Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spotlight: Heather Kuehl

.


Today we have Romance Author Heather Kuehl visiting us at Just Write!  Let's ask Heather a few questions . . .

~  What kind of stories/books do you write?

I write paranormal/fantasy/romance. I love anything with fantastic characters and a happy ending.

~  How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since 1996. I started writing after my teacher had us write short stories about how the holidays were created. She’d laminate and bound them for us to give to our parents. I loved the idea of seeing my name in print, and decided that was my goal in life; to become a published author.

~   How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?

I started taking it seriously in 2007. It’s like I woke up one day, realized that I wasn’t going to reach my goal just dabbling in the world I created, and got to work.

~  How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?

I had written quite a bit of short fiction that had gotten published, but I think I had only two longer works finished when Fade to Black was sold.

~  Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”

Well, “The Call” for Fade to Black took the form of an email from Eternal Press. I was excited, but I didn’t start screaming and doing my happy dance until after I read through the contract.

~  To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email?  Scream?  Faint?

Well once I read through the contract and realized that this was the real deal, I started jumping around and squealing. I mean this was it-the goal-and I had finally made it.

~  How did you feel when you found out you sold?

Both ecstatic and afraid. I was ecstatic because Fade to Black sold and someone other than me thought it was good. I was afraid because I didn’t know if other people would like it. I was also overwhelmed because I knew I was going to have to do a lot of the promotion myself, a task I had never done before.

~  Who was the first person you told?

My husband. He thought something was wrong when I came tearing through the house screaming. *laughs*

~   How did you celebrate?

My husband and I went out to a Japanese restaurant for delicious sushi. Then it was back to work on edits, promotions, and writing my next book.

Now here’s a little bit about Promises to Keep, my latest release from Eternal Press.


SUMMARY:

Starlette DeFore knows that her father is alive, even though her family buried him ten years ago. And when a faerie confirms this she travels to Charleston, South Carolina to hunt down Sivad Night, the only person to have ever escaped from the hands of a powerful sorceress, The Dark Lady Dreashae. With help from a witch they travel into Verella, a fantasy realm filled with centaurs, dragons, and magic. Starlette is very close to finding her father, but first she must defeat Dreashae. Will Starlette, a mere mortal, have the strength needed to finish her quest and save her father?


EXCERPT:

I looked up to the sky, at the rainbow-colored dragons trying to kill one another.

“Wow, talk about your bad divorce,” I said to no one in particular.

“This isn’t funny, Star.”

“I don’t think it is.” A green dragon was scorched, wings ruined. It fell down, spiraling until it hit the ground with a sickening crunch. “We have to do something.” I said my thoughts aloud. I knew the dragons were not our friends. They wouldn’t help us in our time of need. But there was no reason we couldn’t help them.

“Sivad, get on Zarzia. We have to get to the highest point on this island.”

“Starlette, that would be suicide!”

“I don’t care. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if they died and I didn’t try to help.”

Sivad looked up once again, his jaw clenching when another dragon fell from the sky. His eyes met mine as he nodded curtly. We mounted Zarzia, her wings lifting us up into the air. It was no surprise to me that the highest point was the top of Lady Cleoante’s throne room. I reached into my bag of hairpins and pulled them out. A large red dragon flew past us, whipping my hair about my face.

“Which one is Kalin?” I shouted above the din of the battle. Sivad pointed at the large red dragon that had just flown over us.

So that was Kalin. He spiraled around and flew toward us again. As he passed, I threw one of the hairpins. I hadn’t had much practice with throwing a knife. My hit rate was only one out of ten. It never hurt to try, though. The hairpin flew up with deadly accuracy, finding its home in the red dragon’s eye. He screamed, flapping around and pin-wheeling through the sky. I knew it wasn’t a mortal wound as the dragon regained his balance, turned around and headed straight toward us. Zarzia landed and I ran to the gap that led into Lady Cleoante’s throne room. I was just praying that the drop wasn’t too far. I jumped, my heart going up in my throat as I fell through the hole and onto the large stone slab that was Lady Cleoante’s throne. My legs went numb and I collapsed, gasping for breath. I needed to move. I heard a dragon scream, a sound that would forever haunt me in my nightmares.

