Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A KIND OF JUDGMENT

My brand new horror/dark fiction short, A Kind of Judgment, is now available for download to Kindle or PC. Please click HERE for details and purchase link.



~ Natalie ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love, Mystery... and a world of surprises in between!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

REV UP WEDNESDAY - A weekly booster shot for inspiration... Catching up with CARLY FALL

Hello world,

After four weeks of packing, unpacking, folding, ditching, storing, and generally trying to settle down after a major house move, nothing pleases me more than sitting at my computer and posting another inspiring story of an author. My guest today is author Carly Fall, who I met while posting my Six Sentence Sunday excerpts. She is friendly, outgoing, easy to talk to - and it wasn't long after knowing her that she invited me to participate in her Holiday Blog Hop. Carly is one of those people you instantly like and want to get to know better.

Like anyone, Carly has a family - kids, husband - a job (working long hours helping with her husband's online business) - and a household to run. Amid all the chaos, she writes stories with happily ever afters. She's the lady with the big smile and positive attitude. Life can be overwhelming at times, she admits, but she does what she can and doesn't complain. Bit by bit, stealing minutes here and minutes there of writing time, her stories have taken shape. This proves that there's no excuse - anyone can do it if they really want to. It's simply a matter of determination and motivation.

But I don't want to bore you with the pep talk. Let me just allow Carly to do the talking from now on. Here's her story...


How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since I was sixteen. I'm not going to tell you how many years that's been! I did the High School yearbook and the college newspaper. I have been writing business material for about fifteen years.

When did you decide that you wanted to write for a living (that "aha" moment)?

That “aha” moment came to me about ten years ago. I was just too chicken to put anything I wrote out there.

What did your family say when you told them you wanted to be a writer?

My husband was the only one I shared my writing desires with. He has been supportive since day one. Since publishing, I have told my closest friends and my parents. All are incredibly supportive.

What is your preferred genre both for reading and writing?
I like writing paranormal/fantasy romance. I like to read a lot of genres. I love a good “whodunit” or a good romance.

Did you start by writing full time or did you have a day job?

My husband and I own our own online business that keeps me very busy. So I work on the business and also try to spend as much time as possible writing.

Did you take any writing courses or did you just sit and write a book?

When I graduated from college with a business communications degree, I was six credits shy of also graduating with an English degree. Since then, I haven't taken any formal courses, but I sometimes wish I had finished the degree. Although it wouldn't do anything except give me two degrees!

Did/do you have a crit group or mentor to guide you?

I guess my mentor is my editor. She is a fabulous person who understands me as a person and a writer, and “gets” me and what I am trying to do as a writer. That's so important!

How long did it take you to make your first sale? What was your first thought when you did?

I put my first book up on Amazon, and I had my first sale the same day I put it up. I did a happy dance :)


Did you sell the first story or novel you wrote?

Oh, no. I have been writing fiction for years, and I have deleted thousands of words!

How many drafts did you write of your first novel before you felt you got it right? What about now - do you still write several drafts of a story?

My first novel took me over a year to write, so there were many, many drafts. My second took me about three months, and there were three or four drafts. My third took me a couple of months as well, but that thing just flowed from my fingertips, and only needed a couple of drafts before heading for the editor.

Do you read industry or writing related blogs? If so, can you share some useful links?

Unfortunately, I am really bad at this. Between trying to run our business, getting some words on paper and promotion, it isn't easy to be connected to a writer’s world. Denise Grover Swank had a good blog about writing. She had an amazing 2011 as a self-published author! I also like Chuck Wendig at www.terribleminds.com. He is hysterical, and also has a lot of good advice for authors. However, if you are put off by colorful language, don’t visit :)

Do you think writers should consider self-publishing?

I LOVE self-publishing. We have a couple of books for our business that were self-published before it became easy. Just a few years ago you had to hire a bunch of people to make it happen. To give you an idea, our first book with editing, layout, cover design and copies cost our company around 20K. It's become a LOT easier!

