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Hi Passionate Inkers,

What is your writing schedule these days? I’m trying to put more of an emphasis on the schedule part by putting my writing schedule first. It’s easy to find other tasks that I could be doing, then before I know it, the day is half gone and it’s time to make dinner or take my daughter to volleyball practice. If I can get my writing done in the morning, it seems to actually get done. I also find that if I write down my word count every night before I go to bed, it helps me stay on track. At the end of the week—usually Friday because Saturday and Sunday we’re doing other things and I may not write—I find it oddly rewarding to see how many words I’ve gotten in the past week. Even day to day, I’m amazed at how much writing I can actually get done in one day!…if I sit and write!

I don’t have a door on my office so people come and go—mainly my kids—and I can hear my husband coming in and out of the house or watching TV it can be distracting. But writing that word count every day is so rewarding and holds me accountable.


I also find that it’s easier to write when you know what you’re writing about. Right? We all know our story idea.  But unless you’re the crazy plotter who writes an outline for every chapter before you dive in,  we don’t know how to fill each chapter. We don’t know all the little details that are taking place.

I’m a panster…mostly, can you tell? So it’s especially rewarding to know what my next chapter is going to be like, where the scene takes place and what’s going to happen to move the story forward. My word count goes higher when I know these things. My word count also gets higher when I give myself permission to just write the chapter and make time to come back and add more. It’s easy to get hung up on little things. I’ve done it numerous times. So again, I’ve been telling myself, just keep writing and go back when I’m done. 

With this crazy year, I have one kid home and the other at school, it’s easier than ever for me to get sidetracked.  When that happens, the little details about what’s coming next in the story distract me even more and I put my writing on the back burner.


What have you been doing to stay consistent? To write everyday? To get your word count in for the week? Because we all know that the book isn’t going to write itself!

Ashley 

Ashley Bostock
President, Passionate Ink

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Ryan Osborn reported that his first self published story, Grow Old Along With Me, is available in August.

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Meet:  Mira Noire 

 
The Redemption book coverMira Noire decided as a little girl that she
wanted to be a writer after reading the work of Charlotte Bronte.  Mira writes contemporary erotic romance. Her advice for newbie writers would be, “Pace yourself and outline.” Dialogue ad tension in erotic scenes, she states, are her strengths.  The biggest challenges as a writer are losing momentum and being disciplined enough to write regularly.  Her advice to combat this is reading other works, or watching inspiring new content like a movie or television show.  Outside of her writing, Mira enjoys UJAM, Karaoke, and video games.  If Mira had a Parrot for a writing partner it would repeat, “I’m sleepy.”  Mira lives in California, USA. 

Meet:  Barbra Campbell

 
The Redemption book coverAfter a brain injury that reset her personality and caused a bunch of other chaos, Barbra Campbell had to relearn who she was and discovered a desire to write, with an emphasis on Short, steamy/erotic romance. When she’s not turning up the passion on the pages of her stories, Barbra enjoys playing the cello, hiking, paddle boarding and as she puts it, craving pies and pudding. She deals with writer’s block by telling herself to write one sentence, or write for five minutes, or skip to a new section, or write whatever’s in her head even if it is not related. Barbra deals with distraction by designating her work hours and if not actively working on a manuscript or promoting it, she will ask herself if what she’s doing is advancing her towards her goals. If her answer is no, she sets that task aside and gets back to work. As a writer, Barbra states her biggest challenge is self-doubt. She has huge confidence issues and is always second-guessing herself. However, she has some awesome critique partners she can trust to tell her when she writes garbage, so she’s learned to trust her writing if her CPs don’t give her any kickback. Barbra lives in Western Colorado.

