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What’s on the Horizon?

Well, let me tell you, I haven’t been slacking. I’m working hard right now on lots of new stories for folks to enjoy! While Stolen Petals hit a snag with Breathless Press closing, I’m submitting it out, so hopefully the story will hit e-shelves before the end of the year!

As far as other guaranteed stories on the way, Decadent Publishing will be releasing Soul Solution as part of their Beyond Fairytales collection. Thus far, the release date is TBA, but as soon as I find out, so will you!

However, apart from that I’m working on some fun stories. I just finished and started submitting a coming-of-age sci-fi romance short story, and I’ll be plunging into edits on my urban fantasy story revolving around hunters and fae, set in Philly.

And right at the moment I’m writing a winter fairy tale, which is turning out way creepier than anticipated.

“Lyra climbed under the blankets and slumber encroached, only the sharp prickle of surrounding ice tickling her nose, and the saccharine taste on her tongue lingering before the darkness claimed her.”

Stay tuned!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Taryn Kincaid

Authors are hard-working folks, and each Wednesday I’m taking time to honor some of the rockstars out there in the field who are spending long hours laboring on lovely novellas and novels for your enjoyment.

Today let’s welcome Taryn Kincaid!

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To kick off the questions, let’s start with an easy one: What’s your favorite quote about writing?

It’s from Mark Twain : “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

Every writer draws their inspiration from somewhere, so what works for you?

Used to be, I had a burning need to write, no matter what else was going on in my life, day job, personal stuff, whatever. Little fantasy scenarios danced in my head, and I put down scenes, bits of dialogue, descriptions. It started when I was 15 or 16 and had a summer job working in the DMV, THE most boring job ever. (I made check marks in a book when people wanted to come in for a written test. I don’t think they even do that anymore.) Now, I generally have no huge craving to write, except on rare occasions, usually when I want to parody something. But what I do have a burning need for is gorgeous book covers. I live to release those. But it’s tricky to do if there’s no text inside. So…

Obviously when you spend some time with a character you get familiar with them. Is there any character of yours that you feel like you could write about forever?

I always fall in love with the hero. Each book is the same. When I started my saga at the motor vehicles office, the hero was named Alexander “Lexy Ripper” Rippington. It went on and on and on and on. For years. For so many years that the infant daughter he didn’t know about was 21 years old, a journalist, and had a huge story of her own. Which also went on and on and on and on. The saga was written in longhand (many, many notebooks full) never published, never submitted, never a glimmer in anyone’s eye except mine!

 Then there was Mark Warren, Viscount Webb, whose Regency tale also went on for an extraordinary amount of pages and has not been published (or submitted) to this day. But Viscount Webb formed a basis (in some aspects) for Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, the hero of HEALING HEARTS, my one and only Regency. HEALING HEARTS is a novella, and I’ve been writing short ever since! Though not here on this blog, obviously! Some aspects of Viscount Webb are also present in the hero of my WIP, HER CAPTAIN, a Tempting Signs story that will release from Fated Desires’ Tempting Signs series in December, 2015.

Every author needs a break and to upload some new surroundings to the mind, so what’s your dream vacation?

Likely a beach on a secluded isle, with plenty of books on the Kindle, fruity drinks on hand, clear water and sparkling tropical stars in the night sky. Although, I wouldn’t mind going back to New Orleans a few more times! The food and scenery are remarkable!

Every author I’ve talked to always has their next project on the burner. What one are you most excited for now?

RAIN, my post-apocalyptic take on the Sleeping Beauty story, which releases soon from Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series. I’m also excited about the Tempting Signs story, which I’m still working on. And I really loved writing my last release, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, one of my very few contemporaries. It was a foodie romance and just so yummy and delicious. The hero, Derek Dunne was totally mouth-watering.

Post-apocalyptic Sleeping Beauty? Sign me up! Now for some personal questions–what shows are you currently tuning in to?

I’m not sure I can name a favorite. Currently, I am having terrible problems with Sunday night. It seems all the greatest shows are on at the same time! My DVR is getting a total work-out between The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Shameless. Then there’s Thursday night, with The Black List and Scandal. Oh, and Wednesdays with Nashville! And did I happen to mention Chicago Fire and Chicago PD?

How about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?

I’m going through Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves series. It’s a multi-author series with a shared world, but the books are standalone. They’re short, hot and written by a bunch of really talented writers! (My own, WOLF’S SONG, was the fourth book released, on January 30, 2015.) Except for the 1st book which is the introduction to the wolves’ world, Los Lobos, they need not be read in any particular order. It’s fun to see what’s coming next!

The burning question hits–what’s your zodiac sign?

Capricorn. And I’ve very much a Capricorn. So’s the hero of HER CAPTAIN! The heroine is an Aries and totally incompatible with him! I’m having fun with it!

