Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kelli's Quill - May/June Summer Issue






Kelli’s Quill

Welcome Summer Issue!

May/June 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather and are making plans for a fun summer! This month in the Quill I’m sharing a few 5-star reviews for my writing book, highlighting some spicy summer romances, and posting an interview excerpt.

It's a double-issue, so let’s get started!


5-Star Reviews for You Can Write – Really!

My writing book, You Can WriteReally! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction, has gotten several excellent Amazon reviews.
Have you always wanted to write?
Are you looking for an extra boost of motivation?
Do you have a great story idea, but don’t know how to develop it?

Then THIS is the book for you!


You Can Write—Really!  is an easy guide designed for beginner writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started

Award-winning romance author Kelli A. Wilkins takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. 

She explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters. Helpful tips and fun writing exercises get you started!

Order your copy here:

 

Here are excerpts from those great reviews I mentioned:

Long and Short Reviews gives it 5 stars!
“If you’ve ever wanted to write fiction, then you will want to read this book. In fact, this book has tips and techniques that will help not only beginners, but more advanced writers as well. All aspects of the craft of writing are covered, in the order that they are needed. The author is positive and up-beat as she encourages her readers. There are writing exercises in each section and I found these exercises to be interesting, with very specific suggestions made in ways that encourage the reader’s creativity. The chapters flow well, and the book is captivating, truly aimed at bringing out the best in the reader. 5 stars!” 

Cozie Corner says:
“I give YOU CAN WRITE—REALLY! a 5 star rating. The Author, Kelli A. Wilkins pens YOU CAN WRITE—REALLY! in practical wording and easy to follow advice on how to write. I love how she broke down each section of the writing process and includes exercises on each topic she touches. Honestly I'm not a writer, but after reading this book I can see me giving it a try....  I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who ever wanted to write their own books, as well as those who have written books before.”


The Book Junkie writes:
I give it a 5 star on well written, written in a way to easily help you write and help you achieve those goals of having a 5 star book yourself one day. I think this book gives you a lot of good tips of writing and how to get to where you are looking to go with your book. This book I think gives you exactly what you are looking for and more. It will help you to write the book you are aiming to write, the pointers you need to make it successful and more.”


The Literary Nymphs review:
YOU CAN WRITE—REALLY! A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION has a lot of very practical advice that is easy to understand and follow. The author did a good job breaking up the various components of writing a book or short story, making you think you are in a creative writing class as opposed to an English class. Each section of the book was followed by exercises that used the principles she was trying to convey. I loved this book and the way it is so easy to understand and follow. The author did good job in organizing it. Whether you are someone just starting or someone with some publications, this is a good book for the bookshelf.”

Amazon Reviewer Nerdy Girl has this to say:
YOU CAN WRITE—REALLY! isn’t just for beginning writers, it has something for writers at every stage. With sections such as Meet the muse, Excuses, Ideas, Characters, Marketing, etc., whatever you're looking for, there's something here to learn from. This book breaks down the writing process and shares tips and tricks to help you to learn and grow. I highly recommend it as a reference and as a way to inspire and encourage you to move past writing blocks, and tap into your creativity.


Another Amazon Reviewer, Sally R., says:
I've read some of Kelli's short horror stories and really enjoyed the creativity behind them. When I saw that she published a beginner's guide to writing fiction, I was really excited to read it. I enjoy writing, but feel as though I could never really get my thoughts down on paper. I struggle with editing and had no idea how to submit to publishing houses. She explains everything step-by-step to avoid overwhelm and makes getting published completely attainable. I especially found the writing exercises to be useful to get my creative juices flowing! “




Kelli’s Been Guest Blogging!
From May 1 to 15th I shared excerpts and book summaries for ALL of my romances on the You Gotta Read site. Visit the site to see my archived blogs: http://yougottaread.com.



