May 19 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.

Welcome! If you're stopping by from LOVExtra's blog post, thanks. If this is your first stop, jump right in. We are doing flash fiction this week.

I came up with today's topic. It sounded like a good idea at the time. 

Today we are to create a flash fiction of 500 words or less. Include the following items: an empty parking lot, an abandoned SUV & a chihuahua sitting in the driver’s seat.

I can't wait to see what everyone else wrote. I went a little bit over the 500 word requirement. I'll ask forgiveness for breaking my own rule. 

I like to drive.   photo provided by depositphotos.com

I like to drive. 

photo provided by depositphotos.com

Summer never made the best choices. Travel to her friend's house this late at night had brought nothing but weirdness. The town was quiet and ghostly. She could've entered an alternate universe, but she knew that hateful dog. He terrorized her in her sleep. Small and fast, the animal had both vicious teeth and attitude. She rubbed the scar on the back of her leg from a childhood dog attack (at lease she thought it had been a dog). Summer looked through her daughter's toy binoculars she had found in the bottom of her purse. 

The tiny creature sat in the driver's seat of her recently abandoned SUV. The little hellion had chased her around the parking lot the minute she opened the door after coming back from her friend's unanswered apartment door. The dog had hopped back onto the leather seat once her feet were in the grass.

Elliot's car rounded the empty parking lot and stopped two car spaces away from her vehicle. He got out and she tensed. He walked around the red vehicle and looked inside. He looked right at her and shrugged. His coming to her rescue was nice but irritating. She should've been able to rescue herself, especially, from a Chihuahua.

Summer stood and knocked loose grass from her knees. She took a wide path around her car toward Elliot. He leaned against the door, crossed his arms and tapped his foot. The blush flared hot in Summer's cheeks at the annoyance plastered on Elliot's face. 

"Why did you really call me? You miss me?" He wiggled his eyebrows.

Summer narrowed her eyes. Her ex-husband would think that. "No." She stood behind Elliot and peered in the SUV's tinted windows. "He's in there."

"There's nothing inside."

"He chased me all over the parking lot. Then guarded the damn door." 

The smile on his face made her fingers itch to slap him. He said, "It's a Chihuahua? A little, itty bitty dog?" 

Summer nodded. "Will you take me home?"

Elliot stalked over and yanked open all the doors and the hatch. Summer waited for the small bundle of fun to leap out and get her. Nothing happened. She wanted to sink into the ground from embarrassment. 

Elliot grasped her chin. "I'll take you home. We'll leave my car."

Summer followed the same path he had around the SUV. Nothing was inside. "I'm not crazy." 

"Get in." 

She crawled into the passenger seat. When she looked at Elliot, his eyes flashed black for a second and she reared back against the seat. The little Chihuahua, with the same black eyes, jumped to the console between them. 

"Good boy," Elliot said. He looked at Summer and locked the doors. "Sorry for the scare. It was the only way I could get you alone. I'm taking you to my world now." 

The Chihuahua looked like an evil creature shoved into a dog's body. It yipped. The extra sharp teeth flashed as it opened its mouth in a yawn. 

"Don't worry he won't bite, but I might." Elliot smiled and had the same teeth. Yes. It had definitely been a bad decision to come here. 

 

 

Hop on over to J.J. Devine's blog, author of Into the Darkness, to read her version of today's flash fiction.

See you next week.

The Getaway

I had a great weekend.

I am a member of the author group, Crossroads Writers of America, and we had our yearly retreat. It's an overnight retreat for two nights, Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. For those who can arrive early on Friday we relax, catch up, and have a lot of laughs. Throughout the weekend there are scheduled activities, and unscheduled time for writing, brainstorming, or reading if any of us so desire. We had a speaker on Saturday morning to provide education and went out to dinner Saturday night for some social time away from the computer.

Writing is a lonely activity. Most of the time writers sit by themselves working out ideas in their heads oblivious to the world. For my personality this works out fine, but to be able to have an uninterrupted time with other writers to collaborate and talk about what we all love to do is wonderful.

We all need some time to leave our normal activities behind and retreat, no matter what creative activity we are into. The place we stayed was actually for scrapbookers to get away and enjoy a Saturday or weekend to work on memory books. It was out in the country so there was no one to bother us and we wouldn't bother others if we laughed too loud!

