Friday, August 24, 2012

An Article by Author Em Epe: After the Story is Written

After the story is written…the editor shows up 
Written by Em Epe
Writing and completing a story is a fulfilling experience for any writer. Once that’s done though, a considerable amount of work remains and that’s when you blossom as an author.

You love your masterpiece and send it off to a publisher. Whether you’re new and a first time author, or a seasoned one, there is still the waiting period to see if your manuscript has been accepted. If you’ve written a good plot with strong characters and used the tools needed to show instead of tell, your baby will find a home. The email accepting your finely crafted book gives a wonderful sensation no matter how many contracts you have. It solidifies your efforts.

As we have all heard, then the hard work begins. What? We say to ourselves “I worked very hard and polished my story until is shines like a diamond”. Well, yes, that’s true. However, an editor will go through your manuscript.
When you open that first round of edits, it can be shocking. Sometimes it is lit up like the strip in Vegas. Defeat and fear can settle in but really take a look at what has been suggested. These are professionals who want what you want, a sellable book. They want you as the author to be proud and to show off your very best work to readers from your mutual publishing company. You’ve now become a team.
You will notice for the first time that you have repetitive words and phrases that you didn’t see before. My editor from Still Moments Publishing asked a very important question, what does “it” mean in the second sentence. Jane stared in horror at the shattered glass on the floor. It gave her a shiver. At first, you might think “it” is referring to the mess on the floor and that may very well be the case but does your reader know what you’re trying to convey? Ok, you revise: The mess of shards on the floor gave her a shiver.
Next round of edits come through. Did the shards give her a shiver or was it what caused the shards on the floor that caused the response? Also, where did she shiver or how did it feel? You may sigh or moan because you realize, you expected the reader to read your mind. You revise because you know it was the cause of the broken glass that gave a shiver but you didn’t show the reader. Additionally, you need to address the sensation of the shiver. This is your time to go back to your creative abilities, let go of your baby for a moment and really show the reader what’s going on. Put yourself in the room of your character, look at the scene, and bring your reader and editor with you.
Jane kicked the door shut behind her while she read the mail. A crunch under her foot stopped her cold and she looked down. Shards of glass covered the maple-planked floor. Her gaze lifted to the window. The large pane of glass was destroyed. A shiver of fear prickled up her spine and pooled at the base of her neck. Who did this and why?
You might be saying, this adds so many words. Yes but if the new material is important to the story and in this case we will assume it is, then it is worth the extra words. Believe me, there will be other areas to trim and the end results are often amazing. I personally have added several pages to my book Somer’s Rising because I simply didn’t describe enough. In Somer’s Rising, the main character, Somer, was taken captive by her brother whom she didn’t know. Somer found this to be unacceptable and decided to escape. I knew the struggles and near misses she encountered during the escape but I failed to include enough details. I skimmed over the escape and summarized later in her thoughts.
My editor from Eternal Press guided me. She said, “Take me and the reader with you. Let us see what happened, don’t just tell us about it.” That took me several pages but I liked the results. I was also able to cut the later reference and it began to balance out.
In another spot, she said, “I would have loved to have been there for this.” I had to shake my head. I had “told” by summarizing. To “show” what happened, I moved the passage to an earlier location, made a few changes and additions and voila, it shined and I loved it. The issue here was a repetitive error. The reason was because I knew what happened and apparently, I thought my readers would just know. How can they know if I don’t bring them with me? That is what an editor does for you. She or he can help you show your reader and in many cases, let your reader become the character.
Isn’t that wonderful when you read a good book? For that time you squeezed out of your busy day to enjoy a novel or novella, you left the stress of life and became a woman in the Scottish Highlands or a powerful woman in the dog eat dog world of business? Perhaps you actually felt the pain or pleasure of an emotional moment in the story? If you did, the author is doing the happy dance because that was exactly what the writer intended for their reader.
Not all edits consist of show versus tell. There may be dangling participles and modifiers. Your editor may find an overuse of certain punctuation or too many pronouns or adjectives. I’m guilty of all those things. Sometimes, I feel embarrassed by those errors but when my book is published, I’ve learned so much. Your editor will help you develop into a stronger, more efficient writer. The next time your manuscript lands in their inbox, you will have learned a few new writing tips to help with the mechanics which will help the process go much smoother in the future. 
Will my next book need fewer edits? I certainly hope so and if you’ve had an open mind about your editor, yours will too.
Keep in mind, as you look back at books you’ve read in the past, each and every one of them has been edited. The plot wasn’t changed, it was enhanced. The characters weren’t rewritten, they were brought to life. Authors don’t forget your editor dug in deep with you to bring an amazing book to your readers. Readers, remember your author loves their editors!

