We at Books To Go Now are proud to bring to you one of our newest authors, Amber Daulton and her novella, Forever Winter. Amber is quickly making her name in the world of Regency romance as the next big thing. So please help us welcome her and her book to the blog today!
The Types of Regency Romance
by Amber Daulton
romance novels are my go-to books when I need a good love story. The colorful
scenery and elaborate clothes, the proper mannerisms and customs of the Ton, and
the beauty of early nineteenth century England draws me into an intriguing world.
novella, Forever Winter, resembles
both archetypes of Regency romance: Traditional Regency and Regency Historical.
Regency, we typically see the hero as a sexy, womanizing cad who marries out of
obligation or who downright refuses to marry unless he can gain something from
the union. The heroine is usually a dutiful but intelligent woman who marriage for
security or out of responsibility. Occasionally, the heroine marries for love
but the hero usually doesn’t return the sentiment for the first half or so of
the book. Subtle humor, clever dialogue and intricate details, with soft
kissing and light affection, are the focal points of the novels.
Historical involves the same plot devices but delves deeper with stronger
emotional aspects, darker subplots and, of course, sex. In these books, the
hero and heroine discovers each other’s passions and motivations before they
find their HEA. As they travel the long, turbulent road of deceit and betrayal,
they usually fall madly in love unwillingly or by accident, and the only way to
achieve redemption is by embracing their earth-shattering love.
In Forever Winter, we meet Susanna Lorican
and Camden Beckinworth on their wedding day. They plan to marry on Christmas
Eve at her father’s estate in the country after six months of a proper
engagement and another six months of courtship. While they have known each
other since childhood, there is an eight year difference in their ages. Camden
spent his adulthood frolicking as a carefree rake until his parents’ deaths
forced him to take over the family business. Susanna, even though she knows
what Society expects of her, rejects potential suitors in hopes that the man
she secretly adores will come to his senses. She also knows that she cannot
continue down this independent road for much longer. She must accept facts and
take appropriate measures to secure her future.
realizes Susanna has grown into a lovely woman—and just in time too!—he falls
head over heels in love with her. They
share similar goals, ideals and what they want out of life. He sees her as his
equal. Their union is also very profitable. Not only are they in love, he
provides financial security as a successful owner of a cotton mill and, since
she has previous experience managing her father’s vast farm, she tends to his
bookkeeping and monetary records.
romance focuses on the couple’s interaction with her family and the world
around them, not their relationship in the bedroom.
As with most
romance novels, historical or not, the idea of love and a ‘happily ever after’
enthralls readers on a profound level and churns their heart with emotion.
Regency stories of either archetype define a beautiful, charming world. In a
bygone era of modesty and passion, readers experience a potent combination of
emotions, whether off the page or on, or in their own lives.
Amber Daulton lives in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina with
her wonderful husband and their five crazy kitties. Writing takes up most of
her time, aside from her day job in the retail industry, but her husband
doesn’t mind cooking most nights to keep her well fed.
As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical novels alike, she
can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland
of romance and adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s
down. Writing is her passion and she probably wouldn’t be too sane without it.
After all, what’s a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head
and there’s no way to shut them up? Write!
Nothing else works.
After her divorce, Simone Blackburn treats herself to some rest and
relaxation at an exclusive resort in the Caribbean. Her cheating ex-husband has
ruined her for men; Simone is determined to spend her time away concentrating
on the beauty of the tropical paradise. Not falling in love.
Roberto Vargas’ main focus is running La Isla Bonita Resort since his father
handed over the business. When a red-headed vixen has trouble with her room
key, Roberto finds his heart captured by the high-spirited beauty despite her
Simone conqueror her distrust of the opposite sex and open her hardened heart
to Roberto? Can Roberto show Simone how loving and caring a man can really be?
As an author, I like to share where I get my story
ideas for two reasons. First, so many of my non-writing friends are interested
in where I find or discover my ideas. Second, I like to tell “the story behind
the story” in hopes that it may help other writers with inspiration.
