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February 17 Round Robin–Description

Topic for February: Description. What is your saturation point? What is not enough? How do you decide what to include and when to hold back to allow the reader to fill in the blanks? Do you ever skim description when reading a book? If so, what description are you most likely to skip? I was inspired to suggest this topic from a book while I was writing. Some days, writing is easier than others. It was not one of those days. I was struggling (which happens when I’m not listening to my characters, but what my brain thinks needs to happen.) How do you describe a place you’ve never been? That is the challenge. One answer is research. Another is travel. (I like both, but I’d like to do the second more than I do the first. Alas, not so much. LOL) My main challenge, though, is I tend to be succinct. (Some would say I’m terse, but not all.) I’ll agree that I’m not a flowery writer, and I firmly believe that description is there to help the reader envision the scene. When an author spends too much time in description, it halts the flow of the story. Without enough, the reader is lost. Too Much Description So, what’s too much? I do believe that’s personal. Some people love the description of everything in minute detail. Not me. If we are in the middle of an action scene or about to get to the good part of a romance, please don’t stop the forward motion with a long dissertation (three or four paragraphs) of what the room looks... read more

Love is in the Air blog tour–Day 7–Patricia Middleton

Poetic Praise: For Seasons of Singleness   Genre: Inspirational Poetry Blurb: During the intermediate years of my singleness journey I discovered the humanity of the Psalms. One study states that over 40% of the recorded Psalms are laments (songs expressing sorrow or regret). David, King of Israel, wrote 73 of the 150 Psalms. One of my favorite is the 13th Psalm. It sums up my seasons of singleness in six little verses. In the first two verses, David asks God “How long?” four times. He follows with a request in verse three and a worry in verse four. What surprised me was how honest he was with God about his fears and his impatience. But more than that, I was encouraged by how he ended the Psalm. The last two verses, like many of the lamenting Psalms, ended with praise. In spite of David’s inner turmoil, he sealed his Psalm with praise. Poetic Praise is a collection of 35 poems I wrote in various seasons of my singleness. Some poems will make you laugh. A few will make you shed a tear. Several will give you a selah moment – a moment of quiet introspection. But like the Psalms of David, most of these poems the will lead you into praise. Excerpt: LOVE LIFTED ME Love had done many things to me, Some too terrible to tell, Love almost made me take my life, Love almost put me in hell. Love would send me to the highest heights, Only to bring me crashing to the ground, Love would be there every day, Then suddenly love was nowhere to be... read more

Love is in the Air Blog Tour–Day 6–Felicia Middleton

Metamorphosis by Felicia Middleton Genre                      Poetry – Inspirational and Spiritual Blurb                        During many times in our lives we undergo change. A metamorphosis is “a change of physical form, structure or substance, especially by supernatural means; a striking alteration in character or circumstance.” Often beautiful in appearance, metamorphic rocks, such as crystal or quartz, are created by the application of heat and pressure from the earth. Change is inevitable. Embrace it. Take charge of it. The results can be exciting. Excerpt ANOTHER LOVE Have you ever been in love before? How many people have you truly adored? Your heart beats fast and you’re always excited. You feel on fire, your heart is ignited. It’s a special feeling you just can’t ignore; A feeling you want to have more and more. As time passes by you can lose control. You need them around to make you feel whole. To unconditionally love and share; Care for you always, forever be there. Sometimes it won’t work and sometimes it will; But when it doesn’t, your heart just stands still. My friend, there is something that I need to tell About this feeling that I know so well. If you fall hard and end up bruised, If you end up lonely and confused; There is another love that you need to know; Somewhere you can always go. A love that is precious, generous and free; A love that was meant for you and me. The love that I tell of is so very rare; It is the kind of love that cannot be shared Between friends or lovers because it is divine. This love... read more

