Dangerous Protector, the latest book in Milly Taiden’s Federal Paranormal Unit series, is now available in ebook. Milly has stopped by to tell us five things she wish she’d known when starting to write and to give us an Excerpt from her new book.
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Hi! I’m Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They’re usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog “Needy Speedy”. Don’t ask.
When I’m not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I’m not doing that, I’m usually writing because the voices won’t shut up.
I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn’t, right?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
Come by and visit me! I love to meet new readers!
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Five things I wish I’d known when I started writing.
1. Editors are your friends. People try to make editors sound like they are out to get you. The reality is we all need a good editor to make a story shine. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how badly until you get those first edits back and cringe. Yes, you might have missed a few things. Editors are on your side. Remember that.
2. You Don’t need to be with the BIG 5 to be a success. I know lots of big indie successes that have made millions without a big name pub. But in order for that to happen they treat their work as if it were being published by a big name. They get a good editor. A good cover design. They write a good book. And they promote it like crazy.
3. Critique Partners are a good idea. Not everyone likes to have someone telling them their work needs something changed, but with the right critique partners, you can fill plot holes and make a story a lot more rounded. You can also remove things that don’t make sense.
4. Bloggers are your friends. Book bloggers love to read. They love to share new books with readers. You want your book out there. So what does that mean? Get to know the blogger community. Donate and share on their events. Trust me, they will appreciate it and your book will be shared just for the love of reading.
5. Social Media is a MUST. I’ve always been a limelight ho, but I didn’t realize how important being available and out there. Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. They are all tools we must learn to use to our advantage to promote our work. Plus, they’re fun. Pick one and learn it.
If you run from love, you’re asking for a chase… James Brock lived the past ten years without the woman he loves. Using his job as head of the Federal Paranormal Unit to help others, he’s done a good job of ignoring his lack of a personal life until she returns. His salvation. His first love. Cynthia Vega had a very good reason to leave the only man she loved after she’d accepted his marriage proposal. Now she’s back as his boss. And he’s not willing to ignore their chemistry or the past. Brock is determined to claim his mate and prove that their passion is even hotter than before. He wants her and her explanation behind their separation. Except, some secrets won’t stay buried in the past. Brock will fight his demons to follow her lead, but Cynthia’s reluctance to explain their lost love may be the one key to their destruction…
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© Milly Taiden, Latin Goddess Press 2014
Galvez’s nostrils flared. Disgust lit his eyes. Figures. He had never been the type for warm and cuddly conversations. And the last thing Cynthia expected was for him to encourage employee relationships. “He isn’t normal. He’s… He’s—”
“I know exactly what he is. If I were you, I’d be very careful what you say about him.” She snapped her mouth shut to keep from adding anything that could, and would get her fired. Dammit, she’d just started the job.
She yanked on the handle to her car. The metal creaked as it opened. Galvez placed a hand on the top of the door, stopping her from moving it further.
“Don’t!” She hissed. “Only my family calls me that. You’re my superior. Don’t get it confused. My accepting your job offer doesn’t make us friends. It doesn’t make us buddies. It just makes me your employee.”
“I’d like to think of us as more than just employer-employee. Possibly move things to where they should be between us.” His facial lines smoothed out. There was concern in his eyes for a flash of a second. Then an iciness entered his gaze as she shook her head.
“I don’t think so. All we’ll ever be is co-workers. Don’t confuse yourself.” She met Galvez’s stare with her own angry glare. He should know by now that intimidation wouldn’t work on her. Being raised by her grandmother, because her father had been missing in action, had toughened her up. Especially when her mother was more trouble than she wanted to think about. When her family’s reality finally hit her, some hard choices had to be made. And the result had been losing the only man she’d loved.
Galvez’s brow puckered. “If you can’t handle working with Brock, for whatever reason, just tell me. I won’t hold it against you.”
Yeah, she just bet he wouldn’t. He’d recruited her as a test. To see her fail. She knew what he was after, but she wouldn’t give it to him. He’d come to her. Right now, she had the upper hand. An upper hand she wasn’t willing to lose.
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