Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part One

Heart cover Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

On with the interview!

Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

While this is my first fiction work, I co-authored as kick butt technical writing book. Other than that, I’ve written for newspapers and in public relations.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing as a kid. I loved stories so much that when I ran out of interesting things to read, I wrote my own. The hardest part is not writing the whole world at once. I want every story to encompass all of the ideas I have in my head and I have a hard time limiting what happens.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I’m in love with my YA fiction character Alex Montoya from my forthcoming Sugar Skull Chronicles. She’s a nerdy teen who finds herself with paranormal abilities. She is everything I wish I had been in high school!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration is in anything. I love looking at pictures and writing from those. Or songs. Songs can drive my writing in one direction or another. As for writer’s block, I talk. I talk to my super successful writer friends and my husband. He’s worked out quite a few plot lines for me.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write what comes to me. Most of my writing has a romantic element to it because relationships are a huge part of life in my world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Watch for Part Two of my interview with Carrie Wells.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Stace Gaddy}

I met Stace when he graciously allowed the Cisco Writers Club a regular monthly spot on Good Morning, Texas! on 97.7 KATX. The CWC has been on each month, for several months, and I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Stace Gaddy on behalf of the Cisco Writers Club for the Rendezvous with Writing weekly column for Eastland County Today.

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Dr. Stace Gaddy

Tell us about you. What is your “day job”? What is your favorite part of your day job?

Current day job:  KATX 97.7, Eastland.   Operations Manager / Host, “Good Morning Texas.” From originally creating and developing “The Midday Mix” to re-shaping and developing “Good Morning Texas,” I enjoy all aspects of my job. I like the challenge of creating an informative and entertaining show every day, and I thoroughly enjoy interviewing local and national guests. I also take pleasure in doing production work—audio editing and writing, voicing, and producing ads, promos, and segments.

When did you discover you were interested in writing, particularly in writing screenplays and musicals? Do your write all the music for all the instruments? Tell me about that process and your current works.

My original training and passion was as an actor/singer. I was blessed with a high level of success as a performer, but, as a Christian, I increasingly found myself at odds with the content in most of the modern theater. I got my MA Degree in Dramatic Theory & Analysis / Playwriting in order to deepen my understanding of both the theory and practice of writing for the stage and screen. I continued that journey at the Doctoral level—receiving a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with special emphasis in Phenomenology, Ontology, and Epistemology—applied to the field of dramatic writing in its various forms. My goal, and, more specifically, my call was to utilize this intensified training to create and produce plays, musicals, and screenplays that are both artistically and spiritually unadulterated—without compromising my Christian faith nor artistic excellence—in order to employ the performing arts and media as a vehicle for the Great Commission.

Yes, for my full-length musical called, Conundrum, I composed, arranged, and orchestrated all of the music. I also wrote the lyrics. Normally, this would be a collaborative effort between several people, but for this particular project, I wanted to do all of it. I doubt that I will do it again. It is extremely time-consuming, and people exist    that are stronger in certain areas of the process than I am. My musical preference would be to compose the music and lyrics and collaborate with a separate arranger/orchestrator for the final score—or vice-versa, to orchestrate someone else’s composed/arranged    music.

My original mainstream dramas have enjoyed successful productions in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway.  My cantatas, targeting church audiences, have also flourished in several churches around the country. My current works include:

Conundrum: full-length musical (book, music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations)

Conundrum: feature-length screenplay (adapted from the stage musical)

The Word Became Flesh: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Centurion Christmas: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Emily & Otto: one-act play

Well House: one-act play

Various scholarly essays, published at Southern Illinois Carbondale Press, Christianity Today Magazine, etc…

Where do you find inspiration?

In God’s Creation—His universe, his earth, His human beings. My base-line philosophy and theoretical standpoint and approach is to apply God’s creative genius to my feeble creative attempts.  As part of my Doctoral studies, I developed a form of drama that I call, “Designism.” The fundamental idea is that to create truly enlightened works of art, in any of its various forms, I must thoroughly study and emulate the Master’s work—His Design. Specifically where playwriting is concerned, He is, after all, the greatest story-teller in eternity. Let us not forget, too, that Jesus as well is the “Author” and finisher of our Faith. These are two very basic examples of the idea, but the concept of applying God’s techniques to my work has no end. Dramatic structure is at the heart of God’s creation. Simply, on top of traditional educational training, I ask the Holy Spirit—the best Teacher of all—to instruct me, to give me insight. I study the Master Builder and try to do what He does.

