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Werewolves in the Kitchen…Oh My!

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Today on Jessica Aspen Writes, I’m interviewing author, Shauna Aura Knight. Besides having the coolest author name ever, she also has a pretty hot cover and a seriously hot book! You might also be interested in her non-fiction books on dreamwork, rituals, and goddesses. Please welcome, Shauna, to the blog

Hi Shauna and thanks for being my guest today on Jessica Aspen Writes. Let’s get started on the interview, shall we? What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

I’d say characters and conflict. I often hit right in the middle of the story, particularly when one of my stories comes from an idea from one of my epic dreams.

 

Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them? How did they push you?

I haven’t had many rejections, but I also waited until I was a really solid writer to submit my work. This is speaking both as a nonfiction and a fiction author. I did recently have a rejection that devastated me at first. However, having a beta reader go through my rejected novel helped me figure out what was wrong with it. In the act of defining the villain more clearly, I not only improved that story, but I came up with the villain/primary conflict for at least three or four other books that I had started, yet I wasn’t sure what the motivation for the villain was. So that rejection ended up being really good for me!

 

Are you self-publishing? Why or why not?

I have self published some of  my nonfiction, and I’m working on a fiction story to self publish. I like working with publishers as it helps to get my work out to a broader audience, and it’s nice to not have to manage all the details. Plus, the experience of having my work edited has tremendously improved my writing. However, I am looking to self publish some fiction just to get a more direct idea of what promotion efforts are working. I do a lot of social media, and I’m never sure what is actually helping to sell my books. I’d like to spend more time writing, and less time promoting, so the only way to do that is to get more strategic about it.

 What’s unique about this particular book.

The book is has some very intensely sexy moments, particularly when all three of them are having sex together…but what really made the characters come alive for me is how funny Jake and Kyle are together. I had no clue when I started writing the story that the two of them would be so clueless about how to seduce Ellie. Writing them made me laugh out loud.

 

Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?

I was surprised that Jake and Kyle were werewolves. I wrote the scene of the three of them hooking up first. By the time I finished writing that very erotic scene, I knew that they were werewolves. I’ve always been more into vampires, to this was a surprise.

 

Werewolves in the Kitchen by Shauna Aura KnightDid you have a favorite scene?

I do; it’s this hilarious interchange between Jake and Kyle. I don’t even know where it came from, but it still cracks me up when I read it. These two incredibly sexy werewolves are trying to seduce Ellie and completely failing at it.

 

“Was she running away from us?”

 

Jake folded his arms. “You scared her off.”

 

“Me? I’m not the one who was all, ‘Would you like some lemonade?’ No, that didn’t spook her.”

 

“You were about to force feed her pie.”

 

“I was just offering.” Kyle tugged his apron off.

 

“She does run away from us though.” Jake and Kyle headed outside. “Why do we scare her?”

 

“We’ve never gone feral in front of her….”

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

I didn’t intend this book as a series when I wrote it, however, I now have three novels I’m working on that all take place at the SpiralStone retreat center where Werewolves takes place. In A Golden Heart of Glass, Angel is a devotee of the goddess Aphrodite, but as she and Benjamin grow closer, they both find themselves sought after by creatures that want their magic. Jake, Kyle, and Ellie make appearances, and I’m also working on a freebie short story about the threesome from Werewolves. Jake and Kyle ambush Ellie with a feast of chocolate…delicious smut ensues.

What are you releasing next, and when?

My next release will be A Fading Amaranth. Alexandra’s psychic abilities have made it impossible for her to be in a relationship until she meets Nathaniel, a vampire who has lost his muse. When a Faerie monster begins stalking the streets of Chicago, they have to face dark magic and danger. I don’t have a release date just yet but it’ll be out soon!

