November 04 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 back for another week of Romance Weekly. I might be your first stop or you've hopped on over from S. C. Mitchell's blog. I'm curious what his blog reveals this week.

This week Sarah Hegger, author of Sweet Bea, wants us to confess our three favorite book boyfriends. The difficult part of the challenge - the limit. Who was worthy enough to make my top three list? 

I like the countdown versions of lists. So I’m going to start with the least favorite to the most favorite.

Book boyfriend #3: 

Oh Sorry! You meant a boyfriend who is a character in a book not a real person.

Oh Sorry! You meant a boyfriend who is a character in a book not a real person.

Adam Becker from Holly Lane by Toni Blake. Adam is a great book boyfriend. He's hot as hell but he’s a down to earth guy. People always describe female characters as the small town girl or the girl next door. I see Adam as the guy version of this. He’s a great guy who likes to hide the fact but since the book takes places around Christmas his scrooge heart is melted by someone he’s known for years. I’d snuggle up with Adam on any cold winter’s night.

Book boyfriend #2: 

Eric Northman the vampire from Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. Why is this badass vampire in the top three? I mean if you are familiar with the series he’s not so nice most of the time. Yet, in this book there’s a side to his personality that comes out I think, just like Sookie, which is irresistible. Maybe it’s because he has amnesia (and I love amnesia stories). Maybe it’s because despite all that happens to Sookie before and after this book I still have the hope in my heart that this Eric truly loves her. He is kind and in this book he really falls for her and she for him. Now, I haven’t finished the series. This is the fault of the HBO series, True Blood, where I couldn’t watch the show and read the books at the same time. So if Eric turns into a major douche bag in the books he’ll be promptly removed from spot #2. I must read this book again.

Book boyfriend #1: 

Oh he's dreamy.

Oh he's dreamy.

Michael Stirling from When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn. He’s my all time favorite book boyfriend. I have read this book thousands of times and it is one of my favorites. What makes Michael so spectacular? I think it’s because Michael and the heroine were friends first and that friendship was pretty important to both of them full of humor, laughs, and joy. When the heroine’s world crashed down Michael loved her so much he didn’t know how to express it without this tremendous guilt. I don’t want to give away what happens in case you haven’t read this book (I highly recommend it). What puts him as the number one book boyfriend is his realization that despite the pain they both have they find healing from each other and in the process fall in love. He’s super hot too! 

That’s my list. Hop on over to Raine Balkera’s blog for more of Romance Weekly’s top three book boyfriends. I’m excited about the hop today because I think I’ll find several new book boyfriends! 

See ya next week!

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October 21 2014 Romance Weekly

#LoveWriteChat

#LoveWriteChat

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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September 23 2014 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.

Welome to Romance Weekly. If this is your first stop or you're coming from the fabulous paranormal and sci-fi romance worlds of S. C. Mitchell's Writer's Haven, the blog is hopping today.

Questions come from the magnificent paranormal and historical writer (and good friend) J. J. Devine.

You’re moving right along with a storyline and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you or do you conform your story to your way? 

I definitely take the twist. It’s like an ah-ha moment that grips me and typically this is when I write the fastest or get the farthest into my writing before I get “stuck” again. Where being stuck is just me slowing down to get a handle on my new plot. It’s pretty fun. Probably the most fun I get out of the writing process. I generally have an “idea” of what my plot is but I don’t necessarily outline my story and keep it focused word for word. Therefore, I hope for these twists. I’m comfortable in taking my story in a new direction.

What time of year is your Best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring? 

Any season is my best time for writing. The current season is typically what goes into my current writing. When I come back to it in the edit process it’s usually a different time of year and that’s usually refreshing. For instance, if it’s winter and my edits are set in the spring or summer the writing can take the winter blues away.

When looking for a publisher do you chose a traditional press, indie route, or one that does both, ebook and print? 

Right now I’m looking at the indie route. The more I research the more I like the control I would have over such a publishing path. I like both ebook and print because I like the idea of having a physical book in my hand when I get published. It’s so much work to get a completed novel finished I like to have that tangible evidence of a book. Although, I also love the connivence of ebooks and download my fair share. 

Onward for more insights from Carrie Elks. See you next week!