Sapphire Phelan – World Building Determines Your Storyline

Please welcome the award-winning Sapphire Phelan! She’s here with a witch and a giveaway.

                           World Building Determines Your Storyline

I have always been fascinated by world building. From
science fiction to fantasy to horror, there must be reasons why a character or
a whole slew of characters react as they do in their world. Their actions,
their thoughts, the reason they fall in love with the person they do, it’s all about how their universe revolves.

It determines what kind of story you’re   writing. Like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern
series. She built a whole world, making it hard science fiction. She gave
reasons for why the dragons were needed and how the alien world and its people
were. Now, my The Witch and the Familiar books     are urban
fantasy, even though most of A  Familiar
Tangle With Hell
is set in   Hell. But it and Being Familiar With A Witch, are set otherwise in a city that Tina
Epson lives in. I let readers find that Tina works for an independent bookstore
in town, Cup of Tea and a Book. She lives in an apartment she moved in after
leaving her parents’ house. Except for a few friends, she lives alone in town,
as her parents had moved to Florida
after retiring. She’s mortal in the first book and likes to live a normal life.
But in my world building, my characters never get a chance for that, as unusual
circumstances make her come to a decision for normalcy or not.

World building makes the author research the myths, legends,
and fairytales. If you want to know about vampires, then nonfiction books and
online websites about vampires are a good place to start.. Some of it will find
its way into the book, more snippets later will sneak in. A lot of the author’s
research may never find their way into the storyline. But it’s good for the
author to have all the information for their own use, to look at when writing. One more thing with world building is
readers bring expectations to reading, like rules of beings and creatures of
myth, legend, and fairytales. The reader will have these in their mind. You
will have to take the vampire, werewolf, god, or ghost, and make the reader go
past these rules and believe you made another way these beings to behave. Your
explanations do not have to be the most fantastic, but you do have to have
them.

World building should include something else: background.
Think of a movie. You have the main actors. But you also have the extras, or
background as they are called in the movie business. You’re thinking, “No,
extras aren’t that important, not when your hero or heroine is the real focus
of the story.” But let’s look at the newest movie out, Hunger Games. Katniss
Everdeen volunteers to be in the games as tribute to save her younger sister
whose name had been drawn from the girls’ bowl for the Reaping. When Effie
Trinker says, “Let’s give a big applause to our newest tribute,” no one says a
word or claps. You know what they are truly saying. So those extras are
important to the scene. The same goes for the book or short story you are
working on. In A Familiar Tangle With
Hell,
Tina and the demon bunny, Fluffy, are traveling through Tantalus, a
part of Hell, encountering demons and lost spirits. These characters may not be
in the story again, but at this point and time, they flesh out Hell, as much as
descriptions of this version of the Pit looks like do.

When you build your world, another thing is you must be
consistent in your rules. That means keeping them as you began them. Editing
will help in catching these kinds of mistakes. A good critique partner for just
this would be another great thing to have. I have files on various important
characters in my stories, their traits, what they do, etc… and use these to go
back to if something comes up that I’ve forgotten about my character. After all, if what you’ve written goes
against any of the rules you’ve created in your world, then there has to be a
logical, rational reason it happens differently at the time, reasonable to you
and the readers. Such as if iron is poisonous to the fey, but suddenly later in
the story, the character can pass through a fence of iron, there must be a
reason why they can do this time (maybe they had found a spell that enables
them to). Don’t just have them unable to do something because it isn’t
convenient to your story. Being consistent is what makes the suspension of
disbelief your readers are willing to have held together.

Your world’s
historical past should not overwhelm or dominate your current story. If it
does, then you will bore your readers, most of all, you’re writing the wrong
fiction. A paragraph of it will be all you need.

Is there an
inventive language in your story? It’s okay, but don’t make it so difficult for
your reader to understand that they can’t follow along or have to wade through
it. If it makes your reader stop to figure out and ponder about it, well, it
isn’t helping your pacing. The reader needs to be engrossed in the story so
much they can’t put it down, and at no time, should it make them stop and close
that cover. If the reader needs a degree to understand your book, then you lost
the battle to keep most readers engrossed in your tale. Glossaries are a useful
way to deal with this, but better if you don’t make your reader stop so much
your reader to keep reading ahead. That’s not to say you can’t (after all, I
have in my Witch and the Familiar
books—demon speech when doing a spell). But nothing that will stop the reader
from reading.