Meet:  Charlotte Black 

The Redemption book coverCharlotte Black has written since she was in school, and been an avid reader since forever.  She enjoyed the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyers, and wanted to play in Ms. Meyers’s sandbox.  That’s when she started writing Twilight fanfic. She met some amazing people she’s still friends with through that fandom. There she learned to hone her craft in a way she would not have in a writing class.
Charlotte loves writing high-heat level anything and is currently tending towards LGBTQ+ romance focusing on M/M.  Two (or more) men together is fire. 
Charlotte’s advice to the newbie writer, would be to find your people. The ones who will be your cheerleaders while executing a brutal spanking (on your work, get your mind out of the gutter!) People who will both give you valuable help while being honest with you are to be treasured and held close.  Also, more generally, read a lot in the genres you write in to get an idea of what’s out there and what readers expect.  Hone your craft and learn all you can, and expect to write shitty drafts.  That’s how we learn and it’s unavoidable, so embrace it.  Her strengths in writing stem from the fact she is also a professional editor so her work is clean to start with.
Her greatest challenges are writers block and time management.  She states that she needs deadlines and structure.  Currently her creativity has been pretty much non-existent during the *GESTURES WILDLY* all this, but the urge to write is slowing coming back.  She’s doing her best to be kind to herself. 
If she had a parrot for a writing partner, it would be an F-word connoisseur. So most likely saying, “What the fuck did I mean when I wrote this?”  Or “What the fuck did I just write?”  Charlotte Black lives in New Mexico, USA. 

Member New and Upcoming Releases


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Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors on their new releases!
Due to a technical issues on the newsletter editors end, books from Harley Wylde and Lia Violet did not make the last newsletter issue. We are adding them to this newsletter. 
My sincerest apologies!

Dagger  Devil's Fury MC #4

By Harley Wylde
Release Date: June 12, 2020

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I never planned to fall in love, and certainly not with an other man or a sexy senorita with a little boy.  My brothers in the Devil's Fury MC will never accept our relationship. Or will they? Now that I have the family I've always wanted I'll fight to keep them, even if it means defying the men I call family or going head-to-head with the Mexican cartel.
 
No one will take them from me. 
 
Dagger is a contemporary MMF romance.
 

Bearly Married

By Lia Violet
Release Date: July, 2020

The Redemption book coverNatalie is in charge of badly needed library fundraising. Her barely clothed calendar idea was raising money - and the hackles of Police Chief Tom, a handsome bear shifter she can't. get off her mind. 

He thought they were mates. She thought they were Bearly Married. 



 
http://www.liaviolet.com/

Fireworks
By Passionate Ink 
Release Date: July 1, 2020

 
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Fireworks: A Passionate Ink Anthology

All steamy. In this anthology you will find a variety of genres: Historical, erotic, shifter, new adult.

A collection of stories from:
-Lyla Bellatas
-Barbra Campbell
-C.E. DeRosier
-Cindy Redding
-Jennifer Kayne
-Jane Colt
-Michal Scott

All royalties will be donated to ProLiteracy.
 
Cover Design: Nikki Sloane

Casting A Spell 

By P.E. Kavanagh
Release Date: July 1, 2020


The Redemption book coverGetting outed as a witch is the worst thing that's ever happened to Libra. The last straw? The big, dumb bodyguard who thinks he can protect her from a witch-hating gang. As if.

Ash has one foot out of the life he’s grown to hate. One more
job--guarding the most powerful Magical in the country—and he’s
done. He can handle her crappy attitude, but he’s pretty sure she’s
put a spell on him, because he can’t stop thinking about her.

Working together might be their only hope. Becoming lovers might just kill them.
 

Adrian's Firecracker

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: July 3, 2020

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As the first female Sales Manager to work under my new boss, I was ready to hold my own. But my first day on the job, I nearly fell prey to his charm.

I hadn’t been saving myself for Mr. Right only to hand the goods over to a player, so I did what any rational woman would do… I kept a journal documenting how exactly wrong he was for me.





 

dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

Genius Junkie

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: July 10, 2020


The Redemption book coverLooks, attitude, intelligence, and a ton of other factors complicated the primal urge of attraction I'd always assumed would come naturally.

If I loved a guy, he should love me back... WRONG! Finding the elusive guy who could respect my mind without letting his ego get in the way proved impossible. I'd tried. But no matter how many times I gave my heart away, I ended up getting it back. That's why I'd ended up studying attraction and pheromones.

What would it hurt to give myself an advantage?
 
 
dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

Secrets & Second Chances 

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: July 15, 2020


The Redemption book coverOne night wasn’t supposed to dictate a person’s future, but it did since I got pregnant the first time I had sex. Add to that a couple of arrests and furious parents and you summed up the night I lost my virginity.

Every decision stood to make someone mad. Keeping my life manageable meant I had to go with my heart and keep my blinders on. Then Maddox found me and pulled my blinders off.

I could no longer hide from my decisions.
He said he loved me. It was time to find out if that love was unconditional.
 

 
dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

Roman's Return 

By Amber Anthony
Release Date: July 15, 2020


The Redemption book coverConner

A young cowboy with his boots in the Texas dirt and his heart set on flying fighter jets, until love makes a course correction on a flight to meet his unknown father. 

