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Posted by Dani Wade Apr 30 2013, 1:34 am in Dani Wade, Finding Her Rhythm, inspiration, muse, romantic suspense, Ruby Release, taking risks, writer's journey
One of the joys of my Indie-publishing endeavors is being able to write a book how it wants to be written– let the characters lead me and follow them without restraints (or into restraints, if that’s where they want to go). My editors have led my Harlequin books in great directions, strengthening them and my skills. But there are just certain things Harlequin books don’t do. So Indie publishing lets me explore different aspects of my creativity.
In this case, I was able to follow the leading of my hero – my rock star hero.
When I first envisionsed Michael Korvello, little voices nagged at me. There’s a long-held rumor that editors don’t want Rock Stars. They aren’t popular enough. But still he hung around – that bad boy, brooding rocker attracted to the anti-thesis of his high profile lifestyle, his nanny.
I just couldn’t get him out of my mind, and before long, despite the push and pull of my first print release and new proposals, I had the full-blown story of a man who was lonely but afraid of revealing his true nature. And a woman so battered by life that trust had been all but obliterated – especially for a first rate performer.
So I chose to follow my characters and discovered a world beneath a world. The performer who wants to be seen and loved as a real man. A family who misses him. A woman who learns to trust him to protect her. A brother who teases and torments him, but who always has his back – on and off the road.
They took me on a journey and I enjoyed every minute! (Well, until I reached revisions.) A journey of a family trying to find each other again, and a man hell bent on using his sexual talents to teach a woman everything that she’s capable of, and everything they can be together.
So let’s celebrate those fun journeys we get to take when we follow wherever our characters lead! Share the last “fun” discovery you made about your book/characters while writing!
One commenter will win a giftie! An Amazon or B&N giftcard for a new journey of discovery.
Posted by Gwynlyn MacKenzie Mar 25 2013, 12:05 am in change, contemporary romance, Hope Ramsay, Last Chance Book Club, new release, romance, Ruby Release
Savannah White is running from a bad situation, back to the only place she ever really felt loved. But much has changed since she last visited Last Chance. For one thing, it’s cold. Savannah always visited during the summer. Thanks to the the early spring chill, the town feels different than she remembers. For another, Aunt Miriam, whose practical caring offered a welcome respite from Savannah’s critical, impossible-to-please mother, seems to be fading since Uncle Harry died.
The changes discomfit Savannah, but it’s what remains the same that presents the real problem: Dash Randall, her childhood nemesis, is back home with Aunt Miriam. Money precludes staying elsewhere, and proximity to Dash demands Savannah acknowledge that the snide, gangly boy she loathed is now downright drool-worthy. Even so, the animosity founded in their youthful rivalry blinds her to the man the boy has become.
Dash, for his part, has a similar problem. Savannah is as welcome in his world as another knee surgery. Less welcome, actually. The surgery cost him his career; Savannah might cost him the life he’s managed to cobble together since.
Old resentments and jealousies rear their ugly heads. Forced to live in the same house as Savannah, to notice things that might soften his antipathy, Dash ruthlessly resurrects those feelings lest he yield to his unexpected attraction to the princess whose annual visits made his life hell.
Despite her uncertain future and her best efforts to remain apart, Savannah finds herself becoming woven into the weft and warp of Last Chance, going so far as to play peace-maker when the book club ladies rebel against reading dreary literary tomes and clamor for a romance. Savannah suggests Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a book of sufficient literary merit to appease the town librarian, the driving force behind the book club, while still appealing to everyone else.
As it turns out, Savannah and Elizabeth Bennett have much in common.
You’d think a release announcement would be easy to write. The topic is set in stone. The book is read (and, in this case, enjoyed). All that’s necessary is a brief summation to introduce the story to the world.
You’d be dead wrong.
Last Chance is a place we’ve come to know as well as we know our own home towns. It’s become real, filled with people who could be our aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or the crazy cat-lady down the street. It’s familiar, comfortable, welcoming.
Most of us dislike change. The very idea makes us shudder and mutter something like “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” even as we know what doesn’t change stagnates. It takes a brave soul to mess with success.
There is no denying Hope Ramsay takes a risk in her new release, Last Chance Book Club. There are changes aplenty. The Sorrowful Angel has gone to her eternal rest. We see brief cameos by the townspeople we know, but few play a major role; fans of Miz Ruby will see little of her in this tale. Even the church ladies take a back seat, appearing only now and again to stir the pot and keep the town’s character alive.
