She’s a sinner, but he isn’t a saint…Come into the world of ‘Eden’s Sin’

Please welcome Jennifer Jakes, historical author and Golden Heart Nominated…

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…and Kindle #1 Best Selling (proud of that one)

You should be 🙂 Congratulations, Jennifer! Okay lol as a coffee lover, who isn’t human and can’t function until that first bold taste literally fires up my bloodstream, what do you crave to start the day?

Oh, I am so with you on that! I have to have a Mega-cup of coffee…maybe 2…before I can actually think clearly. But I might be known to take even more drastic steps. I might have had coffee with an espresso shot and then a Mtn. Dew. Of course that could be a vicious rumor. Probably not though. LOL

My upcoming character, Fate, has control issues over lives — courteous of my muse. Where does your muse like to take your creativity?

Wherever she darn well pleases! Recently my Muse and I have been locked in battle. For months (!!!) the Muse and I have disagreed over a plot. Not just a plot point, but the whole plot L I’ve tried sweet talking her, trying to get her to tell me about this story I wanted to write. But until I admitted defeat and let her tell me how the plot WOULD go (not could go) she was silent. So the pages I’d sweated blood over had to be scrapped. It was a rough learning experience for me, but my Muse is one tough er, um, (yes, I really want to call her a bad name but she listens to everything) woman.

lol I feel the same when it comes to my laptop these days. My muse is the temptress when it comes to writing. She pulls me where she wants to go. Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I am a plantser. I have a main plot idea, I know the black moment (for the most part) and a few things that will happen. Then I like to just start writing and let the story come to me. (If my Muse allows it, that is. See comment above.)

Every HEA (happily-ever-after) has a beginning, where do you get your ideas?

Usually mine is just a “spark” of something I see or hear. It can be a picture or just a very broad “what if” kind of thing. Then I start running all kinds of twists and turns about that scenario through my mind until I get “that feeling” (and if you write you know what I mean)…. then I go from there.

I can definitely relate! What heat level and chaos does your muse prefer to create for Major Sinclair Bradford and Eden Gabriellei, who is tempted to break her own rules, in your new release, ‘Eden’s Sin’?

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My Muse prefers sensual heat. Think dim lights, cool sheets, and a hot hero. Or candle light, a warm bath, and a hot hero….Hmmm, I detect at pattern here. LOL
Chaos is almost always external circumstances testing the convictions and “rules” my characters live their lives by. They are forced to choose and the choice
always means they might lose what they want most. I don’t like – and thankfully neither does my Muse – plots where the Hero and Heroine actually break up over the black moment, to then find each other again. I had some publishers turn down my first book because I didn’t have them separate. But I feel like there’s enough of that in the real world and I’m writing happy endings, so I can write it how I want. LOL Oh, there’s doubt as to whether they can beat the obstacles against them, but they “hang tough” together.

Maggie Monroe and Rafe McBride, who rides into town for supplies and leaves with more than he bargains for, in ‘Rafe’s Redemption’?

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The Muse was feeling more naughty with Rafe and Maggie. I still love the bath tub scene. Oh, who am I kidding…….I still love Rafe. He will probably always be my favorite hero. He’s like my “first love” since Rafe was my debut novel. LOL Chaos: I like how torn Rafe is. He is truly the “tortured” hero. So if that’s the kind of hero you like reading about….

Isabella Douglas and her husband, Captain Ian Douglas, who can’t remember being married to Isabella, yet, has erotic memories in ‘Twice in a Lifetime’?

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This is the story that would NOT leave me alone! By that I mean, it’s not my usual genre but every time I would try to gather thoughts for a western, this little story (it’s a 20,000 word novella) keep jumping into my mind. It literally “bugged” me until I wrote it. Well, I guess that was my Muse. She must have really liked this story. LOL Maybe it was her naughty side coming out. This one is more sexually graphic — Ian is one lusty, sexy pirate! *wink*
But this story was like a 2 yr old tugging on my leg: “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy….” So I finally just said, “OK, I’ll write you.”