I was reading an interview with an established author (the interview was on terribleminds.com I think) and he said that he was going to write 12 books in 2012 so he could jump into the self-publishing pool and see what it was all about. Self-publishing offers you so much freedom. Unfortunately, just like with anything, there are people who don’t take their work seriously and throw up a bunch of unedited, poorly written crap. Those people sometimes give self-publishing a bad name.

How do you feel about so many bookstores closing across the US? Do you think this trend is similar in other countries?

I love bookstores, so it makes me sad. However, it is understandable. With the Kindle, Nook and other e-readers, it's much easier to get books online that going to a brick and mortar store. I assume it is the same in all developed countries.

Are your books available in print or in digital format?

My books are available in both.

What advice do you think aspiring authors should heed today?

I think aspiring authors need to realize that actually writing the book is the easiest part of this business. It's the marketing that takes the work.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on marketing and writing my next book that doesn't have a title yet, as well as running our business and spending time with my family.

What is/are your favourite book(s)? Do you read only books from the genre you write in?

No, I enjoy may different genres. I love the Alex Cross series, as well as the Jack Reacher series. I have a serious crush on Jack Reacher. I also love John Sandford. I wasn't too hot for Virgil Cross at first, but that boy has grown on me, and I will read anything featuring Lucas Davenport. For my own genre, I like JR Ward, especially her new series of Fallen Angels. As for other authors in my genre, I've read some that are good, but don't hit home like JR Ward does. I'm trying to expand my reading ventures and I am currently really enjoying a historical romance-a genre I’ve never read before- by Elise Marion, who is a self-published author. Self-publishing is giving a lot of really good writers and storytellers a way to shine.

Do you read when you are plotting or writing a story?

No. I need to be in my own head to plot and write. Which probably explains why I read so few books last year – I've been very busy writing.

What book inspired you to write romance (or whatever genre you write in)?

There wasn't a particular book that inspired me. I supposed it was many books over a few genres. What it comes down to is I love drama in a story that ends in a happily ever after. It's that simple.

What hero/heroine/character was the most fun or challenging to write for you?

I have a soft spot for all my characters. I love Noah from the Light Within Me for his innocence. I love Rayner from Finding My Faith because he is so focused on one thing and he can't see the bigger picture of life in general. From Hidden in the Night, I may have fallen a little in love with Aiden myself, and I would want Holly as my best friend.

How do you juggle work, writing, chores and family/personal life? Do you have a secret to time management that you want to share with readers?

LOL! I have NO time management. There are some days where I am fortunate to write for hours on end. I will never forget the Saturday that my son had a friend over and I banged out 5,000 words. Most of the time it is ten minutes here or there, or a late night.

Do you have a ritual that you follow when it comes to writing?

In both series, the Dark Forces and Six Saviors, I have a pretty good idea where I’m going with all the characters. I find that even the best outlines leave spaces that need to be filled, or a character takes the story somewhere you don’t expect. I often find that the old adage of “sleeping on it” is the best way to work through those. I can't tell you how many times I've left the writing alone for a few days and thought about my dilemma before going to bed. After a couple of good nights rest, the answer comes to me incredibly clear when I wake in the morning. That’s about it for rituals. Maybe I should start some!

Where do you see yourself, careerwise, in 5 years time?

I would like to be able to step away from the business and be a full time writer.

What's your website URL?

www.carlyfall.com

Are you on Facebook?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carly-Fall/135934843166283?ref=tn_tnmn

How do you connect with readers?

I connect with my readers through a newsletter as well as Facebook and Twitter. To sign up for the newsletter, simply go to CarlyFall.com and fill out the box on the right hand side of the page

About Carly:

Carly Fall lives in Arizona with her incredibly supportive husband, their son and dog. She loves her family, the Arizona weather, writing and wine, and depending on the day, not necessarily in that order.

Latest and upcoming releases:

The Light Within Me was released in November 2011. The sequel to The Light Within Me, Finding My Faith, is due out in March 2012.


Excerpt from The Light Within Me:
It turned out that Noah enjoyed his Bad Idea. Immensely.

The steak house was a family owned and operated business, a small restaurant with only ten tables and a small back room. Legend had it that the mob used to meet back there, but the owner, Saul wouldn’t confirm it, nor would he deny it. So it remained legend.

