Release day is finally here for Melody Winter’s SACHAEL DREAMS! Melody and I have been side-by-side through our writing careers, holding hands through the query trenches, cheering each other on when we both signed with REUTS Publications. I’m thrilled that Sachael Dreams is finally available to the world!

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Synopsis

Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her new-found contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.

Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.

Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?

Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.

Review

As one of Melody’s critique partners, I’ve had an amazing opportunity to have eyes on Sachael Dreams since its early stages. This gorgeous story stems from mythological origins, but features completely new and fantastical creatures. Melody has fully developed an extensive cast and unique storyline, full of underwater adventures and intrigue. And what would any good story be without a little romance? Sachael Dreams pulls at your heart strings and will take your breath away (in more ways than one)! As Estelle discovers her mysterious origins and her place among the creatures of the deep, she finds a love she can’t live without! I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys stories of mythological fantasy and romance!

About the Author

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Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.

Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.

You can view more of Melody Winter on her Website, Twitter or Facebook.

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Release day is here for DARE TO DREAM by Carys Jones! This story sounds super cool, and I can’t wait to dive into reading it! Check out the fantastic DARE TO DREAM trailer, then hop on over to Amazon to grab your copy!

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Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

About the Author

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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

Find more of Carys Jones on her website, like her on facebook or follow on twitter.

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ShortstoryOur last post touched on various authors’ writing processes, with the lesson being, there’s no right way to write. So now that we’ve taken a look at where ideas come from and processes for getting those ideas down, let’s talk about what you can actually write with your ideas. There’s a wide variety of ways to tell your story, and since writing is a creative art form, there’s even more flexibility in how you can. You can portray a beautiful story through a rhyming verse of poetry or through a grander scope like a series. More often than not, writing will fit into categories of short story, novella, stand alone novel, and series.

To start us off, I love this brief post from author Ava Jae in which she discusses how to decide what form fits your idea best:

“In short, the main difference to me between a short story and novel idea lies in the scope of the idea. If you think you can fit it in fifteen pages, then it’s probably not worth dragging out into three hundred; but on the other hand if you think it might be difficult to condense into a shorter story without losing anything, you might want to consider writing a novel (or at least a novella) instead.”

So once you determine your scope, you can decide what size of a story you’d like to develop.

Over the past year or so, I’ve really enjoyed developing my short story skills. I’m typically a short-winded writer, so short stories are something I really enjoy. It’s easier to reach a minimum word count (usually 2,500 to 10k words), but also requires different storytelling skills than you’d see in a novella or longer work. In The Anatomy of a Successful Short Story, REUTS Publications Editorial Director Kisa Whipkey outlines key factors for making a short story work. Specifically, “There are three things a successful short story must have: brevity, focus, and telling. Learn how to control these three elements and your short fiction will stand out in a pile like little beacons.”

Next, as the world around us becomes increasingly busy, readers’ attention spans are waning. The shorter novel, or novella, has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. With novellas topping out around 40k words, it’s easy to sit down and read an entire story in the space of just a few hours. But as with short stories, novellas require a honed scope and focused plot to keep it from blossoming into a full-length novel. If you think your idea is suited for a novella, check out these 10 Tips for Writing a Novella.

If you feel like your idea won’t fully develop in the limited pages of a novella, then roll up your sleeves and flesh out that storyline. Depending on the age group you’re writing for, full length novels can begin around 45k and head upwards of 100k! But don’t get carried away. Just because you have more word count to work with, doesn’t mean you can aimlessly craft your way from start to finish. Novels must have purpose, focus and as many elements as a carefully crafted spider web. There are many ways to plan a novel, but I love Nathan Bransford’s basic suggestions on How to Write a Novel.

Now you’ve completed your novel, perhaps as a stand alone story, or maybe you still have a story that needs to be told. With the success of series in the writing arena, more and more authors are continuing character journeys with more than one book. There is a lot of information on what to do and what not to do, if you even do it at all. I’m in the process of writing the sequel to my debut novel LINK, and I’ve learned quite a few things about writing series. I’m halfway through the second book, LOST, and have finally been inspired with how I’m going to end book three, LIGHT. One of the things I’m happiest about is that I’ve had time to go back and tweak book one as I fill in the details and plot lines of books two and three. So my biggest suggestion is: take your time. Make sure nothing falls through the cracks. And while you’re at it, check out this list of 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fiction Series.

