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April 20, 2014

Hi my friends. I am here to wish you a Happy Easter. Are you going to spend it alone or with family? I will be here at home with my kids cooking and doing homework. Yep, I'm still in school. I can't wait till its over to be honest. But until then I have to start plugging along. I've decided the agent search will commence soon again. I have something that I want to get out there. Well, my friends take it easy and love your life because you are all blessed. I have a bit of news though, I was asked and happily accepted to host Topaz Publishing's blogtalk radio show on Mondays at 6pn eastern time. Check me out! Come talk a listen and meet new authors and even get to call in and speak to me.(That'll be fun) Look under Kindred Books Online through blogtalk. I hope you'll stop by.
Thank you for all your love and support. Keep it up it helps me through the bad times. My love always,
Raven Starr
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Published on April 20, 2014 06:38 • 6 views

March 27, 2014

Hey everyone it's finally spring time. Its time to come out of our houses and enjoy the nice weather. I'm sorry I haven't written in a while but I have been busy with school. So far I passed my last class but now I have started a new class and I'm reading about some crazy stuff. I have a plan with one of my books and I hope it works. I have been editing and puttering around with something. I am hoping to get any editor/ agent with it. Wish me luck. I have a book called The Tapestry but I don't have a release date yet but keep checking back here to find out what's going on. If you want to keep in touch with me always go to my facebook page. I love Facebook look under Raven Starr. I want to get more exposure. I have been asked to host another blogtalk radio show from Kindred Books from Topaz Publishing. Once it's all ready I will let you know about when and where, so far it'll be every Monday at 6pm Eastern time. Follow Kindred Books online and hear me interview each author. It'll be a blast!! Don't forget my young adult book at Museitup Publishing. Its under a different name but its still me. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Well, I'd better run. See ya around the net. :)
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Published on March 27, 2014 06:52 • 5 views

December 25, 2013

Hello all. What a wonderful Christmas morning it is. The kids are quite playing with their new toys and I am enjoying the peace. I have many projects in the works and I'm waiting for my cover for Twisted. I can't wait to see it. I had a dark time writing this book. It is really fun. I have some time off of school so I'll be writing more in the next few days, which is a relief. So what are your plans today? Did you get snow? All the snow here is gone but its still cold out. Alright I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I am thankful to those who read my this. Thank you for your support and I hope to be bringing you more stories in 2014.
Love and light,
Raven
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Published on December 25, 2013 06:46 • 12 views

August 24, 2013



Hello all, yes, I know it’s been a long but I am here to announce the release of my first young adult book called Book of the Ancients: Lost Guardian. I hope you love this book as much as I loved writing it. My new pen name for the series and other young adult books will be Kipley Deshannon. I know I told you something different but I changed it. Here is my new author page where you can find out about me and my work.  https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/our-authors/69-our-authors/authors-s/270-raven-starr-kipley-deshannon And here is the buy link for Book of the Ancients. https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/coming-soon/book-of-ancients-the-lost-guardian-detail(If this link doesn’t work click read more on the first link and it will bring you to the buy page.)

On other news there is an awesome ad in Dark Discoveries that has Vampire Embrace’s cover in it. It’s about women in horror. Speaking of horror I am writing a new creepy story, the title I have right now is called “Bug”. I won’t say anymore because this book is still in the beginning stages. I’m also writing a romance book called Tapestry. I’m having a good time editing and writing this story. This story is all about the power of our minds and everlasting love. It is not finished yet so I haven’t settled on a publishing house.
I don’t know if I told you but I’m going back to school to get my bachelor degree in English. I am hoping to hon my craft this way. It is why I haven’t put out many books, but don’t fret I’m still writing. Thank you for your support. I love you all for hanging in there and enjoying what I put out. As for getting an agent I will always be on the look out. I think getting an agent is the next time in my writing career. I have about another year of school then I’m done and will be back to writing full-time. Yay!
If you want to follow me I’m on Twitter and especially Facebook, it is my dirty little plaything right now. J So look me up and let’s chat. I’m under my pen name which we all know is Raven Starr. Let me know you are a fan/reader and I will accept you. I’d love to hear from you all. So I’ll see ya around and send more updates as they appear. Don’t forget to check out my blog for other stories, games and all around fun. Hugs to you all. Here is the cover to Book of the Ancients: Lost Guardian. Enjoy
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Published on August 24, 2013 10:59 • 30 views

