Friday, August 26, 2016

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - Summer of '16 Issue!

Hi everyone,

This issue of the Quill is loaded with info about my new romances. Catch up on my guest blogs, and get a sneak peek at my historical/western romance, Lies, Love & Redemption coming this fall!
This summer, Kelli released two sizzling contemporary romances, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing and Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover. Here are the summaries and links:
A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club… What has Larry gotten himself into?

When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.
Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. 

Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.

Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. 

But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late. 
This gay shifter romance is a fun look at the werewolf legend and blends mystery, danger, humor, and sizzling love scenes.
Order your copy of Killer in Wolf’s Clothing here:

A few related guest blogs:

An inside look at the making of Killer in Wolf’s Clothing:

Kelli answers 4 FAQ about writing gay romances:

The moment Brian spotted Anya sitting on the moonlit beach, he was hooked. Beautiful, smart, and sexy, Anya was the girl of his dreams. She didn’t mind that he spent the hot summer days riding the ocean waves, because once the sun set, he belonged to her—all night long!

Everything is perfect between them—until Brian discovers Anya’s shocking secret. Can Brian give up the sun, sand, and surf to be with the woman he loves?

Read Brian’s first-hand account of their unusual love story in… Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover!
Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover is a different type of romance. For starters, the novella is told in the first person from the hero’s point of view. The story also makes use of a setting where you don’t normally find vampires—the beach! 

Read a guest blog about the making of the book here:

Order your copy of Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover here:

The Royal Desires Series – Now on More Platforms
Kelli’s steamy historical/fantasy trilogy, the Royal Desires series is now available on iTunes, Nook and other platforms. Order your copies here:

A Most Unusual Princess:

A Most Intriguing Temptation:

A Most Unfortunate Prince:

Mark your calendars! Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption is coming September 19. This historical/western romance is set in Nebraska in 1877. Here’s the summary:

Lies, Love & Redemption
Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store but find their efforts are thwarted—and their lives endangered—by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth? Cassie has everything invested in the store—can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

 Bookmark this page for links and ordering info as it becomes available:
and visit Kelli’s social media pages and site for more information!


Catch Kelli’s summer interview about writing, books, and more:

Learn more about book 1 of the Royal Desires series, A Most Unusual Princess:

Get an inside look at book 2 of the Royal Desires series, A Most Intriguing Temptation:

Read about A Most Unfortunate Prince, book 3 of the Royal Desires series:

Catch a spotlight on Kelli’s hot wrestling romance, A Deceptive Match:

Learn more about Kelli’s gay wrestling romance, A Secret Match:

This Month’s Writing Exercise: Settings

In each issue of the Quill, I’ll leave you with some writing advice, a prompt, or a 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, we’re focusing on settings.
Setting and details are necessary elements for your short story or novel. They give readers a firm idea of when and where the characters are. (They don’t exist floating in space.)

Take a second and look around. Where are you reading this? In your living room? A park? While walking on a treadmill? Wherever you are is your setting, and your story’s setting needs to be as realistic as the one you see around you. How do you do that? Through sensory details and (perhaps) a little bit of research.

Setting is when and where your short story or novel takes place. It can be a historical setting (ancient Egypt), contemporary (present day Florida), futuristic (Earth Colony Vega in space year 2513), or anywhere you can imagine. But no matter when (or where) a story takes place, readers have to be comfortable in the setting and “buy into” the fact that the story is set wherever it is. In short, you need to make the setting so real the reader forgets he or she isn’t in a Medieval Scottish castle.

And if your historical romance takes place in a castle, use enough details to describe the castle to the reader through your hero’s and heroine’s points-of-view. Each character will notice (or not notice) different things. The hero has lived in this castle for years, so he’s used to it. He’s not going to notice the portraits on the walls or want to investigate a closed-off wing.

However, to your heroine (who has never been there before) everything is new and a bit overwhelming. She can’t wait to explore and naturally gets lost, is awestruck at the grand hall, and becomes curious about a locked tower room. As you write each scene, use sensory details to show readers what each character is seeing, smelling, hearing, etc. so they can imagine they’re in the castle, too.

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.

The clothing your characters wear also helps establish setting. If the hero is wearing a ruffled shirt and breeches, readers will know he is not in contemporary times (or he has time traveled). A long-haired guru is wearing a Nehru jacket, denim bellbottoms, and six strings of beads? Welcome to 1968.

Weather can be an important setting element, and the sensory details of the weather can add to your story. A rainy, gray day can reflect a character’s depressed mood. Happy kids will be running out the door to play on a sunny summer afternoon. See if the weather could be used as a source of conflict. An earthquake, flood, or tornado causes trouble for your characters, or maybe the witch in your paranormal story can conjure storms with her mind.
No matter how simple or exotic the setting, make your characters at home there. Describe it so readers know exactly where the story is taking place. 
Want more writing tips, exercises, and advice? Get a copy of Kelli’s fun writing guide, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction. (It’s available on Amazon and other platforms). If you’re ready to write, order your copy here:

I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Quill. Next month, I’ll be sharing more about Lies, Love & Redemption, links to guest blogs, writing prompts, and more!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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