Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: Fallen Wizard by S.P. Brown

by S.P. Brown
Twelve-year-old Peter Michaels is accustomed to weird things happening with a regularity that seems to be a part of his life. But when an old man dressed in strange clothes falls from the sky and lands in Peter’s front yard, the weird quotient, as his dad would put it, gets ratcheted way up. Peter does the only thing he can. He helps the man into his house. That mistake leads to a second, the one that puts an end to Peter’s dream of making the all-star baseball team. As Peter soon discovers, comforting a dying wizard puts your mark on an unbreakable pact—one that will ensnare him and his two best friends, Raven Dakota and Stumpy Simpkins, in a fight for their lives…

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 About S.P.:  Born on August 30, 1953 in Plaquemine, Louisiana, to a painter (Joseph Harry) and a homemaker (Vivian), Stanley P. Brown as a child always had heroes. These were mostly in the form of his big brother, Harry, and those populating the pages of Marvel Comics. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff to be a superhero himself, he concentrated on academics at Louisiana State University and The University of Southern Mississippi (where he earned his doctorate in Exercise Physiology). He went from there to his first academic post at The University of Mississippi. Others followed, as did many, many scientific publications and several textbooks. But the call of storytelling remained strong in him and he answered that call. The Legacy, his debut novel, is the result of that. Other novels (Veiled Memory and Fallen Wizard) are following in short order, with sequels planned for the three fictional worlds he has created.




Monday, August 13, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Welcome to Monday Morsels!

Welcome to Monday Morsels... a taste of romance!

Everyone likes to know what they're getting into before diving in. We taste the spaghetti sauce we're making for dinner. We like to peek at the insides of chocolates in a box before we commit to a full bite of marshmallow cream when we prefer nuts. That's what Monday Morsels allows you to do, only with books. Instead of relying on just a book blurb, you can read paragraphs on Monday Morsels that authors share of books. Take a taste of romance to discover new authors, new genres, and new books by favorite authors, knowing a little more. Then, click on links that take you to authors social media to learn more about them, and buy links that take you right to your favorite retailers.

To start Monday Morsels, we're highlighting the authors of Love, Forever, a sampler of first chapters of books written by eleven authors of different genres but each one a romance. First up, say "Hi!" to author Bonnie Edwards.

Finding Mercy
Return to Welcome Book 1
 by Bonnie Edwards

“Did you hear your sister-in-law’s back in town?”

Clay Foster’s receptionist watched for his reaction from her seat across the front counter of his veterinarian clinic.

This was his dead wife’s sister’s first trip home in two years. “She must have blown in for a quick visit.”

“Pfft, so much for making it big,” Sybil commented with a glance at her computer screen.

“Out with it, Sybil. You look too delighted for this to be anything but juicy gossip.” Mercy was a Hollywood success story. Everyone knew it.

Sybil crossed her arms and leaned forward. “She came home with boxes. Lots of boxes.” Sybil’s husband, Bud, worked at the bus depot and shared all the comings and goings of Welcome’s population.

Clay leaned in to glean every nuance of meaning from Sybil’s face. “Out with it,” he repeated.

She licked her lips as if each morsel of gossip was filet mignon. “When Bud asked if he could call her a cab, she said no, she couldn’t afford it.” She hefted a disbelieving sigh and muttered, “Of all the nonsense. So”—she stretched out the word because Sybil loved telling a good story—“Bud called Nate, who showed up half an hour later. Nate didn’t say a word, which, of course, is just like him, and tossed all the boxes into his pickup. Mercy didn’t explain a thing, just looked miserable, Bud said.”

He nodded, at a loss. It still came as a surprise that he was related, if only by marriage, to Mercy Talbot. Welcome High’s golden girl: the blond, beautiful, leggy, and untouchable Mercy Talbot. The Talbot daughter who’d made a real success of her life, unlike the one who’d ruined her life by marrying him, the town hell raiser.

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Seriously? Return to Welcome? She’d rather chew rusty nails…

Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high—a golden-girl beauty queen who stepped confidently into a bright, exciting future. But that was a long time ago and that girl is far, far, away. She’s failed in her career, failed in love, failed her family—and she’s dead broke.

All Mercy wants is to forget her failures and move forward into a new life with a fresh set of dreams—and get out of Welcome before it sucks her back in for good. But one look at her precocious niece who desperately needs her sends Mercy on a journey into her past that will change everyone’s future.

