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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Writing Processes Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

Today I will talk about something that I don't like to talk about. My writing processes.

A big thank you to the generous and talented K. M. Scott for inviting me to take part in this Writing Process Blog Tour. There are only four questions, but they'll give a little insight into my writing and how I do it.


 
What am I working on?

I am currently working on Regency Risks #3 which I plan to title: Perilous Risk.
This will be a novel length work set in London, 1824 and will feature a new main couple. I plan to release this work in mid-June 2014.


How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t really like the way the question is asked. I’d like to focus more on improving and refining my own writing style than compare myself to others. Comparing ourselves to others, trying to impose uniform "rules" about writing processes and absolute terms like Pantser and Plotter and all these articles proclaiming "Things all writers MUST do now!"--- And aren't so many of these just too much distraction on the path? They make so much daily noise that one can no longer hear their own inner creative voice. If I have one resolution for this year, it is to try and be more faithful to my own path and to respect my inner voice more. How successful have I been at that so far? Well, I keep trying!

I tend to write about flawed characters. My heroines are often those who have trouble fitting into the society around them. Maybe they are painfully shy or maybe they are too impulsive or too bold. It really depends on the story that comes to me.

My stories tend to be shadowed by darker emotions and a little bit more of the grittiness of historical settings. I don't gloss over the historical views of marriage or the aspect of inequality between men and women and the overall inequality between social classes. I study a lot of social history and I have a real passion to explore and experience those elements in my stories. My historical studies give me such tantalizing glimpses into worlds that have passed away. I want to walk in my daydreams through those worlds.

Most of my stories contain graphic depictions of erotica and frank yet period appropriate sexual slang combined with a high level of emotional tension.

I used to just daydream and explore characters' lives for my own enjoyment. Eventually I began to feel a compulsion to write the stories down, to make them more real somehow. And my husband began to ask why I didn't try to publish these stories?

I didn't know if anyone else would really care to read my romances or not. I write a bit off-beat from the usual expected formula for a historical romance. More a Elizabeth Gaskell than a Jane Austen-like story world. (Just using those authors for reference on story tone, not attempting to compare myself to their talents or skill.)

However, in the spring of 2011, I submitted Grey's Lady. In April, Totally Bound Publishing (formerly Total-e-Bound Publishing) offered me a contract on Grey's Lady and then in May, Ellora's Cave offered me a contract on Waltz of Seduction.


I am currently focused on self-publishing.



Why do I write what I do?

I write the stories that come to me in daydreams. I spend time where I just allow myself to have vivid daydreams, I can see, taste, feel everything the characters feel, their every emotion echos in my heart and it can take a lot of energy to experience. If I can't get the daydreams coming like this, I won't be able to write that story. Not very well at least.

If I feel enough energy and interest for a particular story, I write down what I have daydreamed and then begin to develop it. Why do certain stories come to me? I am not exactly sure. Sometimes I explore a certain story more deeply and develop it into a novel because I want to experience that issue through the eyes of those characters. I want to learn what it feels like to be them, at that time, dealing with those issues right down in their guts. I write sometimes to entertain myself sometimes. I don't necessarily write to fulfill some kind of wish or fantasy of my own, I often write to understand the wishes and fantasies of others. I write to learn and grow.


How does your writing process work?

I research and then I daydream extensively and take notes. After that, I write a rough draft, and then I work on building the story progressively in layers. Then I ask for feedback from my critique partners and after that I edit extensively and revise as needed. I no longer keep hourly or daily word counts and I don't do timed "sprints" or "1k/1hr challenges." I find these things foster a mindset of word production that is counterproductive to the way my creative process works.

 Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great week.


 Next week, look for the following writers and their Writing Process posts:

Tarah Scott: Award winning author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance, and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.

Nicole GarciaHappily married and mother of four. I currently write Contemporary and Fantasy Romance, but will soon venture out into the Paranormal Romance genre. Hope you will join me in all the fun ahead.


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TRUST ME is currently #36 on the *Top 100 Hot New Releases* for Regency Historical on Amazon US.

Drama. Angst. Romance. Erotica.

"Mesmerizing characters, who I fell in love with in A Measured Risk. Their story is so emotional and consuming..."  5 stars from Lusty Penguin Reviews

Anne and Jon's story continues.