Ha, I love that! So, everyone’s unique in what irks them while reading–do you have any pet peeves in books?

Cliffhangers. Especially when there is nothing any place in the blurb or intro or copy about the book to lead you to expect a cliffhanger is coming.

Thank you for joining us today! Where can readers find you on the web?

Thanks for asking!

Here’s my Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taryn-Kincaid/e/B0051R2YEW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1429374360&sr=1-1

Webpage: http://tarynkincaid.com

Blog: http://dreamvoyagers.com

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As always, thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new writer!

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Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change?

This was an article I really needed to read right about now, and it’s one I highly recommend any artistic person, or anyone who’s really fighting hard for anything to read.

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Often I blog about things I am going through. Sometimes just writing things down, sketching out a plan of action, recalibrating MY perspective helps a lot. Hey, if nothing else, I have a blog post 😀 .

Lately, I’ve been in what Seth Godin calls…The DIP. In fact, I am even talking about The Dip over on my Dojo Diva blog for those who want more (and also a better chance of winning my 20 Page Death Star Critique).

*dangles carrot*

What is THE DIP? The Dip is that span of suck before the breakthrough. The Dip is where character develops, where dreams grow, where WE grow. Bad news is this is also the place where most people give up.

I’d love to say I’ve never given up when faced with a particularly tenacious Dip, but I am a terrible liar. Dips are tough. Why are Dips so hard?

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The Future of Stolen Petals

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Originally, this would have been release day for Stolen Petals with Breathless Press. However, as many of you know, Breathless Press is closing doors on May 1st, to the chagrin of many. Truly sad news, given the wonderful community of Breathless Press and the hundreds of fantastic books they published.

What does it mean for Stolen Petals? Well, once I’ve received my rights back, I’ll either self publish, or resubmit the story elsewhere. Either way, it will surface again, and hopefully within the year. In the meantime, you can wait for Soul Solution, a Beyond Fairytales romance set to come out with Decadent Publishing!

A little author insight on Stolen Petals: Viola and Edward were an absolute joy to write, but Viola was definitely a bit different from most of my leads. I gravitate towards the sassy, crass type of women, like Bea in Airship Named Desire, or Neve from Poisoned Apple, even though she wasn’t as outspoken. Viola wasn’t like that. Her perspective was fascinating to write, because it was so different from my own. I’m more honest, tend to blurt things out, and while I can be polite or considerate, I prefer less formal settings. She’s someone who thrives in the formal, because she’s had such a foul past, that sinking into the ritual of upper class allows her to focus on trivialities rather than the turmoil of her mind. For a guarded person like her, those circles are perfect.

However, Edward turned into my sassy, crass character, the exact type to strip away each layer of petticoat until he got to the real person behind the facade. Well, and some literal stripping of petticoats occurs.

 

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Analyze that Quote: Ray Bradbury

Not only can we learn things about the world around us, but we can also learn about ourselves from certain quotes. Since writers work with words for a living, oftentimes their written quotes hold a weight to them and wisdom that we can draw from.

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
– Ray Bradbury

This is a quote that appeals to me personally, because I believe in the results of hard work. What I think this addresses, and in a most brilliant way, is the difference between having a gift and passion. Some people are gifted at art, at music, at writing, or even at science, math, anything. Not that work takes no time, but their genius springs forth even in rudimentary stages, and oftentimes doesn’t require the disciplines it would from most others.

However, same as with any gift, it can be used or squandered. There are many writers who have a gift and potential to be great, but either have other priorities, or don’t care to pursue. Or, don’t have the discipline of one who’s had to work at it for a long time.

On the other hand, anyone can learn a craft, given enough time, work, and passion. Those three factors are of vital importance, because otherwise, it’ll be another abandoned pursuit. The people who achieve their writing success via hard work rather than a natural gift of it though have the tools developed to make a career out of it, because they’ve formed the necessary disciplines. A career requires regularity, not writing when the ‘muse inspires.’ Try that excuse with a boss at your day job and watch you get laughed out of the place.

While that might take some of the romantic whimsy out of writing, I do think it’s a valuable quote for people in the field, because those who are determined and passionate, those who have their goal in mind, will utilize it to further their agenda of continuing to hone their craft and write until they become truly great.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Inge Saunders

Writers work long hours, pouring their souls into their work, and slaving away at the keyboard. And behind each and every e-book you download, or print copy you pick up at the bookstore is an author trying to tell a story. Hence why I’m beginning Meet the Writer Wednesday, a way to get to know some of the hardworking writers out there and the stories they pen!

Today, I’m welcoming Inge Saunders to the blog!

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First off, what’s your favorite quote about writing? There are thousands, but usually one or two stick in the mind longer than others.

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” – Stephen King.

Every writer has their own unique brand of inspiration–what tends to inspire you?

Anything. Everything. It`s such a cliché, but it`s true.

