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Ten Truths About Writing

There are no hard-and-fast rules to writing. There is no handbook that says, “This will be the only way this will ever work.” No author is the same as any other. We may have similar writing styles, but that doesn’t make us the same, anymore than if two artists sat down to paint the same scene. They may look at the same thing, but it won’t be identical on the canvas. 

I’ve seen interview questions- what advice do you have for aspiring authors? Where do you get your inspiration? There are so many questions, and thousands of different answers. These truths may not hold true for every author. As a matter of fact, I’m certain they won’t. But these are 10 writing truths that work for me. 

1- You can’t just write a book. You have to have read books, many books, find ones you loved, ones you hated, and ones you think you could perfect if given the chance! Ones you’d change the hero the heroine ends up with, ones you’d rewrite the entire ending to, to satisfy yourself… 

2- Authors have “fan” moments, too! We have authors we aspire to be like, authors we want to write like, authors we want to meet as colleagues, and authors we hope will someday be fans of our work. I have several authors I chat with on a regular basis, and most of them I was a fan of long before I was “one of them.” It still thrills me to talk to them, and to feel “important enough” for them to talk to! 

3- We can be book hoarders, same as those who buy our books. Some of the biggest book junkies I know are other authors. I know some authors who spend the majority of their royalties buying other author’s books!

4- Editing is painful. Small edits are like being forced to perform plastic surgery on your own child. Large edits, rewriting, cutting of entire segments, or God forbid entire chapters? That’s like cutting off a frostbitten finger or toe. It’s painful, even when it’s necessary.

5- Even when you’ve written a book, you have to write more books. You can’t just write one and be done with it. The work won’t let you. YOU won’t let you, and the characters certainly won’t let you! The words will hound you, ruin your sleep, plead with you to just let them free… 

6- Lives have to be lived! No author lives the exact same life, but regardless, lives have to be lived. I have a husband and 2 children that depend on me. No matter how vital a scene feels, how much I “have to” write down right this minute, I still have to stop to do laundry, make dinner, or just spend quality time with them. 

7- There will come a story idea, and you won’t write it down. And you will lose it… and probably a part of your sanity along with it. I have notebooks everywhere. In my purse, 2 on my desk, 1 on my nightstand. But sometimes ideas come while grocery shopping and I can’t stop to write it down while I’m juggling the food budget. Or I’ll be driving and forget before I reach my destination. Or maybe I’m nearly asleep and too lazy or tired to turn on the light, write it down, and I swear I’ll remember come morning- but of course, it’s gone. No point beating yourself up over it, as other ideas will come, and maybe even better ones….

8- You’ll beat yourself up over the lost ideas anyway. It’s par for the course. That could have been THE ONE! The book that launched your name into stardom, that made your characters unforgettable… The one that you finished and said, “This is why I started writing, because someday I would write this.” Let it go! You’ll end up in a dark corner sucking your thumb and crying… channel that into writing something better. After all, maybe that idea sucked- tell yourself that, and eventually it helps. 

9- You have to live your life! This may seem like #6 again, but it isn’t. You can’t write about life if you live in a bubble. Even if you write a historical novel, you need to feel emotions, engage in conversations, interact with people to get the feel right. You need social stimulation, and to remember you’re human. 

10- You have to remember to BE human! Food is important. Coffee, nectar of the gods, is still only a liquid. You need real food. And hey, maybe it’ll trigger a scene where a character eats food, and something important happens… Bribe yourself with that to remind yourself to eat! It sucks to only remember food when it’s nearly 7 p.m. and your family is scarfing down chips because you forgot to feed yourself as well as them! 

These may not be everyone’s truth, but they are true to me. I hope they made you laugh. And from any authors reading this, which of these apply to you? Now it’s time for me to remember to be human and crawl to bed….. 

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Are You Familiar With My Erotica?

So recently I’ve been having a blast writing erotic short stories- so much so that I actually started a short story series called Teach Me, My Love. At the moment, I have 3 published:

 

Dessert http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Love-Part-One-ebook/dp/B008MAJ38K/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Teach Me, My Love: Part One- Dessert

 

Maid for Love http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Love–Part-Two-ebook/dp/B008TG1BJG/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344261806&sr=1-5&keywords=teach+me%2C+my+love

Teach Me, My Love: Part Two- Maid for Love

 

Drive http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Love–Part-Three-ebook/dp/B008ZRD1LU/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345407190&sr=1-6&keywords=kendra+glenn

Teach Me, My Love: Part Three- Drive

 

Intrigued? Here’s the premise behind the series: Caroline O’Hara has been a published historical romance writer for over a decade, but her fan response is just not what it used to be. Her agent informs her that she’ll be dropped as a client unless she finds a way to sell more books. Saddened, she begins to research erotica, the hottest reads that are gaining popularity every day.

