Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Not To Do To Self-Promote on Amazon

Recently I returned to a reader's list I was a member of on amazon some time back. I went there as a reader, not as an author.  I always enjoy trolling the lists and seeing what books readers are discussing.  There was even one list that I checked in on to make certain no one was trashing my book as they were doing several other---much better known authors. I cringe every time I think of that. But I did learn the habits writers get into that set readers off and thus learned what not to do in my own writing. I've actually laughed out loud at some of the things posted and thanked God I'd never put them in my books.

I wasn't laughing when I suddenly became the object of a reader's hostility.


Self promotion is not permitted by Amazon, except in the Meet Our Authors forum.

Link to the rules on Amazon
These are what they are.



Please share thoughts that you think will add to the discussion and help other customers interested in the product area, or start a conversation to learn from other customers' experiences. For example:


Behave as if you were a guest at a friend's dinner party. Please treat the Amazon.com community with respect. Do not post:

Do not impersonate another person, including an Amazon.com employee.
We recommend that you do not post your phone number or e-mail address.



I wasn't attacked because I was doing any of these don'ts.  I was attacked because I was an author. And worse--- a self-published author. 

 I was a handy punching bag for her frustration and aggression.

When I pointed out that I was following the rules and not there as an author but a reader, she persisted and I turned her posts off.  She didn't care that I couldn't read her posts, but persisted.

 I later decided that this situation was not a healthy, or pleasant thing for anyone involved. Especially the other subscribers to the list and I made an announcement that I was leaving the list and moving on to another where my suggestions and questions might be better received.

I've dropped this and don't intend to contact Amazon. Should she follow me to one of the other lists and persist, I will.

The excuse my attacker gave for her behavior was that the list had dried up and people had stopped posting because of the constant spamming done by authors about their books.  And I have to say that while I was on there, three authors posted the names of their books and the info about them. Which only succeeded in increasing the reader's  hostility toward me.

But it was the hostility expressed by the reader (in my opinion) that kept traffic at a minimum.  I mean with someone patrolling the list like a pit bull, and looking up the people who posted to weed out the undesirable (namely me)--- Who would want to post? Why I ever did is beyond me. 

I can truly say that I have never participated on any list and mentioned that I was an author.
(I didn't on this one either. She looked my name up and announced to everyone on there that I was an author) Oh my God there's a Fox in the Hen House!!!!

 Readers loops are readers loops.

So when I have participated I am careful to post with my opinions as a reader.  And I have to say I have been a reader as long as I've been a writer. I have over 7000 books in my house to attest to that.

But I have been on more loops than I can tell you where two authors suddenly decided that their discussion as authors took president over the original  discussion. It is like watching a train wreck about to happen because sooner or later a reader is going to come out and say, "take it somewhere else ladies this is a reader's loop and you aren't supposed to be on here."  When that happens, it only bods badly for all of us. It reflects on us all, even though we're not the culprits.

As I found out first hand. 

Moral of the story is this:

Do not self-promote on any of the lists on Amazon but the one specifically called  Meet the Authors. 

When you insist on self-promoting on readers lists: 


1. It doesn't garner you any sells.(In fact the opposite.)

2. It only antagonizes the readers and ensures they won't buy your book, and in fact, they may blackball it with all their friends. 

3. It will ensure that the readers on any given loop may treat you as I was treated-- with persistent hostility. (Luckily this was only one reader not everyone on the list)

4. It may damage the sales of those people's books you've recommended. (That was threatened while I was on the list.)

5. It will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and a desire to never participate in any discussion on there.  (luckily I'm made of sterner stuff and I'm on one in particular that I've been on for nearly 6 years that I enjoy and no one gives me any shit.)But I only participate as a reader.

6. And if you are ever treated as I was on a list-- Don't lose your cool, treat them with kindness, because if your a class act, the other people on the list will remember you and perhaps buy your book. 

 If you'd like to participate in this discussion and share your experiences, I promise not to give you any shit or treat you with hostility.

Read on,

Teresa J. Reasor 



Monday, December 17, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was challenged by Robyn Peterman  and Jennifer Madden to participate in this blog hop. And of course I had to do it because I love to blog. Robyn's Book   How Hard Can It Be? is due out January 17, 2013. But it's already available for preorder if you'd like to check it out. And Jennifer's newest The Embattled Road just hit Amazon and other stores a couple of weeks ago.