I`m a lover of music and lyrics, so many a time a light bulb would go off when I hear a particular verse of a song. Sometimes it`s finding myself in front of the TV and Pop Culture provides me with a concept for a story like in my first novel for Decadent Publishing, Falling for Mr. Unexpected.

Then there are things I love doing myself that makes its way into my stories, like dancing. My second book, Dance of Love, is about a young woman who aspires to become a professional dancer and travels to Rome to achieve this dream as part of an international competition.

When you spend a long time with a character, you’re bound to get attached. Do you have a favorite? One you feel like you could write about forever?

I write YA under the Pen Name Inge Ulrike, and have written a three book series, that I started posting on Wattpad in the middle of last year. I had lived with those characters for a little over three years. Saying goodbye to them was tough. Every year I knew I was going to write my paranormal slash science fiction story with my kick-ass heroine, Emily, and the hero twin brothers, Michael and Eli. When I completed the series at the end of November last year, I was adamant there wouldn`t be another book. Nothing.

Then early this year a storyline for Eli, after everything that`s happened in the last book, took root. I have since written an outline and the first couple of chapters. He`s definitely one of my favorite characters, because at first in the series he starts off one dimensional, the supporting ‘act’ so to speak, to his older brother. But by the end of it, he`s a fully fledged complex character with so many demons that he begged to have his story told. I can write about him probably for the next couple of years alone. Maybe another series in the making *grin*

In my contemporary romances, I usually aim to make my hero toe-curl worthy *smile* I`m a firm believer in the cheesier the better. I love them with a sense of humor and witty. I like them to challenge the heroine. Damian Davidson in Falling for Mr. Unexpected certainly does that. But that`s not why he`s my favorite ‘grown up’ hero. Nope. I had molded him after the famous Latin singer Enrique Iglesias with his smoldering gaze. I can write about him forever and ever, just so I can have lovely fantasy moments with Enrique *wink*

When you’re writing, many times you have to fabricate the setting, unless you’ve done a lot of traveling. Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Dance of Love, takes place in Rome. But I`ve never been to Italy *smile* My dream vacation would be to walk the streets my heroine had and experience the Trevi Fountain, to make fun memories in this beautiful romantic city with so much history.

What project are you most excited for right now?

Right now I`m working on a fractured/twisted story for Decadent Publishing`s Beyond Fairytales Line. I requested a story and the Line`s editor selected Rapunzel for me because she liked how I wrote my previous two novels with them. I`m enjoying the process. I`ve tried this classic fairytale from different angles and finally settled on one that stays true to my slant for humor, drama, high stakes, adventure and romance. I`m hoping to combine my love for my contemporary romance style of writing with that of my more grand scale YA writing and meet somewhere in a New Adult middle. It`s my first attempt at reworking a fairytale. That`s exciting.

Now for some personal questions–what’s your favorite TV show?

Oh my don`t do this to me! *laughs* *palms face*

I love watching TV Shows. From cop-shows, to medical, to mystery, to science fiction, to law…you see where I`m going with this *smile* BUT if I have to, if I absolutely have to narrow it down to what I`m currently hooked on, I`d have to say Game of Thrones. I`ve been looking forward to it and at the moment it`s the only show that actually has me on tenterhooks for the next episode.

What about in the book-o-sphere? What are you reading right now?

I`m a Harlequin and Mills & Boon junky. I love to read Harlequin Presents and Mills & Boon`s Modern Tempted. Abbey Green`s been showing up a lot on my TBR and Stefanie London, as well as Carol Marinelli. Then I`m also reading Bella Andre`s Kiss Me Like This and Just To Be With You, I`ve just been introduced to her, and so far I`m loving her writing and storytelling ability. Jay Crownover`s Rule and Welcome to the Point series is also great. This author was a surprise to me, completely gripped me.

Then there`s my YA fix I got from the Maze Runner author, James Dashner. The second book had me in a corner clutching my hair, wailing, “When will this be over? Please tell me it`s over!” And then grabbing the last book because I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

I`d recommend these authors, but also ones I have on my TBR list, Rea Rivers who`s got a wonderful paranormal/supernatural The Keepers series out. It`s doing really well. Kathy Bosman who writes wonderful sweet contemporary romance, that makes me envious of her beautifully crafted sentences. Marie Dry who`s got two science fiction romances out, Alien Mine and Alien Under Cover. A breakout star with her first book. And last but not least, Zee Monodee who`s Island Girls series is a wonderful look at Indian culture with the modern, contemporary backdrop of Mauritius. She writes the kind of stories a reader can get lost it, and take something valuable away.

Finally, my favorite question: what’s your astrological sign?

Pisces *smile* Yeah I know. It explains so much!

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Check out her Decadent Publishing release: Falling for Mr. Unexpected!

Inge, Thank you for joining us today!

Tune in next week for Meet the Writer Wednesday!