My Writing Process

(I think this went live too early, earlier. Sorry folks)

My Writing Process – Blog Tour 
Step one: Acknowledge the person & site that involved you in the blog tour (that’s me).
Thanks, Helena Fairfax for tagging me in this process. Helena Fairfax is a contemporary romance writer and author of The Silk Romance and The Antique Love. You can find out more about Helena’s books and her writing process on her post at http://helenafairfax.com/2014/04/18/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Step two: Answer these 4 questions about your writing process, at whatever length you wish.
 
1) What am I working on?
I’m about to release my next title, Changeling’s Crown. It’s a lighthearted paranormal romance, revolving around a disgraced faery godmother. :) For fans of my paranormal fantasies,  I’ve been working (slowly) on two follow-ups to Drawing Down the Shades. What with the “slowly” part I can’t say when they’ll be out. I hope to have one of them in my beta readers’ hands by Halloween. *knock on wood* Stay tuned.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to take chances, be somewhat different from what readers might expect. For instance, my disgraced faery godmother. :) I mean we all know faery godmothers from the fairy tales. Do you ever remember them fouling up an assignment? Neither do I. Until now, that is. For the Antique Magic series well, my heroine starts out a skeptic, and really gets into what she does. I’ve only read one other book like that.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always written tales with a magical bent, though I couldn’t really tell you why. I think it’s because I like the work involved in building a world outside the norm. Just setting something in a world that we all instantly recognizes has always seemed boring to me. Tweaking reality is just so much fun!

4) How does my writing process work?

Oh, I get an idea and–depending on the idea–I’ll do a little research or I’ll just start scribbling, I have a good friend (writer Jolene Dawe), who I bounce ideas off when I get stuck (and she bounces stuff off me!), then if necessary, I’ll do more research to fill in the blanks. I build off that until the end, then I’ll let the story or book sit for a week or so, then go back and do my first revision. Fix all the stupid mistakes, fill in with more research if possible.

Thanks for being with me on this journey and thanks, Helena, for including me in the hop.

Three other writers to visit:
Catherine McMaster
Helena Fairfax, of course.
A fine writer S.G. Rogers
and paranormal enthusiast and budding writing Renae Rude.

If only she’d lived in another time….#SPeekSunday

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Sunday afternoon brings on another Sneak Peek Sunday.

Excerpt from my paranormal romance book Passion’s Sacred Dance.

cover art for Passion's Sacred Dance. Cover art by Kim Mendoza

Cover art by Kim Mendoza

“I had a freaky encounter with this incredibly strange woman,right here in our courtyard.” Stacy waved a hand in the direction in question. “And you nearly beheaded her.”
“Did I?” He pondered the lost and found box absently. “That is some dream. I’m glad to see I made an impression.”
She frowned. “That wasn’t the dream.”
He set the box aside, folding his hands and giving her his full attention. “Wasn’t it?”
“No, the dream consisted of you whisking me away on some wild trip through the lights. I can’t account for what happened between then and six the next morning.”
“I’m not stupid, Aaron. I remember what went on last evening.” She waved a hand as if batting the problem away….
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“I shouldn’t rattle on at you like this. I’m sorry to trouble you.”
His eyes twinkled and Stacy gulped. “It’s no trouble,” he said. If possible, his voice got even deeper with an edge of desire to it that curled her toes pleasantly. “I must say you’re pretty enough to be forgiven just about anything.”
No trouble? Her brain, and her honor, headed south every second he stood across from her. If they lived in the sixteenth century, she’d consider begging her father
to make a marriage contract with Aaron Fielding.

Oh, dear….so what happened to poor Stacy to bring on this wild dream? You’ll have to read to find ouT! If you’d like to try it, Passion’s Sacred Dance is available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon(for paperback and Kindle), All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Itunes, and Kobo, and B&N.

To see more Sneak Peek Sunday authors see the Sneak Peek Sunday site here.

The Wild Rose Press–Unusual paranormal characters in Romance

Unusual paranormal characters in Romance

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Juli D. Revezzo

http://julidrevezzo.com

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Springheel_Jack, source, wikipedia

Modern paranormal romance caters to women who want to dream a little more than the average reader. They crave the weird and just looking at the romance pages in Amazon or at the shelves in a bookstore, you’ll see publishers are catering to that wish list…..

Here’s a recent article I wrote on this subject. Check the rest of it out  via The Wild Rose Press blog.

Freaky Friday, party, and reviews

Well, is it Friday again? I’ve been staying warm in the writing cave …I hope you have too! First bit of news is this:

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I’m being…hosted for a party  over at Author Roast & Toast today. (Ahem, There’s a rumor they’re roasting something–I fear it’s my toes–but it’s chilly, so hey. I’m good with it! ;))  We’re also I hear tell, raiding Stacy’s mead supply (pre-battle)–oh! and giving away a copy of Passion’s Sacred Dance. Come join the fun.