September 6, 2012

Hey there everyone I'm here because I finally have a release coming out call The Cursed Drum.
 It's a horror short I'm sure you'll enjoy. Check it out today at http://redrosepublishing.com/books/
In other news I've been working hard on my college classes. Its hard to write my stories and papers as well, so thanks for sticking with me. I'm working on edits for my young adult and its crazy cool. lol. Speaking of my young adult I changed my pen name, the new one is Kipley Deshannon. Like it? I'm still working on my thriller killer, Twisted. It's really coming along nicely. But check out The Cursed Drum. See ya on the flip side.[image error]
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Published on September 06, 2012 04:45 • 27 views

March 22, 2012

I sold my very first book of my young adult series Book of the Ancients the first book is called The Lost Guardian. I'm so happy. It was a great birthday present. I will be writing under the pen name KD Todd. You have to check it out! It's Springtime and I'm loving the change of seasons. I have taken a slight break from writing because of the school papers I have to write each week. I hope to get back into the swing of things when the school work ebbs a little bit. I'm still loving Facebook but I haven't been there too often. I will have to find some folks that want to be interviewed on the blogtalk show. I haven't had too much time to do that either, but I've been slacking. I have get my act together. I'm looking for some good music to write too anyone have any good bands I could try out? Or something like Dub step would be great. When I have more information I will be right. I know it can be a long time but I'm going to change that. I'm so happy with the way things are going. I'm happy, healthy and full of ideas. I have a few signed books of Thieves in the Night. I'm thinking of a way of having a giveaway. If you have any good ideas let me and we might try it out.
Well, its back to reading, but don't stay away too long and either will I.
Much love,
Raven[image error]
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Published on March 22, 2012 13:12 • 31 views

February 22, 2012

Hey everyone. What's up? I missed ya'll. It's been a long time but school is killer, but I promise not to stay away so long. I'm blogging to about Eve's Revenge is coming out tomorrow. I love the cover and I hope you do too. Please spread the word. Raven Starr is back!![image error]
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Published on February 22, 2012 09:15 • 21 views

August 25, 2011

If you haven't picked up a copy of this novel from BTP then shame on you...lol
Here's a blog from J and J on just how it happened.


