Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday's Guest Author, Heroes, Heroines and Villains featuring Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Suspense

1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms? Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices? Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?

I bill myself as the eclectic writer but lately I’ve realized most of my stories are romances but they fit into subgenres of romance. Except for some of the YA stories but even there, there are boy/girl relationships that can be developing. Even my mysteries hold a bit of romance for the heroine that takes five books to lead to her marriage. Some of my romances are contemporary, some paranormal, fantasy, historical and suspense. They range in heat level from sweet to spicy.

My reading choices are just as different. I read most everything but not all books are enjoyed as much as others. With the number of books floating through the internet and my Kindle handy, I read a lot. I do not read horror.

As to what I wouldn’t attempt to write. Anything with hard science. I know nothing about technology and while I admire people who do I’m not going to try. I don’t see a horror book in my future. Though sometimes I can write dark horror is beyond dark to me.

2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write? Does one of these come easy and why?

There are days and days. Sometimes I have difficulty reining each of the three into form. I’m usually more able to identify with the heroine and her emotions. The heros often give me trouble, especially when they speak. They don’t always come across as male but a sort of neuter kind of person. Now villains usually come easy because that allows me to let some of my evil nature escape.

3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

I turn to Astrology to develop my hero. After the idea for a plot comes into my head, I begin to look at what kind of hero I need. Turning to my many Astrology books, I find a sun sign which will show my character’s inner nature. This may be different from the face he shows the world. For that I look for an Ascendant that fits what the character is becoming in my head. For the emotional quality, I look at his Moon Sign. This usually gives me how his emotions differ from the two other elements. This makes for a complex character. And often tells me what his interior conflict will be. The outer conflict can also be found in the three elements of his character. Once this is in place, I develop the other characters, though one or both of them may have entered my imaginary world before.

4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

For my heroines I also use the same process as I do the hero. There are times when the heroine appears before the plot and I must find a hero and a story for her. Using the what if can bring a heroine to life. Many of my heroines are nurses or have other skills that are somehow medical. Here I can pull things from women I knew when I worked as a nurse. Something will remind me of a trait or a worry one of these former colleagues displayed. Also in my heroines, there is a little of myself. Not myself as I am but myself as I wish I was.

5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?

Villains for me are the easiest to write and they aren’t necessarily the bad guy. In my latest release in both paper and electronically, the female lead begins as a villain. To make her human meant she needed lessons to be learned. She did love her land and her parents but she performs an act that makes her seem not to be a good person. Through the first four stories in this collection, she remains unknowing of what she must do. She needs to learn how to love. Each story gives her a small hint about love and the final two stories show what lessons she has learned.

The trick with making villains is giving them traits that make them human. This is easy with the opposing character who isn’t a true villain but one who has his own ideas about the lives of the hero and or heroine. This person can have good reasons for their feelings and can be made while not likeable at least interesting. The character who is truly evil is harder to find a reason to make them seem less that evil. The trick here might be to develop their degree of evilness in increments through the story. At least that’s the way it works for me.

6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?

Actually, there are two. The Amber Chronicles is the latest released in electronic and also in print. Here the heroine, Emme is also in the beginning the villain. This is a series of short stories that tell of her quest to learn about love, how to give and receive so buy the end of the story she is the heroine. Since these are short stories and novellas, the heroes are varied. This was a fun set to write and did not begin with the first story in the book but that was the last one written since I had to figure why she’d been banished from her world.

Code Blue has just been released in print and has been in electronic form for a long time. The heroine is Susan who is a nurse with a dead and controlling husband. She’s finally recovered from his death and has known the hero Patrick for a long time. He’s divorced and has two children who he wants custody of. Susan fears he is another controller. The villain will remain unnamed but he is my favorite villain of all time. He is a man with a deep love for his dead mother and blames the hospital personnel for her death. He is relentless in his quest for what he believes is vengeance and in his obsession with Susan.

7. What are you working on now?

My current WIP is called Toth’s Priest and is the third of a fantasy Trilogy set in an ancient alternate Egypt. In this book the hero is Namose, a young man kidnapped by the villain and forced to translate some ancient script giving the villain some powers belonging to the priests of Toth. The heroine Amara is a young woman who escapes to this land to avoid being taken by the nephew of a drug lord. She has much to learn and her payment for the rescue is to rescue Namose and return the stolen scrolls to the Toth temple. The villain is one Hebu, a priest of Aken Re who has schemed to bring his god to the Two Lands. He has been the villain in the other two books but has escaped the other times. Can Namose and Amara defeat him using the same powers he has stolen.