About Author Em Epe

Em Epe invites you to visit her at or for a chat at Her books can be found at all your favorite sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks as well as her publishers, Eternal Press and Still Moments Publishing.

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The Story Behind the Book: The Anatomy of Faith by K.A. M'Lady

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
Rabindranath Tagore

When Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors asked me to write an article describing the background history of where the ideas for my Faith Savage Demon Huntress Series came from, of course I wholeheartedly agreed.  Then, after giving it some serious thought I wondered ‘How does an author go about the business of writing such a summary when the feelings involved this series are deeper, darker and more personal than just an idea? 

Really, one might think it a simple task for an author.  Just pull out the outline, throw together the main idea, the historical references you researched, add a list of items on how you wanted your characters look, the attitude you wanted them to portray.  Then, set-up the scenery, the landscape, and reference what made you pick the location – even if you made it up.  Tell your readers what city, town or by-way you chose to be your locale.

But what do you share when the scope of your story is a bit more personal?  What do you describe when most of it is a matter of faith?

Authors often interweave bits and pieces of our hopes, dreams, fears and personal beliefs into our stories.  We make our characters live out our fantasies, become our super-heroes, and fight the demons that have skulked around in the far, dark reaches of our minds.  For me, to an extent, this became Faith Savage.

Expanded from a previous release I chose to write beyond my original idea of a woman being tempted by an angel and a demon.  The central idea to expand this story was mainly prompted from my own personal demons and travels with the darkness in my own life.  I wondered what a character would do if God had given them a job to cast out the darkness from the world.  To provide a message to mankind.  And, how would the external factors from her personal upbringing factor into her story?  Could those dark days be blamed on the devil?  Would her faith in God and herself be strong enough to see her through?

Personally, I have survived much in my short life:  child abuse, homelessness, joblessness, alcoholism, and drug addiction.  Like most, there are multiple demons that haunt me and many dark days that I have survived.  But the point is – I survived.  I would like to think that it was for a greater purpose.  That God has a master plan for me to affect someone else’s life.  Whether it is through my stories, my poetry or the simple act of giving back the proceeds I make to a charity of my choosing.  As writers we are gifted with this opportunity. 

As a person I don’t much care either way what my friends and readers choose to believe in.  What they choose to call their God.  I have friends of every walk of life and of every faith:  Christian, Muslim, Jehovah Witness, Catholic, Pagan, and non-believers.  The one thing I’ve noticed in all of them is that at the core of them I’ve found what it is that drew me to them as a person and what makes their light shine within them.  And that light is love.

So, whether your characters are fighting dragons, slaying ogres or fighting the darkness and demons that are within there is always something that keeps us returning to their story.  Something that keeps us searching for their happily-ever-after, as well as our own.  Is it the hope that the light will conquer the darkness?  That love for ourselves and each other will be strong enough to win?  Quite possibly it’s all just a matter of faith.

Blessings Always ~ K.

About Author K.A. M’Lady

K.A. M’Lady lives a few stone throws from corn fields, chaos and congestion; all lying on the outskirts of the many burbs of Chicago. She spends her days calculating life expectancies, mortality and the certainty of death and taxes while in her free time the dead wander freely, buy shoes, homes, the occasional odd business or two and, if you even think of charging them too much in taxes…well, let’s just say the tax man may never come back. But if he does he might just shamble a bit.