 

The Next Big Thing

1. What is the working title of your book?

Breaking Away. 

 2.Where did the idea come for the book?

I love military guys and the idea for the series first hit me three years ago. Since my Dad was in the Marines I knew how military guys behaved and had some idea how they thought and hid how they felt. I wanted other people to understand what their families went through when they were deployed home, injured, doing training---the works.
I wrote the first book, Breaking free  and started submitting it to editors while I finished another book (not a military romance).  I released Breaking Free in June of 2011. And the second book of the series, Breaking Through, In September of this year 2012. 

The idea for the series has morphed into a series of six full-length novels and a short story. Breaking Away is the third book of the series. It’s Flash’s story.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

 Military Romantic Suspense.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Breaking Free --Hawk-- Eric Bana,   Zoe-- Emily Blunt

Breaking Through--Brett-- Paul Walker,  Tess-- Deborah Ann Woll

Breaking Away--Flash-- Greg Vaughan,   Samantha- Emma Stone

Breaking Out--Doc-- Tom Hardy,  Veronica--Amanda Seyfried
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Breaking Hearts--Bowie-- Daniel Sunjata,  Caroline --Scarlett Johansen   

Breaking Chains--Derrick -– Chris Hemsworth,  Melanie--Kristen Dunst

Breaking Ties--Green Back-- Kim Rossi Stewart,   Selena--- America  Ferrara


5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

What happens when a Navy SEAL, acting as an undercover operative for the FBI in an international smuggling sting, is framed for murder and while on the run finds the family he's never had?


6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be self-published.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Breaking Through took me six months to write and another month to edit. I don't really write first drafts. Each chapter has to be right before I can move on to the next one so I'm constantly editing as I go along. So once done, the professional editor has to come along and just mostly clean up any repetitive phrasing she catches or those pesky comma things I do without realizing it.  I’m hoping Breaking Away will take less time. 

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I can’t compare them to any other books, because they’re different from the other books in the genre I’ve read. The closest I think are Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL romances.

 Breaking Free is about 80 percent romance and 20 percent suspense. And had one romance in it.

Breaking Through is more 70-30. And had 3 romances in it.

Breaking Away will be more 80-20.  And will have 2 romances in it.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been inspired by every book I’ve read about SEALs and their training. And I’ve read at least 50. I’m inspired by their desire to fight, no matter how hard things get, no matter how horribly they’re injured, no matter what they have to sacrifice. They’re whole life revolves around training to be the best special operator they can be. They don’t care about rank, or metals, or awards. They are there to right the wrongs, fight the bad guys, and keep America safe.


10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Every book is it’s own story. There is no pattern followed as to plot and story line. Each one is completely fresh and new.

 I’ve done two months research before even starting Breaking Away because I want my story line to be the best it can be and I want every problem dealt with before I put words to paper. 
Each of my heroes have a distinctive personality.  Breaking Free --Hawk is rock solid and a born commander. Breaking Through--Brett is a smart ass and all alpha male.  Breaking Away—Flash is quieter, more introverted, and computer savy, but he too is all alpha male. He made the perfect undercover operative because he's lived on the street and has street savy. Breaking Away will be released Summer of 2013.




I'm challenging several other authors to participate in this blog hop. But I'm also very interested in paying it forward so I'm promoting several other writers, artists, and photographers. So there will be several things for you readers to check out besides just books on the sites I'm including on this post. Just click on the writers, artists, or photographers name and it will take you to their site or their books.  

Julianne Reeves— Her book Razing Kayne just made the Amazon Romantic Suspense list.

Judy Dawn — Her Men of Snow Series is unusual, fun, and exciting. If your looking for something that's imaginative and fresh this is your deal.

Devon Matthews — Devon writes Western Historical Romance. Her book Angel In The Rain is excellent!!! And she's working on My Wild Texas Rose right now!! I love Western Historicals. there are just not enough of them out there.

Jane Greenhill-- Jane Writes a wonderful YA series about a Teenage alien and will have three books coming out this coming year.  But she has numerous other books available Vampire Bytes a comedic vampire story. Booty Call for Murder and The Cobra Murders are Suspense novels  and I was a Teenage Alien the first of her YA Series.

Mina Kahn—Mina writes wonderful adventures about Djinns. How fantastic is it to hang out with beings who can control the elements of the earth in interesting ways.

