Sunday, November 25, 2012

Come to the Facebook Event for The Hunted

Come to the Mardi Gras Bash for Virginia McKevitt’s release of Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga book two The Hunted. There will be prizes galore, in a New Orleans style party, with a “throw me something mister” atmosphere. Grab a copy of book one for only .99 (e-book only starting on November 23rd) and get your friends to come by for a little Q&A and a sneek peak into book two.

THE HUNTED ...
BOOK TWO OF FRACTURE THE SECRET ENEMY SAGA
The city of New Orleans has more than hurricanes to worry about in this fast paced and exciting paranormal mystery. The Couton have found the city and have taken it for their own. Now it is up to Tegrin and Kristina to rid the famous city of its new inhabitants before the body count rises.
“Are not all legends based on a truth? She is here. She has been born of the blood from both worlds but has been hidden from her true calling. We can feel her magic. It pushes at us from beyond the veil Priestess, and as for the assassin, his weakness is the one he is sworn to protect. They walk as one.”
“Then that is what will destroy them both.”
Joey looked around the room. Who was she talking to? They were alone. She was crazy, more crazy than Billy. A list of horror movies raced through his mind at lightning speed; replacing his anger with an emotion he thought had died long ago, fear.
She leaned back over Joey, grasping the arms of the chair for support. He turned his face away from hers, fear filling his eyes. Tears ran down his face and soaked into the collar of his shirt. She straddled him again and turned his face towards her, stroking his cheek gently.
“Now, now bodyguard. Don’t be afraid. Let’s finish this.”
About the author:
Virginia Heffker McKevitt was born in Long Beach, California but lived most of her life in the suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. She now lives in the mountains of Georgia with her husband and biggest fan.
Her vivid imagination and love of fantasy pushed her to finish a book she had started over two decades ago. The first book in this series, FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga, has received praise from readers since its debut release in early 2012 and the beta readers are saying The Hunted is another winner. Turn the pages and see for yourself.

 
     
 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Interveiw with Jeff Goins the author of Wrecked

 
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am  fantasy writer. Make believe and the fantastical, that's my thing, but a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview one of the most interesting and humble people I have ever ever come across. His name is Jeff Goins, the author of Wrecked.
I would like everyone to welcome one of the most influential bloggers of our time, Jeff Goins. How influential you ask? As of today, Jeff has well over ten thousand followers and was voted one of the top ten bloggers in 2011. Not bad huh?

Today Jeff is here to tell us about his new book, Wrecked.
 
Hello Jeff. Thanks for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hey Virginia. Thanks for having. A few quick facts about me:
  • I live in Tennessee but am originally from Illinois.
  • I won the sixth grade spelling bee (winning word was "acquiescence").
  • I work for a nonprofit.
  • I've written my whole life but only recently started calling myself a writer.
  • I've been married for almost five years, and my wife and I just had a baby.
  • I've released a couple of eBooks and just came out with my first traditionally-published book.
  • I'm pretty much an expert at homemade guacamole.
 
I know that two of your books, Every Writers Dream and Before Your first Book are books aimed at the craft of writing but today you are here to talk about your new book Wrecked. What is Wrecked about and how is it changing lives?

Wrecked is about the life we're afraid to live: a life that is focused on serving others. We all are creatures of comfort, but it's only when we give up our addiction to comfort do we truly find our purpose. The message seems to be resonating with people who long to live a story bigger than themselves.
 
What changes in your life compelled you to write this book?

A couple significant shifts happened in my life in my early twenties.

The first was when I was in Spain and encountered a homeless person for the first time. I had   seen homeless people before, but never really paid them much attention.

In Spain, that all changed: I met a guy named Micah, took him out to dinner, and he changed me life. When we were eating at McDonald's, he told me I was the only one who stopped, that he'd been standing on the street corner for months and I was the only one who took the time to stop. That wrecked me.

After that experience, I often wondered when encountered a need: "Is this another situation where I could be the only one who will do something?" It placed a greater burden on me to do something. What followed after that were a series of situations that continued to shape me (which I discuss in the book), but it all began with Micah.
 
What does Jeff Goins see for his future?

Hmmm... I feel compelled to answer this in the third person, but that just feels a little too self-indulgent. :)

I hope to keep writing words that move people and make a difference. If I get to keep doing that, I'll be happy. I also have a few ideas for some live events and experiences I hope to put into action over the next few years.
 
Thank you Jeff for stopping by and sharing this book that has changed so many people. Your passion for people is admiral and humbling. We wish you all the best.
 
My pleasure, Virginia. Thanks for having me!
 
For more information about Jeff's 5 star book, please check out the links below:
 
 
 

 
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dragons and Cowboys and Jason Bourne, Oh My!