World building is
fun, as long as you think about presenting your world right. It’s all about
drawing in your readers and keeping them coming back for more. It’s about
giving them a vacation from reality they can suspend disbelief and enjoy.

Leave me a
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Sapphire Phelan

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Blurb:

Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a
prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she
can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn’t do it and stop the
demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won’t
stand a chance in Hell.

A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal-another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth? 

Excerpt
from The Witch and the Familiar
(adult in nature as is the book, so only 18 and older can read—when my erotic
urban fantasy heroine meets Fluffy the demon bunny for the first time):

She leaned back
against the rocky wall in the cave and heaved a sigh of relief.

“Who are you?”
asked a sweet little voice.

Wary, for in
Hell, a child could be deadly, Tina muttered another spell and lit up the cave
to see who the voice belonged to. Startled, she saw a cute little white bunny,
wiggling its fluffy tail.

What the—

“I am Fluffy.
Who are you?” it asked, hopping closer.

Tina dropped
into a crouch, putting out a hand. “I’m Tina.”

Fluffy stopped.
“I am hungry. So very hungry. May I munch on you?” It opened its mouth
incredibly wide and revealed sharp, bloody fangs, with what looked like a
couple of pieces of flesh caught between in the back.

Tina leaped to
her feet. “No, you may not eat me.”

The bunny from
Hell cocked its head, puzzled. “Why not? 
Lucifer has never stopped me from doing it to other unlucky living
mortals who ended up here.” Its eyes darkened, going to a hell spawn gleam. “My
master has even let me nibble on souls, too, though those do not taste as good
as real flesh.”

“Well, there it
is!  Your master would not like it if I
ended up on your dinner plate a pile of bones.”

“Why?”

“Because
specifically, he had me brought to Hell to become the mother of his child.”

The tiny fiend
looked downcast. “Master would give me to demons to roast over a fire if I do a
stupid thing and eat you.” It looked up at her and Tina felt chills as a parody
of a cunning grin flitted across its mouth. Back on Earth real rabbits did not
grin.  “But once you give Master his
child, then maybe he will be grateful to Fluffy because I take you to him.”
Fluffy stared up at her with big, round eyes. “I do not think he would want you
roaming around Hell. Other demons may not be as smart as me and would go ahead
and swallow you.”

Tina said, “But
there’s a demon out there in its spirit form. I just managed barely to get away
from it.”

“Open up.”

With a sigh,
Tina spoke a word and the rock covering the entrance vanished. But once they stepped
out Xaphan faced them. Fluffy hopped over to him and opened his mouth wide. To
her shock and horror, the little fiend sucked in the entire demon with a loud
slurp. Fluffy patted its bulging belly that promptly shrunk back down to normal
size.

This did not
bode well for her.

Tina couldn’t
understand how something that looked as adorable as its name suggested could be
so evil. Fluffy nipped at her heels, forcing her to walk.

“Wait!” she
said, turning around to look down at Fluffy. “How does Lucifer treat you?”

Fluffy’s brow
wrinkled. “Treat me? What do you mean?”

Tina kneeled
down at Fluffy’s level so she could directly into the demon’s eyes.

“Does he give
you treats, not because you earned them, but because he likes to? Does he treat
you like a pet or as an equal? I mean, you’re a talking rabbit. Back in the
mortal realm that’s pretty rare. Forget rare, there isn’t a talking bunny there
except in books, movies, and cartoons.”

“My master lets
me eat any fool I catch in Hell, but I have never received a tre— What is a
treat?”

“In the mortal
realm people who love their dogs or cats give them a snack. Pet bunnies get a
carrot or dandelions from their owners.”

Fluffy sat up on
its hindquarters. “I have never received anything like that. Mortal rabbits
like vegetables? They do not eat meat?”

“I never met a
rabbit until now that didn’t eat veggies. The closest to fresh kill for a bunny
on Earth is ripping a carrot or a root out of the dirt.”

“Are carrots
delicious?”

Tina nodded.
“Yes, they are.”

“I would like to
try one.”

“Let’s see if I
can magic one up for you. Some parts of my magic work in Hell, but others
don’t.”

Carrotso
link
.” A small carrot appeared on the palm of her hand she held open. It
didn’t look that great.

It would have to
do.

