Q&A with Amber Daulton

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats.

Blurb:
Once you’re in a prison gang, you’re in it for life. That’s what Mason Harding thought until the boss accepted his resignation. After the State releases him on parole, a sexy divorcée behind the wheel of a car almost ends his life quicker than a shank. His chance encounter with Mia Eddison results in a night of passion, but her brother—his parole officer—catches them together and doesn’t approve.

Mia falls hard for the cocky ex-con, but not because of his chiseled body. She vows to break through his walls and discover his secrets, but never expects those secrets to threaten her life.

When members of an organized crime ring kidnap Mia to force Mason’s return to the gang, he goes up against an old friend to save the woman he loves. Will his sacrifice be enough or will everything fall apart in a blaze of gunfire?

Excerpt:
“Which one is your car?” She glanced around the crowded parking lot. A few streetlights pushed back the darkness and shadows. The restaurant served customers until midnight on the weekends, but no one loitered in the lot, at least from what Mia could see.

“Don’t have one at the moment.” Mason hooked his thumbs in the belt loops of his jeans. “I took the bus. It stopped a few blocks from here.”

“Would you like a ride?” She pulled the car keys from her purse. “I feel a little ridiculous we met here tonight. I just wasn’t sure if you were some kind of freak.”

His eyebrow lifted, and he closed the distance between them as a tiger would zero in on its mate. A sexy, masculine smile curled his lips. “Have you made up your mind yet?”

“I’ll let you know in the morning.” Desire trickled down her spine. Mia nodded toward the passenger side of the car for him to hop in.

He confiscated her keys instead to unlock and open the driver’s side door for her like a gentleman. Then he leaned closer and nuzzled her temple with his nose.

Not sure if he planned to seduce her in the parking lot or if he merely wanted to tease her, Mia pressed her hand to his chest and tried to think straight. “You’re the first guy I’ve gone on a date with since my divorce. I haven’t slept with anyone since Evan.”

He tunneled his fingers through her wavy, chestnut-brown hair. “I haven’t dated anyone in a long time either. We’ll take it slow or fast, whatever you want, but I promise you one thing. After I’m done with you, you won’t even remember that bastard’s name.”

Oh, God. She almost melted right then and there. “Fast. I want you, Mason.”

“Take me to your place and you can have me.”

Arresting Mason

Q&A
JNO: My blog focuses on creativity in general. What is your creative/writing process?

AD: I like to daydream first, then plot in as much detail as possible—either on paper or the computer, doesn’t matter to me. I often get new ideas in the middle of the first draft and sometimes the second draft, so the characters just take over the story for a while, and I have to find a way to reel them back in and get the story back on track. On average, I can usually write a novella (15 to 35k WC) in maybe a month or so. For a full length novel (80k plus), it usually takes three or four months to finish the first draft. I have ten books published so far, the eleventh book is currently in edits, and there are several more manuscripts collecting digital dust on my computer.

I try to write a little every day, but it can be difficult. Life happens. Trust me. Even if I can’t get to the PC to write, I’m always plotting my current or future story in my head.

I don’t have children—so no distractions there—but my cats are demanding little creatures, so I have to appease them. My husband Gregory is the cook in the household, so luckily I don’t have to worry about fixing my meals. Otherwise, I’d probably go hungry. Anyway, I usually start writing early in the morning and keep going until the afternoon, but of course I have little breaks in between.

JNO: What prompted you to write this book?

AD: Arresting Mason is a redemption story about a flawed man struggling to right his wrongs and finding love in the most unexpected of ways. I came up with the main plot—a feisty divorcée starting a HAWT relationship with a tattooed ex-con—in a little place called dreamland. I’m always the leading lady in my dreams, and I fell head-over-heels in love with a mysterious former gang member. After I awoke from that seriously mouthwatering dream, I couldn’t stop thinking about Mason, his past, and his current problems. His seductive voice kept whispering to me, urging me to write about him, so I wrote out a rough plotline and quickly finished the manuscript I was already working on. I’ve changed quite a bit in the story from what happened in the dream, but the main premise has remained the same.