 

Virginia McKevitt
That got your attention didn’t it, but the topic really is about crossing genres; can you, should you and if you do, can you pull it off. This coming from a fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, action, eh, novelist (try slinging that out there when someone ask you what your book is about).
Someone once told me fantasy has rules. I agree, its magic, you can do anything: pigs can fly, cows can talk, a kiss can wake a princess, but wizards always have to carry a staff. No I’m serious. I was told never to break that rule. It has to do with quantum physics and pole shifts. Serious stuff that could change our world as we know it.
All kidding aside, every genre has rules that have been bent over the course of time. Plato or some famous cartoon character (Pluto, I think) divided literature into three classic genres: poetry, drama and prose but somewhere back in the 1900′s all hell broke loose. In 1898 H. G. Wells wrote a science fiction novel, War Of The Worlds, that spawned widespread panic in 1938, when it was aired on Halloween, by actor Orson Welles as a news bulletin. People actually believed the world was being invaded by aliens.
That is power people! Ah, but I digress. Back to the present. Today we are bombarded with creatures and human beings who are brought together in every imaginable way; love, or friendship, or even in a common goal, to save the world, and we do it by mixing genres. Case in point: Romance is supposed to be happily ever after with a strong emphasis on, well romance. With Fantasy, one designs the world’s geography, race and magic, with good verses evil. Westerns should have a hero in conflict. You get my point.
Jump to the present; rules are made to be broken and so they are. Today’s readers expect more. Romance doesn’t always end with the lovers riding off into the sunset. They do eventually; they just go kicking, screaming and fighting first. Sometimes the evil sorcerer wins, and we get a certain amount of satisfaction from that. Oh, and the hot guy in the cowboy hat? He runs off with the beautiful lonely widow’s brother.
For god’s sake people just make it believable! If you don’t your reader is out of here and them babies are hard to get back. How do you do that you ask? Do a little research on your subject matter. Know the basic structure of the genre you are writing in. What makes it work and why readers like it, then stretch it.
I know, I know. You have to write it for you. Well if that’s the case then you shouldn’t be disappointed if only you read it. The little lady down the hall ain’t going to be happy if Jack and Jane don’t make it. That’s what makes her read romance, because in spite of it all, they will be together. If Johnny expects his assassin to be like Jason Bourne, give him a little romance, but don’t have him cutting out hearts or humming the theme from Barney. Wait, that sounds creepy. It might work, she thought.
Ahem… So, write your paranormal romance about Jack the vampire, who lives a tortured existence because his mother was an alien who came here from that planet no one can pronounce, and then one day he falls in love and marries a half human history teacher who figures it all out, and then they ride off into the sunset in her time travel machine to live happily ever after. All in one breath.
See how easy that was.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cover Reveal for Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga book two The Hunted

Book two of Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2012. The latest book in the saga is set in the city of New Orleans where the action packed adventure continues. Book two, The Hunted finds Tegrin and Kristina in the city that never sleeps during the most crowded time of the year, Mardi Gras.
Alexasia and her Couton sisters have found more than a home in New Orleans as the dark and twisted roots of Voodoo are melded with the Priestess' need to feed on human memories. Her bewitching beauty is more than any man can resist and her kiss is ecstasy to any who fall under her spell.
Tegrin will stop at nothing until she and the rest of her clan are dead. Fueled by her hate for the Couton, Kristina is a willing partner in his quest to hunt them down.
But is there something more that is driving Kristina's passion for revenge and how far are Sissy and Jimmy willing to go for their friend and the deadly assassin she loves?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Interview with Tegrin Voluntas Dea

Today I am interviewing a very unusual individual. He is Tegrin Voluntas Dea.

 A mountain of a man walks in from behind the sound both. He is dressed in leather and reminds me of a gladiator or a soldier of Rome. His hair is braided and he is marked with tattoos. He looks in my direction and I shiver. His eyes are gold and intelligent He carries himself with grace, like a cat on the prowl. This should be interesting.  

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us Tegrin. Can you tell us about yourself.

(a long silence)

My name is Tegrin Voluntas Dea of the Lion Clan. I am in the Royal Guard of King Yorandt in the Kingdom Of Patwain. You would say I am his right hand man, even though he is left handed.
I am a warrior as are all of my people but my true title is a Slayer or Assassin for the King's Pleasure.

Well I was going to ask you what you do for a living but that pretty much sums it up.

Tegrin laughs. and sits on the stool I offer him.

I clear my throat.

To be blunt, how do you feel about killing someone?

I have no "feeling" about killing. It is a necessary part of my society. He leans forward and rest his elbow on one knee. In my world there is almost no violence or murder. To do so would be a death sentence, carried out swiftly, with no trial or judge. My king's laws are rarely broken.
It would not be wise for your name to fall from the lips of the king.

Your king sounds pretty ruthless.

Tegrin's jaw tightens.

You will not find a more just or honorable man.

Well, lets change the subject. Who is Kristina?

None of your business.

