THE COMFORT AND DISCOMFORT OF BOOKS
Comfort books remind me of comfort food. They’re tried and true volumes I consume when I’m (1) bored, (2) depressed, (3) lazy, (4) ill, (5) sick of humanity in its violent/evil guises, (6) sweltering in hot weather.
Since five of the previous six applied to me in the last several weeks, I plunged into a favorite space opera series. Lolling on the bed nearly all day, maintaining consciousness primarily through slurping coffee, I revisited a fantasy world in which good guys win. What could be more fantastic than that?
The triumph of good guys is also a hallmark of romances—they end happily. Whether crammed full of overt sex, or, like the variety I write, content with passionate kisses coupled with emotion, romances are favorite comfort books. Comfort books, like comfort food, meet expectations, frequently are indulged in with regularity, and create a nostalgic or warm sentiment in the person devouring them.
I thought I’d created the term “comfort books” until I went hunting online. I found a number of writers boast familiarity with this approach to reading. So much for originality. Still it’s reassuring to find cronies, to know I’m not the odd one out. Read More
THE COMFORT AND DISCOMFORT OF BOOKS
I saw a study once that said the three things that give people the most joy are:
3. Live theater
And my new book A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING has 2 out of the 3! What a deal!
But seriously, folks, live theater has an energizing quality to it because anything might happen. I've seen productions where props broke, skirts ripped, even one where a light bulb exploded over an audience member's head. I've been in productions where one of our actors fell asleep backstage and missed his cue, where the lead actress leaned against gum right before her cue and ruined her costume. (OK, that last one happened to me…seriously, who puts gum on something at shoulder height??)
But it's not just the bad stuff that makes theater magic, of course; a big part of the wonder is simply sharing the same space as the people performing. You aren't just watching dead performances on an electronic screen--you're breathing the same air as these people, feeling the same heat or chill. And that's what makes theater magic so contagious. Read More
“That’s him. Over there.” Hunter Collins recognized her new left fielder by the body language, posture, and raw physical power of a professional athlete.
“The guy in the plaid shirt?” The limo driver shook his head in doubt. “Are you sure? He doesn’t look like no baseball player. He’s too tall.”
Marco Santiago was indeed tall. And dark. And—she hated to admit, even to herself—incredibly handsome. The expert tailoring of his shirt emphasized his broad shoulders, long, strong arms, and slender waist. Dark denim hugged slim hips, clung to muscular thighs, and she’d put good money on what they did to his taut backside.
His tattered duffel bag was slung carelessly over his left shoulder. A small leather case lay at his feet. The casual observer might interpret his relaxed pose as lazy, bored, or perhaps a little worse for the wear. But she’d watched him on the field enough to know he could spring into action with panther-like reflexes at the crack of the bat. Read More
New Married Life and Publishing New Genre all at the same time.
To say this month or the past few months have been a whirlwind of activity is putting it mildly. No one explains how brides get wedding brain before the wedding. Small details became important. Writing took a back seat for a few months. I was getting married.
If you asked me before I met my now husband, I was known for quotes like this ‘I live in Miami and I’m not from here. I moved here and I’m not for the dating lifestyle. I guess I’ll be single forever and have my romance novels to keep on dreaming.’ Then I met my now husband, and my cynicism about marriage changed entirely.
Then I changed jobs, met my husband, and life sped up. I always said 2014 was my year after signing the first contract, and the truth is I’m looking forward to 2015 a lot too. 2014 has been amazing and I hope your year is going fast and it’s exciting too. I had signed contracts for books to be released this year, and I’m thrilled.
I call contemporary new. My first novel I ever wrote was a contemporary, but it was bad. To make the characters more believable, I just turned them into gods and called it a paranormal. Clearly I had a lot to learn. No wonder I had lots of rejections. Read More
How many hours are in your day? A measly 24? Do you ever wish there could be one or two extra squeezed in so that when the words are coming fast and furious you wouldn’t have to stop? Or that there would always be an extra minute to prepare a healthy, homemade dinner or shine the sink?
Even though I can’t give you more hours, I have a few suggestions to make the most of the ones you’ve got – both for you and your family.
