Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A New Writing Guide for You: The Conflict Thesaurus (+ #Giveaway) #Books #Writing

I don't know about you, but I get a little excited when a new writing guide comes along. Today I get to spill the news that The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1) has hit the shelves.

This guide is about that killer ingredient our stories need: Conflict. It shows you exactly how to use conflict to raise tension, create a fresh story premise, and pull readers in. The guide also dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be endlessly adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, No-Win Scenarios...this book is plot brainstorming in overdrive!

I'm part of Angela & Becca's Street Team for this release, and have been cheering them on since the first Emotion Thesaurus was published. When it comes to conflict, we have an important question to ask you:

Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?


Sure, it's easy for you to use conflict to torture your characters and make them struggle, but what if it's you in the hot seat instead? Will you make good decisions, or bad ones?

It's time to find out by taking the Conflict Challenge! I dare you to become the protagonist in a special story Angela & Becca have created. And heads up, if you survive, you win some pretty cool stuff!




GIVEAWAY ALERT!

While you're at Writers Helping Writers taking the Conflict Challenge, make sure to enter The Conflict Thesaurus celebratory giveaway, too. But hurry - it's only on for a few days.

So, take the challenge...if you dare. And don't forget to come back and let me know how you did against Camp Deadwood!


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

These aliens are hiding a lot more than their existence in TRADE SECRETS by @CassChandler #PetsInSpace #SciFiRomance #NewRelease


TRADE SECRETS

The Department of Homeworld Security series

by Cassandra Chandler

Gwen Williams wants nothing more than to explore the vast possibilities of outer space, but Earth’s technology isn’t going to get her there. Her solution? Make contact with aliens. The only problem is, her plan works a little too well—landing her on the radar of a group of aliens with plans of their own that involve her homeworld.

Xan was just trying to help his Vegan friends avoid getting into trouble for messing with human things they should have left alone. He didn’t expect to run up against Gwen, a brilliant, beautiful Earthling who stirs a depth of emotion in him that he didn’t know he possessed—and who also has evidence of his friends’ transgression. Adding in the fact that the super-smart “space cat” who’s adopted him has plans to bring Gwen into their little family and this Coalition pilot has some tricky space to navigate.

As if that wasn’t complicated enough, the trio discovers a plot on Xan’s ship that could compromise the security of all of their people—and the newly forged bonds between the sentients working toward peace in the galaxy. Will they be able to work together to secure a more peaceful future, or will their secrets drive them apart?

This story is available as part of Pets in Space 6 ANTHOLOGY!

Pets in Space® is back for a new year of adventures!

Join the incredible authors in this year's Pets in Space 6 for another out-of-this-world adventure. This award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling anthology is packed full of your favorite Pets in Space®. Featuring 11 original, never-before-released stories from some of today's bestselling Science Fiction Romance and Fantasy authors, Pets in Space 6 continues their vital support of Hero-Dogs.org, the non-profit charity that improves quality of life for veterans of the U.S. military and first-responders with disabilities. Don't miss out on this limited-edition anthology before it’s too late!

Includes stories from: S.E. Smith, Veronica Scott, Honey Phillips, Carol Van Natta, Cassandra Chandler, JC Hay, S.J. Pajonas, Greta van der Rol, Deborah A. Bailey, Melisse Aires, Kyndra Hatch



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Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $15,300 in the past five years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space 6 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space 6 today so together we can continue helping this worthy charity! https://www.hero-dogs.org/








Saturday, September 25, 2021

Can Ojo convince Vawn to spend another night with him? Find out in this excerpt from VAWN #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #SFR


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Thank you to all those who visited last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing one final snippet from VAWN, the first book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: In the last snippet I shared from VAWN, Ojo was on vacation and found out that Vawn was vacationing on the same planet. He was about to jog past, believing Vawn had moved on, but then Vawn called out to him.

This weekend I'm continuing a few sentences later. (This is in Ojo's point of view, but Vawn speaks first.) Enjoy!


“Wow, I can’t believe you’re here, on this planet, at the same time as me.” He smiled like we were old friends.

I pointed my thumb over my shoulder, finally gaining control over my body. “Yeah, I was out for a jog, and I thought I recognized you, but I slowed to be sure.”

“Yeah, it’s me.” He quickly waved his hand, making the interaction feel awkward. “Have you had any luck finding a fuck buddy for your stay?”

I choked on the little spit in my mouth. No, that made things even worse. I thumped on my chest in an attempt to stop coughing.

**And some more if you want to read...**

A glass of water appeared in front of me. I took a drink, thankful for the relief.

“So, have you?” Vawn held his hand out for the glass.

I gave it back to him, unsure why he’d want to know. “I arrived here earlier today. Honestly, right before my jog.”

“Ah, I see.” He set the glass on a table before returning to the fence. “We just arrived this morning, too.”

We. Did that mean this was his family now? Though, why would any family travel to Rennir for a vacation? There was some piece of information I was missing.

“Then, would you like to have some fun with me tonight? You know, since we’re already familiar with each other?” Might as well take my shot, since I couldn’t get him out of my head anyway.

“Can’t.” His response was quick and simple yet still felt like a jab to the gut.

“Okay, I get it.” I backed away, ready to turn around and return to the hotel.

“No, that’s not what I meant.” He pushed the gate open and grabbed my arm. “I can’t tonight. My friend is going out, and I have to stay here—”

“Ah, the girl. I get it.” Turns out he was not only fantastic in bed but also a great friend, taking care of the other guy’s daughter so he could spend a night getting dicked down.

“But if you really want to have some fun with me again, we can get together tomorrow night. I had a good time when we hooked up on Eurebly.”

“Oh. I didn’t think so with how quickly you left after and didn’t leave me your information.” Shit, why was I spewing my insecurities all of a sudden? I had the date. I should accept it and go.

Vawn dug his toes into the sand. “Um, yeah, I had an emergency at home and had to leave right away. I really wasn’t thinking clearly.”

I didn’t know if he was making an excuse or telling the truth. His brothers wouldn’t have told me either way. “Okay, let’s meet up tomorrow. Can I get your info this time so we can figure out where to meet, then?”

“Sure.” He dashed into the yard to fetch his communicator.

**So, does that mean everything is smooth sailing from here? (insert evil author laugh) Not a chance! But, they're closer to being together, at least. You'll have to read their story to find out what happens next. And I'll try to have snippets from GENJ, the next Kaddim Brothers story, as soon as possible.


VAWN
Kaddim Brothers book one

Vawn doesn’t need a mate. He’s already established himself universe-wide as a hot name in fashion, while raising his daughter. But he won’t say no to a fling with a hot space racer when he travels to Eurebly to visit his brothers. One night. That’s all he can give. Because his heart shattered when he lost his previous alpha, and he hasn’t been able to repair it completely. He refuses to love someone like that ever again.

Ojokun survived on Jenegath in order to leave the planet and become the best space racer in the universe. Though he flies with a team, he’s never depended on anyone outside of his jet. He keeps to himself. Has one-night stands, just like every other space racer. But, after a mind-blowing night with the brother of two of his teammates, he can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous omega, or the foreign longing that scares him more than his overly-protective teammates.

Can Ojokun convince Vawn that he wants more than one night? Or is that all they were ever meant to be?

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