Um, okay.
 
Why are you in our world?

To kill the Couton whore Alexasia, who has defied the king.

How do you plan to do that? Do you have someone helping you here?

This interview is over.

Door slams.

Is he gone? He is? Whew. I think I'll stick to authors from now on. These characters are a bitchy lot. Until next time folks. have a good evening and if I was you I'd stay away from anybody named Alexasia.
 






Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Blog Has Been Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

Thank You to Lynn Thompson for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award


 


There are a few rule before excepting the award. Here they are:

Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
Let the nominated bloggers know that they have been nominated for this award.
Share 7 random facts about yourself.
Thank the blogger who has nominated you.
Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post

7 Random Facts About Me:

I love gardening
I love fantasy art
I love animals
I love my country
I don't have a favorite color
I have a strange sense of humor
My best friend is my husband

 My Nominees are:
http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/
http://singularityspoint.blogspot.com/
http://mylife-in-stories.blogspot.com/
http://rebaponderweiss.wordpress.com/
http://creewalker.wordpress.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5724839.Cora_Blu/blog
http://adduling.wordpress.com/
http://maxellendale.com/blog.html
http://yesterdaydaugher.blogspot.com/
http://ameliacurzonblogger.wordpress.com/
http://bethswildandcrazybookreviews.blogspot.com/
http://www.annbharrison.com/blog.html
http://rushboundblog.wordpress.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5331802.Shelly_Goodman_Wright/blog
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5445830.Amanda_R_Browning/blog




Monday, August 6, 2012

Mixing Fantasy and Romance and Making it Work

      There are many challenges in mixing genres, especially fantasy and romance. How can beings from different worlds become romantically involved and even be believable? I hope I can shed some light on that very subject because that is what my novel, FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga stands on; two people from different worlds, fighting in the same cause and falling in love. That's a mouthful!
      How can I make that believable you ask? Next time you go to the mall look around you. The couples holding hands and shopping are as diverse as you can get; different nationalities, different shapes and sizes, even different beliefs, yet they seem to make their relationships work. How?
      The Asian man with the American wife are from worlds so different they might as well be from Mars and Jupiter. What about the Italian woman or the French man? I could go on and on. The cultures and beliefs that separate us everyday are broken and shattered by one simple need, to be loved and accepted by another.
      How far off am I that someone from another world could actually fall in love with someone from this world and vice versa? Not far at all. Take those two people, throw them into a conflict that threatens both their worlds and fill it in with a little magic and mayhem, friends and family and who knows. You might have a winner.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Goodreads and Apple Pie by Virginia Mckevitt

   Created in 2006 by Otis Chandler, Goodreads has become the social platform of 2012, for readers and authors alike. Chandler believed he could create a site where the reader could review and recommend books to fellow readers by creating a library of reading lists and discussion groups. A year later the site had over six hundred thousand readers and an estimated ten million books cataloged. It has become "the" social network for book lovers in the United States and around the world.
   Today Goodreads has between seven and ten million members with an average of twenty million visitors each month. Goodreads is a great place for authors and readers alike, to meet and share in a friendly "no spam" atmosphere. The site is built around reading and has something for anyone who likes to read. There are several discussion groups on multitudes of topics for everyone.
   Goodreads is free to join. Sign up and create a profile. From there you can add a shelf of your favorite books. You can even rate, review and recommend what you have read to your fellow readers.
   Writers, it's a way for you to get to know the tens of thousands of readers in this world who are just waiting for that next best book. Obey the rules, be friendly and mingle, just like you would at any other family gathering, because that is what Goodreads is, a family who devours books like your grandma's apple pie.
   is the author of FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Interview with Katie Harper, author of Never Say Just


Today I would like to welcome Katie Harper to my blog. She is the author of Never Say Just, a hot new romance full of action and suspense with a big splash of humor for extra spice and as a special bonus she is giving away a copy of Never Say Just to one lucky commenter of today’s post.

So join me in welcoming Katie Harper to my blog.

Hi Katie, thanks so much for stopping by today. First off, tell us about Katie Harper.

KH  Katie Harper is a sarcastic, snarky bitch. She has no mental filter and whatever happens to be walking through her brain will usually end up on Facebook. And she likes to refer to herself in the third person.

 How did you get interested in writing?

KH  I was locked up in a hospital for a month. You can watch only so many episodes of Maury testing sixty guys to discover the paternity of one baby before you're begging the nurse to commit a mercy defenestration. Since Nurse Nancy refused to play ball, I started writing.

What do you like about being an author?

KH  I like that I can say pretty much anything I want and blame it on my character. When a relative or close friend says, "I can't believe you wrote that!!" I can say, "I only wrote what she/he said/did. It's not my fault."

 What has been the hardest part of your writing experience?

