Romance Writers Weekly- Twitter Pitch

Welcome back to Romance Writers Weekly blog hop. Did you come from fabulous author Leslie Hachtel’s post? Welcome!

This week Xio Axelrod challenged us to pitch our novel as if it were a twitter pitch. That means I get 140 characters to sell you on my book. So here goes!

Art expert sees  in painting. Her ex wants her dead.

To survive, she must trust a stranger. But secrets and lies are everywhere

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Romance Writer’s Weekly: Emotion

Welcome back to Romance Writer’s Weekly. This week’s topic is from Tracey Gee.

As we all know, authors put real people and situations into their books. Let’s look at the times we’ve pushed through the pain by putting bad experiences or relationships into our works whether for therapy, or just as a way to close the door.

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When writing romance, I often resort to where I’ve been. The uncertainty of whether the person I love loves me, the fear of loss, and the joy of marrying my best friend provided me with plenty of feelings to harness for my writing. As a highly emotional person, some of these situations can take over and twist my stomach into a hundred pound knot. When I write a scene, the feelings come rushing back to me. If I didn’t feel miserable writing a break up or perhaps the death of a loved one, the scene probably lacks depth of emotion.

When writing thrillers, however, I often move into a world I want to be. So I need to step out of my shoes and place myself in the shoes of the person on the other end of a gun, or killing someone for the first time, or the hundredth time. Although years on a soccer field have made me immune to an elbow in the gut, or being pushed down by someone one hundred pounds bigger than me, I honestly couldn’t compare that experience to what soldiers and police enforcement experience in their jobs.

The emotions in these scenes are not something the average person experiences, and yet to be realistic, the reader should become a part of the action.

Which do I prefer? Both. Life is full of highs and lows for everyone. The ability to grasp a reader and bring them into the middle of the story and all the heartache, panic, and terror involved, makes the discomfort of writing the scenes worth it.

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Did you come from the amazing author Betty Bolte’s site? If not, here’s the link: www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

Next on the tour is the wonderful Raine Balkera. http://rainebalkera.blogspot.com

At Thrillerfest Debut Author Breakfast, Grand Hyatt, NYC

Thrillerfest

Breakfast: Jul 11, 2015—8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Book signing: 12:30-1 pm.

Location: Ballroom III-IV Grand Hyatt 109 E. 42nd St., GCT

I join fellow 2015 debut authors Maria Alexander, Ronnie Allen, Rob Brunet, Christine Carbo, John A. Connell, Matt Cook, M.P. Cooley, Alex Dolan, Allen Eskens, Veronica Forand, Simon Gervais, Neal Griffin, Glen Erik Hamilton, S.J.I. Holliday, Shannon Kirk, Sherry Knowlton, Eileen Magill, Alison McMahan, Bryan Robinson, Michael Rubin, Douglass Seaver, Stu Strumwasser, David Swatling, T.J. Turner, Steve P. Vincent,  and Gwendolyn Womack at a breakfast introduction to thriller fans.

Simmering Ice Release Day!!!

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When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.

Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.

Romance Writers’ Weekly: Themes

 

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Post! Did you pop over from Raine Balkera’s blog? 

This week’s topic: What is the theme in your novels, recurring or in one, that sends a message about an issue in society to help people? Was it developed by you intentionally, or did it evolve through the characters and plot?

After writing five novels and five novellas, I’ve noticed certain themes appear in my work time and time again, mostly in my romantic thrillers.

I often force characters to find their authentic selves. They can’t gain the title hero or heroine of a story if they haven’t grown comfortable with who they are as people by the end of their stories. They tend to begin as cardboard versions of either what they see about themselves or a facade that others push on that person.  through self discovery and lots of hardship, they all emerge as the person they were meant to be. And they are stronger and more interesting because of it.

Alex from “Untrue Colors” leaves home because her father doesn’t accept her version of herself. Once she fully accepts herself and all her amazing abilities, she flourishes in the art world. Regrettably, she needed to leave behind the people who would not allow her to expand into who she was capable of becoming.

Alex in Paris

Alex in Paris

Cassie from “True Deceptions,” on the other hand, has a certain image of herself that she’s fearful of changing. She’s conservative and timid and is easily manipulated. This is her image of herself at the beginning…

She wasn’t a threat to anyone. Even after months of intense training at a gun range, she still hesitated to shoot at inanimate objects and hadn’t developed the calm, cool demeanor necessary in undercover work. She acted like a spacey, schoolgirl from Southern California. No wonder he’d shown her no respect. 

Time and circumstances, however, force her out of her boundaries. Once free, her true colors emerge. She rises up to challenges that her old self would never have handled.

“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” He reached to take the phone away from her.

“Can you disarm a drone packed with explosives and acid with a computer program that will cease to exist if you make one faulty keystroke?”

“No,” he growled.

“Then I have no need for you right now. Go check the motorcycle.”

