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Thursday, 27 June 2019

New Book Alert! Surviving Her Dominate by T. E Kessler #hot #romance #erotica #newbook #Jelvia

Surviving Her Dominate
T. E Kessler

coming August 1st

Two men. Both dominant, both dangerous, both unsuitable. 
Both want her.
It took Courtney Day five years to leave Greg Martin and now he’s back in her life full of apologises and puppy-dog eyes. It took her a few seconds to see the attraction between her and Aldarn. A few seconds to see the need for him to possess her.

Two men.
One human, one Jelvia.
And both want to protect her from the other.

The second book in the Jelvia: Not Human series.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

What if your perfect man wasn't human? #hot #romance 🔥🔥 #hero #romance for #women @eroticaforall ‏ #LoveLines #LustyMondayLit #otk

 Jelvia: Not Human #1

Jelvias have lived alongside us since time began—or that’s what we’ve been made to believe.

Some of us are waking up to the invisible technology that’s fogged our brains by distorting the truth and holding us in check under a blanket of fear.

But there aren’t many of us, and those that question the timeline of the Jelvia usually end up dead.

I’m Macy Shaw, and I’m one of the few who have woken up. But, strangely, I honestly believe that Jelvias are also being duped.

I aim to find the truth but who will listen to a small-time celebrity reporter such as me—except my boss, who gives me the job of a lifetime:

Narcifer, the Jelvian Lothario, woo him, seduce him, get a story.

I’d do anything to get a Jelvia story.

I just want to stay alive long enough to tell it.

Contains adult material.

Over 18 only.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

How to quell those negative thoughts once a lousy review is received @rararesources @MiriamDrori #socialanxiety #fiction #giveaway #comp #writers

Quell those Negative Thoughts


Miriam Drori

I’ve been asked to write a ‘How-to’ article for writers. Me – what do I know that other writers don’t? Wait… is that me talking or my poor self-esteem? There must be some advice I can give. Well, yes, on my blog, “An’ de world came tumblin’ down,” aka miriamdrori.com, I’ve started to show writers what they could be doing with Microsoft Word that would make their lives easier. In my previous incarnation as a technical writer, I picked up some valuable tips. Not all of them are of interest to authors, but several are.

What else? What have I learned since becoming a published writer? Oh yes, there was that one-star review…

Back in 2014, not long after my first novel, Neither Here Nor There, was published, a one-star review appeared on Goodreads. My first reaction to it, after registering anger and bitterness to some fellow writers in a private Facebook group, was to look up the author of the review, and I discovered the suburb of Jerusalem in which she lived. For me, that helped to put her review in perspective. I’d always known that my book wouldn’t be liked by all.

Tip 1: Remember, no book will be liked by everyone.

In the novel, the main character leaves a very large but insular community. Even though anyone is free to leave it, I call it ‘escaping’ because she has to leave in secret and because it’s an enormous step for her. Clearly anyone remaining in this community would be against this novel, despite the fact that I didn’t portray their members in a bad light, in my view. My reviewer, living in this particular suburb, must be either in the community or very close to it.

Tip 2: If you can, find out about the reviewer’s background and why it might colour his/her view of the book.

I read the review again and noted the points I agreed with and those I didn’t. The former points weren’t good for my self-confidence as a writer. But I remembered my book had been accepted for publication by my publisher while the vast majority of those submitted had been rejected. This was what prevented me from seriously thinking of giving up.

Tip 3: If a reviewer makes a negative remark that may have some truth in it, learn from it. It might help you improve the novel in a future version, or improve your writing in general.

One thing the reviewer wrote was that the ending was too predictable. I shouted at her, “It’s a romance! How else could it end?” Fortunately, she didn’t hear me and neither did anyone else. I wanted to reply to her, telling her what I thought of her stupid comment. Fortunately, I was advised against it. I’ve read attacks by authors on reviewers; they never put the author in a good light.

Tip 4: Never respond to a reviewer except, possibly, to thank them for the review.

Then I forgot about that review and concentrated on the others. They made me feel good.

Tip 5: Read the good reviews. Read them again.

