Journey Series

Journey Series

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book trailer for Witch & Wolf

Here's the link for the Book Trailer for Witch & Wolf, which releases March 12, 2014.

Don't forget that the final book of the Journey Series is now up for sale.

Have a great day,

Monday, February 24, 2014



The release date for Journey Revealed finally got here. Below are the two direct links if you would like to buy yourself a copy.


Amazon Version

Enjoy and remember let your imagination soar high when reading.

Julia Matthews

Where I write best.

Hey guys,

Hope all had allotting in some reading time, because today is the release of Journey Revealed Conclusion of Journey Series. It can be found at Amazon and Smashword. Soon as it’s available on other sites, I’ll let you guys know. Now onto this week’s time management post. We’ve only got a couple more on this series.

Creative ideas can hit at anytime. Most common places and time for an idea to spring up is while in bed, bathing or riding. Basically, when we are relaxed and able to enjoy the world around us. I get loads of ideas after I lay down. Most time it don’t’ bother me. I gather my tablet, or a pad of paper and jot it down. There are the times when I only want to roll over and go to sleep. Problem with doing that is the idea keeps me awake. Heck, I’ve even had my story idea turn into nightmares because I didn’t get the idea out of my head. This never ceases to amaze me.

Sometimes the places are stranger. Here are a couple examples of writers and where some of their stories came to life at.
-       Mark Twain wrote on a typewriter in a gazebo
-       Barbra Kingsolver wrote her 1st best seller late at night, in a closet while pregnant.
I challenge each of us to write down where our ideas hit, rather they are writing ideas or simply an idea of a fun.

Hope all has a great upcoming week and enjoy reading.

Let Imagination Soar
Write and Read With Creativity

Julia Matthews

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Count Down to Journey Revealed Conclusion of Journey Series

Hey everyone,

The release of Journey Revealed Conclusion of Journey Series in only two short days away. Hope your guys are as excited about it as I am.

After an almost an entire year of publishing e-books in this series I'm a bit sad, but very excited to see the King, Singer, and Laker family journey come to an end.

Don't forget that on Feb. 24, 2014 it will release on Amazon and Smashword. As it becomes available on other sites, I will make announcements about it.

Oh, and of course there'll be a few more extra's added to my website. Can't have a final book without a few more extra's.

Have a great day and remember

Read with Creativity
Julia Matthews

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cover Release for Witch & Wolf

Witch & Wolf 
MARCH 12, 2014

FEB. 24, 2014

Schedule Writing Time

Hey guys,

Hope all had a great week. Sure did my way. It's been busy, but that means more fun for my readers. This weeks post continued my post on Time Managment. 

Another helper with managing writing time and pretty much any thing is to schedule times for it to be done it. If you treat your writing like a shift at work then you can succeed. To do this you have to find a few things out. When you write best. When you edit, and research best. Even when you connect with others best. All these things need to be taken into consideration when you are scheduling writing time.

To give an example, I’ve enclosed a broad view of my writing schedule. Hope this helps everyone see how these tips can help, as well as give you an insight on how this writer works.

My Writing Schedule

Each week I sit down at my computer and compare my scheduled appointments with my writing goals for the week. I then create a checklist of each item. This list includes my appointments for each day, as well as housework, personal times, and writing time. My typical goal for a day is to write a chapter a day in the current story that I’m working on. Or if I’m in the editing phase then I aim for two chapters a day to be edited.

There are a few other things I’d like to point out. A goal is just simply that. It doesn’t mean I have to stop when I reach that goal. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it doesn’t mean that if I don’t reach it that I’ve messed up. It simply means I had to deviate from the schedule for some reason. If this happens I have a backup goal.

My backup goal is a weekly goal that I set. Which is usually five chapters a week for story and ten chapters a week if in editing mode. This goal means that I can louse up on reaching the daily goals twice a week. Or it means if I have an excellent day of writing and get loads more done than my goal I still can reach my secondary goal.

Just because I’m working on a story don’t mean I can ignore idea time. Cause as any creative person knows, you can’t stop creativity when it hits. Sometimes you have to literally stop what you are doing and jot down the idea that hit so you don’t forget it. For this reason, I jot in what I like to call idea writing. It is exactly what it sounds like. I sit down and log the ideas that have hit me throughout the day, in a secondary place. This way I have a backup of my own ideas. Cause I’m the worlds worst to misplace a piece of paper. Or one of my two dogs, which think they are goats, will eat the paper if it fell in the floor.

I hope this little tid-bit into my writing schedule helps you see just well managing time can help writers and pretty much anyone achieve their desired goals. Have a great week.

