Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation the Romance Novel - Part 12 Dialog #writingtips

Okay now you've gone through your manuscript and it's time to polish that baby of yours. So first we're going to look at dialog again.

Now as you look at it you need to ask yourself these questions:

1.) Does your dialog represent your character properly? Are these words what your character would truly say? Are you using the unique thinking or figure of speech of your character?

2.) Does it help the conflict?

3.) Is it fun? Is the banter quick/clever? Or is it kind of boring?

4.) Does it move the plot along? Does it give necessary information without being a data dump?

5.) Is it filled with emotion from your character? Does it show their state of mind?

6.) Does your action tags/tags stay in your characters POV?

I hope everyone in the USA has a Happy Thanksgiving - those in Canada a belated Happy Thanksgiving and to the rest of the world peace in your life,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Welcome my Newest Guest! Theophilia St. Claire! @theoStClaire

I want to welcome Theophilia St. Claire First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Hi! I'm Theo, author of M/M fiction and erotica. I live with my amazing family in the South, and I love anime, TV shows, yaoi, cats, and chocolate. In no particular order. I'm still relatively new to the publishing world, and I'm looking forward to hitting some Best Seller lists.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release, Three-Way Weekend, is also my first solo release! It's gay ménage, and a very erotic story about Jeremy and Ethan, a couple who want to try a threesome for the first time. However, Jeremy isn't really into the idea until they meet Javier, a sexy stranger from Spain. Jeremy becomes really conflicted because he lusts after Javier, but he still can't let go of his beliefs about what he thinks infidelity is. There's jealousy, insecurities, three sexy men, partying, and of course, lots of sex.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

Really tough question to answer. I've seen a lot of awesome villains over the years, but as of late, I'm kind of obsessing over the Biskit Twins from Littlest Pet Shop. They're just so incredibly nasty and mean, so privileged, and literally think the whole world revolves around them. I love the way they talk, and how fashionable they are when they're treating people like the dirt beneath their heels. Let's just say that if I were a mean girl, I'd want to be a Biskit.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

I love all my characters but Koji definitely takes favorite spot right now. I'm currently working on the story he appears in, and he's so desirable. He can have almost any man he wants on their knees. Koji is confident to the point of arrogance, cool, and totally owns the fact he's a "slut."

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write gay erotica, mostly M/M. I have no clue why I started writing in this genre. Ever since I was little, I've liked the idea of two males together. Maybe it was the forbidden or taboo aspect of it. Now that I think about it, it seems more appropriate to say the genre chose me.

4.) What are you working on now?

I am working on an erotic story about sex, obsession, and other questionable themes. And yes, it does include Koji.

5.) What got you to start writing?

When I was eleven, one of my favorite shows didn't end the way I wanted it to. So I decided to re-write the ending. I've loved writing since. Only recently did I look into getting published.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. Dreams, conversations I overhear, books I've read, movies I've watched, songs I've listened to, or sometimes they just seem to come to me out of nowhere.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

Probably my age ;)

8.) Do you have any special talents?

Not that I know of.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

"Write, write, write." Sometimes I procrastinate. Sometimes, I even want to do other things and make excuses. But then I remember that if I'm not writing, no one will ever read my stories.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Acheron Parthenopaeus from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. He's ancient and he knows everything, so we'd talk about life, history, and I'd love to do a compare/contrast between living as a paranormal and living as a human. He's also very easy on the eyes, too.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Raul Ferrando - Yearning

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

A cat, for sure.

Title: Three-Way Weekend

Lovers Jeremy Taylor and Ethan Mercer are looking for something different on Friday night—a complete stranger to take home for a steamy ménage. Well, Ethan's looking. Jeremy isn't too fond of the idea. He only agrees because it's what Ethan wants and Jeremy loves to please his lover.
When they spot Javier Cervantes, a sexy stranger from Spain, even Jeremy finds him irresistible. But Jeremy will have to put aside his feelings of jealousy and insecurity long enough to have a good time and he's not sure he can.

Author: Theophilia St. Claire

Author Bio: I am a writer of steamy M/M fiction! I'm a Southern girl with a love for writing, reading, and roleplaying. I probably watch too much anime, and I'm somewhat of a nerd. I like my fiction dark and sexy. The darker, the better.

