D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Awesome Event

I make no secret of the fact that I am, in fact, Pagan by religion. No, it doesn't meant I always dress in black. I also don't worship the dark forces or cast curses. Okay, so I fantasize about casting them when someone really makes me mad, but I have yet to turn anyone into a newt...thus far.

Because I love Halloween sooooo much, I am offering a special to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment and you could win one copy of your choice of the books I'm featuring today. To be fair to the author, I will be purchasing the copy I'm sending if you choose a book that isn't mine. That way they win too! I will be choosing a reader at the magic hour of midnight tonight.

Here are some spooky funtime books to help you along with the Halloween (*cough*Samhain*cough*) spirit!

When her parents are taken from her too soon, Onyx Night is thrust into a secret world and discovers something about herself she could never have imagined.

Onyx Knight has yearned to leave her tiny hometown behind for years. With her parents' support she attends the local university where she has developed a not-so-innocent crush on her Medieval History professor, Cole Radcliffe. A family tragedy thrusts Onyx into a secret world she never knew existed and she discovers something about herself she could never have imagined.

Family friends promise to help Onyx through this transition, but they demand certain things in return. Things she can't—and will not—give. When it becomes clear they are willing to get what they want from her by force, Onyx goes on the run.

Cole Radcliffe has his own secrets. When he finds Onyx in need of help, he takes her in, against his better judgment. He plans to keep her safe, but how can he keep her safe if he can't even protect her from himself?

For Sarah, being a shape-shifter means having a wild side that craves variety. Can one human man tame her animal instinct?

Sarah Cole is a shape-shifter who is always in control that is until she meets sexy Kiwi vet, Travis Hunter. He has a way of rattling her cool exterior and seeing the real her like no lover ever has. But, in Sarah's experience, relationships between shifters and humans just don't work.

If that wasn't enough to deal with Sarah decides to rescue a cursed Amur leopard who needs her help to become human again. Can Sarah save the shifter and her heart, or will her cat's eyes only see the damage that magic wreaks on the unsuspecting.

Nyna is willing to be a sacrifice, but is she willing to make a sacrifice to keep his love?

Given as sacrifice to the Wahya to ensure the safety of her tribe, Nyna must prove that despite being prey, she is worthy of being the mate of a hunter. When a great threat shadows the Wahya and Awahi, Nyna has to choose between her courage to fight for what she loves, or her place in her husband's eyes.

And just in case you'd rather buy them instead of entering the contest, I've added buy links to the covers. Enjoy!!! ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, October 5, 2012

Where in the World Secret Cravings Event

My military romances (Maybe Baby, To Honor, and an upcoming antho story releasing in November) are happily homed with Secret Cravings Publishing. October is a month that signifies home to me. It's when I start settling in from summer playing and prepare for the cold, raining fall days and frosty winters. I don't like living too far north or too far south. Extreme temperatures don't agree with me.

During the winter, when it's cold. I like to watch movies with my family while I crochet blankets for family or close friends. One of the movies we watched recently that I actually liked was John Carter (especially because of what they call him in the movie.) I also enjoy watching NCIS because it often hits close to home.

Anyway, enough about me. Welcome to our celebration and help keep me sane. My son has a three day weekend due to Columbus Day. Speaking of Columbus, I wonder if he ever saw any of mermaids? My town loves plastering mermaid monuments everywhere!

Oh, look at me go on. If you want to return to the blog hop, just click on the globe banner to track down other authors. If you leave a comment and accurately guess my town and/or state, it will put you in a drawing to win a $5 gift card! Have a great weekend, sleuths! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Repetitive Word Is Repetitive

Sorry about the title but I really couldn't help myself. A little gamer humor if you will. It doesn't change the fact that the title aptly describes our topic for the day. Our topic for the day is repeating, or redundant, word use. You see that? I was just redundant with those two sentences. Annoying, wasn't it?

Before I climb on my soap box, let me first state I'm really guilty of this writing issue. I tend to like a word and use it a couple of times in the same paragraph. Since I've started editing, I've gotten better at spotting it in my own writing, but it still slips through from time to time. When I'm editing, I often point out to an author that they are committing this literary sin by highlighting all instances of the word.

I have compiled a list of words and phrases I see used the most often that writer's should be aware of. I'm not saying you can't use them, I'm saying beware using them repetitively.

* But. I've seen paragraphs that were riddled with this word. A lot of people use it as a joiner between two clauses and it's such a small, inconsequential word that it really doesn't stick out.

*And. I've seen sentences where a person used "and" three plus times. Yeah, that's right, a single sentence.

*Character's names. Yeah, some of you are probably blushing right now. I have several authors who use their character name to refer to them in almost every sentence. I have other authors who have their dialogue filled with their characters saying each other's name.

*Repeating sentence starters. I've noticed that these tend to happen the most in books that are from a 1st person perspective. I this. I that. I did something else too.

*Words ending with "ing". Now the reason this one gets my goat is because people love using it as an easy out when I ding repeating sentences starters. Sentences starting with "ing" words often create awkward phrasing and/or simultaneous action. Example: "Running down the stairs I skidded to a halt and sat at the table to eat breakfast." You can't run AND skid to a halt, much less do those AND sit down at a table. We aren't even going to go into how awkward that sentence is. One day, I'll do a post just on "ing" words.

Authors, read your book over, see if you have a favorite word. Heck, using a search function to find how many instances of a common word you have like "but." I bet you'll be surprise. ~ D. F. Krieger