One week. For one whole week that smell has practically taken control of me. It’s like a tidal wave washed over my neighborhood and as the water settled, the scent of it was left to linger everywhere — in and on every single item of my home. This smell is like a luscious chemical in the air, clinging to everything it floats past. Which means only one thing. Whoever has blood this strong, is close. Very close. Possibly even next door. It’s a salty, petulant smell, sort of like the sea itself. I’ve never smelt anything like it. What’s even more odd, is that it doesn’t make me thirst. My throat doesn’t itch to suck down every last drop, like it does with most humans, especially the youthfully spirited ones. It only makes me curious, and wanting. Weird enough, it turns me on. The very first second that it…
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I hope you’re all well in the part of the world you are? And your family are too. So yesterday, I was inspired by Didi who is doing March’s WIP challenge, which looks good! I can’t wait to see her story. Then this morning I woke up with a creative “download” of my own. On my FB page I put this out to those I’m friends, with and wish to do it here too! Creatives take a look….
Today’s the day I woke up with some creative downloads for a couple of projects 🤩. Anyone up for a WIP ( Works In Progress), writing OR creativity sprint with me today until the weekend? Last week I did one with Author Kristi Tailor. Let’s carry on.
It’s real easy, drop your creative goals in the comments, and let’s check in as the week progresses, and motivate each other. We’re all stuck at home, so let’s go and get some novels or novellas outlined or done! It can be anything you wish to do, no matter what as long as it’s creative. Here are my goals, a little ambitious but I’mma see what I can do in the next week.
1. Add 3k words to the 20k words of my crime thriller. Then submit the full plot outline to my publisher to consider.
2. Outline and change the direction of a short story I started to write for a different project. I now wish to make this the outline of book #1 of a crime/detective series! It’s going to be a ‘who-dun-it” thriller 🧐Then submit the outline to my publisher.
3. Outline one “billionaire romance” story! 💋😍I’ve never written one of these… but I got an idea.😆 I gotta hot billionaire in mind. 🤑💋
Now notice my goals are outlines of projects just to get started, and a small writing task to keep it realistic! And achievable. Set a goal of something you wish to make progress with.
DROP YOUR GOALS IF YOU’RE UP FOR THIS CREATIVE CHALLENGE, TAG OR MENTION OTHER WRITERS THAT MIGHT BE TOO, EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WRITERS BUT ‘CREATIVES’ OF SOME TYPE. I WILL TAG AUTHORS I WHO I THINK MAY BE UP FOR THIS. PASS THIS CHALLENGE TO ANYONE YOU WANT! LET’S GO!
Kim’s Review- ‘Kill For You’
5 ‘Outstanding Character Development’ Stars!!
Thank you to Silver Dagger Tours for my free copy in exchange for a honest review.
Well of course I’d be drawn to this book, the genre, the blurb, the man in a suit on the front it all screams ‘Kim’s read’ really. And it did not disappoint one bit!! In all honesty, I am so proud to have this author representing the romantic suspense genre. Here’s what I enjoyed.
Character development– Boy, can this author craft an alpha-male (that’s not a dick, and come across as not very nice. ) The whole male line up is just tooooooooooo dieeeeeeeeeee for! In one shape or form I swear to God, I tell no lies here. I found the main character Octavio to be very believable, authentic and hot! His co-workers and the other guys who he worked with in the plot, were all just as hot and enjoyable to meet.The same for the females, Faith is just adorable and so strong. Overall I felt that this author did a great job with developing a strong male lead, and a believable female lead that has experienced major trauma.
Now the ‘bad guys’, to me they were also really enjoyable to read and very well developed.
Plot and Pace- it moves quickly, has twists and turns and one very unexpected change for Faith. I never saw it coming ( no spoilers). It was beautiful to read, and nice that it was an outside of the box twist too. The whole plot ties together nicely, it felt almost like reading not just romantic suspense, but also a detective story, as we readers ‘get to the bottom of the mystery’ around Faith.
Reality- I must say, I found this plot to be very realistic, it touches on abuse and the human sex and slave trade. It tied in very well with Faith’s plot twist I mentioned. So not only for me as a reader did I feel the characters were extremely believable, so was the plot, reality, likelihood of things happening. It all left me with no doubts over the character’s motives and actions. It touches on drugs, crime, and gang related activities also. Just brilliantly executed.
Overall, five wonderful, well written and enjoyable stars from me. Romantic suspense fans you don’t wanna miss this one, I’m just sayin’. I would read more of this author’s work. I have the next one on my kindle, and gutted I can’t read it in time for the end of her book tour, but trust I’ll be reading it!! I wish Author Ayden K. Morgen all the best with her career, and may her pen take over the genre by storm!