The problem? Her marriage is stale, and she’s a bit of a prude. She can’t write erotic fiction unless she knows how it feels to live an erotic reality, so she puts her husband to work. As she strengthens her knowledge for the sake of her writing career, she will find she’s strengthening her marriage as well.

And the best part? These stories, along with my two others- Bonfire and Sub and Switch- are available not just from Amazon! All my Kendra Glenn erotic reads are available on Smashwords, Kobo, and B&N! By October, all of my writing will be able to be purchased from these retailers.

What are you waiting for??? Go check them out, and let me know if you found them… erotic.

Coming soon! The 4th installment in the Teach Me, My Love series!

 

 

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Taste of Grief is now available on Amazon!

For those who’ve been following along, Taste of Grief is the third installment in the Just One Bite series, and now it’s available for download to your Kindle or Kindle app!

Here’s the description:

Diandra and Lizbeth are back, and this time things are very different. Cocaine overdose victims are turning up in Bethany Beach and Lizbeth and Alexar are busy trying to clean it up. But when a surprising twist turns the case upside down, Lizbeth may have to compromise all she holds dear to make things right.

District Attorney Giles Carson has plans for Lizbeth, as well. He’s not done with her, and he’s not forgiven her for ruining his clandestine efforts. Now a death threat hangs over her head and Diandra won’t just stand aside and let someone come between her and the woman she loves.

The more things change, the more they stay the same- until they change again with just another bite.

http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Grief-Just-Bite-ebook/dp/B008LBL6M6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342305445&sr=1-1&keywords=taste+of+grief

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Book Reviews: 7/10- The Good, The Bad, and the Ehhh….

Save My Soul by K.S. Haigwood- 5 stars

Redemption is often hard to come by, and this story is no exception. The difference? Redemption has a time limit of one week. Kendra should be dead- in fact, she was. If she wants to survive the week with her soul intact, she must lead her savior back to God- and that’s no easy task. A tragedy caused him to turn his back on God when he was only thirteen, and not even for love does he want to embrace faith once more.

With a lovable cast of characters- like Rhyan, Kendra’s guardian angel, and Hercules, her guard dog- I was left wanting more. The twists and turns throughout the tale kept me riveted, the story was edited and formatted beautifully, and not once was I thrown out of the reading by something that didn’t make sense. I highly recommend this tale to anyone and everyone- 5 stars.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007LB76A8/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007LB76A8/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Reapers (The Druid Breeders Trilogy #1), by Marata Eros- 4 stars

This tale was well-written. There were a few editing errors, but in general the story flowed nicely with no major problems. I won’t say I loved it, but that’s a personal preference, not any mark against the writer. I have issues with rape scenes, and these were rather explicit, but if you read the disclaimers you know that going in.

I did enjoy the storyline- a woman with a unique, much-desired blood line is sought after by two opposing signs to become a breeder- whether she wants to or not. She was a strong character, very sure of her own mind, even while clouded by lust. It becomes a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils- except she doesn’t get a choice. It’s about survival, and adaptation, and living a life far beyond what she ever dreamed it would be.

If you can get past the rape and the rest, it’s a very good tale. If you cannot handle dark erotica, I don’t recommend picking this up, but if you can, go for it. It’s a worthy read.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MGFJ4Y/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005MGFJ4Y/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen Novellas), by Dianna Hardy- 4 stars

Life is hard when you love someone but cannot act on it. Elena knows she can’t- she’s in love with her roommate, he’s in love with her, but they cannot be together. Years ago her mother told her she’d lose her powers to whatever man she gave herself to, and she’s determined not to- not because she wants her power to remain her own, but simply because to she’d hate to burden someone with them. She loves Karl too much for that, and struggles to keep him at bay.

The problem? Everything she’s ever been told was a lie, and sadly it leads to unexpected and potentially deadly consequences. Nearly every character in this series is lovable in their own way, and the ones that aren’t? Well, I found myself rooting for swift justice. Bittersweet, this story left me wanting more. Lucky for me, there’s more available!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EZHVRQ/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005EZHVRQ/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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His Gift, by Gillian Colbert- 5 stars

A short, powerful tale of love, trust, and dominance. On their one year anniversary, Owen, Maurina’s Master, plans a surprise she’ll never forget. He’s determined to fulfill every fantasy, both spoken and unspoken. A blindfold awaits her, and that’s merely the beginning. He takes her through her first threesome, determined she’ll experience everything she’s ever dreamed of.

Owen is the perfect Master. He seeks happiness and comfort for his submissive, and does so very well. A strong woman during the day, when it’s playtime she can drop the dominant personality and relax into someone else’s control. The underlying theme of this tale, when all is said and done, is not dominance and submission, it’s not sex or threesomes- it’s love. That’s what I took away from this tale, and I loved it. I’ll be looking for more from this author. 18+ please as this is an adult erotic story.

***SPECIAL NOTE*** This story is free at the time of this post.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054GYBWI/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0054GYBWI/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Cowboy Moon (Lupine Moon), by Cait Lavender- 5 stars

I enjoyed this tale of two cowboys meeting their mates. While the ending was abrupt, it’s called a cliffhanger- it’s to make you want to purchase the next in the series to learn more, and for me it succeeded. I want more. Hunter pretends to be a cowboy, but he’s more than that- he’s a werewolf. And at the bar one night he meets his match- literally. Tammie is his mate, and his best friend mates with her best friend. The danger? The vamps want her, too, and a turf war breaks out. I loved the twists of a cowboy wolf going up against vamps in a territory not his own, and I intend to read more from this author.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AWTN4K/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007AWTN4K/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

All of my reviews are available on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Goodreads, and here on my blog.

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Want To Win?

Want to win one?

Yes, the cover may be different, but the story is the same inside. Now I’m giving away a signed paperback copy, and I’m finally revealing how!

Here’s all you need to do to enter. Simply send me an email! Easy, right? Send me an email to kayglassauthor (at) yahoo (dot) com and put LOVE BITE GIVEAWAY in the subject heading. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted on July 15th- the same day as the release of the third book in the Just One Bite series, Taste of Grief!

Don’t forget to send me an email, and stay tuned for more chances to win!

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Book Reviews- The Good, The Bad, and The Ehhhh….

Trying something a little different here. I do tons of read and reviews- I aim for 5 a week, depending on the length of what I’ve read- and I always post the reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. Since I have quite a few followers on here, and I assume many of you like to read, I thought I’d post reviews here as well.

Tapestry, by Solitaire Parke- 5 stars

I love poetry, but some of what you come across may be dry, boring, or just poorly written. Not so with Tapestry. The author’s heart poured out with the poetry, and I often found myself saying, “I’ll just read one more” and then continuing. I tried hard to choose a favorite poem to spotlight, but there were just too many that pulled at something inside me and I found myself savoring each word.

This author’s work has been likened to Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare, and I can see why. Classics are read to this day for a reason, and I wouldn’t be surprised to someday see this book listed with the great minds of the past. This is destined to be a classic as well. I gave this 5 stars, and it earned every one of them.

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008DJB5L8/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008DJB5L8/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Hunter’s Blood (Hunter’s Blood series) by Rue Volley- 5 stars

This story was an interesting little tease. Sex, blood, violence, death- there was nothing this tale didn’t have. At times I found myself a bit confused as it jumped from present to past and back again, but a slower read-through made the tale more clear to me. The history between the two main characters amazed and amused me, and I definitely found myself looking for more. I will be reading further in this series to find out more about all the characters- how they came to be and why. The main theme? Innocence lost. That’s what this story screamed to me. Nicely done- 5 stars.

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BP8YVS/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008BP8YVS/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Master Jax, by Bekkah Jordan- 3 stars

This author has a way with words, but I often find myself lost in the story line- and sadly, not in a good way. The budding relationship between Kelly and her dom, Jax, often left me pondering. The main theme to this one was punishment- Kelly leaves Jax’s bed without so much as a goodbye, and that’s a big no-no. She’s to receive ten smacks with the object of his choice for her faux pas. The dilemma? She’s just been offered a co-anchor job where she’ll be reporting the news in the nude, and is afraid to lose her chance at this job because of a reddened and welted rear end.

I like my erotica with a bit more realism, and this just left me reeling, dissatisfied. Sure, it was sexy, but just not to my taste. If you don’t mind a bit of fantasy with your eroticism, then check this out. If you like more realism, this may not quite be the tale for you.An erotic story- 18+ please.

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PBDKK/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0088PBDKK/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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The Unexpected Dom #1- Jennifer’s Revenge (BDSM Erotica) by Meghan Boehners- 4 stars

Jennifer’s husband, Declan, has been treating her poorly, and he’s about to pay for his mistakes. Somewhere on the ascending path of his personal star, he decided Jennifer wasn’t enough, and she’s tired of being treated shabbily. She decides she needs a makeover- not just her appearance, but her personality. She becomes the ultimate domme, submitting him to humiliation and unfulfilled lust. Little does she know at the time of her decision that that’s exactly what he’s been seeking. Tired of being in charge at work, he seeks someone else to take control during his off-hours. Since Jennifer hadn’t been meeting that need, he turned to someone else for it. Now he has a wife that gives him what he needs, and things stand a chance to improve, if only she can overcome the years of torment and self-doubt.

A well-done story, but I could do without the humiliation dialogue. That’s a personal preference- derogatory words during sex play don’t sit well with me, and kill my mood quickly. Other than that, I enjoyed what I read and look forward to more. This is an erotic story- 18+ please.

