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

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:

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Happy Reading,

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!


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