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4 Days to Shattered Souls! — The Inspiration
Friday, January 25th, 2013

Shattered SoulsNext Tuesday, January 29th, Shattered Souls releases. For the next few days, I’ll share pages from the book and talk to you about what inspired it. I know some of you have been waiting patiently for me to write another longer novel. Well, here it is!

Will you help me?

Authors will tell you that the best advertising for a book is word of mouth. Friends telling other friends about something they’re reading or are about to read is better than any ad I could run on an online review site. If you could start the buzz, I’d appreciate it. This is a book I know in my gut is very good. My editor when she bought the book told me my heroine’s voice was unforgettable. And what started as the first book in a series I thought would move from one couple to the next, ended up being centered on Cait and her ex-husband Sam. You will fall in love with Sam. And come book two, you’ll be ready, for a brief moment in the middle of that book, to kill me. But to get there, you must start with Shattered Souls. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, tell someone you’re going to be reading this book. Talk about it on GoodReads. Simple as that. And if you have a website and are looking for things to post, well I can hook you up!

The Inspiration

So, how did the idea come to me? One night I laid down to go to sleep. The room was dark, but there was enough light to reflect shadowy images in the mirror. I thought I saw something move. And you know that creepy feeling—the one that lifts the hairs on your arms?—I had to get up, turn on the light and check out that mirror or I’d never get to sleep. It was as I was looking into the mirror, and looking into the sides, that you think you shouldn’t be able to see, that the idea came to me for the start of this story.

I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep. In fact, I knew in an instant where the story was going to take place, and I needed a road trip. I called a friend of mine, Shayla Kersten, and told her I needed to go to Memphis the very next weekend, could she come with me?

The next weekend was Easter weekend, but she was on board and we made that trip. If you’d like to see something of what we saw that weekend, check out these links. You will see some of those places reflected in the story I wrote: Rollin’ on the Trolley, Memphis Metal, Charmin’ Memphis PD, and this photo, taken at Edgemont cemetery, most definitely was featured in the book…


I had two people in particular to thank for this book. The first was Shayla, because she was game to help me out and didn’t mind that I had her crawling up hilltops for me or embarrassing her by asking people very inappropriate questions as I researched.

And there’s Virginia Ettel, who helped me craft “mama’s poem” at the start of the book. I hate writing poetry, and I do it very badly. That’s okay when Cait’s the spellcaster, but I needed something better for that first spell-poem.

Tomorrow, I’ll share the opening of the book so you can meet my hero and heroine.

17 comments to “4 Days to Shattered Souls! — The Inspiration”

  1. Janice Hougland
    · January 25th, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    Did all you asked, including purchasing the Kindle version of the book. Can´t wait ´til it’s delivered to my tablet!

  2. Sandi
    · January 25th, 2013 at 10:45 am · Link

    Will do Delilah:)

  3. Delilah
    · January 25th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    Janice!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

    Sandi! You’re a doll!

  4. Deb Carter
    · January 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am · Link

    Love to read this and I would never want to kill you since you got so many good books to write after these that your still doing. Also did as you asked so keep writing and I will be reading, even if i prefer lesbian action. I’m hooked on your books also.

  5. Tamsin Flowers
    · January 25th, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah,

    Did as you suggested… 🙂

  6. Julie Kornhausl
    · January 25th, 2013 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah!

    I blogged about it:

    Can’t wait to read it!

    Congratulations 🙂

  7. ronnie cornett
    · January 25th, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Link

    I did as you suggested…was going to comment and ask if he’s read many romance novels? But I’ll save it for when I read it and give it a positive review as I do all of your books!!! Can’t wait to read it ❗ 😉

  8. Delilah
    · January 25th, 2013 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Deb and Tasmin! Thank you so much, ladies!

    Julie, you’re a doll! I hopped over there to thank you!

    Ronnie! Mwah!

  9. Belinda Baker
    · January 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Did as you asked. I’m a terrible reviewer myself. If something gets a rating that low from me, it means I couldn’t finish reading it – so no review. Will write a review after I read it. Good Luck with sales. Have a good weekend.

  10. Delilah
    · January 25th, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Belinda! I appreciate it! And a review doesn’t have to be pretty. Just saying you liked it, loved it, that you couldn’t put it down tells another reader a lot.

  11. angel shaw
    · January 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm · Link

    Went over to amazon as you asked and skimmed through what he wrote…I’ve read your stories and he was completely off base with what he said, so I had no problem putting him at a no. and ONLY 1 out of 16 found it helpful… 😛

  12. Cyndi Faria
    · January 25th, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Link

    This story sounds wonderfully intriguing! I’ve added it to my must read selection! Going now to amazon to hit the No button. 😀

  13. Delilah
    · January 25th, 2013 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Angel, yeah, he considered the book erotic, and I almost had to comment. This book is sensual–sexy yes, but nothing like my usual over-the-top smut. Huh. I’d probably burn his eyeballs out if he got hold of my usual fare. Thanks, love!

    Cyndi! Thank you! I know you won’t be disappointed in this story. It’s very fast-paced. Has tons of spooky, a touch of humor, and the very sexy Sam!

  14. ELF
    · January 25th, 2013 at 3:56 pm · Link

    I gave him a negative vote back when you first mentioned him. Obviously a person puffed up with his own self-importance! Good luck with the new release, it is definitely an enthralling read.

  15. stacy
    · January 25th, 2013 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Nope his review was not helpful at all

  16. Z
    · January 25th, 2013 at 10:18 pm · Link

    I liked the book and said NO!

  17. Melissa Porter
    · January 25th, 2013 at 11:18 pm · Link

    I did as you asked.

    Payday I will be getting the book. 🙂
    I love all your stories.
    Thanks for sharing. Once I read the book I will post a review. 🙂

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