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If you are a writer looking for some good resource books to add to your writing toolbox, think about getting Melinda Curtis’ new release.

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Frankly my dear… Creating Unforgettable Characters truly is a book full of tools, tips, and clever hacks to create memorable, realistic, flawed characters.

The book provided the basics for creating characters and conflict as well as offered a fascinating look into eighteen schemas.

A schema is a mental concept that provides the framework about what a person can expect from a variety of experiences and situations. Schemas are developed based on life experiences and the information is then stored in memory. Schemas are created by our brains as a short cut to make navigation easier in similar situations that may arise in the future.

These schemas, and Curtis’ in-depth look into how they can relate to characters, can help drive your writing of characters to the next level.

You can find the book on Amazon today!

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It doesn’t matter if your writing style is planned, spontaneous, or somewhere in between–it’s the character and conflict that sells! Character and conflict hooks in studio execs, holds an editor’s attention, and draws in readers, compelling them to turn the page. So what is the secret sauce? How can you hack into believable and compelling characters? By using a tried and true psychological principle adapted for writers by Melinda Curtis, an award-winning, USA Today bestseller of over 35 books and novellas.

In this book, you’ll find the basics of character and conflict, along with a multi-faceted psychological principle that can be used to create characters who need to grow and change. Inside are numerous tips to create and deepen character and conflict from the beginning of your story to the end. You’ll discover hacks to give your characters depth and provide them with behavioral bumpers so they act consistently throughout your story, until they grow and change in an emotionally satisfying finale. As an added bonus, there are over 100 examples from movies and television that illustrate how to use each principle. That means adding this book to your writing toolbox will help you sell to editors and studio execs, and create compelling reads that bring audiences back for more.

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And if you want to find out more about your schema, you can do this quick little quiz: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/whats-your-schema_1

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USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).

 

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A new release from my fellow Sweet Romance Reads author Donna Fasano!

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WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER, Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 3

Cathy Whitley’s two best friends, Sara and Heather, may have found the men of their dreams… and that’s all well and good for them. But that’s not going to happen to Cathy. She allowed love to catch her off-guard once and it drained her dry, emotionally and financially. She’ll never let it happen again. Ever.

Brad Henderson has been chasing Cathy for years. He’s settled for their on-again-off-again, “friends with bennies” relationship for far longer than he expected. Attempting to swim through the rip currents surrounding her heart has left him swimming in circles.

Then Brad inherits a business worth millions from billionaire Harold Hopewell.Hopewell had traveled the world and was touched by the stories of the people he met. In death, Hopewell is giving back, leaving an unusual will filled with life-altering bequests. Brad can’t believe his stroke of luck. Now Cathy will surely see him in a new light. Right?

One way or the other, it’s time to draw a line in the sand…
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~Donna Fasano~

USA TODAY Bestselling Author
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Please join me in welcoming the talented and entirely awesome Kristin Holt to my blog today. She has a brand-new release to share with us!

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Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship

Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.

Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.

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Feb. 27 Heidi Reads / Bookworm Lisa / Donna Fasano

Feb. 28 Singing Librarian Books / Peggy Urry / Shanna Hatfield

March 1 Wishful Endings / LDS Writer Mom / Getting Your Read On

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March 3 Katie’s Clean Book Collection / Smiling Book Reviews / Magdalena Scott /

Melanie Snitker / Bubble Bath Books

Connect with Kristin online:

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Website: http://www.kristinholt.com/

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My incredibly talented and very dear friend Melanie D. Snitker is releasing Finding Joy – book 5 in her Love’s Compass series.  

From start to finish, the book kept me engaged, interested, and dying to know what happened next. The mixture of longhorns, a good-natured dog, a newborn baby, and characters that you cheer for to fall in love made for a fabulous read! Get your copy today! I absolutely loved this story!

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Sometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.

A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. Unable to find solid footing in his disrupted life, he returns to his family’s ranch, a place he thought he’d left behind for good. The scars on his face are a daily reminder of all he’s lost, yet his mom still insists he needs to stop hiding and live his life again. The beautiful new employee she hires is the last thing he needs, despite his mom’s best intentions, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.

Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. But if she’s going to avoid her parents’ judgment when they arrive in three weeks, she must turn the temporary job into a permanent one. Between dodging mud, feeding longhorn cattle, and dealing with a handsome boss who keeps giving her the cold shoulder, staying gainfully employed is proving to be a challenge. Chelsea may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than Parker’s efforts at forcing her to leave. 

Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they just might find joy beyond measure.

