The Bishop’s First Bride, by Rayanna Jamison

 

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Rayanna Jamison is sharing a fun excerpt from her book The Bishop’s First Bride. It is the third in her polygamy series, and was my first polygamy story.

I really enjoyed it. It was fresh and sweet, and romantic. And it really opened my eyes to the polygamy community. (But if I were Rosa, I would have done the same thing. You’ll see. :) Read the excerpt!)

 

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Carolyn stopped short in front of them, and immediately began to fawn over Luke, and ignore

the fact that Rosa was even there.

“Lucas Miller! Is that you? Well, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes! It’s been what, two years?”

Carolyn drawled, grabbing Luke to her chest in a forced hug. Luke sent Rosa a deer caught in

headlights look, and carefully disentangled himself from the force that was Carolyn.

Rosa breathed a sigh of relief. Of course, Luke had it under control. He had always known just

how to handle Carolyn.

“Carolyn.” Luke’s greeting was short but kind. He was never unkind-he would make a wonderful

bishop, Rosa knew.

“Luke” Carolyn drawled, running a finger across his chest suggestively. “Is that any way to greet

an old friend?” Carolyn puffed out her bottom lip in an exaggerated pout and Rosa couldn’t stop

herself from rolling her eyes.

Luke was too nice. He actually fell for Carolyn’s pouting, and apologized for his short greeting.

Rosa couldn’t believe it. She had always thought Luke too smart for Carolyn’s wiles, and now

with a pout and an eyelash flutter he was eating out of her hand?

“I’m sorry Carolyn- that was rude of me. It’s nice to see you. You look well. Surely, you

remember Rosa Collins?”

Carolyn smiled at Rosa for a half of a second before turning her attention back to Luke. “Are you

just in town for the day Lucas? I’ve just finished my last class of the day, and I was heading over

to this little café over yonder to get a snack. Why don’t you say goodbye to your friend and meet

me over there in a few minutes?”

Rosa saw red. She didn’t even wait to see how Lucas would respond as all rational thought had

left her brain at that point.

She sidestepped in front of Lucas, so that she was effectively wedged between Lucas and

Carolyn, and putting both hands in front of her gave Carolyn a mighty shove- causing her to fall

backwards into the street, right in a mud puddle. “I’m not his friend- I’m his fiancée!”

Carolyn just sat sputtering in the middle of the mud puddle- big crocodile tears forming in her

eyes. “Well- I never!”

“Yeah? Well maybe you should never just a little more often! Why don’t you learn to act like a

lady, and keep your hands off of my man! That’s right Carolyn- he’s mine, and we’re getting

married in three weeks. Forgive me if your invitation gets lost in the mail!” Rosa was screaming

and beginning to create quite a scene, before Luke jumped into action.

Rosa was still screaming choice words at Carolyn, when Luke stepped forward and graciously

helped her out of the puddle- which only served to make Rosa angrier.

Her brain completely left her then, and when Luke reached down and offered Carolyn his hand,

Rosa pushed him over too! Carolyn saw it coming, and scooted out of the way, and Luke fell in

the puddle beside her with a splash, spraying more mud to cover her face and the front of her

dress.

That’s when Rosa finally realized she had gone too far. She watched horrified, as a scowling,

unamused Lucas rose from the puddle. His eyes were dark as he sent her a warning glance

before turning and helping Carolyn out of the puddle.

Walking up to her, he leaned in close. “Do.not.move” he told her, his voice hard between gritted teeth.

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Blurb:

Rosa Collins was only sixteen when she received a vision telling her of her future husband.

Knowing that her husband would be Lucas, the Bishop’s son, and future Bishop of Green

Valley, both thrilled and terrified her. They were a match made in heaven, she knew, perfect for

each other.

But becoming the Bishop’s Wife is harder than Rosa anticipated. She struggles to transform

herself into the perfect Bishop’s Wife that her husband needs.

Lucas misses the real Rosa. Somewhere between getting married, and becoming the future

Bishop’s wife, his beloved wife has lost part of herself. Lucas knows that a good, old fashioned

spanking is exactly what Rosa needs to help her find balance in her unrealistic expectations of

what the perfect wife should be. But, try as he might, that balance doesn’t come easily for Rosa,

and it certainly didn’t help that her high school nemesis kept popping up and making trouble.

Will Lucas help her realize that all he wants is for his wife to be happy? Can Rosa pull herself

together enough to become the Bishop’s First Wife?

