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Mind Games – influencing your readers’ emotions
Author Guest / November 2, 2017

During a recent conversation with one of my beta readers after she read my latest book, THE MORAL COMPASS, she asked me a question that gave me one of the biggest boosts I’ve had so far as a writer. Without giving away too much of the plot, she told me that at first she’d desperately wanted one of the characters to succeed, but by the end, she wanted them to fail. She explained that the transformation of her feelings, which had been so strongly in favour of this character at the start, had occurred subtly over the course of the book. By the end, she felt as strongly negative about the character as she had felt positive about them three-hundred or so pages earlier. She then asked me, “How did you manipulate my emotions like that?” The shift in her feelings was no accident and the fact that she had been on this journey, meant that I’d succeeded in my job as a writer. I’m kind of like an evil puppet master, toying with my characters, putting them through all sorts of terrible trials, and in the process taking my readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. There are a variety…

Meet Sasha Summers at Readers & ‘ritas!
Readers & 'ritas / November 1, 2017

As part of our countdown to Readers & ‘ritas 2017, our Meet the Author interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us in Texas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with Sasha Summers, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers & ‘ritas! What book made you fall in love with the genre you write? Definitely Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books. If a movie were made of your most recent book, who would you cast in the lead and why? Jake Gyllenhaal, because he’s hot. And I totally think he could play Mal, my emotionally tormented werewolf hero. What was the first story you ever wrote? The first full-length novel I wrote was in my teen years. It was a historical western that has never seen the light of day (and never will). If you could change the ending to any famous book, TV show, or movie, what would it be and how would you rewrite it? Titanic. Share the floating wood thingie, Rose! Come on, move over, there is totally room, and you and Jack can go make babies and live a long, full life. What is your favorite part of…

Spotlight on Eloisa James
Author Spotlight / November 1, 2017

“A reigning queen of romance.” – CBS Sunday Morning WILDE IN LOVE by Eloisa James Wildes of Lindow Castle #1 Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Fynche. Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper. Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle. But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces…