New Release!

It’s time to get your soul snatched by my latest release, His Soul To Keep!

Previously featured in the USA Today Bestselling Anthology, Eternal Bite, His Soul to Keep is the first book in my new series Bloodlines!

His Soul to Keep (Bloodlines 1)

Beware of Shadows.

Soulstice Washington has lived a life on the run. In constant fear of the shadows that have brought her nothing but trouble. Then, Makai Inigo, a real-life shadow, infiltrates her last efforts of living a normal life.

Makai has waited patiently for the right moment to stake his claim on Soul. Yet, his time has run out. Soulstice is special; her bloodline a rare commodity to the vampiristic Saurian. The rising competition against his claim forces his hand.

Caught between legacy and love, Makai Inigo must prove that Soul is his to keep.

Listen To My Reading of Prologue to His Soul To Keep!

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Hello, Creatives!

I hope you all enjoyed my latest read, Unforgettable Valentine! I had no idea that it would be so fitting for this year’s valentine’s day! Did you enjoy your valentine with a special #BlizzardBae? As always feel free to hit me up on discord or reply to this email with your answers!
That being said, I hope everyone is safe and warm during this blustery weather, or maybe it’s cleared up in your area already and you are enjoying a little sunshine. I for one will be huddled in my Creative Cave pounding away at my keyboard to bring you the latest and greatest adventures that are spawning in my head.

Peace, Love, and Happy Reading!
Stella Williams

I am completely in love!

Honestly, the cover art for Zenith is Amazing and it has been a complete chore to try and hold off on posting it. I hope you are all excited to see what inside this lovely wrapping! Updates on the release date are coming soon! In the meantime be sure to catch up on the rest of the series! Ferocious, Dauntless, and Earnest are all available now! http://www.serpentinecreative.com/getbooks

The Write Process 2021: Ideology

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Ideas are Key!

Before you even put pen to paper or finger to keyboard, you need to have an idea. Some call it a spark of genius, others just dumb luck. No matter how it gets to your brain, that is where the magic starts. Here are a few ways I get my ideas flowing.


Television And Movies

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As if you needed an excuse to binge your favorite programming.

I am a sucker for Foreign dramas! Give me a K-pop idol crush, a scandalous telenovela, or a black comedy from across the pond. Stepping outside of your head could be just the thing to get back in it. There is a reason why fanfiction is so popular. Even the best plots can deal with a little tweaking or continuation. Just remember to put your own spin on things to avoid plagiarism. Any streaming service with a wide variety of international content is golden. I’ve found Netflix to be the cheapest and most extensive but I’m sure there are other great options available too, you just have to look!

A great example of a story being revamped for different audiences are the multiple adaptions of the Manga Series Itazura na Kiss written by Kaoru Tada

My fave adaptations

Mischievous Kiss (Japanese TV)

Playful Kiss( K Drama)

It started with a kiss (Taiwanese film)


Music

Music had been extensively researched in its ability to effect mood and productivity levels but just like my favorite dramas, a good heartfelt melody can be the perfect backdrop for an inspired writing session or the bases of a scene. Try movie scores to set the mood. Country, blues, and R&B/Soul are great places to grab an emotional storyline. Don’t forget that music can also provide visual inspiration through music videos!

I used Who Knew by Chloe X Halle as my mood setter for Unforgettable Valentine!


Daily Events

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Ever have a day that turned out crazier than anyone would believe? Well, guess what? You just found a new story or poetry idea. Your local news outlet might have some crazy story ideas for you too. Imagine your character as one of those laid off journalists or perhaps fictionalize the life of an Oscar Winning Composer

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2021 Update

When I first wrote this post like most of us I had no idea what as in store for us in 2020. Current Events became a nonstop stream of shenanigans even the most dramatic and twisted Author wouldn’t have dared cram into a single novel. That being said, using current events is still good advice. No matter your genre a level of relatability can be achieved by tying in a major event from the time period your work is set in or maybe putting a spin on one for a fantasy world. However, although I would never get in the way of anyone’s personal freedom writing Corona Stories is a bit to soon for my taste.


