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Point of View—What IS It? How to Find the Perfect Voice for YOUR Story

kfzuzulo:

If you’re a writer, start taking notice of who’s telling the story in the books you read. It’ll help you establish the voice in your own writing. Read Kristen Lamb’s explanation of Point of View…

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Geiko Caveman.

Geiko Caveman.

Monday, we talked about the Three Acts of a Writer’s Journey. The first hint we might be tipping into The Apprentice Phase is we hear the word P.O.V. and panic. What is THAT? Prisoners of Vietnam? Pets of Vegans? Pals of Viagra?

We ALL know writing a novel is FAR from easy. We just make it look that way ;) .

Today, I’m putting on my editor’s hat. Many of you decided to become writers because you love to write. Duh. I’ll even bet most of you, back when you were in school, also made very good grades in English. Thus, you might assume that you naturally know how to write a novel that is fit for successful publication.

Maybe you do. But, if you are anything like me when I started out? You might not know as much as you think you do.

Why?

Our high…

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What’s the First Thing You Notice about Someone?

The first thing I notice about somebody is their eyes. Not necessarily what color they are or how clear and unblinking (that might strike me, actually, because it would be a bit creepy.) No. What I notice is HOW they look at me…direct and steady or dim and dodgy. I write about this whole process of how we engage with people through visual appeal in my column for BTS Magazine. The column is a regular feature called Forever Young. This month’s title is “The Eyes Have It.” 

Check it out. What’s the first thing you notice about someone?

My YA column Forever Young: The Eyes Have It appears in BTS Book Reviews [July-August issue] on page 141.

Dangerous Devotion

…it’s what happens when you love somebody who can get you into trouble. It’s also the name of my new book. If you know Dangerous Devotion_101nightsabout me as an author, then you know this latest book is probably about a genie. And you would be right. But the strong, fierce and passionate jinni in this case is a female. Amani Zarin will do anything to save her homeland…even when it means wedding one of the detestable humans. This particular human turns out to be not so detestable. First of all, he doesn’t smell like gravel, as most humans do to the jinn. Jason Masters has a scent of thyme and woodchips. Against her better judgment, Amani soon finds that it’s a scent and a man who is irresistible. What happens when a jinni and a man get together? Find out in the pages of Dangerous Devotion, from Boroughs Publishing Group

It just released today –*so exciting*– so you’ll find it at All Romance eBooks and Amazon. Soon coming to Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. I wish you would download it. Your support makes it worthwhile.

Love and kisses,

Kellyann

Next One Coming

There are genies on the horizon.

There are genies on the horizon.

As I mentioned earlier, I finished the book and turned it in to my editor on Monday. What next? Will the book appear like magic on your bookshelf? Well… no. This is the fourth book in the 101 Nights series of Romantisodes that I am writing for Boroughs Publishing Group. The title is Dangerous Devotion. It’s a climactic story because the fifth and final book is next. But before that happens, I will get edits back on DD, polish the story, and send it off again. The book will be designed and proofread, given an ISBN number and submitted to the online bookstores. THEN, you will be able to pick up a copy. I’ll let you know when that is.

Thanks for reading!
Kellyann

Summertime and the Livin’ is … Intense!

Be as watchful as the coyote, and good things will come...

Be as watchful as the coyote, and good things will come…

As I’m sure all of you can relate… it’s been a busy summer! In June, I was picked up by Word|Link Literary Agency. They say they “would love to” represent my novel GNAW (a thriller about a genetically altered coyote set loose in a Long Island town. Get your rabies shot!). And after much searching for the right agent (and, yes, many rejections, but also several acceptances that just didn’t feel right), I would love them to represent me. So, what do we do in America? We sign contracts. I am officially signed with Word|Link and look forward to a prosperous and fulfilling relationship with the great folks at Word|Link who care about stories and good writing.

