Link Of The Week

October 15, 2013

This site has been a favorite of our very own Marie-Claude for quite some time. I can see why- information for writers is stuffed into every corner! I encourage all of you to follow the link and see what’s there. Enjoy!


Can you name that writer?

Can you name that writer?

Link Of The Week

August 13, 2013

I was searching for a really cool link to share with you this week and I found one that I think you will all like! This site has just about everything you could want in a destination for writers.

If you haven’t traveled to their island of information, then perhaps you might want to go to the island of Salt Cay in October for a writers retreat! (It’s highlighted on their page) Sigh, I know I would…..

Besides announcing events in the writing world, they have articles, forums, ways for you to advertise, and writing classes. I hope you enjoy exploring Absolutewrite as much as I have. Now, if I could only figure out a way to make it to the Bahamasac028f62.

Link Of The Week- What’s In A Name?

June 4, 2013

One of the problems with writing any kind of story is that you have to have so many names! Not everyone can be John Jones who lived on Main Street in Smithville, USA. BORING!!

Read what the creator of this very awesome web site has to say:

“The reason this website was created was because it is so hard to think of cool names! The task of thinking up names can be quite monotonous and boring, but with I hope the task is made easier for you. This website provides a free set of name generators that anyone can use to create their own unique name for screen names, place names, names for game characters and more. I have added a few useful features to the name generators, some are: a previous names list and the ability to click on previous names and have them transfered to the ‘Favorite Names’ list where you can keep a list of all the names you think are good.”

I’ve just finished creating a fictional town complete with a fictional lake and characters- all generated from this site. Have fun!



Link Of The Week

May 14, 2013

Hi All!

I think this link has a lot of applications for writers- especially those that aren’t trained in the art of utilizing the internet and social media to their advantage. (I know I’m one of them!) I will be book marking this for future reference since I’ve already taken a page of notes on what’s out there. I hope you find it useful

Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

“It’s frustrating isn’t it? Owning your own website can sometimes seem like you’re left standing alone in the corner of the room. You keep hearing about how other sites are attracting thousands of visitors to their site everyday, but you check your statistics only to find a handful of people have dropped by.

It doesn’t have to be this way…

Social media can help you spark up a conversation that connects with an audience. There are so many different social network, social news and social bookmark sites that it can be difficult to know where to begin. But much like a conversation, you just need to listen and have something interesting to say.

Here at, we offer a regular selection of in-depth articles, statistical analysis, simple to digest guides, original and unique resources. has information that will help you expand your website and help you to truly engage your audience.”

Talk Back: Do you edit your manuscript as you go?

May 6, 2013

On my Kindle: “Super Secret Contemporary Romance” by Candi Wall and “Super Secret Pirate Romance” by Jenn Bray Weber – I’m Beta reading!!!

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

You tell me: should I edit as I go, or will I write the whole dirty first draft, then edit?

You see since I finished my last manuscript, I have now started a brand new one. Well not so brand new since it’s the sequel to the previous one. Anyhow, as I was finishing that last manuscript, I got back into editing mode which I usually hate and towards the end, I was almost liking it.

Hence my dilemma, if I just go straight back to writing, I won’t be editing for a good 3 months. I will hate it again. And there is a nice feeling to get to THE END with a nice complete novel instead of going up and down in happiness with each draft (I’m done!!!! – but I am really done??)

But when I write the whole first draft without editing, the story grows on me and when I go back to edit the first chapter, I have a better sense of my story and characters – great way to put those unfired guns when you know there will be a gunshots at the end.

So I don’t know. I am 10,000 words into this story and I’m still going back and forth with this. I’ve tried to edit a bit, but my heart is not into it.

So what do you do? Are you consistent in your method or does it change with each project?

And by the way, if you need a little help with plotting, NYTimes bestselling author Bob Mayer was kind enough a couple of weeks ago to share his whole method on how he sets up conflict in his plots. Check it out – you’ll learn a lot!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


Editor Shopping day at Musetracks. Welcome Debby Gilbert with Soul Mate Publishing!