Saul greeted Noah as an old friend. He stood at five foot five, about two hundred pounds, had a head full of thick, black hair, and loved to laugh. Noah also believed that Saul loved his restaurant and its patrons more than he loved his wife. He didn’t bother trying to hide his surprise when Noah introduced Abby. Noah had been frequenting the place for years, and never once had he brought a woman with him. In fact, he had come here when Saul’s dad ran the place. When it was time for Noah to ship out of the area because hey, he wasn’t aging, he missed the place. He had to wait for Saul’s father to die before returning to the restaurant.

Saul sat them at the back table and lit the small candle in the middle of the red tablecloth. The lights were dimmed, and soft jazz played over the speakers. The walls were decorated with old pictures of Reno and Sparks, as well as Saul’s family going back many generations.

Saul knew how to do two things great. The first was steak, and he did it right. He owned his own cattle ranch just outside of town where the cattle were range fed. It translated into a succulent meal every time. The second was pairing wine with dinner to accommodate the taste of the guest.

Noah didn’t think his system could take any more alcohol, but as he sipped the Merlot Saul had brought for them, he found that his system was enjoying it. When his dinner arrived and he sampled the filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes, his system was totally on board and very happy. Or maybe it was the breathtaking woman sitting across from him that had him flying high.
After her first two questions, the interview pretty much went out the window. He turned the tables and began asking questions about her. He couldn’t help himself. He wanted to know everything about her. That little voice in his head was screaming at him to get up and run as far and as fast as he could, but the more she talked, the more that voice in his head sounded as though it had been locked in a closet and gagged. By the time dessert arrived, the voice was nothing but a low hum in his head and terribly easy to ignore.

With prodding and a lot of questioning, he found out that Abby’s childhood hadn’t been pretty. She grew up in Sacramento, California where her father had died before she was born, and her mother was murdered just after Abby’s ninth birthday. He watched as her face saddened, but then the sadness disappeared as she continued talking.

“I suppose that’s why I have such a fascination in unsolved murders,” she said quietly, her finger slowly tracing the lip of the wine glass. Noah knew it wasn’t meant to be seductive; it was just something she was doing while she thought about what she was saying. But damn, it was sexy as hell. Her nails were cut short, and her fingers were long and graceful. There wasn’t a ring on any of them. She explained how she collected old murder files from the Reno and Sacramento area, and often looked through them, wondering if something had been missed at the crime scene, or if the murderer was just that good. She also said she had wondered if some of them had been committed by the same person, simply for the lack of evidence in some of the files.

“They never caught my mother’s murderer. I have this fantasy that one day I’ll be digging through old files and something will jump out at me, and I’ll somehow solve the case.” She sat back and scoffed. Her eyes met his, and he wanted to hunt down that killer and gut him, just for her. He prayed it wasn’t one of his Colonists, but just some human scum.

Drawing her out wasn’t easy. She seemed closed off and shy. Not like she had anything to hide, but like she wasn’t comfortable letting anyone get close to her. However, once he got her talking, once she seemed to trust him, she unveiled a lot of herself, which pleased him immensely.

She told him of growing up in an orphanage, as none of her remaining family would take her in after her mother’s death. She worked hard in school and went to the University of Nevada, Reno on a partial scholarship, student loans, and credit cards. In college, she’d learned how much fun partying was, and the boozing helped her break out of her shell a bit and make some friends. She kept her grades just good enough so she could keep the scholarship. When she graduated with her journalism degree, she wasn’t anything special, so any hope of getting into a big city paper pretty much flew out the window. The Reno paper was happy to have her, and the rest was history.
As he split the last bit of wine between their glasses, he asked how she liked her job.

She sighed. He really liked that sound. Depending on her mood, it seemed to convey so much feeling. Right now, it was uncertainty. When he had talked to her on the phone, it had been frustration. He had never known anyone who could communicate so much with so little.

“It’s okay. It’s fine. I can pay my bills.”

