Monday, March 24, 2014

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - BIG March Issue

Kelli’s Quill
Happy Spring Issue
March 2014

Hi everyone!

Happy Spring! This month in the Quill, I’m giving readers a sneak peek at my new historical romance, Wilderness Bride, sharing news about my latest horror story, and offering up a few fun writing tips.

Let’s get started!

Coming April 6 – Wilderness Bride

Mark your calendars!  On April 6, look for Wilderness Bride, my sixteenth Amber Quill Press romance. This traditional historical is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory in 1823. The book was a lot of fun to write and is an exciting blend of adventure and tender romance.

Wilderness Bride
A woman running from her past…straight into the arms of a wild stranger
In a moment of desperation, Kathleen Stanton flees her pampered life in Kingston, New York and ends up stranded in a small town in the Michigan Territory. Out of money and lacking a means of escape, she impersonates a handsome stranger’s mail-order bride. Kathleen calls herself Michelle and begins living a lie with her “husband,” Luther, in an isolated mountain cabin. She tells herself the arrangement is temporary until she can move on.

Luther can’t believe his luck when his beautiful blonde bride arrives, but something doesn’t feel right about his new wife. She has terrifying nightmares involving a man named Roger and is reluctant to talk about where she came from. But Luther is harboring a secret about his background and fears Michelle will abandon him if she learns the truth about him—and his family.

The couple tries to maintain their rocky relationship as they work to fight brutal townspeople and overcome harsh living conditions. When circumstances force Michelle to stay longer than she expected, she succumbs to her growing attraction and falls in love with Luther. But when they finally give in to their desires and agree to become a proper man and wife, a dark figure from Michelle’s past catches up with her, putting her and Luther in grave danger.

Can their love survive, or will their pasts destroy any hope of happiness?

I’ll be sharing “inside looks” about the making of the book on my blog. On April 6, you can order a paperback copy or an ebook version here:

(As soon as the Amazon & B&N links are available, I’ll be posting them on my site and blog.  Stay tuned for more information, an excerpt, and reviews!)

And, don’t forget, my second historical romance with Medallion Press, Dangerous Indenture comes out in May! Read more about it here:

Get Wrapped in White!

Kelli’s Latest Horror Story
Kelli’s ghost story, “Thursday Night Bingo” (originally titled “The Ghost in the Green Dress”) appears in Sekhmet Press’s Wrapped in White horror anthology. This collection of thirteen tales of spectres, ghosts, and spirits is being released on March 25. Learn more about the book and order your copy here:

Kelli’s Been Guest Blogging!
Read about creating happily-ever after endings:

Find out where writers really get their ideas:

Learn How to Overcome Writer’s Block:

Missed the February issue of Kelli’s Quill? Read it here:

Read one more interview about Kelli’s erotic historical romance, Ultimate Night’s Delights:

More Writing Tips
Here are three more bits of advice….

Take Writing Classes: Writing classes are an excellent way to learn the mechanics of writing, understand storytelling techniques, and explore different genres. However, they’re not for people who “think about wanting to write” but never do. Homework and class participation are required. In most cases, the instructor gives you an assignment (write a short story or an opening chapter of a novel) and has you share it with the class. (This may sound easy, but over the years I saw dozens of people drop out of writing classes because they actually had to write!)

Writing classes help you overcome a fear or shyness about sharing your work with others and allow readers give you feedback (and critiques) on what you’ve written. Connections you make with other writers can also continue once class has ended – you may form a writing group or get together to critique each other’s stories. If there are no “in person” writing classes available in your area, consider taking online classes or attending workshops at writing conferences.

Avoid “Bad” Words: Make a list of words you find yourself repeating (or over-using) in your writing. If you belong to a writing group or have a critique partner, ask them to identify words you over-use. They may be more obvious to an outside reader. After you’ve finished a story, do a search for each word and either delete it (if it’s not needed) or change it to a different word.

What’s Where?: Keep a list of when and where you submit your writing. Note the title of the piece (or query subject), date, and publication. This way, you’ll know what’s where and how long ago you sent it. This is handy in case you need to follow up on a wayward query or submission. I also make a list of places to submit to next, (just in case of rejection!) so I’ll know where the story is headed.

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Kelli's Quill. Next month, I'll be sharing an excerpt from Wilderness Bride, social media marketing tips, and more!

Have suggestions? Send them along! Want to subscribe? Contact me via the email on the News page of my site:

Until next time!


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