Her Escape (Scarred Cliff 1) – Skylar Heart

OUT Nov 27th!!!

One coastal town full of memories, three boys she used to know.

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One coastal town full of memories, three boys she used to know.

Fleeing her abusive ex, a dead-end job and no prospects for anything better, Mia returns to the coastal town where she used to spend her summers as a kid. She hopes that sorting through the old things in her grandma’s house may give her an idea of what she wants to do with her future. What she didn’t expect was to run into the three boys who used to make her heart race.

It starts with Dylan, the brainiac, now a maths teacher at a nearby secondary school. Then Mal, the joker, who plays guitar in a band and composes music. And finally, Tom, the protector, a single dad who works as a carpenter.

But dark shadows hang over them, they all have demons in their past, and secrets. The guys she meets aren’t the same as the boys she used to know eight years ago, but neither is Mia, who may be keeping the biggest secret of them all.

This is the first novella in the six-part long Scarred Cliff serial, a reverse harem #WhyChoose story. This novella may include any of these elements: steamy scenes, ‘I need tissues NOW’ moments, cries of ‘why, oh, why’ and cliffhangers that make you bite your nails (and curse the author). This story includes MF and MM scenes.

Frameworking, how I write books and serials

I’ve been planning on doing something like this for a while. I actually have a Scrivener file on my computer with two, not one but two, versions of me starting a book about the topic of how I write and plan my stories. I also did a presentation on this topic (of which I’ll link an adapted version in this post later) back in Jan 2017, so I’ve been working on this in one form or another for nearly 3 years.
What is ‘this’ exactly? Frameworking is a method I created that isn’t really planning a story, but is more a way for people who pants (who go in without a plan) to keep their thoughts straight and prevent saggy middles in their story. It’s basically a way to make sure you pace your story well, even when you have no idea what your story is actually going to be about. It’s like a frame that you can hang things on (like when you have Christmas cards or something, or pretty things), in this case, you ‘hang’ your story ideas onto it.

With NaNoWriMo coming up soon, and watching people stress out about their story and story ideas, but also because I had to set up my new story, my next serial (the final Lughnasadh Elite Academy novella is with my beta readers right now), this seemed like a great time to talk about it.
Instead of writing long blog posts about it, or do a whole book or something, I decided to sit down and film myself talking about frameworking. The whole thing ended up being nearly 2.5 hours long. I’m not kidding. But then, people who watch my YT videos know that I can ramble, though these are low on rambling and just high on information. The idea was for it to be two half-hour videos, the first one being about the theory behind frameworking and also about how things like the 3 act structure and a romance beat sheet work (though I keep for some reason call it ‘romance structure’ in the video, not sure why), and the second video would be me applying the theory to my new serial and show what I do and how much I set up when I start a new serial (or any story). They ended up being about 1.5 and 1 hour long, I managed to cut it down to 2 hours and 11 minutes and I’ve split it into 8 parts in total, each with specific topics and goals in them. Which makes it easier to watch them and to find specific information that you would like to revisit later without having to sit through everything again.

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Birthday Bash Giveaway!! The 3-1 giveaway!

On September 1st, I'll turn 31, and to celebrate that, I want to do a fun giveaway for you all!

The idea is simple, if you win, you can choose 3 ebooks or 1 paperback copy of anything that I've written. This means that you can choose books from E. Engberts, Emily Engberts, Emmy Engberts, Layla Heart, Skylar Heart and Rosa Swann. Which ones you choose is your choice!

The giveaway is open worldwide, so no matter where you're from you can play along!

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WIP and Updates: Radish, serials and publications!

Time for a new update! While I keep hoping to do these posts more often, I keep getting distracted, but today I've got a lot of cool things to update you on! Lots of updates on old and new stories and I'm exploring new avenues to reach new readers! Books that are being published on Radish, books that are back on sale and updates on upcoming books.

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New Year, New Style Giveaway 3!!

And we're on our third giveaway now!! Things are moving fast!

This is the halfway point (give or take) of the giveaways, we've got three more to go after this, so still loads of stuff to win!

This time you can win print copies of Shattered and Unraveled. Two highly emotional romance novels.

Shattered tells the story of Lizzy and Hunter who both have to fight their own demons but may find that the other can help ease the struggle they have to face.

Unraveled tells the story of Lizzy's twin sister, Lola, when the guy who left her broken in a hospital room years ago, Blaze, suddenly appears at an art showing and then also works on the same art project she's part of…

Two books that took me to some dark places, probably the most emotional books I've written yet (and if you know what the boys in the Omegaverse Mates World series have gone through, that says a lot…).

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