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Sophia Kimble cover Protect HerMy Rosette (I.e- short story approx 8,000 words) to be released on 9-30-09 by The Wild Rose Press

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Protect Her by Sophia Kimble

Squeee! My paranormal romance, Protect Her, is now available on Amazon for $2.99

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Jump on over and read a portion, and if you like, buy it. 🙂

ProtectHer_850HIGHGolden Alexander is trapped in a nightmare.

Trying to flee her hallucination of a demon, she runs heart first into the brooding alpha male she’s been dreaming about for years, and then her nightmare really begins.

Kris Pietka is done with women…he’s broken. But when he meets Golden, an overwhelming need to protect her tests everything he thought he knew about himself, and the paranormal.

A bond forged centuries ago thrusts them together as they search for a way to break an ancient Druid curse prophesying their demise. Racing against the clock, they travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Scottish Highlands in search of answers and a way to break the curse

But something evil watches—it covets, and time is running out.

Will fate allow love to prevail against unbeatable odds, or will Golden wake to find it was all a delusion?

Protect Her is the first novel in The Druid’s Curse series.

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Golden Alexander is trapped in a nightmare.

Trying to fleeProtectHer_850HIGH her hallucination of a demon, she runs heart first into the brooding alpha male she’s been dreaming about for years, and then her nightmare really begins.

Kris Pietka is done with women…he’s broken. But when he meets Golden, an overwhelming need to protect her tests everything he thought he knew about himself, and the paranormal.

A bond forged centuries ago thrusts them together as they search for a way to break an ancient Druid curse prophesying their demise. Racing against the clock, they travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Scottish Highlands in search of answers and a way to break the curse

But something evil watches—it covets, and time is running out.

Will fate allow love to prevail against unbeatable odds, or will Golden wake to find it was all a delusion? 

Cursed be the Wicked finalCooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.

 The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.

By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.

 

perf5.000x8.000.inddFiercely independent and determined to be taken seriously in a man’s world, PI Rose Baxter will do whatever it takes to find the kids who are disappearing from the streets and bring them home safe, even teaming up with PI Marty Brown, a man hot enough to burn whatever part of her gets too close – her fingers, her sheets, her life, and her other nature’s whiskers.

But her other nature knows whiskers grow back and will accept nothing less than this man as her mate for life, a plan Marty’s all in on. Sparks fly when she refuses to be the little woman. Besides, those kids need her and their time’s running out. But, thrown together 24/7 can she fight it?

IThePromisedOneHighResn the wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.

 

Rhys Temple always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.

Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for.

 

Blood Brothers CoverWhen Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.

The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.

UNKNOWN PROTECTOR_505x825Two things have helped Nicole cope since the murder of her husband a year ago. One is running her detective agency, and the other is her guardian angel, Mira.

When Mira is killed by a demon, Nicole accepts the help of a Ridge.He is a long haired, cigar smoking diamond in the rough with wings. Things go from bad to worse when a replacement guardian cannot be found.

She has to trust Ridge, which is tricky when she realizes there are no demons or angels, just parasitic aliens that humans have built the myths of these celestial beings around. Ridge isn’t an angel or a devil, but an alien half breed known as a Midworlder.

Nicole finds herself fighting off a Demonic Midworlder who wants to impregnate her so his alien boss can come to Earth. Plus she has an ex priest who wants to attach a demon to her so he can save his friend. She is tough, but has to admit she could do with some help from Ridge, who is as alluring as he is annoying. Amongst all the fighting they manage to fall in love, but nearly lose each other, and their unborn child. What they don’t know is that if they stay together things may change not only for them, but for the future of the world. New rules will have to be drawn up as aliens, humans and Midworlders learn to live with the situation.

This book is the first in a trilogy about other Midworlder couples.

New Beginnings: A writing tip to snag that elusive publishing contract.

So you’ve finished your manuscript…yay! Way to go!

