Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spooky Stories for the Halloween Season!



Happy October!

As most everyone knows by now, I not only write sizzling erotic romances, I also write short horror fiction. This week in my month of horror blogs, I'm sharing a look at my short stories that have appeared in horror anthologies.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who likes to read horror stories - or if you’re a horror fan who wants to get in the spirit of the holiday season, give these collections a try. Anthologies are an excellent way to discover new authors, read different types of stories, and have a good scare!

My story, "Home for Halloween" was included in the Moon Shadows horror anthology, released in October. This tale of two brothers reunited for Halloween showcases the best elements of this special holiday.

Look for my ghost story, "Thursday Night Bingo" in Wrapped in White - a collection of 13 tales of spectres, ghosts, and spirits. Late one night, a persistent ghost visits an old woman and makes her doubt her sanity...

"Sometimes Monsters Are Real" appeared in the Mistresses of the Macabre anthology. In this psychological nightmare, a vulnerable woman is visited by an unusual creature in the dead of night…

It can't be good when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come to town. The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death, contains twenty-five short stories and is based on The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In “The Ape” a young boy in South Carolina uses an unusual “toy” as a tool for revenge.

“Just an Innocent Little Cat” was published in DARK THINGS II: Cat Crimes: Tales of Feline Mayhem and Murder. All proceeds from sales of this anthology go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. Dogs may be man's best friend, but Chester is a loyal feline who will do anything to keep his mistress happy. The character of Chester is based on a real-life orange cat.
Haunted is a collection of 42 stories about haunted places! Set in a haunted house, “Whispers from the Past” blends the paranormal with a startling bit of reality.

These anthologies are available in various electronic formats and (and in some cases) paperback.

Excerpts from all of these terrifying tales are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com. I hope you'll check them out.
Next week on the blog, I’ll share an interview about writing horror stories!

Until next time!
Happy Haunting,
Kelli

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When Love Meets Monsters - Paranormal Romance!







Hi Everyone,
To celebrate my favorite month, I’m writing about what happens when horror meets romance—paranormal romance!

Although I create hot and spicy romances, I actually started out writing horror stories. For some, that might seem like an odd combination, but it works for me. One half of my brain writes the horror, and the other half writes the romance.

Since I grew up reading horror fiction and watching horror movies, it only seemed natural. (After all, Halloween is my favorite holiday!) I like writing horror fiction because I get to explore different settings, plots, and characters that I couldn’t develop in romance. Sometimes after working on several romances, I’ll switch moods and write a horror story to give my brain and writing muscles a change of pace.

My horror short stories are more psychological/spooky/creepy than gory, and it’s fun to add something scary (or strange!) into a romance. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a paranormal romance within bounds—to blend just enough horror elements into the love story without grossing out (or turning off) the heroine or hero…. 

Other times the challenge is creating a believable plot or finding a way to make a “monster” attractive/romantic/sexy. In some cases, the only way to get around the wacky idea of someone being in love with a “monster” is to use humor. Beauty & the Bigfoot is a perfect example of that! 

Beauty & the Bigfoot sprung from a “what if” idea. What if a girl fell in love with a Sasquatch? And, what if her father was the town crackpot Bigfoot hunter? I wrote the story as a contemporary comedy (how could it not be?) and had great fun creating the oddball characters and their crazy situations.

And yes, there’s plenty of romance between Tara and her sexy Sasquatch named Joe. Writing the love scenes was challenging—I had to keep things interesting, yet write them in a way that was believable to the readers and characters. (It must have worked because the book got several great reviews and readers love the chemistry between the two lovebirds!) The book has a “twist” ending that I won’t give away here, but “Joe” isn’t exactly what he seems!

Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover started out with the premise “What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love with a surfer?”  The book is extra “unique” in that it’s told in first person from the male character’s point of view. I made Cassie (the vampire) sympathetic and sexy, and not overtly terrifying – yet she still flexed her vampire muscles when she wanted to. 

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is my most recent paranormal and it’s also my second gay romance. But it’s not your usual werewolf love story—readers should know that Deke, the werewolf character, doesn’t actually turn into a “wolfman” —he becomes an aggressive Alpha male. As I say in the book, “It’s more 'Incredible Hulk' than American Werewolf in London.

