Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Great Pictures for Writers

Don't you just love the pictures on Facebook?  I don't know where people find them but I've been sharing them like crazy with other writers recently, and I thought why not share them on my blog?


This is the first one I really like. It hints at the power we hold in our hands--or should I say in our heads?




I liked this one so much I made it the header on my Twitter page. @trishajauthor 



This is particularly true when writing romance. You're far less likely to meet anyone in a salad bar. We all know alcohol does tend to make people bolder than normal. It also makes them do crazy things. And who wants to read about normal stuff?




Most writers I know are avid readers and I'm no exception.



Isn't this one SO apt? Once you're a writer, everything takes on a totally new meaning and you see things in a different light.



And this call to action is great. Life is such a blessing.  There are only three kinds of people in this world--those who make things happen, those who wait for things to happen, or those who wonder what happened.
Which one will you be?


Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Guest Post on Just Romantic Suspense

I'm thrilled to be on the Just Romantic Suspense blog, and I'm giving away two free copies of CAPRICORN CRAVINGS plus free downloads of the novelette that precedes it, RILEY'S STORY.


My post asks a question -- why do you love books by one author and can't read books by another? Why are some author's books addictive to you, but other readers don't enjoy them?

Here is how the post starts --

                                     Why?

Trish Jackson


Have you ever participated in (if you are a writer) or seen (if you are a reader) an interview on a blog, radio, TV or some other platform where this question came up—'Why should we buy your book?'

If it's a non-fiction book, the answer is simple. If your book is called 'How to Prevent Bullying', or 'How to Grow Roses', it's a no-brainer.

But what about fiction? What is it that compels us to buy one writer's works and not another? Why do we like certain books while we can't even finish others? Even if we like most romantic suspense stories, there are some that just don't have any appeal.

Why?


To read more please click on the link below. I'd love to hear your answers.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review - The Curse of Nefertiti

The Curse of Nefertiti

Charline Ratcliff


Kayla has no recollection of her life before she turned thirteen, but she is plagued by vivid dreams or visualizations of events that took place in ancient Egypt.


On what starts out as a very ordinary night out with her friends, Kayla meets an Italian man named Paulo, who captures her attention in a big way. She cannot shake the feeling that she has known him intimately before, even though she knows they have never met. 

They go to his palatial home and indulge in very romantic and passionate sex. The intensity of their burning desire is like no normal person would experience and they cannot get enough of one another.

Eventually they realize they are the reincarnated persona of Nefertiti and her murdered husband, Akhenaten, whom history blames for a bloody revolution. 

Kayla is given a choice—stay with the love of her life, or go back in time to her country and make things right.

I don't usually read paranormal fiction, but this story is entertaining and well written, and although the sex scenes may have been a little overdone, they were very well-written and tastefully portrayed. The author also demonstrates exceptional knowledge about the history of Egypt.




*I was given a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Internet Friends - Are They for Real?

Before the Internet, (BE) people made friends the old fashioned way, by meeting them face to face.


Friendships bloomed between neighbors, school associates, co-workers, church goers and members of groups with common interests who gathered and met regularly.  Dating Services organized blind dates between likely candidates. We usually lived close to our friends.

Face to face meetings meant we assessed others by their physical appearance, their voice, and the conversations we had with them.

Today, we meet people online. They may belong to a group we have joined and therefore have a common interest, they may wish to become a business contact on LinkedIn, or they can ask to be your friend on Facebook or other social media. If you join a dating site, you no longer have to endure the old fashioned blind date. You can swap pictures and emails and never know one another's residential address. 

Today, our friends can live anywhere in the world. We may never hear their voice but feel that we know them intimately after exchanging emails for a while. We've seen their pictures and we've shared some of our more private stories with them, yet we don't know what they really look like or even if the pictures we’ve seen are legitimate.

One can understand why scams have multiplied exponentially in recent years. Most of us have a lot of faith in our fellow humans and just because they seem nice in their emails, we think we can trust them.
So how do we tell if someone is genuine or not?

The answer is we don't. Online scams have caught hundreds, probably hundreds of thousands of people in the past few years.


