Saturday, March 26, 2011

Amber Quill Press Author Kelli A. Wilkins Publishes Wrestling Romance


Multi-published author Kelli A. Wilkins is announcing the release of her twelfth romance.
A PERFECT MATCH will be released on March 27 in paperback and electronic formats from Amber Quill Press.

“I’ve always been a wrestling fan, so it only seemed natural that I’d write a romance set in the world of professional wrestling,” says Kelli. “My romances tend to be a bit different and have unusual storylines (including a Bigfoot romance!), but my characters are well-developed and readers seem to fall in love with them as much as I do.” A PERFECT MATCH is a spicy romance about a woman who impersonates a reporter. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

ABOUT AMBER QUILL PRESS

Amber Quill Press, LLC, is a publisher of electronic and paperback books in a variety of genres, including mystery, paranormal, westerns, and science fiction. Their romance imprint, Amber Heat (www.AmberHeat.com), publishes erotic suspense, historical, fantasy, and contemporary romantic fiction. Readers can order A PERFECT MATCH directly from Amber Quill Press via this link: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins was raised in upstate New York and began writing short stories and taking creative writing classes in high school. She received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Dramatic Arts from Hofstra University and completed the Commercial Writer’s Certificate Program at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. Kelli is also a national member of RWA-PRO.

In addition to her books with Amber Quill Press, Kelli has also authored four non-fiction pet care guides: The Simple Guide to Cats, Quick & Easy Cat & Kitten Care, Hermit Crabs for Dummies, and Cats.

Not just a novelist, Kelli has published more than 80 short stories, including 45 in the romance genre. Her horror short, “The Ape” recently appeared in The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death published by Pill Hill Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Haunted, Weird Tales, The Sun, What If…, The Dark Krypt, True Confessions, ChickLit Review, EOTU Ezine, US Route 1 Summer Fiction, The Best of The First Line, The Owen Wister Review, and At Home and Abroad: Prize-winning Stories.

Kelli invites readers to visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com to read excerpts from her books, catch up on her interviews, and to sign up for her free newsletter, Kelli’s Quill.

Kelli is also on Twitter: @KWilkinsauthor

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Coming this weekend - A Perfect Match - Kelli's Wrestling Romance


Hi everyone! My new Amber Quill Press romance, A Perfect Match is being released this Sunday, March 27. I blogged a little bit about the book before, but now I’m sharing an excerpt and some insight into how the book came about. (It also ties into the theme of where writers get their ideas.)

A Perfect Match is a contemporary romance set in the world of professional wrestling. It follows the adventures of reporter Danni Stone as she travels along with Heavyweight Champ, Vinnie Valentine. Along the way, Danni learns all about the business, and gets to see life from the wrestlers’ perspectives. Although everything looks “fake” and easy on TV, she quickly discovers that there’s more to being a wrestler than she thought.

Here’s a short summary:

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, newfound love destined to fail, or are they a perfect match?


As anyone who knows me will attest, wrestling has always been a part of my life, so it was only natural that one day I’d write a book with wrestling as the backdrop. So how did this book come about? It sounds strange, but the entire book came to me in a dream!

At the time I was in the middle of working on another contemporary romance, Trust with Hearts. That book is about a country music singer, so I wasn’t thinking about wrestling at all. Then one morning, I woke up with the whole book in my head! Naturally I grabbed a pen and paper and started writing down everything. I had the entire plot and knew all about the characters, but they refused to give me their names. Sometimes that’s how books happen – by accident.

Here’s a short & sweet excerpt.

A minute later, she felt someone standing over her left shoulder. What did Everett want now? She snapped her head up. “Look I—”

The words died on her lips as she found herself staring straight into a black spandex crotch. The bulging groin had a four-inch wide pink heart embroidered in the center. What on Earth?

Her gaze flickered up, taking in the rock-hard abs, the tanned chest and wide shoulders, until she settled on the honey-blond hair and green eyes. Vinnie flexed his pectoral muscles one at a time and winked at her.

Her pulse quickened, and a bolt of lightning zapped through her. The words HOT AND SWEATY SEX blazed across her mind before she could stop them.

“Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I saw that look…” Ev laughed.

Vinnie elbowed Ev in the ribs. “Will you get lost and leave us alone?”

Danni felt her face flush. No wonder women drooled over Vinnie, he looked like a sculpted Greek god.

“How’s it going?” Vinnie asked.

She focused her attention on her notebook and tried to calm her racing heart. What was wrong with her? She had watched Vinnie wrestle on TV, and she knew what he looked like in his wrestling gear. So why was she so flustered at seeing him in person? Maybe because now he was real. Seeing him on TV was one thing, but now he stood less than two feet away from her, half-naked, and close enough to touch. If she didn’t know better, Vinnie could be a nude centerfold.

She dared a peek at him again. No matter what tricks he threw at her, she had to remain detached and professional. It was the only way she could get through this. “I was writing down questions.”

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On Monday, I’ll be blogging on the Amber Quill Press author blog site (http://aqpauthors.blogspot.com) and sharing a hot excerpt.

Don’t forget to order a copy on Sunday! The book link is:

http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html

Stay tuned to the blog hear more about wrestling in general, why it influenced the book, and more! Love the cover? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until next time,
Kelli

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where do authors get their ideas? Part 2!



Hi again everyone,

This week, we continue with Part Two in the series, “Where do you get your ideas?” Last week, I wrote about how ideas are everywhere and many story ideas often come from observing something (people, the surroundings, etc.) Now we’re going to take our powers of observation and imagination a step further and ask “What if?”


