Blog Tour & Guest Post: Ghost of a Chance

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Ghost of a Chance 
Redclaw Security Book 2
by McKenna Dean

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About Ghost of a Chance by McKenna Dean:

At sixteen, Sarah Atwell walked away from her love of horses and a promising career as a competitive rider after discovering she’d inherited the family curse. Years later, her grandmother stunned everyone by leaving Sarah her horse farm—worth millions—but with conditions Sarah might not be able to meet.

A former Redclaw agent, Casey Barnes retired when a security assignment went bad, killing his partner and leaving him as a partial amputee. His inner wolf is in hiding. He’s been living quietly as a horse trainer, but June Atwell’s death now pits him against her granddaughter for rights to the stable.

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they both harbor secrets that might tear them apart.

Ghost of a Chance is a paranormal romance story.

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Excerpt:

For some reason, he glanced back at Sarah where she waited by the door. The backlight of falling snow through the glass in the shadowed hallway created the suggestion of a black-and-white photograph. The only spot of color was the bright red scarf at the collar of her coat and the wine-dark lipstick she wore. She leaned against the wall with her eyes closed. Something inside him clicked, as though recognizing a scene from a movie. His heart stopped a beat, flipped over, and thudded again with increased intensity.

No. It couldn’t be. Not her.

He hurried away, head still reeling at his reaction.

When he returned with an armload of clothing, she was nowhere to be seen. Her laptop sat by her shoes, one pretty little pump turned over on its side. As expected, he discovered her in the living room, staring at the pictures on the wall. “There you are.”

She jumped at the sound of his voice.

“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.” He adjusted the heap of clothing piled over one arm and held out a pair of snow boots.

“She had so many photographs of me.” Sarah took the boots almost automatically, and indicated the walls covered with pictures, ones Casey had seen many times.

That had to be it. Why she felt so familiar. Why she seemed to be the one. Relief washed over him. Obviously he’d spent too much time alone if he thought Sarah Atwell was his destined mate.

 

Guest Post

Ten Rules to Writing a Paranormal Romance 

Disclaimer: There are some great guides out there as to how to write paranormal romances. This is by no means meant to replace the advice or experience of authors in the genre. This is just how I write a paranormal romance.

*coughs*

1: First decide on your shifters. Honestly, that’s the best part of the process as far as I’m concerned. I’m a biologist, so I love putting my knowledge of different animals to use when selecting shifters for my characters. To a certain extent, the choice I make becomes incorporated into the character’s personality and physique as well. A bear shifter might be a big burly guy, or a cheetah shifter may also be a runner in human form.

Because opposites attract is so much fun, I enjoy making my pairings different shifter species as well. A panther and a dragon, or a hawk and a raccoon. The dichotomy between the animal shifters and the human personalities is meat and drink to me.

2: Decide if your shifters are comfortable with their inner beast. There’s SO much scope for storytelling if one of your characters is on the outs with his or her shifter. I love stories about self-acceptance and empowerment, so this is a big one for me.

3: Pick your setting. Location can be almost as much as a character as anyone else, particularly when it comes to shifters. Are your characters able to shift whenever they want or are they constrained by society to stay in hiding and only shift when they are alone in the woods? In the Redclaw Universe, shifters keep their identities secret because of public hostility and fear toward shifters, which means many long for a private, safe place they can truly be themselves. There’s a lot of built-in tension and potential plot material right there!

4: Figure out what the heck you’re going to do about clothing. Because while having to strip down before shifting can lead to some fun, sexy times, it can also be a big pain in the storytelling patootie. Where did they leave their clothes? Can they get back to them? Are they just going to walk around naked now? *sigh* That’s why I invented the very rare, much-prized shifter clothing—made by special tailors out of cloth only dragons can produce, it has the ability to shift with the shifter. Ergo, no more inconveniently naked people when you’ve had your Redclaw agent shift into a tiger to chase down a bad guy. *buffs nails against shirt in fake humility*

5: Liberally add tropes to the mix. Fated mates? That’s always a good one. Snowed-in at a remote location? Love it! Duking it out for a joint inheritance? Sign me up! Pretend relationship while undercover? Yes, please! You don’t have to stick with just one, either. Mix and match!

6: Turn those tropes on their heads. Say what? You heard me. Have one character scoff at the idea of fated mates. Make the heroine the more powerful shifter. Have a real boyfriend/husband waiting in the background. Make one of your characters ignorant of their shifter background. Offer the formula but change it up just enough that your reader is breathless trying to race to the end to find out what happens.

