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My friends and family know how much I love searching for unique finds to decorate my house. There’s something exciting about hunting for the perfect piece to fit in that spot on the wall, on a shelf or in the corner of the living room. I might not even know I need it until it “speaks” to me.

I’ve been doing this forever. Long before anyone ever heard of “shabby chic” or “flea market finds”. You can see me at Garage Sales, Rummage Sales and Estate Sales. Even the city dump. It fulfills my need for retail therapy without breaking the bank, and gives me an interesting story to tell about how it came to be mine.

Today I have a great new piece to showcase. A Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable Typewriter. Only makes sense. A typewriter for a writer. And it had to be a Royal, of course. It looks great on the shelf above my computer and I’ve already incorporated a picture of it into my blog.

What about you? I’m sure there’s something you love to do that is just as rewarding. It could be anything. That’s the beauty. Please share!

 

 

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Writing An Agent Submission Letter

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img_3729After seven days of writing about an otherworldly weekend away with The Silent Eye, it’s back to reality with a rather prosaic thud – this post is all about crafting the agent submission letter.

I’ve written before about submitting your manuscript to agents – while I don’t consider myself by any means an expert, I have had a bit of experience in sending the things out. I also attended a workshop some time back at Bloomsbury, where a couple of London agents shared their idea of a perfect submission letter, and several other agents have commented that my submission package stood out from the others (although no-one has taken me on board as yet – boo-hoo).

So, how do you structure the all-important letter? (I say all-important because it’s the first opportunity you have to make an impression, and we all know how important first impressions are). Well, here are…

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A Hot #SummerRead by Brenda Sparks for the Paranormal Romance Reader

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August is here, and if you’re like me, one of your biggest concerns is finding something to do indoors and out of the sun. So, turn down the AC, grab a cold drink with lots of ice and settle into a comfy chair with Brenda Sparks new paranormal romance

ALPHA PAIR

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How strong is the blood that binds? Tatiana Bolovich is a beautiful femme fatale with a haunting history. Having recently discovered the brutish Demetri Romanoff is her heartmate, she spent the past year avoiding him, but the Fates have other plans.

Demetri commands every situation. A strong, valiant warrior he’s used to being in control, that is until he is kidnapped by demons. Forced to endure unspeakable experiments at the hands of his enemy, the Alpha discovers just how out of control life can get.

Summoned by the Alpha Council, Tatiana grudgingly helps track Demetri down, promising herself that she will disappear from his life forever once the job is done. But matters of the heart are not so easily ignored. Will she give him a chance to prove himself, or will she deny her nature and slip away into the night?

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: mybook.to/AlphaPair

Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5985-alpha-pair.html?search_query=alpha+pair&results=2

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alpha-pair/id1403818041?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alpha-pair-brenda-sparks/1128881136?ean=2940162103929

 

Billowing Flames

The Alpha swung a leg over the motorcycle and tugged on his helmet. “You coming anytime this century, woman?”

Tatiana pulled her helmet down over her dark hair, the blunt ends sticking out from under it like twigs in a nest.

“Hold your horses, Romanoff.” She straddled her bike.

Demetri shifted the bike from its stand and rousted the thing with a kick of his booted heel. He gunned the throttle. “My horses want to go,” he called over the roar of the sports bike.

Tatiana started the motorcycle she borrowed from Marcus with a push of a button. The black beast growled to life. “Well, what are we waiting for then? I bet I can get to the counseling center before you.”

The howl of her engine made further conversation impossible when she revved the machine.

They tore off down the gravel drive, the bikes fishtailing. Bits of gravel spit out behind them. Demetri gunned his engine and took the lead. He flashed her a brilliant smile when he passed, making it almost worth being second place. But not quite.

As they rounded out of the gated fence onto the road, Tatiana cut under him to regain the lead.

He shook his head. Life will never be dull with you, tigress warrior. You are a fierce competitor, but then so am I.