Clay Foster used to be Welcome’s bad boy, but marriage and his daughter Dilly transformed him into a devoted father. Widowed now and struggling to be the daddy his child needs, Clay fights his sudden and unexpected attraction to Mercy. But, tempted as he is, Clay can’t afford to be taken in by a golden girl. Beautiful, talented women like Mercy always have an exit strategy and when her career beckons, Clay knows she’ll leave him and Dilly flat. His daughter has already lost her mother and he won’t put his little girl’s heart on the line.

When Mercy learns her tattered dreams and dead career have been reborn, will she leave the man and child who need her? Will Clay believe in their future and accept that Mercy has found there’s no place like home?

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Friday, August 10, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
– Unknown

Thursday, August 9, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

The Origin of a World with Elizabeth Spaur

authorThe Write Way Café welcomes Elizabeth Spaur, a die-hard football fan who discovered a whole new world while exploring the marriage of football and fiction.

Second Chance Option, currently available on most platforms, is the first book in my Gridiron Knights series. When I first got the idea for Gridiron Knights, I was knee deep in my Regency series, submitting it to agents and editors and getting a lot of amazing feedback. I wanted to write contemporary but had no desire to jump into that subgenre at the time, because I was so immersed in my Regency world.

Then I got the idea for a series set in a struggling college football program. As an alumnae of University of Southern California, and a die-hard football fan, I was familiar with what could happen to a college program when it was hit by sanctions. I got an idea for a program, which was sanctioned to the brink of extinction, that hired a group of former players, all military veterans, with no coaching experience to build something completely new. The idea interested me but didn’t call me away from my Regency world.

My brother played college football for a Division 1 program and was on a conference championship team. He was also going through a rough time. I thought I would run the idea by him, give him a chance to step in as my big brother (age and distance don’t allow him to do it very much these days). I described the idea and his response was “that would never happen.” My next thought was, “oh well. It was an idea. I can talk to my brother for a while and get back to my Regencies.”

His next words changed everything. “If you had a group of older, experienced coaches mentoring them for a few years, that would work. It would be seen as experimental, maybe crazy, but it might happen.”

Suddenly, the idea intrigued me. What if a group of coaches, forced into retirement by the very man whose misdeeds almost destroyed the football program, came back to the university to train a group of talented former players, who, for a variety of reasons, didn’t get their shot at the pros and joined the military instead, to be the coaches for the next generation?

Gridiron Knights was born. But a funny thing happened as I started writing the series. A whole world exploded on the page. This small-town took on a life of its own. Football rivalries made themselves known. Families jumped onto the page with a half-dozen more stories to tell. Characters started jumping out at me, demanding I tell their stories too. Even if they had nothing to do with the football program. I found myself writing a series set in a world where multiple other series would live.

I will be forever grateful to my big brother. He didn’t just say “that idea won’t work” and move on to a conversation about our lives. My amazing brother, whose strength lies with numbers not words, took my idea that wouldn’t work in the world of college football and thought of a way to make it work. As he’d done so many times while we were growing up, he stood up for me and my dreams. He had no idea that I wasn’t invested in the idea, yet. Because he didn’t, he gave me way to fix it and helped me create a world I’ve lived in for three years. A world I am so excited to share with my readers.

That’s not to say I’ve abandoned my Regencies. That world is coming.

For now, I’m writing in South Carolina, in a small coastal town that thrives based on its proximity to the beach and a national forest. King’s Folly is a town that loves its football team and has embraced the daring program filled with men and women who are ready to step up and build a program that honors the best of the sport.

The first few releases are all about the Gridiron Knights, but their rival team, the Gridiron Dragons are coming soon.

Readers will enter the world with Tess and Cade. She’s a genius veterinarian who’s used to doing everything for everyone else and nothing for herself. He’s a former Navy Seal who once had a shot at a football career but traded it for a military career after a profound betrayal. They meet after his dog is hit by a car (don’t worry, Tess saves Sonny). They aren’t looking for love, but they find it. Or it finds them.

Book 2, Shotgun Romance, is Olivia and Nick’s story. It will be out on August 31.

I hope readers enjoy reading about these characters, and this world, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

by Elizabeth Spaur
He was looking for a fresh start. She was looking for a new path. Love is what happens when they least expect it.

At loose ends after a medical discharge from the Navy, a call from Cade Maguire’s college coach gives him a new objective. Help save his alma mater’s football program. A gut-wrenching betrayal drove him from the game once. Can he finally stop running long enough to let go of the past and find his future?