‘Rafe’s Redemption’ has two very hot covers. Can you give other authors and readers some insight on why covers are changed with books?

As I said earlier, Rafe was my debut novel. When I sold to a publisher, they wanted it to be erotic romance. So I had to add some VERY *not for the faint of heart* sex scenes. That would be the “blue” cover. When I got my rights back, I put the book back to its original heat level. It’s hot, don’t get me wrong (the above mentioned bath tub scene for one….) but it’s not what would be considered erotic romance anymore. It’s sensually hot. This is the “gold” cover and is much more my preference since it’s the way I first wrote it. J

Any new wip (works-in-progress) you are willing to share just a wee bit for readers?

Since my Muse and I are no longer fighting, yes. LOL I am writing a series about the Yukon Gold Rush. I started this over a year ago L The fighting with my Muse made me put the story away (and I wrote Eden’s Sin). But now that we’ve agreed on a plot, what was going to be 1 book titled Alaskan Heat, is now going to be a series titled Alaskan Heat and the books will tentatively be titled: Runaway Hearts, Deceived Hearts, Broken Hearts.

Every muse/writer has addictions. I have several addictions – coffee, dark chocolate, creating, reading and lace – I refuse to give up. What addictions do you refuse to give up and willing to share? What about your muse? Your heroes and heroines?

I’m a sugar addict. I admit it. My favorite….Twinkies and doughnuts. I love Mexican food and could eat that every meal. J I’m also a work-aholic at my day job. I admit that too . LOL I’m very Type A personality which is probably why my Muse and I fight. If she’d just listen to me….(which is what my Muse says too). LOL
My Heroes and heroines sometimes have addictions but usually they are just convicted to what they feel is right. And they are stubborn. I can’t imagine where they get that trait from….

Outside of writing, where does life take you?

Mostly juggling my life . LOL I work with Kim Killion of Killion Group/ Hot Damn Designs. We try to attend several writing conferences each year so I definitely travel in the summer months. We also shoot our own Stock Images so yes, I’m forced to look at hot male models to decide if we want to shoot them. *sigh* LOL And then Hubby and I have 2 daughters – 18 yrs and 12 yrs old – so I’ve usually got some kind of ‘mom’ stuff going on too J

I love working with you and Kim 🙂 Kim’s covers are hot! Jennifer, thank you so much for taking time to tempt us into another era…Anyone who visits your excerpts will NOT be disappointed!

Please follow Jennifer…
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‘The Heart of the Light’ – Free Download December 3rd thru December 7th

‘The Heart of the Light’ Free December 3rd thru December 7th – US Amazon Link

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#Women’s Fiction #Romance #Contemporary

Ancient history once declared the anchor as a symbol of hope, the heart representing love. Both have never stopped reaching out from the past, and the grave, seeking, hoping to tug on the hearts of the present in Maple Grove where betrayal, skeletons, love and a twenty-year old mystery are revealed.

The headmaster, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, misses the touch of his wife and will do anything to fire the nursemaid and bring her back; A young pup falls in love with a woman, who lives as a hermit, yet is drawn to him; the young pup’s father, an attorney, hopes to rekindle the love of the mother of his child, whom he raised alone, never revealing the name of the mother to anyone, including to the mother; a man learns his wife, a women’s advocate, has kept a secret, along with two other women, endangering them all.

Hidden agendas are revealed in every closet in a ‘hipwaders vs heels’ poker game between the men and women, ending like the ‘Maureen O’Hara-John Wayne’ movies with the men protecting and going after the women they love.

What Do Rainy Days, Blog Exploration, Marketing and Writing Have in Common?

rain 2Despite my FB page wishing the forecast is not predicting T-storms for the next week…I do love rainy days – Such as sleeping outside on the deck, listening to the sound of the rain, is relaxing and quiets the mind.  It, also, forces me to catch up on writing, blogging and a little exploring on sites for marketing which I thought I would share.

