Creating A Book Series by Stacy Hoff

Writing life. Gotta love it. If you think coming up with a plot line for a single novel is hard, try conceiving numerous plot lines for a multi-book series.

    

What was my initial reaction to writing a series? Yeah, Stacy. Good luck with that. The task seemed about as easy as trying to fit my middle-aged body into a mail slot.

Good thing I’m as stubborn as I am crazy. I decided to create a series of books that can each be read as stand-alone novels. Each book would then be tied together by returning characters, and recurring themes.

I decided to have all of the books involve the resort construction industry. Because of this tie-in, I named the series “Building Love.” I had each book carry the same central themes of money, family struggles, and business power. And, to make it fun, I had each book have as much soap-opera style drama as it did love and sex.

Once I had my themes in place, I let the creative part of my brain figure out how each unique book would carry these themes out. I stayed focused, pretending each story was its own separate planet. Albeit planets that all needed to orbit in the same universe.

How did my series turn out? You tell me! Building #1, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS, was recently released. Book #2, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN, will be released October 11, 2017. Book #3 (the name of which I keep tinkering with) will be released March 2018.

I guess tying different stories together into a series is a bit easier than fitting myself through a mail slot after all.

HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN coming soon—October 11, 2017!

Hook line for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN

In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter.

Book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano under an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all

book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #2)

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

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JOCKEYING FOR YOU print version http://amzn.to/2eanq2o

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DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC print version http://amzn.to/2cubwCf

DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC kindle version http://amzn.to/1KjfP9V

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES print version http://amzn.to/2dXO1zV

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Words Move Us

This past week I listened to a touching podcast. I had heard this podcast before and as bad as it sounds, I almost didn’t listen to it because I knew I’d be in tears about ten minutes into the episode. It was an episode of This American Life reflecting on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Tohoku, Japan.

This particular earthquake and the accompanying tsunami were particularly devastating as the claimed near 16,000 lives, left around 2500 missing and injured thousands others. The podcast episode is emotional because how could it not be under such catastrophic circumstances. Still, what stood out to me most in this telling was the focus on people’s ability and need to cope. The process it is and how important it is to let ourselves feel.

In the podcast, one man’s need to grieve is relieved somewhat through an old fashioned telephone booth where he talks to his cousin who has passed. Before long, travelers from all over Japan are coming to the town of Otsuchi, to this man’s garden in order to speak with their loved ones who have either passed or gone missing. It is a beautiful look into what we do to cope or how we try to heal.

Each moment we live, we feel. If you think through the myriad of emotions we feel each day, I bet we couldn’t begin to name all of them. As a writer and a reader, one of the things I loved the most is a good authors ability to elicit emotions. I find the same thing true in the movies I watch and the podcasts I listen to.

Most important in these moments of pain, happiness, sadness, etc. is the confirmation we can feel and we are alive. As corny as it sounds, remember this as you try to deny a feeling you have or wish it away.

Happy writing this week and may your words move those who read your work.

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Video Games Suck Up Writing Time by Mandy Rosko

Destiny 2 just came out, and despite the lackluster reviews, I’m enjoying it. A lot. I told myself I would only put it in for about an hour, maybe just get the first couple of missions done so I’m caught up with the story line…

Yeah, no. I think I put in about ten hours already. That might not seem like a lot, but in two days with stuff due…it’s a lot.

I’ve still managed to get my word counts in, which I guess doesn’t make it quite so bad, but I can’t help but look at all that time spent thinking about other things I could be doing. Catching up on writing The Billionaire Fantasy, getting more chapters done for Kidnapped by the dragon, or writing that super sweet synopsis I’ve been thinking about lately. Or my guide to self publishing.

All of those sound awesome right now.

I enjoy video games, a lot, but I’m getting to a point where I’m going to have to make a decision on whether or not I can play them if I can’t distance myself from them for a good amount of time. If I can’t stop playing after an hour because, like some little kid, I can’t control my impulses, then I’ll need to come up with a better plan.

Because there’s no way I’m giving up on video games entirely. I’ve been a real adult for several years now, but as a hobby, I like video games, I like making friends on Destiny multiplayer, even though I suck at it, and it is a good way to relax and unwind for me. Even though I do tend to rage quit from time to time. But I’ll need to come up with a good way to schedule my time. Maybe a timer, or on certain days of the week, no video games at all.

Or, better idea, get my word counts in first, then I can play all I want with no guilt to hold me back, because even though I know not everyone plays games as part of their hobby, we all have that time suck we get trapped into. For some of us it’s crafting, for others, it’s Netflix, sports, hanging out with family.

The Key is finding the best way to keep to our working goals in sight without losing time to the powers that be that put something shiny in front of our faces.

I’m hoping to get my edits back for the last book in my Patreon series, Vampires Don’t Share with Dragons today. Here’s hoping I can keep the controller down long enough to get them done.

 

Cheers,

 

Mandy Rosko

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Tropical Storm Winds Paranormal-Scope

Since the winds of life are still blowing strong, take cover.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Shapeshifters are adaptable and so will you be this week. Remember prioritize to get things done.

Taurus:
Gnomes are they best travelers. They keep lists so they don’t forget things. I put slippers on my list. Remember to relax and add slippers to your list too.

Gemini:
Vampires are clever with their money knowing when there’s a good deal. You are that clever too.

