Thursday, November 23, 2017

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD - CHEESECAKE?



Z:  So whatja writing?
A:  (Flattens herself against the computer screen) Nada.
Z:  (Wily, wooly brow lift to the ceiling)  This is what some would call over-reaction!
A:  This is what some would call none-of-your-bees-wax.
Z:  (He stares)
A:  (She stares)
Z:  Very well, don't tell me.  I really don't want to know.  I'm going for coffee and cheesecake.
A:  Good.  Enjoy!

Angelica wasn't usually this unrelenting, or rude, or reactive...  Well, maybe the reactive part might be on the quarter, but she was writing something intimate, something draw up from her emotional backpack that she thought once buried in the heap of forgetfulness, and she didn't know if she was ready to share.  It was a dedication for her grandparents, for a book they just wrote and are about to submit. 

She never her parental grandfather for he died before she was born.  She knew very little about paternal grandmother, for the woman was old before Angelica could truly comprehend her own self.  Still, upon writing a book with an Amish background certain stories came to mind.  Stories that made her laugh, and made her understand where some of the odd quirks within her had been birthed.  But would she put this particular dedication in the book?  She didn't know.  She sat at her computer desk, and read it through once more.


My Gram followed her Amish heart off the farm and into my, deceased before I was born, grandfather’s arms.  It must not have been easy being shunned by family and friends, or living a life so different from her childhood.  I only knew her as my Gram, my Dad’s mother, who we would visit a few times a years in the hills of Pennsylvania.  Though elderly, sickly and quiet, she always had a hug and gift for me, once a doll as tall as the three-year-ole me.  That doll now belongs to my granddaughter.  As I grew, I asked about Gram, and discovered she didn’t used to be the frail figure of wrinkles, gray and brittle bones who I barely knew.  She once ice skated and claimed a city championship.  She once stormed the men’s club with gal-pals and demanded they be served beer.  Her reserved upbringing fell away as the modern world opened her mind and she devoured all she didn’t know.  I was told she could cook a professional chef to tears, but preferred being the single couple left on the dance floor winning the blue ribbon or the only amateur singer still blowing cig smoke as she torch sing a naughty-of-the-century song.  She was a fashionista, dresses with slits to the moon, showing off lacy garter belts even when there were no stockings to buy.  She didn’t fear wearing make-up or a hardy laughter, nor was she shy of a wink, or flirty chat.  My grandfather would laugh it off, proud of having unleashed the real Hellion, his nick-name for her.  Their two sons receive more of a grandparent up bringing with a sidebar of buddy system parenting.  Yet, my dad and uncle, thrived very well.  They learned about morals and strategies from an elder generations, and how to speak their minds vent issues from their parent’s age bracket.  Knowing I carry their spirits within me keeps me open to experiences, to seeing outside the box, and fighting for what I believe is worthy a bloodied nose.  Thank you, Gram and Pop, thank you for who you were and allowing me to believe you don't have to be the untarnished cookie-cutter to still fit in the family silverware draw.  I love you both, and I dedicate this book to you.  The inspiration of knowing when to stay, when to leave, and when to say the hell with it, comes directly from you. Cheers, Gram and Pop


A: (Blinks away a threatening tear)  Hey, Zi, wait up.  I have something for you to read.  Hmmm, did you say cheesecake?  

Be thankful every day for family and/or friends.  Love is tough to come by and when you have it don't ever let go.  Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans who celebrate it anywhere in the world
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Welcome author Kelli A. Wilkins

Dangerous Indenture - A Colonial Mystery

By Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing a look at the making of my Medallion Press romance, Dangerous Indenture. I’ll discuss how the book came about, the research involved, and how I created these unique characters.

As most readers know, I write romances in nearly every genre: contemporary, historical, fantasy, gay, and paranormal. When I write historical romances I never know where (or when) my story will take me. The Viking’s Witch is set in Scotland in 803, Lies, Love & Redemption is a western set in 1877 Nebraska, and Dangerous Indenture is a spicy historical/mystery set in Pennsylvania Colony in the early 1700s.