April 21, 2013




It’s Agent Shopping day! Welcome Debby Gilbert!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to shopping day at Editor Shop.

As always, I’ll start with the stats, winners, and my thoughts on this ‘Shop’, and then we’ll get to the pitches.
Pitches received: 22
Pitches accepted: 18
Pitches rejected: 4
• 3 – Too long
• 1 – Missing info

Not bad, and not great. I’m only posting 18 out of a potential 30 pitch slots for an editor! Where was everyone this weekend?

• The ARC of STAY goes to: Tracy James Jones
• The three $10.00 giftcards go to: GirlDrankDrunk, Gina Danna, and Katie Teller
• The Top Pitch Slot goes to: SECOND THOUGHTS

Please contact me at candi-agent-shop @ yahoo .com to claim your prizes!!! 🙂

Congratulations to our winners and to those who made it into this pitch session. Good luck!

Welcome Debby! Thanks so much for taking the time to come and visit with us. I hope you find something you like. If you do, simply e-mail me the pitch number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Also, if you’d include how you’d like them to send it, that would be helpful. Please send them to dancillaw at

Happy shopping and thanks for spotlighting Rescuing Lacey! It’s now officially on my TBR pile. I. Can’t. Wait.

Here are the pitches!



Second Thoughts

Women’s Fiction

11,000 words

What would you do if the past you thought you left behind suddenly paid you a visit? What would you do if the child you thought was gone from you forever suddenly showed up on your doorstep one day? This is the dilemma that faces Sadie Foster when she opens her door one morning and literally trips over the daughter she gave birth to when she was just a child herself – the child her parents ripped from her arms to give away to someone else.

Now Sadie is left to confront her past – and the moody teenager on her doorstep – and reconcile, with herself at least, what happened all those years ago. But the past couldn’t have returned to test her at a worst time, for Sadie is in the middle of an estrangement with her husband, Patrick – an estrangement brought on by her reticence about starting the family he so desperately wants. What will happen to their relationship when Patrick discovers that she already has a child? A child she had with someone else. Will he have Second Thoughts about a reconciliation with Sadie?


Souls Entwined
YA Paranormal,Coming-of-Age with Romantic Elements
57,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Wells’ world is turned upside-down when her friend Billy links his mind to hers. Through telepathy and astral travel, he takes her in and out of the spirit world, develops her trust and awakens her desire for more spiritual adventure. It all feels so natural; their souls are connected, entwined.
Rachel hears spirits, and delivers messages from the dead. Billy taps into the minds of the living. Together with a teenage shaman, a healer, and a witch, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’ to secretly explore the paranormal.

When BFF Melody’s jealousy of Rachel’s chemistry with Billy is coupled with her obsession for black magic, it becomes a lethal combination. Melody attacks Billy during meditation, robbing him of his free will. Romance blossoms between Rachel and Billy as they dabble in psychic experimentation, helping to break the karmic ties with Melody, while the circle opens the door to dangerous entities that they don’t know how to handle.

Torn between forgiving her best friend who’s betrayed her, and protecting her possible soul mate, Rachel’s choice will determine the direction her life takes and the sacrifices she makes – either loosing Melody or ruining her chance to find love.


Romantic Suspense
82,000 words

When Liah Henley’s daughter is kidnapped, she’s forced to work with the grumpy detective assigned to her daughter’s case. His callous disregard is easy to handle, but the sparks that fly when he touches her are anything but.

Detective Brian Lane hates his job. He hadn’t always, but the blundering idiots running the department have broken his beliefs his grandfather and father passed along to him. Liah’s daughter’s case rejuvenates the embers of the spark that once carried him through each case, but it’s the mother that strikes the cords of humanity buried deep in his scarred heart.


