Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Get Ready for a Happy #Holiday With a #99c #Romance from @Kris_Bock

Archaeology student Kylie Hafford expects an adventure when she heads to remote Puebloan ruins to excavate. Romance isn’t part of her plan, but she meets two sexy men: Sean is a charming tourist who takes an instant liking to Kylie. Danesh, a site ranger who looks like an Anasazi warrior, seems to take an instant dislike to Kylie, and yet something draws them together. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the dark. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive – and to save the man she’s coming to love. 
Readers give a 4.2-star average to Whispers in the Dark, romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. It stands alone and is not part of a series. Fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Victoria Holt will love Kris Bock’s stories of romance and adventure.
Whispers in the Dark is on sale Nov. 19-24 – only 99 cents for the Kindle!
I hit something, bounced, scraped, and finally landed with a thud that rattled my whole body.
I lay in the dark, blinded, my head ringing, pain washing over me in great waves. My lungs screamed for air, but it seemed like I’d forgotten how to breathe.
Finally I dragged in a breath. I closed my eyes and focused on breathing, waiting for the world to settle into place.
Rain misted my face, so I must be lying on my back. My head felt heavier than my feet. I shifted and realized I was lying on a slope with my head pointing down.
I tried to concentrate on those little details. I couldn’t handle anything more. Panic fluttered around me, but I refused to think about anything but the present moment. I flexed my fingers. When that worked, I moved my hands over my body, up to my face. My head throbbed, but when I felt around my skull, I didn’t find any serious damage.
I had to move. The thought battered at the back of my mind, a panicky whisper that I tried to ignore. I had to run. Hide. He was after me. I had to get away.
I clenched my teeth hard, as if I could bite back the pain and fear. Memories crowded in, like panicked ghosts wailing at the edges of my mind. Guns, strange men. Dangerous, threatening men. Danesh trying to protect me, the gun going off. My own helpless, panicked flight. Helpless. Worthless. Unable to fight, unable even to scream.
I tried to focus on this one moment, the physical sensations of my aching body as I lay on the hard, damp ground. The cold against my bare calves, the lump of rock pressing into my shoulder. That focus helped keep me grounded in the present. Never mind that this present wasn’t a place I wanted to be. I had to deal with reality. But I didn’t have to also deal with nightmares. Not now.
The little whimpers in my throat faded to short gasping breaths. I held on to this moment, this single slice of reality. Now to move forward. I didn’t have to like it, but I had to do it. One step at a time.
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. What We Found is a romantic mystery about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page. You can also follow her blog, The Southwest Armchair Traveler.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wine, sour patch kids, and the red pen

Editing: How do you do it?

I think every writer has their own systems, habits, superstitions. Friday nights are reserved for writing with a glass of wine, watermelon sour patch kids and some rock ‘n roll.

Yeah, it's kinda like that. ;) But even more important, perhaps, is my editing process. This is my pre-submission editing, before I pass to my betas, before I send to publishers, before I do any edits required by the publisher.  This is when I take my rough draft and polish it.

I type THE END and spend the next couple days reading other author’s books. Like sorbet between gourmet courses, I cleanse my palate with the words, the images, created by others. Then I read my book, beginning to end, making the obvious changes, run spellcheck and grammar check, and read it again.

Then it goes to my two favorite betas: my daughter Casey who is a fiend for typographical and grammatical errors – she has a vendetta against homophones – and my very good friend Jen who is a solid resource for constructive criticism. When they’ve finished and sent me their notes. I do another round of revisions. With another read.

By now I hate my book. But I keep going.

I paste each chapter, a chapter at a time, into an online editor that shows me word usage, clichés, weak words, passive verbs, etcetera. And when that’s done, believe it or not, I read it one last time. And if it’s tight? If I can’t find anything more to change?

I drink because it’s time to start submitting and the real angst begins.


Self-publishing? The more polished your piece BEFORE you hire an independent editor (and please, please, please hire an independent editor) the less editing you may need which in turn can result in spending less to produce a quality, professional book. Please see this article about self-editing from Romance Rehab – it speaks to my warm, fuzzy heart. 

Two things you can never skimp on: Editing and Cover Art, but will talk more about covers later ;) 

DEVIL'S GAMBLE Release Day Book Blast

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (steamy)


Sienna Keller saw how men used her mother, and from an early age she swore she’d never allow it to happen to her. So when she meets smooth-talking billionaire Gavin Crane, who uses his connections to help her art career, she resolves to keep things strictly professional—no matter how gorgeous he is.