I rolled off the slab onto the stone floor. My legs still didn’t want to cooperate and I had to force myself to crawl toward the exit. I needed to get out of here before Kalin came after me. The earth started to tremble again and I wondered if the island would survive this battle. I heard the echoing of footsteps walking toward me.

“Sivad!” I cried out. I wondered how he had gotten down here so quickly.

A man with thick black hair stood in front of me. He would have had iridescent red and brown eyes, except one of them was nothing but a bloody mass. I tried to stand to run, but nothing happened. I must have jarred my legs pretty good. Kalin didn’t miss a step as he walked over and kicked me, sending me flying into the wall behind Lady Cleoante’s throne. My head hit the wall, causing spots to burst across my vision. I lay on the floor, trying to reorient myself, but Kalin grabbed a handful of my hair and dragged me to my feet. His face was only inches from mine. I shifted around and found my feet were now agreeing to work. I lashed out, kicking him in the knee as hard as I could. He fell to the ground, releasing my hair as he went. I turned and ran, trying to get some distance between the angry dragon-man and me. I reached in my bag, pulling out another hairpin but cried out in pain as I was once again grabbed by the hair and forced back.

Kalin, with his hands on my shoulders, roughly turned me around to face him. Without thinking, I struck, imbedding the hairpin in his chest. It went in all the way to the decorative jewel. Kalin howled in pain, shoving me back so he could rip out the hairpin. His hand swung out, backhanding me across the face and causing me to land in a heap on the floor, once again seeing stars. I reached out, trying to crawl away. Kalin shimmered and transformed back into his red dragon form. I screamed as he opened his fang-filled jaws with a roar and struck out at me.
###

You can visit Heather at http://www.heatherkuehl.com.


Great interview, Heather!!!




AM  :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

BICHOK!!!

.

Monday is here once again.  Spring is in the air--a time of rebirth and renewal.  The perfect time to renew our goals for our writing; to rededicate and redirect our energies toward making progress.

Just Write! is in the midst of redirection and modification.   Obviously, the blog's not working as I had envisioned.  For the dedicated few, hang in there.  We're still going to have Monday's BICHOK!!!.  But instead of TGIF Check In, we'll just check in on the Monday post.  We can keep tabs of our progress throughout the week on the Monday post, too.

Wednesday will remain the same for a while.  

Friday is going to be focused on The Writer's Journey.  Mine in particular.  I'm hoping to post short snippets about the new path I'm taking.  I'll be detailing the steps along the way in this Grand Experiment of mine.  Stay tuned . . .

My writing goals for this week:

*  Write short bio

*  Finish tweaking ms

*  Print out ms

*  Send ms to beta reader

*  Update blog and website

Here's to a successful week!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM  :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spotlight: Barbara Edwards


.


Today, we have Romance Author Barbara Edwards visiting us at Just Write!  Let's ask Barbara a few questions . . .


What kind of stories/books do you write?
I’ve been exploring what I enjoy the most. I have two Historical Romances: Another Love and Annie’s Heart; a romantic suspense: Rachel’s Rescue; and my newest is a paranormal romance: Ancient Awakening. I think I’ve found my niche since I truly enjoy writing the dark side and creating characters who confront evil and win.


How long have you been writing?
As long as I can remember. My father always wanted to be a published writer, a large dream for a person who didn’t finish high school because of the Depression. He didn’t succeed, but he instilled in me a love of the written word. I like to think he’d be proud.


How long have you been seriously pursuing publication?
Since two years before I was published. Before that writing was a pleasure, a hobby and I had to actively decide I wanted to be published. It was a career that took time and dedication. I had to give up other things to concentrate on finishing my books and at times it hurt.

How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
I finished four that are still hidden under my bed. I take them out every once in awhile, but they never get better. I don’t have time to ‘fix’ them since I have other commitments.


Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”
My book was being looked at by an editor at a NY publisher for several months. She finally called me and said it had been rejected by the final committee since they didn’t like the villain being a mother. If I could change it, well maybe. Only I knew it wouldn’t work. The entire plot revolved around this dark secret.
I mentioned the rejection on a writing loop and an editor asked for me to send it to her. I thank Lorraine from WingsEpress for her encouragement. A week later I got the contract.