The Freaky news for this week… Um….Does the fact that it snowed in north Florida this week count?

Also, I found a story about a haunted civil war battlefield (yes, probably that’s Caitlin and her ghosts’ influence). http://www.murfreesboropost.com/cover-is-the-battlefield-our-most-haunted-spot-cms-7266

I’m hoping to go visit a Civil War battle site soon*rubs hands gleefully*, maybe even before summer, so it’s on my mind.

I’ve also found some fine new reviews:

For Murder Upon a Midnight Clear, from The Jeep Diva blog:

“Fast paced and carrying a lovely sinister tone that adds to the creep factor of a murderer passing himself off as a Santa, there are plenty of moments that put me on the edge of my seat….Twisty and laden with tension, this was a read that kept me guessing and wondering almost from the beginning. Sexy characters with a palpable attraction, a disturbed spirit world and a killer that is stalking Sean’s family for reasons yet unknown make this a must read for fans of romantic suspense.”

*squee* Thanks, Gaele!

You can read the whole review here.:
http://www.thejeepdiva.com/review-murder-upon-midnight-clear-juli-d-revezzo/

Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo

‘Tis the season … for death. Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn’t respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene’s psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

If you’d like to check the book out, it’s available at Amazon.

There were also some nice ones for Drawing Down the Shades recently. From Amazon:

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal, LoP**

Drawing Down the Shades is one of those books that you luck out on. You hope for the best and pray it comes through. This is one for me. As I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be good. I love the premise that followed through to the last page. The situations that arise are quite good, humorous at times and had me wanting to finish the book just to see how it turned out. I loved the characters. They all brought something to the story. Well written and well thought out. A definite add to your tbr list. Recommended.

Cool!

Meanwhile, I’m going back to the writing cave. I’ve got quite a few things I’m working on that need tweaking (a battle, to be honest *eyes calendar*), and let’s face it being warm is a good thing! :)

Distractions, distractions….such a pretty distraction

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Here’s another new year, and glad to see Sneak Peek Sunday return. If you don’t know what this is about, author Sara Walter Elwood created a hop to showcase the work of fellow Romance authors, just a snippet or two at a time. For me, here’s a snippet from my romantic paranormal mystery, MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, Detective Helene Collias is question the victim’s brother (Sean Grant) during her  investigation and Sean’s mind’s wandering a bit.

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He looked into Helene’s eyes and could see her mind working, as his hadn’t. She took his place and he stepped back, watching her examine his defaced mailbox. He skimmed his gaze over the length of her back. Her shoulders tensed and relaxed as she moved. He wondered if she worked out. Her black slacks fitted to the curve of her butt as if she’d painted them on this morning. She cleared her throat.

Sean’s gaze shot to hers. Her smile flashed so fast, he wasn’t sure he’d seen it. The shame of a scolded school kid bubbled up in him. You expected her not to catch you drooling? “What?”

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Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. RevezzoSynopsis:

Tis the season … for death.

Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn’t respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene’s psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

If you’d like to read more, MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR is available for Kindle and in paperback.

Special Drawing Down the Shades

I know I promised this quite a while back but the whole package took longer than I thought. Finally though I can reveal the next book in my Antique Magic series is set to release in January. With that in mind, I have a pretty little cover to show off!

Wow, right? Matt did another great job. :)

Synopsis:

Business can be hell…

Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.

It’s available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, Smashwords,

The first two installments in the series are:

The Artist’s Inheritance

The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords (for all e-reader devices), and in paperback from Createspace.

Caitlin’s Book of Shadows.

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

What will the holidays hold for Caitlin? Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior’s shield.

 

This is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

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I have a special event going on this week, too, for the release. Did I ever mention my little brother? If you’ve read any of my works you’ve probably seen his name. Well, he loved all things paranormal and, really, was the inspiration for what Caitlin goes through with her ghosties. He  passed away from a rare cancer called Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a few years ago.  So I decided with the release of Drawing Down the Shades, I’d take the royalties I receive from the sales of the entire Antique Magic series  from …. actually I’ll start the sale today if you feel like going over– to the 8th and donate them to the Fibro Foundation (AKA The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation).

The books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Royalties are, admittedly, a pittance but if you’ve been on the fence about the Cait and crew series, if you know anyone who might love a ghost busting gal and her friends,  now’s the time, get a great read and help a good cause. Thanks….

Oh and Drawing Down the Shades is also up on Good Reads now.