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Guest Author: Taylor Keating (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is Taylor Keating – a pseudonym for two Atlantic Canadian writers.  The second book in their Guardian series, Mind Games, will hit bookshelves tomorrow.  Please join me in welcoming Catherine and Paula here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  You can read an excerpt from Mind Games here.  Book 3 will be available in December 2011.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Game Over.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Catherine and Paula!

And…Action!

By Taylor Keating

I love action. I love blowing things up, torturing characters, and making life difficult in general. My husband and co-workers will tell you my writing life isn’t all that much different from my every day one.

In my writing life this sadistic streak is a desirable trait.

In order for a story to move forward, something has to happen. If a writer wants something to happen, s/he needs to write action. Hopefully, the action is interesting.

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states:

The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force F on a second body, the second body exerts a force –F on the first body. F and –F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law, with F called the “action” and –F the “reaction”. The action and the reaction are simultaneous.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

You can’t have action without reaction, and unless the writer wants the reader to die of boredom, the cycle of action/reaction in a story has to be driven by conflict. Where’s the fun in reading about passive characters getting all the good things in life handed to them?

Who makes headline news?

In Mind Games, Book 2 in the Guardian Series, we put in lots and lots of conflict. Conflict can be physical or emotional, but it’s always about the main characters overcoming some sort of obstacle that keeps them from getting what they want.  Each scene in the story has a goal and several layers of conflict. (I know this because I have the notes.) Each scene ends in disaster. Some disasters are worse than others, causing either renewed determination to achieve the goal, or a shift in what the character wants or thinks they want.

Occasionally, my writing partner would take the whip from me and gently point out that our main characters, River and Hawk, need a love scene. We are, after all, writing a romance. A love scene is still action, it still needs a reaction, and it has to progress the story.

But we make them earn that love scene.  River and Hawk aren’t going to get to sleep their way to the finish line.  A love scene is their reward for upping the story stakes. If written properly, that love scene is going to mess with their heads and create emotional conflict, or require some sort of concession on someone’s part.

Put up or shut up, baby.

Keeping characters so obviously meant for each other apart for three books has been no easy feat. We think we created a great conflict for River and Hawk’s romance in Mind Games. We let them have their love scenes, but we totally messed with them at the same time. To avoid a spoiler, let me just say that at the end of Game Over, River creates a situation that is going to make the love scenes difficult in Mind Games. They get them—they just don’t get to enjoy them as much as they’d like.

We had to save some of the rewards for Book 3.

Synopsis (Product Description):

River Weston thinks her problems are over. She managed to escape the virtual world of her video game—and the clutches of the Dark Lord who attempted to enslave her—with body and mind intact. But her return to the real world is anything but easy. Framed for monstrous crimes she didn’t commit, and hunted by members of a dark government agency, it is all she can do to stay one step ahead of her pursuers.

Guardian Chase Hawkins gained his freedom from the Dark Lord’s prison, but it came with a heavy price. Trapped in another man’s body, his soul slowly deteriorating, Hawk knows he must return to his world—and his body—before the damage is irreparable.

Racing against time, River and Hawk know that in order to have a future together, they must work to reveal the secrets hidden in River’s past.

Author Bios:

Catherine Verge

A multi published author in the romance genre under another pen name, Catherine is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Catherine can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

A maritime native and former financial officer, Catherine has lived all over Canada but has finally settled down in her childhood hometown with her family.

Paula M. Fox

The other half of Taylor Keating, Paula grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was going to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.

University followed. A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun.

She now works in the Aerospace industry, which surprises everyone who knows her. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can. New York and Brussels are tied for her favorite cities of all time.

She reads in all genres, which isn’t surprising considering her life is all over the board, but fantasy and paranormal romance are her writing loves. Sorry Dad, Louis L’Amour’s job was already taken.

You can visit Taylor Keating around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Game Over.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Why is River ready to sell her soul?

Hint: http://www.taylorkeating.com/books/game-over/

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +4 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, June 6th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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19 Responses to “Guest Author: Taylor Keating (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    Too easy :) smooth out the glitches in her latest project

    I am a follower.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  2. Lindsey HutchisonNo Gravatar
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    i follow you on fb and i re-shared the contest

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Faerie-Tales/117482811619711?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/lindsey.hutchison1

    and my answer is to save the soul of the man she has grown to love

    babydoll82959307(at)aol(dot)com

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    to smooth out the glitches in her latest project
    GFC follower and twitter follower @mbreakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Julia SmithNo Gravatar
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    I love your writing sadistic streak – keep it coming!

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  5. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    I have not read any of these books, but I would think River is willing to sell her soul to save Hawk. I must agree, action is so key to a great story. Game Over is on my wish list.

    I’m following you.

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  6. Leagh CNo Gravatar
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    * To smooth out the glitches in her latest project
    * GFC follower
    * Twitter follower @leaghmaria
    * tweeted about the contest

    leaghchristensen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Anne MacFarlaneNo Gravatar
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    Love lots of action in my books. Can’t wait to read the second in this series and find out what happens to River and Chase.

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  8. Ann G.No Gravatar
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    Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project.

    I have not read your books yet, but they sound very interesting.

    I’m following you.

    moc.loanull@9502EenaJ

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  9. Bonnie HNo Gravatar
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    Hi *Taylor*! Don’t enter me in the contest, I have my MOST EXCELLENT copy of Game Over and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Mind Games!! LOVE LOVE LOVE Game Over – totally unique and action-packed, it gave me an insight into my son and hubby’s gaming obsession LOL Kind of reminded me of that old show HARSH REALM – which of course was cancelled GRRR
    Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Taylor! The answer to the question is to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! +1 for comment and +1 for Follower ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  11. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. Unfortunately, a Dark Lord takes her up on her offer.
    Wow, sounds like a great story, I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    *To Smooth the glitches of her latest project
    *GFC Miranda Grissom, Twitter/Randa781
    *Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Randa781/status/72876859725062144

    moc.liamgnull@mossirg.adnarim

    I have heard fabulous things about Game Over!!Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :)

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  13. Bev PettersenNo Gravatar
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    Congratulations on Mind Games. Love the title and the series you’re created. Glad there’s a third one coming! (River wants to fix the glitches in her project.)

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  14. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Though not a gamer this book sounds like it is full of wonderful, scary possibilities! Must have!

    To smooth out the glitches in her latest project
    GFC -Lisa Richards
    Twitter @alterlisa
    FB- Lisa Ann Richards
    http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/73024533816279040

    (\___/)
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  15. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    To smooth out the glitches in her latest project.

    +3 follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

    +4 entries for tweeting https://twitter.com/#!/tessaa99/status/74279990316892160

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  16. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    to smooth out the glitches in her latest project

    I’m a gfc and twitter follower
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    To smooth out the glitches in her latest project. Would love to win this book.
    lynnflagler(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Cathy MNo Gravatar
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    Congrats on the release of Mind Games, and thanks for the chance to win a copy of Game Over.

    answer: to smooth out the glitches in her latest project

    gfc follower

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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    *To Smooth out the glitches in her latest project*

    I soo want to get my hands on this book, thanks so much for the chance to win

    GFC follower

    tweeted-http://twitter.com/#!/joleneallcock/status/77884272500932609

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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