Some reviewers are just plain ignorant. They’re so ignorant that they don’t even know they’re ignorant. I once started reading a review for a book I’d read. The review contained a long list of ‘faults’ with the book. The first one said the characters talked about degrees F, but no one in Britain would measure temperatures in degrees F. My experience is that people in Britain refer to temperatures in Fahrenheit even today. But this novel was set in the 1960s when just about everyone talked of temperatures in Fahrenheit. I didn’t bother to read the rest of the reviewer’s list.

Tip 6: However confident a reviewer sounds, there is no guarantee that the reviewer is really as knowledgeable as they make out.

And one more tip…

Tip 7: All authors get lousy reviews.

Tell any author about your one-star review and they’ll tell you about theirs.

Nevertheless, despite knowing that lousy reviews are inevitable, I’m still hoping all the reviews for my brand-new novel, Cultivating a Fuji, are full of stars and praise!



Cultivating a Fuji

Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.

Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?

Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.
Throughout his life, people have laughed at ‘weirdo’ Martin; and you, as you read, will have plenty of opportunity to laugh, too. Go ahead, laugh away, but you’ll find that there’s also a serious side to all this…
Purchase Link - mybook.to/cultivatingafuji 

Author Bio –
Miriam Drori has decided she’s in the fifth and best stage of her life, and she’s hoping it’ll last for ever. It’s the one in which she’s happiest and most settled and finally free to do what she wants. Miriam lives in a delightful house and garden in Jerusalem with her lovely husband and one of three children. She enjoys frequent trips around the world. She dances, hikes, reads and listens to music. And she’s realised that social anxiety is here to stay, so she might as well make friends with it. On top of that, she has moved away from computer programming and technical writing (although both of those provided interest in previous stages) and now spends her time editing and writing fiction. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE (currently unavailable), a romance with a difference set in Jerusalem, was published in 2014. THE WOMEN FRIENDS, co-written with Emma Rose Millar, is a series of novellas based on the famous painting by Gustav Klimt. SOCIAL ANXIETY REVEALED (non-fiction) provides a comprehensive description of social anxiety from many different viewpoints. CULTIVATING A FUJI takes the social anxiety theme into fiction, using humour to season a poignant story.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

WWBB loves a 'How To' guest post, and if you need a few tips on dialogue writing you've come to the right place! @rararesources #historical #fiction #author #giveaway #win #comp

