Saffron: Vengeance Goddess Novelettes, Book One

July 8th, 2014 by Heather Marie Adkins

Enchanted Calm

Marion Churchman, code name SAFFRON, is an assassin employed by the vengeance goddess Nemesis. She may have been trained by an elite academy and rubbed elbows with immortals for five years, but it’s not her dream job.

Sent on a particularly tough run, Saffron has no idea that she herself is being stalked, and her life is in danger.

She’s not as invincible as Nemesis makes her feel.

**Saffron is a fifteen-thousand word novelette, the first in a serial series. It DOES have a cliffhanger.**

Read an excerpt below!

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When I got the summons, I was in the middle of some Olympic gymnastics-worthy sex. The kind where my legs were at angles I’d never thought humanly possible, and I was looking at parts of his body that probably should never have seen the light of day, much less my eyeballs. At one point, I was certain I’d gotten turned upside down, and then we were backwards, and that was… odd.

But that was what happened when you had anonymous sex, right? When you had one too many amaretto sours at a bar in a strange city because you’d just killed a serial killer, and you went to a motel with some guy named Mark just because you thought the way he wore his glasses was cute. You weren’t always sure what you were getting into before you, well, got onto him.

The sex got sweaty, and Mark started making some weird grunting sound similar to a pig eating, but I was determined. Pushing on towards that goal of certain orgasm, my eyes screwed shut as I rode him like a rodeo cowgirl.

Fulfilling my missions made orgasm a necessity. You can’t just run around killing bad guys without some kind of release afterwards. So yeah, I sometimes felt like a slut, but in a career where death dripped from my fingertips, a bit of life made it better.

I felt the sweet sensation of climax rise within me; a little niggle in my lower abdomen that snaked its way through my lady parts until I was panting. One minute, I was on the verge of paradise…

… and the next, I was whooshing into the Other Realm.

What the hell?

Whenever it came, the summons was like a flat screen TV to the head. BAM! Saff, you’ve got work to do. Nemesis made demands like a prison warden or an overbearing mother. Suddenly, my extremely enthusiastic sparring partner was a blip on the radar, and my spirit was tumbling with flailing arms and legs through purple time and space.

Even after five years of working for Nemesis, the summons took my breath away. I landed on my knees, hard, catching myself with both hands and flattening tall grass against soft ground. I swayed, trying to blink the woozy from my eyes. My fingers were translucent; I could make out grains of sand through my fingernails. With my akasha—my spirit—here, my body would be unresponsive beneath Mark.

Poor guy. He was going to freak.

Nemesis’s voice cut through my post-world-jumping stupor. “Stand, girl. We haven’t got all day.”

“I was a little busy,” I retorted, pushing myself to my feet. I wobbled a bit on the incline, and then stooped to brush dirt from my knees. My bare knees. Naked in form, naked in akasha. Lovely.

The Other Realm always freaked me out. Even though I was in spirit form, in the Other Realm, I was solid. Real. If I traveled to another dimension in this particular form, I’d be non-corporeal. Here? Just another day at the office.

We were on a steep, round hill overlooking the rough waves of an ocean stretching into the gunpowder-gray horizon. The emerald grass was tall enough to brush my thighs in the warm breeze. The sky above was royal purple: dusk, dotted with the first pinpricks of stars. I could hear the lonely cawing of crows.

“Looks like rain,” I remarked, motioning to the clouds.

Nemesis was beautiful, as always. Her long, dark hair draped elegantly, tendrils curling beside Her heart-shaped face. The robe that clung to Her thin, curvaceous body was so white it glowed in the evening, drifting into obscurity below the grass line.

“It always rains in this world,” She said.

I sighed. “And what world is this, pray tell?”

“You wouldn’t care to know.” She raised a lovely eyebrow, black eyes shining with humor. “Saffron, you’re naked.” Her bow-shaped lips, the color of blood, pursed in amusement. “Bad time, love?”

I grunted, wrapping my arms around my breasts modestly. It was just a bit of nudity between women, but Nemesis already knew everything about me. Couldn’t I at least preserve my modesty?

I figured if I tried to hide my below-belly-button naughty bits by crossing my legs, She’d laugh, so I didn’t bother.

“Darling, you look wonderful. Have you been working out?” Nemesis walked forward, Her gait smooth and perfect, until She was in my personal space. She poked my abdomen and squeezed my bicep like I was a science experiment. When She began scrunching my long black hair in Her palms, I stepped away.

