June 1, 2012

The Chosen Summer Shorts– #1 Emergence

Emergence, the first short story for The Chosen series is now available on Amazon for $0.99.  The good news is that newsletter subscribers get to read it on my website for free! The newsletters for June, July and August will include a link to that month’s story on my site, along with a password. The story is in a PDF file. All of the stories are prequels to Chosen and the first one is Emma’s story.  It starts three years before Chosen, when Jake began to get visions and the Bad Men first showed up. I’ll be honest. I really, really love this story. I neglected my children and wrote it in less than twenty-four hours. It’s 10,000 words, forty-two pages long, so you know I spent most to that time with my butt firmly planted in a chair. But I couldn’t help it. Her story just rolled right out of of me. When I finished, I attached it to an an email and sent it to my crit partner Trisha Leigh. Trisha’s always been a Will fan, but she told me she LOVED it and said this story gave her an entirely new perspective on Emma. July is Will’s story. […]
February 3, 2012

Picturing Characters in my Head

When I write characters I usually have clear pictures of them in my head. In The Chosen series, I can see Will, Emma and Jake perfectly.  The problem comes when I try to find pictures of models who come close enough to what I see in my head.  Sometimes I hit it exactly. I found this picture of Jake two years ago while I was writing Chosen and nothing else has ever come close. But Will and Emma are harder. Recently I found the PERFECT picture of Emma. You have no idea how close this comes to how I see Emma in my head. I mean, it’s like I saw this picture before I wrote her. At the moment, I’m looking for photos to use for romance trading cards to take to RT Booklovers Convention. No, problem. I have the perfect picture! Awesome, right? Wrong. I found this photo on Tumblr and while I’ve contacted the photographer to see about purchasing rights to use it, I have yet to hear from him. So my search continues. Will is also hard. The closest I’ve come is the picture I found when I made the book trailer two years ago– my reward for […]
February 1, 2012

Sacrifice blurb

Sacrifice is getting closer to publication! I’ve hired a developmental editor, the awesome Alison Danso, who has been a tremendous resource– even if she suggested a few major revisions. But I loved her ideas. Her main suggestion was my original intent for the book but could never figure out how to make it work. Alison did. So I’m working hard on finishing revisions and still hoping for a March release, just late March now. Still, some things are still on schedule, like the book cover. The cover artist, the talented Laura Morrigan, needed the blurb to work on the back cover of the print book. I usually find blurbs incredibly difficult, but I had this one within a couple of hours. Tell me what you think!   Sacrifice The third book in the Amazon bestselling The Chosen series by Denise Grover Swank. She was dead. No. She only wished she was. Everything Emma loves has been ripped away—Jake, Will, and her unborn baby. Within minutes of confronting her new reality, Emma is thrust in the middle of a war between two supernatural beings and she’s the prize. After convincing Emma that Will is dead, Raphael insists that he’s the only […]