Co-Authoring with Chantel Seabrook

I’m happy to welcome Stella Marie Alden to my blog. Today, Stella shares her co-authoring experience and her upcoming novel, Dark Vortex.

Here’s Stella!

stellamarieOne might ask, how in the world, after publishing just two books, did you find a co-author?

I met Chantel Seabrook, on Goodreads. She was asking for people to review her book. As I always do, I checked out the first pages posted on Amazon. I was astonished. I really love her book, Cara’s Twelve.

My first book, How to Train Your Knight, came out about the same time and we started to compare marketing notes. Did you try this? What about that?

Soon, we started a Goodreads romance group together, and then we co-hosted a Facebook Group. We shared our tools, gave encouragement, and read each other’s next beta copies.

chantelOne day, she said, “We should write a book together.”

I had a paranormal novel in my computer that I’d written three years ago. The plot was good and the characters good, but it needed some serious help. The sex scenes were blah, the antagonist was a caricature, and my writing had not yet matured.

I knew, working full time, and with one more Medieval in my series to write, I might not get back to the paranormal for years.

I asked if she would like to co-author it.

At this point, I had to bury my ego and trust Chantel to be kind. It’s hard to show someone work that is not your best. I told her it was like having someone stop by, while in my PJ’s, no makeup, and not showered.

She laughed and read while I held my breath.

“I LOVE IT.” She pinged. “I can edit this for you.”

“No,” I chatted back. “Definitely not. Don’t edit. This is fifty-fifty. Make it yours as much as it is mine. Do whatever you want with it.”

We signed a contract, so as to remain friends, and she had it on pre-order in less than three weeks.

DARK VORTEX will be available on March 9th. We’re already talking about the next novel in the series.

I’m discovering what is needed for self-publishing, and about writing more concisely.

She’s had fun, with all my descriptions. She says it’s easier to remove some, than make it up.

The synergy is amazing. Funny? We both have husband-editors.

Also, we bring two fan bases to our book and have already hit the top 100 in our Amazon romance categories!

We encourage each other when the rankings are low.

We continue to tweet, post, raffle copter, and Facebook party.

We lol as we bounce ideas off from one other. We answer each other’s texts like an old married couple. Often, when we touch base, we’re researching the very same thing.

Most of all, we share our passion of writing together.

I have a new virtual best friend.

It’s awesome.

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Shameless Cravings. Wicked Pleasures. Can she survive a bond more powerful than love?

For the survival of his clan, Jack Fialko needs to mate with a witch of equal power before the end of the solstice. He finds the perfect woman, except for one serious flaw. She has no idea how to engage in the dangerous magical foreplay–the duel for sexual equality. The task of training her in two days seems insurmountable, especially while other warriors are trying to kidnap her.

Zoe is a warrior-healer hybrid. The trouble is, she has no idea what that means. It’s all a harmless game until one night a dominant, brooding, sexy-as-sin warrior touches her and ignites a shameless craving to mate. Zoe must decide if the scorching chemistry between them is worth fighting for.

Can love and lust exist together in an exhilarating magical combination? Or will their bond combust?

WARNING: Book contains mature themes, steamy, sexual scenes and graphic language.


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