January 13 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.

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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August 12 2014 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 to Romance Weekly. If you are joining from Jami Denise I'm so glad you stopped by.

Does humor help or hinder you in your creative process?

Humor helps me because laughter makes the day better and opens up alternate ways of thinking about a topic. Sometimes my writing is more geared toward the serious someone’s out to get me genre and being able to laugh or put some funny banter into my writing helps.

Don’t get me wrong - I’m not a romantic comedy writer. 

If someone said I had to write a comedy I think it would seriously hinder my creative process and I would run away screaming. I envy writers in the romantic comedy genre. I love being able to laugh but coming up with something humorous is quiet challenging. Any humor in my writing I feel comes by happy accident. 

What is a favorite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing?

I love to read so you might think I would have a favorite book to get me out of a sticky writing situation. Because my craft is writing I really need the visual a movie can provide. I read words all day in whatever form they come in: work, writing, recreational reading. Seeing instead of reading helps me a lot.

I have a list of favorite go-to movies when I need some help. Some are obviously romantic while others strike my science fiction heart. They are in no particular order and I will warn the list can change at a moment’s notice: 

  • Dirty Dancing 
  • Practical Magic 
  • The Notebook 
  • Terminator 
  • Aliens
  • Say Anything 
  • Signs
  • Love Potion #9
  • The Princess Bride 
  • Knocked up

I’ve already watched two this week. Want to take a guess which ones?

 What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea?

I’ve been reading Revision and Self-Editing for Publication Second Edition by James Scott Bell. This book has kept me on the editing road for a month and beyond as my original goal for getting my manuscript revisions competed came and went. As I’ve read through the book (I’m almost finished) I’ve been able to generate new ideas where there were gaping holes in my writing. It’s a very good reference. I also would like to mention the book A Year of Writing Dangerously 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement by Barbara Abercrombie. It’s an excellent book for giving those necessary pep talks I need on a daily basis.

Hop on over to Jeana E. Mann for more Romance Weekly. See you next week.

June 17 2014 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.

Thanks for joining in this week. Hardcore Romance writer, Jami Denise, provided the questions for this week's hop. Hope you enjoy. 

If this is your first stop on the hop or you're joining from Raine Balkera's blog post, welcome. 

First I want to give a shout out about our upcoming Romance Weekly Blog Hop & Giveaway. 

The event is on July 29, 2014 and it will be loads of fun and we have lots of prizes in store for you.

Click the image for several chances to win via raffelcopter!!

Now to answer Jami's burning questions...

When writing your novel do you know how it’s going to end before you write or do you write from start to finish?

I’ve morphed into an author who writes from start to finish. I started out writing whatever scene popped into my head which sometimes included the ending before I knew all the scenes in the manuscript. But this made for an editing nightmare. I added complexity by figuring out my plot after I had all of these floating pieces written. This method also made edits difficult because I wrote toward an ending instead of toward the plot. Therefore, getting to the ending (filing in the missing pieces) was tedious and made me cry. 

Now when I start a new manuscript I start with Chapter One and don’t stop until I get to my final chapter. Frequently, I’m as surprised at the ending as anyone else would be. I can get panicked I won’t have an ending but there’s some magical point where the panic stops and I’ll have the ah-ha moment when I know how to end it. This could be in the middle or it could be two chapters away from the ending. There are rare times when it happens at the beginning say within the first five chapters. Sometime I just say the hell with it and come up with an ending and have faith that I’ll fix it during my edit process. 

 

How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

I would say that I’m influenced by everyone I meet!  Watch out - you might end up in a book :)

What I do is create composite characters from people I know, friends, family, people I meet while out and about, and also from favorite characters from movies and books. For instance, I have a character I created from a seat mate I had on an airplane a few years back. We had a really great conversation with the usual chit chat people have when forced to sit next to complete strangers. I certainly didn’t know him when the flight was over but an idea formed and I went home and wrote down a premise which turned into a new manuscript.

I people watch, too, and like to snag bits of dialogue here and there I find funny or off the wall. What is great about friends and family is when you have an expert you know personally. They love to talk about their field and then I can create a character with the same profession and not sound like a doofus when describing what they do! 

 

Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words. 

I’m editing like mad on Circle of Lies right now, so Raz is the hero on my mind.

Oh my. Raz is.. Sexy, Hot... Did I mention sexy? 

Haha.. Well everyone can say this about their romance hero. It’s one of the reasons why we write them.

Raz is...

loyal, extraordinary, and mysterious

 

Now, onto the next hop. Jami Denise, our question extraordinaire, also follows me this week. Have a blast at her blog. Until next time.