No matter what you write, remember, there’s no right way to do it. A single idea could fit into any of these categories. I’ve known authors who have written fantastic short stories and then developed that small idea into a full length novel. The key is to take your idea and make it into what you want it to be. Determine your scope, pick your story type, then run with it! Happy Writing!

Share your experience with short stories, novellas, novels and series in the comments below, and tune in February 25th as the series continues with “Writing Methods and Tools.”

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Today’s your lucky day! Not only do I have one, but TWO cover reveals! And boy, they have both knocked it out of the park! Check out the latest from T.A. Brock with her latest MACHINE HEAD.

Where young rule and elders are hunted to extinction… and you decide who’s guilty.

MACHINE HEAD
An Interactive Novel
Available April 10, 2015

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Synopsis

Adults have poisoned the world with their selfishness, jealousy, and deceit. Now it’s up to the young to heal it. First order: eliminate every elder. Second: discover the secret to never growing up. Third: procreate.

Ten Sixty-Four is on trial for treason. The crimes he committed are unforgivable: hiding elders who should be long dead, consorting with illegal untrained young, and purposely botching kill missions. He’s come a long way from the cold, unfeeling, Sleepwalker he began as. He’s still four years from the death age, which means the Hex can’t afford to kill him. If found guilty, he’ll be given to the Machine for reprogramming. But none of that matters because he’s done what no other Sleepwalker has dared to. He’s found love. And he knows something they don’t. Falling in love is the secret to achieving the third order.

Brille has a secret of her own: the elders aren’t extinct. They’re not even endangered. But what the rest of the world doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least, not anymore than they’re already hurting themselves. There is no more laughter. No more crying. No feelings of any kind. Only in the secret hiding places where the untrained dwell with elders, can emotion be found. Then it’s anger, rage, and hostility. When she finds herself a target of the Sleepwalkers, she realizes she’s not the only one with secrets. Ten Sixty-Four feels. He might even be capable of love. The idea leaves Brille with an emotion she never thought she’d have: hope.

The Hex has convened. A trial will commence. You, a member of the jury, must decide Ten Sixty-Four’s fate, and with it, the future of humanity.

About the Author

T.A. Brock spends her days gleefully plucking words from the chaos of life and dressing them up so they look pretty. Then she calls them stories and tries to convince people to read them. Paranormal, horror, and contemporary romance rocks her socks, but anything YA makes her feel young again, so she sticks with that mostly. She resides in the great land of mountains and green things (Arkansas) with her husband, two children, and her beloved Keurig machine, which she has built a countertop shrine to.

For more information, visit www.tabrockbooks.com

For updates on new releases and other fun little bits, sign up for T.A. Brock’s Newsletter HERE.

 

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Today is the cover reveal for ADAMANT (The Alliance series #1) by Emma L. Adams! I am so excited to read this book, and HOLY COW, LOOK AT THIS COVER! Absolutely stunning!

Adamant coverAdamant (The Alliance Series #1)
By Emma L. Adams
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 11 March 2015

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Blurb:
On an alternative 21st-century Earth in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse, the Inter-World Alliance exists to keep the peace between the worlds, and keep the monsters out.

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and is more interested in fighting than her day job as a cashier. She also risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she’s taken into custody by the Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor’s suspicious death.

For Kay Walker, whose family founded the organization, there has never been any doubt that his future is with the Alliance – even if it means dealing with sarcastic centaurs and dangerous monsters in the dark Passages between worlds. But when his supervisor is murdered, Kay discovers that a research project might have been the reason, and faces the choice of whether to ignore his instincts or risk becoming the next target, not to mention digging into the Alliance’s history and memories he’d rather keep buried. And there’s something not quite right about the strange, fierce girl he arrested as a suspect.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth – and the Multiverse – from a deadly enemy.

