USA Today bestselling author!! (Edie too, :)

I’m delighted to say that both Edie Ramer and I are part of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances - and we just made the USA Today bestsellers list – coming in at #136!

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A year ago a group of us came together to create the Romance Super bundle I and as the sales started to wane these last few months we thought about doing a second one. We called it Second Chances – and it was our second chance to get it right – and boy did we ever!! We added an 11th author to the list and we put in all new books and did a full reboot!

RSB2-3D-300x250Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances 

Dale Mayer Donna Marie Rogers Stacey Joy Netzel Amy Gamet Edie Ramer Lois Winston Pamela Fryer ,Georgina Lee Kate Kelly Wendy Ely Lyndi Lamont 

The blockbuster box set with more than 100,000 copies sold is back for more! We’ve got a lonesome cowboy, a spurned bride-to-be, a heartbroken widower and an unexpected pregnancy, along with a tasty smattering of intrigue, murder and suspense. Almost half a million words and two thousand pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who’ll do anything for a second chance at love. 

Second Chances—Dale Mayer 
Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can… 
Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar and comes face to face with the man she can’t forget. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her… And one of them is deadly… 

The Perfect Blend—Donna Marie Rogers 
Carrie is on the verge of bankruptcy when Matt walks in and offers her unwanted business advice. The rich playboy fled L.A. for the anonymity of small town life and quickly falls for the local coffee shop owner—who’s as infuriating as she is beautiful. 

The Heart of the Matter—Stacey Joy Netzel 
Heartbroken she can’t have kids, Allie keeps her distance when Rick moves home with an adorable four year-old son who’s as hard to resist as his father. Does she dare take a chance on an impossible dream, or will his desire for more kids devastate their future? 

Meghan’s Wish—Amy Gamet 
Meghan O’Connor returns to the family she ran away from as a teenager, afraid they won’t forgive her for leaving town with Liam Wheaton, the boy they tried so hard to keep her away from and the father of her baby. She never expected to find Liam living there, looking sexier than ever and mad as all hell. 

Mo’s Heart—Edie Ramer 
Mo Vincent did the right thing in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle, Wisconsin. He should be content…but his heart wants what he can’t have… 

Hooking Mr. Right—Lois Winston 
A failure at relationships, Thea Chandler is secretly a bestselling romance advice guru. Luke Bennett, New York’s most eligible bachelor, thinks he’s finally found an honest woman, but Thea’s got more secrets than the CIA. Can a butt-ugly cat named Cupid play matchmaker? 

The Lost Finder—Pamela Fryer 
The first halfway decent guy to come along in eons…and he’s from another planet. Private Investigator Brooke Weaver hopes she can slip into her Oregon hometown, find her client’s missing teenage daughter, and be on her way again before anyone notices. Not likely. 

Cape of Secrets—Georgina Lee 
Marika Host lands a dream summer job helping renowned archeologist Sir William write his memoirs, exposing years of secrets. His son Derrick adds romance to her summer, but when Sir William is murdered, Marika realizes some secrets are best kept buried. 

Shattered—Kate Kelly 
Failing to save his sister’s life, Jay Rawlings insists he be left alone to live the lonesome cowboy life. But when the woman he once loved returns to his ranch with a killer and the police in hot pursuit, Jay has to face the demons from his past. 

In His Embrace—Wendy Ely 
When life’s glow threatens to die, love guides the way. Tori expected an ordinary Friday. It wasn’t. Ben’s hand rested on her hip a little longer during their goodbye. Then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for Ben’s hand to hold. Can he make it back to her in time? 

How To Woo…A Reluctant Bride—Lyndi Lamont 
A marriage of convenience, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. The rules are simple for such an arrangement. No expectations, no illusions of anything more. But the rules are about to change…

Thanks ladies! It’s been a hell of ride. :) And many thanks to all our wonderful readers!!!

If you havne’t gotten your copy yet – you still can. It’s everywhere! But here’s the link for Amazon!

