Romance Anthology Name Change and a Tantalizing Excerpt

Ready for Pre-order and to be released April 21, 2019, is a sexy short story anthology. Formerly titled, Fairy Tales & Steamy Nights, the authors wanted something sexier, naughtier to draw you in.

After Dark

10 Classic Fairy Tales and Legends rewritten by 10 exciting romance authors with heat from sweet to a full-on inferno. Careful reading some of these stories, you may just get burned…in all the right places.

Favorite fairy tales get a grown-up makeover. Exciting plots, sizzling passion and memorable love stories. Includes: The Ugly Duckling, Goldie Locks, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mother Hulda, Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, The Goblin King, and Snow White. Whether contemporary, magical fantasy or paranormal, they’re all romantic, passionate, sometimes funny, and always moving.

Here’s an excerpt from romance author RA Winter from her short story contribution, Forever, a retelling of Snow White.

FOREVER
BY RA WINTER
A contemporary retelling of Snow White, set on the rodeo circuit with
supernatural Native American mythology.
Sexual rating: Adult Content.
Excerpt:

Savanna mentally went over the evening’s events. For her
first season at the age of eighteen, she’d been ranked
number four. Last year, number two and this year, her prizes held her
at the number one spot so far.
No pressure there.

Rolling her shoulder to ease an aching muscle, Savanna skirted the
press as they snapped photos of Vanessa, her stepmother. The glow
on Vanessa’s face drank in their praises with each compliment. Her
stepmother had the honor of being the All-Time Best in the women’s
rodeo competitions.

And she never let anyone forget it.

Savanna wasn’t in it for the fame. Just the joy of the horses and
proving that a girl could be a cowboy with a bra.

Vanessa’s eyes lowered in a delicately coy manner as the press
spoke of her induction into the Professional Women’s Rodeo Hall of
Fame.

“Oh, that.” Vanessa shrugged off the praise with a sweet smile. “I
doubt any lady here could beat me.” She winked at the press.

Ugh.

One of the press members held up a gnarled hand. “Vanessa, we’re
hearing great things about your stepdaughter. Savanna’s winnings are
sneaking up on yours. She might be the one to knock you off your
standings.”

Vanessa fluttered her hands. “She’s not quite there yet.”

Yeah, and she would never get there if Vanessa had her way. Her
stepmother demanded she work during practice time.

“Yep, but she has more years left in her.” Ouch. Her stepmother’s
glare might just burst the man into flames.

Touchy about your age much, Vanessa?

“I was sidelined by an injury,” Vanessa answered. “Why, I could out
race her anytime. Even now.”

Chuckles rose from the crowd. Someone spotted her. “Savanna?
Savanna Gray? Give us a statement, please.”

Oh, crap.

Vanessa’s gaze grew dark as the press turned to snap photos.
Savanna forced a smile and ducked inside the stables with a wave.
She needed to get her horses settled well before the competition, and

Vanessa loved the limelight.

 

***Check out RA Winter’s other romantic works, with RomCom flare mixed just right with a touch of paranormal romance for the perfect witch’s potion for love.

https://www.amazon.com/By-RA-Winter/e/B00PMF26SC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

 

 

 

Calling All Authors in Need of Agents/Publishers…

Yes, you! The writer with the finished manuscript(s) that you keep revising while avoiding the hardest part of getting published if you fear the self-publishing road as I do…finding an agent or a publisher. Now, pay attention because there are a couple events coming up tailored for you.

Sorry for the late notice on this one, but there is a pitch party coming up on Twitter this Thursday, June 7 from 8 AM to 8 PM (EDT). It’s…

#PitMad from Pitch Wars!!!!

You can find everything you need to know right here at http://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

Essentially, it’s a pitch party on Twitter where you can tweet a 280-character pitch for your completed but unpublished manuscript. Literary agents and publishers will check in throughout the day to review tweets and will favorite a tweet if they are interested in receiving additional materials from the author(s).

Every unagented writer is invited to pitch. All genres are also accepted for tweets.

Now, there are some rules, which you can read on the link above to #PitMad. So I will trust all my wonderful author friends will check out the link and will ready your pitches.

One special rule of importance…do not favorite other authors’ tweets/pitches. This is just to be done by agents/publishers as their way of letting authors know they are interested in their manuscript(s).

But that’s not all…

Yes, there is much more…

Savvy Authors runs a quarterly pitchfest and there just so happens to be one coming up June 13-16, 2018. It’s called the 2018 Hot Summer Pitchfest and information can be found here https://savvyauthors.com/blog/2018-hot-summers-pitchfest-index/

There’s a few more rules to follow on this one, but they are easy to follow. Leave a 3-line pitch as a comment on their blog. No registration or membership or subscription required.

