Title: Isabella Babysits Baxter | Author and Illustrator: Melissa Perry Moraja | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Melissa Productions | Pages:32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella’s mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly what to do! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed…TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess.
My Review: I loved this book. Cute story. Colorful pictures. Isabella is given the chance to babysit her dog, Baxter. She discovers it is fun to babysit. Good book for ages 3 - 6.
The Early Buzz
“Filled with humor and fun, Isabella Babysits Baxter is perfect for young children, and I especially recommend it for families with pets. Melissa Perry Moraja does a great job of bringing these real-life characters to print in a new, entertaining children’s book that is sure to please the whole family.” ~ Review by Readers Favorite Reviewer
“It’s fun, zany, big and colorful – just like a kid’s book should be. Even the cover itself is inviting. with its deep red background and a wide-eyed, paint-spattered Baxter staring at the reader who must wonder about the story behind the scene. The cover is impressive in its artwork, design, hint of a sparkle accent, and the unusual smooth, non-paper feel. Bottom line – “Isabella babysits Baxter” represents Fun with a capital F. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Spudman, Amazon, Top 100 Reviewer
“The illustrations by the author are excellent, the story is both adventuresome and entertaining, and the wisdom imparted to children is excellent. A top-notch children’s book from a lady who knows her field and her talent!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grady Harp, Amazon, Top 100 Reviewer
About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja
Melissa Perry Moraja
Melissa Perry Moraja, Award-Winning Author and Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author and illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. And that’s just the beginning!
Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom, children’s author, speaker, and consultant. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids.
Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She's never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family's Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee hits her with a pitch, she falls head over heels and gets a makeover
Carlos Lopez is not about to lose one for the home team. Johnny launches a full scale change on the menu, and Carlos sends him straight into the dumpster. Claiming Choco's heart proves more difficult. But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain't talking just food.
Buy Links: [Love to Hate Miranda] “Stop.” Miranda waves a spatula and blocks our way. “No members of the wait staff allowed in the kitchen.” “I need another order of vegan spring rolls. No meat!” Sarah yells. “She stole my gluten-free bangus.” Susie pushes her way past Miranda, who bounces against the door to the cold room, opening it. “Out, out of the kitchen.” Miranda sticks a finger in Susie’s chest. Big mistake. Susie’s nostrils flare and her piercings dance. “Out of my way.” With a hefty push, she shoves Miranda who stumbles back into the cold room. Her arms windmilling, she falls in between the sides of raw pork belly hanging up to dry. “Ai ya!” Miranda slaps at the pork bellies and pulls on a trussed whole duck for balance, right when a wooden tray of balut, fertilized duck eggs with the intact embryo, falls and splatters over her. The slime and partially formed embryos ooze down her hair and face. Everyone except Johnny bursts out laughing. I whip out my cell phone and snap as many pictures as I can before Johnny blocks my view to help his mother. Out of nowhere, Carlos appears, and he gives Johnny a kick on the back of his tight leopard printed butt, sending him sprawling against the skewered suckling pigs. They tumble like dominoes, knocking Johnny on top of his balut-covered mother.
Carlos picks up a tray of the Vietnamese style transparently wrapped no-fry spring rolls and flings the contents into the cold room all over Johnny and Miranda. “Vegan spring rolls is off the menu.” My Review: I loved this book. Choco and Carlos are such fun characters. Love can be found in strange places. They both were afraid to admit it to their best friend. Romance. Humor. Lovable characters.
About the Author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance
Title: The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy (The Shadow of the Unicorn, Book #1) | Author: Suzanne de Montigny | Publication Date: October 15, 2014 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of pages: 124 | Recommended age: 9+
Summary: A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change in the world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. Danger of a more sinister nature threatens when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley and their leader, Ishmael, discovers the healing power of the unicorns’ horns. Azaria, now a young stallion, must use his wits to save the herd from complete extinction.