Joan Maze—Joan writes the Mollie Fenwick mysteries. Mollie has a nose for trouble and is psyhic to boot so there's always something happening to her, around her, and in her visions. Joan's books are always entertaining.  She has several scheduled to release this coming year. 

Tracy Stewart– Tracy writes several different genre's. Historical romance, Vampire regulators, and she has a wonderful story titled The Gift of the Gods about an archaeologist on the trail of a magic spear (a kind of treasure hunt with lots of danger) with the help of a couple Gods. Pretty cool. Tracy is also a Cover artist. She's actually done all my covers. You can click on Cover artist and check them out.

Candace Sword—Candace write also but she's a wonderful photographer. She has actually taken my picture. Can you believe that. And I will shortly be updating my photo on my blog, website, facebook and etc. because of her efforts. So check out her photography site.


And if you get some money for Christmas---a new Kindle, I pad, Nook or what have you, you will find an interesting book to download from any of these authors. And if you write yourself you know you'll need a head shot or a cover for your book.

I'd appreciate it if you would pay this blog forward and spread the word about me and all these wonderful writers  I've added to my blog this week.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Teresa J. Reasor 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm Breaking Free, Breaking Through, Breaking Away and getting back into Writing

In one week I will have finished teaching my last college class and I am so excited!! Teaching can be rewarding and challenging, but my writing is where my heart is. And I'm really looking forward to devoting my time completely to my next book, Breaking Away.

When I'm writing I'm neck deep in my character's world and at this moment my character is learning to drop out of sight and survive off the radar, something I had to do a ton of research for him to do. I feel as though I've done that myself for the three last months because of the classes. As soon as they end, and I post my grades, I'll be jumping feet first into the story and writing 10 hours a day. Butt on chair--fingers on keyboard. That's the only way to make headway.

Here's my blurb for Breaking Away:

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When Navy SEAL Harold "Flash" Carney agrees to act as an undercover operative for the FBI in an international smuggling sting, he revisits a past he hoped to leave behind forever. During the sting, his handler, the one agent he trusts, is killed and Flash is framed for the man's murder.  Knee deep in a double cross, uncertain of who he can trust, and cut off from his team, he goes on the run with the smuggled goods and money, with only his training to keep him alive.



Samantha Cross is desperate to leave her past as a battered wife behind, but her ex-husband is determined to gain custody of the one thing guaranteed to keep her in his life, their daughter.  Struggling financially, Samantha rents a room over her garage to Flash. When her ex turns stalker, her renter proves as protective as he is secretive.



Despite their mutual wariness, Samantha and Flash are drawn to one another, but trust comes hard. As the walls both have erected start to crumble, Samantha’s daughter is kidnapped, and Flash has no choice but to break away from the ingrained habits of a lifetime to reach out to his team and save what he’s built with Samantha--a family.


 But in the meantime. If you haven't read the first two books, Check them out.

 

BREAKING FREE 



Zoe Weaver is determined never to get involved with a man in uniform. Her father was killed during the Gulf War. Her brother Brett, is in a coma. If that isn’t enough, Zoe has scars both physical and emotional from a hit and run accident that almost cost her a leg. She refuses to lay her fragile self-esteem, or her heart, on the line for a man who puts his military career ahead of his family. But her brother’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Adam “Hawk” Yazzie, triggers a passion beyond her experience. Is she strong enough to love Hawk and, when the time comes, watch him go to war?

Lieutenant “Hawk” Yazzie, is a SEAL. The Navy is his life, and his family. He’s learned the hard way he can’t be there for anyone. He finds Zoe’s combination of feisty femininity hard to resist, but the guilt he carries prevents him from offering a commitment to anyone ---but the Navy. Will he love Zoe and leave her?

When Zoe and Hawk investigate the events surrounding her brother’s injuries, they grow suspicious of three members of Hawk’s team. Hawk is torn between loyalty to his men and his need to see justice done. But when he tries to save a troubled teammate’s career he unwittingly puts Zoe’s life in danger. Can he lead the rest of the team in a rescue operation to save her? Or will one of Hawk's brothers in arms destroy the woman he loves?





What happens when a Navy SEAL wakes from a month-long coma to discover he’s being investigated for murder?

