Sunday, November 25, 2012

2 great reviews for The Viking's Witch and Killer in Wolf's Clothing





Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing two new great reviews for my two 2012 romances!

First up, Killer in Wolf's Clothing!


"Kelli A. Wilkins gives us an amazing new take on wolf legends with Killer in Wolf's Clothing."

Larry cannot understand why his boyfriend keeps disappearing for a few days each month. The only explanation Larry can discern is that he has another boyfriend.  Greg has no choice but to confess that he changes into another man during the full moon. Larry is not sure he can believe that much less accept it until he meets Deke.  Deke is Greg’s alternate personality and he is  an Alpha wolf man with a capital A.

Deke wants only two things. He wants to get laid and he wants revenge on the man who murdered his friends by setting fire to the club. Deke breaks free from Greg’s restraints and together with Larry sets out to seek revenge. Their hunt takes them to an Alpha sex club where Deke is soon distracted, allowing Larry to be captured by the murderer. Deke and Greg will have to work together if they are to rescue Larry before it is too late.

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing was a delight to read and enjoy. Deke was so different from Greg in his sexual needs and desires. Larry enjoyed both men for different reasons. Then trouble brewed and they all had to work together.  Kelli A. Wilkins has penned a tale that will heat your blood and increase your heart rate as you become immersed in both the hot scenes of loving and the terror of the crazy murderer.  Killer in Wolf’s Clothing shows that you never know who your neighbor is." Elise, Sensual Reads
http://sensualreads.com/?p=10863


Killer in Wolf's Clothing makes a great holiday gift! Read a hot excerpt and order copies here:



The Viking's Witch got a 4 Coffee Cup review from Coffeetime Romance!

Odaria is a powerful witch, a Pict who follows the old ways. However, by the 9th Century, Christianity has spread across northern Scotland and the Isles. While villagers still seek cures and potions in the dark of night, witches are tolerated in good times and blamed for any misfortunes that befell the community. When Brennan, the evil leader of the community, falsely occuses Odaria of murder, she is tied to a stake to suffer a horrific death. Odaria, like all witches about to burn, casts the worst of her curses.
The Norse king has commanded the Viking nobleman Rothgar out of retirement to command a band of Vikings to find his son who has disappeared with his ships and warriors. Rothgar’s search leads him to a beach on Stronsay, one of the Orkney Islands. His plan is to attack the only village, gather the villagers, discover the location of Orvind and his men, rescue them, and return home. Rothgar, however, did not anticipated meeting Odaria.
The villagers, terrified by the rampaging Vikings, are quickly scooped up into nets. Rothgar rescues Odaria from his Vikings by claiming her for his own. Both feel the passion ignited by a touch or look but Rothgar has his mission and Odaria must have her revenge. As they pursue their quests, they discover that they cannot deny the attraction that is becoming something more.
Author Kelli Wilkins created a fascinating world view of the forgotten Pictish culture. Despite the generally dark tone of the story, the evolution of Odaria’s and Rothgar’s relationship provides humorous episodes as two powerful people vie for position in their relationship. Nordskog, a Viking berserker who owed a debt to Odaria, was an intriguing secondary character, who needs his own story. Overall, The Viking’s Witch was an enjoyable read for a lover of historical romance." Rita, Coffeetime Romance and More
The Viking's Witch also makes a great holiday gift! Read more reviews, an excerpt, and order copies here:  http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/the-vikings-witch/


Next week, I'll be unveiling details about my new blog contest! Stay tuned!

Happy Reading,
Kelli

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - Exciting Nov./Dec. Issue





KELLI’S QUILL

The Official Newsletter of Author Kelli A. Wilkins

November/December Issue (Vol. 5 Number 6)


Hi everyone! The weather’s turning colder here and we’re getting ready for winter. As we say goodbye to 2012, I’m sharing some excellent book reviews, news, an interview excerpt, writing tips, and more!