Veterinarian and genius Tess Gallagher has an abiding love for home and family. She’s spent her life taking care of everyone else. Doing what was right always came before doing what she wanted. When her younger brothers enter her in the American Ninja Warrior competition, can she finally stop hiding her true self from the world?

Sparks ignite between Tess and Cade when she saves his injured dog and love is on the horizon when Cade’s new job is put in jeopardy before it even begins. Will Cade realize Tess is the second chance he really wants? Will Tess realize that Cade has always seen her for who she truly is?

Will they realize that love is the only option that matters?

Welcome to Second Chance Option, the first book in the Gridiron Knights series where football is king in King’s Folly, South Carolina and the locals have something to say about everything. When you come for a visit, you’ll never want to leave.

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About Elizabeth: 
When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author as gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters. She enjoys hearing from her readers at elizabeth@elizabethspaur.com

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | By: Lynn

Love, Forever @lcrandallwriter

I just finished working with a wonderful group of talented authors on a project. That project, Love, Forever,  a sampler book of first chapters in books written by eleven writers, just released.  What better way to find a new author or a new book by a favorite one? And it's free!

The project took time and effort. Writers are busy people juggling deadlines and life just like everyone else. But writers truly care about their readers. These authors are no exception. We pooled our best efforts to bring readers a sampler of wonderful romances in a variety of genres.

Here are the blurbs:

This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running back to Amazon to download the full novels to your hearts' content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning--and that you download and enjoy every one! 

Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever: 

HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves 
Contemporary Romance. Amnesia stole her memory--her life! What Tessa doesn't remember may be the death of her. 

BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines 
Romantic Suspense. Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn't need another problem. Yet in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman with no memory of her past--or the man who tried to kill her! 

FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards 
Contemporary Romance. Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high, but she's returned a broke failure. She's messed up her career, love, and family ties. Now, she's found love and a new family. When her career is reborn, will she leave the man and child who've opened their hearts to her? 

TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser 
Time Travel/Romantic Suspense. Will Kate and Matt's accidental trip to the future bring them back together? Or, tear them even farther apart? 

Sweet Romance. Widowed Cass Logan has done her time as a caregiver. But when her boss, mystery-writer Eli Welcome, needs surgery, Cass is faced with following her heart...or walking away. 

ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs, Book 1, A Harbor Falls Romance 
Contemporary Romance. Happy-go-lucky Suzie Hart has a perfect life and a secret. All goes well in her small town world until that secret rides up to her doorstep on a badass Harley and tosses her not-so-perfect world into some kind of big, bad tumble. 

Contemporary Romance. It's up to Reggie to save what's left of her family homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. But when Parker shows up to collect his horses, all bets are off. Reggie's never been a gambler and Parker despises losing. But when Kentucky blue blood tangles with British blue blood, are they willing to take a gamble on love? 

ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless 
Western Historical romance. Anora King didn't plan to pretend she was married, but her new neighbors in Boulder Springs jumped to that conclusion. Jesse Quantrill is shocked to find himself lusting after a married woman. And wouldn't a romance between them be the town's biggest scandal ever? 

Paranormal romance. A bird-shifter. A reclusive billionaire. A project that brings them together. A deadly curse that threatens to separate them forever. 

Romantic Comedy. Mala didn't plan to crash land on Earth. She only wanted to sneak in for a few days and maybe find a man--a real one, but she encounters more than she bargained for with the town sheriff. 

NIGHT KISS by Maddie James 
Time Travel/Paranormal Romance. Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future--until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss--a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night--and her life changes forever.

You can find Love, Forever at all your favorite retailers 

Friday, August 3, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe
Action is the foundational key to all success.
– Pablo Picasso

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Meet S.P. Brown

The Write Way Café welcomes S.P. Brown, an academic, author, and creative soul, shares his process, his inspiration, and his vision.

When did you first have the thought you'd like to write a book? 
I assume you mean fiction since that’s what I’m being interviewed for. I have several college textbooks published. It’s an interesting story. Way back in the very early 90s I attended the same church in Oxford Mississippi as John Grisham. I never personally met him and very soon with the publication of The Firm he experienced a true meteoric rise, almost overnight. Well, a friend of mine at the same church had the crazy idea that we could do that. Easy, no problem. “Anyone can write a great novel, right?” Well, fast forward to 2005 and, bored with my academic work, I sat down with a tablet and began knocking out story ideas. The answer to that query my friend and I had was, no. It takes some real talent to achieve what Grisham had done. But I needed a challenge, and getting published in fiction turned out to be more of a challenge than I had originally expected. For one, in the 15 years since Grisham had started, the industry had changed and many, MANY more people were writing and publishing. It was very difficult breaking in, even with good work and even with an indie publisher. But it’s been fun.