When Ensign Brett Weaver is accused of murder, he knows he’s innocent, but how can he prove it with Naval Investigators breathing down his neck? A chance meeting with reporter Tess Kelly offers him an opportunity to get the press on his side. But can he trust her to keep his other secrets off the record?

Tess works hard to live up to her father's expectations. When Brett offers her information about SEAL training in exchange for an introduction to her award-winning journalist father, she jumps at the chance. The situation Brett lobs into her father's lap is a major scoop.  But the secret she discovers about Brett is just as newsworthy. Will her feelings for this wounded warrior win out, or will she release a story guaranteed to destroy Brett’s SEAL career?

When Tess’s father is kidnapped, Brett’s team is deployed to find him. At the same time, a leak in the investigation puts Tess and Brett’s lives in danger. Will Brett be able to break through the lasting effects of his injuries and prove he’s once again a battle-ready SEAL? Or will he and Tess lose everything at the whim of a vengeful killer?

And if you've read the books, I'd love to hear from you and I'd love some reviews!!!
Read on, 

Teresa J. Reasor

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Timeless- Writing cross genre books

 
Writing Timeless my Cross Genre-Paranormal- Science Fiction book


I’m quickly learning that writing things out of the norm makes it difficult to sell books. My book Timeless sold 442 copies in the month of October.  And I’m proud of that. It’s a book that took me three years and a trip to Scotland to write. And I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written.

But it hasn’t sold as well as my Navy SEAL romances.

I know that military romance is BIG. And I love my Navy SEALs. They’re all alpha, macho, tough hot, and OMG handsome ---well you get the gist. 

But Quinn Douglas is all those things and then some. He works in a specialized, very dangerous field of deep salvage diving. He plays the flute in his off weeks, because when you are saturated to a specific depth you usually work up to a month living inside the pot and going down as deep as you’re saturated.

In my minds eye he’s Gerard Butler mixed with a little Adrian Paul. OMG. Are you drooling yet?

He’s tough, smart, alpha and a really hot lover. And he dives like a Navy SEAL. Well actually more and better than a Navy SEAL. And he’s very strong because he’s had to work up to 8 hours a day beneath water pressure guaranteed to leave your muscles shaking like jello. So he’s strong, both physically and mentally.

And he’s faithful, generous, and loves profoundly. What better characteristics can a hero have?

My heroine Regan Stanhope is an Archeologist. She comes from a tough background where her mother was mentally unbalanced (or was she) and a drug addict. She may have taken drugs to escape the visions she had.  And Regan was placed up for adoption.

The book is an unusual combination of paranormal because the characters have a connection to each other and experience paranormal visions throughout the book. It’s also Science fiction dealing with the healing and regenerative properties of magnetic fields and the possibilities of being able to cross over into other dimensions through the use of them.

Should I have categorized it as a Paranormal or as Science Fiction?  You’ll have to let me know after you’ve read the book.

I’d love your opinion!!!!

Timeless 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.



Read on,
Teresa J. Reasor

Willy C. Sparks: The Dragon Who Lost His Fire

On November 28th my children's book, Willy C. Sparks: The Dragon Who Lost His Fire, was released in ebook and print at Amazon.






 Willy C. Sparks is a grumpy dragon and when he unexpectedly loses his fire, he rushes to the dragon doctor. The doctor's explosive cure teaches Willy that a grumpy attitude may have some serious consequences and that laughter is often the best medicine.


I hope to have it available at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble next week. 

This has been a month long project. Getting the color just right in the print edition was  a learning experience. The color of a JPG image prints differently in each process. So it took some time, but I'm very thrilled with the images.  


Here's a few I've shared on Amazon.





It took me three months to draw the illustrations and get them just as I wanted them.
Also to release the book in ebook format took some manipulating, thanks to my formatter, Lee, from Iron Horse Formatting,  it looks great on ipad, kindle fire, or nook and of course on the computer.  


Thanks,
Teresa J. Reasor



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Abigail Keam's Death By a Honey Bee is Free






Abigail Keam’s award-winning mystery novel, “Death By A HoneyBee” will be free on Kindle from Tuesday, November 13 to November 15th. Maybe you will like it so well, you’ll check out her other three novels – “Death By Drowning”, “Death By Bridle” and “Death By Bourbon”. “Death By A HoneyBee” was on USA BOOK NEWS – Best Book List of 2011. See what all the buzz is about!
I love Abigail's series. It's like Murder She Wrote with an edge. 
  Death By A Honey Bee
Check it out!!
Teresa J. Reasor 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fight For Me by Hayden Braeburn

Hayden Braeburns second book of her series Fight For Me will be out November 6th!!! 
Come join me in congratulating her.  I've already started reading the book. I got an arch of it a couple of days ago. NA-NA-NANA-NA!!  And I can tell you Cassidy and Dylan put off more heat than the sun.



