Shayla McBride


Shayla McBride lives on Gulfcoast Florida. At one point, after several years in the Peace Corps, she planned to live in Paris. France. But her kids live in Florida so here she is, living a sweet tropical life and not luxuriating in la Belle France. But, oh, for a decent bit of bread!
Shayla's keen on gardenng (or at least keeping the greenery at bay), third-world travel, Asian street food, anything to do with kitchens (from total renovation to totally new recipes). She's a sucker for things literary, felines of all sorts, almost any red wine, darkest chocolate, and writing.
New writers hold a special place in her heart; she was one for way too long. Now she seeks to help those on that path. After A is for Author, it's back to suspense fiction, destroing whole cities and taking people out.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
A is for Author is the result of working with a lot of early writers, all of whom have the same questions about process or technique . They're confused and uncertain. Often, they don't even know what questions to ask. It boils down to "How am I doing?". I've been there, I know the frustration. So as an act of mercy, I started writing down the answers. So far, nearly 350 of them! But I think it'll kick--start a newbie writer's improvement. And it helped educate me as well. There's always something new to learn in the writing life.
What are you working on next?
F is for Fight, another non-fiction book, this one smaller than A is for Author, and designed for all us pacifists who've never fired a gun or punched someone, but who write fictional tales with occasional violence. I can't take all my hints from Lee Child and Alex Berenson. After that? Put what I've learned and go back to fiction. Carl Tanner’s in trouble and I've got to write him out of it.
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Where to find Shayla McBride online

Where to buy in print


Sonora Heat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,120. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Kyle Branson, 40, retired U. S. Army helicopter pilot and now a security contractor, finds a bitter family feud, an arrogant grandee with ancient scores to settle, and a pretty, trigger-happy Senorita with a dark, deadly agenda. Piloting helicopters into battle was tough, but when he's cut loose in the deadly Sonoran Desert, Branson's never been in a tighter spot.
The Man Who Hated Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,900. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
An almost-sweet second-chance holiday romance between an influential, accomplished multi-millionaire food mogul and an impoverished manager of a barely-hanging-on battered women's shelter. When Mary Lynn Portman thinks the Santa Claus entertaining the kids in her homeless shelter is not who he seems, she has no idea how right she is.
Harte's Desire, a Marshmallow Queen romance #1
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,730. Language: American English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Delicious danger! When canine-phobic Fran Marshall is dragged to a no-kill pet shelter, she plans on a quick run-through, never to return. But she spots Millie, an abused hound, and the hot, much younger, shelter manager, Django Harte. Django spots the shy, blonde divorcee and despite misgivings, can't stay away. But their attraction could be lethal, as an unexpected adversary seeks revenge.
A is for Author, 333 Must-Know Tips for the Savvy Writer
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 83,360. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
An indispensable guide for the fiction writer, have-to-know topics from A-plot to Zebra Crossings. Candid and irreverent, writers at all levels will learn details necessary to advance a fiction career. Dialogue, character building, conflict and tension, sex and violence, plotting and, of course, pantsing. And publishing options, branding, marketing, promotion and going wide. Fun and easy!

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