Instead, several secondary and mentioned-in-passing characters have taken center stage—to good effect. Some will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has visited Last Chance in the past, some will tease memories—including the war veteran with a knack for woodwork and matching people with the animals he’s rescued.
Oh, and did I mention he keeps company with a ghost?
This is a story about change, growth, understanding, and self-discovery, none of which would work with the beloved characters from previous books.
Some risks are worth taking. This is one of them.
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Thanks, Gwynlyn, for writing such a lovely summary of Last Chance Book Club. Since this is the beginning of another series of stories that follow members of the book club, the life of Nita Wills, and a new character names Zeph Gibs, I felt I needed to shift the focus just a bit.
In the next few books, readers will be learning more about some of the younger folks in town. This allows me to also keep tabs on what’s happening in the lives of previoius heroines and heroes. Readers have made it clear they want to know.
Which brings me to an important announcement I would like to make here at the RSS blog. If you’re a fan of the Last Chance stories and want to connect with other readers to gossip about what’s happening in town, or discuss the books, there is now a place to do so – the virtual Last Chance Book Club, which is has been set up as a Facebook group. You can visit and join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastchancebookclub/. I’ll be hanging out there on a regular basis, but I’m hoping that the group will give readers a place to connect with each other. And I’ll be doing special giveaways and other stuff there from time to time. But mostly it’s a place for folks who have read the books to come and socialize.
How do you feel about characters in a series of books? Do you want to know what’s going on in the lives of past heroes and heroines? Or are you a person who’s happy to leave it at happily ever after? One commenter on today’s blog will receive an autographed copy of Last Chance Book Club.
Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart, and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.
Her books are available through Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.
Posted by Amanda Brice Jan 30 2013, 12:01 am in Ruby Release
Today I’m thrilled to hold a release party for the fabulous Kim Law, whose e-serial Ex on the Beach just released the first “episode” yesterday.
E-serial, say what? That’s what I thought. So being the nerd that I am, I read up on the history of serial fiction before delving into coming up with interview questions for her. Well, after reading her first episode, of course. (And it is GOOD! She has me hooked and waiting for more!)
A brief history…
Charles Dickens is generally considered to be the first author to serialize a novel, with the Pickwick Papers in 1836. Serialized fiction in periodicals grew in popularity during the Victorian era, with magazines like Harpers, Atlantic Monthly. and Scribner’s Monthly all leading the way in the U.S. Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Flaubert, and Tolstoy all wrote in the serial format, or had their longer works serialized.
Kind of a lofty literary tradition for our Kim to live up to.
But then the serial form fell out of fashion with the rise of radio and television series. Well, serials didn’t fall out of fashion, but the written-word version did. Folks wanted dramatizations utilizing the new technologies, so radio plays and television series filled that niche.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. Serial fiction didn’t entirely go away. Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities was originally a serial in 27 parts in Rolling Stone in the 1980s, but then he heavily revised the work before publishing it as a standalone novel. But that was somewhat of an outlier and there was basically nothing until Stephen King experimented with web serialization in the early 2000s and Orson Scott Card serialized his out of print novel, Hot Sleep, in his online magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show in 2005. (See — technology drives innovation.)
Still, serializations didn’t really go mainstream until indie superstar Hugh Howey self-published what was originally intended as a one-off novelette in the fall of 2011. Of his success, he says “the demand from Amazon reviews sent me scurrying to write more tales in this subterranean world.” So he wrote more “episodes” and one thing lead to another, and now Ridley Scott is making the movie.
And now “e-serial” is the hot word on everyone’s lips. I was dying to learn more about the mechanics of writing one, as well as Amazon’s new Kindle Serial program, so I jumped at the chance to host Kim’s release party today and pick her brain. So here goes!
Amanda: I must admit I’d never thought I’d be interested in reading a serial — I generally even hate cliffhangers in a trilogy! But with all the buzz about Hugh Howey’s Wool, it seems authors all over the place are jumping into the serial form. What made you decide to write one?
Kim: First, let me say that I’m SO excited to be writing this serial! It had never crossed my mind to do one, because like you, I never thought I’d like reading that way. But my editor asked me if I’d be interested so I check out a couple. And you know what? They are kind of fun! It keeps me anxiously awaiting the next episode, kind of like I anxiously await the next episode of my favorite television shows. There’s just this layer of buzz running through me as I wait for it. I love it.
