Visit Dawn’s Reading Nook – I’m featured author for July

screenshot dawn's reading nookI’m thrilled to be the featured author of the month on Dawn Roberto’s Reading Nook.

Click here to read my blurbs and an abbreviated bio.

I will say, you can get some good pricing on my books as well if you visit her site and click through to the books on Breathless Press or Amazon.

 

Dawn does so many things to connect authors and readers:

Senior Reviewer/Publisher liaison for Love Romances & More Reviews

Owner/Moderator of LR Cafe Yahoo Group & LR Cafe Facebook Group

Check out my personal blog, Dawn’s Reading Nook and it’s also a facebook group

Find me on Facebook and Twitter

I’m also going to interview her for later this month. She’s one of the first in-the-know folks I came across when I began writing fiction.

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Welcome to Kelly Ryan and her new release Taking Pleasure Where You Can

Sheri Kelly Ryan CoverToday, Let’s welcome Sheri Velarde who also writes under the pen name Kelly Ryan with her new release Taking Pleasure Where You Can. Sheri is a friend to many online and has been highly supportive of others in their work. Glad you stopped by, Sheri.

 

Thank you, thank you Dee Dee for letting my stop by your blog and ramble a little. I will try to keep on track, but you know me, I wander from time to time! Today I thought I would write a little about writers and self-doubt and the importance for us all to remember that we are not our art; our writing and creativity is but part of us.

I am an author, a writer and that is certainly one of the ways that I identify myself. I write, therefore I am a writer. But what about those times when I don’t write, when I struggle and self-doubt creeps in and tells me that I am not what I think I am, that I am a fraud, that if I’m not writing I am not anything. Or that if I haven’t published anything in a while that someone might come and take away my author title. Both of these ideas a silly of course, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought them from time to time.

You see this year I have not been hitting my writing and publishing goals like I had planned, life got in the way and I fell behind. Happens to us all from time to time. I’m not going to lie, between health issues, a death in the family, never ending bills and my lack of writing, well I got to a pretty dark spot. But that is when I came to this little bit of wisdom, I am not my writing alone. I am not my illness. I am not a lot of things. I am Sheri, ok sometimes Kelly too, and I am a lot of awesome things! I am a survivor, a sister, a daughter, an assistant manager at my day job, a fiancé, a doggie mom, and yes a writer and author even when the writing is not going so well.

A little change in perspective is all it takes sometimes to get us out of a funk. Have my problems vanished? Nope. Do I write everyday like I want to? Not always but I sure do try! But I feel better about myself and my life and writing are back on track. I have a new release, Taking Pleasure Where You Can, my first historical piece which makes it pretty exciting! I signed a contract for a novel. I am submitting again. Things are going better and I will keep plugging away to make sure that they continue to do so.

Blurbs from Taking Pleasure Where You Can:

John never thought that he would be the same after Pearl Harbor, then he set eyes on Imee and everything changed.

Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.

Click here to see her book online.

 

Excerpt:

Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.

Author Bio:

Kelly Ryan, aka Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and two dogs, and grew up with a fascination for all things that “go bump in the night”, so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance among other genres of romance. She is an avid exerciser and gets some of her best ideas while on runs. She also has a bit of a wild side, which only leads to inspiration for her writing.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living.

She is constantly putting out new material, so it is best to keep up with her on her website.

Kelly/Sheri is a multi-published author; you can keep up to date with all things Kelly Ryan/Sheri Velarde at: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.

 

 

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My romantic and spicy novel Arrival is underway again

I started writing Arrival a year ago. It’s my follow-up to my erotic novel Boarding and takes place about five years later.

I wrote a 23-chapter outline, wrote and re-wrote the first chapter and numerous chapters later. I worked and rewrote and reworked and wrote. And last fall the story simply died on me for a number of reasons that included non-fiction pursuits, too.

There was no flow and rhythm until a few days ago when a new opening struck me and I wrote 500 words and then I finished the first chapter with Points of View from three characters.

I’m excited again about Arrival and I look forward to this piece on a fashion designer and her views on true success.

Stay tuned and I’ll soon be giving away the first two chapters.

In the meantime, you can click here and enjoy some of my backlist stories from the publisher Breathless Press.

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My male-male romance short In His Sights has been accepted by Breathless Press for its Flirt line. Yea! BP’s got terrific editors and I’ve always appreciated those who have combed through my work. It’ll run between 7,000 to 8,000 words when it’s done and it deals with  a young enlisted man who becomes an expert in detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) yet his best friend and lover at the same base is killed on duty when a roadside bomb is detonated.

