With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas. For each day of the year there’s a dedicated space for plotting your ideas, with a writing prompt to create an outline for a romance short story, novella, novel or even flash fiction. All you need to do is adapt the characters or setting to your sub-genre of romance. For each day of the year you’ll find a creative, engaging, fun and challenging writing prompt, with situations or people to craft your next story. There is also a personal blogging challenge with writing prompts, for romance writers to engage with their readers, grow their following, find new readers and allow their audience to get to know them via their own personal blog or author site. With 356 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers you’ll never be stuck for a romance story idea, or blog topic again! Each month has a focus and fully adaptable to your sub-genre, dip in and out of each day, week, month as you wish.
January- New Directions Love
February- Unexpected New Love
March- Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
April- Love in Unexpected Places
May- Historical, Regency and Multicultural
June- Contemporary Romance
July- Paranormal, Horror and Dark Romance
August- Christmas and Holiday Love
September- Mixed Bag of Goodies!
October- December Romance Writers’ Blog Writing Challenge Prompts
Award-Winning Romantic Suspense and Thriller Author Kim Knight, also shares her secrets on writing realistic, page-turning romance. Also her experience with writing prompts, which has allowed her to co-author two novels, and seventeen short-stories to date. So, romance writers around the world, grab your pen and your copy and get ready to write every day of the year and never run out of creativity. Note the paperback version will allow you to plot your ideas all in one space in the book, and let go of your hundreds of different idea notepads.
365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers by Kim Knight is a great source of inspiration. I was able to copy selected tips from her to write great romances in any genre into my own document for fast referral. It strikes me as good advice as I have written my own romance series the same way she recommends.
The other thing I like about Kim Knight’s book is that after each day’s prompt, she left space for the readers to outline the prompt for a new story of your own making. At the end of the year you will have 365 stories to develop and publish later.
In my case, since I publish about two romances a year that would mean I have enough material for 183 years. In another case I suppose I could use some of the prompts as subplots in the same story. Either way, it’s a lot of inspiration for a writer. You may be able to forget writers’ block thanks to this book’s content.
I will say that this book is a must for romance writers everywhere. You’ll be glad you have it in your personal library.
Kim is born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 title for A Stranger In France). Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
Her body is frozen, unable to move. Her eyes are locked on the blood leaving her body in a steady string of droplets, collecting in the bone ash porcelain bowl engraved with intricate gold leaves. Her parted lips let out a shriek that no one hears. He just smiles and wipes her tears with cold fingers.
“Wow. I think I just fell head over heels in love with a fictional character. Tess Winnett is one of the smartest FBI agents and profilers I have come across yet and with analytical skills to rival Sherlock Holmes. Hats off to Leslie Wolfe for easily the best thriller I have read in this genre for many, many years!” – Manie Kilianon, five stars review on Amazon.
The girl: missing
After fifteen-year-old Kaylee disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is assigned to the case that falls outside of the normal purview of the FBI. With every lead she uncovers, more questions are posed with only one possible, terrifying answer: there are others like her who have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again.
Is there a pattern in these disappearances? What happened to the others who have vanished? Is there a connection, or is Tess chasing shadows?
The first twenty-four hours: critical
Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make, one that could save the life of a young girl: was Kaylee’s disappearance a singular event, or was she the latest victim of a serial killer no one knew existed?
The odds of finding the girl alive drop with every second passing by and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.
The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping crime thriller. If you’re a fan of David Baldacci, Melinda Leigh, and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe’s enthralling police procedural that will keep you reading until the last page.
What Readers and Reviewers Are Saying About Leslie Wolfe
“Wolfe’s strong female characters, who all appear to be flawed, never disappoint. ”
“The action is immediate and nonstop, and just when you think you have it all figured out, Wolfe tosses in a twist so masterful that it’ll make your head spin. ”
“Wow… Leslie Wolfe is an incredible story teller. Can’t wait for more of Agent Tess Winnett.”
“Leslie Wolfe has a wonderful ability to make you feel as if you were right there watching the events unfold in this fast paced and nail-biting thriller.”
Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
into the twisted mind of a serial killer in this disturbing
bodies are being left where they are sure to be found. But, the
killer made a mistake; one victim left for dead survived.
in a medically induced coma while she recovers, they can only watch
her and wait for the killer to come back for her.
Detective Michael Underwood protects their only living witness,
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth are
determined to find the killer and bring his killing spree to an end.
