Sunday, May 17, 2015

Introducing Jacqueline Noir


Jacqueline Noir’s debut short, romantic erotica is an Amazon Best Seller.


The first time those haunting gray eyes pinned her, they’d stared at her from the face of a creature that was supposed to only be a legend. A cliché.

When Sadie VonRouge moves to Casterton, Oregon to live with her aunt, she expected a sleepy little town; the perfect backdrop for her to start piecing back together her life. She wants nothing more than a normal start to her freshman year of college.

Normal is the last thing she’s going to get.

The night she was attacked, it’d been a wolf that chased her down. A wolf that tackled her to the ground. A wolf that began sniffing her. Then she’d opened her eyes, and she’d come face-to-face with him.

But she was delusional. She knew this. There’d been no man.

At least, that’s what she tells herself over and over, even while fighting back the memory of how sinfully gorgeous the man had been, or how viciously he’d growled out that one word:

Mine.

Sadie doesn’t know what is happening to her, or why she’s beginning to exhibit odd symptoms after the attack. All she knows is that her world has been drastically changed. She has no idea how much, or how serious that man’s claim was. Not until he comes back into her life, demanding the one thing that he owns above anything else.

Her.
And a dominating, scary, dangerous male that might just not give her any choice but to accept her new life . . . and the fact that he comes along with it.

“You belong to me. I own you. Forever.”


You can purchase Red for 99 cents on Amazon

Find out more about Jacqueline and her writing at http://www.jacquelinenoir.com/






Friday, May 15, 2015

Introducing Lexi Post's Latest Release



Unexpected Eden:

Pyrotechnics expert, Serena Upton, wonders if she’s been transported into one of the science fiction movies she works on. It certainly seems so when she’s rescued by three hot, naked men from another planet. She’s whisked away to Loraleaf, their home in the jungle of Eden, with the expectation that she will become their beloved. As they cater to her in every way, she begins to understand what it means to be their chosen one.
Jahl and Khaos risked everything, even the brother of their heart, to bring Serena home, but grief and self-doubt, etched in stone by their own families, seems insurmountable. Their only hope is that she can fill the void in their lives. They succeed in sweeping her up in their erotic passion, but they are unable to capture her heart.
Though Serena cares for Jahl and Khaos, she’s convinced she’s not the answer to their damaged souls. It’s better that she return to her family on Earth before she cares too much. That is, if she doesn’t already.


Unexpected Eden Links:
 Amazon
 Barnes & Noble
 iBooks
 Kobo

 All Romance eBooks

Author Bio:
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi's first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi believes there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature. Her books are known as "erotic romance with a whole lot of story."
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Never Stop Learning

I'm amazed by the number of writers who stop reading. Just stop. Didn't we start writing because of our love of reading? I'll admit, I don't read in the genre I'm writing while I'm writing, but I'm always reading.

Lately, I had to read for research. And still have tons of books to go, but I found time to read for pleasure.

It's been fun and has renewed my love of telling a good story.

But I've also been reading craft books. Wow! There's so much I still have to learn. And there's so much that still confuses me.

Here's one of the best craft books that I've read in a while. This one, I think will be an annual visit because there's so much left to learn.

Until next month.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ASU DevCon and a Fabulous Opportunity for Indie Authors!

On March 21st I visited ASU WEST's DevCon, a cos-play SFF convention held on that weekend. Unlike most cons, entry was free, and if you'd like to know more, you can visit ASU's website here: http://devconarizona.com/

My son was involved with the club who set up the con, and although it's still small, it was a wonderful experience! They had an entire room set up with artists and authors and publishers, and fantasy/science fiction experiences galore! Outside, we sat and watched the cos-play competition, right next to a fountain in the seating area, along with a gentle breeze that made the weather wonderful! Here's some photos we took of some of the entrants and their fabulous costumes:



And for you Indie e-book authors, I ran across some information from one of the authors at the con. I copied the pamphlet to post for anyone who might be interested:




I don't have any other information than what is listed here, but it's pretty inclusive. Although this references Arizona, it sounds like this may be in other states, so you would have to visit your own state library for information. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity, so I just had to share!