Amanda: Tell me about the writing process. Was it difficult to plot out? Did you write the entire thing in advance, or are you writing it as you go along?
Kim: OMG, I’ve only got about half of it written as the first episode is going live!!!! How insane is that? But I’m finding the challenge of that as fun and exciting as reading serials! I am a plotter though, so I have the full book plotted out. Though the ending NEVER happens as I plot them out, so I really don’t know how this one is going to wrap up. I’m as excited to find out as I hope readers will be.
Amanda: Tell me about Amazon’s new Kindle Serial program. How does it work, both for readers and for writers?
Kim: The Kindle Serial program is pretty cool, actually. Amazong Publishing started with their first serials released in September, and Montlake Romance (the imprint I write for) got into it in December. I’m the third one they’ve put out.
For writers, it’s a much faster turnaround to getting a book released, but developmental edits are done along the way, one episode at a time, instead of as a whole with the book. Since I’m a plotter, I think (hope? pray?) this will work out ok, but for pantsers, I have no ideas if they could make this work without writing the whole book first. Since I can’t fathom writing that way, I can’t speak for them.
For readers, it’s pretty cool, too. They essentially get the book at a discounted rate, and get to provide feedback and chat about the book with other readers along the way. The cost is only $1.99 as the serial is releasing, and will go up after the book is fully released. Readers will pay a one-time fee of $1.99 only, and new episodes are released and sent to their Kindles/apps automatically with an email letting them know it’s arrived. For my book, episodes are being released every two weeks.
What I find really nice about serials is that sometimes I DON’T start a book because I know I don’t have time to finish it, and yes, I prefer to finish a book as soon after I start it as I can. I just love reading, so I like to get sucked into books and forget the rest of the world. But since I don’t always have time for that, the serials are a way to ensure I don’t put everything else aside and simply read. I get a nice chunk of book at a time, so I know I can find the time to read at least that much, and then I can go back to my regularly scheduled life and anxiously await the next episode!
Amanda: How does it work if someone discovers a series midstream, after some of the episode have been released, but not all?
Kim: They’ll get all of the episodes they’ve missed at once, so it’ll just be part of a book, just like if they were getting them one by one. Each episode just appends to the previous episodes you have, so in the end, you still have only one file, no matter whether you get it at the beginning or halfway through.
Amanda: What would you recommend to someone who has never tried this type of writing before?
Kim: Be open to the challenge! Honestly, I’m stressed because it’s releasing before it’s finished, but it’s also quite a rush, too. And since I’m a plotter, I’m not nearly as stressed as I believe I would be if I didn’t plot heavily. But still…there are always character things, and plot foreshadowing that I go back and add after the draft is complete, and there’s only so much of that I can do with this one. Therefore, what I’m doing is trying my best to get that draft finished, but also, each time I have to edit/copyedit an episode, I’m taking the time to reread the ones before it to make sure the book is really flowing cohesively.
Also, I actually learned a lot about writing/plotting out a book from doing this serial. I always go over the word count I hope to end with, so when I knew I had to do these in 8-10K chunks, and we needed 9 or 10 of them, I started looking at my book in nine 10K chunks. Some are a little shorter, some a little longer. But it helped me to see when I did or didn’t have too much in the book. I used this same technique with the book I just finished the last half of in December, and for the first time I came in right at 90K words.
Amanda: Can you recommend any other serials (besides the wonderful Ex on the Beach — buy it folks, you won’t be disappointed) for readers to try?
Kim: Well, I’ve only tried a couple. One I’m reading right now…and LOVING…is Tiffany Snow’s Blank Slate. It’s a totally fun romantic suspense. I can hardly wait for the next episode! Another romantic suspense to give a try is Cheryl Bolen’s Falling for Frederick. Both of these serials are getting terrific reviews. Ex on the Beach, of course, is a contemporary, and then Montlake has another contemporary coming out at the end of February. It’ll be Patrice Wilton’s A Hero Lies Within. I would suggest any (and all) of these to give a try!
Amanda: I’ll have to look for those. My former critique partner Olivia Mayfield recently sold a sexy mystery romance e-serial to Berkley, so I’m really excited about that one, too. I saw her outline for all her episodes and have to admit I was intimidated. And I’m a plotter! LOL
Wow, thanks for all this great info, Kim! Good luck on the release!