I originally wrote this book for a bad boy anthology call, but I had exceeded the maximum word count and still wanted to add more scenes by the time I finished the first draft. So I forgot all about the submission call and kept revising this story until I was finally happy with it. At long last, the manuscript clocked in at 80 thousand words and sparked ideas for more books. It’s now book one in the Arresting Onyx series, a five-book series about five sexy men—brothers in blood and in life—and the stubborn women they can’t live without.

JNO: What advice would you have for anyone starting to write their first book?

AD: Writing is the easy part and it’s only half of the work. Handling rejections and bad reviews with finesse is a must, taking care of marketing and publicity demands is a handful but a requirement, and writing your next book while dealing with everything else is cause to bring out the vodka. But ‘tis the life of an author. You gotta love it, and I do with all my heart.

Make friends with other authors and readers via social media. Don’t be shy. Start a blog even if you aren’t published yet, so you can join blog tours. A tour is a great way to get a free ebook as long as you write a review and post it on your blog. The author’s readers will then come to your blog to read the review. They’ll know YOUR name, and that’s what you want—to get your name out there.

Just keep trying. I know it sounds cliché, but there’s nothing else to do. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed. Period. Keep your hopes up, take rejection letters in stride, and if a publisher or editor gives you feedback on why he/she rejected your work, listen to their feedback. They know what they’re talking about.

JNO: Also, where can people find you and your book?

AD: If you want to learn more about me, Arresting Mason, or my other books, please click on the links below. As you can tell, I hang out on several social media platforms, so feel free to message me, follow me, or send a friend request. I’d love to meet you!

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39005064-arresting-mason

Amber Daulton

Buy Links
Amazon – http://amzn.to/2ppcmEJ
Barnes and Noble – https://bit.ly/2uOj90J
iTunes – https://apple.co/2FVAQMP
Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/arresting-mason
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2Izu3cZ
The Wild Rose Press store – http://bit.ly/2FSVvBa

Buy Links for Audio
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Nbwr03
Audible – https://adbl.co/2CV6oVU
iTunes – https://apple.co/2NHwMqA

Social Media Links
Blog – http://www.amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com
Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AmberDaulton1
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/amberdaulton5/
Goodreads – www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624921.Amber_Daulton
Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/14JoZff
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/amberdaultonauthor/
Book Bub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/amber-daulton
Book Gorilla – https://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00ALQITWY/amber-daulton/kcc
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/amberdaulton
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/pub/amber-daulton/87/538/368 
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmberDaulton
The Wild Rose Press – https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/2362_amber-daulton

Get “Twitter”pated Quick Update

twitterpated front cover 2

Due to some technical difficulties and (more than a little) operator error, the Kindle promotion for Get “Twitter”pated: A Writer’s Handbook to Twitter is set to start tomorrow, October 14. It will run though Thursday, October 18.

The sale on the paperback will also run through Thursday.

Kindle: free starting Sunday
Paperback; $5.99

Book Spotlight: Get “Twitter”pated

twitterpated front cover 2First, I have to state the obvious. I missed my own deadline. But I have a good reason for it.

Let’s just say the process of moving my books over from CreateSpace to KDP wasn’t as seamless as I originally thought. But that’s beside the point now because everything is done and I will spare you the details of it all.

Get “Twitter”pated: A Writer’s Handbook to Twitter (2nd Edition) is finally available! The main updates include new specifications that Twitter now has and new/improved technology that wasn’t as widely available as when the book was initially released.

The original price for the Kindle ebook is $4.99. HOWEVER Friday through Tuesday it will be free.

Yes, free.

After Tuesday (October 16, 2018), it will go back up to $4.99.

Here is the blurb as listed on Amazon:

Get “Twitter”pated: A Writer’s Handbook to Twitter (2nd Edition) is a guide to help writers get started on Twitter. Information is presented in a conversational manner with room for readers to write out their responses as they plan their user names, profile pages, and application preferences. In addition, GET “TWITTER”PATED includes:
1. Workbook pages for planning their Twitter presence.
2. Do’s and Don’ts from other writers and social media experts on Twitter.
3. Appendices listing people mentioned in the book, a glossary, and book publishers on Twitter.
4. Descriptions of hashtags and how they work, Twitter search, chats, and third-party clients.