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Publisher: Fireborn Publishing

Midtown Miami's hottest venue, The Stage, was packed as usual on Friday nights. A local band played reggae music while everyone jammed and swayed to the beat. Jeremy and Ethan sat at the bar with chilled shots of Patron. Fortunately, they had a great view of the band. The eclectic, but small bar had minimal seating capacity. Those who arrived late sat outside.
"Hey, Jer, you're being watched."
Jeremy Taylor turned his head to look, only to be stopped by Ethan's strong grip on his forearm.
His lover grinned. "Don't look. You're too obvious."
Jeremy sipped his drink, savoring the smooth liquid sliding down his throat. "How do you expect me to check out the goods if I can't even look?"
Huddled beneath the mood lights, they didn't need to yell over the band's pumping music. Jeremy imagined how they looked--two tall, muscled guys in leather jackets, close enough to kiss, and whispering as if sharing the world's secrets.
The thought made him smile. Or maybe the alcohol had loosened him up. He was already on his third shot of Patron.
"I'll tell you," Ethan said. His gray eyes gleamed with mischief. "Tall, dark, and sexy. Long hair. Ethnic."
Jeremy frowned. "You sound like you're reading from a menu."
"I want him on my menu."
Ignoring Ethan, Jeremy turned to look. Across the room, on a plush, tan couch next to graffiti art paintings, sat the poster man for his wet dreams.
Just like Ethan described: long, black hair cascaded past the newcomer's shoulders, brushing smooth dark tanned skin. The man's muscles rippled beneath tight, denim jeans, and a muscle shirt. The way he sat, with his legs spread casually, showed off an impressive bulge. Jeremy's dick twitched as heat flooded his groin.
"You can pick your jaw up off the floor, lover." Ethan's mocking voice snapped him back to reality. "I take it you like?"
Hell, yes.
"Why did I let you talk me into this again?" Despite the stranger's oozing attraction, Jeremy wasn't too gung-ho about this three-way idea.
In his mind, cheating was cheating. Even if his lover happened to be on the other side of the bed.
Jeremy had reluctantly agreed because he lived to please Ethan. And Ethan always got his way.
Ethan downed another shot. "You're indulging me. You know a ménage is my ultimate fantasy, and you're the conduit to making it a reality."
"I'm definitely indulging you," Jeremy said.
Ethan stood before him, close enough Jeremy could taste the sweetness of his alcohol-laced breath. "Jer, you know I won't do this if you're not up for it. And it's okay. I completely, absolutely, one-hundred and ten percent understand why you wouldn't be."
Yeah, right. The moment he refused to fulfill Ethan's fantasy, he'd make Jeremy regret it.
"Fuck it." Jeremy finished his shot in one gulp.
Ethan grinned. "Yes, let's. Though I think 'him' would fit better at the end of that sentence."
The band switched to another song, a reggaeton number that got the crowd on their feet dancing. Ethan glided through them, his body fluid while moving along to the music. Jeremy followed, still uneasy about this whole thing. He'd never picked up a random guy from a bar when he was single.
Doing it now with his monogamous lover of five years was awkward as shit.
Once they came to a stop at the sectioned-off couches, Jeremy's resolve weakened.
"Mind if we sit here? Bar's kinda full," Ethan said.
The guy chuckled, staring up at them with dark, hooded eyes. He was exotic with chiseled features and a killer smile. Jeremy wanted to feel those teeth in his skin, hard enough to leave imprints.
"Please, sit," he said with a Spanish accent. Jeremy swallowed hard. Ever since he'd studied abroad in Europe, he'd grown a thing for accents.
"I think we will. Won't we, Jeremy?"
Jeremy hesitated. He locked his baby blues on the pair of dark eyes looking back at him. Jeremy wanted him. And he wasn't comfortable with that.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Writing down the Bones: Story Constructiom and Evaluation The Romance Novel Part 11 The Resolution #writingtips

I know I know it's about time I posted on this handout again. I plan on explaining what has caused me to be so bad at posting in a day or two.

I'm working off the handout written by Janice Bennett titled Writing the Popular Novel. Now we're going to talk about how to look at your resolution during the editing process.

1.) Have you concluded all of your conflicts?

2.) Have you made your climax satisfying? Have you pulled on your reader's emotions?

3.) This one I just copied because I feel she worded this one perfectly. Have you taken advantage of any poetic justice?

