My “Booth” @ Africa Online Book Fair 2017

Yesterday was the start of the Africa Online Book Fair: Romance Authors & Books! I’m very excited to be part of the fair and also to be hosting some awesome writers on our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/372063406523550/

I was the first author to open their “booth”. I have 4 posts: 1st introducing myself, 2nd a Amazon discount offer of Falling for Mr. Unexpected, 3rd a Amazon discount offer of Dance of Love and the 4th a spotlight on my new release The Wolf’s Choice. The discounts lasts until Monday (5 June).

If you want to learn more about me, come have a chat with me at the online book fair. I’m going to hang around the whole weekend!

If you found my blog via the Africa Online Book Fair, than browse around and subscribe to get regular updates from me (I promise I don’t flood people’s email).

If you want to go straight to the Amazon discounts, here are the links:

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Falling for Mr. Unexpected http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Mr-Unexpected-Inge-Saunders-ebook/dp/B00R4UACZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418848131&sr=8-1&keywords=falling+for+mr.+unexpected

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Dance of Love http://amzn.to/1AaLcDS

And if you like shape-shifter paranormal romance here’s the links to The Wolf’s Choice (Black Hills Wolves #64):

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Amazon: Kindle Store https://t.co/gipdx4OYiZ

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/za/en/ebook/the-wolf-s-choice

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/711816

 

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Christine and the Queens: Art of Dancing

I form part of that weird sub-category of women that actually love a guy that can dance *smile* No seriously. A guy who knows how to move? Kryp-to-nite. We will become your slaves.

Why am I on this strange train of thought? Well I caught the Graham Norton Show that featured Christine and the Queens. First time I ever heard of them or rather I should say, her.

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Loved the song, Tilted, immediately became an obsessive listen. But more than that, I would watch the performance. Christine (stage name for Héloïse Leister) does a great job, but male dancers being my kryptonite I was for the most part focused on them.

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Here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/h9zf7xh

Go check out the performance out.

I would actually pay someone to teach me how to dance like that. My love of dancing isn’t exactly a secret *smile* I did dedicate a whole book to it (check out my book here: http://amzn.to/1AaLcDS)

Yes Hollywood, I can also do product placement *wink*

Some of the dancing they incorporate reminds me of pantsula dancing, distinctive to South Africa. I’m reminded now also of Gwen Stefani’s Misery music video that features pantsula dancing throughout.

Here are some pictures of the dancers doing their thing.

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Check out the music video for Tilted and tell me what you think!

Dance of Love Blog Tour: June 2 till June 16

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It’s coming up to Dance of Love’s first book anniversary on the 2nd of June and to celebrate there’s a two week blog tour coming up. There are several stops along the way that includes: book reviews, guest posts, and character & author interviews.

A $20 PayPal cash giveaway and discount of $1.99 of Dance of Love at Amazon and All Romance eBooks will be happening with the tour. So don’t miss out on a chance to get your copy!

I would love to celebrate this book anniversary with you, so I’ll keep you posted through the two weeks and on which sites Dance of Love will be hosted from the 2nd of June till the 16th.

You’ll have to follow me on the tour stops to qualify for the cash giveaway.

What’s said about of Dance of Love.

“I’d say Dance of Love is a remarkable story of life, love and chasing dreams, teaching us to never give up on things our heart sets out to achieve but rather to put our best foot forward until we win the battle of fulfillment in the end.”
4 Star Review.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/B00XRQ2KZC/n=6/ref=aw_cr_i_6

The Power of the Sub-Plot

I wrote the novella The Wolf’s Choice at the end of last year and my main character Rebecca Ferguson (celeb lookalike Natalie Emanuel aka interpreter chick in Game of Thrones *smile*) has some issues with her parents, though more so with her father since he’s the one who’s still alive out of the two.

 

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And I have to say I loved writing the dynamic between the two. Their struggle are the sub-plot in the story and ties in well with the romantic plot. And that’s what today’s post is about, sub-plots and why I love them *smile*

 
Growing up reading Barbara Cartland I can appreciate a good romance plot that focuses solely on the romance between the heroine and hero, but because I also read Afrikaans novels I fell in love with the strength a sub-plot provides a story. I liked how it showed that the main character formed part of a bigger world, rather than this microscopic isolated glimpse into their lives. Because who lives like that?

