Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Votes and a Writing Process Post...

Okay, friends... My book, Dance With The Enemy, received a high enough review rating to get nominated for an InD'Tale Magazine RONE Award, but now it's all geared on popular vote from the masses, so please stop by and cast your vote. It's under Fantasy/Sci-Fi. You do need to be a signed in subscriber (but subscriptions are free and painless). Here's the link: http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-six. Click, Scroll, Vote  Please and Thank You!!!

My friend and cover design companion, Rachel Rossano, has a book up for vote this week as well in the Inspirational category, so I hope you'll consider taking a look at it while you're there. Rachel is an awesome writer, so if you haven't had a chance to read her work, you can find out more about her on her blog: http://rachel-rossano.blogspot.com/



And once you're done there, I hope you'll hop on over to my Book Garden blog and read all about the writing process of the amazing Julia Mills -- author of the popular Dragon Guard Series. You'll find that post here: http://forgetmenotbookgarden.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-post-writing-process-of.html


Meet up with Julia on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JLakeMills. You'll love getting to know her.

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Writing Process

I was invited by my bestie to participate in a blog tour that has authors answering four simple questions to give others a glimpse into our writerly world. Before I answer the questions though, I want to introduce you to my bestie who writes under the pen name of Jaimey Grant. Jaimey, aka Laura J. Miller – cover designer extraordinaire -- writes absolutely fantastic Regency Romances with a darker edge. I wasn’t 100% sold on stepping back into reading the Historical Romance genre after moving on to more Contemporary work, until I read one of her books. Now I can’t wait for her to release another one (and I get to read them before anyone else!!!). You can find out more about Jaimey and her writing at www.JaimeyGrant.com. And be sure to visit her cover design site as well: http://www.anauthorsart.com/. If I didn’t design my own covers, she’d be doing them. Wait! She did design my Arms of an Angel cover! She and our mutual friend, Rachel Rossano, are my go-to gals to help me fine-tune everything I do, whether it’s a book cover or my words.

And now, on we go to answering those four questions that will give you some insight into the work behind the words…

1. What am I working on?

My current WIP (work in progress) is Beyond the Shadows, which is the second book in the Men of Riandus Series. Every book in this series will stand alone, even though they’ll be enjoyed best by reading them all. In Beyond the Shadows, the daughter of the King’s right hand man finds herself falling for a roguish "broken" warrior who happens to be the brother of Tahruk from my Dance with the Enemy. Oddly enough, I wanted to kill the hero of Beyond the Shadows off for 2/3rd of the way through Dance With The Enemy, until I decided he was one of those hate-to-love characters that needed his own story. He’s a mega pushy, hot jerk with a single soft spot: Mahryn.



The third book in this series, titled Temptation’s Whisper, takes us into the lives of Tahruk and Redahn’s cousin, the King of Corigan, and Christiana, the vagabond forest dweller, who not only captures him, but his heart. Although they’ve been edited recently, you can read the first 3 chapters of Beyond the Shadows here:

I’m also working on a couple of Contemporary Romances – which is actually my genre of choice – but I’m not quite ready to share about them yet :- )

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I enjoy reading stories that are steamy without being graphic to the point I almost blush. They're not always easy to find, but that's what I like and that's what I write. Tension is a must, and I get somewhat descriptive, but if you want “pink”, you’re not going to find it in what I’ve written so far. I call it Love With the Lights Off … you know exactly what’s going on, but you just don’t get every gritty detail. Hopefully, that explains it. Another way my work differs is that the story comes first, with the romance happening as part of the story. They're 100% romance stories, because I'm hopelessly in love with the idea of love, but you're going to get a story that pulls you in and gets you involved in their lives first and foremost. 

3. Why do I write what I write?

I write what I write because the characters in my head are outrageously demanding and want their stories told. lol. Actually, I write what I love to read. I adore happy endings but want a story that pulls at my heartstrings and provides emotional highs and lows along the way.



4. How does my writing process work?

Ideas first. I’m always getting these ideas and scene bursts in my head. They can come from anywhere … a song on the radio, something someone says, an image on a billboard … anywhere. That will usually lead to characters beginning to form, at which point I will try to pin them with a name that fits their emerging personalities, as well as ironing out the details of how they look (long, red hair that curls vs shoulder length, straight blond. Blue eyes vs green, etc.). Since I’m also a cover designer, I may head out to the stock image sites to see if I can find an image to go along with the character in my head. On occasion, that will change my character’s description (like in Dance With The Enemy – Elenya started with straight, black hair and Tahruk had sun-bleached blond. Then I stumbled across an image of models Jimmy Thomas and Virginia Petrucci. When I saw it, I KNEW they were my characters. They were perfect!

While all that is going on, the story is forming in my head. I almost always get the beginning and the end and then connect them. There’s usually some major “crisis” that tries to hide from me and I have to figure that out. I’m not overly into outlines, but do know somewhat where I’m going as I write. However, I have had the characters take over a story before, and it ends up surprising me (like Tahruk’s brother!). I kind of like when that happens. It’s like reading someone else’s book.