KH  Courage. It took me a while to write what I wanted to write. I was worried about what people close to me would think. Then I realized that I wasn't writing for them. I was writing for me. If they like it, they like it. If they hate it, they hate it. I don't really care if they hate it. But most have really liked my writing style.

 What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 KH  Write! And write what you want to write. I go to church every single Sunday. If I wrote only what was acceptable, I'd be covering the Bible. While the story of Samson and Delilah is hot, it isn't really my style. I write what makes me happy. People who don't like it are welcome to have a brain aneurysm at my expense.

Tell us about getting your first book published.

KH  I never actually intended to publish Never Say Just. I wrote it as more of a joke. I joined a romance novel writing group online and posted the first few pages. I got a really good response. I decided to submit it to a publisher. Someone suggested Decadent Publishing and I submitted my story. When I got the offer, I thought I was going to die. Literally. I could not believe someone wanted to publish my silly story. It was awesome.

 Okay. Let’s get to the book. How did you come up with the story and the title?

KH  A few years ago I wrote a truly terrible spy novel. Some of my readers were a bit upset that my hero and heroine didn't fall in love. I couldn't see them falling in love. Neither of them would allow themselves to be so vulnerable. I took the characters out of that story and put them in a situation where they could fall in love. I didn't take Never Say Just seriously so there really isn't a serious sentence in the book. Except for maybe all the sentences where Kat tortures the hell out of some dude. That's pretty serious. In the book, Hell Kat is a widow. You know when you walk into a room and someone is already in there and you kind of startle them. What do you say? You say, "It's just me." I am a widow too. My husband used to say, "Never say just," whenever someone would say, "It's just me." It was his way of telling someone they mattered. It's kind of my tribute to him, and Hell Kat has to realize that even though she feels all bad about killing dozens of people and torturing countless more, she still matters.

 Tell us a little bit about the storyline. Who is Hell Kat and the Rat Bastards?

KH  Hell Kat is a badass. She used to work as a mercenary/assassin/contract interrogator. She has the ability to completely shut off her humanity to get any job done. She leaves that life and marries an oil baron. Her husband dies leaving her the steward of the largest oil company in the country. The Rat Bastards are a Marine Force Recon unit who find out that someone is out to kill Kat. They try to protect her. She doesn't think she needs protecting. Shooter, the unit's Gunnery Sergeant and sniper, is really the only one with the balls to stand up to Kat. Naturally, she thinks that's totally hot.

 Who is your favorite character and why?

KH  Hell Kat. I identify with Hell Kat. We have similar histories (to be clear, I was never an assassin and I didn't marry an oil billionaire). I can identify with why she does what she does. My second favorite would be Horndog. Every girl loves Horndog.

 What would you like to say to your fans?

 KH  Thank you!! Thank you for making me feel like I don't suck. Thank you for the emails. Thank you for embracing a romance novel with a kickass heroine and a hero who can handle her. Thank you for getting it! Just....thank you. I'd kiss every single one of you, but I don't know where all your lips have been.

How do you deal with criticism?

KH  I know a lot of authors and artists and people in general have a hard time with criticism. I don't. I have four brothers who aren't afraid to tell you exactly what they think. You'll always get an honest answer from them. I love them to bits and pieces. So if someone says they don't like something I've written, I understand that it's just their opinion and their opinion does not determine my self-worth. When someone rips apart my work, I listen to their suggestion, make the changes I want to change, and move on.

What would your characters think about you?

KH  I think my characters would love me. I created them! Who's going to create something that wouldn't like them?

 Okay. Some fun stuff.

 What is your pet peeve?

KH  OK, I know this is stupid. But if it wasn't stupid it wouldn't be a pet peeve. I absolutely HATE when people who should know better call the Medal of Honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is NOT the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is the Medal of Honor. It is awarded by the President through an act of Congress, so I get the confusion, but it is not called the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is called the Medal of Honor. You'd think Generals in the military would know this, but you'd be surprised how many ranking officials get it wrong. The History Channel should start guillotining people who get it wrong.

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

 KH  Chocolate! Dark chocolate. I like to eat really dark chocolate and just let it melt on my tongue. It's what God eats when he gets depressed.

Dogs or Cats?

KH  Neither. I know this is probably going to get me knifed, but I do not like animals. I don't understand the bond that people have with animals and I've made a vow that I would never clean up another living creature's shit unless I gave birth to it.

 Dean or Sam?

KH  Do you even have to ask? Dean baby!! Favorite Dean quotes:

I think I'll pass on the seventy two virgins, thanks. I'm not that into prude chicks anyway.

I think I learned a valuable lesson: Always take down your Christmas decorations after New Year's, or you might get filleted by a hooker from God.

Save room for dessert, Tiny. Hey, I wanted to ask you, because I couldn't help but notice you are two tons of fun. Just curious, is it like a thyroid problem? Or is that just some deep-seated self-esteem issue? Because you know, they're just doughnuts. They're not love.