7: Give them a common/enemy to face together. Someone trying to kill them is always good. Someone trying to stop a witness from testifying, or an heiress from coming forward. Create a dangerous situation and throw them in the middle of it. I like putting my characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.

8: Speaking of which—sexy times! That fated mate thing can come in handy here. So can surviving something terrible together. MAKE THEM KISS. And whatever else they feel like doing.

9: Make them fall in love. Passionately, fiercely. Willing-to-die-for-each-other love. This is above and beyond the sexy times. This is TRUE LOVE. It can come before the sexy times, during the sexy times, or after—it can come after much trials, tribulations, and misunderstandings but it must come!

10: Figure out how you can turn the whole thing into a series and start all over again with the next installment. Because by this point, you’re invested in this universe, and you want to see more of it yourself.


The Panther’s Lost Princess
Redclaw Security Book 1
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About McKenna Dean:

McKenna Dean has been an actress, a vet tech, a singer, a teacher, a biologist, and a dog trainer. She’s worked in a genetics lab, at the stockyard, behind the scenes as a props manager, and at a pizza parlor slinging dough. Finally she realized all these jobs were just a preparation for what she really wanted to be: a writer.

She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family, as well as the assorted dogs, cats, and various livestock.

She likes putting her characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.

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Interview With Author Valerie Roeseler

Author Interview

Meet Valerie Roeseler.

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Valerie Roeseler is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of The Helio Trilogy. Her debut novel, Midnight Divine, is the first book in the trilogy. It was released in April of 2016 and was praised by Insite Magazine for its intense action and complex love triangle. Many others have compared the trilogy to the movies Constantine and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider rolled into one universe.

Valerie has the determination of a queen bee. When left to her own devices, she tends to forget that sleep is a necessity. She began writing as a child, creating fantastical stories with villainous animals on her toy typewriter. In her teenage years, her poetry writing was kept a secret before she wrote music, transforming them into lyrics. Her early inspirations came from her obsession with Greek and Egyptian mythology, as well as British literature from the Neoclassical period. Born in Austin, she is a native of the great state of Texas, raised in the outskirts of Houston. She is an enthusiast of art, music, tattoos, coffee, and wine. When not writing, she is an Executive Creative Art Director/CEO of Eden Elements Publishing. She has over two decades of playing guitar, which led to writing music for personal pleasure. She has five tattoos, each with their own significant stories behind them. Being a mother of two, if coffee had not been invented, the world would stop spinning. After a long day of chasing deadlines and toddlers, a nice glass of fine wine helps relax her creative mind.

Author Links:
Website:  www.valerieroeseler.com
Newsletter:  www.valerieroeseler.com/newsletter-sign-up
Amazon:  www.amazon.com/Valerie-Roeseler/e/B01B2E9PU8
Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/author/show/14916874.Valerie_Roeseler
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authorvalerieroeseler
Facebook Group Team Roeseler:  www.facebook.com/groups/1586602924996284
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/teamroeseler
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/teamroeseler
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/teamroeseler

The Interview.

How did you first get attached to writing paranormal stories?

a) Even as a child, the supernatural world fascinated me. I have always loved the idea there could be more in the world we don’t perceive, hidden behind a veil of secrecy. Do I believe in the paranormal and things I write about? To an extent, yes. I believe anything is possible.

What do you struggle with as a writer to overcome based on current societal biases when it comes to books and book content?

a) The Helio Trilogy is based on Christian beliefs of a Heaven, Hell, Fallen Angels, the Apocalypse, and the constant war between good and evil. Though these concepts were expounded fanatically in The Helio Trilogy, I wanted to remain respectful of other cultures and beliefs, just as I do in my personal life. Not once are the words ‘Heaven’ or ‘Hell’ used. Instead, they are referred to as Paradise (a common idea of what Heaven should be) and Sheol (the word used in the Hebrew bible that represents Hell). I didn’t want the focus to be on religion. The Helio Trilogy is not about religion in any way, shape or form. It’s about the personal struggle to be the perfect being society expects you to be and accepting the fact everyone is fallible. It’s about embracing your mistakes and flaws and being proud of who you are, because that’s what makes each of us the amazing beings we are. That’s why the tagline for the third book in the trilogy, Vermilion Horizon, is, “True Beauty and Strength Come from Scars of Darkness.” It is not until a being can embrace their imperfections and downfalls will they be able to conquer their journey.