Glaring, I echoed Her own words, “ ‘We haven’t got all day.’ ”

“Ah, dear Saffron.” Nemesis tutted. “You never forget a word I say. I should be honored.”

“I’m naked, and it’s about to rain. Can we move along, please?”

Her tinkling laugh drifted on the wind. As She stepped away, the jeweled scabbard that held Her sword, Hubris, smacked against a shapely thigh. She regarded me with the same ambivalence of a satiated hawk eying a fat rat—I could eat you, but I won’t. “So sorry, love. Sometimes I forget what it’s like for humans. Modesty and the like.”

“Oh, really? I had no idea.”

“I’ve had word from Demeter,” Nemesis went on.

I froze, my arms slowly falling to my sides. I wasn’t going to like what followed. Demeter was the Mother Goddess, protector of children. Whatever was happening, it was going to be one of those hard cases that ended with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a good cry.

“Travel to Savannah, Georgia,” Nemesis ordered, making Her words a full Decree. Her voice took on the echo that accompanied my formal assignment; the echo that forever wed me to Her. I felt it reverberate deep in my bones, binding me to Her will. Goosebumps spread across my pale skin. “Seek Amy and Andy McClore. The children must be avenged.”

My body went hot, my heart ratcheting until it felt like it would burst from my chest. The purple ether of passage back to the real world whipped around me, disorienting, and I crash-landed, bouncing on the creaky motel bed in the manner of someone waking from a dream of falling. I lay there for a moment, willing the empty feeling in my stomach away, my fingers digging into the coarse sheets beneath me for stability.

Mark, the handsome, bespectacled man I’d been carnally enjoying before Nem’s rude interruption, cowered in the far corner of the room. His arms were wrapped around his knees, his breathing shallow and rapid in between his hysterical recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom—”

I sat up, a hand fluttering to my spinning head. “Mark?”

He rocked slowly back and forth, not looking at me. “Your eyes. God, your eyes, they went white, and you went limp and cold, and I thought you were dead.”

I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing at how silly he looked. But who was I to judge? I wasn’t the one left after the summons, trying to figure out why my bed mate was suddenly unresponsive.

“Women have died from orgasm before,” Mark mumbled. “I did a study on it in grad school.”

Could you imagine? Humping along, all fine and dandy, enjoying a bit of a shag, and then, sorry, dead. Sure, you get a small bit of satisfaction, but, still. Dead.

“Odd choice of study,” I quipped, shakily putting my legs over the edge of the bed as I let my pounding head rest in my hands. “I’m fine. Really. You should get off the floor. It’s probably covered in e. coli. This isn’t the nicest of motels.”

Receiving an assignment from Nemesis was comparable to the morning after a Saturday-night bender. The magick involved in the spoken Decree could split my head open. Metaphorically. On top of the alcohol from three hours at the bar, it felt literal.

It was much too cold in the room, the ancient air conditioner kicked up on ‘high’ due to our sweaty acrobatics. I rummaged around the stiff, industrial blankets and came up with my t-shirt and underwear. “Where are my jeans?”

Mark crawled across the dirty shag carpet on his freaking knees and pulled my Refuge denims from under the bed. A shaky hand held them by two fingers.

“They won’t bite,” I snapped at him, jerking the offending clothing from his grasp. Turning my back, I slipped into my Coca-Cola tee and black string bikinis before pulling my jeans up over my hips.

“What happened?” Mark asked, his question barely audible as he fumbled to get dressed.

“Spontaneous narcolepsy?” I offered to lighten the mood.

He didn’t laugh. Fine then.

“Nothing.” I gave him a quick peck on his cold cheek. “It was fun. Nice to meet you.” Plucking my purse from the bureau by the door, I made my escape.

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Available now! Only 99c.

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Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

January 2nd, 2014 by Heather Marie Adkins

2014WitchesampWitchcraftReadingChallenge_zps254cb627Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf is hosting an awesome reading challenge to read books about witches and witchcraft, and I’ve decided to take part. Along with everything else I let slide by the wayside, reading didn’t happen often enough in 2013.

What better way to prompt myself to read than to read the kind of literature I love the most! I have a long list of witchcraft themed novels I want to read. The best part is I can consider it research for my own paranormal novels, and the reviews I would post on my blog would be writing practice. Every bit of writing I do is good for my career!