FIGHT FOR ME, The Everetts of Tyler, Book 2
Cassidy Everett planned on nursing her brother’s protector back to health and moving on, but when an old foe resurfaces, her plans change. Quickly.
Dylan Black may have been shot saving Mason Everett’s life, but that doesn’t mean he can’t protect his own–and Cassidy is his whether or not she wants to admit it. His injuries don’t matter; all that matters is keeping his Cassie safe.
When the threats towards Cassidy turn lethal, will the fight to survive bring Cassidy and Dylan together or tear them apart?

FIGHT FOR ME

 Fight For me is a continuation of a situation that was resolved in Hayden's first book Dance With Me.  

 

I'M REPOSTING AN INTERVIEW HAYDEN DID FOR ME WHEN DANCE WITH ME WAS RELEASED.  It's the first book of a series titled the Everett's of Tyler series.
  Champion ballroom dancer Katerina Nemecek pushed the love of her life away when he offered to save her studio from foreclosure. She loved him despite the secrecy surrounding their relationship, but she refused to take advantage of him or his wealth.

Mason Everett wants nothing more than to share his life, his family, and his fortune with Kat, but keeping her a secret was the only way he could keep her safe. He'd rather hide her away than chance losing her.

When Kat and Mason's relationship finally goes public, it sets in motion a plan to keep them apart. Can they survive the firestorm to dance together forever?

41,000 words

Interview:
 Tell us what inspired your story?
Honestly, I think I was watching Dancing with the Stars and thought, 'what if a heroine owned a studio?' and went from there. The first sentence, “Katerina Nemecek buckled her heel beforestepping in front of the studio's mirrored wall,” was a lonely sentence for a week or two before the rest of the story presented itself.
 

What genres are you most drawn to to read and to write?
I love contemporary, paranormal, and suspense—especially when the hero is military or former military (or police, or fire... Fascination with a man in uniform, much, Hayden?

Describe your hero and tell us a little about him.
Mason Everett is a strong, solid family man. He's in the family business of banking, has dinner with them once a week, cleans up after his younger siblings, and... keeps the love of his life from them for more than a year.

Describe your heroine and tell us a little about her.

Katerina Nemecek is strong in her own way. Her mother is serving time for embezzlement, and she's never met her father, yet she came home to Tyler to strike out on her own. It takes a certain ballsiness to do that, and it's unfortunate things didn't work for her quite as she'd planned.

What brings the two together and what threatens to keep them apart?
I did something strange with this book—Mason and Kat were in love with each other the whole time, and that was never an issue. Of course, Kat doesn't see it that way, and feels she's not goodenough for him, but the real problem is his ex.

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?
 

DANCE WITH ME is the beginning of a series based around the Everett siblings. It may branchout to other families/friends in Tyler, but right now the series is planned for four books.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Stress of Writing a Series


I'm writing a series. The SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers series. I'm working on the third book of the series now. BREAKING AWAY.  I wrote the first book BREAKING FREE three years ago while working two jobs and writing on the weekends. I submitted the book to several editors and moved on to  a book that had been tumbling through my mind for several years TIMELESS.  I grew as a writer with my Timeless story because it was so different than anything I'd ever tried to write before and my imagination had free rein.  It's a cross between a paranormal romantic suspense and a science fiction romantic suspense. Maybe I've created my own genre.  I've not run across anything similar to it. But I digress and that's a subject for another blog.

There are joys to writing a series. You get to revisit the characters you've created over and over again. Or at least you do the way I'm writing mine. There's something comforting knowing your characters and what their lives are like. But they don't live in a static environment and you have to imagine what they're lives have been like before and after the each book you write. Which is cool because you get to watch them change and grow just like real people do.

And there's joy in knowing there are readers out there waiting for the next book to come out because they like your characters or your writing style.

But there is stress in that also. Once you've had two good books or even one, you're under the gun to reinvent lightning in a bottle. And that's what having a book readers enjoy is like. Lightning in a bottle.