My March WIP Challenge was actually pretty easy to decide on, which is rare, I usually stew around and change my mind a dozen times before deciding on a prompt. But, I got to thinking this morning that I very rarely do fantasy prompts! I don’t know why either, because fantasy has SOOOOO many possibilities. Also because the Consistories blog is such a big supporter of my WIP monthly challenge and that’s totally the participating characters’ genre!!
So, here it is…. The prompt for March is: Vampires Lurking!!!
Let’s see it writers!! Using the characters from your WIP that you already love so much, write a scene with Vampires Lurking! (or any of your works, really, whatever characters you think will fit the prompt best!) I look forward to reading your stuff!
HOW IT WORKS
As the initiator: Every month I’ll give a real time circumstance, hang out spot, or…
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Okay, so I’m a little bias when I say ‘ this is some gooooood reading!’ 😆. Just a reminder we have advanced reader copies up for grabs. Release date 22nd April.
About The Stories…
For Mature Readers Only:
As the second installment of suspenseful short stories by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds, Blurred Lines offers a thrill ride with nine stories in genres across the board. From opposite sides of the Atlantic these stories have been created. One author started the tale and the other ended it. No discussion, no pre-planning, but yet their stories are seamless. With the use of writing prompts Kim and Didi have created tales that will tug at your heart strings, drop your jaws, and leave you clinging to the edge of your seat. From gory horror, romance, crime fiction, family drama, and fantasy, there is a story for everyone!
Crime Fiction, Psychological: “I’m Back Bitches, Now Panic!”
Lynn McCarmick has spent six years behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit, although she’s a far cry from an innocent woman. Her once loyal team of con artists set her up for a robbery that landed her a long term home in a Scottish prison. After an early release for good behavior, Lynn is finally able to let the bad bitch inside of her roam free.
Contemporary Romance: Heart of Gold
In this star crossed, light hearted tale, two people with the purest of hearts, each long to find a mate who is giving, honest and real. A heart-felt romance.
Psychological Thriller, Slasher Romance, Erotica: Chainsaw Ridge
Alice is one of a kind, and was raised by a nasty man with killer habits. After an accident rendered the awful man disabled, everything changed. With an ultimate twist, this gory tale takes Alice and her husband on one hell of a bloody adventure. Due to popular demand this story was extended!
Investigative Crime Fiction: Crime Scene Investigation
Detectives Flynn and McBride are on the case of a murder. Owner of the Chinese restaurant where the body was found, Mr. Wang, is devastated. The pressure is on to find the killer and to clear Mr. Wang’s establishment as a safe place for his patrons. The detectives piece together outside connections that are weaved into Mr. Wang’s ties, in a very delicate way. Is there more to the murder than what meets the eye?
Historical Fiction: A Miracle Baby Story
In a tragic tale of tough love and loss, brought about in a western setting, two young lovers are frowned upon by nearly everyone around. Adsila is a teen of Cherokee descent, who falls for a young cowboy. In a bitter-sweet tale she fights for the survival of herself and unborn child in a community filled with hate and judgement.
Paranormal Suspense: A life Gone?
Franklyn Poppy, is a husband and father who found himself in a place between life and death. He becomes a loathly witness to the woman he loves having an affair with his twin brother. He’s introduced to the infamous dark Goddess, Maman Bridgette who shares his disdain for the happenings with his wife. The outcome for Mrs. Poppy and her fateful intertwining with this powerful Goddess is powerful and resonating.
Metaphysics, Clairvoyant, Thriller: Murder by Mistake
The Wilkinson family consists of an Air Force father, a loving mother, and two daughters Anna and Julie. They are polar opposites, and Julie, the younger of the two has a special gift. She’s able to see things before they happen. When she’s mentally the witness to a murder that’s yet to be solved, she’s forced into action in an altercation with the killer.
Fantasy: Witchful Thinking
Gretchen isn’t your average witch, as she was born into a clan descending from the blood of Fate herself. Growing up in foster care was an intentional way for her to find her own path in using her magic, as she’s intended to be a tool for Fate’s use. A twisty tale set in the present and past day.
Family Drama: Real Mom
After the abandonment of their mother, twins Josephine and Jerilynn are taken in by their new stepmom, and become the big sisters to quite the large and quirky family. During a family vacation the two team up, and try to uncover the mystery of their estranged biological mom.