I’m delighted to have you today, Brenda. Thanks for joining me during Hot SummerRead. Good luck with Alpha Pair. It sounds like my kind of escape! 

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Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State.  Balancing her professional commitment to the local school district with her writing is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romances is a passion that won’t be denied. Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.  Brenda loves to connect with readers.  Please visit her online or stop by her website to say hi.

Author Links:

Website: http://brenda-sparks.com/index.html

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/forBrendaSparks

Twitter Handle: @brenda_sparks https://twitter.com/brenda_sparks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/BrendaSparks   

Facebook Author Page : http://www.facebook.com/brenda.sparksauthor.1

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/brendasparks/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Sparks/e/B00B7AJBBQ/ 

Blog: www.brenda-sparks.com/blog

Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit, Brenda. Come back anytime!!

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Giveaway

August 1-21

Enter for Your Chance to Win!

https://bookwrapt.com/distant-worlds-giveaway/

 

Love science fiction, fantasy, and romantic F/SF? How would you like to win an ebook prize pack where YOU choose the books YOU want to win and read from Amazon? Enter and you could take home one of four ebook prize packs, a Kindle Fire 7, or Amazon gift card.

 

(Sponsored by the 36 authors listed below)

Anne Kane • Anne McClane • Aurora Springer • Calinda B • Candace Sams • Cara Bristol • Carol Van Natta • Christine Myers • Crystal Dawn • Cynthia Sax • Debra Jess • Edward Hoornaert • EG Manetti • Emmy Chandler • Eva Caye • Genevieve St-Yves • Jessie Kwak • Jon Del Arroz • Karina Kantas • Kayelle Allen • Kristine Smith • Lea Kirk • Lexi Post • Linda Mooney • Livia Quinn • Monica Enderle Pierce • Pauline Baird Jones • Regine Abel • Sarah Marsh • Shona Husk • Stephanie West • Susan A. Royal • Tiffany Roberts • Tonya Cannariato • Vicki Stiefel • Wesley Britton

 

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Author #SummerRead Exchange-Larynn Ford

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Today I’m pleased to welcome a friend participating in the Author SummerRead Exchange with me. Join us for a tall glass of iced tea and talk about her book, Living The Dream.

Larynn Ford

Larynn is intrigued by the paranormal. She’s a day dreamer and a romantic. She loves to let her mind wander always searching for a happy ending to her dreams.

At home in East Central Alabama, she worked as a cook and cashier before becoming a wife and mother. Earned a degree in Elementary Education, taught school, and worked in customer service. All the while her day dreams stacked up in the archives of her mind.

She put some of those ideas on paper in 2009 and she’s going to keep on dreaming and searching for those happy endings.

Welcome, Larynn. And thanks for agreeing to answer some of my quirky questions just for fun.

  1. How long have you been writing?

I started writing in high school. It was a family-oriented love story that never made it past chapter one, but the notion of writing never left me. I thought about it often for years and after my girls were grown and I had more time on my hands, my desire for reading came back to life. I decided how much fun it would be to create worlds and build stories, so I opened my computer and gave it another shot. I had no idea if I’d make it past chapter one but here I am. Living the Dream is the third book in a trilogy detailing the lives of Lynzi Lancaster and Layne Brady and their journey to happiness.

     2. Are you a plotter, a pantser or some combination of both?

I’m a pantser and a messy plotter. I started my first book, In My Wildest Dreams, totally pantsing my way through telling my story. As ideas for future scenes popped into my head, I would drop to the bottom of my document and jot down my newest idea. I’d bounce back and forth from the story to the ideas section of the page deleting the notes at the bottom as I used them at the top. My form of plotting, if you can actually call it that, has continued through five novels, a novella, a short story, and my current work in progress.

     3. Where do you go for inspiration?

A dark quiet room with no distractions is certainly ideal for thinking and that is in fact where the concept for the Dream Trilogy was born but more often than not, inspiration comes to me. It can be song lyrics that spark a Q & A session with myself, answering all sorts of “what if “and “why” questions. It can also be a cross on the side of a highway marking the place where someone died as it was with A Place To Belong, my fifth novel due to be released in March of 2019.

