Sensual Energies

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Writing Advice

One of the best piece's of advice I've recently about writing is:

There are no real rules, only guidelines.

A lot of the time as writer's we get bogged down with "The rules" and the "do's and don'ts".

Forget all that. Write the best story you can. Because if you worry about the "shouldn't do's", you run the risk of having a stagnated story that sounds like a bad carbon copy of someone else's writing/voice; Instead of writing from your heart and with your own voice.

I've found it's hard to write when that small voice in the back of your head says - stop, that's wrong, you're doing it wrong, you should do it this way. So I've learned to kill that inner critic, doubt demon and just write.

Then I'll worry about everything else, because the most important thing is getting the story down and finished.

So what's the best piece of writing advice you've received? Or a better question - what is the one piece of advice you follow and apply to your own writing?

A Little Thursday Inspiration

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

She has the heart of a killer, and the body of an angel. . .

Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse – and with total accuracy. That is, until the fateful night she has one shot to eliminate her target, a human slaver – and misses.

"Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner" – but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury – and rousing the desire – of the fiery female assassin to proud to admit defeat. Locked in an assignment they cannot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the dangerous web of kill or be killed, and the erotic dance of seduction. . .

Showalter first demonstrated her skill at blending sizzling romance and nail-biting suspense set in a convincing futuristic society in Awaken Me Darkly (2005). She now continues the roller-coaster-like adventure in an equally entertaining tale that will please a wide cross section of readers. *Starred Review* Booklist.

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