Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Just Released! A Deceptive Match





Hi Everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that my contemporary romance, A DECEPTIVE MATCH, was just released! This hot romance novel is set in the world of professional wrestling.

Here’s the summary and link:


A Deceptive Match

Falling for the wrestler she had been assigned to interview wasn’t part of Danni’s plan, until Vinnie Valentine pinned her heart in a flash.

Disgruntled with her job as the office assistant for a national sports magazine, Danni Stone impersonates a reporter to prove herself to her boss. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

Life isn’t going well for the Heavyweight Champ. Vinnie is struggling with a manipulative boss, prepping for the most important match of his career, and feuding with his arch-enemy, Thorn. The last thing he needs is a nosy reporter following him around—even if she is hot.

Thrown together in close quarters, Danni can’t help falling for Vinnie, and she unwittingly becomes a key player in his title match. Their mutual attraction grows, and late one night, they give in to the lustful feelings they’ve been fighting. 

As their relationship deepens, Danni considers telling Vinnie her secret. But before she can confess the truth, Vinnie discovers she isn't the reporter she claims to be. Her lie threatens to ruin everything between them. Will their relationship be destroyed by her deception or will their love win out?



Order your copy of A Deceptive Match here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F18X3XQ

Next week, I'll be sharing an inside look at the making of the book...

Happy Reading,
Kelli

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - April Issue





Hi everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the spring weather. If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of spring projects in the works (cleaning, organizing, planting flowers, and giving things a fresh start). This spring, I have my hands full of writing projects! Read on to learn more…

Romance News

In March 2016, Amber Quill Press closed its virtual publishing doors. I had a fantastic run with them for 10 years, and I created many unique characters in my 16 books. This spring, I started re-releasing my Amber Quill Press romances as e-books. 

First up in the re-release department is the Royal Desires trilogy. This series of historical/fantasy romances is now comprised of A Most Unusual Princess, A Most Intriguing Temptation and A Most Unfortunate Prince. The books have been re-edited, re-titled, and released on Amazon Kindle with hot new covers. Read on for book summaries and links…
Just Released—The Royal Desires Series
This spring I released the Royal Desires Series exclusively on Amazon Kindle. As an added bonus, each book contains a sneak peek excerpt from the next book in the series.
Here are the summaries and links:
Book 1
A Most Unusual Princess
Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Her father hires Dalton, a special guard, to watch over her while she’s courting suitors. Dalton finds her unusual behaviors charming—and enthralling.

Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime encounters. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for her—until she meets the mystery man.

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the “Royal Desires” series: A MOST INTRIGUING TEMPTATION.

Order A Most Unusual Princess, here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBX43D8

Book 2
A Most Intriguing Temptation

After only four months of marriage to Princess Elara, Prince Dalton is sent to Emperor Salizar’s pleasure palace on business. Not wanting to be left behind, Elara risks her personal safety and sneaks along on the trip.

Aided by her mischievous brother, Prince Allan, she disguises herself as one of Salizar’s sultry kharim women and decides to test Dalton’s loyalty. Masquerading as Oonish, Elara goes out of her way to tempt Dalton at every turn. Despite Dalton’s resolve to resist the indulgent girls, he finds himself falling under the spell of the mysterious Oonish.

After nearly giving in to temptation, Dalton discovers Elara’s trickery and turns the tables on her, making her into his submissive playmate. Their fun and games are quickly shattered when Emperor Salizar learns about Elara’s deception. He holds the royals prisoner and condemns Elara to a fate worse than death.

Can Dalton save Elara before it’s too late, or will her prank bring about the end of their love?

Bonus!
This e-book includes a sneak peek at the third book in the “Royal Desires” series: A MOST UNFORTUNATE PRINCE.

Order A Most Intriguing Temptation here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8P8604


Book 3
A Most Unfortunate Prince

This time, it’s all about Allan… and he never expected to fall in love!

Banished by the Royal Family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to abandon his life of luxury. The former Royal Shipmaster General is sent to the worst part of the kingdom and manages to find work at the docks. Lost in a commoner’s world, Allan is miserable—until he has an unusual encounter with a saucy shop girl named Claudette.

