Want to pitch to Holly Atkinson from Samhain Publishing??? 4-19-2014!

April 13, 2014

That’s right!

It’s time for Editor Shop at Musetracks, and we have the wonderful Holly Atkinson joining us as our special Easter weekend shopping editor.

She’s on the hunt for a new submission to put in her basket.

basket

So read the rules HERE, polish those pitches, and come join us Sat, April 19th at approx 10:00 am EST.

Oh, and you can find what Samhain Publishing is looking for HERE.

 

Good luck to everyone and please pass along the news!

 

Candi


Talk Back: Writing goals half-time!

July 8, 2013

On my Kindle: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!


And here we are, half way into the year, and I ask: are you on your way to meet your yearly writing goal? Are you ahead? Not quite there?

As usual, I am in the not quite there team but not as bad as it could. My writing goal for this year is definitely process-oriented and totally in my control. I had planned to finish the manuscript I had started (done) and submit it to agents (done). I also planned to start the sequel (done), finish it (half-way there) and edit it (it looks like I will be about to do this by the holidays).

I had also hoped to edit another manuscript I have under my bed, returning to my roots with a sexy paranormal romance, by the end of the year. But as I look at how long it takes me to write and edit, I see that it won’t happen. I may have time to write a paranormal romance novella which would be very cool.

All is well though because mainly my goal was to write for an hour a day on most days, squeezing time before and after my day job, and I have done just that. The habit is here to stay.

So your turn now, how are you doing with your goal this year so far?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle


Writing: am I wasting my time?

July 1, 2013

I apologize if this is a repost for those of you who receive blog posts by email or view them via a blog feed reader. We did some reshuffling last week to ensure you don’t miss out an inspiring guest post but we are back to regular scheduling now.


No seriously, am I?

I spend painful tiny writing sessions at the crack of dawn adding 50 words to my story then another 50 and another 50 until maybe I hit 500-800 before it’s time for me to get to my day job, and I wonder, why on earth do I do that?

Do you ever get that feeling?

I question myself over and over, realist to the possibility that this manuscript is perhaps just practice. That no matter how I submit it down the ladder of agents, trad-publishers and small publisher, it might never be good enough to actually be read.

And that the 250 hrs I spent are just gone from my life.

I just sit there at times in front of the blank page or staring at lines of unedited work wondering, why continue to do this if there are no guarantees?

It’s really hard to find the answer to that question, isn’t it?

Because there are easier ways to spend our extra time, easier ways to earn a living, or be creative and certainly not something to do in a quest for fame. So why?

There are so so many people we meet who confess they have a book in them. Is it a way to express ourselves to the world? To put some order to our jumbled thoughts, inner voices and dreams.

Maybe I am wasting my time, I truly don’t know. But I could also waste it on mindless TV, Facebook addiction, hours of Angry Birds or snarky gossip with so-so friends.

At least I’ll have something out of it at the end, right? Even if its unfit for public reading!

And at least those voices inside my head will finally have found a home.

Happy Writing!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle


Talk Back – Do you like promoting your book?

May 20, 2013

On my Kindle: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Talk Back – Tell us how you write! 


Oh I hear you all now.

Of course I hate the promo part of being a writer, you say. I’m an introvert! I hate having to go out there and try to convince people to buy my books!

I hear you because that’s exactly how I react if someone asks me.

Yet, I can spend hours on Facebook and Twitter chatting to stranger because well, I tell myself, they are potential readers.

I can spend hours looking on the web to see whether I should choose Instagram over Pinterest over Tumblr because hey, I have to stay on top of my promo game.

I can spend hours writing daily posts about myself on my personal blog because I think that’s what sells books (especially the part about choosing that very pretty picture that goes with the post which takes a long time to do).

And again I can spend hours designing the layout of my website, blog, bookmarks, ads and all that because you know how important that is!

And let’s not forget how I must go to writer’s conferences, dress up as a vampire, sample fancy drinks and frolic with cover models to increase my book sales!!! (Yes Honey, all writers HAVE to do this and that’s why I’m taking money from the kids college fund to go away and promote my novel! It will pay off in the end, don’t you worry!)

