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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guest Post Blaze Ignites by J.L. Madore

Description:

BLAZE IGNITES blends strong, clever women and tough, sexy men in a fast paced, volatile cocktail of action, seduction and wicked humour.

"Destiny my ass." Jade Glaster refuses to believe the Fates rule her life. After a Scourge attack leaves her orphaned as a child, a young Jade vowes never to be powerless again. Now, grown and strong, wielding the affinities of fire and healing, Jade protects innocents as an enforcer for her world's elite policing agency—The Talon.

When an emissary mission to reinstate a race of exiled Elves brings Galan into her life, Jade finds herself overwhelmed by new passions, some welcome, some not. Although Galan's antiquated views on women offend her to her heated core, when the Scourge target his family, she helps him navigate the outside worlds he knows nothing about—the magical Realm of the Fair and, stranger still . . . the modern streets of Toronto.

Through their sensually charged pursuit of justice, Jade discovers that when dealing with the Fates—destiny is never random.

GUEST POST

Everything has Potential—by: JL Madore

My family often laughs when I stop what we're doing and pull out my pad and pencil. It doesn't matter where we are—in the movie theatre, in the car, in a restaurant, or just hanging out in the living room watching TV—if I hear a one liner, a play on words, or just one word that makes me think of one of my characters or makes me laugh, I write it down. Quickly before it's lost.

Now, this recording of verbal gems is different from the times I see a scene unfolding and need to capture the nebulous ideas of plot and character before they evaporate from my jumbled mind. Or when I wake in the morning and the troubles I'd been having with my story seem to have worked themselves out miraculously as I slept and I'm filled with solutions at the crack of dawn.

No, the jotting down of real-life tidbits is more like recording inspiration. It's a launching point for another day—a prompt for later. These ideas spark my creativity, humour or a new direction which I might have overlooked. They get me going, and if they still make me laugh when I read them days, weeks or months later, I rework them to my own style and into my story they go.

God forbid anyone in the household recycle a scrap of paper, because inspiration could be scribbled anywhere: on envelopes, bank slips, grocery receipts, and occasionally I even get a few onto note pads. And as you can imagine, after years of this habit, the paper mountain has piled up.

The trick is—whether you're an aspiring writer or seasoned—keep your eyes and ears open as you move through your day. Last week, I was in Walmart with my daughter and a little girl walking towards us said something to her mom that made both of us crack up. She was obviously getting ready to have a party—her fourth birthday I'd guess by the size of her—and she said in such a grown up voice. "Oh mommy, I just want everything to be perrrrfect."

Whether it's a couple having a blow-out fight in a Wendy's parking lot or a conversation between fans at the soccer field, if it smacks of real life, drama, wit or humour—I jot it down. Everything has potential.

Have you ever laughed out loud from someone else's conversation and thought, 'That's a good one.' Well, write it down for later. You never know where you'll find inspiration.

 About the author:
September 2009 marked the beginning of my journey with writing paranormal/fantasy romance novels. After spending a year hiatus in Panama with my family, I returned to Ontario relaxed and ready to let stories flow from my mind onto the page. The only problem was—I didn’t know a thing about the craft of writing.

Almost four years later, after dozens of workshops, reading hundreds of books, joining a writing community and two critique groups, I've won two writing scholarships and believe I've got a handle on what I’m trying to say and the voice with which I want to say it.

Currently, I am working on the five book Scourge Survivor Series as well as a darker, erotic/romance paranormal series currently called Watchers of the Grey.

2 comments:

Teodora Catana said...

O carte pe gustul meu :D

JL Madore said...

Thanks so much for hosting my guest blog. And what a cool site. Looking forward to checking back to see what's new and exciting. JL.