 BOOK BLURB: Werewolves in the Kitchen

When Ellie moved to the SpiralStone retreat center to figure out her life, she expected peace, quiet, and spiritual practice. She had no idea that the two sexy men running the kitchen would seduce her…much less at the same time. Kyle and Jake turn out to be wilder than they seem and Ellie finds herself wrapped up in devastating magic. She must choose: stay with Jake and Kyle and risk who she has been, accepting the dangerous world of shapeshifters? Or leave them and risk madness, or worse?

 

Excerpt on my Blog: http://shaunaknightauthorartist.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/book-release-werewolves-in-the-kitchen/

 

To buy Werewolves in the Kitchen:

Jupiter Gardens Press: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/werewolves-in-the-kitchen

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Werewolves-Kitchen-Shauna-Aura-Knight-ebook/dp/B00HVJMUSI

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/werewolves-in-the-kitchen-shauna-aura-knight/1118063246

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-werewolvesinthekitchen-1396618-340.html

 Werewolves in the Kitchen is a paranormal romance with a M/F/M ménage.

ISBN:  #978-1-938257-65-0

 shauna aura knight, authorBIO: Shauna Aura Knight

An artist, author, and presenter, Shauna’s work is inspired by the mythic stories of heroes and magic, and of the darkness we each must overcome. She’s a fantasy artist and author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy including Werewolves in the Kitchen, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, and The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves. Her mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations.She travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of community leadership, facilitation, and personal transformation, and is the author of numerous articles and books on those subjects.

 

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web Site: http://www.shaunaauraknight.com

Fiction Blog: https://shaunaknightauthorartist.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaunaKnightAuthorArtist

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shauna_A_Knight

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/shaunaaknight

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Snippets of an Author

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a blog about authors for readers

prince by blood and bone book tour buttonJust a few reminders, and then on to the blog.

First off, don’t forget to enter to win a print copy of my latest steamy, fantasy romance, Prince by Blood and Bone on Goodreads. And I’m still on blog tour so check out the list of posts and discover reviews, interviews and an excerpt of Prince by Blood and Bone, as well as many opportunities to win an e-copy of The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court.

 

SNIPPETS OF AN AUTHOR

I was recently on vacation and while I don’t usually bring up that I write books, my husband never lets a chance go by to tell people that his wife writes spicy paranormal romance. So I found myself in the position of explaining to strangers what I write. If I’d known I’d be doing this, I would have practiced my elevator pitch, but I was totally unprepared to be lounging on the beach and telling people about my hot romance books.

“Um, yes, I write paranormal romance. Twisted fairy tales.” Look at their confused faces. “For adults. Yes, um, they are very adult.” See the widening of the eyes. “NO! Not Fifty Shades adult, but spicy. Steamy…romance for adults.”

Yes, I should be able to do this. I do it every day on social media and here on the blog, but that’s not face to face, seeing their reactions. And let’s face it, most of the people I interact with on social media are romance fans. I socialize with romance writers and readers. I forget that out in the real world not everyone reads paranormal romance.

So, in addition to having to come up with what I write in a nutshell, I also had that question that authors dread, “If I read your books are they all about you?” Um, no. And yes.

No, I’m not a 22 year old shape-shifting werewolf with a hot body and a sexy alpha male in my bed. No, I’m not dealing with killer step-parents or an evil queen. No, I don’t cast spells (okay, maybe when I’m heading for that green light about to turn red) and I don’t have sex with men who ride snarky pucas or wield magic blades.

Yep, this is fiction kids. I made it up.

But yes, you’ll find out things about me. You’ll find I like men with an edge to them who also have a vulnerable side. How can you know this? I put them in nearly every book. You might find out that I love dark chocolate or walks in the rain. How will you know this? Well, you won’t know for sure, but if I have a character that likes that, maybe I do too.

Or maybe not.

Maybe I’ll have a character whose favorite flavor is vanilla and loves dry, hot weather more than the misty moisty mornings. Then how will you know if I’m a chocolate girl or a vanilla girl?

