Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Space: The Perks of a Series

When I write, I don’t write with a plan. I write to tell the story that needs to be told and I take up however much space I need. I write because there’s an idea in my mind that won’t go away and the only way to keep the character voices from annoying the hell out of me—yes, my characters talk to me—is to write it down and get it out. So when my writing gets so lengthy and my story so large that it needs a series to tell it from beginning to end, I assure you, it’s a complete accident.

I never plan to write a series. It just happens. The way I’ve always described my writing is not so much writing as it is watching the characters I’ve dreamed up go about their day and interact with their world and then writing down what happens, what’s said, and so forth. I guess you could say I’m an omniscient observer and recorder of my characters in their own world. So I just let the characters do the work. Where the plot goes is up to them. And in the event that plot makes the story so long that it requires multiple books, then so be it.

But I take comfort in writing a series. Once I know that I don’t have to try and condense the story I want to tell into a single book, I feel like I can relax. I have as much room as I want to write my story. I can write three books or five, or two, or seven. There’s no limit, no restrictions. I’m free to use as much space as I need. 

Personally, I believe that there’s nothing more painful than trying to take a long, epic story and cram it into the space of a couple hundred pages. It’s an injustice to story, as it will get short-changed on all the rich development it could have had, and it’s also an injustice to me as an author for doing far less than I know I’m capable of. And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s doing a half-assed job on something I know I could have done way better. 

When I write, I give it my all. I put everything I’ve got into every word on the page. I want to be able to fully flesh things out, leave all my plot holes filled, and have all my loose ends tied by the time I reach a story’s conclusion. In those instances where I find my story is too big to fit into a single book—this seems to be happening a lot lately—I put the extra space to develop story and characters across multiple books to my advantage.

Having more space allows me to write to my full potential. It allows me the room to breathe and tell the story I want to tell. Having space to write is freedom; I’m uninhibited, unrestricted, and do not need to exercise restraint. My characters are free to have their stories told in the way they want it to be told. I don’t need to leave anything out. I can write however I want. In short, more space is liberating.

Title: Spark

Series: The Hellfire Series

Author: Karyn Pearson

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: June 23, 2013

Blurb: For centuries, the powers of Heaven and Hell have been at war, locked in a perpetual stalemate. Fifty years ago, the war spilled out on Earth and the last modern age of man ended. Humanity now finds itself at the brink of annihilation, barely surviving in small pockets of civilization scattered across the globe. But even in the direst of circumstances, the human spirit lives on. 

Now, in this post-apocalypse, humanity has but one choice: resist or die. In order to combat the forces of Hell, man has learned to fight, training from their youth to hunt the demons that threaten their very existence.

Twenty-five years ago, a demon hunter dared rise against an ancient demon family, the Saligia—the Seven Deadly Sins—and was cursed for her defiance. The curse appeared in the guise of an innocent: the huntress’s own daughter, Ardentia, who had been born with a demon soul attached to her own.

In the present day, Ardentia, now grown, seeks to free her mother from her curse by hunting down the demons responsible. But the road ahead will be difficult now that the demon within her has awakened. Trusting him is dangerous, especially when he can turn on her at a moment’s notice. Others have warned her that succumbing to the demon will be her own downfall. 

Now Ardentia must decide what she’s willing to lose: her mother’s freedom or herself.


The demon snapped his fingers and the daemonis igni behind Ardentia grew blindingly bright and white-hot, the flames reaching over forty feet high and surging straight toward her. She froze with fear, knowing that in a few seconds she was about to die, burned alive in the fires of Hell.
“Ardentia!” Noxius was shouting. “Run! Run now!”
She was too scared to move. She could not even muster up the strength to take that first step. Somehow, even if she did run away, she knew that the flames or Gula would end up devouring her anyway.
Distantly, she could hear the voices of her comrades, yelling for her to run, to find higher ground, but still, she could not move.
Noxius snarled with irritation, muttering a stream of curses in lingua daemon.
“Idiot girl!” he hissed at her. “I’ve no other choice. I simply cannot allow us both to die here.”
And then an indescribable force slammed against the inside of Ardentia’s skull. She saw bright lights pop in front of her eyes, nearly blinded with pain, and dropped to her knees in a daze. Dimly, she could feel Noxius seizing control; his power coursed through her, flooding her with an unimaginable strength and power that she was incapable of using. Her hand started to reach for the reliquary dangling from her belt, only to feel an invisible hand within her snatching it away.
“What are you doing?” she asked weakly.
“You’ll thank me in a moment,” Noxius answered her.
Ardentia’s eyes fell shut and she thought she could hear the sound of wings being spread then close around her. If she leant to the side ever so slightly, she swore she could feel the leathery velvet of the wing brush against her cheek.
An intense heat passed over her; she realized that it was probably the demonic fire, having reached her at last. She inhaled sharply, preparing to scream as she burned in the hellish pyre, only to find that she did not need to. There was only heat but no flames. She was not burned.