My Magical Best,
Kathryne
http://www.kathrynekennedy.com

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Angela James Speaking in Phoenix on Branding

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Don’t Miss This Month’s Valley of the Sun Romance Writer’s meeting on April 14th!
Angela James, Editorial Director at Carina Press, will speak for two hours on Branding. Every writer needs this valuable information!

Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first fiction imprint, is both an avid reader of digital books and a veteran of and advocate for the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed over a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses, Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin's Carina Press.

She has edited bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Shelly Laurenston and more. She was profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry and is the creator of the popular self-editing online workshop for authors, Before You Hit Send. In 2013, Angela was named New York Romance Writers of America's Golden Apple Editor of the Year.

You can find Angela on Twitter at @angelajames.

VOS will keep the business portion of our meeting to a minimum to make time for the full two hours of Angela’s speeches.
5:30 – Dinner & Networking
6:30 – Business meeting
6:40 – Guest Speaker


Building Your Brand, Part I:  (The first hour.)
How many times has someone told you to build your brand, but not told you what that means? You think it might mean something about a tagline, or your website header, but in reality, building your brand is an important, and sometimes complex, endeavor. One that can start right before you ever publish a book and continue throughout your career. In this workshop, learn what constitutes author brand, how it can support your career plan, why its important, how you can get one, and some things you should avoid.

Building Your Brand, Part II:
As an author, youre told you should have both a website and a brand. In this workshop, discuss how the two should work together, and how you can use your website to support your brand. Learn via actual visual examples things to avoid and things to consider when setting up and maintaining your website.

Valley of the Sun Meets the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
December: holiday party, regular meeting date, different location
Location:
Ironworks Restaurant
17233 N. 45th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85308
Bellair Golf Course
Crossroads: Bell and 45th Ave, just North of Bell.
(A few miles south of the 101 and a few miles west of the I-17.)
Non-members may attend two meetings before joining
Upcoming Workshop:
October 13th
Linda Style and Connie Flynn from Bootcamp for Novelists will be presenting one of their workshops.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Contest from Kathryne Kennedy!


I would like to mention that I have a new contest running on my website. You can get the link to subscribe here: http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/contest.html But I’m pasting some of the details below for you as well:



Enter to win one of your choice of Kathryne Kennedy's books! Three
winners will be chosen.

This contest is all about rewarding my loyal readers, and finding new ones.
To enter, just sign up for the author's newsletter at:
groups.yahoo.com/group/kathrynekennedy/
or use the NEWSLETTER link below. (If you are currently a subscriber,
skip this step.) Then send an email to kathryne@kathrynekennedy.com,
with CONTEST in the subject line, and let me know which book you would
like to win and why, in the body of your email. Two winners will be chosen
exclusively from my newsletter subscribers, and one from other email
entries. PLEASE indicate in the SUBJECT LINE on your email entry that
you are a newsletter subscriber. You may send more than one email entry.

Yes, it's that easy! Good luck!




My Magical Best,
Kathryne
 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Judi Thoman



Last night, I spent the evening with my writing friends sharing memories of Judi Thoman. Judi was a long-time member of The Valley of the Sun Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. She recently lost her battle with breast cancer and will be greatly missed.

Many of the writers who spoke last night were members of her critique group. They all said she had taken them under her wing when they first joined the chapter and helped them learn the craft of writing. They are all now published authors.

There were three thoughts I left with last night. One, I believe sharing memories and saying good-byes in small, intimate groups is beneficial. It brought a sense of piece. Second, hearing how Judi helped all of these women made me reflect on my own life. There are times in a person's life when we decide if we want to continue on the path we are on or choose a new path. Three, it is important for woman to get yearly breast exams.