He thought it was a shame for such a pretty and intelligent female to be stuck doing something that she obviously didn’t like all that much.

Noah glanced at his watch and saw that the sun would be going down in about an hour. He was surprised that they had spent three hours together. It seemed like minutes. He hated to leave, but the last thing he needed was to explain why his eyes were glowing orange. His tech-head Talin had actually invented contact lenses that kept the nighttime glow of their eyes to a minimum, but they were highly uncomfortable, and Noah had not bothered with them except for a couple of times. He wished he had some now, because he felt like he could sit at the table with her all night.

He looked at Abby. Her cheeks were slightly flushed from the wine, her eyelids just a little droopy. As she sat back in her chair—her slim fingers twisting the stem of the wine glass—he really, really, didn’t want to leave, and he couldn’t remember the last time he had enjoyed himself so much. Probably some party on SR44 was the last time he had been this happy—certainly never on Earth. But often what one wanted to do wasn’t what one needed to do.

“I have an appointment at six,” he said quietly.

She paused a beat, then sat up in her chair, seeming to go back into business mode. “I understand,” she said. “I should get going as well.” She reached behind to get her purse that she had hung off the back of the chair.

Noah threw a couple of bills on the table and began walking out behind Abby.

“Noah!” Saul called. “Noah, you know your money isn’t good here!” It was the same thing every time Noah dined in the place. And just like every time before, Noah didn’t look back, just gave Saul the one finger salute over his shoulder. And just like every other time before, he heard some of the other patrons laugh, Saul’s chuckle the loudest of all.

***

Noah walked Abby to her car, a red Honda that should have been made into scrap metal about ten years ago. But at least the damn thing got her from point A to point B most of the time.

“Thank you for everything,” she said as she fished around in her bag for her keys. “Dinner was really wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted steak like that. I’m going to have to remember this place.” As if she could afford it on her salary, but maybe if she saved up it could be a special treat for herself.

She watched Noah out of the corner of her eye as he leaned his back against her car and looked her over, smiling. It made her feel slightly uncomfortable, the way his eyes roamed her face, watching her dig through her purse as she tried to find her damn keys. She felt herself flush and chastised herself for not putting her keys in the designated key pocket of her purse. That was what they made all the pockets in purses for—a place for everything, and everything in its place. It was too bad she ran her life a little bit differently, despite her best intentions. Mainly, wherever it dropped was where it stayed. If she put things where they belonged, she wouldn’t spend a good portion of her time looking for things and wondering where they were. She certainly wouldn’t be digging through her purse looking for her keys.

Finally, she found them.

She met Noah’s eyes and smiled. What she saw there surprised her. She watched as his eyes grew even darker, but yet the half grin on his face made him look endearing, almost like a little boy who had been caught stealing cookies and was sheepishly trying to get out of it. She held her breath as his hand suddenly grazed over her cheek, slid down her shoulder, and briefly squeezed her hand.

“Goodnight, Abby,” he said quietly and turned back toward his car. As he walked into the sunset, Abby watched his large body move, feeling stunned. Her cheek burned where he had touched her, and she found her heart beating a little faster. She reminded herself to breathe. She loved the way his shoulders seemed to roll with every step, the way his long, strong legs carried him with a lethal grace.

She shook her head and tried to bring herself around to reality. If he could make her feel like that with just a touch to the cheek, she couldn’t imagine what would happen if he kissed her
.

~ Natalie ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love... and a little Mystery.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

REV UP WEDNESDAY - A weekly booster shot for inspiration... Catching up with MADELINE HUNTER

Hello world,

Life's been getting in the way lately, and I haven't had much time to post. However, I live for my Monday and Wednesday postings, and today's interview makes me very excited indeed. Because I have an author that's made every bestseller list imaginable, and, being a historical romance buff, I happen to own all of her books - Madeline Hunter is my visitor today.


About Madeline...

Madeline Hunter’s first romance was published in June, 2000. Since then she has seen twenty historical romances and one novella published, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. Over six million of her books are in print. She is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Nineteen of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list. She has received two starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Romantic Times has awarded seventeen of her books 4 1/2 stars. Madeline is a Ph.D. in Art History, and she teaches at the college level. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

Intrigued?

