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Write Divas Character Sheets Are Here!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Special Features | 2 comments

Write Divas Character Sheets Are Here!

I wrote about making your own character sheets last year right around this time. You can find that article HERE.  In honor of the one year anniversary of my article, I thought it would be a great time to have pre-made character sheets available to our readers! YAY! Simply, download the Character Sheets PDF and you’re golden. There is no arguing that using these types of sheets can be very helpful while writing your book. It’s an easy go-to for basic information on each character. Since we all tend to forget the details sometimes, using sheets are a no-brainer. The Write Divas Character Sheet is our gift for you. Print it out, fill in the blanks, take notes, sketch character likeness, laminate it…whatever you want. It’s an easy reference that we took the work out, making it easier for you to organize your planning and research before, during, and after you write your manuscripts. Look ahead for Write Diva Setting Sheets and Plot Sheets. The Divas and I want you to write the best you can with the best tools you can find. Any little bit helps and we hope that using our character sheets can encourage you to become all you can be as a writer....

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Review: Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #4) by Paige Weaver

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Diva Review | 0 comments

Review: Promise Me Forever (Promise Me #4) by Paige Weaver

From the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, Paige Weaver, comes the epic conclusion of her fourth book, Promise Me Once… In the weak, there is strength. In despair, there is hope. My world was dark. Survival was tough. But the end of the world saved me. It taught me to love. To go on living. In its darkness, I found myself. In its bleakness, I found hope. I wasn’t the girl I used to be. I was stronger. I was with the man I loved. The cowboy with a quiet presence who took what he wanted, including me. He showed me love and gave me strength. He touched me and I was never the same. I didn’t want to love him but I couldn’t resist. I was his. But the world was trying to tear us apart. Love may save us or it may be our destruction. We may die for it or sacrifice everything to keep it. The choice will not be simple. Live or die. Love or lose. I was about to find out which one… Diva Review: FOUR STARS The latest installment in the Promise Me series by Paige Weaver didn’t disappoint! I have followed Weaver’s post-apocalyptic series since the beginning. The first two books were about Ryder and Maddie and their struggle around the start of the EMP attack. I loved reading how they navigated their new world and how they survived the harsh environment. Just think: What would you do if an EMP knocked out everything in the US.? What kind of life do you think would be left for people who are so dependent on electronics? It essentially puts civilization back more than 100 years. The way of life everyone has come to know would be forever lost. It’s very compelling. Check out my reviews for Promise Me Darkness and Promise Me Light. The post-apocalyptic world interests me so much. I really devoured all these books. When Cash and Cat’s story popped up in book 3, Promise Me Once, I was super excited. In part because the series was still going and because Cash was one of my favorite character from the first two books. He’s that loner cowboy type that had so much brewing under the surface. Yum! In book 3 we venture outside life on the farm where book 1 and 2 were set. The reader got to see more of what the world turned into as a result of the EMP attack. The war, the way people had to survive, and how humanity had turned into something unrecognizable. Cash and Cat were the main focus of book 3, and we learned of their shared past while seeing them reunite and fall for each other as they face the dangers of a vigilante type town called Hillside—a town thrown back in time. It’s the Old West reinvented. Men are in charge, they rule with martial law, women have taken a submissive role, and the leaders have no qualms about killing to protect what they think is right. Even if their version of right is really very wrong. Phew! Of course, Cash and Cat, along with their family, get mixed up with Hillside, their lawlessness, and the men who personally harmed Cash’s sister and Cat. Promise Me Forever picks up right where we were left off in book 3. Cat had just gotten shot and Cash was trying desperately to get his loved ones out of Hillside. When they do get out, Cash struggles with his love for Cat. He wants what’s best for her, but he feels that his love for her is only going to hurt her in the long run. It’s a tired trope. Sigh. It’s the only thing in the book that didn’t jive well with me. Their back and forth love/hate relationship didn’t really mean anything to the story of survival. It felt forced. BUT, I will say besides that, I enjoyed their fight for one another when the men from Hillside came back for Cat. (The men of Hillside used Cat as...

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New Release: Homewrecker Incorporated by S. Simone Chavous

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Diva Promotions | 0 comments

