My Writing Process

Thanks to MK Chester for including me in this fantastic blog tour. It’s a great way to meet new authors and discover their books. The tour was started by Laurel O’Donnell weeks ago and it’s all about writing – why we write and how we write. Here we go!

promo11) What am I working on?

I’m working on the sequel to my award-winning romantic suspense REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel). RETRIBUTION is the continuing story of reporter Whitney Steel, former FBI agent Blake Barnett (aka Neely), and two of the most bad-ass villains you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet on paper–Nathan Shaw and Pablo Sanchez. Here is the blurb:

THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN…

Once the top leader of the Sur del Calle cartel, Colombia’s largest drug trafficking organization, Pablo Sanchez has declared revenge against Blake Barnett, the FBI agent who’d killed his twin brother over a decade ago.

After one failed attempt forced him to flee the United States, Pablo has a bold new plan and he’s even more determined to kill Blake and his fiancée, Whitney Steel.

From Las Vegas to the militant infected jungles of Bogota, Blake has no choice but to risk his life and infiltrate the cartel’s inner world and eliminate the ruthless drug lord.

But the price of failure is higher than ever as he’s forced to use the woman he loves as a pawn in a deadly game—where the events of the past and present collide.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think my work differs from others in its genre because I’m a cinematic writer. I write as if watching a movie so my books are an action-packed-steroid-induced thrill-ride combined with sizzling romance. I also try to use some type of controversial topic in all my books. Human cloning is one of them (REFLECTION) and has caused lots of debate over the years. It gets people talking.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I enjoy reading the suspense and thriller genres. I always have. I’ve been a huge fan of the romantic suspense genre since I was in my teens. So why not write what I love? <smile>

4) How does your writing process work?

When I start working a novel, I always begin with only a title and the main characters names. Next, I plot out one or two plot points either on a white board with post-it notes or more recently I’ve been using Scrivener (great writing software). I proceed to write the first chapter without knowing much about my characters but quickly learn who they are by the third chapter. At this point, I use Deb Dixon’s Goal Motivation & Conflict tools to increase the internal and external tension in each scene which easily leads me to plotting out the remaining plot points.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour. Next week, author Mary Waibel will post her writing process blog. Mary is the author of THE PRINCESS OF VALENDRIA series- a set of fractured fairytale fantasies- Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, and Different Kind of Knight from MuseItUpPublishing, and Faery Marked, book one of THE FAERY SERIES releasing Summer 2014 from BookFish Books.

Meet the Characters Blogfest – October 1-31st

Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! 
 
All month long I’ll be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month. 
 

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it’s own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 
 
Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)
 
There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below! 
 

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 – Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy Dreyer)
Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett)
Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/3 – Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord)
Bryan Sullivan  (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria Kane
10/4Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger  (DelSheree Gladden) 
10/9 — Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst), Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter – Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda Budzinski 
10/15 — Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne –  Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty), Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier), (Karen  Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)
10/18Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium – GG Collins), Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from (Karin Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM Havens)
10/25Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from My Sister’s Reaper (Doroth Dryer), Twin Souls  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Merch (dark Night of the Soul – EM Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!
 

**Enter the Giveaway!**

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No Strings Attached Blog Hop

no strings MayThe No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop is here!

I’m giving away 3 eBook copies of my award-winning debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, to three lucky winners!

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Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner! (2004)

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence.

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Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.

Now it may kill her.

After Whitney receives a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, she vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When Whitney is nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…

Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

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The trailer for REFLECTION was recently featured in Robin Covington’s, Happy Ever After, Special for USA TODAY!  Click here to check out the book trailer!

USA today~

“I was looking forward to reading about Whitney and Blake. I anticipated a Booth and Bones relationship (from the Bones TV Series) and I wasn’t wrong…this book is definitely worth reading.” –Quality Reads UK Book Club

“A brilliant mixture of action, romance and mystery. Well worth a read…a very tough book to put down.” Jeep Diva

“Five-star page-turner! A truly edge-of-your-seat, never-a-dull-moment read! Reflection has a dramatic start and just never slows down.” Ellen Fritz at Books4Tomorrow

“Fast-paced…gripping…riveting!” -Bestselling True Crime Author, RJ Parker

Where to Buy
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Sony

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

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****Enter the Giveaway!****

Don’t forget to visit all the wonderful bloggers and authors participating!

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Shower of Books Giveaway Hop: The Winners Are…

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party-clip-art-ballonsCongrats to Krysta Banco and Jasmyn Novachek winners of an eBook of REFLECTION!

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Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.

Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…

Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than justa story.

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence.

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Where to Buy
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

Black Friday Blog Hop and Prizes Galore!

Welcome! 

It’s Black Friday and I have to admit I don’t like large crowds, actually they scare the hell out of me.  Shopping online is what I do and believe me over the years I’ve snagged some great bargins by using these three simple tips. 🙂

  1. Make a list of what you actually need or want and stick to it.  This will save from over spending.  A deal isn’t a deal unless it’s something you can use.
  2. Bundle deals aren’t always a bargin. A free item is only a great addition if you can use it.
  3. Also check out the used market (ebay, Craigslist, Kijiji, etc.) because many people sell their slightly used items to make money for the holidays. A great place to find electronics, video games, cameras and so much more.

