Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Kelli’s Quill - Big End-of-Year Issue

Hi everyone!

I hope 2014 was a good year for everyone and you’re all enjoying the holiday season. This month in the Quill, I’m giving readers year-end recap of my romance novels, horror anthologies, and links to great stuff! Let’s get started…

This year, Kelli set a new record for herself and had three romance novels published. Here’s a bit about each, with links.

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…

Wilderness Bride is available in ebook and paperback formats from:

Dangerous Indenture
Eager to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony. But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton. 

Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family.

Dangerous Indenture is available in ebook format from:

A Secret Match
A Secret Match is sort of a follow-up to my Amber Quill Press wrestling romance, A Perfect Match. This new book is all about Everett Kinkade, a secondary character (and the best friend of Vinnie Valentine) who was introduced in A Perfect Match.

Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.

After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.

One night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems – both personally and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a tag team out to destroy him. Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything… can he find a balance between his career and his heart? 

A Secret Match is available in ebook and paperback formats from:

The book has received several excellent reviews. (Check out the October  http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=22898315cc16de805e424f799&id=8f3ccbf57d&e=a49cf7ab1f
back issues of this newsletter to read them.)

Best of 2014…Links
Kelli did lots of guest blogs and interviews in 2014. Here are the “best” of the list. (Want to read more? Visit the News & Links section of her site: www.KelliWilkins.com)

First Chapter Friday: Read the first chapter of Wilderness Bride: http://www.lovelustandlipstickstains.com/2014/07/first-chapter-friday-wilderness-bride.html

Double book spotlight featuring excerpts from my historical romances DANGEROUS INDENTURE and WILDERNESS BRIDE: http://www.deepintheheartromance.com/2014/09/two-new-releases-from-historical.html

BlogTalk Radio Interview – I talked about the writing life, my new romance books, marketing, promotion & more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coachdeb/2014/11/18/award-winning-romance-author-kelli-a-wilkins

Dangerous Indenture:  Love Lust & Lipstick Read of the Week: http://lovelustandlipstickstains.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/reads-of-week.html


In 2014, Kelli had three horror stories published in anthologies. Here’s a recap:

Kelli’s ghost story, “Thursday Night Bingo” (originally titled “The Ghost in the Green Dress”) was published in Sekhmet Press’s Wrapped in White horror anthology. This collection of thirteen tales of spectres, ghosts, and spirits was released in March. Order your copy here:

Her seasonal story, “Home for Halloween” appears in the Moon Shadows horror anthology. This tale of two brothers reunited for Halloween showcases the best elements of this special holiday. Order your copy here: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moon-shadows-veronica-moore/1120220708?ean=2940046127171

Look for Kelli’s mystery story, “Diamonds” in issue #14 of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. In this story, a sneaky thief gets more than he bargains for. Order your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Mystery-Magazine-14/dp/1479404195/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415032812&sr=1-1&keywords=sherlock+holmes+mystery+magazine+14

Wilkins on the Web
Kelli recently created a Facebook author page. Drop by & Like it. She posts excerpts, book summaries, links and more: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins

And her site recently underwent a makeover. Same url: www.KelliWilkins.com great new look!

Peering into 2015
A lot of people have asked me what I’m working on and want to know what they can expect in 2015. Although I have nothing concrete finished, I am busy with several projects. 

Currently, I’m writing a book on… how to write. (Don’t worry, it won’t be a boring English-class-type book.) It will include a lighthearted approach to the basics of storytelling, creating characters, and plotting, plus writing tips, and fun exercises. 

After that, I’ll be revising a full-length historical romance (an untitled Western set in Nebraska). And I have several ideas for more contemporary, historical, and gay romances.

I’m also writing a few horror short stories– so I think I have my work cut out for me in 2015!

Have a comment or question? Want to make a suggestion for next year’s newsletter? Contact me via my site, blog, or Facebook page. 

Enjoy the rest of 2014. See you next year!

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