Friday, October 12, 2012

Kelly Abell - HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Kelly Abell . She is a best-selling Romance, Mystery & Thrillers Author. She hails from the UK and analyzes people. A great background for a successful writer.

Author Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: Writing Tips for Writers
Website: Kelly Abell Books
Twitter: @kellyabellbooks
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description: Kelly is the author of four novels with two different publishers. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Her aim is to write about gripping characters in tense situations that keep a reader turning the pages. She also spends a great deal of time helping other writers through her Writing Tips on her website and as a board member of the Paranormal Romance guild and a member of the Florida Writer's Association. When not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years and her two college age children, when they find the time. She lives in Florida and enjoys all that living in the sunshine state brings, boating, fishing, beaches, theme parks, and more. Her favorite pass time is reading (what a surprise!) She likes Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Comedy

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author
How much marketing prep did you do before the release and how much lead time did you take before it hit the stores?
I had about a three week lead time and the publisher put out press releases, I promoted it on my own Facebook page and website, and sent an email to all my fans. I have a few events planned for book signings and an upcoming blog tour. It's always an exciting time to launch a new book. Technically this was a re-release but I was thrilled to get it back into readers hands.

So what lies ahead for Kelly Abell? There is a rumor that you have a new book in the works. Tell us more about it. (Sorry I couldn’t resist using the word ‘lies’)
LOL I am currently working on the second book in the Haunted Destiny series. AND I am working on a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. The second book in the HD series is working under the title Blazing Phantom and Destiny tries to protect her friends from a Ouiga Board Game gone terribly wrong.

The contemporary romance entitled Don't Leave Me tells the story of a single dad who loses his daughter to a drunk driving accident. Just before they unplug life support, he begs her not to leave him…and she doesn't. Many problems ensue from his desire to communicate with his dead daughter and an old high school flame is all that stands between him and The Great Beyond.

You seem to be doing all the traditional marketing things like book signings, special events, etc. How much does social media play into your marketing effort?
Social media is huge for authors. There are so many sites where authors and readers can connect and converse. I've found Twitter is a great way to build a reader audience because you can follow those who read your genre and they can follow you back.

Book bloggers are very active on these social media sites and blog tours are a great way to build a reader following. It increases your ability to get the word out about your novel by ten fold. You tell your fans and friends, they tell their friends, and so on and so on.

You are one of those unique writers whose skill set reaches beyond just putting words on paper. Tell us about your writer’s blog. When did you start sharing your knowledge with other writers?
I began sharing writing tips on my website after I published my first book. I am a firm believer in paying it forward and if I can offer tips and tricks that I've learned along the way, then that makes me feel like I'm contributing to someone else's success.

This is a difficult business to navigate and we all need to help each other through it. I'm also very active in the Florida Writer's Association and will be conducting some writing workshops through one of my publishers, Solstice Publishing. Be on the look out for those.