Guitar God
YA—Contemporary Fantasy
195,000 Words

Polly’s moment had finally arrived, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Barely a teenager, Polly had reluctantly accepted the role of human guardian of the Green. Now, about to begin college and leave her hometown and all the weirdness behind, fate calls her, except to save the Green she must defeat Isaac, the boy she loves.

Isaac was the kid nobody liked until a mysterious faerie granted him his greatest wish. Now bestowed with incredible musical prowess, Isaac is loved and admired by all. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Polly is the only one who can save Isaac’s soul, but her first responsibility is to the Green. Can Polly save the Green and save Isaac as well?

Guitar God is a Jewish, suburban rock and roll fantasy with a 1970s soundtrack. It’s urban fantasy in the suburbs. It’s War For The Oaks meets Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s crossover YA for teens and their parents. It’s a world where the faerie folk walk among us, but we don’t know it. It’s about the magical places where we grew up. Maybe we knew about them or maybe we walked by them every day without even noticing.


“Secrets & Lies,”
Interracial/Multicultural Romantic Drama
60,000 words

“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”
Logline: A secretly engaged young bank executive has one last fling with a sexy, smart younger woman, who turns out to be the best friend of his fiancée’s daughter. This is a story about real life, real love, and real drama.

Synopsis: “Secrets & Lies,” is a provocative, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters and their desperate struggles to survive in the shadows of life-altering secrets and lies. At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman with a connection to everyone, who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that could change their lives forever…


Before I Was
Erotic Romance
67,000 words

Emily was married for fifteen years. In that time, she had about a 2% real orgasm rate during her tenure, and most of those were by the BOB.

With an ex-husband, who left her for a younger version, still chasing her skirts, she’s about to embark on the ride of a lifetime in search of the perfect package. A man who can kiss, tantalize and screw the way he says he can.

Finding him, now that’s the real fun.


Misty With A Chance Of Shooting Stars
Young Adult
70,000 words

Misty Blake is a girl with big dreams, but her friends are more interested in the catching the newest teen heartthrob or the next episode of Jersey Shore than school or what to do after graduation. She has a plan, win a once in a lifetime college scholarship and get out of this small town before she ends up pushing fries out of a drive-thru. The only thing standing in her way is passing the dissection part of Biology.

Eddie Godwin is what most cool kids consider a nerd. He and his friends are in advanced classes, collect comics, and love online gaming. When a pretty girl with a reputation for being a brainless flirt asks for his help to pass an assignment she already calls stupid he has his doubts.

While Misty does her best to show Eddie she is serious, Eddie finds her reputation is just a front to fit in with her friends.

If the TV show Big Bang Theory collided with the movie Can’t Buy Me Love, you would end up with the cute story called Misty With A Chance of Shooting Stars.


The Found Girl
Contemporary paranormal romance
100,000 words

Jonas Kavanagh’s life was predetermined.

One day he will be king to a magical elf kingdom and he will also be the first in the royal line to take a human as queen. Only two complications stand in his way.

First, the human woman fated to be this queen doesn’t believe in love, magic or even the prediction. Second, and far more difficult to overcome, the person assigned the task of finding this human wants nothing more than see Jonas joined with someone else and he possesses enough power to accomplish this.

Alvina McKellen’s life has been one loss after another. Orphaned and unwanted by relatives forced to care for her, then framed by a man who said he loved her, she seeks a new life far from where she began. She sure never expected that new life to involve a frightening man with strange abilities and an unexpected marriage to a supposed king.

Together, a reluctant elf king and a lost girl find passion, love and their destiny together, something not even the most powerful magic of one who would tear them apart can destroy.


Loving Emmalyne
Erotic romance
37,000 words

Growing up in a royal castle beside her cousin, the future king, young Emmalyne believed she’d have a perfect life. Well, perfect if she could only catch the eye of the wizard who would serve her cousin when he took the throne.

Several years away from the castle, she returns as a beautiful young woman and does just that. The wizard, Donovan, falls hard and fast now that she’s no longer the child he remembers.