4.) Are there any loose ends you missed before the romance between your hero ad heroine is resolved?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Welcome my Latest Guest Andrea R. Cooper! #amwriting @andrearcooper

I want to welcome Andrea R. Cooper! First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Hi everyone, I’m Andrea. Full-time wife/mom and writer whenever I can squeeze it in. I’m addicted to Game of Thrones, Chai Lattes, and Zumba.

Tell us about your latest release.

Fairy Trouble is a short story paranormal romance and a retelling of the Cinderella story in a modern setting with a twist. Cindy doesn’t want to go to the ball or meet the ‘prince’. So her newly appointed Fairy Godmother takes her place and that’s just the beginning of the troubles.

This story is bundled along with three other fabulous fairy-tale retellings.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time. I love how the writers of the show not only tweak the fairytales, but show why this villain does things. She also has a good/vulnerable side and shows not everyone is entirely evil…or good for that matter.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

Celeste from The Legends of Oblivion series. Even though she faced adversity and pain, she didn’t let it define who she was or how she treated others. She has an inner strength that is refreshing.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write lots of genres. My favorite are fantasy/ paranormal romance and historical romance. I’ve always been drawn to reading those type of books. I love learning new things about history, yet I enjoy the freedom of creating worlds in fantasy/ paranormal books.

4.) What are you working on now?

I’ve several projects that I work on because I’ve found it helps to avoid the dreaded writer’s block. If one story fizzles out or I can’t get inspired, I move onto another. Sometimes I write a chapter or two in one story, then hop over to another.

Currently, here’s my list:
·         Tainted Book 3 of the Claimed series
·         Untitled – Book 2.5 of the Claimed series
·         War of Darkness Book 3 Legends of Oblivion series
·         Viking Blaze – Book 2 Viking Fire series

5.) What got you to start writing?

I’ve always created characters and story, just acted them out with friends and neighborhood kids. But even though I grew up and life happened, these stories never went away and new ones kept filling my thoughts, so I started writing.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. An idea, a dream, a snatch of conversation. Viking Fire came from finding out the name Lochlann was Gaelic for Viking.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

That I don’t typically read mystery or suspense unless it is high-level. Too often, I figure out who-did-it before the half-way point in the book and I like to be surprised. So it has to be a really good book.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I used to choreograph dance routines for me and my friends. And I can typically remember everything that was said in a conversation, especially if there was a great significance to the communication.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

The best advice I received was to keep writing. I don’t know of any authors who wrote one draft of their first manuscript and were instantly published.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Grace O’Malley – Irish pirate who never lost a battle. I’d interview her and find out how she was so successful and what it was like to meet Queen Elizabeth.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Stronger (What doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

A tiger. They are one of my favorite animals.

Fairy Trouble Blurb:
Esmeralda has a chance to become a permanent Fairy Godmother…if she doesn’t botch her last test. However Cindy, her new charge, doesn’t want to go to the ball.
Ryan has until midnight on his birthday to pull his bakery into the black or lose it. When he meets an intriguing blue-haired beauty, he can’t decide if she’s real or a con.
Getting the prince to fall in love with Cindy was supposed to be easy, but toss in a fairy and nothing goes as planned.

Page 13 excerpt – Fairy Trouble
The woman stood staring open-mouthed for a moment, blinked several times, then rushed away pushing the stroller. Oops, did it again! Esmeralda flicked her wand and removed the last few minutes of the woman’s memory. The lady stopped, looked around, then shook her head, and continued down the path. “Now that that’s settled, let’s get you ready for the ball.” Although the ball was still hours away, of course, Esmeralda clucked her tongue. “Doesn’t hurt to be prepared ahead of time.” And I might just be able to go smell that amazing man—I mean, bakery—again.
“Did my stepmother put you up to this?” Cindy stood, and the chair toppled over. “Tell her some fancy magician will not make me go to the party. It’ll be full of rich, stuffy people.”
“But you have to go.” There were no second chances, no do-overs. It had to be that ball with him and Cindy, before midnight this Thursday—or nothing. This should have been a slam-dunk assignment. But now she wondered if the council and Fanny had given her a difficult task to prove herself worthy.
Cindy snapped her fingers. “Why don’t you go in my place?”
“W-what?” The idea held some appeal. Esmeralda could see Ryan again and be dressed to make him drool, and his arms could be around her as they danced. Wait, dance with a human? What was wrong with her? Was it just because he smelled so good that she wanted to be near him? Fairies didn’t love or marry each other. If a fairy fell in love with a human, he or she would have to give up immortality and become human.
Esmeralda’s gut clenched. Fairies had no choice in their futures or dreams. It was like being locked in a position at birth with no hope of a career change. How many times had she wanted to live with the humans and experience everything they did? To taste fresh, warm bread and not puke it up half an hour later? To kiss? And that brought back the image of the handsome baker, and she shivered, wanting to know if his lips tasted sweeter than nectar. If she traded places with Cindy …