She vowed to protect her heart…
Andie Shayne believes in forever…for everyone else. She has an up-and-coming wedding planning business, and her own failed engagement, to prove it. Now, all Andie wants is to save the date for Seaglass Celebrations becoming a premier destination wedding resort. And making sure the wedding of the summer goes off without a hitch will get her there – despite the arrival of one unexpected guest.
The sexy-as-sin best man…who’s also the ex who broke Andie’s heart.
Mark Kavanaugh wants to make amends with Andie. He knows breaking off their engagement—at the altar!—was unforgivable. But he’s a wiser man now, vowing to make peace with his past. But with desire reigniting on Turtle Island, Mark realizes he never stopped loving Andie. He wants her; and this time, he’s determined to do it right.
Episode 1: Released on January 29, 2013. 27 pages. Andie Shayne, owner of Seaglass Celebrations, is getting ready to host the wedding of the summer. The high-profile nuptials could make her wedding planning company take off. But when Andie comes face to face with an unexpected guest, she’s filled with anger, and desire, she thought she’d buried long ago.
Posted by Anne Barton Jan 29 2013, 12:00 am in Anne Barton, inspiration, Jane Austen, Ruby Release
Like many romance writers, I’m a huge Jane Austen fangirl. So, to celebrate the release of my debut novel, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED, I thought I’d share ten quotes containing Jane’s timeless wisdom and reveal why her advice still applies in the iPhone age—a mere 200 years after Pride and Prejudice was first published.
Jane on love (and understanding men):
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” ―Pride and Prejudice
It doesn’t matter if they’re playing Beethoven in the ballroom or Kesha in the club. If you’re going to dance, you need to let go of those inhibitions and (as my dance teacher used to shout at me) “shake what your mama gave you.” This is a certain step toward gaining a gentleman’s attention, which could very well lead to capturing his affections. Or getting free drinks.
Posted by Kim Law Jan 2 2013, 12:01 am in contemporary, new releases, Ruby Release, small-town
Welcome to Sugar Springs! My second book, SUGAR SPRINGS, released over the holidays, and though it was a bit overwhelming to have a book release on the same day that I was at my family’s house celebrating Christmas and opening presents, I did manage to enjoy both events!
I am so excited to be releasing this book. It’s my 2009 Golden Heart winner, and what brought me to know all my wonderful Rubies! It’s also the first in my small-town contemporary series, and I’m a total small-town girl at heart.
Posted by Anne Barton Dec 14 2012, 12:01 am in Free-For-All Friday, holiday, Ruby Release, survey, writer's life
Grab some eggnog, friends, and gather ‘round! Today, we celebrate…the ugly ornament.
They’re the unsung heroes of the Christmas tree. The macaroni angel you made in kindergarten. The evil nutcracker Aunt Phyllis gave you as a housewarming gift. The “hand blown glass” football that your husband got free with a tank of gas. (The same one that, defying all odds, survived the tree crash of 1998 and the cat attack of 2005.)
They come in all shapes and sizes and have all sorts of juicy history behind them. You know what? We think they need a little love too. So here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few ugly ornaments—courtesy of the Rubies.
Posted by Cate Rowan Nov 28 2012, 12:01 am in alaia chronicles, fantasy romance, freedom, novelette, Ruby Release
There are many forms of imprisonment…and many kinds of freedom.
This Thanksgiving marked my first anniversary here in Colorado, and away from a situation in my old state that was very, very bad. While I won’t go into the details of the situation in a public forum, let’s just say that I was glad to leave it.
And yet I wasn’t quite free of the past for most of this year. There were some things that still haunted me, and that haunting held me prisoner. I could feel the bars holding me in, but I didn’t know how to escape.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when something unexpected happened out of that past—again, I apologize that I can’t go into details—that I finally, finally realized I was free. Really and truly free.
I live on a mountaintop, and watching the sun emerge above the plains to the east is a treat I’ve enjoyed every morning. This unexpected development gave me the same joyous feeling: a sunburst of light and freedom. I could now move forward with a whole heart. It’s no surprise to me that my books and stories involve the theme of healing from the past.
My latest fantasy romance, a 16,000-word novelette, is Sword and Lute. The hero is an immortal, and he knows the feeling of imprisonment (and healing) better than most. So does the mortal heroine, Amara.