Author's Book List
Haunted Destiny
Destiny Dove is the only survivor of a tragic car crash that killed her parents and baby brother. A teen uprooted from her home, she is forced to live with her New Age Grandmother whom she’s been taught her entire life to fear. If that’s not enough, Destiny soon discovers she has developed the family gift of being able to see and talk to ghosts, The Shade Sight, her grandmother calls it. Grams Rose will be the one person who can help her understand her haunted destiny. When Destiny meets hot hunk Jake Turner along with his jealous girlfriend Amy, sparks immediately fly. Jakes sees Destiny as a new kindred spirit, while Amy sees her as a threat and is determined to ruin Destiny’s life at Blake High. But when Amy’s mother, an antiques dealer, buys Amy some old furniture, it comes with a lot more than anyone bargained for. Only Destiny stands between Amy and an ancient ghostly evil so strong it might just take the entire town of Arcadia down with it. When called upon can Destiny forgive and draw upon her new gift to save Amy and a group of local teens from certain destruction?
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Blood Harvest Moon
A sacrifice must be made.... Only a few days from the Blood Harvest Moon a coven of witches must have a sacrifice in order to maintain their immortality. A prophesy to fulfill... Shaelyn, a beautiful Irish witch believes a prophesy that will bring her love and destiny. Little did she realize what it would cost her. A destiny of greatness... Derek Panthera, a sexy but mild mannered college student has no idea how an unexpected car accident will change is his life forever. It not only leads him straight to a coven of witches who need a blood sacrifice, but will enact a change in him he is totally unprepared for. As the destiny of Shaelyn and Derek intertwine, a battle is on to save Derek's life from a treacherous and evil curse. As the attraction between the two becomes heated, it's Shaylen who brings out the animal in Derek he didn't know existed.
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Captured in Lies
In Book Two of the In Lies Series Jack and Caroline are faced with insurmountable odds and we get to meet sexy Bomb Squad Commander Dane Kendrick. Dane will become embroiled in Jack's tumultuous life and meet his beautiful sister, FBI Agent, Lucy Chavez. Although they meet under less than ideal circumstances the sparks fly leading to a passion that explodes off the page, literally. Read on to see what's in store in Captured In Lies... Just before Thanksgiving and after a passionate honeymoon in the Caribbean, Jack and Caroline Weaver return home to D.C. to start their new life together. Approaching their house Jack's cell phone rings and the violent explosion that follows will change Jack's and Caroline's lives forever. The Emperor is back and he wants revenge. Jack, reeling from what has just happened to the love of his life, is anxiously awaiting word from the doctor when he gets another call. The relentless Emperor now has Lucy, Jack's sister, strapped to a bomb, somewhere in the city and in order to find her he must play a deadly game of scavenger hunt. The stakes are upped even higher when The Emperor places another bomb in Boston knowing that the sexy ex-SEAL with the maverick reputation can't be two places at once. How can Jack find his sister, keep his wife safe, and stop the destruction of American lives? Jack will be forced to trust a former military comrade, hunky Bomb Squad Commander, Dane "Boomer" Kendrick. Dane must go after Lucy while Jack heads to Boston. When Dane locates Lucy and arrives on the scene there is an instant attraction, despite the fact she is set to explode in less than 3 minutes. Can Dane and Lucy defuse the bomb and save Lucy's life? What about defusing the passion that begins to grow between them? Will Jack be able to stop the deaths of innocent Americans without losing those most precious to him? It's hard to know who to trust if you're Captured in Lies.
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Blackheart Point
Michele Watling was running from her past when she took the museum curator job in the seaside town of Blackheart Point, Maine. Little did she know that she woud be sharing the museum and Lighthouse with a sexy pirate ghost. Sam Blackheart has haunted the museum for hundreds of years waiting for his lost love to return and she looks amazingly like Michele. Can love grow between beings from separate planes? And when Michele's past threatens that love can Sam save her from a threat that is all too human?
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Sealed In Lies
Jack Weaver, a sexy under cover operative for the CIA, can't seem to escape a life of lies. Working undercover in the largest drug cartel in Columbia, Jack lives a life of guns, drugs and beautiful women. It all comes to an end when Jack uncovers a plot to assassinate the President-Elect on Inauguration Day. Suddenly things become infinitely worse when Jack is forced to kill his old SEAL Commander who is now a Deputy Director of the CIA. Jack is now on the run not only for his life but he's the only one who knows about the assassination attempt, other than a mysterious man who calls himself the Emperor and seems to be calling all the shots. Jack is being haunted by terrifying dreams from his past that seem to be connected to this entire conspiracy involving his old SEAL team. Desperate for answers Jack breaks into the home of Vice-President elect Warren Walters, another SEAL teammate, where he is discovered by Warren's abused wife Caroline. He forces Caroline to go with him with the intention of letting her go once he uses her as leverage to get the information he needs. Even as Caroline thinks of ways to escape her captor, she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to him. She begins to wonder if a night spent in his arms will erase years of abuse. When she is offered the opportunity to be set free Caroline refuses to leave, seeing this as an opportunity to escape her own life of lies. This starts a chain reaction of passionate feelings neither of them is prepared for. Desire sizzles as Jack and Caroline come closer and closer to the answers and each other. The key question is will they be able to save the President-elect's life as well as their own, or will a blast from Jack's past destroy them all?
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