Friday, August 10, 2012

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - July/Aug Issue - new books & links to great stuff

The Official Newsletter of Author Kelli A. Wilkins
July/August Issue (Vol. 5 Number 4)
Hi Everyone! Can you believe it’s already August and summer is flying by? Hope you’re all enjoying the warm days and are getting out and having fun. This issue is filled with news about my two new romances, links to blogs, reviews, a radio show, and more!
Just Released - Kelli’s Two New Romances!
Kelli’s two new romances were released at the end of July and beginning of August.
Killer in Wolf's Clothing was released by Amber Quill Press on July 22, 2012. This is her14th Amber Quill Press book, and her second gay romance. (The first one was the 2011 best-seller, Four Days with Jack.)
Killer in Wolf's Clothing
A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club…What has Larry gotten himself into?
When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.
Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.
Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.
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The Viking's Witch was published by Medallion Press on August 1, 2012. This historical with paranormal elements is available in various e-formats.

The Viking’s Witch

Scotland, 803 A.D.
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.
But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?
After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?
Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.
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KELLI’S BLOG NEWS – Kelli has added a sidebar on her blog with the latest news and links. She’s also created individual pages for her new books with summaries and tame excerpts. Check it out here:
On July 23, Kelli was a guest blog at Lily Sawyers Book Blog. You can read her blog/interview here:

 Kelli’s Interview with Night Owl Romance was posted on August 2. Read it here:
and she’s featured on the Erotica homepage:

Kelli’s Guest Blogging on August 3 at You Gotta Read Reviews! The link is:
Read Kelli’s archived interview with You Gotta Read here:
 KELLI’S RADIO INTERVIEW: Kelli was live on Blog Talk Radio on August 8. (You listen to the interview anytime via this link:
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW TOUR: Later in August, catch up with Kelli on her author spotlight and review tour for The Viking’s Witch!
8/20   Book Lovin' Mamas   Spot Light    (
My Cozie Corner Review   (
Sapphyria's Book Reviews  Spot Light    (
Always a Booklover   Spot Light and Review   (     T B R    Review  (
Journey with Words  Spot Light    (
Judith Leger  Spot Light    (
Concise Book Reviews By Michelle   Review  ( 8/24   Words I Write Crazy  Review  (
CHECK BACK FOR MORE!: Reviews, guest blogs, and interviews will be coming in the next few weeks. Be sure to follow Kelli’s blog for the latest news and links. And don’t forget about Twitter: and
Something to Think About
People always ask writers where we get our ideas. The short answer is: ideas are everywhere. Sometimes they find you, and sometimes you have to find them.
One common ailment that plagues writers is wanting to write something, but not knowing what to write. In this case, you have to get up and physically go in search of an idea. How? It’s easier than it sounds. You can take a trip to your local library and flip through different magazines and newspapers to give you ideas and refresh your muse. (For example, a story on adoption may prompt you to write a short story about a couple adopting a child. Or, perhaps that perfectly flawless model in a makeup ad is really an android.)
Whenever you visit friends or relatives, look for interesting settings or people that could inspire you to write a story. (The creepy old house down the block from your cousin’s house could be a perfect setting for your next horror tale.) If you’re on vacation and take a tour of a historic local, it may inspire you to write a non-fiction piece or set a novel in that time period.
Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, or coworkers for ideas. Remember, everyone has thousands of personal experiences that could be transformed into story ideas. Get people talking about themselves and you may have more ideas than you can handle! Ask your friends about their worst date ever, how they met their significant other, what their wedding was like, if they ever saw a ghost, etc. People can relate to having wacky friends, the worst day ever, and of course, the job from hell. Real-life stories involving real people add believability to the most outrageous situations. If your friends and family don’t have interesting stories from start to finish, why not combine a few stories into one?

Something to Write About

Just for fun: Here are some general ideas that could be used in your next story. I’ve broken them down into setting, characters, time of year/day, themes, and even threw in some props. Why not pick a few, mix & match, and see what develops? Play “what if” and let your imagination run wild!
Settings: abandoned strip mall, car dealership, bridge, cemetery, the beach
Characters: a black cat, female police officer, 8 year-old-child, three sisters, a corpse
Time of Year/Day: winter, midnight, 6am, 8pm, Halloween
Themes: revenge, loss, greed, love, contentment
Props: a chainsaw, three marbles, a towel, a book of spells with a page missing, a pink lamp
Next time you’re stuck for something to write, get up and start looking for ideas. Although writers tend to be solitary people, they don’t live in plastic bubbles. Real-world experiences, quirky people, and different locales will help motivate your muse. Go for a drive or a walk and write about the first thing you see. Talk to people. (Most of them think their lives are very interesting and enjoy sharing stories.) Keep your eyes open and look for the ideas that are all around you. You never know what you’ll discover!
Here are a few answers to commonly asked questions. Enjoy!
Q: When you complete your novels, do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended? 
A: I generally breathe a sigh of relief—then I start work on a new story! Although I do love my characters, I also know that when the story is over, it’s time to leave them behind. Of course, I fell so in love with Elara and Dalton from A Most Unusual Princess that I had to write more books about them (Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince). But now that the trilogy is wrapped up, I’m leaving them where they are.
Q: How do you keep the sex fresh? How do you keep it from feeling repetitive from story to story?
A: I let the characters in each story determine the sexual content. Every story is different, and so are the sexual lives of the characters. Writing in different romance genres also influences the sexual content. In The Dark Lord, (a historical) Katarina is innocent about things, yet, Lauren in The Sexy Stranger (a contemporary) is a modern, sexually experienced woman. Writing for the different characters and their individual situations helps keep things interesting and fresh.
Q: What do you think is sexier, an implied love scene or the actual scene from the first kiss to the grand finale?
A: I’m torn on that one. I guess it depends on the book and the characters. Sometimes it’s nice to give the characters some “privacy” and imply what goes on; and yet, other times, readers want to see the passionate side of the relationship. I try to blend a little of each into my books. Sometimes I write the whole scene full out and other times I let the readers use their imaginations.
No matter what kind of love scene I write, I try to keep most of the focus on the characters and what they’re thinking and feeling emotionally—how the experience makes them more connected to their lover—rather than focus on what their bodies are doing.
Q: What do you do for inspiration when you find yourself in a writer’s block?
A: If I get stuck while writing a story, I usually take a break from it for a day or two. Time away from the story lets me think about what’s not working and mull over the possible solutions. If that doesn’t work, I go back and review my notes/outline to see where things got off track. I think if you try to force the ideas or story to come to you and “work through it” - it only compounds the problem. Thankfully, I don’t get “writer’s block” where I don’t know what to write. I have lots of notebooks filled with story ideas that are waiting to be developed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this issue of Kelli’s Quill. Please forward it to anyone you know who likes to read or write, and repost it as you see fit! Have questions you’d like answered? Want me to blog about your topic? Contact me via the form on the News page of my site:
Until next time,

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