 
Of course every romance writer knows that you shouldn’t distract from the main characters and their story, but boy does it add a meatiness to them when you throw in a dash of family slash friends slash boss slash life issues *grin*

 
One Afrikaans novel I grew up reading showcased the heroine’s relationship with her family very strongly and those stories always made me go back to them. I loved the view I got from reliable sources (family members, friends & colleagues), as opposed to only the character.

 

Twilight DVDsThis ‘sells’ the character more to me and also makes the story less superficial. I think this was the biggest problem I had with Twilight (even though I love the series and have seen all the movies #TwiHard for life! *peace sign*), Bella tells us how mature she is. She tells us how she takes care of her mother. She tells us how helpful and responsible she is around the house. She tells us how scatterbrained her mother is. She basically tells us how she views herself…and in first person no less *smiles* And as she was telling me all of this, I didn’t believe her *shrug* She’s fallen for a hundred year old vampire who wants to drain her of her blood. Seriously, how responsible and smart can you be if you disregard a basic thing all humans had‒self-preservation.
I can say these things because I’m a fan of the series and Stephanie Meyer, I’m not dissing the book because I think it’s okay to talk down about the things teenage girls/women love, inadvertently telling them that their voices, ideas and choices doesn’t matter.

 
*takes deep breath*

 
Back to sub-plot *smile* I would’ve believed Bella more if those observations actually came from her parents or another relative. Because I didn’t see how doing house chores made you more mature than your parents, because than since age…goodness I can’t even remember, my siblings and I should’ve been considered mature. My mother would then tell you, ‘no they were not.’

 
As a romance writer we have a sense of who and what we want our characters to be, what issues we want them to deal with. I was told by someone in a romance writing group the romance plot was fairly straightforward. And they’re right. You’re writing a love story; the struggle to go from like to love is the plot. There’s no trick. Though what gives it substance is delving into the characters psyche and lives, and that’s where your sub-plot should shine.

 

This struggle will make the overall conflict of the story so much richer. I’m thinking of my current release Dance of Love (http://amzn.to/1AaLcDS) where Ashley has to fight her inner fear of failing, of not being a good a world-class ballet dancer as her father was. This heightened the tension in the book, these were human fears any person would have, not just someone in a romantic plot. This wasn’t only about a fear of getting your heart broken because you’ve been burned by past relationships (though there’s nothing wrong with that), this was something achingly universal. We’ve all felt that need to prove ourselves to our families and ourselves.

 

The story’s secondary characters created hues to her life in Rome. It showed that she could exist apart from the hero; if he’s not on the page she still had a life. It didn’t start and end with him. And yes, as a modern female living in the twenty-first century that’s a powerful message in romance to convey between the lines.

 
In a novella this is difficult to achieve because you only have so many words to write a sub-plot in and in The Wolf’s Choice I lucked out because Rebecca’s romance relied on her overcoming her issues with her father. In fact he’s the antagonist of the story. He stands in the way of her happily ever after.

 
I believe sub-plot works best when it does this, when it ties in neatly with the main struggle of the story. What do you think? And do you also enjoy sub-plots in love stories?

Author Spotlight Wk 1 – Inge Saunders

Last week I was featured on Tracee Garner’ s blog sharing my writing process as a Hybrid author 🙂

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1Hi Everyone, 

This week starts an 11 Week Blog Spotlight on the Writing Process. Each week, I’ll feature a fellow writer of varying genres to talk about HOW they write.

Join the discussion by leaving a comment and enjoy each veteran author or new, emerging voice!

First up, Multicultural, New-Adult, Romance Author –

Inge Saunders 

Since I embarked on the romance writing road in 2012 I’ve read so many different takes on authors writing process. From James Scott Bell who starts from the middle of his novel, he believes in writing from the ‘midpoint’ or ‘the point of commitment’ or as others calls it, ‘raising the stakes’. To begin there he states brings illumination over the whole writing project. Then there’s Harlequin author Tawny Weber who, though loves plotting, is not a detailed plotter. She needs three things to start a story: A premise, a good grasp on the characters…

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New Review Blog Splash: Dance of Love #EnterCompetition

In honor of the lovely new review Dance of Love recieved, I decided to do a Review Blog Splash. But a little differently. I’m sharing this one review on multiple authors blogs from now till Friday. And here’s something else, if you comment here you can Win a copy of Dance of Love.