Cancer:
Werewolves crave knowledge. Take a course you’ve been thinking about. Indulge your need to know.

Leo:
Mermaids know how to have fun! Hang out with friends or family. Go do something you enjoy.

Virgo:
Dragons are natural leaders. So are you. You have a passion. Follow it. Others may follow that share your enthusiasm.

Libra:
Elves enjoy a good party. Plan a gathering with friends. You need a break.

Scorpio:
Pixies can get sensitive. Be watchful of the feelings of others.

Sagittarius:
Orcs don’t deal well with change. Change is coming. You have a heads up. Look at everything in a positive light.

Capricorn:
Salamanders are fire spirits. Their energy is enormous. A gift is coming your way. Accept it.

Aquarius:
Goblins growl at work. Give them their space. Stay focused on your work and keep your head down.

Pisces:
Griffons soar above the storm. Others will notice your hard work and charm. A new opportunity is in the making.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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The Vixen… Author Tate James… By Ripley Proserpina

Tate James is the newest reader-to-writer to publish a reverse harem romance! She was nice enough to talk to me about her very first book, The Vixen’s Lead (which releases Monday, 9/19) and what led her to start writing. 

My illustrious literary career began in high school, with an epic tale about a kick ass heroine and her swoon worthy boyfriends, but was put on ice for a number of years while adult life happened. I moved across the ditch from my native New Zealand and met my now husband, we had a fur baby and then a real baby, we opened two bars and a restaurant, and then life came full circle and by a series of unfortunate events I uncovered a ‘book’ I had written as a fourteen year old. It was… atrocious. But it inspired me to begin again! And do it better this time… or at least I hope so… 

With the skeptical support of my darling husband, our cherubic baby and a possessed cat, Kit Davenport came to life.

Tate’s Book Blurb is here!

I want vengeance so badly that I can almost taste it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. So, I did what anyone in my unique position would do. I slapped on a secret identity and became an internationally renowned thief, known as The Fox. Nobody knows me. Nobody can catch me.

Or so I thought…

It turns out; I have what they want. Special abilities. And trust me, these abilities are coveted–and dangerous. Now, I don’t know who to trust or where to go. Peril lurks on every corner as I try to uncover my past and origin. Teaming up with unlikely allies may be my only chance at survival or my biggest mistake. Only time will tell.

I’m Kit Davenport and this is only the beginning.  

Author Bio: Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
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Surprise! I was on the Spilling Ink Show!

I was on the Spilling Ink Show that is on YouTube! But as a special for you. I’ve put it here. I’m on with YA Paranormal Author Kathrine Dell and hosts/authors Katie Salidas and Jason LaVelle. Enjoy!

 

 

 

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!  Available in print at Barnes and Noble!

 

 

 

 


Vampire King of New York,
Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1
available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Location As Inspiration by Stacy Hoff

People ask me all the time how I chose the unique locations for my novels. Some of the locations I’ve picked were perfect for action and adventure, such as the Arctic Circle and the Everglades (DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC and DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES). Some are places I’ve worked, such as Hartford, Connecticut (LAWFULLY YOURS). Others are places I’ve conducted book research, such as Saratoga Springs, New York (JOCKEYING FOR YOU).

I have actually visited all of these places, with the exception of the Arctic Circle. When I write about places I love, I relive happy memories.

For my Building Love series, I decided to focus on places I’ve taken my more recent vacations. Places where I spent quality alone time with my husband. (In other words, no kids.) I chose Las Vegas for book # 1 of this series. I chose Condado Beach, Puerto Rico, for book #2.

Puerto Rico was a surprise trip I arranged for my husband, my gift to him for his 40th birthday. (My mother’s gift to him was babysitting for a week.) We traveled throughout Old San Juan, a remarkable, ancient place full of wonder.

The hotel we stayed at was on Condado Beach. Specifically, we stayed at the Marriott. Why is this relevant? Because, as a complete coincidence, the artist my publisher hired to design the cover for Building Love book #2, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN, included the Marriott in the background.

Can you recognize the hotel when placed side-by-side with the book cover?

     

When I got the cover art, my jaw dropped. I had received from my publisher not just a book cover, but a permanent memento my my trip. A trip that meant a lot to me. Celebrating the birthday of my real life hero.

I hope HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN makes every reader feel like they have been to the Caribbean, too.

Lastly, here’s a shout out to the people of Puerto Rico, who suffered Hurricane Irma like so many others. I wish them the speediest of recoveries.

HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN will be released October 11, 2017.

Hook line for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN

In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter.

Book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano in an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all

Book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1)

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

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BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (BUILDING LOVE series, #1)

NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT: https://www.amazon.com/Betting-Love-Vegas-Stacy-Hoff/dp/1682913422/

Kindle version: http://amzn.to/2kAgBvK

  

JOCKEYING FOR YOU print version http://amzn.to/2eanq2o

JOCKEYING FOR YOU Kindle version http://amzn.to/2c8Hi5t

  

DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC print version http://amzn.to/2cubwCf

DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC kindle version http://amzn.to/1KjfP9V

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES print version http://amzn.to/2dXO1zV

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES Kindle version http://amzn.to/1YEseie

LAWFULLY YOURS print version http://amzn.to/2e6Ug8k

LAWFULLY YOURS Kindle version http://amzn.to/1Ky5CZm 

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