#GuestBlog Writing… I do by #Author Micheal Allan Scott

Title: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – a Lance Underphal Mystery

Author Name: Michael Allan Scott

Writing… The Way I Do –

I write the way I write. Granted, it’s different. But then if I wrote like everyone else (or anyone else) what would be the point? Writing is nothing more (and nothing less) than a means—a means to an end.  And while how one gets that “end” varies widely, for me, it’s all about storytelling.

Personally, I appreciate a good story well-told and admire those who do it—inspiring.  I constantly strive to achieve that goal in my work—a good story, well-told.

Keeping It Real –

First and foremost, I strive to fully engage the reader. After all, every story has multiple creators–the writer and the readers. Readers create the story as they go, bringing it to life with their imagination. If it’s not real for the reader, it doesn’t work.

A Crowded House –

Although I’ve written stories in a variety of genres, I happened to choose mystery novels as my main focus—a mystery writer. Murder mystery novels with a paranormal twist, to be more precise.  And the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense genre is crowded with talent.  A few of my favorite murder mystery writers include:

James Lee Burke

Michael Connelly

Charlie Huston

John Hart

Lee Child

How dare I get in the ring with such luminaries.   Yet, writing mystery stories is what I know how to do—something I’m good at (and we’re all good at something.)  It’s vitally important to find something you love to do—something you do well—and go for it.  Do it flat out, whole hog, persist until you get it right.  Then the magic happens—a sense of accomplishment  that sends you soaring.

Writing, I love it!

And I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

More on my murder mystery novels can be found at  http://michaelallanscott.com/

 

 

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Author Bio:

Born and raised at the edge of the high
desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale
with his wife, Cynthia and their hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In
addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests
include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing. For
the latest, please visit http://michaelallanscott.com

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Book Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Telemachus Press

Release Date: 11/19/12

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A contemporary mystery/thriller—a paranormal mystery, to be more precise. For mystery fans, it twists and turns like a dragon kite in a high wind. Mystery connoisseurs, beware. The Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .

 

Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena.

 

Frank Salmon, the homicide detective on the case, does his best to blow off Underphal’s “visions.” But the murders keep piling up and the visions are all too real.

 

Salmon pursues Underphal’s clues from a popular strip club to a failing community bank, adding a blackmailing stripper to the body count.

 

Underphal struggles mightily with his psychic curse, teetering on the brink of insanity. His only hope for redemption is the voice in his head, the voice of his dead wife. Stumbling through dark vortexes of murderous intrigue, he comes to realize his visions will either kill him or lead to the capture of a killer—maybe more than one.

 

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#GuestPost Why I Love Writing by #Author B. L. Morticia and Rawiya

Greetings readers! My post is a bit of an update from the first few posts I made about the same subject. Since I’ve been around the past two years I’ve learned a lot and I wanted to restate the reasons why I love it.

In the beginning, it was about it being taboo, it made me hot, etc but now, it’s more about my enjoyment for writing romance. I discover with every story I write, I’m putting a little bit of myself in every character, whether it’s my snarky side, my long winded, my love for the overdramatic. Notice I said, overdramatic, doesn’t make me a drama queen! *snicker* I do love the tension but occasionally, I love a story without all the heartache. I like the fluff as my favorite fellow writer put it.

Ever since I was a teen, I loved reading stories about romance and two people falling for one another. It started with the cutesy Harlequins or my grandma’s Barbara Cortland novels and then I wanted to know more about the steamy with Fern Michaels and Jackie Collins. In many people’s eyes, those writers put together smut but hey, it had a romantic element, or tried to. *grins* The bottom line is, it opened the door for what we know now as erotic romance.

Then I started getting into Anne Rice and much later, Zane, who writes erotica as well. The common thread? In those stories there was something about two people connecting, finding a common ground, and maybe love somewhere along the way. Perhaps it wasn’t clearly stated, but reading between the lines, you saw something in those characters that made you enjoy that book.

And so, that spurred me into wanting to write my own but it wasn’t until I gained the confidence through encouragement from friends and the fanfic community did I get the courage to publish. It took me a while but here I am. Now, just like the writers before me, I enjoy writing about two people connecting. Most of the time, I just like them to be two men. Other than the genitalia, what’s the big difference? Men have feelings, desires; they have their ultimate partner just like women do. They have hang-ups, fears, some express their feelings openly, some do not. Why should writing m/m be singled out?