Summer Romance Recap!
Summer is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate the season than with an overview of my hot summer romances? Although these books vary in genre and heat level, they all have one thing in common: the main characters fall in love and have a HOT summer. Here’s the book blurb and links for each story. Enjoy!


Beauty & the Bigfoot

Have you ever read a Bigfoot romance? Here’s an excerpt from my contemporary romance Beauty & the Bigfoot. This erotic novella is an unusual look at the legend of Bigfoot and blends the paranormal with comedy.
Beauty & the Bigfoot
Can true love exist between the species?

Tara’s world is anything but normal. Her father is known as the resident crackpot – just because he’s on a personal mission to catch a Sasquatch. Despite all of the “Bigfoot evidence” cluttering their house, Tara never really believed in Bigfootuntil the day her father brought him home.

She affectionately names her father’s prized catch ‘Joe’ and discovers there’s something oddly familiarand eroticabout him. With a media circus descending on her father’s ranch and a showdown brewing with the local sheriff, Tara risks her life to save Joe.

When Tara finally succumbs to her animalistic urges, she learns that Joe is not exactly whoor whathe seems. Joe is more than a Sasquatchhe’s her soul mate!

Order your copy of Beauty & the Bigfoot here:




Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover

Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover. This erotic paranormal offers up a different kind of vampire love story—it takes place at the beach!

The moment Brian spotted Cassie sitting on the moonlit beach, he was hooked. Beautiful, smart, and sexy, Cassie is the girl of his dreams. She didn’t mind that he spent the hot summer days riding the ocean waves, because once the sun set, he belonged to her—all night long!
 
Everything is perfect between them–until Brian discovers Cassie’s shocking secret. Can Brian give up the sun, sand, and surf to be with the woman he loves?
 
Read Brian’s first-hand account of their unusual love story in… Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover!

Order your copy of Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover here:





A Midsummer Night’s Delights

Here’s an excerpt from my historical/fantasy romance A Midsummer Night’s Delights. This sensual story also appears in my paperback anthology, Naughty Nobles and spawned two sequels: A Midwinter Night’s Delights and Ultimate Night’s Delights. Although the books are connected, they each stand alone as individual reads.

A Midsummer Night’s Delights
At this Midsummer Ball, couples pair up everywhere—but not for dancing!

Young newlyweds Julian and Annabelle are miserable. Their arranged marriage is lacking everything—especially sex. Julian suffers from a lack of confidence and is harboring a secret urge. Annabelle’s longings go unnoticed and unfulfilled, no matter what she tries.

But all that changes when they are invited to a Midsummer Ball. Their unconventional hosts, Vincent and Sabrina, introduce them to a world where their most intimate desires and hidden passions are explored—and fulfilled. Swapping and naughty games are just a few of the surprises awaiting them…

Order your copy of A Midsummer Night’s Delights here: 




A Perfect Match

Here’s an excerpt from my contemporary romance A Perfect Match. This sensual novel set in the world of professional wrestling is available in ebook and paperback formats. Don’t miss the follow-up novella, A Secret Match.

A Perfect 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 gopher 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. Their mutual attraction grows, and Danni gives in to the lustful feelings she’s repressed for years. As their relationship deepens, she finds herself drawn into Vinnie’s world and becomes a key player in his title bout. But before Danni can tell Vinnie that she isn’t the reporter she claims to be, he discovers her deception. Her lie threatens to destroy everything between them. Is their fragile, newfound love destined to fail, or are they a perfect match?

Order your copy of A Perfect Match here:




Trust with Hearts

Here’s an excerpt from my contemporary romance Trust with Hearts. This erotic summer love story features a sexy country music/cowboy hero and is set in rural West Virginia. Trust with Hearts is available in ebook and paperback formats.  

After a bitter breakup, Sherrie Parker seeks refuge at her cousin Dave’s house in rural West Virginia. Early one morning, she runs into Dave’s other houseguest, a singer named Curtis Taylor. The last thing Sherrie wants is to share living quarters with a country music crooner – even if he is sexy, in a cowboy sort of way.

