Not what…but who inspired me to write

A Dark Scandal, A Rose to the Fallen, Alex Pettyfer, Damien, Daniel Sharman, Love Addiction, Micah, Paddy Mitchell, Riley, The Howling Heart, Toby Hemingway, Tristan

Some authors are inspired by someone or something that gives them a reason to write a story. Creativity can be sparked from anywhere, anything, and anyone. I believe the possibilities are infinite. For me, I had several people—more appropriately termed “muses”—who gave me inspiration to write and they all had one major thing in common: they were all attractive British men I’ve never met. Something about them used to get my writing juices flowing like crazy. They make such appealing fictional heroes. Maybe it’s the accent, or the charm a lot of them have with us American women. With that said, allow me to visually introduce the muses who inspired my novels and short stories.


I think if it wasn’t for Toby Hemingway, I wouldn’t be an author. After seeing him in The Covenant in 2006, I devoted over a year of my life writing RP fanfiction with him as the hero, and then editing most of my fanfiction into an original manuscript. He was the muse who helped me self-publish my first novel, A Rose to the Fallen, and he’ll forever be my Tristan in my ageless dream cast.



I can’t remember when I became an Alex Pettyfer fan. I’ve liked him and enjoyed his movies for a long time. In 2009, he made such an impression on me that I imagined him as a werewolf when I wrote The Howling Heart. For my fellow Alex fans who read the book, I hope you picked up on certain physical characteristics about Riley that I modeled after Alex like his green eyes, the beauty mark at the corner of his mouth…or perhaps a certain tattoo?

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If you watch MTV’s Teen Wolf, then you should understand why Daniel Sharman inspired me to write. Not only do I think he’s the most attractive guy on the show, he’s one of the best actors. He’s very underrated in the film industry, and I’d love to see him get more roles. Especially, the lead in a romantic comedy or drama. That’s why I decided to write my own entitled Love Addiction and pen Damien after him.


Last, but certainly not least, Patrick “Paddy” Mitchell is the youngest of my British muses. I remember seeing Paddy’s modeling photos years ago and I was so enthralled by his masculine beauty, I wished he’d never age, almost like Dorian Gray but without the curse. He’s the reason I penned Micah, the 1000-year-old vampire frozen in a 20-year-old man’s body in A Dark Scandal.

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Review from Vampire Romance Books

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The Howling Heart received a great review from Vampire Romance Books. You can read it here. The reviewer, Teresa D., mentioned she wanted to read more about Quinn. I’m not sure she’s aware, but I won’t be writing any new books. But I want to thank her for reading The Howling Heart. I’m glad she enjoyed it. :)

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Read Between the Lines giveaway winner!

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My book tour giveaways have finally come to an end, and this is my last winner announcement. Congratulations to Emma Adams for winning the giveaway from my tour with Read Between the Lines! She received a $25 Amazon gift card and an e-book copy of The Howling Heart.

     

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Enchanted Book Promotions giveaway winner!

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I’m happy to announce that Charlene Davies has won the giveaway from my book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. She’ll receive a $25 Amazon gift card and an e-book copy of The Howling Heart. Congratulations Charlene!

     

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Contest ended for Read Between The Lines

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The giveaway has ended for my book tour with Read Between the Lines. I’m waiting for my tour organizer to send me the winner’s name and e-mail address. I’ll be awarding one person a $25 Amazon gift card and an e-book copy of The Howling Heart. Stay tuned for the winner’s announcement!

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Review from Paranormal Romance Guild

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Paranormal Romance Guild reviewed The Howling Heart and gave it 4 stars. I’m glad I received a very good rating and the reviewer enjoyed the story. You can read the review here.

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Contest ended for Enchanted Book Promotions

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The giveaway has ended for my book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. I’m waiting for my tour organizer to send me the winner’s name and e-mail address. I’ll be awarding one person a $25 Amazon gift card and an e-book copy of The Howling Heart. Stay tuned for the winner’s announcement!

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Xpresso Book Tours giveaway winner!

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Congratulations to Kai Wong for winning the giveaway for my tour with Xpresso Book Tours. They’ll receive a signed paperback of The Howling Heart and a one-of-a-kind custom-made Pandora bracelet designed by Terri Davis at JewelryforPaws.

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Contest ended for Xpresso Book Tours

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The giveaway has ended for my book tour with Xpresso Book Tours. I’m waiting for my tour organizer to send me the winner’s name and e-mail address. I’ll be awarding one person a signed paperback of The Howling Heart and a one-of-a-kind custom-made Pandora bracelet designed by Terri Davis at JewelryforPaws. Stay tuned for the winner’s announcement!

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Tour Review Spotlight

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I’ve never done a spotlight for a review from one of my book tours, but I have to do it for this one from Kathie at Living Between Books. I don’t think I’ve ever read a review where the reader was so excited about The Howling Heart. It’s a good feeling when someone enjoys my book a lot, and says it’s their favorite. I tried to give people a unique paranormal romance story with werewolves, and it’s really nice when someone appreciates that and says I’ve succeeded. Thanks again, Kathie, for such a spirited and entertaining review. :)

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The Howling Heart Music Mix

Avril Lavigne, Banks, Bruno Mars, Dead By Sunrise, Ellie Goulding, Evanescence, Fransisca Hall, Halou, Katy Perry, Megan McCauley, Mikky Ekko, Music, OneRepublic, Safetysuit, Sia, The Howling Heart, Three Days Grace, Within Temptation

These are a few songs I like and I think they fit my book. Some of the songs I listened to while I was writing or editing the manuscript. And of course…being a big dreamer, I imagine some of the songs playing during certain scenes in a movie version. I hope you enjoy the music!

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♪ Listen On ♫

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No sequel to The Howling Heart

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I’m aware some readers have been wondering about a sequel. I updated my FAQ’s a few days ago, but I figured it would be wise to make this post. In case you haven’t read my FAQ’s, I’ve decided not to continue The Howling Heart. It wasn’t intended to be a series, but after reading reviews from my older tours, I was going to wait until all my tours ended before I finalized a decision on a sequel. I changed my mind, because one of my decisions for the new year was to stop writing. I was tired of being on the fence about the sequel and waiting to see what happens with the book. I had to face the fact that for a long time, I didn’t have the passion to write and I don’t get motivated anymore. Most importantly, it’s not fun to write like it used to be. I’m sorry to disappoint those who are wondering what happens next with Riley & Paige or Quinn, but The Howling Heart will be a standalone book. People will have to take it for what it is.

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