However, their perfect life is snatched from them when the vampire who has slaughtered all of Donovan’s family arrives and takes Emmalyne’s life as well. Only he doesn’t kill her, he changes her and keeps her for himself. Fifty years later, Donovan learns she is not dead-but is one of the monsters he hates and has devoted his life to ending. Is the love they shared strong long ago enough to overcome his hatred and her doubts. He has only one day to find out.


Where the Wild Things Ride
Romantic suspense
82,000 words

Creole Daniels has crazy ass parents, crazy ass siblings, crazy ass relatives all the way around. But they’re harmless. She’s been their watchdog, their source of right and wrong from the time she was two. Sometimes she swears she was adopted.

When three of her crazy relatives are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, Creole sheds her not-at-all-crazy-ass and partners with a detective who might as well be one of her family.


Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies
Erotic fantasy
110,000 words

As a young fae princess, Comyn wants some adventure in the human world. She finds it during an ancient pagan celebration with a druid priest. With her face painted in a butterfly pattern and hair braided with Jasmine, the druid is enchanted with her; he can’t resist getting to know her better. If he knew she was a member of the fae, he would’ve thought better. He has been commissioned as protector to the fae realms from the human world. Upon realizing who she has mated with, she runs away, but not without taking a piece of the druid with her.

This story is the first in a series that rewrites the history of the world of the fae and elves. The Great Mother and Father created these beings to one day replace humans on earth.

But the centuries have not fulfilled this plan. They must reunite the many realms to keep the species alive. This plot begins by reuniting Comyn with the druid priest Raghnall. From there, the two will play matchmakers to the rest of the supernatural world.


Slice of Betrayal
Romantic Suspense
100,000 words

Caleb Hartson, is a successful businessman and philanthropist but with a not so upstanding reputation. Whether deserved or undeserved depends on the person sitting in judgment. Policeman Nathan Flannery only sees an unrepentant criminal. The fact his father, also a policeman, was inadvertently killed while trying to arrest

Caleb as a juvenile taints his conclusion. He will stop at nothing to see Caleb’s empire fall in ruin.

When his estranged sister, actress Jayne Colliaire, is set to film inside one of Caleb’s businesses he pretends to reconcile with her to use her to get close to Caleb and find out about his illegal dealings. Jayne finds Caleb desirable and irresistible, yet wants to believe the horrible things her brother tells her about the handsome man.

Caleb knows there is a traitor close to him, but is it the woman he is falling deeply in love with or someone else dear to him? To find out, he sets a trap that will leave one person he loves in danger but only time will tell who is revealing his secrets to the cop.


Sin On The Strip
Romantic suspense
100,000 words

Sin on the Strip is a romantic suspense about Maggie Anderson, a televangelist’s daughter and street counselor. Years earlier a violent near miss with a human trafficker destroyed Maggie’s confidence forcing her to use her strip club as a means to reach women in need. When a serial killer kidnaps her friend, Maggie must finally face her old demons and runs to the rescue, hoping to God this time she’ll do whatever is needed to defend herself.

Search and rescue investigator, Christian Beck has been on too many ‘damsel in distress’ missions to stomach another one. But when his latest assignment leads him to a reckless club manager determined to put herself in danger, professional distance no longer seems to be his motto. As the serial killer sets his sights on Maggie, Beck can’t risk losing her to the same psycho he believes killed his kid sister, twenty years earlier.

Maggie and Christian discover that on the strip, sin is a relative term and to have a future they must conquer their pasts.


NA Romantic Suspense
95,000 words

Sydney is invaded. Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee into the bush, but watch as their parents are killed by firing squad.

Ali is captured while searching for other survivors by the General, who led the invasion. When she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. She is taken out to join the rest of the captives in front of the firing squad. But she escapes, barely, and flees back into the bush.

She finds a group in hiding who nurse her back to health physically and emotionally. While among them, she falls in love with the young man who found her – Damien Rogers.