8. How can people find you?


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday's Hero _Matt from A Sudden Seduction by Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Suspense

You’re next.”
Matt Blakefield choked on the piece of wedding cake he’d been about to swallow. “Not in a million years.”
His gaze slid around the table in the inn’s dining room spearing each couple with a glare. Friends and family had gathered to celebrate this morning’s marriage of his brother to the mother of his recently discovered son. Since the nine-year-old was the only other unattached male present, Matt knew the whispered remark had been addressed to him.
“I have a friend,” one of his sisters said.
The other grinned. “She’d be perfect.”
“No sale.” Matt dropped the napkin on the table.
“Remember the curse.” Mark grinned. “None of us has escaped.”
Time to hit the road. With this decision made, as though in answer to his desire, Matt’s cell phone vibrated. Salvation,
He answered. “Matt here…You did…Great news…I’m on my way…Yeah today…Doesn’t matter.”
As if he’d stay here where plans he wanted no part of were being laid. He’d been present for the important event. There was no reason for him to linger and a huge need to escape. Although the meeting with the Good Magazine Group’s investigator wasn’t until Monday morning, Matt seized the opportunity. “Have to leave. Have information on this year’s make-over house for Good Livin’.”
“On the weekend?” His father, CEO of the magazine group and recently married to his teenage sweetheart, arched an eyebrow.
“Yeah. It’s the Smiton house. You know the one I intend to use as the project for showing people how to convert a house from energy sucking to energy efficient. Jules has a line on the owner. I want the contract signed so we can start work.”
His father’s eyes narrowed. “If there’s a problem find another house. Who knows what condition the Smiton’s house is in? No one has lived there for years.”
“I checked. The place is sound.”
“Find a house where the owners are in residence. They’ll appreciate the free upgrade.”
Matt groaned. “And spend hours complaining about being inconvenienced or wanting changes that won’t work.” Matt pushed to his feet. What he didn’t say was that he planned to buy and live in the house.
He kissed his new sister-in-law. “Let Mark spoil you and Davey. My brother has a few years of making up to do.”
Matt strode to the coatroom to retrieve his leather jacket and helmet. He’d planned to hang out here until tomorrow but not with the schemes buzzing in the ladies’ heads. He leaned over the counter, kissed the middle-aged woman’s cheek and dropped a ten spot in the tip dish.
He dashed out the door and down the steps to the parking lot and his bike. As the engine roared to life the relatives gathered and protests began.
So much for a quick escape. He braced for the arguments.
“Stay,” his new sister-in-law called. “You can have one of the cabins all to yourself.”
“We won’t bother you. I promise,” his step-mother said.
She wouldn’t but her promise didn’t include his sisters. “Another time.”
“Matt, it’s going to rain.” The voices of four females rose in a chorus.
“I won’t melt.” He slipped on his helmet. With a spray of gravel he headed to the road.
Exit Matthew, fleeing a bunch of women intent on ending his bachelor state.
What about his father, brother and his sisters’ fianc├ęs. He bet the guys envied his freedom.”
“You’re next.” Had someone said that or was it his imagination.
He waved. “Not today. Not this year. Maybe never.” The engine’s roar drowned any comments.
Visions of being followed by a parade of match-makers crowded his thoughts. Instead of heading for the interstate he decided to cross from Vermont into upstate New York. Exploring new territory was a perfect ending to his escape.
Once they’d found the perfect mate, why did happy couples believe every bachelor should be part of a twosome? He wasn’t ready to take a wife or enter a long term situation. He enjoyed his single state and found pleasure with a variety of women. Granted there’d been a dry spell lately—not his fault. He hadn’t met a woman who’d tempted him for even a night.
As he sped along the serpentine roads, a misting rain began. Moments after crossing into New York the storm turned earnest. Water fell in wind-driven gusts. Thunder rumbled like a mad drummer played a kettledrum. Lightning streaked across the sky in a brilliant display. Although the time was late afternoon the darkness spoke of night.
Time to find a motel, bed and breakfast or a rustic inn with a room for the night.
He reached a crossroads and paused to read the signs. The nearest town was fifty miles away. He dug out his cell. No service. He wiped the face plate of his helmet and chose a road. The headlights cast a tunnel through the gloom. Shadows impinged on the narrow band of light. He sent the bike down the road. Off on an adventure, hopefully with a dry room at the end of the road.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Series and Characters #MFRWauthor

An important element of a series is the characters. While there are a number of kind of series characters are needed. The reader must have a character to grasp and to understand. In a series where one character is the star in every story in the series there are some important factors to consider.

