The Kitchen Sink Hero
I’m Holley Trent. I write contemporary romances set in rural Eastern North Carolina. They’re usually a little offbeat because, well…I am, too. My characters tend to have a lot of layers. Sometimes to excess, I think. I’m always finding “one more thing!” to complicate their personalities.
I swear, I try not to throw everything (including the kitchen sink) into my character outlines. I don’t want a heroes and heroines who are caricatures even if they are appearing in a comedic work. Whenever I read a book and see a character who is just too…well, too much, I roll my eyes and scoff.You know the type: the international man of mystery who was once a famed opera singer, decathlete, super-spy, and slayer of hearts. Read More
The Kitchen Sink Hero
Seasons of the Heart Book 2
Lord, if this rain’s gonna cause another flood like ya sent Noah, I hope You’ll give me a sign to get to higher ground. Can’t have my bakery blowin’ off the face of the earth in this wind, either, as we’re countin’ on these pies and cakes for the big party tomorrow!
Miriam Lantz slammed the whistling window shut. When was the last time they’d seen such a fierce wind? Rain pelted the roof of the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, not quite drowning out the troubling thoughts that had wakened her in the wee hours. Too often these past weeks she’d dwelled upon Bishop Knepp’s vow to somehow get her out of this business and into his home. Ordinarily it wasn’t her way to fret so, but Hiram Knepp could stir up more trouble than a nest of ornery hornets, if he had a mind to. It hadn’t made him one bit happy, when an English fellow had outbid him to buy this building a month ago. Read More
My goal in life was to become a topnotch journalist. I loved
writing. Always had. Ever since I can remember that’s all I ever wanted
to be. Suddenly, the goal was at hand. Within reach. I got it. My first
big byline! I beat out all the other reporters at the scene and the
paper printed my story. MINE!
So… there I was drinking coffee and reading my story. My headline! GEORGIE PORGIE PUDDING AND DIE by me, Susan Weston. Word for word just the way I’d written it. I’d been first on the murder scene the night before, even before the coppretty good look at the body. Turned out to be a guy I knew from the neighborhood. Not a sight I’m likely to forget. It made me feel good that my story got printed. This was my big chance. Things were going to change now. No more fluff pieces for me. And then s, so I got a everything went haywire. The phone rang. Of course I answered. The voice on the other end sent goosebumps up my arm, down my spine, and chills down to my toes. Read More
No Sale is Ever Final
A few years ago, my husband and I went to the British Isles with our travel buddies. On our last day, in Scotland, my husband and I sat on a bench in a large, shady, treed park, a perfect place for gazing up at mighty Edinburgh Castle.
As our thoughts turned to going home, we shifted into souvenir and “thank you” gift mode. Jenners is the oldest department store in Edinburgh and is short walk from the park. My husband and I decided to explore the store and separated to look on our own. Read More
I’m thrilled to be here at RomCon® today to chat about my debut novel, Lowcountry Boil! I love introducing Liz Talbot to new folks, though bless her heart, she’s had her hands full lately. In Lowcountry Boil, Liz has to come to terms with the one who got away—her obsession with Michael Devlin, her True Love. Regrettably, Michael married Liz’s cousin, Marci the Schemer. Now, of course, there were extenuating circumstances, you understand—like Marci’s made-up pregnancy—but still, most folks in Stella Maris, Liz’s home town, will tell you that she should have gotten over all of that years ago. Read More
Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony for Christmas this year. Besides receiving the upsetting news that Santa Claus was only make-believe (Tommy Farley had popped that beloved bubble several weeks ago), Lucy had been assured by Mama in no uncertain terms that she was not getting a pony—and furthermore, Lucy had no business asking for such nonsense. “You might as well ask me to buy you the moon,” Mama firmly told her at the dinner table.“ Read More
Everyone has a story. I have a
story about a neighbor and a shotgun and another neighbor’s dog – and
soon after that, the neighbor with the shotgun tried to get elected to
the town board. Now, that was scary.
I could tell you about other neighbors. Stories that are sad, scary, happy and funny. And family members... My family has STORIES! I won’t tell these stories here for obvious reasons (such as not wanting to be sued and not wanting my relatives to stop talking to me). Instead I’m telling stories of residents of a tiny Wisconsin village in my new Miracle Interrupted series. Read More
It’s like coming home…Why series are so great! by Elisabeth Barrett
I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. I don’t get back there as often as I’d like, but every time I do return, it’s as if time has stood still. No matter how long I’ve been away, the town never changes.
I ride through the center of town to check out which stores are the same and which are different. Although some shops close and are replaced by new ones, they all still have a similar feel. The bagger at the village market still gives me a wink at checkout, and the library still has that stone hippopotamus out front that all the kids love to climb on. Read More
I was recently in a discussion about desires and goals. The question was asked: Are desires and goals one in the same? I don’t think they are. I desired to be a published author. I dreamed of it, wished for it, worked for it. That desire was out there just at the tip of my fingers. In order to capture my desire, I had to actively move toward it. Create a plan. That’s where my goals came in. Goals are what I used to reach my desire. I set a word count for each day, or a page count. I planned to have the book done in X number of weeks so my critique partners could review it. My book contract states I have to have my manuscript in on a certain day. Read More
My books THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER and NANNY FOR THE MILLIONAIRE’S TWINS have stirred up a lot of discussion among my readers. For the first forty-five of my books I stayed on point. I write category romance, so I stuck with category romance hooks…or rich guy, cowboy, millionaire, doctor, baby, nanny, rancher, secretary, secret baby, etc. The same was true for books 46 and 47, a duet about brothers who reunite after fifteen years apart. THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER, obviously has a secret daughter. Read More
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