When do you feel most creative during the day?

Most certainly a night person. No matter how hard I try to re-set myself to “early to bed, early to rise,” left unchecked, I always revert to hoot-owl tendencies.

What is your favorite word?

Wow—impossible to choose. A) Seemingly infinite pool of beautiful, evocative words – and in so many languages. B) I don’t know them all. One that pops into my head as I write this is, “indefatigable.” Fun to say, lots of poetic rhythm, and  powerfully communicates its meaning. The key to excellent writing is to pick the “right” word – not necessarily the fanciest. The   word that entirely and clearly captures–intellectually, poetically, and evocatively—the precise “thing” that the writer wishes to communicate.

What authors do you like to read?

Well, I am a literary sinner. I must admit that I do not read much fiction, nor novels of any kind. The pace is too slow for me. I do, however, read copious amounts of everything       for informational purposes—articles, journals, etc.—and I’m a news junky. In general,       I’m a knowledge addict. I am a bit compulsive about it. When I encounter a word,   concept, or event with which I am unfamiliar, I instinctively research it.

What’s next?

I am praying for the Lord to open the doors for the final, big-league, fruition of Conundrum. It has been tested Off-Broadway, revised, re-revised, and is “finished.” I’m constantly waiting and watching to find some Christian investors with vision and faith to finance the screenplay—to eternally affect millions of people with the Hope of Christ. To set a new standard of excellence in Christian theatre and film, befitting the Savior.

Much of the story-telling skill is similar from one type of writing to another – plot, conflict, characterization, etc. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Train. Train. Train. Study the craft—really study it. Too many people have a gift and desire to write but don’t do the heavy lifting. Technique is absolutely crucial. Learn all of the theories surrounding it—then, and only then, can a writer add his or her new voice to the field.

Do not do what has been done before.  Easier said than done, I know, but make it your imperative to be unique. Don’t use other people’s phrases nor rhythms nor approach—use your own.  Influence is inevitable, but avoid imitation at all costs.

In essence, put on paper what in reality you are—one of a kind, never before, nor hence, existing.


Official Bio:

A native Texan, Stace has spent the last several years working professionally as a performer, director, and producer in theatre, music, film, and radio/television in New York City.  Now back in Texas to be nearer to family and friends, he is excited to be a part of the KATX family!

A member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Gaddy has been blessed with over 50 professional performance credits, ranging from national and international tours to regional and Off-Broadway theatrical work to concert performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, as well as Carnegie Hall.

Stace is also an accomplished writer/composer and director/conductor.  His original plays and musicals have enjoyed successful runs in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway, and he has conducted several classical and sacred choral/orchestral concerts at various venues in NYC.

In related fields, Gaddy was honored to be the Chairman of the Arts Committee for the final Billy Graham Crusade in Central Park. He has also served as the Director of Development for Promise Productions in Glen Rose, and as the Director of the A.D. Players Theatre Arts Academy in Houston. In addition, Gaddy has six years of university teaching experience as an instructor for Acting, Opera Workshop, Voice and Movement, Introduction to Theatre, and Humanities.

Stace holds BA/MA Degrees in Theatre and Dramatic Theory/Playwriting from Texas State University, and the Ph.D. in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Psalm 150!

The Glass Mermaid Cover Reveal for {Poppy Lawless}

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by Poppy Lawless

Release Date: 07/14/15

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I’m the last mermaid.

I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.

Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them.

Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.

Cooper

I’m dying.

It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.

All life is fragile as glass.

What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

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About the Author

Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?
Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Interview with {J. M. Miller}: Part Two

Check out Part One here

J.M. Miller is releasing her Falling in Deep novella, Deep Breath, next Tuesday, June 16, 2015. I caught up with the author recently, and she agreed to answer a few questions. (:

diverWhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

There are so many, Indies and Trad pubbed alike. Stephen King, JK Rowling, Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, Fisher Amelie to name a few. I enjoy reading lots of genres, but I tend to stick to anything with a romantic element of some kind.

Favorite saying about writing:

Write like no one’s reading. -Unknown

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color?

This changes from project to project, but I’m a rock fan so a lot of my book playlists include a lot of my favorite bands.

Tell us about Deep Breath.

