Creative Update: Current Projects

I thought this week I would write a little post to let you all know what projects I’m working on.

Prohibition Story (tentatively titled Mississippi Moonshine)

Virginia is a tomboy. Having been raised by her father and seven brothers, she lacks all the grace and sophistication a woman should have according to society in 1923. But she’s a river rat, born and raised near the Mississippi River outside of Alton, Illinois. When she discovers her family’s secret distillery hidden deep in the woods, she stumbles into a horrible confrontation with a rival shiner.

Nathaniel shed his proper English gentleman persona to become the most infamous shine runner on the Mississippi. His suppliers in Illinois and Missouri provide him with the most coveted moonshine in the country. But when a gang attacks his most lucrative supplier, he finds himself saddled with more than a financial loss. He finds a river rat stowed away on his boat.

Interesting huh?

Stage play titled Confessions of a Fangirl

We’ve all had our moments of fanaticism. This play is meant to be a visual depiction of the five stages of fangirling and how the seemingly innocent obsession can quickly consume us and ruin our relationships in real life.

I didn’t want to use one specific actor…so I combined three of my favorites to depict a much broader fandom (and not point any fingers since this isn’t about shaming or blaming, just showing the reality and the consequences).

This is my first attempt to write a play. I’m hoping it will help me hone my dialog and plotting skills…even more, I am hoping it will enlighten the world to the wonders and dangers of being a fangirl/boy.

Angus’ story, Book 3 in the Shadow Guardian series, working title A Wicked Shadow

Angus has been bothering me since I started writing A Shadow’s Kiss last fall. He’s begged and pleaded for me to tell his story next. So I am. I have planted the seed of his tale in A Shadow’s Kiss. His love interest is much more…unconventional than Madeline and Evelyn, who are both unique women in their own rights.

I will be plotting his story over the next few months and plan to write it for National Novel Writing Month in November of this year. My first two books were NaNo babies, so Angus’ will be too.

A book of poetry (if anyone had an interest to read it, I have no idea)

I’ve been writing poetry since I was in 8th grade. I have notebooks full of poetry, and so I’ve debated the idea of self publishing a little book of poetry. It’s the project I have spent the least amount of mental energy on, since poetry is such an underrated creative medium. Perhaps one day I will follow through with it if there’s enough interest. I thought it might be fun to just have some printed and sell them on etsy. 🙂 Who knows…I may need a push to do that at some point in the future.

I also have some ideas started for a series of Regency/Victorian (haven’t decided which yet) stories.

There are always notes and ideas floating around for stories to write. I always find a new character who speaks to me, begging me to tell their story. I promise to update you on the status of my projects.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to post them. I love hearing from my readers.

Also, check out my blog posts at my writer’s group site The Sarcastic Muse. I focus on my writing process and romance in those posts.

Talk to you again soon! Have a great week.

❤ Kirsten

A Shadow’s Kiss: Book Two in the Shadow Guardian Series

Well after months of edits and beta readers, the second book in the Shadow Guardian Series is in the final stages before publication.

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This is about how I feel right now. 🙂 Uncontrollably excited. Thanks for clarifying my reaction Tom.

Here is the cover of the new book:

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? I’m in love with it. My cover artist is AMAZING!

I’ve updated all the information on the MY BOOKS page of this blog, including the blurb.

A Shadow’s Kiss will be available for pre-order by the end of June. It releases on July 4th!

What better way to enjoy a book than on Independence Day (for my US readers) with a drink in hand and a long weekend at your disposal.

Stay tuned for more updates! Thanks for the love and support.

~ Kirsten ❤

Spring Fling Blog Hop

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Spring has finally come, and for many of us in the US, we’re ecstatic. This winter has been brutal and unwilling to retreat to make room for the glorious season of spring.  🙂

In honor of this season, I’d like to share one of my favorite poems with you.

[in Just-]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
it’s
spring
and
         the
                  goat-footed
balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee

I absolutely love the imagery and the language he uses.  My favorite words are mud-luscious and puddle wonderful.  They make you think of standing barefoot in a mud puddle, letting the soft brown dirt squish between your toes.  So gross and yet so delightful.

Spring also brings my favorite flowers…Lilacs and Hyacinths.  It’s not just the clustered purple beauty of these flowers that draws me, it’s their overwhelming fragrance.  It makes my heart soar when I pass the garden and catch their sweet scent on the breeze. Here are some pictures from my own garden when I lived in Kentucky a few years ago.  I was THRILLED to actually have found a WHITE hyacinth.  🙂  Aren’t they gorgeous?