Allan must earn the respect of the woman he loves while keeping his true identity a secret. In an effort to redeem himself in his father’s eyes, he exposes a dangerous smuggling operation involving the Royal Fleet. But his loyalty to duty comes with a deadly price.
Can he keep Claudette and his royal title? Or will he lose her forever when she discovers his secret?

Order A Most Unfortunate Prince here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMBYJ6E


Kelli’s been guest blogging about her historical romances!


Then, catch Kelli’s guest blog about Bringing Historical Romances Alive for Today’s Readers: http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2016/03/talking-with-author-kelli-wilkins.html?zx=b60d5c876876c22e

If you like historical romances - don't miss:

A naughty interview with Ashton Bailey, the hero from Kelli’s Colonial historical/mystery romance, Dangerous Indenture:

A spicy excerpt from Dangerous Indenture:



Coming Soon… Even More Romances!
March and April were devoted to historical/fantasy romances, but in May/June, Kelli will be releasing more of her romances previously published by Amber Quill Press. Look for these titles coming soon:
A Deceptive Match (contemporary wrestling romance)
A Secret Match (contemporary gay wrestling romance)
Four Days with Jack (gay contemporary)
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (contemporary gay shifter/paranormal)
Want to learn more? Read book summaries on Kelli’s site: www.KelliWilkins.com

This month’s writing exercise
Each month, I’ll leave you with a writing prompt or short exercise. Use it for a freewriting warm-up, write a few paragraphs about it for fun, play the “what if” game, or just muse it over. This month’s prompt is designed to get you thinking about the setting for your story.
The setting you choose adds to the overall mood of the piece. If you are writing a mystery, perhaps the setting is a gloomy, secluded mansion. A moonlit graveyard is a fantastic location for a horror story, and a contemporary romance is perfectly at home set in a California beach town. Settings can be broad (Small Town, USA) or specific (room 9 of a haunted hotel).
If you already have your story idea, you probably have a setting. If not, ask yourself: Where does the story take place? When? Why is it set there? For what reason? You need to know the answers to these questions because the setting is the backdrop of the story; it’s where the characters live. Write down everything you know about the setting and start dreaming up the locations you will need.
Here’s a tip: Look at magazines and photos online to get descriptions and ideas for your settings. If you find an unusual piece of furniture, a fancy dress, or a cool castle you could use in a story, save it for ideas and inspiration.
Try it for yourself and see what you come up with! (Want more writing tips, exercises, and advice? Check out my writing guide: You Can Write—Really!)

I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Quill. Next month, I’ll be sharing more about the re-release of my contemporary romances, links to guest blogs, writing advice, and more!

Enjoy the spring weather!
Kelli

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

An Inside Look at... A Most Unfortunate Prince





Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing an inside look and spotlighting the making of my historical/fantasy romance, A Most Unfortunate Prince. This book is the third story in the Royal Desires trilogy that began with A Most Unusual Princess and A Most Intriguing Temptation. Together, they make up a fun series, but each story stands alone as a separate read. Why? Because when I wrote A Most Unusual Princess, I never knew I was writing a trilogy.

When I wrote A Most Intriguing Temptation, I introduced readers to Prince Allan. He’s basically the male version of his sister, Princess Elara – hedonistic, selfish, and utterly wild at times. I enjoyed creating the character and it was fun to set him free in a pleasure palace completely without limitations. As I was finishing A Most Intriguing Temptation, I realized Allan needed a book of his own, so I wrote A Most Unfortunate Prince. (Several readers also asked me if Allan’s story would be told, and I was happy to oblige!)

But before I wrote a word, I knew that Allan was going to have to face the music for his bad behavior. At the start of the book (yes, right there on page 1) Allan is banished for his actions stemming from A Most Intriguing Temptation. His father kicks him out into the real world alone and broke, and he’s forced to make his own way in life.