So here’s the review by N Shiv.
Dance of Love by Inge Saunders is a short, fun and flirty read. The author paints a convincing tale as she introduces her characters whose depth and emotions are so raw and relatable you feel it! Ashley’s passion for achieving her goals, to finding true happiness no matter what obstacles stand in her way I find sincere. And her determination, her grit and her passion to make her dreams become a reality compliments and enhances the plot. The hero is likable and sincere. He is true to his beliefs and stands by his decisions with a strong sense of thoughtfulness and determination one just has to respect.
At the end of the day I’d say Dance of Love is a remarkable story of life, love and chasing dreams, teaching us to never give up on things our heart sets out to achieve but rather to put our best foot forward until we win the battle of fulfillment in the end.
4 Stars.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/B00XRQ2KZC/n=6/ref=aw_cr_i_6
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Blurb:
All roads lead to Rome when Ashley Solomons embarks on fulfilling her dream to become a world-class dancer. But there’s one person who stands in her way. “It`s a no from me,” Antonio Machiavelli.
When Antonio’s auditions for a lead principal end in wintry Cape Town, the last thing he expects is to have more than a knee-jerk reaction to an audition. Ashley not only verbally challenges him, but also translates her fire and cheekiness into an edge of your seat performance.
Can Antonio keep his distance from Ashley? Can Ashley focus on fulfilling her dream of becoming a lead principal? Or will love have its way?

 

Excerpt:
Ashley grimaced.
He let the girl get to the chorus before dismissing her as well. The other panel members spoke kindly, and she didn’t leave in tears as the candidate before her had.
Before he could call next, she walked out on stage. She didn’t stand a chance in hell, so why give him the satisfaction of ordering her around? Finding her center, she met the eyes of the panel and blinked. Maybe she should have Googled Antonio Machiavelli, she mused standing transfixed. He was much younger than she expected and more attractive.
He appeared to be in his early thirties, with a mop of dark curls falling across his forehead. Even seated, he towered over the other judges. No wonder every girl’s unnerved. He`s intimidating with his tanned hands folded in front of him on the table.. His grim scowl reminded her to not cave.
“What’s your name?” the lone woman on the panel asked with a kind smile.
“Ashley,” she replied.
The woman glanced down at her clipboard. “It says here you have no formal training.”
Antonio Machiavelli gave a deep sigh. Her brow furrowed. “Yes.”
Nail-biting silence reigned for a moment then the woman waved her hand. “Proceed.”
Antonio Machiavelli placed his fingers at his temples. “Do we have to? She has no formal training. She’s wasting everyone’s time.”
Ashley’s jaw clenched. “How about you let me finish my audition? You’ll have enough ammunition to ridicule me with after.”
That got his attention. She couldn’t see the color of his eyes, but if she had to guess, she’d say fiery red. He sat forward in his chair, leaning over the table, dwarfing it.
He had the persona of an angry wolf out to devour her. The thought set her heart racing. What? She watched too much True Blood.

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#NewRelease Rhoda Baxter ‘Please Release Me’: Stuck Between Excitement & Apprehension

I’m taking part in a themed blog post celebrating Rhoda Baxter’s new release Please Release Me. The theme center on being or feeling ‘stuck’ in some way or other. As I signed up to do the blog splash I wondered what I could write for the post…then the following happened *smile*

On Tuesday late in the afternoon I received an email from The Romance Reviews saying my book Dance of Love qualified for the next and final round of their TRR Readers’ Choice Awards-Winter 2015. I had submitted DoL when I added my books to the site and updated my profile.

The site is very prominent in the online romance writing community, so I didn’t really think I’d qualify for the nomination round. But I did. And when I did, I didn’t know what to do with my emotions or rather lack thereof.
In the back of my mind I realized this may not be a Nobel Prize nomination but it was a good thing to make it to the Nomination Rounds. I should be pleased. Maybe not do cartwheels yet, but at least a heart thump or two.