Gavin might be the son of the head of the Kavanagh organized crime family, but he wants no part of that life. It’s important to him to prove to Sienna that he’s a good guy. But when she winds up in the hospital with a gunshot wound, he is driven to exact revenge. His father agrees to provide security to watch over her as well as find the man who shot her, but at a cost—Gavin must come back into the family business.

As Sienna begins to let her guard down around Gavin, seeing the kind, caring man he’s always wanted her to see, his secrets begin to pile up. Has she done the one thing she vowed never to do—trusted her heart to the wrong man?


“You have your room keycard?”

She pulled it from her black leather clutch purse. He took it from her, and with a quick swipe at the lock, opened, and stood just inside the room with his back braced flush against the door, giving her a wide area to pass without them making contact.

Just then her cell phone rang. She took it from her purse to view the display and quickly connected. “Hey. Hold on a moment.” Pressing the phone at her chest, she looked at Gavin, whose attention was laser focused on the phone in her hand. “I have to take this.”

“I’ll see you in the morning,” he said with little inflection as he reached to his right and set the keycard on the entry table, then his steady stare held hers briefly. “Sleep well.” He stepped out. The door closed quietly behind him.

Sienna waited for the resounding clank of the door across the hall before she let go a breath, and her pulse managed to calm. Wow. She’d expected he’d ask to come inside. A small part of her, that perverse side of her, wanted him to, only so she could turn him away. Turning down his invitation wouldn’t have been just because she felt he was a player or a pain in the ass on occasion, it was something else, some kind of deeply embedded feeling that her mind fought against.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award winning author, Michele Arris, writes steamy contemporary romance.
Michele is always plotting out her characters’ next move. Even when she’s not seated in front of her laptop writing about strong-willed, professional heroines and the complex heroes who strive to have them, she’s plotting scenes in her head.

“I love to write story where my characters are guaranteed their Happily Ever After.”

In her spare time, Michele enjoys reading all types of romance genres. She loves paranormal romance as well as historical romances, enjoys watching period classics (Little Dorrit, The Buccaneers, and Persuasion to name a few), actually looks forward to working out, is a holistic enthusiast/vitamin junkie, and spending time with family and friends – simply enjoying life.


TWITTER: @ArrisMichele

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In the Writer's Den with GARTH PETTERSEN

Today we’re going back to an old favorite: In the Writer’s Den. And we’ve got Tirgearr Publishing debut author, Garth Pettersen, in the proverbial hot seat. His upcoming release, The Swan’s Road, is historical fiction set in the 11th century. I think they tortured people back then. Right?

In the eleventh century, Cnute, the Viking king of Engla-lond and Scandinavia, sails with his son, Harald, and his shield brothers to Rome. Thrown off course by a storm, they follow the route up the Rhine.

When Harald hangs back to assist Selia, a beautiful Frisian woman, his path turns perilous. Newfound enemies, retainers of Robert the Devil, Duke of Normandy, pursue them. Harald, Selia, and their companions fail to rendezvous with King Cnute, and are forced to travel cross-country on horseback. If Duke Robert's plan to assassinate Cnute succeeds, an invasion of Engla-lond will follow.

Can Harald and Selia reach Rome in time to warn the King?

Now that we’ve got that squared away, the rack is ready and the flat iron heated, on to the inquisition:

What is your favorite word?

Llewellyn. It's a Welsh name. The initial Ll is difficult, like a back of the throat roll. I love both the sound and the look of the word––all the ells and the y as a vowel.

What is your least favorite word?

I hate when people use the word "puke". Swearing doesn't faze me, but this word does. It conveys unpleasant sights, sounds, taste, and smell––kind of hits all the senses. Touch too, on clean-up. Sorry, you asked the question.

What turns you on?

I take it you mean non-sexually (I hope you mean non-sexually). A fit horse running free. A child in innocent wonder. A beautiful woman who doesn't realize she's beautiful.

No worries, Garth, we save those blush-inducing questions for the erotica authors. What turns you off?

Bullying and real-life violence. Donald Trump. Did I mention bullying?

What sound or noise do you love?

Wind rattling the leaves of aspens or cottonwoods. Storm waves crashing on headlands. A violin concerto.

What sound or noise do you hate?

The noise of a multitude of uncontrolled, undisciplined children in a school gymnasium where you're obligated to remain.

What is your favorite curse word?

Holy shit!

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I think it would be awesome to be a bush pilot with a float plane.