Brother, I have been re-hymenated and the dude will not abide.

 If your book were to be made into a movie who would play the lead roles?

KH  For Hell Kat I'd choose Lena Heady. She played Sarah Connor in the Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Queen who guts that asshole traitor on the floor of the Senate in 300. Shooter is Joe Manganiello. He plays Alcide in True Blood and Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike. Solar flare hot.

 This has been a really enjoyable afternoon talking with you Katie. Your sense of humor and writing style is an attention grabber and I wish you the best of luck with Never Say Just.

Readers you can find Katie Harper's Just Say Never at Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008C9MD06/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

A taste of Never Say Just:

Haunted by her past of murder for hire and skinning people alive to gather vital intelligence, Kat Boudreaux wants nothing more than to hide away in her sprawling mansion with the love of her life–her daughter. But then Private Gump and his band of Bubbas land on her doorstep. Her brother and his unit of misfit Marines insert themselves with the misguided need to protect her from someone hell-bent on vengeance.

 For Shooter, its love at first sight, though he wouldn’t be caught dead admitting it. When Kat is nearly fatally injured while saving his life, he knows he’s found the woman for him.  Together, they fight side by side to get to the bottom of the threats. Kat’s daughter is kidnapped and this ex-assassin mom reverts back to old habits to save her. Saving Kat and her daughter is easy; taming the shrew that is Hell Kat Boudreaux might mean losing his favorite appendage

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Katie Harper Writes: Meet Tongue!!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Art of Lying





 Fiction writers are the best liers in the world. They have to be or they would never sell a book. You name it, a good author can write a story about it. Does it mean we are experts on our writing subject. Probably not (have you seen any vampires or dragons running around lately), but with imagination, research and good old lying a writer can transform a stack of dead trees into a world of fantasy, fear, science fiction, or romance, and readers everywhere want to believe it.
   That is what writing is all about. Taking those pages of lies and transforming them into believable bits of time that takes a reader away from their everyday lives and on a journey. That is what reading is all about. Every genre has a different set of lies. Some lies are based on real life situations, others on the utterly fantastic (there's that dragon again).
   Do you have a pack of lies you would like to share with world? Get started before the zombies get you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Fourth of July

   I am humbled just to be able to sit here and write anything I want about this great country and no one can punish me for it. I am proud to be able to say I am an American. I'm proud of the soldiers who fight everyday so people can love, hate or be indifferent because they are free. I'm proud of my dad who served in the Korean War, and My husband who went to Vietnam.
  I am hurt and saddened when someone who lives in this diverse country slams her to the ground but would not have the, to put it bluntly, balls to go live somewhere else. One day we may not have the luxury of freedom of speech or to go where we want across this vast and beautiful place we call home.
  Then what will they complain about?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Paranormal Romance~What makes It Hot?

   Paranormal Romance is one of the hottest genres (actually a sub-genre of fantasy) on the market today. The titles and book covers alone can make one break out in a sweat, but what is it that makes you want to read about romantic encounters with beings from other worlds or vampires and werewolves? Is it the old concept of forbbiden love or the thrill of the bad boy (or girl) image mixed up with fangs and wolf fur?
   Dragons and wizards are sitting on the back burner while muscled bodies and creatures who howl at the moon warm the beds of the humans we write about. Steamy romance, whether implied in Ya or graphic in Paranormal erotica, has encreased by leaps and bounds since the e-book revolution and now knows no boundaries.
   Don't get me wrong, sex sells in any format but you have to have a good story to back it up. There still needs to be adventure, a plot, somewhere that this is all going. Without a good story line its just porn on paper.
   Fantasy, as wild and imaginative as it is, still has rules. If your reader does not find your characters and story believable you will lose their interest. Make the relationships between your human and non-human characters real. Give them a cause they both have a stake in (no pun intended), especially if its for different reasons. Obstacles that strengthen real life relationships are everywhere. Just give them a little  twist.
   So, what makes it hot? Dark and dangerous delivers whether you dash it with a little pepper or turn on the hot suace. Romance appeals to the heart and the paranormal infuses it with the thrill of the fantastic, something we all want a little bite of (I just can't help myself).
  