Writing Prompts

Maybe you don’t have time for inspiration to just strike or you’re feeling a tad lazy on the imagination front. There are plenty of places online to find writing prompts. My favorite places are Reddit and Google. Seriously! Just google writing prompt and your preferred style/genre. I dare you.

A simple google search can lead you in the “write” direction!

2021 Update

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While I still feel this is valid advice. I myself have moved away from this. I have a new prompt tactic that I will share in the next section!


Word Generators

Random word generator– There are several random word generators online that give you a handful of words to test your creative ability.

2021 Update

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Word generators are great but if you want a low-tech option that’s less likely to land a virus or get you spammed with gross ads, grab some popsicle sticks and a dictionary. Write a word or phrase on each popsicle stick and keep them in a cup on your desk. If you get stuck, grab a stick and see where your imagination takes you.

This method can be further expanded on to include a variety of writer’s block helpers which I will further detail in another post.

Now that you’ve gotten a few ideas on where to get ideas, it’s time to bust out your favorite writing tool(s) and get to work! Feel free to share your muse magic in the comments.

Become a Patron!

I am super excited to announce the launch of my Patreon page! If you are a fan of sexy, suspenseful, diverse, paranormal romance and urban fantasy this is the place for you!

I hope you will consider joining the team and supporting my art. Of course, there are plenty of bonuses for you if you do! If you aren’t quite ready to contribute financially please feel free to enjoy the free content on this page, the author talk blog at serpentinecreative.com as well as my Facebook and discord fan communities!

Peace, love, and Happy Reading!

Stella Williams

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The Write 2021

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I don’t know about you, but I am exceedingly glad that 2020 is firmly in the rearview!

That said, 2020 has made a lasting impact on my writing process and my growth as an author, publisher, all-around entrepreneur. As much as I love my original blog series about the Write Process and believe it still carries some great insight and information, I will be reexploring the Write Process from a post-2020 perspective. In the coming months, I will recreate your favorite posts from The Write Process, Publishing, and Software with new experiences, new insights, and a whole new perspective from 2020 and Beyond!

Peace, Love and Happy Writing!

Stella Williams

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New Release!

Bird of Prey 

Langsmith Shifters 3

Available Now!

Otto and Raya from Coy Wolf reunite in this spicy romantic short.

Raya’s plans for a fun visit with her best friend Sequoia are dashed when turmoil in Langsmith forces her into close quarters with the Shifter of her dreams.

Otto wants nothing more than to make Raya his, once and for all. He just needs to make sure his bear doesn’t force the issue too soon and scare the skittish Raya away for good.

Stella’s Bookish Gift Guide 2020

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  1. Audible Subscription
    • Not everyone has the time or free hands for physical books or e-readers, this multitasker friendly option will keep you caught up on your reading and to-do list!
  2. E-Reader
    • Kindle, Nook, Ipad, even a generic brand will do if they are savvy with book format conversion
  3. Books
    • Books are always a good idea! One or more to suit your budget.
  4. Gift Card to Bookstore
    • Don’t fret about which book to buy just load up the card and set them free to browse
  5. A signed book from a favorite author
    • PS I sign all books purchased through my site!
  6. Whimsical bookmarks
    • Homemade or store-bought, bookmarks are always welcome for the print book lover
  7. Book Box Subscription
    • No local bookstores or time to shop? Consider a book box. Reading convenience for the not so picky reader.
  8. Book/ Library Scented Candle
    • Books are our happy place! Bring that familiar scent to any room and watch the magic happen.
  9. Book themed throw blanket
    • nothing is better than getting cozy with a book and a blanket
  10. Uninterrupted Time to Read
    • Keep it simple! Give us time, space, and all the tea and cookies!

*No links are provided because you gotta do a little of the work on your own and I am not a product promoter.

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