Are you seeking?

-improve your writing

– freelance work

-writing tips

-break into the publishing world

-find your voice again

-know the 2 most important words in blogging

-internet marketing

-how Twitter makes you a better writer

-increase blog traffic

Well…my exploration found a few sites worth checking out, no matter how old, including many articles at your fingertips:

How to Increase Website Traffic by Corey Franco

8 Incredible Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content by Pamela Wilson

The Art of Writing Great Twitter Headlines by Brian Clark

The Top 10 Blogs for Writers by Brian Clark

Enjoy your rainy day!

Kay

 

Calisa Rhose – Part 2 – Uncovers Mondays, Author Advocate and Provides Insight as a Blogger with 21,843 Visitors

HOME_w6568_300Hi, Calisa.  Welcome Back! 

Thanks for asking me back, Kay! I’m excited to be here.

You wear many hats as author, editor and blogger. Which hat did you put on first?  Reader, author, editor or blogger?

That’s a long answer. Like most writers I read a lot growing up, though I began writing stories at about fourteen or so before home computers. I hand wrote everything for years and still do sometimes for the intimacy of the craft. Then I got my first computer but it took me a few years to get brave enough to feel comfortable writing on it. I surfed the web, played on it, if you will, made family blogs that I abandoned shortly after creating. It wasn’t until 2005 that I seriously decided to try writing to publish. During that same period of time I created my first version of Pen of the Dreamer. But I started writing my first submitted book shortly before that.

Your blog has amazing visitor traffic of 21,843 visitors and have won many blog awards…Congratulations!  Obviously, you are such a giving person, talented author and strong advocate for authors, bringing many visitors, but for those who are newbies or veteran bloggers and would love some inside advice, would you be willing to share your experience as a blogger in ways to increase traffic?

Thank you for the kind words, Kay. I absolutely LOVE my blog, which I’ve dubbed the Ranch, being a horse girl and growing up on one. I put a lot of time, probably too much, into the Ranch to make it appealing to visitors and every time I get an email notice that someone new is following it, I get a funny feeling inside. LOL I love helping writers promote and get their name out there because I didn’t have anyone to help me and it took six years for me to get to this point.

How do bloggers increase traffic? Heck if I know! LOL That’s a blog post in itself. J

One thing I can say is–DON’T wait to start a blog a month before your first book is due to release! That, in my opinion, is the biggest mistake writers/bloggers make.

Huge no-no. HUGE.

Why? Because even though you have a book on Amazon, you are still a virtual nobody. No one knows your name–or pen name if you use one. So what, you have a blog. Nobody cares. They look for names they are even the slightest bit familiar with. I began blogging about everything and anything five years before I wrote or sold Home, my novella, to Wild Rose Press. My name was already out there and I had a decent blog following. Unfortunately, I was in the process of rebuilding my blog/website on WordPress so it still took another year to build a new following–even though I had followers, not all followed me to my new cyber home.

What to blog about it the most asked question I’ve heard and I guess it takes posting interesting topics first of all, writing about more than writing. I wrote one blog about a favorite memory–watching NASCAR with my now passed dad. I associated that post to the NASCAR series Harlequin put out, so my name might click in their head when they hear NASCAR these days.

An editor once said that they want to read about an author in more ways than their writing. I add a little something of my personal life to posts now and then.

Host other authors who already have a large following.

The key is to get traffic to your blog and hopefully they will return. Oh–and REPLY TO COMMENTS! As often as possible, let visitors know they aren’t reading a dummy page no one will ever look at.

You have so many helpful pages from free reads, work in progress, links for authors and the series of ‘Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll’ shown on your TOTSD Book Stampede Page…

How did the series develop?  How can a reader get their hands on the series?