Here’s the summary:
Dangerous Indenture
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.
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So, how did the novel come about? Dangerous Indenture is one of those books that just jumped into my head. (Yes, every so often that happens to writers.) 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 a previous servant was murdered. Once I knew that, I started outlining the book.

Before I wrote a word, I did a lot of research. I was starting from a good place with the book—I knew where I wanted to set the story and in approximately what timeframe it should take place.

From there, I spent time in the library going through history books, reading up on Colonial times (What life was like, what people wore, ate, etc.) and indentured servants (Where did they come from? Why did they leave their home country?).

As I wrote, I incorporated my research as background information. This gives the book a rich historical feel without going overboard with details that slow down a scene or are of no interest to readers.
When I’m writing historical romances, I include details and descriptions that are integral to the story. I don’t bog down the plot with a step-by-step procedure for churning butter or how to saddle a horse, and I don’t go into an endless description of how to unfasten a corset (unless it’s befuddling a hero who is eager to remove it!)

Just because historical romances are set in time periods before cars, the Internet, and cell phones, that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) make them boring. My historicals include plenty of action, adventure, intrigue, danger, comedy, and sensual love scenes.

When I wrote Dangerous Indenture, I especially enjoyed creating the characters and setting the stage for the drama that’s about to unfold. Right from the start, we’re told that Stewart House is haunted, and then we (and Shauna) meet the master of the house, Joshua Stewart, and his strange family.
Our hero, Ashton Bailey, is flawed and has a lot of problems to overcome. For starters, he’s known as the black sheep of the family and has been sent home in disgrace. He has a reputation as a drunkard and a womanizer, and tends to get himself into troubling situations. By giving Ashton all this “baggage” I made him vulnerable and provided him with lofty goals to reach.

Shauna has come to the Colonies to start over and make a new life for herself. The last thing she wants is to fall in love with anyone—and then she meets Ashton. Shauna is headstrong and independent, and not your typical heroine. She’s brash and opinionated and falls in love with Ashton despite all of his socially unacceptable flaws. Ashton gives her the strength and encouragement she needs to keep going when things look bleak, and he stands up for her at a critical plot point in the story.

When I developed the secondary characters, I made sure to give them all interesting backstories and unusual quirks. Joshua comes off as a mean bear of a man, Minerva just might be crazy (and a murderer), Colin is… a villain in many senses of the word, and Lila thought she had everything going for her—for a while. Not everyone in Stewart House is as they seem, however, and this adds another level of mystery and intrigue to the book.

I love the characters and the fact that Dangerous Indenture is a romance blended with mystery. I had never written a romance set in Colonial times before, and combining all these elements into this Gothic-type story was a lot of fun.
I hope you’ll check it out.

Here’s an excerpt from
Dangerous Indenture:

Ashton rolled over and winced. His head ached as if a spike had been driven into his skull. He blinked a few times. Where the hell was he? The air smelled stale. The scent of sweat combined with rum and perfume made his stomach lurch. He looked at the woman sleeping next to him. He was naked in a bed but where? He couldn’t tell one place from another anymore.

Hazy memories from the previous night flashed back to him. He had gotten into a fight and lost the last of his money in a card game. This came on the heels of last week’s fight that had landed him three nights in jail. His father had used his influence to spare him a public flogging for drunken and indecent behavior, but then two days later, he had caused the incident at Mr. Campbell’s house.

He studied the fair-haired girl half covered with a green quilt. In the dim morning light, she appeared ordinary and featureless. Why had he been attracted to her? Perhaps it was the wanton way she’d teased him with her tongue each time she kissed him or the sinful promises she had whispered in his ear. In any case, it didn’t take long for her dress to come off once they were upstairs.

