramz Artso

I was raised in a small, fairytale-like village in the Swiss Alps, which is why I love camping and skiing, both mountain and cross-country. I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding, but somehow never got around to doing it. Snowblades look very promising, too. The sheer speed gets my blood moving. I love hot chocolate and sliced bread with Nutella scraped all over it for breakfast. Also, I cannot live without pain au chocolat, cup noodles, sushi and Chinese cuisine. I think Red Bull is the best drink on Earth, followed by Powerade.  Inferno chips – best snack known to humanity, and Haribo gummies, particularly the bears, Smurfs and frogs, are to die for. I used to work out and lift weights a lot, but I don’t anymore.

My favorite movies are Inception, all of the Jurassic Parks, Back to the Future films, 1998 Godzilla, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and many, many others. I think the best books I’ve read so far are the Harry Potter, Twilight, Millennium Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings books. I also really like reading classics, like Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov and Charles Dickens, as well as Jane Austen. I prefer dogs over cats, and want to get myself a Norfolk Terrier sometime in the future. If I could be anyone, I’d become a genius inventor and put together a flying broomstick, then fly around racing against sports cars. I imagine broomsticks aren’t exactly comfortable, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re awesome.

I love all types of music, but Lana Del Rey, Pink and Mozart, as well as many other classical composers, have a special place in my heart.  Fall is probably the most beautiful time of year, what with all the multicolored leaves. I love writing most during autumn and winter, of course spring and summer are just as great. But the former two carry some sort of magic in the air that the other seasons lack.

I’ve watched a lot of series in my life. Family Guy, Southpark, Futurama, American Dad, The Simpsons, Friends, How I Met Your Mother and The Sopranos are by far the best ones I’ve seen so far. People often recommend Rome, so I think I’ll give it a try when my schedule allows it.

In my opinion, Batman and Ironman are the two best superheroes. My favorite villains are of course Bane and the Joker.

My favorite games of all time are all the Elder Scrolls, Sims and Uncharted.  I play my games on PS3, Nintendo Wii and on an Alienware laptop – if you can call it that, ‘cause it’s so huge, it’s crazy.

I really enjoy anything with vampires, werewolves, fairies, wizards, dragons, giants, elves, dwarves and trolls. Norse mythology is my most favorite. The reason being I like Thor and other creatures mentioned in their myths. I’m also very fond of the Viking attire.

Tigers and bears, as well as monkeys, wolves and lions, are the most interesting animals. I could watch their lives on TV for hours on end.

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Peter Simmons thinks he is an ordinary boy, before he is abducted by a man with certain special abilities, learns of his inescapable destiny, befriends immortals and becomes famous worldwide. Why? Because Peter Simmons is mankind’s last hope for survival.

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Genre – Young Adult, Action and Adventure, Coming of Age, Sci-fi

Rating – PG-13

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Why Did a Major NY Literary Agent Agree to Represent an Unknown Author? – Michael J. Webb @mjwebbbooks

Why Did a Major NY Literary Agent Agree to Represent an Unknown Author?

A couple of years ago, I was finishing up my fifth novel, wondering if I would ever make it as a full-time writer, when I received an invite to a writer’s conference being held in Denver, CO and decided to attend.

Don Maass was doing a pre-conference seminar: Writing the Break-Out Novel.  I had no idea who he was, but the day-long seminar sounded interesting, so I signed up, along with over 500 other writers.  I’d brought the novel I was working on, Infernal Gates, and made furious notes for eight hours.  Whew!  That was the BEST money I’d ever spent toward polishing my craft.

At the opening dinner, I sat two tables away from Don and other guest speakers, wondering how I could get a few minutes of his very valuable time. Amazingly, after dinner, as the room emptied out, Don was sitting alone at the table, having coffee.  I didn’t need a prompt to go over and introduce myself.

(During the break I’d checked him out on the Internet and discovered that he was a well-known NY Literary Agent who divided his time between representing authors like James Scott Bell, writing, and teaching his seminar, Writing the Break-Out Novel.  He’d just published a new book entitled The Fire in Fiction, which I immediately ordered online.)

Now I was telling him about my vision for writing and asking lots of questions.  Turns out, he was interested in my take on Fallen Angels, also known as Nephilim.  I was more than a little shocked at that!  I pitched my storyline to him, and he told me to send him the synopsis and first chapter when it was finished.  I got his card, gave him mine, and we parted company.

Over the next two days I’d scheduled appoints with a total of seven agents and publishers, all Christian focused.  I met each of them for fifteen minutes and did my best to get them “hooked.” I’d done my homework, called in a few favors from other writers who knew some of the agents and publishers personally, and expected that I would not leave the conference without at least a couple of them asking for more of my novel.