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008A3JUPU/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008A3JUPU/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden Mystery 2) by Frederick Lee Brooke- 4 stars

Candace’s husband, Larry, has been treating her poorly for some time now. He’s been hiding something from her, and she finally knows what it is- he’s been having an affair. She hires her friend, Annie, to track down more information, only to find out he’s been cheating on her for a lot longer than she knew. Like, years- since before they were married. Even as far back as when she fell in love in Italy while he was still a drunken frat boy.

So she plans revenge- for starters, she works to make herself gorgeous. She goes on a crash diet to remove as much excess weight as possible. Then she, with the help of Annie and Annie’s investigator teacher, starts planning little mishaps. When he goes to cheat on her with someone, it backfires- everything from an STD scare to losing his job! He develops an unlikely friend and ally in Roberta, a pre-surgery male who wants to be a woman.

Then comes the ultimate revenge- and that’s where the author really lost me. It was great- funny, well thought out, well developed, but totally and completely unbelievable. Overall, I loved the story, but it all got a bit out of hand.

Amazon US- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00819Q254/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

Amazon UK- http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00819Q254/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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Taste of Grief is finished!

Yes, you read it right! After months of hard work, I’ve finally finished Taste of Grief. it’s in the more-than-capable hands of my beta team, and after they approve it, I’ll be ready to publish!

Continue to be on the lookout for updates, as there’s lots on the way. I’ll publish Taste of Grief on July 14th, and it’ll be available for download July 15th.

Also, why not go like the Blogger Book Fair on Facebook? Running July 26-29, there are many participating authors and tons of free books to download. I’m also offering another chance to win a signed copy of Love Bite during the Fair!

http://facebook.com/#!/bloggerbookfair

Many exciting things in the works. Don’t forget to ask for an invite to the Facebook event for the release of Taste of Grief! Those who enter will have a chance to win a signed copy of Love Bite, followed by another chance during the Blogger Book Fair. Just shoot me a message on Facebook asking for an invite and I’ll get you in!

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Some quick updates…

Hi, all! Thought I’d update you on some happenings… For starters, I have an online store now filled with Just One Bite merchandise- 22 items so far, and half of them are customizable.

http://www.zazzle.com/kayglassauthor

Now, to access the store, the content is marked mature. When you click the link, the left-hand side has an option that says content fliter. You must set it to off, which requires entering your birthday. Then voila! There’s all 22 items for sale, including items featuring the cover for Bite of Envy, the upcoming 4th story in the series!

Also, I’ll be back to work on Taste of Grief today. 2-3 more chapters and the story will be told. I’ll have it turned over to my beta readers by July 7th, and ready to publish July 14th. Check for listings on July 15th- it’ll be available for purchase!

I’m also looking forward to finishing another side project which I’ll give details about as soon as I’m free to talk about it.

And coming soon, the Strange Curses series! This is a tale that’s been rattling around in my fevered brain for a few weeks now, and I look forward to writing it to share with you all.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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Autographed copies of Love Bite and Bitten By Regret Now Available!

Good morning, everyone! As you may or may not know, I have Love Bite and Bitten By Regret published in paperback format for $6.95 a copy. Well, now I’m offering a deal of my own!

I’m selling signed paperback copies of Love Bite and Bitten By Regret for only $10 a copy for US customers, and $15 for international customers. This includes shipping and handling, so no extra charge!

If you’re interested, you need only complete two simple steps!

1- Send a payment through Paypal for $10 a copy or $15 a copy to kglassauthor@yahoo.com

2- Send me an email to that same address letting me know what you purchased and the address you wish them to be mailed to. Include the name that the books should be made out to, please!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at kglassauthor@yahoo.com.

Have a great day everyone, and happy reading!

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Bitten By Regret goes FREE!

FREE 6/28-6/30

Love Bite, first in the Just One Bite series, and Bitten By Regret were originally $3.99, but they’ve now been reduced to only $2.99. However, for 3 days, you can get Bitten By Regret for free:

Four months can change so many things. Diandra has come to terms with being a vampire and what that means for her. Lizbeth has landed a new case, and it’s a nasty one: someone is selling tainted heroin on the Delaware streets, a potent mix that’s intended to kill. Jonah returns, seeking a favor from his former wife, and grudgingly from her new love as well. Is a favor all he wants, or is he seeking a way back to the life he had before? RaeLynn is older, growing more every day. This special baby has more tricks up her tiny sleeves!

Lizbeth races the clock to stop the tainted drugs from killing anyone else, while Diandra deals with the regret she feels over the twists her life has taken with just one bite.

http://www.amazon.com/Bitten-Regret-Just-Bite-ebook/dp/B007TEXFYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334234068&sr=8-

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