Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins Guest Post

My Advice to Writers

 

If you are anything like me than you have received the advice to ‘never give up’ over and over again. And generally it’s coming from an author who published their first book after only five rejections or an agent who’s already rejected you and you think ‘what do they know’.

 

Well now you’re going to hear it again, only this time it’s coming from someone who has been where you are. Realm Walker is not my first, second or even third book. It is, in fact, my fifth. I started submitting this book almost two years before I sold it to Carina. It went through so many changes (including a POV shift) that it isn’t even recognizable as that original book anymore. It was rejected over 100 times and I thought many times about just giving up and setting it aside.

 

But I loved this book. I love the world it’s set in, the characters and the story. I wasn’t ready to let it die. So I tried again and this time I sold not only it, but the second book in the series which hadn’t even been written yet. And I’ll tell you something, all those changes I made to get this book to what it is today made it a better book.

 

My fourth book sat on my shelf of shame for several years, mainly because it was completely devoid of any kind of emotional conflict. I pulled it out completely rewrote it and got an agent after only three weeks of querying. I think I sent ten total and pitched four agents in person and as opposed to rejections, I withdrew most of those when I signed with my agent.

 

What about those first three books you ask? They will never, ever see the light of day. I might revive a character or two, or steal a plot thread, but those books are horrible. And I kind of knew that even as I was writing them. I had to learn the craft, learn what worked and what didn’t. The time and effort I put forth on those books was worth it simply because it helped me improve my skills. A minute spent writing is never a wasted minute.

 

So take it from someone that’s been there. Keep working, keep writing and keep trying. You never know when it might pay off. 

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Realm Walker
Realm Walker Series

Book One

Kathleen Collins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Carina Press

Date of Publication:  October 28, 2013

ISBN: 9781426896545

ASIN: B00E1V5S3S

Word Count: 76,000

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Book Description:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets.

Most people don’t know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don’t know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don’t know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can’t reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

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About the Author:

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.

She is currently hard at work on her next book.

www.Kathleencollins.net

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www.facebook.com/kathleencollinsauthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191208.Kathleen_Collins

 

 

 

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Guest Post with Lia Davis

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Music I write by

 

I love music and I’m always looking for new songs and albums (CDs) to add to my playlists. When it comes to music I have an eclectic taste. I love all kinds and my playlist are always changing according to my mood.

Music helps me focus and sometimes helps the muse with the flow of the story. Most the time it’s background noise, but there are times when I let the words or the sound of it to help soothe and guide the characters a little. I listen to hard rock for fight scenes, softer music like classical and instrumental pieces for other scenes.

So what’s on my playlist for Ashwood Falls? Here is a list of just a few that don’t leave the list when I start a new book in the series.

Damn Your Eyes by Alex Clark

Howl by Florence and the Machines

Love Bites by Halestorm

I Miss the Misery by Halestorm

Brake In by Halestorm

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Hurricane by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Kick Ass by Egypt Central

Who Am I Living For by Katy Perry

This is Gonna Hurt by Sixx A.M.

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Surrendering to the Alpha

Ashwood Falls #3

By Lia Davis

Published by Fated Desires Publishing

Tag Line: She’s given up hope of peace, yet the Alpha’s touch offers promises too hard to run from.

Blurb:

Ashwood Falls’ leopard Alpha, Keegan Andrews holds onto the pain of his deceased mate as his own personal hell—a reminder that not all things are what they seem. The Pack Scribe, Addyson Lewis is no exception. She’s intrigued him like no other since the day she stumbled into Ashwood territory about twenty-five years ago. When he discovers that just being near her calms the storm inside him, he can’t stay away even if it means exposing her to the evil she tried to escape.

Over a hundred years of psychological torture at the hands of the rogue Onyx Pack has left Addyson with no memories of her life before captivity and with the inability to control her psychometric nature. Anything or anyone she touches sends her into their darkest past and secrets, causing her pain she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Without the ability to control it, she’s forced to deny her leopard the connection she craves from the Pack that welcomed her with love and without judgment. That is, until the day Keegan involuntarily touches her bare skin and she finds the peace she’d craved for far too long.

Warning: Contains one sexy alpha leopard who craves the most decadent of dreams, a hidden treasure contained within a spunky woman, and the ability to create a mating bond that’s the most explosive yet.

Find it on: Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo

 

Other Ashwood Falls books:

Winter Eve (prequel)

A Tiger’s Claim (book 1)

A Mating Dance (book 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

He stepped closer and studied her as she turned back to the omelet. Keegan ground his molars, took a deep breath, and calmly asked, “Do you like it here?”