With every book you write you're pushed to recreate that winning formula. And if you're lucky you don't follow a formula and your readers think your ideas are fresh and exciting.

Knowing all that, it isn't the readers who ultimately pressure you. Though they are at the back of your mind the whole time you're writing. More pressure comes from within.

The last ten chapters I wrote for BREAKING THROUGH I wrote scared to death. I got up scared and I went to bed scared. And the whole time I was thinking is this as good or better than the first book? Is it good enough for everyone who will read it?  Will the people who read my words like my characters? Will they like my plot? Will the changes in my writing from one book to the next (because writers do grow and change) put anyone off?

I've been very blessed that my readers seem to like the change from one book to the next.  I hope that continues with the next one. (Which is a cross in writing style  between the two first books of the series.) I guess I'll have to wait and see.

But right now I'm just writing and hoping that every reader who buys the books will love them. Which is totally unrealistic, but it's what every writer hopes for and dreams of.

Sing out and let me know what you think!!


 








 
 
 





Saturday, October 20, 2012

Breaking Through and Reviews

Breaking Through and Reviews 




I've gotten some wonderful reviews for my current new release, but I'd love to have more----if anyone is so inclined. Reviews are wonderful feedback about the characters and how readers feel about the story. They help writers weed out the things they're doing wrong and encourage things we do right.
So feel free to review the book on any site you purchased it from. 

I thought I'd share a few snippets from the reviews I've gotten on Amazon.









Cindy O said--- "This book packs a punch. There are so many emotional moments I cried at a few of them.'

DeeJ said --- "Brett Weaver, is as alpha as they come. The heroine, Tess, is both spirited and tender, and the two together are perfect together."

Ann said--- "Excellent story! 4.5 stars. This is why I love a good military-romance. Breaking Through was a very worthwhile read and a great way to spend my time lost in a satisfying story."

Sarah Stinson said ---"I've read this book three times since it came out!! I love it."

I'm so thrilled that the readers have embraced my writing.  That validation after months and months of work is so gratifying.



Blurb from Breaking Through:

What happens when a Navy SEAL wakes from a month-long coma to discover he’s being investigated for murder?

When Ensign Brett Weaver is accused of murder, he knows he’s innocent, but how can he prove it with Naval Investigators breathing down his neck? A chance meeting with reporter Tess Kelly offers him an opportunity to get the press on his side. But can he trust her to keep his other secrets off the record?

Tess works hard to live up to her father's expectations. When Brett offers her information about SEAL training in exchange for an introduction to her award-winning journalist father, she jumps at the chance. The situation Brett lobs into her father's lap is a major scoop. But the secret she discovers about Brett is just as newsworthy. Will her feelings for this wounded warrior win out, or will she release a story guaranteed to destroy Brett’s SEAL career?

When Tess’s father is kidnapped, Brett’s team is deployed to find him. At the same time, a leak in the investigation puts Tess and Brett’s lives in danger. Will Brett be able to break through the lasting effects of his injuries and prove he’s once again a battle-ready SEAL? Or will he and Tess lose everything at the whim of a vengeful killer?

I'm hard at work on Book 3- Breaking Away.  Doing research and getting a feel for my characters.  Flash is as alpha as the others but he's got a back story that will tear your heart out!!


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Teresa Reasor 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

BREAKING AWAY my Work In Progress


My friend Taryn Raye and I were playing tag  and I ended up being IT so the challenge is to do a short interview about my WIP (Work in Progress). Since everything you do while writing a new book helps you flesh out your characters, I accepted her challenge. 

What is the working title of your book?
BREAKING AWAY

Where did the idea come from for the book?
BREAKING AWAY is the third book of my SEAL TEAM Heartbreaker series. It’s Flash’s story. He’s missing in action at the end of the first story and throughout the second one. It’s time Flash’s story is told.

What genre does your book fall under?
My book is romantic suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Steven Amell. He’s a Canadian Actor and has done some really strong stuff thus far on HBO. He’s rugged, masculine, built and a fine actor. I just saw him last night on his new show Arrow.



What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  
  Navy SEAL is forced to go on the run until he can prove his innocence, when the smuggled museum artifacts he’s transported from Iraq trigger the murder of his FBI contact. 


