Smart Browsing

     Amber Carlton's love of historical romance began when she picked up her first copy of The Passionate Adventures of Angelique, following the life and loves of a woman in the 17th century. Amber is entranced by all things historical, but has a special fascination with English and early American history. She lives in the present but loves to write about being "elsewhere".
     Her obsessions include the writing of Stephen King, Philip J. Fry and his friends on Futurama, the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and things that go bump in the night. Her kids and family also hold a special place in her heart.
     Amber lives in Ohio with her boyfriend and dog.

Q: How did you choose the characters' names?

A: I start with an image of what they look like, or picture them doing some mundane task. As I think about them I get a feel for who they are, make a list of names that pop into my head and choose from there when the character truly coalesces in my mind. Occasionally I'll have a vague sense of what I want, but will do some research looking for that perfect sound or meaning. In Raven Feathers: The Awakening, I wanted the woman's name associated with a raven. As I was trying to choose a name for her love interest, I wanted something that signified protection. I found the name Tarian, loved it and found it had the perfect meaning for the bookshield. Brenna and Tarian were born.

Q: Do you ever feel bad about having to kill off a character?

A: Some characters exist to be killed as part of the storyline and I have no real qualms about killing them. But sometimes a character begs to sacrifice himself and I argue, "No, no, you really don't want to do that." And he insists, telling me it's necessary for everyone else. So I let him sacrifice himself but miss him.

Q: Have you had any professional training?

A: No, but I've enjoyed reading all my life and enjoy reading about the craft. There are many good books and articles out there dealing with every aspect of writing. Some of it is common sense but still makes you smack yourself in the head for not realizing it on your own. Some of it takes a while to understand but once it clicks, you never forget it. Never be content with what you think you know. Other writers will never cease to amaze you.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who has an idea for a book, but doesn't know where or how to begin?

A: Just start. Once you start to collect words and ideas on a page you will find yourself inspired to find more words. You can start with a storyboard or synopsis if it helps, but I have never been able to work that way. As you write, you can read about the craft to learn how to fine-tune your writing, enhance your plot and develop your characters.
     Groups are also available for critiquing, advice and moral support. But your idea goes nowhere until you start putting words down on that first empty page. One scene will snowball into a chapter, an image creates an atmosphere and the right sentence can blossom into a theme. There's a bit of magic in the creative process and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But it all starts with one word.

Books
Series
Recently Added
30 Day Bestsellers
All-Time Bestsellers

4 ratings

Lost and Found (MF)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Siren Classic: Erotic Historical Romance] Luke Devereaux hides on Lost Souls Spit, atoning for his past. When a lost, hurt woman takes shelter in his lighthouse and he must care for someone up close and per MORE...

$5.99 $1.99 Wish List

4 ratings

Raphael (MF)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Siren Classic: Erotic Historical Romance] Named for the archangel of love, Rafe Logan seeks pleasure where he can. Content to run his London brothel, Fallen Angels, he’s forced to Virginia to find his bro MORE...

$6.99 $1.99 Wish List

46 ratings

Three in Paradise (MFM)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Ménage Amour: Erotic Western Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M] Shannon Connelly works hard at the Royal Princess Saloon, but when her boss threatens her security, she knows she's in trouble. That's when two cl MORE...

$3.99 $1.99 Wish List

28 ratings

A Pirate's Life for Three (MFM)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Ménage Amour: Erotic Historical Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]  Katherine Cross escaped a confining life and now lives as Captain Kit Savage. She embraces adventure on The Black Rose and her relationship w MORE...

$5.50 $2.99 Wish List

64 ratings

Loving Two Highlanders (MFM)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Ménage Amour: Erotic Historical Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M] Megan MacGregor accompanies her dying husband to the docks of Jamestown to find an indenture for their printing shop. She's stunned and horrifi MORE...

$6.50 $2.99 Wish List

59 ratings

Buckskins and Brocade (MFM)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Ménage Amour: Erotic Western Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M] Olivia Raines travels to Kansas in 1890, headed for her first assignment as an investigator for the federal government. Her mission is to solve th MORE...

$6.99 $2.99 Wish List

2 ratings

Trinity Secrets (MF)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Time Travel]   In this sequel to Trinity Magic, Ryder Kendall returns to the present to find an exact duplicate of his past wife. He claims Ashleigh Dwyer for MORE...

$6.50 $1.99 Wish List

70 ratings

Kentucky Woman (MFM)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Menage Amour: Erotic Historical Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]  Having lost their lust for life and holding secrets, Cutter Raines and Billy Marlow live for their mission as spies for Lincoln. Posing as boun MORE...

$5.99 $1.99 Wish List

25 ratings

Trinity Magic (MF)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Time Travel] Draped in a newly mortal form, Arleigh Donovan believes she possesses the ability to kill men with love--a throwback to roaming through centuries as a MORE...

$5.99 Wish List

6 ratings

The Awakening (MF)

Amber Carlton (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

Formats: pdf - html - prc - epub - lit

[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Vampires/Demons] A new beginning awaits Brenna Terrell on Roanoke Island, but evil stirs in the shadows. Endowed with gifts from the Raven Clan, she prepares to batt MORE...

$5.99 $1.99 Wish List