FOR READERS:


Lots of reviews to share! Up first, a few of the great reviews for Kelli’s Medallion Press historical romance, The Viking’s Witch:


“5 stars! I enjoyed this book from the Viking era! A must read! Kelli’s writing is flawless and beautiful, her world building is amazing, and you can literally “see” this world as it was back in that era. This book was full of excitement, and twist and turns that I did not see coming. Overall I loved this book, and highly recommend it.” - Michelle Lynn, ConciseReviews


“5 stars! Loved it! The Viking's Witch is a great read penned with strong characters. I was totally engrossed within the tale and cannot wait for her next book. A must read for all who love the paranormal, historical fantasy genre.” Susan P., My Cozie Corner Book Reviews

“5 stars! This was a really, really, really good book! Really enjoyed reading it, just sped right through it. Odaria and Rothgar were, from an outsider's perspective, really funny together, they kept riling each other up, accidentally, of course, but that caused some really major arguments, which really spiced the novel up. The Viking's Witch was a really good book; a fantastic read with wonderful characters, so you really should check it out! Read it!!!” - Louisa P., Words I Write Crazy

“4 Coffee Cups! Author Kelli Wilkins created a fascinating world view of the forgotten Pictish culture. The evolution of Odaria’s and Rothgar’s relationship provides humorous episodes as two powerful people vie for position in their relationship. Nordskog, a Viking berserker who owed a debt to Odaria, was an intriguing secondary character, who needs his own story. Overall, The Viking’s Witch was an enjoyable read for a lover of historical romance.” - Rita, Coffeetime Romance

 “4 stars! I have never read a Viking era book before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I found the world building and character behaviors very believable. I was curious to see how Kelli would develop a romance within this era. Let me say she did a fabulous job. It was a page-turner that had me cheering on the main characters. The world she describes is believable and so easy to visualize.” – Vickieann, TRB: Reviews

“4 stars! I think the author played it well, creating a chance circumstance that could build on the power of Odaria and Rothgar and the love that seems to bring them together. I enjoyed the book; it flowed really smoothly. I liked that they struggled for their love, it wasn’t one of those love at first sight ordeals. Lust on the other hand... I do suggest approaching this book with caution because there is plenty of steam ready to fog up your glasses when turning the pages of this book.” - PrincessPixistixx, WonderlandReviews

Here’s the plot summary:

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.


You can visit Kelli’s Medallion Press author page here: http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/


And here are some kind words about Killer in Wolf’s Clothing:

“4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing offers a different and very creative take on werewolves. I loved the whole concept. Two very different people sharing a body that changes too. Hot, sexy and a little kinky, this one tells a very engaging story. There's a good bit of violence but it fits the plot. Larry and Greg are great as a couple but Larry and Deke really smolder. The transformation of Greg into Deke is detailed and the whole idea just pulls you in. Add a crazy serial killer and a werewolf sex club to the mix and you a wild ride. Great fun!”  - Emma, Night Owl Reviews

“4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing is a quick fun read that will hook you from the beginning. A bit different than I'm used to regarding werewolves, but I totally enjoyed the book. Recommended for all who like the horror genre with a twist of fun.” Susan, Sweet-n-Sassi.blogspot

“3 Stars! Killer in Wolf’s Clothing entertains; it made me laugh at times, made me raise my eyebrows several times, and made me snort out loud more than once. I can’t ask for more than that from a story.” Jennifer, Romance Novel News

"Kelli A. Wilkins gives us an amazing new take on wolf legends with Killer in Wolf's Clothing. She has penned a tale that will heat your blood and increase your heart rate as you become immersed in both the hot scenes of loving and the terror of the crazy murderer.  Killer in Wolf’s Clothing shows that you never know who your neighbor is." Sensual Reads Review

 “I liked it and it was definitely fun to read. Your reception to this story will depend on how seriously you take it. It is written with a bit of a laugh at itself, not to be taken too seriously. I could see that from the start, which is why I ultimately liked the story and was able to get into it right away. Larry is a bit of a slut, but that’s okay and all in keeping with the tone of the story. He’s simply begging for it, and also won’t be turned away from following Deke on his mission. [Killer in Wolf’s Clothing] is funny and sexy and playful. I liked it and it was definitely fun to read.” The Armchair Reader


Here’s the plot summary:

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.


