Eliza March has a New Promotion

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DEFEAT THE THE DARKNESS by Eliza March book 1 in the Hearts of Darkness series can be read alone but only under the covers with the light on.

Possessed by evil, ruled by lust, driven by hunger. Can love defeat the ancient demon and turn the darkness into light?

Max Hamilton and Shelby Mackenzie go way back to being in diapers together. Over the years, they’ve shared playgrounds and fishing, first dates and first sexual experiences. It wasn’t a surprise when she followed Max to Tulane Medical School where they shared Kyle Lachlan—Max’s new friend and Shelby’s first real love.

Before Kyle, something had always been missing in the romance department for Shelby. But when Kyle announces he’s joined Physicians International Charity and is heading out to save innocent lives after the mudslides in Guatemala, Shelby is devastated. Until, he gives her a family heirloom engagement ring.

Kyle is determined to make up for his privileged Boston upbringing even if it means being separated from Shelby for a few months while she finishes her residency. But when he arrives in the makeshift medical camp, strange things begin to happen. Local legends inspired by the jungle jaguars tell of men who shift into the form of the large cats.

While out searching for a missing boy, Kyle is attacked by a rogue jaguar. His life changes, instantly and so does he. His former beliefs and ideals manifest into the myths and legends of a bad “B” horror flick.

Pursued by a demonic vampire, the exquisitely beautiful yet evil, Amyra de la Santiago plans to use him for her own selfish purpose. Kyle is determined to fight becoming the dark demon he senses within her.

She will stop at nothing to fulfill her ambitions, and Kyle is the answer she’s been waiting over three thousand years for. Leverage is what she needs to convince him, and who better to use against him than the people he cares about most?

Kyle will do anything to protect innocent lives like Max’s and keep the woman he loves safe even if it means sacrificing himself to the demon. What does it matter since his soul is already lost to the darkness?

Shelby must learn to believe in Kyle, again, then trust him and finally, she must be willing to fight for him. Later, there will be time to deal with the secret need she developed from the transition he caused. The hunger for sexual satisfaction drives her the way a vampire is driven by the need for blood. Max is always a willing partner, but as relationships change, so do their needs.

Will Kyle adjust and accept their new roles? After the danger is past, will Kyle be able to love a sex fae?

Shelby holds out hope since she is the light to his darkness. Only she can defeat the demon darkness taking over both Kyle and Max.

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Is it writer’s block or something else?

It’s something else. This is an old short post from my Elizabeth Marchat page.

With nine books published and four in some stage of the development process, yet still in manuscript form, I have to ask myself what’s holding up the process? For starters…there’s life.  But that’s an excuse. There’s always life to deal with. No, it’s something else. An impasse within the story or a question about the genre or how the industry is impacting your future sales….and on and on. Someone brilliant once said, “Just write the damn book!” And I’m a true believer.

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Across A Crowded Room IATO series

ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM in the IATO series

By: Eliza March

You should check this series out if you like suspense and intrigue. There’s also plenty of romance and sometimes a little lust. Go to my BOOK tab at my website Eliza March 
After anti-terrorist agent Jason DesJardin survived the explosion that killed Emily Holmes’s father, he went deep undercover. Guilt and his dark past kept him from returning for her. When Emily discovers ties between the old bombing and the terrorists, she finagles an assignment to Jason’s next mission. The balance of world power drops into her inexperienced hands, and she is forced to play a dangerous game of seduction with Mosel Reinhardt, the notorious international arms dealer. Is Reinhardt peddling the nanotech chip technology, or are Emily’s instincts about him correct?

The mission heats up when Jason finds he can’t resist Emily—agency computer genius gone femme fatale—any more than Mosel can. After years of waiting to have her again, the tables turn. Jason is unwilling to share her now, but will he be able to watch her seduce Mosel in order to find her father’s killer? Would she stop if he asked her?

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Motivation for Writing

Honestly, with the publication world changing daily, it’s hard to stay motivated about writing. Where should an author submit his manuscript? Should I just write what’s in my head and hope it fits some publisher’s guidelines? Or should I write this book for myself and share it by self publishing and let come what may?

I’m committed to several series and those are committed to several publishers, so if I finish a series they are going to be with those publishers for at least five years whether they’re selling or not. Whether they get decent exposure of not. Whether policies change or not. Then I look at self publishing: What are the upsides?

