March 22, 2017

Spirits of the Heart @gemwriter #RLFblog #supernatural #suspense

Welcome Claire Gem author of Spirits of the Heart, a new Supernatural Suspense.
Why did you write this book?
I grew up in Middletown, N.Y, where there was an abandoned mental asylum. The place always haunted me. I’ve always been very interested in the history of mental health care (which is a ghoulish history to be sure!), so it seemed the natural place to set my next supernatural suspense.
Then, during the writing of the book, I was visiting the property with my sister/cover designer, taking pictures for the trailer. One particular building, Talcott Hall, kept calling to me, though I couldn’t get too close because of the 8-foot high chain link perimeter. Two weeks later, the building mysteriously burned to the ground—after standing empty for almost 30 years. It was then I knew that Spirits of the Heart must be written, to immortalize Talcott Hall.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romances, particularly those with supernatural elements, especially ghosts. I’m a ghost hunter at heart.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Films, not books—Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are you working on at the moment?
My next novel is called Pigments, and is another supernatural suspense. The blurb:
There’s an unsolved mystery in the world of art history: which painting was Vincent Van Gogh’s last?
Rachel Parrish is a DNA analyst with peculiar a psychic ability: psychometry. She can access the memories of a person from something they touched, thereby leaving their genetic blueprint behind. She also suffers from some unusual phobias. She’s terrified of visual art, particularly of . . . paintings?
Duncan Nicklas is a sexy museum curator who comes to Rachel’s aid when an unplanned museum visit overwhelms her. He’s searching for his soulmate: another, like-minded antiquarian to complete his life. His initial fascination with Rachel’s gift develops into something more—but she’s terrified of paintings. He’s a museum curator. How can this ever work?
And then there’s Ethan Fagan—who’s determined to claim Rachel as his own. To use her abilities to validate an obscure painting in his grandfather’s collection. To secure his fortune. No matter what the cost.
Pigments. It’s all in the touch.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition to Pigments, I’m working on a non-fiction book for fiction writers called The Road to Publication. I’m hoping that will be released sometime before April 1st.
Please tell us about your latest book.

Spirits of the Heart, a Haunted Voices Novel

Genre Supernatural Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.
Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard. Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability. But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
Publisher Erato Publishing

Claire Gem Social Media

Strong Women, Starting Over
~Redefining Romance~

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—sexy contemporary, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless, hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her 2016 release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

March 21, 2017

Why PJ Sharon writes New Adult novellas @pjsharon #RLFblog #NewAdult

Hey Readers,
Thanks so much for joining me today at the Romance Lives Forever Blog, and thank you, Kayelle for having me.

Writing an NA Novella Series

I've been at this writing/publishing thing for a while now and one of the most common questions I hear from readers is "How do you come up with your ideas?" The second most common question I hear is, "What made you want to write for young adults?" The answer to both of those questions is the same. I had a crazy teenaged life! Writing allows me a kind of do-over by taking my experiences and helping my young characters learn, grow, and find a hopefully ever after end. It's been very cathartic for me. It also allows me to impart to readers some hard lessons learned without being preachy. I tend to write books I wish I had had to read as a teenager. Like many of us, I went from reading Nancy Drew Mysteries to Stephen King with very few options in between. I am thrilled to be part of the phenomenon of great young adult and new adult stories exploding onto the book market.

When I first wrote Savage Cinderella back in 2010, I had no idea it would lead to a series of novellas six years later. Brinn's story came about after I'd been walking in the woods with my dog. I had a vison of a young girl running through the forest in tattered clothes, dark hair flying. Alongside her ran a bear (I live in the Berkshires where this seemed logical somehow). The questions that followed led me to pen the story of a kidnapped girl left for dead in the High Country of North Georgia, where she survives in the wild for several years…until a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer, finds her and convinces her to come back to the world. More a Tarzan story than a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale—and far-fetched perhaps—but it became a Holt Medallion winner and grabbed the imagination and hearts of 3.6 million readers on Wattpad!

