The Official Newsletter of Author Kelli A. Wilkins
Hot May/June Issue (Vol. 4 Number 3)
Hi everyone! The weather is heating up – and so are my romances! This issue is filled with news about my two new Amber Quill Press romances, links to interviews, reviews, guest blogs, and more! Enjoy!
NEW REVIEWS: Kelli’s sizzling wrestling romance, A Perfect Match has received three excellent reviews:
“5 stars! Kelli A Wilkins’ A Perfect Match is one of the best books I read in awhile. It’s romantic, sweet and HOT!! Vin and Danni have it bad for each other and once they both give into their passion, its hot and heavy. I really enjoyed this book, it has a great storyline and I loved all the characters.” – Wanda, Reviewer, Romance Writers Reviews
“4 stars! A Perfect Match is a how-to manual of what goes on in the professional wrestling world. I found it fascinating. You don’t need to know or like the sport to enjoy this tender, yet fierce love story, with a ‘HEA for now’ ending. I hope you like it as much as I did.” – Patrizia M., Reviewer, Manic Readers
“Kelli A. Wilkins writes a daring romance. She gives her readers ringside seats to a spectacularly sexy main event. Danni may have her reasons for being deceitful, but her treachery will not allow her to obtain what she honestly wants. Vinnie may be on his way out, but he will not surrender without the fight of his life. Together, they create a tag team that cannot easily be defeated. Ms. Wilkins certainly pins her readers and keeps them down for the count. I definitely could not stop reading once I was caught firmly in the grasp of the entangling romance. A PERFECT MATCH throws out all the rules and shows just how no-holds-barred love can be. This was a fun, fast, and feisty tale.” Melissa K., Reviewer, Noveltalk
Wanna read A Perfect Match for yourself? The link is:http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html
On June 6, Kelli’s interview appeared in the
In April, Seriously Reviewed interviewed Kelli about her books. The link is:http://seriouslyinterviewed.blogspot.com/2011/04/interview-with-kelli-wilkins-amber.html
Fallen Angel Reviews posted a new interview with Kelli. You can read the full interview here:http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/Interviews/2011/April-Tammy-KelliAWilkins.htm
Kelli has been making the rounds as a guest blogger on the Seriously Reviewed blog. She’s sharing an inside look at all of her romances. Here are a few links to her most recent blogs:
NEW BOOK RELEASE – FOUR DAYS WITH JACK:
Kelli’s new romance, Four Days with Jack, was released on May 22. Although this is her 13thbook with Amber Quill Press, it’s her first gay romance. This scorching contemporary is part of the Amber Allure “Postcards from
Here’s a short summary and link to the book:
FOUR DAYS WITH JACK
When David invited his best friend along on vacation, he never expected them to fall in love…
Spending four days in a tropical paradise with Jack is a dream come true. For years, David lived a lie and denied his attraction to Jack. Now that they’re together in an isolated
Jack is more than willing to introduce David to the life he has always fantasized about. Their sizzling nighttime encounters confirm David’s long-hidden desires. But what will happen when they leave the resort? Will David sacrifice everything to start a new life with Jack? Or will he go back to his old ways and risk losing the best friend he ever had?
The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/FourDaysWithJack.html
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:
Kelli has recently updated her author pages at Amazon.com’s Author Central, Goodreads, Shelfari, Romancewiki, Linked In, and Facebook!
Here’s a list of where to find Kelli on the web!
Website: http://www.kelliwilkins.com/ – Catch up on all my romances, read reviews, excerpts, and sign up for my newsletter, Kelli’s Quill.
Blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ - Each week I share book news, writing tips, exercises, and whatever else is on my mind
Amber Quill Press author page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html
Q&A with KELLI:
What readers want to know! Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview with Kelli:
Q: Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
A: I’m always multi-tasking. Although I can only write one book at a time, I constantly find myself adding something extra to my ‘to do’ list. I might be writing a book, promoting another book, blogging, Tweeting, and writing my newsletter all in the same week! I also write short horror fiction, so I’m toying with those storylines while thinking about other romances to write.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
A: My favorite thing about being a romance writer is that I get to create different characters, worlds, settings, relationships and romances, and then share them with readers. I enjoy writing the story – meeting the characters and following along on their adventures. It’s a very creative part of the writing process, and it’s a lot of fun.
I write in several romance genres (fantasy, historical, paranormal and contemporary), so I get to dream up very different characters, plots, and settings for my books. My fantasy romance, A Most Unusual Princess (http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MostUnusualPrincess.html) is a lighthearted novella that introduces readers to a headstrong princess.
On the other hand, my paranormal, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover(http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/ConfessionsVampiresLover.html), is written in first person from the hero’s point of view.
My historical, The Dark Lord (http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/DarkLord.html) is about a brooding, mysterious lord living in an isolated Carpathian castle with a naive female companion. I never know where my next book (or characters) will take me!
What’s the purpose of your writing?
Writers are often asked if their work has a theme or a message. Remember back in high school when you were asked, “What’s the purpose of this story?” Well, now that you’re a writer, you get to decide what the purpose (message, or theme) is of your stories!
A good story doesn’t stop the flow of the narrative so characters can preach to readers, but your writing should have a purpose, a point, a theme. There should be something that the reader takes away from the story. Someone once said that before you start writing, you should figure out what – if anything – you want to say. Ask yourself, why are you writing this story? What’s the point? Will readers learn anything?
When I wrote my three non-fiction cat care guides (Cats, Quick & Easy Guide to Cat &Kitten Care, The Simple Guide to Cats), the two themes I kept focusing on were: responsible pet ownership for the life of the cat, and adopting from a shelter or rescue organization.
I also incorporated these themes into my romance, Trust with Hearts. I gave the heroine (Sherrie) a subplot of adopting out cats from a local shelter. This helped build her character (and gave her a sense of purpose) while delivering a message to the reader. (And while I’m on the subject, I’d like to remind everyone that June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” month! See? Even this bit of writing has a theme!)
When you’re writing to convey a message, you need to get inside the characters and voice opposing viewpoints, show conflicting actions, etc. to flesh out the theme and make the characters believable. These may not be things you’re comfortable thinking, writing, or showing, but they will help your story. Remember, the antagonist who is trying to cut down a 500-year-old tree will act in ways that oppose (and offend) your tree-loving heroine!
The next time you read a story, ask yourself, “What is the writer saying?” You might just learn something!
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Until next time!