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Farewell and Many Blessings…

17 Apr

Dandilian farewellDear readers,

After much discussion and attention to the long range plans of the authors on this blog, we’ve decided it’s time to shut the doors on Passionate Reads. We’ve enjoyed connecting with you and sharing our tales. For me as one of the newest bloggers here, it’s been a great experience and honor to post on the blog, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you all.

But for now, we must stay goodbye and turn our attention not only to our individual blogs, but our writing too. You can find us all at the links below and the best part is most of us regularly blog at these places.

Nara Malone
naramalone.com
Tea and Strumpets

Nara’s Nook
Therian Verse

Marilyn Campbell
marilyncampbell.com

Siobhan Muir:
The Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked
Buy a Book, Tell a Friend

Brandi Evans
branidevansauthor.com

Shannon Emmel
Shannon’s Blog

Thank you all for joining us on this blog. Take care, be well, and stop by our respective blogs. If you follow them, you can get announcements when we post. Thanks again, and many blessings.

Creative…Inspiration

28 Oct

Writer’s block, lack of inspiration…or just too damned tired to write?

Okay, my lovelies, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t been writing much lately. It could be any or all of the above, but—

It really needs to stop…like, NOW.

33837f3838e5b90787080f870c67aa77It’s nearly November and in trying to figure out where 2013 went, I was reminded of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

Go to the Beach,

        Have a Drink,

                Eat What I Want,

                        Read a Book,

                                Write! Continue reading

Holiday Giveaway!

16 Dec

blue-eyed-santaSo…Now that I have your attention–

I usually try to do something humorous and generally a bit risqué for my posts, as well as  relate it in some way to a writer’s life (and I’m gonna do exactly that), but I couldn’t without first acknowledging the horrible tragedy in Connecticut.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those devastated families whose lives will never be the same.

On Sunday, December 16th  at 5:00pm EST, I will be lighting a candle and sending love and prayers out to them and I hope you will take the time to join me…wherever you are.

Individually, lighting a candle may seem like a small gesture, but healing doesn’t happen overnight. It happens in painfully small increments over time.

Similarly…it’s the small gestures—like the glow of a single candle—that offer strength and  hope and light in the darkest of times.

Pass this on.

    Tweet it.

       Share it with your friends on Facebook

              Stumble it! Tumble it! Pin it!

                      …and share it through any other social media groups you might belong to.

Let’s face it—Friday’s shooting has left its mark on ALL of us. It’s left us feeling hurt and helpless and at a loss to comprehend how something like this could happen.

We will probably never know the “why” of it, but it doesn’t matter at this point.

What DOES matter is that we survive it. That we move past the pain and sorrow and most importantly, that we cherish those we love and the time we have with them.

Because ya just never know how much time you have.

So remember…

Candle. 5pm EST, Sunday, 12/16/12. Pass it on!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programing.

(There’s a BOOK GIVE AWAY and additional FREE READS included in today’s blog, so keep reading!)

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A Fairy Tale for the Modern Princess…

22 Oct

Hello my darlings!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, ( like that’s anything new for me?) and so I’m a little late in getting my post up.

I consider myself a fairly modern woman and I ran across something this morning that  made me smile.

We all want the “Fairy Tale”… the happy ending, if you will.

As writers, we have the ability to create as many happily-ever-afters as we want.

Having said that, I also came across a HP Fanfic titled  “The Headmaster’s Wife” that provides a TON of smutty happiness (and a great story as well!) for quite a few characters.

If you’re interested, here’s the link:

Link to “The Headmaster’s Wife”

Also… check out Shadowling Manor for news, teasers and excerpts from the “Passion’s Portal” novels from Ellora’s Cave. This is the place where the fairy tale meets the modern woman!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the delightfully snarky take on the traditional “Frog Prince” fable below.

Wishing everyone a Happy Monday!

-Shannon

T.G.I.F./F.F. ( and Eye Candy, Too!)

6 Oct

Now that I have your attention…

Did ya miss me? LOL

Life intruded and my apologies for that. Mother nature also had to put her two cents in and trapped me in my house for four days with over three feet of water in my street.

Not fun, but not life threatening and really just more of a nuisance/inconvenience than anything else. Been doing some reading and some research and trying to get some writing done the process…

Notice I said, “trying”?

I’m having trouble with the rapidly (and rabidly) breeding plot bunnies that seem to be overwhelming me in recent weeks.

In an effort to tame the bunny horde, I’m going to be trying something a little different in the coming weeks.

I’m calling this little experiment T.G.I.F./F.F.Day.

In case you’re wondering that’s  NOT  “Thank God It’s Friday” with a stutter!

It stands for…

Thank God It’s Fan/Flash Fiction Day!

You see, in order to stop the madness, I had to start writing some of this stuff down just to get it out of my head so I could then focus on the manuscripts I need to get done.

So, I’ll be posting bits of stories (or links to them) and I’m inviting those of you who might also have similar bits out there in cyberspace to do the same by posting the appropriate links in the comment section of this blog.

You can also use the comment section to, well…comment on the stories/WIP and let me know if you’d like to see more.

Who knows…that might just help me decide what my next project will be!

I’m going to start this off with an Adult Fan Fic (not mine) that I mentioned in a blog I posted in July.

At the time it was posted as a “WIP” but it is now “Complete” so if you’d like a bit of “light reading”  🙂  here’s the link to “Broken Dreams” posted by “onecelestialbeing”.

http://hp.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600095534

In the meantime…Enjoy the delicious male hotness unabashedly displayed herein!

(You didn’t REALLY think I’d do a post without my usual eye-candy fix in it…DID YOU?!).

 

What can I say?

We ALL need a little inspiration to feed our muses and keep our plot bunnies happily humping away!

Enjoy!

Shannon

Damn! I DO love my job!

 

 

 

 

RESUCE ME! LOL…

26 Aug

We’re buckled down for “Isaac” here in South Florida… so thanks to “mywithershins”, et al, for today’s blog post!

See ya all on the OTHER side of the storm!

 

–Shannon

mywithershins

Elodie at commutinggirl shared a marvelous idea from Stephanie Perkins, who was a guest on Natalie Whipple’s blog regarding the creation of ‘Love Lists‘. Basically what this involves is listing all the things you love about the story you’re writing to help keep you focussed on what is important and what you like about the story, so that when you’re editing, you can throw away all the stuff that didn’t make it on your list. This creates a tighter story. After all, if you only keep the bits you like about your story, the more likely your reader will enjoy it!

After reading these posts, I thought I’d go back through some of my older stories that I haven’t had the gumption to send out into the world, just to see what it is about them that I like. This might help me when writing out query letters…

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Writng Basics…check it out!

12 Aug

Great advice for getting the RIGHT kind of attention for fanfic…or ANY kind of fiction!

-Shannon

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