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It’s All About Relationships; Places Included- Guest Blogger Christine Feehan

What Sea Haven might look like

What Sea Haven might look like

When you think of books you love it’s more often the characters that make you love the story.  There may be magic powers, great romantic chemistry and a hook that draws you in, but it will always be relationships that keep you coming back to read again, or read the next book in the series.

There are some books in which the place the characters live is important and you fall in love with it.  The place becomes like a character itself and you can’t imagine the story happening anywhere else.  It could be Cedar Cover, sweet and homey like only Debbie Macomber can bring to life for us, or Robin Carr’s Thunder Point, or maybe it’s a ship like Firefly?  The point is, where something happens can be very important to a story.  So when I decided to create Sea Haven I put a lot of thought into what it would be like, why it needed to be that way and what the town would bring to the characters themselves as well as the story.

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One of the Sisters of the Heart books

Sea Haven, the home of two series; The Drake Sisters and Sisters of the Heart may be familiar to anyone who has been on the West Coast along Highway 1.  I fell in love with the Northern Coast of California many years ago.  It’s inspiring, serene, beautiful and holds an energy to it hard to describe, but it’s easy to feel.  Many creative people are drawn to the Redwoods and the ocean, people looking for calm and peace.  It’s magical in its own way, which is why I put the small town in such an area.

The people of the coastal area in Northern California are unique as well.  People are drawn to the energy there to be creative so you have many artists creating unique clothing, sculpture, food, beautiful items from blown glass to jewelry.  They are open minded in a way that is accepting of other cultures, beliefs and lifestyles.  And I’ve done a great deal of research to make Sea Haven feel real. (http://www.christinefeehan.com/drake_sisters/mendocino_coast.php)  So, when I needed an entire family of sisters who have magical abilities to feel accepted and cared for, I knew Sea Haven would be that place.

Looking out over the ocean or walking my dogs out in the woods I feel the serenity of this place.  I knew my sisters of the heart, women who went to therapy together and found sisters in each other, would be attracted to the calm and peace of the place just as my magical Drake sisters found it accepting and loving.

Sea Haven doesn’t really exist on a map.  But, it exists in my heart and in my stories.  It’s all the beauty I have seen in the many small towns up and down Highway 1.  The way I feel when I am at the ocean or in the woods, or chatting with the artisans in the local area is how I want people who read these stories to feel when they come to Sea Haven in my stories.

There’s something magical about a small town that seems to take you in, hold you close and care for you.  There’s certainly magic in Sea Haven.

You can read the first chapter of my most recent Sisters of the Heart series here- http://www.christinefeehan.com/air_bound/chapter1.php

Do you have a place that you go that feels magical to you?

About Christine Feehan-

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series.  Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure BooksPocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.

She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times,Publishers WeeklyUSA TodayBookscanB. DaltonsAmazonBarnes and Nobles,WaldenbooksIngramsBordersRhapsody Book Club, Washington Post, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA.  She has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover.  Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

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Just for Laughs—Favorites #7 Comics & Cartoons

photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

Let’s get to know each other!

In these first months as a Magical Musings blogger, I’m sharing my 10 favorite things and hope to hear about yours.

I love humor across the board, but my favorite type is the concentrated form known as the cartoon. It’s such an expressive medium, from subtle to over-the-top, but always bite sized.

To me, cartoons are the visual equivalent of poetry, but for humor :)

This is me. http://xkcd.com/1267/

When I start the day by checking out my favorite cartoons, I start the day with a smile. On Facebook I follow Garfield, Pearls Before Swine, and Zits. Online my faves are Freefall, Sinfest, User Friendly, and xkcd (pictured at right).

If novels are movies, comics are a camera’s snapshot. They tell a story too, with setup and payoff but in just a few frames. I thoroughly admire the focus and clarity of thought and visualization the artist must have. The best, as with all art forms, shed light on the human condition. Which is probably why I tend toward the geeky ones. lol.

I miss some favorites. Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and Pogo, as well as the always perspective-shifting Far Side.