Another theme that resonates through my writing is sexual consent. I will not allow an Alpha hero keep that title if he does not receive clear consent with a sexual partner. There are too many people today who feel they are obligated to give in to a partner when they in fact have the final word in saying yes or no. I don’t want to add to the confusion. ‘No’ means ‘no’ and a person should work damn hard to hear a ‘yes’ especially with a person they have never been with.

And on that note….Head over to see what J.J. Devine  thinks on this subject!

Romance Writers’ Weekly: Carpentry Flash Fiction

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Welcome to Romance Writers’ Weekly. This week’s topic is from Fiona Riplee, Write a flash fiction of 250 words or less about a long lost love. Include the words: hammer, chisel, and coping saw. Did you come from Carrie Elks’ blog?  http://carrieelks.com/blog/

Welcome!! My attempt is a bit corny, but here goes…

Glen always hated power tools. The noise alone could drive a person mad. He brushed off the sawdust and looked at the decorative heart he’d cut in the back of the highchair using his coping saw. He’d chisel out the edges and then sand it all smooth a bit later. The design would be perfect whether his sister was having a little boy or girl.  

The door near the office opened and then closed. The clunk of heels echoed across the workshop. Glen turned around and saw the most beautiful sight he’d ever seen, Captain Holly Donahue. She wasn’t in the tan flight suit she’d worn when saying goodbye two years before. Instead, the sexy brunette seemed anything but military in skin tight blue jeans and black t-shirt with black biker boots.

“You told me you didn’t want a relationship with a small town bum with no dreams.”

“I was an idiot.” She stared at the highchair. Was that a bit of longing in her eyes or was he only hoping to see that. “How have you been?”

“I’m doing well. Shelby’s expecting any day now, so I thought I’d make her mini-me a place to hang out for a few years. And you? Still flying the skies?”

She stared down at the concrete floor. “I’ve been grounded. Permanently. Something about seizures in pilots being a risk.”

She’d rejected a relationship with him to pursue her career. And now? “So did they give you a desk job?”

“They gave me an honorable discharge and a decent pension.” A huge tear dripped down one cheek.

“If you ever need anything. You know I’ll be here for you.” He wrapped her in his arms and pulled her close.

“Good. Because right now you’re all I need.”

Head on over to see what Dani Jace wrote. http://danijace.com

 

Romance Writers’ Weekly: Inspiration

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Today’s blog hop topic is from Jeanne McDonald – three “simple” questions!

1. Describe that moment you first felt like a true author (not just an aspiring one).

My first meeting at VFRW, a moment in time when I’d finished my first full manuscript and was full of questions and anticipation. The manuscript, by the way, was horrible, but that is a story for another blog post. I sat next to Terri Brisbin. She asked what I wrote, and I told her woman’s fiction (this was before I discovered the thrill of suspense). She was the first professional writer I had even spoken with about my work. She treated me as an equal and respected and understood my journey. The entire group at VFRW was fantastic and welcoming. At that point, I knew I was with the right people.

 

2. Name three authors who you inspire you.

Cathy Maxwell. When reading her books, they have a rainbow of emotion, but leave you full of joy. Having met her a few times at writing conferences and retreats, I understand. She is full of joy and spreads that sense of peace and happiness to the people around her. She has been an inspiration to me. She has fantastic success, loves helping newer writers, and seems supportive to everyone in the writing community.

Betty Bolte. She has been working her way into this career for years. She doesn’t let set backs knock her out. Instead, she believes in herself and in her ability to write beautiful books. It’s been fantastic to watch her career blossom and know that it will go even further because she has the grit and talent to make it in this crazy industry.

James Patterson. He is unapologetic about making writing into a business. He has a talent for writing stories that grab the reader and keep them from beginning to end. Does he claim to be a brilliant author? No. He claims to understand what the public wants in a book. And he delivers.

 

3. Describe your favorite fan moment (either you as the fan or one of your readers approaching you as a fan).

At the book signing for the Romantic Times Convention in Dallas, a woman walked up and told me how much she loved the book “Untrue Colors.” Hearing praise from a complete stranger was a magical experience, but she made it even better when she asked if I could sign two books. One for her and one for her friend. Yep, best moment, so far, of my writing life.

 

 

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Here is the list of authors on the blog hop today. http://rainebalkera.blogspot.com is the next after me.

 

Raine

 

LOVExtra (Tracey) http://www.lovextra.com

Betty Bolte www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

Brenda Margriet  http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

Veronica Forand www.veronicaforand.com

Raine Balkera http://rainebalkera.blogspot.com

Leslie Hachtel http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com

A.S. Fenichel (Andrea) http://asfenichel.net/blog

Gemma Brocato  (Heidi) http://www.gemmabrocato.com/blog

J.J. Devine  http://definingjjdevine.weebly.com/ramblings-of-a-writer

Victoria Barbour http://victoriabarbour.com/blog

Susan Scott Shelley http://www.susanscottshelley.com/#!blog/c1cod

Dani Jace http://www.danijace.com

Kate Robbins http://katerobbinsauthor.com/

Carrie Elks http://carrieelks.com/blog/

Collette Cameron http://collettecameron.com/blog/