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Where Oh Where is Casey?

I swear, I’m not missing.  I’ve just been writing like crazy after some much needed time away.

I’m currently re-writing Over Easy (this is the third time). But that’s not why I’m posting today.

Today, my sixth novel was published.

Lachlan’s Curse is on sale now! If you’re a fan of Sleepy Hollow, druids and romance, then this book is for you. If it’s not your thing, but you know someone who might like it, please do share! Thank you!!

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For over two hundred years, Lachlan Gray—druid and last magic wielder of his line—has kept Haven Falls safe from an ancient evil. His sacrifice, eternal imprisonment with his mortal foe, was meant to protect the town and people he loved. After his bones are unearthed and his enemy is accidentally freed, he has no choice but to rise again. Confronted with the modern world and the loss of everyone he knew, he finds solace in the one person who trusts him the least.

Archaeologist Dr. Sara Winslow believes in truth, logic, and cold, hard scientific facts. Hiding from a painful past, she’s more comfortable with ancient history than dealing with the living. The dead can’t lie, cheat or betray her. That is, until she unearths the one skeleton capable of resurrection. Now, she can’t ignore the truth right before her eyes—magic exists, evil is real, and it’s coming to destroy Haven Falls.

To survive, Sara has to trust this sexy stranger and embrace powers she never knew she had. And Lachlan never imagined that a hot blooded woman would make him question his vow to destroy his enemy at any cost. Even united, can their passion survive the evil seeking to tear them apart?

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Cover Reveal – Misfortune Cookie!

Happy Friday! Casey here!

I hope everyone didn’t overindulge their sweet tooth yesterday. I was surprisingly good. Largely, because we decided a few years ago, to stop buying tons of Halloween candy.

I don’t have much to say today other than . . .

Feast your eyes on the cover of Misfortune Cookie! Another outstanding design from Rae Monet!

In other news – Mystic Hero is done (well, the first draft) and is in the hands of my beta readers. Yay!

But don’t think I’m sitting around doing nothing. Next up – completing Lachlan’s Curse. I hope to finish the first draft by the end of November.

Wish me luck!

What’s on everyone’s plate these days?

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Juli D’s in the House – Why Write Romance?

Yay! It’s Friday. Casey here! Today my guest is Juli D. Revezzo sharing her thoughts on writing romance.

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Why Write Romance? By Juli D. Revezzo

PassionsSacredDance_w6021_750 Why write about love? It’s the age-old motivation. Love of family, love of friends, love of freedom. Love of lovers. Besides that, it brings a little levity into the profound heroic tales I’d grown up adoring, the Arthurian Tales, the tales of knights facing down the enemy of the little guy, of rescuing the princess from the dragon. Stories of men and women with heroic qualities we ourselves aspire to make for good storytelling. To quote Bob Marley (or mis-quote him) it lights up the darkness. So it seemed natural when I sat down to write Passion’s Sacred Dance, my debut paranormal romance novel for The Wild Rose Press, that I mix the two fascinations.

Love worked into the heroic tales. Lancelot betrayed his king for love of the queen, Tristan and Isolde died for it. These are stories that have stayed with us from the moment they were spoken by traveling minstrels in the fire-lit halls of the Middle Ages. It’s a part of life. We live by love, and some would say for love.  What could I do but add a little bit into the stories I write?  My lifelong love of heroic tales, of the Celts, tied up in knots in my mind with the current paranormal romances I was reading and out walked a woman in a business suit, with a sword-wielding knight in jeans behind her. “Do we have a romantic story for you!”

Would you like to know how my heroic romance turned out? Here’s a little taste of Passion’s Sacred Dance.

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.

Excerpt:

Can you love a man without knowing who or what he is? Can there be love without trust? She wondered.

Been there, done that. Don’t want to do it again.

Good looks, bad temper. She had scars on her body to prove some handsome men couldn’t be trusted. She mentally shook her head to erase the memories flooding back and yet absently scrubbed her left foot against the old wound marring her right calf. “I’ve had some restless nights lately,” she said.

“I understand. Been there myself.” He tapped his temple. “Battles tend to stick, now and then.”