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About the Author:

Emma AdamsEmma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

You can find and contact Emma here:
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The Embers of Light book coverGenre: Adult Historical Fantasy

Release Date: January 28th, 2015

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Synopsis

The descendants of the ancient gods think they’ve found peace, but the time has come when new magic and ancient powers will collide…

Stripped of his Dia powers and left to rot, Malcolm is a prisoner of Valenia—a sentence he finds worse than death. His thoughts of revenge are the only thing keeping him sane, but when he finally manages to escape, Malcolm discovers that living as a mortal is more dangerous than he ever imagined. After stealing from the wrong man, Malcolm becomes a captive once more, only this time his punishment is one that he won’t soon forget. His only hope of survival is Seren, an enigmatic young girl with golden eyes and a malevolence to match his own.

When he’s led to Mara and Corbin, the two responsible for his fall from grace, their new faction of Dia is in chaos, infiltrated by an ancient power thought to have been banished forever. This only fuels Malcolm’s ruthless ambitions, but he soon realizes that he too is under attack, a pawn in a centuries old game of power and greed. As new battle lines are drawn, Malcolm finds himself in uncharted waters, forced to choose between helping those he’s vowed to destroy or give in to his lingering desire to settle the score.

Debts will be paid, lives will be lost, and no Dia will ever be the same.

Review

Tammy Farrell has done it again! I was completely enamored with the first installment of this series, The Darkness of Light. And what’s not to love about gorgeous writing, fantastic world-building, and characters who pull at your heartstrings?!

Embers of Light continues in the same vein, but this time with a major focus on Malcolm, a character that was the evilest of villains in the first book. His story is developed so masterfully in book one that you can’t help but hating him for the creepy, nasty, power-hungry man he is. And so when I began Embers, I couldn’t wait for him to get what was most certainly coming to him. HE DESERVES EVERY BIT OF IT. Little by little, as he’s fighting to restore what was taken from him, his world deteriorates, he’s physically damaged, he’s emotionally and mentally dragged through hell and back…And I actually began to feel sorry for him. Not only that, I liked him. I wanted him to find relief, to attain his goal, and to triumph over his oppressors!

As in book one, we also continue the journey of our beloved heroes, Mara and Corbin, who also evolve as characters in such an amazing way. Now I wasn’t happy with some of the twists and turns, not in a bad way, but in a way where I understood they were necessary for the characters to really discover who they were and what they wanted for themselves, in a way that leaves me DYING for the next installment of this series.

Overall, Tammy has outdone herself with this absolutely stunning piece of literature. As far as sequels go, it is one of the best I have ever read. It. Is. Amazing. *Standing ovation for Ms. Farrell*

Excerpt

By the time the smell of smoke and roasting meat finally reached Malcolm, and his hole in the ground was completely black, he knew the time was drawing near. The sound of laughter and flutes from above stoked the fires of determination within him, while the repetitive drumbeat counted down the minutes.

His mind wandered as he stared sullenly at the walls of black earth. He clutched his mangled hand to his chest, far too weary for anger. He was humiliated. Over and over again he’d been disgraced, robbed, laughed at. The hardest truth to face was that there still might be more degradation to come. He had wanted everything and succeeded at nothing. Hope was now but a whisper in the past, still carried on the winds, but too distant to hear.

Malcolm pressed his head against the soft earth. He had nothing left to lose and nothing left to love. Even his own mother had become an unseen shadow, abandoning him in his time of need. She was useless to him, as she always had been, and he vowed that if she ever showed herself to him again, he would speak any word that might pierce a mother’s soul.

About the Author

Tammy Farrel | Author of The Dia Chronicles series

Tammy Farrel | Author of The Dia Chronicles series

Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and six fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.

Learn more about The Dia Chronicles and Tammy Farrell’s other works at: www.TammyFarrell.com

Author web links:

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Read Write Revise RepeatWelcome to week two in the They Said It Best blog series. Last week we started at the very beginning of the writing process, discussing Where Writing Ideas Come From. This week, we’ll look further into the routines, tips, and suggestions from authors around the globe.