I’ll be starting with ‘Cold Days’ by Jim Butcher :)

 

 

 

 

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A Taste Test Blog Tour – Day Four with LM Preston

May 28th, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

A group of YA authors came together to give you a “taste test” of our upcoming books.  My tentative fall release, “Wiccan Wars”, is featured in the collection!  This is our blog tour…

Each author will be featured on all six blogs on a particular day with different guest posts and interviews – all of them are short, sweet and a ton of fun to read.

Not only that, but if you visit THIS LINK you can sign up to win lots of free books and stuff!

If you want to check out our FREE book with the first few chapters of each of our upcoming novels, you can download it for your Kindle or epub reader at SMASHWORDS.

Today is LM Preston!

LM’s Author Bio: LM. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as ayoung girl.  With a thirst for knowledge she  worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years.  She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids.  Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.  She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

Find her at HER BLOG!

My Top 10 Addictions

1. Chocolate

2. Coffee with Chocolate

3. Playing hide and seek with my kids

4. Daydreaming

5. Talking to myself outloud

6. Going to the movies and thinking I could do better

7. Escaping in a book I’m reading

8. Going to the beach

9. Baking cakes, cookies, and pasteries

10. Playing board games

 

by: LM Preston, YA Author, www.lmpreston.com

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A Taste Test Blog Tour – Day Four with Brenda Howson

May 25th, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

 

A group of YA authors came together to give you a “taste test” of our upcoming books.  My tentative fall release, “Wiccan Wars”, is featured in the collection!  This is our blog tour…

Each author will be featured on all six blogs on a particular day with different guest posts and interviews – all of them are short, sweet and a ton of fun to read.

Not only that, but if you visit THIS LINK you can sign up to win lots of free books and stuff!

If you want to check out our FREE book with the first few chapters of each of our upcoming novels, you can download it for your Kindle or epub reader at SMASHWORDS.

Today is Brenda Howson!

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About Brenda: Brenda caught the bug and she has been writing for ten years, in between motherhood and working at a local high school in the computer department. She has won two short story competitions and been runner up in another. Forbidden Territory will be her first published novel.

Find her at HER BLOG and on TWITTER

Today, Brenda is telling us: When You’re Not Writing What Do You Do?

Sewing, looking after kids, emailing my bestie, watching movies or blogging.

 

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A Taste Test Blog Tour — Day Three with ME!

May 23rd, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

A group of YA authors came together to give you a “taste test” of our upcoming books.  My tentative fall release, “Wiccan Wars”, is featured in the collection!  This is our blog tour…

Each author will be featured on all six blogs on a particular day with different guest posts and interviews – all of them are short, sweet and a ton of fun to read.

Not only that, but if you visit THIS LINK you can sign up to win lots of free books and stuff!

If you want to check out our FREE book with the first few chapters of each of our upcoming novels, you can download it for your Kindle or epub reader at SMASHWORDS.

Today is ME DAY!


Nolia McCarty is American by birth but Irish by heritage and heart. Her dream is to live on a small cottage in Ireland where she can watch the sheep outside her window and write all day. “Heaven Below” is her debut young adult novel, and her most recent release was “Eternal Youth”, co-written with author Julia Crane.  Nolia has several books in the works including “Wiccan Wars” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Nights”.  Visit her blog at noliamccarty.wordpress.com for more information about her upcoming books!

In her real incarnation, Nolia is author Heather Marie Adkins.  Under this (real) name, she has written several novels, including paranormal romances “The Temple” and “Abigail”.  Find more information on her at heather.bishoffs.com.

What I Love About Writing

This is such a silly question, because every true writer is going to say I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT WRITING.  I love the way it feels to sit in front of my computer and read over the last few pages to primp for the next.  I love when I write a line that makes my heart sing. There’s always the expected “I love creating worlds and characters”, but ultimately, I just love the way writing makes me feel.  If I’m not writing, I’m only half a person.  Playing with words is the single best therapy a girl could hope for in a world that just sometimes really f*ing sucks.  I think the worlds I create in my books are a helluva lot cooler, anyway.

You want a copy of one of my books?  Just leave a comment telling me which book and I’ll email it to you.  No strings attached!  Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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A Taste Test Blog Tour! – Day Two with Michelle Hansen

May 22nd, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

 

A group of YA authors came together to give you a “taste test” of our upcoming books.  My tentative fall release, “Wiccan Wars”, is featured in the collection!  This is our blog tour…

Each author will be featured on all six blogs on a particular day with different guest posts and interviews – all of them are short, sweet and a ton of fun to read.