Thrown together by circumstances, Sherrie and Curtis get off to a rocky start, but soon discover they have more in common than they ever imagined. Unable to fight their growing attraction, they give in to their desires and start a sizzling summer romance.
 

Everything is perfect between them until Sherrie discovers that Curtis is keeping secrets from her – and his biggest secret of all will change everything.


Order your copy of Trust with Hearts here:





(Read excerpts, full book summaries, and reviews of all of my books on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com) 

Which books are your favorites? Drop me a line and let me know!


Q&A with Kelli

Here are a few questions I’ve been asked recently. If you have a question you’d like me to answer, send it to me and I’ll answer it in an upcoming issue of the Quill!

For readers who haven't tried your books yet, how do you think your editor or loyal readers would describe your books?

Reviewers and readers have fallen in love with my unique characters and far-from typical storylines. My romances aren’t just about two people falling in love – I include interesting plots and blend in mystery, danger, adventure, or comedy to make them stand out.

I strive to give readers a happy-ever-after romance. I hope that they would think the book was a fun and sexy read, that they loved the characters and rooted for them to be together. (I’d also hope readers would recommend it to friends!)

Has there been any characters that started off as supporting characters, but then developed into a more prominent character?

Oh yes! This has happened several times. It first began with my historical/fantasy novella A Most Unusual Princess, I liked Dalton and Elara so much that I wrote a full-length sequel about them, Dalton’s Temptation. Then, while writing Dalton’s Temptation, I absolutely fell in love with Prince Allan (Elara’s brother), and knew he had to have his own book – so I wrote The Pauper Prince

A similar situation happened when I wrote A Midsummer Night’s Delights. It was supposed to be one story, but turned into a trilogy and was followed by A Midwinter Night’s Delights and Ultimate Nights Delights.

I’m proud of all the books in these trilogies. Each one was a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed following the characters through their adventures. Because I wrote each book without intending on making a trilogy, each book stands alone as an individual read.

A Secret Match is a follow-up (of sorts) to my other wrestling romance, A Perfect Match. That book was all about a straight couple (Vin and Danni) and Everett (the main character from A Secret Match) was a secondary character. I loved writing for Ev and always thought “one day” I’d give him a book of his own, but I didn’t have a clue as to what the story would be. I put thoughts of him aside and then one morning he popped into my head with a four-line book summary. Within an hour, I had the whole story in my head and I started writing. 

I also have an idea for a follow up book to Trust with Hearts that is devoted to the heroine’s cousin Dave. I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll give Dave his own story, but you never know!

What three words best describe your main characters? 

Over the years, I’ve created dozens of interesting and unique characters. The main characters in my three recent books could be described as: determined, flawed, and hopeful.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

Right now, I’m revising a new historical romance and gathering ideas for a paranormal, and another gay contemporary. 

In the horror department, I’m working on a few short stories. My latest Halloween tale, “Home for Halloween” was published in the Moon Shadows horror anthology. Read more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG

Enjoy the summer!
Happy Reading,
Kelli

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Monday, May 25, 2015

You Can Write—Really! An Exclusive Excerpt


Hi everyone! 

This week, I'm sharing an exclusive excerpt from my 5-star rated writing book, along with a few reviews. Summer is the perfect time to start writing projects, so why not use this book to help you get on the right track?






Have you always wanted to write?
Are you looking for an extra boost of motivation?
Do you have a great story idea, but don’t know how to develop it?

Then THIS is the book for you!


You Can Write—Really! is an easy guide designed for beginner writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started

Award-winning romance author Kelli A. Wilkins takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. She explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters. Helpful tips and fun writing exercises get you started!

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 9 - Plotting:

Tell Me a Story…

By now, you have an idea for your novel or short story, a setting, and you know all about your characters—it’s time to develop all that into a finished piece.

