New Release: The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing+Excerpt + E-book Giveaway!

The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing
Savvy Writer’s Book #2
By Kim Knight
Genre: Self-Help, Writing, Nonfiction
Compared to novel writing, short stories and novellas need special and different skills that every writer should master. Readers love shorter stories! From Kim Knight, the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance writers, The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing writer’s reference is perfect for both seasoned and aspiring writers of all genres. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing will help you perfect, sharpen, and increase your skills and abilities when writing engaging shorter stories, novellas, or novelettes for both stand-alone and series stories. With detailed and practical steps, the sole aim of this guide is to help writers confidently write within a high demand and well-paid market. With easy-to-engage-with chapters, discover the practical art of short story and novella writing. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing includes practical exercises to help you master the skills to write your next series of stories:
•Story-telling styles for short stories: how and why it should differentiate from novel writing.
•Character development with limited word count.
•Strengthening themes and plots with limited word count.
•Where and how to start a shorter story to capture reader’s attention.
•Creating compelling stories with peaks and satisfying endings for readers, with a small word count.
•Learn about the market, paid writing contests, and where to submit shorter stories.
Each chapter has a dedicated writing space for every practical exercise, and for plotting your ideas and characters. Writing compelling shorter stories with meaning, and well developed characters is not easy! But, with The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, you will ramp up your skills set and become a master of the technique. Note: the paperback will allow writers to make notes, carry out the exercises, and throw away the hundreds of notepads us writers have sitting around.
Available in e-book ( $2.99) and paperback ($5.99) , audio version on its way!
Kim was born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award-winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 for A Stranger in France), and #1 Best-Selling Author (365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers). She’s also a contribution writer at Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC. Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
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Step Four: Where does the Story Start…Really?

 

So, you’ve plotted your story from start to finish, and no doubt included some of the back- story for characters and the plot. Good start. Now it’s time to work out the organisation of your story, and where you will start from. Yes, that’s right, writer! Try to actually focus your story to the section you wish to start from. ‘But hold up, Kim. I just plotted the whole story, now you’re telling me I won’t include it all?’ I hear you say. The short answer is yes, the long answer is yes and no. Let me break it down. With short stories we need to first focus the storytelling style, characters, and plot as we did in steps one, two, and three. Then yep, narrow it down again to where you will start from. I recommend this as no doubt you have some backstory. Here in step four we decide what to do with it, how to tell it, and most importantly where to start with a bang! Literally. The key is to think about how much of the story has already happened, and what you wish to show of that (backstory) vs where to jump in right away.

 

Note: I will break this down into two methods. First, for short stories and flash fiction and second, for works that are slightly longer such as novellas or novelettes. For the purposes of this book, short stories are from 1-12,000 words, with novellas, and novelettes from 12,001-40,000 words.

 

Short Story: Start

 

Start: introduce your characters here as a top tip, rather than start with backstory or even description; place your characters right bang smack middle of all the action. Start your story off active, rather than with lots of description, passive or backstory. This may mean that you don’t start at the start, but you start with a scene…yes… you with me now? Good. I hope you can see the benefit of this. Look below.

 

Example One:

 

Detective Brown had spent the last three hours watching the CCTV footage. Now he’s convinced it’s time to make an arrest. Last night another body showed up. A white female no older than what he assumed to be twenty-five, was found dumped in the canal. He checked his watch, it was already 11.30a.m, the coroner’s report was late. He requested that it be on his desk by 8.00a.m. He sighed, rubbed his temples, then picked up the phone, he pressed  speed dial to reach Detective Smith.

 

Example One: Remix!

 

Detective Smith snatched up the phone on the first ring, “What’s up?” He balanced the phone on his shoulder, while his fingers danced over his keyboard.

“Looks like I’ve got him.”

On the other end of the phone, Detective Brown glanced at mugshots of the suspects pinned on the wall. “Three hours I’ve poured over this footage, I can’t believe I missed it at first.”

“Good, time to make an arrest then, you got the coroner’s report?”

“Nah, not yet, I’m still waiting?”

“What the fuck are these people doing, didn’t you say 8.00a.m.?”

“Yeah, but they’re probably backed up. This is the third body to show up in twenty-four hours.”

