Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kelli’s Quill - January 2016 Issue

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we’re starting another new year (again!) This month, I’m flashing back to all the news and links from 2015 - plus sharing some game-changing news for 2016. Now’s your chance to get caught up in case you missed anything. Let’s get started!

You Can Write—Really!
In February I released You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction. This fun and easy writing guide is loaded with practical instruction on how to create a story, step-by-step: from getting a great idea to meeting your characters, developing a plot, and on to writing, revising, and submitting your work. Each chapter is filled with helpful tips all writers can use, plus fun writing exercises to get you motivated.

You Can Write received several 5 star reviews. Here’s a snippet from the Literary Nymphs review:

You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction has a lot of very practical advice that is easy to understand and follow. The author did a good job breaking up the various components of writing a book or short story, making you think you are in a creative writing class. Each section of the book was followed by exercises that used the principles she was trying to convey. I loved this book and the way it is so easy to understand and follow. Whether you are someone just starting or someone with some publications, this is a good book for the bookshelf.

You Can Write guest blogs and interviews:

Follow these links to read guest blogs and interviews about the book. The posts include fun writing tips and exercises.

Romance Interviews and Guest Blogs:

Early in 2015, I shared my thoughts on writing historical romances:

In July, I was the featured author on the Book Reviews site. Read inside looks at my spicy romances!

July 15th:

July 22nd:

In December, shared an Inside Look at the making of my historical romance, Dangerous Indenture:

Are You Ready to Be Scared?
In autumn, I released two horror stories as Amazon ebooks. Kropsy's Curse is a1500-word cautionary tale about playing with a Ouija board in a graveyard. It’s only $.99 on Kindle:
If you like to be scared, spend a night in the land of the dead with my horror novella,
Dead Til Dawn. This
Civil War themed ghost story is only $1.99 on Kindle:
and it's now available on B&N, itunes, and other platforms!!

Both stories have received excellent reviews:

Fallen Over Book Reviews gave Kropsy’s Curse 5 Goblets!
“Wow short and perfect. The characters are well developed in such a few pages that the author did a great job with it. The description of the cemetery and the fear you could get from Kyle was spot on. I know not to mess with a Ouija board but do you?”

Book-o-Craze gave Kropsy’s Curse 4 stars! Read the review here:

Fallen Over Book Reviews gave Dead Til Dawn 5 Goblets!
“This was a good ghost story. Gave me the chills a bit and makes me not want to visit anywhere where a battle has taken place. It does make you wonder if there are ghosts out there from battles long ago who cannot move and still live the battle every day. The author did a great job with descriptions and the characters. I hope the author keeps up with the ghost stories because she does a great job with them.”

In October, I guest blogged about writing horror, paranormal romances, and more:

Just in time for Halloween….You Can Write Horror – Really! Learn how here:

Read my guest blog on writing paranormal romances:

I was also interviewed about writing, horror, and more:

A Blast from the Past!
Did you know that my Medallion Press historical romance, The Viking's Witch, was published in the Czech Republic in 2015? Here’s the link:

I hope you enjoyed this 2015 flashback! So, what’s ahead in 2016?

In spring 2016 I’m planning a re-release of my popular Amber Quill Press trilogies. Why a re-release? Well, unfortunately, Amber Quill will cease publishing ebooks as of March 31, 2016. I’ve had a fantastic run with them over the last 10 years, and I’ve created some unique characters and great books. And don’t worry, I’m not parting with my fictional children. All of my Amber Quill ebooks will be republished on Amazon and other platforms in 2016 and 2017. Stay tuned to my website, blog, social media and this newsletter for more information. 

The first three books I’m republishing is the Royal Desires trilogy. This series of historical/fantasy romances is comprised of A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince. The books will be re-edited, re-titled, and released on Amazon Kindle with hot new covers. You’ll still be able to purchase ALL of my Amber Quill titles on Amazon until March 31, 2016. Visit my author page to see the full title list:

I’ve been hard at work on my third Medallion Press historical romance, Lies, Love, and Redemption. It’s set for a September 2016 release, and I’ll be sharing more details as they become available.

I like hearing from readers and other writers, so contact me with questions or comments on my site or via social media. 

Happy Reading & let’s make the most of 2016!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Guest blog: Family Pride series – shapeshifter romances

Happy 2016 everyone! 

Let's start the new year with something different... a guest blog! 

This week, the talented Deborah A. Bailey joins us to share insight into her Family Pride series of shapeshifter romances. 



From Outer Space to Shapeshifters – Writing My First Paranormal Series
By Deborah A. Bailey

My genre of choice is science fiction, even for my short stories. For a long time I’ve wanted to give the paranormal genre a try. So, I decided to start with the Family Pride paranormal romance series about lion shapeshifters.
Wolves are a popular staple of paranormal romance, and most shifter stories I’ve read have featured them. I was considering going in that direction as well, that is until I saw a program on the Smithsonian network. It featured a pride of lions and followed them for a period of about three months.
After seeing that show, I knew I had to write about lion shifters. Of course it helped that the name of the series, Family Pride, had been in my mind all along!
Since I had some ideas about the storyline and the characters, my next steps were to create a fantasy world for my characters to live in. Would everyone know that shifters existed? What would their culture be like? How could I introduce all the elements without massive info dumps?
It was actually easy to answer those questions. In my story world the shifters are under the radar, which adds tension because they always have to be careful not to reveal who they are.
I paired a lion shifter hero with a human heroine. As she learned about the shifters, the reader would learn too. The conflict would arise as the relationship matured and the couple had to learn to balance between two worlds.
As far as the culture, I added some elements from real lions and mixed in some ideas of my own. Shifter lions live in prides run by powerful families. Like humans in the real world, they have lots of family drama. But for the most part their concern is to keep the family members protected and to ensure that the next generation of shifters uphold the family legacy.
The lion shifters in my series have traditions as well. In Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac and Zora (the hero and heroine) take part in a mating ritual and an “introduction ceremony” (the equivalent of a wedding reception). Their mating ritual in Love and Challenges was particularly fun to write. But I won’t give away any spoilers – you’ll have to check it out for yourself!
In science fiction, things must be possible or at least probable. But in fantasy there are no restrictions. At first it was hard to write a fantasy story because I kept wanting to explain what was happening in real-world terms. But as I kept writing, it got easier to add more fantasy and let go of the need to explain it with science. That’s very obvious in Family Pride: Blood Fever, where paranormal elements drive the story.
The series will continue with book 3, Family Pride: Love and Legacy, which will feature one of the secondary characters. In that book, I’m introducing another shifter group and a bit of mythology from our world.
For instance in Egyptian mythology, the warrior goddess Sekhmet is usually depicted as a woman with the head of a lion. What a perfect character for a story about lion shifters!
What started out as an experiment in writing in a new genre has taught me a lot about creating fantasy worlds and making them plausible – even if they’re not possible (as far as we know). You never know where ideas will come from and how they can help you create fantastic new worlds.
I hope you’ll check out the series. It was a lot of fun to write. 
You can order your copies here:
Family Pride: Love and Challenges
Family Pride: Blood Fever

About the Author
Deborah A. Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery, and a lot of romantic heat. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books, and her articles have appeared in publications including, Working World Magazine, and She's the host of a popular women entrepreneurs' podcast, "Women Entrepreneurs Radio™, available on iTunes.

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