Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Who Do You Write For? Know Your Audience.

Researching marketing tools and advice brought me to this question and revelation. I don't know about other authors but the light bulb went on when I realized I write for readers like me. If that's true then who knows my audience - ME - better than I do? I sort of chuckled at the moment of enlightenment. I like a little mystery with my romance. I don't have much patience for sexual tension or heroines who are too stupid to live. I don't want closed doors between me and the sex scenes ... I'm a voyeur at heart. I like my heroes, big, good looking, alpha with a beta side, a sense of humor, and a healthy sex drive. My characters are loyal, quick witted, and occasionally funny. I enjoy not knowing all the details of my plots so I can be surprised at the end along with my readers when all the threads are tied up.

Some of my all time favorite authors [the ones I'm addicted to - panting after the next release] I'm listing here. I figure if I like them then I must take something away from years of reading. Here's what I think is the main element I admire of each.

Nora Roberts - voice (and prductivity - lol)
Christine Feehan - description and rhythm
Sherilynn Kenyon - plot and wounded heroes
Karen Marie Moning - character development and interaction
Alyssa Day - pacing and story
JR Ward - ensemble casts and dialogue
Laurell K Hamilton - world building
Lori Foster - sensual content (opening the bedroom door)

It's no wonder I'm frustrated. That's a heavy list to live up to. GRIN

My latest effort will be available at Amazon on August 1st.

Defeat the Darkness: Demons of the Bayou (Hearts of Darkness, book 1)

Possessed by evil, ruled by lust, driven by hunger. Can love defeat the ancient demon and turn the darkness into light? 

Max Hamilton and Shelby Mackenzie go way back to being in diapers together. Over the years, they’ve shared playgrounds and fishing, first dates and first sexual experiences. So it wasn’t a surprise when she followed Max to Tulane Medical School where they shared Kyle Lachlan—Max’s new friend and Shelby’s first real love. 
Before Kyle, something had always been missing in the romance department for Shelby. So when Kyle announces he’s joined Physicians International Charity and is heading out to save innocent lives after the mudslides in Guatemala, Shelby is devastated. Until, he gives her a family heirloom engagement ring. 
Kyle is determined to make up for his privileged Boston upbringing even if it means being separated from Shelby for a few months while she finishes her residency. But when he arrives in the makeshift medical camp, strange things begin to happen. Local legends inspired by the jungle jaguars tell of men who shift into the form of the large cats.  
While out searching for a missing boy, Kyle is attacked by a rogue jaguar. His life changes, instantly and so does he. His former beliefs and ideals manifest into the myths and legends of a bad "B" horror flick. 
Pursued by a demonic vampire, the exquisitely beautiful yet evil, Amyra de la Santiago plans to use him for her own selfish purpose. Kyle is determined to fight becoming the dark demon he senses within her.  
She will stop at nothing to fulfill her ambitions, and Kyle is the answer she’s been waiting over three thousand years for. Leverage is what she needs to convince him, and who better to use against him than the people he cares about most? 
Kyle will do anything to protect innocent lives like Max’s and keep the woman he loves safe even if it means sacrificing himself to the demon. What does it matter since his soul is already lost to the darkness?  
Shelby must learn to believe in Kyle, again, then trust him and finally, she must be willing to fight for him. Later, there will be time to deal with the secret need she developed from the transition he caused. The hunger for sexual satisfaction drives her the way a vampire is driven by the need for blood. Max is always a willing partner, but as relationships change, so do their needs.  
Will Kyle adjust and accept their new roles? After the danger is past, will Kyle be able to love a sex fae?  
Shelby holds out hope since she is the light to his darkness. Only she can defeat the demon darkness taking over both Kyle and Max.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Do you like #True Blood? #Vampire Diaries? #Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Coming August 1st
If you like sexy paranormal stories like True Blood, Vampire Diaries, or Buffy, you're sure to enjoy Defeat The Darkness [Hearts of Darkness, Book One - Demons of the Bayou] by Eliza March. The Hearts of Darkness series has an ensemble cast of characters, danger, and adventure that will have you wanting more. Book one is due to be released as an e-book August 1st on AMAZON KDP and in trade paperback soon after. Book two, Damned by Darkness: Conquer the Highland Beast [Dylan's history] is scheduled for a November 1st release as an e-book. Book three, Embrace the Darkness: Feed the Heat [Dylan's story] should be out right after the first of the year, 2014. Go to Eliza's Amazon Author page to sign up for release notifications.

