Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Romance Recap - 4 steamy summer love stories!



Hi everyone!
Summer may be winding down (can you believe how fast these last 3 months went?) but there’s still time to catch up on some great summer romances! To celebrate the unofficial end of the season, I’m sharing a look at my Amber Quill Press summer love stories.

Quite a few of my Amber Quill Press romances take place in the summer. Maybe that’s because the weather’s warm and people can go outside and have fun. Or maybe it’s because the nights are steamy and humid and people need to get out of their clothes….

Were starting things off (appropriately enough) with a look at A Midsummer Night’s Delights. This scorching-hot Amber Quill Press novella was a November 2008 best-seller and also appears in my Naughty Nobles anthology, along with A Most Unusual Princess and The Dark Lord.

Heres a summary:

AMidsummer Night’s Delights


At this Midsummer Ball, couples pair up everywherebut not for dancing!

Young newlyweds Julian and Annabelle are miserable. Their arranged marriage is lacking everythingespecially sex. Julian suffers from a lack of confidence and is harboring a secret urge. Annabelles longings go unnoticed and unfulfilled, no matter what she tries. But all that changes when they are invited to a Midsummer Ball. Their unconventional hosts, Vincent and Sabrina, introduce them to a world where their most intimate desires and hidden passions are exploredand fulfilled. Swapping and naughty games are just a few of the surprises awaiting them


And what would a summer romance be without the beach? My Amber Quill Press paranormal, Confessions of a Vampires Lover began with the premise: What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love?

Heres a summary:

Confessions of a Vampires Lover

The moment Brian spotted Cassie sitting on the moonlit beach, he was hooked. Beautiful, smart, and sexy, Cassie is the girl of his dreams. She didnt mind that he spent the hot summer days riding the ocean waves, because once the sun set, he belonged to herall night long!

Everything is perfect between themuntil Brian discovers Cassies shocking secret. Can Brian give up the sun, sand, and surf to be with the woman he loves?

Read Brians first-hand account of their unusual love story in Confessions of a Vampires Lover!


Sometimes throwing two seemingly incompatible characters together in close quarters during the hot summer months leads to sizzling romances! This happened in two of my full-length AQP novels, A Perfect Match and Trust with Hearts.

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


Trust with Hearts was my 10th romance with Amber Quill Press, and it was a lot of fun to write. It's a sultry romance that takes place in West Virginia. The hero is a sexy, cowboy-like country singer who wears incredibly tight jeans. This novel is available in paperback and various electronic formats.

Heres a summary:

After a bitter breakup, Sherrie Parker seeks refuge at her cousin Dave’s house in rural West Virginia. Early one morning, she runs into Dave’s other houseguest, a singer named Curtis Taylor. The last thing Sherrie wants is to share living quarters with a country music crooner – even if he is sexy, in a cowboy sort of way. 

Thrown together by circumstances, Sherrie and Curtis get off to a rocky start, but soon discover they have more in common than they ever imagined. Unable to fight their growing attraction, they give in to their desires and start a sizzling summer romance. 

Everything is perfect between them until Sherrie discovers that Curtis is keeping secrets from her – and his biggest secret of all will change everything. Can their newfound love survive, or will destiny keep them apart forever? 


I hope you’ll give these romances a try! Even if summer is nearly over, these love stories will keep you warm all year! You can read excerpts, reviews, and more on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com or on other blog pages.

Until next time,
Kelli


Friday, August 10, 2012

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




KELLI’S QUILL
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!
FOR READERS:
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.
Visit Kelli’s Amber Quill Press Author Page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html

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.
\Visit Kelli’s Medallion Press author page: http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/
 
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:  http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/
KELLI’S BEEN GUEST BLOGGING:
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: http://erotica.nightowlreviews.com

