Complicated by You Blog Tour

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Thought I’d share another NEW ADULT love story by Kenya Wright with an interesting twist.

Synopsis: COMPLICATED BY YOU is a sexy New Adult love story about a girl who loves so deeply that it may cost her everything.

Evie’s childhood friend Jay has always had her back. But college complicates things as Jay starts dating Evie’s roommate Cynthia. Now, Evie spends her nights trying to sleep while Jay and Cynthia go at it like rabbits a few feet away!

Evie hates feeling like a third wheel and hates wishing it was her in Jay’s arms even more. It doesn’t help that Jay won’t let Evie date or even hook up without interfering and making sure everyone on campus knows that she’s off limits.

Something has to give. Evie can’t continue pining away for Jay, and Jay can’t continue to act like he owns her when he won’t so much as touch her. And worse of all, Evie can barely look Cynthia in the eye for fear she will know just how she feels about Jay.

Then one night shifts Evie, Jay and Cynthia into an web of love and deceit, tangling their hearts and forcing one of them to come to a compromise that will change all their lives.

How far should someone go for love?

Until it’s no longer convenient, or until it’s tearing apart their soul? Evie soon realizes that love isn’t always easy and loving someone isn’t as simple as it seems. Sometimes, it’s COMPLICATED.

Look for Evie and Jay’s story to continue in December 2013!

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Author Bio: Dark fantasy bestselling author Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life.

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.

Find Kenya on:

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How far would you go for love? 

Insecure Writer Support Group

Or, 7 days away from finishing my fourth round of edits. More on that in a minute.

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Big thank you and congrats go out to Mr. Alex J. Cavanuagh and his team for taking IWSG to the next level. If you haven’t read about the big announcement, click here.

Thanks to this month’s co-host  Chemist Ken, SL Hennessy, Michelle Wallace, and Joylene Nowell Butler.

Ok, back to the topic at hand.

Write the first draft – check
Let it sit for three weeks – check
Read through and find the big mistakes (edit #1) – check
Read through and find the big mistakes you missed on the first read through (edit #2) – check
Read through and find the small mistakes (edit #3) – check
Read out loud and find the not so obvious mistakes (edit #4) – Finish in 7 days. 

But, then what?

I love this story. It has consumed all of my free time over the last four months.  I’ve put in the work to turn it into a story that even after reading through it 10,000 times, the parts that are supposed to make me laugh, still make me laugh and the parts that are supposed to make me cry, still make me cry and I can’t wait to see what happens even though I know the ending.

But, is that enough to put it out there for the world to see?

I know about beta readers and critique partners and editors, I’ll do all that, too. What I really want to know is even after all that, will there be a clear sign that let’s me know, ok, publish it?

How do you know when your story is good enough for public consumption? 

Life on the Edge Blog Tour – The Setting

One of my new goals for the rest of the year is to feature more New Adult books and authors on my blog. I am excited to introduce the new release from Jennifer Comeaux, Life on the Edge.
It is such an amazing gift to be able to set a scene with words that enable the reader not only to see, but taste, smell and feel where a story takes place. Jennifer shares how she created her setting into a living breathing character.

Researching setting and building my characters’ world

It’s been said that the setting of a book can often become a character in the story. This happens when an author makes the location live and breathe, and the reader feels fully immersed in the place described on the pages.

When I first dreamed up the story for my book, LIFE ON THE EDGE, it was a house that determined the setting. I imagined my protagonist living in the Cape Cod townhouse in which I’d stayed a few summers earlier. The charm of the townhome had stayed with me, from the cozy bottom floor kitchen to the rooftop deck, complete with a view of the bay and a never-ending sea breeze. I wanted my heroine Emily to live there.

From that Hyannis house grew the rest of the backdrop to the story. Emily is a figure skater, so she needed a place to train. A few towns away there’s an ice rink, where Nancy Kerrigan once skated. Check!

A couple of summers ago, I revisited the Cape to tour more of the places I referenced in the book. Funny story from my trip–I’d seen online there was a Starbucks near the ice rink, so I’d used it in the book as the place where my two main characters hung out and got to know each other. Well, when I physically went to look for the coffee shop, I discovered it was actually located in the middle of a busy supermarket. Not exactly a quiet spot for chatting and enjoying a cup of coffee! So, I fudged reality a little in my fictional world.

Because Boston is one of my favorite cities and I’m very familiar with it, I decided to make it Emily’s hometown. It was during my third trip to Boston that I discovered neighboring Brookline and the area in which I imagined Emily growing up. I could picture her as a child, riding her bike along the quiet, tree-lined street, and walking with her dad to the Coolidge Corner T stop to catch the Green Line train to Fenway Park. With these images in my mind, I started to fill out Emily’s backstory, which helped me know my heroine better.

Since Emily is an Olympic-eligible skater, LIFE ON THE EDGE takes her to a number of competitions in a variety of locations–Paris, Tokyo, and Vancouver, to name a few. I haven’t visited all the places I wrote about in the book, so I did online research in order to accurately describe them. The internet is a writer’s best friend!

Online information can only give so much insight, though. Experiencing a story’s setting first hand provides invaluable sensory data–the sights, the smells, the sounds that can’t be appreciated through a computer screen. You can feel what the characters feel as they live the story.

Life on the Edge 500x750Blurb: Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream – to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.

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