Being that my character, Brinn, was eighteen and living on her own, the story fell into the New Adult category—a change from my other novels which fit neatly into the young adult genre. Although it is contemporary and a romance, there are also elements of suspense/thriller, since Brinn is soon stalked by her kidnapper and must face off with him to truly gain her freedom. As much as I enjoyed telling this story, it was difficult to write parts of it from the perspective of the villain and live in his sick and twisted head for so many months. But when I was done, I always had in the back of my mind that Brinn's story wasn't over…it was only just beginning. I stewed on where to go with the character for quite some time while working on a dystopian trilogy and a non-fiction project for the next few years. And then novellas (shorter novels about 20-40 thousand words, or half the length of a full novel) became popular again and the ideas for more of Brinn's journey began to flow.

Finding Hope, the first in the novella series, picks up a year after Brinn's return. Well into her recovery, nineteen-year-old Brinn finds her life with Justin has become a safety net she relies on, but something is missing. After years of living wild in the mountains, taming her need for danger and independence turns out to be her greatest challenge. When Justin's friend Cody—now in the FBI—asks for her help in solving a kidnapping case, it sparks new purpose for Brinn—as well as major complications in her relationship with both men.

Lost Boys, the second novella in the series, follows Brinn and company when Justin's friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn's complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.

Brinn and Justin join forces with friends to do the unthinkable—enter the dangerous jungle on a rescue mission, sparking a battle for the lives of nine young boys and a fight for their own survival. Brinn's haunted past rears its ugly head as she is forced to once again take on a brutal killer. But in risking her life to save her friend, will she lose the one man who has sacrificed everything for her?

Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle which has spurred a "team Justin" vs. "team Cody" rivalry among my Wattpad readers, but the underlying theme is Brinn's growth, recovery, and discovery of herself as an individual—themes I think need more focus in Romance—especially for young adults. I'm currently working on the third novella, Sacred Ground, which will pit Brinn and friends against a crooked mining company in Wyoming while on a search for a ghost from Justin's past. I'm expecting a late Spring release and excited to have a few more ideas for future adventures.

If you haven't yet found the joy of reading novellas, think of them as a quick, tasty, and satisfying reading snack…without the calories! I'd love to give away an e-copy of the original novel that started it all, Savage Cinderella, to one lucky commenter.

Do you read novellas? Why or why not? Discuss…
Be well, keep reading, and let your favorite authors know how much you appreciate their stories by leaving a short review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.
Peace and blessings,

Savage Cinderella

Eighteen-year-old Brinn Hathaway has survived on her own in the Northwest High Country of Georgia since she was left for dead in a shallow grave by the man who kidnapped her as a child. When a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer, catches the wild girl on film and the two form a tentative friendship, Brinn must decide if coming out of hiding is worth the hope—and the danger—that may await her.
If you enjoy this journey of romance, suspense, and hope, follow Brinn, Justin, Cody, and a cast of new characters through a series of novellas (30-40k word short novels). Each story will bring a new adventure, another crime to solve, and more danger for Brinn and company as they delve into the world of human trafficking and beyond.
Genre: New Adult
Author: PJ Sharon
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Buy Savage Cinderella
blisher: PJ Sharon Books

PJ Sharon Social Media

PJ Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Pieces of Love, Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Holt Medallion winner Savage Cinderella. Follow the Savage Cinderella Novella Series with Finding Hope and Lost Boys.
Healing Waters completes her YA dystopian trilogy, The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, which RT Book Reviews calls "An action-packed read with a strong female lead."
Her debut non-fiction title Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle (A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes) is a holistic living, self-help guide packed with easy to implement tips sure to motivate today's sedentary masses toward a more balanced and active lifestyle. For more info on PJ's books and updates on new releases, sign up for her newsletter or visit her website.
In her "real life" job as a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yogi, PJ has been called "a powerhouse of positivity and productivity." Her mantra is "find balance in all things, and live every day to the fullest." A black belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, avid kayaker, and singer of Italian art songs, PJ has two grown sons and lives with her brilliant engineer of a husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA where she writes YA…because every teen deserves a hopefully ever after.