Deep Breath is about twenty-five year old Marissa Pruitt, who discovers a pendant and coordinates her marine archaeologist father had kept hidden for years. Needing more closure about his death, she decides to search for answers and winds up at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico staring into the eyes of a merman.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Study up on the usual grammar hang-ups, and keep reading. I often have issues reading while I’m working on a project, but reading is essential. Also, find a critique partner, one who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth and give you ice cream after they’ve made you cry. 😉

Order the AWESOMENESS here.Deep Breath

Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.

picAbout the Author-

J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.

When she isn’t distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery or suspense thrown in for fun. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

Meet J.M. Miller
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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Three Flashies from a Friday in June

It’s a Friday worth Flashin’.

Cleave Unto Her by Bokerah

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WOE by Bokerah

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Be sure to enter your flash fiction in Splickety’s Lost at Sea contest, up to 1000 words, Deadline of July 10, 2015.

And the Cisco Writer’s Club Writing Contest! 6 categories and quadrupled prizes. Deadline July 31, 2015.

Interview with {J. M. Miller}: Part One

J.M. Miller is releasing her Falling in Deep novella, Deep Breath, next Tuesday, June 16, 2015. I caught up with the author recently, and she agreed to answer a few questions. (:

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Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

I’m a military spouse and I have one daughter. I live in Florida right now, but don’t plan to stay permanently. I have four novels that are Young Adult or New Adult Romance. Deep Breath is my first novella.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing my first novel at the end of 2009. After querying a couple of projects, I finally decided to self-publish at the end of 2012. The hardest part of writing used to be research because it’s time consuming. Now, since I’m an Indie, I think the hardest part of writing is publishing. Writing is the easy part; everything that follows takes more work.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

Oh, wow. I think my male MC from The Line That Binds series is my favorite. He was my first attempt at writing first-person male and I had a lot of fun creating him.

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Music is a big one for me. I’m a lyric lover. If I’m stuck with whatever I’m working on, I’ll read, watch a movie, or listen to some music. It usually helps.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I’ve stuck with YA and Na categories so far, but with genre, I jump around—Coming of Age, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with J.M. Miller on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

PreOrder the AWESOMENESS here.Deep Breath

Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.

picAbout the Author-

J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.
When she isn’t distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery or suspense thrown in for fun. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

Meet J.M. Miller
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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Cold Water Bridegroom by {B. Brumley}

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is drawn to the ocean, and he’s spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of a dark haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and everyone he loves?  

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What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

I included the Blue Men of Minch and 1830 Mermaid of Benbecula. Both are briefly mentioned in history, but they were great for my novella.

What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and I were brainstorming during a Write Day at the Albergucci estate. I joked that I might do something completely ridiculous this time…  My husband and I really like UFC champ Coner McGregor +  I like beards = Calder was born. To be different, I decided that Cold Water Bridegroom should mostly be written from Calder Brumen’s point of view.

Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Calder Brumen: Gerard Butler (think: redheaded Leonidas that paints), Gaire: Ayelet Zurer or Alexis Knapp (but, man, Jenn Proske has the hair), Mike Love: Scott Evans (Captain America’s younger brother) or Brett Tucker, though they are both a bit tall for the role. Venora: To be honest, she’d be much harder to cast, but I bet Uma Thurman could pull it off. If Uma was busy that year, I’d choose Cate Blanchett. I still haven’t figured out the twins.

What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

I think the hardest part was making the characters believable, while crossing from water to land, or even into the mer-city – just how to make it all work, think of and answer all the questions.

Ursula or Ariel?

Ummm…. Can I pick King Triton? 😉

What else should we know about your novella?

Set in San Francisco, Calder is an moody artist looking for his forever. Somebody dies. (:

Bokerah Brumley is an award-winning freelance writer. In her spare time, Bokerah enjoys climbing trees, photographing peacocks, and writing flash fiction. Two novellas and one novel are planned for 2015. She lives with her husband, five kids, and three dogs in West Texas where she serves as the blue-haired publicity officer for the Cisco Writers Club.

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

“Hush, Calder,” she whispered.

Pulling the sheet from the floor, she slipped into the bed, covering them both. The feel of her against his side brought on another struggle to touch her, another groan of her name.

“You’re dreaming. Go back to sleep.”

The edges of the room twisted inward when Gaire’s fingers fluttered up his thigh. The scent of saltwater, coconuts and jasmine grew stronger, lulling him and clouding his mind. He struggled to reach out to her, but his limbs did not respond and then even his thoughts fell silent, swallowed by the warmth of her gentle lips on his.

She murmured something against his mouth, but he could no longer understand her words. He drifted in the confusion her nearness wrought.

