D. F. Krieger

Monday, March 26, 2012

Must Read Monday: Recovery

I had no hand in editing Recovery by Shyla Colt. I did, however, look this over for her when it was still a WIP. I knew then that this was a story that needed to be told.
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Maxim and his band are on their way to stardom, but he’s a mess. The cocaine he deems necessary to achieve musical genius has ripped his relationship with his long time love, Oceane Dubois, to shreds warping his thinking. Precariously balanced on a razor sharp edge, he’s one stumble away from the world he’s built crashing down around him. Oceane believes true love endures all things, but Maxim’s spiral out of control forces her to contemplate life without the man she knows is her soul mate.
Determined to win Oceane back Maxim begins the grueling task of getting his head on straight and cuts himself off from Oceane  to do it. Frantic over his disappearing act Oceane turns to her sister, and begins to rediscover the woman she’s forgotten. Her life’s a lot less complicated without Maxim around, but the real question she needs to answer is, if its better?

This story is the heart wrenching tale of a drug addict fighting his habit, and the woman who loves him. I've never been with a drug addict, but I was right there with Oceane as she rode the roller coaster of distrust. My heart clenched as I cheered Max on, hoping he would fight for his love.

I have it on good authority that there will be a second book coming, featuring Oceane's sister. I'm truly looking forward to reading that and watching Shyla's talent continue to grow and flourish with her writing. The emotional passion that puts you on the edge of your seat, wondering how things could possibly resolve with a Happily Ever After is what makes this a MUST READ! ~ D. F. Krieger

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lucky Seven Post

Here is a random post that doesn't have anything to do with Must Read Mondays or Writer Wednesdays. You see, I was tagged by the talented Gayl Taylor who apparently decided she wanted a sneak peak at one of my current WIP's. Clever, Gayl, very clever.

Here are the rules:

1. Go to page 77 of your current WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating!
4. Tag 7 other authors

(I had a few WIP's to choose from, none of which are near 77 pages yet so I went with page 7 and started at line 7) <-- Haha Gayl, you see that? It's called copy and paste! >:D

The excerpt I chose is from a piece I'm co-authoring with Sonia Hightower. It is titled The Submission.
It'd been awhile since an author had been brave enough to submit a BDSM based book.
Goodreads revealed a mix of information on Katia's previous release. Though it had sold, and reviews were there, they weren't raving. No one was singing her praises to whatever powers that be. Of course, having a fandom like that took time. But getting there was an issue for not only the author, but the publisher who took the risk on a low-key writer.
          The only complaint that Sylvia noted amongst the reviews was the lack of sex. 

1. Kelly Yeakle
2. Max Ellendale
3. Shyla Colt
4. Kimmy Gould
5. Angelina Rain
6. Alexandra O'Hurley
7. Melissa Taukiri

You don't have to play, but I think it'd be fun to let us cheat and see what our "competition" is working on. *Evil Grin*  You know you wanna!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Must Read Monday: Precious Polly

A hot little spanking story that will have you writhing in your seat!
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When Polly meets the handsome Mr. Flinders, he shows her a whole new world of discipline.

Polly is unlike the other eligible young ladies in her town. She cannot play the pianoforte and has no desire to sit about, acting hostess at boring parties those of her social status are known for having. She'd much rather let her dreams and fancy take over, whisking her thoughts away so that she can place focus on more interesting things.

When Mr. Flinders decides that it is he who must tutor her in the art of the pianoforte, opening her up to the idea of becoming an accomplished lady, he reveals a very different method of discipline than she's used to. One that leaves her aching for more and willing to do whatever it is he asks of her.

Polly comes off as a very spoiled woman in the book. When she gets that first get swat from her new master, I cheered. This story is about discovery; how things that seem so very taboo can feel so good. It's also about trust.

I really enjoyed how the author showed the depth of devotion, not only from sub to Dom, but Dom to sub as well. For all his alpha male glory, Master George made no secret of his love for Polly. That I adore. You see too many BDSM style stories that the man is aloof all the time, and that throws me out of the story. Master George is just the right amount of dominant, without being an asshole.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Query Questions

As an author, a query letter can be one of the hardest things to write. As an editor, it can be one of the biggest decision makers to read. Believe it or not, it's true when you hear the claim that your query letter must contain your best effort, or you'll get rejected before you even get in the door. Unfortunately, this knowledge makes authors freak out--and then they tend to do stupid stuff.

Here are some tips on how to write a query letter that leaves you looking professional and publishable.

Spell Check!
If you're letter contians a bunhc of errorz, we r not going to b empressed w/ u. Txt tlk and basic grammer mistakes will b the death of ur stuffs.

Blurb Versus Synopsis!
There is a difference between the two. Nothing makes you look like a novice writer more than giving us a blurb when we ask for a synopsis. Or the other way around. Most pubs ask for both, but the key is putting the right one in the right spot.

Which brings us to:

Follow Guidelines!
If the publishing company tells you they want a 3 page synopsis separate from the main manuscript document, and a blurb in the body of the e-mail, then by golly that's what you do! If you aren't professional enough to read and follow our guidelines, then why should we enter into a working relationship with you?

Attachment Issues!
I've done this with e-mails before (though never with a submission e-mail, thankfully!). People do it all the time, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable. Make sure your document(s) are attached before you hit send! I know authors get nervous when subbing, but it's annoying to get multiple e-mails because the author forgot to attach their stuff before hitting send.

Breath, Reread, Send!
Before you hit that send button, stop. Maybe walk away for a minute. Regardless, take a breath, and slowly reread your query e-mail. Did you say what you needed/wanted to? Is your letter free of spelling errors? Do you have the name of the correct editor? For god's sakes, make sure the manuscript is attached! Now, if everything checks out, you can hit send.

