Thursday, September 21, 2017

Talking about critiquing by Barbara Edwards

Talking about critiquing.

I did say I’d share my experience so here It is.

My chapter talk turned out a little weird. 
Four people were in attendance. Instead of doing the formal talk I’d written I did a question and answer session. 

I asked why they wanted a CP. One member didn’t know anything about critiquing and was nervous about sharing her work. Another asked her how she expected to get past an editor? 

I had to go back to the basics. I explained you need rules like how often, how many pages, meeting online or in person, what do you want from the critique? An overview, grammar, dialogue/ plot or character focus?

What do you do if it doesn’t work for you? 

The end result was the four of us are going to start a group. 

We’ll share the pages on-line then meet next month to discuss the critiques.
I’m hoping it is productive. If not, then no harm no foul.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Come meet the Blautsaugers, a family of vampires living in Amber Heights, Missouri. Each book features one of Andris Blautsauger's children and their search for a soulmate.

What happens when you pray for an angel and get a vampire instead?



After a spell goes horribly wrong, Morgan must learn to use her magic to save the vampire she loves.



He was both her hero and enemy. She was his best student and biggest regret.

The conclusion of the Blautsaugers of Amber Heights series deals with Dr. Michaela Blautsauger.

An icy she-vamp and a red-hot human 
Detective make for an explosive combination.



He’d just had sex, twice now, with a vampire. Been inside the living undead. Even as the idea boggled his mind, he found he only wanted a chance to do it again.

      Because, vampire or not, he had feelings for the lovely and cool Dr. Michaela. From their first kiss, he'd known there was something about her. Something that drew him in. Not just animal magnetism, but the almost indiscernible vulnerability he'd glimpsed in her eyes. Anyone who thought her cold and unfeeling had obviously never looked below the surface—or had her in the sack.

      She was open in her lovemaking. Kept nothing hidden, and it made him wonder why she considered it so necessary to keep her passionate side hidden the rest of the time.

      The front door suddenly slammed open. Hitting hard against his hip and almost knocking Michaela off of him. Their private time ended as three men clambered through the broken door.

      Seth instinctively reached for a weapon that wasn’t there.

      “Dad!” Michaela squealed and everything inside him froze solid as ice. Scrambling off Seth's body, giving a flashing view of that lovely backside, she attempted to use his body as a shield.
Even as he sat up straight, she was tugging at him, and cowering behind his back.

Catching the look of pure venom in Andris Blautsauger’s eyes, Seth slapped a hand to his forehead, and groaned.

      Things were about to get really ugly.
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