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"The Shadow of the Unicorn provides an innovative and interesting plotline exploring how the fictional unicorns, the extinct dinosaurs, and early humans may have interacted if they co-existed in a post-apocalyptic world. Suzanne de Montigny does an excellent job of exploring the themes of natural disasters and environmental change, human greed, compassion, and courage. At the end of the day, The Shadow of the Unicorn is an entertaining read that I think will be enjoyed by children who love the fantasy genre and are keen on reading about unicorns. Ages 9+" ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Kudos to Ms. de Montigny for writing an original variation on the fantasy epic--unicorns intermingling with dinosaurs! The book's themes include the humane and environmental concerns that Watership Down and the films of Hayao Miyazaki have in common. If you have a middle grader or are just young at heart, pick up The Shadow Of The Unicorn." ~ 5 Star Review, Stuart W., Amazon
"The Shadow of the Unicorn is a must-read for all unicorn lovers, but even more so for the ones, like my self, who hadn't read anything about them yet. It is a thrilling and encouraging story about a young unicorn that has to save his herd after a meteor nearly destroyed their environment and killed the dinosaurs. Suzanne de Montigny created a compelling universe with believable characters and a great adventure story to challenge them with. While the story finishes in this book, I can't wait to read about the new adventures the unicorns will face.." ~ 5 Star Review, Antje H., Amazon
"This story pulled me in with a beautiful portrayal of a time and place where unicorns and dinosaurs live side by side. It moved me forward with unexpected twist and turns (a requirement in any good story). I found it hard to put the book down and was totally engaged in seeing the young characters (unicorns and dinosaurs) survive and grow because of the challenges they faced." ~ 5 Star Review, NW Harris, Amazon
"What a delightfully unique book. Unicorns and dinosaurs facing changing conditions. Darius is a young dinosaur capable of seeing the future. Azaria is a young unicorn who becomes a friend and learns from Darius. Yes, there are humans in this book. They are the villains of the story. Greedy beasts. I think both boys and girls will love this story. Very quick paced and easy to read. A delightful story, and I look forward to more from this author." ~ 5 Star Review, DM Lawrence, Amazon
About the Author: Suzanne de Montigny
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Suzanne de Montigny wrote her first unicorn story at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with unicorns. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, is her first novel. Suzanne lives in Burnaby, B.C. with the three loves of her life – her husband and two boys.
For more information about Suzanne and The Shadow of the Unicorn, please visit http://www.suzannedemontigny.com
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Title: The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru | Author: Sharon Skretting | Publication Date: September 20, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 317 | Recommended Ages: 8+Summary: The Jewel of Peru is a magical adventure through time, taking young Captain Christopher and his loyal crew of orphaned stowaways on a perilous quest in search of Christopher's missing parents.
After his father's ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes an unexpected discovery on board—The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Inside is a message that beckons him to set sail after the treasure and his parents. When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, the gang gets caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies. Will Christopher find the Jewel and his parents, or will all be lost for ever?
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"Jewel of Peru took me on an adventure from page one. Sharon Skretting has captured Peru and deftly woven elements of the culture and geography into a fast-paced treasure hunt. It was well written, entertaining and introduced me to new ideas. I loved making little discoveries along the way about the people and places. I found some of the features of Peru so interesting, I looked them up the Internet and was delighted to find things just as she described. Fact and fantasy blend seamlessly in this delightful tale." ~ Sara Marschand, Quiethouse Copy Editing
"Engaging and meaningful, the author does an excellent job crafting this story. I don’t usually read middle school novels but made an exception for this one and will be passing it on to all the children in my life." ~ 5 Star Review, Love Reading, Amazon
"The Jewel of Peru is a wonderful piece of educational fiction that blends fact and fantasy to create a literary journey that is both informative and exciting for young readers... It's every bit as much of a page turner as it is a learning experience..." ~ 5 Star Review, Kelley, Amazon
"Sharon Skretting has captured Peru and deftly woven elements of the culture and geography into a fast-paced treasure hunt. It was well written, entertaining and introduced me to new ideas... Fact and fantasy blend seamlessly in this delightful tale." ~ 5 Star Review, Sara M., Amazon
About the Author: Sharon Skretting
Sharon Skretting is the author of The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru, and the founder of Quest Teaching. She has been teaching elementary school for twenty years and lives with her husband and a cat, named Scat! Now that her three children have grown, she is spreading her wings into the realm of professional writing. Being able to use her love of writing to excite her students about learning is a dream come true for Sharon. Her goal is to write fast paced, excellent literature —filled with interesting characters, intrigue, danger and intricate plots—that will hook readers aged nine to ninety nine and make them want to read more!
