Guest Post — Draven St. James

As an author I have found many helpful tools, but the best has been the writing community in general.  First off I’d like to thank the wonderful hosts of Through the Heart-Shaped Glasses for welcoming me on their blog. When I first decided to step off the predictable path of my nine to five job, doing psychological profiling, I was more than a little nervous. While I enjoyed what I did, I knew my true passion was in writing.

But knowing you want to be a writer and actually attempting to do it for a living are two different animals. It was through getting to know my fellow writers and authors that I was able to shore up my courage to make my dream a reality. I found many of my friends outside of the community had a very odd idea of what being a author entailed. It seemed they believed writers just sit around all day, sipping coffee with books flowing effortlessly out of the soul and onto the page. While my books may flow, pretty well, there are some bumps and rapids along the way.

The writing community knows that the challenge doesn’t stop with the end of a book. That is just the beginning. Then you seek out a publisher and when you get that acceptance it is magical. After that are rounds and rounds and rounds of edits. To polish and work your book into the best piece of writing it can be. A story that the readers can fully experience. Then the joy of seeing the cover of your book with the characters in color, not the black and white script. Ah, and onto promotion. A lot of promotion. See, this is where the community really shines. There has always been an open blog and a friend willing to tweet when it came to each of my book releases.

So, while my computer is essential and named, as my friends believed if I was going to spend so much time around a device, it should have a name. Theo. It is the writing community that can help make a writer shine and feel welcome, even when in the hell of writers block or the purgatory of waiting to see if your submission has been accepted.

The book that has just been released, Scent of a Wolf, is a product of this intense process.



DSJ_ScentofaWolfJace Shaw is one of the few survivors of an extraordinary, rare wolf pack. He spends his days on the run and his nights in another world with a man he’s only dreamed about. To sleep is to feel his dream man’s hands on his body and hear his wicked whispered words. But when the sun rises reality crashes in: the evil that destroyed his birth pack hunts his kind down in search of a way to control their power.

Merek Wahya is an alpha dealing with all the issues of being newly appointed, but they all fall away when he closes his eyes at night. Then, a man with moonlit hair and mercury eyes crawls into bed with him. When he wakes it’s to a painful arousal no one can satisfy. When Merek’s wolf catches Jace’s scent he knows he’s found his mate, and he soon learns their nocturnal meetings were only foreplay. The joy of this discovery is shadowed by the trouble that follows Jace. Merek’s mate is embroiled in a battle between two ancient packs, a war Merek must now fight. If he fails he could lose Jace forever.


Draven St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. She has travelled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill her books. Her ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where she finds her peace.

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Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

4 Responses to Guest Post — Draven St. James

  1. Bethanne says:

    Thanks for being with us, today, Draven!! Love to hear other authors’ stories. With this amazing group I belong to, I can’t help but agree. They make me shine! 😀

  2. Jennifer Shirk says:

    HI, Draven! Yes, that’s so true the writing community is so wonderful and supportive. 🙂

  3. Sutton Fox says:

    You are so right. The writing community is always there with a helping hand extended to other writers. Thanks for being with us today, Draven. Wishing you much success with your new release!

  4. Thank you all for the warm welcome! Wow, promotion is just…well I think half the time I have to consult my phone to check the date. Lol.

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