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man, his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Allison discovers that his hunt for her may break her and Damien. She must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her flee, and most significantly, the man she loves.


The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend #1
44K words

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a wolf. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?


Comanche Haven
Romance/Western Romance
106k words

From the moment Celia, the emerald-eyed, Comanche half-breed, gets off the stage in Tyler, Texas, Seth Loflin realizes he is on a collision course with the past. She was his first love and now the Shooter Creek’s ranch boss can’t allow her to succumb to the danger that stalks her. Someone wants to kidnap her and sell her as a slave, but now that she’s in his protective arms, he intends to keep her safe. Celia can’t run back to the safety of her former life in South Carolina. And if she stays at Shooter Creek with Seth, she’ll be putting the man she has always loved and his ranch in danger of harboring a Comanche. But Seth refuses to leave her side, and his vow to protect her gives Celia the hope and courage she needs. Now she’ll fight for her new life with Seth…or die trying.


Loving: A Man I Can’t Have
Contemporary Romance
50,000 words

“Trace was the man of Katie’s dreams. She was the woman he never expected to meet. There’s just three people standing in there way. When these two get tangled up in each others lives, they might just break a lot of hearts.”


When We Met Again
Contemporary Romance
91,000 words

Abigail Parson’s has everything she could want. Money, power, a booming family grown business. But what she wants most, is a child. And that she can’t have. It’s why her fiancé left her. It’s why she feels like less of a woman.

But Andy is an old fling. The one that got away. And when she runs into him at an important, high society fundraiser she’s running, he takes her back to the old days when life was simple and all that mattered was what she felt when she was in his arms.

But a madman is in the house. Determined to kill the man scheduled to appear at the fundraiser, this assassin kills without prejudice, and it’s up to Andy to protect his client and the women he’s spent years trying to forget.

It’s Pitch time! Welcome Debby Gilbert with Soul Mate Publishing.

April 19, 2013


All pitches need to be sent to Candi_agent_shop (at) yahoo . com

Welcome to another round of Editor Shop!

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Debby Gilbert. Best of luck to everyone pitching.

And welcome to our spotlight author – one of Soul Mate Publishing’s lucky authors – Rebecca Heflin with her novel Rescuing Lacey.

Blurb: A tough battle-scarred photojournalist must confront the after-effects of a traumatic event and acknowledge her hidden vulnerable side if she is to rediscover her soul and accept the love that will rescue her.
Author website:
You can find Rescuing Lacey here: Amazon
Rebecca Heflin not only writes wonderful characters, her descriptions of Costa Rica are rich and vibrant, making one feel as they were there too.  Not only that, the sexual tension between Luke and Lacey is exquisite.  It grabs one by the throat and keeps the reader turning those pages! The story is a bit predictable, losing it half a star, but don’t let that be a deterrent. This story is sweet at times, romantic and sexy at others and assuredly, well worth the read!!!
~Tonya Smalley, InD’tale Magazine
Finalist, 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence            
Finalist, 2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence


Come one, come all. Even if you’re not pitching, feel free to come join in the conversation. I’ll be giving away THREE prizes again this round. All you have to do is join in the fun! Every comment will be entered for a chance to win one of these prizes!

1 – An ARC of STAY – My new release coming in August 6th!

2 – 3 $10.00 Gift certificates from Soul Mate Publishing

3 – The Top Pitch Slot!

Easy breezy…

Here’s what we’ll start with as our topic this time…

Who would you cast as your hero if your novel hit the big screen? 🙂


Newsletter for Agent / Editor Shop!

April 9, 2013

With so many requests for a newsletter for our Agent/Editor Shop, I finally bit the bullet and did it.

I knew I had to. Sending our HUNDREDS of invites, e-mails, and creating FB events was taking up way more time than I really had to give. So this is the best option! And I’m super excited!