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In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination…
For eight agonizing months Chase Tinker's guilt over the despicable act he committed on Halloween night has been eating away at his heart and mind. Chase's life gets even more complicated when secrets about the mysterious Relic in the attic are revealed on the eve of a visit from an unwelcome caller. It doesn't help that this all occurs on his fourteenth birthday!
Despite his problems, his biggest concern is that his family's Dark Enemy, the Marlowe Family, is becoming more powerful with each passing day, fueled by the energy they continue to pillage from the many magical beings of the world. If Chase and his family are ever going to win, they will need a whole lot of magical help; they must destroy the most evil threat the world has ever known! My Review: I love this series. Such fun characters. Magical rooms. Fairies. Leprechauns. Vampires. Other Magical Creatures. What is there not to like. Chase and his family must fight the Marlowe Family who uses dark magic. Chase must protect the family magic and the relic, but he's not sure who to trust. I can't wait to read book 4. Thanks, Malia, for a good read.
Virtual Book Tour Dates: 10/27/14 – 11/24/14 Genres: Memoir, Humor
Blurb: Catnap often. Don’t be a stalker unless food is involved. Despite the
rumor, it is okay to be curious! A Cat Taught Me That is filled with
humorous advice and the wisdom of elder cats that includes information
on how to get more out of life, and how to avoid common pitfalls along
the way. Cat lovers will enjoy the adorable photographs and cute
illustrations throughout. Celebrity cat ‘Awesome Louie’ provides insight with his gritty cat
interviews, as well as sage advice with his “Mewsings” column. Short
essays from the cat-lady author will bring smiles to the faces of
readers who have learned that “Not All That Glitters is Gold” and “To Be
Kissed By a Cat” can have unintended consequences. Excerpt:
“A Little Indulgence is Okay”
I’m Louie and I’ve been told I have a problem with cat treats. Of
course, a problem is in the eye of the beholder. In my eyes, loving cat
treats isn’t a problem unless I run out of them. After I was rescued, I learned three things about my caregiver and
new best friend. First, food was readily available day or night; I would
never be hungry again. Second, I was now living in a house that was
warm and cozy; freezing outside in the winter was highly unlikely.
Third, I learned about this tasty food called “snacks”. I would come to
love it when my caregiver announced the magical words with enthusiasm –
“Kitty treats!” When I was first introduced to this fabulous dining experience, the
flavors included turkey, beef and chicken. Eventually catnip and
dairy-flavored treats entered the scene. Once I tasted those little
nuggets of goodness, I was hooked. I perfected the sad kitty face, which is subtle and very effective
when done properly. The trick is to look longingly at your target and
try not to blink. Raise a paw in a slightly pathetic manner towards the
treat container as the caregiver opens it – a classic move. While my owner swears that she may check me into a clinic for cats
with food addictions, she is more purr than hiss. I know that the next
time she comes home from the pet store with kitty snacks, she’ll rattle
the bag because she knows I’m listening. I’ll come racing into the
kitchen like a furry, 16 pound bowling ball on steroids, and she’ll love
me for it. And give me treats. Take it from me, you can never be too furry or have too many treats! My Review: I'm a cat lover. I loved reading this book. There are many things you can learn from cats. Things that will make our life easier and more enjoyable. This book opened those ideas up to me in an entertaining way. Buy Links: Amazon Createspace Barnes and Noble
About the Author: Charlotte Gerber began her writing career penning content articles on
the Internet. Her articles have appeared on LoveToKnow.com and the New
York Times/About.com Disability site, as well as numerous other outlets.