And guess what, I LOVE doing that stuff! Love it so much that I can lose myself in it. Love it so much that it is sometimes easier to work on promo than to write the damn book that never end.

So my own problem is that there is a huge part of promotion that is so much fun that it makes me think that I’m working, where in fact I’m just “playing author” while the real work (aka the actual writing of one book then another then another) is not getting done!

Hence why I reduced my online presence dramatically in the last year to focus on improving my craft and write more.

So tell me, how do you like the promo aspect of your writing career? Do you like it too much? Not enough? Things you love? Things you hate?

Your turn to talk back!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle


Agent Shop with Lit. agent Mollie Glick is 3/16!

March 10, 2013

It’s almost time for another round of Agent Shop at Musetracks!

Pitch day is March 16th, at 10:00am EST and our attending agent is Mollie Glick with Foundry Media. YAY!!!!!

Mollie’s info is here.

You can find all the rules for pitching under the tab above titled Agent/Editor Shop.

As always – read the rules carefully!

One of Mollie’s authors, Gennifer Albin, will be here with her new release, CREWEL.

Check out this cover!!!!

Crewel hi res 

Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl controls other’s destinies, but not her own

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

But Adelice is forced into this powerful group, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous politics at play. Caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it—or destroy it.

Links to Buy: Amazon, B&N, Powell’s

Links to Author: www.genniferalbin.com, http://genniferalbin.blogspot.com/

I’ll see you all Saturday.

~Candi


It’s Agent Shopping day. Welcome Jessica Alvarez!

February 17, 2013

UPDATE: I just received an e-mail from Jessica. This was what she had to say:

“Thanks so much! The pitches all looked great, and I bet many of the “pitchers” are having success with their queries.”

Yay! Way to go everyone. She requested 1-full and 3-partials. I’ll be sending e-mails out in the next few minutes, so be sure to check your in boxes. Thanks for joining us, and I hope to see many of you at a future Agent/Editor Shop date.

Good morning everyone.

My internet is spotty at best today, so I’m having trouble with my computer connection (darn storms) and WordPress is being difficult as well. If the formatting seems off its normal nice pattern, I apologize!

We’ll get straight to it this morning.

STATS:

Total pitches: 42

Pitches accepted: 29

Pitches rejected: 13

  • 10 – Too long
  • 3 – Missing info

For those of you who made it in – Congrats! For those who did not, I can’t stress how important it is to follow guidelines. By not following the rules, you’ve cost yourself an amazing opportunity.

Big huge thank you to Sharon Cullen for giving us a peek at The Notorious Lady Anne! The winner of the e-copy is… EVA GORDON! Eva, please e-mail me your contact information and what e-book version you’d like and I’ll forward it on to the publisher!

A second huge thanks to Jessica Alvarez for attending Agent Shop.

The pitches are below. If something catches your eye, simply e-mail me with the pitch number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Have fun, happy shopping, and I hope you’ll join us again in the future!

GOOD LUCK everyone!

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#1

Miss Spencer and the Con Man

Historical romance/ American historical

90K

The year is 1900 and Tyler Browning needs money—quick. He’s a first-rate fraud with charm and charisma on his side, but his reasons for the con are his alone. All goes well until a chance meeting with a pretty but far too conscientious reporter sends his plans into a tailspin and his interest in her soaring.

Julia Spencer may be the new journalist on the job in Indianapolis, but that doesn’t mean she can’t spot a rat when she sees one. Eager to make her mark in a male-dominated career, she throws herself into chasing down the story. Despite the acute desire she feels for him and the need to move beyond her past, she has to decide if he’s worth the risk.

As Julia hunts for not only his truth but hers, Tyler begins to regret his guilt-prompted promise to a dying friend yet is honor-bound to follow through. Meanwhile, kidnap and extortion schemes from an old foe push Julia back into her dark past plus one lie of omission on Tyler’s part has the power to destroy his and Julia’s future dreams. Only trust will unravel the tangle—and that doesn’t come in elixir form.

***

#2

The Were, the Witch and the Baby

Contemporary Paranormal Romance

30k

He was an animal in the sack…

Lyric McAvoy never expected her one night stand with Colin would result in a child. She agrees to stay with him to hide from the repercussions family and friends are sure to rain down on her but being with him only reminds her of the desire he awakened with a touch on the dance floor.