So today I’m going to be hunting for online bargins and reading, If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery by Marian Lanouette.


In the donut shop, Andrew West sat on a hard stool at the end of a worn Formica counter and ordered another coffee, this one to go.

Cinnamon collided with the sharp tang of bleach as the waitress wiped the counter beside him.

Outside, traffic built up. While a half-moon poked through the clouds, he eyed the woman heading into the store next door. Anticipation nipped his skin.

She’d be dead by sunset. Sweet retribution.

Thanks to Nathan’s unlimited resources, including the use of his helicopter, Andrew could keep a step ahead of the reporter. Of course, knowing where she’d be every minute came in handy. He couldn’t bring himself to say her name. The thought of her was like vomit on his tongue.

How could a jury have believed her lies? Her bullshit helped put his father behind bars. Her lies had forced his father to kill himself.

She’d said his old man was a dirty cop, implicated him in the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine from the Miami-Dade evidence-storage facility, and accused him of selling the drugs on the street.

His father had been set up. He wasn’t a thief or a drug dealer. He was hardworking man who’d dedicated his life to protect others.

Andrew heard she had gotten a friggin’ award.

Bitch.

And his father? A wooden box.

From the get-go, Andrew’s plan was simple. Take out everyone the woman cared about. Make her suffer, experience loss like he had.

She was next.

REFLECTION! (available January 25, 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!)



While the rest of the shoppers are out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop where we’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely  eating left over turkey. 🙂

The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

 And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all…

 We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!


I’m giving away a MuseItUp Book Store $10.00 Gift Certificate!

 

ENTER  Rafflecopter Giveaway

 ALSO WHEN YOU LEAVE A COMMEN BELOW YOU ARE ENTERED TO WIN…

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: (US ONLY) A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome! Here is my entry for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I was tagged by the talented Victoria Blisse.

1. What is the title of your latest book?

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story evolved after Clonaid announced the birth of Eve, the “first human clone” in December 2002 using the similar technique to clone, Dolly the Sheep. With no independent verification whether Eve existed or not, I found myself wondering,”what if”.  Like many of the ideas for my books, I made a note, and saved it on my computer in my “topics” folder.  A few years later, I finally sat down and started writing Reflection.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a romantic suspense. Murder…suspense…mystery and romance. A little something for everyone.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would choose Charlize Theron to play feisty investigative reporter, Whitney Steel and Russel Crowe would be perfect to play FBI Agent Blake Neely. For the part of Nathan Shaw, I would love to see Robert DeNiro play the role. How’s that for an all-star lineup?

 

5. What is blurb for your book?

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago.

Can they save an innocent child before its too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This book took longer than expected due to the large amount of research and chronic pain–about three years (off and on) to finish the first draft. I actually began writing this story after developing Fibromyalgia, a syndrome which generates long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints joints, muscles and other soft tissues.

 7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough one. I can’t say I’ve read another book where the plot involved an illegal human cloning project, but Reflection offers suspense fans one hell of a ride with a many shocking twists and turns along the way…and sizzling romance.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A gifted writer, Christina Harris, Golden Heart Finalist, and amazing online critique partner/mentor/friend. Unfortunately, she passed away from cancer before I was able to finish the final draft of Reflection. I know she’d be proud.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

Reflection has more than one villain <insert evil grin>. So here is a sneak peak…

In the donut shop, Andrew West sat on a hard stool at the end of a worn Formica counter and ordered another coffee, this one to go.

Cinnamon collided with the sharp tang of bleach as the waitress wiped the counter beside him.

Outside, traffic built up. While a half-moon poked through the clouds, he eyed the woman heading into the store next door. Anticipation nipped his skin.

She’d be dead by sunset. Sweet retribution.

Thanks to Nathan’s unlimited resources, including the use of his helicopter, Andrew could keep a step ahead of the reporter. Of course, knowing where she’d be every minute came in handy. He couldn’t bring himself to say her name. The thought of her was like vomit on his tongue.

How could a jury have believed her lies? Her bullshit helped put his father behind bars. Her lies had forced his father to kill himself.

She’d said his old man was a dirty cop, implicated him in the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine from the Miami-Dade evidence-storage facility, and accused him of selling the drugs on the street.

His father had been set up. He wasn’t a thief or a drug dealer. He was hardworking man who’d dedicated his life to protect others.

Andrew heard she had gotten a friggin’ award.

Bitch.

And his father? A wooden box.

From the get-go, Andrew’s plan was simple. Take out everyone the woman cared about. Make her suffer, experience loss like he had.

She was next.

His palms itched. He couldn’t wait.

The woman crossed the street, carrying two plastic shopping bags. Andrew shot to his feet. Once she was on the other side, he tossed two dollars on the counter, grabbed his coffee and left Donut Junkie with a smile on his face.

Tucked inside his rental car, he clutched the PDA Nathan had given him and turned on the handheld device. It felt good to have such control. The Palm Pilot beeped. The small LCD screen burst to life. On a miniature green and blue street map, a red light blinked.

The bitch would be moving soon.

In the semi-darkness of the alley Andrew started the engine and waited.

REFLECTION will be available for purchase in January 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!