One of the first things I decide when writing a
story is the setting.
Most of my stories are set in locations I’m familiar
with unless I’ve created the location especially for that story.
For Latin Heat,
the setting is a fictitious resort at a place I’d visited. This past
February I spent a long weekend at an all-inclusive resort on the beach in
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The location screamed romance: the staff with
their sexy accents, the sandy beach contrasting with the blue-green water, the
cozy huts surrounding the pool, the sunny skies with comfortable temperatures,
and the quiet candlelit dinners. I knew that this setting had to be featured in
one of my stories.
A month or two later, I learned of Books to Go Now’s
call for ‘Hot Summer Night’ stories. I had my place in mind; now I needed to
create a spicy story!
Next up: characters. My difficulty in writing
stories (well, one of them!) lies with character development. I seem to get
hung-up on names and physical characteristics. The more I write, the more I
worry that readers are going to think my characters are cardboard cutouts of
one another, which is something I want to avoid at all costs!
One day at work, I was discussing the submission
call with some friends (both women who are avid readers). They decided to offer
some suggestions. When I started questioning them about the characters they
imagined, they had a blast giving me descriptions and personality traits. It
was so much fun creating Simone and Roberto. In truth, my friends made life
very easy. The ladies painted a vivid picture of the characters so that I had
no trouble bringing Simone and Roberto to life.
In just over a month, Latin Heat was conceived and written thanks to everything coming
together so smoothly. I look forward to writing more stories based on such
gorgeous locations. Guess I need to take some more vacations!
Here are some fun facts about some of the similarities
between La Isla Bonita resort in Latin
Heat and the resort where I stayed.
-The layout of Simone’s bungalow is
similar to the suite where I stayed, just larger and more opulent.
-The layout of the check-in area,
restaurant, and bar of La Isla Bonita mirrored where I stayed.
-I based my descriptions of Simone’s spa
treatment room on the spa I visited.
With any luck, my descriptions will transport you to
Roberto’s resort and you can feel the cool Caribbean breeze tickling your skin.
Enjoy your stay at La Isla Bonita!
Denise L. Wyant enjoys writing romance and urban fantasy
stories where the good guys win and love conquers any obstacles in its path.
She makes her home in Maryland with her Himalayan cat, Willow (her other cat,
Sidney, is on permanent vacation with the grandparents). When not crafting
works of fiction or laboring at her job, she enjoys caramel lattes, cycling,
and lazy Saturday mornings.
Some of you are newer authors and I would like to share a little **Hint**. A way to save time and energy is to create what is called a Media Kit.
What is a Media Kit? A media kit is a document an author creates that has all their information in one easy to use place. Why a Media Kit? Over your career as an author you will be asked to do hundreds if not thousands of guest blogs/interviews/giveaways/etc. By creating one standard document that you send to all your promo opportunities this ensures that all information you send is correct and updated. It is also easier for those who host you on their blogs and they will be more likely to work with you again. How do you create a Media Kit? Using your preferred Word program create a new document. From there add all of your social links, groups, fan pages, websites,buy links, books, book blurbs, covers, author bio, and author photo (professional headshot). Below is an example of my Media Kit so you can have a visible representation of a professional Media Kit.
Media Kit for Danica Winters *
*Please note that this is a shortened version of my media kit. I change it according to which books /series I'm currently promoting. I also attach all of my photos and applicable covers to the email I send.
Author Bio: Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for
writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive
emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working,
she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries
to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are
not her thing).She always believes the
cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.
Blurb: Even though Sarah Dawes is only dressed like an angel, acting like a saint isn't easy. Especially not at her sex toy company's Halloween party, where hedonistic desire is the name of the game and the Devil is her partner.
Playing with dangerous pleasures, she follows him to Hell, where he shows her he is more than the monster society has deemed him, and he offers her a chance to become his queen. Should she stay at his side, where her days will be filled with pain, but her nights with pleasure? Or, should she return to earth and the dream of a man who may or may not even know her last name?
