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Today, I’m a Professional Author, again…still

Today, I’m a Professional Author, again…still.

What does that really mean to be professional versus a person who writes and says they want to be an author. I think of all those people who dream of being published. Or not knowing what they need to do to improve, they’ve lost patience with the system and say heck I’ll just publish this myself. Their plan to wait until people say things in their reviews, to then edit it to make it better (Boy is that my pet peeve).

I really feel the difference today in a piercing way.  I’ve spend many years wanting to be an author. I’ve even been published, how many times…ten I think.  Is ten the magic number for this revealing reflection?

But today, and yesterday afternoon I took a work I been poking at for some time, one near and dear to my heart, and I completely gutted it, Hack and slash time.  Today I took a really close look at what was left and various directions the plot might go in. I will probably slash some more. Was it fun? No. Was it comfortable? NO. Was it easy? No NO NO! Was it right? Yes, Oh YES! It was very right.

The first story was fine, great story, perfectly acceptable with some editing, just the way it plotted out.  I could have let it go as it was. However, the first right answer isn’t always THE best answer. There was a better story hidden in there that I would have missed had I accepted what was comfortable, what was easy, what was fun.

It is like an artist working on a carving for years getting it just right.  Then one afternoon chisels it back to a square block of stone and starts over carving again to reveal what was there all along but she’d missed.

So, today I am a professional again, willing to do the hard work up front. So in a few months…someone will read this story and really want to take the journey with my characters. That maybe, just maybe they might feel something so deeply that they are changed.

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New Logo, Like it? Love it? Blah?

I’ve been well distracted lately by the need to bring in a steady income.  I’ve worked over the past several months and now am getting organized for a bit of housekeeping and fall project completion.  Just for kicks and giggles I’m checking out a potential logo.  What do you think? Eden Glenn Logo cropped

Author Spotlight – Charlee Allden

It is my joy to welcome Charlee Allden to the blog today. Charlee and I have had a critique partnership since way back.  Her voice is unique and fresh. It thrills me to no end to have her here today to talk about her current release, “Deadly Lover”. Show her some love.

From the Author:

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I’m Charlee and I love books and the people who write and read them. Books are a special safe-place where I can play and find myself and invite others to join me. I’ve been writing forever and studying the craft of writing intensely for the last ten years.

I’ve won a few awards and sold a few books, but what I really care about is sharing stories that connect with readers like you. If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. That’s the only way I’ll know if I’m reaching that all important goal. And maybe you can share with me a little about your world.

Author Website: www.charleeallden
@CharleeAllden, https://www.facebook.com/CharleeAlldenAuthor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13709679.Charlee_Allden

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Deadly Lover By Charlee Allden

Love can get you killed.

Security contractor Lily Rowan is clawing her way back to normalcy after a training mission gone horrifically wrong left her physically and emotionally broken. She’s returned to the city she grew up in, but not to hide from her nightmares, to face them. Living alongside the Ormney—genetically altered refugees who’ve settled in The Zone—is a daily reminder of the Ormney trainee who nearly took her life. Lily knew it would be tough, but she couldn’t have known coming home would drop her straight into a madman’s deadly game.

Someone is drugging Ormney men and turning them into mindless killers, reenacting the attack Lily barely survived. To stop the killing spree and put her own demons behind her, Lily must overcome her fear and work with Jolaj, a refugee Law Keeper with dangerous secrets and hidden motives of his own.

Jolaj long ago dedicated his life to his people, risking everything to find them a new home. But working with Lily could prove to be the most difficult task he’s ever faced. Despite the Council’s decree making relationships with the outsiders forbidden, he’s finding it hard to keep the courageous Lily at a distance.

With the fragile peace between their people on the line, Lily and Jolaj must stop the horrific crimes before their growing attraction makes them the killer’s next targets.

In the near future, the world is forever altered when the existence of the Ormney is made known. But two things remain the same—serial killers still walk among us and murder is still as ugly and terrifying as ever.

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I love her cover, don’t you?

Excerpt:

“He crouched in front of her chair, so she no longer had to look up to meet his eyes. His big, clawed hands pressed against his thighs as he found his balance and settled there like an immovable boulder. “I didn’t know you were the one involved until tonight. When Detective O’Leary told me you’d alerted him to the toxin in the claw wounds as well as the possibility that Lanyak had been drugged, I knew of only one way you could have such knowledge.” His eyes searched her face. The pupils had gone a wider, making his eyes look more human. “You still carry the scars.”

He hovered on the razor-thin line between threatening and soothing. His stance wasn’t overtly aggressive. His expression seemed almost tender and protective. In a lesser man his position might even be vulnerable, balanced on the balls of his feet. Thighs slightly apart, leaving his body open. She still had the blade in one hand.

But he was anything but defenseless. He was solid, agile, confident, and very male. His stance conveyed that maleness in a potent way and reminded her she was female. That his masculine strength was there, available, calling her to move closer and be sheltered.

God, she was losing it.”

 

EG:  Now available at Amazon

I can’t say enough good things about this story, it has it all! Love, dynamic hero/heroine chemistry, excitement, adventure, serial killer. It is a must read!

