Thursday, June 28, 2012

Enchanted Realms: giveaway!!!!


My wonderful writer friend, dedicated volunteer extraordinaire and generally lovely all over person - Eleni Konstantine has her short story, Enchanted Realms released today through Musa publishing. She is also offering a giveaway over at her blog, Eleni's Taverna

Wishing you many sales Eleni and lots of wonderful reviews! =))

Monday, June 25, 2012

Deep Point of View - what is it?


I've been doing some mentoring and critiquing of stories for some fellow erotic writers, and one thing that keeps coming up is deep point of view, or lack there-of.


So what is deep pov? In my mind, it's having a reader experiencing a situation through the hero or heroine's eyes, where his/her thoughts, emotions and reactions hits front and centre.
In other words, as a writer you're not 'telling' a reader about the experience, you're 'showing' them the experience--giving the experience to them.


Sometimes it can be as simple as taking away the telling words after showing it.
 Eg- Her stomach fluttered with excitement, her hands trembling with anticipation.
This easily becomes: Her stomach fluttered, her hands trembled.
The latter reveals the same thing, only the reader is drawn in more without the telling words. If the setup of the sentence is done right IE: the writer has built towards the tension of the scene and the reader is aware of what's at stake, then 'telling' them as well isn't always necessary.


"Felt" is a word as writers we're often told to eliminate. Why? Because by using it we're again 'telling' the reader what the character is experiencing.
eg - She felt a chill settle deep into the marrow of the bones. She'd never felt more scared.
becomes - A chill settled deep into the marrow of her bones. (we don't need to add the next sentence as a reader assumes from her reaction that she'd never felt more scared, therefore the words are just deadwood to be eliminated).


Reactions and emotions of the characters are also crucial--we want the reader to 'feel' these emotions, laugh at the high points, cry at the low points, become anxious at the tense moments.
eg- She looked at him. She loved him, she'd always had. Embarrassingly, he'd always known it.
becomes- Her throat dried as she looked at him, a wave of longing threatening to send heat straight to her face. Again. She could only pray this once he wouldn't notice.
The former isn't too bad, (and has its place) but the latter has more impact though it tells the same story.


Internal thoughts and knowing personal experiences/traits of the characters can also impact deep pov. If Claire, a successful business woman, was traumatised as a child by a dog attack - you wouldn't have her react like this:
Claire glared at the german shepherd who slinked towards her, it's hackles up and teeth bared. "I don't have time for this shit-go on, get home!"
You'd build on the emotions, the tension and past experiences - and you'd gear it towards the personality of the character facing the dilemma:
Claire's briefcase thudded to the ground. She backed up a step, heart in her throat, blood draining from her face. All logical thought ceased, all thought processes ground to a stop. Please god, no. Not again.


Simple things also help with deep pov. If we're in the characters skin, living the experience with her, we want a quick visual of her surrounds, a little sniff of the rose garden or of the food frying next door, a reaction and/or thought.
eg- Her childhood home hadn't changed one bit, not the sagging front porch, the ripped screen door, nor the patchy lawn and the straggly paw paw tree that'd never yielded fruit. The only difference was the scent emanating from inside. Barbecued steak and caramalised fried onion. Her belly compressed - with nerves or hunger, she wasn't quite sure. She swallowed, and strode forward. Her mother was expecting her. Time to face the music.


This is just a brief summary of deep pov, but hope it helps =))

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

First Review of Galactic Inferno!



Thanks to Kylie Scott for her review of Galactic Inferno.  My first one!!!

It's great when writing friends enjoy my stories too!

Here's some of her review. The rest can be found at her blog:


Review:

Ally is stumbling around Sydney in shock with her beloved dog Bonnie at her heel. She's doing her best to avoid ‘the eyes in the sky’ looking for survivors just like her. Her memory is patchy due to the virus and the death and destruction surrounding her would be enough to do anyone’s head in. But there are more than just Alien hotties on the hunt.
Feral dog packs now roam the streets and these puppies have developed a taste of human flesh. Renate, one of the hated Alien race, rescues our heroine from certain death care of just such a dog. What does the Alien want? (Apart from to Repopulate! that is.) And why does Ally feel such a strong pull towards him? Is it Alien mind tricks or something more?


Sunday, June 17, 2012

News and Update





Galactic Inferno is now available at Amazon and hopefully very soon at B&N. Love how Ellora's Cave are so quick at putting out their books to other vendors =))


I've also been busy working on a project where published authors critique and mentor unpublished (erotic) authors with a view for publication to help fund an erotic retreat. Can't say too much more at the moment, but I'm really excited about what has developed (like a great snowball effect) and hope to have some more news about it soon! =)


I'm also just putting the finishing touches to my 25k novella, Larakyte (new possible title: Nightmix) and hope to send it off soon!


WAY behind on my writing schedule, but once the mentoring 'stuff' is done and a few other things are finalized,  I hope to catch up - very quickly!! I have a page on my wall beside my computer with my writing goals and word counts, and it's not even funny how far behind I am LOL!!


Can't wait for the retreat!!!! =)))))

Friday, June 15, 2012

Feeling Almost Famous...


Thanks so much To Francis Klein of the Gympie Times for giving such a fantastic and positive interview on erotic romance =))
And for making me sound really good too LOL!!!!
You can find the interview here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Special Guest: Kylie Griffin with Alliance Forged!

The Master Race

What comes to mind when you hear those words?


Hitler? Germany? Concentration camps? A superior race? Experimentation? Extermination? A dark time back in the early decades of the 20th century?