Sure, a lot of men might fit what society calls a “real man” but in Shar’s world, the characters may not always fit that mold. They’re unique, most of the time imperfect, not always what America considers as everyday males. They debunk stereotypes, cross over boundaries, they’re human to me and they connect. I love that the most and as much as I am a feminist, I love writing about the opposite sex.

So my ideas are better defined. Yeah it still makes me hot, I love the taboo, but most important, I just love writing romance and the fact that it’s between two men, shouldn’t be a big deal. It is after all about human interaction. I enjoy it, and God willing, I’ll continue to do to for years to come.

Thanks for listening.

My two latest releases. One under BLMorticia, the other under Rawiya

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Denny Brothers is upset about being alone. After spending it with the man he’d been gushing over for years, he’s wishing for his sad existence to be change and little does he know witch Shelba Marrisco already has plans in the works. Enter Paul Alexander, a charming and sexy package handler with a special after Christmas gift they both can enjoy for the rest of their lives but in order to have a chance, Denny has to let go of his beloved chocolate lab, Preston, in exchange for everlasting love. 

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Bryant is still trying to convince his lover how great the holidays could be but Nathan isn’t buying into the holiday cheer. However, the Lieutenant has some tricks up his sleeve to show his husband to be the true meaning of Christmas.

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In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

 This happily married mother of two beautiful children loves music, computers, reading, and still enjoys reading and writing fanfiction. She’s a proud member of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, as well as an advocate for rights of LGBT citizens.  She’s also a contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

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#GuestPost Why I Don’t Respond To Reader Reviews by Rosalind James #Contemporary #Author

Guest Post by Rosalind James

 

Why I Don’t Respond to Reader Reviews

You wouldn’t think that “should I respond to a reader review?” would be a topic for discussion anymore, but it still comes up all the time on writers’ forums. There seems to be a movement now among some authors to go ahead and respond to readers’ comments on Amazon, Goodreads, etc., whether positively (“Thanks for the awesome review!”) or negatively (“If you don’t like books with sex in them, maybe you should choose your books more carefully.”) (OK, that last one I’ve thought about saying.)

Here’s why I don’t respond:

1. From a marketing standpoint. My author persona is my brand. I write feel-good books about decent people, books that women read as an escape. I can’t imagine that most readers would enjoy getting embroiled in, or even hearing about, my petty wars. Have I done it? Yes. (Facebook post, I mean.) Do I do it now? NO. Everyone makes mistakes. But I try not to keep making the same ones over and over.

Can (and do) some authors get away with it? Sure! Some of the biggest names out there have done it, and taken flak for it. These blips might create a little ding in their reputations with some readers, but it’s pretty hard to damage them significantly.

But I’ve been at this one year. I’ve been lucky enough to have been discovered by a few readers who are very active in the romance-reading community, and who talk about my books on various forums and provide that invaluable commodity, word of mouth. Those people tend to have book blogs and belong to lots of groups. And they also tend to be pretty passionate about what they see as badly behaving authors. If, instead of promoting me, they were slamming me? Well, it sure wouldn’t help me. And if I were at Ground Zero in terms of getting myself known? I wouldn’t want the first thing potential readers saw about me to be a negative interaction with somebody else, no matter how merited.

And yes, in my opinion responding is simply unprofessional. It makes you look like someone who spends her time checking reviews instead of writing books. I would like to project the image (even if it’s aspirational!) of somebody who is secure in her success and isn’t anxiously looking at what everyone said about her today.

On the other hand, interacting on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, via email, etc.? You bet! Those readers have literally signed up to interact with me, whereas a reviewer is giving her opinion to other readers. If I choose to take something from that as well–or not–that’s up to me.

2. From a logical standpoint. My negative reviews, while I disagree with them, aren’t truly abusive. If they were, I’d report them. But no. Sadly, they’re just responses from people who don’t like the way I write, at all, or didn’t like this book, at all, and want to tell other people so. They have a right to that opinion. And, much as I cringe at them, a few one-star reviews can legitimize your 5-stars, or let people know that there’s some controversy about a character, or “too much sex,” or whatever–things that can actually help sell your book.

