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.

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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July 29 2014 Romance Weekly 6 Month Anniversary!

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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 the blog hop. We're celebrating our 6th month anniversary today for Romance Weekly. I hope you enjoy the hop and make sure to stop by the Facebook event to join in the fun. There are so many wonderful prizes. It's going be a blast all day!

If this is your first stop or are joining me from the blog of Katie O'Connor, welcome.

 

Instead of our normal questions we are mixing it up today by answering

What are your top ten romances of all time? 

I found today’s post incredibly difficult. I’m sure I’m not the only one. There are so many wonderful romance stories to choose from. Narrowing it down to 10 was a challenge. 

10. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

The dark foreboding hero shows his heart of gold in this novel. I must like when the bad guys get redemption. There’s love for everyone.

9. Star Man

This movie sparked my obsession for aliens in love. They come in peace and love. He brought Bambi back to life for crying out loud! 

8. How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

This was like a historical version of the bachelor but much more entertaining. The antics the heroine comes up with as matchmaker are hilarious but bittersweet as she starts to fall in love with the bachelor. Love it.

7. Holly Lane by Toni Blake

I love all of Toni Blake’s novels by this one by far is my favorite of hers. I’m a sucker for small towns, wronged moms, and Christmas all wrapped into a heartwarming and sexy love story. I read it even in the summer!

6. Emma

This movie is sweet and innocent and when I watch it I just smile. Enough said.

5. The Titanic

We all know how this story ends, but for some reason the story of Rose and Jack gets to my heart. How they fight for their love during such an overwhelming tragedy makes true love seem possible. 

4. The Notebook

I haven’t read the book by Nicholas Sparks, yet. But the movie is one of my favorites. The love of a lifetime. The most touching part of this movie isn’t in the movie but the fact my hubby bought it for me for valentines day one year and despite the tear jerker ending we watch it again and again.

3. Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 

I’m a sucker for the professor turned extraordinary. What is great about this story is the hero isn’t afraid of this transformation. Despite his motto of looking out for himself, he falls in love with this wild professor and protects her at the cost of his life. Great stuff!

2. Archeron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I’ve been a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan since I discovered her books years ago. I waited in anticipation for this book and when it came out I wasn’t disappointed. I devoured the huge tomb in a few days and was ecstatic one of my favorite characters got his happily ever after.

1. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn 

Once I read this book it was bumped up to #1 and has yet to be removed. What I love most is that it’s a novel about second chances for both the hero and heroine. I re-read this about once a year if not more and I always blubber like a baby.

My top ten might be different tomorrow or next week. I’m always watching romantic movies and have a huge to be read pile of romance books. Some say that all romances are the same but the ones I’ve listed gave me something unique and that’s why I keep reading and watching. 

Hop on over to Sarah Hegger's blog for her top 10 romances. Come back next week for more insights into the lives of your favorite authors. See you then.