Detective Brown sighed impatiently into the phone. “But what I can say is the victim’s about twenty-five, a white female.”

With raised eyebrows, Detective Smith stopped typing, then pulled the phone closer to him. “Was she found in the same place?”

“Yep, dumped in the canal. A dog walker found her.”

“Uh-oh, man this is getting outta control. We need to pin this mutha-fucker down!”

 

You can hopefully see what I mean by starting your story off with action, placing your character in a scene, dialogue, event, or location—something to draw in a reader, as opposed to starting with description and you, the author, narrating. I’ve given you the same information as in example one, but in a better way to help kick start this paragraph. The trick is to, where possible, start off your short story with something happening, work with a lean word count, draw readers in so they feel like they are there too, and keep them engaged. Open with a bang! Shock! And ‘oh, my what’s going on here?’

 

Exercise:  Have a play with the start of your story. Pick a scene or some kind of action and start it off there. Or just write a simple paragraph of fiction as I did, and remix it from example one— narrative and telling, to action and active. What are you waiting for? Let’s write that starting scene.

 

Hot Free Read This Weekend! Dark Romance by LaSasha Flame

Behind the Veil: Beauty and the Daemon
Torrid Tales Book 1
by LaSasha Flame
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy Romance
Discover A Scorching New World Of Immortals In Lasasha Flame’s Tale Behind The Veil: Beauty And The Daemon! A Short Story In The Dark Immortal Flames Series.
A reimagined Beauty and the Beast Tale.
Zahak the former Daemon Prince of Sheol is obsessed with a human woman he is not supposed to have but just can’t let go.
He is the lesser of two evils but evil nonetheless. Ashamed of what he is, Zahak hides behind a skull mask and centuries of walls he erected to hide from his own truth.
After all, who could love a monster like him? Certainly not a Beauty named Petra
LaSasha Flame’s Torrid Tales is a 5 book collection put together by Pebbles Lacasse, Jennifer Johnson, Dawn Sumner, Cate Mckoy, and of course LaSasha Flame. We each took a classic fairytale of our choosing and gave its a sexy new upgrade!
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Birth of the Sand Viper: Origins of Jafar
by LaSasha Flame
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Discover A Scorching New World Of Immortals In LaSasha Flame’s Tale Birth of the Sand Viper: Origins of Jafar! A Short Story In The Dark Immortal Flames Series.
In Your Fairytale He Is The Villain.
But
Once Upon A Time Jafar Had A Heart And Humble Dreams.
Until A Queen Of The Dark Lord, Convinced The Sultan Of Agrabah To Embrace His Darkest Desires.
So Jafar Became Something Else…
Something Darker!
Find Out How Jafar Became The Ultimate Bad Boy!
As A Fan Of The Fairy Tale Retellings, LaSasha Is Very Excited To Announce This Short Story!
LaSasha Has A Paranormal Romance Thirteen Book Series In The Works And One Of Those Stories Will Be A Retelling Of Aladdin With A Naughty Twist. This Short Story Will Serve As A Prequel To Book Two In The Series.
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I’m a young author from Chicago, I’m hoping to bring some new heat and sizzle to the romance genre.
My favorite genres are paranormal and dark romance. I love reading a good book but I’m so busy in life that I only get to enjoy audio books. Its the only way I can get lost in a good book nowadays. And you know what? I half prefer an audio book over print any day! I have a long standing membership at Audible.com and I plan to publish audio books for busy bookworms like myself! Yay!
My love of writing started when a friend of mine encouraged me to write a short story and just see what happens. Turns out I had a knack for writing because everyone loved my short stories. From then on I have worked on improving my craft. Growing from flash fictions to novellas. I am really looking forward to sharing all the twisty goodness I have planned!
Thank you & Much love and Sizzle!
LaSasha Flame O X O X
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.99 Cent Book Alert Until 31st August: Historical Romantic Suspense! #amreading

Sacrifices
by Kim Knight
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Sacrifices is a riveting romantic story with historical and suspenseful elements set in the 1960s Jazz scene and the present day.
Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.
Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.
Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.
Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?
**On pre-sale now on Amazon for only .99 cents until August 31st, then price goes up to $4.99!!**
Kim was born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award-winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 for A Stranger in France), and #1 Best-Selling Author (365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers). She’s also a contribution writer at Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC. Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
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Hot New Mystery Novel by James. J. Cudney! @jamescudney4 and @Shalini_G26

Series Name: Perceptions of Glass

Book #1 Name: Watching Glass Shatter

Book #2 Name: Hiding Cracked Glass (cover reveal for this one)

Publication for Book #2:

Next Chapter, October 8th, 2020

PreSale / Amazon Link:

Pending from Publisher

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54399989-hiding-cracked-glass

 

About the Book

An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?

Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.

Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.

 

 

 

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About The Author

 

 

Professional

Background

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.

 

Author

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.

 

Reader & Reviewer

Reading has also never left my side. Whether it was children’s books, young adult novels, college textbooks, biographies or my ultimate love, fiction, it’s ever present in my day. I read 2 books per week and I’m on a quest to update every book I’ve ever read on Goodreads, write up a review and post it on all my sites and platforms.

 

Blogger & Thinker

I have combined my passions into a single platform where I share reviews, write a blog and publish tons of content: TRUTH. I started my 365 Daily Challenge, where I post about a word that has some meaning to me and converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dogs have had weekly segments called “Ryder’s Rants” or “Baxter’s Barks” where they complain about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real. And that’s why they are me.

 

Genealogist & Researcher

I love history and research, finding myself often reaching back into the past to understand why someone made the choice he or she did and what were the subsequent consequences. I enjoy studying the activities and culture from hundreds of years ago to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I wish I could watch my ancestors from a secret place to learn how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll comprehend why I do things the way I do.

 

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

 

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

 

Genres, Formats & Languages

I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available.

All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.

 

Goodreads Book Links

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

 

Calling Horror Fans! New Release by Brett Schumacher + Giveaway #amreading #horror

Leash and Other Short Horror Stories
by Brett Schumacher
Genre: Horror
From “Creepy Ghost Stories” YouTube channel,
Narrator and Writer Brett Schumacher.
LEASH And Other Short Horror Stories is a
horror anthology of thirteen short creepy, scary and sometimes
gruesome monster stories. These hair-raising stories will make your
mind tingle and your paranoia kick into over-drive.
This chilling set of frighteningly strange and weird stories are tales of
the unexpected, of deceit and of unspeakable beings that hide in the
recesses of the mind and the shadows of dark forests.
Including:
A tale of a gas station attendant and the creature that stalks him in
a storm like he had never witnessed before. The newly found journal
entry of Robert Tolliver’s nightmarish dreams that ravage his life
after a horrific accident in the swamps of Louisiana. A butcher’s
child was created of steel and blades used to cut meat. A story about
a new embalming fluid with a terrible side effect. The tale of a man
and his friends on a camping trip, A leather collar and a vile beast
that reigns over a pile of corpses. Plus many more.
S79 The Horror in the Swamp
by Brett Schumacher
Genre: Horror
★★★★★ “S79 has a super fun plot. You’ve got swamps, abandoned military base,
science experiment gone wrong, conspiracy theories, urban legends,
pitch dark atmosphere, snakes, gators, rednecks, revenge, and a
pretty epic creature.” – Aimee M. – Goodreads
From “Creepy Ghost Stories” YouTube channel,
Narrator and Writer Brett Schumacher.
Salesman and father Robert Tolliver’s life
is about to change. He was traveling through Louisiana and a few
missed turns, a few hours later, he finds himself facing a horrible
fate. All Robert knows is that he is stuck in an abandoned military
bunker in the wild swamps of Louisiana. There is something stalking
his every move, a scary horror unlike anything he has ever seen.
S79 The creature in the Bunker, The Horror Novel of the Swamps.
Will Robert survive the living nightmares and make it back home to his
wife Julie and his daughter Lillie? Will he uncover a bigger horror
mystery that the small town of Montegut had been hiding for years?
Horror Writer and Narrator for the “Creepy Ghost Stories” YouTube
Channel. Brett has a deep love for horror with a particular interest
in Isolation and Cryptid based stories.
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Hot New African American Romance Series + Giveaway by Celeste Granger