3. From a personal standpoint. Some people enjoy combat, find it stimulating. I don’t. It hurts. And while I can use negative feelings in my work (I wrote a killer tearjerker scene the other night after a very unpleasant online encounter), I find that my supply of painful life experiences is pretty much fully adequate to fuel anything I’ll ever write. So for a sensitive plant like me, yes, the negative reviews hurt more and make me want to engage even more than for people with a thicker skin who can shrug off criticism. But engaging just prolongs the agony. Better for me to feel the pain of it, then let it go.

The goal for Year Two of my publishing career? Look at reviews once a week! My success rate so far? Umm . . . improving.

Nothing Personal

by

Rosalind James

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 10/18/2013

The Kincaids Book #2

By the author of the bestselling Escape to New Zealand series–

When you wish upon a star . . .


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Alec Kincaid has never met the obstacle he couldn’t overcome—or the woman who could resist him. And it’s not going to happen now, not with his star shining more brightly than ever in the high-stakes arena of San Francisco’s software industry.

Desiree Harlin doesn’t believe in fairy tales, and she doesn’t waste time wishing. She’s learned the hard way that dreams don’t come true. And with her reputation and hard-won security on the line, succumbing to temptation isn’t an option.

But things aren’t always what they seem. And even stars sometimes fall.

Author Bio:
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Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle-bestselling “Escape to New Zealand” series (currently five titles strong), as well as the new U.S.-based “Kincaids” series. Her first book,”Just This Once,” has sold tens of thousands of copies in the year since it was published, eventually reaching #85 in the Amazon store. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, Rosalind has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She loves trying new things in her writing, most recently the mystery and suspense in “Nothing Personal.”

Rosalind credits her rapid success to the fact that “lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”

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#Guestblog Thinking like an Editor- preparing to publish your work by #Author David Evans

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We are truly in an amazing time for publishing our work. I’m in my 70’s and this is my first novel. A few years ago the only route I would be able to take to see my work published would have been to either hire an agent or try to sell my work directly to a publisher. And as some people know that can take months or even years to accomplish. I think it’s a great route, but I love the idea of e-books, which is why I self-published my book as one, and I love that it can be downloaded and read instantaneously. It’s really an amazing technology. But, easy publishing means it’s easier for errors to sneak into work in the rush for publication. And unfortunately those that try to self edit, or just employ their friends and family ( yes I know someone was a teacher- but that doesn’t mean anything!) are going to end up with poor reviews and low sales.

 

I read a fascinating book recently called Thinking Like your Editor- How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction-and Get it Published  by Susan Rabiner & Alfred Fortunato  and I highly recommend it all writers.  Now this book is geared towards selling your book to an agent or publisher but it gives the reader insight as to why you need to have an outside editor for your work. I have a great editor and it’s important to search for one that is going to be a good fit for you. When you look for one you can check with the EAC in Canada- they have listings and directories for editors, or find one though word of mouth. I’m sure when networking you will be able to find several that will fit the bill. But the best thing is to go over your own work with a fine tooth comb, so that you hand your your editor the cleanest manuscript that you can. You can self-edit but only to a point. After a few reads you are going to be too close to your work to make effective changes. One time I had three friends look at my manuscript. Then I had an editor look at it. The editor caught one typo that ALL four of us missed. That’s having a party that is NOT related to the project is so valuable. So no matter what you way you decide to get published I urge you to consider putting aside a budget for an editor. You and your readers will thank you!

#GuestBlog My Writing Process by Sandra K. Marshall, Author of The Decieved #Romantic #Suspense

My Writing Process

Sometimes a scene comes to me, and I’ll mull it over for a few days, and then write it.  If the title comes first then I’ll mull it over for weeks or months coming up with different possibilities to fit the title.

I make a list of characters and their names and everything I need to know about them.  I may not know all about them before I start writing, but I’ll add things about the characters as I go.  Sometimes, I have to go back to the earlier part of the book and input this information sooner.

When I know the beginning, middle and end I’ll start to write, but there are times when I think of a scene I want I’ll write a few sentences down.  This is because I’m going to look for a spot to place it into the story.

When I finish the book, I read it through to make sure I have dialogue, actions, description and introspection in the story where I need it. I make sure everything is in order.  It’s very easy to have dialogue and action out of place.

