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Writing Inspiration

Inspiration to write can come at anytime, usually when there isn’t a pen & paper or computer to type on. How many times have I been standing in line at the post office or waiting in the doctors office when suddenly a really great story idea hits? I also find myself repeating the idea over and over in my head so I don’t forget it while I find something to write on. Thankfully my phone has a “notes” app on it now so I can easily jot down story ideas as they creep up at the most inopportune times.

I know I like to watch music videos for story inspiration. Music videos can hold some of the greatest visuals while the music musters up feelings of inspiration that may stir ideas for a story. Some of the best story ideas come from a variety of places ranging from artwork to music.

Another great spot for story ideas is dreams. The worst time is always dreams for me, the story idea is usually wonderful but why does it have to be at four in the morning? I can hardly focus to get the idea down and then I’m ridiculously tired the next day for work. But it was worth it…right? Dreams are a tough because you have to get the idea down right away or the story will start to fade. Keep something to write on by the bed and write it down right away so you don’t forget the story.

The best way to fight writers block or get ready to write the next big story is to get away from the blank page and visit websites or blogs that inspire ideas. This does not mean start wasting your time on Facebook. It drives me insane when I hear people complain they don’t have enough time in the day to get what they want done, like finish their story. Especially when I see them posting something on Facebook or Twitter every five minutes. Trust me you have time, you’re just wasting it.

Watching a TV show (one or two episodes not a whole season in one day) or a movie can help inspire ideas. I find that reading a book when I get frustrated with my story is another way to keep me writing. Remember when you read anything that the author also started with a blank page as well.

Don’t plagiarize, these inspirations are here to help you get the story moving not to copy.

So get inspired and keep writing!

 

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Events Coming Up for February 25th-March 3rd

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Here are the events for M/M paranormal romance authors and releases coming up for the week of February 25th-March 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 itsbaileybradford@yahoo.com. Contest resets every Tuesday so you can re-enter every week.

BlackRaven’s Review Contests

The Jeep Diva List of Giveaways and Blog Hops

Writing Events:

Romance Survey-RRWReaderSurvey

GayRomLit Retreat-Atlanta, GA-October 17-20, 2013

Publisher Events:

Friday Frenzy! Every Friday Silver Publishing Gives Away Title

Weekly Free Downloads-Silver Publishing Short Stories

Dreamspinner Press-Contest Link

Total-E-Bound Publishing-Pre-Order any book marked “Buy Now, Read Now” and read it Today – up to 4 weeks ahead of the official release date !!

Blog Hop Events:

Big Cocks and Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway Blog Hop-(March 17th-21st)

Upcoming Book Releases:

Buy Now, Read Now

Imari Jade-Dark Enchantment-(M/M, Fantasy, Fairy Tale)

Monday, February 25th

Nessa L. Warin-Storm Season-(M/M, Sci-Fi)

Tuesday, February 26th

Summer Devon-Taming the Bander-(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Wednesday, February 27th

John Inman-The Poodle Apocalypse-(M/M, Zombies)

Friday, March 1st

Theo Fenraven-A Silence Kept-(M/M, Ghost Story)

Kate Sherwood-The Pawn: Against the Odds Book #1-(M/M, Sci-Fi)

Anthology-The Stroke of Midnight-(M/M, Supernatural)

Saturday, March 2nd

L.M. Brown-Only in Your Dreams-(M/M, Paranormal, Dreams)

Pelaam-Enchanted(M/M, Fantasy)

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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


Brute by Kim Fielding

Brute by Kim Fielding

Title: Brute

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Copyright: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-62380-226-4

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Fantasy

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Romance Level: ♥♥

Buy Link: Click Here

 

Description: Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.

 

Review: Brute has been an outcast most of his life. When his parents died at a young age he was taken in by an abusive uncle who didn't want him. When his uncle died he was treated even worse by the townspeople who didn't really know what to do with an ugly giant. He did the work of ten men in his work in labor but a visit from a prince changes his life forever. He becomes a lone guard for a witch and traitor who has dreams of people's deaths. Brute soon learns to be a friend and lover as the people of the palace easily accept him.

Kim Fielding is a brilliant writer who brings us another story of finding love in the most unusual places. Brute is one of the most unique characters I have ever read and his size and ugliness only make him stronger. I find it rare to read romance stories where the two main characters aren't attractive in almost every way and yet Fielding has us fall in love with Brute no matter what he looks like, proving looks can be deceiving and the most important things are on the inside. Her style is diverse and eclectic as she instantly pulls you into the world of a gentle giant.