She peered back at him, her eyebrows bunched together before she smoothed out her features in that practiced control she used around others. “It’s not home, but it’s nice. I don’t need much, Keegan.”

He took another step toward her. She turned the stove off and handed Will his plate. The boy stood, watching Keegan as if he would harm Addyson. It made Keegan proud of the kid that he’d want to protect Addyson.

Without looking at the teen, Keegan said, “Will, take your breakfast in the living room and eat before it gets cold.”

From the corner of his eye, Keegan saw Will peer at Addyson. When she gave him a nod, he left them alone. Keegan took another step forward, stopping inches from her. He heard her heart beat speed up and smelled her strawberry scent intensify, but not in fear. She was turned on by his presence.

He inhaled deeply, taking in her scent. His leopard rubbed up against his chest, trying to feel Addyson. He’d never imagine in the past thirty-seven years that he’d find another mate. Then Addyson stumbled into his life about twelve years after losing Cate. He wasn’t ready then, the pain still too raw to see what the leopard tried to make him see.

He’d finally started to accept it, accept the fact that Addyson has a place in his heart and in his bed.

 

 

About the Author

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing started out as a stress reliever that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs. Now it has become her career. A real life dream come true.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Lia will be giving away an eBook and Coffee prize pack, which includes a Starbucks coffee cup, a cold cup tumbler, a $15 Starbucks GC, and ONE eBook copy from her backlist (winner’s choice). Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Giveaway ends Oct. 15th.

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Pandora’s Box

Trust Trilogy

Book Three

Cristiane Serruya

 

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Cover Artist: Renata Fontanive

 

Book Description:

 

PANDORA’S BOX, the last installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, accompanies Ethan, Alistair and Sophia in their search for a happily ever after.

 

Ethan’s parents reappear in his life, making him full of anxiety and unnerved. Ethan is beginning to get attached to Barbara, whom he pays to physically replace Sophia in his bed and keeps hidden. Inadvertently, Barbara has already felt in love with Ethan. Ethan still cannot stop admiring and seeking Sophia’s company.

 

Alistair’s sister-in-law and ex-lover, tries seduce and blackmail him. He denies her sexual offers   and clearly informs her he’s in love with Sophia; but pays for his compromising photos. Although, he thrives in business and in his personal life, he feels sad for not being able to fulfill Sophia’s desire of having another child.

 

Sophia, happily settled in her new life, is threatened by her late husband’s parents, who want their granddaughter taken back to Brazil, accusing Sophia of being incapable of taking care of Gabriela. Sophia finishes her Cambridge PhD and, encouraged by her supervisors, travels to India for her charity new branch with its biggest contributors, Ashford Steel and its Board President, Ethan.

 

Pandora’s Box has been opened by a greedy man, who uncovered that the so many secrets and wrong deeds committed by Ethan, Alistair and Sophia could bring him millions of pounds.

 

Many are invited to join his team. Each one has an agenda. Each one has a target.

But things get out of control and now, all the demons are on the loose.

With so many enemies out for revenge, what will be reserved for the future of Ethan, Alistair and Sophia?

 

Coming out in the end of November or in the beginning of December.

 

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About the Author:

 

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I’m a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women.

 

I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts.

 

I’ve always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and, of course, Brazil.

 

After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give romance writing a go. And – amazingly – it was just the piece that was missing in my life.

 

http://cristianeserruya.com.br

 

https://www.facebook.com/cristianeserruyauthor

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583811.Cristiane_Serruya

 

http://www.librarything.com/author/serruyacristiane

 

http://pinterest.com/crisserruya/

 

Twitter: @CrisSerruya

 

Amazon author’s page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A85DHT8

Starting Over Release Day Blitz

Today is the release day of Starting Over by Cheryl Douglas!!

Title: Starting Over

Author: Cheryl Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Eve Bolton retreats to her childhood home to regain the identity she lost during her troubled marriage. When her husband asks her to come home, she decides it’s time for her to start over… alone.

Alex has been so preoccupied running his family’s business that he’s lost sight of what’s important… Eve. But can he make it up to her or is it too late to save their marriage?

