Sunday, January 24, 2016

Setting the Tone -- #WritingTip

When writing a book, you have to decide on setting and tone. This is done by the language in which you use.

For example in a western, you would need to use words like cowboy, horses, boots, shit, things that the reader will associate with the western lifestyle.

Or let's say you are writing a dark vampire story - then you would use words like blood, evil, death, hunger, a dark and storm night, his black satin eyes burned into her brain.

Description of characters, setting, and action set the tone. The writers have only one tool to do this, you guessed it, "Words."

So authors why not leave a comment as to some of your favorite words to use in your books?

Have an awesome day,


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Explored @AnitaPhilmar Books - Fantasies, Westerns, and Suspense

All hot books that set the pages on fire.

Did you know I have over 17 books?

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It’s a hard life living on the western plains. Elizabeth Murphy knows she lives it every day. 

Then just like some medieval knight in shining armor, a stranger arrives at her door. He claims to be a friend, who is down on his luck and looking for work.  

Just looking at him sets her body on fire, and with them sharing a small log cabin, the nights are bound to heat up. Can she resist the chance to take a ride with the cowboy? Or should she trust him at all?

After all, he thinks wearing a shirt is an optional item and he knows way too many facts about her dead gun slinging husband?

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Formula of Writing - Seven Elements

I've just been playing around a bit as to what is needed in good writing. We each have our own style and write differently.

Some people start with character while other start with plot.

But let's look at the seven elements all good writing should have.

1. Central idea - not to be confuse with theme
2. Character - talked about this one
3. Point of View - who's telling the story
4. Plot/ Conflict - the action in the story
5. Setting - where is the story taking place
6. Mood/ tone - the subject or general impression of the story - happy, sad, dark
7. Language - can be one of the hardest to incorporate into the story but extremely important.

There you have it the formula for a good book. Put them all in your writing and you'll have a winner.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Paranormal Hop with Banished Hero by @AnitaPhilmar #MFRWauthor #ASMSG

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With no memory of her past, Faye Lynn Berton clings to a father who curses her ability to shape-shift, then uses her special skill to scam local villagers. The only freedom she knows comes as she soars through the sky in falcon form. A chance meeting with another changling turns her world upside down. Beyond satisfying the powerful sexual cravings that follow transformation, he reveals a surprising dimension of sex between their kind…one to unlock the secrets of her soul.

Havyn Westmore has questions…Faye Lynn holds the answers. Determined to unravel her secrets, he must strives to gain her freedom and trust. Teaching her the finer techniques of transformation keeps her close while sex strengthens their bond. But on the trail of discovery, Havyn must confront his own past. Accused of a heinous crime, he was banned from his homeland. Now, he must choose between returning to face certain execution—or robbing Faye Lynn of her birthright and a life in Paradise.

Excerpt from the first book in the Banished series - Banished Hero

The door to the barn opened and closed again. The man left.

She stared at the juicy red meat still on the tin plate in the middle of the floor. Impatience for the other bird’s next move, she rocked her head slowly from side to side, waiting, waiting for the other falcon to swoop down and eat her dinner.

“Why won’t you eat, Faye Lynn?”

The sound of Havyn’s voice in her head startled her so much she lost her grip and fell forward. She kicked out her wings and glided to wall between two abandon stalls. Her heart pounding, she told herself he couldn’t be any where nearby. She must be imagining things.

The other bird might squawk, or send her his feelings of unease as a warning, but he couldn’t talk to her in a language she could understand.

She glanced around nervously, trying to catch her breath. Havyn wasn’t here. He left her several hours ago after bringing her home from the market. He probably planned to leave her in the barn for a few days until her father left the area. Then he’d try to train her to be his pet. She’d gone through the drill before.

“You’re not getting away.” His voice sounded in her head again.

At the same time, the large black falcon swooped down beside her and landed on the wall.
The shock of both Havyn’s voice and the bird knocked her off balance. She tumbled onto the hay in one of the stalls. She rolled and tried to right herself, but a large wing covered her chest and held her down.

