Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - Welcome Spring 2020 Issue
Greetings everyone! Happy Spring! The start of a new season is the perfect time for new things, and this issue of the Quill is no exception. I’ve included information about my latest historical romance, links to new guest blogs and other important sites, and I answer a few FAQ in Kelli’s Corner.
Latest Romance Release…
I’m pleased to announce the release of my western romance, Love, Lies and Redemption. Set in 1877 Nebraska, this novel blends a sensual love story with mystery and danger.
Love, Lies and Redemption
Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.
Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.
As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature, but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?
Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store, but find their efforts are thwarted — and their lives endangered — by the locals.
Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth?
Cassie has everything invested in the store — can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?
Order Love, Lies and Redemption here:
All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mdzL6W
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Recently I’ve started using universal book links from Books2Read. If you’re not familiar with universal links, they’re great. Simply click on a book’s link and you’ll instantly see where you can buy the book.
Whether it’s available on Apple, Kobo, Sribd, or another platform, you’ll always have options. (My Amazon books on Kindle are still retaining those links, however.)
Each book has its own page complete with a full book description and links.
My main author page is: https://www.books2read.com/ap/nkvddR/Kelli-A-Wilkins
Don’t forget, you can get a full list of my Kindle books here: www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins
Did You Know…?
Past Issues of Kelli’s Quill are online here:
Sharing Spring Guest Blogs:
Here’s a two-part guest blog special! Read Part 1 about the making of my latest historical romance, Love, Lies & Redemption in this guest blog: https://celticladysreviews.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-making-of-love-lies-and-redemption.html
Then read part 2 here:
Like feisty Irish heroines? Read about the making of Dangerous Indenture - A sensual historical/mystery romance set in Pennsylvania Colony in the early 1700s. https://www.kelliwilkins.com/post/like-feisty-irish-heroines-don-t-miss-dangerous-indenture-a-colonial-romance-mystery
Did you ever wonder how writers create interesting characters for their stories? Find out in this guest blog: http://mariacatalinaegan.com/2020/03/03/creating-characters-with-author-kelli-a-wilkins
February was “Women in Horror Month” and Kelli blogged about horror writing. If you’re ready to get scared, don’t miss this blog: https://www.kelliwilkins.com/post/february-is-women-in-horror-month
Enjoy Women in Horror Month with a Nightmare in the North - Kelli shares an inside look at her terrifying tale here: https://www.kelliwilkins.com/post/celebrate-women-in-horror-month-with-a-nightmare-in-the-north
Hey, it’s not too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day! If you like sweet love stories, don’t miss Kelli’s contemporary romance anthologies, Cupid’s Schemes. Read about Volume 1 here:
And Volume 2 here:
Learn how to add romance to every weekend here: https://www.kelliwilkins.com/post/celebrate-valentine-s-day-all-year-with-romance-every-weekend-104-fun-ways-to-express-your-love
Today, Kelli answers 4 FAQ submitted by readers.
When is the best time for you to write? I don’t have a set time or place devoted to writing. Basically, I write anytime, anywhere. I like to write outside, so if I’m working on a book and the weather’s nice, I’ll sit in my yard and write or edit, or outline a new book. Otherwise, I find a quiet spot in the house and write.
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing? Growing up in rural NY (in the woods, as I sometimes say) helped me understand small town life, and get a great respect for nature. When I want to tap into the horror side of my imagination, I think about how it was to grow up in an environment where houses were far apart, there were no streetlights, and you could drive into really creepy and desolate areas and not see any people. Most of my short horror fiction takes place in small towns (usually on or around Halloween). Autumn is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday!
What do you want to resonate with readers when they read “The End”?I want readers to feel as if they fell in love with the characters, read an interesting story, and come away satisfied with the ending. I try to include something for the reader to think about in each book (a theme or a social comment) that is introduced through characters, scenes, or situations. I think it takes the book to a higher level and adds another dimension to the writing. Of course, when readers finish one of my books, I’d like them to read another one of my books and meet some new interesting characters!
What are you working on now? More romances? Horror stories? Both? My historical romance novel, Love, Lies and Redemption was just released, so now I’m taking a break from romances–and full-length novels–for a while. I’ll be focusing on short horror fiction for most of 2020. I’ve already written a new short story and I have lots of ideas for more spooky stories. Readers can follow my blog or social media posts for new release info and links.
I hope you enjoyed this spring edition of the Quill. Enjoy the spring season!
Happy Reading & Writing,
Kelli A. Wilkins
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