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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Welcome Angelica Hart and Zi


IS IT REAL OR IS IT MEMORY
BY: Angelica Hart and Zi

Angelica Hart and Zi are writers published by Champagne Books.

Storing away memories and odd events to add to a story gives that story realism. Anne Rice once said, "No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase." And most of our memories are indeed gifts that we open again and again.

I was at an Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Class and the instructor said, "We are the sum of all our experiences." There it was a truth that stood above simple truths. As I began to write I recognized that I had very limited experiences upon which to pull. My early work was unquestionable shallow. So I began a quest to discover, in the name of wanting to be a better writer? No! I realized I was shallow.

Every submission sent to publishers was returned or ignored. I recall critique suggesting I needed more depth in both the way I dealt with the subject and the technical writing style. As time ate at my life I waited as I worked. Wrote daily. How much life is lost to wait? That is an apt question, but my wait was filled with discovery. I became a student of people. Discovery. Examined other styles and broke them down mechanically and technically. Discovery. Tried to create more complexity. Discovery. Expanded my vocabulary. Discovery. Read... read... read. Discovery. Wrote... re-wrote... re-re-wrote.

That wait was not shallow but an aggressive tutorial for my growth. I continued to submit work. And slowly pieces were accepted.

So the question is who am I? Angelica or Zi. Ironically, we took the same path and had the same challenges and failures. We met as more mature adults prepared to be writers and we have written daily as writing partners. We found a synergy in our styles and complexity in what we wanted to create. Are we good? We don't know. Have we found that depth needed to portray characters as real people? Hope we have. Have we found enough intrigue in our plot and our words to keep readers interested? You tell us. As Jacob Bronowski, a mathematician, well-spoken and a celebrity of the BBC show The Ascent of Man and was the inspiration of Carl Sagan to make the Cosmos wrote, "The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show." If runners up is what we are, we're proud for our journey has been wonderful.

Zi believes, "Be the best you can be by growing every day."

Having said that, goodness, that was something (our hard work) we doubt we'd forget.

Our release KILLER DOLLS is a wonderful romantic thriller based in bio-terrorism. SNAKE DANCE which is about to be released is a sci/fi-fantasy adventure romance placed in a unique culture. CHASING GRAVITAS is a gentle paranormal romance which provides an unfolding mystery.

SNAKE DANCE
The Story:

On the planet Starling wRen defies her heritage so she can be with VeIper, an outcast bent on freeing his species from ethnic cleansing. Mong, a slayer, quells their ambition as he plots the subjugation of wRen and the death of VeIper.


EXCERPT:

Clenched as one, floating.

Her wings unfurled slightly and his arms caught about them, instinctively stroking the area between moving downward to the Rise of Comehither, feeling her incredible responsiveness. Her fingers curled about the base of skull, pulling his head closer to her breasts as she caressed awake the remnant of a cobra hood. They together, he bending and pressing her backward and then swirling her up and around, he then lifting his head to find her lips, to press past that sensuous pink tenderness to the opening beneath.

Every stimulating action demanded a stronger reaction, and the two simultaneously became giver and recipient. Their mouths twisted against each other, and then parted, held deliberately apart but barely, torturous breaths scraping against each other, tongues flittering and then slipping away, her pointy tip, caressing the vulnerable nip between the slit. His fingers moved over smooth warming flesh, pausing to stroke feathers as they each nipped at each other with tender kisses over eyelids and temples, scale-line and feather-roots.

He growled.

She shivered.


ABOUT AUTHORS

Their combined accomplishments include book publications in print and/or electronic versions of twenty-four titles, fifteen romance specific, ten manuscripts pending, EPPIE finalist for three books, Cecil Whig award, Hob-Nob Reader's Choice Award, written over 500 shorts with numerous published in both nationwide and small press magazines, articles published in various local, city and statewide newspapers, including four as a Guest Columnist in addition to trade articles. Both are members of various writing groups.

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at angeliahartandzi@yahoo.com and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a gift and add you to any future mailings.

Angelica Hart and Zi
KILLER DOLLS ~ September 2009
SNAKE DANCE ~ February 2010
CHASING GRAVITAS ~ July 2010
angelicahartandzi@yahoo.com
angelicahartandzi.com

KILLER DOLLS and SNAKE DANCE can be purchased at
Champagne Books
http://www.champagnebooks.com/

19 comments:

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

We are just tickled to be here. Thanks so much for this opportunity to share.