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 I’ve also included a few other pictures from my garden for you to enjoy. (Yes, these are my own personal photos.)

 Happy Spring everyone!

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New Release: Wolves and Warrants

Let’s give a warm welcome for the return of D.F. Krieger showcasing her New Release…

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You can purchase the book HERE now!

For this release, I’ve asked my guest author some tough questions. *wink*

Behind the Scenes Questions with Author D.F. Krieger:

1. Author who influences your writing the most?

No one. I’m an insanity all of my own making. But truly, I try really hard to be certain my voice is completely my own. It helps that I don’t get to read as much as I used to so I don’t risk my tone reflecting current authors. I have been told by a few authors when I was helping edit their work that I do a good job mimicking their voice when offering writing suggestions. Not sure if that’s good or bad…

2. Who was your inspiration for Detective Jake Markovich?

Jake was one side of what I desire in a man. Honest, loyal, and dependable. There was no particular influence, but I did manage to take a photo of him. Lookie!

3. Who was your inspiration for Veltis?

Ah, now Veltis is all the things I dream about in the darkness of the night. Dominating, powerful, seductive, and sarcastic. Sadly, he’s refusing to let me show off pictures of him just yet. Gimme time. I’ll find a way to come to an agreement with him.

4. Who was your inspiration for Zeara Faxfire?

I’m going to be honest here. Me, me, me. Crazy cat lady? Check. Psychotic amounts of animal knowledge? Check. Sarcastic sense of humor? *shifty eyes* That one…I don’t know where she got that from.

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5. Did your characters nag you when you weren’t writing their story?

One character in particular bitches the most. Zane the lab tech. I hear his voice more than anyone else’s, which is funny because he isn’t my main character, nor a love interest for Zeara. But he just won’t….shut…up.

6. How do you get into the writing groove?

I growl at my family, put some music on, crawl into bed, and tune the world out. Tea is always nearby, along with cats in a semi-circle, and occasionally I risk coming out of my nest to socially interact. If I’m writing a particularly emotional part of the story when I take a break to interact, in never bodes well for others. I’m am empathetic torturer.

7. What are the five requirements you HAVE to have to write? (example: I need coffee, music, no family interruptions, my ecig, and a friend on skype)

I suppose a computer with Word is a given? Let’s see, tea, as I said above. Cats for strategic creativity enhancement purposes. My husband for moments when I’m not sure if people can even bend that way. Angsty music to reflect my turmoil at inflicting so much torture on characters.

8. If you listen to music, can you give us a sampling of the songs on your writing playlist?

Heh heh heh. You’ll wish you’d never asked. I’ll give you bands, to make it easier. Depeche Mode, Julien-K, and Blaqk Audio.

9. Tell us one thing about one of your characters that we don’t know.

I know the truth behind Magic and you don’t. *Sticks tongue out* Karma knows too, but she’s not telling. Oh, so does Veltis. But no one else knows. Mwahahaha

10. Let’s say your book gets picked up to be made into a movie…Who would you cast in your movie?

You mean after I had a heart attack and needed to be revived? I have no bloody idea. I think I’d be too busy nit-picking every actor and actress to death. I could see myself now… “I said snarky and sexy, not bitchy and trampy!”

 

Thanks for having me, m’lady! It’s always a pleasure to be closely studied by one such as yourself.

~D.F. Krieger

You are very welcome.  Stop by again and keep us posted on your new projects!

 

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New Release: A Flawed Jewel

Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather.

Will love intervene, altering both their courses?

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Pieretta Carlyle experienced the loss of her father, leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere, Comte Renard Dubois. The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him. Pieretta doesn’t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known. Her grandpere is her guardian, and she must do what he says.

Thor has a score to settle, and Pieretta is the key to his revenge. He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him. He must acquire Pieretta by any means necessary, and he doesn’t mind plundering a ship to obtain her.

When Pieretta and Thor meet, they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgments. She is disgusted by the pirate’s actions. Thor knows what Pieretta believes, but proceeds with his plans anyway. She is only a tool to achieve vengeance. What happens will depend on Thor’s need for revenge and Pieretta’s ability to forgive him for his dastardly deeds.

A little about the Author

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at www.authordawnbrower.com,  her facebook page at www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at www.twitter.com/dawnab33.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy reading.  🙂

St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop with Breathless Press

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Welcome to my humble blog and thank you for joining our little blog hop.