Author Alicia Dean asked for Oklahoma writers in our RWA chapter to contribute to this series idea she had. We did and after tossing details around we came up with a Scrimshaw doll that would be featured in every book in some way–from mere mention to main character– and we all set out to write. Home was the first to sell and release, but it is not the first book in the series, that would be Pirate’s Proposal by Diana Layne. That’s one thing I love about it, each book is a stand-alone. You can go to our website to get the whole series titles and links to buy list under the Books and Authors tab. http://talesofthescrimshawdoll.wordpress.com/

Can you tell readers and authors more about Wednesday Wrap Up: Attn: Publishers, Agents and Editors?

I thought it might be helpful if writers could interact with the higher echelon of the publishing industry. All my writing life I felt editors, agents and especially publishers were untouchable beings who could make or break a writer with the flick of a red pen. They terrified me, but I need them! Now that I’m an editor and published writer I know this is not the case, but unpublished writers may not. Those higher ups are people just like you and me. So, being in a position these days to reach out to those behind the scenes, I ask them to let me interview them, or just post something that allows readers to participate with them. 

You have made Uncover Monday to post so many beautiful book covers and fantastic book trailers for your fellow authors, to which we truly appreciate…how did this come about?

LOL I got sick and had too much time on my mind! Truly. Last November I got a bad case of the flu and couldn’t do much of anything for a couple of days and my mind went to work overtime. What did you ask me earlier? Oh yes- how to get more traffic to my blog. Well this was my hope of the answer to that.

While under the influence of NyQuill and fever…and desperation, I put the call out on ALL my groups, loops and social avenues for book covers. I made up the call page on my website and it was done. A day later I cried over all the emails pouring in as I tried to make sense of some sort of system. LOL

I never looked back though. In fact, I added to it by including book/author banners and videos a week later. These two, however, aren’t doing as well and if writers don’t send them in, I’ll have to stop promoting banners and videos. I’ve even considered highjacking the awesome ones I’ve seen around the Net, but hesitate to post them without author/owner permission.

So if you write romance and want to promote with me details can be found here: http://calisarhose.com/ranch-guests/un-cover-monday-cover-banner-video-reveal/ I only ask you to please follow the explicit directions to the letter–and tell everyone you know. Word of mouth is critical to any promotion, no matter how great the idea.

What is your favorite hat to wear?

 The writer, definitely. That’s the only reason I wear any of the other hats. J

What would your readers and followers be interested to know about you?

Nothing. I’m positively boring! Aside from the OCD and shyness. LOL But they’re welcome to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Calisa, it has been an exciting interview!  Thank you so much.  I look forward to the next hat you wear as editor 🙂HOME_w6568_300

 

All Aboard!

51ccKFtszVL._AA160_[1]Serena Clarke’s charming writing creates a thirst for more stories of her interesting travels and those she meets along the way…  

About Serena Clarke

Serena grew up in a family of itchy-footed readers and dreamers – not concentrating, reading the atlas and Narnia books, and planning to escape somewhere magical as soon as she could. When she was 16, she went from New Zealand to live in Sweden for a year. It was the beginning of many travels and adventures – and quite a few disasters! She didn’t know it at the time, but eventually she’d be grateful for all the downs as well as the ups. As writers say in the face of adversity: “I can use that.” She’s now living back in New Zealand, where she writes stories reflecting her determined belief in magic, possibility and second chances – and happy endings!

Serena, it is a pleasure to have you here.  Congratulations on your February release of ‘All Over the Place’, a Crimson Romance!  Your fiction writing is sweet, smart and sassy.  What draws you to this genre?

It’s exactly what I like to read – and when I sit down to write, that’s what turns up! I like a story with plenty of interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and a wry kind of sensibility. I’m not a fan of dark stories – a book can still make you really think, even if it’s light in tone. Give me a sense of magic and possibility – and definitely a happy ending!

I read you have lived in 39 houses and traveled extensively…Can you describe some of the places you loved and not so loved during these times?