About Karyn Pearson:

Karyn Pearson is a post-grad university student with a B.A. in Anthropology, currently living in California with her two dogs. Over the years, she has created many worlds, characters, and series, which naturally makes her head a very crowded place to be. 

When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with a book, playing video games, doing research for her books on the web, or attempting to not burn the house down with another kitchen experiment, a hobby otherwise known as cooking.

Spark Contests: Karyn is giving away a few digital bookmarks. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address. The winners will be drawn after the tour closes on October 11th.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

New Release Blitz-The Twisted Mosaic

Title: The Twisted Mosaic

Author: Amelia James

Genre: Erotica

Publisher: Evolved Publishing 

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: 23rd September 2013

Blurb: All three Twisted Mosaic books (Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice) in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

Dirty little secrets.

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless, and she craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe, and she needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?

All the wrong reasons.

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.
When Alex’s case forces them back together, Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?

Love takes an unexpected twist.

Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect.

No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option?

About Amelia James:

Amelia James started reading steamy romance novels in junior high, but her mom took them away from her, so she started daydreaming instead. After she got married, she wrote some of her naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. She kept daydreaming and writing stories until her dirty stories turned into trashy books.

She lives in Colorado, but she’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When she’s not lusting after her next bad boy hero, she looks for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BookSpotlight-'69 Mustang

I am so excited to have Kacey at my blog today sharing her indie release, 69 Mustang. Have you checked out the cover. Drool worthy. And at 99 cents it's a must have for your Ereader. 

By Kacey Hammell
Book 1: Revved and Ready Series
Contemporary Erotic Romance
ISBN: 9780987799319
Word Count: 4,415 Short Story

Only $0.99 cents!!!

Revved and Ready for passion, heat sizzles between two friends…

For Hayley Fitzgibbon, the heat wave blanketing her small town is nothing compared to the inferno inside her whenever she looks at her best friend, Rory. On the night of his parents’ anniversary party, she no longer resists her burning desire and makes it known how much she wants him. Secluded under a willow tree, down a lover’s lane, she’s revved and ready to claim her man on the top of his ’69 Mustang.

Excerpt © Kacey Hammell, 2013:
“Take this path,” she directed, hearing the breathlessness and passion in her voice.
“Hales, this is—”
“Memory Lane at the back of Zwick’s Park, I know. I haven’t been here in a long time.”
He maneuvered the car through the long grass and around high bushes. The area had overgrown in the twenty-something years since she’d been there last.
“Neither have I. Last girl I brought here was—”
“You don’t have to tell me. Tonight’s for new memories and new beginnings.” Last thing she cared about was his old lovers. “There are some willow trees right up there. Park beneath them for privacy.”
“Hales,” he began, his voice unsteady.
“What’s the matter? Scared to be alone out here with lil ole me?” She laid her arm over his arm, silencing him, amazed once again by the wealth of muscle beneath his shirt. Gone was the tall flagpole type body he grew up with. The six pack abs and bulging biceps he sported now continuously held her in awe – and drooling. He definitely took care of himself.
Rory pulled in under the trees, glanced over at her, his eyes enflamed in heat and desire, then turned off the ignition.
Hayley undid her seatbelt, shifted toward him, and clasped the back of his neck, then pulled him close. She crushed her mouth to his.
He tasted so good. Intoxicating. Incredible. Fucking superb. She tangled her tongue with his. Shivers of delight spread along her body, nipples beading while juices gathered in her pussy.
Digging her fingers into his nape, anxiousness filled her to taste every inch of him but there wasn’t room to maneuver in the tight confines of the car.
“It’s too hot in here to sit. Let’s go outside,” she whispered. She pulled back and opened her door. Though the strangling humidity hadn’t dissipated much, a slight breeze skated along her skin. She welcomed the pleasure of the coolness against her body from the numerous days of nothing but stagnant humidity and the fire Rory stoked inside her.
Slamming the door, she tip-toed farther under the trees, careful not to sink into the grass in her stilettos, and waved him to follow her. “Come on,” she called.
Rory wiped a hand over his face. 
“Trust me it’s much cooler out here.”
For the moment at least.


Amazon — US / Canada / UK

5 Stars from Susan W. @ ~ “If you have only a short amount of time and want to read something hot then this is the book to read. Loved this story and can't wait to read more in this series!” 

5 Stars from Lindsay @ ~ “This short read is a hot one. Guaranteed to make your body temperature rise, and will have you thinking of other uses for your car in no time. I'm looking forward to checking out the next installments in this series.”

5 Stars from Amy Miller @ ~ “Great story about two friends who both are in love with one another. On one hot night they finally go for it and put their friendship on the line and it involves a super hot car and hot sex. What more can you ask for. For a short read this is a good one. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Great Job Kacey Hammell!!” 

4.5 Stars from Author, Carly Fall ~ “…true Kacey Hammell style: written well, hot sex and fun characters.”

4 Stars from Author, Lucy Felthouse ~ “…very well-written, hot and sultry read with a satisfying outcome.”

Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…
Canadian-born author, Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic, who began reading romances at a young age and became easily addicted.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass and emotion to the Contemporary Romances she writes. 

A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.

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