Andrea’s Bio: Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes contemporary romance suspense, fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba or chasing her two youngest kids through the park.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Meet my Latest Guest: Barbara Donlon Bradley...wait a minute me? Again? @barbbradley #amwriting

I want to welcome me! Barbara Donlon Bradley! First I’d love you to re-introduce yourself.

Tell us about your latest release.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite author? Do you feel you write like them?

I do have a lot – one of my favorites is Johanna Lindsey. I’d like to think I do write like her. My writing is lighthearted and humorous.

2.) What was your favorite book growing up?

Gosh there were so many but the one that I loved so much that I started rewriting it word for word because I couldn’t find a copy to buy was the Faraway Lurs. It was my first love story and made me an avid reader.

3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?

I’m a pantser. I still plot out but not on paper. It’s all in my head. I’ve also been known to just sit down and write with nothing more than a thought. The plot comes to me as I write. I didn’t choose this method. It chose me.

4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?

It is a career for me. This is something I want to do full time and for the rest of my life. I find I must write. When I don’t I get a little crazy.

5.) What are you working on now?

I’m working on the tenth book of my series The Vespian Way. Heather and Storm are at it again! I also have a werewolf story I want to take out of mothballs and polish. I’ve worked on it a little over the summer but haven’t gotten as far as I wanted.

6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?

Sit down and try to write every day. Even if you only write a sentence you’ve written something. That will start to add up over time and a lot of times you’ll find you’ll write more than you planned.

7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?

Start writing earlier. I found my passion for writing when I was older partially because I didn’t think I could publish and look at me now. Always believe in yourself and your talent.

8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?

I would update my charm bracelet. I started it when I sold my first book I have heart charms with the title of my books on one side and the date they were published on the other. I have six on it right now and have a lot more to add.

9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?

I think it would be bras. I hate them…and pantyhose…

10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?

I am a huge Star Trek fan. I have all the shows and the movies but I’m also a big Planet of the Apes fan. I have all of the movies and the series as well…this includes the cartoon series. Can you day geek?

Someone keeps altering the timeline and only Sam and Skye are aware of the change. The culprit doesn’t want Heather and Storm together, yet they keep finding each other, no matter how many times it is changed. Everything needs to be righted and the person messing with it needs to be stopped. It’s up to Sam and Skye to get things back the way it should be.

Their ship landed in the cave they used as their tarmac. Fridon stepped up to them the moment they disembarked.

“Reasta has attacked another one of our posts.” He led them to the main computer room, where everything that had been going on was up and viewable. “We keep moving them and she keeps finding them.”

“How many people have we lost?” asked Heather as she studied the data.

“Five so far.”

Heather swore under her breath. She hated losing their soldiers. “And her people are still attacking?”

“Yes, we can’t stop them.”

Heather turned to Bert. “I’m sorry, but you’re sort of trapped here until we can stop her.”

“Then let me see what I can do to help you end this.”

“Thank you.” Heather turned to her mate. “Storm, each person we lose – ”
“What the hell?” Skye ran his hands over the control panel, trying to get a response. Any response. All the power in the ship went out for a second before it powered back up. Now everything worked fine. He wondered what caused that.

“That was odd.” Sam ran a few tests. She looked at him. “Everything seems to be fine now.”

Skye slowed their ship down as they got close to Vespian space. Protocol needed to be followed and he knew who would be the one yelling at him if he didn’t follow it. He sent the proper message and waited for clearance. They’d figure out what happened to the ship once they landed. “I wish I knew what caused that. I’ve never had any trouble with this ship before.”

“We’ll check with Bert once we’re through.” Sam sat in the copilot seat. She pressed a few buttons and cupped her ear. “Skye, security is contacting us.”

“That’s odd.” He activated the communication system. “This is Skye Latimer.”