Not only that, but if you visit THIS LINK you can sign up to win lots of free books and stuff!

If you want to check out our FREE book with the first few chapters of each of our upcoming novels, you can download it for your Kindle or epub reader at SMASHWORDS.

Today, I’m hosting Michelle Hansen!

Michelle’s Bio: Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington State. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years. She and her husband Nathan have four children.

Find more information on her at HER WEBSITE.

From humble beginnings…

Blurb of the first story she ever wrote.

The first story I ever wrote was for the Young Author’s Contest in first grade. I wrote about my first pony Sugar, how thrilled I was to receive her as a gift from my Grandparents, and how she ate straw… and died. It was a bit of a downer.

To an author!

Future Plans:

My next book is a contemporary YA Thriller

When a bomb goes off in his locker, Rebecca Hale’s best friend Ryan is labeled a terrorist. She vows to clear him before the FBI, ATF and the real bomber find where he’s hiding. However, when Rebecca discovers the crime has little to do with Ryan and everything to do with her, proving his innocence may mean losing a life-long friend.

 

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A Taste Test Blog Tour! – Day One With CJ Duggan

May 21st, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

A group of YA authors came together to give you a “taste test” of our upcoming books.  My tentative fall release, “Wiccan Wars”, is featured in the collection!  This is our blog tour…

Each author will be featured on all six blogs on a particular day with different guest posts and interviews – all of them are short, sweet and a ton of fun to read.

Not only that, but if you visit THIS LINK you can sign up to win lots of free books and stuff!

If you want to check out our FREE book with the first few chapters of each of our upcoming novels, you can download it for your Kindle or epub reader at SMASHWORDS.

Today, I’m hosting CJ Duggan!

Author Bio: C.J is Australia’s newest enthusiastic addition to the Indie market of Self Publishing. Paving the way by writing her debut novel, a YA Romance ‘The Boys of Summer’. A coming of age love story set in a mythical small Australian Town in the mid 90′s. Juggling the pressures of a stressful day job, or be it the many realms of mundane reality? C.J has earned a name for her ballistic imagination and witty banter in her blog. Offering an honest, refreshing account with her daily rants of the world and her personal journey in being an Aspiring Author.

Find her online at HER WEBSITE

4 Questions with CJ Duggan

If you could have a Psychic Power what would it be?

A mind reader thinking I would be very popular on Birthday’s, Christmas and Anniversary’s.

What is your favorite Mythical Creature?

*Bites knuckle* Gotta love those Shape shifters.

Do you believe in Ghosts? Why? Why not?

I believe in something, spirits, and energies. There are definitely a lot of things that are unexplained and I would like to think there is something beyond this world.

If you could move anywhere in world where would you move and why?

First and foremost Australia is amazing and we really are the lucky country…BUT this is a fantasy and if I could do a stint somewhere for a while I could completely envision myself wondering around the streets of Paris, immersing myself in the culture, writing in a café and eating baked goods.

Only to return my apartment and order room service!

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Playing Catch Up…

May 4th, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

The story of my life is… BUSY.  Let’s catch up a bit.

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On the book end (hehe, bookend), I’ve put out some books this year.  Surprisingly, the focus has been on the young adult genre so far, which is completely strange to me as I never felt the urge to write YA before.  Heaven Below was pulled from my store of teenage ideas and most of the rewrites took place while, well, intoxicated.  HB was also my first book with an honest-to-goodness editor, Sarah Billington.  Sarah has also recently finished a substantial edit on “Abigail,” and I’m waiting for a free moment to sit and begin rewrites. Ack.

Hate is what drives mankind, but have you ever stopped to consider that one day, love will be our salvation?

When sixteen-year-old Kelli McNeil sets into motion an ancient prophecy from an extinct civilization, memories of past lives return to her. As the dreams intensify, Kelli discovers that she is the answer to the renewal of her lost race and without her, her kind will never rise again.

In every memory and dream is a man: Sebastian, whom she loves…and fears.  When she meets him in the present-day, Kelli can’t help but fall for the man she feels she’s always known. But there is more to it than love and the fate of her people. Because in every incarnation, Bastian isn’t only her true love—he’s also her murderer.

Available now at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

iTunes

and Amazon in print!

You can read more about the concept and execution (booze-fueled) at my YA blog.