  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Love For Writing

   One of my earliest memories as a child was the Book Mobile. A great big panel truck from the local library that would come rolling down our streets in the summer carrying adventures, fantasies and places far away. The sides were painted in bright colors and a cheerful voice would announce its arrival over a loud speaker. (I think that lumbering elephant drew more kids than the ice cream truck.)
    My sister who was ten years older than me would run to the curb with me and my younger brother and sister in tow. She loved to read and she passed it on. Hot summer nights would find us falling asleep to the likes of Gulliver's Travels or Swiss Family Robinson.
    My imagination ran wild at that age and never quit. I love the fantastic. One can go anywhere and do anything and so I did. The move from the world inside my head to the pages of my first novel was only a matter of time.
    The first person to read my finished work,   Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga
was my husband who reads like most people eat. I'll never forget what he said when he turned the last page, "I feel like I've been on a journey that I didn't want to end. Don't stop."
Those words have pushed me onward and there is no turning back. I wrote this as a Q and A  post origionally at Goodreads to see what other writers had to say but the reach continues onward. So I ask,why do you write?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Signing In New Orleans

  Virginia McKevitt has just released her debut novel FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga. It is available as an e-book or paperback at Amazon.com and on her blog http://vmmckevitt.blogspot.com/ . La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe in Mandeville has been kind enough to allow me to have a book signing on June 21st from 2 until? The address is 3434 Highway 190 Mandeville LA. 70471. The phone number is 985-626-0201 The book is considered Fantasy-Paranormal Romance- Young Adult. It has received several 5 star reviews at Amazon as well as other venues were books are sold.

Some info about me: Virginia McKevitt was born in Long Beach, California but lived most of her life in the suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved from New Orleans to Bridge City, La. with her family in her early teens so her father could be close to his job at Avondale Shipyards. Virginia graduated from L. W. Higgins High School grew up and married the boy next door. She later moved to Mississippi, started a landscaping business and raised horses. Hurricane Katrina changed her life. The business gone and family scattered, she moved to the foothills of Alabama, near Sandrock and then to the mountains of Georgia. Life urged her on. So when she found the first chapters of a manuscript she had started while still in New Orleans, she sat down at the computer and never looked back. Her vivid imagination and love for Fantasy has finally culminated into a story she hopes will captivate anyone who loves a good journey. Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga, started so many years ago, is the beginning of the road.   

Here is a short synopsis:
              
Strange things are happening in the little town of Blessing. Some of the townsfolk are dreaming of angels, others are dreaming of beautiful and seductive creatures. Either way, they are happy, after all this is Blessing. Soon the dreams become a curse. Most people are having headaches and some are dying. An old drunk dies in a camper fire, a young factory worker dies of a drug overdose and a young woman's parents are brutally murdered for no apparent reason. There is a reason, a hunger. A dark hunger that cannot be satisfied by simple food or drink. A hunger that is not from this world. The Couton, an ancient clan of women who feed off the memories of others have come to our world. They have found the fracture that has been kept secret for centuries and now have new feeding ground. They are not alone. An assassin has been sent to our world to bring them back. His mission is to get in and out before he or his prey are discovered. Fate has a different plan for this warrior. He encounters Kristina, the strongwilled young woman whose death of her parents sends her on a collision course with a man who will lead her to discover she is more than meets the eye in both worlds

Friday, June 1, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Devils in the Details

   Do you have fight scenes in your book? What does your character used to defend him or herself; a gun, a sword or even his bare hands? How much do you know about how to use a weapon or use your hands as a weapon?
   My protag is a muscle bound assassin who is feared in his world but when he has to come to ours he is on unlevel ground. He's suppose to come here, find his prey and leave without being known but he gets found out by a young woman who will be his partner throughout the rest of the story.
   The young woman, Kristina is the key to the story. She has abilities she is only just learning about, but she also has fighting skills. Her parents sent her to self defense classes blah, blah, blah. How do I convey that in my writings?
   I have some knowledge of martial arts. Not much. I am a brown belt. Like I said, not much, and I didn't want Kristina's fight scenes to look orchestrated, so what did I do? I studied hand to hand combat and martial art videos and read articles from well known people in the martial arts arena. I even watched myself in a mirror with a weapon to see how to make it look real.
    My assassin's skills and even the marine in my novel had to feel real and I hope that I have accomplished that with what I have learned, and there is magic in my book also.
   Alas! that is another story. Study your characters abilities. Try to make them as real as possible. Research is the key, so don't treat it like poison ivy.
  
     

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bringing Your Words to Life

     I have a very vivid imagination, so when I read a book I see everything that's happening; the action, the character, even the scenery. How does a writer convey that to his or her readers? I put myself into the story. I touch the rocky wall, feel the sand under my feet and then I put it into words.

     Example: Jenny and Mica were laying on the beach. He kissed on the forehead and smiled. This would be a day she would never forget.

This is much better: Jenny felt the scratch of wet sand against her back. She opened her eyes. Micah was smiling. His blue eyes as turbulent as the sea they had just come from. He leaned over and kissed her on the forehead. A delicious shiver went down her spine. This would be a day she would never forget.

    Even that can use improvement but I think you get the idea. Where are they? What are they doing? You tell me.
   