Kindle: $4.99
Paperback: $9.99

 

 

Coming Up: Guest Posts

One of the things I have been wanting to do here is to have some guest posts. To that end, I have some coming up pretty soon.  I only have a few currently planned, but if you want to share a post with us, here’s how you can do that:

If you’re interested in writing a guest post for my blog, I’d love to have you. You can check out my site and decide from there. It’s at www.jennippsonline.com.
My focus is on creativity, regardless of what form that may take, whether writing, cooking, painting, or something else. I love hearing about projects people are working on, how they discovered their creativity, and/or their creative process.
Requirements:
  • Posts should be around 500-800 words.
  • Have at least one image.
  • Include a short bio.
  • Provide a link to your blog/website/social media platforms. (If you just have one of these, that’s fine.)
  • Provide a head shot you would like to go with your post (optional).
  • Promote your post anywhere you wish.
  • Check in from time-to-time on the day your post goes live to respond to comments.

What I’ll do:

  • Schedule your post for a future date.
  • Inform you of the projected date.
  • Remind you on the day it goes live.
  • Promote your post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
If you decide this is something you would like to do, you can send it to me at jennippsonline@gmail.com with “Guest Post” in the subject line.

 

There’s an App for That

In today’s world, it seems like there is an app for everything. Want to learn Spanish? Download Duolingo. Want to meditate? Download Insight Meditation. Want to connect to social media on the go? Download Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram…. You get the idea.

There are even apps for increasing your creativity. My friend and neighbor Richard recently told me about a new (to me) one.

Oblique Strategies.

Screenshot of Oblique Strategies app info page in the Play Store for Google.This is the one I downloaded and installed on my phone.  If you have an Android device, you can click and install it. The one for iPhone is different.

But… What are Oblique Strategies?

It is a system of cards developed by Brian Eno to develop and encourage the use of creativity as applied to various situations. The cards were originally published in 1974.

The strategy that is currently up on my phone is “Twist the spine.”

I would not be surprised to find we all have different reactions to that phrase. (My initial reaction, considering I’m finally almost well from my last episode of back pain) is Ouch. That may or may not be useful in creating something. Who knows? Now I’ll probably have to try it.

At any rate, tools, techniques, and strategies for increasing our creativity can be found pretty much everywhere.

And, yes, there’s an app for that.

I’m Glad Roseanne Got Canceled: Stand Against Hate

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the ABC sitcom Roseanne was canceled following a racist Tweet Roseanne Barr posted. I won’t repeat it here. If you missed it, even though the tweet itself has been deleted, there are plenty of stories about it that you can find out what it said.

I’m glad the show was canceled.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that put other people (cast and crew alike) out of work. I also believe that would make for a toxic work environment. When someone above you — a manager, boss, or the star of a show — endorses such racism, bigotry, and hate, the continuation of that person’s employment is tacit acceptance/encouragement of their viewpoint.

ABC definitely did right by canceling the show.

Not only that, I think it’s past time for people — possibly especially writers and other people with any kind of platform (that means EVERYONE with a Facebook account or other social media) — take a stand and speak out against the current culture of racism, bigotry, misogyny, ableism, sexism, genderism, etc.

This is my stand.

I am legally blind. I have been on the receiving end of ableism more times than I care to count. I fully understand those who require the use of a wheelchair experience it more than I do.

In the past, I have accepted it as “the way things are” and kept on keeping on. That is not to say it didn’t hurt, though.

You know the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”?

That’s a huge lie.

Words matter. They can hurt or (help) heal. It’s way past time we realize the power words have.

For anyone experiencing hate, racism, bigotry, or any other form of hate, I am an ally. I am taking a stand.

This has to stop.

I’m willing to do my part. Are you?