He recalled stripping out of his breeches, then the soft feel of her hands stroking him until he was hard. She had pushed him onto the bed and straddled his hips, taking charge as he had told her to. While her hot body had pumped up and down on his prick, his troubles had faded away. He had let himself be ridden, not caring about anything except his building orgasm.

What was her name? He searched his fuzzy memory. Jane? Joan? It didn’t matter. He had nothing to pay her with.
Now what? He closed his eyes. The letter. Father’s scathing letter had arrived yesterday, ordering him to return to Stewart House at once, before he “disgraced the family’s reputation further.” He had no choice but to go back to the Stewart madhouse for a while. He would endure the torment for a month or two or perhaps the entire summer if he could stand it. Then what? Repeat the pattern again?

He licked his dry lips and rubbed his eyes. Stewart House held too many memories. It always reminded him of his mother. She was in his thoughts quite often these days. She would have wanted him to be respectable and not a drunken whoremonger. He groaned. At least she was spared seeing what a failure her only child had become.

Last night, he’d been tempted to go down to the docks and sign on to a ship leaving for England or Ireland. In his drunken state, he had reasoned that if he left the colonies, he could start over and begin a new life.

But all the liquor in Boston couldn’t help him take such a bold step. Eventually, he’d admitted the truth to himself. It was easier to crawl into a bottle and ignore the world than to face reality. Besides, what did he have to look forward to?

Ashton sat up and grimaced as a sharp pain shot through his head. Who cared about the future? Right now, he needed food and headache powder. Everything else could wait. He pulled his rumpled breeches from a pile of clothing on the floor and dressed quickly.

As he buttoned his vest, he felt something hard tucked into an inside pocket. A coin! He fished it out and ran his thumb over the edge. It was enough to buy a morning meal.

He glanced at the still-sleeping girl and felt a tug at his heart. Lord knew she deserved it for what she put herself through every night. He placed the coin on the edge of the dresser and slipped from the room, ignoring the rumbling in his stomach...

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I hope you enjoyed this inside look at the making of Dangerous Indenture. I welcome comments and questions from readers. Be sure to follow my blog for the latest updates and visit me on social media!
All through November I'll be highlighting my Medallion Press historical romances on my blog and Facebook pages. These full-length romance novels are available on several ebook platforms and all are just $2.99. If you haven’t read any of them, why not give them a try?

And… FREE READS from all of my romances (all genres) are now on my Manic Readers page: http://www.manicreaders.com/KelliAWilkins/

Happy Reading,
Kelli

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.
Her paranormal-comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot, was published in September 2017.
Kelli released Trust with Hearts, a contemporary romance, in July 2017. Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.
Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.
Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.
Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.
Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.
She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.
Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web…
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Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?authorid=61801

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Spotlight ~ Silent Meridian

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SILENT MERIDIAN
Elizabeth Crowens
Silent Meridian
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
A 19th century "X" Files meets H.G. Wells's "Time Machine" featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.
Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