She cast a spell on his senses…

Colin, packleader of the local werewolves, knows to trust his senses but when Lyric sweeps into his life, she makes him suddenly hungry to possess her. Her claim to be carrying his child, though it seems impossible, makes him determined to protect her and the baby.

But war is breaking out in the paranormal world…

Life as they knew it is implodes around them as previously peaceful inhabitants of the paranormal world become pawns in a deadly battle. With secrets between them, keeping them apart, the two battle a raging passion while trying to figure out who is killing their people.

The Were, the Witch, and the Baby

In a world where the things that go bump in the night are real, sometimes the scariest thing is parenthood.

***

#3

Magical Curves

Contemporary Paranormal Erotic Romance

32,907

Romance is all about fantasy fulfillment and who doesn’t want a magical prince from their dreams to come to life?

Emma Flowers dreams of something more. Living a humble, if solitary life, as the local librarian, she looks forward to laying her head on her pillow each night to travel to a magical place where she has adventures with a wizard prince.

Kayden, prince of Zenith, found his soulmate long ago. Her imagination, her spirit, has long fed his magic but the time has come for him to collect his bride. Can he convince her dreams are so powerful, they became reality so he can finally taste her Magical Curves?

***

#4

Her Time to Die

Romantic Suspense

73,508 words

Sandra Walsh, codename Wraith, is a sniper for a covert mercenary-style agency. When her bullet misses the target and kills the young girl she’s supposed to save she realizes she can’t stay in this life anymore. But the only way she can quit the agency is to fake her death. Without telling her team her plan, she sabotages a secret meeting and makes it appear as if she was blown up in a bombing.

She establishes a new identity in a small town managing an entertainment center owned by sexy former Marine, Casper Grady. But she gets sucked back into the world she tried to escape when the agency finds out she’s still alive and comes after her.

When they discover Grady’s connection to her, she knows it could jeopardize his life. She’s kicking herself for not leaving town sooner but her heart wouldn’t let her leave him. Now she has to keep them safe while trying to figure out how to get them out of this mess. But Grady doesn’t make it easy when he has his own ideas on what they should do and only complicates things when he takes their attraction to the next level.

***

#5

Chasing Symmetry

Romantic Suspense

92,000

When art professor Bianca James finds a dead woman in her studio, the Chief of Police fingers her as a suspect, but the investigation reveals something worse – she was the target. Her ex’s younger brother is assigned to the case and she’s faced with a trilogy of dilemmas: go head-to-head with the chief who seems to have a hidden agenda, try to thwart the intentions of a cold-blooded killer, or trust Finn Tierny, the irresistible cop whose brother proved untrustworthy.

Finn’s return to Riley’s Peak to care for his dying father isn’t exactly a sacrifice; he had to leave Pittsburgh or forfeit his sanity, his principles, maybe his life. But being back is bittersweet. He’s flooded with memories, good and bad, as he battles doubts about being a cop, a cantankerous father, and a drunken, combative brother.

Threats escalate, the suspect list grows, and it becomes clear – the murderer’s resolve to kill Bianca is almost as strong as Finn’s desire to keep her alive. Almost.

***

#6

Above The Game
Literary Fiction
71,000

Eliot Mackenzie is on his game. On the basketball court with his brothers as teammates, he is a player. He excels as a long distance runner, leaving everyone behind. But Eliot wants more. His escape from the small New England town of Granite Harbor is just months away.

Suddenly, there is no playing, no escaping – no movement at all. Eliot Mackenzie is dead.

Tragic confrontation on a high school basketball court ends his life, but not his tale. As his parents and his twin brothers, Dylan and Dante, struggle to deal with their loss, Eliot narrates their grief, love, anger, conflict and resolution.

The twins reaffirm their private bond, but each struggles to find his own path away from rage and despair. His mother contends with a second family crisis that not only provides escape, but helps her deal with the loss of her son. Eliot’s father remains lost in the present and tied to the past as he indulges in one-sided conversations with his dead son.

