New Releases, Discounts and Freebies!!!

Hi lovely readers!! It’s been a minute. Sorry I haven’t been around much. With the closing of one of my publishers, it’s been hectic finding new homes for my books and figuring out my next step. I had hoped to have all my work released through Secret Cravings Publishing and it was disappointing and sad when it shut down. So I decided to just self publish some of them and others to just place on hold for a while.  Some of you readers aren’t to happy to have some books discontinued but I promise I will have them out to you as soon as I possibly can.

Here are the new links for the books self-published: Love Her Right, Because I Love Him and as a book bundle (for the time being) The Albury Affairs.

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Love Her Right and Because I Love Him are currently FREE on Amazon so get your copies now while you still can.

I have two new books out this month (yeah!) the final installment of African American romance The Black Widows series Fatal Desire and a Hispanic Interracial romance single A Chance At True Love. To celebrate the release of Fatal Desire, the first two books of the series have been discounted to 99c. Get the entire series cheap while the offer lasts.

HAPPY READING LOVEYS!!!

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How to Create a Strong Emotional Response in Your Readers

I saw this article and I knew I just had to share it. I’m an emotional reader. If the book doesn’t inspire any kind of emotion in me be it good or bad I don’t stay invested in it. I give up like I would stale chicken. I won’t keep eating it hoping I’ll get the flavor I know it’s meant to have when I get closer to the bone.

This is why I work hard to be an emotional writer as well. I practice what I preach. In this sermon Jackie Johansen a guest on the blog Love, Write, Thrive has something meaningful to say.

I strongly recommend you follow this blog, Live, Write, Thrive. The author/editor running it has a lot of helpful tips for authors, especially new writers.

 

man jumpingYou are writing your book, and you are excited thinking of others reading it. You understand what your characters are feeling, and you understand what you want your readers to feel.

You know what it is liked to feel something from a book. The books that stirred you stick in your mind—they mean the most to you, and they often changed your thinking about ourselves or the world.

You want this for your readers. You want this for yourself.

Often the books that end up on best-seller lists carry a heavy emotional punch. Books that lack emotionality fall flat. When that emotionality isn’t infused in our work, our characters fall flat. The work as a whole can fall flat, and unfortunately the result will be unmemorable novel.

Luckily, creating a strong emotional response in your audience is easy to do.

First, you have to keep in mind that emotions are just energy in motion. They have the ability move from you and transfer to the words on the page, then come alive in your readers. If you approach your writing feeling uninspired or doubtful about what you are saying, your words wont have the strong emotional impact you intend.

For example, we have all had moments of anger, sadness, and joy. When immersed in big feelings, we might write in our journal or write a letter to process what is going on inside us. If we reread what we wrote, we are taken back to that feeling. It is captured there on the page.

The most powerful writing comes from a writer really feeling something.

Connecting to the emotionality of your experience and writing from this place allows you to be in your creative power. In this state the words will flow effortlessly from your fingers because the energy of the emotion is propelling the work forward.

Prep yourself first: get into a writing mind

Doubt, resistance, distraction, and feeling ungrounded can negatively affect your writing. To help, pump yourself up before approaching your writing practice.

Plan to let your words flow no matter what. Give yourself a pep talk, make a commitment to write, and create with confidence and beautiful vulnerability.

Pull forward the creativity, wisdom, and aliveness that are innate in you. Feel the expansion of your emotional capacity, mirrored in your rising chest, as you take a deep breath and dive into your work.

When you want your writing to have more emotional depth, you need to feel what you want your readers to feel.

If you want readers to experience joy and elation, pull up a memory that makes you feel these emotions. Feel them in your body. Feel them running through you. Write from this state.

If you want to create a feeling of sadness, or elicit tears from your readers, take some time and get to a space when you are writing from a sadness that is palpable for you. Let this experience pour onto the page.

We have access to a wide array of emotions because we are emotional beings.

Often the various feelings that you want to bring to your work are ones you already experience at some time during your day.

When away from your writing desk, notice when various feelings pop up, and allow yourself to feel them. They are always in movement. You don’t have to dwell in them, but rather, experience them for what they are, and allow them to pass through you.

The more you tenderly notice your emotional states during the times you are not writing, the more gracefully you will bring depth to your work and readers’ experience.

There are many emotions captured in written language, but we are most familiar with only a small handful of them.