Pricing – it’s my choice

Marketing – it’s my choice

Book Cover/Title – it’s my choice

Genre it’s my choice

So if the publishers are not willing to negotiate any of these options then why would an author publish with them? There must be an upside to traditional publishers, eBook publishers, or small houses. I believe it’s the organization. Authors want to write. They don’t want to sell, market, blog, twitter, or Facebook. I  write under a pseudonym that sells quite well. But to be honest when I started, there wasn’t the competition for the front page of the websites like there is today. The more authors, the more books, the harder it is to find you let alone discover you. So how can your work get discovered?

Readers are your best promoters. If I’m in love with an author or series I’m compelled to share that information with other readers. Goodreads is an excellent source of readers and reviewers. Sometimes personal tastes get in the  way of quality reviews but somewhere within the lists of readers you’ll find the information you’re looking for about authors and their books.

I hope this was a thought-provoking blog today. If you enjoyed it please share it. And if you’ve read a good book lately, share that information with your friends.

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Writing to the masses or for yourself

The most widely read genre is romance, but with traditional romance there are rules…
The primary rule is there must be a happy ending with the hero and heroine alive and together at the end of the story. Seems an easy enough concept to understand; one that seems simple enough to follow. But then there’s Urban Fantasy… In this romance genre the heroine usually runs the show. She is a kick ass, capable woman who may not necessarily end up with the hero, if there’s one, but may be conflicted about her choices. She may have more than one man in her life and may not be ready to choose between them. This genre doesn’t necessarily have to have much romance in it. There are also romantic suspense novels that weave the romance and mystery together. Neither story could stand alone and it’s better for it. There are mysteries, intrigue and suspense stories, even horror plots that contain romantic elements, but they are not romances; the romantic plot in the story could stand alone and the most important part of the plot the suspense, would be just as good a story without the element of romance in it. (Frankly, I don’t think anything in life worth spending time at exists without an element of romance and if it does, what a shame!)
So on to my point…yes Across A Crowded Room is a romance and yes it’s also suspense. A murder took place several years before that involved the hero and the heroine, affecting each in different ways. They’ve been connected most of their lives in some way and after the murder each reacts as only their character knows how…much like anyone you might know. These characters lived in my head for a long time before I wrote them and made them real. And I find, even after all this time, they are still real to me. I didn’t write this story for anyone else…I wrote it for me. It doesn’t start at the traditional beginning of a romance because in order to really get inside the characters’ heads, you need to know how the real story started. This is more of an epic novel about an extended family and friends, spanning the course of about fifteen or more years. In the process of writing this for myself, I hope it pleases you. Many readers have responded positively to this romance, why don’t you try it?
Across A Crowded Room is available in ebook or print at http://bookstrand.com/across-a-crowded-room or Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

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WIP

I’m working on the follow up story to Across A Crowded Room. I’d like to give Cade a crack at uncovering the where abouts of the master mind behind the car bombing.

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Writing vs Revisions

Every author I speak to usually prefers the process of creation–the development of the characters, describing their goal and motivation, the unraveling of the plot, throwing in conflict to force the characters to grow and evolve into the heroes or heroines we expect them to be, flawed humans that they may be and all.

— to the process of revision or edits.

But many also enjoy this second or third stage. It’s in the revision or edit stage where the layers of a story take on a new level of depth. Description is clarified, expanded, defined. Characters’ behaviors show us more about who and what they are and the story comes to life. The plot which was originally brushed [keyed] on the canvas [monitor] with broad strokes in the first version is now detailed [delete, insert, move] with a fine brush [dictionary] and an even finer palette [thesaurus]. The picture is becoming clearer, taking on an essence of its own. When you read the story it’s like studying a great painting; the more you look, the more you see… Or watching a great movie; each time you watch it you see the little details the director used to make that first impression just right.

When an author chooses a certain word or dialogue to show an action, or describe something, it often also sets the mood, defines the character, or foreshadows coming events. The decision to have a character say, “The kid’s a punk.” instead of “The child is troubled.” tells you more about the speaker than a paragraph long detailed description.

The next time you read a good book, think about the word choices the author used and think about why. Happy reading…

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