Here is her story...

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I learned to read. My first masterpiece was a play typed on an old Underwood typewriter in my family's basement. I think I was 6 at the time. However, I have been seriously committed to writing fiction for about fourteen years.

When did you decide that you wanted to write for a living (that "aha" moment)?

I guess I should explain that I never expected to make a living at writing. However, there was a clear moment when I decided to aim for publication and that was also around fourteen years ago. That decision meant that I committed much more time to my writing, and worked at completing novels within about 9 months, which was what I figured published writers had to do.

What did your family say when you told them you wanted to be a writer?

My parents always supported my interest in writing. I was married with two sons when I made the big commitment, and my husband was very supportive too. I'm not sure he thought I would succeed, because the odds were against me, but he encouraged me to give it a shot and helped me find the time to do so.

What is your preferred genre both for reading and writing?

For fiction it is historical romance and historical fiction.

Did you start by writing full time or did you have a day job?

I had a day job, and I still do. I could quit the day job, but choose not to. Getting out in the world helps keep me grounded and helps "fill the well" so I have new experiences and lots of human interaction to draw on as I write.

Did you take any writing courses or did you just sit and write a book?

I never took a writing course as such. I did read many books on writing when I was much younger. For my romances, I just sat down and started writing the first one. However, my first romance was not my first novel. I had completed two before that and they were my "writing courses." I learned a lot just by doing.

Did/do you have a crit group or mentor to guide you?

When I wrote those two earlier novels I did have critique groups. I did not have time for one when I started writing my romances, plus I was living in a new area and did not even know how to find one.

Do you use a/several pseudonym(s) and if so, why did you choose to have one/them?

I use one for a couple of reasons. First, I value my privacy and do not want to show up looking and feeling sick to pick up a prescription and have someone recognize my writing name (I have this nightmare of that happening!) Also, I do have that day job, and I like to keep my two lives and worlds separate.


How long did it take you to make your first sale? What was your first thought when you did?

I landed an agent who thought it would be a slam dunk. It wasn't and it took her over two years to sell my first book. I was in a state of shock when it finally happened. It was hard to accept it was real.

Did you sell the first story or novel you wrote?

No. As I said above, I have two novels that were my training works. Even when it came to romances, I did not sell the first. I first sold the fourth one that I had written.

How many drafts did you write of your first novel before you felt you got it right? What about now - do you still write several drafts of a story?

My first romance written was eventually published. By the time it was, I had probably worked it through five or six drafts, and had substantially cut its length and altered the story somewhat. It was still the same story and the same characters as in the first draft, just tighter and clearer and less self-indulgent.

Do you read industry or writing related blogs? If so, can you share some useful links?

I mostly just read the group blog in which I participate, The Goddess Blogs -www.thegoddessblogs.com

As for industry blogs, I tend to surf around and follow links recommended by people. I do not follow any one blog day in and day out.

Did you get an agent first or did you submit directly to publishers?

I got an agent first. I knew it would be a more direct way to get editors' attention.
If you signed with an agent, how did you go about the process of finding your agent/publisher?
I bought a book that listed agents, and searched through it for agents who charged no fees and who had a track record of selling romances. Then I began querying them.

Did you ever get rejected? If so, how did you handle it?

Lots of agents rejected me. Just about every publisher did too at one time or another. I would get very depressed. After a while, though, instead of getting depressed I would get mad, LOL. But it was hard, and I never forget how hard, and I have a place in my heart for any writer going through that.

What, in your opinion, do agents/publishers look for in a new author in the current market? Is it all to do with talent or with trends?

I think it is about talent for the good agents and editors. (There are some that only look for trends, but they are not interested in a writer for the long term, I suspect.) They are looking for story tellers, first and foremost---writers who can tell interesting stories with interesting characters in interesting ways.


What do you think of the changes going on in the book industry (e.g., e-books vs. print books, and big publishers getting involved in digital publishing)? Where do you see the industry going?