Nixie’s lost her mojo!

Cartoons have had a huge influence on my writing, especially with some of the snarkier characters like five-foot-even punk rock musician Nixie. She’s my version of a cartoon, tossing out one-liners as she observes her world from her unique perspective. Here’s the warning from Murder at Chipmunk Lake, a new Nixie and Julian story coming July 30.

Nixie Emerson, punk rock musician and first-time mom-to-be, has a stalker!

Warning: contains a cranky pregnant lady trying to control her swearing, a master vampire appeasing his wife with food and creative sex, murder, mayhem and several arguments over what to name the baby.

Do you enjoy cartoons? What are your favorites?

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Veiled Target Release Day + A Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled to share that today is release day for my debut paranormal romance, Veiled Target! It’s also the day I’m traveling to San Antonio for the Romance Writers of America national conference.

I had the best time writing Hugh and Tess’s story and hope readers love them as much as I do. Their relationship is messy and fun and action packed. They don’t want to like each other, but from the second they meet, they can’t fight the pull between them. Things get a little complicated, though, when Tess discovers Hugh is her next target. And when Hugh learns what Tess is up to, well let’s just say this alpha male isn’t going down without a fight.

If you enjoy light paranormal romance, I hope you’ll check it out. And to celebrate this special day I’m giving away a $5 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Just leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite supernatural being is and you’ll be entered. I’ll post the winner’s name on Monday in the comments section.

Because I’m traveling, I won’t be on the internet much this week, so I’d like to give a big shout out of thanks now for your comments and support! It means the world to me. Have a great week!

About Veiled Target…

VTSmallTracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.

Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.

Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction.

Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.

Buy links:  Amazon    Barnes&Noble    Kobo

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Remakes

Liz was in the hospital over the weekend. She’s home now, recuperating, so I’m recycling this post of hers from six years ago. What she said then might even be more apropos today. So enjoy! ~Edie

dayI think I’ve done a blog on this once before, but last night I watched the remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and found a couple of interesting points during the movie.

Now — I’m not a purist. I loved the original black and white version (1951), but I really found the remake incredibly interesting. This was a new take on an old movie. When this movie first came out, there was a lot of talk about how this remake was rubbish, not in keeping with the original and a pitiful attempt. Not in my opinion. Why would you want to do a repeat of a movie that was done probably fifty years ago. This is an opportunity to bring in new ideas and to elaborate on the original storyline. That’s basically what they did with the remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”. They fleshed it out, made the characters more believable … in my opinion, gave them some depth. I personally never understood how Helen could scream like a banshee when confronted with Gort and then immediately get this steely gleam in her eye to issue the command to stop it. Sorry … can’t remember the words off hand. But the whole scene was so girly it made me want to puke. No girly screaming scenes in the remake — thankyouverymuch.

I love seeing what they do with remakes of old science fiction movies. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” did a great job with the special effects. The technology available with the original movie was cutting edge for its time. The special effects for the remake was terrific. Think what they could do in another thirty or forty years if they decide to do yet another remake? I can totally see the creatures created as halo-graphic images.

legendYou also have “I am Legend” with Will Smith, which is pretty much a remake of “The Omega Man” done during the seventies with Charlton Heston. A nicely done remake and far creepier than the original. There was also “The Fly” … which I didn’t watch because I’m a chicken and don’t like that gross, yucky stuff.

Then this past summer there was the third (or was it fourth — I forget) part to the Witch Mountain stories. I remember watching “Escape from Witch Mountain” as a little girl. The flying camper, the kids who could float. That was great stuff. “Return to Witch Mountain” came out not long after that and had to be completely forgettable — because I completely forgot what it was about. Now they have “Race to Witch Mountain” with a whole slew of special affects that made it infinitely more interesting than the first two movies.

As you can tell, I love this stuff. So — can you think of a few more science fiction movies that have been remade? And if so, were they an improvement over the original?