Skyler

An artist gifted beyond her years stands up for herself and wins a place at a prestigious art institute. A stalker shadows her path and drives her back to the last place she was happy.
 
Their Fate

Each had dreams tailoring their perfect futures. Will their long-held dreams nurture their love? Or, will the tolls of achieving their ambitions drive them apart?
 

The Glittering World Anthology

By Various Authors 
Release Date: July 21, 2020


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Ten, never-before-released short stories fill The Glittering World Charity Anthology with tales that will take you away.

Created with love, authors S.E. Smith, Elle Boon, Trinity Blacio, Jamie K. Schmidt, Stephanie Burke, Wendi Zwaduk, Lia Violet, Kate Richards, L. Loren, and Barb Shuler have teamed up to support The Navajo Nation fundraising efforts in their fight against COVID-19.

These ten unique Paranormal and Futuristic Romance stories are filled with diverse characters you can’t help but fall in love with from a Navajo god to futuristic tales of romance The Glittering World Charity Anthology has a story for everyone.


All the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund.

Come join the fun, sassy and sometimes heated worlds today and find a new hero or heroine to fall in love with while helping a fantastic charity that benefits the Navajo Nation!
 

Finding the Mountain Man 

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: August 1, 2020


The Redemption book coverHeading back home to the mountains should have been a simple trip to see my brothers. I’d escaped the rugged lifestyle as soon as I was old enough. The last thing I planned on doing was giving my heart to a mountain man. Then I met Neil.

Neil – I was making my dream of living in the mountains come true. Life was hard but simple, and I didn’t want it any other way. Then Bailey came to visit her brothers and I couldn’t stop myself from falling for her.

Was there any way to make it work when we wanted entirely different lifestyles?
 
dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

The Sicilian's Betrayal 

By Cindy Redding 
Release Date: August 12, 2020


The Redemption book coverThe Sicilian’s Betrayal
Elizabeth Ferguson comes face to face with Ricardo DiMarco, the Sicilian billionaire she despises. Years before, Ricardo, took her innocence, used her, and tossed her out of his life. Now, Liz must keep her secret from the man she loved.

Ricardo never stopped lusting for Liz, who left him to marry another. Finding her single and working in a jewelry store, Ricardo devises a tantalizing revenge, to have her at his mercy for as long as he wants.

Getting her fired and seducing her with his expert touch is only the beginning. She won’t slip through his fingers this time.
 

Hot for the Pilot

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: August 12, 2020


The Redemption book coverBrandi - All I had to do was get a pilot to make a statement about a top-secret event, details optional. It hadn't seemed difficult until I fell for him and found myself struggling to decide if I was more interested in doing my job or landing the pilot.

Idris - I wouldn't let anything get in the way of serving my country. Then my fellow pilot disappeared and a hack reporter had too much information. She also had my heart. How could I use her resources without putting her in danger?
dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

Full Metal

By Eve Lyn
Release Date: August 17, 2020


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Hayes Stark, lead singer for the band Full Metal, wants sultry bandmate Charm Belrose in his bed—yesterday.
 
Charm uses men to get what she wants, but her growing desire for Hayes has her on a collision course with career suicide.
 
When their bickering and fighting transforms into a lusty rendezvous, they must decide whether to follow their hearts or risk their careers.
 

Belle's Curves

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: August 17, 2020


The Redemption book coverBelle--
Shaking things up was my superpower. So when I managed to shag the professor I’d obsessed over by telling a white lie, it’s no surprise there were repercussions. But despite school policy, I wasn’t about to let the best sex of my life be a one-time thing.

Professor Lewis--
One more boring back-to-school soiree and one more tedious semester before I finished my probationary period from a dropped sexual harassment claim. I’d be eligible for promotion to department head. I was so close. Then I met Belle and all of her curves.

dirty-sweet, insta-love, short story romance!  

Grow Old Along With Me

By Ryan T. Osborn
Release Date: August 27, 2020


The Redemption book coverA Bittersweet Love Triangle. 

Full of the grief of loss, uncommon grace, hope for a new beginning, and told in lyrical form. "Grow Old Along With Me" is the story of Papa and Daddy. Two men who find their illicit love affair brought into the light of day by a dying man's request.

https://lordshiningstarr1.wixsite.com/ryantosborn

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