What profession would you not like to do?
I've done so many different jobs in my life, everything from acting to topping trees. The worst job I've ever done (much worse than my time working in a lead smelter) was substitute teaching. I would also hate being a school principal or a politician.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

"You were right much of the time, and I forgive you for all the rest of that shit."

Anybody who thinks God greets them at the doors to heaven and immediately swears is my kind-a guy. Garth Pettersen is a Canadian writer whose stories have appeared in journals and magazines such as The Spadina Literary Review and The Opening Line Literary 'Zine, and in a number of anthologies. He recently received an honorable mention in The Short Story America 2017 Competition and was one of two runners-up in the Wundor Editions (UK) Short Fiction Prize. The Swan's Road is his first novel. You can follow Garth Pettersen at  www.facebook.com/writeandride/   and at www.garthpettersen.com

The Swan's Road is available for pre-order on Amazon and other sites:

Party on Garth!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Movie Adaptations: It was the Worst of Times

Some time ago I ran post titled Movie Adaptations: It was the Best of Times listing my favorite adaptations with the promise of the companion piece. I submit for your enjoyment

It was the Worst of Times

We all know the movie never does the book any justice. Here are the ones I think sucked big time:

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, do I need to explain WHY this one made the cut? Ender's Game; Flowers in the Attic - no. Just no. Hell no; and The Last Airbender. Okay, yeah, I know Nickelodeon's Avatar was a cartoon and not a book. But flying hog monkeys it was deep, an excellent display of storytelling, and the live action movie was crap. 

Nearly any feature film length adaptation of a Stephen King horror novel (not the adaptations of his dramatic short stories I praised in Best), to be fair, I haven't seen nor will I see the new It cause, ya know, clowns; and The Dark Tower would've been a fun/exciting movie if I hadn't read the book, but alas, I did and I'm aware it too is a Stephen King. It pains me to call out Harry Potter, it truly does, but Goblet of Fire did NOT do the book justice. 

True Blood, the HBO series was great - so long as you didn't read the books - and clearly defined the difference between inspired by and adapted from; and since I've gone vampire, the movies based on Anne Rice's books in large part weren't bad they just weren't as good with the obvious exception of the floundering turd-rocket Queen of the Damned. Matter of fact most vampire movies based on vampire books don't meet the mark Cirque de Freak, Twilight, and Salem's Lot (I promise I'm not trying to pick on Mr. King) to name a few.  I'm going to stop here ‘cause I'll be up all night if I don't.

Hungry for more? Turns out several bloggers ran with this same idea the last few years. This is a pretty good list:  http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-15-worst-book-to-film-adaptations-of-all-time/ 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Duets and Dominance by Anya Summers #BookBlast

GENRE: Erotic Romance
Duets & Dominance 
by Anya Summers
Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of epic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend Solomon, she devises a plan to seduce him, and rid herself of that infernal status. After all, they shared a mind-blowing kiss a year ago and that has to count for something, right?

Solomon Ventura adores Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. For more. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he hasn’t been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the starring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark, and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.

Will the best friends move their relationship out of the friend zone? Or will a week spent on pleasure island destroy them both?

Seven years of her life, down the toilet. Seven years of waiting for Edward to marry her. Seven years of patiently waiting for him to make an honest woman out of her. God, how he and the model he’d been banging must have laughed over her stupidity.
It was absurd, really, how gullible she’d been in their relationship. Most men didn’t want to wait to have a physical relationship, especially not with their intended bride.
Pretty stupid of her, in retrospect.
Lizzie rolled her eyes at herself and her predicament. Deep down, she had known that indisputable fact but she’d ignored the truth because she hadn’t loved Edward. Hell, she hadn’t been certain she even liked him. And he had obviously never cared for her, but had been as stuck as she in a prison of expectation.
She’d toed the line her parents had expected her to walk without overstepping the boundaries they erected. Because of that, she had lived a relatively sheltered life in pursuit of her career as a concert flutist. Even during her time at Julliard, she had been buttoned up with responsibilities and the terrible desire to please her parents, hoping that if she did as they asked of her, they would finally show a measure of warmth towards her.
So when her parents had introduced her to Edward Cunningham III, one of their friend’s sons, it had been the most natural extension in the world to accept his proposal.
Sheltered, secluded, and undeniably obtuse when it came to matters of the heart, Lizzie had caved to their unspoken demands. It was funny now, for when she looked back at how Edward had proposed, it had obviously been another business merger and nothing more.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.
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Her Lawful Master, Book 5
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Duets & Dominance, Book 7
Ménage In Paradise, Book 8
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