“I’m a purist, so write from the heart. I don’t care about trends or what not, I just want to tell a story that uplifts and makes people happy and feel better from reading it.”

~Katie Hamstead, author of the bestselling KIYA series and DECEPTIVE CADENCE

“I’m not a big outline person, though I do tend to write very linearly. So once I have an idea, I only create the bare minimum in terms of a road-map. I’ll block in the scenes on a spreadsheet, with only a few words to summarize the goal. This allows the writing to remain very organic, while still progressing steadily toward the final point of the tale. Technically, I suppose I fall somewhere between a pantser and a plotter, since I like to have a sense of direction, but also like to be surprised by the details that appear as I’m writing.”

~Kisa Whipkey, author of UNMOVING and Sr. Editor of REUTS Publications

“I tend to be quite organized with my process, but nothing is set in stone. I tend to know the general arc of the story and start by writing the names of the chapters to fit in with a very rough outline. This breaks my thoughts down into smaller chunk,s and I can attack it in any order. (Although I do like the process of starting at the beginning and finishing at the end.) Having just explained what is a very strict order of planning, I often drift from the original outline while writing, but this will be due to the needs of the story as it constantly grows. So I start off well organized, but stray from the path when necessary or my characters take me that way. I work best when I know what I’m aiming for.”

~Melody Winter, author of SACHAEL DREAMS

There’s a picture of me next to “plotter” in the publishing dictionary. I seriously plot about three books ahead.

My outlines are a thorough summary that ranges in detail from one-sentence scene descriptions, long paragraphs of summaries and stage d
irection, to lines of dialogue or short snippets of description. The outline is dynamic; I keep it open when I write, and when things go a little differently than planned I update the whole outline accordingly, though that’s rarely necessary.

I very rarely stray from the outline, and it allows me to draft pretty quickly. I’m a very linear writer; I *must* write everything in order once the outline is finished.

While I’m drafting, I’m constantly taking notes for my other books or fresh ideas for new, related ones. Most of you know that pretty much all my books share the same broad cast of characters. I’m also coming up with ideas for events and such related to the book while I write. (There will be fashion shows. And cosplay contests. And seances. And scavenger hunts.)”

~Cait Spivey, author of I SEE THE WEB and A SINGLE THREAD

As a special treat, here’s a fantastic article created by Tammy Farrell, author of The Darkness of Light and The Highborn Chronicles:

How 12 Different Authors Write a First Draft Featuring: Lane Heymont, Becket, Kristen Strassel, Summer Wier, Brenda Drake, Greg Wilkey, Jamie Grey, Melody Winter, Kat Ellis, Julie Hutchings, Mark Mathews and Louise D. Gornall.

And as a final thought to end on, consider this inspiring thought from YA/NA author Ava Jae:

“Writing is so subjective that sometimes I don’t even adhere to the same tips I gave two years ago. And that’s fine—it doesn’t make them less helpful, it’s just because I’ve learned to do things a little differently.

I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that nothing is set in stone. Just because I (or any other writing blogger out there) has a particular technique, or opinion, or idea that works really well for them, doesn’t mean that if it doesn’t work for you, you’re somehow less off. Just about every writing rule or trend out there has an exception, even several exceptions. Take everything you read with a grain of salt.”

Bottom line? Whether your a pantser or plotter or anything in between, your process is unique to you. Find a method that works for you. There’s no wrong way.

 

Share your inspiration and writer process posts in the comments below, and tune in next week as the series continues with “Types of writing: From Short Stories to Series and Everything in Between.”

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It’s a super exciting month, so many of my friends have releases and cover reveals! Today I’m thrilled to spotlight the newest cover for another REUTS Publications book, DARE TO DREAM by Carys Jones! Isn’t it gorgeous?! You can pre-order today!

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Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

About the Author

carys jones author pic

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

Find more of Carys Jones on her website, like her on facebook or follow on twitter.

