Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GUEST BLOG Circle of Dreams by Jane S. Morrissey

The first book in the Quytel Series: Circle of Dreams, started the most recent chapter of my journey as a writer. As I reflect on those early days of sitting down with a blank page and an idea, it amuses me to remember my own arrogance and naiveté. If there is anything I’ve learned in this process, and there have been quite a few hard lessons - one of them is how humbling it is to write.  It seemed my mantra early on was – how hard could that be?

As Circle of Dreams began to take form, I had to deal with writing my first sex scene. I figured it would be as easy to write about sex as it was to read a hot scene. A breeze, right?

Well, you see right away where my first major challenge emerged…

It’s not as easy as it looks, I’ll tell you. To describe a tender, intimate, exciting, amusing and arousing interaction with metaphor, description, and dialogue as your primary tools is a little bit excruciating.

Tune in for my guest blog tomorrow on: The Book Junkie Reads for 10 tips on how to write a good sex scene!

The thing that got me in the beginning was thinking: My mother is going to read this.

Once the thought occurred to me I couldn’t write for two days …

Desperate to get through my writer’s block, I started reading a great book which I highly recommend: The Joy of Writing Sex byElizabeth Benedict.

In the end, my work around was to create a PG-13 draft version for my family. All these years later, I hope we are all prepared for the full, R-rated version because there is nowhere to hide, for them or for me, from here on out.

Circle of Dreams, has been a labor of love. Through Bri and Cole’s developing romance I learned so much about writing intimacy, sex, and emotional connection. As they come into contact with the Quytel and discover a world where phenomenal psychic power exists in parallel with our reality, I found a platform to let my creativity loose and a world I want to play in for a while.

Look out for Book 2 in the Quytel Series, Circle of Flames which will be released on November 14th!

Circle of Dreams
Quytel Series
Book One
Jane S. Morrissey

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Fiction

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, New York

Date of Publication: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-68291-297-3

Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 100,959

Cover Artist: Melody Pond, Soul Mate Publishing

Tagline: Spheres of power usher a new and dangerous secret

Book Description:

Leader of an elite psychic team, Cole Courtland is a shape-shifting wolf with a deep connection to the power of the Earth. His investigation of a string of mysterious murders throws him into the dangerous world of the Quytel and leads him straight to Brianna Doherty’s door.

Bri is plagued by vicious nightmares of death and pain that leave her wondering about her own history. When her home is under siege, an enigmatic stranger appears out of nowhere to save her.

Thrown together in a tangle of desire and danger, they are pulled deeper into the secretive world of the Quytel, an ancient order charged with maintaining the balance of psychic and paranormal power on earth. Staying one step ahead of those who would destroy them, they struggle to unravel the truth of Bri’s past and her family legacy. As her relationship with Cole grows stronger, the reality of who Bri is threatens to tear them apart.

Bri knew him. It had been his face in her nightmare. His presence had soothed and calmed her that night. He stood right in front of her now and had just ripped the door off a room no one should have been able to find.
Please don’t let him be my enemy, she whispered in her mind. Who else could he be?
Holding the gun more firmly locked on her target, Bri hoped it deterred him because she knew she would never be able to shoot this beautiful man.
“Are you going to shoot me?” His voice, strong and clear, didn’t sound too worried.
Bri shivered. A sharp stab of desire shot straight through her, and at first she didn’t really register his words.
“We don’t have much time,” he pressed.
A thud downstairs startled her. The man moved fast. She had no time to react before he snatched the 9-millimeter easily out of her hand. He tucked it into the waistband of his jeans and grabbed her other arm.
His touch was electric. When he took a step closer, he crowded her and she could almost feel the hard muscles of his broad chest. The loss of her gun left her completely vulnerable.
He placed a finger lightly against her trembling lips and her stomach did a slow roll. “Don’t move. Don’t yell.” He whispered the words softly into the shell of her ear. “I’m here to help you, Brianna. You have to trust me.”
She shivered. How did he know her name? She felt trapped, caught in an overpowering spell that heated her body. She was tall, but he was taller. And gorgeous, much better looking than she remembered from her nightmare. A part of her recognized she should be far more frightened of him than she was.
“There are men downstairs tearing your house apart right now. I have no idea why they’re searching for you. I can get you out of here, but we have to go now.” A quiet command. “I’m not here to hurt you. Trust me.”
Bri took a defensive step away. He didn’t let her go far, silver-gray eyes holding hers, willing her to believe him. The secret passageways inside the walls of the house would be too risky now that the room had been exposed.

About the Author:

Jane Morrissey is a paranormal romance writer who loves romance, magic, and writing. Her paranormal romantic mysteries will keep you reading late into the night. Jane spends her time writing, enjoying the glorious California Coast near her home and spending as much time as she can with family and friends.


Meredith said...

I can completely relate to the writer's block. Sometimes I have a great idea, but just can't get it to come out the right way.

Jane S. Morrissey said...

Thank you for hosting!