This is such a big topic that I am going to avoid it, LOL. I have lots of opinions, but no crystal ball. I am skeptical of anyone who claims to know how this will all shake out.

Do you think writers should consider self-publishing?

I think some should. I do not think that a new writer with one completed manuscript who has been rejected should, necessarily. While a wonderful achievement, that first one may not be ready for publication of any kind. See my comments above about my apprenticeship novels.

How do you feel about so many bookstores closing across the US? Do you think this trend is similar in other countries?

I can't speak about other countries, because I just don't know. I mourn the loss of bookstores here. Hanging out in a bookstore is one of my favorite things, and my husband and I spent many hours doing so the first few years we knew each other. So I find all the closings really sad.

Are your books available in print or in digital format?

All of my books are available in both print and digital formats.

What advice do you think aspiring authors should heed today?

Write and read and write some more. Do not obsess over publication at first, just let it rip and enjoy yourself. Don't pull your punches by trying to write like this famous author or that; write without second guessing yourself so that you find your own voice.

What are you working on now?

I am beginning a new series. The first book, The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne, was just published in March, 2012. I am at work on the second book.

What is/are your favorite book(s)? Do you read only books from the genre you write in?
Do you read when you are plotting or writing a story?


I read reference books a lot. I do not read fiction much when I am deeply into writing a story.

What book inspired you to write romance (or whatever genre you write in)?

There were a lot of them. I discovered romances and went on a long reading binge, and eventually began forming my own story after being inspired by many authors.

What hero/heroine/character was the most fun or challenging to write for you?

Among heroes, the most fun were my bad boys--Castleford in Dangerous in Diamonds, Ewan in Lord of Sin, and Ian in Lord of a Thousand Nights. The most challenging was Julian in The Romantic, because he was a quiet man.

How do you juggle work, writing, chores and family/personal life? Do you have a secret to time management that you want to share with readers?

I have absolutely no secret or advice on the juggling of all these responsibilities. I often drop some of those balls, and chaos is right around the corner for me.

Do you have a ritual that you follow when it comes to writing?

If I can write all day, I start the day with a scrambled egg breakfast. Other than that, I don't have much in the way of rituals.

Where do you see yourself, careerwise, in 5 years time?

Hopefully I will still be writing and selling my stories, and readers will still be buying them. Having made all the bestseller lists, to require more than that for happiness would be a little ungracious, in my opinion.

What's your website URL?

www.MadelineHunter.com

Are you on Facebook?

http://www.facebook.com/MadelineHunter

How do you connect with readers?

Through my web site and facebook and twitter, mostly. I send out email newsletters near my release, and I have a smaller snail mailing list too.


Latest Release:

THE SURRENDER OF MISS FAIRBOURNE
Book One of the Fairbourne Quartet
Mass Market Paperback
March 2012 (03-06-12)
Jove Books; ISBN-10: 0515150460
ISBN-13: 978-0515150469

A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding...

All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s. An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house—and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding. Clearly the business must be sold, especially since Darius suspects that Fairbourne’s has been involved in shady activities that could embroil everyone associated with it in crime and scandal.

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates. He finds her infuriating, but her direct speaking and lack of artifice create a powerful attraction as well, one that that has him following his inclinations to seduce her into surrendering to him about Fairbourne’s, and in every other way imaginable.

Read an Excerpt here.

~ Natalie ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love... and a little Mystery.

Monday, March 05, 2012

KICK START MONDAY: Contests & More - with CARLY FALL

Hello world,

My guest author today is the fab Carly Fall, who I first met when I was doing the Six Sentence Sunday rounds. Carly is giving away 2 copies of her fantasy romance "The Light Within Me" in this contest, and her blog post sheds light on the very interesting setting of the "Six Savior Series". As an aside, Carly has posted some really cool character interviews on her site, where she "interacts" with the heroes and heroines of both her own books and from stories written by fellow authors. They're truly worth checking out at www.carlyfall.com.