Like me, you might have studied the rise and fall of Hitler's Regime at high school or university. The images, recounts and documentaries aren't exactly warm or fuzzy, and they certainly leave an impression on you. But, as a writer, some of the events and concepts of Hitler's grand plans make the mind tick over, imagining what if...


What if Hitler's idea of establishing a Master Race had succeeded? How would it have shaped our world history? What sort of place would be the world today? Would there be a caste system? Slavery? Ideologies developed around the superiority of certain genetic traits? Laws forbidding the mixing of races?


The mind boggles, doesn't it?


One of the questions I get asked a LOT is where do you come up with ideas for your stories. Well, history tends to be a good starting point, and to be honest, much of the time I don't realise where the inspiration comes from until after I've written the book. The subconscious is a wonderful thing. It can absorb a photo, an event, a fact, or even a phrase or lyric can and mull it over for days or even years.


I'm now up to book #3 in my Light Blade fantasy romance series, and I'm only now beginning to recognise and understanding that some of my plot lines reflect events from human history, specifically the time of Hitler.


The idea of a master race starts in VENGEANCE BORN and arcs through into ALLIANCE FORGED and ALLEGIANCE SWORN. A lot of my world building links to this concept - there are humans, a race of demons known as the Na'Reish, and a hybrid race of half-human, half-demons called the Na'Chi. Both human and demon histories regale their own race as being superior to the other, and both are at war to prove the point. They also can't stand the thought of a hybrid race, of their bloodlines being tainted, so laws and actions have been instituted to ensure any such offspring are terminated, then over the decades the possibility of their existence relegated to the shadowy realm of mythology.


But, as with any society, what happens when ideologies break down or beliefs are challenged? Or better yet, proven wrong?


In VENGEANCE BORN (Bk#1), secrets about the origins of human and demon history were uncovered, and the fallout of hundreds of years of corruption, lies and misinformation alters that history and defies perceptions. ALLIANCE FORGED (Bk#2) propels the characters into a time of conflict and instability where everyone - humans, Na'Reish demons and the Na'Chi - struggle to come to terms with the need to change and what it means for their survival.



Varian and Kymora, the Na'Chi hero and human heroine, spearhead this life altering change as they try to navigate the dangerous path of melding two races together, to forge an alliance against the much stronger Na'Reish - the demons who would see the humans enslaved and the Na'Chi exterminated. But their efforts are hampered by those who rebel against the change.



This is the backdrop behind the story and woven into it are Varian and Kymora's personal trials and their romance. Our hero seeks a haven for the Na'Chi but fears the humans will never be able to put aside their mixed blood prejudice, a belief reinforced as he struggles to control his darker half-demon personality. In her role as high priestess, and armed with the truth, Kymora fights to unite their two races while helping Varian to accept his dual nature.



So, will a master race triumph in ALLIANCE FORGED? Well, I can't tell you, not without spoiling the whole storyline - sorry! :-) Until you can get your hands on a copy of the book and find out, here's the back cover blurb of ALLIANCE FORGED, just to whet your appetite:



ALLIANCE FORGED

(Book #2 of the Light Blade series)

There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…

Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail.

Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.

When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance…but also the woman he loves.



If you'd like to know more about Varian an Kymora, you can visit my website to read an excerpt (http://www.kyliegriffin.com/AF_Excerpt.html).

Kylie Griffin’s obsession with all things paranormal/fantasy started at an early age, when she used to imagine the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship used to defend the world from invading enemies. Writing stories seemed a natural extension to her childhood adventures.
Today, she’s a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.
Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, where she volunteers in a number of emergency service organizations in her local community. Visit her website at www.kyliegriffin.com
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Galactic Inferno release


Galactic Inferno release date is just hours away!! It's always exciting knowing a book is about to go out into the world - and a little bit scary too! I've started writing book 3 - though it's in the very early stages - but woot! - I can't wait to get my characters onto the alien world!! =)))

BLURB:

Ally Grayson believes she’s the last person on Earth after aliens arrived, bringing with them a deadly virus that wiped out most of mankind.


Somehow surviving the annihilation, she hides in a Sydney house with her dog, Bonnie. She knows she has to leave before the “eyes in the sky” detect her and have her captured, but she never expects an alien to save her and Bonnie from the jaws of a ravenous, feral dog. Never expects to be drawn to Renate, the alien male who seems more human than any man she’s ever known.

She fights an attraction she can’t win, and soon enough she’s in his arms, under his hard, amazing body. Except their unearthly desire might not be enough to keep them together when Renate’s alien comrades close in.

Reader advisory: Contains brief female/female sensual seduction.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Giveaway of Galactic Inferno =)))



I'm over at Juanita's wonderful blog today - Mission Romance - talking about my fav books, inspriations, my fav scene and hardest part to write (etc) in my upcoming release, Galactic Inferno.

Oh yes, and of course, I'm offering a giveaway!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June Writing Quotes



Here's a couple of writing 'funnies' I found that gave me a good chuckle =)

"I thought I'd begin reading a poem by Shakespeare but then I thought why should I?" He never reads any of mine. ~Spike Milligan

"I was working on the proofs of my poems all day. In the morning I put a comma in and in the evening I took it back out again." ~Oscar Wilde

"My brother-in-law wrote an unusual murder story. The victim got killed by a man from another book." ~Robert Sylvester

"Your function as a critic is to show that it is really you yourself who should have written the book, if you had had the time, and since you hadn't you are glad that someone else had, although obviously it might have been done better." ~Stephen Potter

New Release: BARON

It's release day for BARON, Dragons of Riddich book 3! So excited to finally see this story out in the world and tell a little more ...