Once upon a time, I was a carefree little girl that was able to do what most people couldn’t…find a four leaf clover.

All I had to do was walk into a field, look down, and pick up a four leaf clover.  It baffled most of the people around me.  My family always teased me that I was the luckiest girl alive.

I pressed every four leaf clover I found.  They were hidden in books all over my mother’s bookcase.  She would open a book and a handful of them would flutter to the ground.  Alas, most of them did not survive, their brittle leaves crushed with the slightest pressure.

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As I grew, my knack for finding these tiny green treasures became a game to me.  I would challenge my brother to see who could find one first.  He has yet to win that contest. 🙂

One time when I was in college, I was horseback riding through a thick green pasture overlooking the soft valleys in Eastern Pennsylvania.  I happened to glance down and saw a four leaf clover burried in the lush grasses.  It stood out as if it was standing alone atop a mound of dirt, begging for me to pluck it and add it to my collection.  So I did.

All those four leaf clovers and I have yet to win a fantasy vacation or the lottery.  I’m still waiting on my book to be turned into a movie.  Meeting Tom Hiddleston or Benedict Cumberbatch would be nice too.  But the truth is, I’m already the luckiest girl in the world.

I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children, a family that loves and supports me, friends who encourage and harass me on a daily basis, and a fantastic community of authors and readers who love romance as much as I do.  I don’t need a pot of gold to make me happy.  I just need to be aware of how lucky I truly am every day of my life.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Her Favorite Vice Author Interview

Hello everyone, this week we have another special guest.

Holden Granger

Tell me a little about your book and what you write.

I’m Holden Granger, and my most recent book is Her Favorite Vice.  This story was a lot of fun to write, and I hope it will be a lot of fun to read! To sum it up, it’s the story of a young police detective, who has her first big case in which she must go undercover as a high-priced call girl. She has the help of her partner, who also pretends to be one of her clients. Together, they match wits with the corrupt judge who uses his office to run the call-girl operation.

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Ten Questions:

  1. What motivates you to write?  I love to create stories, and I’ve found I love it even more when people can read and enjoy them.
  2. Top five most romantic films in your opinion:  Casablanca – Pretty Woman – An Affair to Remember – When Harry Met Sally – Say Anything
  3. Best Kiss scene in film: Undoubtedly the spaghetti scene in “Lady and the Tramp”
  4. Top three authors who have inspired you:  Mario Puzo, Anne Rice and Raymond Chandler
  5. What is your favorite subgenre of romance?  Right now I enjoy paranormal romance because it gives both writer and readr a chance to enter a new mythology, at least it should if it is done right!
  6. Do you have a favorite poem?  Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 – it has fun with the classical ideas of romantic poetry
  7. What do you do in your free time, when you get it? I can’t remember!
  8. Any new projects on the burner? I always try to keep a couple going. I’m really excited about a paranormal romance I’m working on now.
  9. What is your secret indulgence? Pop music from the 80’s, I use it to set the mood when I write. Please don’t tell anyone.
  10. If you could do one thing right now, without consequences, what would it be?  Why? That’s the toughest question I’ve been asked! A lot of possibilities come to mind, but I’ll stick with a relatively tame one. I’d like to walk into the Oval Office and chat with the president. I’d love to get his perspective on a few issues.

Lightning Round:

Favorite season? Summer – less clothes

Biggest pet peeve? Know-it-alls

Favorite dessert? Anything with ice cream

Favorite color? A deep, dark red

Drink of choice? Vodka and water

Favorite band? Fleetwood Mac

Action flick or RomCom – why can’t I have both?

Cuddling  or making out – Making out for sure!

Video games or a good book – Good book without question

Pirate or cowboy – Pirate, I love the ocean

Sexy or sweet – sexy

Bonus: If you could meet one person in all of history, who would it be and why?

Maybe it is a cliché, but I would want to meet Abraham Lincoln. I’d like to tell him that all he suffered was not in vain.

Thank you very much, Holden, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview and congratulations on your new release!

Interview with Author D.F. Kreiger

Author Interview:  D. F. Kreiger

Welcome and tell us a little about your book and what you write.

‘Ello, I’m D. F. Krieger and I have a problem. My book, Panthers and Precincts, doesn’t like to behave and fit into just one category. Oh no, it likes to stretch out so it fits Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Mystery/Thriller. My story is about a zoologist who discovers a literate panther and must correspond with a detective on a missing child case.

