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Contemporary vs. Paranormal Romance on Supernatural Snark

Supernatural Snark is today’s stop on the Whirlwind Blog Tour. We’re discussing the construction of contemporary and paranormal romances – come and check it out! Of course, there’s a copy of Whirlwind to be won!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND ENTER TO WIN

Only a few more stops (and a few more giveaways) remain on the tour! Tomorrow’s stop is My Love Affair With Books. And don’t forget the LIVE CHAT this Saturday, moderated by our host, Missie of The Unread Reader.

Previous Blog Tour stops (Many giveaways are still open):

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Whirlwind Blog Tour Starts Today!

The Unread Reader

Missie has some great questions for me today

Today kicks off  two weeks of outtakes, excerpts, interviews, reviews and giveaways on the Whirlwind Blog Tour. Follow along with me and you could win a free copy of Whirlwind!

Our first stop is at our host site, The Unread Reader. Missie, the wonderful force behind this site recently discussed hero Jason McAlister on her “My Book Boyfriend” meme. Did you see the HOT pics she chose for Jason?

Today, she interviewed me about Whirlwind, and asked very interesting questions! Be sure and check it out, and while you’re there, enter to win an eBook edition of Whirlwind.

CLICK HERE TO START THE TOUR!

Mark Your Calendars for the Live Chat on June 18th

On Saturday, June 18th, we will celebrate the conclusion of the Whirlwind Blog Tour with a live chat hosted by our host, Missie of The Unread Reader. We’ll be chatting on a service called TalkShoe, and you can either call in or listen and type in your questions. I recommend creating a free TalkShoe account – that way I’ll be able to see your name, not just “Guest 8” :-). Also, you may need to disable your popup blocker for TalkShoe to work best.

Link to the chat here

I look forward to chatting with you on the 18th at 8:00pm EDT (5pm PDT)!

Meet an Author Monday

Check out what other authors are chatting about today. Whether you’re a reader or a writer, there’s a lot of great stories out there!

Meet an Author Monday

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Photo Friday: The Golden State

Today’s photo is a blast from way past, and a preview of my upcoming blog tour:

Cal Poly, the inspiration for Santa Lucia Polytechnic in Whirlwind

Located on the Central Coast of California, Cal Poly is on the edge of the city, San Luis Obispo. This photo was taken a LONG time ago (1988), and the campus has grown a lot since then. One thing that hasn’t changed is the brown hills. This is the color of most of California in the summer and fall.

If you look close, you can see the white “P” on the hillside (for Poly). On the left side is the “back forty.” Whirlwind fans will remember what happened out there…

Be sure and check out the Whirlwind Blog Tour, starting June 6th, for even more photos, outtakes, an interview with hero Jason McAlister, and other goodies! The tour runs through June 17th, followed by a live chat with me on the 18th. Hosted by the fantastic Missie of The Unread Reader!

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Time’s Running Out

Only a few days left to enter to win a box of books from me! Which would you choose?

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Combining Characters

Cover of "Water for Elephants: A Novel"

Cover of Water for Elephants: A Novel

I have a confession: As I work on the draft of my next book, I’m finding there’s just too many characters. I love them all, don’t get me wrong, but the last thing I want is a reader who has to make a set of crib notes to keep track of all the people who jump in and out of the story. Many in this cast are bit players – they come in, move the plot along, then exit, never to be seen again. So how do I thin down the cast?

One way is to combine similar characters into one persona. This happens a lot when books are converted to movies, and can be a very effective way of keeping the plot elements, and even character traits, but streamline the story. A very recent example of combining characters can be found in the screen adaptation of the book, Water for Elephants. I’ve seen the movie, read the book (loved it), and am now a even bigger fan of the movie. No, the movie is not identical, but it’s very true to the book. But two prominent characters in the book became one in the movie – in what I think was a stroke of genius.

Water for Elephants is primarily a story about a train circus in 1931. There’s danger, love, betrayal, and one fantastic elephant named Rosie. In the book, the main character, Jacob, jumps a circus train and becomes their vet, and eventually their elephant handler. The circus is run by two powerful and evil men, August and Uncle Al. Jacob falls for August’s wife, Marlena, but you’ll have to either read the book or see the movie to hear that part of the story.  It’s August and Uncle Al I want to talk about.

In the book, Uncle Al owns the circus and has a habit of throwing men off his moving train who cross him or are unproductive. His solitary motivation is the dollar. His role is important, but he’s a relatively minor character. August, on the other, is key to the story, the violent, schizophrenic equestrian director. One second he’s kind, the next vicious. Jacob encounters both throughout the book, but it’s August’s wife Jacob falls for.

Now, to the movie. In the movie, there is no Uncle Al (or I didn’t notice him, if he was there). August is both the psychopath and the owner – which blends into a character even more frightening than the two in the book. Is it the same? No. But it is extremely effective, and wow does it convey how dangerous a world Jacob has entered.

So back to my conundrum. Seeing how well the combining was done in Water for Elephants gives me hope that I can thin down my cast a little but keep all the key elements I need in the story. In some cases, it doesn’t matter quite so much who threatens the protagonist, just that they are threatened. I hope to take this to heart, and tighten up my story a bit more.

Readers: If you’ve seen the movie, what do you think? Do you agree that the movie August is as good as the August/Uncle Al in the book? Or did combining those characters compromise the story?

Writers: Have you had to combine characters before? How difficult was it? Were you happy with the results?

Click here to read the interview

Around the Internet: Bookish

The wonderful Evie at Bookish interviewed me over the weekend. She’s also giving away an e-copy of Whirlwind, so be sure and check it out. Thank you, Evie, you’re a sweetheart!

Share the Wealth Giveaway

Can you believe May is almost over? Let me know what you think about this or any of my posts in May and you’re entered to win. Click below for details.

Meet an Author Monday

Check out what other authors are chatting about today. Whether you’re a reader or a writer, there’s a lot of great stories out there!

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Let the Giveaways Begin!

Can you believe it’s February already?  Valentine’s Day is a couple weeks away, but romance is already in the air.  Roses and candy fill the store shelves, and even here on the internet we’ve broken out the conversation hearts.

Speaking of which…there’s one special candy heart somewhere on my website. Find it, and you can enter to win enough romance to fill your bookshelf in the Lookin’ For Love Web Hunt.

Lookin' for Love contest

To participate in the web hunt, all you have to do is:

  • Visit each of the Omnific author’s websites listed below between February 1-14, 2011
  • Find the “hidden” candy hearts (one per author website with a different saying at each site)
  • Match the sayings on the candy hearts to the correct author using this form by February 14, 2011

When you correctly identify all of the candy heart sayings, your form will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. Grand prize is the entire eBook collection of Omnific Publishing’s titles then in publication! The runner up will win eBook editions of five Omnific Publishing titles of his or her choice. Ten additional winners will each win an eBook of A Valentine Anthology.

AUTHOR WEBSITES:
Robin DeJarnett
Jennifer DeLucy
Nicki Elson
Jennifer Lane

Jessica McQuinn

Carol Oates
Susan Kaye Quinn
Lisa Sanchez
Sandra Wright

For more information, see the CONTEST RULES

If you don’t want to wait, during its anniversary celebration, Omnific Publishing is offering a special:

More giveaways are coming, so get ready to add all kinds of romance to your (reading) life!

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