I probably write slower than most. That’s partly the fault of other authors, which I say with a huge smile on my face because I get to be part of the team of so many authors through cover designing and occasional interior layout of their books. It’s a rewarding profession that goes well beyond the paycheck.

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Now it’s my turn to tag additional authors to keep the tour going. Their articles will be posted on April 14, so be sure to save the dates and visit them to hear about their writing process. I’ll tag…

Jenny Hilborne

Mystery/thriller writer Jenny Hilborne and I met when she needed an interior formatter for her book, Hide and Seek, and we’ve been a team ever since. I love Jenny’s writing style as well as the fact that her books grab you from the beginning and won’t let you go until you reach the end. Jenny has a new release in the works. You can find Jenny’s books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Jenny-Hilborne/e/B003YYF5F4. And her Writing Process post will be available on her blog at https://jfhilborne.wordpress.com/. You can also connect with Jenny on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenny.hilborne.5


Shawn Inmon

Shawn is another writer friend I met when he entered the publishing scene and decided to make me a part of his team. Three novels, a couple of novelettes, and numerous short stories later, he’s still pumping out absolutely awesome stories that grab you by the heart whether they’re love stories or not. I’d say that’s because Shawn writes from the heart.  You can find Shawn’s books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Shawn-Inmon/e/B0096B3UME. His Writing Process post will be available at http://www.shawninmon.com/. I also highly recommend linking to his Facebook page because he shares the best stuff there! https://www.facebook.com/ShawnInmonWriter.


Jennifer McMurrain

Not only is Jennifer McMurrain a local author, but she’s written one of my all-time favorite books, Winter Song. I adore her writing as much as I do her. She’s won numerous writing awards, leads our local writing group, and has to be the busiest author I know. The bonus is more readers get to find out about her amazing writing talent. You can find Jennifer’s books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-McMurrain/e/B009611IVE. Her Writing Process post will be available at http://www.jennifermcmurrain.com/, and you can connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jennifer-McMurrain/351791824847958.


Julia Mills

Last but certainly not least is author Julia Mills, who writes the hottest books in the Fantasy genre. Her stories in The Dragon Guard Series have taken the book world by storm with readers waiting impatiently for her next words to be released. Big congratulations go out to Julia for releasing the third book in this stunning series just last night! You can find Julia’s books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Julia-Mills/e/B00GRJ1F7U. Her Writing Process post will actually be a guest post on my book blog: http://forgetmenotbookgarden.blogspot.com/. And, you’ll definitely want to connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JLakeMills.


Thank you so much for visiting. Happy reading!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Gift Card and ebooks Giveaway

I'm sharing the love ... giving away 3 of my romantic ebooks and a $10 Amazon Gift Card and entry is easy. All you have to do is visit my facebook page: The Shelf Life Of Linda Boulanger and finish the statement: "My first kiss was..."

That's it! I'll pick the winner (via random drawing) and announce it sometime after midnight tonight, Feb. 14, 2014.


What others are saying:
Dance with the Enemy: There are books that touch you so deep, make you dizzy with emotion, and stay with you long after you've read the last word ...
Arms of an Angel: A beautiful little love story...
Echoed Heartbeats: When you feel it, your life will never be the same...




Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's my birthday - not just any birthday, but a very monumental one - and I'm celebrating in two ways. First, all my e-books are just $0.99 over on Amazon: If you want to grab one, you can get there rather easily by clicking http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Boulanger/e/B002NPYDC6.

And thanks to Room With Books, you can enter for a chance to win prizes from some of my favorite, truly amazing authors:

Alison Pensy, Beverly Preston, Carmen DeSousa, Cathy Collar, Darlene Kuncytes, Elodie Parkes, JD Nelson, Jennifer McMurrain, Julia Lake Mills, Kim Cresswell, Lia Fairchild, Michael J Evans, Morgan Kearns, Parris Afton Bonds, Patrick Sipperly, Rachel Rossano, Robert W. Walker, Shawn Inmon, Tiffani Baxter, Kira Sayuri, Marie Knight, and Ursula Gorman!


I'm so excited. I want to enter the contest!!! And I want to invite you to come and celebrate with me.

To enter the contest, visit: http://roomwithbooks.com/linda-boulanger-celebrates-50/

Special thanks to Patricia Green with Room With Books and all the wonderful author who offered their books to help make this day special. You're the special ones!


Friday, January 31, 2014

My Book Garden


I have a new garden ... it's a book garden! where I'll share cover reveals, chat with authors about their books, host giveaways and interviews, offer freebies now and then, and more.

If you're interested in joining me on the journey,
you'll find my book garden at:


Enjoy a tidbit on Shawn Inmon's new mini-novella release,
Check out the awesome cover for Julia Mill's second book in her
And prepare to join me for a week long celebration between
my birthday (Feb. 8) and Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
when I'll be offering some wonderfully romantic reads and prizes.
Hope to see you there!