No, seriously, it’s an awesome accomplishment to have poured your heart and soul onto paper (or screen), created memorable characters, and devised a plot twisting story. So kudos to you.

Maybe along the way you’ve had it critiqued, entered a few contests for feedback, and edited it to hell and back, lovingly polishing into a shiny patina.

 

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(Not the visual you’d use? I write paranormal, so I tend to go with the evil witch-type visual, use whatever suits you!)

 

 

What!? You haven’t polished your manuscript yet?

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Well, do it now.

Go ahead…I’ll wait.

 

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

 

Done?

 

Okay, good.

 

Next…research editors and agents. Find one’s who’ll be interested in your story. Stalk them. Yes, I said stalk them, but not in the creepy kind of way…just observe. Find them on their blogs,

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266px-Facebook.svg …they’re there.

Most will be posting about books they want to represent, or books they love, which is your clue as to whether you should send your baby to them or keep looking.

Done that? Good. 

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You’ve received a gazillion rejection letters, had your hopes so high in the clouds only to fall down into the deepest of gutters.

 

*Sigh* Been there, done that.

 

 Forty two times! Yes, you heard me right…47 times, 47 hopes dashed with 47 rejection letters.

 

Every writer has been there, maybe not as many times as myself, but they’ve been there. It’s part of the business of writing. A sucky part, but a part none the less.

 

*Kathryn Stockett’s, The Help, was rejected 60 times before becoming a bestseller.

* Stephen King’s, Carrie, was rejected dozens of times.

*John Grishim’s, A Time to Kill, was rejected by a dozen publishers and 16 agents.

*Margaret Mitchell’s, Gone With the Wind, was rejected 38 times.

 

WE ARE NOT ALONE! (Yes, I’m a huge X-Files fan)

You think you’ll never sign on the elusive dotted line of the much coveted publishing contract, right? Wrong!

Put on your big girl/boy pants, take a deep breath, and listen closely.

To read the rest of this post, I’m guest blogging on Paranormal Romanitcs, so click their banner below to be taken to their website and find out how to snag that elusive publishing contract!

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DRUIDS…Ancient Bad Boys of Summer

I am guest blogging on Paranormal Romantics blog today.

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This month’s theme is Bad Boys of Summer and what better way to start this off than talk about Druids.

Here is a teaser of my post. Click on the banner above to read the full article.

Were Druids the original Hippies?

The Druids, in search of enlightenment, would partake of magic mushrooms. The fly Agaric is one such mushroom. It has been said the Druid would fast for 3 days prior to ingestion. His urine (which would be mostly water and the hallucinogenic components of the mushroom) would then be drunk by others.

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The body absorbs the fly agaric’s hallucinogens first, and then expels the toxins from the stomach. The hallucinogenic chemicals then exert their influence on the body and are expelled unaltered in the urine.

As terrible as this sounds, I found I had to put this in my novel, Protect Her, which features an evil Druid, Lailoken.

 

Be sure to head on over to Paranormal Romantics p

and find out all about the Druids:

How they may have been the original Hippies,

What kinds of sacrifices they specialized in performing,

What holidays they observed,

Sacred trees,

Fortune telling,

…And where they are now.

Can you write during a natural disaster?

I have been invited to join the…My Writing Process Blog Tour, and today, April 28, 2014 is my day. Now, had I not waited until the last minute to write this post, I wouldn’t be trying to write in between Tornado Warning sirens and Lightning strikes, but that is exactly what I am doing. Image

I wanted to give heartfelt condolences to those affected by the tornado outbreak yesterday in Arkansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma, and say a prayer for all those in its path today.

That being said…  Can you write during an impending natural disaster? A hurricane, tornado, earthquake, blizzard?  Would love to hear from you guys as to wether,  WEATHER can inspire or hinder your creative juices. Please leave a reply and let me know.

Okay, on with the blog tour…

I want to thank my friend and fellow author, Patty Taylor Koontz, who invited me to participate in this tour. She has a great page on Fairie Magic …check it out.