*              *              *

He glanced around the room through squinted eyes. Always wake up alone. The glaring sun streamed through the open sliding door. The white chiffon curtains fluttered in the wind, but there was no other movement in the room. When he propped himself up on his elbows, bits of sand jumped along the edge of the king-sized bed.

Real… she’s real, she’s always been real. 

He scrubbed his hand over his face. Does she come every night?

Small, sandy footprints led toward the bed from the balcony, but none led away. Flashes of softness, warmth, bright red lips calling his name, feathery kisses across his chest.

He felt a flush creep across his body.

Oh, good god… I think I’ve finally gone insane.

Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

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Interview with {A.R. Draeger}: Part Two

I met Amber during a workshop sponsored by the Cisco Writers Club. This was my first experience with her style of writing, and it’s been great to read everything since. I have secured a spot on her coattails, and it is my plan to ride them when she hits her fame! ❤ She’s been a great friend. She’s always encouraging, ready to lend a hand. I know you’ll love her new Falling in Deep novella, Of Ocean and Ash.

On with the interview…

What authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

Oh wow. Uh. I have a long list of those.  I can tell you succinctly who I do not like to read. 😉  I shall save that for a bonus.  If people bug you about it, I will divulge my guilty secrets on who I avoid reading.   Favorite saying?  I believe Ernest Hemingway said “All first drafts are s**t” and “Write drunk, edit sober”, but my favorite is a twist on his last – “Write sober, edit drunk.”

You recently attended the DFW RT Conference. How did that go? Any advice for new conference attendees?

The RT Booklovers Conference was in a word – amazing. Completely overwhelming in every sense of the word. I even stalked and got stalked by Heather Graham, who is a lovely soul, by the way.  Advice would be unless you are completely and utterly new to writing, don’t bother with (most of) the panels. Your money is better spent at the bar or at the social events meeting people.  The reader events are a blast, and you get free books…and you meet readers. 🙂  I learned more by visiting with people than I did through any other avenue.

Tell us about Of Ocean and Ash.

You mean a blurb? You want me to write a blurb? Ack! *pokes out eyes*  Let me get back to you after I finish a blurb. LOL 😉 {But she has one! Check it out below!}

Any advice to even newer writers (like me)?

You are not a newer writer, my friend. You’ve been at this longer. I just stuck my head out a teensy bit before you. 😉 {Thanks, Amber! ❤ ❤ }

Keep writing. Don’t ever stop. Don’t give a crap whether or not anyone likes it.

Hire an editor. You can have crappy everything else, but if you have bad editing, no one will forgive you.

Make friends with other writers. Actually be their friend. When you read something of theirs, and they ask for your opinion, give it – but give them ideas to strengthen the bits you didn’t like.

Learn to drink a little. You will need to throw back a glass of wine or two from time to time.

Don’t let them (your critics) see you cry. It’s like bleeding in the water with a bunch of sharks swimming around you. Get pissed off then write more.

Try not to read reviews. I know I’ll be guilty of this – all of this advice is just as much for my benefit as it is for yours.

The best way to sell your work is to have something to sell. Develop a backlist.

Don’t think that traditional publishing or self-publishing is entirely good or bad.  They play well off of each other currently and hybrid authors are seeing great results doing both. Consider this when you have your choices laid out in front of you.

About Amber’s new release:

Of Ocean…

Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.

And Ash…

When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.

Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.

Will Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her destruction?

Make your library happy here

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Author Amber (A.R.) Draeger specializes in macabre, fantastical fiction, spreading her interest across multiple genres including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and thriller.  Her debut romance novella, Of Ocean and Ash, to be published in the Blazing Indie Collective’s Falling in Deep Collection, will be released June 9th, 2015. Her debut horror/thriller/sci-fi novella,Daughters of Men, to be published in association with Bathory Gate Press, will follow in Summer 2015.  She resides in rural Texas with her husband and son.

Talk to Amber (:

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {A.R. Draeger}: Part One

I met Amber during a workshop sponsored by the Cisco Writers Club. This was my first experience with her style of fiction, and it’s been great to read everything since. She’s been a great friend, and she’s always encouraging, ready to lend a hand. I know you’ll love her new Falling in Deep novella, Of Ocean and Ash.

Tell me about you. What are some of your previous projects?

Oh man. Where to begin?  I’ve created stories since I could read. In college, I wrote a lot of screenplays.  For the sake of brevity, some of my previous projects are Daughters of Men (set to release soon!) and Malice, a short story that I am shopping currently. {Check out Daughters of Men here.}

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing?