And yet, despite it all, I still feel an emotional connection with certain people I have met online. I feel their pain when they suffer, and rejoice with them when something good happens to them. I know my life would be poorer if the Internet had never been invented and I truly cherish all the wonderful friends I have, scattered all over the world.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Are You Using Pinterest?

Pinterest use is growing exponentially, which makes sense because humans are predominantly visual creatures. We use our sense of vision much more than any other of the five (or six) senses. I've done quite a lot of searching on Pinterest, and I found not many authors are taking advantage of the exposure it offers. That's good for me, because I have created several boards showcasing books, including mine, naturally.


I think a lot of people are scared to use Pinterest because it works a little differently and it takes time to learn how to create boards and pins.  Basically, it's like hanging a cork board on your office wall, and pinning photographs or articles of interest from glossy magazines onto it. Others can repin your pins (select something you have pinned on your board, copy it, and place the copy on their board.) You couldn't ask for an easier way to advertise. Also, because it is digital, you can add videos.

I'm still learning, but I love what I've found out so far. Here's a screenshot of my profile, showing some of my boards. 


I will be happy to pin anyone's books onto my boards or help them create their own. 

The titles of mine:

Sizzling Romantic Suspense
Really Funny Romantic Comedy
Awesome Books Set in Africa
Books Worth Buying

I also have a board showcasing each of my own novels, plus a couple of other interesting topics. 

Now I'm starting a board to highlight and link back to my blog postings.

To follow me or access my boards, click on the Pinterest icon at the top right hand side of this blog.

I'd love to include everyone's books on my boards, so please comment with your Pinterest link or contact info.

More info on how to use Pinterest:

http://www.theyummylife.com/Pinterest_tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtmmGA0M_yk


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Writing Process - Romantic Suspense

I was invited by Marie Lavender to take place in this Writing Process blog tour.  She is a romance writer who focuses on historical romance. Her Heiress in Love series is a must read for all romance readers who enjoy reading what was once known as 'bodice rippers'. Here's a link to her books.


What am I working on?
Romantic suspense is my genre and I usually write about small towns and country folk, and their pets -- and often my stories are set in Africa. 
Capricorn Cravings was released in February 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing. This is the first on my Zodiac Series where each heroine will belong to a different star sign and display the characters associated with that sign of the zodiac. 
The second in the series, Aquarius Addiction, is completed and I've entered the manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. So far I've made it to the second round so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I'm currently working on the third, working title 'The Reality Show'. I originally planned to keep the series in the order the zodiac signs are usually presented, but Lexie King is most definitely a Virgo and she wouldn't let me make her anything else. Lexie is a camera operator, and when her boss, producer Allan Dockery pushes her out of the aircraft with the other contestants she knows something is wrong. Okay, so she has a parachute on, and she signed up to work on the show in Zambia in Africa, but she didn't think she would be treated the same as the contestants. Then she discovers the monster who abused her as a child is one of them. When people start being killed, the only thing that keeps her sane is the comforting presence of the cute cowboy Billy Murphy.

 How does my work differ from others of the same genre?
I don't think anyone has ever done a series using the signs of the zodiac in romantic suspense. 

 Why do I write what I do?
 I grew up in Zimbabwe, where life was an adventure and there was a time when I had to keep a loaded UZI by my side at all times in case of an attack by armed insurgents. I think this probably helped to create my love of suspense and thrillers. I'm also an incurable romantic--hence romantic suspense. 
I also write a series about Twila Taunton, a redneck private investigator, which is a little crazy, politically incorrect and definitely in bad taste. Why? It gives me freedom of speech.

  How does your writing process work?
I am a 'pantser', which means I write by the seat of my pants. An idea forms in my head. I mull it over for a few days, then I sit down at the computer and start typing. No careful plotting or planning. That comes later when I need everything to work out in the timeline I've created. 
There is no greater adrenalin rush for a writer than to sit at a computer and start working on the next story.

Here is a link to my books on Amazon and my website www.trishjax.com 

These are the wonderful authors who will follow me on this tour:


http://www.petersavagenovels.com/