Victoria Roder said...

I enjoyed your post. Discovery and learning can apply to any job, and hopefully we do the best job we can. The very best to you.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Hi Angelica and Zi - had to stop in. We have been out of town the past month between auctions in Florida and sosn Graduation from teh Navy in Illinois. Good to see you two still going strong :)

susan said...

Good Morning..we have messing weather today so it's a day to stay inside and enjoy your company. Your articles are always quite interesting and fun so I am here to tell you so. I hope you have much success in what you do as a team. susan Leech

Andrea I said...

Happy Tuesday! I like what Zi says about being the best you can be by growing each day.
I still have to check out your books.

s7anna said...

Hey Angelica & Zi,
I loved your post and I can't wait to read Snake Dance...love the fierce cover!

Candace Morehouse said...

Your postts are always entertaining - and a great way to start the day! Best of luck with sales of Snake Dance.

Kaylin McFarren said...

Loved reading your post and BTW, your video is awesome! :)

MarthaE said...

Hi Angelica and Zi - Glad to get to come visit you here! I'm glad you grew past shallow!! I am looking forward to Snake Dance!!

Linda LaRoque said...

My goodness, what a sensusous excerpt! And I so appreciate your thoughts on shallowness and experiences. It's something we can all learn from.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Victoria,

Hello to our lovely author of Bolt Action, release in April 2010, we believe. The first day of any job is always the hardest, you're new, you don't know what the heck you're doing, everyone eyes you up and down and in and out with that look of...ah, the new guy. All that is true except for writing. No one else is usually around. We dive into thinking we are the next Austin or King or Steinbeck. I don't think we even recognize that our work stinks. On that first day, we rule! It is the first day of a dream turning into reality, even if that first day is when you are four years old and you're working with crayons.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Sheila,

It's great to see you again. We missed you. As always, you are a busy lady, and that is fabulous. Congrats to whomever is graduating. Yup, we're still trucking along. Two peas who are breaking out of the pod and moving into the freezer. Z: Huh? A: Ah, just go with it. Z: Forgive her Sheila, she has morning brain fog. A: Croak...croak. Z: I said fog, not frog. A: Ohhhhh...

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Hey Susan,

You sweet lady you. As always we are tickled to see your post. Thank you for your complimentary words, we're blushing. Z: Am not. A: Ah, you're always that shade of tomato? Z: No comment! A: I just adore doggin' Zi. Susan, thanks for being such a great supporter.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Hi Andrea,

We truly appreciate your stopping by. According to Henry Miller, "All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience." Though we agree with Henry, we also believe there is also determination and a willingness to step out of the safety zone. Zi always says, if you find yourself falling, just dive.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Anna!!!

You are such a dollbaby to post. We appreciate your compliments. Trisha FitzGerald deserves all the credit for our cover. She is one of Champagne Books talented artists, and we were thrilled to have her do our cover art. If you do get a chance to read, SNAKE DANCE, please let us know what you think. Feedback is always so welcome!

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Hi Candace,

Want to publically thank you for my win of Full Throttle. Cannot wait to read it! Wishing you every success with all your books.

How awesome to be morning entertainment, especially since one of us has to force themself out of bed at those pre-dawn hours while the other, or so I hear, jumps out of bed with all the enthusiasm of a five-year old. Personally, I resemble Garfield, "I'd like mornings better if they started later." Still, it is a blast to be here with all of you, and it makes leaving dreamland worth it.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Kaylin,

There she is, the author of Flaherty's Crossing, and we must make note that all proceeds from sales of this book will be going to Breast Cancer Research! Which is just fabulous! Good for you!

We appreciate that you watched our vid and thank you fro the complitment. We just revamped it, cutting it down to two minutes rather than the longer version of five.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Martha! Martha! Martha!

Doing the joy-joy dance. Hey you, great to see your post. We know you are a super busy lady, and are grateful you took the time. We are exciting about SNAKE DANCE. It takes being out of the box to a new level, and we hope that readers find it as enjoyable and intriguing as we did while writing it.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Linda,

Congratulations on My Heart Will Find Yours being up for Best Romance of 2009! That is awesome!

One of the best things about writing is that you continue to grow. The more you do it, the less shallow you become, the more your skills are honed, the more you find layers and depth. And unlike most jobs that you have to go to, this one is a joy to go to. As writers, we are so blessed.