 

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Author Share – Formula Writing

Hey friends,

I know I have been a bit remiss with the Author Share posts lately. Sorry. :)

But when Patricia Green agreed to explain formula writing to me, I had to jump on this!

Please comment below. I would love to hear your experience, either from the writing or reading side. :)

Ok, let’s talk about Formula Writing.

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Katherine Deane: Thanks for joining me today, Patricia. I have heard a few publishers and authors mention this term before. What is formula writing?

Patricia Green: “Formula” is about taking tried-and-true tropes and gluing them together with certain plots, in order to fulfill reader expectations. Tropes are often-recurring scenarios pertaining to specific types of genre fiction. Spanking romance has certain tropes, romance in general has certain tropes (see here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RomanceNovelTropes and here: http://allthetropes.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Romance_Novel_Tropes for lists), westerns have tropes, as do mysteries, and suspense/thriller stories.

Katherine Deane: Can you give an example of what this could look like in spanking fiction?

Patricia Green: Applied to spanking romance, you take one of the tropes given above, and add a bratty heroine, a dominant guy who isn’t afraid to assert his authority by spanking, and you’re ready to rock ‘n roll.

Katherine Deane: Why does formula writing work?

Patricia Green: Formula writing works because it meets reader expectations. Whether a reader realizes it or not, when she picks up a book in a specific genre, she’s expecting certain things to happen. Here’s a good list of what ought to happen in a romance novel: http://howtowriteshop.loridevoti.com/2012/07/five-scenes-every-romance-novel-needs/ If your intention is to hook a regular romance reader (of any subgenre, including spanking romance), you want to use a plot that basically goes like this:

 

  1. The meeting
  2. The conflict
  3. The attraction which overwhelms the conflict
  4. Conflicting emotions which leads to a dark moment
  5. Resolution and HEA

 

Katherine Deane: That explains why my editors and publisher sometimes give me suggestions that differ from my original plan. (Like a very dark scene they suggested I tone down a bit. Best suggestion ever. I think my readers would have been very emotionally drained if I had not edited that scene.)

Katherine Deane: When does it NOT work?

Patricia Green: If you’re writing literary fiction, you have no formula. It’s a free-for-all, and once again, that meets reader expectations. If you’re writing any kind of genre fiction, though, writing to formula will get you more publisher interest, more positive reader reviews, and a greater likelihood of success. That is not to say that you cannot be a maverick, but to do so means you are taking a chance that readers will be disappointed. Writing contrary to formula is a risky business.

Katherine Deane: Is all spanking romance formulaic?

 

Patricia Green: We’d all like to think that we’re writing something new and different, something no one has ever done before. And, in terms of our heroes and heroines and their adventures, we might very well be presenting something unique. However, if you want to fall into any genre fiction category (which is the majority of fiction, these days), you will be using the formula for that genre. That’s what readers are looking for, and what you, as an author need to provide. There are so many tropes, so many things you can do with a formulaic plot, however, that you don’t need to feel constrained. Your hero and heroine are unique, with unique methods of dealing with their conflicts and emotions. That’s what makes your work special and what captures the attention of avid readers – readers who often don’t even realize they are hooked on formula.

Katherine Deane: I can attest, from the reader side, Patricia. I like the stability usually, and don’t like to be surprised. However, there are the occasional stories that push me, emotionally. And I have enjoyed them. But I might not have read them if I had just looked at the tags. (I can totally see an Author Share about tagging coming soon! )

Thanks so much for sharing with us.

 

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Patricia Green’s latest book is Rescued by the Spy. It’s a f/M/f sci fi spy adventure, with a whole lot of sexy parts. (I actually was confused by the acronym, because I usually read M/f. Here’s how Patricia explained it for me)

 f/M/f (note the capitalized M in there) means two submissive females and one dominant male, but the females do not engage each other sexually (the reason they are bookends to the M)

 

I loved this book! It definitely pushed my comfort zone boundaries a bit, but I am so glad I read it. It was amazing, and oh, so sexy!

rescued by the spy

You can buy it on Amazon  (click on the Amazon link)

Patricia’s blog link – http://patriciagreenbooks.com/

 

Thanks again to Patricia Green for sharing her experience with us.