Her work has been described as scary, descriptive, beautiful, dark, frightening, prosaic, addictive, sexy and believable. She loves to read paranormal romances, watching horror movies, westerns on Sundays with her husband, playing fetch with her pocket beagle, Chevy and buying weird shoes. Her friends call her eccentric, her family refuses to comment.

For more information look her up on the web at or on MySpace and Facebook

Book Review: Sinner by K.A. M'Lady

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              Faith Savage, a three-part review presentation

Written by K.A. M’Lady
Published by Mojocastle Press
52 Pages

"It was hard to tell, for agony and pain danced in the shadows with darkness and the darkness had a name. Corruption." Taken from Sinner by K.A. M'Lady

Faith Savage Book Seven: Sinner—Book Synopsis

It was written that each soul would have a Guardian. A Warrior of Light to watch over it. Protect it. Be its shield against the darkness, its sword against the fallen. But the days grew dark. Man’s souls darker still. Many turned away from the Light of God, cast aside His word and His love. And the Guardians rebelled.

Some say that this was his second transgression. What led to his ultimate betrayal. Others say that he too was but pawn in God’s glorious manipulation. A means to an end of man’s dark days. One thing is certain, only God knows the truth of his story. Only He knows a soul’s true worth and its fate.
My name is Faith Savage. In this game of good and evil I’ve met the Guardian that God sent me. His story I am just beginning to learn. His history, I am told, has marked him as damned. But, everyone knows Christ died for the sinners. The only question that remains is, could we forgive him if we controlled his fate?
  Review of Faith Savage Book Seven: Sinner by K.A. M’Lady

Faith Savage knows tragedy. She’s been called upon to walk down a trail littered with heartache. She has witnessed the ramifications suffered by those stricken with evil at a young age, a defining time when the innocent are vulnerable and the guidance they seek is rarely found.

Death continues to prey upon Faith as she savagely fights to hold onto her soul while encountering demons living within the helpless bodies damned by possession. To make matters worse, she knows she’s been chosen for the Guff, also known as the Hall of Souls.

Mankind’s continuation may depend upon the strength of Faith Savage, but the demon huntress may not be up for the challenge. Exhausted by her ongoing fight, Faith calls upon Death, reminding the reader of how closely our heroine mirrors the strengths and weaknesses in all of us. Sometimes, those burdened by unexpected challenges are haunted by the lingering temptation of death.
When the end looms in a very dangerous shadow treading softly on a narrow balance beam, one slip can cause the ultimate fall.

K.A. M’Lady’s Faith Savage: Sinner was by far my favorite installment. A scene from Faith’s past forces her to face her buried childhood. As clips from our heroine’s most
horrific moments resurface, the reader betters understands how Faith became
 seduced by the light and imprisoned by darkness.

In the final pages of Faith Savage: Sinner, I couldn’t help but think of James Blunt and his musical masterpiece, No Bravery. Like Blunt often will, author K.A. M’Lady conveyed meaningful passages, too.
The reader must simply know where to look for them.
A paranormal phenomena, Faith Savage hits the high notes straight across the board.

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Faith Savage, Demon Huntress: Faith's TemptationFaith Savage: Book 1 - GlowFaith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil
Faith Savage: Book 3 - TransgressionsFaith Savage: Book 5 - The Ash CollectorFaith Savage: Book 6 - Wicked's KissFaith Savage: Book 7- Sinner

Book Review: Wicked's Kiss by K.A. M'Lady

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              Faith Savage, a three-part review presentation
Published by Mojocastle Press
45 Pages

"In the end, it is still the kiss of betrayal that brings about destruction...." Taken from K.A. M'Lady's Wicked Kiss
Faith Savage Book Six: Wicked's Kiss—Book Synopsis

