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15 Thoughts Every Writer Has When They Aren’t Writing

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by Michael Cristiano

Not being able to write is a sad fact of life for a writer. There’s laundry to do, there’s food to cook, there’s sleep to be had. Worse, I have this pesky illness that eats up a lot of my time. I toil day in and day out to keep it at bay and under control. Sometimes, it creeps into my evenings, just when I think I’ve escaped. Worse, the horror of it all often keeps me awake at night and the dread fills my dreams with terror and sadness.

Oh, I’m not sick… I have a 9-to-5 job.

In any case, the truth is that my job isn’t that bad. I love the people I work with and to be honest, the job in and of itself is mostly an enjoyable and painless experience. But what I’m getting at is that I often feel like I don’t have a lot of time or energy at the end of the day to do what I really love: writing! Instead, I’m left repeating the same thoughts over and over again in my head as I toil through things that I would rather not do if it meant I had more time to write.

Here are a few of those thoughts:

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#Review “Bolt, Volume 1, Book 2” by Angel Payne

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Bolt, Volume 1, Book 2

Reece Richards’ past comes calling when the woman responsible for his kidnapping shows up in LA.

Angelique La Salle strolls into the Brocade Hotel, bad French accent and all, insinuating her possession of a pair of cufflinks she’s “returning” to Reece is proof of their special connection.

Emmalina fell for it and scurries off to a back office. And because that’s not far enough, because… you know, she thought Reece had feelings for her, she bolts for home. (The title of this story is beginning to make sense.)

Of course, Typical Romance Heroine Behavior leads to bad decisions made in haste. Emmalina ends up in a dangerous situation surrounded by men bragging about the woman they raped the night before. (Nothing that happens to these scumbags is enough hurt!)

Where is a superhero when you need one?

Closer than you think.

Emmalina can’t get her bearings when Bolt is the last thing she sees before she passes out but Reece is the first thing she sees when she wakes the next morning.

A standoff leads to The Talk where Reece explains his past and who he is. And romance fans everywhere swoon!

I wasn’t a fan of the sex scene which follows as Emmalina describes herself as a vanilla-town girl and Reece wants to be the better man she sees in him, it felt too random and street for my tastes.

Angelique is still around, unfortunately, and after Reece makes decisions to keep Emmalina safe, the wicked witch of skank (Emmalina’s name for her) lures him into a trap that almost ends badly for Bolt.

But the highlight of this installment, for me, is when Angelique shows up one time too many. Trying to find out where Bolt is, she attempts to intimidate Emmalina, and knowing how powerful Angelique is and what she did to Bolt, Emmalina not only stands her ground, she proved there may be a little swirl in her vanilla! Awesome scene!

I left Emmalina hanging out at a foo-foo tennis banquet in the O.C. but word is a superhero may put in an appearance. Stay tuned!

 

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Bolt (Volume 1)

by  Angel Payne

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Bolt Saga One

A powerful man… A shocking secret…

Working the night-shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters. But none of them have prepared her for the experience of meeting the enigmatic Reece Richards.

Emma’s connection with Reece is hot as hell and impossible to ignore, resulting in a night of passion that’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced―but even the man’s magical lips and hands aren’t worth repeating the indiscretion. Sleeping with the boss―especially when he’s one of the world’s most notorious players―is a dire mistake under normal circumstances, but even more so with business booming because of Bolt, the mysterious “superhero” turning downtown LA into a truly supercharged tourist destination.

What if Reece could tell Emma their electric attraction is more than just passionate chemistry? That the superhero she celebrates and the lover she resists are the same man? Reece knows that sharing his secret with Emma means exposing her to the same lunatics who are out to destroy him. Can he take that chance?

Bolt Saga Two

The man behind the mask… The love she can’t give up…

Sometimes, fighting the flames only fans them―as Emma Crist and Reece Richards have quickly learned. But Reece’s secret identity threatens their electric attraction when a face from his past reappears, leading to a confrontation that changes everything.

Emma now knows the truth about what Reece does in his “spare time.” But what can she do about it? The man behind Bolt’s mask is the love she refuses to give up―but she’s not alone. A band of rogue scientists still want their prize lab rat back, and they’ve enlisted Reece’s gorgeous and dangerous ex-girlfriend to help.

Emma’s always known she’s wanted more than your typical average relationship―but what happens when destiny comes with danger? Is the power of love strong enough to survive supercharged evil?

Bolt Saga Three

Bolted…and bonded…

Happily ever after is a much different experience when the whole world is along for the ride―especially when life is racing at Mach speed and the prince is a real-life superhero. But Emmalina Crist is doing her best to keep pace ever since being swept off her feet by the charismatic Reece Richards, bad boy billionaire turned world’s most electrifying superhero.