Instead, they discover a bigger mystery.
killer’s reality blurs between past and present with a compulsion
driven by a dark secret locked in a fractured mind. Overcome by a
blind rage that leaves him wallowing in remorse with the bodies of
victim after victim, he is desperate to stop killing.
learning of his victim’s survival, the killer sees it as a sign
they are meant to be together. Threatening her tenuous grip on life,
he is determined to take back his prize while he continues kidnapping
and murdering young women.
to a life of abuse, one victim’s experience becomes her refuge in a
desperate bid for survival.
of killing her, he keeps Katherine Kingslow imprisoned in the dark
while he continues plotting to take back the Jane Doe in the
hospital. How long can Kathy survive and will she lose her own
search for the killer will lead to his dark secret buried in the
past, something much larger than a man compelled to kill again and
back in time to learn the secret behind the bodies in Where the
Bodies Are in this disturbing look at the boy who will grow up to
create the killer.
David McAllister, the boy who will grow up to create the killer.
1981 there was a man who lived on a farm. William McAllister was a
private and reclusive man who, above all else, did not like to have
attention drawn on his family.
wanted only to be left to mind his own business and family and for
the world to do the same. But that very reclusiveness fosters
contempt and suspicion in the people of the small farming community
his family has called home for generations.
McAllister has a son, Jason McAllister. Jason is a troubled boy.
Growing up under his father’s strict rules and isolated from the
normal childhood relationships, he is left to explore his darker
inclinations. Seeing the darker side of Jason, William tries to rein
his son in by bringing him into the family business.
then a serial killer starts preying on local young women. The
McAllisters quickly find themselves drawn into the spotlight when the
town decides William McAllister is the killer. As the town’s search
for the killer focuses on the McAllister farm and the woods behind
it, the threat to the McAllister secret grows.
McAllister family history is as dark as the secret hiding in the
woods. The attention is a threat to both William McAllister’s
profession and his family. He has no choice but to find the killer
himself. He might not like what he learns.
deeper into the twisted mind of a serial killer as he slips further
into madness in this disturbing psychological thriller.
Michael Underwood follows on the heels of book one, Where the Bodies
Are, bringing the first two stories and their characters together as
the search for the killer continues.
Underwood has vanished and everyone is searching for him. Detective
Jim McNelly is determined to not stop until he finds him. Working
with the detective, Lawrence Hawkworth is still chasing the bigger
story he knows is behind the bodies. Jason McAllister knows he must
stop the killer he created before he goes too far. He may be the only
one who can stop him.
to let go of his barely remembered past and the search for his
sister, the killer goes looking for Jason McAllister’s past and his
Jim McNelly is furious. Detective Michael Underwood disappeared
without a trace with the only living witness to the McAllister
murders. Worse, Michael is not who he pretended to be. And then the
other shoe fell.
T. McAllister, tried and convicted of the kidnapping and murders of
multiple women and the prime suspect behind the bodies discovered in
the woods behind the McAllister farm, is being inexplicably set free.
He will not spend the rest of his life in prison.
is determined to find Michael Underwood, bring him down, and discover
the truth about who he really is and what his connection to Jason
with his long time friend, the notoriously unscrupulous investigative
reporter Lawrence Hawkworth, Jim will not stop until he finds Michael
and the answers to the bodies found in the mass graveyard in the
woods behind the McAllister Farm.
McAllister knows he must stop the real killer behind the murders he
was convicted for. As the killer spirals further into madness, Jason
is the only one who can stop him. But, he needs help. He is going to
have to talk to his father, William McAllister, the man who taught
him how to hide the bodies.
Underwood and Katherine Kingslow are on the run. A victim of domestic
abuse and only known survivor of the McAllister Farm killer, Kathy
has lapsed into Stockholm syndrome. Now she is torn between her need
to be with her captor and fear of his escalating psychotic
wants to kill David McAllister in this explosive conclusion.
McAllister must die.
comes to a head in this disturbing psychological thriller.
unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is
only one way it can end. Someone will die.
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what he is
looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
organization ordered the cleanup of the entire McAllister family.
was given to Sophie McAllister.
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth
continue to hunt them down, the McAllisters move into hiding.
McAllster’s psychosis continues, but now Sophie’s daughter is in
danger. He believes she is his tiny sister Cassie.
presence of his now adult sister Cassie does not stop his dead little
Cassie from tormenting him.
