Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG today and Maximum Impact has had a maximum impact on many writers already!


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Early Happy Zinc Cinco de Mayo to all my IWSG members today. I'm doing a random giveaway on AMAZON May 5th for one day only for my non-fiction book written by my editor persona, Maureen Sevilla. Last weekend I presented the workshop Writing Short in Las Vegas for a group of writers. Now the booklet the workshop was based on is available to everyone. I hope you'll visit my Eliza March Page at Amazon and follow me to enter the giveaway. 


MAXIMUM IMPACT - Writing Short: Say More With Less: Condense the Essence & Leave 'em Satisfied


Kindle Edition


I'm so happy to announce Maximum Impact is doing well and being received well from the writing community. Trust me none of the ideas are new. Thanks to many other writers who have shared their ideas, I have been able to put together a short book about writing short. You don't have to be a novelist to appreciate the thoughts that go into writing short and creating something interesting. Don't struggle over the note on a thank you letter or how to sign a birthday card. But if you are a novelist trying to write something shorter; like a novella, short story, blurb, pitch line or synopsis...check out the treasure bits I'm sharing from classes and books by other stellar writers who were generous enough to share their knowledge with others...

For many years, I’ve been an avid romance reader, writer, and an editor. More recently, I’ve also been working as a writing coach and an independent editor, expanding my experience beyond content, copy, and romance editing to other genres. I maintain an eclectic taste in reading, which is what keeps me from focusing on one genre when I write. 

After being invited to do a presentation about "writing short" for a conference, several notions came to mind. Before I retired from the corporate world to write fiction and edit, I used to write ads, newsletters, catalogs, educational material, and presentations for a marketing company. I clearly understand the reason why writing short needs to provide maximum impact whether writing ad campaigns or taglines or book blurbs. Every word counts. 

A few ideas, some painful analysis, and a great deal of research later, I hope to help other authors understand the idea of condensing a concept without losing the essence of the writing. Keep the flavor and the spice even when you choose to reduce the size of the recipe. 

The one exceptional thing I identified while preparing the presentation was how to take theme and compress the ideas to efficiently write something short yet interesting. The following are suggestions, so as writers, we can… Condense the essence and leave the reader satisfied. The magic word is…suggestion. Try it and I hope it works for you.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eliza March's IATO series and Desiree Holt's Omega Series Meet in Kindle World

Coming Soon:
A new book in the IATO series is coming as part of Kindle World
Omega series.

CYBER TRACKED: THE COBRA PROJECT by Eliza March

Rowan O'Malley, descended from a long line of IRA members, is wealthy, brilliant, and beautiful but keeps her distance from men. The self-made business woman and one of the most brilliant cyber hackers from the dark web writes system security programs that can't be broken. Now there's a billion dollar bounty on her head for her newest project...but IATO wants her first and Carter Jones needs to win her trust. When he is assigned to get the program and keep her safe, the former SEAL has no idea how capable the fragile beauty is, physically and intellectually. His perfect fantasy woman is ready to seduce him before trusting him with her project. She’s going to take some convincing that his black ops group are the good guys, especially since she can’t find any trace of them in any systems.

Cyber Tracked follows the International Anti-TerroristOrganization (IATO) series, ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM, three serialized books. Cyber Tracked is the beginning of Carter's story and links to Desiree Holt 's OMEGA series at Kindle World.

The setting is in Belfast and Amsterdam. But it is loosely related to TROUBLE IN THE TROPICS since the group Ryan and Matt actually work for is IATO.  As soon as I get the log finished I'll add it to the cover. When I write the next installment either the continuation of Ryan and Sage's story or Matt and Amy's story, TROUBLE IN THE TROPICS, it will join the IATO series.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Like The Heat? Try SIZZLING FLORIDA HEAT BOXED - SET 11 NOVELLAS for #99cents

Buy the Boxed Set

If you haven't read even one of these authors before, I suggest getting this anthology.  You can try eleven different authors and several different genres all for $0.99 

Sizzling Florida Heat:

Eleven bestselling Florida authors give you eleven sexy stories set in the Sunshine State. There's something for everyone in this anthology. Spend your vacation in Florida, where the days are hot and the nights are downright scorching!
A Boxed Set of Tropical Romances by Desiree Holt (Author), Maxie Cooper (Author), Olivia Jaymes (Author), Ali Whippe (Author), Tamara Lush  (Author), Eliza March (Author), Bonnie Vanak (Author), Jessica Jayne (Author), Cyn Hadyn (Author), Kathryn Ascher  (Author), (Author) Marilyn Kelly

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Desiree Holt, All Tied Up:
Her trip to Florida gives Bree Donovan a chance to recover from her broken relationship with her sub. The last thing she expects to find is a Dom who pushes all her buttons. But in the tropical heat can she find the courage to make the leap to a new relationship and a new role?