I Am Moore
All That & Moore Book 1
by Celeste Granger
Genre: African American Contemporary Romance
Emery Moore moved away from home after finishing her juris doctorate. She
was a successful corporate attorney and had been living in Washington
D. C. for the past five years. It wasn’t often that she returned
home to Atlanta, but the love of her family drew her back. Emery had
success in so many facets of her life, but she hadn’t been as lucky
in love. The word love was unsettling for Emery; it was loaded with
notions of submissiveness and sacrifice, the loss of self and being
dependent on another person. Notions Emery wasn’t sure she wanted.
Yet, there was someone Emery couldn’t shake her soul loose of and
she tussled with her heart and the sensible tug in her mind daily.
Evan Stanton Esq. had been an integral part of Emery
Moore’s life for the past six months. He like she, was an attorney.
During the day, the attorneys at law litigated from different sides
of the aisle; fighting with everything they had for their clients.
But for the past few months, business was left at the door, and the
fighting ended as Evan and Emery delved into uncharted territory.
Evan loved how Emery felt in his arms. The curve of her hips, the
arch in her back made it difficult to keep his hands off her. It
wasn’t always like this. Emery had to be pursued, and although Evan
was attracted to her unapologetic disposition in the courtroom, along
with her sophisticated air, Emery was a challenge; one that Evan
planned to take on full steam ahead.
This book can be read as
a standalone. It is interconnected to the All That & Moore series
Teach Me Moore
All That & Moore Book 2
One family. Eight sisters, tangled in romance. Kennedy Moore, the second
Moore sister, is the glue that holds the sisterhood together. While
Emery, the oldest sister, was away in Washington DC, it was Kennedy
that her younger sisters leaned on. A master chef in her own right,
Kennedy spends most of her time in the background, pouring her
passion into the culinary delicacies she creates for her clientele.
Being in the kitchen has left little time for Kennedy to find love,
outside of the love she has for culinary arts.
Bryce Monroe is the
owner and head chef of Taste, a world-renowned, four-star restaurant
in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Much like Kennedy, Bryce spends his
days and nights in the kitchen, masterfully creating delectable
dishes that keep his clientele coming back for more. Bryce is a
multimillionaire who has everything he’s always wanted except
someone special to share it with.
An unintentional brush with
Bryce Monroe reminds Kennedy that there is more to life than cooking
and taking care of her sisters. The two have so much in common, and
the chemistry they mutually felt shakes both their foundations. Bryce
is captivated by Kennedy and realizes she is what he’s been
missing. Yet, Kennedy shies away, unsure whether there’s room for
something more in the world she’s created for herself. Will Kennedy
let down her guard and allow love in? Will Bryce push past her
resistance and pursue the love of his life? Find out in Teach Me
Moore: Book 2 in the All That & Moore Series.
Each book in the series is a full novel and can be read as a standalone.
Expect Moore
All That & Moore Book 3
One family. Eight sisters, tangled in romance. Daphne Moore, third eldest
sister of the Moore girls has had tremendous success in her
professional life. As the Founder and Head Mistress of Moore Academy
for Girls, Daphne taught her girls to be smart, self-reliant and
confident. Yet, with all the success in her career, Daphne struggled
when it came to matters of the heart. Daphne spent three years of her
life loving a man who didn’t show the same kind of faithful,
unwavering love. The wounds Stephen left were deep, and Daphne wasn’t
sure she’d ever recover. Nicholas St. John, preeminent real estate
developer and multimillionaire, was much like Daphne, successful
professionally. However, unlike Daphne, there wasn’t an unfaithful
lover to taint Nicholas’ view on love, Nicholas simply never made
time for it. But an accidental encounter between the two would change
the trajectory of both their lives.
So Much Moore
All That & Moore Book 4
One family. Eight sisters, tangled in romance. Felicity Moore, an actuary
and entrepreneur, deals with facts and numbers as the foundation of
her business. Her hard work and nurturing dedication is what makes
her a leader in the industry. It’s the one thing that her world
revolves around on a daily basis, and because of it, there had been
no time for love or no place for a relationship in Felicity’s life.
It is the sole reason why when Garrett Thompson enters her
life, Felicity doesn’t take him seriously. Especially with him
being a trust fund baby. He’s never had to work to earn a living.
Although Garrett does dabble in philanthropic endeavors, he spends
much of his time living in the lap of luxury; doing the things he
