Monthly Archives: March 2015

Book Spotlight: You Can Write-Really! by Kelli A. Wilkins

you can write_coverNew Release from Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing a bit about my latest book: You Can Write-Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction.

As an author of 95 short stories and 19 romance novels, I’m often asked: Where do you get your ideas? How do I get published? How do you write a book? What advice do you have for writers who are just starting out? Do you have any writing tips?

One day, I started thinking about everything I’ve learned over the years, and inspiration hit me: Why not write a book on how to write? The result? You Can Write-Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction.

This fun and practical book walks you through the story-creating process step-by-step: from getting a great idea to meeting your characters, developing a plot, and on to writing, revising, and submitting your work.

Each easy-to-read chapter is based on my 15 years of experience as a writer, advice I’ve received over the years, and the technical “know-how” I’ve gained in writing classes and workshops. I also included helpful tips all writers can use, plus easy writing exercises to get you motivated.

I’m an eclectic writer, and that means I write everything-short horror fiction, full-length romance novels, science fiction, and non-fiction. People are always asking me, “How can you write in so many different genres and styles?”

It’s really not that difficult. Why? Because the basic mechanics of good storytelling are universal, no matter what genre you write. Every fiction story contains the same ingredients: an interesting and engaging plot, characters the reader cares about and roots for, supporting details, and background that draw the reader into the story.
Once you have the basics down, you can write-really! Here are two quick tips:

TIP: Set aside an hour a day to write. Not sure you have an hour? Consider writing on your lunch break or during a commute. Get up an hour earlier or schedule time after dinner. Make an appointment with yourself and keep it. You can
also write in two blocks of 30 minute sessions.

TIP: Keep a pen and paper (or a voice recorder) with you at all times to note bits of dialogue you overhear, something strange, funny, or creepy you see, or anything else that captures your attention and could be used for a story.
Here’s the official book summary:

You Can Write-Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction

If you’ve always dreamed of writing and getting published, but have no idea where or how to start-THIS is the book for you!

You Can Write-Really! is an easy guide designed for beginner writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started.

Award-winning author Kelli A. Wilkins takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. In addition, she explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters for your story.

Helpful tips and fun writing exercises throughout the book get you started!

If you’re ready to write, order your copy here:
Happy Reading (and Writing!)

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 95 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books.

Her newest book, You Can Write-Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction was released in February 2015. This fun and informative non-fiction guide is based on her 15 years of experience as a writer, and is available exclusively on Amazon.

Kelli published three romances in 2014: Dangerous Indenture (a spicy historical/mystery), Wilderness Bride (a tender historical/Western/adventure), and A Secret Match (a gay contemporary set in the world of professional wrestling). Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story. In 2014, her horror fiction appeared in Moon Shadows, Wrapped in White, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page and Twitter: She also writes a weekly blog: Visit her website, to learn more about all of her writings, read excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here:

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web:
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Amber Quill Press Author page:

Book Spotlight: Hong Kong Heat by Raven McAllan


Hong Kong Heat by +Raven McAllan
Erotic Romance, Contemporary


Debra Scotburn never thought of herself as a cougar, until she fell in lust at first sight with a much younger man.
Daniel Van Meister, a trouble-shooter for the Simply Five Star Hotel chain doesn’t do commitment, until the older, curvy, vivacious
brunette robs him off his ability to control a certain body part.
Unable to keep their hands off each other, they embark on a passion-filled holiday fling.
Surely that is all it can ever be? Daniel’s work takes him all around the world at a moment’s notice, and Debra is on the last leg of her
middle-aged-crisis induced gap year.

When misunderstandings tear them apart, can they both admit

their love and find the trust needed to make this more than just a fling?

Available for early download via Totally Bound

Out on general release on eBook and Print: March 27th




My review of Hong Kong Heat

Debra is a widow and is, in her words, past the mid-life crisis age. After a year of traveling, she goes to Hong Kong where she meets a charming and attractive younger man. This is the start of an erotic adventure for Debra and Braam.

Played out against the exotic backdrop of Hong Kong, Debra gets to experience something she’s been missing for quite a while. The location adds a layer of excitement to this story of a woman who realizes it’s never to late to let go and give in to her desires.





“You’re trespassing. You shouldn’t be up here at night.” She stared up at him and grinned. The moon appeared from behind a cloud and his pulse jumped like a flea in a circus. It was her. His mystery lady. “So I am, or should that be am not?” She swirled her arms and the moonlight caught the ripples and sent tiny moonbeams dancing over the surface of the pool.

“Which means unless you’re the night watchman…?” Her voice trailed off mid sentence, on a querying note.

Braam shook his head. “Then neither should you. So why don’t you join me? Or is jogging the only exercise you do?” She tilted her head to one side and swam in lazy circles around the island in the centre of the pool. Does she know there’s innuendo in that statement?