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what
he is looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
McAllister must die.
the McAllisters move into hiding, Detective Jim McNelly and his
reporter friend, Lawrence Hawkworth, continue to pursue them. Jim and
Lawrence split up to follow their own leads, routes that will take
them each on their own path to discover secrets behind the
and William are trying to keep the group together and ahead of the
detective hunting them while trying to resolve the issue of what to
do with David, Kathy, Rose Bheals, and the boy Jason brought, Billy.
is becoming increasingly fearful both for and of David and wants out,
but feels trapped. She is certain death is the only way out.
swore to kill David for what he did to Connie and the others. Torn by
memories she does not have and the knowledge of the dark hole this
life will bury her in, she needs to escape.
has been ordered to kill David and Kathy. She may have to kill her
own brother, Jason, too. When the time comes, she’s not sure if she
can do it.
Marjory’s lapses into the foggy confusion of Alzheimer’s, nobody
believes her when she really needs them to, when Sophie’s little
girl’s life is at stake.
is slipping further into madness and, convinced she is the little
sister he lost so many years ago, he is going to take little Lauren
with him. Having his now adult real sister, Cassie, there is no help.
someone reach David and Lauren in time as the blackness closes in and
rage takes over?
V. Gaudet is a subjugated cubicle dweller by day and a Canadian
author of dark fiction by night, a member of the Manitoba Writers’
Guild, the Horror Writers Association, and Authors of Manitoba.
V. grew up with a love of the darker side; sneaking down to the
basement at night to watch the old horror B movies, Vincent Price
being a favorite, devouring horror books, and has had a passion for
books and the idea of creating stories and worlds a person can get
lost in since reading that first novel.
love of storytelling has L. V. working writing and editing into a
busy life that includes a full time job, family, and doing the little
things to help the writing community including offering encouragement
to others in the online writing community and volunteering time
editing the Manitoba Writers’ Guild newsletter and helping with
their Facebook presence, proofreading for the HWA newsletter, and
visiting schools for I Love to Read month.
Gaudet currently lives in Winnipeg with two rescue dogs, spouse, and
Gaudet’s books are available in ebook and print format at online
supremely geeky murder mystery perfect for Whovians, gamers, and
cozy shop, a tricky murder, geek humor, and gaming lore galoreâ€•whatâ€™s
not to love inÂ No
This book is a winner, and I canâ€™t wait to take another turn!”
â€“Leigh Perry, author of The Family Skeleton Mysteries
debut….Readers will hope to see a lot more of the plucky Autumn.”
has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful
business, and a gaggle of gamers in her store every day.
to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every
kind and fosters a community Autumnâ€™s pretty proud ofâ€•a community
that also keeps business afloat. And now that Autumn’s in the running
for a grant, Ten Againâ€™s future is looking bright.
is, until one of Autumnâ€™s gamers is mysteriously murdered. With
everyone in the mall as a suspect and accusations flying, Autumn is
going to have to do some sleuthing of her own to save her shop and
her gamers from a fate more dangerous than having no saving
McFarland has a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University,
which launched her on a short-lived but very exciting career as a
newspaper reporter. After graduate school, she worked for five
different newspapers around the country, writing about politics,
crime, arts, environmental issues, crack addicts, prostitutes, and
parades. She eventually wised up and decided that making up political
fights and crime scenes would be a lot more fun than reporting on
real ones. Today, she lives in southern Indiana, where she spends
most of her time daydreaming about fictional lives and/or thinking
love Leslie Wolfe!Â The
Baxter-Holt series isÂ one of the
best in the genre!Â This was a
great story that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire
time.Â Cannot waitÂ until
the next one,Â Las Vegas Crime,
coming in November.Â Keep writing
Laura Baxter and Jack HoltÂ are
members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and
most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the
middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual
visitors, theyâ€™re searching for a missing girl and the ruthless
killers who snatched her.
When a teenage
girl is daringly kidnapped from her school, minutes after being
dropped off, a frenzied search begins, involving the entire police
force of a city that never sleeps. But forÂ Detectives
Baxter and HoltÂ this isnâ€™t a
crime like any other; it is personal.Â
A bold and
merciless serial killer preys on young girls and leaves them out to
die in the cold and dreadful expanse of the Mojave Desert, unable to
move, to scream, to fight for their lives.