A lot of times we want things to be perfect – both the words on the page, day jobs or what we do to support our family. Last week I had a bad night and couldn’t even pull it together to order carry out. We had a dinner of chicken nuggets, leftover pizza, carrot sticks and apple slices. And my kids and husband were so happy – nothing gourmet or fancy but we were all together and that’s what counts. It’s the same with writing – sometimes it’s just about putting the time in and getting the words down on the page. And even though you may not feel inspired, be happy and proud that you made it happen! Read More
DATE NIGHT: From broad concept to sustainable conflict!
BOOK BLURB: Jordan Billette faces the greatest challenge of her life - find her soul mate and get married before cancer takes Grannie away forever. Not dating? No problem. A dating service will turn up a soul mate. JT Murphy has been best friends with Jordan's brother for years. When he agrees to protect Jordan from unworthy dates at the restaurant where he waits tables, he gets more than he bargained for!
How to build sustainable conflict: As an avid reader growing up, I often wondered where authors got the ideas for their books. Once I became a writer myself, I realized it wasn’t the broad concept for a book that was difficult to develop, but rather how to take the concept and build a sustainable conflict between the hero and heroine.
The broad concept for Date Night was simple – I wanted to write a book about a woman who went on a series of hilarious dates. Why? Because in my mid thirties I used a dating service for one year and, as a result, had first hand experience with many outrageously funny dates. My friends and family often found my dating stories entertaining. And so the idea for a book was born. Read More
Here I am again to tell you about my latest book in the “HOW TO …” series of books –
‘How to Have an Amicable Divorce – a novel’.
It is the second in the series following ‘How to Have an Affair’ (released Feb 2014) but it can be read as a stand-alone title. I grew so attached to the characters in the first book that I knew I had to carry them on. ‘How to Have an Amicable Divorce’ contains the same five main characters but this time the story concentrates on Denizon Cartwright who had a much smaller role in the first book. Without giving too much away here is the
How to Have an Amicable Divorce Read More
Here is a sneak peek from BUSHWHACKED releasing today May 19th! In celebration, I'll be giving away a digital copy of BUSHWHACKED to a lucky commenter.
“Corkscrew?” she asked. Systematically she started opening one drawer after another.
“Give me that.” He took the bottle from her and pointed at the table with it. “Sit.”
“Fine.” She moved to the table and pulled out one of the chairs and sat where she could watch him. He quickly located a corkscrew and twisted it into the top of the bottle, his forearms flexing with the action. Who knew that the simple action of opening a bottle of wine could make her mouth go dry? It had nothing to do with thirst, either.
He grabbed two mugs, filled them with wine, and set one in front of her, before gulping deep from his. Read More
Thanks for inviting me to guest blog today and I’m so excited to be telling you about my new book “How to Have an Affair.”
The book was originally going to be called ‘The Greatest Gift’ but one day when I was out walking my dogs the new title came to me and from then on it was called “How to Have an Affair” – which you have to agree catches your eye. I had to add novel after the title as some people thought it was a workbook giving you tips on how to be unfaithful to your partner (which it isn’t!)
I’ll let the blurb tell you what the book is about.
How to Have an Affair
Have you ever been attracted to someone you shouldn’t?
Were you prepared to risk everything?
Robyn Fisher is a frustrated, busy, working mum and wife who feels that life is passing her by – that is until she meets charismatic psychologist, Jay Trethedick, at a weekend seminar. Despite the instant attraction, Robyn resists Jay’s advances only to surrender to temptation a week later and they begin an intense and passionate love affair. But when the lovers start taking increasingly dangerous risks, Robyn’s husband discovers the truth and walks out, destroying Robyn’s world. Read More
Chasing Love’s Wings – Press Kit
Title: Chasing Love’s Wings
Series: Love’s Wings 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance /Contemporary Erotica
Age: Mature Audiences over the age of 18 who enjoy Tattoos and piercings.
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Pre-Order available on:
Add to your TBR on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18324044-chasing-love-s-wings
Everything in Cameron Enders' life feels like a dream since she took a trip to a remote island where she met Tristan Michaels, Hollywood's hottest man. Tristan never imagined that his get-away vacation would change his life and his heart. Read More
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