wants to and nothing that he doesn’t have to. Garrett lives by
choice, and any relationship he’s had in the past has been an
accessory to his lifestyle not a primary focus. With Garrett living
life on his own terms, what if anything do they have in common?
Despite Felicity being dismissive of him, Garrett intends
to prove just how serious he can be.
Never Moore
All That & Moore Book 5
He was her best friend. She was the girl of his dreams.
Charity Moore is on the cusp of becoming the neurosurgeon she has always dreamed of
becoming. As a student physician for world renowned Emory University
Hospital, Charity demonstrates her intellectual prowess in the
classroom and in the operating room. Charity has been plotting her
course of becoming a surgeon for as long as she can remember. She
plays by the rules, colors within the lines and does what is
necessary to make her dreams come true.
O’Shea Ali, is also a student physician at Emory Hospital. As the son of international
industry giants, financial security has never been an issue. For
O’Shea, becoming a neurosurgeon isn’t about prestige or financial
gain. His desire stems from O’Shea’s passion to charter new
medical territory and save lives. O’Shea lives his life
passionately without restriction. He fights for what he believes in
and is a fierce protector of the one’s he loves. That includes Charity.
But emerging desire crosses the friendship line,
catapulting Charity and O’Shea out of the friendship zone and into
dangerous territory. Charity fears their new entanglement is risky
and may cost her the very relationship she treasures most. While
O’Shea’s unbridled yearnings for Charity become harder to
contain, he doesn’t want to lose what they have in pursuit of what he craves.
The All That and Moore series follows each sister
in the Moore family as they navigate through the entanglements
romance brings. Each book can be enjoyed if read as a standalone or
if it’s read in the order of the series
Promise Me Moore
All That & Moore Book 6
Physical therapist, Aubrey Moore, is growing her private practice, heavily
courted by coaches from every major sport as she continues to become
a household name. Focusing exclusively on her business, Aubrey has
made little time for matters of the heart until retail store mogul
and multimillionaire, Brett Quinn catches her eye during a charity
basketball game. No one woman has captivated Brett’s heart but that
fleeting encounter ignited a spark, and when they meet again, the
seed of attraction that captivated them before blooms, leaving them
both to wonder if their reunion could be their second chance.
The All That and Moore series follows each sister in the Moore family as
they navigate through the entanglements romance brings. Each book can
be enjoyed if read as a standalone or if it’s read in the order of the series
Moore Than Enough
All That & Moore Book 7
As an international attaché to a Sudanese Diplomat, Ivory Moore is
constantly surrounded by very important people, making international
exchange seem easy with her mastery of multiple languages and
business accouterment. Between her job and her loving family, Ivory’s
life is full. VIP’S don’t impress her. It takes more than that to
gain Ivory’s attention. Or so she thought until a chance encounter
with a blast from the past shakes her foundation at the very core.
Roman West was that disruption, rocking Ivory on her
heels. A visit to the Sudanese Embassy brought Ivory Moore back into
his life. Seeing her again reawakened feelings he thought were lost
for good. Although their encounter seemed to have been by
happenstance, Roman believed in destiny, and he refused to lose Ivory
again. But Roman was a man with secrets; secrets that could ruin what
he hoped would be their future and certainly devastate their past.
My Cherie a’Moore
All That & Moore Book 8
She was somewhat of a free spirit, yet, she felt rightly guided to his.
Trinity Moore, burgeoning entrepreneur and youngest of
the Moore sisters, does what she will. Whether business or pleasure,
Trinity does it on her own terms, unapologetically.
But he touched her in a way Trinity couldn’t deny; assuaging unknown pains
and awakening a transcendental energy that spoke to her soul. She
realized she wanted more of that touch. Esau Knight was right there
to fulfill her every desire.
All books in the All That & Moore series
are standalone connected in a series with HEA’s.
USA Today Bestselling Author and lover of Love. It is a many splendid
thing, isn’t it? Yet, it’s not a straight path from one heart to
another. Most often, love is a tangled mess that challenges our
thoughts, beliefs, and challenges us to prove over and over that we
are more than enamored with an individual. Love is a tangled
conglomeration of what the mind thinks, what the soul feels, and what
the heart knows. And I write about it…
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Audiobook Review: Blind Tasting ( The Love List) #3 by Angela Ford 5 Really Enjoyable Stars!

