Cover Reveal! Final Mend by Angela Smith

This is the third and final book in this series by SARA author Angela Smith.

Book 1: Burn on the Western Slope.

Book 2: Fatal Snag.

And here’s Book 3: Final Mend.

Final Mend by Angela Smith

You’ve met Garret and Chayton. Now it’s time to meet Jake.

A recovering alcoholic, Jake Inman has found a new, healthier addiction: training for his successful triathlon career. But when his manager is murdered and beloved goddaughter kidnapped, another obsession takes hold: doing whatever it takes to find Brandon’s killer and keep Amy safe. Jake turns to a private investigator for help in solving the case, and though he finds temptation in her whiskey-colored eyes, he knows he must resist his attraction, or risk losing his heart.

After a devastating case, Winona Wall has turned her back on her skills as a private investigator, preferring a quiet life as a part-time bartender. That is, until Jake storms into the bar, demanding her help in tracking his missing godchild. Unable to resist Jake’s charm, she reluctantly agrees. But even after Amy is found unharmed, Jake insists Amy’s mother was more involved with her kidnapping than the police suspect. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Winona must trust her instincts in order to save them all – and avoid falling in love.

Read more at Angela’s Blog.


Cover Reveal! Joni Hahn

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SARA Café welcomes Tricia James!

The SARA Café is an occasional feature that puts the spotlight on a SARA author. This month, it’s Tricia James’s turn to answer a few questions.

by Mary Brand

12-typerednails-website-1SC: When did you join SARA and for what reason?
TJ: I originally joined SARA back in the late 1990s…so long ago that, frankly, the exact year is obscured by the fog of time. Suffice it to say, a long time ago.
Long story short, we had been living in the Near East and Europe for over ten years, finally moved back to Georgia, followed closely by a move to San Antonio. Over those years, I had gotten pretty serious about writing so the move back to the States seemed like a good time to get serious about doing something about it. Hence, RWA and SARA. I quit the first time because I started getting promoted in my corporate job. I liked what I did and I liked the money they paid me to do it.
Now I’m retired from all that and it’s time to get back to writing so I rejoined in July 2013.

SC: What sub-genre of romance stories do you write?
TJ: My original love is historical romance…well-researched period pieces. I tend to like them like I like my Mexican food…spiced up and hot. Historical was always a good fit for me because I’m basically a history nut and I love the research. Unfortunately, I can’t always predict where I’ll end up. Couple of months ago I was doing research on some specific events of the English social Season circa 1811 and ended up immersed in an article about the world’s oldest crown. I know, right? Time suck.
I also write contemporary romantic suspense which is great because there’s this whole range of interesting ways to say things (some not so reverent) and I get to kill people. Someone almost always dies. I’m currently working on a series set in New Orleans and Louisiana. My current hero hates humidity almost as much as I do so it’s a good setting for him.

SC: Do you consider yourself a romantic?
TJ: No, not really. Okay, honesty. Not at all. If I have to have a label, best to call me a realist, maybe even one that’s a little bent. I won’t read about helpless women or men who are bullies unless he’s a villain. My heroes are bad boys that are good men. My heroines are strong women who may not know what they want, but they certainly know what they don’t want and they don’t settle.

SC: What are your ultimate goals as a writer?
TJ: I’ll be pursuing the Indie route. I like the control and the independence and I’ve decided (after a lot of reading and study) that I can handle the marketing aspects. Although, the whole concept scared the crap out of me when I first began considering. I asked everybody (literally) everything (literally) that I could think of. I’m sure I annoyed more than one person.
However, I won’t publish until the contemporary series is mostly complete…end of this year or beginning of next. Hopefully, sooner. Unfortunately, I’ve had a series of life events that have interfered over the past six months so I’m really looking forward to a dull, uneventful remainder of 2014.

SC: What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?
TJ: Hands down, it’s Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat. Put the whole structure-thing into instant perspective. I’ve read a lot of the screenwriting books and got something from all of them but Save the Cat made everything click into place in an informal, common-sense, non-intellectual way. Might not be for everyone but a great fit for my style of learning and writing.

SC: Do you have a writing routine? What does it involve?
TJ: Simple. Each day…every day…write something. Only requirement is that it must be doable and must move the plot forward in some significant way. And research doesn’t count. I love research but research won’t get a book published.

SC: Do you have any writing superstitions?
TJ: None other than I have to be organized and have to be able to see my stuff—lots of bookshelves, dry erase boards, bulletin boards. Although I have a U-shaped writing area and I’m pretty religious about keeping automation stuff on one side (computers, iPad, phone, printers) and non-automated on the other side (my Fiction Bible, binders, sticky notes, pen/paper for brainstorming.)