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New Places

barcelonaI’m on holiday in Spain at the moment, and I’m really enjoying seeing places I’ve never been to before. Even more enjoyable is seeing my children, who are now old enough to understand and appreciate the differences in culture that we’ve come across, absorb it all and fall in love with a new place and people.

There is something thrilling about realizing that there is a shop just for hats, or just for knives or wool. That department stores are not common and people buy their groceries from the massive uncover markets we’ve found in Barcelona and Valencia. Where you can talk to the stall holder while he cuts you a piece of cheese off a huge wheel and despite language differences, you all leave satisfied with a meaningful conversation.

valenciaOne of the most clear differences is the time of day people do things. Dinner is from 9pm, but really more like 10pm. It took my 9 year old a few days to get into the swing of that. He’s usually in bed by 8pm. And what I love is the attention to detail on the old buildings. They really don’t make them like they used to. I’m all for a return to thoughtful, beautiful details in our buildings. We’d all be happier :) Practical shouldn’t mean not beautiful.

Do you have a place you go that is totally different from where you live? Or a place you’d love to visit?

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Can You Ever Be Too Old For Certain Types of Entertainment?

Something's fishy with these rules

Something’s fishy with these rules

About a year ago I was at a large book convention and within that convention was an area dedicated to comics and graphic novels.  The last day of the convention they give away the display copies and I had my eye on a Judge Dredd graphic novel that I knew my husband would love. So, I stand in line hoping I’ll get there an no one else got that book. It was really the only one I wanted.

The line moved and I didn’t really pay much attention until I got to the front. There were young ladies ahead of me that were probably in their early twenties.  They were adorable and beautiful and were give a couple of books each by the man in charge of that booth. I was thrilled to see neither had taken the Judge Dredd book. Finally! My turn. I was so excited. I asked for the graphic novel and the man looked at me really funny.  The look was nearly a reprimand in itself. I wondered what was wrong, but he enlightened me quick enough.

“These are for younger people. You’re not really our target audience.”

Yes, that’s verbatim.  Burned in my memory be the complete embarrassment that I was just told I’m too old for comics in front a bunch of people.

I was sent on my way, without the book, but well informed on who their target audience really is.

Long story short, I posted the experience on Facebook, it went viral and the head of the company called me the same day.  I was sent the entire series of Judge Dredd books much to the delight of my husband. But, more importantly, I received an apology from the company.

All ages love good stories

All ages love good stories

Recently, I was asked if I go to “kids movies” without bringing a child with me.  My answer is this: If the story appeals to me, I will go.  I don’t need a token child for me to go and don’t care what people think when they see me walk in.

The point to this blog is to say that the only time you’re too old for something is if your body tells you so.  Otherwise, if you can do it, you want to do it and doing it harms no one then by all means…have at it!!

Age bias, much like weight bias, is alive and well.  It’s sneaky though because there aren’t a lot of organizations to champion you.  There are some, but you have to work hard to find them and then it’s an up-hill battle to get resolution.

My money spends just as well as a 20 year old girl or a 14 year old boy or a 40 year old man.  To put people into a “target group” is fine to help focus, but to use that “target group” as a way of excluding someone is not fine.

The same goes for what I read. Guess what? I like to read young adult fiction.  I love the coming-of-age story, the adventure story and as long as the story is good I don’t care if you’re 35 or 10.  So, this blog from Slate.com saying I should be ashamed for reading YA really makes me frustrated.

I am not too old to enjoy anything I want to enjoy, especially when it harms no one else. Shaming me for my age shows a level of immaturity, intolerance and that you’re not well-informed.  It doesn’t hurt YOU if I read YA, comics or Dr. Seuss!!  And it doesn’t show how more “enlightened” someone is when they judge others. As a matter of fact, I think it shows quite the opposite.

I love love love my age. I am in my forties, confident, know myself, know how to say “no” and not feel guilty, appreciate what I have and know that I can do most anything if I am patient, persistent and passionate enough.  My age ROCKS! And at my age I know three very important things that companies serving “target groups” to the exclusion of other types of people do not seem to understand.