“What is the purpose for your visit?”

“Purpose?” He looked at Sam. Why were they asking that? “We’re returning home.”

“We have no record of your citizenship.” And they cut the line.

“What are they talking about? Sam leaned forward. “I’ll get them back.”

“Wait.” He reached out and took her hand in his. “I don’t want to end up in a jail while we try to figure out what happened. Let’s leave like we’re supposed to, and once we’re out of their radar, we’ll come back and use the ship’s cloaking device to go to Bert’s ship. He’ll have the answers for us.”

Bio: Barbara Donlon Bradley’s writing started innocently enough, she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but her vivid imagination had her writing scenes and short stories, adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on the passion for writing became too strong to ignore. Humor dominates her life. Writing something deep and dark, will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she’s learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – whose 88 now, her husband and son.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

All hallows Eve @barbbradley #Halloween

I didn't schedule an author this time because of Halloween ... oh and yesterday was my birthday.

Today is All Hallows Eve, The day before All Souls Day. The day where the veil between the dead and the living is the thinnest.

Some people believe Halloween was created by the candy companies but the holiday has been around for centuries. My son just informed me it's the 666th anniversary of All Hallows Eve. I believe the candy companies figured out this would be a way to benefit and viola Halloween was born.

All Hallows Eve was originally a harvest festival known as Samhain, a Celtic holiday. Having Irish blood I consider myself Celtic. I've also been told I have druid blood in me so maybe that's why I like the holiday so much, or maybe I like it because it's so close to my birthday. When I tell people my birthday is Oct 30 I hear 'oh that's Halloween' a lot. I laugh and say 'no, I'm a prewitch' since I'm born the day before.

I do love this time of year. The crispness of the air, the changing of the leaves fills me with such joy and I need that right now. I've been watching all my favorite Halloween movies and waiting for the kids in the neighborhood to start trick-or-treating. I love their costumes and their happy faces. The best part, of course, is the left over candy. I try not to eat too much of it, but I always buy what I like so anything left over is for the family.

I think it's one of the reasons I love writing paranormal, fantasy, and SF. I always look for something in the shadows. My brain is wired to ask what if with a twist. Maybe it's my love for the holiday or my druid blood. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Welcome my latest Guest N.N. Light!

I want to welcome N. N. Light. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

My name is MRS N aka N. N. Light and I have been creating stories ever since I was little. My grandfather remembers when I was two years old, I would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with my hands on my hips. Let’s just say I was a born storyteller. I am an author, blogger, book promoter/reviewer, freelance writer and social media marketer. I'm blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is a contemporary romance novella titled, Planting the Seeds of Love. It's the story of Sally Rayton, torn between two men: Jack (her childhood friend who loves working side-by-side with her on the farm) and Trevor (her city boyfriend). She must follow her heart and choose between her life in the city with Trevor or her country life with Jack.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

Oooh, great question. My favorite villain (not including my own beloved Than from my debut novel, Princess of the Light) has got to be Dracula. I love how powerful, twisted and romantic he is from the beginning. The mythology of Dracula goes back a long way so that appeals to my historical self. I love that even though he's a monster and takes advantage of weak minds, he still loves like you and me. Love conquers all, even the undead.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

My favorite character out of Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella is Jack. He's the childhood friend of Sally and has loved her ever since they were little. He was such fun to write because while he's trying to be the best friend Sally needs, his unrequited for her overtakes his logical brain. He's the sexy guy-next-door with a heart of gold every woman craves.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I normally write paranormal romance but Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella is my first foray into the contemporary romance genre. I was nervous, at first, because I've never written without paranormal elements before.

I picked contemporary romance because I was in a bit of a rut, writing-wise. I wanted to try something new and this is the result. I loved sharing Sally's story and I'm now hooked on writing contemporary romance novellas.

4.) What are you working on now?

I'm in the middle of writing book two in my Princess of the Light series. I'm also brainstorming a contemporary romance Christmas novella.

5.) What got you to start writing?

I was born. Seriously, I've been writing ever since I was little and it's a part of me, like breathing. I've had this ability to write and tell stories since I was young but it took me thirty years to figure out what to do with this gift. It's been my dream to be a published author and I can't image what else I'd rather be doing.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

I free-write a lot and that is the best place I get my ideas from. I also write flash fiction using a writing prompt. In fact, the bare bones of Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella came from a flash fiction I wrote back in March 2015.