How do you spin the trope of light vs dark in your stories?

a) This is one of the reasons I wrote The Helio Trilogy! I read a lot of Young and New Adult Urban Fantasies. While I loved many of them, I felt I hadn’t found the one book I was looking for that would connect with my soul. When I began writing the first book in the trilogy, Midnight Divine, it truly clicked in my mind what had been missing. I made it my mission to settle my soul with The Helio Trilogy. The key to the story was to write characters that not only were lovable, but relatable. Too many stories these days clearly define whether their characters are good or evil. Most of the time, the main character, who is always the hero/heroine of the story is too good. We love them…but they’re not relatable. They are not realistic.

The main character of The Helio Trilogy, Ivy Harris, is not your typical heroine. She is not sweet or righteous or so perfect it makes you want to puke. That is what people love about her. She curses, drinks, struggles with right and wrong, and has a temper to be reckoned with. On the other hand, she is compassionate, loving, loyal, protective, and genuinely sympathetic. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not always tough. She has fears, heartache, self-doubt, and overwhelming indecision. But Ivy Harris is the perfect balance of flawless imperfection. She struggles with darkness. She struggles with light. The best thing about her is she learns to balance both and creates a cohesive relationship with others who struggle with one or the other.

The point is, darkness and light are not two completely ends of a spectrum. There is a gray area. It is where we accept the darkness and the light within us and utilize it to become something greater than what is expected of us.

What was your favorite part about writing The Helio Trilogy and later companion short stories that come out this year?

a) The research that went into creating The Helio World was quite the feat. I took past and present myths and gave them their own spin that connected so well, it is logically believable. I also did a lot of research for the action scenes. My husband thought I was insane the first time I asked him if I could try a hand-to-hand combat move on him to see if it was being conveyed understandably in my writing. With the companion short stories, I loved being able to give my readers the backstories of the main characters while also providing a sequel that gives the sense of completion. It was bittersweet to write the last words of Ashes of Paradise, yet it left me able to breathe, knowing The Helio World is at peace, resting for the next adventure.

I have to ask… are there any villainous animal characters in your current trilogy that reflect on your stories you wrote as a child?

a) It is so funny you ask that! Nobody has thought to ask me this before. Yes, there is a villainous animal character in The Helio Trilogy that reflects on stories I wrote as a child. When I was a child, I was obsessed with The Neverending Story. Gmork is the evil, black dog in that movie. I feared that dog more than ‘The Nothing’ when I was a kid. I wrote about overpowering him when I was a kid. In The Helio Trilogy, there is a hellhound named Sasha. She is based on Gmork.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers today?

a) The Helio Trilogy is an epic story with many characters who have a past connection of how they ended up together. The companion novel, Ashes of Paradise: A Novel in Stories (The Helio Chronicles), gives the backstories of those characters while also answering a mysterious event from the end of the trilogy. It should not be read before the trilogy as it would ruin so many things for the reader. The thing I love the most about Ashes of Paradise is the way it connects with The Helio Trilogy in a full circle.
I do not plan on continuing stories based in The Helio World. Though, it is not an impossibility. I purposefully gave Ashes of Paradise the series titleThe Helio Chronicles for two reasons. One, being it is a chronicle of events from many of the characters lives. And two, because it leaves it open for me to write more of The Helio World if the time ever arises. For now, I am focusing on the release of Ashes of Paradise. I am also in the planning stages of a new series. If you want to stay up to date, you can join the Facebook group “Team Roeseler”. Team Roeseler members are my VIPs. Before anyone else, they know about events and giveaways, see teasers and excerpts, and have the opportunity to beta read material. They hear news and updates first.

The Helio Trilogy (Volumes 1-3) are available in a single eBook on Amazon Kindle and is free if you have a Kindle Unlimited membership.

Ashes of Paradise: A Novel in Stories (The Helio Chronicles) releases on July 6, 2018.

Sarah Stuart’s Guest Post: A Guide to Self Publishing on a Budget

Guest Post

Meet Sarah Stuart.

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Sarah Stuart is an award-winning author and a book reviewer for Readers’ Favorite. Her passions are theatre, music, wildlife, history, and travel, all of which come together in the Royal Command series. She writes because she enjoys it, and as a commitment to ecology.100% of her royalties are donated to charities helping endangered species worldwide. Typically, this might be reforestation to provide suitable habitats. The settings of her books, the Western Highlands of Scotland, London’s Theatre-Land, and Europe, are vivid; Sarah has lived, or spent a considerable time, in these places, and she uses insider knowledge gained from working in theatres to create the showbiz setting.