Love is in the Air blog tour–Day 5–Cassandra Ulrich

A Love Gift A Poetical Compilation Blurb A collection of poems about love in various forms. Excerpt LOVE AND A FLOWER My love for you is as a bud ready to bloom in fullness of our radiant friendship. Never have I known such beauty as that which we now possess. Tell me that our love will burst open to the sunshine in our hearts. Tell me how to reach out to you in softness to touch your tender skin. Even raindrops will not drench my affection for you. No…it will fall off and I shall remain unhurt forever. Only you can allow this strong bond between us to grow into perfection. Why can’t we realize this for eternity? Why should our love be like a flower and shrivel and die without nourishment? Let this not be our love, my sweet. Let ours be as a rose that lasts in our hearts unaltered, unbroken, my love. Buy links: Amazon – Kindle edition Amazon – Paperback edition Createspace – Paperback edition Social Links Website Facebook Twitter Amazon Goodreads Smashwords Other authors participating in the tour: Cassandra Ulrich Karen Kelly Boyce Kyra Dune Lisa Middleton Patricia Middleton Sherrie... read more

Love is in the Air–Day 4–Karen Kelly Boyce

“In the Midst of Wolves” Christian Romance Which twin is good? Which is evil? Will Skylar discern the answer before it’s too late? Should she listen to her heart or remain loyal to her childhood friend? How do the pure-hearted deal with those whose intentions are not pure? In the Midst of Wolves, a tale of twisted motives and confusing feelings, will keep you guessing. In the Midst of Wolves is based on the Bible verse from Matthew 10: 16, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” This novel is a multi-generational tale of good vs. evil. With complex characters that include a greedy grandmother, a cowardly husband, and a young girl longing for love, this story explores the eternal question: How does good recognize and deal with evil? Skylar is orphaned at an early age and longs to find love in her foster family. Feeling like an outsider, she is confused by the two twins who are rivals for her heart. How she discerns the difference between the two will lead her and the reader on a journey that is full of twists and turns. Top Five Star Customer Reviews Barbara on September 17, 2014 In the Midst of Wolves is an intriguing story of love, ambition, envy, and compassion that probes the mysteries of the human heart. I loved exploring the characters and their motivations as the story unfolded. The rich character studies and engaging plot held my interest from start to finish. Entertaining fiction with a message-just the thing! By Don on October... read more

Love is in the Air–Day 3–Sherrie Wilkins

Selah, Stop and Think Are We Lovin’ or Naw? Jesus WILL manifest or show Himself to us if we will slow down and DE-funk. In other words get out of our emotions. We already know that WE, women are some of the most emotional creatures known to MAN. When I say emotions what immediately pops into your mind? Imagine what comes with those words. Often times all of the angst and motions behind what we feel impede or stop us for really communing with Jesus. But he gave us those emotions to commune or have a bond with Him first; not everyone and everything else. After all in Hebrews 11:6 it tells us that it is impossible to please Jesus without faith. How can we have Faith in Him if we are succumbing or giving into the pull of our emotions and others in place of Him? In reality those things are just, “Empty Void Fillers,” you know what we use to feel a space. A time ago I was using MEN or their attention to fill the void that only Jesus could fill. But then I realized that… Empty Void Fillers (poem from Selah, Stop & Think) People fade to black and sometimes it makes you wonder if you’ll ever get them back! The spark and glittery sparkles that shined brightly when the brain signaled their presence. People fade to black and often, never, come back. They’re muted… Dull residues remain and sometimes bring pain when a trigger signals a huge flame to arise and shock the senses. Senses that cause a remembrance of the awesome colors that... read more

Love is in the Air Blog Tour–Day 2–Kyra Dune

BONDED A Dual Realm Novel Paranormal Romance   Blurb A man running from his past. Desperate to escape the person he once was, Trey is constantly on the move. All he wants is to go home, only he can’t do that unless he can find a way to atone for the sins of his past. But can a man with so much blood on his hands ever hope to find redemption? A woman hiding from her present. Innocent of any wrongdoing, Sarah is nonetheless in serious trouble. Her brother’s actions have left her a target for a drug dealing gang leader who will stop at nothing to get back what belongs to him. With nowhere to run, how long can she stay alive? A chance for the future Two worlds collide in a dark alley beside an abandoned clothing store, sending Trey and Sarah down a path neither could have imagined they would ever follow. Together they can mend their broken lives. If they don’t rip each other apart first. Excerpt When he spoke, his voice sounded strange even to his own ears. “I’m afraid of myself.” “Why?” “Because… because I’m a monster.” “What? No you’re not.” “Yes, I am.” Trey lowered his arms to his side. “I’ve done things. Terrible things. You don’t know. Everything I touch, I destroy. It’s why they won’t let me come home. And it’s why you should get away from me. I’m sick.” “Whatever happened in the past, it’s over now,” Sarah said. “I don’t care about any of it. I know you’re a good man. I’ve seen it. I can feel it.... read more