Besides that, story ideas come from people and circumstances around me. I find inspiration in the everyday and my loved ones know they're fair game for a future book. *smiles*

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I have stage fright. Put a microphone in front of me and I'm a mess. I stammer and stutter my way through. I'm much better writing a speech than performing it. Thus, writing and book promotion are my natural abilities.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I love to bake. I love trying new recipes and even creating my own. I make everything from bread to cookies to desserts.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

My writing mentor, Josh Pahigian, told me this valuable advice: when the road gets rough (whether writing or promoting), keep going. Being an author is a marathon, not a sprint.

I've had a lot of obstacles and mishaps in my writing/publishing career. There were circumstances where it seemed impossible to go on and I contemplated giving up. Then I remembered what my mentor said and I kept going.

The road is rocky and the statistics are stacked against authors to be successful. There will be times when you want to give up but those who stay the course are the ones who overcome adversity and are successful.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would love to talk with Agatha Christie. I'm one of her biggest fans and I would love to sit down with her for a chat (with tea, of course). I'd pick her brain on creating complex characters and being a female author in a male-dominated profession. She did things her way and I love that about her.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

"Takin' Care of Business" by Bachman- Turner Overdrive
You get up every morning
From your 'larm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I've been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime
Work out

If it were easy as fishin'
You could be a musician
If you could make sounds loud or mellow
Get a second-hand guitar
Chances are you'll go far
If you get in with the right bunch of fellows
People see you having fun
Just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid
And we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day
And we be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
We be been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

I've thought about this a lot and my first thought was a penguin. But truthfully, I hate the cold and that wouldn't be much fun for me. So, I think I's like to be a lioness. I get to hunt, take care of my family and lay around in the sun. Yup, sounds like a good life to me. *grins*

Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, New Adult Romance

Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.

Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather's estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.

Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.

Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather's dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.

When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack's embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.

"Jack, thank you so much for the lift into town," a woman replied behind Sally. "Let's grab some lunch before we shop."
Sally froze. She stared at Linda who shook her head. What was Jack doing with a woman in town?
"Here, let me take your coat, Emma," Jack said.
Emma? mouthed Sally to Linda.
"She's the daughter of Lonnie and Mary Beth." Linda gave Emma the look-over and scoffed. "She can't be a day over sixteen."
"What do I do?" Sally panicked. Normally she didn't care what Jack did or who he went off with. Curiosity got the better of her and she turned around.
Emma stood five foot three with curly blonde hair and innocent green eyes. Her figure was slim with curves in all the right places. Sally narrowed her eyes as Emma stood on tiptoe to kiss Jack on the cheek.
Fuming, Sally turned around. Linda chuckled.
"You better tone down your jealousy, darlin'. You're shooting darts everywhere."
Sally gritted her teeth.
"I'm not jealous. If Jack wants school girls kissing him, what do I care?" She took a deep drink of her coffee, draining the cup. She slammed it down.
"Simmer down, here they come," whispered Linda. She waved to Jack while Sally swore under her breath.
"Well, fancy meeting you two here," Jack drawled.
Without looking up Sally retorted, "I told you I was coming into town today."
Linda kicked Sally's leg under the table. Sally plastered a smile across her face, greeting Jack and Emma.
"Yes, what a coincidence." Sally noticed Emma looping her arm in Jack's and snuggling closer.
"I was on my way into town to pick up those parts we ordered for the tractor when I ran into Emma walking by herself in the snow." Jack smiled. Emma squeezed his arm.
"He pulled over and offered me a lift into town. Isn't he a gentleman?" cooed Emma. Jack patted her hand.
Sally's chest constricted at the sight of the two of them acting all couple-y. She stared into his twinkling eyes. Oh God, is he laughing at me? Emma can't have him. He's mine. Wait what?
"So," Linda broke the strained silence. "I have to go powder my nose. Emma, would you care to join me?"
"What's that?" Emma looked confused.
Linda laughed. "It's the bathroom, dear sweet child." She stood up, untangled Emma from Jack and guided Emma away from the table.
Jack sat down.
"What's with you today?" he asked.
"Nothing." Sally cleared her throat.
He raised an eyebrow.
"Really!" A few diners turned to stare. Sally flushed with embarrassment. She didn't mean to talk so loud. She looked everywhere except in Jack's direction.
Jack observed Sally as she fidgeted, first with her coffee cup then with the silverware. His gaze unnerved her and she practically jumped out of her chair when he placed a hand over hers. Electricity flew up her arm while warmth filled her core. Butterflies raced around her stomach, only she didn't feel sick; she pulsed with life, like never before.
"Sally...look at me."
Sally shook her head.
"You'll only laugh at me."
Jack's thumb caressed her hand gently, causing her breath to hitch.
"You know I'd never laugh at you. Laugh with you, definitely, but never at you."
Sally lifted her gaze to meet Jack's loving eyes. He slid his fingers between hers, never breaking eye contact. Sparks flew between them. He moistened his lips with a flick of his tongue. Her gaze dropped to his lips.
"Please tell me. I'm begging you," he whispered.
Unable to think clearly through the fog of desire, Sally tilted her head to one side. Her skin vibrated with heat while her nerve-endings jumped at the slightest caress.
"Tell you what?" she whispered. Her throat dry, her breathing shallow, she wet her lips with her tongue. She was under a spell and everything fell away except for Jack's passionate eyes.
"Tell me what my wasted heart needs to hear." His eyes flashed. "Tell me Emma made you jealous."
Sally started to nod but Emma interrupted.
"What are you guys talking about in hushed tones? Crops and stuff?"
Jack groaned. He dropped Sally's hand as if it burned him, causing the water glasses to jostle.