But now, let's get on to the contest details:

--- Participants must email the answers to the following questions to carlyfall (at) gmail (dot) com, with "Natalie G. Owens blog contest" in the subject line -

1. What scent has Rayner come to associate with Faith? (Finding My Faith)
2. What kind of wine do Abby and Noah share? (The Light Within Me)
3. What is Rayner's "curse?" (Finding My Faith)
4. What color do Noah's eyes turn at night? (The Light Within Me)

--- Finding these answers is easy. It just takes a touch of sleuthing! If people go to CarlyFall.com, they can click on Buy Books and Excerpts up top. They can go to The Light Within Me and Finding My Faith, read what is there (blurbs/excerpts) and answer the above questions. Simple, right?

--- Carly will draw two names from the list of participants a week from today and notify the winner by email.


And now, I give the floor to Carly...


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One question that I get often from people who are reading the Six Savior Series, is why do I have these guys living in missile silos?

Well, sometimes life give you experiences that make you think and make you dream.

This series was conceived with one of those experiences.

Last year we took a trip down to Tucson, Arizona, a quick drive from Phoenix, where I live.

While down there, we decided to visit a missile silo left over from the cold war. We went because our son is six and we thought he would enjoy it. Honestly, upon arrival, I was far more excited than he was.

This place was amazing. The tour was given by one of the guys that actually worked there for umpteen years, showing up every day wondering if he was going to get the order to blow the world to smithereens. Not a nice thought to go to work with everyday, if you ask me.

Our son also got to "turn the key" when they had a pretend run of launching the missile. They had almost all of the original computers in there. I have to tell you, it looked liked the William Shatner version of Star Trek. If I see those shows now, I just laugh because it looks so fake and ridiculous. That's how the missile silo looked - like something a first grader would come up with while playing with a marker and a bunch of boxes.


This is the computer bank from inside the silo...


When we completed the tour, I had a big fat smile on my face. Seeing the silo had my brain working in overdrive.

Of course, my brain working on overdrive led to a new series of books. I am really, really excited by it, and hope you will be as well.

On March 1st, I released the second book in the series, Finding My Faith.

Today I'd like to giveaway two digital copies of book one of the series, The Light Within Me.


What people are saying about The Light Within Me:

4.5 Fairies From JBP Reviews: I started this book and within pages I was hooked. I seriously hope there are more books to follow because I would really love to hear the other warriors stories but most of all Hudson.

5 Stars: The Romance Writers Reads: This book was a great paranormal read. It was by far one of my favorite review books of the year. I loved all of the little plot twists that kept the story going. When it is revealed why Abby has always felt so different, and why she has always been so dissatisfied with her life, I was floored. It was a twist I wasn't expecting, and it was little things like this that kept the story going for me.

5 Stars: Romance Writers Reviews: WOW! If you are looking for a sexy, interesting, full of suspense kind of book... this is definitely the one for you. It was amazing on many levels; it had my attention from the first page to the last. The storyline was different, not your everyday romance book, but certainly one of the most interesting romantic stories I have read in awhile. The romance was sweet, super sexy and undeniably HOT!

About Carly:

Carly Fall lives in Arizona with her incredibly supportive husband, their son and their dog.

She is the author of the Dark Forces Series, Shackled to the Night (Book 1) and Hidden in the Night (Book 2), as well as the Six Savior Series, beginning with The Light Within Me (Book 1) and Finding My Faith (Book 2).

She loves her family, writing, wine and her pool, and depending on the day, not necessarily in that order.

Contact links:

Website: www.carlyfall.com - don't forget to sign up for my newsletter while there!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carly-Fall/135934843166283
Twitter: CarlyFall1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4877034.Carly_Fall

Buy links:

The Light Within Me:

http://tinyurl.com/7gfhukn
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13067909-the-light-within-me
http://tinyurl.com/7a7hgpe
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thelightwithinme-644638-140.html


Finding My Faith:

http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Faith-Six-Saviors-ebook/dp/B007EZ5F72/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1330535849&sr=8-9

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13505060-finding-my-faith

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-my-faith-carly-fall/1109160383?ean=2940014005883&itm=1&usri=finding+my+faith+carly+fall

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-findingmyfaith-728552-140.html



~ Natalie ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love... and a little Mystery.