Kelli’s Guest Blogging on August 3 at You Gotta Read Reviews! The link is:
http://wp.me/p2oqHj-4OQ
Read Kelli’s archived interview with You Gotta Read here: http://yougottaread.com/?s=Kelli+Wilkins
 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    (http://www.booklovinmamas.blogspot.com)
8/21  
My Cozie Corner Review   (http://coziecorner.blogspot.com)
8/22    
Sapphyria's Book Reviews  Spot Light    (http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com)
8/22    
Always a Booklover   Spot Light and Review   (http://alwaysabooklover.blogspot.com)8/23     T B R    Review  (http://tbr-io.blogspot.com)
8/24  
Journey with Words  Spot Light    (http://soireb.blogspot.com)
8/24  
Judith Leger  Spot Light    (http://www.judithleger.blogspot.com)
8/24  
Concise Book Reviews By Michelle   Review  (concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com) 8/24   Words I Write Crazy  Review  (http://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/)
 
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: www.twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor and
 
 
FOR WRITERS:
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!
Q&A WITH KELLI
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.
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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: http://www.kelliwilkins.com/
Until next time,
Kelli

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Viking's Witch - Just Released!



Hi everyone!
 
My first romance with Medallion Press, The Viking’s Witch, was just released. This historical with paranormal elements is set in Celtic Scotland.
 
This book was a lot of fun to write. As most readers know, I love Scotland and the paranormal, so the setting and characters were a great fit for me. I've already been doing interviews for the book and guest blogging, so stay tuned to this blog (and my Twitter & Facebook pages) for reviews, interviews, links, and more. I've also added a box to this blog that's filled with the latest news.

Here's the plot summary and a tame excerpt. (The book is more along the lines of a traditional romance, rather than a sizzling hot erotic story - but Rothgar and Odaria do share several steamy scenes!)

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.

An Excerpt From The Viking’s Witch

Odaria scanned the cookroom and spotted a large table piled high with food. Brennan must have been planning a feast to celebrate her death. There would be plenty of meat and beer in the underground storage area. Men liked to eat. The Norsemen must be hungry from their long journey. Mayhap she could offer Rothgar a meal and strike a bargain with him.

“Are you hungry?” she asked, cocking her head. “I know where to find food and drink, wood for the fire, clean water, and—”

Hvat ist das plass?”

She scowled at him, trying to decipher his words. A few seconds later, she understood. “This is a cookroom. Women in the village prepare meals here. See?” She waved at the iron pots, wooden pitchers, and other cookery items stacked on the shelves around the room. “They make food.”

Rothgar rolled his eyes. “Ja. Vat ist dat?” He pointed to the door behind her.

“The gathering hall. The men conduct business here. There is a room upstairs for sleeping. The larder, the food and drink, is below,” she said slowly, hoping he’d understand.

He nodded and inched closer to her. She tried to move away, but she had nowhere to go. Her back was pressed against the door. Rothgar grinned and cupped her chin in his wide hand. Her heart fluttered. What was he doing? She stared into his eyes as he bowed his head. His rough beard grazed her cheek as his lips lightly brushed against hers.

Her entire body tingled, and a wave of dizziness washed over her. The room spun and seemed to grow dim. As everything faded, she had a clear vision of wrapping her arms around Rothgar’s neck and eagerly pulling him close for a kiss. Dizzy, she pitched forward. Rothgar caught her and clutched her to his chest.

“Shh,” he soothed, running his hand through her loose hair. “I will not harm you, Odaria.”

She relaxed against his broad chest, letting him support her weight. His touch was calming, and she felt safe here, leaning against Rothgar as she would rest against a thick tree. She inhaled deep. Rothgar didn’t stink of rancid sweat like the other men. He smelled clean and salty, like the sea. The scent comforted her. She could almost fall asleep where she stood.

Rothgar curled his arms around her ribs. She didn’t protest. In spite of everything, he hadn’t harmed her and he had saved her from that horrible Norseman in the red tunic.

After a few moments, her dizzy spell passed, and she gazed at him. “You are not like the others. You are different, Rothgar.”

He smiled. “Ja, in some ways. But fear not, Odaria. I will not share you with the others. I wish to have you all to myself.” Rothgar chuckled and winked at her. “Now, show me this food.”

“Aye.” She had no choice but to obey Rothgar’s wishes—for now.

 
 
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Happy Reading!
Kelli