Don't Lie!
Please, please, please! Don't ever lie. If you have been previously published then, by all means, mention it. We do like working with people who know their stuff. But if you haven't been, then just don't say anything about it at all. And I can not stress this enough: Don't LIE! We have the power of search engines at our command, and we do know how to use them. You will get caught, sooner or later. It will cost you and publisher's/editors do talk. You have been warned.

It is, in my opinion, far easier to read a simple query letter that gets to the point than a long drawn out thing. Do not brag to me, you will not get brownie points because you have three books out that made this or that top selling list. I do want to know you have three books out, but I don't really care if they got their best seller star or not. Maybe some pubs do, but I'm more interested in what you are sending me now. A good format to follow is:

Dear (Acquisitions Editor)

I have attached my (word count) manuscript, (title), in hopes you'll consider it for your (line/antho call/special sub call, etc).


(Previous published history, if applicable)

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards
(contact information)

Now granted, some publishing companies specify a format that they want their query letter to follow, but that just brings us back to the whole reading guidelines bit. With all that in mind, I have one thing left to say to authors wanting to sub: What are you waiting for?! ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, March 5, 2012

Must Read Monday: Educating Ethan

Today I'm going to introduce you to a book that I really identified with while I was editing it.
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When the much younger Ethan moves in to Ida's neighbourhood, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes passionate. But who is educating who in this cougar encounter?

Ida Deloraine intends to build herself a new life and a new catering career after a painful divorce. When the much younger Ethan Holt moves in across the street, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes serious when the two realize their age difference is no barrier to all-consuming passion. But Ethan is the exact opposite of what Ida is looking for in a sexual partner. In her eyes he is young and vibrant, with his life and his dreams still ahead of him, whereas hers are all in the past. Can Ethan, who is fighting his own demons in the form of a car accident, failed marriage, and forced career change, convince Ida to overcome the past and live for the moment? And just who is educating who in this cougar encounter?

This book hit home on so many levels. Everything from Ida's age and body issues (I'm four years older than my husband and some people act like it's a terrible huge age gap. Plus I've had children. I do not look like a centerfold girl!), to Ethan's physical issue from his wreck. I can say from personal experience that Ms. Lynne did a perfect job describing the hardship such an injury can have.

The inner emotional conflict in this novel was spectacular. It was realistic, dealing with issues in a way that made you sit on the edge of your seat and wonder how it was all going to get resolved. And let me say, the resolution was great! The author tied up the edges nicely without making the ending feel rushed.

I highly recommend this as a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, March 2, 2012

Don't Walk, RUN!

The area next to my hometown is in shreds. It's almost unreal to look at the online photos and see places that I recognize only from the angle of a certain tree, or pieces of a storefront sign. News articles are displaying the many things that I remember going through: an ice storm in 2009, a flood around 2008. There was that in-land hurricane that decimated homes not made for such things in 2009 as well. We wont talk about the common micro-bursts that often come with the fiercer storms, the yearly ice that leaves you stranded for days without power at least once, the spring floods that keep washing away farmers crops...

The Alltel where my husband and I purchased our cellphones
We probably shouldn't discuss the economy in my hometown either. The fact that if you aren't a nurse, a coal miner, or a truck driver, you are screwed. You'd better prepare yourself for a life of fast food, super markets, or (for those lucky enough to afford a real degree) one of the few jobs that come with a retirement program. Food stamps and medical cards were as common as a cold in winter. I fondly call Illinois the "Welfare State."

I guess you could say I ran away from home. The countryside is gorgeous. The Shawnee National Forest with its renowned rock formations is simply breath-taking. The deer and turkey that dot the fields on either side of the highway always brought a smile to my face. But it wasn't enough.
Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest

I, like many I grew up with, knew I needed to get the hell out of there. How can you gain any ground when you are fighting a natural disaster every year? When will you be financially stable enough to meet your desire for small, fun things when some of the highest paying jobs (like the director of a certain department at the local college) caps out at 50k. HA! A relative of mine moved to Virginia with me. A job he's worked less than six months pays the same, and requires no college degree.

The difference between small towns and these metropoli is astounding to me. It's almost more than a country girl used to 4,500 people can take. The biggest thing I've been getting used to though? Hurricanes. When I first moved here, I thought they were terrifying. I'd seen the news clips of them in all their glory. But then I went through one. The year after that, I went through another.

At least with a hurricane you can see it coming days in advance. You can make the decision of, "Should I stay or should I go?"

I suppose, if I had any piece of advice to give to those struggling to put their lives back together (Oh, have I mentioned that they'll be facing more storms today that guarantees tornadoes?!), it's three little words. "Don't walk, RUN!" Take that insurance money and get the hell out of dodge.

But they won't. I know it, you know it, they know it. They won't because, when you grow up small town, it's hard to leave. Your family is there, your friends are there, all of your memories are there. My family died with my mother's passing in 2010. Without her to anchor me there, I found it easier to pack up and come be with my husband. I'd been planning to move anyway, but kept putting it off. Oh, he's on deployment. I'll move when he gets back. That kind of thing.

There are people I miss in my hometown. People that I spent Wednesday morning desperately trying to find out about. But you couldn't pay me to go back to Southern Illinois. Hell, once the kids are college age in my household, my husband and I have discussed our next step. We're moving to Colorado to be with his family. A nice quiet home in the mountains, where my biggest threat is snow storms. Yeah, give me a fireplace and I'm good. If I learned anything from Southern Illinois, it's how to cook a pot of soup over an open fire and keep the fireplace chugging.

My heart goes out to those dealing with the storms, Southern Illinois or not. I know other places got hit too, and I don't feel any less sorrow for them. I wish you all the best of luck in rebuilding and safety from the woes of the world for the rest of your lives. ~ D. F. Krieger