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Now that I’ve written two sequels in two different series, The Six Train to Wisconsin series (adult paranormal suspense) and The Unbelievables series (YA time-travel mystery), I’ve discovered there are a few secrets to writing a good sequel. Go Deeper, Not BiggerOne of the biggest mistakes an author can make is assuming they have to go bigger in each book. If book 1 was hero vs. villain, book 2 is now a team of heroes vs. team of villains. If ...

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Hidey-ho Fresh Fictioners! Fresh Fictionees? Fresh Fictionites? Or how about this… Hidey-ho all you fiction lovers! Julie Ann Walker here, so happy to be back on Fresh Fiction talking about my latest release, HOT PURSUIT. The book follows Christian Watson and Emily Scott on their wild and crazy (not to mention dangerous, hilarious, and angsty) journey to finding their way into each other’s arms. Christian Watson is the first Englis...

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What book made you fall in love with the genre you write? Mika Jolie: I’ve read so many books, but the one I remember the most is The Passionate Lover by Carole Mortimer under Harlequin Presents. I found it at used bookstore and from that moment I was hooked. I’d count the day for her releases and stay up all night and read. What is your favorite genre? Mika Jolie: I have such an eclectic taste when it comes to books and music. Hav...

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How did you come up with the idea for this story? EmKay Conner I’ve written in two other Kindle Worlds and discovered that series sell best. I knew I wanted to do a “mini-series” of my own in Mari Carr’s Wilder Irish Kindle World, so I did some brainstorming with my writing partner. We came up with the idea of a distant Irish cousin, Darragh O’Shea, who was something of a Lothario who dies and leaves his inheritan...

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One of the most popular historical romance eras is “The Regency” which runs according to Wikipedia, “The Regency in Great Britain was a period when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. On the death of George III in 1820, the Prince Regent became George IV. The term Regency (or Regency era) can refer to various stretches of time; some are longer than the decade of the formal...

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THE SECRET, the third book in the Butler Ranch series, is set on the Central Coast of California, one of my favorite places on earth. I started visiting this area with my mom when I was a little girl, and through the years, it became my place. Regardless of who I took along with me, we always stayed in one of the inns or motels on Moonstone Beach Road in Cambria. In the first two books, THE PROMISE and THE TRUCE, the characters Peyton and Alex...

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Every writer is also a reader. I mean, if we didn’t love books, we wouldn’t spend our time trying to create more, right? So, I read fast and I read constantly. But, strangely, I find my choices are affected by the seasons. Spring is the time for something new and strange. Summer is the time for high-flying suspense and the dramatic thriller. Fall, though, is the time to get back to the classics. Collins. Dickens. Christie. Sayers. ...

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Thank you for having me here today to discuss my Christmas novella, JOYFULLY HIS. Originally, I’d only planned three books for the Sterling Canyon series—one for each friend. But Avery’s twin, Andy, who first appeared in the first book when he injured the hero while driving home from happy hour, kept popping up. By the end of the third book, I felt he’d suffered enough and deserved his own happily ever after. At the start of ...

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Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Surrey UK. This is a sweet little house where Jane lived for a short period of her life. There is a tea room and you can tour the house and I posed at her writing desk when no one was looking! The Algonquin in New York City. This was the place where the famous Round Table met. I have been there several times for drinks and I always find it inspiring. Ernest Hemingway in Paris. To be fair the entire of city of Pa...

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With October comes Halloween, and with Halloween comes… SCARY MOVIES. * dun dun dun * Even though I rarely watch them anymore, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my top five scary movies that made me not want to watch scary movies anymore. 13 Ghosts. I don’t know why, but this movie MESSED me up. I was so scared after seeing this, and I still, to this day, get nervous when I go into a dark bathroom. I always look at the bathtub ...

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Holiday Weekend with the family or not too much time for reading…
Guests / May 31, 2005

You know, sometimes you just don’t have a subtitle for a day’s topic and today my problem is I haven’t anything really exciting to share. Memorial Day weekend was spent with the family — I went to a funeral during the rain on Saturday, very appropriate weather I guess. It wasn’t bad because I never met the woman and it seems odd to meet at a funeral, but, it was important to go, so we went. Enough said, ...

Weekly reading update
Guests / May 30, 2005

Well in electronic format, I’m a little more then halfway through Loki’s Sin by Saje Williams. This book is really intriguing and I’m wishing I could just sit and read non stop till I finish it. LOL In audio I finished up Face the Fire by Nora Roberts and am about 3 or 4 tapes in to Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati. It’s still early on, but I’m not enjoying this one as much as I liked the first one...

working no time for reading?
Guests / May 29, 2005

We’re in the middle (or hopefully) the end of upgrading our server. The processor never seems to be as straightforward as advertised, so instead of reading good fiction, I’ve been reading manuals, FAQs, and other not-quite-so-interesting technical briefs. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Jedi Knight or Wookie
Guests / May 25, 2005

I just finished a book that would have made GREAT reading while waiting in line for Episode III. Too bad that’s not when I was reading it. In her latest release, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY MEN I’VE DATED, Shane Bolks references Star Wars more times than any die hard fan wearing a cheap black cape, shiny black mask and breathing heavy would. She cites Yoda as one of the greatest philosophers of all time and classifies...

Hissy Fit
Guests / May 25, 2005

I am on vacation this week, enjoying a visit from some of my family, but I have been squeezing in time to read. It helps that 2 of my sisters who are visiting a big readers too! I just finished Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed every page! I am looking forward to getting a lot more reading done on Sat. because we are going to the lake for swimming and sailing. I will be slathering on the sunscreen and c...

It’s Hump Day
Guests / May 25, 2005

For those who might not know Hump day is Wednesday, becuase there’s 2 days of the week already passed, and only 2 days of the week left until the glorious weekend. It’s going to be a three day weekend, and I hope many of you have some wonderful plans. If all goes according to plan my mom is coming Friday afternoon. She’s supposed to be letting me know for sure as she had an angioplasty last week, and was to have see...

Midnight Musings
Guests / May 25, 2005

Or, why I sometimes like historical fiction more than anything else… I’m babysitting a script so I thought I’d take the time to ponder on yesterday’s reading since today my reading time was limited to menus and map directions. Had lunch with my friend and co-worker M today and as usual, we discussed our reading. She’s stuck on a book verging on chick-lit (not her favorite by any stretch of the imaginatio...

Movies and books
Guests / May 24, 2005

Our family made a trip to the cinema and saw Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of DC’s favorite books. Even though we were the only ones laughing, a fun time was had by all. So much, the dialogue is still being quoted. Marvin the paranoid android: “Life? Don’t talk to me about life!” Mouse 1: “Rubbish, we don’t want to be happy, we want to be famous!” If you have a chance, and the l...

Updates, geez
Guests / May 24, 2005

Okay, trying to fix the site feed, so hang on to your hats, it’s not as easy as you think. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

What are you reading?
Guests / May 23, 2005

Time for my weekly update on what I’m reading. And I’m still trying to figure out this whole loading pictures thing and this didn’t work like it was supposed to from the directions so bear with me.In print, I finished advance copies of Susan Gable’s The Pregnancy Test last week and moved on to Holly Jacobs’ Lovehandles, which I finished this weekend. Now I’m reading The Moon Witch by Linda Winstead...