She handed over
the carrot to Fluffy who took it between its paws and began nibbling on it.
Having fangs instead of normal bunny teeth enabled it to gnaw down the taproot
quickly.

Fluffy looked
up. “Not too bad. I wonder why my master has never introduced me to this
carrot. I still like meat, but this carrot has flavor.”

“Has Lucifer
always had you on a strictly meat diet?”

The rabbit
nodded, wiggling its ears. “Oh, yes. He has had me since I was just a demon. To
try an experiment, he added genes from carcasses of dead rabbits and wolves he
got from the mortal realm. He said the wolf genes would make me a carnivore and
the idea of a bunny being a predator tickled his funny bone.”

“I bet it did,”
mumbled Tina under her breath. “Bastard.”

“What?”

“Nothing. If you
like that carrot and since my magic is not too trustworthy in Hell, if you
magick me to the mortal realm I can get you plenty more carrots.”

Fluffy looked
suspicious. “Are you sure you’re not trying to trick me?”

“You said you’re
smart—right? And being a demonic entity, you must have powers I would assume.
So if I do any funny business in the mortal realm, you could whammy me or
something.”

“That is true.
Except like you, my conjuring is not at full strength right here in Hell. Only
the master’s is at full power. It’s his way of ensuring none of us do a repeat
of the rebellion in Heaven.”

Great,
thought Tina. “Do you know where any of the portals that lead back to Earth are
at?”

Fluffy grinned.
“I do.”

Tina stood up.
“Then lead on, Mr. or is it Miss Fluffy? Are you a boy or girl?”

“I do not know.
Big L never told me.”

“Well, you sound
exactly like how a five-year-old boy might sound like, so until we find out
otherwise, I guess I will think of you as a guy.”

Fluffy hopped
ahead of Tina. If she didn’t know his true nature, that this rabbit was more
deadly than a full-grown African lion, she would have thought him sweet and
cute.

Yeah, as cute
as a hungry boa constrictor
. Keep your eyes on the little monster,
otherwise you might find yourself gnawed on.

Still cold, Tina
wondered if her magic would work enough for her to bring up a coat or sweater,
or the very least, a shawl. She thought one word.  Molos!  A sweater appeared around her shoulders and
she put her arms through the sleeves, slipping it on. She felt somewhat warmer.
She couldn’t wait to get out of this place and back home. A cup of hot
chocolate would be first thing on her list of priorities.

Well, after she
found Charun first and attacked his hot body. She felt pretty sure he could
heat the fire within her even faster than a cup of hot chocolate.

Tina missed him.
Missed his arms circling her body when he pulled her into his embrace. Missed
the way his lips danced on hers, while his hands skimmed her body with hungry
urgency. And most of all, she missed the way he brought her magic along with
her need out of her, as she screamed his name.

Heat rose as
lust and love raged like a fire inside her body. Tina fought to tamp down the
need as this was not the right time and place to have it.

Not with a
lustful Lucifer wanting to mark her as his and demons and monsters ready to
flay her flesh with fang and claw.

Tina paused and
leaned against a rock. Tears sparkled in her eyes, almost blinding her.

“Oh, Charun,”
she said with a moan. “Where are you?” 

Sapphire Phelan’s Bio: 

Sapphire Phelan has published erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with a couple of erotic horror stories. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist. The sequel to it is A Familiar Tangle With Hell, released June 2011 from Phaze Books. Both eBooks were combined into one print book, The Witch and the Familiar, and released April 24, 2012.

She admits she can always be
found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband,
and even the cats sometimes suffer for it! 

Find out more about Sapphire Phelan at http://www.SapphirePhelan.com.

Can purchase the paperback
book at http://www.phaze.com/book.php?title=The+Witch+and+The+Familiar

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Also for those in UK
at Amazon UK.

Welcome to A Hero’s Hop! Come Love A Secret Agent!

A Hero’s Hop is on! 
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Hunks and prizes, what more could you want? A secret agent, you say? Well, you have come to the right blog.
My hero Falcon is up next on the hop so let’s get started. 

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address so I can put your name in the hat for the giveaway Falcon has personally lined up for you: $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Falcon, I appreciate your taking time out from your killing schedule to be with us on the Hero’s Hop. Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up on the streets, learned to kill there. But I’m not all bad. At The Organization our main focus is on the criminal element, whether it be illegal arms dealers or corrupt politicians. 