After making revisions I sit the written material aside for a week or two, and then I re-read it. Usually, I find something more I want to change. I wait another week and re-read it again. It is the last time before I submit the manuscript to my publisher, and then the waiting game starts to see if the story is accepted.

Once the story is accepted there will be edits, and it can be as many as three edits.  The first one is about the flow of the story, the second one will be sentence structure, and the third one is about grammar and punctuation. Some of these don’t amount to much and are easily taken care of.
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The Deceived

by Sandy Marshall

About The Author

0012Sandra grew up in the mid-west in a small farming community where she belonged to 4-H. When she was thirteen, her family moved to, Lawrence, Kansas, the town where the University of Kansas thrived. After high school, she traveled to California to live with a friend and to find a job. She became very homesick and returned home.

She worked for a major airline for thirty-six years and did extensive travel during that period. It was a lovely time in her life working for a wonderful company. In 1999 she retired to write full time and worked seriously toward publication.

In 2008, she had her first book published, and then her second one in 2009. Shortly after her publisher closed their doors, and she immediately moved to a new publisher. She is still with the publisher and has had three books and a novella published with them. She has just contracted a short story with them titled Hitting Bottom, and is working on another short one.

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About The Book

Book Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Eirelander Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2013
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Book Description:The Deceived - Small Size

The games they play can lead them to love or ruin.

Melanie Dubois detests her family’s casino business. The way this addiction destroys people has her on a tear of magnificent proportions. Then again, this young lady has been put through a train wreck of her own design. She distrusts everybody except for the people who are determined to use Melanie as a poster-child for zealots.

Mike Mercer has spent nearly a year in a deep cover mission for the FBI. The one fly in the ointment of completing his objective to take down a group of dangerous anti-gambling zealots is a fiery-tempered, blonde-haired woman named Melanie DuBois. Worse than that, she’s got a passion brewing just beneath the surface that’s an even deadlier attraction.

Fighting for your life is never easy when the odds are stacked against you.

Excerpt:

“She’s feeling left out,” Janet said, pausing as she watched Melanie go up the stairs. “If we don’t give her something more to do, she’s going to get bored and leave.”

“We can’t let that happen,” Al Slavery said.

“Why not?” Dan asked angrily. “I say let her go and good riddance. She’s nothing but a spoiled brat, and she might ruin everything for us.”

“Good thing you aren’t running the show,”Al sneered.

“Well, you aren’t either,” Dan said.

“Stop it right now.” Janet glared at both men. “Dan, I want you to make sure Melanie doesn’t get too bored around here.” Al was right, they couldn’t let her leave, but even he didn’t know the plan Janet had concocted for little Miss Dubois.

“Yeah, and how do you want me to do that?” he asked, crossing his arms over his chest.

“You could start by talking to her for one thing. I’m sure you can come up with some ideas on your own.” Janet smirked. “You’re a man, aren’t you?”

“Not much of a one,” Al snarled, then snickered.

Janet watched Dan send a baleful look Al’s way. She’d better watch these two; they hadn’t hit it off since they’d met. These men wouldn’t be allowed to mess up her scheme. Which one would she get rid of if she had to?

Al had been with her since the beginning when they started doing harmless things like picket at cemeteries for dead soldiers. Dan was unknown, but he seemed more reckless, more willing to take chances. He might be more useful than Al for what she planned next.

A loud knock at the door caused Janet to turn toward the sound just as it banged open and a large man stormed through the entrance and stopped. “Where is she?”

“Who in the hell are you?” Dan demanded, running forward to grab the man by the collar.

Exactly. Who is this man invading her house? Janet watched the giant brush Dan off like a fly. Dan wasn’t exactly short at six feet, but the other fellow had a few inches on him. As she saw Dan raise his fists and Al rush forward to help, she decided it was time to stop this nonsense before they tore up the place.

“Wait a minute,” she said, walking forward. “Who are you looking for?”

“I want Melanie Dubois.” The agitated man looked around the room. “Where is she? I know she’s here.”

“Al, go get Melanie,” Janet said. “Why do you want her?”

“Her mother asked me to bring her home.”

“Don’t you think we should leave that up to her?” Janet asked in an appeasing tone, as she watched Al run up the stairs. “I’m sure Melanie is old enough to make up her mind where she wants to live.”

“I’m sure she’ll want to leave when she learns that her sister is getting married soon,” Mike said.