Also along the lines of Young Adult novels, I also officially announce the release of my co-write  with Julia Crane!!  This book was so much fun to write.  Julia and I passed it back and forth by email for a couple months, each of us adding a few hundred words here and there.  It was so neat to watch the story line unfold, bouncing ideas off each other every day.  I’m extremely proud of this book. Julia and I make an excellent writing team, and we’re already planning our next book :)

The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff’s life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie’s mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth—and dragged Callie along with her.

Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California.  Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.

But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie’s plans awry, and there’s more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation.  Callie’s life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows—

Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.

Available at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

iTunes

The Eclective’s newest anthology was released in March – The Celtic Collection.

Six stories from the Eclective, six accounts of Celtic things. There’s more than one way to go Green.

 

Irish Kiss by Shéa MacLeod
Morgan Bailey, vampire Hunter, thought finding a Leprechaun’s missing pot of gold would be easy. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Luck of the Irish Brigade by M. Edward McNally

The Irish are fighting themselves, only because there are no other worthy opponents.

Song of the Banshee by Heather Marie Adkins

Belinda has a job to do, but a dying man’s grandson may be a big problem. It’s a hard world for a lonely banshee.

The Red Veil of Vengeance by Jack Wallen

Vlad Kurvail is back and, as usual, he’s pissed. This time his cold vengeance is served up to the Irish. Will their luck hold out?

Zombies Eat Leprechauns by P.J. Jones

When a zombie curse infects the Fairytale Kingdom, Lucky the Leprechaun needs the help of an idiot dragon slayer and a cross-dressing dragon to escape. Can he make it out with his pot of gold, or will Lucky’s luck run out?

Five Shamrocks by Alan Nayes

After her husband dies on St. Patrick’s Day, life goes on for Mattie O’Malley.

It is currently only available at Amazon, but is coming soon to all other major ebook retailers.

The Eclective is also planning a print version of our first three anthologies – Celtic, Holiday, and Halloween.  I’ll post about it when it happens!

My focus right now is on rewrites of “The House”.  Once released as a short story, I’m aiming to make it a complete novel.  Check out this killer cover Jack Wallen of adorkabledesigns.net made me!

After The House, I’ll be spending the month of June doing a quick and dirty write on The Trickster, the second book in my Vale Avari series, sequel to The Temple.

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In January, Andrew and I drove to Nashville and stayed a few days.  We arrived on a Sunday and were utterly LAZY for three days, until Tuesday evening when we saw my absolute favorite band in the ENTIRE WORLD!!

I wrote a post about it for the Eclective site–it’s about dreams coming true, and the fact that we should hang on to our dreams, no matter how big or how small.  Meeting Gaelic Storm that night after the concert was one of the best nights of my life.  While you’re there, take a look at all the books my co-authors have released this spring.

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The Indie Chicks have launched a website!!  From this central location, you’ll catch posts on love, life, and living from some of the hottest indie women out there — and from some of us newbies just trying to make it ;) As a starting point, I highly recommend Terri Giuliano Long’s article on Writer’s Envy and inspiration.  If you get the bug, feel free to check out MY first post about Growing Up Slowly.

We are also in the middle of uploading our newest Indie Chicks anthologies.  More on that soon :)

 

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Guest Post – Carol Davis Luce

March 24th, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

Carol Davis Luce

Self-taught Late Bloomer

My motto is, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” I wasn’t born to write. I didn’t aspire to be a writer from the time I could hold a Crayon. I could, however, draw, and make things take shape through form and color on paper and canvas, and that’s the path I traveled well into midlife. The artist’s life opened up my eyes and mind to expression and sometimes stories through composition on that blank eighteen by twenty-four inch stretched canvas. Then one day it changed.

As a voracious reader, I was content to read what others wrote. I admired those writers who had mastered the craft. I was happy to dwell in their world for 300 pages, to laugh, cry, and be enlightened and surprised. Until one day when I closed a book by my favorite author and felt something was missing. The novel was a mystery/suspense with elements of romance. The suspense was killer. The romance, however, was lacking, missing those subtleties that resonated with me. I wanted more. The promise of romance was there, but fizzled somewhere along the way. For me, it wasn’t about graphic sex. It was about sexual tension, passion, love. After searching unsuccessfully for novels to satisfy my romantic suspense fixation, looking for just the right balance, I realized I had to write the book myself.

Only I knew nothing about writing a novel, let alone a genre book with a sub-genre. So I went to the library and checked out a reference book titled, HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Easy enough, right? If dedication is easy, then it was easy because I was driven. My artist’s passion shifted to focus on the writer’s canvas. That canvas was structure, words, emotion, and truth. And the rest is history.