Transform Faye Lynn.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ardenia the Land of ShapeShifters - Excerpt from Banished Scoundrel #MFRWAuthor

“Because most shape-shifters live in Ardenia. The only reason you don’t recall the place is because
of a forget spell placed on you around the age of ten.”

Shocked by the correlation between the age he stated and the age she’d been when the governor bought her, along with the plausible reason for her lack of memories, Kitty stepped backward and bumped into the boulder. “But how do you know all this? Who are you?”

Jack closed in and pinned her against the large rock. The hard line of his body met hers. The sensual part of her nature and the connection they’d shared demanded she believe him. But could she take such a risk?

“My parents are from Ardenia, and they’re familiar with your family. Your sister enlisted my help to find you.” His softly spoken words brushed her face.

“But why?” The intoxicating scent of his earlier transformation rode on her taste buds, and she bit her lips to hold back the ache rising in her core.

“Because they want you back.” Jack swept his hands up her sides, and his thumbs nudged the undersides of her breasts. “You were taken during the war. The giants and dwarfs were fighting the humans and resented the shape-shifters helping in the matter.”

“Is that why everyone wants to kills us?” The curly hair on his chest tickled her nipples, and her hands tightened on his biceps.

Jack shook his head. “What are you talking about?”

“The governor says that if anyone should find out about me changing forms, I’ll be hunted down and killed.” The terrifying thought sent shivers down her spine. “That’s why I’ve stayed here all these years.”

“Well, he lied.” Jack stroked his hands over her breasts and squeezed gently. “If you want, I’ll even
help you break free.”

“Is that why you came here?”

“Yes. Your family decided you might need some help.” He edged closer, and the hard line of his cock hit her thighs. “Sloan won’t let you go easily.” “He won’t let me go at all. In the twelve years I’ve been with him, I’ve never left his estate.” Kitty recalled a few times she’d attempted and the hours she’d spent in a cage to break her of “such foolish notions.”

Fear spiked her already heightened lust, and she wrapped her arms around Jack’s neck. “How are you planning to steal me away? And where will you take me after you do?”

“Home.” He crowded closer, and his chest, stomach, and thighs caressed her naked body. “Your mother wants you to live in Ardenia.”

Kitty closed her eyes, and the bright images of the mystical place sparkled for a moment then faded. She fought to hold onto the vision but failed. The light touch of Jack’s lips on her neck returned her thoughts to a more arousing scene—lying naked on her bed, Jack’s head between her legs, his tongue...

She forced her eyes open to ground herself in the moment. “Jack, there’s more to this than you’re telling me. You...”


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Saturday, January 2, 2016

More Than Ready on the #ScintillatingSunday Blog Hop

This is a hop that shares embodies the theme of"scintillating".

More Than Ready in Naked Bluff, Texas

Genre: historical, western, erotic
Theme: friends to lovers

Word Count: 5803

After losing his brother, Kirk Pepperman planned a future with Richard’s wife, Sadie. Kirk wanted to honor his brother and take care of Sadie.
She had other ideas and married another man.
Now, Kirk is uncertain what he should do with his life
Mary Beth Owens knows her parents are arranging for her to marry Kirk. The problem is he’s been stuck on the wrong woman for years.
She is determined to find out if he can please her. If not, then she has no desire to marry him either.
Can these two let go of the past and move into the future? 
Available for .99cents and free for KindleUnlimited.
Theme: friends to lovers

Ready to be tied up?
Scintillating Excerpt:
What future could Kirk have here?
He toyed with the idea of heading off to join the Confederate army. The latest news from the returning soldiers was the south wasn’t faring too well against the Northern armies. Maybe, if he had something to fight for, he’d feel alive again.
The familiar noise of a rope flying through the air alerted him. The lasso fell over his head and circled his chest before it tightened, pinning his arms to his side. “What the...”

With a sharp tug, he fell back against the center pole and hit his head against the solid bulk. “Mary Beth, what are you doing?”

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