Saturday, December 15, 2012

Of Gaea by Victoria Escobar

Book Info-
Of Gaea
Book #1 in the Of Legacies Series
By Victoria Escobar
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Ari had always taken her mobility for granted. She was a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. One selfish action changed all of that, though. Now confined to a wheelchair, Ari yearns for those days to return.
Ari has been searching the last eight months for a cure with no progress.  Her best friend Sasha is the only thing keeping her from completely giving up. Following some vague advice, Ari turns away from medical science and starts researching alternative methods of healing. Suddenly, she finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. 
She’s thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods she didn’t know existed. Ari learns she will have a choice to make on her eighteenth birthday that will change everything. For everyone.   But how does she know her choice will be the right one?

About the Author:
Once upon a time, long, long ago, Victoria was born in sunny Florida, except it wasn’t sunny; it was the middle of the night. Midnight actually, well, two minutes past, but she tried really hard for midnight.
​Victoria has been to twenty one schools in her lifetime. With all the continual switching around, she’s relied on her imagination for friends and books for close companions. In high school she remained apart from the whole and spent most of her time in the library either reading or writing.
​Currently, Victoria has set down roots in New York with her family. She still reads and writes every day. She finished her debut novel Of Gaea in the fall of 2012 and is working on the sequel and many other projects.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop!


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My favorite Christmas memory: I was really young... maybe 3 or 4. Whatever the age, I believed in Santa still. Anyway, I was on my way home from my grandma's house on Christmas Eve. My mother stopped to get some gas. Snow started to fall so I pressed my face to the window to watch the flakes hit the glass. The moon caught my attention and I just sat there in the dark, amazed by the beauty of the flakes floating around the brilliance of the moon's glow. And then it happened. A shadowed figure swooped across the moon's image. I smiled. Santa! I had seen Santa Clause. 

Now I know it wasn't Santa but I can still remember every part of that event... the view of the moon, the chill in the air, hearing my mom pump the gas, the feel of the glass against  my face... and that shadow (whatever it really was) kept me believing for a really long time! 

I'm trying to make someone else have a happy memory this year! I'm donating 50% of my royalties for Confessions to Chelsia's cancer treatment from Dec. 13-31 2012. Want to help her out? Buy Confessions here:

So tell me your best Christmas memory! 

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How Wendy and Chelsia met: They went to school together in Junior and Senior high. Although they weren't friends, Wendy knew who Chelsia was. Way back then Wendy admired Chelsia's strength and charisma (which hasn't changed!). She definitely stood out from the crowd even as teenager. The two writers connected over Facebook as adults. Now Chelsia has been diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer and Wendy wants to help! 

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Putting Your Characters on the Couch by Caridad Pineiro

People always ask me whether I'm a pantser or a plotter and invariably it's tough for me to answer.  I definitely write a synopsis, but it's generally a very loose one, maybe because I am definitely a character-driven writer which means that sometimes the characters surprise me.

When that happens, I find myself tweaking that general plot line to accommodate the new thing I've learned about the character. Usually it's a minor tweak because I'm fairly well familiar with my character and the conflict they need to face and resolve during the course of the story.

Why am I so familiar with them?  I like to say that I put my characters on the couch and delve into their psyches to peel away their layers in order to best craft a story that enhances the main conflict.

For example, in THE PRINCE'S GAMBLE, the heroine, FBI Agent Kathleen Martinez asks the hero, Prince Alexander, at one point what is most important to him.  Prince Alexander replies, “Freedom.”

When I set out to craft Prince Alexander, I knew his theme would be about “freedom”, but on various levels that would set him on a collision course with the heroine.

How you may wonder? For starters, Kathleen is there to investigate a missing hostess and a possible money laundering ring.  If the prince is connected to the crimes, he may lose his physical freedom.  Even if he isn't, if the casino's reputation is jeopardized, it could impact his economic freedom.

But there are more layers to that “freedom” conflict.  As the story progresses, we discover that the prince is very paternalistic and over-protective of his younger sister.  Why?  He wishes for her to have freedom away from the paparazzi that normally dog them when they are in Europe.

In addition, however, he wants her to be free from the kind of fear he's experienced as the scion to a royal family.  In time, Prince Alexander reveals to Kathleen a deep dark secret from his past and worse yet, he must confront his fear about that secret toward the end of the book.

But there is another deeper fear that the prince and confronting that fear will bring him emotional freedom and in time, Kathleen's love and trust.

So put your hero or heroine on the couch and try to figure out what is their “psychic wound.”  Ask them these simple questions.