What am I working on now?

I am finishing the final editing and polishing of my paranormal romance titled, Avenge Her. It is the second novel in The Druid’s Curse series. The first novel, Protect Her, will be released with Soul Mate Publishing October, 2014.

Avenge Her:

When a plan set in motion centuries ago threatens Malcolm Campbell’s godchild, he must overcome his hatred of all things magical to protect those he loves. A blizzard traps a beautiful witch in his castle and tests the strength of his vow of celibacy. She insists she can help him against the malevolent being threatening his godchild, but learning to trust a witch is one thing, learning to forgive her kind and fight by her side is another. Somehow Malcolm must do both before the evil that lurks seals his godchild’s fate.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

My series feature a Druid as the antagonist. I have not found too many novels with Druids, and the one’s that I’ve seen or read, feature the Druid as either the hero or heroine.

Why do I write what I do?

I have always been drawn to anything Celtic, mythical, paranormal and romantic. I also love genealogy and history and I have tried to combine all these elements into my books in effort to give the reader a ride they wont forget. I want to make them worry, startle, smile and cry, and, hopefully, leave them wanting more.

How does my writing process work?

My novels start with a character, a location, and a general idea of how it will end. I open the computer, close my eyes and let the book play out as a movie in my mind. I then type what I saw.

I am far from a plotter. I begin with a scene and the ending in mind, and then try to get my characters in all kinds of drama and trouble before they reach their happy ever after. Torture is so good for them. Most of the time, by the time I reach the end, it has changed dramatically from the idea I had when I started. The characters, and plots surprise the heck out of me, and I hope my readers as well.

I guess I shall compare my writing process to a tornado as they are weighing heavy on my mind today. I have a central point and my characters, plot twists, and locations get sucked into the vortex until they blow into a story. I then take everything that’s landed and clean it up.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little more. The blog tour continues with a wonderful author, and friend…

Maureen Bonatch, she will be posting on May 5, 2014. Be sure to check her out.

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Remember, let me know how weather affects your writing!

Sophia

 

July 2013- The Next Best Thing

July 2013

The next Best Thing Blog

1: What is the working title of your book(s)?

Protect Her is the first novel in The Cursed Trilogy.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I first dreamed of Lailoken (Protect Her’s villain) when I was 18, he has been annoyingly persistent in pushing me to write his story ever since.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Paranormal Romance

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Amanda Seyfried and model Jared Koronkiewicz.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

True love conquers the test of time.  Such is the story of two lovers bound by fate, torn apart by evil and reunited by perseverance.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I am currently seeking representation with a traditional publishing house. I want to hold the book in my hands.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Seven months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I wanted to write a sweet, sexy romantic story with paranormal elements. A kind of Twilight grows up.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Lailoken, the Druid High Priest pushed, and my interest in Scottish and Polish mythology pulled me along.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Lailoken, the Druid High Priest, unleashes something dark and sinister in the 13th century. It waits. It watches, and seven hundred and twenty years later, it finds what it wants.

Golden Alexander, twenty years old and sheltered by her loved ones, jumps at the chance to move across the country to rural Vermont. She finds her new start isn’t what she expected as unexplained events and undeniable cravings for a stranger she’s dreamed of for years, plague her. Kris Pietka, a twenty-seven-year-old bachelor, is happy with his life the way it is. He hasn’t the time or the need for the complications of a relationship, especially with the petite blonde that suddenly consumes his world.

With their lives thrown together by supernatural circumstances, and a bond forged centuries ago, desire burns hot. Kris tries to deny his feelings for Golden as the need to protect her grows. Throughout history a fiery death befalls bound lovers. This knowledge does nothing to dampen the flames burning within them as a battle for love rages. They travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Highlands of Scotland in search for answers, hoping to release their ancient binding. A battle for love rages within them, but the Other watches, it covets, and time is running out. Death is coming for them.

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