And check out her new book (it will knock your socks off!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Note- I am trying to plan out some cool “Author Share” Posts for 2015. What are some topics you would like to hear more about? Here are some I am thinking about:

- tags

- series writing

- making a bad guy into a good guy (sequel writing)

- sequel writing

- chat with a publisher

 

 

 

The Perfect Location- Angela Sargenti’s “She’s No Angel”

Angela Sargenti is visiting today to tell us how she picked the location for her brand new spanking romance. :)

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When I first decided to write “She’s No Angel,” a story about a wealthy young lady who lives by the sea and whose family make all their money from the wine business, I naturally thought of setting the story in Carmel, CA.  If you don’t know about Carmel, it’s a charming little town on the central coast of California, a couple of hours south of San Francisco, near Monterey, CA.  It has everything I needed for my story: beach, ocean, a twisty road where my heroine, Lisa, can crash into the sea with her boyfriend, many charming fairy-tale cottages, and nearby vineyards and wineries.  All in all, the perfect location for my story.  If you’d like to know more, check out my Pinterest boards.  I have one for “She’s No Angel” and one for Carmel itself.  You can find them here:  http://www.pinterest.com/angiesargenti/she-s-no-angel/ and http://www.pinterest.com/angiesargenti/carmel/

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Excerpt:

“If I tell you something, please promise you won’t get mad.”

In my experience, any time a girl starts a speech like that it’s never good.

“What’s going on?” I asked quietly.

She seemed to come to a hard decision then and faced me, an anxious look in her eyes.

“It’s just…I’ve been thinking a lot about this and…I’m just going to tell you.  I’ve slept with twenty-five other guys before you.”

I fell back in my chair and blinked over at her.

“Twenty-five?”

“Yes.”

“Well, that’s not so many, in this day and age,” I said, in a bold voice meant to mask my shock.  “It just means you’ve lived a little.”

She smiled hesitantly.

“Really?  Because I’ve decided to do things differently since Brian got killed, and I’ve been thinking about it since you left, and…there’s more.”

 

Blurb:

The day Dr. David Lethbridge stops to rescue a damsel in distress is the day his life changes forever.  He and Lisa bond right away and sparks fly immediately.  But then she reveals a startling secret to him, and David wonders if it’s worth it to stay with her.

That is, until she proposes a novel solution to their problem–spanking!

Can David take charge and tame the lovely Lisa, or will her dark desires destroy their budding relationship forever?

Buy Links:

Amazon

Blushing Books

Barnes and Noble

 

website:  http://www.angiesargenti.blogspot.com

Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Angela-R.-Sargenti/e/B002XPPFRI

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/angiesargenti

Bio:

Angela is the author of the zombie blog, After Old Joe. She has penned dozens of erotic and horror stories and has written for such anthologies as BDSM, Sex Toy Stories 2, and The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales.  She’s No Angel is her first novel with Blushing Books.  She may be contacted at angiesargenti@yahoo.com.

 

 

Meredith O’Reilly visits! “Learning to be Little Again”

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I’m so happy to have my friend, Meredith O’Reilly visiting me today with her brand new AP! :)

A little Thanks!

Hi Katherine! I just wanted to say thank you so much for having me on your blog today!  

 

Blurb

Twenty four year old Juliana once loved being a little, until the cruelty of the man she had called daddy broke her heart and she decided to never be little again. But when she fails to take care of herself and becomes ill, a worried friend brings her to Dr. Robert O’Connor, claiming that he will understand what she needs. Juliana is embarrassed and nervous, but to her surprise, Robert gives her a teddy bear and tells her a fairy tale to help her relax. Though the exam is intimate and thorough, Juliana feels safe the whole time and hopes afterwards that she’ll see more of the handsome doctor.

 

From the moment Robert heard about Juliana’s past, he wanted nothing more than to take away her pain and make sure she never has to worry about anyone hurting her again. He is thrilled when he asks her out and she shyly agrees. Though Juliana claims she doesn’t want to be a little anymore, he longs to prove to her that age play with him is nothing to fear. Robert is a patient man, and before long Juliana is calling him “daddy”, playing with her dolls, and coloring. He delights in taking care of her every need, dressing her in footie pajamas, and brushing her hair. Even when Juliana is disobedient and Robert has to put his baby girl over his knee and spank her bare bottom, it is always followed by plenty of loving hugs and cuddles.

 

Soon Juliana is eating more and sleeping better, and feels healthier than she has in a long time. But when the man who once abused her skips bail and threatens to hurt her if she continues to see her new daddy, she becomes terrified. Will she ever be free to relax in her daddy’s arms, knowing he will keep his little girl safe from everything and love her no matter what?

