Monthly Archives: September 2014

Creating a Rough Road to a “Happily Ever After”

tnSecretMatch coverGuest Post by Romance Author Kelli A. Wilkins
www.KelliWilkins.com

Hi everyone,

My name is Kelli Wilkins and I’m a romance writer who loves torturing my characters. Why? So I can get them back together for a happily-ever-after ending!

Let’s face it, romance readers know they are going to get a “HEA” before they pick up a book. The hero or heroine isn’t going to die – unless you’re reading a paranormal and someone turns into a vampire.  🙂

People read romances for different reasons: for great storylines, to live vicariously through the characters they care about, and to know that whatever obstacles these lovers face, they’ll overcome them together.

I write stories based around characters who find each other, fall deeply in love, and live happily ever after – but not without going through some emotional ups and downs. Although my characters love each other, everything isn’t always roses and sunshine. As they work through their challenges, they have to learn a few lessons about themselves, trust, honesty, or whatever their personal internal struggles are.

For example, Michelle in Wilderness Bride has to overcome her prejudices, risk showing her vulnerable side, learn about her inner strength, and develop trust. In Dalton’s Temptation, Elara and Dalton learn important lessons about temptation and fidelity. Lord Adrik in The Dark Lord is moody and misunderstood, until an innocent girl teaches him how to love and trust again. These trials and emotional hardships are realistic challenges that people face every day. Once the characters have learned what they need to, they can live HEA.

But sometimes love can be a surprise. In a few of my stories, the characters aren’t looking for love – it’s the furthest thing from their minds – but there it is! Shauna in Dangerous Indenture never dreamed she’d fall for a handsome gentleman after having her heart broken – but she finds a true love in Ashton. Lauren in The Sexy Stranger found herself falling for her ex-con “captor.” Claudette from The Pauper Prince had Prince Charming stroll into her dress shop, and Brian found his true love on a deserted beach in Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover. Although these types of relationships are uncommon, the characters focus on commitment and “being there” for the other person for the long haul, no matter what.

Many of my characters find true love when they are willing to open their hearts and risk sharing their deepest emotions, darkest secrets, and intimate desires — and then discover that the other person loves them even more for it. (David and Jack from Four Days with Jack and Julian and Annabelle from A Midsummer Night’s Delights are excellent examples of this.)

One of the things I like about writing romances is that I can make life miserable for the main characters and keep readers wondering: How are they going to live happily-ever-after? How will they get past this? For me, the how is the fun part.

In my books, I make sure the characters get on each other’s nerves, and I add lots of conflict (external and internal) to pull them apart. The conflict can be anything that will destroy their happy world: maybe he won’t compromise; his parents don’t approve because she’s from a different ethnic or social background; the hero finds out the heroine has a secret; the heroine isn’t as innocent as she seems; the man he loves just cheated on him (or so he thinks); his beloved princess was kidnapped; or a blackmailer wants her dead.

In The Viking’s Witch, Odaria is nearly burned at the stake and is rescued by Rothgar, a brutish Norseman she can’t stand (at least at first!). Over the course of the book they fall in love, but at the same time they bicker, keep secrets from each other, people are trying to kill them, and it seems that Rothgar has betrayed Odaria to her sworn enemy. Yet, under all that conflict and heartache, their love is a constant, and they learn important lessons as they fight for their HEA.

My two latest historicals also put the main characters through some hefty trials. Michelle from Wilderness Bride is on the run and forced to impersonate a stranger’s wife. She has to let down her guard and trust Luther if she has any hope of surviving. But Luther has his own secrets, and members of his family don’t approve of his new “wife.” Add a rogue bear and a murderer to the mix, and our happy couple has their hands full!

In Dangerous Indenture, Shauna works at Stewart House, where a previous servant died under mysterious circumstances. Despite her best intentions, she falls for her master’s son, Ashton, and they begin a forbidden romance. After another servant goes missing, Shauna risks her life to find out who is responsible. Ashton and Shauna’s world is filled with danger, drama, and intrigue, and yet their love gives them the courage to keep going toward a HEA.

Whether you read historicals, fantasy, gay, paranormal, or contemporary romances (or a combination) you’re always guaranteed a great story, troubled characters you can’t help but root for, some steamy love scenes, and a happy-ever-after ending. Because in the end, love conquers all, and that’s how it should be.
Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 90 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 4 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels. Kelli had three romance novels published in 2014: A Secret Match, Wilderness Bride, and Dangerous Indenture. Look for her short story “Home for Halloween” in the upcoming Moon Shadows horror anthology. Preview it here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N232UEG

Kelli publishes a blog: (http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com) filled with excerpts, interviews, writing prompts, and whatever else pops into her head. She also writes a monthly newsletter, Kelli’s Quill, and posts on Facebook and Twitter. Kelli invites readers to visit her website, http://www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings.

