Author Archives: Vicky Burkholder

About Vicky Burkholder

Writer, editor, reviewer

Guest Author: Susan V. Vaughn

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Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk.  Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings.  When she wasn’t working on the next soul crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.

It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.

Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

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Shane Reed won’t be swayed by love. He’s a city boy with a passion for tattoos and melting women’s hearts. Until he finds his bachelor status threatened by a beautiful news reporter he just can’t seem to forget.

Josie Brooks won’t let anything get in her way. She’s in Chicago to make her weather correspondent dreams come true. But when a dashing stranger comes crashing into her life, can she really ignore her heart’s desire to save her career?

 

When two paths entangle…resolves can be broken, hearts can be stolen, and a love can become undeniable.

EXCERPT FROM UNDENIABLE LOVE

“Shane.” She sighed, hating herself for enjoying this man. For allowing his touch. “You are so completely full of it.”

“Full of it? I’m telling the truth.”

Even if Megan hadn’t told her about the bet, the man was such an obvious player. He was used to getting his way with women. Too bad for him she wasn’t an easy target. “If this is your sad attempt at flirting with me, then I’m here to let you know that it’s not working.”

“Is that so?” He pulled her fingers to his lips and kissed the tips. “I’m sorry to disappoint you so much, my dear. I guess I just lack that southern gentleman charm.”

“That’s true. The men in the South definitely know how to treat a lady.”

“How’s that?”

“Where I come from, if a man likes a woman, he uses flattery instead of teasing.” She pulled her fingers from his clutches. “What are we? In grade school, Shane? If you like me, just say so.”

“I said you were beautiful, didn’t I?”

She blushed. “In a teasing way.”

“No, I said, the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” His eyes deepened with intensity, capturing her own. “And I meant every word.”

Oh, damn. Her heart seemed to stop with the world around her. Suddenly, it was just Shane, with his intense brown eyes and sincere, handsome face.

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-945910-19-7

(Print): 978-1-945910-20-3

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HP12PZ/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/undeniable-love-1

Non-Fiction Writing Book

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I’ve been writing and editing for a lot of years and the one comment I always get about my books is how good my world building is. A few years ago, I taught some classes on world building for fiction writers. In those classes, I gave out a short version of what I do when I’m creating a science fiction or fantasy world. From that handout grew this book. It’s now available at Amazon. If you do any kind of fiction writing, especially fantasy and science fiction, you might want to take a look. It’s in a question/answer style – I ask the questions, you answer them. And you can pick and choose what you want to use. It will help you build a better world.

World Building for Fiction Writers by [Burkholder, Vicky]

Buy here: Amazon

Thank you.

Vicky

Guest Post: KG Fletcher

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Today, we’re welcoming KG Fletcher to the blog. Give her new book a try – you won’t be disappointed! I’ve read it and I can honestly say it’s a good one. 🙂

Love Song
Love Song Cover (1)By KG Flectcher
ISBN: 978-1-945910-06-7

Buy Links:
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-song-25
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFVWQR2

Blurb:
Her heart searched for a melody. Will the love song she finally hears be loud enough to drown out the screaming memories of her past?
Back-up singer Casey lived the old anthem, “work hard, play harder.” When she meets handsome sub-drummer, Sam Wildner on a gig, their attraction is immediate. The two musicians forge ahead in a dizzy rhythm of passion and music, both impressed by each other’s harmonious abilities. When Sam learns of Casey’s family trauma involving her sister’s abusive ex-boyfriend, he commits to being there for her and her young niece who is caught in the middle.
The melody of their love song rings loudly in Casey’s ears as she and Sam navigate the precarious fast lane of jealousy, murder and rock ‘n roll.
Excerpt:
Casey stared at her reflection in the hotel bathroom in disbelief. Her false eyelashes from the show the night before clung haphazardly to her eyelids, looking more like insects than lashes. She pulled them off quickly, shaking her head in disgust. She covered her face in makeup remover and started to clean off the heavy show makeup just as her phone pinged with a text message. Sitting on the toilet lid, she woozily looking at the screen.

“I won…” It was a message from Sam that included a smiley face emoji.
She immediately texted back. “How did I get to my room? OMG, I’m mortified!”
Her phone rang. She hesitated before answering, not sure if she was ready to hear about her after-hours escapades. She was disgusted with herself for letting her drinking get away from her—again. She usually only drank beer and had no idea why she’d started drinking the hard stuff in front of her friends. Perhaps she was trying to feel relaxed around Sam, whom she was genuinely attracted to. And then, of course, he started egging her on in their little impromptu drinking contest. Why did she play along? What had gotten into her?

“Hello?” Her voice was raspy and she realized she was dying of thirst, the very thought of gin making her gag.

“Hey you. How ya feeling darlin’’?” She could tell that Sam was smiling on the other end.

“Ummm. How do you think I’m feeling?”

He laughed.

“Was I a complete idiot? Did I embarrass you in any way?” She suddenly felt nauseous thinking about all the drunken scenarios that could have happened in her vulnerable state. If her overprotective sister knew what she had done, she’d be livid.

“No. You were a very good girl. A little drunk and quiet, but very good. Rocky and I helped you back to your room. I hope you don’t mind that I had to look through your little purse to get out your room key.”

“Oh…. yes, that’s okay. That’s fine.” She fingered the soiled washcloth in her hand, not sure what to say.

“I have your jacket. You left it in my room—”

“I was in your room?” She started to panic.

Guest Post: KG Fletcher Cover Reveal

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Coming in April from Inkspell Press!

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Blurb:

Her heart searched for a melody. Will the love song she finally hears be loud enough to drown out the screaming memories of her past?

Back-up singer Casey lived the old anthem, “work hard, play harder.” When she meets handsome sub-drummer, Sam Wildner on a gig, their attraction is immediate. The two musicians forge ahead in a dizzy rhythm of passion and music, both impressed by each other’s harmonious abilities. When Sam learns of Casey’s family trauma involving her sister’s abusive ex-boyfriend, he commits to being there for her and her young niece who is caught in the middle.

The melody of their love song rings loudly in Casey’s ears as she and Sam navigate the precarious fast lane of jealousy, murder and rock ‘n roll.

About the Author:
KG Fletcher is the author of the romantic suspense novel, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – a Tribute to Elton John.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com)
KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels.

 

Guest Post: DR Grady

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DeAnnToday, we’re welcoming fellow writer, DR Grady to the blog. Please give her a warm welcome. She’s talking about her book “The Trouble with Nerds”

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed The Trouble With Nerds coverpediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.

Website: http://www.drgradybooks.com

Twitter: @drgradybooks  https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady https://www.facebook.com/drgradybooks

Google+:  D.R. Gradybooks   https://plus.google.com/u/0/114138197846185543554/posts

Launch Day – Non-fiction Writing Book

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My new non-fiction book on building worlds for writers is now available in both print and ebook format. It’s only fifty pages – but those fifty pages are packed with information on how to build your own worlds when writing fiction. Each section steps you through questions that, when answered, will give you a world beyond imagination. You can get it at Amazon. For only six bucks, it’s a bargain. 🙂  Amazon Kindle  Amazon paperback

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February 4

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In case you haven’t seen them, check out the daily writing tips, teasers, and thoughts on the “15 minutes to write page”. Here’s the one for today:

Tip: Quote marks—use doubles to offset dialogue or words or phrases you want to emphasize. Singles are used only within doubles.

Thought: “Writing is a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To invent. To leap. To fly. To fall.” – Susan Sontag

Teaser: Your house seems to be haunted. Who is haunting you and why?