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Balancing Paranormal

Balancing Paranormal

Are you like me, when it comes to finding a good paranormal story?

Nothing warms my heart – or chills my cockles – more. Especially if it includes romance. Make that romance frustrated, suppressed, and kind of skewed, and I’m hooked.

What if you woke up one day and found a wild paranormal romance unfolding in front of you?

In 1999, I had an NDE. At least, “Near-Death-Experience” is the best description I’ve found so far. I often try to invent a word that expresses what happened to me… maybe someday I’ll nail it.

This experience happened while I was asleep… or at least in an altered state, lying in bed, thinking I was asleep. A Being made of white light approached me. All I could see were hands: glowing, insubstantial, inexplicable.

The hands touched mine, and everything exploded into brilliant white light. He swept me out of my body and off on an adventure so overwhelming I can’t recall details. Showed me the universe – how vast and multilayered it is. When he returned me to my body, I drifted back into it, re-filling and warming it, resonating with ecstasy from the journey.

When I woke, I wanted more. I had to find that Being. Who was he?

Like a story with a great hook, I couldn’t put it down. And each chapter brings new adventures.

My journey since 1999 has been about teetering in balance. Trying to find ways to live with the memories of that journey, and searching for that Being, while also paying the bills.

After almost twenty years of living amidst alternate realities, two approaches help me find some of that elusive balance.

First, I’ve realized I must play along… figure out how to make things work in this plane. Follow its rules. I can’t muster the power to make up my own rules, and I know checking out of this place won’t help me find my dream-buddies. I’m making lemonade with the lemons, you might say.

Second, I find solace in writing. It’s a way to take the reins more and live through these experiences. I’ve begun crafting stories to share with others, each offering glimpses of what I’ve seen.

These strategies for living my story make it less frightening for others, and more tangible for me. Paranormal becomes okay.

When I view my life as a story I’m writing, I’m a character striving towards a goal: to reunite with my brilliant Light-Friend. Conflicts and tension crop up daily. The more time passes, the higher the stakes get. Obstructions thread through my plot, like villains that just won’t die.

But the more I write more about my life, the more sense it makes. The more I share, the more I connect with others. And best of all, I find I’m not alone.

Each of us writes our own story. I know, you’ve heard that before. But when we take an author’s – or reader’s – view, we can step back, away from the craziness or boredom, and notice how it weaves together.

What will my heroine do next?

That’s my plan for tomorrow.

About the Author:

Writing and creating images have been Leslee Hare’s most passionate creative outlets since childhood.
Leslee draws upon her experiences as a Buddhist, a teacher of kids’ Dharma classes, an Architect, a Writer, an Illustrator, and a participant on the Autism Spectrum to share her insights and view of the world.
You can see more of her work on the web here.
These days, Leslee lives in Pine Lake, Georgia, with Lucas the Game Designer, Sylvie the Cat, and as many flowers as will fit.


First Try at Love

I write sci-fi and fantasy. Sometimes the story has a romantic thread, but most of the time it is very, very thin, if it’s there at all.

So honored to be included in this collection of great stories!

Then, a few months ago, a friend invited me to join a collaboration of authors who were working on a contemporary romance collection of novellas. The stories could be any sub-genre, but it had to be a love story of some kind.

I almost said no.

But then, I thought, I should broaden my horizons. Romance was one of my favorite genres when I was a young adult – why not try my hand at writing one?

So, I said yes, and started writing The Worlds Between Us. And I’m really glad I did. Why? Because creativity, no matter the genre or type, begets creativity.

As I wrote, I fell in love with Jackson and Maeve, the main characters. Their path is a rocky one, but they over come the obstacles before them with strength and courage, two of my favorite things in a person. Not only that, but three of the minor characters sat me down and explained that they really needed their stories told. So, instead of one novella, I’m going to get at least three, possibly four.

And then, I discovered that the characters in Worlds link all of my other series. There are references to Gaia, and descendants of the protagonist in Worlds show up in Illusion. One of the Life-Trade naiads (Changelings) helps out, and there are a couple of subtle connections to the Outcast Angels series.

The funny thing about writing is that you never know where it’s going to take you, but the journey is always worth the ride.

Legacies of Love is available for preorder now, set to release on February 14, 2019.