Don’t limit yourself or your writing. Google a list of “emotion” words to help bring awareness to various emotional states. Notice the nuances of the common feelings (anger, sadness, joy, etc.). Notice the subtleties and the similarities of different emotional experiences.

When you want to bring more of these feelings into your writing, tap into the wisdom of your body.

We have all experienced how our bodies change when we are feeling sad versus happy or confident. Our bodies and emotions are connected. We can use our bodies to shift our emotional state.

When writing, take on the posture of what you want your readers to feel. This quickly shifts your emotional state, your writing, and your thinking. Be present with the felt experience of what you want translated onto the page.

Trust the knowing that emotions are a universal human experience.

What you’re feeling will translate into your work. What you are feeling will resonate in the hearts of those receiving your words.

When you are open to experiencing different emotional states, you and your work will take on a powerful creative momentum. You will have taken control over your work in a new way. By surrendering to the feelings coming up for you, and the feelings you want your readers to feel, your work becomes more solid and alive.

Jackie Johansen headshotJackie Johansen is a writer and soul seeker. She writes at Finally Writing, where she combines personal development with actionable writing strategies to help you write the words that will inspire the world. If you are ready to unleash your inner writer and get writing from the inside out, start the free 21-Day Writing Challenge.

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Don’t Kill the Messenger

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TruthNow don’t get angry with me just because I’m about to tell you the truth. I know, I know, the truth hurts, but sometimes we have to face it. Now I am just going to be honest with you, and if the truth hurts, remember I’m just the messenger.

White houseJeffersonThis truth business all came about because a friend, well OK, an acquaintance really, had just returned from D.C. and was rhapsodize about all the monuments and I thought, “Yeah, that’s a city of nothing but liars and monuments and all the monuments are to liars.”

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UnknownI realize that may not be a very nice thing to say, so I’ll mitigate it somewhat by saying there may be a monument to someone other than a liar like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and some of those little monuments in Arlington.

Aside from that slight possibility; in all likelihood the greater…

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Writing a Script for a Book Trailer

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How to do “it”

I Googled, “DIY book trailers” and found two helpful blog posts on the topic.

  1.  On Jami Gold’s  blog, Angela Quarles outlines 5 steps and provides lots of links.
  2.  Yukionna Publishing outlines 7 steps and also provides links.

Now I have to get to work.

Script Writing

I’ve decided to make the trailer about the whole series. My first step is to develop a script for the trailer. I want to hook the readers and bring them in to my story world, without giving away too many secrets. I’m aiming for a seductive, suspenseful tone.  Below is my script, broken up for 20 slides,  a vertical storyboard.

Angela recommends running your script by other people and so dear audience that’s what I’m doing right now. Does it make sense? Is it too much? Too little? Any comments here or…

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Setting the Scene: The Importance of Location in Fiction by David Pereda

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My latest thriller, Twin Powers, was officially released by Second Wind Publishing, at the annual Book’Em event held at the Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina on February 28th. I was part of a three-person panel titled, Setting the Scene: Backdrops. I had great colleagues on the panel, a smart moderator, and a fantastic group of attendees who asked a number of insightful questions about the subject that I’d like to share with you.

  1. What is the location for Twin Powers, and why did you select that particular location?

There are three key locations in Twin Powers — Havana, Miami, and Dubai. Since about 60 percent of the book takes place in Dubai, I’d say Dubai is the principal location. I chose Dubai for several reasons: one, the villain is an Arab Sheikh from that city; two, my familiarity with Dubai and its…

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Guest post: An Author’s Fan Mail by Roger Hurn

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Today’s guest blog post, on the topic of reader feedback, is brought to you by multi-genre writer Roger Hurn.

An Author’s Fan Mail

RogerFrom time to time I receive fan mail. I’m not saying my postman ever risks getting a slipped disk from delivering a bulging bag of it to my door, but it sometimes happens that my writer’s ego gets a modest boost when a small pile of letters from my readers drops onto my doormat.   I was reading a batch of them the other day when my daughter walked into my study. She saw what I was doing and said, ‘Do you know why kids write to you, Dad?’

I shook my head and said I didn’t, but I could tell by the look on her face that she was about to enlighten me. I wasn’t wrong.

‘It’s because their teachers make them,’ she said in a…

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Newsletter Alert! Get $50 worth of Amazon And B&N Gift Cards!

