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 27 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.

Tuesday already! The week has flown by. If I’m your first stop on the blog hop today or you are coming from Mishka Jenkins’s blog - Welcome! 

Sarah Hegger contributed to our topic this week and it’s an exciting one. To Great Beginnings: 

A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Sarah wants us to share a great opening line and tell you why we like it. And then I’m to share the opening line of my work in progress. 

I’ll share a prequel story before I reveal the line to the novel I love: 

My husband has made a tradition of buying me - usually several, he knows me so well - books for Christmas. It’s a fun tradition because he doesn’t always go for what I would buy for myself but he also seems to pick out books that I really enjoy and many have become my favorites. This book was one of those Christmas presents, it is from my favorites pile. 

I think this book has a great opening line and it immediately drew me into the story.

“Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker.”

Yeah - I had to keep reading after that bomb. The book is Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast, A House of Night Novel. I have a love of the series and even bought one I already owned at a book signing so I could get P.C. Cast’s autograph. :) Why I loved the line so much? Well, first I already knew from the blurb the book was about vampires and it was a young adult novel. But it just hooked me. I HAD to know what was the “dead guy” going to do and at the main character’s school no less. Prior to Marked I hadn’t really wanted to read young adult as a genre (paranormal or not) thinking that they wouldn’t interest me. Boy was I wrong. I love this book and the series. And honestly I read a lot of vampire novels. 

Ok, deep breath. 

Here is the opening line of one of my current work in progress - paranormal romance, Circle of Lies. I don’t know if it can be in the same league as a great opening line but I hope it grabs your attention. 

“Raz Donovan stared at the slender curve of Sandra Robins’s backside jealous of the diamond studded pockets.” 

Maybe you’ll want to know if he continues to be jealous or if he corrects the situation - maybe not. 

 Hop on over to Tracey Gee’s blog to find out one of her favorite opening lines and one from her own work in progress. See you next week.

October 21 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.

Hi! Welcome back. You might be joining the hop from Dani Jace or found me another way, glad you did. 

This week's blog hop is flash fiction and becoming one of my favorite types of posts for Romance Weekly. Mishka Jenkins came up with this jewel and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. 

Flash Fiction Rules: Write a love letter 400 words or less (I used all 400) that has to include the words sweet, pumpkin, and brush. 

 

The words become reality.

The words become reality.

My Dearest Henry, 

I miss you terribly. I’ve used these letters to stay close. Not being able to contact you has made the past months agony. I won’t make it another two weeks until your return.

Did I mention how I found this magic box of stationary? I longed for your touch and took out my depression and unfulfilled desire on a painting (a horrible piece you’d hate). I ruined my favorite fan brush and shirt (yours). I stripped it off immediately. The cool air on my bare skin eased some of the ache I had for you. Once I refocused on my art all I could remember was the argument. We splattered each other with acrylics and what started with flat brushes and anger soon turned to fingers and hard muscle and a masterpiece of loving only alive in memory. 

Kiss me.

Kiss me.

I hadn’t realized I closed my eyes and retraced our loving embrace around the studio until I tripped over that stupid paper mache pumpkin you forced me to create last Halloween (what an abomination). I kneeled on the ground and your sweet kiss flashed into my mind. You were there before me. Your warm hands caressed my face and traced my lips until they opened. Your tongue invaded my mouth and touched mine in a heat of forbidden passion. My ache for you entered my lungs. A deep moan flared between my lips. Oh how I missed you. But the pumpkin came back into view and I threw it against the wall. The memories weren’t enough to ease my heartache. I lay there. The cool floor over-sensitized my breasts and I wept for the loss of your comforting embrace. 

How long was I there? I’m not sure. The next thing I remembered was the hum, low and strong. The box glowed under the worktable and called for me to open it. I know you’ll laugh at my foolishness but the magic is real. Each letter I write I experience greater pleasure in my dreams.  Do you dream about them as I have? It’s as if you are here. They are vivid and real. I have only to write on this seductive paper and stamp it with my red lipstick and I see you, feel you in my dreams. Do you feel my lips on yours when I seal the envelope with a kiss?

Hurry home my love.  

Elise

 

It was difficult to end the letter there. I sense more to the story but rules are rules. I hope to see you next week. Now, I'm anxious to read S. C. Mitchell's love letter. 

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