What was she going to do if he actually persuaded the girl to go with him? Melanie loved her sister and would want to be included in the wedding. “Well, we’ll see, won’t we?”

She watched the dark-haired man with sideburns turn as Melanie ran down the stairs. He looked familiar to her for some reason.

“Who wants to see me?” Mel asked, stepping off the last step and moving close to Janet.

“This man wants to talk to you,‛ Janet said, waving her hand at the giant. Now, she remembered, he’d confronted Melanie on the picket line a while back.

Melanie swung around, her head rose until she stared at the man. “What are you doing here? Didn’t I make myself clear before that I’m staying here?”

Towering over her, he said, “You did. I sure as the devil wouldn’t be here if it were up to me. I’m only here because of your mother and your sister.”

Her hands on her hips, she said, “Well, you can go back and tell my mother and sister I’m not coming home.”

Janet put her hand on her shoulder as an idea formed in her mind. “Melanie, you should hear him out. Your sister is getting married and wants you to be in her wedding.”

The big man nodded.

“When is the wedding?” Melanie asked.

“It’s in December, the day after Christmas.”

Melanie stared up into his face. “That’s a long ways off. I’m not going with you. Tell my sister I’ll be in touch.”

“Have it your way. It doesn’t mean a damn to me.” He turned, pulled the door open and glanced over his shoulder. “Sorry to have bothered all of you.”

Watching him pull the door closed, Janet already had a plan.

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#GuestPost Why I Don’t Respond to Reader Reviews by Rosalind James #Author of Nothing Personal


You wouldn’t think that “should I respond to a reader review?” would be a topic for discussion anymore, but it still comes up all the time on writers’ forums. There seems to be a movement now among some authors to go ahead and respond to readers’ comments on Amazon, Goodreads, etc., whether positively (“Thanks for the awesome review!”) or negatively (“If you don’t like books with sex in them, maybe you should choose your books more carefully.”) (OK, that last one I’ve thought about saying.)

Here’s why I don’t respond:

1. From a marketing standpoint. My author persona is my brand. I write feel-good books about decent people, books that women read as an escape. I can’t imagine that most readers would enjoy getting embroiled in, or even hearing about, my petty wars. Have I done it? Yes. (Facebook post, I mean.) Do I do it now? NO. Everyone makes mistakes. But I try not to keep making the same ones over and over.

Can (and do) some authors get away with it? Sure! Some of the biggest names out there have done it, and taken flak for it. These blips might create a little ding in their reputations with some readers, but it’s pretty hard to damage them significantly.

But I’ve been at this one year. I’ve been lucky enough to have been discovered by a few readers who are very active in the romance-reading community, and who talk about my books on various forums and provide that invaluable commodity, word of mouth. Those people tend to have book blogs and belong to lots of groups. And they also tend to be pretty passionate about what they see as badly behaving authors. If, instead of promoting me, they were slamming me? Well, it sure wouldn’t help me. And if I were at Ground Zero in terms of getting myself known? I wouldn’t want the first thing potential readers saw about me to be a negative interaction with somebody else, no matter how merited.

And yes, in my opinion responding is simply unprofessional. It makes you look like someone who spends her time checking reviews instead of writing books. I would like to project the image (even if it’s aspirational!) of somebody who is secure in her success and isn’t anxiously looking at what everyone said about her today.

On the other hand, interacting on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, via email, etc.? You bet! Those readers have literally signed up to interact with me, whereas a reviewer is giving her opinion to other readers. If I choose to take something from that as well–or not–that’s up to me.

2. From a logical standpoint. My negative reviews, while I disagree with them, aren’t truly abusive. If they were, I’d report them. But no. Sadly, they’re just responses from people who don’t like the way I write, at all, or didn’t like this book, at all, and want to tell other people so. They have a right to that opinion. And, much as I cringe at them, a few one-star reviews can legitimize your 5-stars, or let people know that there’s some controversy about a character, or “too much sex,” or whatever–things that can actually help sell your book.

3. From a personal standpoint. Some people enjoy combat, find it stimulating. I don’t. It hurts. And while I can use negative feelings in my work (I wrote a killer tearjerker scene the other night after a very unpleasant online encounter), I find that my supply of painful life experiences is pretty much fully adequate to fuel anything I’ll ever write. So for a sensitive plant like me, yes, the negative reviews hurt more and make me want to engage even more than for people with a thicker skin who can shrug off criticism. But engaging just prolongs the agony. Better for me to feel the pain of it, then let it go.

