Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Out Today, 3/25 and I'm on this blogging tour, talking Marcus and Tempest's story. If you're a writer, you'll find lots of tips stashed into this tour. If you're a reader, well, I hope you enjoy the ride. :)
My next stop is at Fresh Fiction 3/26 and then NovelTalk for a chat in the evening. Hope to see you there. It's usually a lot of fun, and this time, I'm sending autographed postcards to those who attend.
Here's a blurb for A STRANGER'S TOUCH:
A STRANGER'S TOUCH, Avon RS with a psychic touch, the second of a trilogy. ISBN 978-006114051-8 April 2008
Descended from a Celtic seer and a Viking chieftain, each contemporary triplet faces her uncanny, unwanted gift and danger, each with one special man. First came Claire, the empath, in AT THE EDGE. Now meet Tempest in A STRANGER'S TOUCH.
With one touch, Tempest Storm, the middle-born of the Aisling Psychic Triplets, can tell the history of any object, including everything about the person who held it. She wears gloves to protect her sensitive hands, and Marcus, the one man she can't forget wants her gloves off as they team up to open a cold-case murder.
A BARGAIN MADE: She's on the run from her haunted past and the man she can't forget. Marcus has the ancient relic she's been desperately hunting and he's not feeling sweet about Tempest leaving his bed after a one-night tryst. She'll do anything to save her family and unlock the dangerous secrets of the past. But when Tempest's psychic hands begin to unravel that cold-case, a killer wants her dead....
Tempest and Marcus's story is the second in the trilogy. For more, visit the Psychic Triplets. Anc checkout the excerpts.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here's my blogging schedule. I hope you can come:
BLOGGING EVENTS IN MARCH:
3/22 Poes Deadly Daughters
3/26 Fresh Fiction's Blog
3/27 Love is an Exploding Cigar
4/16 Riding with the Top Down
4/16 A Slice of Orange (OCCRWA's blog)
I promised a picture of Wilson. Not Tom Hank's Wilson, but the pumpkin that traveled to Kentucky with me in my bread bowl. He's on my couch now and I've grown fond of him. The daffodils are Before and After rain, a sad, sad story here with lots of flooding.
I intended to get out and take some photos of the creeks, but haven't. I was offline most of the day, due to T-storms, my yard is like a swamp, but things are okay. My heart is with some folks who had to seek shelter and lost homes throughout the Midwest. Today is still soggy and overcast, and I've got to go dig a small trench to siphon off a little backyard "pond."
Other than that, I'm doing a lot of promos and at Love is an Exploding Cigar, listed on my schedule, you can learn more about Wilson's travels.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Throughout my career, I've worked very hard to create unique stories. In the Aislings Psychic Triplet Trilogy, each triplet has a unique personality and very individual life experiences. With A STRANGER'S TOUCH appearing on the stands soon, I'm reliving all the research invested into the trilogy to make it very unique, basic plot and romance, the suspense, and the threads running through all three books.
However, there are writers who do quite well with alternatives on one basic storyline.
I "build" or create my storylines from the basement, which gives more texture. The triplets' experiences in childhood are different, because each has a special psychic gift, and a relationship to the other two sisters.
Family relationships play a huge part in constructing a familial storyline, the birth order mixed in there somewhere. Claire, the last born, was the perfect place to start. Why? Because she is the most gentle, the one who can be endangered more easily, who will rally the others when she is affected. I wanted to work up to Leona, in FOR HER EYES ONLY, an 10/08 book, because she is the most fierce. Tempest, in A STRANGER'S TOUCH, has a very different gift from Claire or Leona, because she has some freedom to move about society easily--if gloves cover her psychic hands. Tempest also has the ability to move between the other psychics more easily.
Because their familial and psychic ties are so strong, the triplets and their mother, must live apart. Otherwise, they'll be into each other's lives, and loves. Imagine standing on that beach with a lover as Tempest does with Marcus. Now imagine your mother and sisters communicating through the universal psychic portal of water. Now that gets interesting, doesn't it?
Each setting was chosen carefully for that special triplet. Claire in isolated Montana, Tempest in A STRANGER'S TOUCH is set on the shores of Lake Michigan, and then Leona's story is set in Lexington, KY.
The threads moving through the trilogy also cause the story settings.
The triplets' personalities are built on my own experienced relationships with mother, sister, and family. Tempest also reminds me very much of one daughter, my model for her personality, with a few minor adjustments.
I also used my own interests throughout each story. So a lot of Me is contained within my stories. One interest is Runes, and that is a photo of my own set. The Celtic design is one of my earrings.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Promotion for A STRANGER'S TOUCH is now going pretty well, if sporatic. I love this cover and the new cover for FOR HER EYES ONLY has just come thru.
It's shades of purple. I've never had a purple cover, so am looking forward to the experience.
A STRANGER'S TOUCH's bookmarks just came in and I've sent out a number of postcards to readers, but actually haven't done my usual.
I've very glad to have had the experience of this trilogy, a new one at Avon, though the Langtrees were connected books. At Desire, I've had several series, including the Tallchiefs and I enjoyed those.
I'm having a good time with it all and can't wait until Tempest and Marcus's stories hit the stands. Talk about opposites!