What was your path to getting Veiled Memory written and published? What type of research did you do? 
A germ of an idea. I knew what I wanted to accomplish with the trilogy (the second is half done). I also had to learn the craft, so in the early years I did a LOT of exploring with this story and it went through several iterations. I’ve never taken a creative writing course, but I read widely in fiction across many genres. I also read LOTS of books on writing and started reading novels with an eye on the writing, the craft. I also read lots of authors’ blogs on writing. Everything helped. I write paranormal thrillers with strong elements of fantasy and sci-fic (Veiled Memory especially) so I also had to do some research in astronomy. One subplot in Veiled Memory is that the moon’s orbit is declining (that discovery serves as the very first scene of the novel set in the prologue). Yet I seek to ground my stories well in the real world, so what consequences will there be? How could the elliptical orbit change? I’ve even interviewed astronomers on that. I wrote some of the story from Ithaca, NY, its setting, but other places I had to research closely and remotely. The book went through several changes. It started as an adult novel (the way it is now), but fairly early on I changed it to a middle grade fantasy. I even “won” literary representation with it (the Ethan Ellenburg Agency in NY City). Now that was exciting. On my way, right? Wrong. My agent literally fell apart, a personal meltdown, and the book went nowhere. The agency and I had a mutual parting. I decided then to do it alone. I knew it was a good book, publishable, marketable. So I switched it back to its original form as an adult novel and morphed some of the characters. I spent years trying to gain representation for it in its current form but couldn’t pull that trick off again, so decided to go the indie route. I didn’t want to self-publish. To me that isn’t publishing. I know there are lots of people doing quite well that way, but it isn’t for me. My bias.

Where did the idea for Veiled Memory come from?
Harry Potter, actually. I have always been fascinated by J.K.’s underworld of witches and wizard’s but she never delves into their origin. I wanted to do something new, a new mythology with a deep backstory that explains the origins of my own fictional covert group. So, Rowling and the world of HP were my inspirations, but, of course, my trilogy, The Stonehenge Chronicles, is absolutely very, very different. I abhor copy cats, so this is a way different story, but the inspiration was in HP, which I really love. Also, my goal was to create a mythology of Stonehenge. So, by the end of the trilogy we’ll know why and how it got made, what it was used for, and the origins of my covert community. I won’t say here what I call them. As you read their backstory comes to light.

Why did you pick the setting you did? 
I wanted a strong connection to NY City, but with the backstory of my main character running to start a new life, I wanted an interesting area of the U.S. with a certain quality in proximity to NY City. I knew it would be centered in a university setting, so Ithaca and Cornell were perfect. Plus I knew the area. I have a brother who lives in upstate NY and I actually wrote some of this book from Ithaca. Ithaca is simply interesting.

Are your main characters completely imaginary or do they have some basis in real people? Do they reflect aspects of yourself? 
My MC, Madeline Alleyn, is an academic historian. Both my wife and I are academics and my wife is a historian. Other than that, no, no real connection.

Did you face any blocks while writing the book, and if so, how did you handle them? 
I have never had a writing block, but I do give my stories time to percolate. Nothing comes superfast. And I edit a lot as I write, so plot and character have a chance to jell that way.

What have been surprises you've encountered while writing the book and after?
Inevitably, for me, the characters start writing the book on their own. I know that is a cliché, but it’s true for me. The thing does gather steam and often goes in unexpected places as I let the story percolate through the writing process. I don’t have the full story when I start. I have the ending and that’s it. I work on the beginning A LOT. Once written, I edit many, many, MANY times, even as the writing is ongoing. Then I get people to read it. I smooth out inconsistencies, etc. No surprises, really, just hard work.

What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about psychokinetic powers, ancient stones, and Celtic history?
I’ve tried to explain the writing process in my earlier responses. Basically, the story writes itself. I once tried to do what Grisham does, writing a short paragraph on each proposed chapter before even beginning the book. For me, that is an impossible task. I have to begin the book. The rest is discovery, seat-of-pants writing. The rest you mention is all wrapped up in research and bits that is just made up by me. But I try to write grounded stuff. Veiled Memory is very grounded to the real world. Well, except, you know, for all the telekinesis and telepathy. The ancient stones idea is all wrapped around this extensive backstory. Also, I belong to a Celtic group where I live (Brown is Scottish), so I’m making connections there. I make some other connections; you’ll have to read the book to discover these. Can’t give too much away!

