Hot damn! Today, MuseTracks is hosting award-winning historical author and workshop presenter Lana Williams. Join us in welcoming Lana as she offers us insight into author passion and gives us a little taste of her newly released medieval romance.
Take it away, Lana!
Thank you, MuseTracks, for having me today! I’m giving away a Kindle e-book of my debut release, A VOW TO KEEP, a medieval romance, to one commenter, so please leave me a note!
If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve probably heard that persistence and perseverance are your friends. Without these qualities, it is difficult to succeed at writing, or any other goal for that matter. Sometimes our goals and dreams are so big, it’s difficult to believe they could ever come true
But I’ve realized a certain kind of magic occurs when you passionately believe in something, when you put that persistence and perseverance to work for you.
Our subconscious starts working toward that goal even when we don’t realize it, noodling around the possibilities, trying to find a path for us. We find ourselves making choices throughout the day that automatically align us with our dream, sometimes unknowingly. Thinking about our dream, visualizing that seemingly impossible end result, makes us feel good, so we do it even more.
Then the universe steps in to help, providing us with a chance meeting with just the right opportunity to move us even closer to our goal. And as we draw nearer and we start to realize that all these things are lining up to provide us with a direct route, our enthusiasm generates more action. The snowball effect at work!
As writers, I think believing passionately in something is a particular gift we have. We believe in our stories and characters enough to spend six to nine months or more to bring them to life. And sometimes we don’t know if anyone other than a critique partner or our moms will read them.
So take that ability and use it to help you reach your dream! Whatever your goal is–maybe writing a book, hitting the NYT Bestseller List, or living healthier–believe in it passionately, with energy, and you’ll be amazed at the results.
Share with us what your goal is and how you keep the passion for it moving you forward. For me, I am thrilled to have finally achieved one of my goals–publication! A VOW TO KEEP is a medieval romance set in thirteenth century England, and is the first book of the Vengeance Trilogy.
Revenge was all he lived for…until he met her.
Sir Royce de Bremont has spent his entire life plotting revenge against his traitorous uncle. Kidnapping the man’s bride-to-be brings Royce one step closer to fulfilling his vow of vengeance.
Lady Alyna of Montvue has no desire to marry nor to become a pawn in a game of vengeance. Her only wish is to find a safe place to raise the orphan gifted with second sight she vowed to protect.
The beautiful lady and her precocious son make Royce long for a family of his own, yet until he reclaims his birthright, he has little to offer them. Alyna soon realizes this bold knight has captured her heart but fears she’s merely part of his plan for revenge. As passions rise, Royce must choose vengeance or love.
More than anything, Royce wanted to comfort her, to lift the sadness and uncertainty from her face. Again, the strand of hair at her cheek teased him, and he could resist the urge no longer. With a slow movement, he gently eased the lock behind her ear. The moonlight emphasized the elegant lines of her face, hollowing her cheeks and lighting her eyes. She looked up at him with such a sweet, earnest expression.
What was a man to do but…
Slowly. Passionately. Waiting for her to withdraw and demand he stop. But no protest left her lips, only a soft moan that heightened his desire. He kept the kiss light, not wanting to frighten her away, needing more than anything for her to stay right where she was, in his arms.
The longer he held her, and the longer he kissed her, the more he realized it was not enough. He ached for her touch, to feel her softness against him. He pulled her closer and molded her body to his.
As though she read his thoughts, her arms reached up to his shoulders, their warmth burning through his tunic. She deepened the kiss and tentatively twined her fingers into his hair. Shivers of longing rolled down his spine.
Never had a woman affected him like this. But never had a woman been so wrong for him. A landless knight set on vengeance was a terrible match for a lady. Royce knew this could go no further, not here, not ever. He had to let her go.
In just a moment.
After he had one more taste of her. He would hold her a bit longer, because this would be the last time he did. The memory of this kiss would have to sustain him in the lonely nights to come for he feared he’d never feel like this again.
Her soft whimper was nearly his undoing, nearly more than he could take. Releasing her mouth, he leaned his forehead against hers and took a deep breath to rein in the desire pulsing through him.
Hell’s teeth. What was he doing? This woman was his lord’s granddaughter. Why the thought didn’t force him to release her with great haste was beyond him. It mattered not that she was already a mother, a woman experienced in the ways of the world. She was not his to take and never would be.
With great effort, he set her away from him. “My apologies, my lady. That was a mistake.”
“Excuse me?” Her confusion overrode the desire lingering in her eyes.
Royce felt his resolve weaken and took a step back to shore his defenses. “That was an error.”
Alyna stiffened, obviously affronted at his words, just as he’d intended. “What do you mean?”
He turned away. Another moment of looking at her, and he’d draw her back into his arms.
“If you don’t find me attractive, then why did you kiss me?”
Surprised, Royce spun back toward her. Not find her attractive? How could she think that? His need for her strained his chausses. But a closer look at her vulnerable expression confirmed the beautiful Lady Alyna didn’t realize how desirable she was.
Don’t forget–one lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win a Kindle e-book of my debut release, A VOW TO KEEP. And no worries if you don’t have a Kindle. They offer a free app for your computer, iPad or smart phone. Good luck, and remember, stay focused on your dream!
Available exclusively through the KDP Select program as an e-book or paperback on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bwtodu6
Winner of A VOW TO KEEP – Yvonne! Congrats!