Main requirement is that your manuscript is 100% finished. No works in progress (WIPs).

There will be a lineup of literary agents and publishers participating in the PitchFest event. Check out the link above to research the ones best suited for your manuscript as well as the full list of rules.

Good luck, my lovely author friends and please keep me posted on your pitch results!

 

New Career Starts in 3…2…1

Yes, friends! You read that correctly. New career. As if I didn’t have enough going on in my life!

Leaving the professional world far behind a few years ago to move south and raise a family was the best decision for me, my five kids, my husband, and my elderly mom. They needed me. I needed them. The kids weren’t getting younger and neither was my mom.

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However, if I claimed the domestic life was pure bliss…well, you would all know I was lying. Seriously, I don’t like cleaning, cooking, gardening, and do not get me started about my feelings on mountains of laundry. I am NOT a domestic diva by any stretch of the imagination. I tried and it just didn’t take. Not saying my house is a pig sty or my children are running around in stinky clothes. They most certainly are not. All that stuff gets done, but for me at least it does not make for a full, satisfying life. I needed more.

Tried the school volunteering thing. I swear that I will be happy if I never step foot in another pumpkin patch again. Once the kids hit middle school, I vowed those days were over. Ha! Got suckered into the 7th grade field trip to a college three hours away just after I wrote that line. (UPDATE: Field trip reaffirmed that decision that “Just Say No” was the correct one.)

Did the sports’ team mom thing, too. With five kids, that became darn near impossible. Pee wee football team mom (okay, assistant team mom) was quite enough. Became the First Aid mom for the year-round travel baseball team up until that son finally said he was ready to try football. Oh no! Here we go again! Even when the hubby took on coaching responsibilities for the middle school wrestling team, I held up my hand and said “Absolutely NOT! Find another mom! I will NOT be the team mom!” Thankfully another wonderful lady stepped in, but being the coach’s wife comes with its own headaches.

All that kept me super busy, but still didn’t fit the bill. I needed something more. So what did I do? Went back to my first love of writing “in my spare time.” Started out ghostwriting.

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Worked my way up from marketing blurbs and website articles to cozy mystery and romance novels. Wonderful learning experience, but the need to see my own name on a manuscript took hold of my heart.

So I turned on my PC and typed out the first book in what I dreamed would be an urban fantasy series. That was the first in a zillion versions of that book. Seriously, the revisions were so numerous that I had to finally delete some versions to make room in my PC’s storage. Finally, I sent it to a professional editor who chopped it up some more (breaking my heart) and then commenced another series of revisions.

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Thought I was good to go, so I decided to get others’ opinions by subscribing to a fantastic website of authors helping authors. Scribophile. If you’re an author, or want to be one, do yourself a favor and get on this website NOW. If I’d joined earlier, perhaps I could’ve avoided about 50 revisions before sending to the professional editor.

Several years after starting the process, my first book is set to be published (no date yet as I am finalizing the book cover and some other odds and ends). Every author has their own style, their own pace. With me, my time is limited so years was what worked for me. However, I don’t recommend it. That story banged against my noggin all that time, day in and day out, every day.

My lessons learned?

  1. Scribophile would’ve sped up the process as I wouldn’t have wasted so much time revising on my own without opinions from others in the business.
  2. A professional editor is a must-have.

As for #2 above, I fancied myself a fantastic editor. After all, I can catch spelling and grammar errors better than a DNA test can answer “Who’s your daddy?” Seriously. Spelling and grammar drive me crazy because I constantly find mistakes in everything I read. I send marked up emails back to the principal and teachers of the schools here when I find mistakes (which is in everything they send out – DO NOT get me started on how that makes me crazy). I corrected the high school yearbook last year because it was just awful. I correct newspaper articles. I once sent back legal documents with corrections marked up in bright red ink.

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What does that tell me? I’m a born editor. With all the critiques given and received on Scribophile, I am much better at catching other writing issues now.

Too bad, I couldn’t see the flaws in my own 77K word manuscript. It needed another pair of eyes on it. It’s occupational hazard for writers. Our eyes naturally skip over what can be simply typos because our brain fills in what we know should be there.

Now why am I telling you all of this? Because I found my calling…editing. I will still write when time permits. But I am a kick ass editor naturally. In addition, I beefed up my editing skills by obtaining a certification in editing from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Whereas, I may still need someone else to proof my own writing before clicking the “publish” button on Amazon, I can be that set of eyes for you.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any editing services you may need.

I can be found on Facebook at KC Freeman https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015282787131

OR

Twitter @KCFreeman5 (https://twitter.com/KCFreeman5)

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