Eliot alone remains above the game – a spectator, confined to Granite Harbor forever.

***

#7

The Gamekeeper’s Daughter

Victorian Era Historical Romance/subgenre Suspense.

108,000 words.

Queen Victoria’s top assassin, Lord Alexander Stokes harbors his fair share of dark secrets. Chief among them is his love of bondage and discipline. When a damsel-in-distress appeals for his help, he ponders the consequences, yet her similarity to his first love intrigues him. He offers to help her with a single condition: that the beauty consents to play his games of dominance and submission for an entire year.

Given no choice, Mrs. Julia Foxworth agrees to his indecent terms. Anything is better than serving time for a murder she did not commit, especially when the real killer is stalking her. Despite her misgiving about being the mysterious masked man’s chattel, his raw masculine power lures her in like a hawk to her falconer.

Alexander learns she is his beloved Julia, the former gamekeeper’s daughter, he thought long dead. He’s been betrayed by her and his manipulative father. His heart darkens. Combating their deceptions, the lovers fight for the passion they once shared, amidst the threatening danger of Alexander’s nefarious enemies and her husband’s killer. Can they learn to trust one another and live long enough to know true love again?

***

#8

HIDDEN

Contemporary NA Romance

55,000 words

For three years Lyndsey Anderson’s hidden a secret. For two years Nick Carlisle’s hidden his heart. When they meet at college in Hawaii, it’s tough to hide their attraction. Nick knows he can’t have Lyndsey. The last time he got close to someone was in Afghanistan, when he was deployed there as a soldier. He made an error that couldn’t be erased, and the woman he cared about ended up dead because of it. Lyndsey knows she can’t have Nick because she’s protecting her identity and that of a child she’ll never know. But, as Lyndsey’s past, in the form of a dangerous ex-boyfriend, starts to catch up to her, she turns to Nick and they give in to their feelings. When she finally tells Nick her secret, he panics, afraid that he’ll fail her too.

Abandoned by Nick, Lyndsey must face the danger on her own. Nick quickly realizes that he has made a terrible mistake and searches for her, but can he find her in time, and if he does, will love be enough for her to forgive him?

***

#9

Loving the Enemy

Contemporary romance

80,621

Ivey Lancaster, nurse midwife, returns to Napa Valley where she is forced to fight for the respect of the physicians at the hospital. Her ex-fiancé wasn’t supposed to be in town – if she’d known that she might have never come back – but now Ivey must face him, and the biggest mistake of her life.

When Ivey finds that not only is Jeff back in town but her neighbor, she discovers he works at the hospital where she’s lost a great job opportunity. Coincidence? Ivey doesn’t think so. And while his stare could melt glaciers in the arctic it won’t do a thing to her anymore. She won’t let it.

Dr.Jeff Garner, ER physician, can’t believe Ivey has come back. And while he longs to take her in his arms, he’s kept a secret from her. If she finds out, she may never forgive him.

Add in Jeff’s octogenarian grandfather, who insists that Jeff and Ivey’s postponed wedding take place the following month in August, “a month that doesn’t get enough attention”, and Ivey and Jeff have their hands full as they fight their rekindled feelings.

***

 

#10

Comanche Haven

Romance/Western Romance

106k

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.

***

#11

Save the Date (Book 1 in the Modern Arrangements Trilogy)

Contemporary Romance

66,176 words

AIDAN IVERSON III, old money wealthy and blatant playboy, has never felt the need to be with one woman. Why, when he has the looks, money and a family name to rule the nightlife? And, when it thoroughly aggravates Grandfather?

LILLIAN SNOWE, do-it-yourself overachiever, has a plan to keep her father healthy and living in the home where he raised her. But, how can she, when the hospital bills are piling up, the bank wants their money and she is hundreds of miles away from home?

From the moment they meet, Aidan would have to be blind not to feel an attraction, especially with Lilli’s work attire and feisty humor.

When illness, death, debt and a mutual friend, bring these two together, feelings are hurt and someone is insulted. It takes determination, sneaky actions and cockiness to secure the deal. But, even with an iron clad marriage agreement and pre-nup in place, there are those who would seek to destroy the spark threatening to engulf our couple in a happily ever after.

