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As you can tell from my fancy smancy special badge (as seen above) we're doing things a little differently here today. Instead of me telling you about my rampant insecurities, I'm turning the spotlight over to fellow blogger and author Christine Rains who is celebrating the upcoming release of her 13th Floor Collection.
Take it away, Christine...
One year ago today, I was working on the first book of my series. I'd been working on it for a few months. Marc, the stubborn protagonist, didn't want to talk. He stood there with his big arms folded, glaring at me. Maybe I'd get a grunt or a growl, but trying to get his story was like wrestling a bear. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. This whole grand idea I had for a series of novellas was going to be smacked down because the first guy wouldn't talk.
The villain of the book, Vetis, loved to talk. In fact, he wouldn't shut up. While that helped, he's a bit crazy. And as much as he insisted, it wasn't his story.
Thankfully Mae Hopkins came along, offered me a cookie, and sat down to talk. She's sweet, patient, and understanding. It wasn't her story either, but with her help, I started to hear Marc's voice. The book wrote itself very quickly after that point.
The characters in the next five novellas spoke loud and clear, but with each story, I stumbled at some point. (Or at several points!) My confidence faltered. I never thought I'd finish the series. With supportive friends, nagging characters, and quite a few cookies, I made it through the six stories. I'm still in shock that it's complete.
If I can do it, so can you. With each story, you'll face a different set of obstacles. No two will ever be the same. But if you're persistent, you will find a way. Maybe it will be with the advice of a critique partner, a chatty secondary character, or an inspiring article from your favorite author, but you can do it!
Curious to know more?
Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.
A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.
All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.
Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.
Places to Find the 13th Floor Collection:
Barnes & Noble
About the Author:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she's having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
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So that's going to do it for us today. Thanks to Christine for sharing her words of encouragement with us. And thank you, readers, for stopping by. It is, as always, very much appreciated.