What a wonderful short story this was to listen too! I’ve not read this author’s work before, my first experience with her audiobook. I really enjoyed the way the author used imaginative ways to bring Chase and Rebecca together. The narrator did a great job bringing the author’s work alive. I  was looking for a ‘feel good read’ last night,  I started just after mid-night and finished listing to the rest the this morning, while cleaning the kitchen I smiled a lot! Let’s get into the review.

Blind TastingLove is the last thing on Becca’s mind. Until she discovers her match is Chase Tanner.

Dr. Rebecca Miller’s life is perfect until she finds her fiancé in bed with her best friend.
She takes the first offer out of New York. Becca discovers Vinegrove in the heart of wine country. Country charm is the best medicine for the doctor. But when her book club friends decide to spice it up and create the love list of eligible bachelors to date; Becca hesitates until she draws Chase’s name.

She’s denied her attraction to the firefighter/playboy since she arrived in Vinegrove. Chase discovers the love list with his name on it and believes he’s been fooled.
Will Becca be able to convince him she really does love him?

 

Kim’s Review 5 Really Enjoyable Stars

Short stories can some times be hit and miss, rushed, under developed, not really that engaging from the start etc. I never found any of this with Blind Tasting. As I listened to the audio version it felt like a complete love story to me. An enjoyable ‘second chance romance’ ,my favourite romance trope! Without giving spoilers we follow the story of Rebecca who has had her heart broken, she ends up in a new place for a new start. Here she forms friendships and does find love. What I really enjoyed about this short story is that I could identify with the main character, she is a ‘city girl’ from New York and I enjoyed the way the author eased her into ‘small town life.’ The transition into her new life seemed realistic. I could also understand why she left New York– no spoilers from  me.

I also really enjoyed the characters– Rebecca her self yes, and I liked that she was a career woman a doctor. Her girlfriends were interesting to meet too, and hear about their stories. The male line up was swoon worthy! I actually found myself liking Chase’s brother as soon as came into the story, and Chase too. They came across as real gentlemen, from a small town. The author developed well their mannerisms to reflect this. In fact the whole ‘close knit’ community of a small town I found well written, and enjoyable being a ‘city girl’ myself.

Plot- I don’t like to give too many spoilers for readers, but I enjoyed the author’s imaginative ways for Rebecca to find love, that involved her girlfriends. As I listened I thought to myself, ‘how cool would it be to do that with a group of girls, yeah they’re  all bound to find a nice guy.’ It was a good twist or situation to include in the story-line. I’m also not always a reader that loves typical ‘sweet and clean’ romance. Partly because things can always just fall into place, no challenges and sometimes can be a little hard to believe that love and life just ‘happens’ like that. With Bling Tasting I really warmed to the author’s story-telling in the plot as there were slight challenges to it.

The journey to love- the change of heart Rebecca had towards Chase was very believable. It was not rushed, unclear or underdeveloped, considering it’s a short story. I could see easily why she fell for him, after her heart break. The date they had got the ball rolling, it was such a romantic date! One that I would have loved myself, and I am petrified of horse riding LOL. But the author made me feel as if I’d like to experience what Rebecca did. It was very romantic. I also liked that there were some ‘challenge’ for Chase and Rebecca, everything didn’t just fall into place. There was a little challenge for their union, which in the end worked out.

Overall, for my first experience of this author’s work I enjoyed this feel good, sweet and clean romance. Love developed without sex heavily linked to it, a genuine bond formed. 5 really enjoyable stars from me. I would read more from the author, especially in audio book. I recommend Blind Tasting to all romance lovers who like quick reads, second chance romance and even cowboys!

At the time of writing this it’s just .99 cent on Amazon too! Grab a copy, or even the audio.

Hot New Romantic Suspense Series by Seelie Kay+ Giveaway!