So, Save the Date, because you are cordially invited to the seduction of Lilli Snowe.

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#12

Not Her Mother’s Fate

Women’s fiction

90,000

Determined to beat the domestic violence survivor’s statistics, Amy Thompson spent two years building a life of independence. Then she meets the life-of-the-party favorite Robert Crane. Despite his frequent drunkenness, Amy discovers Robert has a deeply spiritual side full of compassion, honesty and strong family values that were missing from her childhood.

Within months after moving in together, Amy understands that the charming egoism she initially thought of as an appealing vulnerability in Robert has become the source of arguments, escalated alcoholism, and violent outbursts. Surrounded by love and support of their friends, family and church, Amy is pressured to make the commitment to marriage that all their loved ones believe is the ultimate cure for Roberts alcoholism.

Amy is forced to make a decision between cutting her losses to save herself, or risking it all on the strength of her commitment to the relationship.

Not Her Mother’s Fate is a 90,000 word women’s fiction that explores the cycles of alcoholism and domestic violence that test the limits of love, friendship and loyalty.

***

#13

Dr. Strange Love – An Erotic Short Story

Romance/erotic romance

8K

Toni Reynolds loves her fiancé, Luke Campbell, more than anything. Still something is missing. They both recognize their love life has become predictable. Toni, realizes she’s not satisfied. She fears that she’s missing something and the closer her wedding date gets, the more unhappy she becomes.

It’s her secret though, until the night, Luke announces they’re hiring a sex therapist. Uneasy about a professional poking around in their relationship, especially one who makes ‘house calls’, Toni feels betrayed. Her love for and her trust in Luke win out as she agrees to meet the good doctor. Neither Luke nor Toni is prepared for the talents of Damon.

***

#14

The Journey of a Black Norwiccan

Women Fiction

85,000

Shannon Reilly is a non commissioned officer in the army and one event sends her on a downward spiral that changes her life. Raised protestant and her family are regulars in church, but the murder of her four year old son changes everything. She learns when you question the church you become the black sheep of the congregation. Needing to get away from everyone and especially the close minded people in her town. Shannon takes a journey to North Carolina and finds sanctuary with the most unlikely of peoples… Pagan Witches… Lost and confused she learns more about herself as well as where she headed. Shannon learns the real fight is going to take place in the bible belt of North Carolina not just within herself, but also among the masses…. She has to decided which battle to fight or if both are one in the same.

***

#15

Loving Emmalyne

Erotic romance

37,000

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.

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#16

Proof of Grace

Inspirational Fiction

54,434

The bank is preparing to foreclose on Vera Carrington’s house, but she isn’t interested in accepting charity from the loving community of Harte’s Peak. She’ll make it on her own, as she has for years. She is determined to save her home without selling her café, the business she single-handedly built. A local ski contest is a Hail Mary pass, and Vera won’t let the fact that she hasn’t skied in years stop her.

Former bad boy Deputy Sheriff Ryan Colton is a new man in Christ, but he’s going to have a little trouble convincing the one woman who needs to hear his message that he has her best interests in mind. First he intends to make up for his checkered past with all the people he’s hurt in the past. But the one woman who has challenged him the most, and who needs his faith the most won’t trust him even though he could lead her to everything she needs.

***

#17

In the Heart

Contemporary romance/women’s fiction
100,000

After a tragic shooting claims the life of her fiancé, Celia Bailey returns to her small hometown vowing one day to find love again. A year later, she’s finding it difficult to keep that vow when the man occupying her thoughts and haunting her dreams is a man she knows shouldn’t get involved with.

Toby Colton is about to find his new life turned upside down. He has a steady job as a prison guard and is forming ties in the close-knit community he recently moved to. However, one chance meeting on the side of a road brings a string of complications he never counted on.

For the ex-rodeo rider, Celia is one sad cliché after another: the boss’s daughter…his best friend’s sister…and love at first sight. While the two fight a losing battle to resist their attraction, a scheming and dangerous inmate by the name of Vince Monroe sets his sights on escape—and Celia.