When a cursed sword slashed the god Taso, his immortality gushed into the grass along with his blood. He escaped death—barely—by transforming into stone. Centuries later, the aspiring musician Amara stumbles across the stone and inadvertently morphs Taso back into his dying body. To save him, she must sacrifice her precious lute and her life-long dream. But in return, she might find her heart’s desire…
When our past haunts us, sometimes love can guide us to a better future.
Excerpt of Sword and Lute:
“Lie down,” she said. “You lost too much blood.”
He gave her a mulish look.
She hastened over, put her hand on his chest and gently pushed him down to the earth. A mistake, because once he was down, he captured her wrist in his warm palm.
“Who are you, maiden fair?”
She shrugged, striving to keep her face composed. “You first. You’re the interesting one.”
“I wouldn’t say that.” His fingers softened their grip and caressed her skin. “Not at all.”
She gave a noncommittal smile, tugged her hand from his, and stepped away to tend the fire.
“My name is Taso,” he said at last into the silence. “And what is yours, milady?”
Her teeth clamped over her name, and then she flushed. Why should she keep it from him? It was simply a word.
But each piece he knew of her was leading to someplace larger. Deeper. Perilous.
“I’m Amara.” She sprinkled a few grains of precious salt over the meat and didn’t turn around.
“Amara,” he repeated, as if he liked the sound of it. Hells, she liked the sound of it when he said it in that mellow voice.
“This will need to cook a while, but I’m sure you’re hungry,” she said briskly, and knelt to rummage in her pack for the bread and cheese.
“Amara,” he spoke again, stopping her as easily as if he’d bespelled her. “Thank you. For your help. For your kindness to a stranger.”
She looked at him at last, and shivered. “Did I truly break a spell?”
“Why? How?” She rose and took a step closer to him. “Who are you?”
“I’m Taso.” He smiled, teasing her as firelight danced across his face.
She held still. “Are you a god?”
His chest rose with a long breath and he rolled his gaze up to the star-dusted sky. “I’m not sure.”
To celebrate Taso’s freedom and my own, Sword and Lute is just 99 cents. It’s available at the following e-stores:
Dear reader, I hope you are also feeling free and joyful. May love show all of us the way!
Posted by Amanda Brice Nov 27 2012, 12:01 am in amanda brice, charity, Ruby Release, Ruby Release Day, self-publishing, short stories, short story collection
We all have them — the metaphorical “books under the bed” that are better left where they are, to gather a patina of dust and cobwebs and never see the light of day. These things are a mess. Often it’s the first book you ever wrote, before you learned the finer points of plot and characterization.
My first manuscript is like that. It made the contest rounds (and even won the Jasmine back in 2006) under a number of titles (my favorite title was From Miss Bitch to Mrs. Rich, although it mostly finaled under the title Looking 4 Love) but, well, let’s just say that when my husband was trying to tell me to self-publish it earlier this year — “But you’ve already done all the work! Why not?” — I never took his suggestion seriously. I know I’m not the world’s best housekeeper (understatement of the year), but there is no amount of polishing that could make that book something I’d want to release today. It served its purposes for what it was, my learning book. But it needs to stay balled up under the farthest corner of the bed … my preferred way of quickly cleaning up and making the rest of the room look quasi-presentable.
Okay, so let’s leave the books-under-the-bed, well, under the bed (or on the hard drive) and turn our attention to a different piece of furniture.
I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliche about digging for spare change between your seat cushions. You may even have done it yourself once or twice (or a hundred times). But this can also be applied to publishing.
If a book under the bed is a hot mess, then the spare change in your seat cushions are the stories that are actually pretty good, but you’re not doing anything with them at the moment for whatever reason. Maybe it got great editorial — or contest –feedback, but didn’t sell. Or maybe it did sell, but it went out of print and you got the rights back. Either way, it’s just sitting on your hard drive at the moment, doing nothing for you.
Behold, my spare change, which just released today exclusively for the Kindle!
I had a few contemporary romance short stories just sitting on my hard drive, taking up space. Three of them (“She’s Got Legs” — which had received an 88 from snarky hard-ass Mrs. Giggles; “Love @ First Site”; and “Dancing Cheek to Cheek”) had been published before, but one (“Birthday Gifts”) is brand new. I’d always liked these stories, but I figured they were too short to really do anything with them.