“Yeah. You should see some of the ones I’ve seen.”

Aaron’s brow rose.

She sniffed, but didn’t say more. “Are you ready to explain what that was about, yesterday?”

“I’m not sure to what you’re referring.”

How to put this? “The discussion you had with the lawyer?”

“Actually,” he said, “I rather hoped we could forget that nonsense ever happened.”

“Like I wish I could forget Janeus and Miller are offering for my place.” She waved a hand around the room. “I’m sorry for yelling at you, yesterday. Can you forgive me?”

“Forgive you for what?” Aaron wrapped his empty arm around her shoulders.

She suddenly couldn’t breathe steadily or remember where they were. She blinked and licked her lips, hoping for a kiss. Someone cleared a throat and Aaron pulled away. Stacy glanced at the student watching them.

“Come on,” Aaron said and tugged her toward the stairs. Did she see the student smile?

“Let’s see what your archivist might’ve found,” he urged.

Downstairs, Stacy chose a reading table and set her purse down. She cocked her head, reading the title of Aaron’s book as he set it beside her purse.

“Self-Mastery?” she read. “Don’t you know all about that?”

“It’s an ongoing struggle, no matter how advanced you are.”

“No matter how old?” she teased.

“Or how youthful.” He spun the book so she could get a better look. “Would you like to read it?”

Would you like to read more? If so, Passion’s Sacred Dance is available now at Amazon and coming soon to The Wild Rose Press store and other retailers.

For more on these and other books visit Juli at: http://julidrevezzo.com/

And Juli’s Amazon page and author page at The Wild Rose Press.

I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy the story I had to tell.  Thank you, Casey, for letting me come talk about the tales I love!

About the Author:

Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set inJdrevphoto this world-slightly askew. She is an author of paranormal fantasy, and has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She recently released her debut paranormal romance novel, Passion’s Sacred Dance.

She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. Come learn more about her at http://julidrevezzo.com

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Juli, thanks for returning as a guest!

Scribes fans, you know the drill. If you’ve got questions, please shout’em out!

Writing a Prequel By Lisa Kessler

Happy Friday everyone. Casey here. I am so thrilled to welcome back Lisa Kessler as our guest to discuss prequels. I know I’m excited to get my hands on this story. If you haven’t checked out Lisa’s paranormal romance novel, Night Walker, now is a great time to explore her world!

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Hi everyone –

Thanks so much to Casey for inviting me to visit with the 7 scribes today!

I’m really excited because my new release, Night Thief, is now available! It’s a prequel to Night Walker, and writing it was an interesting experience.

The main characters, Kane and Rita, play a major role in Night Demon (Book 2) which was already written and turned into my publisher. So when I started writing this prequel novella, I had a few plot points I knew I had to hit.

Based on the timeline of the other book, I knew they met in 1840 in Paris. I also knew how the relationship needed to conclude. Without giving away any spoilers, this was where the writing of the prequel got interesting.

As I got closer to the end of the novella, my heroine was not excited about becoming immortal. Not at all in fact. My palms started to sweat that I wasn’t going to be able to make it all come together! LOL

I’m happy to report that she finally came around, but it took rewriting a chunk of the novella and adding a few thousand words. Shew!  Now I understand how tough it must have been for George Lucas to get those Star Wars prequels to gel with his first three movies.

So I thought I’d ask you…  Have you ever written a prequel after the other novels were already complete?  What was the experience like for you?

Thanks again for having me on the blog, Casey!

Lisa

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Here’s the blurb for Night Thief…

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.

Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.

Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Thief-Novella-ebook/dp/B009J7PC4O/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-thief-lisa-kessler/1113064536?ean=2940015511499

Thanks for being our guest Lisa! If you have questions for Lisa, please ask.

Scribes fans, anyone considering writing a prequel or a novella?

The Accidental Series by Frankie Robertson

Happy Friday everyone! Casey here. I’m thrilled to have Frankie Robertson return as our guest today. Take it away Frankie!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you, Casey, for inviting me to post here today!