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Snippets from FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga


Tegrin waited until midnight before he slipped into the caves and through to the other side, wanting to avoid humans at all cost. Darkness would be the best cover. He did his best hunting at night.
       He thought his knowledge of this place was very good but he did not expect the beauty that surrounded him. It could almost be home if he did not know better. His catlike eyes adjusted well to the dim light of a half moon. Tegrin’s excellent hearing picked up even the tiniest sounds.
       He sniffed the air, taking in every smell around him. Small rodents and birds nested close by. His eyes narrowed. Another scent filled his nostrils. The one he was looking for.
      The Couton, and they were heading towards the lights of a city. Urgency gripped him as he headed for the town below. He stayed in the brush along the road to conceal himself and tried to work on a plan of capture.
      Just before dawn he came across a cold, lifeless dwelling. He sniffed the air and the smell of death filled his nostrils. Tegrin circled the building, listening and sniffing the air, but found no life was present. He walked up the steps pushing the door open. Inside were two bodies, one male and one female, both had been murdered. He knew by the scent that the Couton had been there.
      The hair on his arms stood up. He was not alone and knew it. A young woman lunged from the shadows, a knife in her shaking hand.
      “You killed my parents!”
      Moonlight reflected off the long blade of a Bowie knife slicing through the air. Tegrin was too fast for the hand that wielded it.
      He deflected the knife, pulling her close to him. She had a whiff of something strange before darkness enveloped her. A deep voice faded away.
      “I did not kill your parents,” Tegrin whispered.
      He carried her back to the caves. This was a complication he did not need. “By the Throne of Patwain, what am I to do with this human?”
      He studied the woman for a long time. She looked to be about nineteen, maybe less. Long fiery red hair fell across her face. Quite pretty, he thought, in an unusual way.
     Those green eyes, he sighed, they had been filled with hatred for him before she blacked out. The wait for her to regain consciousness chewed at him. He knew he would have to tell her the truth.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Women Writers and Their Share of the Market

    Three of the most popular women writers of all time are; J. K. Rowling (450 million books sold in the Harry Potter series + movie rights), Danielle Steel (800 million books sold (best seller of all time in Romance genre), and Stephanie Meyer (100 million for her Twilight series + movie rights). What makes them special? They are all different in their style of writing, yet they draw a huge audience.
    I believe what sets them apart is the connection they all have with the readers who chose their books. People want to escape from the real world for a variety of reasons, so they delve into magical places or romantic lives of imaginary people. When a writer can bring the pages of a book to life, and readers can go beyond the paper its written on, then you have a winner.
    These women have not only cornered the market with their great stories, they have overcome a market that was at one time predominately a man's world. The writing world is changing. The ebook market has hit the world by storm, but you still need to have a great story that people will want to read.
    Watch the newcomers like Amanda Hocking (420,000 sold and counting) and Alice Sebold (118,583 sold) and see where they are headed. Alice is just behind John Grisham in sales with her book Lovely Bones. The writing world is changing faster than speed of light and women writers are ready for the challenge.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Genre Anyone?

   Does your novel or story cross the genre lines? Is it something like this; my book is a contemporary paranormal romantic young adult thriller fantasy. Phew! Say that three times fast.
   Todays modern novels do not fit into the simple guidlines of yesterday. There is still the basics, but then you have a vampire who is from another world, who falls in love with a human being who finds out she can use magic and they fight the zombies and the mafia together.
   Catagory my dear? Who knows. I'm going to bed.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

from Shellwy Hitz's Self Publishing Coach blog

FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga by Virginia McKevitt

by Virginia McKevitt
(Georgia, USA)

Hi Shelley,

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my book marketing strategies.

First of all, I am new at this game, so reading what other authors have done to market their books and make them successful was critical for me. Sites like yours and other experienced writers have been a tremendous help to someone such as myself. That said, here is what I have learned:

The internet is a virtual marketing smorgasbord avenue. I have put my book and myself on every social media site I can find; Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, She Writes, and the list continues on and on. I feel the best of these however is Google+ and Facebook. There seem to be a wider audience for me there.

I haven't stopped there though. I have created a blog and even a book trailer for my marketing campaign, and am now hunting reviewers with a rabid zeal. I connect with other bloggers and new writers whenever I can and try to pass on what I have learned.

It's hard work because you don't have the backing of a big house on your side, but you do have the satisfaction of knowing you are doing all you can to get your book, and really you out there.

FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga has had three 5 star reviews at Amazon.com and is waiting review currently on several sites. The challenges are huge, but I'm confident that I can meet them, after all I just published my first book.

Thanks again, Shelley

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

That Book Cover-how important is it, really?

   There are plenty of post out there on this subject and here's one more. If you don't think your book cover is important then you are selling yourself and your book short. I went back and forth over simple or striking for days, probably weeks before I decided what route to take.
   I knew what I really wanted. I wanted that reader to look at my cover and say WOW! So what was the next step. Do it myself? Maybe, but that's not what I decided. It took me awhile but my search was worth it. After perusing the internet I discovered Deviantart (great place) and found my cover artist, Char Marie.
   After a few emails and chats we were on the same page and the results were amazing. What a great person to work with. The cover has drawn so many to my book that it is amazing. I have even had people who don't read fantasy tell me the cover peaked their interest and once inside the pages they were glad it did.
   So, how important is that cover? It might be the most important step you take, second to writing your book. If you would like that kind of interest go see what Char has to offer.
   http://www.wix.com/wicked_art/wicked-cover-designs

Sunday, March 25, 2012

OMG a mispelled word!