We have a confession: neither Jeanie nor I had ever read a novel, seen a play, or recited a poem by author Raven Starr until she submitted a manuscript to Beautiful Trouble Publishing.  That, however, didn't stop us from being familiar with the author.  Despite the masses of authors out there, publishing circles are small and the six degrees of separation are more like three degrees of separation…if that.  Even though neither of us knew her, we knew of her because she had an online presence.  That is, she had a blog, was on both Facebook and MySpace, and had a yahoo group.  You might wonder what that has to do with her submission and we'd answer "everything."  When reading over submissions, we look for a well-written and compelling story.  That, however, is not all we look for when we receive a submission.  As a publisher specializing in e-Books, we also look for how the author looks online.  Before we read the first word of the submission, we perform an internet search for the author.  We expect veteran authors to have a presence, and Raven definitely had one.  Able to check off that first box on our 'must have' checklist, we read her submission.  We didn't accept Raven's first submission—not because it wasn't a good read, but because it was a genre more appropriate for a different publisher.  Asking her permission, we hooked her up with another publisher and encouraged her to submit something else to Beautiful Trouble Publishing.  She did.  Word on the street is 'because we're so awesome'.  That's our story and we're sticking to it.  Skimming her submission, as usual we mentally noted typos, repetition, and other grammar things.  Somewhere along the way however, we got sucked into the story.  We wanted the heroine to make it out to the other side, especially as the hero was damn likeable.  Before we even reached the end, we'd decided to accept the story.  Knowing Raven has children, was also a student herself and managed to squeeze in a social life, we emailed her and asked her to call us.  A few minutes later she called the business line.   That initial conversation was memorable.  "Hello, Beautiful Trouble Publishing," Jayha said (Jayha likes to add that she sounded all sophisticated and whatnot…The Jeanie likes to point out that is a damn lie)."Hi, this is Raven.  You asked me to call."Being the epitome of professionalism, grace and etiquette, I responded.  "You B*tch!" I screamed/sniffled because I was still crying from the story.  "You are wrong for making me look so un-gangsta like.  We want the story.  By the way, DIBS on Aidan."Instead of being offended, Raven responded with tinkling laughter before getting all serious.  "So you liked it?""We did."Raven was concerned that the story wasn't "enough" for our publishing company.  We were concerned that we might be too much, not just for Raven but for many authors.  The Jeanie and I…we're picky, we're demanding, and according to rumor "UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME."Was To Start Again our usual type of romance?  No, but we pride ourselves on not having a "usual" type—other than kickazz.  During the read we got angry, we cried, and in the end we sighed when Madison and Aidan both received their HEA.The story went through what many of our authors refer to as "editing boot camp."  Through it all, Raven was the epitome of a professional.  She didn't whine and moan about our picky ways (well, at least not out loud).  Instead, she buckled down and put her nose to the grindstone.  We happen to think To Start Again is her best piece of writing…and that's not simply because we published it.The book is dedicated to her mother.  We think her mom would be proud.  We certainly are.  Thank you Raven for being part of Beautiful Trouble Publishing.  —Jeanie and Jayha[image error]
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Published on August 25, 2011 07:20 • 23 views

May 17, 2011

I've interviewed a lot of authors on my blogtalk about how a story comes about. Most can hear the voices of the characters crying out for their stories to be told. I know I keep a pen and paper by my bed at all times for those moments. Do you write what you know or branch out, research and write something new? I love doing both. While writing my young adult series I have started to outline. I have never really been an outliner. I just write, then read, edit and write some more. Some plots have sub-plots that need to run underneath the surface to keep secondary characters going. How do you keep your name fresh while closing yourself off to write? Promotion is one part of the game I am not the best at. I must say I love writing. I love creating worlds and falling in love with the characters.

Writing the young adult has taught me to research more and use more outlines so I can keep all the information together. I have to say it's different then writing adult fiction. I love both genres, but with adult stories I find there is a limit. Do you use an outline? Writing in so many different genres I muster up all the different plots and stories. I have notebooks full. So, what's been new with me lately? I was a writing, querying machine but an unexpected hospital stay has slowed me down. I'm still going to school for my BA in English and I have to say its a lot of fun. It's hard work, but fun. I haven't gotten to the math portion either...lol.

I've been thinking a lot about new ways to promote myself and besides interviews with other authors what else can I do? I'm going to join the RWA asap. I feel like if I were apart of this organization maybe I can further my writing career. I'm always up for ideas so if you have some let me know. I signed a new contract with Damnation Books for a new story called Half Ghost.

This is a tale about love and demons. I really enjoyed writing this one. It's slated for a September release. I love the cover on this book. Oh I have good news about Tainted Blood. The cover is going to be redone and it will be re released very soon. I'm very happy about that. Don't forget about the blogtalk show one world one voice. I'm off to explore the world. Kisses to all <3[image error]
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Published on May 17, 2011 08:22 • 20 views