Well, almost.

I burned up two electric typewriters before investing in a computer. I checked out every book on the “book writing” reference shelf, and many grammar and stylebooks, and two years later, my 800-page opus, NIGHT STALKER, was finished—

Almost.

I learned about the important shaping process, without which most stories would be unreadable. Editing. The passion and pain of cutting and revising. Finding the jewels that lie buried in too many, or misguided, words. Three years and a dozen revisions later, 400 pages lighter, it found a home with a traditional publisher. Within the first few months of release, it went into three printings and became the flagship for the sub-genre “Woman in Jeopardy/Romantic Suspense” at Kensington Publishing.

Where it started…

I left school at sixteen to marry my high school sweetheart. Six years later, as a housewife and mother, I channeled my artistic talent into sketching and painting, selling my work at a local art gallery. A quarter century later, I traded in my paints and brushes to hit the keyboard. Our three sons, not much for novel reading, are waiting for my books to be made into movies. That childhood sweetheart I married a lifetime ago is now my soul mate of 50 plus years. His encouragement fueled me, and his support allowed me to pursue my goals.

Going back to my motto of, “if I can do it, anyone can.” There has never been a more opportunistic time to try your hand at writing a book. Or taking the plunge and self-publishing. My decision to self-publish my upcoming suspense novels came about when I hit the proverbial brick wall after five published books. With a stalled career, I had a choice. Teach, or see my stories in print again. I chose the latter. My first self-published book is the short story trilogy, BROKEN JUSTICE, followed by my suspense novel, NIGHT WIDOW.

Agents and editors think they know what readers want. They don’t always know. Readers know what readers want, and they’re expressing their wants by buying books written by indie authors. Give yourself a hardy pat on the back if you’ve completed a manuscript, but the big applause goes to our devoted fans and readers. Without them, we would be nothing.

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About the Chick

Carol Davis Luce’s first novel, Night Stalker, was also her first sale. “A dandy read,” wrote author Tony Hillerman. It went into three printings and became the flagship for the sub-genre “Woman in Jeopardy” at Kensington Publishers—strong heroines pitted against evil opponents. Reviewers have said of her villains: [Night Prey] “Luce’s portrayal of a psychopathic mountain man is chilling&hellip” [Night Game] “The villain is evil personified.”

In addition to five published novels, Carol’s short story “Shattered Crystal” appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Magazine and Treadmill Tales (audio). E-reads Publications reprinted Night Passage in e-book format and POD. Nonfiction publications include two articles for Writer’s Digest. One article, “Writing Suspense That’ll Kill Your Readers,” was reprinted (second edition) in THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK OF NOVEL WRITING (Writer’s Digest Books)2010.

In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing 2010, Carol Davis Luce defines tension as “the act of building or prolonging a crisis.” She goes on to give some examples and ends the chapter with this: “How you build that suspense can make the difference between your readers chucking your book for a good night’s sleep or nudging their spouse to say, ‘the suspense is killing me.’”

Find Carol Online!

Facebook

Website

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Find her books at http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Davis-Luce/e/B000APHQU2

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St. Patrick’s Day DOES Go With Reading. Promise.

March 16th, 2012 by Heather Marie Adkins

 

Who doesn't like sales?  Especially when combined with green beer, drinking games, St. Patrick's effigy on a stick, and leprechauns. (of course there are leprechauns)

Author David Gaughran has pulled together this massive sale of books from some of the finest authors out there.  Not only is so much greatness in one place, but every book has been knocked back to 99 cents THIS WEEKEND ONLY.  So, pick a few books for less than the cost of a case of Guinness (and preferably buy the Guinness, too.)

My book, "Abigail", is a paranormal romance usually priced at 2.99, yet you can grab a copy for 99 cents today, tomorrow, and Sunday.  WOOT.

Find ALL the books on sale listed HERE.

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In other exciting BOOK NEWS, the Eclective's 3rd short story collection is out!  Not only is it published, but you can download a copy FREE FROM AMAZON for the next two days! It has leprechauns, zombies, vampires, and shamrocks.  My story is about a banshee with somewhat of a drinking problem, and could be fun to read while imbibing.

Download your FREE copy HERE.

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I am ALWAYS willing to give away ebook copies of my novels to anyone willing to read and review, so please don't hesitate to email me and request a book(s) at heather@heathermarieadkins.com

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...for The Temple, The House, and Cause & Effect.

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