Saturday, January 25, 2014

Excerpts and Changes

As work has progressed on Book 2 of The Men of Riandus, I've made some decisions about title changes and have decided to share an excerpt from Book 2 and Book 3. Oh! That "The Men of Riandus" ... that's new too and came about with the decision to drop "Dance" from the two Books that follow Dance with the Enemy. Book 2 will be Beyond the Shadows with Book 3 dropped back to Temptation's Whisper ... I've just finished the excerpts from those 2 books and have posted them on my website, which I'll link to below. Sigh! I love these characters! 

If you read Dance with the Enemy, you might remember that Riandus is the Country where they live (though it's only mentioned in a forward where Elenya's Drille is exiled, I believe). Within that Country, there are several Kingdoms, and within the kingdoms are Drilles. It makes sense in the book :-)






Click HERE to enjoy the first 3 Chapters
of
Beyond the Shadows
(the link will redirect you to my website)






Click HERE to enjoy the first 3 Chapters
of
Temptation's Whisper
(the link will redirect you to my website)










I have to say, though I may be a bit biased because of my love for these characters, but I honestly believe Beyond the Shadows is gearing up to be a better story than Dance with the Enemy. And I honestly believe Chapter 1 of Temptation's Whisper is probably the best piece I have ever written. I'm so anxious to reach The End on both of these stories so I can share them with you. Thanks to each of you for enjoying this ride with me.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Win a copy of Dance with the Enemy

The cover for Dance Beyond the Shadows will be revealed Friday, Sept. 27 over at Friday Night Romance. The hero in that second book in this collection is the hate-to-love brother of the hero in Dance with the Enemy – which is where we get our first glimpse of Tahruk’s brother, Lord Redahn. Enjoy an excerpt that sheds some light into his less than glowing personality. Then you'll just have to trust me when I say you’re going to end up loving him by the time I’m finished with him!



Now, on to the excerpt:
Elenya’s attention was claimed by another warrior every bit as stately as Tahruk and his father, Renaine. The other man stared at Elenya with desire so blatant she felt the need to fold her arms over her chest.
He laughed. “Perhaps he isn’t attracted by the scent of the enemy.”
“Redahn!” Lady Neria rose to her feet. A hand held up to her by her husband was the only thing that stopped her movement from the front bench toward her second son.
The low growl from the other side of the diaz turned heads toward the warrior accused of slacking his duties. Master Daruh held Tahruk back with a hand on his chest and another around his upper arm. Hatred burned in the young warrior's eyes as he glared at his brother.
Elenya started to go to him, feeling the pull again, only to be stopped by a hand on her arm. She turned to glare at Renaine, wrenching her arm from his grasp.
“You are a bold woman, Elenya Avenille of Aleone, though your decision to flee from my son has already prompted questions of your loyalty. What have you to say in your defense?”
Eyes narrowed, she threw a scathing glance at Redahn following another snort from him. Turning back to the house master, she brought her chin up deliberately and squared her shoulders. “Upon the confirmation from Master Daruh that no error had been made, I immediately submitted to my warrior, my lord, with every intent to … fulfill my … obligations and duties to the Zanak Drille. Only,” She lowered her head and her voice, “exhaustion overcame me last night and … visitors at daybreak prevented certain … fulfillment … this morning,” she managed haltingly, embarrassment flaming her cheeks. “Still, I am honor bound to do all that is expected.” She forced her gaze up to look at the house master, stifling her unease while she awaited his command.
At last, the elder man nodded. He motioned for Tahruk to take his place next to her. “I trust, my son, this … issue will be amended post haste. We would not want it said that Zanak does not honor the directives of the Masters, nor do we wish to prove ourselves disloyal to our King.” He looked from son to maiden. “At least she is not hard to look upon. It will make fulfilling your obligations easier…”
The unladylike snort that interrupted the house master prompted Tahruk to a hasty answer of assurance to his father before he turned her away.
“My son.” Renaine’s voice halted them a few steps from the diaz. “We shall dine one hour earlier tonight for your convenience.”
“Perhaps you should take the time between then and now to tend to your obligations, brother. ‘Twould be a pity for one so fair to fall into the wrong hands before you could attend to that little detail.” Redahn stretched his hand toward Elenya as the couple began to move away. Tahruk jerked her to his other side and squared on his younger brother.
“And I would be honor bound to relieve such a scoundrel from his ability to breathe should the Courts not do it for me,” Tahruk told his brother who, although mighty in his own right, could not have taken on the jealous elite warrior and emerged the victor.
“Boys!”
It was Nema who stepped between the two men. She pushed Tahruk back toward Elenya and took Redahn’s arm. “Come,” she urged him, tugging on him to follow in the other direction.

Redahn takes every opportunity throughout Dance with the Enemy to goad his brother and Elenya, although without him, the book would not have had my mandatory happy ending – something Redahn believes will never belong to him. 

That’s because he had yet to meet Mahryn.
I hope you’ll jump over to Friday Night Romance, where you’ll meet Mahryn and see a bit of the softer side of Redahn. The link will be posted on Friday, once it becomes available. But do take the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of Dance with the Enemy by leaving a comment below.
Additional entries for your chance to win may be found in the Rafflecopter box.