I loved hiking in summer snow in Swedish Lapland – despite the million-gazillion mosquitos! Riding a camel up the sand dunes as the sun rose in the Moroccan Sahara. Peering through the fence outside the White House, trying to imagine what momentous decisions were being made inside. Meeting my latest rock star crush before a gig at an underground club in London. And every single thing about Paris! Obviously there’s been a lot I didn’t love – but it’s all good material…

 What do you miss the most?

Most of all, I miss the people! There are lots of amazing places to visit, but it’s people who make them really special. I have a trip planned to England and Sweden later this year, and I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends. I do miss being close enough to travel to other countries, and being able to experience other cultures. But New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful, peaceful place to live, and I feel really lucky to call it home.

You are very lucky to have your own happily-ever-after and hero in your life. In your book, ‘All Over the Place,’ there is a ‘family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend’. What was your inspiration in creating these marvelous characters?

You know, everyone you meet has a little something about them that’s tempting to borrow for a character! Just a snippet here, a sprinkle there… For a writer, every experience counts as ‘research’ in a way, and inspiration is everywhere. (If you meet a writer at a dinner party, just back away slowly!) I’ve been lucky to have met all kinds of people – some charming, some challenging – from all over the world, and it makes life so interesting! I enjoyed creating the same feeling in All Over the Place

Each writer has a reason why they wrote a particular story such as children in slavery or women’s rights, good versus evil.  What did your muse-heart want to bring out with these fabulous characters?

I’m really interested in the idea of what home means, especially in these international times – that it’s not just about where, but also about who. We all have so many more options these days, which in some ways makes it harder to know where or who we should be – or be with! I wanted to throw everything wide open for Livi, give her some challenges, and see where her heart took her.

When is your next book out?  Are you able to give us a sneak peek inside?

The next one is a work in progress – that I’m enjoying very much! It’s set between England and California, and involves matchmaking, loss and acceptance, secrets and sandcastles, people power in a hyper-connected world, true love, and the trials and joys of sisterhood. It feels a bit dangerous to say too much though. Anne Tyler summed it up: “The secret of writing is to pretend to yourself that no one will see it, ever, an illusion which is shattered by talking about it.” Well said, as always!

Thanks for having me on Hipwaders vs Heels Kay – it was a lot of fun!

 You are very welcome, Serena.  I had an amazing time!

About All Over the Place – contemporary romantic fiction with a chick lit feel.

Livi Callaway has fled back to London after a reality TV disaster in New Zealand. Safely anonymous in the big city, she’s determined to stay under the radar from now on. But her attempts to build a new life are complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in wait.

 Late one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy American on the Underground – and the events that follow take her from Pooh Bear to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive. A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend (who might yet be more than that) have her all over the place as she tries to discover the American’s secret – while keeping her own.

With help – and occasional hindrance – from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected…sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

All Over the Place is available at all major e-book retailers, including:

www.amazon.com/Over-Place-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00B2B0X9E/

www.amazon.co.uk/Over-Place-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00B2B0X9E/

itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-over-the-place/id594641901

www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-over-the-place-serena-clarke/1114286511

Find Serena here – she’d love to hear from you!

http://www.serenaclarke.com

https://www.facebook.com/SerenaClarkeAuthor

https://twitter.com/Serena_Clarke

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893136.Serena_Clarke

Drum Roll, Please…

Last week I posted my ‘HFO’s’ in what I refuse to give up in life and a chance to enter a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card by guessing what ‘HFO’ stood for in my blog…

I would like to thank everyone for these awesome lmao answers…

-Hands Free Orgasm

-Holy F#*king Ouch!

-Hands F’ing Off

-Hell Freezing Over

Drum Roll, Please…

Laurie, Tara, Virginia, Mary Jean and Harley, you girls, guessed it right – Hell Freezing over!  Your names will be entered in tonight’s drawing for the $10 Amazon gift card. 

Kay