Maxie Cooper, Pleasure Island:
When Piper Sterling receives an anonymous gift package guaranteed to fulfill her deepest sexual fantasy, she can only think of one fantasy she desires—to share her honeymoon bed with the man of her dreams. The arranged marriage on Pleasure Island is perfect…until Piper begins falling in love with her "temporary" husband.

Olivia Jaymes, Caviar and Covert Ops:
When Lily meets handsome attorney Dane in the park, she falls head over heels for his intelligent wit and caring nature. Dane feels the same about Lily. She's nothing like the other women he's dated and he can't wait to plan a future with her. There's just the little matter of telling her who he really is...

Ali Whippe, Bound for Release:
MaryBell doesn't expect anything but a night’s work when she sets up her table at a fetish event. Selling sex toys has its perks, though, as she discovers when she meets James. As they flirt over her wares, she hopes he's up for an exciting ride, and when she gets him back to her place, she's delighted to find a more than willing partner. From the streets of Ybor City to the high rise condos of Tampa, their relationship only continues to grow, testing both bonds and boundaries along the way.

Tamara Lush, Tell Me a Story:
A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat when a bookstore owner and a billionaire meet at a literary event. Soon the couple are spending every available moment together, but Emma wonders whether she can trust Caleb with her life as she does with her body.

Eliza March, Trouble in the Tropics:
Cyber specialist, Sage Deming, committed herself to the NSA after spring break—her first—hot sun, white sand, and mindless sex, until a series of deadly encounters threaten to interrupt her plans. Colonel Ryan O'Malley returns after a two-year deployment with a goal to relax before his next cyber security assignment. Is it just dumb luck or fate that he's there when Sage is almost run down?

Bonnie Vanak, The Mating Intent:
Twenty-five years ago, Gabriel Sanders took Sienna Bennett’s virginity in a night filled with fiery passion. For breaking her vow of celibacy, Sienna was severely punished by the Fae king. If she surrenders to Gabriel’s sensual allure this time, Sienna faces banishment from her people forever. Gabriel must convince the pretty Elf to sexually bond with him to defeat the dark enchantment before it destroys the Everglades for good.

Jessica Jayne, Legal Desire:
Derek Sage doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But a difficult case has Derek looking to a new attorney for assistance and she brings more than her legal expertise to the table. Raina Dillon is ready to take on the legal world at one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier law firms. What she doesn’t expect is Derek Sage. Can they put their attraction aside or will it consume them?

Cyn Hadyn, Basket Case:
Gunner Nord, a stunning male model who moonlights as a jai-alai player is jilted by his fianceƩ at a luxury hotel in Miami. But a delicious Cuban massage therapist relieves more than just the knotted muscles in his neck and back. She leaves him with the desire to do something responsible for the rest of his life, but only if she agrees to be by his side.

Kathryn Ascher, In Too Deep
Actress Veronica Madison is growing tired of the carefree hookups she’s grown accustomed to during her career in Hollywood. When she takes her annual Spring Break trip to Florida with her old friends, she runs into a guy she once knew. Keith Brooks knows Veronica's out of her class, but can he overcome her doubts and be the anchor she's looking for? 

Marilyn Kelly, Banished to Paradise
A debauched English aristocrat is thrust into pioneer life in Florida as a punishment. Nicholas Simms has only two desires to pass the time: whiskey and willing women. The flirtatious, intelligent Josephine Devereaux makes him question his aversion to marriage, until he uncovers her history of deception. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

An Example of the Elements of a FIVE STAR RATED Short Story




Today I'm sharing an example of one of my FIVE STAR REVIEWED short stories. If you want to incorporate all the essence of a satisfying read and keep it short, I recommend MAXIMUM IMPACT by Maureen Sevilla.  The reviewer made a stunning statement about exactly this quality about the book. It takes place the evening of the heroine's birthday party, yet the short span of time doesn't keep the reader from discovering the experience of realizing she’s always been in love with the hero.