Available Now
The fourth book in Eliza March's erotic Enchanted Mountain series following The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic is WereCat Fever and will be published by Siren-Bookstrand this October...You can sign up there to be notified when Author, Eliza March has a new release. 

Back cover blurb for WereCat Fever

Weeks after their engagement, Bryan disappeared. Worse yet, the last time Lacey saw him he was covered in blood after a blackout. What should she think later when her father is found killed, a victim of an animal attack? 

Hunter searched for Bryan, his lost litter-mate, for years and rescues him when he’s severely wounded by Werecats. Hunter can help Bryan adjust to being a shifter, if he’ll let him. Unless the woman Bryan imprinted on accepts him, he’s doomed to being chained during every full moon.

After checking on Lacey, they discover Bryan infected her, and she’s showing signs of changing. 

Although she’s going to need help, she’s spitting mad, and when Hunter tries to help, his cat imprints on her, too. Bryan must convince Lacey he’s innocent of her father’s murder—Hunter must convince her he loves her in spite of the bond between them. Can she accept her shifter nature and devote her life to two men.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Continued: Wrapping Up The Book

Eliza March writes about Wrapping Up the Book at my new BLOG Romance On The Wilder Side. There are still a few unedited excerpts on that blog. This is a continuation from last weeks blog here on this site. Visit my Eliza March website.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Process - Wrapping a Book Up

For those of you who are used to my novellas, this is not short. This is a  full length novel - the first in a series. 

How steamy is it? Very. How explicit? Somewhat. These are, of course, Vampires and Shifters and Demons--Oh My!  There's plenty of sucking and getting naked and blood and violence. Sorry if that offends. Expect the language to be appropriate for the genre.

I'd say this is more of a paranormal love triangle with an inconclusive yet satisfying ending than it is a menage. So don't expect a three way...but maybe there will be one in the future. 

I'll be sharing the opening of Book Two at the end of Book One.

No, it's not finished yet, but here's the cover for Book One. Like it?

Yes, I'm writing Book Two.

I'm hoping to have the final revisions done this week for DEFEAT THE DARKNESS. Copy edits and then galleys next. The wrap up is taking longer than expected because this book is the cornerstone for the rest of the series -- lots of details to check. Imagine the charts I had to develop for all these characters. I developed family trees to explain the DNA sequencing of my paranormal beings, not that you'll ever see them. I hadn't planned for the characters to go beyond a single book but once I got to know them I could see them in  major roles in the follow ups. Characters from my next books kept showing up in this one for the action. I love the ensemble cast of characters and I hope you do too.

One of the most enjoyable moments in writing is when I'm surprised by my own stories. And I especially love it when the characters are so well rounded I can hear them talking in my head. (It makes for better dialogue too.)  

 Here's some dialogue my characters wrote:

“A few times since all this, I sensed an internal struggle. I think there’s more than one beast inside me. If you’re right, the jaguar and my lupine nature are not happy sharing the same space.”
 “Sounds like an identity crisis.” Dylan snorted. “Bet your lupine nature was surprised when you shifted into a cat.”
“Yeah, well my human nature was pretty damned surprised, too.” Kyle chuckled.
Dylan outright belly laughed at that. “I’m not laughing at you, man. But you have to admit you’re beginning to sound like a supernatural schizophrenic.”
 “I am,” he snarled. “And it’s a good thing I have all those parts fighting off the damn demon that bitch shared with me when she forced me to take her blood.”
“Oh, hell. A demon, too? So you’ve a bit of the dark in you, eh?”
“You could say that. I saw it rise in Amyra once. Frightening. Thank God, I’ve had no manifestations so far, and I’d like to keep it that way. Let’s just say I don’t want to ever fight back that kind of darkness.”
“Completely understandable. You’re going to need a lot of training. Salazar was right to send you here. We’ll look after you until you get the sum of your parts under control.”

 I love it.