Publisher’s Note: Learning to be Little Again is a stand-alone sequel to Little Samantha’s Choice. It is an erotic romance novel that contains spankings, age play, medical play, anal play, sexual scenes, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

 Snippet (Juliana is talking to her friends Joey and Samantha when she realizes that she forgot to get Robert a present for Valentine’s Day!)

“Are you guys getting excited for Valentine’s Day?” Samantha asked, as Dora the Explorer began.

“Oh no! I completely forgot!” I said, smacking myself in the head. After all Robert had done for me, how could I forget Valentine’s Day?

“I am. I made my mommy some neat picture frames. Then, as my wife, she’ll have roses delivered to her at work and I got her some new… a new outfit and diamond earrings,” Joey said, smiling like a fool.

“Did you get Jackson anything yet?” I turned to ask Samantha. I was starting to feel bad. What kind of a girlfriend am I if I can’t even remember Valentine’s Day?

“Yeah! I drew him some pictures of us. Then for later, I got him his favorite milk chocolate candies and an expensive watch that I’ve known he’s wanted for a while.”

“That’s nice,” I said as I began to panic. Sure, Robert and I had only been dating since New Year’s, and that was just about a month in a half. But I knew him. He was going to go all out for me. I had to get him something nice. What should I get him?

“Hey, you okay, Juliana?”

I shook my head. “I-I don’t have anything for Robert. What do I get him?”

“Make him something. All mommies and daddies love when they get homemade stuff,” Joey said.

I could do that. I liked making crafts. “But what do I get the adult him?”

“Anything you think he’ll like. You could get him a watch or maybe buy some new lingerie for yourself and surprise him,” Samantha said.

“Yeah, I guess that’s a good idea. I’ll have to think about it.” I leaned back on the couch and settled in to watch TV.

 

Author Bio Meredith O’Reilly is a rather new author. She still can’t believe that she has had two stories published. As of right now, she is currently only writing age play stories, however she is trying to branch out and find another genre of stories to write for.

In her spare time, Meredith goes to school, watches a little too much Netflix, and experiments with learning how to cook new things in the kitchen. Mostly she tries to balance her life between school work and author work. That’s a task that is easier said than done, most times.

 

You can contact Meredith from one of these links!

http://meredithoreillyromancenovels.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/oreilly29

https://www.facebook.com/people/Meredith-OReilly/100005903835160

http://www.amazon.com/Meredith-OReilly/e/B00M6ALGZK/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8421046.Meredith_O_Reilly

 

Buy Links

Amazon

Blushing Books – coming soon!

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

AllRomance

Thank you for having me over Katherine! :)

 

 

Spank Addy – It’s her birthday!

birthday spanking crew sign

As part of the official spanking crew, I hereby invite all friends, coworkers and spankos, to celebrate with us.

addy birthday couch and balloons

Our awesomely talented, and big hearted friend, Addy is enjoying her birthday today. So stop shopping for just a few minutes.

Roll up your sleeves.

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Grab the nearest implement

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bend the birthday girl over her couch

 

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and commence with the wacks.

 

dont be gentle

I don’t know how old she is officially, so I vote for 50!

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Muwahahaha! 50 hard spanks to tell the birthday girl we love her.

 

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And a pinch to grow an inch. ;)

 

Feel free to comment below, or share in the spanks, by spreading the word!

 

Addys Birthday presents

Ready?

Set?

Spank Addy!

spank addy paddle

(Love ya’ birthday girl :) )

<3

 

Interrogated, Spanked, and a Murder Investigation

 

Hey friends,

I have Mark S.R. Sterling here to share a bit from his brand new book. This one sounds hot! A murder investigation, a fetish dating service, hard spankings, and hot sex.  Mmmm, check out his excerpt. :) (I LOOOOOVE the cover, by the way! ;) )

 

Returning to the living room Carl turns the TV volume down and spins the channel to the all-news station. Then he fixes himself a scotch on the rocks. “Nikki, do you want anything?” he asks. Clearly, his case must not be solved. His tone tells me that he is still troubled with his inability to solve whatever murder he is currently working on.

“No thank you,” I say and assume my position on the couch; I lay my head on his thigh. He strokes my hair and then rests his hand on my shoulder. My hand drifts toward the bulge formed by his penis; I cup his manhood through his trousers.

After a few sips from his drink, he asks, “Have you ever heard of something called the Fantasy Connection?”