Tell us about your writing space and how or why it works for you. 
I literally write everywhere. I have a home office, but believe it or not I also write in front of the TV in the den. Distractions. I love them. I write while I run and remember the stuff and when I get back I furiously jot everything down, even dialogue oftentimes. I write at work. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. If something is bubbling to get out, I let it out in snippets of time even there.

What are some of your favorite books and why? 
Harry Potter series for the seriously deep plot. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman for the seriously excellent writing (the man is brilliant). All the detective stuff by Michael Connelly. All the spy stuff by Vince Flynn. Grisham’s legal thrillers. Jim Butcher’s wizard detective series – The Dresden Files. JRR Tolkien’s famous sword and sorcery stuff for his fantastically deep mythology.

What are you working on now? 
Book Two of The Stonehenge Chronicles. It’ll be called The Ruby Ring. It’s the sequel to Veiled Memory.

Would you like to try your hand at writing a different genre? Which one and why?
My writing is mixed genre as it is. My first novel published last year, The Legacy, is a political thriller with ghosts and sorcery and terrorism in it. I call it a paranormal thriller. The current one, Veiled Memory, is a contemporary fantasy with a strong sci-fi element. The one being released August 4 this year, Fallen Wizard, is a middle grade fantasy. I also have a children’s chapter book I’m trying to find a published for right now, The Captain of Tally Ho, is an animal adventure story with a paranormal twist. So, as you can tell I am not confining myself to one narrow genre.

If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be? 
Wow, hard question. Maybe a country doctor in an idyllic setting where folks counted on me. A time in America long since passed, I’m afraid.

What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble? 
Definitely the opening. It has to do so many things and must be as good as your craft can make it to draw the reader. 

     When Celtic historian, Dr. Madeline Alleyn, abandoned her husband, it was to protect him and her unborn triplet daughters. Now, nearly eighteen years later, her 17 year-old girls are smart, normal, but something has never been right with Madeline. There are compulsions she doesn’t understand and secrets she’s intent on keeping from her daughters, secrets her dead father never fully divulged, secrets her mysterious mother took to the grave giving her birth.
      Now, the people Madeline is hiding from have discovered a way to unite the clans. They seek her mother’s archeological find, ten stone tablets with a story to tell of the existence of the Community, the secret origin of Stonehenge, and of quantum sorcery. But the secret community is divided, and the most dangerous among them think the time is ripe for showing themselves to an unsuspecting humanity. They must conquer. The prophecy of Tarkus demands it.
      Madeline is desperate to keep her children hidden. She knows the prophecy from the night her husband revealed his true nature to her. But time is running out. Will she be able to find her mother’s hidden artifacts before her enemies discover that her children are the key to world conquest?

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About S.P.:  Born on August 30, 1953 in Plaquemine, Louisiana, to a painter (Joseph Harry) and a homemaker (Vivian), Stanley P. Brown as a child always had heroes. These were mostly in the form of his big brother, Harry, and those populating the pages of Marvel Comics. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff to be a superhero himself, he concentrated on academics at Louisiana State University and The University of Southern Mississippi (where he earned his doctorate in Exercise Physiology). He went from there to his first academic post at The University of Mississippi. Others followed, as did many, many scientific publications and several textbooks. But the call of storytelling remained strong in him and he answered that call. The Legacy, his debut novel, is the result of that. Other novels (Veiled Memory and Fallen Wizard) are following in short order, with sequels planned for the three fictional worlds he has created.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: The Poe Consequence with Keith Steinbaum

Keith Steinbaum

In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death, caused by something never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, but all of them involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of day. The exact same time of day.

What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy’s attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one’s soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic’s prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this?

Exploring both the darkness and hope that define our emotions, The Poe Consequence integrates social and ethnic divisions through acts of fate and supernatural horror for the reader to observe and imagine.

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About Keith:
After several years devoted to poetry, followed by about a decade and a few minor achievements as a professional song lyricist, I eventually developed a strong desire to write a novel, culminating in the completion of The Poe Consequence, a modern day supernatural thriller/human drama. I’m quite grateful for some acknowledgments that it’s received. In its first year after being published, the book was awarded Supernatural Thriller of the Year by Books-and-Authors.net, an online literary website. In 2015, Kirkus Reviews selected it as one of its top Indie books of the year, and in 2017 it received a Finalist placing in the international Book Excellence Awards competition.