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The last book BREAKING THROUGH took me seven months to write. I’m hoping BREAKING AWAY will take less.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t compare them to any other SEAL books out there because they’re a little different than most others.  I'm not saying that in an arrogant way. Just that my thoughts on the guys themselves may be a little different than what other writers envision for their books.

My books delve deeply  into the personal conflicts that most military people have to deal with. Their sacrifices, the pain that it causes them.  These are real situations that the guys and women who love them have to face. BREAKING AWAY deals with Flash who’s been betrayed by an FBI handler and been cut loose from his team because of it. When he contacts the FBI they try to take him down and almost kill him. So, he goes deep underground and he’s on the run until he can figure out how to prove himself innocent of murder. And prove he isn't a smuggler. That he actually was duped into it. 

SEALs head for water when their at risk, but he’s been dropped in the desert country of Nevada.And is totally out of his element when he rents an apartment from a woman with secrets and problems of her own. And this brings trouble knocking on her door.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I read an article about the museum in Baghdad being looted by people right after the city was taken. And how artifacts were being sold as souvenirs to service personnel. Several of the men who purchased them from street dealers turned them in after they came home and realized that the souvenirs they'd bought were actually the real deal. So what if they were being smuggled into the US through use of military transport? And what if a Navy SEAL were approached to do some undercover work to expose the real culprits responsible for that. And what if this Navy SEAL was someone who had a reputation for gambling and they thought he might be bought because of it. And the actual guys who approach him are bad guys and not who they say they are?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book isn’t the normal Romantic suspense with a Navy SEAL. My guys are SEALs through and through. They eat sleep and breath the life. They sacrifice for it. And they love as hard as they work.  The conflicts that consume them are realistic conflicts that any one of them could truly face.This book will be more of a stretch than the other books in the series. SEALs don't do police investigations in the US. Their business is usually conducted covertly in other countries, like South America, Africa, the Middle East. They use covert technologies to gather intel as well as take the bad guys out. 
They search out drug dealers, smugglers, terrorists, and work with other agencies in these countries. But this man has been used as a courier to transport a museum piece worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. And he was duped into doing it because SEALs keep their mouths shut and keep things to themselves. So by keeping the code of silence,  he's put his life in danger and on hold until he can figure how to make things right.

I hope you found the premise of my book interesting.
And don't forget to go check out Taryn's post as well. 

Write on,
Teresa R.









Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Look Writing Challenge-- Breaking Away


Earlier this week, I was challenged by my friend and fellow-author Dara Ames to participate in the "LOOK Challenge".  I'm always up for a writing challenge and I loved reading hers so I'm posting mine and challenging three of my fellow authors to do the same.

Here's how it works:
Find the LOOKs in your current work-in-progress.
Choose your favorite 3 and post the paragraphs that contain them.
Pick some of your favorite author-buddies to "tag" and invite them to participate, too!

These three paragraphs are from the first chapter of the Third book of my SEAL TEAM Heartbreaker series. This book will be titled BREAKING AWAY.

  1. Lieutenant Harold “Flash” Carney looked through the thermal scope of the MK-11 sniper rifle and sighted, one-by-one, the four tangos on the adjoining roof. Each sentry guarded a corner of the building making it damn hard for his guys to slip inside. With the suppressor on his rifle, he could take out two, maybe three of the guards, but the fourth might just make it down the stairs to warn the fuckers below of their presences. He’d have to wait. Shit!
 
2. Since Doc and Bowie were helping the wounded Flash said, “I’ll take care of the stretcher.” He worked his way through the rooms one-by-one looking for any kind of supports he could use. Five apartments down the hall, he found an old bed frame. The mattress was long gone but the wooden slats that had held it in place were still nailed in place. He jerked them free of the frame, and using his SOG knife, pried the nails free.  Taking the boards with him, he jogged down the hall to the stairwell to hit up Greenback and Strong Man for their t-shirts.

 
3. Bowie and Strong Man crouched over the stretcher, shielding Cutter from possible attack. The building's back door shoved open with a clang and a young boy of perhaps eight leaped out into the alley. Dim light from inside the stairwell spilled over Strong Man and he looked up, his blond, close-cropped hair exaggerating his American features. The earth slowed to a crawl. 
 I hope you enjoyed the three paragraphs from BREAKING AWAY.  I'm hoping to release it in about six months.

I'm tagging  Donna McDonald, Hayden Braeburn, and Taryn Raye

I hope they'll take up the challenge and post passages from their WORKS IN PROGRESS. What fun!!!

