RWW – Dead . . . again.

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Welcome to the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop.

The Romance Writers Weekly crew is a group of romance writers who hang out on our Facebook Page, and do a weekly blog hop to answer questions about our writing and face writing challenges.

Between Venus & Mars (The Soul Mate Tree Book 3) by [Mitchell, S.C.]

Between Venus and Mars by S. C. Mitchell

If you’re joining me from S. C. Mitchell’s blog post , or starting your hop here with me, welcome aboard.

Jenna Da Sie offers up today’s topic – Start from the end. You’re the ghost of Christmas future. Write about your life from your funeral to the present. How were you celebrated?

I consider myself kind of an expert on death, as I’ve been killed off a couple of times. In case you don’t know, I’m actually a fictional character written by HIM. HE writes me, but I write my stories.

It’s complicated.

Anyway, HE’s managed to kill me off a couple times, thinking HE doesn’t need me. I just haunt him until he brings me back. HE’s thinking about killing me off again, which is the real reason I haven’t been able to finish my latest story.

HE’ll learn.

Of course, HE might die someday. then things get really complicated. Can I live on without HIM?

We’ll see.

In the mean time, check out what Jenna Da Sie on her own topic, as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://jennadasie.com/

RWW – Pets

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Training Rain

Today I’m once again taking the hand-off from the amazing A.S. Fenichel. Have you checked out her amazing Psychic Mates series?

Brenda Margriet provides today’s topic: What kind of animal person are you? Do you have pets? If so, how do they influence your writing, or don’t they? What is the most unusual pet you’ve had, either as a child or adult?

This is an interesting topic for me. Having missed having a childhood, and being thrown into a very active adult life, I’ve never had time to get a pet. But now that Amy and I are starting to settle in to a more comfortable life in Bayside, I’m thinking now is the time to add a pet into the mix.

But I wouldn’t be me if I just settled on a common dog, cat, bird, or fish, so I am opting for a ferret.

Funny ferret on bamboo mat

I think I’ll name him Timmy. Yeah, Timmy the Ferret. He can hide in the pocket of my coat and pop out to charm the ladies. Amy loves the idea, so we’re going shopping later today.

Wish me luck.

Now, hop on over to Dani Jace’s blog to learn about her pets as the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop continues: http://www.danijace.com/

Game On by Dani Jace

Game On by Dani Jace

RWW – Rolling Waves and Fireworks.

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Welcome to the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop.

The Romance Writers Weekly crew is a group of romance writers who hang out on our Facebook Page, and do a weekly blog hop to answer questions about our writing and face writing challenges.

I’m taking the hand-off from S. C. Mitchell today. If you missed him, or are starting here and want to hop back, he’s at: https://scmitchell.wordpress.com/

And check out his sexy space opera series, Hearts in Orbit:

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Click to check out Wishing Game by A.S. Fenichel

Click to check out Wishing Game by A.S. Fenichel

Today’s topic comes from A.S. Fenichel – If you live in the U.S., How did you spend yesterday? Tell us about your Independance day weekend. Now make up a really short story about how you wish you’d spent it. Can be as long or as short as you want, but make us wish we’d been there too. Oh and if you live outside the U.S., you can join the fiction part. If you were visiting during the 4th of July holiday, how do you imagine the day? GET CREATIVE!

 

On the down side, being a fictional character, HE pretty much ignored me all weekend to indulge in all manner of fun and festivities. On the plus side, this blog forces him to give me a bit of fun for myself. So, here’s really (fictionally speaking) how I spent my 4th of July.

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A day on the beach, a picnic basket full of food, a a couple ice cold beers went a long way to pulling my head out of the story I was writing. Amy in her bikini is always a great diversion as well.

I’d surprised Amy with the little getaway, getting everything ready before she even made her way out of bed that morning.

“Come on. It’ll be fun.”

She didn’t disagree.

Thought the Bayside beach was crowded, we found a spot to lay our towels and set up the cooler, then took some time to swim and fool around in the waves before settling in. We’re both nose deep in books right now, but there’s no better feeling then Amy laying on my lap while I read a sexy new release.

A break for lunch followed by an easy afternoon absorbed in a book. What could be better?

But as the sun sunk toward the horizon I had one more surprise for her.

“Jack Thompson lent me his boat for tonight.”

God I love it when Amy smiles. “Really?”

Jack is this rich, artist friend of mine. I really need to write his story sometime. Anyway his boat is a pretty good sized yacht.

An hour and a half later I’m pushing two arm-less chases together as the stars begin to twinkle overhead. The breeze turns a bit chill, so I pull a cover over Amy and myself as the first bang lights up the sky.

Colorful fireworks explode in a Maine harbor at dusk filled with boats.

With the waves gently rocking the boat, Amy and I set off a few fireworks of our own under the cover.

Happy 4th?

Oh, yeah.

*****

So how was Leslie Hachtel‘s holiday weekend? Find out as the RWW blog hope continues at:  http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/…

And be sure to check out Leslie’s amazing Dream Dancer:

Dream Dancer

RWW – Inspiration

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Sidelined by Kathryn Renard

Sidelined by Kathryn Renard

If you’ve just hopped over from Kathryn Renard’s blog , welcome. If you’re starting your blog hop here, feel free to jump back and see what Kathryn had to say.