Martimus
Feisty
Lawyers Book 5
by
Seelie Kay
Genre:
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance 
 
Agent
Cate Creighton is in love. Unfortunately, as the Agency honeypot, she
is knee-deep in an assignment that tests the bounds of her new
relationship. It seems eight socialites have gone missing, all
wealthy twenty-somethings with influential parents. No one seems to
care until a former vice president’s daughter disappears.

 

 



When
the vice-president shares a tale of false arrest, a broken promise of
deportation, an illegal diversion into a private prison, and an
alleged trip to an unwater habitat called Martimus, Cate and her
colleagues must find a way to follow the same path. In other words,
they must enter the right prison, meet the right fixer, wind up on
Martimus, and hopefully return in one piece. And it looks like Cate
is the perfect bait.

 

 

 

That
doesn’t sit well with Cate’s lover, former U.S. Navy Seal Warren
Hazelton. He intends to protect her until death ‘til do they
part.

 

 

 

Fortunately,
another possibility appears, in the form of an MISix agent who has
interfered in one too many Agency operations. Tillie Henderson owes
them and they are all too willing to serve her up on a plate. It’s
race against time as the Agency attempts to lure their adversary out
of hiding and into their somewhat ambiguous trap. Maybe then Cate can
finally focus on love.

 

 
 
Hope
Feisty
Lawyers Book 4 
 
No
one knows what they’re made of until they’re broken. At the
tender age of twenty-two, Hope Ali has finally joined the
organization of her dreams, the Agency, an elite group of attorneys
who go undercover to right wrongs the law can’t. The requirements
are stringent, the training exhausting.



After seeking asylum
in the United States when she was sixteen, Hope and her father,
Sheikh Harun Ali, settled in a quiet Wisconsin town, hiding from
those who had placed a price on their heads. Still, she excelled,
finishing her university and law school education by the time she was
twenty-one.
Now, after breezing through the Agency training
program, Hope appears to be indestructible—until she is assigned a
simple task during the rescue of an author among the disappeared in
the UAE. The task? To distract the woman’s captors until she can be
spirited out of the country.
Unfortunately, a member of MISix
has other plans. In an attempt to disrupt the Agency’s mission, she
tips off one of Hope’s enemies, alerting them to her location. Hope
manages to lead the author’s captors on a merry dance, freeing
others to rescue her, until she is unexpectedly confronted with a
violent angry mob intent on harm.
She is left bloody and
broken. No one knows whether Hope’s body or her mind will heal.
Suddenly Hope is no longer just her name. It is also the one thing
she must embrace to find her new normal.

 

 
 
Cult
Feisty Lawyers Book 3 
 
When
college students begin disappearing from American campuses, a
notorious cult, God’s Delight, is the primary suspect. God’s
Delight has been hosting shows featuring sex, drugs, and rock and
roll around the country, and young people are flocking to
them.

 

 



Among
the missing is the President’s goddaughter, and he wants answers.
When he asks Agent Cade Matthews, a member of a secret covert
organization, to find her, the mission appears fairly
straightforward. Find the God’s Delight compound, determine whether
a welfare check on American cult members is warranted, and get out.
Simple. Clean. Easy.

 

 

 

Cade
sends newly-married Agents Dianna Murphy and Anders Mark to the
University of Wisconsin to follow the trail to God’s Delight, but
when they wind up in Bolivia, things go sideways. Suddenly, what
appeared to be nothing more than a simple in-and-out could cost
Dianna her life. When an Agency extraction is ordered, chaos erupts,
and the question becomes, will anyone survive?

 

 
 
Infamy
Feisty Lawyers Book 2 
 
When
international law attorney Sheikh Harun Ali is lured to the Amazon
and warned of a frightening plot against the United States, he and
his wife, Marianne Benson, enlist the assistance of their neighbors,
covert agent Cade Matthews and his wife, Constitutional Law Professor
Janet MacLachlan. Ultimately, these feisty lawyers are pushed to the
wall, desperate to find a plane that has been buried in an unknown
cornfield, the passengers still on board. The terrorists’ hatred
for the Alis is absolute—the Alis once left their organization
bankrupt and broken—but they hate America more. And their fiendish
games are just beginning. They are seeking a much bigger prize—one
that could destroy a nation and possibly the world. An act that will
live in infamy.
 
