January 27 2015 Romance Weekly

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Tuesday already! The week has flown by. If I’m your first stop on the blog hop today or you are coming from Mishka Jenkins’s blog - Welcome! 

Sarah Hegger contributed to our topic this week and it’s an exciting one. To Great Beginnings: 

A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Sarah wants us to share a great opening line and tell you why we like it. And then I’m to share the opening line of my work in progress. 

I’ll share a prequel story before I reveal the line to the novel I love: 

My husband has made a tradition of buying me - usually several, he knows me so well - books for Christmas. It’s a fun tradition because he doesn’t always go for what I would buy for myself but he also seems to pick out books that I really enjoy and many have become my favorites. This book was one of those Christmas presents, it is from my favorites pile. 

I think this book has a great opening line and it immediately drew me into the story.

“Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker.”

Yeah - I had to keep reading after that bomb. The book is Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast, A House of Night Novel. I have a love of the series and even bought one I already owned at a book signing so I could get P.C. Cast’s autograph. :) Why I loved the line so much? Well, first I already knew from the blurb the book was about vampires and it was a young adult novel. But it just hooked me. I HAD to know what was the “dead guy” going to do and at the main character’s school no less. Prior to Marked I hadn’t really wanted to read young adult as a genre (paranormal or not) thinking that they wouldn’t interest me. Boy was I wrong. I love this book and the series. And honestly I read a lot of vampire novels. 

Ok, deep breath. 

Here is the opening line of one of my current work in progress - paranormal romance, Circle of Lies. I don’t know if it can be in the same league as a great opening line but I hope it grabs your attention. 

“Raz Donovan stared at the slender curve of Sandra Robins’s backside jealous of the diamond studded pockets.” 

Maybe you’ll want to know if he continues to be jealous or if he corrects the situation - maybe not. 

 Hop on over to Tracey Gee’s blog to find out one of her favorite opening lines and one from her own work in progress. See you next week.

Visualize Your Dreams

Practice Your Creativity

Practice Your Creativity

Most of us have dreams at night.  When we wake up perhaps we think things like: that was crazy, talk about a nightmare, or I wish I could go back to sleep and finish that dream. (I often wonder what my dreams mean - if anything.) I personally think dreams are the birthplace of creativity. Our subconscious constantly at work even when we are not aware of it. 

How can this help when I am awake?  

It takes courage to declare to to world, friends, parents that my life dreams don't match what they might have envisioned for my future.

"You want to do what?" They might ask with a little smirk. Apparently, my dreams can be a source of amusement for others. They'll say, "But what about money? How will you live? When will you spend time with your dog, your kid, your family, your chores?"

"With me?" 

Realize they are scared your dreams will take you away. They remember their bad night dreams or only assume dreams are suppose to occur at night. It's too frightening for them to dream during the day when it could take them away from what's comfortable and make them face their fears.

How to visualize my dreams with all this angst going on? 

The dreams I have at night are gateways for me to prepare myself for the "real" dream making during the day. "Watch," the dreams say. "I can scare you but you wake up okay. I can be silly and wild and the next day so can you." The dreams show me my sorrow is real but also that I am strong.  

Dreams are the subconscious creative drive preparing my conscious mind.

Let Yourself Dream

Let Yourself Dream

Night dreams are where I let go of control - hence the nightmares and wild imaginings. The daydreams I can control - decide what I want them to be. They can be predictions of what I want in a perfect world but sometimes reality isn't too far off the mark. (Your definition of perfect is different from mine.)

Visualizing life dreams - whatever they may be - is a way for my brain to figure out ways to get me there. No one else has to approve or worry about how I get there. Having dreams doesn't mean a forsaking of responsibility or hiding away from family and friends. My creative mind will get me there.  

If you are struggling with you day dreams keep focused. If it's something that makes you who you are you'll keep moving toward what you have envisioned. 

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January 13 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveWriteChat #RomanceWeekly

#LoveWriteChat #RomanceWeekly

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Another week is already here and Elizabeth Janette wants to know what's on everyone's TBR list. If you haven't hopped over from Mikki Cober's blog make sure to check out her list, too. Can't wait to find out if there are more books I need to add to my TBR. 

This week we are divulging our TBR pile. I’m sure you all know this is the To Be Read stack of books that pops up around the house. Since the hop consists of Romance Writers I can’t imagine this list would be short for any of us.

Although, several books I never thought would be added to my TBR are the following: 

My new TBR list is a lot of fun!

My new TBR list is a lot of fun!

  • Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas and Susan Winter
  • I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore

  • It’s Time to Sleep My Love by Nancy Tillman and Eric Metaxas

 

And I never thought these books would “forever” be on my TBR pile each and every day despite how many times they are read. 

I’m not complaining. I read them to my son. It makes the little stinker happy and gets him to enjoy books. I will confess, The Monster At The End Of This Book by Jon Stone and Mike Smolin is on my iPad as an interactive book. This one I don’t have to read but of course it’s memorized already from listening to is so many times. 

So here are a handful of books on my old TBR pile: 

Nothing is better than a good book.

Nothing is better than a good book.

  • Dark Skye by Kresley Cole 
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  • Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Bound By Night by Larissa Ione 
  • Dark Lover by J.R. Ward 
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green
  • The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

This doesn’t touch the number of books I want to read. These were picked randomly (okay - not so randomly) from the books I have set aside to read for this year. But of course, a book lover like me will always have more (or buy more) books to read. The TBR will never be empty.

Find out what books Jami Denise has on her TBR list.  Hope to see you next week. Take Care.

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