New Release: Homewrecker Incorporated by S. Simone Chavous

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE TODAY!!!  TITLE: Homewrecker Incorporated Author: S. Simone Chavous Publisher: Indie Pages: 326 Genre: Romance Without love, marriage is just business. At least that’s what Claudia Mason tells the women who seek her firm’s unique services. With wealthy husbands who see their wedding rings as meaningless pieces of jewelry, they trust Claudia to do whatever is necessary to gather the hard evidence needed to shatter an ironclad prenup. She is the best in the business and has yet to meet a mark she couldn’t get the goods on—solidifying her belief that no man can be trusted. After landing a client who is her ticket to retirement, she is on top of the world. Until a chance encounter with Greyston Michaels turns her carefully controlled world upside down. Greyston shows Claudia a part of herself she thinks she’s lost, making her question everything she believes about men—and love. But in Claudia’s world, following her heart is bad for business. And business is everything. Exclusive Excerpt   After a brief moment of stunned gawking, I managed a smile and tore my gaze from those sexy, full lips. I didn’t know how I forced my legs to move me onto that elevator. Once I was on, I turned my back in an attempt to guard myself from him. “What floor?” His tone sounded amused, although the alluring timbre of his voice sent a shiver down my spine. The one we were standing on would have sufficed for what I had in mine. “Um, seven,” I replied over my shoulder. My voice caught slightly in my throat. God, he smelled divine, like leather and fresh spring rain. He reached forward around me. I could feel his eyes on me while he pressed the button to take us up. It was hard to breathe so near him, as if all the oxygen burned away by the sizzling attraction between us. I’d known he was gorgeous before, I’d met plenty of attractive men in my life, but this was different. I tried again to remind myself he was just another job. I couldn’t afford to lose control. Still, standing so close to him, I realized what I’d seen of him before was like gazing at a distant star. You recognized its light, its beauty, but it wasn’t until you were sucked into its orbit you could fully appreciate its power. That’s how I felt being alone in his presence. As if some invisible yet undeniable force was drawing me in. Gravity. “This must be my lucky day.” I chanced a glance over my shoulder as he resumed his relaxed position against the wall, seemingly unaffected. My stomach tightened and I pulled the portfolio closer to my chest. I was certain he could hear my heart pounding in the relative silence. No, fuck that. I had to get it together. It was just a simple case of instant chemistry, and he was just another man—a job, nothing more, nothing less. Sure, I’d never felt anything like it before, but that didn’t matter. So what if he’d caught me off guard, and I’d wanted to fuck him the instant I laid eyes on him. It might not have been exactly what I’d planned for, but this was an opportunity, not only to get the job done, but also to have one hell of a good time doing it. I could roll with it. Links Amazon || Barnes & Noble || iBooks || Kobo || Facebook || Goodreads || Twitter  || Website   About The Author S. Simone Chavous is a contemporary and paranormal romance author. Her debut trilogy, The Fate Series, has been a best seller in the paranormal romance category. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, sketching, cooking, and spending time with family. She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters, and their rambunctious Vizsla.   To learn more about S. Simone, please visit: www.ssimonechavous.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ssimonechavous....

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New Release: SNACK by Emme Burton

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Diva Promotions | 0 comments

New Release: SNACK by Emme  Burton

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE TODAY!!!  TITLE: SNACK Author: Emme Burton Publisher: Indie Pages: 172 Genre: Romance   Marcus “Snack” Snackenberg is a born lady-killer. When Minnie Cooper moves back to her dad’s hometown as a child with her two brothers and Star Wars action figures in tow, they become immediate friends. By junior high, Minnie, although unaware, is in love with him. Snack is completely in touch with his feelings for her. Sometimes the villain in the story isn’t a person. Sometimes it’s time. And space. And fear. Fear of losing the best friend you’ve ever had. Snack. An overnight romance… twenty-six years in the making.     Exclusive Excerpt Snack plops down on the bed next to where I’m standing. Reaching out for my boxers, he takes the hem between his thumb and forefinger and tugs it lightly. The back of his finger grazes my upper thigh, leaving tingly warmth in its wake. “Nice boxers,” he says. “Whose are they?” I have no idea. Probably my dad’s or Clip’s. I shrug. “I’ll bring you some of mine. I only want you wearing mine from now on.” “Uh, O-Kay.” I stutter in response to his demand and most definitely his touch. I have no problem with that. Must be another one of Snack’s weird possessive things. Snack twists the fabric of my boxers around his fingers and pulls me toward him. “Come here and kiss me. I can’t believe you haven’t kissed me yet.” My heart thumps out of control and my brain is frozen. I’ve heard actors say things like that in movies, but in real life? I guess it does actually happen.   Links Amazon || iBooks || Kobo || Facebook || Goodreads || Twitter  About The Author Emme Burton is the author of the Better Than series: Better Than Me, Fix It For Us and most recently Still Into You. A standalone, SNACK, is coming in Winter 2016. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing husband and sons, and her “fur boy.” Emme has never, ever been lost in a mall either as a child or an adult. Her mother, and now her family, have always known where to find her. At the...

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Divas Rec: Cut These Seven Words

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Divas Recommend | 2 comments

Divas Rec: Cut These Seven Words

Before we get into overused words and phrases in writing: HAPPY NEW YEAR!! *Throws confetti* It’s 2016 and time for some new resolutions. I resolve to write for myself at least an hour a day. We’ll see how that works out for me. Ha! Anyhoo… Way back in 2013 one of my articles about overused words and phrases got a small amount of attention when it was shared and retweeted by Kindle Unlimited. To me that’s a great success. Little old Diva Lauren wrote an article people read and enjoyed. Go me and go Write Divas! My bubble of excitement soon burst when I read some of the comments people left on Facebook and Twitter. We all know those comments, am I right? They didn’t agree with many of my suggested overused words such as is and was. “How can you overuse the word is? It’s impossible!”  Ugh! For a quick moment I thought words like is or was needed to be in left in. Then I smartened up and realized I shouldn’t second guess myself again based on what a few readers had commented wrongly on. There, I said it: They were wrong. Oh, that feels good to say. *Happy sigh* I stuck to my guns in my right assessment as author after author I had read or edited overused passive voice in their books. Why didn’t they see these overused words like I did? After almost three years since my original article had published, I found that it was time to remind writers what they could do to eliminate overused words and phrases in their work. This time I found a simple article to share along with my own that can help strengthen any author’s writing. Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words by Joe Bunting is an excellent article that tells you how and what words and phrases to edit from your manuscripts. Take a look and leave him a comment. And here’s my article again: Overused Words and Phrases ...

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