Click to learn more about A. S. Fenichel's amazing Demon Hunters series.

Click to learn more about A. S. Fenichel’s amazing Demon Hunters series.

 

Today’s topic is offered by the amazing A.S. Fenichel – Choose one of your books and tell us where the idea came from. Was it a dream, an overheard conversation, did it spark from a previous book you wrote? How did the idea come to you and how did it evolve into a full story. If you want to share a snippet, that would be awesome too.

 

Oh, fun.

Lets take my latest, Suburban Spies.

 

After a night of watching:

and:

…back to back, I went to bed with sexy spies on my mind and woke up the next morning with the basic plot for Suburban Spies.

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Here’s a little snippet:

Jennifer hefted Slade’s body off her shoulder and onto the sofa in his basement man cave. Big screen TV, X-Box, Blueray player, and all the big-boy toys a man could want. Framed movie posters lined the walls. Terminator, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Expendables . . .

Seriously, Transformers? Ugh!

“You’ve redecorated since I was last down here, lover boy.”

She exited to retrieve the hardware store goodies she’d bought. She hadn’t needed to use any of it on Alexie Youchinko. The Russian agent, her one-time partner, had cracked almost the moment he’d caught sight of her. He’d known his goose was cooked. Sometimes revenge was so sweet.

Not one to waste good hardware, she’d brought everything back from France with her. The cuffs, chains, and manacles had the Homeland Security boys at the airport looking at her sideways. She chuckled. That alone made lugging all the extra weight through the airport so worth it.

Back in the basement she sorted through the heavy hardware. “Now, where would he put his—? Ah.” A multi-drawer tool chest stood in the corner, a drill driver in its charging stand on top.

Slade snorted where he dozed. The handsome cut of his jaw line was relaxed in repose, as if he hadn’t a care in the world. She resisted the urge to run her hands once more across his lean, solid frame. She needed to complete her installation before Slade woke up.

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Want more? You can find Suburban Spies in the sexy Soul Mate anthology Cherished Secrets at: Click Here

Want to know what inspired Jenna Da Sie? Check it out at https://jennadasie.com/ as the Romance Writers Weekly blog continues.

Romance Writers Weekly – Welcome to Bayside

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Welcome to the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop.

The Romance Writers Weekly crew is a group of romance writers who hang out on our Facebook Page, and do a weekly blog hop to answer questions about our writing and face writing challenges.

If you’ve just hopped over from S. C. Mitchell’s blog, welcome. If you’re starting your blog hop here, feel free to jump back and see what S. C. had to say.

The Blarmling Dilemma by S. C. Mitchell

The Blarmling Dilemma by S. C. Mitchell

Today’s topic comes from Brenda Margriet who wants us to: Describe your perfect writing space/retreat. Do you need hustle and bustle or peace and quiet? Coffee shop or secluded cabin?

Over the past few months I’ve been retooling my writing, moving more into erotic romance from pure erotica. My next big project will be a series of novellas set in the beautiful (fictional) city of Bayside, a cozy artisan community with a nice ocean harbor (I haven’t decided which ocean yet.)

Bayside

Bayside

I’m in the process of populating my community, but one of the first residents created was Rachel, who runs this wonderful coffee shop.

Young Woman Paying A Bill By Credit Card

Well, it’s a warm, and inspiring place to hang out, and being fictional myself, I’ve written in a special table in the corner where I can write, drink coffee, and observe the fun people of Bayside. Almost everyone in town wonders in eventually, so it’s a great place to write.

The working title for my current work is: A Passion for Painting.

Young Painter in Art StudioSexy passionate couple

Now go check out Brenda Margriet’s post at: http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog. As it’s her idea, I’ll bet she has a great post planned.

And also check out her tasty novel, Chef d’Amour:

Chef d'Amour by Brenda Margriet.

Chef d’Amour by Brenda Margriet.

It’s about more than just sex.

I’ve been stumbling around the last few days, trying to get my head around this romance thing. Not the Amy and me romance thing. I get that. I love her. I really do.

But this writing romance thing? That’s got me puzzled. How to go about it, change things up.
So I’ve been doing some research. The Romance Writers of America ( and I guess they’re the experts) say basically a romance has a central love story and an optimistic, satisfying (‘Happy ever after’, or at least ‘happy for now’) ending. That shouldn’t be too hard, but it does mean I’ll have to take my writing deeper, and really get into the minds and emotions of my characters.

Candy's Conquest CoverRaider Cover

Probably the closest I’ve come to that was Candy’s Conquest. That was certainly a much deeper story than most of mine, but then again Candy and Trevor both had some pretty heavy stuff in their pasts. Still, they didn’t end up together. As I recall Candy ended up with Alan. So was Raider of the lost Blonde somewhat closer to what I’m aiming at?

Lots of questions. I need more research. And, of course, I’m doing a lot of romance reading. We will see…