Finding Joy is only $0.99
Now through February 19th
Check out the entire Love’s Compass Series
and experience the stories of faith, love, and family. 
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Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, archery, target shooting, learning about essential oils, and hanging out with family and friends.

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The Writer’s Book Launch Guide from Keely Brooke Keith is an informative, helpful tool that is great for first-time authors and those who are multi-published veterans of the industry.

Filled with tips and tidbits to help you successfully launch your book, Keith’s guide is a valuable addition to your writing resource library.

Although the information she shares is more big-picture than nitty-gritty details, it offers a wealth of information writers need to know.

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The Writer’s Book Launch Journal: A Guided Book Marketing & Promotions Planner

Let The Writer’s Book Launch Journal guide you through the marketing and promotional tasks every author should do to ensure a successful book launch. Filled with checklists of essential tasks, an abundance of publicity suggestions, and questions to personalize your promotions, The Writer’s Book Launch Journal will lead you on the journey to a fun and fulfilling book launch.

Discover how and when to:

  • Ready your author website
  • Craft a compelling book description
  • Rally your writing allies
  • Recruit a launch team
  • Build media connections
  • Get book endorsements
  • Create a media kit
  • Find book reviewers
  • Use social media
  • Create promotional videos
  • Run giveaways
  • Contact book bloggers
  • Let book websites spread the word for you
  • Throw a book launch party
  • Send email announcements

And much more!

Title: The Writer’s Book Launch Journal: A Guided Book Marketing & Promotions Planner

Author: Keely Brooke Keith

List Price: $9.99

Page Count: 152 pages

BISAC: Reference / Writing Skills

ISBN-13: 978-1537300337

ISBN-10: 1537300334

Find online:

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Keely Brooke KeithKEELY BROOKE KEITH is the author of Aboard Providence, releasing October 2016 with CrossRiver Media, and the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press). Her novels are known for blending genres in surprising ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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By Kristy McCaffrey

My many thanks to Shanna for letting me stop by and share my new release. I figured the polite thing to do would be to introduce myself.

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I write historical western romances because, well … to be honest, I’m not sure. I was born and raised in Arizona, so it’s possible I simply ‘absorbed’ the stories hugging the buttes and hiding among the saguaro. I was never a huge fan of westerns (I’m afraid I was a Star Wars nerd) but I love grand, mythical tales and the Old West had loads of ’em.

I’ve always written, ever since I was a wee child, but I didn’t pursue writing in college. I suffer from an annoying amount of insecurity, so I studied engineering in school because I did so want to impress my dad. But the sad truth is that while I had good grades (fear of failure is a great motivator), I was a terribly un-intuitive engineer. But what am I good at? I can filter the magic of the world into tales of heroism, love, and adventure.

I have a movie log, which I started when I was ten years old. For a very long time, I had no clue why I compulsively recorded every movie I’d ever seen (and still do). But one day, the proverbial bolt of lightning hit me. It’s my collection of stories. People need narratives, and writers especially need to keep their coffers of story-bones filled in order to harness the creative well of their own work.

 

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What is my writing process? I’m an amalgam of a plotter and pantser. I’ve written 7 novels (one is unpublished), 1 long novella, and a handful of short stories, and just when I think I’ve got a handle on my practice, I realize that I don’t. Each project dances to its own beat. (Much like my four kids—they all turned out completely different. Phoning it in as a mom never worked.)

So, how to write a book? First, I brainstorm, and anything goes. Second, I do a first pass on research to get a feel for what I can get away with (since I write historical westerns I must adhere to some of the rules of that time period). Then I write and write and write, and often it’s garbage. I will attempt to plot in an effort to make sense of the narrative but almost always abandon it. More writing, and more attempts at plotting. At this point, I hopefully have a first draft complete. My first editing pass is fairly involved. I rewrite A LOT. When that’s finished, a second editing pass is required, but that goes more quickly since I’m just picking up loose ends, bad transitions, and inconsistent characterizations. At that point, the story is pretty much at 85% and that’s close enough to send it off to the editor. There will certainly be more cleanup, with at least one deep editing pass based on the editor’s comments, along with 2-3 more proofreads. It’s generally here that I become convinced my writing is bland, the story is boring, and I’ll scream if I have to read it one more time. So, naturally, it’s time to share it with the world!

 

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99 cents for a limited time.

Can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Molly Rose Simms departs the Arizona Territory, eager for adventure, and travels to Colorado to visit her brother. Robert left two years ago to make his fortune in the booming silver town of Creede, and now Molly Rose hopes to convince him to accompany her to San Francisco, New York City, or even Europe. But Robert is nowhere to be found. All Molly Rose finds is his partner, a mysterious man known as The Jackal.