You might be wondering, “I have an idea, what more do I need? Isn’t my story just an idea written down?” Well, not really. Ideas are the seeds from which your writing sprouts and eventually grows to become a novel or a short story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

I’m sure you’ve heard small children beg, “Tell me a story.” (Nobody says, “Tell me an idea.”) They want to be entertained, enthralled, swept away into the story and wonder, “What happens next? Then what? How does it end?”

Adults are the same way. Tell your friend you saw a movie and he or she will ask, “What’s it about?” And that’s the question to ask yourself when you’re plotting. “What’s my story about?”
In this chapter, we’ll learn the basics of plot, talk about how to plot (or outline) a story, and we’ll explore what to do if you’re a plotter or a pantser—or both! (More on that later.)

Plots
In its simplest terms, plot is the sequence of events that gets the characters from Point A to Point B and moves them through the story. Plot is what happens, and trust me, stuff needs to happen. Nobody wants to read about flawless characters sitting around thinking about things all day—that’s not interesting. The people in your story need to get up and do something.

A good story thrives on conflict, and your job as a writer is to do anything possible to disturb the tranquil, everyday lives of the characters and shake up the reader with a few surprises (a.k.a. plot twists) they didn’t see coming.

From the moment your story begins, your main character must have a goal he or she needs to achieve and a series of problems to overcome. After you establish that, build in complications and pile on one disaster after another. (Basically, you want to get your characters in trouble and then write clever ways to get them out if it.) By keeping things tense, readers will be caught up in the plot, wondering how (or if) the characters will reach their goals and get out of their dilemmas.


Ready to write? Order your copy here:

 
You Can WriteReally! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction, has gotten several excellent Amazon reviews. Here are excerpts:

Cozie Corner says:
“I give "You Can Write—Really!" a 5 star rating The Author, Kelli A. Wilkins pens "You Can Write—Really!" in practical wording and easy to follow advice on how to write. I love how she broke down each section of the writing process and includes exercises on each topic she touches. Honestly I'm not a writer, but after reading this book I can see me giving it a try....  I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who ever wanted to write their own books, as well as those who have written books before.”
 
The Book Junkie writes:
I give it a 5 star on well written, written in a way to easily help you write and help you achieve those goals of having a 5 star book yourself one day. I think this book gives you a lot of good tips of writing and how to get to where you are looking to go with your book. This book I think gives you exactly what you are looking for and more. It will help you to write the book you are aiming to write, the pointers you need to make it successful and more.”

The Literary Nymphs review:
“You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction has a lot of very practical advice that is easy to understand and follow. The author did a good job breaking up the various components of writing a book or short story, making you think you are in a creative writing class as opposed to an English class. Each section of the book was followed by exercises that used the principles she was trying to convey. I loved this book and the way it is so easy to understand and follow. The author did good job in organizing it. Whether you are someone just starting or someone with some publications, this is a good book for the bookshelf.”

Amazon Reviewer Nerdy Girl has this to say:
 You Can Write—Really! isn’t just for beginning writers, it has something for writers at every stage. With sections such as Meet the muse, Excuses, Ideas, Characters, Marketing, etc., whatever you're looking for, there's something here to learn from. This book breaks down the writing process and shares tips and tricks to help you to learn and grow. I highly recommend it as a reference and as a way to inspire and encourage you to move past writing blocks, and tap into your creativity.

Another Amazon Reviewer, Sally R., says:
I've read some of Kelli's short horror stories and really enjoyed the creativity behind them. When I saw that she published a beginner's guide to writing fiction, I was really excited to read it. I enjoy writing, but feel as though I could never really get my thoughts down on paper. I struggle with editing and had no idea how to submit to publishing houses. She explains everything step-by-step to avoid overwhelm and makes getting published completely attainable. I especially found the writing exercises to be useful to get my creative juices flowing! “





Look for the May/June issue of my newsletter next week!

Happy Reading,
Kelli