I just read a fantastic article about emotional writing and the importance of it to readers. That statement may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. I know I love a story that pulls my emotions into the mix and invests me personally in not only the ultimate conclusion of the story, but also the progression of each scene, the words spoken and unspoken, and even physical reactions. Those kinds of reads are always the ones that stick with me well after I’ve closed my kindle. I have a hard time releasing the characters and moving on to the next book, because my emotions are still intertwined with the characters in the world that a great writer builds. The clinical term for these symptoms is book hangover.
And let’s be clear, emotional writing doesn’t mean that it must always be angst-driven, although it certainly can be. There are genres and styles for every mood and taste. And there are authors who weave into their stories a wide variety of emotions from the spectrum. There is something for everyone. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have readers contact me to say that a story I wrote sucked them in to the point that they couldn’t put the book down. That is a high compliment indeed and always encourages me to keep pushing forward, keep working harder to do even better emotional writing.
I have included Romance University’s guest post from author Cindy Nord discussing this topic. I think it’s worth your time, and she even includes a well-written, emotional excerpt from one of her books. You never know, she might just be your next favorite author.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you’ve never read a JA Huss book, one-click this one right now! I am not even joking!
The pithy description made this an easy one-click for me. It sounded fun. And boy was it ever! The whole infamous filthy tweeter meets the movie-star object of her filthy tweets intrigued me immediately and had me chomping at the bit to read it right away–which I did. The writing was smooth, fluid, and drew me in from the first page. I wouldn’t change a thing.
I also want to add, my hat is off to JA Huss and her ability to describe a location, situation, and characters without it being information overload. She keeps the characters at the forefront, everything else is secondary. Her descriptions were always just enough and kept me present in the moment, focused on Grace and Asher instead of slowing me up on unnecessary details. There were also many times I laughed out loud at things Grace was thinking, as well as the smart banter between her and Asher. Their dialogue was some of the best I’ve read in this genre. It never felt stilted or contrived to me. I felt as though I was eavesdropping on real conversations, as well as a voyeur to their wacky weekend hook-up.
I thoroughly enjoyed Grace’s internal struggle over what she wants and what Asher wants. I like her spunkiness and the fact that she speaks her mind. Even more, I like that it all puts Vaughn Asher off his game. The chemistry between these two characters is palpable, gets the blood pumping, and that’s just the dialogue! The steam is OFF THE CHARTS! The ending was FANTASTIC and I have already pre-ordered the second book in this series.
To JA Huss: You nailed it! Thank you for a fun, flirty, fantastic read!
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If Robert Rodriquez (Sin City), Tony Soprano, and David Lynch (Twin Peaks) made sweet love to a Hawaiian version of The Bride (Uma Thurman’s character from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill), the resulting spawn might look like Kendall Grey’s upcoming mystery/suspense/supernatural thriller, HOT-BLOODED.
The first installment in the Ohana series, HOT-BLOODED is set on the island of Maui and is wrapped in the light and dark watercolors of Hawaiian culture, history, and mythology. It’s about guns, drugs, surfing, and tiki monsters. HOT-BLOODED tells the tale of a ballsy, half-Hawaiian angel-turned-demon, the duplicitous assassin who falls for her, and the blessings and curses of family—all wrapped up in freaky, supernatural gift paper.
Here’s the description:
WARNING: HOT-BLOODED does NOT end with a happily ever after. It contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.
*Written in 3rd person. Contains a massive cliffhanger and multiple POVs.
Ohana is everything…
When an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her ohana (family) or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options. The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the ohana that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.
Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else.
When tensions reach the breaking point and her ohana is threatened, the only cure for Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.
They don’t call her Pele for nothing.
Here’s the cover, designed by Renee Coffey:
So, are you up for a steamy, violent descent into tropical-island madness with a supernatural twist? If so, you can add HOT-BLOODED to your Goodreads TBR here. The release date hasn’t been announced yet, but Kendall is shooting for the end of June or early July. Stay tuned!