How to write dialogue without it being stilted
Carolyn Hughes

A few years ago, when I was on an author panel, I was asked how I dealt with language, given that my novels are set in the 14th century, a time when people didn’t speak English as we know it, but spoke either Middle English, a form of French, or Latin, depending on their social status and education. It’s a question that had exercised me a good deal. When I first started writing historical fiction, I wondered whether to try giving my characters “authentic”-sounding voices, or put modern language in their mouths. If my characters spoke in modern English, was it bound to give the impression they also had modern mindsets? Conversely, if I gave them dialogue that purported to “sound like”, say, 14th-century English, would that inevitably suggest they also have authentic 14th-century mindsets? I don’t think either case is necessarily true.
Hilary Mantel once said that too much period flavour slows the story and may even make readers laugh. When we’ve little idea how people actually spoke in the distant past, we must simply imagine it. Mantel recommended ‘a plain style that you can adapt…not just to [your characters’] ages and personalities and intelligence level, but to their place in  life.’ Her use of modern English (in Wolf Hall, for example) is slightly askew, with a sprinkling of unusual words to give ‘a suggestion of otherness’. I’ve come to realise that the majority of historical novels are in fact written in reasonably straightforward modern English, though whether the mindsets that the words convey are authentic depends on other factors.
I generally follow Mantel’s advice. The language I put into my characters’ mouths is broadly modern English, with some slightly “old-fashioned” phrasing just to give a sense of the past. Some historical authors avoid contracted forms (isn’t, don’t…), on the grounds that they seem to give the voices too modern a tone. However, I’ve chosen to use more formal, non-contracted, forms for higher status or educated characters, but to reflect the voices of the peasantry with more informal contractions. It’s a relatively crude distinction, but it works for me.
I really enjoy writing dialogue. I follow the general writerly advice about keeping dialogue tags (he said, she said) to a minimum without omitting them altogether, and to use tags other than “said”, such as “whispered” or “shouted” very sparingly. But I do include “beats”, bits of action or gestures that reflect or explain the speaker’s mood. I think they break up the dialogue in a realistic way, and keep it lively and moving forward. I do also try to introduce a little light-heartedness where I can, as I feel it helps to bring out the characters’ personalities.
I try to ensure that what my characters say does reflect their likely mindsets, so no inappropriately feminist musings or impossibly anachronistic thinking!
Here’s a short section of dialogue from De Bohun’s Destiny. The speakers are two sisters. One of them clearly has a little problem; the other doesn’t know whether to be shocked or gleeful… (It isn’t going to turn out well…) 
Matilda…was crouched over a basin, vomiting. Suddenly there came a light knocking on the door, and Margery called out to her.
‘Are you all right in there, Matilda?’
Matilda groaned. She thought Margery had gone out to the market, although there was no way Matilda was going to be able to keep this from her sister, as the sickness came too often for her to hide.
‘Well enough, thank you, sister,’ she called back. ‘Leave me be.’
And it seemed that Margery had gone back downstairs. But when it happened again the following morning, Margery would not be dismissed. She opened the door of the garderobe and entered.
Matilda thought it served her sister right for interfering, when she saw her gag on the vile smell arising from the basin.
‘Oh, my goodness, Matilda,’ said Margery, ‘what on earth is happening?’
‘Isn’t it obvious? I’m sick.’
‘But why? Something you’ve eaten?’
Matilda brightened a little. ‘Yes, perhaps so.’
Margery nodded, but then she frowned. ‘But hasn’t this been going on for days? And aren’t you only nauseous in the mornings?’
Matilda looked up at her sister, wishing she’d just disappear – down through the hole in the garderobe floor, perhaps, onto the stinking mound of s**t.
But it was clear that Margery had guessed the truth. ‘I wondered why you haven’t washed out any rags the past few weeks.’ She smirked.
‘Don’t tell Pa,’ said Matilda, a slight panic rising in her chest.
‘How will that help you? Do you imagine you can keep your sin and shame from him?’
‘Damn you, Margery, you’re such a prig!’
Margery sniffed. ‘But not a slut. Nor some man’s disgusting whore. Nor a vile sinner.

De Bohun’s Destiny
How can you uphold a lie when you know it might destroy your family?

It is 1356, seven years since the Black Death ravaged Meonbridge, turning society upside down. Margaret, Lady de Bohun, is horrified when her husband lies about their grandson Dickon’s entitlement to inherit Meonbridge. She knows that Richard lied for the very best of reasons – to safeguard his family and its future – but lying is a sin. Yet she has no option but to maintain her husband’s falsehood... 
Margaret’s companion, Matilda Fletcher, decides that the truth about young Dickon’s birth really must be told, if only to Thorkell Boune, the man she’s set her heart on winning. But Matilda’s “honesty” serves only her own interests, and she’s oblivious to the potential for disaster.
For Thorkell won’t scruple to pursue exactly what he wants, by whatever means are necessary, no matter who or what gets in his way…

If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, with strong female characterisation and a real sense of authenticity, you’ll love De Bohun’s Destiny, the third Meonbridge Chronicle, set in the mid-14th century, in the turbulent and challenging years that followed the social devastation wrought by the Black Death. Discover for yourself if, in Meonbridge, it is Margaret or Matilda, right or might, truth or falsehood, that wins the day...

CAROLYN HUGHES was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Hampshire. After completing a degree in Classics and English, she started her working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. But it was when she discovered technical authoring that she knew she had found her vocation. She spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the government.
She has written creatively for most of her adult life, but it was not until her children grew up and flew the nest several years ago that writing historical fiction took centre stage in her life. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University and a PhD from the University of Southampton.
De Bohun’s Destiny is the third novel in the MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLES series. A fourth novel is under way.
You can connect with Carolyn through her website www.carolynhughesauthor.com and social media:

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