If you’d like to receive approx 1-2 e-mails a month, related to Agent/Editor Shop dates, guests and pitch day contest information, please come join the group I’m posting below.

Our monthly pitch day at Musetracks is fast approaching!

We have editor Debbie Gilbert with Soul Mate Publishing coming as our guest editor, so get those pitches ready!!!

This will be the last Shop I post as an event on FB. From here out, I’ll be e-mailing details of our future Editor/Agent Shop details through the newsletter group. That’s where everyone will be able to get the most updated info on guest agents/editors, dates and contests we’ll run during Agent/Editor Shops!!!!

As always, feel free to share the group with any writer’s you think would be interested!



Agent Shop welcomes Lit Agent Mollie Glick in March!

March 2, 2013

I’ve been on editing hell deadline for my August release STAY, the first in the Changing Tides series from Samhain!

I have to say… I LOVE THIS NOVEL!

Check out this cover! EEEEEEP!


If you’ve already seen it, sorry. I’m just so in love with it. BWG


Pitch day for Agent Shop this month will be March 16th.

We have the awesome Mollie Glick coming as our guest agent.


You can learn more about Mollie HERE

Hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and writing.



You Are Being Tracked- How Do You Feel About That?

January 31, 2013

Did you know your e-reader tracks:

what time of the day you read and for how long?

what passages you highlight?

what notes you might make while reading your book?

if you stop reading the book and where?

how many times you re-read something?

your digital file?

….and we don’t know what they do with all this information?

You just thought you were going to curl up by yourself and read a good book. Who knew you had someone looking over your shoulder and taking notes about you?


From this technology, they now know that the average time to read the Hunger Games is approximately 7hours, nearly 18,000 people have highlighted the same line from the second book, and the first thing that happens on The Nook is that readers immediately downloaded the next book in the series.

In the past when books were tangible items and you actually owned what you bought, the experience was a personal tete a tete with the author. No one was with you two except the wonderful characters that took up residence on the collaborative journey called reading.

Obviously from a business stand point this information is golden. If a significant amount of readers stop reading a book by page 165, then something must be done to bolster that story line. Suggestions have been made that at that point they could then insert a short video or other props to re-capture the readers’ attention. Should they invest in an author if folks only read through the story once or should they only heavily promote those that get their books annotated and highlighted? Amazon is now a publisher as well, this could be the golden ticket to marketing and higher returns.th_doortomoney_zps1709b59f

Certain authors have come out in favor of utilizing this information as well. Scott Turow, award winning author, lawyer, and president of the Author’s Guild says he’s waited for this type of information for years. He once had an argument with his publisher over the fact that he had been with them for years and had sold almost 25 million books yet they couldn’t tell him who bought his books.” He also argues that if you find a book is too long then you have to be more rigorous in cutting.

While I can understand that this information may be useful to authors, are they really sharing it with the authors? If you’ve published, how many of you have gotten reports on your readers’ habits? How many of you know the intimate details of what your audience did with your book? Is that information actually getting back to you? Would you want that kind of data?

Let’s play what if. What if Jane Austen or Herman Melville had access to this, would their masterpieces have been written the same? Would they have written artistically or tailored their stories to marketing feedback? Would it still be their stories or a book written by committee? So many questions.th_magnifying-glass

If I take off my author hat and put on my reader/consumer hat, you’d find that I have some serious issues with strangers being in my head. I don’t want to be a marketing pawn. I don’t want someone looking over my shoulder while I go back and re-read passages or even whole books. This should be my own private fantasy world. I read to escape, to immerse myself, by myself, in worlds and adventures. I’m not a bleeping ride at Disney Land where folks buy a ticket to come along! (Not that I feel strongly about this issue.)

A few of the readers give you the power to turn off these features, but you have to find them and opt out, they come turned on. Most don’t even give you this option. I provided a link on Tuesday to EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and they show a nifty table of all the different formats and how they are set up. I encourage you to glance over the information. You should be informed.

Let me know what you think as an author and as a reader!