Author Spotlight: Terri Wilson

Our guest today is the awesome Terri Wilson. Welcome, Terri!

CLR: I see that this box set is from a collection of different authors. What was it like working from so many different perspectives?

TW: It was motivating. They are all such a great group of ladies, I didn’t want to be the weak link. So it pushed me to make my story better. Every time I had a question or a need I got great response and help.

CLR: For me, attending reader/author conferences is one of the best perks of being an author. What is your favorite thing about conferences and/or signings?

TW: Synergy. It’s a phenomenal feeling to be around people who are like-minded. So far I’ve only attended as a reader, next summer I’ll attend my first as an author.

CLR: From the title of the box set, I’m thinking each story has a hero as the protagonist. In your experience, what does it take to create a really great hero?

TW: Honesty, sincerity, and relatability  (a nice set of six-pack abs helps too.)

CLR: What’s next for you?

TW: At the end of this month, I release the first of a trilogy, Forgiveness for Mate It’s coming out in the Milly Taiden world, Sassy Ever After. Book two will be out in October. I have three more anthologies coming shortly after the first of the year.

CLR: You are the force behind a great video blog as well, can you tell us a little about that?

TW: Popup Interviews started because I love to meet people, but prefer to talk one on one. In groups, it’s hard to give people the attention they deserve. I interview authors, readers, industry professionals, and bloggers. We talk about books, writing, and anything else that comes up in my head. It’s not scripted so it’s very spontaneous. I took some time off this summer, but plan on hitting it again this fall. If you’re interested, fill out this Google form:

https://goo.gl/forms/YT0ahzWpZyp7FteL2

CLR: I know Tracie Roberts and I had a great time on your show. Thank you for joining us, Terri.

In collaboration with a group of wonderful authors, Terri has a new box set out that readers of contemporary romance are going to love. Here’s a little snapshot.

Kiss Me: An Asian Hero Boxed Set

Two Worlds, One Kiss, a Lifetime of Love

This set features EIGHT sweet contemporary romance novellas featuring handsome Asian heroes.

From Australia’s vineyards to the bright lights of Hong Kong, these stories have something for anyone looking for a little international flair in their romance.

This set will only be available for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!  

Joanne Dannon – An Unexpected Forever –   

A world of differences, an unexpected forever.

Because of her upbringing, they can’t date and they can’t live together. Their differences leave them worlds—and soon to be oceans—apart. With such a gulf between them, can they find a way to bridge it together and seize their unexpected forever?

Khardine Gray – Kisses and Blossoms-  

Akihiro Kimora was the kind of guy you’d imagine in a dream. If only he wasn’t the cop investigating the theft of a priceless Japanese painting Helen was suspected of stealing.

Is this the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but then how would they have met?

Imogene Nix – Hero of Heartbreak Hill-  

When Connor meets Kelly it’s clear that she’s been hurt before and the reason she fights against the growing attraction between them. When her past raises its ugly head, the question becomes: can the outback town of Heartbreak Hill—and Connor—heal her broken heart?

Aislinn Kearns – Until You

Dakota Harrison – Once Upon a K-Pop Prince-  

A hunky hardbody in her bed wasn’t what Andi ordered for her 40th birthday but when he has the face of an angel, the package is hard to resist.

A gorgeous woman in his bed might be any man’s dream come true, but for Min-Kyu, it could turn into a nightmare. If only she wasn’t HIS dream come true.

One little lie, a career at stake, and a match made in Okinawa.

Fiona Marsden – Beautiful Stranger-

She trusted him with her body but can she trust him with her heart.

Terri A. Wilson – A New Ending-  

As a single parent, Jamie has no time for love and spends all her energy creating a better life for her daughter. When faced with a choice between the life she once led and a man she barely knows but wants to be with forever, will she have the courage to face her mistakes and trust that love is unconditional?

Zena Oliver – Seven-Day Cruise-  

Riley and Taite kept their careers as their top priority. Neither was willing to sacrifice for love. When they met on the cruise, neither intended to become more than friends. But their hearts didn’t get the memo.

GoodReads    Universal buy link

About Our Guest:

Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book she read. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since she was in second grade.

When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly.

