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The Official Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
BIG January/February Issue (Vol. 4 Number 1)
Happy 2011 everyone! I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday season and that 2011 is off to a great start. In Roman mythology, Janus was the God of Beginnings and Endings. The month of January is named after Him. This issue of the Quill reflects back on 2010 and looks ahead into 2011
FOR READERS – A 2010 RECAP:
NEW ROMANCE NOVELS: In 2010, Kelli released two new romances with Amber Quill Press.
Trust with Hearts – This full-length contemporary novel set in rural West Virginia features a hot cowboy-type country singer. It is available in paperback and ebook formats. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/TrustWithHearts.html
A Midwinter Night’s Delights – The sizzling sequel to Kelli’s bestselling fantasy romance, A Midsummer Night’s Delights. The story follows Annabelle and Julian as they go back to the Marquis’ estate to learn lessons in self-control. This spicy novella is available in a variety of electronic formats. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidwinterNightsDelights.html
Hot excerpts, descriptions, and buy links for all of Kelli’s books are on her Amber Quill Press author page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html
NEW HORROR STORIES: Kelli’s horror fiction appeared in two anthologies.
Haunted: An Anthology Of The Supernatural - Published by Pill Hill Press, this anthology contains 42 short stories about haunted places. Kelli’s horror short “Whispers from the Past” appears in this collection. It’s available in paperback and electronic formats. Click the links to order your copies. Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1617060216/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0Z66HE40JJ7NBMK2CXXB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846
The Four Horsemen – An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death – Kelli’s horror story, “The Ape” appeared in The Four Horsemen published by Pill Hill Press. The book is available on Amazon.com. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Four-Horsemen-Anthology-Conquest-Famine/dp/0984261036/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273504039&sr=1-5
OR just search for the title!)
Kelli started her own blog: Kelli’s Quill – The Blog. Each week, she posts about the writing life, books, and anything else on her mind. Follow along and her blog here: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/
In November, Kelli was the guest blogger on the Whipped Cream site. She offered writing tips and advice. You can read the blog here: http://wcguest.blogspot.com/
A Whipped Cream Interview: Kelli’s interview with the romance site Whipped Cream was featured on their website on April 6. She discussed the writing life, her books, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Click the link to read the full interview: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/WC/interviews.htm
Blogtalk Radio Interview: Kelli’s first Internet radio interview was broadcast on June 2. Visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coachdeb/2010/06/03/kelli-wilkins-on-women-entrepreneurs--the-secrets- to listen to the hour-long show. So far, the interview has had more than 200 listeners!
Romance at Heart and Fallen Angel Interviews:
In June, Romance at Heart http://romanceatheart.com/interview/kelliawilkins.html and Fallen Angel Reviews http://fallenangelreviews.com/Interviews/2010/June-LindaL-KelliWilkins.htm interviewed Kelli. Click the links to read what Kelli had to say about her books and more!
Romance Reviews Today Interview:
Kelli was interviewed about her new book and the life of a writer by Romance Reviews Today. Follow this link to read the full interview: http://romrevtoday.blogspot.com/
In November, Novelspot posted an interview (complete with photo!) of Kelli. She talked about the making of her Amber Quill Press romance, A Midwinter Night’s Delights. Read the full interview here: http://novelspot.net/node/3522
COMING IN 2011:
Two more romances:
Kelli’s working on two new romances for Amber Quill Press. One book is a full-length contemporary set in the world of professional wrestling. The other romance is set on a tropical island resort. This will be Kelli’s first Amber Allure novella.
In non-romance news:
Kelli’s really going to get more horror stories out of her head and onto paper!
Her horror short, “Just An Innocent Little Cat” was selected to appear in Black Car Publishing’s Dark Things II: Cat Crimes anthology. All proceeds from the sale will be going to cat charities across the country.
Look for Kelli to be a guest blogger on www.patricia-preston.blogspot.com on Feb. 4 or 11th. (The exact date isn’t set yet.)
Q&A WITH KELLI
This is an excerpt from my interview with Fallen Angel Reviews. You can read the whole thing here: http://fallenangelreviews.com/Interviews/2010/June-LindaL-KelliWilkins.htm
Q: Trust with Hearts that was set in rural West Virginia and won Honorable Mention in the 2009 Reading Writers “Romantic Encounter” writing contest. Why not tell us about this delightful book?
A: Trust with Hearts is my tenth romance published with Amber Quill Press. It’s a full-length contemporary novel that takes place in rural West Virginia. After a bitter breakup, the heroine, Sherrie Parker seeks refuge at her cousin Dave’s house. She meets Dave’s other houseguest, a sexy country singer named Curtis Taylor. They’re thrown together by circumstances and start a sizzling summer romance.
Trust with Hearts is longer than some of my more recent releases, but the story gives Sherrie and Curtis time to get to know each other and develop their relationship one step at a time. I’m happy to say that Trust with Hearts has received several great reviews.
Although Trust with Hearts is my tenth romance, it’s only my second contemporary romance. (The other one is The Sexy Stranger.) I write in several romance genres including historical, fantasy, and paranormal.
My romances with Amber Quill Press not only run the gamut of different genre categories, they also have different heat levels from 1 to 3. For example, A Most Unusual Princess is a heat level of 1, (relatively mild), and A Midsummer Night’s Delights is a scorching hot level 3. Trust with Hearts is in the middle, and has a heat level of 2.
Q: Was there a particular reason you chose the setting in West Virginia? I know the countryside is lovely there.
A: Sherrie comes from Philadelphia, and her life was recently turned upside down. I wanted to uproot her even more by throwing her into a rural/isolated West Virginia setting that she was unfamiliar with. It was a great way to push Sherrie and Curtis closer together, and it gives her a chance to make a fresh start in her life.
Curtis is a country boy, so the two characters had the “city vs. country” mentalities to play off of. There’s also another reason the story is set in the south, but I don’t want to give it away in case some readers haven’t finished the book yet!
Q: After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever pull it from the shelf and read it over again?
A: I occasionally will read a few scenes here and there, but for the most part, I don’t read anything after it’s published. By the time the book comes out, I’ve read it at least three or four times, so I practically know every word by heart! And in most cases, I’m already hard at work on a new book that takes up most of my time.
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 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. 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,
Got questions, comments, or suggestions? Contact the author at: www.KelliWilkins.com