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Author Bio: N. N. Light has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let's just say she was a born storyteller.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Welcome My Latest Guest Daryl Devore!

I want to welcome Daryl Devore. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Hi. *waves at everyone* I’m Daryl Devore and erotic romance writer. I’m Canadian and while I love my country – our winters are just too long and too cold! I love to travel and to shop.

Tell us about your latest release.

FL.E.S.H. is an erotic billionaire story full of confusions, plot twists, humour and a lot of love.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?  

Lord Voldemort – from the Harry Potter series (in case there was somebody on the planet who didn’t know that). He so enjoyed being evil. He made being evil look fun.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

By chance, it’s Peyton Lang from FL.E.S.H. AT this moment, particularly because of one certain author, billionaires are type cast and all into BDSM. I dislike jumping on bandwagons. My billionaire came from a poorer background and worked his way to wealth, but never lost his humanity and compassion.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

Erotic romance. In truth – I write romance with heat. I didn’t choose this genre. It was chosen. Confused?? I wrote a romance. Someone suggested I heat it up. I almost died of embarrassment. I can’t write that stuff. What if my mother reads it?!?!?!?  But I gave it a go and ta da, I’m an erotic romance writer with 6 books published.

4.) What are you working on now?

Well, I want to finish a book I started a couple of years ago. It’s currently called Book With No Title - because I’m horrible at titles and I can’t figure out what to call it. It’s 3/4 done. I don’t write in the summer. Canadians summers are too short to sit inside all day. So now that it’s fall, I’m getting ready to jump back in to writing – only – another story is suddenly bumbling around inside my head. It’s another billionaire story.

5.) What got you to start writing?

Nothing. I just am. Writing stories or essays in school came naturally to me. I could never understand why my friends all groaned and moaned when we were assigned one. I just sat down and wrote it. I’ve since discovered many, many people have trouble putting their thoughts onto paper.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Sometimes they are handed to me. Sexy Red Hood – a twisted fairy tale. My publisher was doing a promotion and wanted fairy tales with a twist. I picked Little Red Riding Hood. Brace for Impact, from the Crashing into Love anthology. All the stories are based around a plane crash. And the book with no title, my husband and I were driving somewhere and a song came on the radio and the next thing I knew I had my laptop on my lap and 3 chapters written. Luckily my hubby recognizes me in writing mode and he just kept driving and didn’t speak to me. It seems he stopped at a MacDonalds and got me a Diet Coke which I drank and I don’t remember any of it – I was that involved in the idea.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I am the shyest person around. Twenty people in a room and I’m the last one you’d pick to be the erotic romance writer.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I’m really good at eating all the chocolate in the room.
9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Just send it in. You can edit the life out of your story. It is never perfect. That was quite a shock to me. I reread my first story a “hundred” times. Critique partners looked at it and so on. After it was accepted for publication, I figured that was it. But then it came back from edits. It looked like a scene from a teenage slasher movie. It dripped red. It survived edits and, obviously, was published. But even now, when I go back to get an excerpt for an interview or blog post – I still find something I wish I would have written differently.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I’d love to sit down, put my feet up and have a chat with the Queen. I’d ask her things like – have you ever had take-out pizza?  (Brits call it take-away.) Have you ever snuck out of the palace and just had a day like a regular person? Of all the famous people she’s met – who was the dorkiest?