Hi!
A number of you have been asking us to start a Newsletter, this way they don’t miss out on our new releases, giveaways and promotional discounts and freebies. After a lot of thought and lazying on the subject we finally decided to get one out there.
Now, I know you’re first thought must be “Finally! Thanks for making our reading lives a lot easier.” I’m sure the second one is “Why the collaboration?”
I’m not sure some of you know that we are sisters. But most don’t know that we are twins! We don’t look very much a like but we’ve gotten the art of impersonating each other down to a T.

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The Newsletter will be quarterly issue starting 15th January 2015 with an attachment of 100 pages of two novels, one from each of the authors. However there will be mini Newsletters depending on new releases links, book deals, promos etc.  Also you stand a chance of winning 2 Gift Cards worth $25 each from B&N and Amazon (Only the quarterly ones).

To sign up  go to M.O.Kenyan  Facebook Page or Christina OW’s Website.

So what are you waiting for? Sign Up Now and better your chances of winning $50 worth of Gift Cards.

How to Have an Amicable Divorce by Lindsay Harper

 

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How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Have you ever got yourself in so deep you feel like running away and starting a new life?

That’s exactly what wife and artist, Denizon Cartwright felt like doing. After deciding that she couldn’t put up with her unfaithful husband any longer, she leaves him for smooth-talking artist and professor, Damien   Johnson – but she soon learns she’s swapped one liar for another and beats a hasty retreat … only to become entangled with Jay, the ex-lover of her best friend, Robyn.

Could her life get any more complicated?

Yes! A surprise encounter leaves Denizon with an ever-growing list of men falling in love with her.

Her escape route is at hand in the shape of Escuela de Montana d’Armentera, an artistic retreat high up in the Spanish mountains. But her problems only follow, as she discovers.

Will she find true happiness in the Spanish sun or lose everyone she ever held dear?

And is the cost of finding herself too high a price to pay?

 

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Lindsay lives in Yorkshire, England with wonderful husband, Paul. She has two grown up children, three young grandchildren, and four springer spaniels! She gave up working full time in 2010 to write and has self-published three metaphysical romances to sell at Mind, Body and Spirit fairs. After having fantastic reviews she decided to embark on her passion – contemporary women’s fiction and now wants to reach a wider audience – hence 5 Prince. When she’s not writing, she’s a homeopath, a dog walker and a DIY enthusiast. For fun she loves Ashtanga yoga, Ascension meditation and the sea – and one day would love to live by it.

How to contact Lindsay Harper

lindsayharper.co.uk

lindsayharperauthor (facebook), @lindsayharper (Twitter)

 

 Excerpt of How to Have an Amicable Divorce

May

Denizon smiled as she saw whose name was flashing up on caller display.

‘Hello love, how’s it going? Are you still having a wonderful time?’

‘Yes brilliant, thanks,’ answered Robyn, her best friend and sister-in-law, speaking from the other side of the world in New Zealand.

‘You’ll be home soon, won’t you? I can’t believe you’ve been there eight weeks already.’

‘Neither can I,’ Robyn paused. ‘In fact, that’s the main reason I’m ringing. I’ve decided to stay.’

‘What? Forever?’ Denizon panicked.

‘No, not forever, silly. Just for four more weeks. Gerald has been invited to spend time at his niece’s new villa on the Cap D’Azur, so I thought I’d take advantage of the extra time off and spend it with my wonderful husband.’

‘I take it it’s still going well?’

‘I can’t believe how well. It’s like being in a new relationship, but better. We’ve fallen in love all over again.’

‘I’m really pleased for you, Rob.’

‘The training is also going better than anticipated and, hopefully, Dave will be finished in about six weeks, so he’ll be coming back to England then. He’ll have to be located in London for another few months, but at least we can spend weekends together … How’s my darling brother?’

Denizon sighed. ‘Chris is fine. He’s been promoted to Crew Manager.’

‘That’s great, isn’t it?’ Robyn asked on listening to her friends sigh.

‘Yes,’ Denizon said tentatively. ‘But he’s been away on two residential courses so far, and he’s got another one coming up.’

‘Let me guess, you’re bored.’

‘I suppose a bit, my best friend is at the other side of the world and my husband is never here.’

‘You’ve got Barney.’

‘I know, but he’s not great with the conversation.’