You won’t.

My characters are all different. Some of them stand up for themselves, like Red in Little Red Riding Wolf. Some of them take longer to figure out how to do that, like Trina in The Dark Huntsman. And they all have bits and pieces of me in them. But they also have bits and pieces that I just made up. And I’m not sure you’ll be able to figure out which is which.

I’m the first to admit, my husband and I do have a fairy tale romance and if I wrote contemporaries maybe I’d be writing our love story over and over again. But I don’t. I write twisted fairy tale romances with magic and mayhem. There are no Monday mornings in my books and cell-phones don’t work in the lands of the fae. But it is still me writing. And my romance experience is still a personal thing that must creep in sometimes, right?

Or maybe not.

It is fiction, isn’t it?

Are you a writer? Does your personal life and tastes creep into your writing? How about as a reader? Do you only choose books with heroines who are just like you, or do you like to read about different lives, explore different ways of being?

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Crossroads Blog Tour and Giveaway

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a new adult romance giveaway opportunity

Today on Jessica Aspen Writes I’m sharing the brand new release from new adult romance author, Megan Keith. Crossroads, the hot, new adult, sequel to Finding My Way, is now available for sale and to help it along Megan has a a fantastic contest as well as teasers and excerpts at each stop. You’ll find the schedule at the bottom of the post. Read all about Crossroads and discover new adult romance and fun prizes below.

Crossroads Blog tour banner by Megan Keith

Crossroads by Megan Keith

Nick is about to head overseas on an adventure of a lifetime.  It’s what he has always wanted, to travel the world, to experience new cultures, see the places he’s dreamed of for so long.  He should be over the moon.  Instead, he’s been in a slump ever since he lost his friend Em.

Nick is a player, always has been.  The first time he ever wanted more from a girl he was shot down.  So now he’s left licking his wounds.  Emma made her choice and now Nick has to live with it.

Or does he?  When he finds out that Emma is single after all, will he fight for her?  Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?  And if he does, what will happen when he leaves?

Nick has reached a crossroads in his life – the girl or the dream.  Seems like an easy choice when the girl of his dreams is Emma.  But what if she doesn’t see things the same way? 

crossroads teaser by megan keith

Excerpt from Crossroads, by Megan Keith

My heart starts to race at the sound of his voice over the loud speaker.  Immediately I seek out the location of the booth and spot him as he walks out of it.  He looks good.  I can’t believe he’s here.  I know my eyes are bugging out of my head but I can’t stop staring.  Not only is Nick the DJ tonight but there he is, in my direct line of sight with his arms around a girl.  And she’s very attractively smiling up at him.

“I’m sorry Em!” Kat yells in my ear.  “I swear he was not the DJ listed to play, you saw the posters outside the club too.”

I swipe at my eyes as angry tears form in them.  She’s right, we had both checked.  There must have been a cancellation or something, it’s the only explanation.  I stand still as a statue as I watch Nick put his arm around the girl’s shoulder and they head for the exit.

“Em.”  Kat’s pulling on my arm.  “Please look at me.”

When I can no longer see Nick, I turn to face her.  The look on her face is a mixture of pity and pleading.

“Who’s for another drink?” I ask with false cheer.  I don’t wait for a reply from either of the girls as I hastily make my way to the bar.  I shove my way to the front, not caring about the toes I’m stepping on or the rudeness of my approach.  I don’t care that I am cutting in line.  I yell out my order for a shot of tequila.  Before I’ve even paid, I have drunk it and ordered another.  Kat spins me back to face her.

“I’m sorry Em.  I swear I didn’t know.”

I turn away from her.  I feel the hot tears about to overflow from my eyes as I hand over my money to the bartender and swallow my second shot.  I look Kat square in the eyes.

“I want to go home.”

