Sunday, March 22, 2015

7 Things About My Writing and a Kick Ass Contest



        Kallypso Masters challenged me on Facebook recently to write seven things about my writing.  After writing the post for Facebook, I thought I'd post it here on my blog and also some news about a contest I'm participating in that will be running for the next month.

         1.  I am a plotter and a pantser rolled into one. I’ll have the general idea of what my book is going to be about. Have all the physical traits of my characters, emotional baggage, and conflicts all plotted out on a character chart so I can keep all of it straight. And I have a story board I put all the plot points of first kiss, first love scene, black moment and etc.  down on.  But anything that happens in between is fair game and gets written down as it happens.

        2.  I story board my books so I can keep track of Character Point of View and because I’m an artist and a writer I need that visual aid. It helps me see in color—because each of the characters have their own color, this helps me track exactly how often each character gets to express their point of view. And it helps me recognize at a glance how the plot is progressing that way nothing stays static, suspense wise and emotional wise.

        3.  Dialogue is the hardest thing for me to write. There are days I really struggle at the beginning of the book until I figure out what my characters are like and who they really are, what they want to say, need to say, and how they’ll say it. Then it’s difficult for me to get them to shut up.

        4.  Action sequences are the easiest for me to write but take me a long time. Every action reaction has to be just right before I can let them go. Every word has to have an impact or I’m not happy with it. And the movement of character’s through space during an action sequence is difficult to capture unless you really know what’s around them. So you have to get a clear picture of the setting they’re fighting, running, making love in to write them.

        5.  Love scenes take me longer than the action sequences.  They’re so emotional and every word and action has to project that. It takes me forever to get them just right. I’ve spent up to 5 days on some.
   
        6.  I get very attached to my characters and will cry over them, get pissed off at them, and miss them once I’ve put the book to bed. I cried all the way through Breaking Through. They become real people to me.

        7.  I write multiple genres. Paranormal, Military Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Children’s books. 
SEAL TEAM Heartbreaker Series , Historical Romances , Short stories Paranormal Romantic Suspense  , Fantasy Romance
       The urban fantasy/ paranormal book I’m working on will be my 9th published full-length work.  I love writing long because it’s really-really difficult for me to write short. Kally and I are similar in that manner since we both think 98,000 words is short.


        I love to write. It’s better than food, better than watching movies, better than sex. Better than anything I can think of other than my children. I wrote my first book in second grade and I haven’t stopped since. Some are in boxes under the bed and will never see the light of day. I think I have nine manuscripts that will never be published. I call those my learning-the-craft stories. And now I’ll soon have 9 full length novels published to make up for those lost stories. Luckily the published works are nothing like the ones hidden away. But I learned so much by writing those practice books. They were each and every one worth it.

        I'm putting my CONTEST announcement in the form of a tweet in case any of you would like to tweet it for me.

           #CONTEST RT @teresareasor KEEP IN TOUCH WITH AN AUTHOR #PRIZE A $200 dollar Amazon Gift Card at http://cozymysterymagazine.blogspot.com/2015/03/200dollarPrize.html

         #ASMSG

         By entering this contest you will be eligible to win a 200 dollar gift card from Amazon and you'll learn about some new authors. Sign up for their newsletters if you think you'd like to, or like their author pages. That's all you have to do.

         So go on and take a chance. There's nothing to lose.  


        Read on,
       Teresa Reasor 







Saturday, March 7, 2015

Two Kick Ass Anthologies and Both $.99.


 RELEASED MARCH 3, 2015. MYSTERY, MURDER, AND MAYHEM!




Stories from six very talented authors:  Hallee Bridgeman, Cynthia Hickey, Gayle Trent, Abigail Keam, Tracy Tyne Hilton, and Lynette Sowell.

Here are the condensed blurbs:
A Carol for Kent by Hallee Bridgeman:
A ruthless serial killer seeks to end a love song eight years in the making!

Anything for a Mystery by Cynthia Hickey:
For a best-selling romance author, switching genres could be a life and death decision!