I gasp and then morph it into a cough. “Excuse me,” I say and then, “Yes, I have. Why do you ask?” What in the world can this mean? Does he know that I am largely responsible for building it?

In typical cop fashion he doesn’t answer my question, but continues, “What do you know of it?” Is he interrogating me?

“I’ve seen their ads in the entertainment handbills. It has something to do with dating…I think.”

“Do you know anyone who has used the service?”

Oh shit.

“No, I don’t think so.” I carefully tread the truth. What can this mean? I carefully work to keep my breathing even and relaxed.

“It’s just that a couple of their clients have been murdered. It seems that someone is using a stolen identity to meet and date women. When he gets them alone he kills them.”

Snapping erect I exclaim, “Oh my God…oh my…what! Two you say?” What has Lenny gotten me into! This is why he wanted me to scour the database for possible fake identities.

Carl is keenly observing my overreaction. However, he calmly continues, “We think he has killed at least three women, but only two of them were clients of the dating service. It’s a fetish service. That is, they arrange dates for people with sexual fetishes. I thought you might have heard of it.”

Calming myself I say, “Well, I have heard of it. But…,” I stop before I begin to lie.

“Nikki,” he begins to speak with a deliberate slow cadence, “the guy has a spanking fetish. The most recent victim was Becky, Eddie’s old partner at the club.”

“OH GOD!”

“The owners of the service appear to be cooperating, but I can’t help but think that it’s a front for something. I have a gut feeling that something about the operation is illegal and they are still hiding something from us. Ester and I have been resisting taking this to the Captain to initiate a serial killer task force. The service owners hinted that they would not be cooperative with a full investigation of their business, but as we have no evidence linking any suspects to any of the murders we are out of options. Regrettably, I’ve allowed them to manipulate me…into making wrong decisions. However, that ends now. Next week I’ll start the task force. We’ll get the warrants and drop onto these guys like a ton of bricks tomorrow or first thing Tuesday.”

“How can I help?”

Did Lenny tell him about me?

“I don’t know. I was just hoping that you might think of some clue for me,” he flatly states.

Is he telling me all this as a warning? By now he must know that Lenny runs the Fantasy Connection. Why is he being so coy?

I lay my head back onto Carl’s thigh. Does Lenny think that I have ratted him out to Carl? What am I into? I never told Carl about my past relationship with Lenny and Lenny should know nothing about Carl, but if they have talked – OH GOD! Why doesn’t Carl point blank ask me what I know about Lenny?

Carl pulls me across his lap and lightly begins spanking me, swatting through the fabric of my nightgown. Is this sexy foreplay, or the beginning of a discipline spanking – or a real HARD punishment?

 

disciplined date

Blurb:

Nikki is torn between two powerful men who seek to control her life.

Mobster Lenny Fusco wants to go straight. Using his knowledge of her past, Lenny coerces Nikki into helping him develop a fetish dating website. This legitimate business matches couples together based on their sexual fetish compatibility. However, a serial killer has found this fertile ground to hunt spanko victims. When his clients start getting murdered and the police are helpless to solve the case, Lenny wants to take matters into his own hands.

Homicide detective Carl Howard knows that the investigation into the murder of the naked woman on the floor will be far from routine. He recognizes her bare bottom – she was once draped across his lap at the spanking club. As her killer prepares to strike again, the investigation will expose Carl’s own secret life – his relationship with Nikki.

Each man needs Nikki’s help and they will put her over their knee -panties down – to get it. Nikki must decide which man’s discipline to accept.

This is a fast paced erotic murder mystery with loads of spankings and sex.

 

Buy now:

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Blurbs, Pitches, and Cabins – explained by Anna Kristell

I am so happy to finally have my friend, and fellow author, Anna Kristell, visiting. I couldn’t wait to hear about her scary night, alone in the woods, and the cool writer’s workshop she attended, the following day. (Yep, she lived to tell the tale! ;) ) Here she is!

When my friend, Katherine, asked me to write something for her blog about my recent workshop weekend I was knee deep in writing a book and I put her off. My bad, I know, but I’m making it up to her now. What can I say? Hot highlander or blog post, I think you get the idea!

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I attended a small workshop about two hours away from home. I met a lot of wonderful people, learned a lot of things I didn’t know, which I’ll share with you, but first I have to tell you about my experience in the cabin…

Now keep in mind this workshop was held at a Youth camp. There had been some talk of several people spending the night in the cabins and possibly a campfire on Friday night. Since I was driving two hours to get there, I decided I would join the party. When I arrived, I discovered that the plans had changed and that besides me, only the event coordinator and her husband of one week would actually be spending the night. Well that was alright, I could handle a night alone in a cabin reading and relaxing with no distractions, couldn’t you? This is where the craziness began.