March 20, 2017

A first visit to India @dianneanoble1 #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

Diane Noble, author of Outcast, shares her memories of visiting India.
            The first time I visited India I was ten years old, flying back to England with my parents and brothers after a three year tour in Singapore. Our RAF Hermes plane took almost three days, stopping in several countries to re-fuel, and de-ice the wings. We'd travelled out in a troopship, the Dunera – a whole month and school lessons every day – but the Suez Canal had been closed so here we were in Calcutta, as it was then known. I remember the heat, the highly spiced kofta they gave us for breakfast with a fried egg, which none of us could eat, the hole in the floor toilet we had to squat over while flies buzzed around us, the strange smells and sounds. How could I have known I'd begun a lifelong love affair with India?
            A single parent for much of the time, I had to wait until my children had grown and flown before I could travel to Rajasthan, the princely state of maharajahs and palaces. Since then I've been all over the country, generally on India's excellent trains, from Delhi and Agra in the north where the Taj Mahal reduced me to tears, to beautiful Kerala in the south, the temples of Bhubaneshwar in the east and vibrant Mumbai in the west, yet still, time after time I am drawn back. Next year I hope to travel the width of the country by train, up to its border with Pakistan and then into the Himalayas. My modest house – I spend all my money on travel – needs replacement windows but hey!
            Ten years ago I volunteered to spend three months teaching English to street children in Kolkata. While there I realised what it is I love about the country –it's the people. Despite great deprivation they laugh and are joyful. This time in Kolkata proved to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Broken, crumbling buildings sit amid lakes of raw sewage; filthy children encrusted with sores are homeless; families live on a patch of pavement so narrow they take it in turns to lie down. They give birth – and die – there. Yet their indomitable spirit shines through.
            I feared I couldn't do it, felt my resolve dying daily amid the horrors and hardship, but I started writing a journal and it saved me.
            Imagine your shirt sticking to your back as you edge round a goat, swat at flies and cough as smoke from pavement cooking fires catches in your throat. After four hours of threadbare sleep you're trying to find the group of street children you've come to Kolkata, India to teach English to as a volunteer.
            Your ears hurt with the noise – shouting, blaring horns, a backfiring bus. A cow stands in the middle of the road, munching impassively on an old newspaper, as traffic edges round it. This animal is holy and if a driver were to run into it, he would be dragged from his car by an angry crowd and beaten up.
            Heat beats on your head like a hammer as you search among blackened buildings whose stonework crumbles like stale cake. There is a smell of spices and sewage, urine evaporating in hot sun.
            When you see the small group it takes you an age to cross the road, weaving between rickshaws, yellow taxis, tuk tuks festooned with dusty tinsel. The children are so tiny – malnourished – with bare feet, cropped hair and laddered ribs, but they shriek with laughter when you try to speak to them in Hindi. They stroke the pale skin of your arms and clamber on to your knees as you sit, cross-legged and crampy, on the bare earth floor. They are a joy, desperate to learn English, desperate to improve their position at the bottom of the luck ladder.
            When you get back to your small room that evening your feet are gritty and blistered, your chest is raw with exhaust fumes and you are unbelievably filthy. Sweat makes white rivulets down the dirt on your face and you feel, and doubtless smell, rank.
            By the end of the first week you will be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the poverty, despairing at the smallness of your contribution. How can you possibly do this for three whole months? Whatever were you been thinking of when you signed up?
            Maybe, like me, you'll start a journal and at the end of every day, no matter how tired you feel, you'll write down every detail of your day – how the children are progressing, who made you laugh, who can now write their names, how much their poor chests rattle, who has the worst sores. It's a sort of de-briefing you might find cathartic.
            Despite having nothing, the children giggle and fool around, laugh and sing, hang on to you, desperate for cuddles, Everywhere you go in this dreadful place Bengali men and women will get used to seeing you, wave and call out 'Hello, Aunty' (a term of respect for women of a certain age) At the wayside shrine even jolly, elephant-headed Ganesh will be wearing a broad grin.
            My diary covered three months and formed the basis for A Hundred Hands which tells the story of Polly who saw the plight of the children living on the streets and stayed to help. Outcast features the plight of the Dalits, the Untouchables. I have been back to India many times. Despite its horrors the country is mesmeric and its people a joy.