The goal for Year Two of my publishing career? Look at reviews once a week! My success rate so far? Umm . . . improving.


 About Rosalind James

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Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle-bestselling “Escape to New Zealand” series (currently five titles strong), as well as the new U.S.-based “Kincaids” series. Her first book,”Just This Once,” has sold tens of thousands of copies in the year since it was published, eventually reaching #85 in the Amazon store. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, Rosalind has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She loves trying new things in her writing, most recently the mystery and suspense in “Nothing Personal.”

Rosalind credits her rapid success to the fact that “lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”
Twitter: @rosalindjames5
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Date Published: 10/18/2013

The Kincaids Book #2

By the author of the bestselling Escape to New Zealand series–

When you wish upon a star . . .

Alec Kincaid has never met the obstacle he couldn’t overcome—or the woman who could resist him. And it’s not going to happen now, not with his star shining more brightly than ever in the high-stakes arena of San Francisco’s software industry.

Desiree Harlin doesn’t believe in fairy tales, and she doesn’t waste time wishing. She’s learned the hard way that dreams don’t come true. And with her reputation and hard-won security on the line, succumbing to temptation isn’t an option.

But things aren’t always what they seem. And even stars sometimes fall.

#GuestPost A Fool for Love – Paul Micheal Peters #Author of Peter in Flight

True story – A friend of mine introduced me to this amazing woman. I was caught off guard by how cool she was, collected, together, and in control. Her father was Spanish and her mother Japanese producing these wonderful lines and features in her face. We spent what may have seemed like hours, but in reality, were only twenty fleeting minutes. These, sadly, were not my best twenty minutes.

On my drive home, my mind drifting back to the handshake and replaying every word she spoke, I realized that to win her heart I would need to be bold. To be memorable, I needed to take action.

At home I took one of my acting headshots and proceeded to make a “dating resume” as I would for any job or role that I was looking to get. It included my best attributes, experiences, and points of consideration that I thought she would appreciate and put me in the best light. In preparing the package, I also wrote a letter of introduction and intent. I wanted to be clear that I was interested. She should give me the opportunity to take her out. The final part of the package included references from women who knew me over the years as a kind and generous person, like my grandmother.

The moment I dropped this in the postal box my heart filled with regret. This was not the act of a confidant man, but of desperation. Later that night, the person who had introduced me informed me that she was actually seeing someone. They had been together for some time and it was rather serious. In retrospect, how could I assume otherwise?

Time helps us to forget these mistakes. It allows us to come to terms with reality. It had only been a few days since the postal service delivered my parcel. I was less worried about what a dope I was, what would be the chance I would ever see her again?

I received a reply. Not only was she cool, smart, and beautiful, she also had a great sense of humor. She wrote to me that the position I was applying for was already filled. She appreciated the application and would keep my resume on file for future consideration, were the position ever to available.

I am a fool for love. I make a fool of myself for love. A good romance is a great thing. Will they or won’t they? I am hooked. I love to hear love stories. What have you done to try and win someone over? What’s the most embarrassing first moment of love for you? How have you been courageous lately?

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Peter in Flight Blog Tour

By Paul Michael Peters

December 11 – 17

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Synopsis:

Peter can tell you how to run a great marketing campaign. He can tell you everything there is to know about successful trade show programs. He can tell you stories about the thousands of people he has met, miles he has flown, hotel rooms he has stayed in, and ways to work the system to your advantage. Still, he can’t tell the woman he loves how he feels.

Peter in Flight is a novella by Paul Michael Peters designed to be the perfect read for a cross-country flight or extended layover. Life moves fast in this quick read about a “trade show guy” and a love he thinks he can never have.

 

Goodreads Link –  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17884455-peter-in-flight?ac=1

Trailers:

Romantic Comedy Adventure – http://youtu.be/8Br1JTOaR58

 

 

 

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ISBN: 978-0-9891785-0-1

 

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Excerpt

I’m in Vegas staying at the Hilton next to the convention center. There’s a place in the hotel called Star Trek: The Experience, based on the television series and movies. There are games and a Star Trek-themed bar along with artifacts from the show and a “virtual experience.”