Is that what you do best? Kill?
My partner Granger thinks so. Angel prefers not to think about my work. It isn’t easy for a killer to be in a relationship. What do you say? I’m going to kill in Kiev, see you in six months?

Speaking of Angel, how would she describe you if she were here? 
A better liar than she is. She can’t hold a poker face to save her life. 
That’s one of the things I love about her. She’s still so innocent, even after all that’s happened in our lives.

guess it’s safe to say Angel is your guilty pleasure?
I can’t get enough of her. 
 
Give up three of your deepest, darkest secrets. 
Come on, you can’t ask a secret agent that kind of a question.
      
     Should I let Angel in on this interview? 
     Angel is sleeping. I guess you could say I rocked her to sleep.
     
      Is that so? Well, I’m sure she would love the opportunity to discuss that ‘better liar’ line.  
     All right, all right. That tigress would claw my eyes out. She’s an English Rose but I’d swear she grew up with my dad’s side of the family in Sicily. Here’s my three.
     First off, Angel has no idea what’s coming for us, and that scares me. Sometimes I want to tell her. Sometimes I just want her to have the husband, kids and life she deserves without having to worry how long she’ll have them. 
     Second, I don’t want our children to grow up in a world where il Dragone is watching them, knows who they are and waits to extinguish the gifts their ancestors gave them. 
     My third secret, something I can’t ever tell Angel now that she knows we’ve lived before, is that I’m going to hunt down all il Dragone. I’m going to kill every last one of them, even if it takes the rest of this lifetime into the next. 

     Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. Any last words? 
     Do unto others, you know the rest, because there are those out there whose memories last longer than a lifetime.   
     Maybe you won’t ever meet il Dragone, but if you do, you’re welcome to join me and Grange at the Organization.    


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Blurb

Angelina is
a classical violinist and daughter of a dynasty with one passion; her
Stradivarius.

Falcon
wants the Stradivarius in her possession, and goes undercover to track down a
thief. But he is not the only killer in search of the violin.

il
Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, wants revenge for a past only they can
remember.

Angelina
wants to go unrecognized when she leaves her family’s Yorkshire estate to play
in a symphony in Italy. But the Stradivarius, a gift from her deceased
instructor, opens a door to hatred that is centuries old.

Falcon’s Angel is a paranormal
romance novel of love that ended in tragedy in eighteenth century England. That love
is tested in a fight of good versus evil some two hundred years later. This
time around Falcon and Angel have an opportunity to learn something that can
put a stop to the cycle of murder and mayhem, if they can stay alive long enough to trust each other.


Bio

If you asked me which is easier, writing songs or
writing novels, I would say it was the former. Melodies and rhymes are second
nature. What my characters want is another thing entirely. With my debut novel,
Falcon’s Angel, I learned to
listen to my spunky heroine and sinfully confident hero. They’re funny and in
danger, and that’s just the way they want it. Lesson learned: don’t try to save
them.

When I’m not writing, I exercise my lungs at my
son’s soccer matches and our favorite theme park, because everyone knows it’s
easier on the stomach to scream your way down a roller coaster.

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Jennifer Labelle talks Leather and Pleasure

Erotica vs. Porn, You decide?

Is an erotic romance considered the same
as porn? I certainly don’t think so.

To me, erotica is a loving romance with
sex, and porn is just sex without the love. Both are made solely for your
entertainment, but they are two totally separate categories.

Erotica is there to stimulate your mind
as well as your excitement with a well thought out and detailed plot, while
porn is straight to the nitty gritty, get down and dirty, fuck me baby, wham
bam thank you, Mam… and we’re done. They even got rid of the cheesy acting they
used to do in the 80’s and 90’s. At least then it was a little comical.

Every writer strives to not only
stimulate your mind, but do their best to hook you in with your emotions as
well, which in my opinion makes all the difference. After all, take the sex out
of porn and you’ve got nothing left,  but if you take the sex out of erotica you
still  have the romance to enjoy, right?

When I started writing I began with   contemporary romances, but then my muse   steered me in the direction of Leather
and       Pleasure and a series of kinky shorts were     born. For the fun of it I got my
husband to     read them as soon as I could get the ideas on to the page and had so
much fun with it I       decided to continue on with a few others, but his reaction
to them was sort of funny when   he said, “Holy shit, you aren’t really going to promote these are you?”

