Hidden by Amy McKinley

Today I’m hosting Amy McKinley and her paranormal romance Hidden from the Champagne Book Group. Amy is giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, so make sure to comment, follow the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Amy is also here today to talk about writing–and the hard parts of writing–with us. Take it away, Amy!

The Hardest Part About Writing

The hardest part about writing isn’t just one thing. It’s usually a combination of several, and it’s a constant struggle.

Will this idea work? Plotting the idea is fun and I enjoy it immensely as well as the next part, however, there can be many bumps in the road of ensuring there is enough conflict, tension, and growth as the story progresses. Through the process there are ups and downs of meeting word count, usually due in part by getting distracted with laundry, pets, or family. Staying focused and trying to stick to a schedule is a challenge. At the same time, making allowances when you just need a break (maybe you’re sick, didn’t get enough sleep, or just need a day to read and recharge). And when all the many revisions for your novel are done…will more ideas come for the next book?

No matter how positive a frame-of-mind you try to maintain, self-doubt inevitably rears its ugly head. Sometimes it comes when you see another best selling author that just received another deal and you wonder if you’ll ever be there too. Having to remember it’s not about comparing but about staying on course, writing about what you know, and what you are passionate about. Find what works for you (writing method, online or in person critique group, genre, even writing fast or slow) and keep going.

The thing is, there are good and bad days. Not letting the bad ones weigh you down and maintaining belief in yourself, your writing, and your goals is what gets us all through. It’s incredible to have such a huge online community out there to share our experiences. I’m extremely grateful for the immense support and knowledge my critique group offers. We all have doubts. It’s about pushing through with determination and perseverance to set out and finish what you began because your idea and goals are worth it.


Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?


Jade’s temples throbbed. She headed toward the east turret where she knew her mom favored her morning meals. As she burst into the room, Jade startled Aiesa. A fork clattered right before her brother, accompanied by shrieks of joy, jumped up from his chair and ran to her.

Jade pasted a wide grin on her face as she bent to pick up her half-brother. His arms wrapped around her neck was the sweetest thing ever. She sunk into his embrace and inhaled deeply, closing her eyes. He had the best little demon smell. She clutched him to her until he squirmed. Releasing him, she realized that for the first time in a while, her shoulders were relaxed. Opening her eyes, she met her mom’s gaze over her brother’s shoulders.

Her mother’s dark hair hung down in a fall of midnight. A storm of worry shone in her eyes. Aiesa half rose, her mouth forming a circle. Damn. Tension rocketed back up again. Nahl pushed at her, forcing her gaze back to him.

“Hey, little demon, you’re looking very handsome this morning.” Jade tweaked his nose.

He favored both their mother and step-demon with hair black as night and ebony eyes. And lucky for him, he inherited Xavior’s olive-toned skin, but not their mother’s deep-red lips. On Mom, they looked stunning. On a boy, well…not so much.

“I’m fierce, not handsome.” Nahl frowned at Jade, grasping her long tresses for emphasis.

“Fierce and handsome.” She chuckled. “What mayhem have you got planned today?”

He beamed as she sat him down, then scampered back to his food. “I get to go to Kristo’s to work on magic. We’re going to turn beetles into snakes.”

“That sounds like fun.” She snuck a peek at her mother, who watched her closely.

Nahl’s laugh turned wicked as he gazed his sister with glee. “Then the snakes into spiders.”

Jade shuddered. “Wonderful.” She couldn’t stand spiders as her mischievous little brother knew very well.

“Why don’t you head over early, Nahl? Cade can escort you there. He’s in the war room with your father. Go find him.” Aiesa instructed her young son.

“Okay, Mom.” Nahl hopped off his chair. A quick hug and kiss were given to their mom and Jade before he raced from the room.

“I can’t believe how much he’s grown since the last time I saw him.”

“Hmm, why don’t you have a seat, Jade?” Aiesa’s gaze never left her daughter.

“Sure.” After sitting down, Jade glanced nervously around the bright room. The sunlight streamed in, illuminating the blue and green mosaic tiles. The room emanated the feeling of being at the seaside. All it lacked was a bit of sand.

With a little illusion, Aiesa used to take her daughters to breakfast on the beach in this very room. It had been heaven. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to California in the human realm.

Unable to avoid it any longer, Jade met her mother’s gaze.

Grasping her hand, Aiesa asked, “The fiery orange circle around your eyes is new. How long has the Fates’ curse been active?”

Icy fingers crawled up Jade’s spine, and her stomach churned with worry with her fears confirmed by her mother’s words.


Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Her debut novel, Hidden is the first in the Five Fates Series.

Connect with Amy:

Website: www.amymckinley.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amymckinley7 @amymckinley7
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29 thoughts

  1. Thank you Amy for telling us a bit about your writing process. I really liked the excerpt you included; I’m going to have to check out the rest of the book!

    Megan, thanks for hosting. Through your blog and other events you’ve introduced me to some interesting novels. Thank you for that! 🙂

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  2. I’m always wondering how many people get the wherewithal to write – I haven’t ever been able to muster a concept! This is very interesting to see the ‘inner workings’ – it isn’t all magical in essence, but it still is a mystery to me! This sounds like a book that can capture your attention and keep you up until you’ve finished or passed out!

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    1. Aww, thanks Rosie 🙂 I hope Jade’s story captures your attention that way. And I too would love it if writing was magical all the time, but regardless, I love it just the same. So glad you stopped by and good luck in the drawing!


    1. Hi Mai 🙂 I actually don’t plan to watch anything live anymore. If I really want to see a show, and will be busy, I just DVR it. I actually prefer them on DVR anyway because I like to watch TV at night (my hubs and I watch some together, or my teens) or a short show during lunch. House Hunters International is one that I watch frequently during lunch. I love the beach ones and they give me that little escape to dream right in the middle of my day. Because having a condo somewhere on a beach would be amazing. My family calls that dream purchase attainable with my “fantasy money”. 🙂 Proof is a really cool show and I think I power watched that one in the evenings. I’m anxiously awaiting the new series. I’m watching Reign right now with teen #3. And there are the standby’s: Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Chopped, X Factor and American Idol (when they’re on), Ultimate Survival Alaska, and movies of course… (expanded on that answer a bit, just couldn’t narrow the show list down to one 🙂 ) Thanks so much for stopping by Mai and good luck in the drawing!


    1. Yay! Thank you and I LOVE the pic of the cats as I’m a huge cat fan, super cute. I hope you enjoy Jade’s story over the winter that’s not too cold and Layla’s will be out in the spring. Good luck in the drawing 🙂


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