But then it hit me — why not bundle them as a super-short single-author collection? And yes, I do mean short. The entire ebook of 4 stories is around 15,000 words total. But I think 99 cents is a fair price for around 50 pages.
NY Times bestselling author Angie Fox calls the collection “sweet, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny!”
(Did I mention this one isn’t for teens?)
Jana DeLeon says “Amanda Brice has a voice that easily captures the self-deprecating humor and strength that so many young women have as they attempt to find their place in the world and the man of their heart.”
NY Times bestselling author Christie Craig describes them as “short reads that aren’t short on entertainment. Sassy humor and sigh-worthy. Amanda Brice delivers.”
And NY Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday says “If you’re in the mood for a sweet escape this holiday season, Amanda’s Brice’s Short and Sweet is just the ticket! I loved all the stories in this collection. And anyone who is a ‘White Christmas’ fan will adore ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’. The best things don’t only happen when you’re dancing… they also happen when you’re reading an Amanda Brice novel!”
Not bad for spare change.
And from now until New Year’s, it’s spare change for a good cause. A Jersey Girl at heart, I’ll be donating 100% of my author royalties from Short & Sweet: Four Fun & Flirty Tales to relief efforts for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and to rebuild the shore.
I’ve also been inspired to dig out my first Golden Heart finalist, Party Like It’s 1899, from between the cushions and get it ready for publication. This one is a little dustier than the short stories — and I have to squeeze in the revisions around an already hectic writing schedule – so it’ll take longer to get it ready, but I’m aiming for Fall 2013. (And if it’s ready before then, say spring or summer, then bonus!) Here’s a sneak peak at the cover art.
So what about you? Do you have any metaphorical spare change hidden in your cushions? Have you considered digging out an old story and giving it new life through self-publishing? Tell us!
Posted by Vivi Andrews Nov 20 2012, 12:01 am in contemporary, Dani Wade, Military hero, romantic suspense, Ruby Release, sexy
Today I am thrilled to host the fabulous Dani Wade as we celebrate her debut release, Snow Bound. I was instantly sucked into this story as soon as I started to read. The writing was beautiful, the characters nuanced and engaging, and the chemistry just jumped off the page. (Excuse me while I take a moment to fan myself.) This is EXACTLY the kind of book you want to curl up with on a winter’s night (and I’m Alaskan, I know winter nights). A perfect winter’s escape, and I got to grill the author!
So now, without further ado, let’s hear what Dani has to say about her fabulous new release!
Vivi: Damon is exactly the kind of guy you want beside you in a tough spot – or cuddled up in the middle of a snowstorm (yum). Studly ex-military who will protect you no matter what? Who can say no to that? And just because I like daydreaming about him, who would you pick to play Damon in a film of Snow Bound?
Dani: OMG, Channing Tatum ALL THE WAY! Ahem, sorry. I may have a little obsession when it comes to this actor, but he most definitely embodies most of Damon’s studliness and rough-and-tumble attitude. Did I mention his body?
Vivi: Oh wow, excellent call. Trapped by a snow storm and stalked by an unwelcome blast from her past, it would be easy for Tori to fall into the damsel-in-distress category, just waiting for a big strong man to save the day, but I loved the way she broke away from the pretty princess image Damon had of her. How did you strike that subtle balance between a heroine who can accept help, but also defend herself with shotgun blazing when she needs to?
Dani: Tori spent her life being typecast by those around her — head cheerleader, abuse victim, orphaned and alone — but she refuses to let those stereotypes change who she really is. She forged ahead to build a profitable business on her own. Supported herself with no family around. She’s not above accepting help, but only when she can’t do it herself.
She’s not a bad ass — more of a woman who does what she has to when the situation arises. A girly girl at heart, she loves skirts and sexy underwear. While she’s not comfortable with a gun in her hands, as us southern women know, you gotta do what you gotta do to survive.
Vivi: Cadence feels so real! I get the sense you really know a lot about small town life. Is it based on a real place? Are any of the characters taken from real life?
Dani: The town’s characters are an amalgam of the people surrounding me as I grew up in the deep South. But the town, it’s definitely based on one nearest my family during my childhood. I grew up on a farm in Tennessee where the nearest gas station was 20 minutes from home and “town” was even further. Everybody knew or knew of everybody else, and southern expectations reigned, whether you attended cotillion or hung out at the local honky tonk.
