Saturday, August 20, 2016

Releasing a New Book!

Alone in Paris to be released in 2017!

   Guess what fellow booknerds!! I have a new book coming out! I'm hoping to release it sometime early next year. 

The title and summary has been released but not the cover! If you want to be one of the first to receive updates on my upcoming young adult contemporary romance, follow me on Twitter @ashleyc_earley  and on Instagram @ashley_earley! I'm always keeping my followers updated on what I'm writing, editing, and reading! 

 My upcoming book is titled Alone in Paris and the summary is below:

Breathe, Taylor.

Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.
Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.


She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.
So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe.

Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.

Once it is released, it will only be available for purchase on Kindle and for a while. 
I have also updated my website a little bit so be sure to check that out as well!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

How to Write a Kissing Scene

   Yup, this is what we're talking about today. Kind of glad that I'm not a vlogger because I can hide behind my computer this way.

 What kind of kissing scene are we talking about here? Are we going for the hot and steamy? The gentle, lingering kiss? The gentle kiss that suddenly becomes rough and desperate? The kissing scene that you write will depend on your book, and your characters, and the situation.

 Yes, the situation is taken into account. Your characters could be angry, and if so, you might want to go for the hot and steamy kiss that makes your readers blush because your characters can't get enough of each other.

The Moment.
 Make sure your readers know where your characters are. Are they on a date? Just two friends that suddenly found themselves making out while they watch a movie? Where are they and what are your characters feeling? You have to set up the moment that leads to the kiss. Also, kissing at the end of a date is expected so try to make it a little more spontaneous.

 You have to--and I mean have to--describe what your character(s) is feeling before, during, and after the kiss. Describing what your character feels before the kiss helps build to the moment. Describing what your character is feeling during the kiss helps your readers paint a picture of what is happening and how it's happening. Describing what your character is feeling after the kiss helps your readers understand what the character thinks about the person that they just kissed. Is your character glad that they kissed the other? Are they horrified that they just kissed him/her?

During the Kiss.
 Be sure not to only describe what is happening with their mouths. You need to add what they're doing with everything else, like their hands. Are they running through each others hair? Holding each other tightly? Are they standing close to each other or are they leaning toward each other?

 Writing a kissing scene can be really embarrassing--I know it is for me because I know that if I publish a book, my whole family is going to read it--but you just have to push through and focus on the scene instead of focusing on the embarrassing possibility that your friends and family will read it. Focus on the moment between your characters.

 If you need more help writing a kissing scene, go pick up a few of the books on your shelf and read a few different kissing scenes to help you put the pieces together.