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Thursday, March 22, 2012

A series is born... and a GIVEAWAY!

Just for fun, I thought we’d chat today about writing a series of stories that evolve and change with each new chapter. The current work I am very excited about is called WARRIOR MINE, and I’m writing it with a partner. That alone is different for me, but in truth is the least of the “new” part of the approach. Most of my readers who’ve followed me for a time know I’ve had an on-going love-hate relationship with role-playing and indeed, role-players. I try to keep an open mind about it all. In this case, the open mind was a good thing. I met my partner via role-play, and damn–he’s good!

So, my battles with Facebook have become the stuff of legend here, and needless to say, I felt the need to create a back-door that would allow me to not lose all my work and contacts when I was disabled for a few days. I think that ended last year when my pages were investigated and cleared. At least I really hope that’s an end to it. In the meantime, Angelique Devereaux was created, and over time she became an entity in her own right. When she met Asher Elliot, magic happened. Magic and passion that is at times brutal, and other times sigh-worthy, but it sure as hell is never boring! From their burgeoning love affair, a book series was born.

Remarkably, the writing on these stories is atypical, too–we role play it in character, and then it’s turned into book format. What may surprise role-players and writers alike is the fact that we don’t discuss the story with each other–we write improv, and the result is amazing. Next week, if all goes well, book two will be out, published by XoXo Publishing™ once again. XoXo has taken a chance on these books, understanding the innovation in story-telling that is both new and old. The series is even slated to be looked at by a television producer once we have enough written to bring to him for a look. All in all, it’s an exciting time.

So, today, as we gear up for the release of Book Two, called Retributions, I’m giving away a copy of Book One to a reader who drops in and lets us know their thoughts. Leave a comment, and you’re in the running for the book. I’ll announce the winner Monday evening, and if all goes well, you’ll also get an ARC for Book Two!

Feel free to drop by Angie’s Keep, too, and join the group if you’re curious to watch the stories come to life - Angelique's Keep


Also, here's a look at the stunning cover art for Book Two:


15 comments:

  1. I loved Warrior Mine can't wait to read Retribution!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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  2. I for one am glad you've had such a positive experience with role play writing, Denyse. I discovered it just under two years ago, and it's been an incredible journey, and I can tell you from experience, having a great partner makes all the difference, and it all led to our first publication and I hope many more. I've been incredibly fortunate in that regard. Good luck with the series!!!!!

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  3. Andie, and Aaron - thank you both for stopping by. All experiences are unique, and while I haven't had overly happy experiences with role-play, I am happy I've been open-minded about it all, because meeting Asher has been both gift and blessing. Much good luck to you, also, Aaron - and Andie - lovely to see you again, and thank you - I am SO happy you enjoyed book one! :)

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  4. I haven't yet read the book that you are offering...but I'd like to.

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  5. I haven't yet read Warrior Mine but it's been on my wishlist since the frist time I saw a review online :D

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  6. I'm very interested in your book!

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  7. If you all have not read it. You should. It is really good. I stayed up all night reading it. Denyse you are a brilliant writer. I love all your books. I love to read all of them. Love your style, just awesome. ~Ana~

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  8. I've not read the book as of yet but it does sound interesting. Love the concept of role play story telling...would love to be in the running for the give away...Best Wishes

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  9. Denyse',

    I for one haven't read a single book yet by you that I haven't liked. Your a wonderful writer and I'm looking forward in following this new series of yours.

    I wish you the very best with this series. Have a great weekend and thank you for the give away.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoodotcom

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  10. Warrior Mine has been on my wishlist and I haven't been able to purchase it as yet. i love your new banner and Jimmy Thomas is gorgeous as usual. You can't go wrong using him on anything. LOL I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance to do just that.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this series. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. Both are now on my tbr wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Patricia
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

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  13. That is a fabulous cover. I'd love to win Book One, as I haven't read it. Congrats on the upcoming release. Thanks for the chance to win. :)
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  14. Fabulous post !!!! And wow totally awesome contest thank you so much you rock !!!!

    Desere

    desere_steenberg(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. me me me please ;) lololol love ya sweetie and win or not I will eventually have your books by hook or crook . lol ;) Hugs.

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