Rose leaves her Cornwall cafe to search for her daughter, Ellie, in the steaming slums of Kolkata, India. In the daily struggle for survival she is brought to her knees, yet finds the strength to confront the poverty and disease and grows to love and respect the Dalit Community she is helping. But then there are deaths and she fears for her own safety. Her cafe at home is at risk of being torched, and finally she has to make the terrible choice between the Dalits and her own daughter.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG
Publisher Tirgearr Publishing

Dianne Noble Social Media

I think I became a reader before I could walk. While other people had childhood memories, I amassed a vocabulary. I was born into a service family and at the tender age of seven found myself on the Dunera, a troopship, sailing for a three year posting to Singapore. So began a lifetime of wandering – and fifteen different schools. Teen years living in Cyprus, before partition, when the country was swarming with handsome UN soldiers, and then marriage to a Civil Engineer who whisked me away to the Arabian Gulf.
Most of the following years were spent as a single parent with an employment history which ranged from the British Embassy in Bahrain to a goods picker, complete with steel toe-capped boots, in an Argos warehouse. In between I earned my keep as a cashier in Barclays, a radio presenter and a cafe proprietor on the sea front in Penzance.

March 19, 2017

To Save a Viscount @JessieClever #RLFblog #Regencyromance

Welcome Jessie Clever author of To Save a Viscount, a new Regency romance.
Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because Lady Margaret Folton insisted I do so. Maggie was a character that popped in an earlier book in this series, and she had such a fascinating story, I knew she would require a book of her own. So here it is.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love historical fiction. It's so important to study history and learn from the things of the past. Historical fiction is a great way to introduce new topics and subjects to readers, and I love the power it has to encourage a love of history.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I love and hate Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. She stays true to her character right through to the end even when she makes you cringe. She's so beautifully written it's stunning. It literally takes my breath away when I see how brilliantly she's written.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have begun drafting the follow up series to the family of spies found in the Spy Series. This series is called the Shadowing London Series and will focus on the children of the Black family of spies.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I plan to release the first book in the Shadowing London Series, a late Regency/early Victorian historical romance focusing on Samuel Black, the oldest of the Black family off spring, this fall!
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When an assassin threatens England's spy network, Lady Margaret Folton must find the killer before it's too late. Hardened from being forced to witness the murder of her British spy parents by French revolutionists, Margaret approaches this mission like any other, with steely determination and a resolute focus on the necessary outcome at the cost of all else.
Commodore John Lynwood, newly returned from the Mediterranean, finds himself granted the title of viscount in honor of his service during the war. Plagued with a string of good luck throughout his life, the title serves as another reminder that Jack has done nothing to earn the glory and prestige that comes with his position, and he'll be damned if he'll enjoy such an honor.
But when Jack is accidentally granted a title meant to be used as bait to lure the assassin into the War Office's trap, Margaret must face the tragedy of her past and decide which is more important: the assignment or love?
The books in the Spy Series:
1/2. Inevitably a Duchess (A prequel novella)
1. Son of a Duke
2. For Love of the Earl
3. A Countess Most Daring
4. To Save a Viscount

Jessie Clever Social Media

Jessie decided to be a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled.
Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.

March 18, 2017

Is It True: @ShariElderBooks Race to Redemption #SciFi #Romance #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Shari Elder, author of Race to Redemption, a Sexy Science Fiction Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can't take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they're thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: Erotic romance, level five heat designation, gender neutral characters.
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book? No.
this book is part of a series? Yes. It is book 1 of the series Green Rising.
you lost sleep while writing this book? No.
you did research for this book? Yes. The book includes phages and sandstorms, both which I needed to learn more about.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example) Yes. Since it is a science fiction romance, it is jam-packed with aliens. Magarans are a bi-gendered species that love in threesomes. Karamites look like their observers, so everyone sees them differently. Den Vedran are an amphibious lifeform with a penchant for biomedical and genetic manipulation.
this book has more than one genre? Yes. In addition to science fiction and romance, Amazon also classifies it as suspense and erotica.
you speak more than one language? Yes.
you grew up where you live now? No.
you love to read? Yes.
you are never late? No. I'm punctual by nature but raising a kid makes mincemeat of any attempt to plan.
you love pizza? Yes.
you love sushi? Yes. Vegetarian version. Avocado sushi is just good.
you have a pet? Yes. A dog and a cat. The cat's in charge. The dog wants to play.
Where can we find your book online?

