August 2 2016 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back to Romance Weekly blog hop. Today A.S. Fenichel wants us to choose one of our books and tell you where the idea came from and how it evolved into a full story.  I'll share a snippet, too! 

Marc Stevens is before me in today's hop. Make sure to check out his post. 

Circle of Lies by Fiona Riplee

Circle of Lies by Fiona Riplee

I choose my first release, Circle of Lies.  

The idea for this story came to me as I was working through another story I was writing. I wanted to write a Sci Fi Romance that was set in a contemporary setting. The story I was working on wasn't futuristic or set in outer space and I liked the feel of that. The story was actually more paranormal because one of the characters had psychic power and could control people with his mind.  

I started with a love triangle that involved two brothers, Jamie and Sean, who liked the same girl, Luna, and I was struggling with why Jamie and Sean had such anger toward one another. Sean had the psychic power. Jamie appeared as human as you or I. In my frustration, I created their backstory to help me figure out their relationship. While working on the details, I discovered Jamie and Sean had the same father, Raz, but different mothers. 

For some reason this really bothered me and I kept wondering what had happened to these characters' parents. Had the Raz had his own love triangle and how did this fit into the science fiction world I wanted to create, which was in the very beginning stages back then. The story still had more of a paranormal feel and I wanted to go more Sci Fi. So, I made Raz an alien and Sean's mother, Paris, was part alien. This shed light on why Sean was psychic. Jamie's mother, Sandra, was human and a scientist who had a part in the discovery of some life saving medicines for aliens. 

I kept asking myself questions about the brothers. Why did Jamie do this? Why did Sean choose to do that when so much love had been in his childhood? But the more questions I asked about Jamie and Sean the more answers pushed me toward asking questions about their parents. How did this alien versus non-alien parentage shape the brothers' feelings about the world. What had happened to their parents before this point in the brothers' lives. 

So to make this long story short, I became obsessed with what happened to the parents. What sorts of obstacles and conflicts had they had in life? 

Circle of Lies is what came out of all those questions along with a series premise, Alien Prophecies. 

I learned a lot about the 'past' in the world I wanted to create which I then realized was the contemporary setting and the rest of the series will start to fall into a near future setting. It will still feel like it takes place today, but with more tech or alien wizardry (at least to humans).  

I hope to get back to Jamie's and Sean's stories some day, but I'm giving them some time to grow up.  

 Click Here for an excerpt of Circle of Lies. 

Veronica Forand in up next. Let's find out which book she's blogging about today!

June 23 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

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.

Ascension by A.S. Fenichel

Ascension by A.S. Fenichel

Welcome back this week. A.S. Fenichel, author of Ascension, wants to know: 

What person living, dead, relative or strange had the biggest influence on your writing career? Tell us what he/she was like or how they shaped you. 

 

 

 

I'm going to be all sappy with this post. I know typically the person in these types of questions is supposed to be someone who was a famous writer (present or past) or someone famous at something in the past. Who to better influence a writer than another writer?

My Hubby and Me at RWA 2012.   photo by Fiona Riplee

My Hubby and Me at RWA 2012. 

photo by Fiona Riplee

I didn't aspire to be a writer. In fact, the thought had not occurred to me until the year before I joined RWA in 2010, not very long ago. At that time I had a crisis of identity about what I really wanted to do with my life. I had said something offhand like, "Too bad I couldn't be a professional reader." That idea sparked, "Well, could I be an author and write the stuff my professional reader self would enjoy?" 

Even for a year or so after I joined RWA, I never called myself a writer especially to other people. The person who liked my original idea and never gave up his support and encouragement was my husband. He was the one who had faith in me that I could do this. He badgered me until this introvert joined a national organization and went to her first local chapter meeting wondering if anyone would like me (or everyone would think I wasn't cracked up to be a writer). He was the one who encouraged me to join the local RWA chapter and go to my first RWA conference in 2012 and then again in 2013.  

He's still the one to get on my case if I'm surfing the Internet instead of working on edits or writing. :)

He was the one to talk me out of quitting after the contest fiasco. :) No need to go into details. It was as horrible as your imagination can create. 

He also told me to get my butt out there and do an author reading when I was sweating like a fool at the thought of reading my work to the PUBLIC! 

I know without his encouragement I would have given this up a long time ago. Now, I'm in too deep to stop, but when I get down and discouraged about my writing he is there to get me out of the fray. 

Into the Darkness by J.J. Devine

Into the Darkness by J.J. Devine

Thanks for stopping by this week. For more Romance Weekly, hop on over to J.J. Devine, author of Into The Darkness. See ya soon.

February 24 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.

Today's hop is going to be fun and I can't wait to read everyone's post! It's flash fiction this week brought to you by J.J. Devine, author of Into The Darkness and The Cheyenne Bride. J.J. wants a flash fiction piece of 500 words that contains the words: happiness, egg, and purple. 

The hop can be started at any point. If I'm your first stop make sure you check out A.S. Fenichel's post.

Flash Fiction

Sue would call it violet or periwinkle. The charm glowed under the lights. It’s amethyst crystals sparkled. It was perfect. 

Chuck called it plain old purple. 

“It’s pretty, Daddy. Mommy's favorite color.” Gunner mumbled from his crouched position at the jewelry counter.

“You sure do pay attention to Mommy. Stuff like that will come in handy when you have a girlfriend.”  

The five year old made a face. Girls were low on his radar. Well, except for Mommy. 

A pang thumped his heart. Maybe Chuck should've taken lessons from his son. Would the charm be enough? Gunner would've never called Sue plain. His kid thankfully inherited his sense of keeping his foot out of his mouth from his mother. What incensed her the most was when Chuck added the word ‘ordinary’. Chuck thanked his pea brain he hadn’t called her old.

Chuck loved Sue for her muted blue eyes, mousy hair, and the extra few pounds on her hips. 

Those hips drove him wild and had since the first moment they caught his eyes. Yes, he had ogled her. How could he tell Sue that she was everything to him? He didn’t want a supermodel. He didn’t want fake. 

“Are you going to buy it?” Gunner poked his head over the top of the counter and peered down at the royal vision on black velvet.

“I think it's fate.” 

Gunner smiled. “It's a good thing I found it, huh?”

Chuck ruffled Gunner's hair.

Sue and all of her imperfections was tangible like this pendant. His Sue. The one who loved purple but called it lavender. Who laughed at his stupid jokes and didn’t mind the few extra pounds that had expanded his middle over the years.

Many men would go for flowers or promise a night out. Maybe even declare their woman to be a supermodel but Chuck knew Sue would see through those pathetic displays of affection and apology.

The jeweler opened the locket. The egg pendant was small and opened around a seam of diamonds. Chuck experienced pure happiness. Inside, a tiny array of multicolored stones formed a butterfly which surrounded a cluster of daisies. Fate was working here. The impact of the piece socked Chuck in the gut. It symbolized the butterfly garden where Sue had said yes to his declaration of love.

He swallowed the lump in his throat. “Do you think Mommy would like it?”

Gunner nodded big and bold. He touched the butterfly. “Especially the bug inside.”

Chuck laughed. Would it show Sue how much she meant to him?

“What will Mommy say when she sees it?” 

Gunner smiled and hugged Chuck tight. “That she loves us.”  

What a wise little boy. 

That day in the garden had been the beginning of their wonderful, happy, exuberant, and ordinary life together. The three of them. One he wouldn’t trade for the world. Chuck would never call Sue plain again. She was as extra-ordinary as the locket and their little boy right beside him.

I can't wait to read Leslie Hachtel's flash fiction. See you next week!