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so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-where-do-stories-come-fromSo I’m not the most consistent blogger, nor do I always feel like I have earth-shattering information to share outside of what you can already find on the magical world wide web. But let’s face it, there’s A LOT of information available on just about anything. So this year, I thought I’d start a series that pools information from some of my favorite sources into one, easy-to-find place! So every other Wednesday, I’ll post topics with links and sources from around the internet. Feel free to link your favorite articles or posts from your website on related subjects in the comments! The more info the better!

My first topic starts at the very beginning of a writer’s process: where do ideas come from? The easy answer is ANYWHERE. But if you need a little more guidance, hear what these writers had to say:

I brainstorm the old fashioned way, with pen and paper. When I have a story idea I jot down all the things I know for sure about how the story will go. Then I write down my questions. For example, what is the conflict? Where is the story set? How will I resolve the conflict? Then as the story starts to take shape, I begin writing down (in point form) how the chapters will go. I usually only plot a few chapters ahead at a time because I’m a pantser with plotter ambitions. For me, I know the story will work if I can keep asking myself questions about the plot. If I can’t think of questions, then the story is a dud and must be abandoned.

~Tammy Farrell, author of The Darkness of Light and The Highborn Chronicles

My ideas come from everywhere. Like a cyclone of random junk that somehow gets pieced together to form one solid idea. Music, movies, a picture from Pinterest. Anything can spark an idea. For FATAL, the idea came to me while watching a horror movie. I thought, I want to make a zombie who could pass for a high school student. Like, no one would even suspect he’s undead. But then he falls in love. Because he has feeeeeelings. And suddenly I had a zombie that was super unique. The book wrote itself after that.

~T.A. Brock, author of FATAL and BRUTAL

The character always comes first for me. Sometimes they come with an initial scenario, sometimes they don’t. But once I’ve got the character, I give them a name and a backstory, and then I ask–what now? Where will they go? What will they do? And as the plot forms, I throw in new characters, new places, new events. Every time, I imagine my character and ask myself, how will they react to this? I find that getting to know my main characters gives me plenty of ideas. Writing out their history, in particular, always leads me to new characters and events that feel naturally like part of my character’s story.

~Cait Spivey, author of I SEE THE WEB and A SINGLE THREAD

“Most of my inspiration comes from things I see. A tree. An old building. Some random person on the street. Sometimes it’s a character in my mind, and other times it’s a simple thought. For DOORS a thought entered my mind: What if we could travel to other worlds? What if there was a door?”

~Kathleen Palm, author of DOORS

My idea for the Mine series came about while listening to music. I have my ear buds in whenever I get the chance–ironing, working on budgets, shopping. The actual song was ‘Child Come Away’ by Kim Wilde. If you listen to the lyrics you’ll see how they fit with the idea she brought about.
The original idea was based on a vampire coming out of the water and seducing a girl on the beach. I had him being attacked by a secret group of people who knew vampires existed but the rest of the world didn’t. They tried to catch him, but he escaped–they took the girl instead.
Those who have read Sachael Dreams will see similarities between this original idea and the finished MS. A lot changed, but the basics are still there.

~Melody Winter, author of SACHAEL DREAMS

REUTS Publications Sr. Editor Kisa Whipkey also lists music as her main inspiration in her post on brainstorming and creativity.

“A somber, melancholy piece of music will likely inspire a sad, tragic, emotionally heavy story. Something fast with high intensity will likely equal a fight scene or action piece. Haunting and dramatic music? Something creepy and mysterious. I think you start to see the point. The “feel” of the inspiring music has a direct correlation to the “feel” of the idea.”

Bottom line? Inspiration can come from anywhere, as the picture at the top of this post identifies. Train yourself to notice even the tiniest things, and ask yourself, “What if?”

 

Share your inspiration and idea posts in the comments below, and tune in next week as the series continues with “Writer Processes: There’s no right way.”

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I’m so excited today is finally here! Melody is one of my good friends and consequently one of my CPs. We’ve shared much of our publication journeys together, and I’m thrilled to host the cover for her debut novel SACHAEL DREAMS. You won’t want to miss this series! CONGRATS MELODY!!!

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Synopsis

Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her new-found contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.

Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.

Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?

Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.

About the Author

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Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.

Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.

You can view more of Melody Winter on her Website, Twitter or Facebook.

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