There are those who say that we are all God’s children. That the Blood of Christ released us from sins. But there are others that hold to the original sins. Temptations purchased for a copper, a penny, a fine golden coin. Even the priests bought and sold lies with the silver kisses of thieves; might cost you a stoning – ten pence for a whore.
Some have written that from a garden God created the first cast-off demon; a viper feigned in the guise of a woman. Her kisses, once given, led to eternal damnation. And, from one sacred garden to our Christ’s last temptation, a kiss by the wicked brought about mankind’s salvation. Bought and paid for by greed, perhaps even envy – all impugnable transgressions.
But when is a kiss just a kiss in the game of redemption? What price does a man pay for the ultimate betrayal? Is the cost greater than the price of his soul?
My name is Faith Savage. When dealing with matters of faith, God, religion and demons, I’ve found there are no easy answers. I’ve stumbled my way through Hell’s treacherous dark byways seeking God and the answers to these and many other questions. I’ve learned that nothing is as it seems when dealing with demons and Angels. And sometimes, love and faith creates just another way to burn.
Review of Faith Savage Book Six: Wicked's Kiss by K.A. M’Lady
Faith Savage once again finds her back against the wall. Fearing she will be forced to carry a demon seed, she makes a well informed decision, choosing an option that seemingly trumps all others. While somewhat assured of the path in front of her, Faith finds the road splits and divides with surprises at every turn. She is forced to rely upon on her faith even as she questions the events unfolding before her.

With the darkness enveloping her, Faith depends upon her tenacity and belief system to carry her home.  And her home isn’t quite the restful haven it once was with the unannounced arrivals of supernatural creatures at the most inopportune times.

Descriptive characters lead one to believe that evil is often represented by those coming forward with apparent good intentions and deceptive faces aglow with beauty and goodness.
Thought-provoking and incredibly written, Faith Savage is a work of fiction where author K.A. M’Lady took extraordinary care to deliver another Faith Savage chapter with outstanding attention to detail.

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Faith Savage, Demon Huntress: Faith's TemptationFaith Savage: Book 1 - GlowFaith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil
Faith Savage: Book 3 - TransgressionsFaith Savage: Book 5 - The Ash CollectorFaith Savage: Book 6 - Wicked's KissFaith Savage: Book 7- Sinner

Book Review: Faith Savage -The Ash Collector by K.A. M'Lady

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Book 5 – The Ash Collector
Written by K.A. M’Lady
Published by Mojocastle Press
49 Pages
"For all who fight the darkness despite their fears and the odds – may you always have faith..." Quote from The Ash Collector, K.A. M'Lady

Faith Savage Book Five: The Ash Collector—Book Synopsis

In the beginning, God created man in his image; from dust and ash, hope was cast.
Yet, as far as time remembers, in the scrolls of history’s past, it was written that woman brought temptation to the garden. Woman introduced death unto man. But have you forgotten about the trickster? Was mortal destruction not his master plan?
There are those who say death is a celebration. One soul’s defiant, heavy passing; another’s gentle ease into the Light. Commemorations for the departed. Forgiveness of old transgressions. A final rest for pity, the end to immortal strife. But is death just the beginning? And who comes to collect you when you pass?
What happens to the worthy if the Light turns against them? Do they stand their ground – Stay and fight? What about those who seek no forgiveness? Do the deceiver’s minions scurry from the darkness? Come and collect their next eternal victim? Is everlasting damnation the deceased’s future plight?
My name is Faith Savage. I know what it is to walk the dark shadows at the edge of destruction. To feel the presence of The Collector in the night. I know what it is to bleed the dust of life’s possibilities, to sift through the ash of mankind’s hopes and dreams. To seek the evil that makes souls rot. It is here in this impossible darkness that I hunt demons, searching for my own answers and retributions, in the battle for the Light.