Jake McKenna has traveled the bustling streets of Istanbul, exotic ports in China, and the deserts of Morocco. His restless desire to explore has been the only constant in his life. When his search for the elusive and mythical Bluebird mining claim lands him a new partner, he must decide how far he’ll go to protect the stunning young woman who’s clearly in over her head. A home and hearth has never been on The Jackal’s agenda, but Molly Rose Simms is about to change his world in every conceivable way.

Please note: Contains mild violence and a sensuous love scene.

Excerpt

McKenna’s jet-black hair curled along the collar of his shirt, and a coal-colored stubble had sprouted on his strong jawline. When he shifted his gaze to her, his eyes put her in mind of molasses. Molly chewed on her lower lip and glanced away, lest McKenna catch her staring.

Shaking off her fascination, she asked, “How did you meet Robert?”

“In a poker game.”

Molly gasped. “Robert gambles?”

McKenna chuckled. “You’ve already been to a whorehouse. If you wanted to remain innocent, you shouldn’t have come to Creede.”

Her backside stiffened. “I’m not naïve to the ways of the world.”

Another grin lit his face. Her breath caught and her heart pounded more intensely. She honestly couldn’t look away. She’d read about people who possessed a charm that swayed the masses and opened doors with merely a glance, but she’d never met such a person.

What was the word she’d come across? Charisma, that was it. In this moment, the meaning became crystal clear.

“Whatever you say, Miss Simms. Why did you come to Creede?”

“To visit my brother, of course.”

“You came by yourself all the way from Tucson?”

“My folks believed that Robert would be here to meet me.”

He nodded, his amiable demeanor slipping a bit. She took a steadying breath to quiet the knot in her stomach that never quite receded. Please be all right, Robert.

“My folks thought that Robert would look after me,” she added, her voice muffled as rain continued to pound on the roof of the cabin. “But I assure you that I can look after myself.”

“I don’t doubt that. I’m at your service, nevertheless.”

“For what?”

“Protection.”

He held her gaze, and a frisson of awareness shot through her. She shifted her eyes to the stove. She hadn’t traveled all this way to fall for the first rugged buckaroo who crossed her path, charisma or not. She had more important things to do with her life first.

Copyright © 2016 K. McCaffrey LLC

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Bio

Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. She’s the author of several historical western romances, all set in the American southwest. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, two chocolate labs, and whichever of their four teenaged children happen to be in residence. She loves to travel and frequently blogs about her adventures.

 

Connect with Kristy

Website: http://www.kristymccaffrey.com

Blog ~ Pathwayshttp://www.kristymccaffrey.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristyMcCaffrey

Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/McCaffreyKristy

Newsletter: http://kristymccaffrey.com/Newsletter.html

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2erVsze

 

 

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A warm welcome to Keely Brooke Keith with her new release!

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A voyage aboard Providence changes Jonah’s plans, but can it change his heart?

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In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea… and Marian Foster. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

Watch the book trailer here.

Aboard Providence ~ Excerpt

Jonah Ashton held two letters, one in each hand, as if the gravity of their messages bore physical weight and his open palms were the pans of Lady Justice’s scale. The papers felt deceptively equal and light, but the words written on them produced heaviness in his chest that could not be ignored. He sat on the edge of his bed in the musty room at the back of his aunt’s fine Philadelphia home and glanced up at his classmate.

Frederick straightened his starched collar in the dressing mirror. He raised an eyebrow at Jonah. “Well?”

“Well what? I must go home. I haven’t got a choice.”

“Of course you do. Stay and fight the allegation so you can finish the medical program.”

Jonah shook his head and studied the letters for the twentieth time. One letter, written in the scurried script of a concerned professor at Penn’s Medical School, warned of a possible criminal charge and adjured Jonah to prepare his defense; the other letter summoned him to his father’s estate in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. He blew out a shaky breath and pointed at the Spencerian scroll of his father’s closing command. “He said to come home at once. He believes the tension between the States will escalate since Lincoln’s been elected. He’s been talking about settling land in South America and I knew he expected me to go with them. I didn’t think it would be until after I earned my degree.”

“Why would someone of your father’s wealth and connections want to leave it all behind and sail to South America?”

“His inherited wealth and connections mean nothing to him, but he has always dreamed of…” Not wanting to paint his father as impetuous, he changed his explanation. “There are unsettled islands off the eastern coast of South America. They are beguiled by the challenge of establishing a new colony.”

“They?”

“Mine and seven other Accomack County families. They are a closely knit church. The minister descended from Swiss Anabaptists. He and my father share traditionalist Christian views and are determined to start a peaceful settlement on virgin soil.”