My reaction was, “Well yeah, why not?”
and honestly my Leather and Pleasure series is my best selling work to date. Sex
sells what can I say, and when you combine sex with a loving relationship you
can never go wrong, no matter how kinky it is.

Writing erotic romances is not an easy
task, and I enjoy it because not only do I get to unleash my inner dirty girl,
which is fun, but I also get to write an amazing love story to go along with
it. Emotions make the experience more fulfilling and I hate when people jump to
conclusions about things they don’t understand, including this subject, where
as I can shrug it off most of the time, some authors can get seriously offended
when the two are compared.

So whether you’re into porn, erotica, a
little of both, or none at all, I say don’t be so quick to put a label on it
and just enjoy life.

Erotica vs. Porn, What’s your take on it?
Answer the question in the comments section with your email address for a
chance to win Leather and Pleasure, the first installment to my Leather and Pleasure series.

Best
wishes,

Jennifer
Labelle

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The
Leather and Pleasure series:

Leather
and Pleasure,

Rowan Avery Walker is planning to
surprise her husband after ten years of marriage. On their anniversary she
decides to enact one of his most desired fantasies, and there’s no
traditional night out on the town for this couple. She’s no stranger
to role play, and when it comes to bedroom pleasures she likes to walk on the
wild side. 

Ryder has never loved his wife more, and
has a feeling that it’ll be a night to remember. Starting off with unique
gifts that peak his curiosity, his suspicions are confirmed when they pull up
to their favourite members only club. Where desire lives, fantasies are
enacted, and the words leather and pleasure take on a whole new meaning. Rowan
makes it an anniversary he’ll never forget.

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When
Sparks Ignite (Leather and Pleasure 2),

Rhys
Evans should feel on top. He’s got a booming business, money, and the subs are
a dime a dozen in his ever growing, popular fetish club, Leather and Pleasure.
So why is it that he feels unfulfilled? There’s something missing in his life,
and it isn’t until he meets Eden that he realizes she’s the one he needs to
ignite the passion that he lacks to go on.

Eden
Mayer is tired of living her regular routine, and has been feeling way too
lonely lately. So, when her best friend suggests she try out this new club
she’s never heard of before, she decides to throw caution to the wind and check
it out. What she’s met with is a night she’ll never forget, a new experience
she vows to keep, and the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on. Rhys Evans
makes it a night she’ll never forget.

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Sinfully
Sexy (Leather and Pleasure 3),

Two
women, one man, a fetish club, and one sinfully sexy night together…

Sable
Dixon and Lila Davis have been lovers since they started working at the ever
popular fetish club Leather and Pleasure,
but Lila has curiosities and would like to know how Sable feels about
having a third join them sometime. Sable is all for it and quickly invites
Parker into the mix. He’s good looking, respectful, sexy as hell and there’s no
one else she’d rather share Lila with. One invitation turns into so much more
where fantasies live, and one sinfully sexy night just may need a repeat.

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Naughty
Noel (Leather and Pleasure 4),

Noel
Lewis has had a lot of firsts in her life, but this holiday season she’s making
memorable. She’s the star of her first holiday performance at the fetish club
she works at, Leather and Pleasure, and finds herself leading her first ménage
a quatre for hundreds to see, unleashing her naughty side. Nervous at first,
she soon realizes that she’s a natural on stage and aims to please.

Julian,
Jake, and Josh love to be dominated, and when they get an offer to accompany
the sexy new waitress to perform the holiday show, they all jump at the chance
for different reasons. Jake, and Julian like to play the field, but Josh has
secretly admired her since she started working there. So when the chemistry is
so great between them while performing, he’s thrilled hoping it will help
convince her that they’d be great together.

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A
Wicked Wager (Leather and Pleasure 5),

Kayla Evans returns home to open a new
business and help out her family. She’s been away at school for too many years
putting her life on hold, and she’s looking forward to living it again. She
goes to the popular fetish club, Leather
and Pleasure
to meet with her older brother, the club’s owner, and is faced
with a sexy as hell bouncer who refuses to let her in. With a mutual attraction
and some chemistry they both can’t deny, Jake brings out her playful side, and
wagers are made.

Jake Collins has worked at the club for
years. He’s good friends with several co-workers, including his boss Rhys. So
why is it he never knew about his sister? Kayla has him turned inside out
almost immediately, laying all the cards on the table as she challenges him
time and time again. She’s like no other woman he’s ever met and he’s
determined to have her.