Although Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is my third paranormal romance, I almost had a problem writing the story because I’m “old-school” when it comes to creatures of the night and I expect my werewolves to be violent and vicious (like my vampires) not cuddly. In my opinion, if a person is going to turn into a werewolf/wolf-man, he should look like the werewolves in the movie Dog Soldiers. (A horror movie I highly recommend!)

But Deke is a badass and the antagonist, Blayne, is just about as violent and vicious as you can get (without fangs and claws). I hope readers enjoy the story and the characters. This book was a lot of fun to write and although it’s dark in places, Larry lightens the mood with his offbeat sense of humor.

Summaries, excerpts and reviews of all three are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com  — and I’ll hope you’ll check it out. It has a great new look.

Next week, we’ll talk about horror anthologies!

Happy Haunting!

Kelli

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moon Shadows - Halloween Horror Anthology - just released!





Hi everyone!


It’s that time of year again! Yes, autumn is upon us and thoughts naturally turn to the changing season, colorful leaves, apple cider, warm cinnamon doughnuts, and….Halloween!


As always, the month of October will be devoted to horror fiction, Halloween, and my paranormal romances.


To start us off, I’m sharing a bit about a new Halloween-themed anthology titled Moon Shadows.


In the dark of night, the moon is bright.
But what lurks in the shadows will give you a fright.

Seventeen stories touch the unknown, the unseen, and the undead. Visit what we avoid. Step into the shadows of the moon. 


My seasonal story, “Home for Halloween” appears in the just-released Moon Shadows horror anthology. This tale of two brothers reunited for Halloween showcases the best elements of this special holiday. (And if you know me, you know it really is special!)




Here’s an excerpt from “Home for Halloween”:

Kyle cradled the giant pumpkin in his hands as he walked down the street. His thin arms jutted out from his black vampire cape, and he bit his bottom lip as he concentrated. Not far to go, now, he told himself. The heavy gourd stretched his aching muscles all the way to the ground, but it was worth it.

Mrs. MacLaughlin had thrown a Halloween party for his fifth grade class today. She’d read ghost stories and talked about the history of Halloween while they made paper cut-outs of ghosts and Jack O’Lanterns. After lunch, they ate bat-shaped sugar cookies with black icing and sang a Halloween song about five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. 

At the end of the day, everyone got a bag of candy to take home, and the king of all pumpkins was raffled off to one lucky kid. He couldn’t believe it when his name was called. It was the first thing he’d ever won.
 
Kyle stopped to take a break and squinted toward the setting sun. A breeze ruffled his hair, and his cape swirled in the wind. The maple trees had tossed off all their leaves last week. Orange and brown husks skittered around his feet.


He loved autumn. The crisp air held a sense of magic and wonder. Part of him longed to linger, to take it all in and make this perfect moment last forever, but he had to hurry home. Tonight was special. It was Halloween.

Every Halloween, Mom forced him to sit at the kitchen table and eat dinner like it was a regular night when all he wanted was to race out the door and start trick-or-treating. Mom didn’t have to be at the diner until nine tonight, so they could stay out even later than usual. Even though he begged every year, Mom never let him go out trick-or-treating by himself. “Too many maniacs creeping around,” she said. 

A car horn blared from behind him, and he turned as an old green Buick pulled to the curb.

“Hey kid, need a ride?”






My horror fiction has also appeared in these anthologies (I’ll be sharing more about them later in the month.):


Dark Things II: Cat Crimes 

The Four Horsemen 
Haunted
Wrapped in White

Mistresses of the Macabre

Frightmares



You can read excerpts and get links to all of my horror stories on my NEW site. Same url: www.KelliWilkins.com – different look!


Next week, I’ll share a blog about writing paranormal romances!


Happy Haunting!


Kelli

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - Welcome Autumn Issue








Hi everyone!

Welcome autumn! This is my favorite season, and I’m pleased to be sharing news about my new gay romance, A Secret Match
plus info on the upcoming Moon Shadows horror anthology, and links to guest blogs.

Let’s get started!