Put Crossroads by Megan Keith on your  Goodreads shelf:       http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18038308-crossroads

PURCHASE LINKS 

Amazon US          http://www.amazon.com/Crossroads-Finding-My-Way-ebook/dp/B00F4PBMCG 

Amazon UK          http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crossroads-Finding-My-Way-ebook/dp/B00F4PBMCG 

Kobo                     http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Crossroads/book-BVKFGOmFgkeFAXRFWSYn_A/page1.html?s=mW27rPmd4k6oIUmjiCHqwg&r=2

 Smashwords        https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354509

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crossroads-megan-keith/1116875161?ean=2940045252973

crossroads blog tour giveaway

Enter to win!

1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x $5 Amazon Gift Card and 5 x Crossroads ebooks.

The giveaway starts on Sept 13 and ends Sept 21 and is open internationally.

Click HERE to enter or go to:

 


AUTHOR BIO

megankeithMegan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia.  She has a constant thirst for a good story, whether it is in books, music, movies, on TV, or just plain old-fashioned gossip.  She has always had a creative side and loves to let her imagination run wild.   On a few occasions over the years, Megan has put those imaginings into a written story, but never dreamed of publishing.  She has always loved to read, but it wasn’t until she got given a Kindle that it became a full-blown addiction.  Her introduction to the world of Indie Authors re-ignited her passion for writing.  Megan published her first book Finding My Way in June 2013.  Crossroads is the sequel and the second book to the Finding My Way trilogy. 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO 

Website                http://megankeith.blogspot.com.au/ 

Facebook              https://www.facebook.com/mkfindingmyway 

Goodreads           http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7111235.Megan_Keith

Twitter                 https://twitter.com/megnk1 

Crossroads Tour Line_up

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A Pirate’s Curse- dark paranormal historical romance

Thursdays Bite

today- all about hot dark paranormal romance you can win!

I get to Squeee! today. My critique partner, ML Guida has published her first historical paranormal romance, A Pirate’s Curse. Where else could you find vampires, pirates, demons and hot paranormal romance all in one book? ML likes to write dark so her previous books have been about the depths of hell and renegade angels, but this one takes us back to the 1600’s and a brand new spin on vampires who drink from a cursed lake and cruise the Caribbean Sea as pirates looking for revenge and to lift their curse.

ML and I started working together on our full length novels last summer and it was quite an experience. We kept up a fast pace of editing 1-2 chapters for each other per week, but sometimes those re-writes took longer. She helped me add more details to The Dark Huntsman, I helped her catch errors, and together we forged a critiquing relationship that is still going strong this summer as we each begin to work on book two in our respective series.

I’ve gotten deeply involved in Hannah and Kane’s story as I’ve seen Hannah turn into a strong heroine and learn to exercise her own paranormal talents while Kane is, of course, a tough alpha male with a vulnerable heart. I’m thrilled to see them finally in print. OK, today it’s only available in e-book form on Amazon Kindle, but you’ll be able to  buy the print version by next week!

Have you tried reading historical paranormal? What are your favorite series? What do you think about vampire pirates? To enter to win a Kindle Copy from Amazon leave a comment and let me know why you want to read ML Guida’s A Pirate’s Curse.

a pirate's curse by ml guidaLike a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets. 

Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.

 
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

The Legends of the Soaring Phoenix is a seven book series, so if you like hot, dark, historical, paranormal then these are the books for you! Check out ML’s website HERE where you can check out the Angels of Death, her paranormal series from our shared publisher, Passion in Print and sign up on her website for her new release email list.

Happy July 4th, everyone! For my easy peasy gluten free brownie recipe that won’t heat up your kitchen because it’s microwavable, click HERE. To read about what’s up in my summer and all about my progress with Tales of the Dark Court, book one, The Dark Huntsman, click HERE. And to sign up for my new release newsletter click HERE.

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Non Grammar Divas Unite! (part deux)

This blog is the second part of a blog on editing, responding to editor’s comments, and why everyone deserves an editor. See part one HERE on Jessica Aspen Writes. I have another disclaimer before I start. (To read my disclaimers hope back to Monday’s blog.)