Don’t forget that there are two upcoming releases:

Journey Revealed Conclusion of Journey Series on Feb. 24, 2014
Witch & Wolf by Julia & Vickie Matthews on March 12, 2014
Both releases on Amazon and Smashword on those dates.

 Let Imagination Soar
Write and Read With Creativity

Julia Matthews

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Another Co-Authored E-book Releasing


Wanted to let everyone know that on March 12, 2014, I will have another co-authored e-book released.

Witch & Wolf 
By Julia & Vickie Matthews

Releases on Amazon and Smashword on March 12, 2014.

Wanted to share the description with your guys.

Randal Wolfe goes on a hunt for the Other Kin Elders; only to find out they are liars. He goes from a hunter of Other Kin to a full time proctor from a far. When the from afar become impossible Randal Realizes that the Witch Other Kin he’d been watching was his natural mate. Were Other Kin nature demands he claim her. Common sense says wait until threat is eliminated. Which will win out?

Hope all will check it out. The cover will be up soon.

Don't forget Journey Revealed Conclusion of Journey Series releases on Feb. 24, 2014.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Vampire's Concubine Blog Tour: Slash Fanfiction, My Route Into Erotic Romance by Sophie Duncan

Thank you, Julia, for hosting me today, so I can talk about my new book release, Rage - The Vampire's Concubine #2 and today I'm going to talk about how I came to be writing erotic romance.

As I mentioned in my previous post on April Margeson's blog, see the posting schedule below for details, I have been writing since I was young. One of those forms of writing was fanfiction. The Lost Boys, V, Street Hawk: I was writing (bad) fiction for these films and TV shows in the 80's before I knew it was called fanfiction and way before I'd even heard of the internet. I first came across other people's fanfiction through paper zines in the early 90's when a friend lent me a Beauty & The Beast zine where Catherine and Vincent were getting very intimate. :)

THEN, at uni, I discovered the wonders of the internet and mailing lists where I could share my fanfic with others. I was into Highlander and Poltergeist The Legacy then, and I was a het writer. I wrote prolifically for Highlander, including organising, writing episodes for and editing many other episodes of Highlander: The Fanfiction Season, which was a group of fan's reaction to the end of Season 5.

So, I honed my writing craft in public once I was in my early twenties (and I thank goodness that I did not have access to publish work from when I was even younger). I was, to put it delicately, a bit purple in my prose, and I still can be ;P, that's why I have editors. Towards the end of my Highlander fandom days, I began seeing stories about Methos and Richie, or Methos and Duncan, male/male pairings, and this was my first exposure to slash fanfiction. I didn't read a lot of slash while into Highlander, it wasn't until I got to Harry Potter that I started being really interested in any male/male relationships, and that for me was Harry/Draco. I have a few Harry/Draco fics on my LiveJournal, including an 'epic' called Moment by Moment. I fell for Harry/Draco because of the opposites attract idea. Harry is the hero, bold and noble. Draco is (and I am doing him a disservice using this term, I know, but bear with me) a villain, sneaky and mean. Yet, they are also very alike in other ways, and they are both more than a little broken by the pressures that their respective 'sides' put on them. I found that different-yet-the-same idea fun to play with and terribly erotic and it is a common theme throughout my Harry/Draco slash fanfics.

I do still indulge in slash fanfiction from time to time, my most recent being for a series of books called The Stein & Candle Detective Agency by Michael Panush. I enjoy writing slash, and I won't stop, but I decided to start writing original erotic romance stories as well, and, thanks to my slash baptism, I enjoy writing homoerotic love stories. I also write lots of other genres from horror to high fantasy, but I do love the passions and pain of writing a good romance. Sometimes even just a good old-fashioned PWP (plot-what-plot) comes out, especially when I'm joining in The Drabble Cascades, which is a weekly writing challenge I run with my twin sister, Tasha, over on Fantasy Boys XXX, our Wittegen Press fiction blog dedicated to speculative erotic fiction.

Something else that my slash writing habits have taught me is that erotic fiction is not just about plug a into slot b, it's not merely to do with writing sex. It's about emotion, characters and their relationships, in fact, some slash does not contain any sex. Erotic romance, by it's nature, does include sex, because, otherwise it would just be romance, but without that emotion and character to drive it along, it usually turns out to be very boring stuff. All in all, I'm glad I cut my teeth in the fanfic arena, because I learnt so much about writing in general thanks to feedback from other writers and readers in the big wide internet. They challenged my style, my characterisations and my plots, and it has made me a better writer, at least, I think so.