Out of seven, five seemed very interested.  I was more encouraged than I had been in over a decade.  I returned home, sent out the requested information–and waited.  Something I had grown accustomed to over my long years in the writing “desert.”€

Three months later, I’d added another five rejections to the dozens I’d accumulated over the years, well on my way to a Ph.D. in Rejection.

Then, I remembered what Don Maass had offered.  Without much hope of success, I sent off my synopsis and the first chapter of Infernal Gates . Don really liked the novel, and seven months later, exactly one year to the day after we’d met and talked at that dinner table in Denver, I signed a contract with him.

Infernal Gates

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Genre – Christian Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating – PG-13

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A Day in the Life of (Pepper Winters) – Pepper Winters @PepperWinters

A Day in the Life of (Pepper Winters)

I’m pretty boring really. It’s all about the written word and socializing with my awesome readers. And I’m a nerd too so I spend about 14-15 hours a day on my laptop.

Morning: I spend the morning answering emails, fan messages, and wasting time on Facebook. I check twitter and pinterest and I have a minor addiction about checking my amazon rankings to see how people are going with purchasing my work. I try and avoid Goodreads as much as possible, but sometimes I can’t help myself and have a sneak peek at reviews.

Afternoon: I finish up my other online work. Answering emails and clearing my desk. Then I open my manuscript and try and get 5000-10000 words done in one sitting.

Dinner: After dinner I re-read what I read and try and tweak the little bits. I then move back to Facebook, twitter, and arranging some more promotion for my work.

As you can see, I eat, sleep, and breathe writing and getting the word out there! J I’m a slave to my craft!

Tears of Tess

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Genre – Dark New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating – PG-18

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10 GREAT WRITING TIPS FROM 10 GREAT WRITERS – Colin Falconer @colin_falconer

10 GREAT WRITING TIPS FROM 10 GREAT WRITERS

Colin Falconer

(Isabella)

TIP #1.      “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach.

I’ll paint the picture for you. You have written a book of around ten thousand words. It has pictures. The protagonist is a seagull. You tell your friends you are going to get it published, then made into a movie and soon after break all hardcover sales figures since Gone With The Wind.

Would they laugh? You bet they would.

So did many US publishers until MacMillan published Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1970. The rest, as they say, is hysterical.

TIP #2.      “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  ~Anton Chekhov.

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Anton and Michail Chekhov

Chekhov was a doctor, though he made little money from it and treated the poor for free. He started writing short stories just to make money.

Things have changed a little in the last hundred and thirty years.

But this little gem about moonlight something we should all have taped to our laptops every time we sit down to write.

TIP #3.      “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” – Elmore Leonard.

He started out writing westerns over fifty years ago and is now considered the king of American crime fiction, the Dickens of Detroit. His sparse and gritty dialogue became an art form of itself. In “Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing,” he claimed his most important rule is one that sums up the ten: “if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” In October 2008 Leonard received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for outstanding achievement in American literature.

TIP #4.     “I love being a writer.  What I can’t stand is the paperwork.”  ~Peter De Vries.

I believe he was saying – tongue in cheek – that it’s seductive to settle into a round of writers groups and writers festivals and just talk about writing. But it’s not the work.

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TIP #5.      “Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.”  ~Leo Tolstoy.

This pearl, from one of world literature’s giants, is more than a tip; it’s the whole iceberg. Entire books have been written about this aspect of story. But in this instance the author of War and Peace managed to keep it short.

TIP #6.      “It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.”  ~Robert Benchley.

Well perhaps, but it’s more likely that, like everything else Benchley wrote, he said this tongue in cheek. What more often happens is that by the time someone finally pays you for something you wrote, you have finally achieved some realization of just how awful you were when you first started. But by then you’ve learned whatever it is you needed to learn.

You hope.

TIP #7.      “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” –  Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The author of the Scarlet Letter here touches on another evergreen theme here. But be warned – this dictum can be taken to extreme lengths. Take James Joyce, for example. For the author of Ulysses, writing wasn’t just damned hard, it was torture. A friend once found him sprawled across his desk, a figure of utter despair.

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“How many words have you written today?” he asked him.

“Seven,” the great man answered.

“But that’s good for you, isn’t it?”

“I suppose so,” Joyce answered. “It’s just that I don’t know what order they go in.”

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TIP #8.      “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

But remember the author of The Call of the Wild also stole an entire chapter of a book from another author, (the less well known Frank Harris.) Before you do that, it might be best just to wait a little longer.

