May 5 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. Hope you have enjoyed the hop so far and had a chance to check out Dani Jace's top 5 villains. 

Today's topic is: List 5 of your favorite villains and with one sentence tell us why said villain is a favorite. 

I came up with the topic for this week's blog hop because villains can be very difficult to write. I wondered why and started to examine the villains that I loved or loved to hate. I'm going to go with a TV/movie motif. 

#1 Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

While he eventually became an anti-hero in the show, he was such a bastard and a smart ass I couldn't wait to find out what he was going to be up to next. 

#2 Tyler Durden from Fight Club 

He did it all right under character Edward Norton's (The Narrator) nose and while watching the first time I'm like OMG.

#3 Bill from Kill Bill Volume 1 & Kill Bill Volume 2

He is a well rounded character and you see the jealous side him, the evil side, and also the loving side before the movies are over. 

#4 Col. Hans Landa from Inglorious Bastards 

Surrounding all his acts of cruelty and immorality he is just so nice and polite! 

#5 Walter White from Breaking Bad 

As the show progressed, it was very evident that Walter was going down the wrong path for his own power and glory but there was no way I was going to miss any of it.

There's my list. Why do they stick out in my mind and I call them favorites? All of these characters did horrible things but what made them good characters was that there weren't always evil. They did good deeds, too. Sometimes the villain became an anti-hero and I switched sides. Sometimes they remained on the opposing side but I knew they had vulnerabilities just as we do, they had pain and suffering. It's thinking... Yes, villains can be put into horrible situations and that's what makes them bad but are they redeemable? Can they be saved? What would happen if I were in the same circumstances? Would I make the same choice? I think a villain that is pure evil and everything he does is wrong and obviously not the right thing to do is boring and not one I would remember. Great villains love and hate, are tender and cruel, and can be happy or sad. Maybe you disagree? Would you prefer you villain to be clear cut evil?

Hop over to Jo Richardson's blog post to find out her top 5 favorite villains.

October 28 2014 Romance Weekly

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If you first stop is here or you are joining from Brenda Margriet's blog, welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by. 

This week Romance Weekly went with a spooky theme.  Jo Richardson wanted a spooky story real or not 300 words or less. I decided to base my story on a true life event as had been told to me several times as a child. I hadn't witnessed it nor was old enough to remember if i had witnessed but it sure does make my Dad laugh when he remembers it. I've changed names to protect the innocent and embellished a bit. 

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It's a ghost!

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Martin and Damien anticipated the camping trip for days. Mom and Dad gave them permission to camp behind the farm, alone. The best part? No girls. Last time Jill got scared and Rose had to take her home. The endless crying was ridiculous, especially since it had only been a woodchuck. Girls. They got scared so easily.

This time Martin and Damien told as many scary stories as they dared.

Their eyes fluttered closed. The camp fire died out and they had poured water over the smoldering ashes. The the half moon provided little light. Perfect for the last ghost story Damien made up. The zipped their sleeping bags tight. A chill settled over the ground but they were too tired to get in the tent.

Martin sat up. “Did you hear that?”

Damien chuckled. Martin didn’t scare him. The rustle and scratch in the distance did (a little). “It’s another damn woodchuck. I’m going to call you Jill.” 

Damien grabbed a stick from the fire pit to smack Martin in the leg and get a girly scream.

“Look.”

In the distance, a white shape hovered in the harvested corn field. “It’s a deer.” 

“That’s white?” 

Damien huddled closer to Martin. “It’s an illusion.” 

The shape moved closer. It moaned. Martin whispered. “Deer don’t moan like that.” 

They backed up together. Damien tripped over his sleeping bag, Martin ran into the tent, and a loud rip rent the air. The moan grew louder and the shape increased in speed toward them. They screamed. 

“It’s a ghost. Let’s get out of here.” Damien squealed.

“We have to go past it to get home.” 

“Run really fast. Don’t stop.” 

Martin choked. “You’re gonna get us killed.”

 

 

It's probably not as spooky written as told. The hilarious part was the white specter was actually my Dad who got up in the night to check on the boys as he saw the campfire was still burring. His white t-shirt apparently was the only thing visible after the fire had been put out. By then he was half way up the field to the location where the boys had decided to camp. When they ran past him scared out of their minds he wasn't sure what was going on and turned and ran after them which further scared the boys because now the 'ghost' was chasing them to the house. 

I'm excited to find out Victoria Barbour's spooky story. See you next week.

 

July 15 2014 Romance Weekly

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Romance Weekly time. Jo Richardson, author of Cursed Be The Wicked, provided today's questions.

Thanks Jo!

Cursed Be The Wicked

Cursed Be The Wicked

I'd be honored to be your first stop in the blog hop today. If you found me via J.J. Devine's website welcome. J.J. Devine is the author of Historical novel, The Cheyenne Bride and released her first paranormal novel, Into The Darkness, last week. Congrats J.J.!

Into The Darkness

Into The Darkness

The Cheyenne Bride

The Cheyenne Bride

Now onto the questions. :) 

How often do you write?

I write whenever I can. I try to have a schedule where I write in the morning, take a break, and then write in the afternoon or evening. These are usually times when my baby boy is taking a nap. :) While I would love to write everyday there are days when the schedule does not allow for it. I don’t let that discourage me. Instead, I find more determination to get back to writing the next day. It might be in the early morning (if I can get my butt out of bed) or late evening (for an hour while fighting exhaustion) when I can get to it but I can’t shame myself for those times when I can’t. It helps to set goals then get to them however I am able. 

Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can and as often as you can? 

Absolutely. If I don’t make the time to write there is nothing to edit and nothing for others to read. I want to create stories others will enjoy like I enjoy them. The more I write the more I improve. It’s taken me a long time to get two completed manuscripts finished. There are many people who think it’s easy to write a novel or even a novella and have it be a masterpiece from the start. What they don’t know is there are many uncompleted manuscripts that are abandoned because the writer (me) knows it isn’t going to work. All those abandoned pieces of writing are helping me get better, create better characters, more engaging plot, and hopefully write and edit faster so I can have something for others to enjoy. 

What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write everyday, you’re not a writer”?

It’s a bullshit saying. It’s like saying if you don’t put out a fire everyday you’re not a firefighter. Every profession gets to have a day off. Also, everyone is different and work schedules and family schedules are a reality for many people. Life happens and sometimes the writing doesn’t. For instance, I beat myself up at the beginning of the year for not making the time to write. I mean, REALLY,  I wasn’t working at the time I should’ve been able to dedicate myself to writing everyday! 

Then my husband reminded me...I just had a baby. 

I was a writer then because I had writing on my mind. I journaled some. Had ideas and jotted down notes for when the three hour feedings dwindled to something more manageable for sleep but also for mental clarity. I read favorite authors and new authors to keep me inspired. 

I think what makes a writer are the goals we set and stick to and then create new goals and stick to those as well. If someone had the goal of writing three days a week or only on the weekend and did that for years there’s no doubt in my mind she was a writer. If we have to pause for a day or for longer but know in our hearts we aren’t giving up, yeah we’re still writers.

Thanks for joining me today. Hop on over to Nina Mason's blog for more author insights and check out her smexy Scottish paranormals!