The Dreaded “S” Word

Synopsis. The word should have its own ominous anthem, like hearing “The Imperial March” when Darth Vader walks onscreen. It’s a universal truth that authors hate writing synopses. I’m not entirely sure why this is, though at the moment I’m guessing that there’s a reason synopsis and Satan both start with “s”. It’s evil trying … Continue reading

Daydreams, Nightmares and Flights of Fancy

What inspires you? I’m often inspired by dreams, both good and bad. More than one nightmare has helped create a villain or a fight scene in my writing. The hero in Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was inspired by a dream–except that it wasn’t my dream, it was my husband’s. I happily took his idea and … Continue reading

Evil Authors and Angsty Heroes

I love heroes with tortured pasts. Heroes who are bitter, who were burned by a love gone wrong and who are convinced they’ll never love again–because it’s so much fun as a writer to convince them otherwise. This is why I’m addicted to vampire romance, because if a character’s been around for a few centuries … Continue reading

Fangtastic Friday Welcomes Kristal McKerrington

Embrace the Shadows welcomes Kristal McKerrington, a young author from Glasgow, Scotland.  Kristal writes paranormal fiction, as well as non-fiction for her Canadian publisher, XOXO Publishing ( Kristal, I understand you enjoy motor biking around Scotland with your boyfriend, long tub baths, and the lure of the Viking.  Sounds like a lively combination.  Kristal McKerrrington … Continue reading

The Twenty-Eight Hour Day

Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. I’m feeling the pinch pretty hard right now between the day job, edits from my publisher, and finishing up this urban fantasy. My poor family doesn’t know whether I’m coming or going, lol. Hopefully they’ll … Continue reading

I’m a little Uncomfortable…

I’m shy by nature. I think most writers are. It takes a lot for me to come out from behind a computer and talk to people face to face. I’m not quite sure why that is. It isn’t like one time I said ‘hello’ to someone and they bit me. It’s just a part of … Continue reading

Do you Vook?

There is no doubt that ebooks are becoming more popular. Yesterday it was announced that Harlequin was opening its own ebook only line and naming Angela James as its executive editor. As we become more and more of a virtual society I think we will see a lot of New York Publishers take on similar approaches. Simon and … Continue reading

Book Promotion Part IV – The Freebie

Today I’m going to talk about something that everybody loves: freebies. In the publishing world, authors and publishers have  been known to give away promotional items to attract new readers. There are many different things that can be given away, from business cards and bookmarks to short stories… to entire novels. My question today is… does the freebie work? Now, … Continue reading

Book Promotion Part III – Social Networks

This week, I’d like to talk a little bit about social networking. Those of you who follow the blog, know that I’ve talked about this before HERE and HERE. I love connecting with people online. The question is, does it sell books? The answer, like most everything, is… it depends. There are many social networks … Continue reading

Book Promotion Part II – Blogging

 Today I would like to continue talking about the ins and outs of book promotion. Before I get too deep into the post, I’d like to share a link with you. A great interview was brought to my attention this week. It is with Kim Castillo, a freelance personal assistant. She helps out such authors … Continue reading

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