My forthcoming second novel, published by Black Opal Books, is entitled, You Say Goodbye. It’s a whodunit murder mystery featuring The Beatles, a one-hit wonder ex-rock star, and a little girl with cancer who's a big fan of the L.A. Lakers. The child's character was inspired by the life, and unfortunate death, of Alexandra Scott from the Alex's Lemonade foundation.

Although I pay the bills through a long career in the landscape industry, in my heart I’ve always considered myself a creative writer first and foremost. As I’ve often replied when asked about my license plate that reads, Do Write, I make my living through landscape, but my loving through writing. 

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Friday, July 27, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
– Rosa Parks

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

From Paperback to e-book with Maris Soule

authorThe Write Way Café welcomes Maris Soule, who shares her fascinating story-making process.

From Paperback to e-book. Easy, right?

Back in 1992, I was writing for Silhouette Romance, and two things triggered a story idea. (1) I heard about Munchausen by Proxy, a mental illness where a parent, usually a mother, makes up fake symptoms or causes real illnesses so she can keep taking her child to the doctor. Hmm, I wondered, how would that affect the child as an adult? And, (2) I loved reading Gary Larson’s single-panel cartoon The Far Side. The cartoons were funny yet thought provoking. Hmm, again. What if my hero was a cartoonist?

I decided the story would feature Greg Lyons, an artist who published a very popular cartoon featuring a savvy lion, Leo, who gave advice and made people laugh. And, of course, Greg had been raised by a mother who suffered from Munchausen by Proxy. Now, what if the death of his mother turned him against all doctors and his cartoons became so vitriolic, newspapers no longer wanted to publish them, and it was suggested he take a break? And, what if during a walk across the U.S., he broke his ankle and ended up having to stay in the home/office of a physically scarred, but wonderful country doctor, Amy Fraser?

Lyon’s Pride was published in 1993. It came out as a paperback and in large print and did fairly well, even though I didn’t like the cover.
by Maris Soule 1993 - Silhouette Romance

(She’s supposed to have scars on her face. The artist evidently didn’t like scars.)

Years ago I’d gotten the rights back for the book, so in 2016 I decided I wanted to give that story a new life and put it out as an e-book. I’d written the story on a computer, so I should have the file on a disc (or a zip drive). Right?

Wrong. From 1993 to 2016, we’d moved twice. I have no idea what happened to that file. That meant I either had to scan the paperback copy I had or retype the story. Scanning by hand would have taken me forever and even then I would have to go through it to catch scanning errors. Hiring to have it done would have cost money. Why spend money if I could retype it?

Actually, I’m glad I typed it myself. As I went along, I realized how much things have changed since 1993. No cell phones back then. Even how doctors treat broken ankles has changed. I had to decide whether to up-date the story to present time or keep it set in the early ‘90s. I finally decided I would have to make too many changes if I set it in 2016 or later, so I decided to set the date to 1993. Nevertheless, as I retyped the story, I did make a few changes. Just a few.

It took me a lot longer to transcribe the story than I’d expected. Almost a year. And I wasn’t sure what I wanted for a cover.

The cover. I guess I am drawn to men who have long hair. So far I have 3 e-book covers with long-haired men. I wanted Greg’s hair to look like a lion’s mane. I needed Amy to be positioned so her scars wouldn’t show. My cover artist, Florence Price, and I looked at hundreds of images of couples, most only remotely meeting my criteria. Finally we decided to forget the couple angle and concentrate on finding a “Greg.” More looking at images. Hours of staring at long-haired men in various poses. (My husband was starting to get suspicious.) I don’t know how many hours Florence spent trying to find just the right image. I gave up after a week. Meanwhile, Florence had come up with the layout for the rest of the cover. We just needed that head shot. And finally, we thought we had it. I took a print of the mockup to a friend. She said the image looked like Jesus. “Is it a religious book?” she asked. Oops, not the impression I wanted. Back to the drawing board.

by Maris Soule 2018
This month I finally published Lyon’s Pride as an e-book. I really like this story. Poor Greg can’t tell Amy he’s the cartoonist who’s been drawing and publishing these tirades against doctors, not while he’s confined to her house. And, to make matters worse, he’s starting to like this woman, even if she is a doctor. In fact, he’s starting to think not all doctors are terrible. But what is she going to do when she finds out who he is?

This is the cover we finally decided to use. I kind of like this guy. I just hope no one mistakes him as Jesus.

Lyon’s Pride is available on Amazon and on several other sites.

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