"This story...goodness. I know I can always count on Natasha to give me a story that is above and beyond what I usually expect in a historical romance." ~ 5 Stars by Sharonda of Salacious Reads. If you'd like to check out her review for Trust Me, please click here.



Amazon US
Amazon UK



TRUST ME, Regency Risks Book Two
Erotic Romance, Regency Historical, Light BDSM, Rubenesque








Alex's Angel, Erotic Romance

Georgian Historical Set in USA







Saturday, April 12, 2014

#NewRelease: TRUST ME (Regency Risks #2) now available at #Nook #Kindle #New #Erotica #Romance

Hello Everyone,

I am happy to say that Trust Me (Regency Risks #2) is now available at Barnes & Noble.


Would you like to hear more about TRUST ME? Please keep reading, otherwise, I hope you have a fabulous day. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alpha Male Madness: #BlogHop #Giveaway $100 #GiftCard ~ Erotic Regency Romance #BBW #Erotica

Alpha Male Madness Hop

 Hello and welcome to my stop on the Alpha Male Madness Giveaway Hop.

A big thank you to Anna of Herding Cats and Burning Soup for organizing and hosting this wonderful, sexy springtime madness event.


Alpha Males. You know you love em. And so do we! We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog. Stop by and check out which males are making us pant with all that sexy swagger they have going on.






A MEASURED RISK
 Regency Risks Book One

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.
Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2012

"A sensual & erotic historical #romance that gripped my heart." #NewRelease #Kindle


Hello Everyone,

Anna over at Herding Cats and Burning Soup recently gave Trust Me a beautiful written and very detailed review:

 "Blackthorne wowed me once again with a sensual and erotic historical romance that gripped my heart and had me falling even more for Jon and Anne as they fought to keep their happily ever after...seriously lip-biting-toe-curling good...a vivid world you could practically taste and feel and I loved the emotional journey it took me through." ~herding cats & burning soup

The entire review is very in depth and I believe it really captures the very essence of the story, right down to the nuances and subtext. If you'd like to read it, please click here.



TRUST ME is currently #36 on the *Top 100 Hot New Releases* for Regency Historical on Amazon US.




Would you like to hear more about TRUST ME? Please keep reading, otherwise, I hope you have a fabulous day. :)


5 Stars: "Above & beyond what I usually expect in a historical #romance." #New #Kindle


Hello Everyone,

(This is a re-blog because something strange happened with the original.)

I am so honored to share this. Salacious Reads gave Trust Me a video review. This is my first review by vblog. I was so touched by this that I was just really speechless.

"This story...goodness. I know I can always count on Natasha to give me a story that is above and beyond what I usually expect in a historical romance." ~ 5 Stars by Sharonda of Salacious Reads.

 
The video review itself is just wonderful, heartfelt and funny, too. It is another review that captures the emotion and tone of the story right down to the nuance level, I believe. I always enjoy Salacious Reads' video reviews, they are in-depth, real and friendly. If you'd like to check out her review for Trust Me, please click here.


If you'd like to know more about Trust Me, please keep reading.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TRUST ME (Regency Risks #2) a Top 100 Hot #NewRelease: #Kindle Historical #Erotica #Romance

Thank you so much to everyone who supports me.


TRUST ME, (Regency Risks #2) slipped onto the Best Selling List for Regency Historical, again. :D

As of the moment of this posting: TRUST ME is ranked on Amazon US at #93 in Books > Romance > Regency

TRUST ME is also currently #34 on the *Top 100 Hot New Releases* for Regency Historical.




Would you like to hear more about TRUST ME? Please keep reading, otherwise, I hope you have a fabulous day. :)


Monday, April 7, 2014

#NewRelease: His by Sunrise by @talinaperkins #GiftCard #Giveaway ~ Erotic #Romance #Sexy

Hello Everyone,

Today it is my pleasure to host the lovely, talented Talina Perkins. She's showcasing her new release: His by Sunrise. Check out the gorgeous cover. <3


http://www.amazon.com/Sunrise-Sexy-Siesta-Talina-Perkins-ebook/dp/B00JENV5JO





SEXY SIESTA, #1
AVAILABLE: APRIL 2, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance


Overview
Isabella Marie thinks putting Blake in her rearview mirror will save them both from certain heartache. But when the sudden death of Blake’s father brings the Marine home before she can make her escape, Isabella is forced to acknowledge leaving Blake isn’t something she’s ready to do.