I loved writing about Cadence, its inhabitants, and quirks, because it felt like coming home in many ways. I can’t wait to revisit it for another book in this series!
Vivi: Tori remembers (in a rather steamy moment, ahem) a harem girl scene from one of her favorite romance novels. I love those little winks to the genre. Were you referring to a particular book? What would Tori’s favorite romance be?
Dani: That particular thought referred to my own fascination with Bertrice Small’s The Love Slave when I first started reading romance. As a small-town bookstore owner, Tori knows what every woman in town wants to hide behind her Sunday School study guide. But her faves are sexy romps that bring spice into her ho-hum romantic life, like Rhonda Nelson and Kira Sinclair’s Blaze books, Lauren Dane, and Maya Banks.
Vivi: I hear tell there are some exciting things in the future for you. After Snow Bound, I’m hungry for more. What can I expect next from Dani Wade?
Dani: Snow Bound was a wonderful Indie project for me to work on, and I hope to bring at least 2 more to readers in the next year. My website will keep readers up-to-date on my upcoming projects. My first print release will debut with Harlequin Desire in August of 2013. The working title is Master Designs, and features a disavowed heir, uptight executive assistant, wedding gowns, prostitution, and a sexy trip to Las Vegas!
Vivi: I’m so excited to hear you have more in the works – and an upcoming release with Harlequin Desire! How thrilling! Would you care to share your call story with our readers? (I always love to hear about an author’s journey to publication!)
Dani: My first call was a long time coming — 8 years to be exact. I was only just coming out of the worst period of writer’s block I’d ever had — one rejection too many took their toll. An author friend, Andrea Laurence (Desire author), had read Designs and loved it. So when the Desire Senior Editor Stacy Boyd put out a request on Twitter for submissions, Andrea insisted I submit it. After all those years, I finally found editors who got my voice. Stacy passed the book on to Shana Smith, who put me through my paces with revisions, and bought the book just 4 days after receiving the latest version. Though I’ve been moved on to editor Charles Greimsman, I’ll always be grateful to Shana for her encouragement and belief in me!
Vivi: Thank you so much for letting me grill you today and good luck with all your upcoming projects, Dani!
And now, here’s a peek at Snow Bound!
The last thing Damon West wants is a trip to his bookish neighbor’s house in the midst of the worst snowstorm Cadence, TN, has seen in a decade. Still, his military instincts warn him that Miss Priss could use a little help. His arrival is met with an attack by an unknown assailant and the sight of Miss Priss in a sexy wisp of nothing-much, confidently wielding a double-barreled shotgun.
Tori Anderson carefully portrays herself as a responsible bookstore owner and capable young woman to anyone willing to look twice. But two men grappling in her backyard called for speed more than decorum. That’s how the guy she’d been secretly lusting after since he’d bought the house next door sees her in a silky robe and panties—with nothing in between. Damon’s sudden interest thrills her, but she can’t help worrying about the unknown threat scared off by her shotgun blast.
Trapped in her house, snow blocking the roads and no way to reach the outside world, Tori finally has the chance to indulge her wildest fantasies. But she isn’t sure which is more daunting—the abusive boyfriend back to punish her for helping convict him of murder or her desire to have more than one night with the town’s most unavailable bachelor.
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Posted by Dani Wade Nov 16 2012, 12:01 am in characterization, Karmic Consultants, paranormal romance, Ruby Release, Vivi Andrews
Have you ever gotten so involved in a world of characters that you feel like you could sit down for dinner with them? Well, I had the privilege of reading fellow Ruby Sister Vivi Andrew’s new addition to the KARMIC CONSULTANTS series, FINDER’S KEEPER (Book 6). And I could swear that this Sunday I’m having dinner with the Corregiani family so I can watch even more of their antics! But instead I’ll just have a lovely little visit with Vivi – and y’all get to join us!
Dani: I’ve yet to see 2 characters so diametrically opposed to each other as Mia and Chase—the workaholic versus the slacker—who appear on the surface to be opposites in every way. Yet their happily ever after feels very right! Did the nature of their differences make finding their common ground harder?
Vivi: I love opposites attract stories. Who better to open our eyes to a new way of seeing the world than someone who looks at it from such a completely different viewpoint? Chase and Mia do have a lot of ground to cover to find a way to meet in the middle, but the fact that they’re able to fill in the gaps in one another’s lives makes them the perfect team. Some readers have compared Mia to Brennan from Bones or Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and Chase is able to be her bridge to a less intellectually focused world, while Mia is able to ground him.