“Come on, live dangerously. You know you shouldn’t swim alone at night.” She laughed. “So in actual fact, we’ll be helping each other.” Why not? Braam pushed the sides of his trousers apart and kicked them off his legs with scant care to creases. The suit needed to go to the cleaners anyway.

An over anxious sous chef had made sure of that when Braam had checked the buffet earlier. He left his boxers on—after all there was such a thing as over-familiarity—and dived in.

The water closed over his head and he pushed to the surface. It was like swimming in a Jacuzzi without the bubbles. The warmth surrounded him as he swam towards the woman leaning against the edge of the pool with her arms stretched out to hold her in place.

“So, hello, Ms Intruder. We meet again.” He trod water and moved his arms and hands to stay in front of her and not move into her personal space. As much as he’d have liked to crowd her, demand who she was and why she was there, he knew better.

“It seems we do. Nothing more mysterious than the ways of the world, eh?” She chuckled and splashed water with her legs.

“Is this where I say fancy meeting you here? Or we must quit meeting like this, people will talk?”

There was no doubt about that, especially if the night manager turned the security cameras on. Braam angled his body then swam around the island so that if that did happen, his face wouldn’t be seen. There was one spot where the cameras didn’t reach, but was visible to the lifeguards when they were on duty. As he hoped, the lady swam after him, until they reached what he termed the safe area.

“Are we playing tag?” Her voice was husky and it lifted his libido and his cock by several notches. In fact, his cock was pressing against his boxers and even the water couldn’t come to his aid so he didn’t get harder by the minute. This woman intrigued him.

“I can think of better things to play.”

Her eyes widened and the laugh she gave went straight to his dick and hinted at all things erotic. “Such as? Ludo? Scrabble, or, I know, Hotel?” She ran her tongue around her lips in an unconscious invitation to plunder and Braam was hard pressed not to groan.

“You show me yours and I’ll show you mine…” Braam paused. “Hotel, I mean, what else?”

She giggled. It wasn’t the silly sound a young girl would make, but a deep, sexy noise. “How about Kiss Chase?”


I’m growing old disgracefully and loving it.
Oh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house much too big for us.
Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.
I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I’m often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I’m not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.
Being able to do what I love, and knowing
people get pleasure from my writing is fantastic. Long may it last.        (my page)


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Creating the Hero & Heroine for the Hathor Legacy Series

Hathor Legacy eBook smallWhen I originally came up with the idea for my Hathor Legacy series, I had the characters in mind long before I started writing the first book. While in the process of developing the story, the characters changed along with my original vision for the series.

For instance, in one of the earlier versions, Jonathan was a shady nightclub owner who was forced to come to Hathor by the corporation. He was to take part in an investigation of other club owners.

But as I began to refine the story, I found that I really didn’t have a compelling reason for Jon to come to Hathor. Why would the corporation choose him? What could he contribute? How would he and Nadira get together romantically?

I realized that if he had a stronger reason to go to the planet, it would increase the stakes for him. So, he evolved into a CEO’s son who goes to Hathor to locate his missing father.
In the completed version of the first book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast, when Jon arrives, he’s brought face-to-face with Nadira. She’s responsible for investigating his father’s disappearance (and a robbery at his father’s mine). Of course she dislikes him when they first meet, but she’s attracted in spite of herself.

In the process of Jonathan working with Nadira to find his father, he’s exposed to the inner workings of the Guardians. As he learns about the culture on Hathor, the reader does too.

It was also important to make him the type of person Nadira would grow to care about, especially after her initial dislike of him. Though Jonathan could be arrogant and overly confident, his impulsive behavior helped move the story along.

At times her conservative approach was at odds with his tendency to charge ahead without thinking. But that created tension between them and added conflict to the story.
Their initial love scene in book one was due in part to their being in close proximity, and magnified by the psychic connection Nadira created between them. But as the story progressed, they learned to trust and care deeply about each other.

In early versions, Nadira had a brother who was killed during an investigation. But as her character underwent several changes, she became an only child whose parents were taken out of life at an early age.

So, her extreme independence and guarded personality were due to her experiences in her early life. Those qualities made her a very efficient Guardian, but also made it hard for her to trust others. When she eventually let Jon into her life, it was a breakthrough for her.
In book two, Hathor Legacy: Burn, Nadira and Jonathan are a team, though they’re still working out their relationship.

In this book, Jon is the one who thinks before he acts, and Nadira is the one more likely to rush into danger. So they’ve managed to influence each other enough to take on each other’s traits.

Through the events that unfold in the story, their partnership is very strong and so is their psychic connection. Nadira and Jonathan are a team and are aligned mentally and emotionally.

This post originally appeared on Long and Short Reviews.