Shari Elder Social Media

Hello, I'm Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.
At night, I take off the suit, curl up with my computer and save cities on a jet-powered skateboard, make six-toed footprints in scarlet sand on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy and bring men and women, who had given up on romance, another chance to find it. I also periodically check on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her minions – the elderly cat and adult dog who insists she's a puppy.

March 17, 2017

Rock Her Hard @AlyHaleAuthor #RLFblog #rockstar #romance

Welcome Alyson Hale author of Rock Her Hard, a new alpha male rockstar romance.
Why did you write this book?
The story and characters (Jace and Kyri in particular) gripped me, plus there were a lot of accompanying stories with the supporting characters. It made for a great rockstar series, and I love rockstars, so I couldn’t wait to get started.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary/Erotic Romance, Classics, Dystopian.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables).
What are you working on at the moment?
The next book in the Rock Her Series is called Rock Her Wild. I’m writing Damien and Alex’s story.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Rock Her Wild, possibly Rock Her Long (Book 3), and a Christmas novella, A Boss For Belle.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Contemporary, Rockstar Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Special Preorder Price $0.99 - Price will go up to $2.99 a few days after release
I'm a lone wolf, a lost cause. Pushing people away has become an art form for me. I was doing well at shutting down my heart until I met her. Now I'll risk everything I've built just to have her by my side.
I didn't come to Georgia looking for love...
When my band manager asked us to travel to the US on a personal errand, I never imagined I'd get caught up in a scheme to reunite a father with his estranged daughter. Our deal was I'd seduce her into coming on the road with us, and then he'd have a chance at winning her over and getting his family back. The only problem is it's become so much more than that...
Kyri Calloway is everything I didn't know was missing from my life: sweetness, softness, and plenty of sass. She's a fiesty Irish redhead with curves that go on forever, my ultimate fantasy...yet she won't stop running away from me. My girl is convinced I'm going to leave her heart in a million shattered pieces the way her father did, but what she doesn't know is I never plan to let her go.
I'm not finished with her. Not by a long shot.
And I won't stop chasing her until she's mine, completely, body and soul.
NOTE: This 18+ novella is sexy, sweet, and full of sass, just like every perfect Southern Belle should be. Your heart is safe reading this book; there's no cheating, a protective alpha male, and a guaranteed HEA--no cliffhangers!
Publisher: Fatebound Publishing

Alyson Hale Social Media

Alyson Hale is a naughty little minx who lives in an undisclosed location in the American South. Her weaknesses are rock stars, military men, and alpha males. If your significant other gets laid after reading one of her books, she feels like she’s done her job right. Follow Aly if you love wall-of-muscle, well-endowed book boyfriends who make you weak at the knees!

March 16, 2017

Anchor Leg: An LGBT #SciFi Novel @JackCroxall #RLFblog #LGBT

Humanity has spilled out into the solar system, into a succession of giant space stations known as the Relay. Seren Temples is a security apprentice running the Relay's Anchor Leg. Her ship forced off course, sensors detect an automated distress signal. The ship responsible for the signal is a zero-G graveyard. Inside its vast hold, nothing but a single vial of frozen blood.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Jack Croxall Social Media

Author and scriptwriter Jack Croxall was trained as an environmental scientist, but soon realized a life in the lab wasn't for him. After discovering a passion for writing he's now an author, blogger and budding scriptwriter. He works in multiple genres but, whatever he's writing, he always tries to ensure that he's telling a good story with recognizable characters and relevant themes at its core. After all, fiction has a lot to say about the real world. He loves books, films and the outdoors.
Amazon Author Page

March 15, 2017

Writer Tip: Maintaining Tension, by Kaylin McFarren @4kaylin #authortips #RLFblog

