Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - April Issue

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the spring weather. If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of spring projects in the works (cleaning, organizing, planting flowers, and giving things a fresh start). This spring, I have my hands full of writing projects! Read on to learn more…

Romance News

In March 2016, Amber Quill Press closed its virtual publishing doors. I had a fantastic run with them for 10 years, and I created many unique characters in my 16 books. This spring, I started re-releasing my Amber Quill Press romances as e-books. 

First up in the re-release department is the Royal Desires trilogy. This series of historical/fantasy romances is now comprised of A Most Unusual Princess, A Most Intriguing Temptation and A Most Unfortunate Prince. The books have been re-edited, re-titled, and released on Amazon Kindle with hot new covers. Read on for book summaries and links…
Just Released—The Royal Desires Series
This spring I released the Royal Desires Series exclusively on Amazon Kindle. As an added bonus, each book contains a sneak peek excerpt from the next book in the series.
Here are the summaries and links:
Book 1
A Most Unusual Princess
Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Her father hires Dalton, a special guard, to watch over her while she’s courting suitors. Dalton finds her unusual behaviors charming—and enthralling.

Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime encounters. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for her—until she meets the mystery man.

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the “Royal Desires” series: A MOST INTRIGUING TEMPTATION.

Order A Most Unusual Princess, here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBX43D8

Book 2
A Most Intriguing Temptation

After only four months of marriage to Princess Elara, Prince Dalton is sent to Emperor Salizar’s pleasure palace on business. Not wanting to be left behind, Elara risks her personal safety and sneaks along on the trip.

Aided by her mischievous brother, Prince Allan, she disguises herself as one of Salizar’s sultry kharim women and decides to test Dalton’s loyalty. Masquerading as Oonish, Elara goes out of her way to tempt Dalton at every turn. Despite Dalton’s resolve to resist the indulgent girls, he finds himself falling under the spell of the mysterious Oonish.

After nearly giving in to temptation, Dalton discovers Elara’s trickery and turns the tables on her, making her into his submissive playmate. Their fun and games are quickly shattered when Emperor Salizar learns about Elara’s deception. He holds the royals prisoner and condemns Elara to a fate worse than death.

Can Dalton save Elara before it’s too late, or will her prank bring about the end of their love?

This e-book includes a sneak peek at the third book in the “Royal Desires” series: A MOST UNFORTUNATE PRINCE.

Order A Most Intriguing Temptation here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8P8604

Book 3
A Most Unfortunate Prince

This time, it’s all about Allan… and he never expected to fall in love!

Banished by the Royal Family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to abandon his life of luxury. The former Royal Shipmaster General is sent to the worst part of the kingdom and manages to find work at the docks. Lost in a commoner’s world, Allan is miserable—until he has an unusual encounter with a saucy shop girl named Claudette.

Allan must earn the respect of the woman he loves while keeping his true identity a secret. In an effort to redeem himself in his father’s eyes, he exposes a dangerous smuggling operation involving the Royal Fleet. But his loyalty to duty comes with a deadly price.
Can he keep Claudette and his royal title? Or will he lose her forever when she discovers his secret?

Order A Most Unfortunate Prince here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMBYJ6E

Kelli’s been guest blogging about her historical romances!

Then, catch Kelli’s guest blog about Bringing Historical Romances Alive for Today’s Readers: http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2016/03/talking-with-author-kelli-wilkins.html?zx=b60d5c876876c22e

If you like historical romances - don't miss:

A naughty interview with Ashton Bailey, the hero from Kelli’s Colonial historical/mystery romance, Dangerous Indenture:

A spicy excerpt from Dangerous Indenture:

Coming Soon… Even More Romances!
March and April were devoted to historical/fantasy romances, but in May/June, Kelli will be releasing more of her romances previously published by Amber Quill Press. Look for these titles coming soon:
A Deceptive Match (contemporary wrestling romance)
A Secret Match (contemporary gay wrestling romance)
Four Days with Jack (gay contemporary)
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (contemporary gay shifter/paranormal)
Want to learn more? Read book summaries on Kelli’s site: www.KelliWilkins.com

This month’s writing exercise
Each month, I’ll leave you with a writing prompt or short exercise. Use it for a freewriting warm-up, write a few paragraphs about it for fun, play the “what if” game, or just muse it over. This month’s prompt is designed to get you thinking about the setting for your story.
The setting you choose adds to the overall mood of the piece. If you are writing a mystery, perhaps the setting is a gloomy, secluded mansion. A moonlit graveyard is a fantastic location for a horror story, and a contemporary romance is perfectly at home set in a California beach town. Settings can be broad (Small Town, USA) or specific (room 9 of a haunted hotel).
If you already have your story idea, you probably have a setting. If not, ask yourself: Where does the story take place? When? Why is it set there? For what reason? You need to know the answers to these questions because the setting is the backdrop of the story; it’s where the characters live. Write down everything you know about the setting and start dreaming up the locations you will need.
Here’s a tip: Look at magazines and photos online to get descriptions and ideas for your settings. If you find an unusual piece of furniture, a fancy dress, or a cool castle you could use in a story, save it for ideas and inspiration.
Try it for yourself and see what you come up with! (Want more writing tips, exercises, and advice? Check out my writing guide: You Can Write—Really!)

I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Quill. Next month, I’ll be sharing more about the re-release of my contemporary romances, links to guest blogs, writing advice, and more!

Enjoy the spring weather!

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