Consistency is the most important. This doesn't mean the character doesn't grow and change but this growth and every change in their nature must be consistent with the character as they develop. I'm reading a series that is fourteen stories long. Yes the main character has changed but he has remained consistent. Certain traits haven't changed. This is his consistency. As elements in his life change these consistent factors make at least this reader come back.

Another thing in the series where one character remains the focus through out the story are those who surround the character. The secondary characters need to be there. This is a family surrounding the character. While they may not be related they are family in a sense and their actions must follow the pattern of consistency. They may also grow and change but their attitude toward the main character needs to be the same.

Series that have different characters but are based on a setting or a group of friends or neighbors who each have their own story are a bit different and the elements making them have a consistency are different. That's for another time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Inspiration - Outline Value #MFRWauthor

There is both joy and pain in having an outline for your story. Many people just dive in and write and write and write. Then say they have no idea where the story is going until the reach the end. I'm not sure this is the case. Some people do all this in their head. Having a plan for the story gives a goal to work toward. I have a friend who has been writing her story for years and it's taken her a long time to figure what's wrong. This is a romance but she kept the hero and heroine apart for chapters and chapters. Now this can work depending in the kind of story you're writing but not a romance. The hero and heroine need to have a closeness, even when they're apart. So she's finally writing an outline and has found there's a lot that doesn't belong. She'll be rewriting the story but this time I think she'll learn how important it is.

Knowing the beginning, the middle and the end are important. The joy of having an outline means you have an idea where you're going bit it doesn't mean you have to follow this like it's the only road in town. As a story develops, the characters change and grow. One important thing is when you have a plan for the story is to remember is there's nothing wrong with changing the plan if things happen. That cute point in the plot you've been depending on to make the story come to a conclusion suddenly you learn won't work. The direction needs to be changed. Then it's time to sit down and see where the outline has gone wrong and bring the changes into the new direction of the story.

Having an outline or a plan for the story is important but it's also important to remember the plan needs flexibility. Nothing about writing stories is carved in stone. Not your words or your plan.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor

Meander 1 - Have decided on a new Friday and Saturday bits on this blog. 2 reasons. the first is that a number of my friends and fellow authors would like to appear again and they've already answered the sets of questions. This time we'll be looking at Heroes, Heroines and Villains for Friday and for Blurbs on Saturday. I'll do the kick off one but will be asking for guests first from HVRWA and then from my publishers. I think this will be a fun one since who doesn't want to be able to sell their books and hopefully reach a new audience.

Meander 2 - I learned that Code Blue is not available world over in paper. We'll see how that goes. The cover looks fascinating especially the back bit. I do love the blurbs that sell a book and that's how I decide what I will buy. It's not the covers for me.

Meander 3 - Am almost finished with Toth's Priest. Well maybe a month away from finishing but I will see the end soon and I am so glad. At least I haven't reached the point where one more draft will make me ill,

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday - My Series - A Second Seduction #MFRWauthor

A Second Seduction is the third book in the Seduction Series.

Mark Blakefield gets the shock of his life when he looks at pictures his friend took at a Vermont Inn where he stayed-It's the girl he fell in love with in college-and her son, who looks remarkably familiar.

A photograph sends Mark to find his college sweetheart who vanished out of his life and dropped out of college. The boy in the picture looks like pictures of him as a boy and he believes her son is his. Since she left he's been a playboy kind of guy and a victim of the Blakefield curse. "Once a Blakefield finds their perfect match there can be no other." He finds her at an inn she inherited from her father and sets out to woo her again. Passion erupts but can it last?

Here's the buy link Second Seduction, A 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday's Excerpt from Business Or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd #MFRWauthor


Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.
Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”
“I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.
Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”
Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels.
The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”
Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.
“I’m going in. I have to stop him.”
“Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.
“I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.
So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”
He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.

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Author Bio:
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Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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