1.      What do they fear more than anything?
2.      How did that fear arise?
3.      Have they confronted that fear or does it still have power over them?
4.      What would it take for them to overcome that fear?
5.      Would doing so give them power?  Love?  Peace?

Once you have the basic answers to the above, ask yourself what kind of conflict you can craft that would force your character to face that fear  and overcome it.  Readers love a story where they can root for the hero/heroine to be victorious!

Also ask yourself if it is a universal kind of fear or one that is specific to the hero/heroine.  For example, in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is afraid of snakes.  There is a pivotal scene where he must overcome that fear in order to succeed in saving the day.  Many people have that fear of snakes, but moreso, many have some kind of phobia and could totally empathasize with Indy as he forces himself to overcome that fear.

Think about whether your hero's fear is universal as that may pull your readers in more easily than a very unique fear.  For example, part of Alexander's desires for freedom come from growing up a royal and in a communist regime.  Those two things have limited his freedom in the past and make him that much more determined to keep it in the future.  These are fears that aren't as universal as Indy's snake phobia, but they are still compelling to many people.

Ask yourself whether that psychic wound has had any impact on the character's physical appearance.  For example, someone who has been either sexually/physically/emotionally abused may got to great pains to be physically strong.  They will likely know how to defend themselves and stay fit because they have the mistaken idea that physical strength is the equivalent of emotional strength.

Also remember that when writing a romance, that psychic wound should have a direct correlation to the conflict between the hero and heroine.  A fear of snakes isn't going to kill a romance, but a fear of trust will.

I hope this has helped you learn a little more about creating characters and conflict in your novel.

Please take a moment to find our more about THE PRINCE'S GAMBLE and my campaign to help raise money to rebuild the Jersey Shore.  From now until March 1, 2013, my share of the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund. THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE is available for download at Amazon via this link: or at B&N via this link: 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hey you!

I'm looking for a few good readers to join my street team! It's easy and free!  As a street team member you receive:

  • Every new release for free! 
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  • Leave short and honest reviews Goodreads and Amazon! 
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Limited openings. Email me today, so I can send you my books.

Talk to you soon,
Wendy Ely 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Confessions

Jordan slid to the side so she could position herself in front of the monitor and keyboard. His
hand brushed her thigh, sending sparks through her. It took effort to remind herself that the task at
hand was much more important than his thigh resting against hers, or his hand moving to the back
of her chair and his fingers playing with a strand of her hair. Denying the temptation was a lost
cause. She wanted Jordan, and wanted him bad, but she could only admit it to herself.
Even though she was supposed to be looking for her daughter, every part of her body yearned for Jordan’s touch.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Holiday Confessions

So the holidays are upon us and I've been thinking a lot about Christmas, so I decided to confess a few things to you:

1. This is the first year in a very long time that I've felt the holiday spirit. The kids actually nicknamed me The Grinch. Yes, I bought the gifts and went along with the whole holiday thing for them. We decorated a tree but that is it in terms of holiday decor. This year is totally different. I can't wait to decorate the house and the tree!

2. We haven't bought Christmas gifts yet this year! I usually have the shopping done by Halloween. Why? Because I loathe shopping during the holidays. I feel that this should be a time of giving but many people have lost that in life, making people greedy and mean.

3. When the kids were little I started the tradition of having them open their presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. I did this to relieve some of the Christmas chaos because they were so young. They still get presents under the tree from "Santa" to open on Christmas morning. Christmas Day is about being together instead of presents.

4. We always eat pizza on Christmas Eve while we watch holiday themed movies and open presents!

Okay... your turn! Share your holiday secrets :)

Chelsea Montgomery has her own secrets to confess in Confession, Desert Secrets book 1. Check it out here:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Last NaNoWriMo Post of 2012!

Nanowrimo has ended and I know many of you have been watching my progress throughout November. I'm am a goal oriented person and when I don't reach one it ways heavily in my thoughts. So imagine how hard it was to not finish Nano this year. I even thought about making a cute picture with the word Nano Loser to replace the Nano winner graphic that the site gives out to those awesome people. Guess what? I didn't make one of those loser pictures because I may not have met the 50k word count but I gave the project my all that life allowed. I have a partially written manuscript that will be finished. 

My total word count: 33,019

I'm proud of those numbers!! This book happened to be book 4 in 

my Desert Secrets series. 

Book 3 isn't even finished yet. I'll now go back to finish book 3 

and then move on to book 4. 

Thank you for cheering me on through November!