To find out more about her characters and the lives they live, check out her website, http://www.terriluvsbooks.com. Follow her on Amazon and Goodreads, or connect with through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can find Terri at the following links:

Newsletter- http://eepurl.com/dCKgkj

Twitter- http://twitter.com/terriawilson

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/wilsonterria/

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/terria.wilson/

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/author/terriawilson

 


Guest Author, Tawdra Kandle, Talks Romance

Today I am pleased to host one of my favorite romance authors, Tawdra Kandle. She and I met through Indie Book Fest (fabulous Fall reader/author event. You NEED to go!) and I love her books. Well, she has a new one coming out TODAY, so I asked her to tell us a little about her perspective on romance.

Here’s what she said:

TBR: In your opinion, how does modern romance genre differ from traditional romance? (Or does it?)

TK: I think there is more of a tendency for strong female characters in modern romance. While certainly not all of tradition romance featured less-than-strong heroines, there was often a lack of depth or of self-reliance there. I also think many of the tropes seen in traditional romance are no longer viable or popular. As society has shifted and moved, so has the love story

TBR: What gave you the idea for Fifty Frogs?

TK: Last fall, I was on my way home after the end of Indie BookFest, the author education/reader appreciation event that I organize and run with my business partner. One of my daughters was in the backseat of the car, and my dear friend, fellow author Gail Priest was also with us. Just before we turned the final corner in our neighborhood, we spied a turtle in the middle of the street. We stopped and attempted to ‘rescue’ the creature by moving him to the side of the road nearest the lake. 

Unfortunately he didn’t want to be saved. He kept crawling under my car, running along beneath it as we drove slowly. Just then, a very nice looking young man (ahem!) emerged from one of the houses and offered to help us. While he and I tried to maneuver so that he could reach the turtle, Gail leaned into the backseat and said to my daughter, “He’s really cute! Get out of the car!” That became a scene in Fifty Frogs, and ultimately, it inspired three different characters. I was happy that I had a vehicle to share some of the amazing stories my daughters have experienced in their dating lives . . . some are much stranger than fiction!

TBR: What defines a “perfect” romance?

TK: I’m not sure there is such a thing! I think there are a few key components to any successful love story: a strong man, a strong woman, an attraction that grows the more they get to know each other, a sense of mutual respect and the evidence that both main characters have grown over the course of the story. For me, there must also be a happy ending! 

TBR: Ok, so let’s switch to real life. Is romance necessary to the success of a love relationship?

TK: Oh, I think so, though I’m not sure that always has to be romance in the traditional ways. I’m not a flowers and chocolates girl, but I love that my husband always makes me coffee. I love that after 30 years of marriage, he still kisses me good-bye and good night. In my books, romantic gestures are usually unexpected ones, ways in which the characters show each other how much they care in surprising ways.

TBR: What is your favorite way of keeping the romance alive in a relationship?

TK: I am intentional about making sure we have time together, apart from other people. For Christmas this year, our kids bought us very comfortable reclining folding chairs for sitting out by our lake. We make a point of sitting out there each evening, either before dinner or after, talking. You’d think that after thirty-plus years we’d run out of things to say, but not yet! 

Thanks for talking with us Tawdra. Now for the book:

Fifty Frogs: Vivian is sick of dating. Sick of the way guys treat her, sick of living and crying by when and if they call . . . she’s just done.

When her aunt reminds her that a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds her prince–Aunt Gail says that number is fifty–Vivian decides she’s taking control of her dating life: she’s going to go on a series of first dates only, and each one must end in a kiss. She begins chronicling each date–the good, the bad and the downright unbelievable–with a plan to turn the stories into an in-depth magazine series about the realities of dating in the twenty-first century.

Everything’s going along according to plan until Vivian hits a bump in her road with Frog Number Five, who doesn’t seem to understand his role in this deal. And despite Vivian’s determination to make it all the way to the big five-oh, when fate keeps throwing this same man across her path, she begins to wonder if maybe it’s time to ditch the plan . . . and kiss just one more frog.

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Click here to get your copy of Fifty Frogs today!

Author Bio: Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include young adult and new adult paranormal romance, new adult and adult contemporary romance and adult paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

You can connect with Tawdra on Twitter or Instagram (@Tawdra) and on Facebook.


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