She is also the author of Murder in Middleton and I Dream of Zombies
(Rose Lee’s Zombie Adventures series). Charlotte lives in upstate New York with her husband Gregg, two
teenage children, one dog and ten rescued cats. She is a disability
advocate and a supporter of animal rescue missions. Connect With the Author: Website Twitter Giveaway:
2 winners: Each will receive 1 stainless steel tumbler mug, a signed
copy of A Cat Taught Me That, and mystery swag items. Open to readers
located in the USA, UK, or Australia. The giveaway will run 10/27/14 –
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The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram
Title: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publication Date: October 6, 2014 | Publisher: The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing | Pages: 399 | Recommended Ages: 10+
Summary: Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them? And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.
Max's Arabian Adventure by Wendy Leighton-Porter
Title: Max's Arabian Adventure | Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter | Publication Date: July 16, 2014 | Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing | Pages: 82 | Recommended Ages: 7+
Summary: In this spin-off adventure from the Shadows From The Past series, Max the talking Tonkinese cat goes on a solo mission without his usual time-travelling companions. Snatched from the house where he lives with eleven-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot, Max is dragged back into the past by an evil magician who has lined him up to perform a special task. Torn away from all he holds dear, the despondent cat fears he may never be able to return to the present and his beloved owner, Jemima. What will become of him? Will he make it back or will he be condemned to remain forever in a distant time and place, far from home?
Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello
Title: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 182 | Recommended Ages: 10+
Summary: Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3300 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back home.
About the Authors
I love ancient history, mystery, legends, and travel. Join my young heroes Justin and Adam in an exciting quest as they search for the Seven Stones of Power. Each book is a new adventure, so be part of it!
I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them. I take young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past and hope that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them.
I’m a retired high school English teacher. My hope is to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.
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Tell us about your book
and how the story came to be.
This year I set a new record for myself. I had three
romances published, and they’re all very different. My latest is A
Secret Match. It’s a contemporary gay romance set in the world of
A Secret Match is a follow-up (of sorts) to my other wrestling
romance, A Perfect Match. That book was all about a straight couple (Vin
and Danni) and Everett (the main character from A Secret Match) was a
secondary character. I loved writing for Ev and always thought “one day” I’d
give him a book of his own, but I didn’t have a clue as to what the story would
be. I put thoughts of him aside and then one morning he popped into my head
with a four-line book summary. Within an hour, I had the whole story in my head
and I started writing.
Here’s the summary:
Everett Kinkade is a world-famous
professional wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female
fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.
After years of being Ev’s secret
lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly
acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last thing Ev wants and fears
it will ruin his career.
One night in a moment of truth,
Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement
sparks a firestorm of problems – both personally and professionally. He’s
forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a tag team out
to destroy him.
Torn between living a lie and
losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything… can he find a balance
between his career and his heart?
My two other romances of 2014 are straight (M/F)
historicals. Wilderness Bride is a traditional romance set in the Michigan
Territory in 1823. This full-length novel is a blend of tender romance and
The idea for this book started with a simple premise: a
woman on the run impersonates a mountain man’s mail-order bride and lives in
his cabin in the woods. From there, I thought about the characters and how they
would interact, learn to live with each other, and naturally fall in love.
Michelle and Luther are very different people—sort
of like a city mouse and a country mouse—and I
played on their differences in lifestyles, clothing, expectations, etc.
throughout the book.
As Luther and Michelle get to know each other (and fight for
each other) they realize they have a lot more in common than they once thought.
They both are on their own in a rough, unforgiving world, and both had to fend
for themselves to survive, with little or no family support. All of that brings
them closer together and makes their love stronger.