Review of Faith Savage Book Five: The Ash Collector by K.A. M’Lady

Faith Savage is consumed by guilt and carries the burden of blame for her friend and confidant’s passing. Completely numbed by the evil events responsible for tearing her world apart, Faith realizes the only way to feel whole again is by exercising revenge.

With ideas of retaliation driving her, Faith is blindsided at Father Daniel’s funeral when she is swept away by Death, an entity with certain unalienable and quite irresistible charms. New and old players surface as Faith and Death come together in an intense union where Faith’s personal beliefs and strong will are tested once again.

The Ash Collector is the fifth installment in author K.A. M’Lady’s Faith Savage series. M’Lady tantalizes the erotic romance reader with exciting scenes destined to leave Faith quite tormented and readers incredibly pleased.

The Faith Savage stories are written in such a way that this reader feels the heroine’s personal struggles. One of the most intriguing elements is how well author K.A. M’Lady uses trickery throughout the series. There’s an easy comparison seen between fictional characters and real people where deception exists in the world of make believe and in the world as we know it.

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Faith Savage, Demon Huntress: Faith's TemptationFaith Savage: Book 1 - GlowFaith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil
Faith Savage: Book 3 - TransgressionsFaith Savage: Book 5 - The Ash CollectorFaith Savage: Book 6 - Wicked's KissFaith Savage: Book 7- Sinner

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review: Too Close for Comfort by Adriana Kraft

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Written by Adriana Kraft
Published by eXtasy Books
Erotic Romance
57 Pages

The long sought unicorn, so elusive in the Swing Lifestyle. Now that Sarah Creston has materialized in Jen and Brett Andrews’ bed, what’s next?

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close For Comfort-Book Synopsis

It all seemed so simple: Sarah Creston would move in for the summer, Brett and Jen Andrews could revel in their new threesome, and everyone else would understand. But now Donna and Ryan—their best friends and lovers—won’t speak to them, and Jen seems so infatuated with Sarah that even Brett is worried about the consequences.

Battered from the double whammy of her husband’s death and caring for her aging parents, Sarah Creston thrills to Jen and Brett’s exquisite care and ravishing sex. Now that she’s had her first taste of a woman, will she be satisfied—or will she want more? Everything hinges on what Sarah wants.

Review of Too Close for Comfort by Adriana Kraft
Brett and Jen open up their home to a woman with emotional baggage. Realizing Sarah has internal scars, Brett and Jen are careful about how they introduce their summer guest to their lifestyle and friends. In the process, they are forced to temporarily sever ties with their longtime friends and lovers, Donna and Ryan.  

Too Close for Comfort was not at all what I expected. The sex between multiple partners was meticulously written in a way which not only enhanced the story, but also helped the plot
unfold in a realistic manner.

With a gift for writing remarkable dialogue, Adriana Kraft used her characters to show how swingers are able to manage the lifestyle, hold a marriage together, and pursue other relationship interests while remaining true to their lifelong commitments. The scenes between multiple lovers weren’t forced or unnatural. In fact they were beautifully relayed in a fashion which draws the reader into the heart of these characters' most intimate moments. 

Too Close for Comfort is the ninth installment in Swinging Games, an acclaimed series published by eXtasy Books. This erotic novella is certain to keep readers up late burning the midnight oil. Too Close for Comfort  may provoke a few erotic fantasies, too. Purchase the whole series. You won’t be able to stop with just one installment of Swinging Games!

AnticipationHook UpsA Tempting TasteComplexities
The Adventure ContinuesWho's The Coach?Dare to AdventurePushing the LimitsToo Close for Comfort

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Welcome Back to Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors

Welcome to Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors
It's Friday, August 24, 2012

It is after midnight here in East Tennessee so we’ll kick off by posting the first of our Friday reviews a little earlier than usual. Too Close for Comfort by author Adriana Kraft is a short novella guaranteed to please those of you who love reading a hot and spicy novella right before bedtime.

The review for Adriana is coming right up. In the meantime, take a look around. Read our past reviews and articles. Give us your feedback anytime. 

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