I love my editors. I hope by writing this and letting them know that I sometimes disagree, they still know that I respect their opinions. And that this blog in no way is because of any recent edits. I wrote it a while back and it’s been waiting for a gap in my blogging schedule. That they (my fabulous editors) are the reason my spicy-hot paranormal romances are placing in contests and winning rave reviews. Thank you, to all my editors!

Hello again. I’m on a rant, an editorial rant. Editing your own manuscript is hard, that’s why we hire editors (or our publisher hires editors) to help us fix our mistakes that we can’t even see. But what do you do when you are reading your edits and you disagree? Can you make changes? After all, they are the editors. They are the people who know what’s what. The professionals.

Well the answer is yes. Qualitatively, yes.

You do have the right to say, no. That you feel that this style of writing is your voice and that you want to keep the repetetive use of that or these or green. Whatever it is. You can say that. But there is a time and a way to do it. And there are times when you should just stay quiet, bite the pencil, and keep their edits.

When do you do you argue with your editor and when do you roll over and take the edits? Well, it depends.

First off it does make a difference if you are working with a publishing house or you are indie published. Let’s take the traditionally published author first. You signed a contract that handed over temporary rights to your work. And it usually says that you are required to work with the house editor and fix what they want fixed. So you should do all the changes, right?

Wrong.

You should do most of them. If the house uses the serial comma, and you hate the serial comma, too bad. It’s the house’s rules and just like when you walk into a casino you should either know the rules in advance or be prepared to abide by them if you don’t. Let’s face it. You decided to sign that contract. You’ve already taken the gamble, now trust in your editor and do what she says.

So when do you stand firm? When do you say, no?

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB WhiteWhen it is something that really upsets you. Something that if it isn’t done your way, then you feel like your voice won’t be heard. Something that is intrinsic to you as an author. Those changes are worth fighting for. And there should be damn few of them. As the classic grammar book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB White says about the word very:

“Use this word sparingly. Where emphasis is necessary, use words strong in themselves.”

Wield the power of No sparingly. Make it count when you use it. Your writing will be stronger because your editor will help you, but you will also keep it strong by holding true to your voice when you fight for those things that sound like you, feel like you, are definitely only written by you.

And how do you tell you editor? Do you call her up and rant and rave? Do you send angry emails with excessive exclamation points?

No. You calmly and concisely tell her why you need the change. After you’ve looked it up in at least one grammar book. Or checked it online with Gramarly.com where it auto checks your errors. Or you email your Margie Lawson critique partner and she has verified your use of one of the rhetorical devices.

Then, and only then, do you ask to do it your way. She may say yes, she may say no. But if she says no then she will usually give you a good reason and you will walk away with your working relationship intact.

Now what if you are indie published. You hired this editor. He may never see the manuscript again, may never know or care if you make the changes. Will happily take your money and give his opinion even if you never make any of the changes to any of the manuscripts you send. What do you do then? It’s your final say. You are the final editor of your own book.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

(I believe this one is from Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in Spiderman.)

Wolf Spider under glass

You are the one with the final say, but you also spent time researching this editor and trusted him enough to not only pay him big bucks, but to send him your baby. Trust him. Do as he says. Unless…

Unless it is going to change your voice, change your story, or change anything that will make you wish you’d never published. IN that case. Think twice. Consult the grammar gurus. And don’t make the changes. But be aware! You may face ridicule in the reviews if you choose unwisely.

So choose wisely and make the changes that are necessary to create the best book possible. Whether you work with a publishing house or a freelance editor remember they are wise individuals who know more than you do. But in the end it is your name on the cover.

How do you tell someone you are unhappy with their work? Do you? Do you take the time to cool down and maybe see that they might have a point? Or do you send off that rip-roaring email and destroy relationships?

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