Sarah was no angel, but for the first time in her
adult life, she found herself holding wire wings covered with what looked like
an old pair of white nylons as she fidgeted with her ill-fitting saint mask.
She hated Halloween, and this year was no
exception, the day just another excuse for her idiotic co-workers to get drunk
and fondle each other.
Maybe what upset her the most was the fact she
didn't have anyone to fondle her. Regardless, her solo status was only made
worse by being at her boss's house, which was just then filled with a bunch of
drunken ass-grabbers wearing the only attire allowed—their company's line of
Halloween themed lingerie...
In addition to these links you will want to include any and all of your press releases about your books. Please note that this is a condensed version of a media kit and you are welcome to include all blurbs/information for all of your books.
If you need help creating a media kit or have questions, please feel free to ask!
a great article by Andrew Grant published on July 1st 2013 on why
you should have a Blog! We can't stress how important it is that all authors (who wish to be successful) have a functioning blog!!
Should Have a Blog – 10 Great Reasons
1 – Everybody is interested in
And doing that favorite something
is the quickest path to happiness and fulfillment that I know of. Therefore,
it’s logical to conclude that writing a blog about that something is probably
the most accessible way to make money around your favorite way of spending
2 – A blog will make you friends
The very essence of a blog is
that it will attract people who like the same things as you. They may see them
very differently and they may well not agree with everything you say, but they
will definitely share your interests. Isn’t that the very definition of
3 – Blogging encourages your
Even if you don’t think of yourself
as creative, I am willing to bet that if you set yourself the challenge of
writing three short blog posts about something you love, you will be amazed at
how creative you can be.
4 – Owning a blog gives you
Once you begin to see the fruits
of your efforts and especially when you start to get positive feedback from
people you have never met, you will find that what looked like an onerous task
at the outset is suddenly a pleasure to do – you can’t wait to see what your
loyal readers will think of your latest post.
5 – Blogging gives you
Once you set yourself a schedule
to regularly blog, you feel a responsibility to your readers to deliver on your
commitment, but it’s a pleasure not a stress, because you know they are
enthusiastically waiting for what you give them.
6 – Blogging keeps you sharp.
If you write a how-to blog, like
mine, then you will be honing your skills of research and summation. If your
blog is more opinion based, then you need to keep abreast of other views and the
latest developments in your field so that you can comment on them with
authority. You’ll find your thinking skills get keener and your ability to
filter good information from bad gets a lot more efficient.
7 – Blogging is rewarding
I guarantee that the best thing
you will get from blogging is the satisfaction of making a difference to
someone else’s life no matter how minor that difference might be. From a
grateful reader telling you how much they enjoyed following one of your
patterns to the person making their first few dollars online. The moment when
you read their heartfelt email will be one of the high-points of your week.
8 – A blog is a test-bed.
Once you start to build an
audience, your blog will become the place where you can try stuff out. You can
ask their opinion on your plans and projects, test different offers with them
and best of all you can get them to tell you what they need so you can make a
product that suits, safe in the knowledge that as soon as you do, they are
going to be the first ones to buy it.
9 – You don’t need to be a good
No matter how poor you think your
writing skills are, I absolutely encourage you to just get stuck in and start
writing immediately. There are some great blogs out there written by people who
are nowhere near polished, but they write with an intensity that makes that
meaningless. In fact if they improved their writing, their blogs probably
wouldn’t be as good. Their passion shines through.
10 – Google loves bloggers
Every post you write, every
picture you link and every comment you receive is another little building brick
in the great structure of your credibility. The great bloggers out there have
built their authority, their popularity and their credibility, by doing one
thing well and doing it regularly. Creating stuff that people want to read,
watch, listen to and act upon. Ike the movie said, “If you build it they will
come,” and that was never more appropriate than when applied to blogging.
Quite simply, a blog is the best
and most long-term profitable way to spend your time on the internet, bar none.
This YouTube video is a simple step-by-step
instruction on how to set-up a Blog on Blogger.