I didn’t set out to write three series at the same time. I didn’t even set out to write one. At present, I’ve just published FORBIDDEN TALENTS, the 2nd book of the Vinlanders’ Saga; LIGHTBRINGER, book one of the Celestial Affairs series is out; and BETRAYED BY TRUST, the first of the two TRUST books is waiting to be revised. Scattering your efforts like this is not the best way to build a following!

When I wrote DANGEROUS TALENTS I was stretching my wings. I’d written a partial novel before and several short stories. With DANGEROUS TALENTS I was giving the long form another try. It took me a year to finish Celia and Dahleven’s story, and another six months to revise it. And while I was submitting and collecting very polite rejections, my critique partners were nudging me, “Tell us a story about Ragni, Dahleven’s brother.”

That’s the problem with creating complex worlds and interesting secondary characters. People want to know more about them.

At the time, writing a sequel to an unsold book was not considered a smart move, but I didn’t have anything else in mind, so I did as they asked and began writing FORBIDDEN TALENTS. I didn’t want to ignore the main characters from the first book, though, so I decided to weave Celia and Dahleven’s continuing story into Ragni and Saeun’s romance. Now I had four POV characters and two main plot lines.

That’s where I ran into trouble. I got almost halfway into the book and ground to a halt. Writing stopped feeling good, but I was too inexperienced to understand what was wrong. I was also too stubborn to work on something else. I just kept banging my head against that wall trying to make it work, and the story kept saying, NO. Finally, somebody, somewhere said something that made the light go on. I wasn’t thrilled with what I saw. I had taken a serious wrong turn in chapter two and I needed to rewrite the first 200 pages, completely excising a really neat character in the process.

You’ve heard the saying, “Kill your darlings”? That’s what I had to do. But after I committed charactercide, the story fell into place. Writing became a joy again, and in the fullness of time FORBIDDEN TALENTS was complete and revised.

DANGEROUS TALENTS and FORBIDDEN TALENTS are long books, as you might expect romantic fantasies set in another world to be. How did I keep everything straight? I kept a folder of loose notes of character names and descriptions (later a computer file), and a calendar to keep track of what was happening to which character, when. And I had really good critique partners. Even so, my fabulous editor Rochelle French at Edits that Rock still caught a few discrepancies.

I stumbled into writing the Celestial Affairs series in a similarly accidental way, by writing a secondary character into LIGHTBRINGER that folks wanted to know more about. And when I started writing BETRAYED BY TRUST,  I thought it was a standalone book, too. Wrong.

It turns out these were fortuitous mistakes.

Writing a series, especially as an indie author, is good for business. The readers who love your characters will come back for more, and the folks who discover you through the 2nd  or 5th or 32nd  book in the series will go back to look for the first.

If you decide to commit series, I have a few suggestions:

  • Keep a “bible” of characters including their backgrounds, appearance, and relationships to other characters, and their involvement in major events.
  • Use a calendar to keep your timeline straight.
  • If you’re writing a closed end series (not just connected novels), create an arc from the outset instead of figuring it out in the middle — the way I am.
  • If you have control over your covers, make sure they reflect the tone and genre of your book, and that they look connected to each other through fonts and composition.
  • It’s also important to make each book stand on its own so your readers aren’t frustrated by a cliff-hanger while you finish the next book.
  • And unless you write really fast, it’s probably better to write just one series at a time. Do as I say, not as I do.

Bio:

Frankie Robertson can’t seem to stop herself from writing paranormal romance and romantic fantasy series. She lives with her husband in the desert southwest where her backyard is visited by bunnies, quail, hawks, and bobcats. If you want to know more about what Frankie is up to, please visit her website: http://FrankieRobertson.com.

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/DANGEROUS-TALENTS-ebook/dp/B007QQ1CDK
http://www.amazon.com/FORBIDDEN-TALENTS-ebook/dp/B009B56INS
http://www.amazon.com/LIGHTBRINGER-Celestial-Affairs-Novel-ebook/dp/B005VIE9FI

Thanks so much for being our guest today Frankie! If anyone has any questions or wants to share their method for creating a series, please jump in!