The Official Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
March/April Issue (Vol. 4 Number 2)
Happy spring everyone! The weather is turning warmer and flowers are starting to bloom. As we say goodbye to winter, I’m sharing some news about two hot new romances, a review excerpt, and more!
KELLI’S NEW WRESTLING ROMANCE: Kelli’s twelfth romance, A PERFECT MATCH was released by Amber Quill in March. This sizzling contemporary romance is set in the world of professional wrestling and is available in electronic formats and paperback. Here’s a summary and link to buy:
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 love destined to fail, or are they a perfect match?
The link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html
COMING IN MAY - KELLI’S FIRST GAY ROMANCE: Kelli’s first gay romance, Four Days with Jack, will be released by Amber Quill Press in May. Set in a Caribbean resort, this contemporary follows the budding romance of two best friends. Check out a sneak peek at the cover here: http://www.kelliwilkins.com/romance13.html
REVIEW FOR A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DELIGHTS: Romance at Heart recently reviewed Kelli’s hot historical/fantasy, A Midwinter Night’s Delights. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full review.
“Kelli A Wilkins is an author who brings a huge amount of joyful imagination to her writing, an equal part of enthusiasm, and a lot of talent as well. Her love for her characters shines through in her words, their plights so wonderfully explained, and the resolution of the problems so innovative and erotic. A Midwinter Night’s Delights is no exception. With Julian and Annabelle, she has stretched her boundaries with care, chosen the settings that suited each encounter, then meshes them with the story in a way that draws the reader in and allows them to again live their experiences. In Julian and Annabelle she has taken the pair who came into a marriage as virgins, and used the Midwinter's party held by Vincent and Sabrina to again bring this naive couple farther into the world created at the celebrations. In the beginning, Julian's well meaning parents only did one thing right, they sent the couple to Vincent and Sabrina, and now the two of them are back to explore even more of what they hadn’t known, and found there are many paths to love.
For those of you who delight in the erotic romances, A Midwinter Night’s Delights by Kelli A. Wilkins is a book you won’t want to miss. Julian and Annabelle are again ushered into a discovery of self, and relationship as their foray into the world of BDSM and a mid-winter orgy finds them expanding their trust issues and discovering how much they really do love each other. It can be noted that Kelli always finds a new and unique method to draw her lovers together. This latest creation of Kelli's is available at Amber Quill Press and is a must buy for Kelli Wilkins fans everywhere, as well as those who enjoy a truly excellent erotic romance. A Midwinter Night’s Delights is truly a keeper, so get your copy today.” http://romanceatheart.com/review/midwinternightsdelights.html
Q&A WITH KELLI
This is an excerpt from my interview with Novelspot. You can read the whole interview here: http://novelspot.net/node/3522
Q: Several of your romances have won writing contests. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you really enjoy writing romances and erotica. What is it about these genres that you like so much?
Kelli: Yes, I do enjoy writing romances. Writing in general appeals to me because it lets me create characters and entire worlds from out of nowhere. It’s fun to make up a setting, add characters, and then give the characters a problem or issue to solve. Romance (whether it’s erotic or traditional) is interesting to write because in most cases the hero and heroine are strangers at the beginning of the story (or don’t like each other much), but by the end of the book they’re in love and living happily-ever-after.
I write in several romance sub-genres (fantasy, historical, contemporary, and paranormal) so there’s always something different going on in my romances. Writing in various sub-genres lets me experiment with plots, settings, and characters. For example, Beauty & the Bigfoot is a paranormal-comedy based on a woman falling in love with a Sasquatch. (Yes, you read that right.) In my historical, The Dark Lord, I set the story in an isolated Carpathian Mountain castle. Princess Elara (from A Most Unusual Princess) is feisty and very opinionated and doesn’t act like a princess at all. I like mixing things up and switching romance genres, I think it helps stretch my writing muscles and keeps the stories and characters interesting.
Q: Non-fiction, horror, romance…you write in many different genres. Are there similarities that draw you to them or is it the differences that you like?
Kelli: I pretty much write everything and anything. If I have a good idea for a fiction story, I’ll go with it, regardless of the genre. I think writing in different styles/genres helps writers grow and keeps the writing fresh. You don’t get stuck in a rut with the same settings, time periods, characters, or expectations. One thing I like about diversifying my writing between horror and romance is that I get to entirely change the way I approach (and write) the story. When I’m writing horror, I can create an utterly repulsive lead character and let him/her do things that a character in a romance wouldn’t do. I can also explore different settings (graveyards, haunted houses, etc.) that aren’t normally found in romance. After writing a few romances, I like to switch it up and write a few horror stories for a change of pace.
Q: If you were to be transported into one of your books, which one would it be and why?
Kelli: That’s a hard question to answer! I love all my books and would enjoy hanging out with all of my characters. I like castles, so it would be nice to creep around the Carpathian castle in The Dark Lord. It might also be fun to hang around with Princess Elara, Prince Dalton, and Prince Allan from A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince. Or maybe even indulge in some naughty fun at the ball in A Midwinter Night’s Delights… A nice thing about creating all these characters and different worlds is that while writing them, I did get to transport myself into the books!
As a writer, you might be asking yourself: “What’s with all these social media sites? Do I have to be a social butterfly?” The answer is – yes and no. As with anything involving writing, you need to do what’s comfortable for you. Writing blogs, creating pages for your author self, posting covers for your books, and maintaining a website can seem overwhelming to anyone who isn’t computer savvy, but with a little practice – and patience – social media sites can work to your advantage.
If you’ve already published a book, articles, short stories (or whatever!) posting your writing information (book covers, blurbs, links to buy) on social sites can increase your readership and sales. Sites such as Goodreads, Shelfari, Authors Den, and Manic Readers let you create author pages and post blurbs about your books. You can also join Yahoo groups and interact with readers and writers, share info, and ask questions about writing in general. Having a personal blog is a great way to connect to readers and post news and excerpts from your writings. And, it’s free!
Most sites are easy to figure out and setting up a page for yourself (or your books) doesn’t take too much time. However, if you have author pages for 15 sites, you’ll need to maintain all 15 sites with updates (such as new releases) or whenever you want to blog or chat with other writers or readers. All the time invested in being a social cyberspace butterfly can (and most often will) take time away from your writing. So, it’s a good idea to update/check sites for an hour or two a week, or devote a block of time specifically for this, so you don’t eat up the time you’ve set aside for writing (which is what you really should be doing!).
You never know where your social media/promotion efforts will lead, so do as much as you can (and feel comfortable with) as often as you can. A few well-maintained pages, a great blog, and a fun website can enhance your online presence and boost your writing career!
Until next time,