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Jenna Storm: The Evolution of An Idea

Welcome, Jenna! 

Congratulations on your new release The Burning Seal. 
I can’t wait for you to get into this most intriguing topic – reincarnation! Take it away!

Hi Danita! Thanks for
having me on your blog today. I appreciate the chance to visit and meet some of
your blog followers. I wanted to share with you and readers how I came up with
the idea for The Burning Seal, published in March by Muse It Up Publishing.

The Evolution of an Idea                                                                                                            By Jenna Storm

  I’ve been writing for
several years, researching the industry, sending out submissions, receiving
rejections *smile* it’s part of the process and it wasn’t until this past year
that I experienced the joy of having my work accepted by a publisher. I consider
myself very lucky to be a part of Muse It Up Publishing! Now I’m even luckier
because my book released on March 23rd and I’ve had the pleasure of working
with two wonderful editors at Muse, Nancy Bell and Valerie Haley who have
helped me make The Burning Seal ready for readers and a very talented cover
artist, Suzan Safi who created a perfectly eerie cover.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Now onto what I’m really
here to talk about…the evolution of an idea. Specifically, my story. My idea.
Years ago–yes, it took that long to get this story published–I had a question
run through my brain, what would it be like if major events in our lives
repeated and we were given a chance to correct a failure? Hmmm. For major
events to repeat the characters involved must reassemble to play out their original
role. Of course, reincarnation. Now, if the same soul reborn could remember the
pain and suffering from each life and carry the scars with them for each
rebirth well…that would be some heavy internal conflict my characters might
suffer. 

 Voila! Souls were scarred
and internal conflicts born. I didn’t stop there…I added the five elements,
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, Hierarchy demons, struggles for domination,
magic, an ancient grimoire thought to be a myth and psychic abilities. I’m
pleased to say the ideas continue to flow for the series and it’s exciting to
see it expand. I wish all the writers who are enjoying this blog the best of
luck for their future writing career. Remember, the smallest idea when
questioned, poked and prodded can expand and take on deeper meaning.

Blurb:

Detective Danni Keegan is
plunged into a dark, demonic world where survival depends on deciphering the
connection between ritual killings, and a demon terrorizing her for a “gift”
she wasn’t even aware she possessed. She must unravel her dreams of
another woman who lived during ancient times and battled a bloodthirsty
demon—the same demon who now hunts Danni. The loss of her body and soul
looms imminent as her only chance to destroy the demon depends on changing her
new partner’s convictions. He is a sinfully sexy man, who exudes power and
self-assurance with the ease of breathing and has an iron-willed determination
not to believe in the paranormal.


Excerpt:
(Danni, the heroine of the book is a psychic and she’s about to relive another
woman’s  long ago battle with the demon)

          She
stared at her bare feet visible because the hem of her dress tangled around her
legs. Beyond the demon, mauve spires from a far off castle shot into the sky.
The majestic sight, coupled with the cumbersome dress she wore spoke of an
ancient time. He wrenched her arm, drawing her to the very edge of the cliff as
she teetered on her toes. The wind gusted off the ocean and batted her body.
Her mind slipped gears and fought to understand what happened.

           Below her the angry sea roiled, while above,
steel gray clouds churned, obliterating the once sunny sky. One minute she was
in her house fighting an insurmountable force; a demon, and the next she was
outside where the air smelled clean, unspoiled and the ocean slammed the rocks.

          The
beast’s hands tightened. She feared his strength would shatter her bones. The
edge of the cliff loomed too near. “Sara, the book,” the voice demanded.

          She
felt like the only passenger on a runaway freight train. No. That wasn’t
entirely true. Impossibly, Sara was here too and the unknown woman’s hate for
the demon overpowered everything and prompted Danni to speak things of which
she had no understanding.

          Scathing
words fell unbidden from her lips. “You are a soulless beast from hell. A
demon. You will not command me.” Her shrill vow rippled in the air, the words
bowing under the weight of her promise.

           Realization rushed through Danni and soured her
stomach as everything clicked into place. She was a prisoner, a conduit, forced
to endure Sara’s experiences, speak Sara’s words while retaining her own
thoughts and emotions.

          She
didn’t know why the other woman chose her to speak through.