Book Quotes

“Do we have anything left to talk about, Alex?” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“I can take care of my wife.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Are you trying to tell me this marriage is over?” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Do you think I would have come all this way if I believed you’d written me off?” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I came here for you, because you needed me.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“It’s time we stop hurting each other and admit the truth.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“You can’t just throw ten years away on a whim.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I want to show you how much I love you.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“You’ve never needed me.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“Everything I do is for you, baby.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I didn’t want a martyr or a hero.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“I need to know it’s not too late to make things right.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I almost believed you when you said you wanted out of this marriage.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Tell me what I need to do to fix this, Eve.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I want to be married to you.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“It’s too late to go back.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“My home isn’t with you anymore.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“You’re not leaving me.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“You needed me.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“We want different things out of life.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“”I grew up and so did you.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Eve is my life.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“If I could fix things, I would.” –Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I’m as invested in this marriage now as I was the day we took our vows.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Why are you making this so hard?” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“I tried to be happy in your world for years.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“I want to give you a million reasons why you belong in New York with me, but I can’t.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“You used to love me that way.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“No one could ever take your place.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I can’t let it end this way.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“Sleep’s been pretty hard to come by lately.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

“I should have divorced you a long time ago.” – Eve Bolton, Starting Over

“Everything was different then.” – Alex Bolton, Starting Over

About Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.

The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of it’s own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation.

One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.

Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights series have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose.

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Surrendering to the Alpha by Lia Davis RELEASE DAY BLITZ

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Surrendering to the Alpha

Ashwood Falls #3

By Lia Davis

Tag Line: She’s given up hope of peace, yet the Alpha’s touch offers promises too hard to run from.

Blurb:

Ashwood Falls’ leopard Alpha, Keegan Andrews holds onto the pain of his deceased mate as his own personal hell—a reminder that not all things are what they seem. The Pack Scribe, Addyson Lewis is no exception. She’s intrigued him like no other since the day she stumbled into Ashwood territory about twenty-five years ago. When he discovers that just being near her calms the storm inside him, he can’t stay away even if it means exposing her to the evil she tried to escape.

Over a hundred years of psychological torture at the hands of the rogue Onyx Pack has left Addyson with no memories of her life before captivity and with the inability to control her psychometric nature. Anything or anyone she touches sends her into their darkest past and secrets, causing her pain she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Without the ability to control it, she’s forced to deny her leopard the connection she craves from the Pack that welcomed her with love and without judgment. That is, until the day Keegan involuntarily touches her bare skin and she finds the peace she’d craved for far too long.

Warning: Contains one sexy alpha wolf who craves the most decadent of dreams, a hidden treasure contained within a spunky woman, and the ability to create a mating bond that’s the most explosive yet.

~Releasing it in digital and print on September 10, 2013~

 

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Silenced Series Blog tour

Kindle Version

Publication Date: December 12, 2012

 

Blurb

Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It’s hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her “darkness” and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.

When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber’s new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.

 

Official Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyV6GfOsjxk

 

Purchase Links for Silenced (1st book in Series)

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Silenced-Volume-1-RaeBeth-McGee/dp/1480254665/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1355696968&sr=1-1

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Silenced-Series-ebook/dp/B00ANRBNDS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355696968&sr=1-1&keywords=Silenced+by+raebeth+mcgee

Link on Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/silenced-rae-beth-mcgee/1022945794?ean=2940015999945

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Silenced 2: The Overtaking

Release Date: August 2013

Blurb:

In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die!

In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away.

After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life.


Will Amber overtake her darkness of cutting or will the darkness overtake her?

Official Book Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPxPfvrJMqk

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Bio: RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one beautiful daughter Emma, and a mother to an angel, Dakota Emily.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels connecting with readers and sending her messages are her main goals.

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Author Facebook Page Link

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Blog link: 

http://raebethbuda.blogspot.com/

Twitter ID: 

https://twitter.com/raebethmcgee

 Website: 

http://raebethmcgee.weebly.com/

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Why Book Covers are So Important?

One big part of a book is its cover. This is the first thing people see when walking through the store or browsing online about a book. Book covers are part of the marketing with any book. The cover needs to grab the attention of the shopper and pull them to the book. I know while I am walking through my favorite book store, Barnes and Noble, I am faced with hundreds of books yelling out to me to buy them.

Of course, if I see a cover that I really like… I’m more apt to picking it up and checking it out. If the cover is messy, crowded, or just plain, I really don’t take notice to it. Most flashy, bright colored, and bold designs grab my attention. I think when considering a book cover for your book, be sure it’s not over the top and too flashy, making it look crowded, or make sure it’s not too plain.

One type of book cover that has become so popular, I don’t even notice them anymore are the half naked couples on the cover. I think it’s tacky. Yes, it’s a romance but having the nudity on the cover really turns me from the book. I don’t think it’s a good choice but, hey, everyone has their own opinion and this one is mine.

This is one part along the publishing process you don’t want to cut out of the budget. There are many amazing designers online who offer exceptional prices for their covers. Utilize them. The cover of your book and the sale of your book depends on it. Try not to go with what everyone else is doing. Be unique. Be bold. Be different.

Authors: What’s one thing that you think is overused when it comes to covers?

Readers: Do you pay attention to the cover and does this help you choose what books you purchase?