Title: ARMORED HEARTS
Authors: MELISSA TURNER LEE
Release Date: May 20th
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Synopsis via Goodreads:
When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.
About the Authors
Melissa Turner Lee – Inspiring Heights
The way I start my writing process is always with a character showing up in my head. I was on a vacation in April 2012 when I was sitting in the hot tub with my kids and I suddenly had a vision of a man in an old style wheelchair with a lap blanket. I had to know who he was and from what time period. I needed to know his story. I started the interview that always follows when that happens and found out he was from Edwardian England and he told me his secret and that he didn’t know the full truth about it. I soon discovered that that there was an American woman involved with her own secret—she was gadgety. This was a steampunk novel. The whole idea of writing steampunk confused me because I wasn’t very versed in the genre. I’d met the very talented and super smart Pauline Creeden online and I knew she wrote steampunk. I told her my idea and she got on board. It was decided that I would take the lead in writing the story and would then pass it to her. Then we would pass it back and forth until we were happy with what we had. I am so very pleased with how it turned out. The story really could never have become a reality if I’d not met Pauline and she had not been interested. We have some more books planned for this series and another she is taking the lead on. I really look forward to writing with Pauline again in the future.Pauline Creeden – The Life of a Writer/Editor
I wear many hats. And because of this I have to spend my day vascillating between my many roles. I am an author, publisher, publicist, book reviewer, horse trainer, wife and mom. Yes, most people get tired just hearing that list. And they always ask how I do it – the answer? Lots of caffeine and very little sleep! So when I’m not cracking the whip at my many authors, teaching a riding lesson, cooking dinner, finding new places to advertise, or sitting elbows deep in editing a manuscript, I might actually get the time to write. When inspiration whispers in my ear, I usually have to take quick notes before I forget what it said. Usually I see a character – his/her motivations come to me. Her/his goals become clear. Then I see the situation, the problem, the scene. And I write it, taking into account all five of the character’s senses and add in a little of life (real life experiences) into the scene and/or character. It makes him/her more real to me, and I often hear people say that it’s those little injections that made the scene more real for them, too. Usually I can only write one scene at a time and then string them together in the editing process. When it comes, I can usually whip out around 1000-2000 words or more in an hour, and give myself a bottle of Snapple for my reward.
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