                                              






                                                                      BREAKING FREE

Monday, October 1, 2012

Diane Strong is Running Strong

Diane Strong is a runner. And she's taken her hobby, obsession, pleasure, to a new level. She's incorporated it into her writing. After I read her short story The Run I had to read the rest. The experience was so intense I had to ask her to be on my blog.

Welcome Diane please tell us about your experience as a writer.


 

I’ve always been a writer.  I have scrapbooks going back to kindergarten with poems and stories I had written.  I never considered myself a writer though.  When I was in college, I entered writing contests and won them.  But when they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was a horse trainer or a scientist or whatever.  Writing is something I have always done and always planned to do.  But I never considered myself a writer.

I became a horse trainer, and a scientist.  They are both over-rated.  When I had to write my Thesis it about killed me.  The technical writing allows for absolutely NO creativity.  When I found out that being a PhD meant writing grant applications for the rest of my life I said “Screw this!” (I may have actually used an F bomb but I’ll keep it clean for you).

I quit writing when I had kids.  I simply didn’t have a muse.  The kids swallowed every bit of ‘me’ I had to give.  Then when my second child was about 3 months old my dog, CD, died, I was moved to write. But the muse died after one sitting.

It wasn’t until my mother died in 2009 that my muse returned to me.  I spilled my guts out on a novel that I wrote in 4 months (Out and Back).  It was my first novel.  I was so happy to have completed it and it felt so good to have worked through my grief, so I hurried and published it.  I look back now and realize I should have paid someone to edit it and have since sent it to an editor.  The new version should be available in November, but the original is still available.

I started writing a column for The Georgetown News Graphic in 2010.  I am ‘The Back Roads Traveler’ and write 700 word columns about my adventures while biking and running in the remote areas of Northern Scott County.  I packaged a dozen of the columns together and they are a free download on Smashwords: Newspaper Bundle

My current project is the Running Suspense Series.  It is a group of short suspense stories, all about 10,000 words.  Each story is a stand-alone, but they all have one thing in common: their main character is a runner.

I am having so much fun with this.  The first story The Run is pretty intense but still tame.  After a comment from a friend I decided it was time for me to step out of the familiar, so I wrote Falcon Point.  The next two just keep getting more and more intense. I am really stretching my mind to develop unforgettable characters and stories that will knock your socks off.  I’m having a blast doing it too!
Here is the description for the first four shorts:




The Run (The Running Suspense Series #1)
(This is a 10,000 word short story/ approx. 43 pages)
Cora is a runner and mother of two whose husband is working out of town on business. Always a protective mother, Cora has never left her children alone. That is until a well-intentioned friend encourages her to. This is a story that will leave you questioning your parenting skills and wanting to read more great running adventures by Diane Strong.



Falcon Point (The Running Suspense Series #2)
(This is a 10,000 word short story/ approx. 34 pages)
Claire is 17 and spending the summer with her rich mother and step-father in Falcon Point. She has her eye on a boy, this could be the summer he finally notices her. But someone has his eye on her too. A perfect summer becomes an unforgettable one. You may never want to run alone again.

The Other Way (The Running Suspense Series #3)
(This is a 10,000 word short story/ approx. 34 pages)
Isaac Fisher was not born a runner, he was born Amish. After getting a girl pregnant while exploring rumspringa at sixteen, he left the Amish community and ventured to the new world to become the girl’s husband. Now, four years and two children later, Isaac can’t help but sneak back home on his long runs for a feel of his past life and the taste of an old lover.


The Rescue (The Running Suspense Series #4)
(This is a 10,000 word short story/ approx. 34 pages)
Luke is a single widower with a pet cat. He is just shy of retirement and about to take the ride of a lifetime on a train headed west. He is prepared for two weeks of adventure. When a pause to take leak during a run turns into more than a quick stop, his plans change dramatically. Luke quickly discovers he doesn’t have to venture far from home for the adventure of a lifetime.

The above links are for Amazon, The Running Suspense Series
Here is the entire running suspense series link on Nook  
My website is under construction (and the builder just had a baby) but it will be: dianestrong.com


I've been expanding my reading choices of late. And I found Diane's series suspenseful and unusual  step outside my normal reading. If you're looking to experience something intense and different check her out. I'm so pleased she could join me on my blog!!

Teresa J. Reasor