HoltÂ is faced with an agonizing
decision: he can sacrifice all that he holds dear or jeopardize the
life of an innocent girl, his own flesh and blood. The man holding
all the cards in this game of life and death isnâ€™t willing to
negotiate; heâ€™s only willing to kill.Â
Las Vegas, few things end well.
mavericks form an intriguing team. Baxter and Holt trust each other
with their lives, just not with their secret plans.
Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of
traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong
women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up
by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
released the first novel, Executive,
in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from
Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed
growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslieâ€™s
most notable works, The Watson Girl
(2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of
a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his
actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
were the last words The Carnations Killer said to FBI Special Agent
Aidan O’Reilly ten years ago before he went into hiding. He has
tortured and murdered fifty women since then and managed to elude
capture. Now, he’s returned once again, and his new hunting ground is
teams up with Shaun Henderson, the special agent in charge of the
Augusta Resident Agency, to bring this ruthless killer to justice
once and for all. But as each second ticks by, tensions rise and
O’Reilly finds himself in a race against time before the killer slips
Testimonial featured on
the back of the book:
gripping new thriller by Angela Kay that pits FBI Special Agent Aidan
Oâ€™Reilly against the Carnations Killer, a serial killer who enjoys
playing Cat and Mouse with this formidable agent.â€ — Dana
Ridenour, retired FBI Agent and award winning author of Behind The
Mask and Beyond The Cabin
three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night
during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the
swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he
investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the
boys telling the truth?
the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator
Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive
or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the
closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling
deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to
unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he
spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons
and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?
young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and
Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the
most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into
the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to
victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he’s fought to delete
will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his
brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no
clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.
with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University,
Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming
up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.
Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright
contest for her one-act entitled â€œDigging Deeper.â€ Because of
this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater
lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.
KNIVES welds the intensity of Jack Bauerâ€™s â€œ24â€ to the
scorching heat of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETâ€™S NEST.
author is a great talent.â€ â€” Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 1000
a man plummets to his death from an apartment tower, Will Finchâ€™s
shock soon becomes a nightmare. As he studies the open windows above
the corpse, Finch notices a lamp blinking erratically behind a drawn
curtain on the eleventh floor.
he investigates the distress signal, Finch discovers a woman
handcuffed to a bedpost. Over the following week, he uncovers a
conspiracy that ties the murder to a series of bombshells. The
victimâ€™s bankruptcy. A global stock fraud. A murder spree that
began in Baghdad and is now haunting the citizens of San Francisco.
Is this the work of a serial killer, a copycat â€”Â or both?
Knives is the prequel thriller in the Will Finch crime series â€” a
novel that opens on the first day of Will Finchâ€™s journalism
career. Everything that Finch learns about crime reporting begins
with Five Knives.
Amazon bestselling author, D.F. Bailey is a W.H. Smith First Novel
Award and a Whistler Independent Book Award finalist.
2015 D.F. Bailey published The Finch Trilogy â€” Bone Maker, Stone
Eater, and Lone Hunter â€” three novels narrated from the
point-of-view of a crime reporter in San Francisco. Second Life
(2017) is the first in a series of stand-alone books that follows the
characters established in the trilogy. The series prequel, Five
Knives, came out in 2018.
first novel, Fire Eyes, was optioned for film. His second novel,
Healing the Dead, was translated into German as Todliche Ahnungen.
The Good Lie, another psychological thriller, was recorded as an
audiobook. A fourth novel, Exit from America, made its debut as an
e-book in 2013.
his birth in Montreal, D.F. Bailey’s family moved around North
America from rural Ontario to New York City to McComb, Mississippi to
Cape May, New Jersey. He finally “landed on his feet” on
Vancouver Island â€” where he lives next to the Salish Sea in the
city of Victoria.
twenty-two years D.F. Bailey worked at the University of Victoria
where he taught creative writing and journalism and coordinated the
Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program â€” which he
co-founded. From time to time he also freelanced as a business writer
and journalist. In the fall of 2010 he left the university so that he
could turn “his pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown
I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.
What is the name of your new book?
The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”
Tell us more about it.
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tacklesÂ both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.
What genre does your book fall under?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.
Where can we find your book?
“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:
Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/
Tara Tyler, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born: Plymouth, MA; Now: Cincinnati, OH
What makes you passionate about writing?
I want to encourage kids to read and get the message to them that they can succeed as long as they don’t give up
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
about a month
Who or What inspired you to write this book?â€¨
The IWSG anthology contest with the theme: Time
What is the title of your book?
Could you give us a back cover blurb?