How do you maintain tension when writing suspense stories?
After attending dozens of writing workshops and numerous conferences, I compiled a list of rules that I depend on daily when writing romantic suspense. These recommended guidelines are a great tool for creating tension and expectation, which is essential to keeping your readers turning those pages!
Remember to show, don't tell! I’ve heard this over and over again and it is the most common mistake among new writers. The fewer blocks of description or passive writing you include, the better. Avoid "info dumps" where you include sections of research information and background details you might consider important. This will only serve one purpose: bringing your story to a screeching halt and turning it into a boring textbook. Instead, focus on current events or the overall point of your story by including realistic dialogue and fun, action-packed scenes.
Make sure to create a “believable” threat or frightening dilemma, such as a kidnapping, unexploded bomb or an impending disaster. You might add a psychological danger such as the loss of a job or dying family member. The trick is to make the threat relevant and potentially devastating to your main characters.
When things seem to go wrong, they can only get worse, which is a great plan of attack for keeping your reader’s interest. Ask yourself, "What would people do in this situation?" Then have your character do the unexpected, open the wrong door or make the wrong choice, leaving them facing the consequences of their actions.
In suspense pacing is by far the most important aspect of your story. A common practice is to increase tension by shortening your phrases and dialogue. While lengthy sentences add a more relaxed mood to your story, short choppy ones read faster and help make scenes more suspenseful. But don’t get carried away and make the mistake of wearing your readers out by keeping action rolling at fever pitch. As in “real” life, characters need to catch their breath after an exhausting action scene.
Determine the timeline for your story, remembering that quick scenes or episodes that occur in a matter of hours or over the course of a day are far more suspenseful than scenes taking place over several days, weeks or months.
Lastly, be sure to end each chapter with a great hook or final line to keep readers from putting your book down. This could be a revelation, unanswered question or sudden discovery that can only be answered or revealed by reading further. The best suspense stories leave readers hungry for knowledge and anxious to know where the story’s ultimately leading.

Kaylin McFarren

Book: Severed Threads
When true love's found, death has no end.
Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.

Kaylin McFarren Social Media


March 14, 2017

Is It True: Targeted by @kelownawriter #romanticsuspense #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Beverley Bateman, author of Targeted, a Romantic Suspense. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
After and eleven-year absence Janna Kincaid inherits a ranch and is forced to return to a town she only remembers with unhappiness, a man to whom she was briefly married and never wants to see again, and someone is trying to kill her.
Kye Hawkins has loved Janna since he first met her. They were married but a few weeks later she ran away, without an explanation. He still hasn't figured out why. Now she's coming back. Does she still love him? Can he rekindle the romance and also prevent her from being killed?
Janna doesn't want Kye's help in anyway, yet he always seems to be there when she's in trouble. Can they work together to find a killer, save the Native burial ground and home of the spirits, and find romance again?
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book? No
this book is part of a series? Yes. It's the third in the Hawkins Ranch series.
you lost sleep while writing this book? No
you did research for this book? Yes – lots of research on ranch life and the Blackfoot tribe
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example) Yes
this book has more than one genre? Yes - western, romance and suspense
you speak more than one language? No
you grew up where you live now? No
you love to read? Yes
you are never late?
you love pizza? Yes
you love sushi? Yes
you have a pet? Yes - two

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Beverley Bateman Social Media

Beverley Bateman started writing when the locked room murders were popular and loved to write a few of them. Recently she left the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada with her husband and two Shiba Inu dogs for Medicine Hat, Alberta. It's smaller and more friendly. She lives there in the summer, and winters in Tucson, AZ away from the snow and cold. She writes in both places. Hunted, Missing and the newest – Targeted are part of her Montana series. She also has her Holly Devine series; A Cruise to Remember, and a Murder to Forget. Don't Go is her darker romantic suspense. And By Design, a medical thriller will be out soon.
Twitter http://twitter/kelownawriter
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March 13, 2017

Two Worlds Collided @KMNbooks #RLFblog #timetravel

Evie Reid agrees to travel back in time to 1997 to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Two Worlds Collided

Genre: Time travel /rock star romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Karen Michelle Nutt Social Media

Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Victory Tales Press and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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