          Nothing
makes sense. Not from the moment I opened my front door and let the demon in,
to this moment, when I feel myself growing smaller as Sara takes over my mind
and body. Her heart raced. She tried to scream, to push the foreign energy from
her, but she wasn’t strong enough. At this moment, for this portion of the
battle it wasn’t her turn to speak or fight. Terrified, she was unable to stop
Sara from taking complete control and slotting her into the role of voyeur.

          “I’ll
never tell you the book’s location. I’ll never give you more power to kill the
innocent. I won’t let you start the cycle of death, to turn the tides of power.
You will never release the Hierarchy from their chains to walk the earth again.
I know you’ll kill me, but I’ll never give you what you want. Never!”

            “You offer your life so easily,
Sara. What about those you love? Can you protect them forever, through the
centuries even? I think not.” He gnashed his teeth, a rabid beast looking to
consume her. “While I torture you and bring hell to your feet, I will slaughter
those around you and you’ll beg for death.”

The Burning Seal, The
Elements Series: https://museituppublishing.com

Blog: http://jennastorm.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Storm/111299362263109

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JennaStormWritz

Founder of MFRW, Kayelle Allen!

This weekend we’re in for a treat! I am so excited to have as my visitor the founder of MFRW, Kayelle Allen!  Kayelle, take it away!

What’s With All the Knock Knock Jokes?

Have you seen all the #KnockKnock hashtags on Twitter
lately? Half of them are attached to the hashtag #mfrwSummerCamp. Why?

You remember what summer camp was like, right? S’mores by
the campfire, corny songs sung till you were blue in the face, burnt hot dogs,
sleeping in a wet tent, hanging out with new friends, telling Knock Knock jokes?
Well, the last two are likely to happen at the summer camp I’m talking about,
but not so sure about the other items. Never was that fond of damp sleeping
arrangements…

MFRW stands for Marketing for Romance Writers – a Yahoo Group
whose members are focused on learning marketing and publicity. I created MFRW
in 2006 to help about a dozen friends. We’ve grown a bit. Yesterday the count
was 1256, and we’re adding members daily. What do we do?

We discuss ways to advance our careers, brainstorm new ventures
and ideas, get feedback, and find others interested in mutual promotion. Our motto
is “Seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.” We welcome marketing-related
material that asks a question, offers a promo or idea, or is a request for help,
advice, or opinions. We offer opportunities to promote and join others in promotional
efforts. As fellow authors (published and not-yet), publishers, literary agents,
editors, author promo groups, promo assistants, and artists, we are your support
group and co-workers. Need to buy pens, pins, or other goodies? Found a great place
to do that? Please share. We are open to all fiction and non-fiction genres without
limit. Our writing per se is not discussed; we focus on creating an image and using
it effectively. Pitch sessions and calls for submission are welcome.

We decided to use our large numbers to get some free
training for members. In March, we put out a call for volunteers to teach
during a two-day online free conference. We called it Marketing Summer Camp.
The schedule is daunting but awesome. You can click here
to download a PDF
, or visit this link. http://marketingforromancewriters.org/camp.htm

To learn more about the group, try these links as well.

Group site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/
Newsletter http://www.issuu.com/MFRW
Website http://marketingforromancewriters.org

I’ll close by sharing three of my favorite Summer Camp Knock
Knock jokes from Twitter.

#KnockKnock Who’s there? Read it! Read it who? No, read it
here: http://is.gd/mfrw_camp_hours
#mfrwSummerCamp schedule is ready

#KnockKnock Who’s there? Stopwatch! Stopwatch who? Stopwatch
yer doing and go to #mfrwSummerCamp http://is.gd/mfrworg

#KnockKnock Who’s there? Interrupting cow! Interrupt- Moo!!
Come laugh at #mfrwSummerCamp http://is.gd/mfrworg

Now, don’t blame me about the Knock Knock jokes okay? After
all, you’re the one who opened the door… ^_^ See you at camp!

Kayelle Allen founded Marketing
for Romance Writers
to help authors learn how to market their books, build
an online image, and establish a brand. She is an award winning,
multi-published author who writes about badass immortals, warriors who purr,
and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. Her unstoppable heroes are
known for uncompromising love and unforgettable passion. Kayelle is also the
founder of The Author’s Secret, a
company that creates custom book videos, and provides personalized phone
support for media-related services for both authors and readers.