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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

a tangled strands of danger - Love, Alchemy (Alchemy #1) by Eden Ashley

"Once the action picked up, I was able to become more excited about the story. I did love how it was a blend of multiple genres; romance, thriller, and science-fiction. The last fifty pages or so were by far the best and I absolutely loved the twists and turns and especially the ending. 
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction stories with a dash of romance! :)" Branwen, Goodreads


Daveigh Little is preparing for college, planning to leave behind the tiny hick town she’s spent her entire life in once and for all. But plagued by troubles at home and school, Daveigh makes a series of bad choices that land her in hot water with a local kingpin. Suddenly, people around her are dying and Daveigh finds herself on the run.

And then there’s Ethan. Fresh out of the academy, Ethan Remington represents the authority Daveigh has come to despise, but she is inexplicably drawn to the handsome rookie of few words. From the first moment she laid eyes on him, Daveigh knew Ethan was different. She just didn’t realize how different. Reasons of his own have led Ethan into the tangled strands of danger within the town of Harpey…but those reasons aren’t nearly as mysterious as Ethan’s origins or the irresistible passion between them.

Why I Never Have “Writer’s Block”

1. I step away from the computer. 

Yes, it’s great to have daily, weekly, or even monthly word count goals, but let’s face it. The creative process doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes, a story unfolds at its very own pace. New scenes and details—maybe even the perfect wording for a single sentence—all come in due time. Don’t rush it. I certainly don’t mind waiting on perfection. And I find that it’s when I step away from the computer that the best ideas come to mind. So, I always have sticky notes and scraps of paper, or Ijust stop everything to put a note into my iPhone. 

2. I travel. 

Seeing new things, places, and people, while experiencing new cultures—especially ones outside of the States—for me it’s like lighting a fire under my imagination! You’ll never run out of places to write about. You will meet new characters. You will visit the perfect coffee shop to insert into a scene. Smells, sights, sounds—pay attention to everything around you and make those surroundingsreborn on the page. 

3. I listen to music without lyrics. 

The part about no lyrics is important here. Apparently, someone spent a lot of money to figure out that music, especially the instrumental stuff, helps the brain focus. So, if you’re trying to sort out some particular plot point or scene—whether it’s an epic battle or the long-awaited, steamy hook up—log into YouTube or Pandora and turn the volume up! Lindsay Sterling, Audiomachine, Hans Zimmer, and The Glitch Mob are some of my favorites. 

4. I read books outside of my niche. 

I know the usual advice is that if you write romance, read a lot of romance. Or if you write paranormal, read paranormal, and so on. I guess the idea is to see what other successful authors are doing to enchant readers or to find out what’s expected in your specific niche. That’s all very good, great advice. But there’s also reward in reading novels that are from a completely different genre. I write paranormal/fantasy romance, but I love reading historical fiction by Elizabeth Chadwick and romantic comedies by Jennifer Crusie. I’ve been known to pick up a Lee Child novel as well. If you’ve read any of my stories, the fusion is probably obvious. There might be a regal character scattered here and there. Comedic scenes are always sprinkled throughout. And I’m no stranger to action and adventure! I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to blend the genre lines. It can be a lot of fun!

5. I do research. 

Depending on what tale you’re weaving, in depth research might be an absolute necessity. People like to say, “Write what you know.” I say, write whatever the heck your muse wants. I’ve never been to Mongolia, or the Golden City, or to the top of frosty and notorious K2, but I’ve certainly written stories where my characters traveled to those places. I spent many, many hours delving into the different histories, cultures, and even the climates just to make each scene believable. It’s possible. You’re only limited by your imagination. And imagination, dear reader, has absolutely no limits. 

About the author:
Born and raised in a small sunny town in South Carolina, Eden finds thunderstorms to be inspiring. There are few things she loves more (except maybe cake) than curling up with a good book on a rainy day, often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs her. Rather than being backed into a genre corner, Eden loves to blend elements of romance, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, action, mystery and adventure into her novels.

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