July 14 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.

Carrie Elks  Broken Chords

Carrie Elks Broken Chords

Welcome back. Our hop is a lot of fun today. Make sure to check out Carrie Elks, author of Broken Chords.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow Romance Weekly author, Susan Scott Shelley (author of Rekindled) wants to know our player's (hero's) walk-up song (aka Entrance theme). 

Unfortunately, I don't have any theme songs for my characters. My mind has been so overly cluttered with stuff to do these days most of the time there are no songs that pop into my head, except maybe:  

The itsy bits spider climbed up the water spout, down came the rain.... 

Okay. I'll be singing that later. :)

Or a random tune from a Ford Raptor toy my toddler has decided to just keep his finger on the button for the past 1/2 hour while he smiles and dances. It's equally adorable and annoying! 

Devil or Angel?

Devil or Angel?

But there is hope for this post still. I did have an idea for a story line that came from a song I enjoyed when I was actually working out on a consistent basis. This was a long time ago, but I have gotten back into working out (slowly) so maybe I'll be getting more ideas from music in the future. **crosses fingers**

The song is  "E.T." by Katy Perry.  

He gives Amber chills.

He gives Amber chills.

I heard this while working out. I had been working on a manuscript with my alien (a.k.a. Sixxers) soldier team and when this song played in my headphones I immediately imaged one of the soldiers, Amber hearing this song and feeling equal parts fear and hope. Now, Amber is a tough as nails soldier and she's not afraid of anything, except the Sixxer who betrayed her. The lyrics of the song "Could you be the devil? Could you be an angel?" fit this Sixxer to a T, and the extraterrestrial theme fit my concept, too. So, I guess this is his theme song if Amber had a say in the decision. She hasn't told me his name, yet. I'm upset about that.

Now, that this idea has been brought to the front of my mind again, I really really want to start writing Amber's story. I'm going to have to do something about this problem. 

 

 

J.J. Devine,  Into the Darkness

J.J. Devine, Into the Darkness

I wonder what song J.J. Devine, author of Into the Darkness, picked this week? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.