I’ve also been working as a book editor for a really stellar publisher in Boston called SDP Publishing Solutions. If you’re a first-time author with a book and know that your story deserves to be told (and whose doesn’t?), get it out there yourself. And I just may be the editor who helps you bring it to bestseller quality. Check in with publisher Lisa Akoury-Ross and ask for me. ;)

summer on peconic bayJust this past Monday, I gave MY editor at Boroughs Publishing Group the fourth book in my 101 Nights series. It’s called Dangerous Devotion and I think it’s the best one yet. But don’t take my word for it. Please check for yourself: Start with the first book in the series, To Have and To Hold. You can get it on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Kobe, or iBooks. Follow that with Reluctant Rapture and Ties That BindDangerous Devotion will be out soon. Stay tuned to this site for more info. The jinn are here … all you have to do is look around.

These things didn’t all happen in a summer. I’ve worked hard for years to study language and writing, read-read-read, write the books, stay sharp in my craft. It’s paying off. The tag line: Hang in there! I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this summer.

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

There’s that Genie Again….

GenieSmolders_smallLibrary Journal wrote that The Genie Smolders has “authenticity and depth.” Find out for yourself. You can download the novel today to your ereader.

GS reviews on Amazon

Meanwhile, Zubis is appearing in multiple social media sites this weekend. He must have had a booster shot. Catch a ride with him.

http://www.thepopculturedivas.com/2014/03/they-were-destined-to-love-for-all-time.html

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/211669251210865654/

http://therevolvingbook.com/2014/03/07/the-genie-smolders-by-kellyann-zuzulo-paranormal-romance-fiction/

Thanks for reading!

I’m working on the next book in the 101 Nights series.

Best wishes,

Kellyann

2013 Popular Topics: The Jinn Win

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Hi Guys,

Seems WordPress does a really cool annual report for its bloggers, which I only just discovered. What I like about this is that it tells me what topics were the most popular. Much as I would like the posts about my books for sale to have knocked your socks off, it turns out that folks like facts about the jinn. Me, too. So that’s a good thing. Rest assured I will have more posts this year about the jinn, where and how they live, and how they became a myth….because we all know they’re real ;)

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Read the full article by clicking the link.

Read the full article by clicking on the teens.

When you’re writing or reading in Young Adult, there are some things to look for.

Click on the link to connect to BTSe Mag and my column on Young Adult fiction and how kids today talk…

Sassy vs. Trashy

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

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Do You Still Love Your High School Crush?

My YA story, starting on page 103 of the January issue of BTS Book Reviews.

My YA story, starting on page 103 of the January issue of BTS Book Reviews.

WOVEN is my new YA short story that is published in the January issue of BTS Book Reviews magazine. When Maggie runs into her middle-school heart throb many years later, there’s just one question that concerns her: Does he remember me?

I think we all know that feeling. You want to believe that you’re unforgettable but, realistically, you also know that there is an army of your former classmates who you probably wouldn’t recognize if you had an open yearbook and a DNA kit. What are the chances that the kid you liked, liked you back? And what if you discover that, despite time and complications, a crush could morph into true love. Maggie has that chance. But she also has one of those major complications. The most major type of major…  Read Woven on page 103 of BTS Book Reviews magazine to find out if the threads of our lives can actually form a nice, cozy blanket for us when life is at its coldest.

I hope you enjoy the story and Happy New Year!

~Kellyann

THE GIFT AUTHORS LOVE MOST…

kfzuzulo:

Here’s a great round-up of stories for your holiday reading pleasure…and I do mean pleasure. ;) I’ll tell you what I loved about writing The Christmas Bottle.

Originally posted on PaulaMillhouse.com:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Romance Readers!

I LOVE authors, and a universal trait we share is how very much we love to share our stories, our special gifts, with our readers.

When I discovered Boroughs Publishing Group put together five special gift anthologies I sat down and asked the authors where their hearts were when they wrote their stories.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes compilation from the authors to my question:

Tell us what you loved most about writing your story in the anthologies.

A holiday bonanza: Ten stories set in different times and places, each telling the tale of people who found love through wishes or magic or luck, all on Christmas—except for one on New Year’s Eve.

Contains:

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