If you’ve followed me from my very first book or if you’ve chatted with me at an invent, you probably know scent in my books is a big thing for me.
The way my characters smell is described in each book. Becuase scent matters to me, from the start of this journey, I’ve custom blended melts for every one of my main characters.
These little wax melts smell exactly as I imagine my characters do. I give them away with the purchase of their corresponding books.
I always believed, as a reader, if I could smell the characters I love as I read it would add a layer to the experience. Like an awesome immersive experience, so as a writer I try to give that to my readers with these melts.
I have a giveaway about it going on right now on my Facebook profile. Go find the original post to enter. https://www.facebook.com/verlene.landon
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Pre-Order price is 99 cents for a limited time! Price will go up to $3.99 after release day.
Healing Paws for Warriors, Inc.100% of all book sales will go to the charity. Healing paws takes rescue dogs and train them to be companions for veterans that suffer from PTSD.
Branches of Healing, add to your TBR.
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A compilation of stories brought to you by eight of your favorite authors. These stories will focus on the people who serve in armed services and the people who love them. All proceeds to go to Healing Paws for Warriors. http://www.healingpawsforwarriors.org/
This book is dedicated to Sue Harmeling and her recent loss of her baby boy.
My contribution, OSCAR MIKE, is a tale of love, loss, and relationships that defy explanation.
OSCAR MIKE by Verlene Landon
As a soldier, Cassie was always on the move, but when her husband was killed in an explosion overseas, her life stalled.
She lost her best friend that day and had nowhere to turn in her time of grief.
Rob, Jeff, and Cassie had been inseparable in high school. When Jeff and Cassie became a couple, and Rob realized his feeling ran deeper than just friends, they drifted apart.
But fate was cruel and spiteful. Ending up in the same unit as the “happy” couple was hell. Not being able to act on his feelings for Cassie? Pure torture. When a new assignment brought him and Jeff to London, Rob was excited, but losing his leg and watching Jeff die in his arms took his life in another direction.
Now he has a secret, one he isn’t sure Cassie can forgive him for.
Will Cassie allow herself to find love with the one person who can truly make her feel? Or will Rob’s secret destroy any chance of a happy ending, and send Cassie running?
The Devil’s Handmaidens
Another series in the coming soon-ish category, The Devil’s Handmaidens.
A female-driven MC series with kickass women who are not exactly as they appear to be.
This series will follow the Devil’s Handmaidens as they find trouble, love, and themselves.
I posted on my website a while back, or so I thought, I forgot to make the page public. So I’ve been sitting around thinking people knew, but they had no idea. LOL
I’m working on an exciting series of stand-alone novels based on some basic and not-so-basic life lessons, the Life Hack Novels.
Learning to Fly, Learning to Cook, Learning to Walk, Learning to Write, Learning to Talk, Learning to Volunteer, and Learning to Ride, are just a few examples of what’s to come.
Each book is a complete stand-alone with new characters with new lessons to learn or relearn.
Keeps your eyes open for Learning to Fix Things, coming this year…hopefully.
(Titles and release order subject to change. Just a few are listed, others are a surprise.)
I forgot to post it here at release, sorry.
I do NOT own the rights to any of the music or videos. They do NOT endorse me or my book. This is simply the music my characters shared with me and I listened to while writing the book.
Dangerous – Shaman’s Harvest
All American Nightmare – Hinder
Little Dirty Blonde – Winger
Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman
Black Honey – Thrice
Domino – KISS
My Name is Human – Highly Suspect
Colorful – The Verve Pipe
Mother – Danzig
Stand By Me – Ki: Theory
Heaven Nor Hell – Volbeat
Song #3 – Stone Sour
October was so busy, I can’t share everything in the newsletter so I am making this post about signings so you can see some of the pics.
October 7 was Brew City Book Signing in Milwaukee, WI.
I hit up the Harley Museum the day before and meet some awesome authors and readers at the event. My room sucked, it had mold, but it couldn’t ruin my weekend.
October 14 was Arch City Book Signing in Columbus, OH.
WOW, such a good time. I got to hang with some of my favorite people and saw the best drag show ever!
October 21 was Desert & Wine with the author at Vegas Valley.
I got to sit and chat with an amazing woman over cupcakes and hear some interesting information from other authors.
October 28 was Love N Vegas, right here in my hometown.
What a way to close out my year of signings. This event was ah-mazing. I hope to get an invite in the future.
Answering the author questions I get asked the most. I am in no way indicating that I speak for the community as a whole. As authors are diverse, so are their answers. This/these is/are simply mine.
What do you listen to when you write? Do you have a writing playlist?
This is probably one of the top 5 questions I get asked. Almost every questionnaire I receive has it, many readers ask it, and I always want to know about my favorite books/authors too.
For me, I don’t have a set writing playlist, rather each couple/book has their/its own unique playlist. More often than not, music is my first introduction to them, the first thing they share with me. I get to know them through their music before they let me in on their story. Music is, for me, an intimate way to get to know people in real life, so why not my characters? They don’t always give me their entire library, but a song here or there, and once I have enough to get a feel for them, I immerse myself in that music, even when it is totally not my personal taste. Not only when I am actively writing, but when I’m in the car, riding Lemmy, or working out. That playlist is on a loop, and at some point, I mesh with them on a different level, and then their story begins to take on new layers. I continue listening to the playlist until the book is finished.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Do you always connect through music?
Yes and no.
Yes, because I always need to connect through music for my character to have depth. For me to even understand them and tell their story, I have to feel their music.
No, because sometimes I can’t. When I find myself skipping songs repeatedly, I suffer character block. I can’t get a real feel for them. Currently, I find myself skipping songs on my WiP playlist or just turning it off, causing me to not be able to connect to one of my main characters. I can’t write them when I can’t connect and sadly, music is my main bridge.
Why isn’t it in the back of your book? Can (do) you share it?
I have read books with a playlist in the back matter, and while I personally love the idea, I am not sure of all the legalities about doing it myself. I would rather put my money in editing, covers, and marketing than to pay a lawyer to find out or to handle it if I do so without full knowledge and have to pay. (Yes, there is always Google, but I prefer not to rely on an internet search for legal advise.) Besides, I do share the playlists. I have them on Spotify, I also share them on my Facebook page and Pinterest. However, I am going to start sharing them here. (I’ll get my back-lists up this week.)
Do your characters only listen to your favorite music?
No, sometimes they listen to songs that make me want to drive rusty railroad spikes through my eardrums, but it’s not about what I like, it’s all about getting in touch with them.
UPDATE on Book 4 – Gus & John’s story.
I am plugging away on their story and plan to release in February. I may be pushing that to March, but I promise, it’s coming. I will say, the cover photo is the bomb, and I can’t wait to show it to y’all.
In the meantime, meet, or revisit the guys & gals of
The Imagine Ink series centers around a small parlor in the Florida panhandle. Each book can be read as a stand alone, you won’t be lost if you skip one. However, you’ll have a richer experience by reading in order. There are Easter eggs and answers to curiosities popping up all the time.
There are currently 3 books available in the series.
Indelible You (Imagine Ink 1) and Irrevocably Mine (Imagine Ink 3), are available in e-books at most online retailers. Brand Me (Imagine Ink 2) is only available in e-book from Amazon until late December.
(It will be available on KU until then.)
If you’d like to snag a signed copy of any of these books, check out www.VerleneLandon.com for details.
WHERE TO SEE ME IN 2017
If you’ve been following, you’ll notice I added a sixth event to 2017.
Click on the event names for ticket and venue information.
I hope to meet all y’all soon.
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