I first put pen to paper when I was six..maybe? As an adult, I first began writing with the intention of publishing in August of 2014.  I signed my first contract to publish that October, and hope to release the fruit of that endeavor soon.

You’re new to this world. Tell me what part has been the hardest so far?

Navigation. Old days would have you seek an agent and hope to sell to a big NYC house.  These days? Who knows where your efforts are better placed.  It’s different for everyone, and with the market increasing saturated by half-assed e-books, it’s becoming extremely difficult to decide which winding path to follow.  Sadly, most of the success in today’s market seems to be entirely opportunistic.  Right topic, right genre, right time – and with little regard to talent or effort (at times).

What’s your favorite food? Color?

Ooooh. I love food. Mango may be my favorite. Watermelon?  I can’t decide!  As far as color, it’s a close call between varying shades of blue, blue-green, and purple.  Most of my decisions on food and color depend on mood. 🙂

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

He’s actually one that I’m writing right now, Bastien. He’s a cocky, know-it-all, spoiled version of myself, and I absolutely adore the man he’s becoming.

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

My inspiration comes from any and everywhere.  Reading, writing (usually writing something completely different), watching films, going for walks – all of those inspire me and help me to get through blocks. Brainstorming with others that I trust is a huge help. Learn to trust and take advice. Doesn’t mean you have to apply their specific advice – just heed the fact that something sticks out to them that you may need to fix/repair. I find a lot of inspiration in my dreams and have always been blessed with very vivid, very structured, very fascinating dreams.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I don’t know that I have it in me to stick with one genre, although as a new author, I am constantly warned that switching genres early in the game will alienate my fans.  Maybe, maybe not.  I write for myself at the end of the day, quite frankly, and if I’m bored, I’m going to find another venue. I hope to narrow that down to 2 to 3 genres, but we shall see. 🙂

Part Two of my interview with hot, new author A.R. Draeger will be available on June 9, 2015!
Of Ocean…

Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.

And Ash…

When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.

Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.

Will Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her destruction?

AmberHeadshot

Author Amber (A.R.) Draeger specializes in macabre, fantastical fiction, spreading her interest across multiple genres including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and thriller.  Her debut romance novella, Of Ocean and Ash, to be published in the Blazing Indie Collective’s Falling in Deep Collection, will be released June 9th, 2015. Her debut horror/thriller/sci-fi novella, Daughters of Men, to be published in association with Bathory Gate Press, will follow in Summer 2015.  She resides in rural Texas with her husband and son.

Talk to Amber (:

Blog     Facebook      Twitter     Pinterest


Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

Join the Mermaids!

Recap of Monday in #MommyWriteLife (and why my #Periscope #Debut is delayed) AND a #CoverReveal

And HERE is what I received last week from Lori at Contagious Covers.  She’s awesome!

Yesterday, I intended to conduct my first broadcast on Periscope. Unfortunately, life happened at a spectacular speed, and the day ended – outlasting my mental capacity to be engaging.

At 7:30 AM, I took my oldest son to his first job, and with a terror I thought I had tamed, I realized I had no way to contact him. Normally, I yell from my desk, and he answers. No such Monday luck.

Enter: a Wal-mart purchased go phone. Once procured, it took a while to set up and rid the device of internet access. By the end, I felt worn out. (How did he get to be old enough for a summer job?)

Not to mention, my daughter (see her here) had some leftover birthday money. During the Wal-Mart trip, she bought a pink, Frozen microphone. Guess what it plays. Let it Go. All over the house. ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE. She’s been belting it out, with a dramatic flare, for the past 24 hours. Her brothers are ecstatic. (Oh! The Sarcasm!)

Monday had newspaper articles to write, brainstorming to do, and I was able to pitch my SciFi WIP (work-in-progress) to a potential narrator. (He tentatively agreed – *happy dance.*)

This morning, I was notified that I will be shortlisted by Mash Stories for a bit of flash fiction. It’s a piece featuring one of my current SciFi WIP characters – makes for an awesome Tuesday!

I am working on creating a fiction proposal to pitch to publishers in July at the DFW Writers Conference. In honor of my WIP, and my Periscope debut later today, I’ve donned my Millennium Falcon t-shirt, and THIS is on repeat in a YouTube tab while I pound out the words on my young adult Space Opera.

Off to plan.written plan

~B