SC: What would happen if you didn’t write?
TJ: I’d spend that time with my cameras–crazy about digital photography. Although I’d still probably play with characters and scenes in my head.

SC: Name one thing you absolutely can’t write about.
TJ: Can’t do torture of children or animals. I’m pretty naïve so I’m at a loss with the whole BDSM-thing but I guess I could write it if I wanted or needed to…just don’t want or need to.

SC: Name one of the challenges you had writing or as an author and how you met that challenge.
TJ: Procrastination is my biggest nemesis. I fight it every day. Also, doesn’t help that I can pretty much rationalize my way into accepting any excuse I’ve concocted. And I can get pretty creative about the excuses. It’s a struggle.

SC: Something many of us can relate to. Thanks so much, Tricia. It was a pleasure interviewing you. And best of luck with your writing!

Article by Mary Brand

SARA Happenings

Next meeting: 21 June 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the John Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy. Sasha Summers presents Mythology and the Muse. From Homer’s The Odyssey to Rick Riordan House of Hades series, readers are still passionate about these characters and their adventures. Why? Explore the connection between iconic archetypes and the Olympians, their classic tropes and themes, and using mythic elements to develop rich conflict and riveting stories for today’s readers.

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy, steamy contemporary romance, young adult, and scifi romance. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

That’s it for chapter business. The rest of this post is a sampling of online workshops, all beginning June 2.

RWA Chapter Workshops

June 2-27: Ten Minutes to Glory: Your Editor-Agent Pitch. Laurie Schnebly Campbell. A face-to-face pitch with the editor or agent of a writer’s dreams can be the best experience imaginable…or the worst. Participants finish this workshop ready to draft their pitch from start to finish, and present it with a more compelling delivery. (Even those who still suffer from stage fright report getting requests for a full manuscript with their class-prepared pitch!). $25.

June 2-13: Not My Circus, Not My Monkey: Navigating the Social Side of Publishing. Melissa Cutler. Class will cover: social media (including Goodreads), conferences, guest blogging, street teams, Goodreads, querying for cover quotes, Yahoo loop dos and don’ts, and how to respond to reviews.

June 2-27: Some Like It Hot: Writing the Erotic Romance. Louisa Bacio. The workshop will cover the basics of characterization and motivation, and then delve into the heart: The sex scene(s). When writing about the physical aspects of love, it takes more than the cliché of “putting tab A into slot B.” The love scenes need to come organically from the work that’s being created, and the reader needs to believe in the connection. When it comes to pacing, workshop attendees will learn how not to give it all up right away. In the second half of the class, we’ll look at how various genres handle the subject and situations. Finally, we’ll close out with tips for publishing, the query process and potential markets. $30.

June 2-6: Snidely Whiplash, Look Out! Building a Better Villain. Beth Henderson. What sort of villain do you need in your story? Are they Snidley Whiplash melodramatically evil or the subtle type? Is their villainy more stabbing a neighbor in the back verbally or physically? A bully on the playground or on the prom committee? Are they predators, whether paranormal or not? Do they have powers we mere mortals (also known as the rest of the cast in the story) need to go up against, or not? We love our hero and heroines but sometimes (a lot of the time!) the villain is much more fun to create – AND BE – in your story. In BUILDING A BETTER VILLAIN we’ll spend a week considering our villainous options. Lots of questions to answer to create the character we never want to be but without whom our main characters would not have a story worth the telling. Villains are pivotal points for a plot, you see. Oddly enough, a villain doesn’t necessarily need to be human, demon, fae, or alien. It can also be Mother Nature or a troubling situation. Which means you can have more than one sort of villain in a story for your main characters to deal with. Snidley Whiplash is the Mr. Potato Head version of a villain, no doubt, but as they used to say of the soon-to-be-bionic man, “we can build him better.” And we’ll begin drawing up those schematics over the course of one week. $15.

June 2-27: Flipping the Dust Bunnies!: Rewriting and Recycling the Abandoned Manuscripts Hiding under Your Bed and on the Floor of the Closet. Beth Henderson. This course is about finding the redeeming elements and jettisoning those that bog things down. It’s about rethinking, rewriting, reconstructing, reworking, and flipping those once discarded ideas into publishable manuscripts.

“Flipping” works for do-it-yourselfers when it comes to taking a house in need of tender care and turning it into a desirable property once more through simple remodeling tasks. When it has achieved all of this attention it turns into a home for someone else, and at a profit for the “flipper.” So why can’t the concept work on any and all manuscripts gathering dust in closets, file boxes in attics or garages, or communing with the dust bunnies under the bed? It can. And this is the place to begin reevaluating, tearing apart, and rebuilding a more desirable manuscript from the shell of that uncompleted or tired out manuscript. $20.00.