Here’s the summary:
A woman running from her past…straight into the arms
of a wild stranger
In a moment of desperation,
Kathleen Stanton flees her pampered life in Kingston, New York and ends up
stranded in a small town in the Michigan Territory. Out of money and lacking a
means of escape, she impersonates a handsome stranger’s mail-order bride.
Kathleen calls herself Michelle and begins living a lie with her “husband,”
Luther, in an isolated mountain cabin. She tells herself the arrangement is
temporary until she can move on. Luther can’t believe his luck when his beautiful
blonde bride arrives, but something doesn’t feel right about his new wife. She
has terrifying nightmares involving a man named Roger and is reluctant to talk
about where she came from. But Luther is harboring a secret about his
background and fears Michelle will abandon him if she learns the truth about
him—and his family.
The couple tries to maintain their rocky relationship
as they work to fight brutal townspeople and overcome harsh living conditions.
When circumstances force Michelle to stay longer than she expected, she
succumbs to her growing attraction and falls in love with Luther. But when they
finally give in to their desires and agree to become a proper man and wife, a
dark figure from Michelle’s past catches up with her, putting her and Luther in
Dangerous Indenture is a spicy historical with mystery elements
set in Pennsylvania Colony. Shauna Farrow leaves Ireland to become an
indentured servant to the strange Stewart family. She falls in love with her
master’s roguish son, Ashton and together they try to solve the murder of a
Here’s the summary:
Eager to escape her past in
Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua
Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony.
But a life of servitude quickly
turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life
for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.
Shauna fights her growing
attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But
amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other
servants will work for the strange Stewart family.
Stewart House has an unsavory
reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When
another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced
that a member of the family is responsible.
When Shauna’s investigation leads
her too close to the truth, it’s up to Ashton to save her before time runs out.
Dangerous Indenture is one of those books that jumped
into my head. One day, I overheard the name Shawna Farrell, but I thought I’d
heard Shauna Farrow. The name stuck with me and I wrote it down. A few minutes
later, I knew all about her: she was an Irish indentured servant who came to
Pennsylvania Colony and worked at a house where another servant was murdered.
Once I knew that, I started outlining the book.
As you can see, my romances are very diverse in genre and
heat level. I had a lot of fun writing all of these novels, and I hope readers
What three words best
describe your main characters?
Over the years, I’ve created dozens of interesting and unique characters. The
main characters in my three recent books could be described as: determined,
flawed, and hopeful.
Do you have a method for creating your characters, their
names and what do you think makes them believable?
I don’t necessarily “create” my characters. For me, it’s
more like I’m meeting them, or discovering them and their stories. Sometimes my
characters will “show up” and tell me about themselves. Other times, something
I hear or see will get me thinking and before I know it, a new character has
I like to take bits and pieces of traits, likes, and dislikes
I see in strangers, friends, or whoever and mix and match them into a
character. I did a lot with character traits in Dangerous Indenture and Wilderness
Bride. It’s fun to create their unique quirks.
Finding the right name for a character is sometimes the
hardest part of writing a story. Some characters will tell me their names right
away (like Odaria from The Viking’s Witch, Sherrie from Trust
with Hearts, and Elara from A Most Unusual Princess), but many
times I have to think about the name and try out a few different ones before I
get the right one. Once in a while, I’ll write a few scenes referring to the
character as “Ralph” just to get the words on paper. After a while, the character’s
real name will come to me.
I make sure that my heroines and heroes aren’t too perfect—every
character needs to have faults and something to work toward overcoming or
improving. My heroines tend to be strong females who stand up for themselves
and aren’t going to settle for just any guy who comes along. I like to give
them a sense of independence, yet when they meet the right man, they want to be
with him, (like Michelle from Wilderness Bride). Heroes also need
to be strong, but not overly aggressive. Rothgar, from The Viking’s Witch comes
off as an “alpha” male and domineering, but then we see a different side to him
and realize that he’s a sensitive, guilt-torn guy.
Do your characters follow
your plot path or do they take on a life of their own? Do you keep them in
Each book and every character comes to me in a different way.