To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email?  Scream?  Faint?
Neither. I was numb for the rest of the day.


How did you feel when you found out you sold?
I should be able to find the right words. The feeling is literally indescribable. Over the moon? Overjoyed? Ecstatic? I actually cried.

Who was the first person you told?
My critique partner Joyce. She had encouraged me for years and I didn’t need to think twice about letting her know.

How did you celebrate?
Maybe it sounds clich├ęd, but my husband and I shared a bottle of expensive champagne.


Ancient Awakening by Barbara Edwards

Paranormal, strong romantic elements, sensuous
The Wild Rose Press

 Police Officer ‘Mel’ Petersen investigates a death only she believes is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her.


Her neighbor Stephen Zoriak is a prime suspect. Steve worked for a major pharmaceutical company where he discovered a weapon so dangerous he destroys the research. He is exposed to the dangerous organism. He suspects he is the killer and agrees to help her find the truth.

In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find the real killer and a love that defies death.

Excerpt:

“Don’t touch me, Mel, not unless you’re willing to do a lot more,” he warned as her hazel eyes flared golden.

“Don’t threaten me, Steve. You’re…”

He pulled her into his arms despite the alarm bells clanging in his head.
Danger! Danger! Danger!

Her widened eyes met his. Mel’s hands were trapped against his chest, but she didn’t push him away. Instead, her fingers curled into his shirt.

Her mistake. His mistake was to crush her mouth under his.

Mel’s soft lips parted. Need exploded. The taste of black coffee didn’t hide her sweet flavor.

As her tongue tangled with his, her arms slid around his neck and her fingers burrowed through his hair.

Steve hungered to peel the starched shirt off her soft shoulders, lay her on the thick turf and ease his desire. He tasted her brows, her cheek, along her throat, seeking the source of her call. Her pulse whipped under his mouth, awakening another need.

His teeth gently closed on the vulnerable vein.

He wanted, wanted, wanted…

Cold alarm chilled his pounding blood.

Steve gasped for air. He’d forgotten his own ironclad rule. Mel’s eyelids flittered open to reveal the molten glow of desire but he forced himself free.

He had no right to touch any woman. Not until he knew he hadn’t become what he had set out to destroy.

###

You can visit Barbara at www.barbaraedwards.net
or leave a comment at her blog Barb'Ed Comments.


Thanks for the interview, Barbara!!!


AM  :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

BICHOK!!!

.

It's Monday!!!  I fell behind on my blog this past week.  Didn't even post Friday Check In.  Sorry about that.  Oh well . . . hopefully,  I'll do better this week.

My writing goals for this week:

*  Work on thesecretproject.

*  Install Snow Leopard on iMac.

*  Prep for guest blogger on Wednesday.

*  Get bio and blurb ready for thesecretproject.

*  Post on BIAM loop; try to keep up.

*  Write one page on WIP.

*  Try to schedule a book signing at library.

Hope everyone has a productive week!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

BICHOKTAM!!!

.


On the April Madness writers' loop, someone posted the addendum TAM to BICHOK, and I really like it.  BUTT IN CHAIR, HANDS ON KEYBOARD, TYPE AWAY MADLY!!!

Yes!!!  We are writers, therefore we should write.  No more excuses.  Let's get some wordage down this week.  Are you with me?

My writing goals for the week:

*   Put the last tweak on Jessie's story.

*   Find blurb and excerpt.

*  Write one page on new novella.

*  Install Snow Leopard on iMac.

*  Update blog and website (a never-ending chore).

*  Promo for Blogmania.

Have a good week and Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Friday, April 09, 2010

TGIF: Checking In!!!

.

Friday's here!!!  WooHoo!!!

The first week of April Madness has passed and many BIAMers have gotten a lot of wordage written.  WooHoo!!!

Here's what I accomplished:

*  Edited 214 pages.
*  Ordered Snow Leopard for my iMac.
*  Worked on "TheExperiment."
*  Met with some fellow writers for lunch and to talk shop.  That's always fun.
*  Decided to try Twitter again since some of the BIAMers are on there.  Follow #biam for updates.