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I asked Charlee three questions to get to know her better. I think we can all relate to her answers.

Q&A

1 Tell us briefly about your writing journey. What led you to writing? 

Like most kids, I loved nursery rhymes. I loved the rhythm and the humor. When I learned that my Granny wrote the poems she liked to recite, I was fascinated. An ordinary person could actually “write” their own poems! By the time I got to high school my poetry was earning me awards, but I strongly believed I would never write anything longer than a short story. I just couldn’t conceive of it. I mean, how can you keep track of all of that in your head? LOL. Now I happily write 100,000 word novels. Never say never!

2 Tell us something people don’t know about you.

People are always stunned when I tell them that in 4th grade I read so slowly that I couldn’t pass the reading comprehension placement tests at my school. I was put in a remedial class. It’s true! And, surprisingly, it was a fun class. Don’t hate me, but I think diagramming sentences is super fun!

3 How do you build your fictional world?

I love playing the what if game. I like to pick something simple, the idea that people might know their world was dying, and start asking questions. How would that knowledge change people? What would become important to them? What sort of religion or culture would develop? In Deadly Lover I came to the conclusion that the Ormney would be so focused on survival that their culture would change from one that honored elders and their ancestors to one that valued children and descendants. Of course, answering a questions always leads t more questions.

 

Audio Books in Production

Hello there readers. I’ve been exploring the adventures in audio book  production. Two of my shorter titles are in the hopper and should be for sale soon.

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J.R. Lowe narrated “Beverly’s Secret” and “Emma’s New Year”. I hope to have buy links later this week for those titles.

I’m not sure how I feel about audio books in general. Do you readers listen to them? Are Audio Books the next rage? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Happy New Year to All

I’ve been schlepping around for a couple of months now.  So many wonderful things happening in my personal life that I just haven’t keep all the plates spinning in my magic-act of all the people I must be.  Please forgive. I’m back to work now diligently editing and increasing the work that was published as “Dragon’s Unbound”. I pulled it back from my publisher quite some time ago when I discovered a couple of goofs that made it past my critique partner, my beta reader, my final review and my line editor at the publisher.  Who knew!~ lol

I’m also doing some pretty extensive edits and corrections to the time line errors that cropped up. I’m also fleshing out this novella a little bit now that Dragon Guardian is published and some more information has been revealed there that can come into play between Haydn and Rhys in their relationship.

I am hoping you will enjoy this M/M erotic romance from characters that first crossed the stage at the end of “Dar’kind Promises”. They’ve also been seen in “Dragon Guardian”.  Check out my “Home” page for covers, blurbs and links to my work.

The story will be re-released titled as “Dragon Emergence” with this new cover art by Carl Franklin  (Drakins of Wyrmarach logo courtesy of Hot Damn Designs of the Killian Group) I’ve been holding onto this cover for about 9 months now. Isn’t it amazing?

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Haydn’s found refuge on the earth side of the barrier in the home of the healer, Isobeau. He denies himself comfort and pleasures offered by his freedom.

Rhys is immediately attracted to Haydn. He desires to help the younger man embrace his new life. Unfortunately, Haydn seems stuck, unable to grasp the happiness he craves. Rhys fears Haydn’s continued self-loathing will prevent any possibility of their future together. Drastic measures may be necessary to convince Haydn of his worth and Rhys’ unconditional love for him.

Events in their world are spinning out of control with the emergence of a human as Dragon Guardian. When they both discover they share a secret that may tear apart the leadership of their society, it will take a miracle to overcome the obstacles between them. Haydn must face the choice to remain trapped by his past or to let go and accept all Rhys offers.

Defending Love Release Day

It is my honor to have a Young-Adult short story selected for this year’s Rebel Writers Charity Project. “Rebel Ink Press presents our 2014 charitable project, Defending Love, a collection of short stories from the Rebel writers written to raise awareness regarding bullying and abuse.” Buy links are below. “For every copy sold, a charitable donation will be made to help nurture victims and families affected by abuse through the Everything Starts with 1 organization.”
Willow Ivy isn’t your typical teenager, or maybe she is, Gamer, artist, all around Geek Girl with two moms. Life would be great if it wasn’t for Trudy Voorhees and her minions. After the suicide of Israel Schwartz, Willow draws on inspiration for a creative way to instigate change in her school’s bully culture.

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Bully and abuse have plagued our society since time began, eroding self-esteem and creating power vacuums within our schools, workplaces and relationships.  Experts estimate that bullying and less physical forms of abuse have become so commonplace; most of us don’t even recognize the more common forms of abuse even as they’re occurring all around us.

At Rebel Ink Press, we believe writing has the power to heal.  We see words as a way to share our hurts, dream of brighter tomorrows and fellowship with others.  It’s our sincere hope that our stories encourage readers to journey through this world with open eyes and open hearts toward their fellow man.  Everything starts with one and builds, which means we are stronger together than we can ever be apart.

Rebel Ink Press presents our 2014 charitable project, Defending Love, a collection of short stories from how many Rebel writers written to raise awareness regarding bullying and abuse. For every copy sold, a charitable donation will be made to help nurture victims and families affected by abuse through the Everything Starts with 1 organization.