Kelli’s New Gay Romance, A Secret Match

Was just released! A Secret Match is Kelli’s third gay romance. This erotic contemporary is set in the world of professional wrestling and already got a great review. The main character, Everett, had supporting role in Kelli’s other wrestling romance, A Perfect Match.  


A Secret Match

Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.
After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.
One night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems – both personally and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a tag team out to destroy him.
Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything… can he find a balance between his career and his heart?

A Secret Match
is available in ebook and paperback formats. Order your copy from:




And if gay romance isn’t your cup of tea, check out Kelli’s two historical romances:




Watch out for Moon Shadows!

Kelli’s New Horror Story
Kelli’s seasonal story, “Home for Halloween” will be published in the upcoming Moon Shadows horror anthology. This tale of two brothers reunited for Halloween showcases the best elements of this special holiday. Read more about the book and order your copy of Moon Shadows here: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moon-shadows-veronica-moore/1120220708?ean=2940046127171

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/moon-shadows/id912867619?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/moon-shadows-7

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Fred_C_Adams_Moon_Shadows?id=LDNaBAAAQBAJ

Kelli’s Guest Blogging!
 
Kelli’s been guest blogging and doing interviews all over the web. Follow these links to read more about A Secret Match, her writing process, romances, and more. (Yes, it’s a huge list of links – feel free to Like & Share!)






Zipper Ripper Interview:

Read of the week:

A SECRET MATCH got a 4-star review! Read it here:

Double book spotlight featuring excerpts from my historical romances DANGEROUS INDENTURE and WILDERNESS BRIDE
http://www.deepintheheartromance.com/2014/09/two-new-releases-from-historical.html

Gotta Write Network blog tour:



Night Owl Romance Interview:

Savvy Authors Guest Blog:

Hearts on Fire Guest Blog: http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=29051

Guest Blog - Writing Gay romances:


A Quick Survey:

Do you read romances? Answer these 4 questions and Kelli will enter you in a drawing to win a free romance ebook!

1. What is your favorite romance genre?  historical, fantasy, gay, contemporary, paranormal, other
2. What is your lease favorite romance genre?  historical, fantasy, gay, contemporary, paranormal
3. Where do you usually buy ebooks? Amazon, B&N, Publisher’s site, other site
4. What would you like to see more of in Kelli’s newsletter? Book summaries, excerpts, links, interview Q/A, writing tips or advice, other

How to enter: Copy & paste these questions (and your answers) in an email and send it to: contactKelli(AT)KelliWilkins(DOT)com with “Newsletter Survey” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name & email address. If you’re the winner, Kelli will contact you about a free ebook. Contest ends at Midnight (EST) on Sept. 30.

Coming Next Month…
As we all know, Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m devoting the month to my horror stories and paranormal romances. Be sure to check out my blog and this newsletter for links to horror anthologies, interviews about horror writing, a list of my favorite horror movies, and more.


I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. Have suggestions? Send them along! Want to subscribe? Contact me via the email on the News page of my site: www.KelliWilkins.com
Until next time!

Kelli

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Read all about A SECRET MATCH - hot new gay romance





Hi everyone!

I've been busy guest blogging, doing interviews, and basically sharing the news about my new gay romance, A Secret Match. I happy to say that the book is now available on Amazon and B&N. The links are:
 

A few readers have asked... is A Secret Match the sequel to A Perfect Match?
 
Yes and no. I’d call it a follow-up more than a sequel. In a sense, it’s a continuation because A Secret Match takes place in the same world of professional wrestling. Nick, Blaze, Vin, Danni, and Ev are all carryover characters from A Perfect Match. But that book showed how Vin and Danni met, and Ev played a small role in that story. A Secret Match is all about Ev and Josh, and Vin and Danni have supporting roles. Each book stands alone as an individual read, and they’re both pretty hot!
 
I'm sharing a big list of links - read guest blogs, interviews, excerpts, and more about A Secret Match here:

Read a book spotlight, excerpt, and an interview with the hero here:


 

Zipper Ripper Interview:

Read of the week:

A SECRET MATCH just got a 4-star review! Read it here:



New Night Owl Romance Interview:
 
If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, now's the perfect time. The next issue is coming out later this week. 

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Happy Reading! Enjoy the wonderful autumn weather!
Kelli