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Michener’s Olympia typewriter
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TIP #9.      “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”  ~James Michener.

As some of his novels ran to a thousand pages, that’s a lot of rewriting. Most novice authors, when something is not working out, are tempted to trash their efforts and start again. “Hell, Hawaii’s not working out, let’s start on Fiji.”

But it’s a bit like marriage and divorce. Find out what went wrong the first time before you start again, or you’ll end up making the same mistakes.

Yes, I know. Michener was married three times. But he was a good writer. Or re-writer.

And finally, tip number ten, the most important of them all …

TIP #10. Always proofread carefully to see if you any words out.  (~Author Unknown)

Isabella

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Rating – PG-13

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#Author Rayne Hall Shares Her WRITING CRAFT: DANGER IN THE DARK @RayneHall

WRITING CRAFT: DANGER IN THE DARK

by Rayne Hall

Does your story have a scene of danger or horror? Is it scary enough? Do you want your readers to fear for your main character’s safety? Here’s a simple technique on how to make a scene seriously frightening:

Turn the lights off.

Darkness makes people nervous, and everything is much more frightening in the dark. Can you change the time or location of your scene so it happens in darkness? The darker, the better. Absolute darkness is the scariest, when the protagonist sees nothing at all and has to grope their way. However, partial darkness can be spooky, too, especially with flickering lights and shadows.

Some ideas:

A windowless room

Night time

Drawn curtains

A power-cut

Fuel shortage

Energy conservation

Candles burn out

Wind blows candle

Lantern falls into abyss

Bullet shatters light-bulb

Canopy of trees blocks out the sun

New moon

Clouds veil the moon

Solar eclipse

Thick smoke

Sandstorm

Lights turned off for love-making

Deep cave

Hiding in a dark closet

Flash-light battery dies

If the storyline permits, let the darkness increase gradually:

Dusk gives way to night

The camp-fire burns down

Clouds thicken

In the dark, humans are deprived of the sense on which they rely most: seeing. Other senses sharpen, especially hearing. Your point-of-view character suddenly hears a lot more noises. These sounds add to the scary effect. In the next lesson, we’ll explore how to make the most of sounds.

If the darkness is absolute, the point-of-view character relies on her sense of touch as she gropes her way around. Describe how the walls, the furniture, the trees feel to her fingers, and how the ground feels underfoot. Smells also become more noticeable in the dark, and you can give the reader an intense experience by mentioning a smell or two.

Darkness often brings low temperatures. Chills can increase the scare factor, so mention the cool breeze brushing your heroine’s arms, the cellar’s icy stone walls, the cold water dripping from the ceiling of the cave, the chill creeping through the thin soles of her shoes.

This technique suits almost any story, whether you want to send mild shivers across the skin of the paranormal romance reader,  chill the thriller reader’s bones, or make the horror fan’s heart thump.

Questions?

Does your work-in-progress contain a frightening scene? Could you make it scarier by darkening the setting?  If you want feedback for an idea or have questions, leave a comment and I’ll reply. I’ll be around for a week and I enjoy answering questions.

Thirty Scary Tales

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Genre – Horror

Rating – PG-13

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J.L. Myers On Why #Book Covers are So Important @BloodBoundJLM #YA #PNR

Why Book Covers are So Important

Book covers are so important because they are they first thing a prospective reader will see. When someone is perusing bookshelves or searching on Amazon the first thing they see, along with the heading, is they cover. This is your first chance to show a potential reader what your book is about, and more importantly why they have to read YOUR book.

A book cover should give a feel for the world in which your story takes place, and for the characters that will live their lives through your words. A book cover should also display the genre clearly, whether it’s romance, paranormal, fantasy, crime or many of the non-fiction categories out there. Can you imagine buying a paranormal romance that had a cover resembling a true-crime novel? Or a dark fantasy book that actually looked like an erotic fiction? Probably not, and even if you did find miss-covered books like this from an unknown author or even a known one, I’m sure you wouldn’t give them a go.

As well as representing your genre correctly your cover should also indicate the tone of your writing. A bright and colourful cover would indicate a more light-hearted tale, maybe a comedic drama or an entertaining ‘how to’ fit with funny experiences that address self-growth and development. A paranormal or fantasy book, where the characters face death due to circumstance or their own actions, would herald a more serious and dark cover that depicts the book’s darker themes.

Of course there are all areas in between, and some life and death novels do have comedic characters or events that lend themselves to somewhat lighter covers. But whatever your genre, you as the author knows your story, your characters and how you want people to anticipate your book. Your cover is your first chance to illustrate exactly that.

What Lies Inside

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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance

Rating – PG-13+

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