Between a Clutch and a Hard Place by Gayle Trent:
A cryptic note in a consignment store purse, sends Myrtle Crumb searching for answers. Will she find more trouble than she bargained for?

Building Ties by New York Times Best Selling Author Teresa J. Reasor:
Home from a tour in Nicaragua, a Navy Seal learns his fiance was injured in a car bomb and is being stalked by a killer!

Death By Chocolate by Abigail Keam:
A threatening chase, blackmail, and a friend's missing son prove to be all Josiah can handle!

Dirty Little Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton:
Cleaning a messy house is easy but solving a messy murder, that's another story!

The Wiles of Watermelon by Lynette Sowell

When Andi Hartley's kitten digs up a bone attached to a thirty-year-old skeleton in Andi's watermelon field, buried secrets come to life.

Buy links for Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem:  


Amazon.com http://bit.ly/mmm_az
NOOK http://bit.ly/mmm_bn
Kobo http://bit.ly/mmm_kb
Google Play: http://bit.ly/mmm_gp
iBooks: http://bit.ly/mmm_ib




RELEASED MARCH 3, 2015. DANGEROUS PASSIONS: 12 AUTHORS, 12 STORIES FOR $.99.






My friends, and fellow authors, Kylie Brant, Nina Bruhns, Opal Carew, Elle James, Linda Winstead Jones, Elle Kennedy, Gennita Low, JM Madden, Dana Marton, Julie Miller, Karen Fenech, and Caridad Piñeiro have released a Kick Ass romance anthology.

Dangerous Passions: 12 Tales of Contemporary Sexy Hot Alpha Heroes -- Cops, Navy SEALs, Marines, Military, FBI Agents, Secret Agents, Police Captains, Spies, and More

A romance multi-author box set and romantic suspense collections and anthologies of action and adventure, contemporary romance, military romance, romantic thriller, and sexy romance.

11 by Kylie Brant, National Bestselling Author: Five years after escaping from The Collector Mia Deleon stops hiding and teams up with security expert Jude Bishop to track her former captor. Jude's efforts to help Mia are complicated by the growing attraction between them. Because their race to trail the sexual sadist brings Mia ever closer to the man determined to see his collection finally complete....

DANGEROUS CURVES by Nina Bruhns, New York Times Bestselling Author: A spec ops transporter for STORM Corps takes on drones, bad guys, and car chases on the coast of Italy—and falls for a beautiful scientist whose curves are far more dangerous than the road!

IN TOO DEEP by Opal Carew, New York Times Bestselling Author: Angel has been deep undercover in the mob for far too long. Four years ago, she was forced to betray the only man she ever loved. He barely got away with his life, and now he hates her. Too bad they’ve been partnered to work together. As man and wife.

SEAL’S EMBRACE by Elle James, New York Times Bestselling Author: Injured Navy SEAL and the critical care nurse he's attempting to woo join forces to stop a terrorist attack at a military hospital in Germany.

BRIDGER’S LAST STAND by Linda Winstead Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author: When a one night stand makes Frannie a witness to murder and puts her in danger, Detective Malcolm Bridger refuses to let her out of his sight until the murderer is caught.

FLASH FIRE by Elle Kennedy, USA Today Bestselling Author: Navy SEAL Cash McCoy knows all about danger, but when it comes to the love of his life, this alpha soldier does everything in his power to keep Jen Scott happy and safe. When the tables are turned and Jen places herself in harm’s way for her job, Cash must learn to trust the woman he loves…or lose her forever.

INTO DANGER by Gennita Low, New York Times Bestselling Author: Navy SEAL, Steve McMillan, has been pulled from his team to work with CIA's Task Force Two, where he's assigned to deal with the "world's most glamorous assassin." Marlena Maxwell proves to be as seductive and dangerous as her reputation as the assignment becomes a game of cross and double-cross. Into Danger is the winner of RT Book Reviews' Best Romantic Intrigue.

EMBATTLED HEARTS by J.M. Madden, New York Times Bestselling Author: For the first time in years former Marine John Palmer has met a woman that makes him feel like the man he used to be, before his catastrophic injury. When a stalker threatens her, it's his job to remove the threat. Why does the possibility of having his heart destroyed scare him more than taking on a killer?

