Cover Reveal: Three Hours by Dannika Dark

So to take a break from my own stuff, I want to introduce you to my absolute favorite author. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: this woman writes exactly what I want to read. Somehow, she has tapped into my brain and figured out everything I need in a book to read it in one sitting. Overnight. Knowing that my baby is getting up at 5:30 and the Monkey has to be up for school at 6:15.

I love her Mageri Series, (Logan, you ever become real and single, call me!) but the Seven Series is my all time favorite. It may or may not have something to do with me hosting. I will 100% help promote one of my favorite authors to get to see her cover featuring the books main character a teeny weeny bit earlier. #Sorrynotsorry.

Here you go. Do yourself a favor. Pick this stuff up. You can send me thank you notes later. 🙂

 
Three Hours
(Seven Series, Bk # 5)
By Dannika Dark
 
Blurb: 
Destiny will find you
 
Naya James is a confident woman who also happens to be an exotic dancer. She doesn’t care if people judge her, just so long as they don’t disrespect her. Life has been good, but when two dancers from her club are kidnapped, Naya puts her life on the line to uncover the truth.
Wheeler is the black sheep of the family, evident from his extensive tattoo collection to his dark personality. Nothing like his twin brother, Ben, who can do no wrong. Wheeler’s pack loyalty is put to the test when Austin orders him to act as a bodyguard for a woman he’s despised for years—one who presses his buttons every chance she gets.
A dark secret unravels, uniting two enemies and threatening to fracture the brotherhood of the pack. A tortured soul, a violent past, a fiery romance, and a shocking twist that will leave you breathless.
Release Date:
April 6, 2015
The Seven Series
 
About the Author
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).
Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it’s what I love to do.
Danni
You can stalk, I mean find Dannika here:
            
 
 
 
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How I Write

Even though my book is far from the NYT Bestsellers list, I still have people say to me, “I just don’t know how you did it, wrote a whole book.”

I mean, what do you say to that? “Well, I opened Word one day and started typing…”

And don’t even get me started on the fact this was during my first pregnancy and after Monkey was born. You’d think it was next to impossible.

It wasn’t, obviously. And now that I can look back at Second Death and say it’s not half bad, albeit five years later, I find myself wondering the same thing. I have a couple of ideas I’ve been excited about for some time, but how the hell did I get from there to a novel I’m not embarrassed to pitch?

(On a side note, it has been brought to my attention I can’t take compliments. I’m not asking for one. Saying I’m not embarrassed of SD is as close as I’ll ever get to saying I’m proud of it. But I digress.)

Looking back and not knowing how I got here is the thing (in my opinion,) that has taken me so long to get SD ready to go and figure out what’s going on in the sequel. It’s like going to sleep in Texas and waking up in London. Am I happy to be there? Hells yeah. But damned if I could tell you whether I flew, took a cruise, or was abducted by aliens. And how the hell am I going to get home?

So I’ve been reading some writing craft books. I never finish them. I subscribe to a number of writing blogs. I read them occasionally. All they tell me is that I probably flew, either commercially or in a spaceship to London, because if I’d sailed I’d still be somewhere in the Atlantic after one night.

My beloved editor tells me I’m a pantser, as in I write by the seat of my pants and see where the story goes. But even she says I have to outline some, just so I know where I’m going. My big issue with that is that by the time I fill in all the blanks, I don’t like it anymore, thus leaving me in the Bermuda Triangle of plot revision.

Trust me, it’s not near as cool as it sounds.

And then today happened.

After self imposed exile to my bedroom due to the overwhelming feels of pregnancy, (it’s been a rough week,) I started reading my latest writing craft book. Or I tried. At the bottom of my home screen, dear, sweet, Amazon suggested a few other craft books. And that’s where I found it. Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell.

It’s $2.99. It’s 72 pages. It was as if I walked into a psychiatrist’s  office for the first visit and the doctor outlined all my hangups, the cause of them, and then sent me on my way to fix them.

The guy knows me. Better than I know my writer-self.

As soon as I started reading it, I was like, “Holy crap! That’s exactly what I did! How did he know when even I didn’t know?”

In a nutshell, Bell tells you there’s this one moment, a “mirror moment,” where your character evaluates themselves and makes a decision in regards to what they find. Once you have that, it keeps you grounded enough to fill in all the other blanks, however you want. Pants or outline, or some hybrid outpants type thing.

And I didn’t even know I did that. But it’s there.

One of the first really solid, knockout, “yeah, this is it,” scenes I wrote in SD is the warehouse scene. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned, it was brought on by a road rage incident.

No, I didn’t start it.