March 26, 2011

Madison began opening up several paints and applying them to her palette. "So are you sure you like it?" Aidan asked again."I'm very sure. Get comfy I want to capture your essence." "Shirt on or off?" Aidan smiled as he walked past her."Unbuttoned halfway…showing a little skin, but leaving something hidden. Yum." She licked her lips as she slowly slipped the buttons from their loops."I got your yum right here." Aidan whispered back.   "Yes, you do," she winked.  "That's the essence I want to capture.  Now relax and let me work my magic.  "That's perfect. Just relax." Having spent many days looking at Aidan and many nights dreaming about him, Madison didn't have to look at Aidan that much during the entire painting process.  Madison looked because she wanted to. Looking at his tanned skin sent shivers through her. Remembering the kisses they'd just shared, she couldn't help but long for him.  A tingling started at the tip of her nub and spread warmth throughout her entire body.   Just as she knew his body she knew his soul and wanted it to shown through on the canvas…just as it shown through on him. With everything happening around her, Aidan was the only stable thing she had to count on.  And it felt good to do so.She'd been painting for a while when Aidan's sweet baritone voice pulled her from her task.  "Madison." "Everything alright?" she asked.Aidan twitched his nose. "I have an itch. I can either move or you could do the honors."Madison set down her brush and walked over to him. "Where?""There is a spot right under my bottom lip. I don't want to move, would you please?"She scratched the side of his lip. "Here?" She asked."Lower," he groaned.She let her fingers ran down the middle of his chest."Oh yeah, that's the spot." "I think I got a little paint on you." "It doesn't matter," Aidan said as he pulled her down onto his lap and kissed her lips. "You are what matters to me."Madison pulled him closer and kissed his mouth. "Aidan," she whispered. Aidan scooped her up as if she weighed nothing and made his way to his bedroom.  Gently, he laid her on the bed before standing back and looking at her. Aidan didn't just look at her; he stared in the depth of her of soul.  And then he smiled. When he opened his mouth to speak Madison sat up and placed her slender index finger against his lips."The only thing I want to hear you say is my name as you're making love to me," she said as she pulled him down for a kiss. They fell back on the bed together, their lips busy exploring each other, their bodies locked in a passionate embrace. They undressed each other between their passionate kisses.  Aidan only paused long enough for them to catch a single breath before he moved his lips to her neck.  Wow. She moaned lightly when Aidan slid his fingers between her breasts. "Your skin is as soft as I imagined. Now that I'm touching it I'm pretty sure I won't ever get tired of doing so," he said.  Cupping a breast in his hand, he bent to lick her nipple. "Beautiful," he whispered before moving to the other. Reveling in the attention Aidan paid her body, Madison did her own exploring.  She ran her hands over him enjoying the feel of the muscles in his back and the fullness of his ass.  "Nice body," she said as she gave his ass a squeeze.Aidan looked up with a sly smile. "Wait until you see what it can do." He pulled away and kissed his way up her thighs. Opening her legs with his forearms, he bent and licked her clit.
 https://beautifultroublepublishing.com/xcart/Raven-Starr/

I know with every book I write I say I love it, but this one is from my heart. I wrote it when I was grieving over the death of my parents(grab a tissue) so it has some very emotional undertones as well as some romance in it.
I just had a birthday last week and I'm really thinking it's been awhile since I've had a contest. This is is going to be really easy.

By now most of you know I host a blogtalk radio show on Saturday nights at 6pm est. (You paying attention?) On my show tonight and a special show on Next Sunday( the 3rd of April. That means two chances to WIN) I'm going to say the Special Word. You have to write the special word and email it to along with the special guest for that evenings show. Sounds easy, right? Good. So listen to the show tonight and write down my guest's name and the special word and email me at ravenkstarr@gmail.com

The Winner will be announced on Saturday April 9th 2011 on my show and on Facbook plus I'll email them personally. The prize you ask? A ten dollar gift card. And a signed postcard of my latest book To Start Again.
Here's the link to the blogtalk show
www.blogtalkradio.com/oneworldonevoice


Good Luck to All...
 
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Published on March 26, 2011 10:22 • 11 views

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