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Friday, 27 May 2016

#LifeBooksWriting : Character Inspiration

This weeks challenge is character inspiration. Where do I get mine? To tell you the truth, I'm not sure some of the time. I read excessively so I guess it comes from characters I've read. Pieces of them I've liked. A large part of it comes once you start writing too. Once you think of a plot, the characters just begin to form in your head. If I do a character sheet and begin to fill in all the blanks about the MC's, you begin to form a personality for that person. A lot of the time, my characters do things out of the blue as they come into my head. 

I am lucky enough to know some wonderful people in the industry. A couple of them being the cover model above, David Santa Lucia and the photographer who took the image, Eric Battershell. I saw the image and not having even finished the book, knew that David's look, epitomized the character. Sometimes it's a case of seeing and knowing someone and gaining inspiration from them. Does that make sense? 

Inspiration for characters also comes from within for me. It's just an all-knowing that this is how they are going to act or behave. This is how they are going to look. I feel as well as think. 
I've met so many different people who all have their own unique personalities so I can draw on that from my memory and use pieces of many people to create a different one.

by Amanda Mackey

Life is sweet in The Sanctuary—until Lillian Harris is thrown the curveball of her life.

Lillian is perfectly happy cocooned within the lofty perimeter fence of The Sanctuary. Her Sanctuary—a vast oasis for rescued lions, tigers, and elephants. The animals are her world. So when Lillian’s dad tells her a nineteen-year-old criminal who’s fresh out of prison is coming to The Sanctuary as part of a rehabilitation program, Lillian is more than a little apprehensive. She interacts with animals more than humans—and definitely not criminals.

Justice Armstrong is more arrogant than a Silverback, but something darker lurks behind his eyes…

It isn’t until Justice swaggers toward her from the parole officer’s car—pierced, confident, and more than a little hot—Lillian knows she has her work cut out for her. His stare has the power to rob her of all thoughts. His words, although crude and nefarious, bring a part of her to life she never knew existed. How is this criminal suddenly turning her world upside down?

He has the power to drag her to the dark side....

Pain is his drug of choice, a vice he can’t survive without. Then he meets Lillian Harris. Little miss hellcat. Fiery, strong, and all woman. She challenges him at every damn turn, and watching her tame those fierce big cats makes his need for her that much stronger. He wants to do things to her…wicked things. She makes him crave pain in a whole new way.

When a teen with a dark past bumps heads with a feisty rescue worker, will it be love over lust—or a matter of life and death?


Amanda Mackey was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old with her family, where she has lived ever since. She has loved books since an early age and is an avid reader. This has helped lay the foundation for her writing. She's published 2 non-fiction books and has her a fiction novel titled, Instinctual out now. 
Instinctual is a 2 book series. Book 2 will be out Sept. 30 2014.
Amanda hopes to make writing her full time career.

Friday, 20 May 2016

6 Book marketing tips #LifeWritingBooks


1. You don't need to spend a fortune. I use fiverr a lot. You can pay people $5 to advertise your work on their social media accounts and newsletters

2.  Build your own subscriber base for your newsletter by running giveaways, promotions, giftcards etc and promote on all social media

3.  When you get some spare $$ use this for facebook ads to either promote your book links or your newsletter subscription page

4.  Engage your readers on your fan pages. Get to know them and build relationships. Respond in a timely and professional manner. 

5.  Readers like teasers and sneak peeks. I use Canva as I find it the easiest and it's free. 

6.  Write! Write as many books as you can! The more books you have out the more chance you have of getting noticed. If people like your work, they will read your other books!

Friday, 13 May 2016

My Latest Reads for Author Blog Challenge #LifeWritingBooks

 This weeks blog post is me sharing my bookshelf and latest reads.
I have way too many books on my bookshelf and not enough space as you will see from the first photo. I have books waiting on the floor in a plastic bag, not only to be read but to find a home somewhere among the clutter that is my bookcase. Not all of these books are fiction. There are quite a number of non-fiction books, recipe books and nutritional books. I get in moods where I change the genre I feel like reading so it differs from time to time.

I have many different genre's and authors on my bookshelf. Dan Brown, Val McDermid, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Virginia Andrews are typical on these shelves. My special books which consist of Paranormal Romance and Erotica are reserved for a separate bookcase. Typically if I'm going to buy a paperback in a store, I'll search for Paranormal Romance first and yet when I search for books for my Kindle, I typically download contemporary romance. 

The current book I'm reading is Undone by Callie Harper. A contemporary Bad Boy Rocker romance.


Friday, 6 May 2016

#LifeBooksWriting: My Writing Room

 I am participating in the #LifeBooksWriting challenge. The first one being My Writing Room.
Below is what I call My Writing Room. It is a room and it's where I write! 

Yep. This is where the magic happens! Or where the procrastination happens! It's 'my space'. A place where I can shut the door, gather my laptop and lounge back on pillows. Not ideal for some but without a dedicated study/office, this is the next best thing. I get to work in bed! Ha! Of course this isn't my ideal writing space but we do what we can with what we've got right? 

It's comfortable and I can shut the door on what's going on in the rest of the house and focus with a cup of coffee and the sun streaming in through the window. I have two teenagers whom are at school during the day so this is my quiet time to get things done. 

My dream office would be a room surrounded by bookshelves on each wall with an old-fashioned writing desk as the central focal point and a large window overlooking a rural expanse. One can only dream!


Sunday, 1 May 2016

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Coming May 10th from Limitless Publishing

A Sydney West Novel, Book 2
Cover Designer: TOJ Publishing Services


Sydney West’s new relationship might have survived Malibu, but her transformation from party girl to girlfriend isn’t complete…

Sydney is back in Arizona, and with the fall semester at her doorstep, doubts about her so-called summer love start to plague her. A good girl can only stay good for so long. Jason King changed her and made her wonder if love was real. But now, far from his charm, and with the party scene on campus in full swing, the magic is fading…

Jason isn’t willing to let distance drive a wedge between them…

A surprise reunion and a romantic cabin getaway is enough to reignite their summertime spark, but Sydney isn’t convinced this whole monogamous, meeting-your-parents thing Jason wants is possible. No boy has ever met her mother. Then, when a sudden family tragedy strikes, it sends her spiraling into her old habits of booze and boys.

Sydney can only hide from her past for so long…

In the fog of drowning her sorrows, Sydney realizes her former party lifestyle won’t make her happy. Her one-night stands ended with Jason. As much as she wants to believe in that far-fetched fairytale ending, she’s afraid if Jason finds out about all her summer boys, he will abandon her just like her father did.

Jason refuses to settle for the superficial shell Sydney keeps between them, though, and is determined to…

Break Down Sydney once and for all.



Brittney Coon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Film and Media Production. Brittney has always been creative and turned to writing to share the stories playing through her head. In her spare time she reads, watches Friends, attends rock concerts, and hangs out with her cats. She currently lives in Arizona.