“An adventurous notion, however, your father’s timing could not be worse for you.” Frederick stayed in front of the mirror, pinching the waxed tips of his mustache. “If you leave the city while accusations loom, it will solidify your guilt for everyone at Penn—except me of course. You could be expelled. Stay here and defend yourself so you can earn your degree with the rest of us.”

“I wish it were that simple. I’d be worthless as a physician without a degree, but if I disobey my father’s command, I will upset him and might never see my family again. I cannot disappoint him, especially after all he has done to ensure my education.”

Frederick shrugged. “My father believes Virginia will vote to secede from the Union and he wants me back in Richmond soon, but I wouldn’t leave town if I were facing a criminal charge. And neither should you. You’ve worked too hard to let something like this tarnish your reputation.”

“But without an alibi, there might be little chance of a favorable verdict.” Jonah wiped sweat from his temple then raised the letter of warning. “It is true. I was the last medical student seen with the patient. But that doesn’t make me guilty. I would never force myself on any woman, especially not an ailing one. This is simply an opium user’s feverish hallucination.”

“But that opium user also happens to be the college provost’s wife, and if you leave, her accusation will stand.”

“Such a charge would ruin my career.” Jonah refrained from looking Frederick in the eye. “Not to mention, a trial could end in conviction and sentencing. I’ve done everything right my entire life and now I’m being accused of the unimaginable.”

Frederick spread his hands. “The woman has no proof. It probably won’t go to trial if you stay and cooperate with the investigation.”

“And not say goodbye to my family? Or worse yet, let them hear about the charge just before they leave the country forever? That would be too upsetting for my parents. I cannot part with my father on bad terms; it would torment me. And I have four younger siblings, all of whom look up to me. I couldn’t bear the guilt. No. They are setting sail in a few weeks. If I were charged, I would not be able to leave the city.” Jonah’s trembling fingers folded his father’s letter in precise quarters and he stuffed it into his breast pocket. He crouched near the fireplace, gripped a fire iron, and stoked the burning logs on the grate.

“What are you doing?” Frederick asked.

“I haven’t been charged yet. I’m going to Virginia, but only staying long enough to say goodbye to my family. They know how important my medical degree is to me, so maybe they will understand that I cannot go with them. I won’t tell them about the allegation. I will return to fight this charge, and my family can sail to South America without hearing of the scandal.” He pulled his silver watch from his vest pocket, wiped its spotless surface with his shirtsleeve, and checked the hour. “There is still time to make the night train.” His already fluttering stomach churned. “You can keep all this to yourself, can’t you?”

“Not if I am subpoenaed.” Frederick glanced at the closed bedroom door and lowered his voice. “I won’t perjure myself.”

“I’m not asking you to. Just don’t tell anyone I have left.” Jonah tempted the flame with the edge of the warning letter. The fire’s orange tongues licked at the paper and caught it ablaze. He dropped the burning letter on the log and stared at the stationers’ watermark as the frantic warning blackened and withered before it turned to ash. He lifted his chin toward the door. “Is anyone in the hallway?”

The knob squeaked as Frederick cracked the door. He put his ear to the chink for a moment and then closed the door again. “No. It sounds like the servants are in the kitchen. Are you really leaving the city right now?”

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith available October 2016 from CrossRiver Media.

What other authors are saying about the book:

“A delightful adventure reminiscent of Swiss Family Robinson, Aboard Providence is one of those novels that will stick with me because I feel I’ve lived it. A captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale I can confidently recommend to a wide range of readers.” –Heather Day Gilbert, author of Amazon Norse bestseller God’s Daughter

“With vivid settings and multi-layered characters, Keely Brooke Keith whisks her readers off on a page-turning journey, not just across the ocean, but within the heart. You won’t be able to put Aboard Providence down until the final word is read and then you will long for more.” –Brenda S. Anderson, author of the Coming Home series

“A blend of history and romance with a compelling inspirational message, Keith expertly weaves an intriguing tale. Fans of the Uncharted Series won’t want to miss this journey.” –Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

“Keely Brooke Keith is a master storyteller, weaving adventure, love, and wonderful characters into a vivid story that will take readers on an unforgettable voyage to a new place. Full of inspirational messages and tales of God’s love, readers will find themselves longing for more. Keely’s story teaches all of us that the journey is just the beginning!” –Christina Yother, author of the Hollow Hearts series

Buy Links:

CrossRiver Media

Amazon

Or order from your favorite bookstore!

Keely Brooke KeithAuthor Bio:

Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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