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. 

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

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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!

March 3 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 back. If you are up to your eyeballs in snow or ice, I feel your pain. Sounds like it's time to sit back and relax for a bit. Take your mind off the weather and have fun on the Romance Weekly blog hop.

This week Romance Weekly author Elizabeth Janette wants us to give her the inside scoop on our writing space. Raine Balkera has an interesting post on her writing space. So if you haven't read it yet, make sure to check it out.

I have a dedicated writing space at home. It started out as just an office. My husband and I were two professional who occasionally had to work from home or (since we were in the technology field) be on call and had to be able to check on things after work hours. So the space was already there (lying in wait for my author self). 

Fiona's Creative Space

Fiona's Creative Space

When I became uber dedicated to being a writer I (complained) suggested some changes to make the space more conducive to inspiring my creativity. I turned my desk space around so I could look out the window and suggested a (bigger) bookcase to organize all the books that were cluttering up the place (on the floor - I have a lot of books).

My hubby took the challenge and created a beautiful built in book case and he also has plans to build me a desk. For now I work off a temporary (desk) card table but it works. I spend a lot of time in this room working on edits, creating new manuscripts, and brainstorming ideas. 

But this is just one place. I've learned to write anywhere I need to. 

Another favorite writing place is in the recliner in the living room. When I want to relax, kick my feet up and get a different scenery I write here - sometimes (gasp) while watching TV. I think this is a throwback from childhood when I would do my homework while watching TV. Some habits are difficult to break. 

I love going to the library. There is something about being surrounding by books that drives my creativity and productivity to a high point while I'm working on edits or a work in progress. 

On long car trips I write in a notebook since looking at any electronic device sends my stomach upside down. I started this on a Thanksgiving trip back east. I was participating in NaNoWriMo and really was anxious about two days on the road and not being able to use that time to get in a decent word count. Out came the notebook and I wrote over 6000 words by hand in the car. (Sometimes being trapped in a small space has benefits.) I also completed the NaNoWriMo challenge that year. 

There are some of the writing spaces I have. They all come in handy depending on the situation. Maybe tomorrow I'll come up with a different space to write.

Find out where Mishka Jenkins spends her time writing fabulous stories.  See you next week.

January 13 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveWriteChat #RomanceWeekly

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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.

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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