Twelve-year-old Casey has no time for her quirky family. Mr. Zander has been searching for the perfect specimen to save his. When Casey walks into Mr. Zander’s clock repair shop, he sees her as a prime contender and coerces her to help him. Hopefully, the machine will work this time.
What genre does your book fall under?â€¨
Sci Fi Thriller
Do you have a favorite character, why?
I like Mr. Zander â€“ he’s dementedly dedicated â€“ he spent his whole life building a time machine to go back and start over
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I’d say the message is to deal with what happens in your life and make the most of it
What else might pique the readerâ€™s interest in your book?
The prospect of time travel has consequences â€“ and the relationship between the girl and her captor
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.Â
I was born in Ada, Minnesota, and now live in central Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.
Really…nice. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Once jilted, twice shy. She was left at the alter, literally, and is still wearing her wedding dress. The wedding feast, including the rock hard wedding cake and decaying food, remain on the table where they were set. She refuses to let anyone make any changes in her life. She has full control over her home, her body, and her finances. She’s powerful and resourceful, and yet has a charitable soul and a soft spot for Pip. I would like to have tea with her.
She sounds awesome.What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful story that changed people’s views and called them to action. She was a mother, a writer, and an activist. I’d also like to have tea with her.
Wow, very nice. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
I would like to see less money spent in military and weapons and more put towards world hunger and taking care of each other. I know it’s naive to write, but I would eliminate borders.
How interesting…I like it. Who inspires your writing?
I have been inspired by many great writers, artists and musicians. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lorna Landvik, Lisa Genova, and J.H. Moncrieff to name a few.
Those are great people to count at your side. What is the name of your book?
My short story “One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology.
How wonderful. What genre is it?
Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasnâ€™t yours? And if you did, what was it like?
Yes, but not so much “as if it wasn’t yours.” It was a thrill to see it in print alongside all the other great stories in this anthology!
J. R. Ferguson,Â Welcome to my post. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.
Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. Iâ€™m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe thatâ€™s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.
Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?
I wouldnâ€™t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. Heâ€™s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since Iâ€™m vegetarian.
He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?
Iâ€™d stay on earth, thank you. Iâ€™d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summerâ€”with option to buy.
I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.
My dream writing spot is just a dreamâ€”a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place Iâ€™ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!
Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?
I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years Iâ€™ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.
Nice. What is the name of your book?
My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.
Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.
Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is tickingâ€¦
Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?
My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?
As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, Iâ€™ve had to continue my research to update the story. Iâ€™ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Donâ€™t get the impression my story is X-rated. Itâ€™s a clean story about a guy who cares.
Really? Where can we find your books?Â
Iâ€™ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.
Jemi Fraser, welcome. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?
I was born into a family of logical people where practical pursuits and hobbies were valued over creative ones. I was always a little bit of an oddball in the family Â and while they didn’t necessarily understand my interests and tastes in art, music, and stories, they always encouraged me to be me. I didn’t consider writing â€“ even as a hobby â€“ until well after my kids were born, but the interest in stories had been cultivated long before that. Still, I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper.
How interesting…What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?
When I did decide to try writing, I did it totally as a hobby for myself and myself alone. It took me another few years before the idea of actually attempting to publish something crossed my mind.Â By that point, I had written a couple of very wordy, very angsty, very bad novels. The core ideas are there, but the novels themselves are hilariously bad.
You aren’t the only one with that experience. Please describe your writing process.
I am currently learning to plot. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but with the help of some very good craft books I’m doing a much better job and finding the revising process less complex.
Nice…Where do you do your best work?
As of romance author, I should probably say the bedroom, but the reality is that I do almost all of my writing in an overstuffed chair in my living room while my TV is playing sports in the background .
Now that is different. Please give us a brief rundown of the plot of “Until Release”.
Early release for good behaviour means Sean Walker is counting the minutes until he’ll be free. He’s not the only one counting, but the others don’t have freedom on their minds.
Wow! What genre is it?
“Until Release” is a suspenseful mystery.
What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?
I think my primary goal was and is entertainment. The world can be a sad or scary place for a lot of people. Fiction can offer a welcome release (pun intended) from all of that reality.
Ha, ha. How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?
I’m still in the process of making this decision. I definitely like both the control of self-publishing and the idea of having a team working with me that goes with traditional publishing. We’ll see what the future brings.
I know, right? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
In the past, I’ve only ever known this for sure by finishing the entire novel. Now that I’m learning to plot, it’s easier to see if the idea is viable or not before I dig in.