Horror on the Horizon:
Several of Kelli’s horror stories have been selected for publication. Look for her stories in these publications.

“The Con” – Big Bad Anthology

“Sometimes Monsters are Real” – Mistresses of the Macabre anthology

“Twist of Fate” – Dark Moon Digest e-magazine

“Diamonds” – Sherlock Holmes magazine

Stay tuned to her blog & the newsletter for upcoming release dates & links.

Q & A with KELLI: Here’s an excerpt from Kelli’s interview with Romance at Heart.


After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
I try not to read anything I’ve written after it’s been published. Whenever I do, I tend to find things that I’d like to change after the fact. Plus, by the time the book is out, I’m usually focusing on the next book and am too busy writing to read.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
I really fell in love with Elara and Dalton from A Most Unusual Princess. I liked them so much that I created a trilogy around them. A Most Unusual Princess led to A Most Intriguing Temptation. That book introduced readers to Prince Allan, and he got his own book, A Most Unfortunate Prince. Once I finished all of their stories I was able to let them go “live their lives” and focus on different characters.

I like all of my books and I fall in love with all the characters as I’m writing – otherwise, I couldn’t do it!  I think the book I’m writing at the moment (whenever that moment is) is my favorite, because I’m putting all my energy into it.


Do you feel humor is important in women's fiction and why?
Yes. I try to make my stories fun or lighthearted in some scenes, dramatic in others, and steamy when the romance heats up. I think giving the characters variety helps – not everyone is always clever or always serious.

Some of my books feature characters that have odd or strange senses of humor or are just plain witty. (Prince Allan’s character in Intriguing Temptation was so adorable and clever that I gave him a book of his own, Unfortunate Prince. Allan is able to cope with bad situations and maintains his smartass sense of humor even though the book is not a comedy. A Most Unusual Princess also has a lot of humor in it.

However, Beauty & the Bigfoot was the first book that I set out to intentionally make funny. It’s one thing to sprinkle in some humor here and there, but to start out trying to be funny can be a bit daunting.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to have published at least ten more books and dozens of short stories. I’d like to branch out into full-length horror/mystery/suspense novels. I have a great idea for a series!


FOR WRITERS: 3 Quick Writing Tips

Let’s face it, everyone can use a little editing now and then. The best way to present a clean, easy-to-read manuscript to an editor is to do a thorough job editing it yourself before you submit. This month, I’m sharing 3 quick writing tips any writer can benefit from. (I know, because I learned these along the way as I wrote my own books!) I’ll be sharing more next month.

Lights, Camera, Action!: Start your story with an interesting hook to capture the reader’s attention. Begin either 5 minutes before, during, or 5 minutes after “the big moment” that grabs the reader. Keep the action going in the first few paragraphs or sentences. Don’t waste the first page describing the weather or how a character got dressed in the morning. You can add supporting details into the back-story later. Use a bit of narrative or dialog that jumps into the story:


There was no time to swerve. He hit the bicyclist dead on.
Jane stared down at Patrick’s lifeless body. Killing him had been easier than she planned.

“I’m telling you, this house is haunted. I keep hearing strange noises.”

Make your readers excited, repulsed, curious, amused (or any other emotion you choose), but keep them interested.


Avoid Bad Words: Make a list of words you find yourself repeating (or over-using) in your writing. After you’ve finished the story, do a search for each word and either delete it (if it’s not needed) or change it to a different word.


Some of my “bad words” are: glanced, looked, laughed, that, even, just, once, would, could, felt, shook his head, somehow, started to, although, even though, suddenly, a minute later, a few minutes later, after a few minutes…

She knew that he liked limes. = She knew he liked limes.

I can’t even believe you just said that. = I can’t believe you said that.