Two years ago during COMDEX, the largest conference I attend, I made friends with a bartender at the Star Trek Experience. Dressed as an alien character called a Ferengi, with a large prosthetic forehead and enormous ears, he stands behind the bar on a riser. Once he is off the riser to grab a drink or walk the floor you realize he is five feet tall at best. I only know him as Phil the Ferengi, but he may be the best bartender I have ever met.  He also owns a string of car washes.

“Hu-mon,” he greets me in character, “what can I get you? Drink? Holodeck? Games?”

“Hello Phil, good to see you again.”

“Ah, yes hu-mon, I thought I recognized you. What are you drinking tonight?”

“I’ll have a gin and tonic please.”

He steps up on his platform with the drink when he returns. I know I can talk to him because it’s a slow night and I know his name.

“How are your travels, hu-mon?”

“They’re good, thank you. How is your car wash?”

“They are very profitable. All of this desert dust can eat away at a car’s finish. But there’s also a new city ordinance; I have to “go green.”

“What will that mean for you?”

“I have to add these tanks that collect used water, then filter it, and use it again. They call it gray water.”

“I can imagine why.”

“Are you sad, hu-mon? Or tired? You don’t look well.”

“I’m losing sleep. I’ve never had this problem before. I can usually sleep anywhere, but in the last week I can’t get a full night.”

“What’s her name?”
“It’s that obvious?”

“It is usually women or money. What’s her name?”

“Tatiana. She is both unavailable and my obsession.”

Phil grabs the bottle of gin and puts in on the bar in front of me. “Do you know Plato?”

“The philosopher? A little.”

“Through Aristophanes, who was a peer of Plato’s, we know this one interesting story about early hu-mons. Hu-mons were not separate from one another, but were made in pairs. They had two heads, four arms, and four legs. And they wouldn’t walk around so much as they would roll around tucked up in a ball.”

“This is not Star Trek?”

“No, ancient Greek philosophers describing the earliest version of humankind.”

“Go on.”

“So here they were—women and women, men and men, men and women—all sorts of these paired creatures rolling at great speed across the countryside of ancient Greece. The speed at which they move, the power they have, starts building confidence in humanity. The confidence turns to pride. And it’s with this pride, what the Greeks call hubris, that they decide they are better than the gods and try to overthrow them.”

A couple comes to the bar interrupting Phil and he takes their order. Once they are settled, he returns.

“So the hu-mons think they can conquer the gods. But when the hu-mons attack the gods, Zeus strikes them with such great power that he splits them all in two. Now the hu-mons are sad, desperate, and alone, and they start to kill themselves because they’re having a hard time without the warmth and comfort of one another. Some remove themselves from the community. Others get lost in the wilderness and are never seen again.”

“So what happens?”

“Zeus is wise. He and the other gods need the hu-mons to worship them. While they are asleep, he changes their bodies to what we know today, so that we walk upright and find it easy to reproduce.”

“Interesting.”

“Well, here’s the part that applies to you, sleepy hu-mon. After all of those changes, the gods left a memory, a longing inside each of them for their other half. That craving for the other half is instilled so deep inside, that we end up traveling the world searching to fill that absence. And when we are fortunate enough to find that other half, we know instantly—getting lost in the entwinement of friendship and love and intimacy—that we have finally found home. People like this will spend their whole lives together. If you ask them what they find attractive or appealing about one another, they can’t explain it—they just know it’s right.”

“It’s a beautiful idea, that something is missing from each of us, and we have to trust others to fill that. I guess the heart wants what the heart wants; there’s no getting around it.”

“Easier to say, but I like my story better.”

“Thanks for your time and the drinks,” I say, getting up.

“Any time, hu-mon.  We’re always open.”

 

 

 

 

Author Info

Paul Michael Peters

Paul Michael Peters is an American fiction writer based out of Ann Arbor Michigan. After studying at the Second City in Chicago he spent extended periods of time living in Philadelphia and Toronto before returning home to his beloved big mitten shaped state. “Peter in Flight” is his debut work.

Author Quote
“I wrote this story while I traveled extensively for work between 1998 and 2008 taking notes on the things that happened on each trip. I could not include all the good stories. Looking back on my time on the road, I always liked to think of myself as George Clooney from Up in the Air, but in reality, I was John Candy from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”

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