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Ten Questions of Torture: 

1. What motivates you to write?

If I did not, my insanity would soon outweigh my common sense and plans for death rays would shortly grace the walls of my home.

2. Top five most romantic films in your opinion.

Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Avatar, Practical Magic, Legend, The Proposal

3. Best Kiss scene in film?

The one that didn’t happen between Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings.

4. Top three authors who have inspired you?

Rachel Firasek because she wiped the floor with me during a crit session. It hurt, but I came out stronger for it. Piers Anthony, because reading his Xanth series taught me to write my own worlds, no matter how crazy they seemed to others. Christine Feehan, whose stories showed me love can be dark and still be enthralling.

5. What is your favorite subgenre of romance?

Uh, I do not comprehend this question. The answer must be “Magic,” then.

6. Do you have a favorite poem?

You hide behind your masquerade attire
Eyes that glitter betraying longing
Never do you utter a word

Nor give a smile more genuine then painted
Yet the conversation could never be clearer
The sway of our bodies is your voice

The light in your eyes a vivid smile
So loud, enticing amidst the color splashed world
Always at a distance am I kept

Though I yearn to see your face
Would that I could free your ties
Let you stand before me as you alone

“Hush and play the costumed monster”
Your eyes are bitter with regret
“Those here would run if they knew the truth”

My body holds you closer as I whisper my reply
“We are all monsters hidden by painted smiles”
Against gloved hand my claws dig deep

 7. What do you do in your free time, when you get it?

I kill things. Y’know, dragons, goblins, evil wizards. Oh, I also horseback ride and cross stitch.

8. Any new projects on the burner?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

9. What is your secret indulgence?

My husband. Oh, you didn’t mean that kind of… Okay. This is awkward…

10. If you could do one thing right now, without consequences, what would it be?  Why?

I would rob a bank and buy a horse farm where I would then run a horse rescue and pretend they were unicorns trapped in the mortal realm, hiding from humans.

 

Lightning Round:

Favorite season? The very beginning of fall, when the air is crisp, the sun is out, and the leaves are just turning.

Biggest pet peeve? Stupidity. No, seriously.

Favorite dessert? Video games! Well, if I’m a good girl and get all my work done, that’s what I get after dinner.

Favorite color? Purple! I thought everyone knew that by now.

Drink of choice? Iced sweet tea.

Favorite band? I have several. Depeche Mode, Blaqk Audio, and Julien-K

Action flick or RomCom?  I’m an action girl, all the way.

Cuddling  or making out.  Can I answer with “intimate moments that aren’t interrupted by my children?”

Video games or a good book.  That’s not fair. You know I’m just as much a diehard gamer as I am a writer.

Pirate or cowboy.  Neither. 😉

Sexy or sweet? Sexy

 

Bonus: If you could meet one person in all of history, who would it be and why?

Me in my past life. To, y’know, created paradoxes and stuff. I think it’d be fun.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview, D. F. Kreiger.  We look forward to having you back again soon.  🙂

How to find your books and information…

Social links:

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An Irresistible Shadow is on Tour!

Hello everyone!  Here is a list of the stops and dates for my blog tour, organized by Fire and Ice Book Tours.  I’m excited to promote my book, An Irresistible Shadow.  Don’t forget to click the link at the bottom of the post to enter in the giveaway!  🙂

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1/14 Fantastic Indie Authors 

Stop 2 Alpha Male Books

1/15 Peace Love and Writing

1/16 Lady Hawk’s Historical Fiction Blog

1/17 Book Freebies, Giveaways, Sweepstakes

Stop 2 UK Romance Readers

1/20 Cryptic Reads 

1/21 Rage, Sex, and Teddy Bears 

1/22 Author Rose Wynters

1/23 Dawn’s Disaster

1/24 Bestseller Books 

1/25 Up All Night, Read All Day

1/27 Book Nerd

1/28 The Cat’s Pajamas Book Haven

Here is the link for the GIVEAWAY!  🙂  Check it out for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes!

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Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Hello Everyone!  I am so excited to be participating in a Blog Hop, hosted by the amazing women at The Diva Ladies.

I am offering a give away which will include a free copy of my eBook, An Irresistible Shadow, in any format you’d prefer, as well as a key chain featuring the cover of my novel and a charm bracelet  made by me.  🙂

Enter HERE for a chance to WIN

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to browse and hope to see you again soon!

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