When Toby must risk his own life to save a kidnapped Celia, they learn love doesn’t always play by the rules

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#18

Forbidden Fruit

Paranormal Romance

65,000

The Goddesses of old have become the watchers of mankind and the Gods.

Gaia, Isis, Psyche, Bellona, Diana, Lilith, Rahda, and Kali ma; are the sisterhood of darkness. Pain followed them for centuries and now Lilith the leader of the sisterhood has to face her past. When Azazel, his generals, and the legion of the damned souls of Hell are released from their prison; the sisters come face to face with an aged old prophecy that could destroy them all. The sisterhood is now in the battle to save mankind and the realm of the Gods. The prophecy will reunite soul mates long lost by time itself.

Lilith is taken on a journey when she goes on a mission to locate the Goddess Kali, but she gets more than she bargains for; her soul mate Adam. Now that time is of the essence Lilith must warm her cold heart and forgive Adam for shattering it.

Can Adam survive Lilith’s intense sexual dominating desires and the coming Apocalypse?

***

#19

Egyptian Heat

Paranormal Fiction

50,000

A dynasty is coming to an end and a Goddess will become a warrior. Isis will find and loss the love that completed her.

Isis Egyptian Goddess and heir to the throne will have to come to terms with her fate. Finding her way through love, loss and betrayal. Yearning to protect the ones she holds dear, but it seems like a losing battle.

Everything seems right in the world until her life comes to a shattering halt. Can she survive the pain and make a new path or will she become the monster who wants to consume her.

***

#20

The Journey of a Norwiccan

Women Fiction

85,000

Shannon Reilly is a non commissioned officer in the army and one event sends her on a downward spiral that changes her life. Raised protestant and her family are regulars in church, but the murder of her four year old son changes everything. She learns when you question the church you become the black sheep of the congregation. Needing to get away from everyone and especially the close minded people in her town. Shannon takes a journey to North Carolina and finds sanctuary with the most unlikely of peoples… Pagan Witches… Lost and confused she learns more about herself as well as where she headed. Shannon learns the real fight is going to take place in the bible belt of North Carolina not just within herself, but also among the masses…. She has to decided which battle to fight or if both are one in the same.

***

#21

Doctor Dearest – An Erotic Short Story

Romance/erotic romance

12K

Sex therapy is a complicated business. A medical professional must remain impartial while developing a relationship with a patient. The fact a man enjoys sex thoroughly means he can’t always remain completely unaffected. His primal drive can range out of control and consequences may occur.

Damon, a.k.a. Dr. Strange Love, finds himself caring more for Billie Conners than is professionally prudent. The trouble with that line of reasoning is he’s willing to put everything on the line to save what he’s found.

***

#22

Mystic Waters / Destiny / Selkie Summer

Paranormal romance

70,000 words

Two people, worlds apart, have the same vision – a mythical being surrounded by her enemies. Hurting. Tormented. Struggling to escape. Out of the mist a silver wolf leaps in to stand at her side, protecting her and vanquishing her foes.

When Wolfe, a brawny forestry consultant with a talent for dream walking agrees to find Nikki and warn her of the danger she’s in, he has no idea that she’s a Selkie, or that she’s so damn sexy he’ll have trouble keeping his hands to himself. He finds her hiding in the forest while mercenaries search her home. Wolfe vows to find a way to neutralize the danger to her while convincing her that he is destined to be her mate. Descended from Druids of ancient Celtic origin, he knows his grandfather’s vision is about to come true.

Nikki has an independent streak and doesn’t believe in ancient prophecies. She reluctantly agrees to join forces with Wolfe and they learn to rely on each other as they work to find out who is stalking Nikki and why.

Meanwhile, they discover that love comes when you least expect it with a force that shakes them both to the core.

***

#23

The Heathen’s Kiss

Historical Romance

75,000

Threatened with marriage to a heartless man, Mary Catherine Charming escapes her abusive father and seeks refuge with a traveling circus. Knife thrower Dominic McCarthy tends to her lacerations and broken soul, but what kind of life could she expect to have with a man who sleeps on a bed of nails?

After his sister died on his operating table, Dominic gave up medicine and hunted down the man responsible for her injuries. He served five years in prison for assault then found sanctuary with a freak show. When Mary Catherine barges into his wagon, she awakens his protective instinct and soothes his tattered spirit. Now, Dominic wishes he was the man he used to be – a man worthy of her love.