Catch up with Kelli on the Web:
Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com
Blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Amber Quill Press Author page:  http://www.amberquill.com/store/m/149-Kelli-A-Wilkins.aspx
Medallion Press Author Page: http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli.wilkins1

Hathor Legacy: Burn Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway – Week 7

This week’s book tour stop is:
Queen of All She Reads

Be sure to stop by the tour stops and enter to win in the giveaway!

NBtM_HathorLegacyBurn_Banner

Prizes:

Grand Prize: $45 Amazon GC
Host Prize: $35 Amazon GC
Print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to 3 randomly drawn winners

Virtual Book Tour stops:

August 13: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/08/hathor-legacy-burn-by-deborah-bailey.html

August 20: The Avid Reader – Interview & review
http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-interview-of-hathor-legacy-burn.html

August 27: Booklover Sue – Interview
http://bookloversue.blogspot.com/2014/08/interview-giveaway-hathor-legacy-burn.html

September 3: Blood Moons and Nightscapes – Marketing tips post
http://barbara-custer.livejournal.com/

September 3: Blood Red Shadows – Marketing tips post
http://bloodredshadow.com/

September 5: *Free Friday promotion – Romance Novels in Color – Interview & Giveaway
http://romancenovelsincolor.com/category/giveaways/

*(This is a special giveaway for subscribers of the Romance Novels in Color newsletter. Subscribe and comment for your chance to win. Ends Midnight EDT 9/12)

September 10: The Reading Addict – My writing process post
http://thereadingaddict-elf.blogspot.com/

September 13: Room with Books – Review
http://roomwithbooks.com/hathor-legacy-burn-review/

September 17: Book ‘Em North Carolina – Worldbuilding post
http://www.bookemnc.blogspot.com/

September 24: Queen of All She Reads – Writing fiction & non-fiction post
http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/

October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 8: Emma Weylin
October 15: It’s Raining Books
October 22: Books to Light Your Fire
October 22: Unabridged Audra’s
October 29: Straight From the Library

About the book:

Book Two of the Hathor Legacy Series

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor. Buy here: http://amzn.to/1pkgwHn

 

Additional blog posts & interviews:

* “Meet the Author Mondays” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/07/meet-author-monday-deborah-bailey.html

*Other Worlds of Romance radio show with Linda Mooney.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2014/07/29/deborah-bailey-returns-as-my-guest-author-on-july-28th

*Author interview on the Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi blog
http://smartgirlsscifi.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/author-interview-deb-bailey/

*”The Heroine’s Journey” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-heroines-journey-by-deborah-bailey.html?spref=tw

Cover by Steph’s Cover Design: http://stephscoverdesign.com/

Hathor Legacy: Burn Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway – Week 6

This week’s book tour stop is:
Book ‘Em North Carolina

Be sure to stop by the tour stops and enter to win in the giveaway!

NBtM_HathorLegacyBurn_Banner

Prizes:

Grand Prize: $45 Amazon GC
Host Prize: $35 Amazon GC
Print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to 3 randomly drawn winners

Virtual Book Tour stops:

August 13: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/08/hathor-legacy-burn-by-deborah-bailey.html

August 20: The Avid Reader – Interview & review
http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-interview-of-hathor-legacy-burn.html

August 27: Booklover Sue – Interview
http://bookloversue.blogspot.com/2014/08/interview-giveaway-hathor-legacy-burn.html

September 3: Blood Moons and Nightscapes – Marketing tips post
http://barbara-custer.livejournal.com/

September 3: Blood Red Shadows – Marketing tips post
http://bloodredshadow.com/

September 5: *Free Friday promotion – Romance Novels in Color – Interview & Giveaway
http://romancenovelsincolor.com/category/giveaways/

*(This is a special giveaway for subscribers of the Romance Novels in Color newsletter. Subscribe and comment for your chance to win. Ends Midnight EDT 9/12)

September 10: The Reading Addict – My writing process post
http://thereadingaddict-elf.blogspot.com/

September 13: Room with Books – Review
http://roomwithbooks.com/hathor-legacy-burn-review/

September 17: Book ‘Em North Carolina – Worldbuilding post
http://www.bookemnc.blogspot.com/

September 24: Queen of All She Reads
October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 8: Emma Weylin
October 15: It’s Raining Books
October 22: Books to Light Your Fire
October 22: Unabridged Audra’s
October 29: Straight From the Library

About the book:

Book Two of the Hathor Legacy Series

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor. Buy here: http://amzn.to/1pkgwHn

 

Additional blog posts & interviews:

* “Meet the Author Mondays” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/07/meet-author-monday-deborah-bailey.html

*Other Worlds of Romance radio show with Linda Mooney.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2014/07/29/deborah-bailey-returns-as-my-guest-author-on-july-28th

*Author interview on the Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi blog
http://smartgirlsscifi.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/author-interview-deb-bailey/

*”The Heroine’s Journey” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-heroines-journey-by-deborah-bailey.html?spref=tw

Cover by Steph’s Cover Design: http://stephscoverdesign.com/

Hathor Legacy: Burn Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway – Week 5

This week’s book tour stops are:
The Reading Addict
Romance Novels in Color
Room with Books

Be sure to stop by the tour stops and enter to win in the giveaway!

