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Great post on writing emotion! The idea of show, don’t tell is a hard concept for beginning writers to comprehend. Cliches are also an easy mistake to make especially when trying to convey emotions. Using words, specifically abstract nouns, in emotional writing such as “love,” “hate,” “anger,” “fear,” and “guilt” are overused and a different experience for everyone. Using the five senses and description of physical sensations is a much better way to express emotions then telling readers how to feel.

Writing Your Way

Writing about emotion worries writers because it’s so easy to lapse into sentimentality. The secret is restraint at every level. Whatever moved you, artfully conveyed, will move your readers.

We’ve talked about how showing has more power than telling. Showing also allows a precision that telling lacks. The vocabulary of description is huge; the diction of human emotion is limited and limiting.

The first step is to get yourself out of the way. If you narrate in the first person, you will inevitably start adding adjectives about your own feelings. If you show what you saw and heard rather than experienced, you stimulate readers to respond in ways that mean more to them.

Think for a moment about monster stories and movies. The least effective ones, the least scary, show you the creature over and over in close-ups, lots of fangs and claws and red eyes and slobber and blood…

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Wolf Moon by Ethan Stone

Wolf Moon Cover

Title: Wolf Moon

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-61581-812-9

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Werewolves

Rating: * * * *

Romance Level: ♥♥♥♥

Description: When college student Jack Coleman meets Derek Malone at a party, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Lies and secrets almost derail the relationship, but they face the problems head on, and it isn’t long before Jack and Derek decide to take their relationship to the next level. That’s when things get complicated.

It turns out Derek and several other people Jack thought he knew are werewolves… and so is Jack. In fact, his unusual birthmark brands him as a Chosen One, a werewolf of great power destined to be alpha. But Jack isn’t sure he’s cut out to be a leader. When a pack rival, Elias Fairchild, kidnaps Derek to force Jack’s hand, Jack has to make up his mind: Will he deny his newfound heritage or risk it all to save Derek’s life?

Review: Finding a mate can always be tough but what happens when the wolf pack in Nevada was falling apart? The death of Jack’s parents threw him on a path that hid his future. Now attending the University of Nevada, Jack find himself actually wanting a relationship after a lifetime of one night stands. He is introduced to Derek Malone at a party and from that moment they are nearly inseparable.

The conclusion had me guessing until the end who had wronged Jack’s family and what fate Jack would choose. The resolution is breathtaking and unexpected. The story is told from the first person point of view of Jack Coleman. The story is lighthearted and filled with touching moments as Jack discovers his true heritage. Being a born leader or Chosen one by birthmark Jack has a hard time accepting who he is meant to be.

Ethan Stone is a talented author that pulls us into a world of werewolves and politics. He brings in unique characters each with a colorful voice and personality. My favorite character was Salem with his quick humor as a consummate ladies’ man. Jack’s friends are in a fight against time as the next wolf moon is just around the corner, Jack must decide to run or face his fate. Ethan Stone keeps up his mysterious pace building in intensity to the surprising end.

The story shows how someone with doubt about themselves can learn to accept their fate and become a born leader, especially with the support of a patient mate. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mysterious and romantic werewolf story.

Events Coming Up for May 28th-June 3rd

Here are the events for M/M paranormal romance authors and releases coming up for the week of May 28th to June 3rd.

Author Events:

Bailey Bradford-Weekly contest for 10 ARe bucks at baileysplayroom. To enter, comment on any of her posts or send her an e-mail at Contest resets every Tuesday so you can re-enter every week.

Theo Fenraven-FREE READ: Lavender Rose

Writing Events:

Romance Survey-RRWReaderSurvey

Mantastic Fiction-Weekly Contests

Save the Date: August 17th-The Romance Convention (Registration Started May 1st)

Save the Date: October 18th-21st: GayRomLit 2012 (Registration Started March 1st)

Publisher Events:

Friday Frenzy! Every Friday Silver Publishing Gives Away Title

Weekly Free Downloads-Silver Publishing Short Stories

Dreamspinner Press-Contest Link

Blog Hop Events:

Blog Hop-4th Of July Hop Page

Upcoming Book Releases:

Monday, May 28th

Stephen Osborne-Animal Instinct: A Duncan Andrews Thriller Book #2-(M/M, Ghost, Mystery)

Wednesday, May 30th

Jana Denardo-The Darkest Midnight in December-(M/M, Angels/Demons)

J. Tullos Hennig-Strike the Bell-(M/M, Fantasy)

Anne Tenino-Turning Tricks: Task Force Iota Book #2-(M/M, Sci-Fi)

Friday, June 1st

2012 Daily Dose Set – Time Is Eternity Anthology-(M/M, Time-Travel)

Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell-Blood in the Sand: Sanguis Noctis Book #2-(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Saturday, June 2nd

Reese Dante-Ensnared-(M/M, Demon Hunter, Fantasy)

Lynn Hagen-Seth’s Chance: Brac Pack Book #27-(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Anna Marie May-Over the Rainbow: Watchtower Series Book #1-(M/M, Warlock, Fantasy)

Anitra Lynn McLeod-Determined Alpha: Twin Pines Grizzlies Book #14-(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Life Happens! All release dates are subject to change.

Authors and Publishers: Please let me know any events or book releases you have coming up and I will be happy to add the information to my blog! Please send me any information at Ask Me Anything

Night of the Living Dead!

154380940-Zombie-handsThe first creature feature will cover my all time favorite monsters, ZOMBIES! I love, love, love zombies! I love their movies, television shows, video games, and books. Zombies are corpses resurrected from the dead. When people refer to the apocalypse of 2012, I always think that it will be the zombie apocalypse and the dead will walk the earth.