‘Cheer up, love. You sound like I did a few weeks ago … are you doing much with your art at the moment?’

‘Funny you should mention that. I received a phone call yesterday from the University. The Art Department is looking for tutors to teach a summer school and wondered if I’d be interested.’

‘Well then, that’s something to do,’ Robyn said enthusiastically. ‘Are you going to apply?’

‘I think so, but I’ve never taught before. There’s a training course in a couple of weeks that I could go on to teach me to teach. It would mean I couldn’t have Barney for a couple of weeks.’

‘Well, I’m sure Sarah could cope for two weeks. She leaves him with you enough. It’s only fair you have some time to do what you want, and I think it’d be good for you.’

‘You’re probably right. I’ll ring them back and tell them I’ll do the training course. If I enjoy it, who knows it might lead to something else.’

‘I think that’s great news. You’d be a good teacher.’

‘Thanks, love… hadn’t you better be going? This’ll be costing you a fortune.’

‘I suppose so. I’ll message you next week to arrange a time when we can all get together to Skype.’

‘Oh! Before I forget, Jay and Max were on Breakfast Time this morning talking about Jay’s book,’ Denizon added.

‘I thought he was in America.’

‘He was, but he’s back to do a short book tour round London.’

‘Was he good? I assume Max was.’

‘He was actually, a natural in front of the camera.’

‘It figures! What were they talking about?’

‘About affairs in general and why people have them. Max was defending monogamy and Jay was giving his contrary opinion, sharing his views on being with a partner as long as they make you happy. It was interesting, especially seeing as I know him personally.’

‘Did he mention his partner?’ Robyn asked with an edge to her voice.

‘Only that’s he’s with someone who he’s compatible with.’

‘For now,’ Robyn said scathingly.

‘You sound bitter! You’re not are you?’

‘No, not really. I made my choice as well, and I’m so happy I chose Dave. It’s just that I know his book was written when we were together, and I helped him with a lot of it. I just don’t get any credit.’

‘Don’t start all that again,’ Denizon reprimanded. ‘You’ve got a perfect life now, don’t even think about Jay.’

‘Ay, Ay captain. On that note I’m going now, and we’ll speak next week. Love you, Den.’

‘Love you too, Rob. Take care.’ She placed the phone back in its cradle and smiled. Her friend would never change.

If she was honest, the thought of teaching scared her. Being an artist was a very solitary profession and her own paintings were personal to her. She wouldn’t know how to bring out the best in her students or even if they’d appreciate what she had to say. But Robyn was right – it would be good for her – because not only was she bored, she was lonely.

Without Robyn on the other end of the phone or just round the corner she had nobody. Both her parents had been dead for years, and she was their only offspring. Robyn was the closest thing to a sister she’d ever known, and she totally relied on her for everything. She’d never been one for making friends easily and had gotten so used to her own company all day that sometimes she found it difficult to start conversations. She knew this frustrated her husband, Chris, who was the most gregarious person she had ever met.

She often thought it was why Chris had been tempted to seek out the company of other women throughout their married life and probably why she’d made allowances for that particular trait. Chris loved going out and socialising, whereas she preferred a good book or a black and white film. Robyn had loaned her Dr Max Hammond’s book, “Effective Communication”, and it made her realise that the two of them didn’t have a lot to talk about. She had become infatuated with him at age sixteen and hadn’t really looked at another man until she finally snared him six years ago.

Chris loved her, of that there was no doubt, but she just wasn’t stimulating enough for him, and he wasn’t intellectual enough for her. He was ruled by his body, and she was ruled by her brain. Since her dice with death last year their relationship had been the best it’d ever been. It was the first time since they’d got together she could honestly say she trusted him. But it had been to the detriment of his personality. He no longer went out as much, offering to spend every evening with her. She could see the life slowly seeping out of him as he tried his best to be something he wasn’t.

The recent promotion at work seemed to perk him up slightly and, even though she missed his company, she knew it was best for his sanity. Maybe tutoring would be the incentive I need to make new friends – and going out to work at a real job could, potentially, make me more interesting. It was with that thought she picked up the phone to ring the University and booked herself on the short teacher training course.

Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com books@5princebooks.com

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary

Release Date: May 15, 2014

Digital ISBN-10: 1631120441 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-044-2

Print ISBN-10: 163112045X ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-045-9

Purchase link: http://www.5princebooks.com/buy-links.html