“What if…” is a great way to generate new ideas for articles, short fiction, and novels. Most stories start off with a “what if” premise (“What if there was a school for young wizards?”) and develop from there. As a writer, you can use your imagination to create endless “what if” scenarios and build stories around them.

Playing the “what if” game can also be a great tool to help you if you’re writing a story and develop writer’s block or if the plot is fizzling. Ask yourself “what if” and send your characters on a new adventure or alter their lives in a new direction.

Here are a few “What ifs?” from my Amber Quill Press romances:

What if the heroine reveals she had a secret love child? (The Pauper Prince)

What if the heroine finds a hidden room in the castle? (The Dark Lord)

What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love? (Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover)

Using ‘what if’ can take your story into uncharted waters and deepen the plot, add emotion, and raise the stakes for your characters.

“What if” can be a great game to play, whether you’re using it as a tool to help move your writing along, to start a story, or just for fun as a writing exercise. Play the “what if” game the next time you’re observing your surroundings and watching people. (What if the red car doesn’t stop for the old man in the crosswalk? What if the woman in the restaurant is waiting for her secret lover?)

Just for fun: Here are some wild “what if” questions you can use for writing exercises:

What if… a fisherman found a live mermaid?

…an archeologist uncovered a UFO while excavating in Texas?

…your character inherited a haunted house---and knew the ghosts?

…a killer picks his victims according to their birth sign?

…the weird Goth kid down the block really is a vampire?

…a man in the witness protection program won the lottery and his secret life was revealed?

Once you start thinking in terms of “what if” keep asking yourself more questions to take the scenario further. For example, “What if a character murders someone and buries the body in his cellar? Then, what if his wife comes home and finds him covered in dirt (or blood)? What if the wife’s brother is a cop?”)

As you can see, once you start the “what if” game, the possibilities are endless, and you can take the story anywhere.

Next week, I’ll be sharing a preview of my upcoming contemporary romance, A Perfect Match!

Until next time,

Kelli

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Where do authors get their ideas?


Hi everyone,

This week I’m addressing one of the most common questions writers are asked: “Where do you get your ideas?”

Every writer has been asked this mystifying question and the short answer is: Everywhere. Ideas are everywhere–if you know where and how to look for them.

Writers tend to be people-watchers (some call it being nosy) and spend time observing life around them. Any seemingly innocent person on the street, a snippet of conversation, or a creepy locale can appeal to our vivid imaginations and spark a story idea. In short, writers find ideas everywhere.

Stories often come from observing something (for example, a car in a lake) and then develop as the writer uses his/her imagination to get to the heart of the story. Bits and pieces of other ideas are added in until the final product is a blend of several ideas/observations.

Although it may seem like the author wrote the story based on one clever idea, the story is often a compilation of many ideas woven together. Other times, ideas for characters, stories, or scenes just pop in our heads and seem to magically create themselves – but this is rare.

How can you find ideas to inspire your next book? Go somewhere and look around. Watch the people (what they’re doing, how they interact with one another) and let your mind wander. Ask yourself what might happen next - or - what might have just happened.

For a writing exercise, pick a person (or an event) and write a paragraph or two about it. Keep a list of things that capture your attention and think about how you could develop them into a story. Remember, a great idea can come from an ordinary occurrence, such as a car being towed, a dog escaping its leash, or a woman pushing an empty stroller. Keep your eyes (and mind) open for possibilities.

Some of my books were inspired by strange ideas. Here’s a short list:

A Most Unusual Princess – The opening scene of Dalton watching Elara “bathing” popped into my head and I began wondering “what sort of princess is she?”

The Sexy Stranger I had an idea for a hot guy kidnapping a woman – and then played around with it. He quickly discovers that she’s the wrong woman!

Trust with Hearts The idea for this book came to me just before a country singer’s concert. I took notes on scraps of paper and started writing the outline the next day.

Beauty & the Bigfoot I couldn’t get the idea of a Bigfoot hunter’s daughter falling in love with Bigfoot out of my head. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but reviewers loved the book!

A Perfect Match – The idea for this new release (coming March 27) came to me in a dream. I’ll be blogging more about that later this month. It’s a crazy story!

Next week, I’ll talk about how you can conjure up ideas by playing the “what if” game. It’s a great way to get your mind working!

Until next time,

Kelli

Have a question you'd like to see me address on the blog? Email me via my website: www.KelliWilkins.com


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sneak Peek at A PERFECT MATCH - Kelli's Wrestling Romance!


Hi everyone! Happy March!

This month, I’ll be sharing a bit of everything… writing advice and exercises, questions from readers, and whatever else that comes along. Today, I’m giving everyone a sneak peek at the cover and blurb for my upcoming Amber Quill Press romance, A Perfect Match.

A Perfect Match is a contemporary romance set in the world of professional wrestling! As anyone who knows me will attest, wrestling has always been a part of my life, so it was only natural that one day I’d write a book with wrestling as the backdrop.

Here’s a short summary.

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, newfound love destined to fail, or are they a perfect match?


A Perfect Match will be released on March 27. Look for a hot excerpt coming soon! And yes, I’ll be blogging all about it! Stay tuned to hear more about wrestling in general, why it influenced the book, and how the book was started! Love the cover? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until next time,

Kelli

PS: Yes, I’m now on Twitter! See my tweets at: @KWilkinsauthor

I’m looking forward to all my Twitter followers to come along and join the blog, and vice versa!