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Edinburgh, 1898
Scotland was just barely crawling its way out of the nineteenth century. I was a naïve, but ambitious student studying music at the University of Edinburgh hurrying over to meet Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who would change my life forever.
“John Patrick Scott, sir,” I said as I approached Mr. Doyle, who was already seated at a back corner table where he hoped he wouldn’t be recognized. He had picked the Deacon Brodie, the pub that inspired the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I extended my hand to greet him and removed my rain-soaked hat, while my overcoat slipped out of my hands and fell on the floor by accident. It was still hard to believe that good fortune had finally brought us together, but we were both nervous.
“The pleasure is all mine.” Doyle responded like a father to his son.
“Mr. Conan Doyle, or should I call you Doctor Doyle?” I said unsure how to address him.
Doyle scrutinized me from top to bottom as he signaled the waiter. “John, call me Arthur,” he said casually, ignoring the tension I couldn’t control.
“Sir, I’m so honored that you agreed to discuss this matter. Perhaps you can enlighten me in a way that I’ve failed to comprehend.”
I wanted to ask him about my unusual turn of events straight away but he caught me off guard and was dead set on pulling me into the swift current of an unexpected conversation.
“Can I assume you believe in the transmigration of souls?” he asked.
“Until now, I haven’t given it a lot of thought,” I said, unsure as to which direction he was leading.
“Did you ever read those books about that Swiss doctor who felt his body and soul had been taken over by a Benedictine monk? That presented a curious case. He claims that he was approached by the spirit of an elderly monk before he died, and that the monk needed to rent his body to continue his spiritual mission.”
“Rent?” I choked in disbelief.
“We truly don’t take anything with us when we pass on, do we? This monk knew that he was dying, and therefore had to replace his physical body with something more youthful and vital.”
“That’s incredible. It debunks the theory that you have to die and be reborn as an infant to carry on your spirit,” I said.
Mr. Doyle had the tinge of excitement in his voice.
“John, here’s another instance. I’ve had my suspicions about a famous musician who had an obsession about a notorious and controversial mystic. You’d surmise by his overwhelming attraction to that person that he might’ve been him in a previous lifetime, but facts were clear that he was born three years before the mystic died. My understanding is that the mystic knew he didn’t have long in his present incarnation. Therefore he made plans for some sort of partial soul transference while he was still alive to imprint his essence upon the child. That would’ve allowed him to carry on and accomplish unfinished business that couldn’t have been executed otherwise. Essentially he had the ability of being two places at once.”
“Sounds more like Spiritualism,” I replied.
“Honestly, John, I don’t think there are any steadfast rules when it comes to this matter. That’s what makes it so intriguing.”
I sensed he had a secret agenda.
Doyle reloaded his churchwarden pipe with fresh tobacco and continued, “This is not at all like anything you’ve ever read from H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. We’re poking holes in every treatise written on the subject— the idea of being able to reincarnate a part of yourself while you are still alive into another soul.”
Our conversation was quickly becoming like a speeding train ready to jump the tracks. Realizing this, Doyle slowed down the pace and took a deep breath. He carefully composed his next statement.
“Fiction it may seem to be but it’s not hocus pocus. Don’t you also find it strange that you somehow found yourself initiated into a mystical order on a commuter train bound from London to Edinburgh when the instigators kept on mistaking you for me? There are no accidents.”

About Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens
Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name author of SILENT MERIDIAN, an alternate history/ 19th century “X Files” alternate history novel published by MX Publishing in London. Recently she won First Prize in Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction, is on the short list of finalists for Chanticleer’s 2016 Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction, Paranormal and the Ozma Award for Fantasy Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s fiction short story contest for Emerging Writers. She has also published a variety of non-fiction articles and is currently writing a column called The Poison Apple in the World Fantasy and Alfie Award-winning publication, BlackGate.com.
Recently, she participated on panels at The World Fantasy Convention, MidAmericon II/Worldcon, Lunacon, Heliosphere, the Writer's Digest Conference, Queens Book Festival, Philcon and was also interviewed for the radio show, Hour of the Wolf. A Pocketful of Lodestones, the sequel to Silent Meridian is awaiting a publication date. Current work-in-progress is Dear Mr. Hitchcock, a psychological/domestic suspense novel/series.
A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, she’s also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An active Sherlockian, she’s lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian scions, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Currently, she lives in New York City.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ EVEN AN ARMADILLO NEEDS LOVE




 
The singular most important emotion a human spirit craves is to be loved. It seeks it out. It needs it. It craves it. Walk into any book store and check out the romance section, it dominates. There is a reason for that which isn't just about sensual romance. It goes back to that basic need that we long to be loved. There are many romances that play down the aspects of sexuality, take that of a story about a boy and his armadillo, a generational family saga, even a story about war, all play the emotional gambit yet somewhere in each, you will find love, be it for a pet, a child, or your country.