I was told I could have any cabin I wanted so I chose a lovely little log cabin in the woods with a front porch. Inside were six bunk beds, a couch and chair and a little table with a lamp beside one of the bunks. Perfect! I trudged back up the wooden steps to my car and unloaded all my gear, bedding, duffle bag etc. Since the cabins weren’t equipped with bathrooms, I thought it might be a good idea to take a walk before dark to locate the bath house. When I discovered it was quite a ways down the road, I decided to move to a closer cabin. I walked back down the steps, gathered up my gear, went back up the steps, loaded the car and drove on down to another group of cabins in the vicinity of the bath house.

I opened one of the doors and the heat about blew me away. Someone had turned the thermostat on high and I couldn’t find the dang thing to adjust it, so I went on to the next cabin. This one was not as cozy as the little log cabin; it was a newer cabin with several bunks, a concrete floor and a picnic table in the center of the large room. Well, okay, at least it was close to the bathroom should I have to go in the middle of the night…

I got my bedding all laid out on one of the bunks only to discover that the only light switch and the outlet to plug my phone charger in were by the door so I moved all my bedding to the bunk closest to the door and made my bed for the second time. I read for a while, talked on the phone, texted, checked my Facebook and my email before finally deciding to call it a night since I had to be up early the next morning for the workshop. Well, the phone cord didn’t reach my bunk so I placed my phone on the top bunk and I was sleeping on the bottom, no biggie. I turned out the light and it was pitch black! Yikes! I quickly got into bed and attempted to go to sleep when all of a sudden a loud boom sounded outside. I sounded like a gunshot. Telling myself I was crazy, I was just about to fall asleep again when I heard the same sound once more! By now, being the writer that I am, I began to imagine all sorts of scenarios. I quietly got up and without turning on the light, because I sure didn’t want the shooter to know someone was in that cabin, I retrieved my cell phone and took it to bed with me, where I lay awake for quite some time, hoping I didn’t have to go to the bathroom until daylight. At some point I fell asleep and when daylight came I opened the door and peered outside. Seeing the other couple walking from the bath house to their cabin I figured I was safe, gathered my things and went to take a shower. When I got to the building where the workshop was being held, the event coordinator asked how my night was. When I told her about the gunshots, she laughed. She hadn’t heard them but she told me the guy that lived next door to the camp liked to shoot his gun. OMG! If you only knew the ideas that had been running through my head all night long…secluded camp…alone…

Oh well, it made for a great story and now to fill you in on some of what I learned at the workshop.

One of the workshops was about writing blurbs and since Katherine expressed an interest in that, I’ll share a little of what I learned. When writing a blurb, you need to start it off with something catchy, something that will reel in your potential reader. After that initial reel-in, keep it short and to the point. Don’t make it too busy. It needs to be punchy, evocative and it needs to tantalize that might be reader. You should aim it at your target audience (age and genre) and it should be neither too long nor too brief. Make sure it’s easy to read and gives an accurate description of your book. No info-dumps, no errors and no confusion.

Another thing we discussed was your pitch. For example, say you’re at a book signing event. You’ve only got a few seconds to capture the reader’s attention. When asked what your book is about, you only have about ten seconds to get them to buy your book, so you will need to have your pitch perfected. Tell what the book is about, make it interesting and make it short!

Author C.S. Marks was the presenter for this very valuable class.

I hope I’ve entertained you, as well as helped you learn a few things you didn’t know. As some of you know, I write sweet romance under the name Anna Kristell and spicier, spanking stories under the name Isabella Kole. If you haven’t checked out my work, feel free to go to my Amazon pages.

Isabella: http://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Kole/e/B00FQ1X8KM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Anna: http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Kristell/e/B00B1LK14W/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1415758065&sr=1-2-ent

I am also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin and Goodreads.

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Katherine here, again. I wanted to share a few books from Anna and her spicier side, Isabella. :)

If you like spanking romance, then check out her new book, Accepting His Terms. Plenty of spice and spankings in her “Isabella” books.

buy on Amazon

 

f you like a sweeter romance, then check out The fab Five Series, by Anna.  I am sharing my favorite cover!

Buy now on Amazon

Thanks for stopping by!