Emerald City and Romantic Suspense

I’ve spent the day at Emerald City Writer’s Conference! I’ve had a blast going to classes, meeting other authors, editors, agents and promo specialists. I’ve learned so many new things, my head is buzzing with ideas. I’m excited to get that next story out, and I wish I could write like a speed demon! I’ve gotta tell you, being with my fellow writers is a great experience. We all hide in our offices turning out stories. But when we get here, we’re like little animals who’ve gotten out of their cages. We are a fun lot, us writers!

A bunch of authors, seem to think romantic suspense might be the next big wave. I’m excited for that, but alas, I cannot turn away from my extreme paranormal/fantasy mind. I will continue to write what I love, weaving action and suspense into my stories as always. Well, I’m going to head for a neck-deep bubble bath, then write some more. I can’t leave my characters hanging for too long!

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Fate of the Unfaithful Release

Tomo and Hana’s story, Fate of the Unfaithful, is releasing the week of September 23rd! Also, the first in the series, Shadow Fan, will be free during the same week as well! So if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the Shadow Fan Series, now’s the time to get into it! I really and truly love Tomo and Hana. Tomo is such a fun, great guy (even if he isn’t human). And Hana cares so much about her family, she’s willing to suffer for them.

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Faith didn’t have a place in Hana’s life. Science and reason never failed her before. In an attempt to prove there is no such thing as supernatural creatures, she makes a bet with the man she loves. While determined to make her point, the devotion to her beliefs war with that of her heart.

Tomo the Mushi has fallen for Hana, though she doesn’t believe his kind exists. But when Hana contracts a rare Mushi infection, it begins to eat her from the inside out. Tomo must find the answer to save her, or fate will expose the truth to Hana in the most brutal way.

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Speaking at SpoCon

The weekend of August 9-11th I will be speaking at SpoCon, our local “ComiCon,” held in Spokane, Washington. I’ll be presenting on several panels on Friday and Saturday with other great authors such as Deby Fredricks http://www.debyfredericks.com/, S.A. Bolich- http://www.sabolichbooks.com/ and Rhiannon Louve- http://www.rhiannonlouve.com/ to name a few.

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I’ll be speaking on “Building a Magical World,” “Writing for Children” and “Show Vs. Tell.” I am so excited to meet these other wonderful writers, and spending a day geeking out over the artwork and other costumers. I’ll also be handing out a few free books. If you’re going to be there I’d love to meet you!

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Journey of the Divine is Here!

Yay! Journey of the Divine, the third in the Shadow Fan Series, is out! It will be FREE August 1st- 3rd. I’m so excited for the third installment of the series. This is where we see Kai try to overcome the great differences between himself and Yoshino, the Mountain Spirit.

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http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Divine-Shadow-Series-ebook/dp/B00E913UX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1375335241&sr=1-1&keywords=Shelley+Martin+Journey+of+the+Divine

The sword on the cover is the key to wake the last living dragon, and the golden fruit is, well, explosive. But to Yoshino it’s just a pleasant tickle to her throat! This story is packed with a huge battle against Yokai and Oni, and a confrontation with Yoshino’s ex-boyfriend. Oh, and we mustn’t forget Tomo the Mushi! He needs a little saving himself in this tale. Not to mention the majestic dragon making his debut. Happy reading, all!

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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!

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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.

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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