1.  I’m old enough to know how to best use social media to shame the hell right out of you.

2.  I know that I vote with my dollar.  If I don’t buy from you, I buy from someone else who likes my money.  When your company goes under because you’re a bigoted ass I’ll spike my prune juice with vodka to celebrate your karma!

3.  I’m old enough to stay classy.  I don’t have to be mean spirited, loud or hateful to get my point across.  With age you trade that is for ninja-guilt abilities and master manipulation skills.  Yes, quiet, quick and deadly to your brand.  Don’t mess with older women.  We may not be your target audience, but we’re friends with them, mothers of them, aunts of them.

Have you ever been the victim of age discrimination?  Not just because you’re older, but maybe because you’re not old enough? And what do you do about it?

A selfie with George Takei

A selfie with George Takei

PS- I don’t need someone to tell me I’m too old to be cool.  Tell that crap to Stan Lee, Betty White or George Takei.  Just sayin’.

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Romance x 11 + Prizes = Fun Day!

Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances is available now! We’re having a Facebook party to celebrate, and we lowered the price from $5.99 to .99.

This is my second book with the same authors. The first was Romance Super Bundle, and it worked out so well that we wanted to do it again. NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel has joined us for the second box set, and it will be even more fabulous. :)

We’re giving away prizes to lucky commenters! I hope you’ll stop by. The party starts at 8am EST. We’re posting every hour, up to 5 p.m., and some of us will continue to post until 10 p.m. Comments will be open on all posts until 10 p.m. EST.

Here’s more about the box set:

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Eleven romances from New York Times, USA Today and bestselling, award-winning authors.

The blockbuster box set with more than 100,000 copies sold is back for more! We’ve got a lonesome cowboy, a spurned bride-to-be, a heartbroken widower and an unexpected pregnancy, along with a tasty smattering of intrigue, murder and suspense. Almost half a million words and two thousand pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who’ll do anything for a second chance at love.

Second Chances—Dale Mayer
Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can…
Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar and comes face to face with the man she can’t forget. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her… And one of them is deadly…

The Perfect Blend—Donna Marie Rogers
Carrie is on the verge of bankruptcy when Matt walks in and offers her unwanted business advice. The rich playboy fled L.A. for the anonymity of small town life and quickly falls for the local coffee shop owner—who’s as infuriating as she is beautiful.

The Heart of the Matter—Stacey Joy Netzel
Heartbroken she can’t have kids, Allie keeps her distance when Rick moves home with an adorable four year-old son who’s as hard to resist as his father. Does she dare take a chance on an impossible dream, or will his desire for more kids devastate their future?

Meghan’s Wish—Amy Gamet
Meghan O’Connor returns to the family she ran away from as a teenager, afraid they won’t forgive her for leaving town with Liam Wheaton, the boy they tried so hard to keep her away from and the father of her baby. She never expected to find Liam living there, looking sexier than ever and mad as all hell.

Mo’s Heart—Edie Ramer
Mo Vincent did the right thing in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle, Wisconsin. He should be content…but his heart wants what he can’t have…

Hooking Mr. Right—Lois Winston
A failure at relationships, Thea Chandler is secretly a bestselling romance advice guru. Luke Bennett, New York’s most eligible bachelor, thinks he’s finally found an honest woman, but Thea’s got more secrets than the CIA. Can a butt-ugly cat named Cupid play matchmaker?

The Lost Finder—Pamela Fryer
The first halfway decent guy to come along in eons…and he’s from another planet. Private Investigator Brooke Weaver hopes she can slip into her Oregon hometown, find her client’s missing teenage daughter, and be on her way again before anyone notices. Not likely.

Cape of Secrets—Georgina Lee
Marika Host lands a dream summer job helping renowned archeologist Sir William write his memoirs, exposing years of secrets. His son Derrick adds romance to her summer, but when Sir William is murdered, Marika realizes some secrets are best kept buried.

Shattered—Kate Kelly
Failing to save his sister’s life, Jay Rawlings insists he be left alone to live the lonesome cowboy life. But when the woman he once loved returns to his ranch with a killer and the police in hot pursuit, Jay has to face the demons from his past.

In His Embrace—Wendy Ely
When life’s glow threatens to die, love guides the way. Tori expected an ordinary Friday. It wasn’t. Ben’s hand rested on her hip a little longer during their goodbye. Then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for Ben’s hand to hold. Can he make it back to her in time?

How To Woo…A Reluctant Bride—Lyndi Lamont
A marriage of convenience, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. The rules are simple for such an arrangement. No expectations, no illusions of anything more. But the rules are about to change…

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Paranormal elements and more!

Hi everyone,

I’m busy collecting notes and pulling together tidbits for my next major project (after I get the three currently in the final stages completed). And that major project is book 7 of my Psychic Vision series and will be Stefan’s story. Now Stefan is a character that has been in each of the first six books – a major secondary character. He’s elusive, enigmatic, talented…and tortured by his talents. He’s a powerful psychic with a murky background that not even he knows all the details of.

My problem is creating the plot and the partner that matches this so very interesting
character. I’ve fallen in love with him myself! :) And that demands that I do the best that I can for his book. I’m looking into various paranormal abilities and some that we don’t consider paranormal but certainly border that edge.

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Synesthesia is one of these. People who see music in colors. For me that would be an incredible gift as I’m always stunned by the colors around me. As my heroine is a musician, I’m thinking I might have to fit this in somehow.

Chromesthesia – Is another common form of synesthesia is the association of sounds with colors. So an almost backward variation.

Mirror touch synesthesiaThis is a rare form of synesthesia where people feel the same sensation that another person feels. Such as when a person taps another on the shoulder, the person doing the tapping feels the same sense of being tapped. 

Like how cool is that! My mind continually spins with this type of research and because my mind is going in circles my muse kicks in and automatically pulls out one idea after another. At this rate, I’ll be able to write another half dozen Psychic Vision books!

Do you know any interesting paranormal/super interesting human talents? I’m always on the lookout for more!

 

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Shh…It’s a secret by guest author Diana Orgain

Recently, I had the chance to work with mystery author Diana Orgain. We were brainstorming about a series she wanted to write, and since I don’t know much about writing mysteries (versus romantic suspense), she was kind enough to give me primer…and share a big secret. I asked her to share it with you today. Take it away, Diana!

What element does every character need in a good mystery?

You guessed it – a secret. All of us have a public persona along with a private one. So do your characters! Especially in a mystery it’s essential that your characters keep some things private – even secret.

It could be a small secret such as a tough as nails gal is scared of heights or it could be a bigger secret like she was having an affair with the victim.

Character secrets are essential for a mystery to work. Everyone should be hiding something because it makes them look and act suspicious. The secrets that characters keep help build the twists in your plot. It’s even better, for example, if each character has a secret motive for murder.

Some ideas to get you brainstorming on your characters’ hidden motives:

  • What is their relationship to the victim? Was it a relationship that everyone knows about – such as husband and wife – or was their relationship a secret?
  • What are they afraid of?
  • What do they stand to lose if their secret is revealed?
  • Where were they when the crime happened? Are they trying to cover their whereabouts even if they didn’t commit murder (perhaps they were simply interviewing for a new job but don’t want their boss to know!)
  • What lengths will they go to keep their secrets, secret?

Readers…what are you favorite types of juicy secrets for a character to be hiding? A secret affair? A secret baby? Does having a secret make the character more realistic?

About Diana:

diana_hdht_crpdDiana Orgain is the bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Bundle of Trouble, Motherhood is Murder, Formula for Murder, and Nursing a Grudge.  She is the co-author with NY Times Bestselling author Laura Childs of GILT TRIP published by Penguin USA.  Diana’s new Reality TV Mystery series will be published by Penguin in Spring 2015. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.dianaorgain.com.

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