DEATHTRAP by Dana Marton, New York Times Bestselling Author: The only woman he could ever love, has a secret he could never forgive.

SHADOW OF THE HAWK by Julie Miller, USA Today Bestselling Author: A Marine whose soul is tortured by his mystical abilities puts his life—and heart—on the line to rescue a Plain Jane school teacher and her students from an archaeological field trip gone horribly wrong.

IMPOSTER by Karen Fenech, USA Today Bestselling Author: Chemist Dr. Eve Collins, wrongly accused by the CIA of developing a chemical weapon, learns someone has set her up as a scapegoat. That “someone” wants her dead. To save her life, she must join forces with CIA Operative John Burke—the man who doesn't believe her claim of innocence and the man she’s falling in love with.

STRONGER THAN SIN by Caridad Piñeiro, New York Times Bestselling Author: To save his family’s life, he must risk losing the woman with whom he is falling in love.

Here are the buy links for this wonderful set: 



Read on,
Teresa Reasor 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's UP In March ?


I'm so glad to have some news to share with you dear readers.

I now have an Facebook author page  Author Teresa Reasor I'd love it if you would like my page. It will allow you to keep up with day to day things happening with my writing. Also I still have my regular Facebook profile page at Teresa Reasor and if you'd like to friend me I'd love it. I post a lot of interesting articles I run across there and just hang out. Whenever I'm involved in release parties or other things I usually use my address book from my private facebook page so you'd get info about contests and other activities there as well as the author page.

Please share this info with fellow readers if you think they'd be interested in it.

March 3rd my book Building Ties will be released in an anthology titled Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem




 It's been a pleasure to work with six very talented authors to make this happen.  Hallee Bridgeman, Cynthia Hickey, Gayle Trent, Abigail Keam, Tracy Tyne Hilton, and Lynette Sowell.

Here are the condensed blurbs:
A Carol for Kent by Hallee Bridgeman:
A ruthless serial killer seeks to end a love song eight years in the making!

Anything for a Mystery by Cynthia Hickey:
For a best-selling romance author, switching genres could be a life and death decision!

Between a Clutch and a Hard Place by Gayle Trent:
A cryptic note in a consignment store purse, sends Myrtle Crumb searching for answers. Will she find more trouble than she bargained for?

Building Ties by New York Times Best Selling Author Teresa J. Reasor:
Home from a tour in Nicaragua, a Navy Seal learns his fiance was injured in a car bomb and is being stalked by a killer!

Death By Chocolate by Abigail Keam:
A threatening chase, blackmail, and a friend's missing son prove to be all Josiah can handle!

Dirty Little Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton:
Cleaning a messy house is easy but solving a messy murder, that's another story!

The Wiles of Watermelon by Lynette Sowell

When Andi Hartley's kitten digs up a bone attached to a thirty-year-old skeleton in Andi's watermelon field, buried secrets come to life.

Buy links for Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem:  


Amazon.com http://bit.ly/mmm_az
NOOK http://bit.ly/mmm_bn
Kobo http://bit.ly/mmm_kb
Google Play: http://bit.ly/mmm_gp
iBooks: http://bit.ly/mmm_ib



January 26th I released a Paranormal Romance Whisper In my Ear.  It is a contemporary love story, sexy and sweet, about a Mermaid and a Siren living in San Diego and trying to pass as human. It has left them both isolated because they aren't human and both have special abilities.

When they discover one another they finally have someone with whom they can be themselves, but there's a hitch. If they make love they may bond physically and emotionally to the point they can read each others thoughts and feel each others emotions, an invasion of which neither is quite ready. And just when they think they might be, there's another hitch. Of course, there has to be.




Here's the blurb:


Injured as a child, mermaid Katrina Lawson has adapted to living on land among humans. Denied the comfort of her water world, she’s stripped of her ability to transform and to hear. But the promise of a cochlear implant offers her a ray of hope. 