A good writing week, all in all.

Have a great weekend and keep writing!!!

AM  :)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Spotlight: Tory Richards

.


Today, we have Romance Author Tory Richards visiting us at Just Write!

 Let's ask Tory a few questions . . .

~  What kind of stories/books do you write?

I write contemporary suspense and erotic romance.

~ How long have you been writing?

I’ve been a writer most of my life, since my early teens. For years it was therapy for me. Something I didn’t share with anyone else. I was basically a closet writer.

~   How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?

A few years ago I shared my dreams with my daughter and niece, and let them read one of my stories. Of course they both loved the story and encouraged me to submit it to a publisher. Two months later I received a contract for “Cupid’s Arrow”, which was on the publisher’s best sellers list for two consecutive months.

~  How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?

A few, most of them needed major updating, though.

~  Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”

LOL…the call came in the way of an email. I’d just returned from a two-week cruise to Alaska and it was waiting for me in my inbox.

~  To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email?  Scream?  Faint?

I wasn’t sure how to react. Of course I was thrilled. But I had no idea what epublishing was or what to expect so I was cautious. I think I was kind of numb, too. I wasn’t expecting a contract offer so soon after submitting. Once it sank in and I learned more of what was to come I shouted it to the world. Well, to anyone who would listen☺

~  How did you feel when you found out you sold?

Accomplished.

~ Who was the first person you told?

My daughter and niece because they were the one’s who hounded, pushed and encouraged me.

~   How did you celebrate?

I can’t tell you but I will say that I went to bed with a smile on my face that night. Woke up with the same smile☺


The Cowboy Way is my latest release but right now I’d like to talk about my up-coming release with The Wild Rose Press,  All the Right Moves. It will be re-released soon, and this time the sexy romance will be offered in print! I’m very excited about that. Sizzling new scenes have been added, including a new last chapter. Here’s a blurb and brief excerpt.

Blurb 
Annie McCall finds a patient dead in her office, and now she's on the run for her life. Detective Marshall Thomas is willing to break the rules to protect the beautiful doctor, but who will protect her from him? It isn't long before the only danger Annie's facing is the sizzling heat between the sheets.

Excerpt 
"That was good, Detective." Annie's compliment broke the silence. She pushed her empty plate aside and dropped her napkin over it before reaching for her glass of wine. "Either you've never been married, or you've been divorced a long time."
She narrowed her eyes at him over her glass.

"Fishing, Doc?" Marshall grinned, pouring more wine into his glass. A tiny smile played upon her lips, making him wonder what she was thinking.

"What now, Detective?" She ran her pinky along the edge of her glass, dipping it slightly into the liquid before bringing it to her mouth.

In spite of the sophistication that cloaked Annie, she looked extremely vulnerable at that moment. Her action under normal circumstances would have been a natural prelude to an intimate moment between them-like a kiss. But he knew she wasn't aware of the alluring quality of her movements. She didn't seem the type to purposely tease a man using seductive coyness. In fact, she seemed a thousand miles away.


For more information about my books please visit my website at: www.toryrichards.com

Thanks for a great interview, Tory!!!


AM   :)

Monday, April 05, 2010

BICHOK!!!

.


Monday!!!  Monday!!!  Monday!!!

Time again to set our writing goals for the week.  With April Madness 2010 well underway, I'm on the writing wagon again.  Why do I feel more accountable with the BIAM writathon going on?  This is what my blog is supposed to do for me and other writers, too.  Good intentions and all...

My writing goals for this week:

Finish editing the Jessie manuscript.


Find the blurb for the story.

*  Upgrade my iMac to Snow Leopard.

*  Work on Project R.

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Friday, April 02, 2010

TGIF!!! Check In!!!

.

Friday is here!!!  And April Madness 2010 BIAM Writathon is well underway!!!  Check the sidebar for more information.  It's not too late to join the fun!!!

I've edited over forty pages this week.  WooHoo!!!  Didn't do too much else, but that's okay.  I had to organize the writathon, which I left to the last minute.  I used to be so good, but as I've gotten older, I tend to let things slide to the last minute.  Oh well . . .

I hope everyone had a great week!!!

Happy Easter and Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)