Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Reviews for Gaps In Your Soul!

I'm a little behind on posting new reviews! Check out all the great ones for Gaps In Your Soul! And visit my website for more at!

Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Reviewer: Heather M Nestorick

Excerpt of Review: Gaps In Your Soul by Shayla Kersten is marvelous! Miss Kersten has taken issues we face today and crafted a wonderful love story out of it. I fell in love with Jared and Dalton and could feel their emotions as they struggled with everything they were feeling. Gaps In You Soul is a page turner that ended to quickly!!!

Two Lips Reviews
Rating: 5 Kisses
Heat Level: 1 Pepper
Reviewer: Kerin

Excerpt of Review: I simply need to say, rush immediately and get your copy of Gaps In Your Soul. Why? It’s amazing. Dalton’s sexual aggression is hot, sexy and exactly what Jared needs to break free of his inhibitions. Jared is a good man, strong and caring yet scared of his feelings. Their connection is deep, sweet and completely heart melting. The love scenes are some of the hottest and emotion-charged ones that I’ve ever read. Shayla Kersten has penned a poignant and absolutely fantastic story that you’ll regret if you miss.

Rating: La Petite Mort!
Heat Level: E-rotic
Reviewer: Kate Garrabrant

Excerpt of Review: GAPS IN YOUR SOUL is a top notch read. Jared suffers horribly from the Iraq war and the constant mental and physical pain. Dalton’s crush for Jared has become all consuming and when these two finally give in to their emotions, it is very sensual and touching. Shayla Kersten has written and incredible story about forgiveness and present day issues that were handled in such a way that would bring a tear to anyone’s eye. The romance between Jared and Dalton is just plain beautiful to read. Kudos to Ms. Kersten for her imagination and inventive storytelling.

Joyfully Reviewed
Reviewer: Sabella

Excerpt of Review: Gaps in Your Soul is an awesome book about missed opportunities and finding the courage to reach out for what you want. Jared and Dalton are both very wonderful men, especially when they are acting like idiots and you want to smack them for it. Watching Jared find the courage to admit to others his love for Dalton is both heart-wrenching and exhilarating. I cheered for Jared and Dalton from the very beginning of the book and when they finally come together the explosion will singe you. Gaps in Your Soul will grip you in ways that make you live the emotional journey along with Jared and Dalton. Read Gaps in Your Soul when you are looking for a little bit of angst and passion along with love between two hot men; you won’t be disappointed!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Long Time, No Update!

Wow! I haven't updated my blog in ages! Been really busy. Finished the sequel to Thirty Days and submitted it! Finally off my desk...for now. I hope Liquid Silver likes the story. It was harder to write than I thought it would be.

I've been working on synopses for book three and four in The Cost of Eternity world. Started writing book three last night. I also sketched out another contemporary gay romance plus a fourth one for the Older Woman/Younger Man series for Ellora's Cave. My calendar is full!

I've also been musing over a mainstream series (contemporary, mystery, suspense). I've worked out most of the characters but haven't settled on a story line. Since this idea is more of a mystery/suspense than a romance, I'll probably use a different pen name. Haven't decided on what yet! Most people who read Shayla Kersten are looking for hot sex (most of it gay) and a romance. Don't need to confuse readers by publishing something totally different under the same name!

I aim to have the story for the first book in the series lined out by November and use National Novel Writing Month to get the first one started.Am I a little bit crazy? Okay, I'm a lot crazy! But I love to write. I just don't have enough time in the day to satisfy all the voices!

Tomorrow, I'll be playing at Ellora's Cave's reader loop with Delilah Devlin and Myla Jackson. Stop by and read some hot excerpts, play a few games and maybe win some prizes! You can join the insanity at Hope to see you there!


Sunday, August 12, 2007

What a weekend!

I pulled a writing marathon this weekend. Saturday, with a lot of help from my friends, I clocked a word count of 8052 words. Today, another 2955. And I finished the sequel to Thirty Days. The story is called Forever. I hope Liquid Silver buys it cause it's been hell writing it! I actually started in January, got sidetracked on other projects and put it away. Went back to it in April, got sidetracked again, and put it away. Since the first of August, when I picked it up again, I've done nearly 22k words.

Now I just need to write the synopsis and blurb and do one more editing pass through it. Tomorrow. It can wait until tomorrow.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Where's August going?

What do you mean it's August 9th? Where has this month gone? Of course, I shouldn't complain. The faster we get August over with the better! Here in Arkansas, we've had a mild summer up until now. Temperatures in June and July never topped the hundred degree mark. Unusual for this part of the country. Most of August so far has been 100F plus and the morning weather report just showed a seven day forcast with nothing but 100 to 102. Throw in the humidity and the weather feels like it's 5-10 degrees hotter.

But since I'm not an outdoor kind of girl, I hide in my air conditioned house and write through the hot months! And write I have been! I finished a three chapter proposal for Tor on the first. Two other authors and I are submitting a series proposal for three books in the same universe. As soon as they finish their chapters, we'll ship it off then we get to sit back and wait.

Once I had the Tor chapters out of the way, I started back on the sequel to Thirty Days, tentatively titled Forever. In April, I'd written about a chapter but had to put it aside for another story. I decided to change the focus of the plot so I edited accordingly. I finished the changes by last weekend then started writing fast and furious. Since Saturday, I've added another 10k words, or about three chapters. I'm up to 13.5k and I'm targeting the length at 25-30k. Since the weekend is going to be another scorcher, I hope to add another 7-8k. I want this one finished by the 19th.

After that, well, Ellora's Cave has a new themed series with stories about older women and younger men. The voices are screaming for me to work on an idea I have for that! But I have to finish Forever first! Yes, that would mean a m/f story.

Well, I need to get moving. The dratted day job is expecting me to show up!