Makes sense…Where can we find your books?
Until Release is my first published work, but you can catch up with me at the following links
Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?
Since 2010. Iâ€™ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, Iâ€™m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didnâ€™t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.
I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically Iâ€™m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and Iâ€™m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secretsâ€¦and ghosts. I love telling their stories.
Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
When an idea wonâ€™t go away, Iâ€™ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, Iâ€™ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then Iâ€™ll write about it.
It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didnâ€™t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I donâ€™t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.
Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.
Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.
Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when sheâ€™s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spotâ€”sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?Â Itâ€™s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before itâ€™s too late.
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
The clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
Is there a book trailer for your book?
I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isnâ€™t one.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldnâ€™t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigoâ€™s lifeâ€”especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.
That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!
I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Every successful authorâ€™s advice Iâ€™ve read says to write, write, write. Itâ€™s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. Itâ€™s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.
What are this yearâ€™s goals?
I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.
I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?
the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to
leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances
and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its
national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in
unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service
companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the
black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on
Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and
trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for
the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a
sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II
by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the
picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet
surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as
antique dealers, submit the winning bid.
the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying
land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting
the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s
crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost
patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse
the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying
the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking
her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest
creature on Earth.
in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes with his
wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have
two boys and two girls. Alan was educated at Oundle School in
Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external
student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25
years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which
at one stage was producing up to twenty new titles a year. He is now
74, and so far as self-publishing his first book is concerned, he is
something of a late bloomer. Alan collects books and classical LP
records. He plays the piano and sketches.
homicide detective Anthony Hollownton is called to the scene of his
latest murder case he quickly becomes aware that something isn’t
isn’t the gruesomeness of the scene.
isn’t the symbols written on the wall.
isn’t the image carved into the victim’s back.
is something else, something he can’t quite put his finger on,
something he doesn’t understand.
his partner disappears, leaving Tony alone as the world begins to
unravel. As the body count rises Tony must scramble to adapt to this
new supernatural world. A supernatural world that wants nothing to do
with him and will shut him out at all costs. Until the killer’s
attention turns to Tony. Now he must work within the supernatural
community’s rules if he is going to come out of this case alive.
months ago homicide detective Anthony Hollownton was forcibly thrown
into the supernatural world. A world that has been eerily silent ever
partner is back but will never be the same. Talking about seeing
things Tony knows are real.
least it is the Fourth of July and patrolling the festivities should
be a cake walk.
mutilated body is stumbled upon and now it is all Tony can do not to
jump to supernatural conclusions. Is his jarring previous case making
him paranoid or is there more to this murder than meets the eye?
is a Seattleite that loves her home. She has a day job as a Program
Coordinator a local university. She loves to read, write and create
characters. As well as knit and binge watch Netflix. She is also on a
sporadic book blog and internet radio show with some of her college
friends. She currently lives with her husband and their mischievous
Rotti mix, who always seems to find something new she shouldn’t be
loves to hear from her readers. So feel free to drop by!
AÂ murder at one of the worldâ€™s busiest airports opens this simmering
crime story where a good manâ€™s loyalty is tested to its limits.
Michael Kieh is a full time faith representative serving the needs of
some of the 80 million passengers, but circumstance and evidence
point to his guilt. His struggle to prove his innocence leads him on
a charged journey that pitches love against revenge.Â
loneliness was eased by a series of brief encounters with a soul
mate. When she confides a dark secret, he is motivated to redress a
heart-breaking injustice. Together they must battle against powerful
forces as they edge dangerously close to unmasking a past crime. But
Michael faces defeat when he chooses to protect a young witness,
leaving him a burning spirit in the darkness.
commitment to helping those in need was forged in the brutality of
the Liberian civil war. Protected by a kind guardian, he too was a
young witness to an atrocity that has left a haunting legacy of
stolen justice and a lingering need for revenge. More poignantly
there is a first love cruelly left behind in Africa because of the
impossible choices of war. When Michael and his former lover find
each other once again they become formidable allies in proving his
innocence and rediscovering their lost love.
writing is such that the reader is gripped immediately, and swept
into a plot that packs intelligent themes and emotional depth into a
twisting, page turning read. – The Book Bag
of twists and turns to keep you hooked until the very last page, A
Burning in the Darkness will prove to be difficult to put down. –
Inspector Jack Grayson is hunting a serial killer terrorizing London,
a stalker who watches his prey carefully and displays the bodies of
his young female victims brazenly. But Grayson has a problem â€“ only
one lead and scant evidence â€“ and the body count is rising.
discovers that an unsolved 18-year-old murder case bears all the
hallmarks of the current killings, but he still canâ€™t seem to find
a single, obvious suspect, and he is so far unable to outthink a
must catch a hunter who knows how to outwit the police â€“ a showman
intent on completing his macabre collection. But heâ€™s missing a
vital clue, a critical piece of the puzzle. When he finally discovers
the killer’s identity, he’s completely unprepared for the falloutâ€¦
EliÂ Carros is a crime fiction and thriller author from London, England.