This story gave me the chance to dig deep into the emotions of a character and pair him with another man breaks through the shell he has created.

My stories are available through the Breathless Press site. Check it toward the end of each week for great sales.

What are you reading? Currently, I’m reading Jennifer Probst’s Executive Seduction. An enjoyable story and I like how she uses details to create an erotic tension between the characters. It’s a good study in what really makes a romance tilt toward the erotic. There’s definitely the classic tension between the woman and man—the two differing people who don’t belong on the same planet and yet they’re pulled together.

It’s nice to be back on the site here and updating you with my fiction.

 

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Male-male romance short story is submitted

I originally submitted a male-male romance In His Sights for an anthology project that got shelved. However, I just submitted the story to Breathless Press for its revived Flirt line. It’s a military story about a man harboring bitterness and needing the help of another to express his anger about a friend killed in the line of duty.

We’ll see how it goes. I made some revisions and sent it off. I look forward to sharing here in the near future.

Click here for my current reads on Amazon and my listing of titles on Breathless Press.

I was just on the Luscious Literaries blog today where author Lynn Chantale wrote a post about what she’s learned about being married.

Click here to read the post and my comment. And join in the conversation.

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Excerpt from Callan’s Pleasure, a male-male romance on My Sexy Saturday

Here is a 7 paragraph excerpt from my work-in-progress male-male romance Callan’s Pleasure. Callan is a young general manager at a resort in New Hampshire and he immerses himself in his world of work. When he meets a handsome guest who appears to be in a disgruntled relationship, Callan’s view of himself is challenged.

Would you like to be a Beta Reader? If so, email me at ddsymms@yahoo.com and I’ll send a draft at the end of January or early February. Rejoin the My Sexy Saturday blog hop Click here and view this Linky Tools list…or click here.

Excerpt

The thought of opening the door and seeing two men—why towels at this time of day? Damn. Wondering what could be on the other side of the door was captivating. “Oh, okay. I’ll be right back.” Callan did his best to sound disgruntled and took off quickly.

He stopped by housekeeping and grabbed the towels, moving as fast as he could so no one would have time to ask questions. He strode up the stairs, stretching his legs to take them two at a time and caught his breath on the fourth floor landing. There was something fun in all this. He was now a young veteran of the hospitality industry and typically dismissed the scenarios that could be happening on the other sides of the closed doors when he walked the hallways. Each guest deserved respect and privacy but Torrey apparently didn’t want either.

Room 424. Callan formed a fist and almost knocked. Should he announce housekeeping? No. “Front desk.” He deepened his voice to give an authoritative air and knocked twice. No answer. “Good morning.” He knocked again. Still nothing. It was against his propriety to leave the towels on the carpeting so he took his key and knocked one more time before opening the door and stepping inside.

The first thing that greeted him was a large piece of paper taped to the slim section of wall separating the bathroom to the right from the rest of the room. Thank you, Callan was scrawled in large red letters. He set the towels on the sink’s basin and trembled when he took the note. Excitement mixed with the feeling that he had been had in some sort of practical joke. On the other side of the paper was the comment, You’re a dear.

This was really stupid. A dear? There was no name written. Perhaps it was Torrey, but maybe it was the other guy and they were getting a good laugh at his expense. He grabbed the paper, scrunched it into a ball, and instead of throwing it in the trash can he stuffed it in his pocket. His imagination burst to life with the thought of Torrey in slacks and a dress shirt, partially unbuttoned, whispering you’re a dear while his lips and fingers traveled along Callan’s cheek and down his chest. Callan’s cock stiffened in response and he fought to eliminate the pretend sensual encounter.

He inspected the fire extinguisher and the ice machine on his way to the staircase to make it seem like there was something of importance and wash away the thought that he had possibly been used.

He got back in the lobby and went outside in the chill to grab a piece of wood and toss it on the fire. Suddenly, he felt vulnerable and was relieved that none of the guests walking in and out of the lobby were either of the two men.

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Seeking 4 Beta Readers for My Male-Male Romantic Comedy

Callan is one of the leading characters in my novel Boarding. I’ve had such fun with him and his partner Torrey that I’m writing a male-male romance on how they met. It’s currently titled Callan’s Pleasure.

Their personalities are quite different and there’s a bit of conflict and misunderstanding taking place.

I’m not sure what the total length will be but I expect about 15,000 words to 20,000 words.

If you’d like to be a Beta reader and give your feedback on the story then please email me at ddsymms@yahoo.com and put “Beta reader” in the subject line.

I’ll have a draft ready to go by the end of January and I’d love it if you could return any comments by mid-February.

Let me know and I’d love to connect.

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