It’s also a good idea to search for similarly-spelled words and make sure you’re not accidentally using the wrong word. Some to look out for include: gaps/gasp, stifled/stifled, gong/going, from/form, though/thought/through.  

Reading Aloud is Fundamental: Before you send out your story, novel, query, or anything, make sure you read it aloud. When you read something aloud you’ll hear words/narrative/dialog that don’t “work” or are awkward. If you find yourself stumbling over a sentence or phrase, it might need to be edited. Go slow and read every word. You won’t finish reading your novel aloud in a day, but the results are worth the time you invest in the process.

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I hope you enjoyed this issue of Kelli’s Quill. Be sure to visit my blog (http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/) for more news and writing tips. And don’t forget, my Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/

is loaded with books for anyone on your holiday shopping list!

Feel free to forward (and post) this newsletter to writing or romance groups, friends, other writers, and anyone who likes to read!


Questions and comments from readers and writers are always welcome. And if there’s a writing topic you’d like to see addressed on the blog or in my newsletter, contact me via the News page of my site (www.KelliWilkins.com).


Happy Reading

Kelli

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Build a Cast of Supporting Characters in Your Next Romance





Hi everyone!
 
This month, I'll be sharing a bit of everything on the blog - writing tips and advice, my newsletter, bits about my books, and whatever else pops into my head. Today, I'm offernig advice on how to create great supporting characters!
 
Supporting (or secondary) characters are sometimes overlooked by writers and can be overshadowed by “larger” (or more interesting) main characters. But, if developed the right way, they enhance a story and make the hero and/or heroine shine.

 
Almost every main character needs a secondary character to “play” off of, whether it’s a meddling nosy neighbor (remember Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched?), a trusty sidekick (Batman’s Robin), or a friend (Hermione from Harry Potter). Supporting characters help move a story along by giving out information, getting themselves or other characters into (or out of) sticky situations, showing up at the worst (or best) moment, or just by being a sounding board.

 

Another advantage to using supporting characters in a story is that you can have them misbehave, be socially inappropriate, and shake up the story in ways that your well-behaved main characters can’t. For example, in my book, Dalton’s Temptation, Prince Allan was introduced as a hedonistic, selfish secondary character. He caused all sorts of trouble, and yet he served an important role in the story.

 

Like any character, secondary characters need to have a purpose for being in the story. Sometimes they are introduced to move a story along or to provide comic relief, but they have to do something. Dave in Trust with Hearts acted as a sounding board for Sherrie and Curtis, offering each of them advice they wouldn’t listen to.

 

If you’re working on a story now, take some time out and identify the supporting characters. You should be able to answer these questions for each secondary character: What are their roles in the story? Are they important to the plot? If you removed them, would the story still make sense? If they’re not there for a reason, either give them one, or see if your story works just as well without them.    

 

How developed are your supporting characters? They need to be as “real” as any other character, but on a smaller scale. Each one should have a backstory, a history with the main character(s), a physical description, and a personality. (Preferably one that stands out or contrasts the protagonist.) Don’t just “drop” a character into a story and call him the “quirky” neighbor—flesh him out and let him come alive. Make sure the reader knows why he’s important to the story, even if he just has a small role.

 

One note of caution: watch out for secondary characters who try to take over the story. Sometimes they become “too big” to remain supporting players, and they could detract from the main characters in your story. If this happens, scale them back a little. If you’ve created a fantastic secondary character who absolutely demands time on the page, save up some of his adventures and let him run free in his own story. (When I was writing Dalton’s Temptation, I knew that Prince Allan needed his own book. Now he has one, The Pauper Prince.)

 

Secondary characters are a great way to enhance your writing, create unusual personalities, and, if, done right, they can jump off the page and remain with readers long after they’ve finished your story!

 

Happy Reading!
 
Look for my newsletter next week!
 
Kelli
 
 
Learn more about Kelli at: www.KelliWilkins.com and


 
Readers can also find Kelli at these sites:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1