Drew Saunders is a creature no woman can resist: mystical, magical and musical. With a hum he can seduce women and make them slaves. When he meets Katrina he’s enthralled. But being unable to hear, she’s impervious to his charms. So he must work to build a relationship with her the human way.

Katrina’s doctor suspects there is more to her than scans and x-rays can detect. His obsessive fascination with her, places her and all aquatic species at risk, forcing her to make a horrible choice. Can she sacrifice the only true love she’ll ever know for the good of her species?

Links to WHISPER IN MY EAR



WHISPER Is now available in print as well.

I wanted to take the time to draw attention to the other full length paranormal I have available. Timeless. It is a Contemporary Paranormal Romantic Suspense set in Scotland.





Here's the blurb:

Archaeology student, Regan Stanhope, lands the chance of a lifetime when she’s chosen to work on a summer dig in Loch Maree, Scotland. The ancient monoliths hidden beneath the loch are the most important discovery since Stonehenge. And for seven hundred years, they have been waiting—for her.

Saturation diver Quinn Douglas is contracted to recover some of the megaliths from the loch’s bottom. The job will breathe life into the struggling salvage business he and his brothers are building. But from the moment he arrives, Quinn is plagued by dreams and feelings from a past he did not live. Or did he?

Regan and Quinn are drawn to each other as they research the monoliths and the reason behind their shared visions. But both sense something mystical at work, delving into their minds, manipulating their emotions. And when they finally discover the monoliths’ extraordinary secret, they know they must seal them away from those who are desperate to unlock their power. Even if it means remaining caught in a timeless struggle between the past and present forever.


Links to TIMELESS


GOOGLE PLAY:  http://bit.ly/1DfB2AE

COMING IN LATE APRIL or EARLY MAY!!!

DEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS

My third Paranormal Romantic Suspense will be out in late April (if all goes well)  

Here's the cover:




Here's the working  blurb. (I always seem to end up fine tuning the blurbs a little before the book is published. )

Twins Miranda and Juliet Templeton have been haunted by childhood trauma their entire lives. One has the reputation for being bold and rash, the other compulsively responsible. When both are viciously attacked—separately, but within minutes of each other, they are forced to leave their differences behind.

Caleb Faulkner has always loved Miranda Templeton. Her letters to him, during his deployment gave him a slice of home to hold on to. Even though they’re finally together, something is keeping her from acting on her feelings. When she and her sister are injured Caleb’s driven to protect them both. But all his military Training can’t help him combat this danger.

Detective Chase Robinson is lead investigator for the murder of Tanner Newton. When the two hired thugs responsible for Tanner’s death are killed and Juliet, his only witness, nearly strangled to death, Chase is certain the crimes are connected. He decides to stay close to the twins so he can catch the real killer. But his police training is useless against his growing feelings for Juliet and what’s hiding deep within the shadows.
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Teresa Reasor 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem Collection

A New Release Mystery, Murder, &Mayhem Collection : Seven Deadly Mysteries, by Best-Selling Sleuths is available for preorder.  The collection will be out March 3, 2015. So if you pre-order it will be delivered to your kindle or other device as soon as promised.


Here are the blurbs for the collection:

Seven incredible mysteries from seven best selling authors in this limited time collection! From sacred to sultry, you'll find a mystery to fit all tastes.

A Carol for Kent by Hallee Bridgeman: A ruthless serial killer seeks to end a love song eight years in the making.

Anything for a Mystery by Cynthia HIckey: For best-selling romance author, Stormi Nelson, switching genres could get her killed.

Between a Clutch and a Hard Place by Gayle Trent: When Myrtle Crumb finds a cryptic note in a consignment store purse, she simply has to investigate. Will she find more trouble than she bargained for?

Building Ties by Author Teresa Reasor: Navy SEAL Brett 'Cutter' Weaver is on a mission to Nicaragua when he learns his bride-to-be, Tess Kelly, has been injured in a car bombing. He rushes home on the next available transport and arrives to find Tess embroiled in three controversial stories. There’s a killer stalking her, and one interview at a time, they mean to catch him.