Instead my stomach turned, my arms felt heavy and for the life of me I couldn’t get back into my work. One of the owners and coordinators at my publisher (Decadent Publishing) also emailed me right after TRR did and congratulated me, also said they will be helping to get the word out for the Nominations Round. I was happy, I wasn’t alone. My publisher’s going to help with promo. Still I found myself stuck. Unable to move.

I had tagged my cousin on the ‘good news update’ post on Facebook and she texted me her congratulations. And my response was lukewarm. She wanted me to ‘bounce off the walls’. To enjoy qualifying. To embrace the moment. And I tried. I had realized how ungrateful my response might have come across to her.

But here’s the thing, I’m not good at popularity contests *smile* Oh not such a big surprise? *grin* Honestly, I’m not. And I’m also not a big fan of them. I think the first time I realized how much I disliked it was when I started to receive awards at school in grade seven because I was considered to be one of the well-known kids at school. Stuff like that really makes you question how good you are at something.

I love the saying; cream always rises to the top. Even if no one considers you to be anything ‘special’ because you don’t have the popular vote, you can rely on the quality, technique, spirit and time, you put into what you do. You know hard work eventually pays off. In life we’ve learned that principal. The more you put in, the more you get out.

When everyone stops writing, you keep on until you’ve typed The End. When everyone else loses hope during the query process. You submit your pitch and book again. You edit, rewrite, revise, and submit, again and again. You read up, educate yourself, you join groups, you network, learn from the people around you, you don’t give up on yourself or the dream of being an author. You’ve committed yourself. And Thank God, these industry people do care about the work because you’re growing and learning with each book you write.

Uh…until…you qualify to the next and final Nominations Round and you need 50 nominations to get to the final.

Stuck.

Stuck between wanting to yell and say, “Wow! How did that happen? I qualified!” And, “Okay, so nothing to get too excited about because there’s 50 nominations standing between you and the final round,” which is a sober way of looking at things, not necessarily bad or negative. It does however, have you stuck between excitement and apprehension. Wanting to celebrate this milestone, albeit small, and also to not get too enthusiastic because you might not make it *cringe*

So in a bid to help myself move on from feeling stuck, I’m going to ask that you nominate Dance of Love as your Readers’ Choice Award for Winter 2015 at The Romance Reviews (http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=18615). The Nomination Round is open from Sept 11th until the 30th. So two weeks of nonstop voting! Thank you in advance for your support and for moving me to a place that’s less emotionally stuck *smile*

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Blurb:

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

Buy link: myBook.to/PleaseReleaseMe

Release Day: Dance of Love by Inge Saunders

So in an episode of The Returned a woman *spoiler alert* starts having a panic attack after being questioned about evidence from a crime committed against her a couple of years before. She tells them that none of the jewellery they found was hers, and then she starts to hyperventilate. Now why this was so significant to me (apart from the fact that I`m so loving this series!) is that in Dance of Love the heroine also experiences a panic attack and the editor who worked on content edits with me, basically said that when a person has a panic attack they`re not aware of it happening until it happens *wide eyed* Yeah, I know, I also didn`t agree with that.
A panic attack can be a gradual process. It doesn`t always come on ‘suddenly’ and out of ‘nowhere’. The stress was definitely there long before or the stressful situation clues the person in on an oncoming attack. As someone who`ve experienced panic attacks I knew personally that, yep you can be very aware of the fact that you`re about to have one and while you`re having it, also freak out about the fact that you`re having one. Sometimes an attack can leave you completely paralysed. Like you can`t do anything, but your heart`s beating at such an alarming rate you honestly believe you`re about to die. Then there`s the attacks where you can`t sit still. You have to move. But you don`t know where you`re going and you can`t breathe, so you think outside`s the best place for you to be. Only you get outside and there`s noise and people and the world, so you freak out even more.
I think the worse place to be when you`re experiencing a full blown panic attack, is in a car. Which is why I let my heroine have a mild one, I couldn`t have her jumping out in traffic and spoiling my whole plot. Of course I explained to the editor why the heroine would be aware of her rising stress/anxiety. And why it`s needed for the scene. I also toned down my dramatics, which made for a nice tightly written scene. In the end it worked out and I hope you think so too since Dance of Love is releasing TODAY! *yay*
Here’s the details!

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What would you do if you had to audition for the Simon Cowell of a dance company?
All roads lead to Rome when Ashley embarks on fulfilling her dream to become a world-class dancer.
But there’s one person who stands in her way. “That’s a no from me” Antonio Machiavelli.