Some avid zombie followers prefer to call these creatures the living dead as zombies can also refer to voodoo zombies. Voodoo zombies are not always dead and are controlled by a living person. But the zombies in my favorite movies are the walking dead that wonder aimlessly in search of food, specifically brains…human brains.

These animated corpses cannot talk but seem to hear just fine. They also have fairly good sight and smell to help them find their next meal. They are also incredibly strong as they feel no pain.

Creation: There are a few reasons the living dead are created, some are created by government experimental viruses, others through radiation over the graveyard, or maybe just the classic saying, “When there is no more room in Hell…” Zombies create more zombies. One bite or even scratch can cause a living person to get sick, die, and be reanimated as the walking dead.

Weaknesses: They aren’t usually very smart, they follow their basic instincts to eat…braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnsss! Zombies don’t heal and continue to decay at a slow rate. They also are very slow moving so most people can get away from them by running. The only thing that seems to destroy the living dead is a direct hit to the head. Necromancers may be able to help, as they have control over the dead. They can help put them back to rest in their graves…of course the necromancer could be the one responsible for raising the dead in the first place.

Saturday Night Creature Features

104233493-Dark-room-with-man-in-doorwayI love horror, sci-fi, and fantasy movies, books, and television shows. Well, I guess that is kind of obvious with this blog 😉

I have been struggling to write more on this blog and couldn’t think of what to write about on Saturdays. My husband and I have several shows and movies we watch, most of them creature features, which had me thinking that I should start blogging about the different types of things that go bump in the night.

So, starting on Saturday’s I’m going to start writing about not only monsters but any creatures of magic and imagination. Of course I want to cover the most popular creatures like vampires (overdone? Never! I am still a sucker for these dark angels) and werewolves. I also want to cover less known creatures from mythology and lore.

So stay tuned for the Saturday Night Creature Features. It may just save your life if you ever meet up with one of these monsters!

Drowning in Writing Rain

Wet ManToday, in Colorado, I am surrounded by rain clouds and thunderstorms. I find myself looking out the window more than focusing on my work and my writing. I feel down and drowsy, which the weather fits, and I can’t seem to get motivated. I’m living in my own little world instead of writing about it.

Unfortunately, this entire week has felt like that. I just can’t seem to focus on my book. So what should we do in situations like this? (Especially because I know I need to write everyday.) I call it a reading and learning week. When I have those days were I would rather gaze out lovingly at the weather patterns I try to read from my booklist of favorite authors and/or how to book on writing, editing, and being awesome.

I figure as long as my brain is focused on the idea of writing I won’t lose my momentum when I finally have my freak out that I’m behind. I also like having this blog to keep me on track, it gets me talking and thinking about writing.

To stay focused on those tough days:

1. Put yourself into a schedule so even if you don’t want to write, too bad, it’s on the to do list.

2. Use scented candles and a specific herbal tea to help build the writing setting. THis way when you smell the candle and drink the tea your brain starts associating that with writing times.

If you really can’t focus:

1. Instead start editing some of those older stories or writing projects. I find that even just critiquing my other stories allows me time away from the story I’m avoiding but also helps me look at how my writing has grown, inspiration to keep going.

2. As mentioned before, read a book by a favorite author. This always puts me in the mood to write. After a good book I become determined to put my own stories down on paper.

Sometimes your brain is just telling you to take a break. Even though we may want to push forward with the story, the unfocused days are just your brains way of saying, “Hey, I need a minute to breathe.” So don’t take unfocused days personally, we are only human after all.

So try to focus, breathe, and keep writing!

Monster by Joely Skye

Monster by Joely Skye

Title: Monster

Author: Joely Skye

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Copyright: 2006

ISBN: 978-1-59998-130-7

Format: eBook

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Series: Book One in Minders Series

Rating: * * * * *

Romance Level: ♥♥

Description: True love…or a trap?

Josh Mackay has studied his quarry for two months, and now it’s time to earn his pay. Bringing in an escaped Minder—a psi who can bend anyone’s mind to his will—takes a specialist.

Luring the surprisingly naïve Kiran Brunner to a safe house is almost too easy. As the tranqs take hold, though, the beautiful monster’s last plea, don’t let them hurt me, tears at Josh’s conscience. To his horror, they do just that.

Kir let his loneliness and instant attraction to Josh lure him into a trap he should have sensed. Even as his consciousness fades, he sinks psychic hooks into Josh as a pure reflex, a survival instinct honed by years of abuse at the hands of the agency.

Even though Josh’s job is done, he finds he can’t simply walk away. Not only because of what Kir is, but why the agency wants the boy back. Trouble is, he doesn’t know if he’s doing the right thing…or if his will is being twisted by the mind of a murderer.

Review: When Josh Mackay first begins his hunt for a lost minder he never expects to fall in love. The lost, gulable, and beautiful Kiran Brunner is not anything like Josh had expected. Even though Kiran, Kir for short, is just the prey Josh finds himself instantly protective of the mind bending psi. The two find themselves running for lives and into a mess they may never untangle.

The story is told through the point of view of the two main love interests Josh and Kir. The fast pace is both logical and emotional, told in a dramatic and gripping tone, which left me unable to put it down until the last page. I was constantly trying to figure out if Josh really was in control of what he was doing or if it Kir controlling him. Joely Skye writes a dynamic love story between two people who live worlds apart. She is a talented author that takes us on an imaginative ride through a dark world of mind benders and their hunters.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a unique alternate world and the possibility of love in all the wrong places. The book ends with an unsettling feeling and an intense cliffhanger, so be warned there are also books two and three to follow the story. The author also recommends that the books are also read in order for maximum enjoyment.

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