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Thank you for your purchase. By opening your eyes to the signs of abuse and bullying, it’s our sincere hope you’ll find the way to help ease another’s suffering.

A Gift for My Readers

Thank you for your support throughout my writing career. I now have ten novellas, novels or novelletts published. They range from historic M/M erotic romance to Contemporary to Paranormal M/F erotic romance and many things inbetween. Actually in the menage stories there is quite a bit “in-between” LOL.

When Dragon Guardian (M/F/M Paranormal Erotic Romance) released last spring, readers were fascinated with Kiernan Walker. I’ve written a 9K+ free read to tell you a little more about this mysterious dragon shifter.  You can download the story free by following the link on my books purchase page, hidden under the title.

It’s my way of giving something a little extra to my faithful readers.

DragonBetrayal_LargeResCover (3)A  new story from the Drakins of Wyrmarach.

M/F Erotic Paranormal Romance

Kiernan Walker couldn’t seem to get the black haired healer, Isobeau Monroe out of his thoughts. E-sa-bow he’d whispered her name, let her feel his need.

Now he was in the service of the Enforcers, the mates of the rising Dragon Guardian. Everyone is in danger. He can’t break the control the enemy has over him.  A healing journey takes him back to revisit the past that set him on this path of self destruction.  What will be the ultimate Dragon Betrayal?

Felicia Fox Blog Tour August 18th through 22nd

Felicia FoxI’m pleased to be a host for Felicia Fox Blog Tour this week.  The Tour Starts today and you can follow it through Wicked Reads

Follow the Consumed Series Blog Tour

Connect with the raffle copter link at each stop to get in the drawing. Prize is a Swag Pack & Winner’s Choice of one book from the Consumed Series (US Only).

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Series Book Trailer can be found here

Felicia Fox Blog Tour – Coming 8/19/14

Hi happy readers.

I’m honored to be a site on the Felicia Fox Blog Tour. Come on over next week and check it out.  You can also follow the tour by checking in with Wicked Reads

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Dragon Betrayal – TBR August 2014

Eden Glenn author of erotic romance, contemporary and paranormal addressing all spectrums of relationships; menage, f/f; lesbian; m/m; gay and m/f.

Good morning everyone! It’s a beautiful Monday in the mountains. I am going to give you a wee taste of the free read that is due to release August, 2014. “Dragon Betrayal”.

I shall set the stage.  In Dragon Guardian we meet Cathwren ‘Wren’ and two hunky dragon shifters, Ethan and Caleb. They have a character arch to follow and are rather neanderthal in this first vol 1 of the trilogy. Wren is rather unsure of herself but gaining ground quickly. This is vol 1 and begins the romance between the three.

Additionally, I have previously published with Rebel Ink Press a variety of side novellas and novellettes that generally have these three as walk on characters and little cameo appearances from various characters in the world. Slivers that touch upon the world of Wyrmarach.

Those titles of The Amethyst Desire Collection (in order) are Raynia’s Magic; Beverly’s Secret; Phoenix Reborn; Shifter’s Legacy; Emma’s New Year.  Two other novellas, Dar’kind Promises and what was titled Dragon’s Unbound…to be re-released as Dragon Emergence (this fall) also tie into this world.

Dragon Betrayal is a bit of the back story of a side character in Dragon Guardian. Kiernan comes in strong, dark, tortured and mysterious. I planned on this free read as a bit of a reward for faithful followers. Also it intentionally poses a lot of questions.  It is not designed as an encapsulated story, my friends. It is a hook and I won’t mince words on that. Some of this will be resolved in the next novel “Dragon Mark” as part of the secondary romance building in that volume 2.

DragonBetrayal_LargeResCover (3)Draft Blurb:

M/F Erotic Paranormal Romance

Kiernan Walker couldn’t seem to get the black haired healer, Isobeau Monroe out of his thoughts. E-sa-bow he’d whispered her name, let her feel his need.

Now he was in the service of the Enforcers, the mates of the rising Dragon Guardian.   Isobeau guides him on a healing journey taking him back to revisit the past that set him on a path of self destruction.  What will be the ultimate Dragon Betrayal?

Now this story is under the setting staged in Dragon Guardian.  Kiernan was held and tortured by the enemy for six months in dragon form. Cathwren “Wren” saves his life in D.G.  It’s up to Isobeau to guide him on a metaphysical healing journey to tie together some of the loose ends.  This novellette explores what he experiences going back into the past during that journey.  The blurb needs a bit more work, that’s why it’s a draft.  Blurb writing is hard! LOL

draft excerpt:
The Dragon who was Kiernan stared down at the sultry healer Isobeau. He turned his head to consider her with one large eye. E-sa-bow, he savored her name in his mind. At the moment she was yapping at him like a terrier with a rat.
“First you don’t want to shift to dragon so we can heal your beast and now you don’t want to shift to human. Healing is a balance between metaphysical beings. You’re not cooperating.”
When had he ever been cooperative?
 

I’m off to work on edits for Kiernan’s story and see if I can wrestle this dragon to ground.

I would love to discuss this work with readers and look forward to your comments.