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Saturday, April 30, 2011


The staff and authors from MuseItUp Publishing are chatting today on BOTH loops! Come on by and have fun (and tell a friend or twenty). It's going to be a blast, guaranteed. :-)


The TakingThe Taking by Dean Koontz

So far, I'm enjoying this Koontz book. He has wonderful word choice that evokes exciting imagery. It's inspiring to read a great author. I don't find it discouraging at all instead it fills me with the desire to do better and create beautiful imagery for my readers.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jenna Storm Paranormal Romance Author: Six Sentence Sunday

Jenna Storm Paranormal Romance Author: Six Sentence Sunday: "HAPPY SUNDAY! I'm happy to share another (unedited) excerpt from my March 2012 release, The Burning Seal, to be published by Muse It Up P..."

Six Sentence Sunday


I'm happy to share another (unedited) excerpt from my March 2012 release, The Burning Seal, to be published by Muse It Up Publishing. A paranormal romance that blends demons, reincarnation, psychic abilities and magic. Whew! I truly enjoyed writing this book and creating my hero and heroine, two homicide detectives who are fated to engage in a terrifying battle with a demonic force.       

 Thrum. Thrum. 
Her ears must have plugged because now she heard the blood racing through terrified veins to fuel an equally petrified heart. She squeezed the bottle, the high-pitched noise of the plastic shattered the car’s quiet. During the car ride, Chase’s sarcasm kept her from dwelling on her nervousness. Now, her skin stretched taut as if an invisible force pulled it across her bones. Swallowing became an impossible feat as she was sure her throat wasn’t working any longer. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

The six sentences I chose are from my March 2012 release with Muse It Up Publishing. The Burning Seal is the first book in a paranormal series that has a psychic, demon, witch and elements of reincarnation. Let me provide you with a little background for the sentences below. A masked man has broken into Detective Danni Keegan's home and with his invasion he has unlocked her psychic abilities and spurred her to take her place in a battle she never imagined... 


An eerie silence pervaded her house. Even the walls breathed a warning. The concerned operator continued to ask questions while a second round of adrenaline coursed through her and sent her body on a roller coaster ride. The room shrunk as her vision narrowed and the only noise she heard now was the blood careening through her body. Her already tense muscles ached as they pulled even tighter.
He's coming back.  

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Are you a plotter or a panster? Do you plot your stories ahead of writing? Or do you write and see what happens? (Writing “by the seat of your pants”.) Why do you work that way? What are the benefits ...and drawbacks?

That's an easy question...I'm a plotter! I love creating character worksheets and detailed outlines with notes on the expected character moods and conflict in a scene. This level of detail is an anomaly in my very unorganized life. I think because I am distracted so easily and flit around like a butterfly from subject to subject (yes, I realize I'm describing an attention deficit issue!) that I need this organization to keep the story moving and assure an ending.

After I've created my outline I continue to work through the sequence of events to be sure my timeline makes sense and that I haven't left holes in the plot. Of course, all that plotting doesn't mean I won't have those issues but it does help me to minimize them.

With that said...I also allow my muse her freedom. I don't use whips and chains on myself (ouch!) to ensure I stick to the outline. If I have a new idea midway through the story (and it's a good one) I work it into the story and make the needed changes in the outline.

The idea of not working off an outline terrifies me! I look at a panster with envy and think how wonderful it would be to just let the story weave its own intricate web. If I did that...well, I can already see the mess I would create...victims screaming from the pages for justice, lead characters walking around blank pages wondering what happened to their character arc and why can't they find their true love or heal past hurts and finally, those secondary characters left floating in limbo. <writer screams loudly and runs from the computer>

Yes. I am a plotter. And I think that's what I'll stick with.

Have a good day everyone.