Honor bound by a promise to keep his hands off his best friend’s sister, Captain Blake Mitchell can look but never touch the only woman that lights his world on fire. Blake’s desires burn hotter than ever, but will he be able to throw away his late best friend’s trust to capture Isabella’s heart? If this mission fails, he’ll be stripped of the only woman he can ever love.


Pick Up Your Copy At:
Amazon: US, UK, CA, DE, AU

 B&N


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Keeping Secrets by @KiruTaye #Romance #GiftCard #Giveaway

 

Happy Sunday Everyone, 

I am hosting author Kiru Taye. She writes sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters set in colorful and vibrant Africa.

She's showcasing the gorgeous cover and a couple of teasers for her upcoming release: Keeping Secrets.



Keeping Secrets
By
Kiru Taye
Series: The Essien Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Multicultural
Length: Full length novel
Release date: May 12, 2014


The Essien Trilogy – Series Blurb

Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction under the African skies.

The Essiens are the kings of African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the African continent. Yet all is not as it seems as the three brothers—Felix, Mark and Tony—soon discover when their family is rocked by secrets and scandals. Blood ties or not, family is family.
If you like your book boyfriends to be tall, dark and handsome billionaires, then say hello to the Essien brothers.

KEEPING SECRETS – Blurb

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed but is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them.

However would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

Teasers



About Kiru Taye

A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she’s still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book. During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters. When she’s not writing or reading, she’d hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.

You can reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com

Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com

Link to her Amazon author page

GIVEAWAY!

For a chance to win a free copy of Keeping Secrets or a $10 Amazon gift certificate, check out Kiru’s Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble  

~ New Release! ~ 

Erotic Romance, Regency Historical, BDSM Lite, Rubenesque Heroine

http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Regency-Risks-Natasha-Blackthorne-ebook/dp/B00J4Z61T6%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJBDF5XQBATGDX4VQ%26tag%3Dspea06-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00J4Z61T6

Alex's Angel, Erotic Romance

Georgian Historical Set in USA

Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrate #Romance! #BlogHop #Giveaway #Erotica


Hello and welcome to my stop on the Celebrating Romance Blog Hop!
A big thank you to Fanged Fantasy for organizing and hosting this event.

I write erotic historical romance, so if you're looking for emotional love stories combined with ertoica in a historical setting, you're in the right place.

My idea of a great romantic evening would be to get all dressed up and go out for a steak dinner at a quiet, dimly lit restaurant and then to take a long walk along the shoreline. And then go see a movie.

(Okay, so I have been married almost 25 years and I am just as likely to opt for getting into my PJS, ordering a pizza, watching a movie and then listening to all the music that reminds me and my husband of all the memories we share.) 


My Giveaway!

Enter to win a Kindle or Nook copy of any of my e-published works. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter and be a current USA resident. To enter, please make a comment. I'll giveaway one e-book per every ten individual readers who enter.

Good luck and you all have fun on the hop!






"I really enjoyed A Measured Risk. It was fresh, steamy, emotional and just a heart touching romance between two very unique characters...


There are some holy hell make you fan yourself moments and some sweet ones too which totally worked for me.

All in all, an excellent historical erotica that'll spice up an evening in. They were really just a great pairing and I enjoyed their time together in and out of the bedroom." ~ Review by Anna of Herding Cats and Burning Soup.






Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble 

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.
Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2012


It's Raining #Romance Books! ~ #Giveaway #BlogHop, #Erotica



Hello and welcome to my stop on the Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop.
A big thank you to Stuck-in-Books for organizing and hosting this event.

I write erotic historical romance, so if you're looking for emotional love stories combined with ertoica in a historical setting, you're in the right place.


My Giveaway!

Enter to win a Kindle or Nook copy of any of my e-published works. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter and be a current USA resident. To enter, please make a comment. I'll giveaway one e-book per every ten individual readers who enter.

Good luck and you all have fun on the hop!






"I really enjoyed A Measured Risk. It was fresh, steamy, emotional and just a heart touching romance between two very unique characters...


There are some holy hell make you fan yourself moments and some sweet ones too which totally worked for me.

All in all, an excellent historical erotica that'll spice up an evening in. They were really just a great pairing and I enjoyed their time together in and out of the bedroom." ~ Review by Anna of Herding Cats and Burning Soup.






Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Deepened & Fully Re-edited! A Measured Risk, Now Just $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble 

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.
Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2012


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