Chris T. Kat talks Secret Energy (Shifters, Book Two) and Writing problems? What writing problems? ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt

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Secret Energy

Title: Secret Energy (Shifters, Book Two)
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Hi, my name is Chris T. Kat and I’m very glad to be a guest on Prism Book Alliance. Dreamspinner Press published my new release, Secret Energy, today. Secret Energy is a shape-shifter story, and the sequel to Secret Chemistry (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3520).

Writing problems? What writing problems?:

When I first started writing (I have my roots in writing fan fiction), I didn’t even realize an author could have writing problems. After all, what’s so difficult about it? Sit down, type the story you have in your head and voila, there’s a new story! Yeah, you may call me naïve…
It took me a while to absorb some writing techniques. Just as an example: I didn’t understand why everyone frowned upon the use of adverbs. I’d learned that the use of fitting adjectives and adverbs would be of great benefit for any story. I read up a lot on this and also read a lot of different books. All the advice I could find on the Internet didn’t help me understand, only when I compared books and tried to find out why some books had me hooked and others didn’t, did I get it.
Then there’s the fact English isn’t my first language. I worked a lot on expanding my vocabulary and on improving sentence structure. Guess what helped the most? It wasn’t any kind of advice on the Internet, or in books (or maybe I just didn’t find the right sites or books, who knows). Again, I learned because I read a lot. I’ve always read a lot, but then I started reading books only in English. Especially when I feel that I need a push when I write myself, I pick out a book from an author I know and read. That always helps in improving my own work.
It wasn’t different for Secret Energy. The whole manuscript had to be re-written at one point. It seemed daunting at first, but then I decided on reading a couple of books prior to working on the revisions. Worked like a charm. 🙂
How about you? Do you have writing problems? If you have, how do you deal with them?

Interview:

Excerpt:

Excerpt from Chapter Six:
“Aren’t you going to shift?” his mate asked, bemused.
Robin blinked at him. All his attention was riveted to the slowly filling cock in front of him. This close he could finally see his mate’s eye color. They were a dark brown, almost black, and to anyone else they might have seemed cold, but to Robin they radiated a warmth that was specifically reserved for him.
“Your appearance in wolf-form is most appealing, but I would like to see you again in your human form. You were such a beautiful young man, like an angel.”
Robin cringed. Like an angel? That’s gross! First you’re not talking at all, and when you finally start talking, it’s such bullshit.
His mate’s facial expression changed in a way Robin couldn’t name. He only knew he didn’t want that look directed at him. The man spoke before Robin could say anything. “A spirited angel, I see. For clarification, because you seem to be unsettled by my silence, I hear you clearly in my shifted form, but I don’t possess the ability to talk telepathically.”
What? How’s that possible? Robin asked.
“We determined that our bear genes are responsible for this unfortunate condition. None of our clan possesses the gift of telepathy. Now shift, we have a business to attend.”
Business? No way, dude!
Robin took a few steps backward, even though it almost physically hurt him to do so. That wasn’t right. That… that didn’t sound promising. Business? No fucking way!
Turning toward the exit, he mumbled, Change of plans. See ya!
A firm hand grabbed his neck, sending shock waves of longing through Robin’s body. His cock hardened so fast it left him reeling. Feeling out of whack from the onslaught of varying emotions, Robin snarled. The grip of his mate’s hand on his neck didn’t waver—not one single bit. Instead, his mate pulled him around. The man crouched, and on instinct Robin ducked his head, whining low in his throat.
“I apologize for my choice of words. Please don’t be afraid.”
I’m not.
“Yes, you are.”
Ignoring his mate’s comment, Robin hedged, I don’t even know your name.
“Where are my manners? Hello, Robin, I’m Peter, and I’m your mate. It’s a real pleasure to meet you,” Peter replied.
With his free hand, he grabbed one of Robin’s forepaws and shook it. Robin stared at Peter’s hand engulfing his paw, then said, Hands off, I’m gonna shift.
After the shift Robin knelt in front of Peter, his mate. Peter had a very distinct smell to him, like a fresh summer breeze mingled with the fragrance of something spicy. Robin’s eyes widened when Peter’s scent flooded his olfactory system. Robin lifted his gaze from Peter’s cock to his dark brown eyes. They seemed bottomless yet all knowing, as if Peter could peer right into his soul. Robin averted his eyes, unsure whether he wanted Peter to see so much.
“Come here,” Peter demanded softly. He remained in the crouched position but held his arms open for Robin.
“This is crazy. I’m crazy!”
“You’re not. Now come to me, into my arms where you belong.”

Blurb:

When wolf shifter Robin agreed to cover for his older brother Tim and Tim’s lover Jay, he never imagined feeling so stifled. Tim’s overprotective attitude suffocates him. Pressure from within—the urge to find his own mate—mounts daily. With a little help from Jay, Robin finally convinces Tim to let him go for a run alone, but he has no inkling that his life will change forever as a result.
Unexpectedly, he finds his mate Peter Brannigan, an old and special soul, and the one shifter who can bring balance to Robin’s life. The new couple spend days together, developing their bond as mates. Yet even as they explore and cement their relationship, crisis looms just ahead when an old enemy of the pack shows up and kills someone Robin loves.

About the Author:

Chris T. KatChris T. Kat

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Author Links:

Blog: http://christikat.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/christi_kat
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/ChrisTKat
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChrisTKat
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-T.-Kat/e/B008FQQH2Q

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