Can a reverend’s daughter and circus freak find their happy ending or will past mistakes and a vengeful father ruin any hopes of a future together?

***

#24

Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies

Erotic fantasy

110,000

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..

***

#25

If You Can See Me

Contemporary/Historic with Paranormal Elements

130,986

Some curses stay with a family for generations…

Nate Bentley is a man on a mission. To rid himself of a house h considers a monstrosity before he falls victim to the curse that strikes all the men in his family before their thirty-fifth birthday. But two things stand in his way: a headstrong sister and a woman who can see spirits of the dead.

…it just takes the right combination to break them…

Phaedra Delaney is the woman with the gift. To communicate with the dead. She is also the key to breaking the curse that has bound her family to the Bentley’s for over a century. All she has to do is get a Bentley man to fall in love with her before he turns thirty-five. If only he didn’t take an instant disliking to her upon their first meeting.

Destiny and determination collide when these two powerful people meet and their lives become inextricably entangled with those of their ancestors. Can they break the curse before Nate reaches his next birthday? Or will he fall victim to the same fate that claimed his father – and every male in the family for the past one hundred plus years?

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#26

Slice of Betrayal

Romantic Suspense

100,000

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.

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#27

Deceptive Cadence

YA Contemporary Romance

85,000

Cadence awakes in a hospital to find her husband and daughter dead, killed in an earthquake. So when her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time with all the knowledge she has, she accepts, desperate to prevent their deaths.

She shoots back eleven years to her fourteen-year-old self, and faces high school all over again. She is determined to do everything better, including preventing the loss of her best friend and not dating any of her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. Her main focus is on her future husband, who she won’t meet for several years.

But James Gordon crosses her path. While she wishes to remain single, the bad boy pursues her. He threatens to disrupt everything that is to come as she begins to develop unwanted feelings for him, and distract her from her original goal: to save her future family.

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#28

Souls Entwined

YA Paranormal Coming-of-Age/Romance

56,600 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Wells’ world is turned upside-down as she is exposed to things she never knew existed when her new friend Billy links his mind to hers. He takes her places she’s never seen before, teaching her about trust and awakens her desire. They can communicate telepathically. Their souls are connected, entwined.

Rachel hears spirits, delivering messages from the dead and Billy taps into the minds of the living – what a team! Together, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’, a secret group to explore the paranormal without ridicule from their classmates.

When Melody, Rachel’s BFF, gets involved, her jealousy of Rachel’s chemistry with Billy, coupled by her obsession with black magic are a lethal combination. It’s more dangerous than they know – Billy gets attacked. Not realizing the proper protocol for protection, they open the door to some nasty spirit contact as they experiment with things like Ouija Boards and candle magic, lending an opportunity for a spirit to attach itself to Rachel.

Torn between believing her best friend (who’s been exhibiting some bad behavior lately) and defending her possible soul mate, Rachel’s choice will determine the direction her life takes and if she will ever get another chance to find love.

***

#29

Promise Me Eden

Contemporary Western

55,000

Adam Pelletier is at the end of his rope. He can’t figure a way to help his wife recover from the tragic stillbirth of their son. He hasn’t forgotten their boy, but he’s pushed his sorrow deep and is coping the only way he knows how—by refusing to focus on his loss and burying himself in work.

Eden Pelletier is lost in grief. Her pain is unbearable. So much so she’s in a deep hole of depression she can’t climb out of. Unable to do anything but mourn for her dead son, she can’t understand why Adam is able to put him aside and carry on.

Adam knows he has to lay it all on the line if he’s going to win his wife back. He forces Eden to go to Ty’s grave where he pours out his heart. He tells them both he loves them and always has. Eden knows it will be a long road to complete recovery, but she finally sees how much Adam loves her and their son and agrees to move home.


Agent Shop w/ Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.

January 27, 2013

Good Morning Everyone!

I’ve had one of those super busy weeks, but it’s at its end today. YAY! And since things are a bit slow at work, I have THREE days off next week. Anyone wanna guess how I plan to spend those days while kids are at school? 🙂 Big wordcounts planned!