Death By Chocolate by Abigail Keam: Josiah Reynolds is tracking down the disappearance of an old friend’s son. But while she is chasing a missing person, O’nan is hot on Josiah’s trail chasing her. And he is threatening, conniving, and blackmailing others to help destroy the woman he thinks ruined his life. Will he finally succeed?

Dirty Little Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton: Everyone seemed to love Douglas Swanson—just ask his wife, his ex-wife, or the many girlfriends he left in his wake. So when Jane Adler found him dead at the bottom of his hot tub, the question wasn’t how he had died, but whose passion had taken a violent turn. 

The Wiles of Watermelon by Lynette Sowell : When Andi Hartley's kitten digs up a bone attached to a thirty-year-old skeleton in Andi's watermelon field, buried secrets come to life. Then the colorful owner of Greenburg, Tennessee's best eatery is murdered. Andi must dig into Greenburg's past before a murderer strikes again.


This is going to be a GREAT set!! And it's only for limited release so get it while it's hot!!
Here are the links to all the preorder buttons!!! 
MYSTERY, MURDER, AND MAYHEM
Available for preorder!!!
Mysteries for all tastes! Just 99 cents for 7 full length novels by Cynthia Hickey, Gayle Trent, Abigail Keam, Teresa Reasor, Lynette Sowell, Traci Tyne Hilton, and Hallee Bridgeman
Preorder it at the following locations:
Amazon.com http://bit.ly/mmm_az
NOOK http://bit.ly/mmm_bn
Kobo http://bit.ly/mmm_kb
Google Play: http://bit.ly/mmm_gp
iBooks: http://bit.ly/mmm_ib

Read on,
Teresa Reasor 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH BRANDI GILLILAN

Today I've invited Brandi Gillilan to join us on my blog. She's answered some interview questions so we can get to know about her and her writing. And she's going to introduce us to her newest release LET IT SNOW.





Tell us what inspired your story?
Let It Snow was inspired by the song and an anthology topic. It was ‘what would happen if a Billionaire was put in a situation that their money couldn’t get them out of’. So I chose a blizzard and being stranded in a cabin with her long time love.



Here's the Blurb for LET IT SNOW:
Trapped together, Jace and Natalia are forced to face their feelings in Let IT Snow. 
Having blown her chance at love, Natalia threw herself into work...so much that she’s wrecking her health. To save her from herself, the man she loved and let go out of misguided loyalty is forced to kidnap her. But when the snowstorm of century hits, and they’ve got nowhere to run except to each other, their platonic friendship changes forever.


What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
The deadline was a difficult part. I’m horrible with time management. But also trying to stay with a believable storyline that didn’t stray too far from reality.

What genres are you most drawn to to read and to write?
Just about anything romance. But I love a good paranormal or mystery. And if it combines all three? Even better. Oh, and dark! If it has a dark theme or feel overall then I’m willing to read it!
Describe your hero and tell us a little about him.
Jace is a relaxed guy. He prefers to be away from people, except for one woman. He has loved Natalia all of their lives, but lost her. When he gets a call that Natalia needs help from herself he runs to her rescue, stealing her away to his mountain cabin.

Describe your heroine and tell us a little about her.
Natalia is a headstrong woman that thought she lost her chance to be with her best friend. So she throws herself into her job, making herself sick.

What brings the two together and what threatens to keep them apart?
They are brought back together when Natalia needs saved from herself. A misunderstanding and a jealous woman was what drove them apart.
What about your writing style is different or similar to other writer’s styles?
I think I’m different in the fact I try to write something that would make other authors pause. For example, in one book I’m writing the heroine is scarred on her face. They are obvious and can’t be hidden. Some authors feel that isn’t a good idea and it takes away from the relatability of the character. But I feel there are scarred people out there that would appreciate a scarred heroine, make them understand they are still beautiful.

How did you come up with the title?
I use song titles. I find a song that helps inspire the story and use it for the title. not very creative, but it leads to some interesting titles!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not sure, maybe to make sure you know the whole story before you make rash decisions that could lose you the love of your life.