It's the one time a year where I come home from a trip and feel rejuvenated instead of tired. You know - the vacation from the vacation feeling? I encourage everyone to take the time, even if it's one day once a year and create your own retreat. Can't wait for next year.

May 12 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.

So glad you have joined us this week. The authors of Romance Weekly are to conduct a character interview of our choosing today. How exciting! Xio Axelrod, author of The Calum, is before me in today's hop. She created today's great interview questions.

Circle of Lies

Circle of Lies

Circle of Fantasies

Circle of Fantasies

I'm interviewing Cameron Mason. He volunteered and really wouldn't stop bothering me until I sat down and started asking questions. Cameron is a part of my Sixxer world and so far makes his appearance in Circle of Lies and Circle of Fantasies. He is the leader of the M83 team, Omega, which is a Sixxer military group fighting against the human military, Chasers. This isn't Cameron's first rodeo but of course he really didn't want to talk shop and he loved the interview questions. 

Here's what I envision Cameron to look like, a blonder version of Jensen Ackles. While Cameron doesn't have his own story right now, I know there is one percolating in the back of my mind. One day he'll just start talking and never shut up until his story is finished. 

Left Image from   http://fashions-cloud.com/pages/j/jensen-ackles-2014-wallpaper/

Left Image from http://fashions-cloud.com/pages/j/jensen-ackles-2014-wallpaper/

Middle Image from     http://lisapietsch.com/2015/01/hot-guys-in-sweaters-jensen-ackles/

Middle Image from http://lisapietsch.com/2015/01/hot-guys-in-sweaters-jensen-ackles/

Right Image   from http://www.polyvore.com/jensen_ackles/collection?id=2946437

Right Image from http://www.polyvore.com/jensen_ackles/collection?id=2946437

 

On to the interview... 

Fiona: What’s your favorite word? 

Cameron:

I love words. You want me to pick just one? Don't know if I can. Let's see... I'd have to go with bibliomania. I mean you can't go wrong with a word that has mania tacked on the end of it. This is a secret I keep close, but I own a Kindle. 

Fiona: What is your fondest childhood memory?

Cameron:

Fishing with my Granddad. We'd go down to the lake behind his cabin and sit for hours, start before sunrise. Sometimes we'd talk about what was going on in our lives. For me, there wan't much to talk about, but I was a motor mouth. I mean I was a kid. He would listen and answer my questions with extreme care. A lot of the time we sat in quiet with only the sounds of the lake and trees. My grandfather was a man of few words so when he did share some "old man" wisdom (Cameron laughs at this) I listened. We'd have enough fish at mid-day to take home and my Mom would fry them up and we'd have the best lunch. By the end of summer, I was sick and tired of fish. I miss those days and him. 

Fiona: What one thing in your past do you wish you could do differently?

Cameron:

I think I would have gone to college instead of going into the military. I mean this is hypothetical, right? Because I love my work in M83 and helping Sixxers has become my life's mission, but I would have liked to study art history and taken some creative writing classes. Mom said I always had an active imagination and would indulge my storytelling as a kid. I would have liked being able to do more with that. But honestly, I still do write an occasional yarn - as my granddad would've called it - and I have perfected the cover I created for those emails and messages I send to my mother. If I told her in real life I help aliens in trouble, she'd have me committed. 

Fiona: Vanilla or Chocolate? 

Cameron:

Vanilla. It's a classic that never gets old and goes with anything. Or... both depending on my mood (He give me a mischievous grin). 

Fiona: If you could have lunch with one famous person (alive or not) who would it be and why?

Cameron:

You might think it would be some literary type since I wanted to go to college but I'd loved to have lunch with Carl Sagan. I'd like to know his thoughts on alien life and compare it to the reality that's going on right now. Would Sagan have imagined the changes that would happen to humans after decades of Sixxer and Nexus influences? If he were alive to discuss the Nexus and how Sixxers are able to tap into it - that would be an awesome lunch conversation. And I like to see if he would order a cheeseburger and cheesecake for dessert.

Cameron is a junk food-a-holic. There you have it. A little bit of the psyche that's Cameron Mason.  

Hop on over to Elizabeth Janette's blog, author of Redemption for Liars, to find out which of her character's agreed (or volunteered) to the interview. 

See you next week!