Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - Sizzling July/August Issue


KELLI’S QUILL

The Official Newsletter of Author Kelli A. Wilkins

Sizzling Summer July/August 2011 Issue (Vol. 4 Number 4)

Hi everyone! It’s been a busy July, so I decided to get this newsletter out early. This issue is filled with links to interviews, reviews, guest blogs, and more! Enjoy!

FOR READERS:

NEWS & REVIEWS: Kelli’s first Amber Allure romance, Four Days With Jack was a top 10 Amber Allure bestseller for May 2011! This spicy novella has received three excellent reviews:

“4 Gold Crowns! Four Days with Jack by Kelli A. Wilkins is a great story about best friends Jack and David. Two friends who have been in love with each other for years, and, for various reasons, afraid to let it out, finally give in while on vacation. David and Jack are beautifully created. They both have their faults but love each other enough to want to try. Kelli A. Wilkins’ Four Days with Jack is a great story about accepting who you are and going after what you really want.” - Jaymes, Reviewer, The Readers Round Table (Read the full review here: http://thereadersroundtable.com/erotic/?p=390)

“Four Days With Jack was exactly as promised. Hesitation, longings, risks, fears, and in the end, taking love the way it comes. The sex is hot, the characters likeable and the writing was easy to read. The peaks and valleys of the story come from David and Jack coming to terms with their relationship. Their secrets are exposed but those secrets and actions come with consequences. Their journey is a pleasant read and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy as well.” – Seriously Reviewed (Read the full review here: http://seriouslyreviewed.blogspot.com/2011/06/four-days-with-jack-by-kelli-wilkins.html?zx=cb3786698a471e82)

I thought that (Kelli) Wilkins did a very good job portraying the confused David and the wary, but hopeful, Jack. David’s inner turmoil and fears about outing himself were so heartbreaking. I definitely felt for him. Overall, I believe that FOUR DAYS WITH JACK is a strong romance with very likeable characters. I’m quite glad that I went ahead and read this story. I learned that as a romance fan I can definitely appreciate and enjoy those that feature two male heroes. FOUR DAYS WITH JACK is an emotional, yet sexy coming-out story about two men finally opening themselves up to the possibility of a great love. It was an excellent introduction into the world of m/m romance.” – Jennifer, Reviewer, Romance Novel News

Here’s a short summary and a 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 Caribbean resort, he finally sheds his denial and admits what he really wants—to be Jack’s lover.

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

KELLI’S NEW HORROR STORY: It’s not all just about romance! In July 2011, Kelli’s flash fiction horror short, “Death is Just a Tick Away” appeared in the premier issue of Dark Moon Digest e-Magazine. The magazine is available in Kindle (Amazon.com) and Nook (B&N.com) formats.

Here’s the link to order a Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BSSL66/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=shadara-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B005BSSL66

Here’s the link to order a Nook version:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-moon-digest-e-magazine-1-stan-swanson/1104178568?ean=2940013608153&itm=5&usri=dark%2bmoon%2bdigest&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-G8bGZV39zuo-_-10:1

IN OTHER NEWS… Kelli’s short story, “My Husband’s Mistress Moved in Down the Street” appears in the September issue of True Confessions Magazine. (Available wherever they still sell magazines!)

JUNE & JULY INTERVIEWS:

Kelli’s guest blog/interview was posted on July 7 on the “You Gotta Read Reviews” site. The link is: http://yougottareadguest.blogspot.com/ She shared info on her books, the writing process, and more.

On July 12, Kelli was a featured “Author Spotlight” on the website Best Romance Stories. Click here to read the spotlight: http://bestromancestories.com/author-spotlight-kelli-a-wilkins/

Kelli’s interview with Whipped Cream also appeared online on July 12. Here’s the link: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/WC/interviews.htm

On June 6, an interview with Kelli was published in the Central NJ newspaper, The Home News Tribune. The link is: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011306050023


Q & A with KELLI

Here’s an excerpt from Kelli’s interview with Novelspot. She shares info on the writing process and her sizzling romances, A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights.


NS: 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. In fact, A Midwinter Night’s Delights is my 11th Amber Quill Press romance. 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.

NS: 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.

NS: You introduced your readers to Julian and Annabelle in A Midsummer Night’s Delights and now you’ve brought them back in A Midwinter Night’s Delights. For those NovelSpot readers who aren’t familiar with Julian and Annabelle, could you introduce us?

Kelli: Sure. In A Midsummer Night’s Delights, Julian and Annabelle started out as repressed newlyweds. They were virtual strangers trapped in an arranged marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (Well, let’s just say, this type of ball isn’t for dancing!) Julian and Annabelle meet the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer Ball, they shed their inhibitions while indulging in their wildest fantasies.

A Midwinter Night’s Delights picks up six months after the first book. Ever since the summer ball, Annabelle and Julian have been overindulging in all sorts of naughty activities. They give into their newfound wanton desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control.

Although the novellas are companions to one another, each story stands alone as a separate read. A Midwinter Night’s Delights is available in a variety of electronic formats. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidwinterNightsDelights.html. Readers can order A Midsummer Night’s Delights here: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html

FOR WRITERS

Writers, are you hanging on to old stories that you’d swore you’d fix up “someday” and submit? Maybe you have a half-finished novel or you’ve been saving up guidelines for markets that you “might” try… Well, it’s time to make a commitment. Spend an hour (or more, depending on your schedule) revisiting the old and neglected stories. You know, the ones you abandoned because they weren’t going anywhere, or you got stuck on the plot, lost interest, the phone rang, whatever. Now’s the perfect time of year to keep the best, get rid of the rest. (Yes, that’s my very own motto.)

Cut the old stories loose or add them to your schedule. Read them over and make a serious evaluation. Are you really going to finish the three-quarters done sci fi story? Will you develop those scrawled notes into a novel? Perhaps you have old “almost-done” stories that just need a little help. If you like what you’re reading, fix up the story and send it out. (You may discover a gem you’d forgotten about.) If the stories aren’t any good, let them go. And really, if you’ve been collecting market guidelines to use someday, but never submitted anything, let them go, too – especially if they’re over a year old. When you have a story to send, you’ll need new guidelines anyway.

And what if you don’t have any old stories hiding out? Now’s a good time to write some! Here are a few writing prompts to use for a fun writing exercise. Spend 5-10 minutes on each one and see what you come up with.

A woman buys a house with a haunted swimming pool in the back yard.

“I only hit him once. I didn’t think it would kill him.”

The man stood next to the wall, watching and waiting.

Jane screamed as the mouse ran across her desk and under the wall.

Nobody knew where he was. If he didn’t get help soon, he’d die.

Take some time to clear out the old writing projects that haven’t gone anywhere and make room for the new stuff – you never know where they might lead you!

I hope you enjoyed this issue. If you know people who like to read (or write) please pass it along. Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Kelli A. Wilkins

www.KelliWilkins.com

PS: Want to find Kelli on the web? Here’s a list of social networking sites:

Amber Quill Press author page: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html
Twitter: @KWilkinsauthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli.wilkins1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/profile/KelliWilkins
Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a987940/Kelli-A-Wilkins/

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