Before I start writing, I make sure I have an outline completed—and I know what
the first line of the book will be. As I develop the story, I outline each
scene, what the purpose is, which character’s point-of-view the scene will be
in, high points of the scene, and any snippets of dialog I want to include.
When I sit down to write the book I have a map of where the story is going. I
find that it’s easier (and faster) for me to write this way and I don’t get
lost in the middle or forget something I wanted to include.
But as I write, I allow myself some leeway to explore things
I hadn’t considered in my outline. I might add entire scenes or write scenes
that are later omitted. Sometimes I’ll be writing a scene and the characters
“take over” and decide the scene should go a different way, or something I
planned on happening changes. When that happens, I go with it and see where the
characters are leading me. I’ll write scenes for them and delete them later if
they don’t work or if they’re not a good fit for the plot. I think it gets the
characters’ needs out of my system and I treat those scenes like writing exercises.
I thought I knew all about my characters before I started
writing The Pauper Prince and A Midsummer Night’s Delights—but
I was wrong. Even though I created them, I was surprised to discover a
different side to Prince Allan (in The Pauper Prince) and Julian (from A Midsummer Night’s Delights).
The plot for A Perfect Match came to me in a dream, so I wrote the outline
based on the dream, and then wrote the book from there. Unfortunately, this
doesn’t always happen, but it’s nice when it does! Writing a book is always an
adventure for me, and I never know where the characters or stories will take
you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
No, I don’t. Occasionally I suffer
from writer’s procrastination, though! Basically that’s when my brain says
“enough!” and goes on strike when I’m supposed to be editing or revising a
book. Usually this happens when I’m overloaded and trying to do too much. To
counteract it, I take a break and let my mind recharge and rest. I go for
walks, exercise, read something I didn’t write, or watch TV. After a day or so,
I’m ready to get back to work.
types of books do you like to read?
Growing up, I hung out at the
library and read anything I could find. I started out reading Stephen King
short stories and other horror stories, but I also read all the Little House and Nancy Drew books. Today, I read everything from A-Z: fiction,
non-fiction, history, self-help, or whatever looks interesting.
do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
like to read, travel, go to creepy/haunted places, visit flea markets (they’re
great for story ideas), and garden.
next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
Right now, I’m between projects. I’m
outlining several new romances, including a full-length historical, a
paranormal, and another gay contemporary.
In the horror department, I’m
working on a few short stories. My latest Halloween tale, “Home for Halloween” was
just published in the Moon Shadows horror anthology. Read
more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG
One of my goals for next year is to enter the world of
self-publishing. I have lots of ideas for different types of non-fiction ebooks
and an erotic romance series. All I need is time to develop them!
the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
I started out taking writing
classes. They really helped me develop my skills and I always recommend that
anyone who wants to be a writer take classes. One of the best pieces of advice
I got in class was: go for it! Don’t be afraid to submit your story. You might
be rejected, you might get suggestions for revisions, or you might get
published. If you never submit your story, it’ll never go anywhere. Write the
best story you can, take a leap of faith, and submit it. Every writer starts
off by sending out that first story….and you never know where it will lead.
can readers find you and your books?
for letting me visit! It was fun sharing my thoughts with readers. I invite
everyone to visit my site (www.KelliWilkins.com) to read excerpts, reviews, and summaries of all my
romances. I welcome feedback from readers, so contact
me with questions or comments. You can sign up for my newsletter, Kelli’s Quill, here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb
ABOUT KELLI A. WILKINS
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has
published more than 90 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 4 non-fiction
books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels. Kelli had three romances
published in 2014: A Secret Match, Wilderness Bride, and Dangerous
Indenture. Look for her story, “Home for Halloween” in the Moon
Shadows horror anthology here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG
Kelli publishes a blog: (http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com) filled with
excerpts, interviews, writing prompts, and whatever else pops into her head.
She also writes a monthly newsletter, Kelli's
Quill, and posts on Facebook and Twitter. Kelli invites readers to visit her
website, http://www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all
of her writings.