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Reading in a Romance Wonderland…

17 Nov

The best part about fiction, in any medium, is the escape it provides from real life—whether it’s through a television show, a movie, or a book. I’m not the biggest television watcher and I’m far from being a movie buff, but I do love me some books. There’s just something so wonderfully interactive about them. You take what the author provides, but then the rest is up to you. The characters are described, maybe in great detail, maybe not…but how do they really look? It’s pretty much a guarantee that the way you “see” them won’t be the way the author “sees” them. When I read a book, I’m directing a movie. I’ve always seen it that way; I’ve always thought that connection came naturally. Strange…or not?

When I write a story, I still “see” it as I go along. I can’t help but think, “If this were a movie, what would the next scene be? Would it flow with the one before or would it be jarring?” Sometimes, I may want the transition to be jarring. It’s all about effect. Well, effect while still making sense! It’s a blast coming up with a world you hope readers can escape to, if only for a limited time. Most of my stories take place in a connected world of sorts…a shared universe, if you will. What exists in one (e.g. stores, restaurants, offices, agencies) exists in others is basically what I’m sayin’. Why? My mind just works that way I suppose.

One of my favorite things about creating a world in which readers can escape is bringing the characters to life. They’re real enough in my head, but there’s something really cool about putting them on paper—or, um, on the computer screen anyway. Since there seems to be an unwritten rule out there somewhere that says I’m not allowed to outline, like, ever, the characters and the things they do come as a nice surprise to me. In that way, writing and reading provide me with the same exhilaration of the unknown. What’s going to happen next? When reading, I don’t know. When writing… Hell, I still don’t know. There’s beauty in that there symmetry if you ask me. Now, on to what is probably my favorite thing about reading and writing fiction: Dialogue. I’m crazy in love with the stuff. I’m an insanely auditory person so the words the characters speak have to feel right; they have to sound right in my head. And I definitely hear them in my head. Always and without fail. Weird…or not?

Romance is an escape. Real life romance, fictional romance… It’s a thing of wonder, of magic. I try to do my part in providing a little bit on the fictional end. The world needs more love! And what’s cooler than love you read about, but can still see play out in your head? When I write, I’m providing a lot of what my “movie” needs. When you read, you’re doing the rest. You’re directing, you’re casting, you’re doing a bang up job as cinematographer—you’re just awesome basically. My “movies” would never be truly complete without readers.

Comment on this blog and others for a chance at some amazing prizes–a $100 Amazon or B&N gift certificate and two $50 ones! You can find the other participating authors on the list below.

Have a happy blog hop, y’all, and good luck!

1. Sharon Clare 2. K.M. Jackson
3. Lynn Cahoon 4. Tessa Berkley
5. Black Creek Burning 6. Erin Richards
7. Shay Lacy 8. M. J. Schiller
9. Terri Herman-Ponce 10. Sylvie Fox
11. Ashlyn Mathews 12. NLSScribe/Scribbles
13. Carol Ritten Smith 14. Beth Yarnall
15. Peggy Bird 16. Rowena May O’Sullivan
17. Suzi Love 18. nora snowdon
19. Tara Mills Romance 20. Vristen Pierce
21. Embrace the Shadows 22. Alicia Dean
23. Heather Thurmeier 24. Rena’s Ramblings
25. Dare to Read 26. Denyse Cohen
27. Pam B. Morris Blog 28. Becky Lower Author
29. Nikkie Locke 30. Nicole Flockton
31. Rionna Morgan 32. Elizabeth Boyce
33. Amanda L. V. Shalaby 34. Meline Nadeau
35. Kate Fellowes 36. Lola Karns
37. D’Ann Lindun 38. Jerri Drennen
39. Kristina Knight Romance Author 40. Morgan O’Neill
41. Shelley Wall Blog 42. Holley Trent
43. Karen Sue Burns 44. Patti Shenberger
45. Tamara Gill
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Crimson Romance Blog Hop!

13 Nov

Where do you like to escape to when you read romance? Do you like the cozy feel of a small town or do you like the hustle and bustle of a huge city?

Starting Nov. 17th and lasting through Nov. 21st, I’ll be joining some fabulous Crimson Romance authors for a fun blog hop. It’s all about the escape that romance offers, no matter the sub-genre. Please stop by, make those wonderful comments you make so well, and enter to win some amazing prizes–an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $100 and two gift certificates for $50 each, to be exact! Check out the lovely Sharon Clare’s site here for a list of participating authors.

It’s going to be a blast so I hope you’ll join us. And good luck to all who enter!

*This is NOT the blog hop post; it’s just a post about the blog hop. Commenting on this post does not enter you for the blog hop prizes. Thank you!

The Alpha Male (Blog Hop Finished)

19 Oct

ETA:

Congratulations to commenter liese2, the winner of my gift card giveaway!

What makes the alpha man so irresistible to so many romance writers and readers? For me, it’s the sheer confidence that borders on cockiness. He may be wealthy or he can be a total blue-collar babe, but he always exudes power. No one’s getting the best of this man–until  a certain lady comes along to bring him to his knees, of course. And, really, that’s the best part anyway, isn’t it? Watching a big, strong man crumble like a cookie when faced with the power of love is satisfying. It shows that, more than anything else, love holds the real power. I believe there are a lot of different types out there, almost a sliding scale of alpha-ness, if you will. My characters have been across the board, but the men tend to be the sexy, dynamic, assertive, and charming.

In my book, The Scheme of Things, the hero, Eric, is an alpha, but not overbearing about it. I’d almost say he could have been a beta, he’s so nonchalant and laid-back, but he’s a smart ass and has a slightly arrogant part of his personality that refused to go away. Plus, the man doesn’t have a shy, unassuming bone in his body. Alpha, it is. In my novella, Awful Good Girl, the hero, Elijah, almost straddles the line between alpha and beta, but he leans toward the alpha side just a bit. He just tries to keep the more intense parts of his personality tempered a bit for the sake of the heroine. He doesn’t want to scare her off when she’s already clearly hesitant to make any type of commitments, after all. But he wants her and won’t stop until he has his way.

In my upcoming book, Dropping the Ball, out December 17th from Crimson Romance, my hero, Dillon, absolutely refused to be an alpha. Flat out–he wouldn’t even hear of it. He’s a total beta; he’s my first and, as of yet, only. Say it with me: Awww. So, ah, yeah…let’s just skip right over Dillon until a later post. He really is a sweetheart, though! In the book I’m working on right now–a steamy, contemporary Valentine’s Day tale–the hero, Chance is a total alpha male for sure. Super wealthy, slightly arrogant, disgustingly charming, and yummy as hell, Chance is a playboy who’s not into the relationship thing. I love the guy, which is why I’m having a blast making him fall in love. It’s always fun when the alpha man succumbs to the inevitable. And Chance…oh, Chance…he’s really in for it. After all, he’s destined to end up with none other than an alpha woman who calls him on his shit and takes none from anyone.

What makes an alpha man hit or miss for you? The power? The confidence? The intensity? Or is it just the raw, animalistic sexuality that seems to ooze out of every pore on his chiseled, amazing body?

Comment on this post for a chance to win these amazing grand prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Make sure to include your email address in your comment in order to enter for the grand prizes! Everything but the swag prize is open to international entrants. Commenting also enters you for a chance to win a $10 gift card from yours truly.

Be sure to check out the other Alpha Male posts that are listed here and comment on the blog posts for your opportunity to win even more awesome prizes!

Have a happy blog hop, y’all!

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