Buy Links:
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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AaLcDS
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Talking Upcoming Release: Dance of Love

Dance of Love is my 2nd book with Decadent Publishing. It came about when I entered one of Harlequin UK`s April Pitch competitions. I came in the Top 5, but sadly (then) didn`t get a full request and I have to add, I`m glad for that because at the time I didn`t have a full manuscript. I`d entered the competition on a whim thinking I had no fighting chance, so why not give my writing brain some exercise. I loved the story so much I completed it anyway and after having submitted Falling for Mr. Unexpected to DP, I decided to try with Dance of Love too. The rest as they say is history *smile* But today I wanted to ‘talk’ about a particular ‘scene’ in DoL. A scene inspired by a TV show and a group of girls I shared varsity digs with. I really couldn`t say what had made us do it. It was just so random, so spontaneous. But I think some or other female drama was going on in the flat ( what we loosely referred to as our ‘penthouse’), we`ve been in the kitchen/living area, on a Friday night (after a very hectic post-grad week for me), just catching up. I`d joined the group after  the weekly get-together had already started. Though I have to add, I wasn`t a weekly attendant here, my studies had turned me into a hermit most of the time. So I`m walking in on lively conversations, snacks, drinks etc. And basically an all-girl get-together. There`s some subtext going on, but I decided to ignore it. I honestly wouldn`t have even known what it was about, so I just spaced it out. As the evening went on certain things came to light, but again, I wasn`t part of it so I just spaced it out. Music was blaring and I was kind of surprised no one had come to tell us to shut up *laughs* Because we were loud, and not just music wise. Anyway, with all this going on, I noticed one of my flatmates had slipped away and I wondered where she could be. But I didn`t go investigate yet. Instead I soaked up the conversations around me, mellowed in the togetherness and letting off some steam. Then I headed to the bathroom, because you know short people with small bladders…need I say more? lol And after I head to my room to put some hand lotion on my hands (cause I`m fancy like that *wink*), something told me to go check on the flatmate who had disappeared earlier. The sound system was in her room, she`d acted as the ‘deejay’ although anyone who wanted to change the music could. And there she was, jumping up and down to a song. Just jumping in her own little world. And for some reason to me this looks like the most brilliant idea ever and I joined her. And the two of us was just dance jumping, enjoying the song, eyes closed to the world. Then the song changed and I opened my eyes and I saw some others had joined us and we just keep on jump-dancing. No one really caring what the other was doing, together in our mutual acceptance of the other`s solitude, while doing the exact same thing. This event made it into Dance of Love when Ashley has to confront a particularly vicious tabloid attack and none of them has a solution. The situation had become so ridiculous that to become mad and angry wouldn`t serve a purpose at all. So her flatmates Thandi and Meaghan starts jumping up and down and force her to do the same. This moment helps to centre her, to keep her mind off what had happened and also brings forth this image of her not being alone. That sometimes even in your ‘solitude’ there are people going through/doing the exact same thing you’re doing, and though you might feel like your on your own, you`re not. There are people willing to ‘jump’ with you, even though they don`t have all the answers and they can`t fix things for you. They`ll jump with you. In a way I think we were all in that moment, subconsciously tapping into the power that`s Shonda Rhimes and Grey`s Anatomy. All of us were fans of the show and I guess that`s what made it so easy for me to understand this concept. I didn`t ask her ‘why are you dance-jumping alone?’ I just knew she needed to and that she wouldn`t mind if I needed to, too. If only all things in life was that easy to understand, as Ashley also finds out in Dance of Love. Dance of Love releases 2 June 2015 Dance-of-Love_banner Blurb: All roads lead to Rome when Ashley Solomons embarks on fulfilling her dream to become a world-class dancer. But there’s one person who stands in her way. “It`s a no from me,” Antonio Machiavelli. When Antonio’s auditions for a lead principal end in wintry Cape Town, the last thing he expects is to have more than a knee-jerk reaction to an audition. Ashley not only verbally challenges him, but also translates her fire and cheekiness into an edge of your seat performance. Can Antonio keep his distance from Ashley? Can Ashley focus on fulfilling her dream of becoming a lead principal? Or will love have its way?