Dani: For a book written in your trademark humorous style, this story tackles a pretty heavy subject: the opposition between scientific and magical belief systems. The woman who wishes she could make her family forget their dependence on a “charmed” watch, and the man who will use his psychic powers to find the watch after she loses it. Where did the ideas for Mia’s way of thinking and Chase’s rebuttals originate? Any real life experience thrown in there?
Vivi: You know, I wasn’t consciously pulling anything from real life, but my sister (to whom I dedicated the book) is a fiercely serious scientist and my brother was the kind of smooth-talker who could make the most skeptical among us believe in magic (not unlike Chase). I suppose hearing my siblings bickering all those years growing up has finally paid off in Chase & Mia’s banter.
Dani: The characters in FINDER’S KEEPER are delightfully unique – a true scientist who views the world on a detailed, analytical level and an extremely laid back hero. Yet the more we get to know Chase and all he’s been through, the more his choices make us fall in love with him. Then we have Mia’s crazy Italian family and the traditions that keep them close. Characterization is an incredible strength in your stories! Any suggestions for the writers out there on how to make those characters come alive?
Vivi: Thank you! My characters always feel like real people to me, alive inside my head, so I’m delighted to hear that some of that translated to the page. Unfortunately I’m not sure I have any fabulous tips on characterization. I guess the trick is to never make your characters do something in service of the plot. To always let them be themselves and build the story around that truth.
Dani: Our readers might be familiar with your wandering lifestyle (we Rubies get to live vicariously through your frequent travels). Will you share a little about your most recent trip? What was your favorite part?
Vivi: I am a certifiable travel junkie. My latest trip was actually pretty close to home (compared to Egypt, China, New Zealand, and some of my other adventures). I recently spent a good chunk of time in rural New England and Quebec – hiking and enjoying the fall foliage people had been telling me so much about – but my absolute favorite part of the trip was my very first ever flying trapeze lesson! There’s a trapeze school in Bostonand I treated myself to a lesson as a reward when I finished my latest manuscript. I flew! (And afterward I ached in muscles I didn’t remember I had.) The experience was amazing. Highly recommended. You can bet I’ll be back dangling from that bar soon, jumping off the platform when they yell “Hup!”
Dani: You are an incredibly prolific writer! With 3 novels, 12 novellas, and 1 short story on store shelves, I know you have even more in the works. What’s on the horizon for you? Any chance we might get to see Karma’s story (head of Karmic Consultants in the Karmic Consultants series)?
Vivi: Funny you should ask, since I just heard (breaking news!) that Karma’s book, Naughty Karma, will have a Fall 2013 release to close out the KC series. (Woot!) Now that I’ve delivered the last Karmic book, I’m exploring some new series ideas and considering heading in a shiny new direction. On to the next adventure!
Today let’s talk our favorite “opposites attract” stories! What are the two characters whose banter and push/pull interactions you’ve most enjoyed? What did the author do to make their relationship funny or sexy without simply being antagonistic?
About FINDER’S KEEPER:
Love isn’t a science. It’s pure chemistry.
Karmic Consultants, Book 6
True love? For neuroscientist Dr. Mia Corregianni, it’s just an unproven hypothesis. But when she loses the heirloom watch her family believes is enchanted with a potent love spell, she fights superstition with superstition by hiring a psychic finder to track it down.
Chase Hunter is a human compass, homing in on whatever the seeker wants most—that is, when he isn’t surfing or actively avoiding anything resembling a real human attachment. Such has been his life since an accident took his family.
Unfortunately, Mia’s case isn’t a simple insta-Find. The catch? To disguise his real mission from her romance-crazy family, he has to pretend to be her boyfriend. He could deal with that if her complicated emotions weren’t blocking his abilities—or if her innermost desires weren’t walloping him upside the head every time he opens himself to his gift.
As the case wears on, their fake romance begins to feel all too real. Scary stuff for a man who’s reluctant to let himself live again. And a woman who doesn’t believe in magic…or love.
Warning: This book contains meddling grandmothers, magic watches, and a surfer with a body so hot it can teach any scientist the true meaning of chemistry.
FINDER’S KEEPER can be found at Amazon, B&N, and Samhain.
Keep up with Vivi’s upcoming releases and exciting adventures through her website!