     4. Tell us about your current WIP.

The book is a spin-off of my second novel, Rescued, which remains title-less at this point. I have never had a problem with titles before but for some reason, this one is still undecided. Rescued was written as a stand-alone book but at least one of the characters refused to remain between the covers of a closed book. Roxie was a mouthy teenager who turned her life around after she had a close call with death and had to be . . . wait for it . . . Rescued! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

     5.  What is the best compliment you ever received as a writer?

A couple of comments made by readers directly to me almost had me in tears. One said the descriptions were so vivid she could see the scenes playing out in her mind. Wow! I mean that’s exactly what writers shoot for right? Making the story come to life for our readers. She really made my day. Another comment was simply, “I can’t wait.” Comments like these make the long hours worthwhile.

     6.  What is something we’ll never catch you doing?

Hmm . . . There’s probably a long list of things you’d never catch me doing but the top of the list has to be, getting a tattoo. I understand they are a form of art and some are quite beautiful but it’s just not for me.

Now let’s hear all about Living the Dream.

Living The Dream

Lynzi Lancaster Brady is, at long last, living her happily-ever-after with the man of her dreams. Their honeymoon bliss is interrupted when an innocent family visit drops her in the middle of the deadly situation they’ve been dodging for so long.

 

The troublemaking relative with a vendetta against the family forces them into a final showdown with a disastrous ending that threatens to take the elder of their family from them forever. Will an ancient sorcerer to able to bring her back from death’s door?

 

Book (trilogy) Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.larynnford.com/p/living-dream-kindle.html

Book 1 in the trilogy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE3B11I/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3

Book 2 in the trilogy:

https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Come-True-Larynn-Ford-ebook/dp/B00NULPUHO/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/larynn-ford/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/living-the-dream-larynn-ford/1128507757?ean=9781682916636

Book Excerpt:

Allvis grunted his disgust bringing an abrupt end to my vain attempts to gain my freedom when he pressed the blade in his other hand to my neck with a firm pressure. I sucked in a sharp quick breath and held it. One wrong move on my part was certain to send the sharp edge slicing deep into my throat. I’d be a goner for sure.

I gritted my teeth tighter. Hands clamped around his wrist, I dug my nails in deep, ripping at his skin to ease the blade away, and relieve the pressure. He put an abrupt end to my efforts by looping my hair around his fist again and jerking me at least another inch higher. The movement caused the blade to nick my skin. I dangled like a puppet from a string in his grip.

Lynzi!” I read my name on Layne’s lips, horror and desperation carved into his face as he screamed for me, pounded the air, and begged Aunt Pet to work faster. Allvis grunted his disgust bringing an abrupt end to my vain attempts to gain my freedom when he pressed the blade in his other hand to my neck with a firm pressure. I sucked in a sharp quick breath and held it. One wrong move on my part was certain to send the sharp edge slicing deep into my throat. I’d be a goner for sure.

Allvis howled again. “Hey, boy! Where do you want me to leave her head when I separate it from her weak little human body?”

Author Links:

Website: https://www.larynnford.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larynn.ford

Twitter: @LarynnFord  https://twitter.com/LarynnFord 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/larynnford/books/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Larynn-Ford/e/B00CELS1V8/

Larynn’s Blog: https://www.larynnford.com/index.html

Thanks for stopping by Larynn. Come back anytime!!

More From My WIP

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From the beginning, I saw Mere’s grandmother as an independent woman who owns and operates a successful café in downtown Titusville.

Long dark hair, pulled back by old-fashioned ivory combs and striking green eyes keep her from having the appearance of a typical grandmother.

She’s surrounded by an air of mystery that makes folks uneasy. And then there’s her gift. She can read minds.

I think Stockard Channing is perfect for the part of Merella Borchers.