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Author Sayde Grace On Characterization and Giveaways!

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Hello everyone!! I’m so excited about the new box set that I can barely wait to get to that part of the blog today! Argh, however let’s talk first. It’s been a little while since I’ve published anything so if you are an author and like me, I want to give you some advice, try going back to writing what you started with. I love paranormal books and love writing them, in fact after writing Chief Sin I started writing another paranormal. However, my passion when I started writing was sexy westerns. I grew up in the equine and cattle industry as well as rodeo life so it was natural for me to write about characters who lived in those settings. So if you’re in a writing slump and don’t know what to do I suggest first you go back to writing what you first feel in love with writing. For me, that’s my sexy westerns.

The second part of my post is about using your best assets to get you going again. For me that’s characterization. I tend to bring in every character in my book in about the first three pages. It drives my editors nuts and I have to work hard on not introducing too many people at one time, (I’m still guilty of this).  But in my defense as I’m writing and seeing the scenes in my head and the people gathered around I want my readers to know who all is there and what I’m seeing too. I’m just trying to get everyone involved J Yet, that doesn’t work out well. So what I’ve been working on is instead of bringing in all the characters I pick my main ones and build on them while sprinkling in my secondary characters along the way.  Using my strength I’ve really beefed up my writing, focusing on what I love and what makes the characters in my books so realistic. When building characters I give them everyday problems, even problems that are horrible and we don’t want to read about because reading is an escape for most of us. Yet, by doing that I’ve grounded the characters and made them believable while maybe even giving readers hope that no matter what they’re going through it could get better.
If you’re an author in a slump do what you love, what drew you to writing in the first place and focus on one strength you have. If you’re a reader, never forget to let the author of your favorite books know what you loved about it. Those comments help us more than you know. Thanks for reading my posts and hope to hear from you all.
Here’s my contribution to the Brought To His Knees Collection:
Chief Sin:
A taste of Sin isn't enough. Instead she wants all of hims, including the heart she broke.
Blurb:
Mavis Tanem has the world at her feet. She’s young, wealthy, and independent, yet none of that means anything. Years of seeking revenge against her father have left her cold and hard. There’s no place in her life for softness—for love. Yet when her brother goes missing she’s forced to go back to where it all started. And back to Bowie Sinet, the man she broke.

The devil was back in Tanem, Texas and Bowie is ready for the smart-mouthed and sexy as hell woman who’d torn his heart to pieces. As sheriff he’s used his handcuffs for a lot, but what he wants to do with them and Mavis might just be against the law, in more ways than one.

A single night is too much and yet not enough for either of them. They both know it’s too late to change the past, but maybe together they can exorcise the ghosts that haunt them, and find some peace.

Brought To His Knees
The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

Thank you to everyone involved in this project, its been wonderful and I hope you all enjoy all the stories, not just mine. To find out more about me please follow the links below:

A native of South Alabama Sayde Grace was raised among the cotton fields and dirt roads of the
south. She has a deep love and appreciation for the rural communities and uses her experiences of small town life in her books. A lifelong story teller, Sayde began writing full time two years ago and has written five full length manuscripts which range from romantic suspense to young adult and even erotica. In each of her five books she uses her experiences in farming, ranching, or rodeoing to make the story setting believable. Growing up in the equine and cattle industry have given her a behind the scenes knowledge of the industry. Sayde is currently enjoying and loving life in beautiful South Alabama with her husband and two young children. She is published with The Wild Rose Press and Siren Publishing.

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30 comments:

  1. Best of luck with the new release, Sayde!

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    1. Thanks, I'm so excited to be in such a great box set!

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    1. Thank you. I hope my advice helps. And thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  3. Wonderful advice! Congrats on the box set release!

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    1. Thanks, I couldn't be more thrilled about the box set if I tried! And thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. Awesome blog! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Sabrina, and I can't wait to get a chance to sit down and read some more of your stories!!!

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  5. Going back to what you love is great advice.

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    1. Thanks, it worked for me so I hope it will work for others. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Can't wait to read my way through the box set SaydeGrace. I've heard that editors don't like a whole heap of characters introduced on the first few pages, but I can understand your enthusiasm. Loved reading about you.

    Hi Kelly!

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    1. Megan Records actually gave me the advice years ago but I still struggle with not including everyone at one time :)

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  7. Such good advice! Writing what we love is always important and heading back to our roots when we need a boost is brilliant :)

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    1. Thanks, and I really needed a boost.

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  8. Great characterization makes or breaks a book (or TV show) for me.

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    1. I totally agree. It can really make or break an author to me. Hope I make it :)

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  9. Great tips and advice. I love writing paranormal romances too. I tend to introduce too many characters at once as well. I guess I have to fix that. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

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    1. LOL, it may work for you. It didn't for me though. And thank you so much!!

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  10. Hi Kelly - and thanks for introducing Sayde ... her box set looks like a great read with that mix of Southern characters added in ... good luck with sales etc .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, I'm in love with all the stories in the box set. I'm beyond lucky to be included in it with the other authors. And several of us are from the south so of course we had to include the good ole southern flair!

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  11. Good luck with your book sales Sayde Grace, and thanks for your comment on my blog.
    JB

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for commenting too :)

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  12. As characterisation is just as important if not more so than plot to me I was interested to read what Sayde had to say about the writer using their best assets. Great post, thank you.

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    1. Thanks Tracey, characterization can really help or hurt. Hopefully I'm doing it right!!

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  13. A box set! That's a lot of books. Thanks for the great interview. Sounds like a great set of books.

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    1. Thanks! It's over 800 pages of hot stories from fantastic authors! And only for $0.99. I just can't brag enough about this set! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  14. Thanks so much Kelly for having me here today. I'm sorry I am late commenting, alas the day job got in the way :(

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  15. I like when the tough Alpha male is brought to his knees!

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  16. Ooh! Men are best on their knees, my humble opinion. ;)

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  17. What a fun post! Great advice about falling back on our strengths. :) Wishing Sayde the best of luck.
    ~Jess

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