   Ahhh, the book is finished. You can relax now, the hard part is over. Don't believe that for a second! Now the real work begins. Now it's time to edit that bad boy. You go through it. Your spouse goes through it. Your friends, the guy across the street, and even the cat if he could read.
  Then it goes to the copy editor. The guy you pay to check your work. Now you can relax. Not so my friend. Even the person who is paid to edit books can miss something and they often do.
   I regress. The mail man rings the bell (what mail man does that anymore) and there is your proof. You are so excited. You read through it one more time. The cat still says no, and off it goes to the printer.
   Now it's out there in all its glory for the world to see. You run in to B&N and grab one off the shelf. Horror (music from Pyscho plays in the background), fifth chapter, page sixty. There's a word missing and one misspelled What do you do?
   Take a deep breath and try to remember how many times you found the same thing in another author's pride and joy. It happens. It's a fact of life, a right of passage and it happens to everyone. Human error, spellchecker and the guy with the shingle over the door, we all missed it.
   What you didn't miss was the five star review.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fantasy Books

   I am a writer of fantasy books. Even though I have been writing for a long time I have just become published. Most would consider me a new author, a newby and most new authors seem to struggle needlessly in the deep waters surrounding book reviews and recognition.
   We all look for that ray of sunshine that will set our book apart. Whether it be vampire novels, the romance novel or just fantasy, we live and breath it as if it were alive.
    Don't give up hope. The best fantasy books out there began at the fingertips of a new writer and in the heart of romance author. Someone, somewhere had to pick up that first book and say, "Wow what a great story!"

Friday, March 16, 2012

FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga

Update! FRACTURE  is now available at Amazon.com. Please check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks V.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Social Network

     You've written your book, it's published. Now what? Do you sit around and wait for readers to find it? I hope not. There is a vast resource out there for you and it's sitting at your fingertips. Social Networking. It is the life blood of aspiring authors everywhere. You say you don't know anyone.
     Step into cyberspace. There is Facebook, tell everyone you think you know. Join twitter and follow those who follow you. Join writing groups like Goodreads and She Writes. Go to Google+ and Stumbleupon. There is a platform almost anywhere you look. You just have to look.
     Good luck and happy writing.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Getting Ready to Publish

     It's almost that time. Putting your masterpiece out there for all the world to see. What route will you take? How many potholes will you encounter? I am on that journey. This has been a learning experience from the very beginning and I am enjoying the ride. Check out the scenery along the way and stop to take in the sights.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New Day For Aspiring Authors

   E-publishing has created a host of outlets for new authors today. The years of waiting patiently (hardly for a traditional publisher to probably reject your hard work have come to an end. Is that a good thing? Some people don't seem to think so. Only the best should be published. I disagree. How many times have you seen a review about a movie or novel that was negative, then when you decided to see that movie or read that novel, you were pleasantly surprised. Each of us sees the world through rose colored glasses. Have you ever counted how many different color roses are in the world? Judge for yourself, and if that book or movie wasn't what you expected, no worries, sometimes wine improves with age.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FRACTURE release

     My new fantasy novel is in the final edits. I hope to be released sometime late January or early February. An assassin from a world of kings and magic is set on a collision course with Kristina. A strong willed young woman, from our world, whose murder of her parents puts her on a path that will change her life and his forever.                                                                            

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kill Em Off!

     Killing a character off. How and when do you decide to 'eliminate' a character in your story? Was the decision hard or easy? Did you grow to love or hate him or her? Drop me a line and tell me your thoughts on the subject.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Imagination: Fuel for the Fire

     I have always had a vivid imagination. Fantastic worlds and beings have followed me since my childhood, and I think that most fantasy and sify writers are like me. Ask me to describe any character in my stories and I can tell you in detail, everything about them. How they look, what they think, how they feel, and even who they love or hate. Write that world on paper and they live on forever. Maybe even longer than the writer.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Life in the Author's Seat

     You 're finished. The feeling you get when you type those last two words is unbelievable. The End. Now you're ready to publish. Not so fast buddy. Now you have to promote this baby. Facebook, Twitter, Blog, and the list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming. I know because I am new to this game too. I'm taking one day at a time. Setting up scheduled task like a secretary so I can promote my blood, sweat and tears to the world. Is it worth it? You bet it is. Watch the face of someone who is reading what took you months, maybe years to accomplish. See that smile. Yes, it's worth it.