His debut novel, The Watcher, was inspired by the London landscape,
and by what can happen when sexual obsession, abuse, and madness
collide. Eli loves reading crime, fantasy, and mystery suspense, and
is an ardent admirer of authors Steven King, Mark Billingham, Harlan
Coben, and Patricia Cornwell.Â
AÂ trained journalist with experience as an assistant court reporter,
Eli interned at The Daily Mirror and the BBC before he became a
novelist. A strong supporter of causes that promote equality for all,
in his spare time he loves sailing, camping, hiking, and sketching,
and detests getting up in the morning without several cups of strong
Single mom and gourmet cat food
entrepreneur Colbie Summers thought sheâ€™d escaped her tiny
California hometown forever. But when her father needs her, she packs
up her adolescent son, their finicky feline, Trouble, and her budding
business. She knows change is toughâ€”but she doesnâ€™t expect it to
be murder . . .
Between dealing with her newly rural
life, her grumpy, sports-obsessed father, and preparing to showcase
her products in the local Sunnyside Power Momâ€™s trade show, Colbie
has more on her plate than she bargained for. Luckily, she has her
official taste-tester, Trouble, by her side to vet her
Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food line.
Things look promisingâ€”until one of the Power Moms is found
deadâ€”with an engraved Meow-io specialty knife buried in her chest.
As the prime suspect, Colbie needs
paws on the ground to smoke out who had means, motive, and
opportunity among the networking mothersâ€”including a
husband-stealing Sofia Vergara lookalike. And the catâ€™s still not
out of the bag when a second violent death rocks the bucolic
community. Trouble may have nine lives, but Colbieâ€™s only got one
to clear her name and stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect
crime . . .
native, Kathy Krevat has written three bestselling books involving
one of her favorite things: chocolate. She is looking forward to
changing to her next favorite thingâ€”catsâ€”for her new series set
in the tranquil town of Sunnyside, CA.
Wade is an ex-cop with an ex-wife and girlfriends he could never
commit to. Now heâ€™s a private investigator known for his knack in
handsome private eye never has a problem finding customers. His
newest case involves five frantic Mah Jongg players who are in search
of one of their players who disappeared after meeting a man on an
Internet dating site.
is reluctant to take the case, believing it to be just another woman
not wanting to be found. But the Mah Jongg players are insistent that
Marilou did not vanish on her own. In the meantime, they organize a
Valentineâ€™s speed-dating gig inviting all the suspects who dated
Marilou in an attempt to find her.
he watches the dinner play out he begins to realize she may not have
gone willingly when all the suspects are before him. He even hires
his sometime drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend for the event to lure the
culprit out into the open. Steve just hopes no one goes home with a
has to work fast as the case begins to unravel when lies and betrayal
become evident and the truth of what happened to Marilou becomes
clear. Will he be able to find the suspect before they choose another
victim? This may be his biggest challenge yet.
Wade is an ex-cop and now private investigator. His reputation for
solving crimes is growing.
newest client is a man charged with a murder he says he did not
commit. The convict’s sister has evidence that the person he
supposedly murdered is alive and living somewhere in Shanghai after
an old classmate of hers sees a double of the murdered victim while
touring parts of Asia.
the murder victim, a woman, really alive and the man charged with her
does not know what to think. Should he believe a convicted killer who
was once a drug addict living on the streets? Steve however does not
want an innocent man to spend the rest of his life in jail.
a dilemma he must think through and to try to prove the convicted
Wynne is a book lover, a day dreamer and a hopeless romantic. She is
a writer of cozy mysteries with an element of romance. She is a
mother of two girls and in her spare time she dog walks, plays golf
in the summer and of course grabs a game of Mah Jongg whenever she
lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband. Her children live on their
own and her parents are relieved to receive a text message from them
now and then.