I cannot say enough good things about Ravishing in Red. I enjoyed every moment and am truly glad that I already have Provocative in Pearls so that I can continue the saga. My advice — go get the entire series. You won’t be sorry!
I’d give this book triple 5 stars if the ratings went higher. Thanks, Josh, for several entertaining hours and this is going on my “must re-read” list for next October (and the next, and the next).
Ericka is the hostess of October’s Coffee Write at Coffee Time Romance. Come join in for fun and prizes!
Where have I been? Not blogging, that’s for sure. I’ve been digging in deep, writing, plotting, writing some more in between throwing out hunks of ill-written words, editing, and submitting. Yep, the life of an author.
What’s new with me? Hmmmm….
A Twisted Tide, my Atlantean time-travel, is out on submissions and I’ve got my fingers crossed. This is one of my “doesn’t fit any genre very well” story. If a publisher doesn’t pick it up…well, luckily authors have choices these days. I may try a different set of markets (more fantasy than romance) or self-publish the book. Decisions, decisions.
I *finally* finished Her Wildest Dreams — think Manga meets Inception. I think I started a rough draft of this story over a year ago, scrapped it, then started anew with a whole new set of characters. Still, I struggled to write every word, going back to the beginning and rehashing descriptions until I might almost be there in describing the dream realm I created. Needless to say, I do not envy Sci-Fi writers and all their world building. It’s tough! When I finally typed THE END, I truly rejoiced but took only one day off to do a little research before I pitched into another WIP.
I’m heading out of the dream realm and back to the world of shifters (which I love). I started this particular story a while back and got a whole lot of nowhere with the original idea. Still, none of that plotting and false starting is really wasted no matter what I might think at the time. While I struggled to write and rewrite, and rewrite again, Her Wildest Dreams, my subconscious must have been working diligently on how to turn the story from a “mess” into a masterpiece. I sat down to do my snowflake (Google Randy Ingermanson if you want to find out this particular plotting method) a day ago, and the story just fell into place. Mostly. There’s a bit of a sticky spot about 3/4 of the way through were I haven’t got a clue what to put, but that’s typical.
Today, I’m feeling like Stephan King when he starts a story (described in his book On Writing), I’m floundering (and procrastinating)… but my goal is to get this story written by the end of the month. 16K in 11 days should be do-able (insert wild maniacal laughter). I have to get it finished by October, because I’m hosting the writing forum at Coffee Time Romance in October. We’ll be writing a ghost story together…so I hope to see you there!
With that, I’m heading back into the fray – wish me luck and I’ll update you on my progress at the end of the month.
compliments of Tessa Dare.
Watch it ~ you know you want to!
A very hot and thoroughly entertaining ghostly tale with well-rounded characters. Even the secondary characters, including the ghosts, came alive on the page.
I love writing books, I even love editing and hitting the submit button (I will, however, say I hate waiting for a response). But my most favorite part of the whole process has to be getting the cover art.
When I see the e-mail show up in my inbox, I feel like a little kid again when they see all those brightly wrapped and bowed gifts under the tree. My heart races, I hold my breath, close my eyes, and click.
This cover, designed by Renee Rocco at Lyrical Press is simply perfection! I think you’ll agree!
Tidings of Fear is due to be released in November of 2011.
Google Alerts is the bomb. Just a short while ago, I received notice that Chrissy Dionne at Romance Junkies had reviewed Wild Ghost Chase. Here’s a bit of what she had to say:
“Ghost hunting reality television has become quite popular (my son’s even become a fanatic ‘Paranormal State’ fan) and Ericka Scott’s WILD GHOST CHASE plays on our fascination with the paranormal perfectly. When I picked this title up I was expecting a lot of ghostly activity but I hadn’t expected the human drama and the twists and turns to the plot certainly threw me off guard. I loved the paranormal element to this story and how the ghosts’ lives parallel the lives of some of the human characters. The romance is endearing and captivating because you aren’t sure if they’ll have a happily ever after or not. If you like paranormal/mystery stories without a lot of gore then WILD GHOST CHASE is the one you won’t want to miss.”
Click here to read the entire review.
What a fantabulous way to kick off the weekend! Hope you have a great Friday!
Haven is back on the SyFy channel for another season (hip-hip-hooray). To celebrate, I dug out my rare copy of The Colorado Kid .
Now, when the book first came out in 2005, I devoured it. Then, I threw it against the wall. What do you mean there is no solution to the mystery!!!! It has sat on my husband’s nightstand for years (he’s not a huge fan of Mr. King’s but wanted to read the book because of the controversy surrounding it). He hasn’t yet plucked it off his TBR pile, so I rescued it and sat down to really read it again.
This time, I cheated. I read the Author’s note first (I wouldn’t recommend doing that with any book you haven’t already read, as you might spoil the entire read for yourself).
To quote Stephen, he could have written “Half a dozen – three good, two a-country fair, and one fine as paint solution.” He also says that he didn’t fall down on the job, that he told all there was to tell about this tale. We also know that these two men passed along an unsolved cold case to the young journalist Stephanie, in hopes that she’d put the clues together, she’d ask all the right questions, and she’d one day own the story.
With those clues in mind, I began to dissect what Mr. King told us about the case with a fresh eye and the idea that there really are solutions to the story, they just weren’t spelled out — rather like that old television show, Ellery Queen, where we’d all watch the clues, but it wasn’t until the detective stepped in and explained it, that you saw the significance of them. This time, we have to make due without the detective performing the wrap up and use our own noodles.
(As this theory I’m proposing may contain spoilers to the story, if you haven’t read The Colorado Kid yet, I’ll give you a minute or so to click away)
James Cogan left Colorado for Maine under a tight timeline. He had approximately five hours to get from his office to the last ferry at 6 pm. When he was found dead approximately 12 hours later, he had a Russian coin & a little over seventeen dollars in bills and change in his pants pocket. He didn’t have any identification, suit coat, or jacket even though it was April in Maine (can you say Brrrrr?) He also had a packet of cigarettes, sans one lowly smoke, and a matchbook with one match missing. Yes, he accidentally choked to death on a piece of steak – no homicide there…but there was a murder.
Oh, yes there was. Read the story again, about how the body was found and the bumbling detectives that didn’t want to give this body the time of day because it wasn’t a murder, and they already had a murder to solve.
Mr. Cogan arrived on the island the same night that there was a murder of two people via arson. The details are never given, we don’t even know the ages or sex of the victims, or whether that mystery was ever solved. My suspicion is that is wasn’t….
Means, motive, and opportunity are the three key things needed to solve a mystery. Although the motive is still murky on this one, and I think Mr. King left it that way for a reason, means and opportunity are right there at his fingertips, so to speak.
A fine as paint solution indeed.
Hats off to you, Mr. King.
Now I’m off to TIVO Haven, although I’m positive it has little to do with the book, it’s still damned good entertainment.