She’s the most envied woman on the planet, but also its most confused. How does life ever return to “normal”? She’s captured the globe’s most renowned bachelor and she’s the media’s new darling because of it―but thanks to the Consortium’s relentless pursuit, the idea of losing Reece at any second is her new reality. There’s no instruction manual for dating a superhero. But when a girl is bolted by true love, she must find the courage to reach beyond reality, expectations, and even herself, in a fight for the ultimate power. Everlasting love.

Buy Volume 1 (includes 1-3)

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Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting

New and beginning authors often (loudly) assert their ability to edit their own work. If you are “editing” your own manuscript, you have a fool for a client. There is no such thing as self-editing—the best you can do is make revisions and admire your work. For that reason, we need other eyes on our work.

As authors, we see what we intended to write rather than what was written. We misread clumsy sentences and overlook words that are missing or are included twice in a row.  If you are in a critique group, you have a great resource in your fellow authors—they will spot things you have overlooked your work just as you do in theirs.

The first draft of any manuscript is the story as it flowed out of your mind and onto the paper. Yes, there is life and energy in your words, but your manuscript is not publishable at this stage, no matter how many times you go over it.

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“Uncommon Reality Box Set (Complete Series)” Lovelyn Bettison

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Uncommon Reality Box Set (Complete Series)

by Lovelyn Bettison

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/Science Fiction & Fantasy/Magical Realism

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Ghosts are real and magic happens every day.

The Uncommon Realities Series includes three books about love, loss, and magic.

Perfect Family (Book 1)

Sadie always wanted the perfect family: a husband, a son, a dog, a house in the suburbs. For a little while, she had it all. Then after an accident one afternoon, her son starts acting oddly and displaying strange new abilities. His new behavior threatens to bring to light a secret that she’s been keeping for years. Will she be able to hold her family together or will the truth tear them apart?

The Box (Book 2)

Join three friends on a surreal road trip that will change their lives forever.

When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary.

Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their destination? Will they lose their sanity or maybe even their lives in the process?

Flying Lessons (Book 3)

Henry and his adult daughter, Chandra, are haunted by the past. Stuck in a state of mourning, they long to return to a time when the family matriarch was still alive. Chandra misses her mother’s guidance. Henry wishes he could recapture the final precious moments with his wife. Each wonders if they will find happiness in life again until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s never noticed before. Flying Lessons is a heartwarming, magical realism novel about relationships, hope, and healing that will stay with you long after you read the last page.

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#Review “One Summer Weekend” by Juliet Archer

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4/5 Stars!

One Summer Weekend’s blurb says Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control.

Only not so much.

I’d say her job was more a well-placed mask to hide the three-year-old emotional scars never far from her thoughts and her main motivation to keep people at arm’s length… especially men.

Enter Jack Smith, a complete opposite of the stodgy, middle-aged male execs she’s used to coaching.

Alicia did her homework. She researched Jack’s immediate background to get some insight into whom she’s dealing with. Finding his player persona played out in the media, Alicia decides she’ll need to set some ground rules and keep the contract completely professional so Mr. Smith knows there’s no chance of things becoming personal between them.

Besides, Jack’s ‘reputation’ reminds Alicia of him and there’s no way she’s ever going down that road again.

Whatever, Alicia.

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jack from the start. Swayed by media accounts, Alicia prejudged him and found him lacking…. and loathsome. But she gets taken down a peg or two. Her boss, Stuart, nailed it when he accused her of “gunning for this Smith guy before you’d even met him.”

His words give her pause and add to her jumbled thoughts when she finds herself too close to Jack for her own good… and for an entire weekend.

Alicia allows her guard to slip as she finds out Jack isn’t who she believed him to be. He actually has a past more heartbreaking than Alicia’s and she realizes this. However, an appearance by him—Troy Randall Travers (how pretentious) mucks things up royally. Alicia attempts to exorcise her three-year-old demons while verbal sparring with Troy during a business conference, not realizing Jack has walked away.

Only Alicia can fix this, but she has to decide IF she wants to and how to go about it.

While I wanted to choke the life out of Alicia Marlowe during her first meeting with Jack and later after she overheard the conversation with Nick because… RUDENESS isn’t professional, it’s personal; I was cheering for her when, at last, she put her past behind her and took the initiative to reach out to Jack.

Special props to Bill and Midge—Midge is simply too adorable!

An enjoyable, quick romantic comedy with relatable characters, One Summer Weekend is an ideal beach read.

Enjoy!

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Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organized world in a spin …

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#BlogTour “One Summer Weekend” by Juliet Archer

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coverOne summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organized world in a spin …

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Author Bio  Juliet Archer

Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!

Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.

Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.


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“The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1): A Dracula Retelling” by L.D. Goffigan

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The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1): A Dracula Retelling

by L.D. Goffigan

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Historical/Horror/Dark Fantasy/Vampires

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In this electrifying retelling of a classic tale, Mina Murray takes center stage, embarking on a dangerous adventure

London, 1890. Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper-class London society to which he belongs.

But when vampires abduct Jonathan, her dark past comes careening into her present. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward.

As they pursue Jonathan’s abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan’s abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity…
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