Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Being A Writer

Some say it is good to be scared every now and then. It can push you towards your goals, and allows you to think from a different perspective. Now this doesn’t have to be jump-out-of your-skin kind of scared. It can be a personal vulnerability in your writing, such as being afraid to write something new or expressing a different opinion. However, in most cases that fear is holding you back. I encourage you to get out of your own head and do something that scares you! You only have one life to live, make sure you live it up to YOUR highest potential. 

May Audiobook Publications

You blink and the month is over nowadays! But don’t worry because we have a lot of new audiobooks that you can enjoy now! 

From romance to shifters to thriller! We have it here for you, so check it out!

Happy Listening!

GIVEAWAY ALERT – Thicker Than Blood by Mike Omer

Who doesn’t love an opportunity to win a free digital book? Now until June 22, 2020 any resident of the US can enter on goodreads.com. 100 copies will be given away! And you could be one!

Thicker Than Blood is the third book in the Zoe Bentley Mystery Series by Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Mike Omer. 

About the book

A murderer who drinks his victim’s blood? FBI profiler Zoe Bentley and Agent Tatum Gray thought they’d seen it all, but this young woman’s barbaric murder is especially hard to stomach.

They didn’t expect to work this case. But vampirism aside, the murderer’s MO is identical to that of Rod Glover—the serial killer who’s been pursuing Zoe since childhood. Forensics reveals the murder to be his work, but not his alone; desperate to fulfill his sick purpose, he has taken on an equally depraved partner.

Zoe’s own frustration grows after another woman turns up dead and drained—and another goes missing. Time is running out: Zoe knows her own death will be the climax of Glover’s sinister play, which has been unfolding for twenty years. To stop Glover and his vile partner, she’ll need to plunge deep into their motives; but this means drawing ever closer to becoming another casualty of a dark, dark thirst.

Haven’t heard about this amazing series? Check out books one and two below and see why this thriller is for you!

How To Write An Alpha Male

Both equally loathed and loved, the alpha male brings forth a presence of being a beast and sexy at the same time. If you have decided you want this sort of presence in your novel, we are here to give you some of the best tips possible to make your alpha male stand out!

First things first, if you want your readers to believe it you have to believe it first! If you don’t believe it, no one will. If you feel as though your alpha keeps turning into a funny beta, don’t try and convince otherwise. Make sure that your characters truly belong and fit the theme of your novel.

An alpha has to be devilishly handsome. There’s no way around it. He can’t just be your Average Joe- he is an alpha! The cream of the crop. Highest on the ladder, if you will. Now, there is no man without his flaws, so he doesn’t have to be perfect (in fact he probably shouldn’t be), but the flaws need to pull the heroine in. Does he have a scar from his bad boy days? Is she curious about how he got that scar? And so forth. Your alpha needs to make the heroine -and your reader- weak in the knees. Have fun with it!

An alpha is still a person (duh) so try to not make him a cardboard cut out of a macho man who is nothing but an a-hole. Make his personality traits, history, and opinions shine through. Most alpha male that you read about can certainly come across in this way, but what stops him from turning into the stereotype is motivation. He needs to see something in the heroine he has never seen/felt before. 

Some more core things about alphas..

Alphas are leaders/protectors, they will always take charge of the situation. They are the type of guy that will embrace the heroine in his arms and push a kiss onto her lips- they aren’t afraid to show their interest or make the first move. At times they might not be your favorite character, but they will always try and do what they think is right.

They also aren’t shy about sharing their opinions, especially when in disagreement. 

At heart they are good guys, but they will never talk about their feelings. 

Write the hero you want! Make him strong with at least one weakness. Make him vulnerable, or too tough to handle. The possibilities are endless! To help you with some ideas for alpha males here are some books from our very own authors! These books will definitely make you hot, hot, hot!

Happy Writing!

Gain Your Voice

Do it for you and the rest will follow! Don’t be so hung up on being heard. You write for yourself after all, because you enjoy it. When you put all your work into a piece and you share it with the world, believe in yourself. Believe that you wrote something worth the time to read and people will read it!

Do the best that you can, and it will show. Your voice will be heard when the time is right. But in the meantime keep writing and keep trying to be the best that you can be!

Read some more of our post for writing inspiration, and writing advice!

Happy Monday!

Guide To Writing Friends To Lovers

Here you will find some tips, some advice and other stuff to hopefully help you in writing your friends to lovers romance!

Don’t forget the roots! It’s a friends to lovers romance after all, so try and make the friendship a big part of the story. The friendship is the upclimb where the conflict and tension builds, so don’t ignore the friendship aspect. Find a way to establish a friendship that is unique. Avoid ‘love at first sight’ and try to create a different kind of connection. Do they have a routine they follow when they are together? Did it start off as playful banter or jokes turned compassion? 

Awkward is okay. Let’s face it, how can anyone go from being friends to lovers without there being a little awkwardness in between. But, it is up to you to choose the kind of awkward. Whether it be cute, sexy ,or comedic depends on how you built the characters. 

Make the reader care. Off the bat the reader doesn’t want to already think everything will work out between the two characters. Hint at the beginning the connection between the characters, but don’t give them a full on romance from the start. Trust your reader to pick up on the little things, and let there be some doubt- a risk involved where the two characters might not be able to work it out.  

These are just a few tips and some helpful advice to get the ball rolling on your friends to lovers romance. Please share any additional tips you may have! And check out some of our authors’ very own friends to lovers novels to give you some inspiration!

Happy Friday!

Who Are Your Writing Role Models?

You probably already read the title..so who comes to your mind first? It doesn’t have to be a famous writer. It could be your fifth grade teacher, a parent or a blogger. But we all have role models, or someone who pushed us in the direction toward our dreams. We feed off of other people and in this case a positive way. If someone did not come to your mind right away that’s okay. Inspiration is all around you. Take what you can and build off of it! 

Some people will devote themselves to writing once they put down the one book that changed their lives. Think back to that time that made you want to become a writer. Was it the world building that J. K Rowling produced in Harry Potter? The character development by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice? The disturbing nature of Steven King in Pet Sematary? The list can go on and on! Remember what/who made you want to become a writer in the first place. 

Every Monday we take a quote from a famous writer and break it down. Do any of them ring a bell? Consider yourself a role model to other writers everyday. Who knows maybe your quote will give inspiration for years to come. 

Happy Writing 

Escape Into the Life of an Italian Village – Read Santa Lucia Today!

Who doesn’t like pretending they are somewhere else for a little while. And a hilltop village in Italy sounds pretty good right about now! Get your own cappuccino or glass of wine and embrace a vacation of the imagination. 

About the Book:

An Italian café. A barista with an eye for trouble. And a village determined to create as much as possible.

Chiara has presided over the espresso machine at Bar Birbo for as long as anyone can remember. In Santa Lucia, this is the only place to go for a cappuccino served with a side of gossip.

The town’s residents rely on each other and feel almost like a family, but their secrets are kept well hidden.  While romance is in the air for some, the truth behind the love affairs is far more complicated than anyone can imagine. 

When everyone has ulterior motives and unspoken desires, it’s only a matter of time before things finally come to a head.  And unfortunately for the townspeople, the revelations could prove deadly.

Can the residents of Santa Lucia survive the inferno of their own making? Or will they burn in the flames?

Reviews:

Santa Lucia is a wonderful, sprawling, satisfying novel….This was my favorite novel of 2017.” — Caseful of Clues

The fictional Santa Lucia features a cast of characters embroiled in the kinds of conflicts, secrets and mysteries not uncommon to small town life anywhere–from love affairs to tragedies. But Damiani also brilliantly weaves together the rich tapestry of a modern Italian hilltop town, which often includes immigrants such as Santa Lucia’s Fatima from Morocco.  

“Damiani has followed up her beautifully written memoir, “Il Bel Centro,” with her debut novel, “Santa Lucia,” set in a place that bears much resemblance to real-life Spello, Umbria, where the author spent a year with her family. 

About the Author:

Michelle Damiani is a writer living in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the author of “Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center”, a memoir of living in an Umbrian village with her three kids and two cats. To encourage other families to leap into the arms of an international adventure, she gathered 36 traveling families to share their practical tips and experiences and wove them together in “The Road Taken: How to Dream, Plan, and Live Your Family Adventure Abroad.” Her life in Italy later inspired her Santa Lucia series. Three of the four novels, “Santa Lucia”, “The Silent Madonna”, and “The Stillness of Swallows” are currently available. When not planning her year traveling around the world, you can find her at www.michelledamiani.com.

Now hop on that vespa and escape your four walls for a little while, we know you will love it! 

Ciao! 

Together We Can!

Sometimes it is best to face things head-on. In times like these we need to band together to make it a little easier. Did you know of all the support you can get online! Even just reading this post and sharing it with others may help someone get through the day a little easier. Join reading and writing communities on the internet. My two favorite hashtags are #writingcommunity and #writerslift. You will be amazed by all the support people are giving each other! So let’s support each other, and together we can get through it the best we can!

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Happy Monday!