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

It’s an oldie – Forever in Blue Jeans by Neil Diamond. Because 90% of my wardrobe is what I can wear with my blue jeans.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

A cat. I could spend all day curled up in the sun then go get dinner handed to me then go curl up by the wood stove. Rough life.

FL. E. S. H.
FLame's Electrifying Sexy Heat

When secrets conflict with dreams, love explodes.

After a mistake by a surgeon’s scalpel shattered Fuchsia Quinn's dance career, she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward. As the owner of a small, struggling dance school in a depressed neighborhood she supplements her income with a late night job at a dive bar. Haunted by the fear of humiliation, if her secret is revealed, her life was under control until the night he walked into the bar.

Peyton Lang, having run from a bad neighborhood, lives the lifestyle of a successful billionaire. Frustrated that his current multi-million dollar project is stalled, Peyton drops in to LEATHER-ICIOUS for a simple drink and late night entertainment. What he saw was a beautiful redhead. What he found was he wanted her.

After a lusty night with a hot pole dancer, Peyton and Fuchsia's worlds are about to collide.

As they wandered along the trail, Fuchsia chatted about her childhood, her loving parents, helping milk the cows and deliver the calves. In the shadows of the forest, her face glowed with contentment as she relived her youth. Peyton listened, absorbing the knowledge. One side of him wondered how to use this information to get her to agree to his plan. The other side wondered how to get her to love him. Their kiss had been hot. At that moment, he could have taken her. She was willing. Damn dog. Now, she'd changed to a friend, chatting about her life.

But whatever this was between them, it was different. She wasn't the same as the women he met at dinners. Their forced interest and bored demeanors were pitiful attempts at snagging his attention. Fuchsia simply talked, and he willingly listened.

Spartacus stopped and whimpered. He lifted his nose. Fuchsia griped Peyton's arm. Pride flowed through him. She wanted his protection. He stood still and listened. He heard nothing.

"Stay here." He looked at the dog. "Spartacus, lie down. Stay." Fuchsia sat on a nearby log and tapped her thigh. The dog glanced at Peyton. "Okay." Spartacus raced over and lay against Fuchsia's leg, pinning it to the fallen tree.

Peyton dropped the backpack and dug out the air horn. "Press this. It's gonna be loud. But it'll scare anything off. I'm going that way. Gonna check out what scent he caught."

Fuchsia gripped his sleeve. Her eyes were wide. Fear danced in her gaze.

He patted her hand. "It's okay. I'm not going far, and look at him. He caught a scent, but he's not whimpering. So he's not scared."

Peyton moved off the path and headed in the direction of the cliff's edge. He knew it ran parallel to the path, but he wasn't sure how far away it was. He'd give it no more than five minutes. He wasn't leaving her alone long enough for her to get into trouble. And after listening to her escapades as a child, he knew she attracted trouble like honey drew a bear. He glanced left and right, maybe that wasn't a good analogy for the wilds of Alaska.

The cliff's edge appeared sooner than he expected. He crouched low and peered over it, looking into the ravine. At the bottom he saw a mother black bear and her two small cubs. No wonder Spartacus whimpered. He hurried back to Fuchsia. When he was close enough for her to hear, he shouted, "Come here." He waved, indicating she should join him. She stood, picked up the backpack and walked toward him. Spartacus stayed beside her.

"Keep your voice low." He reached into the pack and pulled out a leash, which he clipped to Spartacus's collar. "When I say get low, crouch down. I've got something pretty cool to show you." He held her hand and led the way back to the cliff. "Okay down. Look. Over there."

Fuchsia knelt next to him. "Oh my God. Is that a bear?"

"Black bear. But it gets better. Wait for it."

The two cubs waddled around their mother and sniffed at something on the ground. Fuchsia squealed. "Babies."


"Baby cubs."

Close enough.

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Daryl Devore lives in an in old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road, or snow shoe across the back acres and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She's been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flew high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life's an adventure and Daryl's having fun living it.