Rage is my latest erotic romance, although readers may wonder where the romance is at the moment, but I promise, I'm a happy ending junkie when it comes to romance, although I have been known to put my characters through the wringer first ;). There's a chance to win a copy of Rage and its prequel, An Amusement, below, and you check out my other work via the Wittegen Press website, and also on my own Blog, Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles, and, specifically for free erotic fiction, on Fantasy Boys XXX (and if you're a writer, why not come and join in our Drabble Cascades, they're short, fun and a chance to stretch those creative muscles).

Thanks again to Julia for hosting me today. I hope I've given you a little insight into my writing roots, and maybe even interested you in fanfiction. If you are interested, why not check out An Archive of Our Own (AO3), which is collecting transformative works from all over fandom.


Rage & An Amusement Giveaway!

For a chance to win copies of Rage and An Amusement, check out the giveaway below.


About Sophie Duncan

Sophie Duncan is a UK author of genre fiction with Wittegen Press. She has been writing since she was a child and has been sharing her work with others since she discovered the internet in the 1990's. She has published original works in many genres, from contemporary fantasy, through crime and mystery drama, to erotic romance. All of her published books can be found listed at her author page on the Wittegen Press website.

Other places Sophie would love to connect with you are:

When, Hieron, vampire lord of Harkham, is approached by a mysterious young stranger, he finds himself tempted by the bargain his bold visitor makes: ninety nine years of absolute service in return for vampire power. With no name and no explanation of the reasons behind the offer, the attractive enigma becomes Umi, Hieron's slave, concubine and vampire childe.

Yet, from the very first moments the bargain is sealed, Hieron discovers his concubine to be an erotic and obsessively maddening challenge.

The Vampire's Concubine is an erotic romance told in short-story episodes.

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The bargain has been sealed, Umi is now a vampire and belongs to Hieron as his concubine. Yet, Hieron cannot reconcile himself to the secrecy behind his new slave, it makes him dangerously angry and the vampire lord lives up to his warning to Umi that he will be cruel.

Hieron's demands weigh heavily on Umi, who, it seems, cannot please his master. As Hieron's rage grows, Umi's time is running out. Desperately, he searches to find the key to salving Hieron's fury before the beast within his sire rises to destroy him.

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Hieron, vampire lord of Harkham, is unaccustomed to visitors in his private bedchamber unless he has expressly invited them. Such an unsolicited intrusion should mean the interloper's death, but Hieron finds himself unusually fascinated by the stranger who appears before him unbidden. Offering no name and no explanation of his reasons, the young man offers ninety nine years of absolute service in exchange for the gift of vampire power.

Amused and aroused, Hieron agrees to the bargain, names his enigma, Umi and decides he will become his newest concubine. The only thing left is to seal the deal in a bond of sex and supernatural power.

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COMING SOON - Dark of Mind - The Vampire's Concubine #3

Umi is no normal concubine. His master's gift of vampirism notwithstanding, there is much more to him than the Lord of Harkham has yet discovered. Hieron is no longer angry with Umi's secrets, but he remains intrigued and, demon-owned twice over Umi maybe, but it is his mind that interests Hieron the most.

Under Yan's tutelage, Umi is discovering the rites and skills to being a concubine, and Hieron is master when it comes to the night in his newest concubine's veins, mostly. That bond holds a limit that Hieron has never experienced before: his childe has resisted the most intimate of contacts, that of the mind to mind control that normally lies within a sire's remit.

There is power in his childe, power not of the vampire's giving and, before Heiron is ready to deliver Umi to the harem, he means to discover it.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Workable and Specific Goals (Another Managing Time Post)

Hey guys,

This weeks' post continues on with the Managing Time Posts. There's a few more in this series.

Goals makes thing go smoother, in my opinion. One way to help them out is by making specific and workable goals. How do you do that? I’ve been told there are four things to consider when setting a goal. (These four things can be found in the Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander)

1  1.)    Make them challenging and specific. In other words don’t let the goal exceed what you are capable of doing. Make it one that can be defined in writing. (Ex. Write 15/day. Write a novel in 30 days.)
2  2.)    Make them be measurable. This gives us a sense of progress. I know if I can see progress I’m more likely going to stick with what seems to be working. If not, then I tend to get fed-up and drop whatever it is.
3  3.)    Created goals that come from passion and desire. Ones that you (and I stress that you) want, not others.
4  4.)    Your goals can’t conflict with one another. They have to work together in order to reach your ultimate goal.

Basically we need goals that makes us stay accountable. Figure out which ways is best for you to stay accountable for reaching your goals.

Have a great week.
Let Imagination Soar
Write and Read With Creativity

Julia Matthews