Anyway, I’m happy to say that Agent/Editor Shop is becoming something of a buzz. I’m constantly amazed by the amount of people who know about it, and have participated. We’ve even been getting e-mails from agents/editors interested in being guests for future Shop dates!

So thanks to everyone who’s participated, blogged about us, mentioned us to writing/professional friends and such. Musetracks was based on the concept of giving back to the writing community for all the help we all received and continue to receive over the years.

February’s Agent/Editor Shop will be Feb. 16th around 10:00am EST. and as you can see from the title, we have Jessica Alvarez with Bookends LLC as our guest agent, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve spoken with Jessica several times via e-mail, and she is not only a super nice person, but it’s easy to ‘hear’ the love she has for what she does.

Here’s the link to Jessica’s information:

Jessica Alvarez

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After ten years as an editor, Jessica Alvarez joined BookEnds in April 2011. She began her publishing career in 2001 as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Books. There, she had the opportunity to acquire and edit a wide array of fiction, specializing in historical romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. Jessica left Harlequin in 2008 to pursue a freelance editing career, and completed projects for Harlequin, Scholastic Books, Thomas Nelson, and independent writers. She uses her editorial background to help writers hone their skills and develop strong, marketable stories. Jessica is actively building her client list and is proud to work with a wonderful group of clients. She is a member of AAR.

Jessica read her first romance at the age of nine when she pilfered from a friend’s mother’s Harlequin Presents collection and was instantly hooked. Though her pilfering has passed, her weakness for alpha heroes and exotic settings remains.

A New Jersey native, Jessica still resides in the Garden State. She is perpetually over-caffeinated in an attempt to keep up with her young son and two energetic wheaten terriers.

You can contact Jessica via email or follow her on Twitter

Jessica’s areas of interest include historical romance (particularly 18th and 19th century!), inspirational romance, contemporary romance, category romance, erotic romance and smart, female-focused erotica, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries.

Her authors include Andrea Laurence, Jennifer Delamere, Lorrie Thomson, Melissa Cutler, and Stacy Henrie.

Hope to see you all here! Until next weekend, happy writing, reading and life.

Best~

Candi


Link of the Week

January 24, 2012

This week’s link is the fun “word cloud” generator, Wordle.

http://www.wordle.net/

This is great for writers who may be looking for key words to describe the mood and tone for their book. Simply copy and paste text into the generator and, presto, a cloud of words used most often within the chosen text.

You can choose language, fonts, upper and/or lower case lettering, and color schemes. For the techno savvy, the word cloud can even be customized further. Plus, your clouds can used however you see fit. How cool is that?


We Remember… and always will.

September 11, 2011

I remember where I was ten years ago today…

I can still feel the shock I experienced as I drove home, listening to the news reports…

Today I still feel the sting of tears when I think about the horror that unfolded before our eyes…

I remember thinking how glad I was in that moment to be an American, where this travesty would pull us together, where we as a united people would stand up and say, ‘We’re still here’.

 

We won’t ever forget, we won’t ever stop praying, we won’t ever go silent…

Hold your loved ones, near and far, here or departed, close.

We are America.

God bless~


MuseTracks Link of the Day

September 6, 2011

Today’s link hooks you up to an online book club, iBookBuzz.

http://www.ibookbuzz.com/index.html

iBookBuzz  is exclusively for romance writers and readers and monthly selections are picked by the book club members.

What’s great about this book club is it offers writer’s a chance to promote themselves among readers, especially if the author’s novel is available digitally. Each month offers a different genre. Four options are randomly chosen from those submitted to the club and a poll is conducted. This is a great promotional tool for authors, plus the author gets the benefit of interacting with readers and being a part on the book discussion. Pretty darn cool.

Now comes the shameless promotion.

This month, my novel Blood and Treasure is up for the historical book of the month. Not only would I love for you to check out iBookBuzz’s site, but take a moment to join and vote.  Should you decide to vote, please vote based on the selection you like most. However, I’d greatly appreciate your support.

http://www.ibookbuzz.com/Vote-for-Next-Book.html

Jenn!