Fantastic Read
By LAS Reviewer on July 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This romance gets a high five for being a seductive delight that was both charming and stimulating.

For a short story, this book felt complete. Even though Ms. March had to jump into the sexual high points fairly quick, she chose effective and believable disclosures from the hero to make me believe his feelings and commitment to the heroine were genuine and not fly-by-night.

I am pleased and amazed as to how well the author paced her tale so that the buildup had a rock-solid feel to it. The explanation of where Cari was in her life and the decision and fears she had were done naturally during the course of the story It never felt like a narrative with the author trying to justify the quick progression. No, Ms. March was a masterful surgeon, giving me what I needed to know in just the right way and in just the right amount. Could it have been longer? For most short stories, I'd say, yes. But not this time. Maybe it was how the book ended, I'm not absolutely sure, but I felt pretty happy with the outcome.

Evan was a hottie. Not just his looks, although the author certainly made him sound quite dreamy. It was his brains and the fact that he was ex-military and how he applied himself in the civilian sector. When he revealed just how he'd first met Cari, I was vastly amused and intrigued. Turns out that Cari's strong personality turned on Evan's motor up to hyper-drive from the very first and after the disclosure, I could understand why. I really liked how passionate and tender and commanding he was while respecting Cari all the while. It takes a strong man secure in his emotions and place in life to handle things that well.

The best thing? How they were really falling in love the whole time they worked together but either didn't know it or could not acknowledge it. When Cari finally started letting herself think things through is when her blinders fell away. All her pithy justifications scattered to the wind as soon as he got her in that little room and kissed her, and then some. It was seductive, sensual and very convincing.

When Evan made his announcement, of what he wanted to do with Cari, and where he wanted to be in her life, I just swooned. Ms. March nailed it; the romance, the emotional connection, the satisfaction of a story well told. The editing was great, the dialogue fitted their personalities and the plot character driven.

More Than a Stud is a sigh worthy read filled with the best things that make a romance work. I just adored the dynamic of Evan and Cari's relationship and appreciated that Ms. March didn't let it get bogged down by Cari's thinking she was too old for Evan. He wouldn't let her anyway. I like that in a man. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book because it made the romantic in me extremely happy. The title may mislead a reader but don't let it fool you, this story has style and substance.

Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews


In all honesty, not everyone liked this story, but no one felt it was lacking. They may have wanted to have experienced more but this was the story. ~~ Eliza


Thursday, April 21, 2016

#Writing this weekend? Get your copy of Maximum Impact today!



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Here is a preview of the short workbook, taking research and blog posts I wrote over the last few months about writing short themes. The paperback is priced reasonably so you can take notes about what you're writing and practice while you read. The ebook is on Matchbook for FREE and also available in Kindle Select (if you're part of the program) for FREE. I hope you find something that will make writing easier for you. Please let me know what you think.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

#Writers, Short Writing. Here's the Book - You read the blogs that started the book.


MAXIMUM IMPACT
Writing Short: Say More With Less: Condense the Essence & Leave 'em Satisfied 

For many years, I’ve been an avid romance reader, writer, and an editor. More recently, I’ve also been working as a writing coach and an independent editor, expanding my experience beyond content, copy, and romance editing to other genres. I maintain an eclectic taste in reading, which is what keeps me from focusing on one genre when I write. 

After being invited to do a presentation about "writing short" for a conference, several notions came to mind. Before I retired from the corporate world to write fiction and edit, I used to write ads, newsletters, catalogs, educational material, and presentations for a marketing company. I clearly understand the reason why writing short needs to provide maximum impact whether writing ad campaigns or taglines or book blurbs. Every word counts. 

A few ideas, some painful analysis, and a great deal of research later, I hope to help other authors understand the idea of condensing a concept without losing the essence of the writing. Keep the flavor and the spice even when you choose to reduce the size of the recipe. 

The one exceptional thing I identified while preparing the presentation was how to take theme and compress the ideas to efficiently write something short yet interesting. The following are suggestions, so as writers, we can… Condense the essence and leave the reader satisfied. 

The magic word is…suggestion.