Brute has a heart bigger than any ordinary man's. He is surprisingly tender and humble despite everything he has gone through. My favorite quote from the book is said by Gray Leynaham, “You're' a giant because an ordinary man's body is too small for what you are.” I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fairy tale of a giant who should go down in the history books as a classic.

 


Events Coming Up for February 18th-February 24th

Brica-and-Talon-Profile

Here are the events for M/M paranormal romance authors and releases coming up for the week of February 18th-February 24th.

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 itsbaileybradford@yahoo.com. Contest resets every Tuesday so you can re-enter every week.

BlackRaven’s Review Contests

The Jeep Diva List of Giveaways and Blog Hops

Writing Events:

Romance Survey-RRWReaderSurvey

GayRomLit Retreat-Atlanta, GA-October 17-20, 2013

Publisher Events:

Friday Frenzy! Every Friday Silver Publishing Gives Away Title

Weekly Free Downloads-Silver Publishing Short Stories

Dreamspinner Press-Contest Link

Silver December Giveaway!-25 Days of Christmas starting December 25th

Total-E-Bound Publishing-Pre-Order any book marked “Buy Now, Read Now” and read it Today – up to 4 weeks ahead of the official release date !!

Blog Hop Events:

Vampires for Valentines (February 12th-18th)

Heart’s on Fire Giveaway Hop-(February 14th-21st)

Big Cocks and Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway Blog Hop-(March 17th-21st)

Upcoming Book Releases:

Buy Now, Read Now

Amber Kell-Soldier Mine: The Thresl Chronicles Series Book #1-(M/M, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Shapeshifter)

Jennifer Wright-Morvea: Finding Home Book #2(M/M, Vampire)

Monday, February 18th

Lynn Hagen-Rise to Submit: Rise of the Changelings Book #4(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Eden Winters-Duet-(M/M, Ghosts)

Wednesday, February 20th

Susan Laine-Hunter’s Moon: Lifting the Veil Book #3(M/M, Shapeshifter)

Saturday, February 23rd

Jana Downs-Beau Bitten: Rock Bottom Boys Book #2(M/M, Vampire, Shapeshifter)

Marcy Jacks-His Enemy Lover: The Vampire District Book #1(M/M, Vampire)

Amylea Lyn-Redemption of the Beast: Outside the City Book #3(M/M, Shifter, Sci-Fi)

Anitra Lynn McLeod-Lone Wolf Ranger-(M/M, Shapeshifter)

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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


Temptation of a Siren’s Song

Siren-SongFor today’s Saturday Night creature feature let’s discuss sirens. Sirens are dangerous and seductive creatures. They are beautiful and tend to lore mortals to his or her death. The myth is usually sailors who fall prey to their songs and end up drowning or in shipwrecked on rocky shores. Most Sirens live in the ocean or on islands. The water is the best place to feed and easiest kill for these seductive beings.

Sirens are considered a dangerous and have been used as symbols for temptation for several centuries. Their music lures in the unsuspecting victims. The temptation of knowing who is playing the song becomes especially powerful and humans have perished trying to know. The end of the song means death for the victim.

Powers: Sirens biggest power is their voice and music. Song is how they attract victims into their embrace. This is also known as the Siren’s song, which usually refers to an attraction that is hard to resist. The song is usually sweet but also sad which pulls at the hearts of anyone who could hear the music. The melody is goes after the heart and soul not just physical attraction.

Weakness: Ignoring them. They live until mortals who heard there song can pass them by unharmed. If they do not tempt mortals they no longer have power they fade away because they can no longer feed on the weakness of humans. The song is the power and when the power no longer works the siren will perish.

 


Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

 

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♥♥♥Love is in the air this week! Happy Valentine’s Day and Photo Friday!♥♥♥


Wonderful Wednesday!

Red HopeIt has been a crazy few weeks. My company has been going through major layoffs for the past two years. Unfortunately, they are now closing the site were I work. Thankfully, I will be moving to another site but it is a much longer drive. Needless to say I have been looking for a new job. I have already had three interviews, I hope one of them loves me enough to say yes! 🙂 But at least I still have a job, I’m very grateful for that.

I’ve been working on cover art and my stories. I’m actually writing again, although I have been a terrible blogger 😦

I’ve added artwork to my Art & Design page so check out my portfolio at My Portfolio.

I’ve also finally created a DeviantART page so check that out here.

The photo on this post is my lastest art piece, hope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful writing Wednesday! 🙂


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