The further we are from love, of feeling loved, of being loved, the more isolated we become, cynical sometimes, and at its worse a life without being loved can poison the body. The closer any emotion comes to love, the more that emotion vitalizes and nourishes the body. Negative emotions seep into our spirit and spread emotional distress that could actually make us ill. Therefore, it is empathically accurate to say that love can cultivate well-being, and in well-being there is joy.

The human spirit constantly searches for that connection, that cannot be found in a new electronic toy, although, one wouldn't mind having that, or a cruise, or a piece of pecan pie. Ok, maybe, the latter is true love. Seriously, no material or emotional love in this world can touch us, encourage us, protect us, fulfill us, strength us, bless us, provide for us, care for us, feed us, house us, clothe us, or heal us like love that comes from inside us, love that we wish to share.

As authors, we choose to share our love with the world though our writing. In some of our books from Champagne Books, starting with KILLER DOLLS, the love is more mature, more dynamic, more intense, that snap that comes with instant attraction all centered around the possibility of loss and death. Whereas, in SNAKE DANCE, the love is fresh, new, just as instantaneous but with a connection born from something mystical. CHASING GRAVITAS cuts into the ache and desires of the heart, a yearning that might not be realized, a mysterious truth that might destroy. Yet, in each of these stories there is one truth, the characters have a basic to love. It isn't just the sexual attraction, or the culmination of that passion, but about the real reasons one loves, about see the soul and knowing that soul melds perfectly, that the yin of one cannot exist without the yang of the other.

Some say the romance genre is just a disguise for soft porn. We strenuously disagree, reading romance is partnering with love, championing it, recognizing the fact that love will win out, every time. Maybe, that isn't always the truth of reality, but dang, isn't it wonderful that there is a place where we can play and know for certainly happily-ever-after does exist?

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We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at writingteamcw@yahoo.com (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.



Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Guest Author Day with Kellie Kamryn

Welcome author Kellie Kamryn today to the Reading Nook. I was thrilled to have her sit down with me to talk about their latest book, Vows, Sex and Other Ways to Celebrate Love.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Kellie Kamryn – award-winning author, mom to four, martial artist, gymnastics coach, and voice actress. I’m busy building a multitude of things, but they all go together creatively and I’m blessed to have a partner who supports me and understands the challenges of raising my kids along with everything I do.

What started your interest in writing?
I’ve always journaled my whole life, and wrote short stories and poetry for myself. An avid reader, I’ve always wanted to write books and be published, so one day I decided that if I didn’t do it, no one would do it for me!

What is your book(s) about?
My current book is the fifth and final in an erotic comedy series. This one is a reunion of sorts. We find out what each couple in the previous books is up to, finally meet good old mom and dad, and find out how everyone celebrates the love in their lives.

What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on a historical piece with a writing partner. Christmas will see another erotic romance piece released which features Santa Claus and his naughty toy workshop. In the New Year, a brand new series—Brokenhead Hearts—will see the first book published which is titled: Menagerie a Trois. I’ve also got some books that I’ve received my rights back to and I’d like to see them re-released again.

How long did it take you to get your rough draft finished on your latest release?
I can write a rough short story draft in a week if I make time to write every day. This one probably took a month to write, edit, tweak, and then submit. 

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I train and teach martial arts, teach Kindergym, act for voice over projects and on film sets, spend time with my kids and take them to their activities. I do a lot, but I love all I do!

Are any of your characters like you?
There’s a little bit of me in the characters I write. I don’t model any characters after myself, but I put emotions I’ve worked through I put into the dialogue between characters. I empathize with them and their struggles. The way they work out their problems would be a way in which I would conduct my life. 

If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one?
Yes! I keep notes, but I do have to skim through and make sure I’ve got the names right, physical descriptions, etc. The first three books were previously published, so I knew them the best. The fourth book was a complete re-write so it was brand new with an added character. This fifth book was always an idea until I finally wrote it a few months ago, so I wanted to go back and make sure I was true to who the characters were.

Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
Thank you for buying my books. It’s always awesome to get a sales report and know that even a few people are purchasing. I love to get reviews just to know what people think of my work, so I encourage people to leave one if they feel up for it. Really it’s a big thank you for checking out my work. I appreciate each and every person who reads one of my books!