5 Star Amazon Reviews:

“The characters are relatable and Sarah weaves a story linking them in ways that reveal their ambitions, weakness, pleasure and pain. And just as importantly the love and support they offer one another. Sarah also deals with the issue of forbidden love, presenting it in a way that has the pages flying by as hitherto perfect love is put to the test by close, interconnecting relationships crossing boundaries that threaten to ruin not only careers, but friendship and family. And she does it all in a crisp, elegant style that is her very own.”

The setting in book four Sweet Temptation: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Passion, includes a hospital setting, but reviewers’ reaction has been good. “Sweet Temptation is another compelling, sizzling romance spiced with detective work from an author who has created her unique signature for the genre with her exciting characters and strong plot lines. Sarah Stuart successfully establishes herself as a mistress of the romance genre.”

Author Links:

https://twitter.com/sasspip/status/676500202551930882
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3159319.Sarah_Stuart
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/dangerous-liaisons
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/illicit-passion
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/dynasty-of-deceit
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/sweet-temptation

Guest Post: How To Self-publish Fiction When Your Budget Is Almost Nil
Editors and proof readers are worth their weight in gold: if you could afford them you wouldn’t be reading this. Now is not the time to be shy. Ask friends and work colleagues to read your book and be brutally honest about what they like or don’t like. Send copies by email; printing costs money. Thank them, but avoid promising to acknowledge them by name; it will prevent them from reviewing the published book. I know to my cost! They even banned the wife of someone I acknowledged; they had an unusual surname.
Create an Author Page on Facebook in the name you intend to use plus “writer” or “author”. E.g. Writer Jane Doe. Blog about your book to attract interest, but be careful to intrigue without giving away too much. Send friend requests to authors, buy their books, tell them how much you enjoyed them, and add a permalink to your review on Amazon. If you hated them, forget posting a review: keep quiet. After an interval, ask each if they would beta-read your book: some will. Email volunteers your book and brace yourself for criticism. Act on any made by more than one person.
Know your genre. Is everything you’ve included likely to be acceptable to your target audience? The Amazon “Look Inside” feature is free and very helpful, as are the book descriptions. Find the genre you think you’ve written, see what comes up when you try key words and compare it to your book. When you get it right, you’ll find many similar books.
Run a spell and grammar check on your document. Before you click IGNORE, Google any point of grammar that you don’t understand. Find at least one friend prepared to go through your story word by word. Whilst waiting, read it aloud; the eye sees what it expects to see. Use FIND on every name, and every common mistake you make, such as she’s when it should be she’d: “he’s” will pick up both sexes. Another tip for finding errors is to send the word document to your Kindle and enlarge the font. It makes you read every word, and helps pick up those pesky periods that should be commas.
Amazon publish a free book called Building Your Book For Kindle. It has simple, clear, instructions for formatting your document. Follow them; nothing looks less professional than an eBook without a working Table of Contents. Do NOT make the mistake I once did and forget to bookmark the Table of Contents; it looks perfect on the Amazon previewer but readers can’t find it. The only part you may ignore are the instructions to convert your Word Document to a PDF. Correctly formatted Word Documents upload more successfully.
Do not be tempted to “build a cover” on Amazon. Search out sites offering photographs and spend the “almost” bit of your nil budget, about $16, on a good one that you can use for a print book later. Use Photoshop, or any similar program, to add the title and your name. Use Facebook to ask opinions on your cover before you publish.
Uploading to Amazon, choose relevant key words: include those you used to establish genre. Spend time on your blurb (book description); it is your “shop window”. Choose the higher royalty level; you won’t be selling to Japan, yet. Do join KDP, and set a sensible price: high enough to show a worthwhile saving when you run a Countdown promotion, but leave the “free” option until you publish a second book for fans of your writing to buy.
Join Amazon Author Central and take advantage of everything you can. Editorial reviews look good and Readers’ Favorite, a very respected company, offer free reviews. The secret of attracting one of their reviewers is the blurb. It needs to intrigue, but don’t make it too long; reviewers have a huge choice of books. Think of the speed of twitter and make your points fast. You’ll be asked about sex scenes and strong language. There are two very good reasons to be honest. An offended reviewer won’t rate very high, but others may well be attracted by phrases like “graphic sex”. Readers’ Favorite don’t accept erotica but they love steamy sizzle. Note: Readers’ Favorite publish ONLY four and five star rated reviews, so there’s no risk.
Good luck!