Love is in the Air–Day 1

The Whispering House Science Fiction Romance/Horror/Paranormal Blurb: After her mother’s death, Eleanor Radcliffe retires from her job in San Jose and escapes to a small place outside of Fresno to heal. But her new home hides a secret. A secret that could claim her life. When strange, frightening things start to happen, she turns to her mysterious neighbor Michael Stevens and the handsome sheriff Rodney Tyler for help. As the incidents grow more bizarre and violent, she is forced to flee. Her world is turned upside down. Long-suppressed supernatural powers resurface, and she struggles to deal with everything that is happening. With her world spinning out of control, Eleanor will have to face her deepest fears and learn to use her powers if she’s going to survive… The whispering house. An excerpt of The Whispering House The house was quiet when she returned. Nothing out of place. No windows or doors stood open. She could almost believe last night had never happened. The doorbell rang, sending her pulse racing faster than a greyhound. Could it be Michael? She drew in a deep breath and walked briskly to the door, almost throwing it open. Disappointment filled her at the sight of a chest clad in tan and sporting a sheriff’s badge instead of soft flannel and leather. She had to tip her head back to see his face. The somber expression on the handsome face gave nothing away. “Miss Radcliffe? I’m Officer Rodney Tyler.” Intense brown eyes studied her. Eleanor shook his hand. Memories of her fear from the day before came rushing back. “May I come in?” “Uh, sure.”... read more

Round Robin–The Writing Bug

The Writing Bug Round Robin topic for January: Everybody wants to write a book, but most do not. Writing is hard work. When did the writing bug bite you, and what helps you get through a complete story? Hm… Writing, creating a world and characters, even when the world is contemporary, fires the imagination and allows us experience things we normally wouldn’t. We escape for a brief time. Some days, the words flow from my fingers onto the screen like an open fire hydrant. Other days, they seep out in a painful ooze. Every day I manage to add to the words that build my stories I consider a good day. The Beginning An avid reader at an early age, perhaps my desire to write was inevitable. The writing bug bit me around ten. It made itself known in a fan fic piece that will never see the light of day. (Not only because I’m not sure where it is, but also because I have no desire to share it…ever. LOL) A dystopian story has been floating around in my brain since that time. I have so many others clamoring to be written I doubt I will ever write it. It’s probably for the best. More than likely, that story has been told a million times over. Other than poetry, I didn’t write more than essays until I opened Wild Child Magazine in 1999. I adopted a few pen names (Kit Wylde and Rosa Orrore) and wrote a couple of stories. Two of them, Last Chance and Hieroglyphs, eventually became eBooks published by Wild Child Publishing and/or Freya’s Bower. My... read more

A Bad Review–How to Survive

Yesterday, I received a less than stellar review for my book The Whispering House. It was 3 stars, which isn’t a bad review, per se. Having some critical reviews can be helpful to sales. Even if the 4 and 5 star reviews are from readers and not your friends and family, those who’ve never read your books won’t know that and may be suspicious of them. As an author, we know this… logically. However, our emotions flare from the prick of criticism, it stabs at our ego, and our creative side wants to crawl under a rock and disappear. How could anyone possibly not enjoy my book? But it happens. You can’t expect to please everyone. Even Shakespeare had critics. Tolstoy found his writing to be drivel and boring. (I’m not comparing myself to Shakespeare by any means, merely using him as an example.) Sometimes, bad publicity makes a person famous. Perfect examples are Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Look how they used bad publicity to launch their careers, although Paris has disappeared from the limelight. Then take the musical Wicked. It received mixed to negative reviews when it first debuted, but something about it captured the hearts of those who went to see it. Ten years later, it continues to draw an audience. So how do you survive the bad review with your ego intact? Assume fetal position, gnash teeth, obsess over that one review, pick it apart line by line anal-yzing every word, commiserate with friends, eat an entire pint of your favorite ice cream… All good options. (Except 3 and 4. Those aren’t helpful.) Seriously, allowing yourself a few moments (hours) to wallow in your feelings is... read more