I decided to take this carefree, roguish prince and turn his world upside down. I asked myself: How bad can you make things for him? He has nothing: no food, no fancy clothes, certainly no job skills, and no real sense of identity. He had lived a pampered life where everything was handed to him on a silver platter (literally), and now was in for a rude awakening. I really put the screws to poor Allan and at times left him broken, sad, and utterly miserable. 

Over the course of the book, Allan suffers life’s lessons at the hands of his evil employer and falls in love—twice. The story introduces us to Claudette, a sassy seamstress who fancies Allan and helps him adjust to the life of a commoner. Although Claudette appears innocent, she has a secret past and a bit of a naughty side. 

Although A Most Unfortunate Prince has a happy ending, it is a bit darker than the other two books in the series. I wanted to contrast Allan’s former easy-going pampered life with his current harsh and gritty existence. (And it broke my heart to kill off a secondary character that I utterly adored. But I found a way to bring him back—at least for a little while!) Readers may also be surprised to discover a few things about Allan, as well. (Even I was shocked when certain events in the story took place—and I was the one writing it!) 

Allan’s “fall from grace” and the journey of self-discovery that he undergoes are some of the reasons I love this book. It has something for everyone: hot love scenes, tender moments, mystery, adventure, and suspense. 

But what about Dalton and Elara (from A Most Unusual Princess and A Most Intriguing Temptation)? They’re in the book too, as minor characters. Elara and Dalton play important roles in the finale of the story, and we get to see how these lovebirds are adapting to their married life. (Again, there’s a secret I don’t want to give away!) I can tell you that this book wraps up the trilogy in a neat package and everyone is left in a good place.

Here’s the book summary and a tame excerpt:

A Most Unfortunate Prince
This time, it’s all about Allan… and he never expected to fall in love!

Banished by the Royal Family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to abandon his life of luxury. The former Royal Shipmaster General is sent to the worst part of the kingdom and manages to find work at the docks. Lost in a commoner’s world, Allan is miserable—until he has an unusual encounter with a saucy shop girl named Claudette.

Allan must earn the respect of the woman he loves while keeping his true identity a secret. In an effort to redeem himself in his father’s eyes, he exposes a dangerous smuggling operation involving the Royal Fleet. But his loyalty to duty comes with a deadly price.

Can he keep Claudette and his royal title? Or will he lose her forever when she discovers his secret?

The Excerpt:

Claudette squealed and Allan drew her to him, crushing her against his chest. They were crammed into the wardrobe so close that Allan’s hot breath tickled her face. He draped her arms around his neck, then settled his hands on her waist. At first, she tried to protest, but then gave in when she realized her knees were shaking. Allan was here for her, holding her up. 

“Shh, don’t make a sound, no matter what. I won’t let them hurt you,” he whispered. 

She closed her eyes and rested her head on Allan’s shoulder. Thank heavens he was here. A second later, she heard the man rifling through drawers and cupboards, knocking cleaning supplies and her sewing aside. How did these men get in? What did they want? 

Allan tightened his grip on her waist. Was he scared? Did men ever get scared? 

“Bloody hell, where is it?” the man growled, and hit the side of the wardrobe. 

Her heart skipped a beat and she took a breath to scream. As she did, Allan’s mouth closed over hers. She squirmed against him, then gave in as her body responded with a will of its own.

Her skin tingled as she kissed him, her lips eagerly seeking his. How long had it been since she’d kissed someone? She opened her mouth wider and drew Allan’s thick tongue in. He clutched her tighter as she twirled her tongue around his.

All thoughts of the intruders vanished from her mind as Allan yanked her lower body closer to his. His hot tongue teased hers and he slid his hands off her waist and cupped her buttocks…

Read the Royal Desires series from the start:
Book 1: A Most Unusual Princess: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBX43D8
Book 2: A Most Intriguing Temptation: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8P8604
Book 3: A Most Unfortunate Prince: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMBYJ6E

I hope you’ll check out one (or all) of the books in the series. They’re a fun read with a blend of spicy love scenes, humor, and suspense.
If you’ve read the trilogy, let me know what you think. What was your favorite book? Which scenes did you like best? Readers can contact me via the email address on the “News” page of my site or on social media. 

Happy Reading!
Kelli A. Wilkins