For readers who haven't tried your books yet, how do you think your editor or loyal readers would describe your books?
My editors always give me compliments on my books and let me know how much they’ve enjoyed it. I love working with them, and it’s great to hear that something I thought was funny actually made them laugh. It’s a comedy series so that’s important to know that I’m not the only one who thinks it’s funny! It’s great to have their support and that of eXtasy Books for publishing my work. I’m glad my books have found a great home with them. To new readers – if you enjoy laughing, hot sex, and lots of heart, then I feel you’ll enjoy this series.




Title: Vows, Sex, and Other Ways to Celebrate Love
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Series: The Harders Book 5
Publisher: eXtasy Books

Blurb:
Love, laughter, and sex—the best ways to celebrate life.
The Harders don’t need monkeys, vegetables, chocolate, or sex toys to bend a few well-laid kinks into their party plans. When the couple of the hour is a no-show, the siblings worry that their good intentions will have been for naught. Count on good old mom and dad to add a few surprises of their own, mixing a cocktail of love and laughter that no one will soon forget. Get ready to celebrate love Harder style.

 Excerpt:

Note from the author: This excerpt is from the chapter where we get to meet good old mom and dad. In all the other books, they were background characters who get their chance to shine. My editor enjoyed how I wrote their love story into the book. Please enjoy:

Harriet pressed a hand to her heart as tears welled up in her eyes. Early on in their pre-marriage relationship, Harry had given her the nickname Angel, and it had stuck. It was one of the things she cherished about the love and support they gave to each other. Harry took her face in his hands and kissed her forehead. “The kids will get over it, like they always do.” She sighed again. “But maybe this is the one time where we should have stayed out of it. They were trying to do something nice for us.” He looked her square in the eye. “And you know why we decided to do what we did. Don’t second-guess yourself. We are a family. We wanted a family celebration. We wanted all of them to celebrate the love they found—which came from the foundation we built.” Harriet toyed with the top button of his dark-green dress shirt. “Yes, you and I agreed, but maybe we should have included them in on the plan.” Harry pulled her into a hug and rested his chin on the top of her head. “Then it wouldn’t be a surprise.” Harriet chuckled. “True.” Harry pulled back to look into her face. “Besides, ever since we began to live apart, they haven’t taken the time to understand why we chose to do what we did. We both know it’s why they planned the surprise anniversary party—to bring us closer together.” They laughed in unison. Harriet stared down at the floor between them for a moment before looking back up into his eyes. “I wish they could understand the freedom we are giving each other, and how much we do see each other.” Harry kissed her cheek. “And that’s what today is all about.” “I know.” Harriet turned as the florist brought out the last bouquet. “Perfect.” Harry released her and picked up a red rose corsage from the counter. He turned Harriet toward him again and pinned it to her dress over her left breast. “Gorgeous. I’d marry you all over again in a heartbeat, Angel.” She beamed at him. “Ditto.” The

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Author Bio:
Winner of the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Award for Best Erotica 2012, Kellie Kamryn has many 5-star reviews from sites such as Night Owl Reviews for her work in contemporary romantic fiction. In 2013, one of her novellas was nominated for Best Novella for the RONE Awards. In addition, she is a workshop presenter, and an online columnist for The Aquarian Online. All of Kellie’s books contain a lot of heat balanced with an abundance of Heart. With fourteen books and two anthologies to her credit since 2011, most days she can be found channeling her heart’s desire into writing stories and poetry that sweep readers away into other worlds. When her muse requires a change in scenery, she funnels her creative energy into bringing many a tale to life through her work as an audio narrator. And when her body demands attention, you can find her in the gym jumping on the trampoline in between teaching Kindergym classes, or training and co-teaching Baguazhang (Bagua) as self-defense to women/families, and for health and healing to individuals on the Autism spectrum. 

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