Writing a Series – 6 Tips for Success

~How to Extend the Story~ When I started writing my first romantic suspense Beneath the Skin, I had no plans to make it into a series. But it didn't take long for me to start imagining the lives of the secondary characters and wondering if they could win true love too. So when I pitched … Continue reading Writing a Series – 6 Tips for Success

Zara’s Words for Readers & Writers

I have always loved words. Words are amazing things. They can make us feel happy. They can cut us to the quick. Loving words as much as I do, it comes as no surprise that I am a reader and a writer. When I was a teenager I collected favorite words and phrases on index … Continue reading Zara’s Words for Readers & Writers

Forgive My Long Silence…

My Journal

Dear Readers, I have been busy. In June, my first romantic suspense Beneath the Skin was published by Wild Rose Press. I have just signed the contract for Close to the Skin, Book 2 in the Skin Quartet series. I have discovered that it is not the writing that is time consuming. I love writing. … Continue reading Forgive My Long Silence…

Favorite Places to Read

Places to Read

Where do you like to read? I’m a compulsive reader so I enjoy reading anywhere. I have been known to read while stirring the stew and in the few seconds it takes to microwave my tea. One of the reasons I like to read paperback books as opposed to e-books is that it is actually … Continue reading Favorite Places to Read

Have a Successful Facebook Party

Facebook Party for Beneath the Skin

I’m having a Facebook Party for Beneath the Skin! Today is my big day. Beneath the Skin will be released to the world! In celebration, I am holding my first ever Facebook Party. In preparation, I have done a ton of research. Below is what I learned goes into having a successful party. Steps to a Successful Facebook … Continue reading Have a Successful Facebook Party

How I made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin

How I Made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin! Book trailers are the hot new thing in book marketing. With my background in making videos, I just had to try my hand at creating one for Beneath the Skin. It was terrific fun! How I Made the Book Trailer This is the first time I … Continue reading How I made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin is Available for Pre-Order

Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin is Here! Look what arrived yesterday! A whole box of my hot off-the-press romantic suspense Beneath the Skin. I have published books before, but I think this was the most exciting of all my books. It has taken me seven years to move from non-fiction writing to fiction writing. I have taken … Continue reading Beneath the Skin is Available for Pre-Order

Beneath the Skin Coming June 17th

Beneath the Skin Romantic Suspense Book Cover

Calling all readers! I have just heard. The worldwide release date for my romantic suspense Beneath the Skin is June 17th, 2016. On that date, Beneath the Skin will be available for purchase through Wild Rose Press as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major book distributors. It will be offered as an e-book … Continue reading Beneath the Skin Coming June 17th

Graffiti Art in Beneath the Skin

  "Traditionally artists have been considered soft and mellow people, a little bit kooky. Maybe we're a little bit more like pirates that way. We defend our territory, whatever space we steal to paint on, we defend it fiercely." Sandra "Lady Pink" Fabara in Chang, Jeff (2005). Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop … Continue reading Graffiti Art in Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin is different

Beneath the Skin romantic suspense www.zarawestsuspense.com

Now I read a lot of romantic suspense novels. I love them. Why else would I write them? I like the fact that there is mystery and threatening villains along with the love story. I like the complexity of the plot and the challenging of binding the romance so tightly into the suspense plot line … Continue reading Beneath the Skin is different

Zara West’s Author Bio for Beneath the Skin

There is nothing more difficult then writing about yourself. Nobody likes to brag. Nobody wants to pat herself or himself on the back. So composing a bio about myself to include in Beneath the Skin was a real challenge. I decided to do some research on what authors are supposed to include in their "About the Author" page. Neil Patel advises … Continue reading Zara West’s Author Bio for Beneath the Skin

When You Are a New Romantic Suspense Writer

Kiss from Romancing the Stone

Beneath the Skin is my first romantic suspense. This is a genre that I have always enjoyed reading. A romantic suspense has two interlocking plot lines. There is the love story which wends it way through the novel, pulling the protagonists together and apart until they meet their Happy Ever After or Happy for Now … Continue reading When You Are a New Romantic Suspense Writer

Beneath the Skin Book Cover Just Released

Beneath the Skin Romantic Suspense Book Cover

The book cover for Beneath the Skin is here! Back Cover Blurb Ex-Olympic wrestler and reclusive billionaire artist Aristides Stavros has one mission—to rescue his sister, a popular tattoo artist from the old enemy who has kidnapped her. But at every turn, he is confronted by anthropologist Melissa Dermot. Is she just an innocent girl … Continue reading Beneath the Skin Book Cover Just Released

Beneath the Skin

Graffiti drawing of street girl

Can love exist without trust? I am so excited. My novel, Beneath the Skin, a romantic suspense, will be published by Wild Rose Press sometime next year. I have started this blog to track the progress of the book as it goes through the editing process. Here is the storyline: Beneath the Skin is the … Continue reading Beneath the Skin