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Fresh Pick | KISSING WITH FANGS by Ashlyn Chase
Fresh Pick / March 6, 2014

March 2014 On Sale: March 4, 2014 Featuring: Claudia Fletcher; Anothy Cross 352 pages ISBN: 1402275757 EAN: 9781402275753 Kindle: B00GM43GQ8 Paperback / e-Book Add to Wish ListRomance Paranormal Buy at A great supernatural pick for the day Kissing with Fangs by Ashlyn Chase Will she be willing to commit her heart for all eternity once the fangs come out? Claudia Fletcher has her MBA and a stellar resume, so when the bar she manages burns down, she could easily move on to bigger and better things. But something about the bar owner, Anothy Cross makes it impossible to leave. Anthony has never let on to the general public that he’s a vampire, and most of his staff members have no idea Boston Uncommon was a safe gathering place for supernaturals of all kinds. Now that it’s nothing but ash, the tentative peace among warring factions is starting to crumble. The last thing he wants to do is put Claudia in danger, but he also knows there’s no way he can let her go… Maybe you can fool Mother Nature. Fun paranormal romance with great supporting characters! Previous Picks

Harry Kraus | A Writer’s Position: Platform for Proclamation or Footstool to serve?
Author Guest / March 6, 2014

Let’s talk honestly about a major fiction turnoff: using a story as an excuse to preach, moralize or convince others of the author’s opinion. But we all have opinions, don’t we? (You know what they say about opinions, right? Something about we all have them just like that lower gastrointestinal sphincter and well…I just won’t go there). Our opinions are likely to ooze through what we write whether we want them to or not. So how do authors avoid being preachy? 1-Keep story as your first priority. Make the craft of telling a great story come way ahead of any message. 2-As the author, stay off stage. Let your characters interact and if you find yourself straying out of your point of view character’s head, make sure the opinion being expressed is your characters, not yours. If the author intrudes, it takes the reader out of the story. 3-Watch dialogue for clues that you might be “speechifying.” Any time a character has more than three sentences in a row is a yellow flag that should alert you during revisions to be sure the character isn’t getting preachy. 4-Articulate good arguments for the position opposite the one you hold. If you’re…

Alison Kemper | So what if you’re an adult? It’s okay to read YA novels!
Author Guest / March 6, 2014

Several weeks back, my best friend sent me a picture of this fantastic bookstore sign: “It’s OK. You have our permission. These books are from our Young Adult Section. But it’s OK to read them even if you are no longer, by any stretch of the imagination, young. In fact, you’ll find they often have provocative themes and complex characters that are the equal of most of the books you’ll find on the ‘adult’ fiction shelves these days. So don’t sheepishly tell us it’s for your kids. We’ve read them, and you can too.” The sign-maker hit the nail on the head. In today’s fiction market, more and more adults are buying (and enjoying) Young Adult novels. According to Publishers Weekly, in 2013, “84% of YA books were purchased by consumers 18 or older” and a full 80% of these adults reported that they weren’t purchasing a gift, but “bought the book for themselves.” And yet there’s still that small percentage of readers asking, “Why in the heck would I ever want to read a book about teenagers?” Here are the answers I usually give: many popular movies are based on YA novels many bestsellers come from this genre YA…

Nyrae Dawn | Searching for Beautiful
Author Guest / March 6, 2014

There are times I look back on my teen years and wince. There were some very happy times but there were definitely hard times too. Those years are full of ups and downs and they can be very hard to understand. When I was a teen, everything was big. My emotions were big. Every fight with a friend, or crush I had on a boy felt like it would make or break my life. I think that’s pretty normal for the age group. I drew on those feelings when I wrote SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL. I remember those times when I felt everyone was beautiful except for me, when I thought I understood what true beauty was, but now I know I didn’t have a clue. If I could have had my adult knowledge as a teen things would have been so much easier. I had no idea who I was, but didn’t know it. I had no idea who I wanted to be. That’s why I wrote this book, and those are the kind of feelings I hope it helps people work through. I wrote this book for my daughters but also for ANY girl. Like Brynn, most of us…

Shana Galen | When Characters Surprise Authors
Author Guest / March 6, 2014

What happens when a supporting character in a book gains a following? Lily was always going to get her own book, as she is one of The Three Diamonds, glamorous courtesans and the heroines in my Jewels of the Ton series. What I did not expect was how popular she was going to be with readers before her book, SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND was even released. Readers definitely let me know they were ready for Lily’s story in emails, Facebook posts, and tweets. When are you going to write Lily’s book? I can’t wait for Lily’s story! Lily is my favorite character. Andrew is dreamy. What do you mean March of 2013? It’s the third book? I could sense readers’ impatience that Fallon’s book IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY was released before Lily’s. Even my friend emailed me, “I have wanted to read Lily’s book since before it was written.” No pressure! Especially considering it still hadn’t been written! I was really a little perplexed over the Lily-mania. Lily had a handful of scenes in WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, and Andrew had even fewer. They only had one scene together before SAPPHIRES, and…