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For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all...

As with most of his family, Derrick Ashton knows his future and what position he's destined to fill within his unique society. Everything changes, however, when he breaks one of his family's strictest laws and falls in love--with a human.

In his quest to protect the woman he can never have, a twist of faith propels him into a new role that will cause dissension among his family and endanger the anonymity that they've strived for thousands of years to protect.

Now, he will risk everything to save the girl from humans and his own kind. The one thing he can't save her from, however...is herself.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe.



What do you do when you can’t find the motivation to write? #AmWriting...or maybe I'm not...



I’m not talking about writer’s block. That was a different post.

What happens when you know where you’re goingknow what scene you want to write next, but just don’t feel like it?

Sometimes, things that happen in my personal life twist me up in knots, and I just don’t feel it. Oh, I know I should be writing. I want to write. I just can’t seem to turn off all the distractions and just do it.

Well, writing a blog post about your issue is one answer. Posing the question to my writing community is one of the first things I do. Although, usually, I’ll wait for the answer to my dilemma before posting. After all, even though I asked the question that brought you here, I assume you’re here because you also want to know what to do when this happens to you.

Of course, if you’re here because you have an answer, please leave it in the comment section. What might work for some, might not work for others, so the more solutions to this dilemma, the better.

Okayso, here’s my answer.

Without a doubt, my number one solution to overcome my lack of writing is to read something in the genre I’m writing, something I normally cease to do, as I don’t want any interference in my story.

Call it jealousy, or what you may, but when I’m reading a supernatural book when I’m writing a supernatural book, my mind instantly wants to get back to writing. Whether I’m thinking (and I know it's terrible, but every author has thought it about at least one book that they've read), ‘I can write better than this’ or ‘why the heck didn’t I get this idea’, I swear it knocks me right back on-track, and I can’t wait to get to my keyboard.

So, what’s yours? I’m sure I’m not the only person who suffers with this ailment. Spill! Inquiring minds want to know.


Until next time, happy WRITING...not the opposite! J

Carmen


Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit one of my author pages, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.  And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by.


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Obsession, the domination of one's thoughts by a persistent desire... And a great theme...


Full definition: Obsession, the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc... 

An impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness...

And, DANG...it sure makes for good stories. 

When I started writing my first book, I had no idea that the central focus would be on obsession, and not just one obsession, but several. As I wrote the second, third, fourth, and fifth, I still hadn't realized it. When I looked back at my Southern Romantic-Suspense Collection, I realized each book had something in common: obsession. Whether the antagonist obsessed over a person or money, their obsession is what fueled the story.

Sometimes, in my stories, it looks as though the protagonist may be the one obsessed, but as one of my characters pointed out...

Names have been changed to protect the innocent--I mean, avoid spoilers. 

Excerpt from Entangled Dreams:


Who would’ve thought that her ex  would fight so hard for a woman who didn’t want him? As much as he  loved her, he would have let her go if that’s what she’d wanted. That was the difference between love and obsession. He loved her enough that he would have let her go. Her ex was obsessed with her so much that he couldn’t.


Ooh...that was a juicy tidbit. Let's see what else I can find.

Excerpt from She Belongs to Me:


“She doesn’t belong to you! You had your chance, and you blew it. She Belongs to Me!” Jordan seethed. “Now you want to return, and take what’s mine?”

Excerpt from Split Decisions:

What would happen if she found the right one, would it end then? Would this obsession be over? Would a normal, healthy life present itself? Was it insanity to mourn for what he’d never had?

Excerpt from When Noonday Ends:

She didn’t have to marry him. She was smart, she had great grades, and a chance of making more of her life than her mother had.
But when the prince of Ashville gets you pregnant and then claims undying love and that he’ll take care of you forever, how could she resist?
She just hadn’t known that the undying love meant that he loved her so much he’d eventually kill her.


Excerpt from Land of the Noonday Sun:


Well, I tried to pull an excerpt from Land of the Noonday Sun, but I couldn't conceal the guilty. But trust me when I say, "It's in there." It involves a gun, the antagonist thinking that would convince the parties that be that their love was a true love and not an obsession.

So, there you have it. Obsession, a popular theme for a novel, my novels anyway.

The Southern Romantic-Suspense Collection consists of five sensual and gripping novels set in the South, filled with love, betrayal, and obsession that will have you falling in love and wondering if you can trust anyone right up to the last page.

Each complete novel (no cliffhangers) is priced less than a Starbuck's vanilla latte, which I love. Or...if you have Kindle Unlimited / Amazon Prime, you can download them all FREE via your membership.


In order of release:


By the way...if you share my obsession for books, check out Kindle Unlimited, even if you only take advantage of their 30-day trial. But like me, I bet for $9.95 a month, you'll want to hang around and read as many books as you can. :)


Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit one of my author pages, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.  And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by.


love talking about all things books, so please connect with me via one of the links below.

How many books can you read in a month? As many as you want...with #KindleUnlimited!


I'm not into jumping on a bandwagon, but if I see something that's good, and I don't have anything to lose, I'm in! Plus, if it looks like a great opportunity for my avid-reading friends and a chance to meet new friends, I love to share the news.

Amazon sent the book-loving world into a tailspin with its announcement of Kindle Unlimited. This service isn't the first of its kind, but this is Amazon, so you know it's gonna be awesome. That's my opinion, of course, but I'm very happy with the benefits and service I receive from Amazon. I've had several Kindles, and they just keep getting better and better. 

And now...they have Kindle Unlimited, which gives me an unlimited supply of books for $9.99 a month! Considering that I read three or more books a week, with a price tag up to $9.99 (I don't pay more than $10 for an eBook), this is an awesome deal for someone like me. Oh, and I listen to another two to three books a month on Audible, so I'll be looking at that too!

First Note: Yes, there are a lot of FREE books on Amazon...but...there aren't a lot of FREE second, third, and fourth books in a series free. I never put anything but the first books in my series free. After all, I do have to eat. LOL! Now, you have a chance to find a series you love and read them all! 

Second Note: Yes, I heard the argument that you want to own your books. Well, me too! But, not all of them. Yes, there are a select number of books that I've read over and over, but mostly, eh...once is enough. Just like Netflix, if I want to re-watch a movie, I can. If I watch it and love it, I can still buy it. 

So, if you like reading as much as I do, why not check it out? It's FREE for thirty days, so you have nothing to lose.


And yes, my books are there... Eight right now and one is on the way! So whether you like romantic-suspense or paranormal-romance. Hop on the FREE introductory wagon for at least a month...and read until your heart's content.

Southern Romantic-Suspense Collection:
Split Decisions
Land of the Noonday Sun
Entangled Dreams
When Noonday Ends

Paranormal Romance Series: