Monthly Archives: June 2013

To Never Run Out of Ideas…

I would love it if I never ran out of ideas. I can read some books by the same author and know exactly how it’s going to end by the 20th page. There are others that I have no clue what’s coming around the bend. I love that!

I always struggle to give my readers a great story. Usually this happens by turning the story over to the characters. Basically letting my imagination run free. But then I go back and compare. Often times I’ll harass myself about scenes that may be too familiar. I don’t want to be too “Lord of the Rings-ish,” or too “Harry Potter-ish,” and I have really got to stop giving EVERYBODY wings!

book and lightbulb

It’s very important for me to create something unique, even if the inspiration came form a T.V. show, movie or other author’s work. I’m a reader, too, and I don’t want to read a copy of something that’s already out there! That’s why I’m so impressed with many of my peer’s works! I wonder how they can be on their 20th book, and still have me guessing every time I get into their stories. I want to be like that!

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Keeper of the Shrine is FREE!

From today, Monday the 24th, till Wednesday the 26th the second in the Shadow Fan Series, Keeper of the Shrine, is FREE! Here’s and excerpt to celebrate!

http://www.amazon.com/Keeper-Shrine-Shadow-Series-ebook/dp/B00DIOR4CC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372127666&sr=1-1&keywords=Shelley+Martin+Keeper+of+the+Shrine

The priest blinked and stared, gaping at her.

Yoshino stared right back. She would not retreat from this ridiculous human who refused to listen to her, or the truth.

“Yoshi?” Tomo’s hand lingered near hers, but he didn’t touch her. She could hear the concern in his voice, but she was too angry to acknowledge it.

The two children, who had silently watched the exchange, decided now was a good time to speak up.

“That was stupid.” The boy threw an empty dango stick at the priest.

His head snapped to the two kids.

“Yeah, Kai,” the girl chimed in. “You’re supposed to be her priest. You’re not supposed to fight with her about everything she says.”

He shook his head and his shoulders slouched. “Yeah, but she’s not really—”

“What did you say?” Yoshino’s heart sped up as her eyes met the girl’s. A burning began in her chest and swept through her limbs. The girl… she knew him. She said a name. But not just any name. The name.

The girl’s shoulders went to her ears as her head ducked. “I-I told Kai he shouldn’t fight with you, because he’s your priest.”

The girl withdrew into herself as the turmoil built inside Yoshino. It rolled off her in uncontrollable waves, the surprise, fear, and refusal to accept the truth. The priest’s name was Kai, the same as Naru’s prophecy.

Her body shook at the revelation.

And the ground shook.

The movement surprised her. I didn’t call for an earthquake.

The children squealed, holding onto the table. Still the tremor moved with her heart. She needed to calm down.

The priest widened his stance, pulled the mask from his face, and grasped the table. His tiger colored eyes narrowed as he struggled for balance. He said something comforting to the children as a lock of hair fell over his eyes.

At that moment Yoshino thought her heart would explode.

The mountain roared to life tenfold as she gazed over his features.  She had them memorized in her heart, those few images the Mushi had shown her. The strong jaw, high cheekbones, and angular features. It was the face of Naru’s descendant. The son of triplets. The one who could see her. The one who would ruin everything.

The one she had dreamed about for hundreds of years.

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Keeper of the Shrine is Here!

I’m so excited Keeper of the Shrine is out! I wanted to introduce you to Tomo. He’s the light-hearted mushi-turned-human who is able to travel through time and space. He’s grown along side Yoshino the Mountain Spirit after befriending Naru the human five hundred years earlier.

Samurai

Because of Tomo’s ability to see the future, they know there is a young human Yoshino is destined to fall in love with; and Tomo is determined to see his best friend, Yoshino, truly happy for once. He’s one of the few people who will stand up to her and her kind, and his companionship just might have taught Yoshino a few things during her long life, as well.

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June 21, 2013 · 10:06 pm

Cover Release for Keeper of the Shrine!

I’m so excited for this cover. It’s so simple but so amazing! Thank you Linda Issa!

kepperoftheshrinecover2Coming later this month, here is the what Keeper of the Shrine is all about-

Kai never knew he was the object of a five-hundred year old prophecy. He never wanted to anger the great Mountain Spirit, Yoshino. And he never needed anyone’s love more than hers.

Yoshino never knew love. She never wanted to kill innocents. And she never needed rescuing from her own kind. Until now.

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