If you’re writing a series, have you kept the same characters throughout?And what through line or theme have you used to tie it together?
I actually have a series started. The first book is called Buy Me A Rose and it’s part of the Wicked Fairytales: The Curvy Collection Anthology Boxed Set. It is a Fairytale about Rose Red, Snow White’s sister in the older versions of the story.
She is being married off and being targeted by an Evil Witch Queen. I am using fairytales to link my books as well as keeping my main characters active in each book.
Is what you’ve written based on your own experiences someone you know?
I have a book to work on based on dreams I’ve had, I nicknamed it the Creepy Story. Another will be inspired by some things my sister and I have experienced.

What books have most influenced your life?
I read a LOT of books. And some of them I forget about and others just stay with me. Some of those that stayed with me are the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, TONs of Manga and of course Nora Roberts’s work. Each one has influenced how I write and gave me the encouragement to try pushing boundaries outside of my comfort zone.


What book are you reading now?

Currently I’m reading Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts. I have always loved her books.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Kiersten Fay, she writes amazing Sci-fi, Romance and she just started a new Paranormal series.  Lisa Kessler who writes sexy and steamy romance and there are many others I can’t think of at the moment.

What are your current projects?
Currently I’m working on books for the six songs that won in the New Year’s Book Bash. But other than that I am working on the sequel to Buy Me A Rose. It’s called Lucky Star, Tinkerbell’s story. And I have two or three books in the editing phase.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would make it longer and fill out the story some more.
If writing a series, which characters will you continue with in other books?
In my Fairytales series I will continue to use Rose and as I go through the books I will pick up other characters.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always been a reader and I loved to write. I started with poetry and then when I was in the 7th grade one of my friends dared me to write an idea down. I used one of my favorite animes, Dragon Ball Z for inspiration and started writing. It was a LONG story. About 8 spirals long, all hand written. I never got to finish it because it got lost in a house fire. But starting that one story got me writing freely.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Often times for me it’s writing the beginning of the book. I always have trouble figuring out where to start. But I also have to edit down ideas. I can get right at the end and come up with a new idea. I have to stop and check over my book to see if it will help. If it does, I need to work it in and if not, then I need to wrap up the story before I get another idea.

Who is your cover artist?
Seraphina Donavan did the cover for Let It Snow. But I have another artist Carey Abbott from Safari Heat Book Tours and Author Services did the cover for three books I have in editing.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
POV. I have a bad habit of jumping from the Hero’s point of view to the Heroine’s and back without any indication of the switch.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Detail placement. I like to help the reader picture what’s going on in the story, but my problem was writing it all at the front so they were overloaded. My writing group helped me with that.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep your chin up. There will be people that trash your work but there are more that will love it. You just have to be willing to work for it. Advertise and post anywhere you can. Also, writing groups help a LOT when writing. They help you work out ideas, trouble spots and are great sounding boards.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Authors enjoy hearing from their readers. Any thoughts or ideas about our work are greatly appreciated. But if you read something you didn’t enjoy please be constructive in your critique.

Thanks so much for joining us today Brandi. I've enjoyed learning about your new release and your writing process.

Brandi also has a story in the anthology, WICKED FAIRYTALES: THE CURVY COLLECTION . The anthology contains ten hot and exciting retellings of classic fairytales.




Here's the blurb for Brandi's story :Rose has devoted herself to being a warrior, only to be told her best service to her family, is by becoming someone’s wife. Can a man like Prince Nicolai be happy with a wife who cares more for weapons than wiles? As they battle against an evil witch trying to capture their kingdom, he’ll discover her worth in BUY ME A ROSE by Brand Gillilan. 


On February 13th from 6:00 until 12:00pm EST, Brandi and I will be participating in A Valentine's Day Book Bash on Facebook. There will be 11 authors there and you will have a chance at a Kindle Fire for participating. Each author will be awarding prizes during the event. So come on out and join us, meet several award winning authors, have fun and maybe win some prizes. 




To find out more about Brandi Gillilan and her books you can check her out on:  





Thanks for joining us today,
Teresa Reasor