NBtM_HathorLegacyBurn_Banner

Prizes:

Grand Prize: $45 Amazon GC
Host Prize: $35 Amazon GC
Print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to 3 randomly drawn winners

Virtual Book Tour stops:

August 13: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/08/hathor-legacy-burn-by-deborah-bailey.html

August 20: The Avid Reader – Interview & review
http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-interview-of-hathor-legacy-burn.html

August 27: Booklover Sue – Interview
http://bookloversue.blogspot.com/2014/08/interview-giveaway-hathor-legacy-burn.html

September 3: Blood Moons and Nightscapes – Marketing tips post
http://barbara-custer.livejournal.com/

September 3: Blood Red Shadows – Marketing tips post
http://bloodredshadow.com/

September 5: *Free Friday promotion – Romance Novels in Color – Interview & Giveaway
http://romancenovelsincolor.com/category/giveaways/

*(This is a special giveaway for subscribers of the Romance Novels in Color newsletter. Subscribe and comment for your chance to win. Ends Midnight EDT 9/12)

September 10: The Reading Addict – My writing process post
http://thereadingaddict-elf.blogspot.com/

September 13: Room with Books – Review
http://roomwithbooks.com/hathor-legacy-burn-review/

September 17: Book ‘Em North Carolina
September 24: Queen of All She Reads
October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 8: Emma Weylin
October 15: It’s Raining Books
October 22: Books to Light Your Fire
October 22: Unabridged Audra’s
October 29: Straight From the Library

About the book:

Book Two of the Hathor Legacy Series

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor. Buy here: http://amzn.to/1pkgwHn

 

Additional blog posts & interviews:

* “Meet the Author Mondays” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/07/meet-author-monday-deborah-bailey.html

*Other Worlds of Romance radio show with Linda Mooney.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2014/07/29/deborah-bailey-returns-as-my-guest-author-on-july-28th

*Author interview on the Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi blog
http://smartgirlsscifi.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/author-interview-deb-bailey/

*”The Heroine’s Journey” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-heroines-journey-by-deborah-bailey.html?spref=tw

Cover by Steph’s Cover Design: http://stephscoverdesign.com/

Hathor Legacy: Burn Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway – Week 4

This week’s book tour stops are:
Blood Moons and Nightscapes
and Blood Red Shadows
and Romance Novels in Color

Be sure to stop by the tour stops and enter to win in the giveaway!

NBtM_HathorLegacyBurn_Banner

Grand Prize: $45 Amazon GC
Host Prize: $35 Amazon GC
Print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to 3 randomly drawn winners

Virtual Book Tour stops:

August 13: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/08/hathor-legacy-burn-by-deborah-bailey.html

August 20: The Avid Reader – Interview & review
http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-interview-of-hathor-legacy-burn.html

August 27: Booklover Sue – Interview
http://bookloversue.blogspot.com/2014/08/interview-giveaway-hathor-legacy-burn.html

September 3: Blood Moons and Nightscapes – Marketing tips
http://barbara-custer.livejournal.com/

September 3: Blood Red Shadows – Marketing tips
http://bloodredshadow.com/

September 5: *Free Friday promotion – Romance Novels in Color – Interview
http://romancenovelsincolor.com/category/giveaways/

*(This is a special giveaway for subscribers of the Romance Novels in Color newsletter. Subscribe and comment for your chance to win.)

September 10: The Reading Addict
September 17: Book ‘Em North Carolina
September 24: Queen of All She Reads
October 1: Long and Short Reviews
October 8: Emma Weylin
October 15: It’s Raining Books
October 22: Books to Light Your Fire
October 22: Unabridged Audra’s
October 29: Straight From the Library

About the book:

Book Two of the Hathor Legacy Series

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor. Buy here: http://amzn.to/1pkgwHn

 

Additional blog posts & interviews:

* “Meet the Author Mondays” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/07/meet-author-monday-deborah-bailey.html

*Other Worlds of Romance radio show with Linda Mooney.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2014/07/29/deborah-bailey-returns-as-my-guest-author-on-july-28th

*Author interview on the Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi blog
http://smartgirlsscifi.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/author-interview-deb-bailey/

*”The Heroine’s Journey” on the Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog
http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-heroines-journey-by-deborah-bailey.html?spref=tw