 
Snatching
Dianna
Feisty Lawyers Book 1 
 
When
suburban Milwaukee law student Dianna Murphy fails to connect with
her roommate, there is no real evidence that she has been snatched.
Until Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, a former covert agent,
discovers a single clue, one that points to a taking by a slave
trafficking cartel. In a race against time, Janet recruits her
husband, secret agent Cade Matthews, small-town Police Chief David
Manders and his wife, criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant,
and other law students to uncover the truth. Can they prove she has
been taken, before Dianna disappears without a trace?
 
 
 

Seelie Kay is a nom de
plume for a writer, editor, and author with more than 30 years of
experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. When
she writes about love and lust in the legal world, something kinky is
bound to happen! In possession of a wicked pen and an overly
inquisitive mind, Ms. Kay is the author of multiple works of fiction,
including the Kinky Briefs series, the Feisty
Lawyers
series, The Garage Dweller, A
Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife
, The
White House Wedding,
and The President’s Daughter.
When not spinning her
kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other
professionals. She resides in a bucolic exurb
outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her
son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an
occasional bottle of red wine.

Ms. Kay is an MS
warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her
message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it
does not define you!
 
 
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Hot New Cosy Mystery by Dahlia Donovan + $5.00 Giftcard Giveaway!

Poisoned Primrose
Motts Cold Case Mystery Book 1
by Dahlia Donovan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Autistic, asexual, and almost forty, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley flees London with her cat and turtle to a quaint cottage in Cornwall. She craves the peace of life in a small village. The dead body buried in her garden isn’t quite what she had in mind, though.
Unable to resist her curiosity, she falls directly into a mess of trouble and runs head-first into the attractive detective inspector, Teo Herceg. She tries to balance her business with the investigation, but as the killer focuses on her, staying alive becomes trickier than advanced origami.
Will Motts survive the onslaught of murderously bad luck?
Can she solve the mystery before it all spins out of control and off a cliff?
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.
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New Release: Who’s Writing Their Next Bad-ass Short Story?

The art of short story and novella writing official 1

So I did it again lol, I penned another writer’s reference book #2 in the ‘Savvy Writer’s”  series that follows 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers I don’t know what came over me but I wanted to add this to the series. I never planed to write another one  so soon. That said, I love short story writing as you all know very well, from my work with Didi Oviatt, and I love novella writing from my Romance in The City and Romance Set in Paradise series novellas. Novel writing will never leave me I will always do it, the more I write the more I learn, never under estimate the different skill needed to tackle shorter pieces…well!  The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing is out now on pre-sale. Audio and paperbacks will be available in August too.

Amazon Link: https://bit.ly/2WRjzPn just 2.99

Blurb

Compared to novel writing, short stories and novellas need special and different skills that every writer should master. Readers love shorter stories! From Kim Knight, the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance writers, The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing writer’s reference is perfect for both seasoned and aspiring writers of all genres. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing will help you perfect, sharpen, and increase your skills and abilities when writing engaging shorter stories, novellas, or novelettes for both stand-alone and series stories. With detailed and practical steps, the sole aim of this guide is to help writers confidently write within a high demand and well-paid market.

With easy-to-engage-with chapters, discover the practical art of short story and novella writing. The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing includes practical exercises to help you master the skills to write your next series of stories:

  • Story-telling styles for short stories: how and why it should differentiate from novel writing.
  • Character development with limited word count.
  • Strengthening themes and plots with limited word count.
  • Where and how to start a shorter story to capture reader’s attention.
  • Creating compelling stories with peaks and satisfying endings for readers, with a small word count.
  • Learn about the market, paid writing contests, and where to submit shorter stories.

Each chapter has a dedicated writing space for every practical exercise, and for plotting your ideas and characters. Writing compelling shorter stories with meaning, and well developed characters is not easy! But, with The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, you will ramp up your skills set and become a master of the technique.

Note: the paperback will allow writers to make notes, carry out the exercises, and throw away  the hundreds of note pads us writers have sitting around.

Amazon Link: https://bit.ly/2WRjzPn just 2.99