But I did go straight hyena mom on that stupid m-fer’s ass. (See, it still pisses me off.)

Alas, because for a rare occasion the Hubs was the one who kept his temper, I was not able to rip that dude’s eyes from his sockets and squish them to jelly between my little angry fingers.

So instead, after the shaking had worn off and I had a good cry, I wrote him into my book. Then I killed him three times, until I felt better.

If you’ve read SD, you’ll know what scene I mean. It’s the scene where my heroine decides she is fed up with being a helpless girl/victim. You mess with her people and she will end you.

And for her, finally, it’s not just talk.

This is her mirror moment.

It’s also the part that my mother didn’t like,  (“I just couldn’t believe my baby girl wrote that.”) And the part that made my husband a little afraid of me, (“Jesus. You’re kind of scary, you know that?”) Which probably explains why it’s my favorite scene too.

Because, no, I’m not always the sweet baby girl you knew, or wanted me to be. And yes, you’re damn right I’m a little bit scary. So don’t forget it. ; >

Now, while you’re shaking in your boots, might I suggest you read this little gold nugget of plot development? You and I both know you have an inner badass who’s been dying to get out. If you want to write (and actually finish) a book, maybe it’s time you let them.

60 days to be a Writer Day 17

Today Monkey asked me why I was always on my computer with books and writing all the time.  I tried to explain my goal, and all I got was “Yay! That means you can buy me toys and take me to McDonald’s!”

Seriously, what do you say to that?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Render tour.  Hopefully we will be doing one for me someday.

SD 2nd round edits will be back on 9/26.

I’ve had a couple of writing hangovers for my other project, tentatively called 3 Against 1. Any adivce on writing love scenes wherin the characters leave all “jelly-kneed” would be greatly appreciated. I’m so out of my depth. (My mom reads this blog, so jelly-kneed is as detailed as I’m going to get here.)

I have a few ideas I’m going to pitch to Cracked.com, one of my favorite comedy websites. I may use those lists I made up a while back. Who knows?

I have so much going on, I’m going to have to get super-organized. I always try, but have a hard time sticking with it. Any apps that have been helpful for you, please recommend.

Emily

60 days to be a Writer – Day 4

Something actually happened today!

I finished my edits for SD and the outlines for it and the following two books. I can honestly say that was harder than writing the whole thing in the first place. But still, it is going to be soooo much better than the original.

So I will wait, and inevitably bug my editor because I’m nothing if not antsy. Until then, I have an article to write for the Examiner website and another series I put down to finish up this one. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually need a break from vampires.

Also, it’s past midnight and I’m beat. Thank you all for your continued support, kind words, comments, likes, and follows.

I hope to make you proud.

Emily

60 days to be a Writer – Day 3

So when I first finished SD, I remember everyone asking me, “How did you ever find time to do that?” At the time, it seemed like a really odd question. I was a stay at home mom with an infant. She slept a lot and was easily entertained. What else was I supposed to do?

Now I get it.

She’s four. Everything is, “Look at me do this! Look at this!” and “No, Mama! I can do it myself!” followed by the inevitable spill/rip/crash etc. 

I sit here and It’s almost 9pm. Where did the day go? And I’m so close to finishing my edits! Her Daddy is helping… almost. College football started today, the Huskers are playing, and the Monkey’s grasp on the finer points of zone defense is lacking. She’s still asking about the numbers on the field.

On the writing field, I only have three little scenes to write, (my editor wants me to make my villain more scary, and since my readers don’t live in my head, she does have a point.) Also, my first article will be on Examiner.com soon. I’ll do a post and a link once it’s up.

And on that note… anyone want to babysit? Please?? 

60 Days to be a Writer: Day 2

I want to start off by saying how much I appreciate the comments, likes, follows, and general outpouring of support I received from you all yesterday. I have a feeling I’m going to need to go back and read them from time to time.

I’ve been cleared to writer for the local Examiner website, so that’s nice. I’m going to try to cover local authors, indie book stores, and local events related to writing. I also found out that writing a guide or a topic section for About.com is not going to be as easy as I thought. Or at least getting contracted to write one.

Also, has anyone heard of Essay Shark? I can’t decide if its shady or not. I mean, how can you write academic papers for people and that be okay? Let me know if you have any experience with this.

It was great being home with Monkey today, although trying to keep her focused/entertained without letting her watch Sponge Bob all day was quite an effort. It will take us a bit to get back into our old routine. We’re going to be playing “Honey the Hero” in a minute. The cuteness will be epic; I may have to post it. After that, it’s time to finish these edits.

Here’s to us and the promise of a new day doing what we love!

– Emily