Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guest Stacey Kennedy On Writer's Block

Do I dare talk about the one thing all writers fear—writer’s block *cue scary music* Of course I do, that’s why I’m here, which by the way, a big thank you for letting me stop by for a visit. Now, let’s get right to it!

As writers we all cringe at those two little words and hope that it never happens to us. But guess what, it will. Truthfully, I’ve been really lucky and have only experienced writers block once. It was while I worked on A Silent Howl, the second novel in The Blue Bloods series.

My problem came when I hit the middle of the story. Up to this point, it was smooth sailing, but all of a sudden, I hit a total dead end. No matter how much I tired, the story just stopped, and I hadn’t a clue how to continue it. My ideas fizzled out. Frustrated, I fought against it, as most writers probably do. Said a few choice curse words, pounded my fists against the table and even uttered a threat to thrash my laptop.

But in the end, it was one conversation that saved it all. I sat down with a friend and vented. Started right from the beginning of the story to the middle where my problems began. She asked questions, I answered them. After a while, an idea started to present itself in the midst of our conversation. It was kinda like a “ah-ha” moment. One little twist in chapter three needed to take place to open up a whole plot line to continue with the story and tie it all together.

So, my advice is keep your friends close. Just like with personal issues, venting out an issue can always feel like a big weight lifted off your shoulders. It allows you to get out of your mind for a little while and see something from a different point of view, which for me, was exactly what I needed.
Wishing everyone good luck with their stories!!

What’s out now?
The Willow ~ The Magical Sword Book One
In Carson City, Nevada a tragic car accident has claimed the lives of Nexi Jones’ adoptive parents. Now, without them, her reason to live has vanished and she is determined to end her pain.

The problem with that, it’s not heaven she wakes up to, it’s the Otherworld. Nexi must reconcile the truth about her past, and her heritage as part guardian/part witch, while she begins to train to join the Council’s guard. But it’s not the combat training that has her worried, its attempting to keep her cool around the luscious guardian, Kyden that’s her biggest concern.

Before long, Nexi’s skills are put to the test as she begins to fight against the supernatural who have taken a human life. But nothing can prepare her for the journey ahead. Soon, she will find herself lost in a mystery and fighting to keep all she’s gained, as Lazarus, a vampire, threatens to take it all away.

Read excerpt - http://www.staceykennedy.com/the-willow-excerpt/
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The Wicked ~ The Magical Sword Book Two
Nexi Jones knows two things—being half Guardian is tough—being half Witch is simply problematic. With her Guardian duties put on hold, she begins the gruelling task of discovering her magical abilities, which tend to be unpredictable, at the best of times.

At least, she has her luscious Guardian, Kyden to keep her grounded. That is, until the military-built, Ryker returns with a keen interest in being a constant thorn in her backside. With enough trouble controlling her powers—the added rivalry between the two tough Guardians leaves Nexi in urgent demand of a fire extinguisher.

But when tragedy strikes the very core of the Otherworld, Nexi needs to shape up as she lands herself knee deep into vampire society—a world run by vampire Mistresses who offer their assistance in unearthing a deadly plot of revenge. But as the truth begins to unravel, Nexi begins to discover that the Otherworld isn’t the only place where Supernaturals exist—and there is something far darker than thirsty vampires lurking within the shadows…
Read excerpt - http://www.staceykennedy.com/the-wicked-excerpt/
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What’s coming soon?

The Devil’s Kiss – The Magical Sword Book Three (September 2010)

An Everlasting Bite – The Blue Bloods Book One (October 2010)

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RT Book Reviews
“…Kennedy has created a world that readers will want to visit again and again!” Dawn Crowne

Bitten by Paranormal Romance
“Do you love magic, dominant men, adventure, humor, evil villains and a talking cat? Well here is an excellent book for you to try.” Laurie

Happily Ever After Reviews
The readers will find themselves snickering and crying with the characters. I highly recommend this book. Read it, go get it right away. ” Hunter