“Emotional, funny, romantic, and entirely enchanting, DREAMSPELL is the sort of novel that begs a screenplay.” ~ USA Today, Serena Chase

Final Day to download DREAMSPELL, a medieval time travel romance, FREE. Amazon’s “Top Free 100” list! 17,000 downloads! For your copy of this 4.8 star-rated book, click here: Amazon. Please share with your friends.

A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.

Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady’s hostility toward him–and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys’ fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.

*For those who don’t own a Kindle, Kindle apps are available for download on other e-readers. Click here to download yours: Kindle App

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FINAL DAY: DREAMSPELL, A MEDIEVAL TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE FREE

DREAMSPELL remains on Amazon’s “Top Free 100” list! Sending out many thanks to the more than 16,000 readers who downloaded my medieval time travel romance, which will be FREE on Amazon through the end of today. For your copy of this 4.8 star-rated book, click here: Amazon. And please share with your friends.

A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.

Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady’s hostility toward him–and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys’ fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.

*For those who don’t own a Kindle, Kindle apps are available for download on other e-readers. Click here to download yours: Kindle App

DAY TWO: DREAMSPELL, A Medieval Time Travel Romance FREE!

Thrilled! DREAMSPELL is #2 in Amazon’s Historical Romance ebooks and #16 on its “Top Free 100” list! Sending out many thanks to the 6,100 readers who have downloaded my medieval time travel romance, which will be FREE on Amazon through Saturday, November 24th. For your free copy of this 4.8 star-rated book, click here: Amazon. And please share with your friends.

A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.

Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady’s hostility toward him–and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys’ fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.

*For those who don’t own a Kindle, Kindle apps are available for download on other e-readers. Click here to download yours: Kindle App

MAKING AND REWRITING HISTORY

My first published books were written for the general market, meaning they included the required love scenes. Since transitioning to the inspirational market with the release of STEALING ADDA in 2006, I’ve had quite a few requests to rewrite my mainstream medieval romances, either as clean reads or inspirational reads. Too daunting, I thought. But maybe not. A while back, I pulled out a copy of my first book, WARRIOR BRIDE, published in 1994 by Bantam/Doubleday. After bemoaning its yellowed pages (18 years will do that to a book), I began reading. A good story, if I say so myself, but–goodness!–I was a bit of a head hopper. Of course, back then I didn’t know the term “point of view” as it related to writing and, it seems, my editor didn’t mind. So, what to do with WARRIOR BRIDE? Can it be rewritten without the love scenes? Can the faith elements inherent in a book set during a time period known as “the age of faith” become more? I believe so. For now, though, I had best concentrate on my new series of medieval romances written specifically for the inspirational market. But time will tell 🙂

CREATING GREAT HEROES AND HEROINES

Stealing Adda: An Inspirational RomanceRecently, Serena Chase at Edgy Inspirational Romance invited me to write a guest post that addresses what it takes to make a great hero or heroine. Though I’m mostly an intuitive writer, I’ve learned to analyze my writing over the course of fourteen novels contracted by publishers like RandomHouse and HarperCollins. So how do I go about creating memorable characters? Here’s a peek at my post:

Mostly, I rely on my own reading experiences. When a character grips me, I ask: Why do I cry when X cries—laugh when X laughs? Why am I anxious when X faces an obstacle? Why does X stay with me even when I put down the story? I also question the rare antagonist that presents as more than a paper doll villain: What makes me sympathize with Y even though Y is a baddy? The answers have given me insight into what makes a character great. In summary, this is what I strive to do when I create characters:

MAKE THEM HUMAN. Even if a heroine is a mature Christian, she won’t always think/act/speak like one. She will make emotional—and bad—choices that the wise author uses to further the plot. In other words, a character should be humanly flawed in order for readers to relate to them in such a way that they become almost real. Note: One reason I didn’t sooner transition from the general market to the inspirational market was because I had difficulty relating to characters in inspirational novels published during the ’90s. Too often, a character’s only apparent flaw was a bad thought or misplaced word. Perhaps that’s why so many readers embraced Francine Rivers’ edgy Redeeming Love. Though I probably shouldn’t admit that the novel wasn’t a “keeper” for me, the author so deeply and believably flawed her heroine that I felt as if she were real. And nothing got in the way of me reading to the end to discover how she could possibly find redemption.

MAKE THEM QUIRKY/UNIQUE. When I write romantic comedy, I give my heroine quirky traits and habits to make her stand out. In STEALING ADDA, my once-upon-a-time nail biter heroine is obsessed with her fingernails and always up for a new coat of polish. When I write historical romance, I imbue my heroine with unique traits and habits. In THE UNVEILING, Annyn Bretanne is a woman so bent on revenge that she is more familiar with the sword than sewing—a no-no in the 12th century. Regardless of what quirk or unique trait you give a character, make sure the reader experiences instances of it throughout the story.

To read the full post, visit: Edgy Inspirational Romance: Readers, Writers, Reviewers