Romance Writers Weekly – Finding the right spot.

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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Dream Dancer

If you’ve just hopped over from Leslie Hachtel’s blog or are starting your hop here, welcome.

And check out Leslie’s wonderful historical fantasy novel, Dream Dancer:

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Today’s topic comes from the wonderful Carrie Elks – How do you choose the location for you books? Do you pick somewhere you’ve already been, or do you research creatively, using Google and other methods to find the perfect spot?

Location, location, location.

Well, in my writing many times I’m making up my locations. In my new Hearts in Orbit series I have a whole galaxy (2 galaxies actually) to populate with planets, star bases, and futuristic cities. I do research astronomical terms to help in the naming, but the rest comes from Science Fiction movies and books, and the craziness that is my imagination.

I do much more research for my Heavenly Wars series. All the Norse mythological realms and the aspects of other mythology I use. I was happy to stumble across the Parthenon in Nashville, which I’ve used as a gateway to Mount Olympus. I also did a search to find information on the Atlanta Airport, which I later had Jord Thorson tear up a bit.

Sometimes my locations are based on places I’ve been, but often I rely on the internet, mostly Google search, to find me that perfect spot to set my stories.

And speaking of location, Brenda Margriet’s blog is the next location on our Romance Writers Weekly blog hop – http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

If you’re looking for something tasty to read, check out Brenda’s wonderful Chef d’Amour:

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Romance Weekly – TSTL

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Hot as Blazes

 

And be sure to check out Dani’s blazing hot novel, Hot as Blazes.

 

 

Our topic for today: Good reviews, we love them! Bad reviews, we hate them…but some of them are helpful. What was your favorite negative review?

While researching for today’s blog, I went back and looked at my reviews. The good news is, I don’t have any reviews I would call bad. The bad news, I don’t have all that many reviews. So I have to take a bit of license with today’s topic.

The one time that really stands out to me as a negative comment influencing me is quite a few years ago while writing Son of Thunder. I submitted the first 2,500 words of my unfinished manuscript to a regional romance writers contest expecting glowing comments and (of course) a first place prize.

I didn’t even place. What I got instead were judges comments on how the start of my novel wasn’t very good. One judge in particular really took me to task on Meghan, my heroine, stating that she was TSTL.

I had to Google that: Too Stupid To Live

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Whoa! Was she that bad?

I read over the chapter and yeah, that judge had it right. She was wimpy and two-dimensional, needing to be saved by the hero a number of times in only the first few pages. That one comment made me go back and completely re-imagine my heroine. Meghan became a strong, kick-ass hero in her own right, and a ton more fun to write. Since then this one little comment has colored the creation of all my heroines. No more TSTL for me.

So, what has Leslie Hachtel learned from her negative reviews? (Does she really have any?) Find out by following this link: http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com

And  be sure to check out Leslie’s wonderful novel, The Defiant Bride: DefiantBride_140x210

Romance Weekly – My Life As A Romance Novel

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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If you’ve just hopped over from Jenna Da Sie’s blog, or are starting your hop here, welcome.

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Today’s topic comes from Victoria Barbour – If your life was a romance novel, what subgenre would it be, and why would your heroine be amazing? Also, what would you call it? Can you write a blurb for it?

 

 

Subgenre: Lets label it a steamy contemporary that just accidentally got shelved with the sweet romances.

Why my heroine is amazing: They say that behind every famous man there a great woman standing behind him. To stand behind a not-so-famous man, especially one who wants to be a romance writer… that’s amazing!

 

Title: Sleepy in Sheboygan

Hey, I even made a cover:

Sleepy in Sheboygan

Blurb:

Passion erupts with all the intensity of Leave It To Beaver as retired sexagenarians Laurie and Steve leave their home town of 37 years to move to the big city. Waistlines expand rapidly with the discovery of each new fabulous restaurant and heads spin in the tasting rooms of numerous local wineries.

As winter closes in on them, that quiet new home in the quiet neighborhood sizzles with each new episode of Top Chef they consume.

But when Steve oversleeps on garbage day, it’s all they can do to get the bags to the curb on time.

Sure to spark an afternoon nap, Sleepy in Sheboygan is the first book in the Are You Kidding Me? He’s Making This A Series? series.

 

Look out New York Times Bestsellers List, here I come.

 

Now skip on over to Tracey Gee’s LOVExtra blog to check out her life story at: LOVExtra.com

 

Romance Weekly – Inspiration

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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Mountain Fire

If you’ve just hopped over from Brenda Margriet’s blog, or are starting your hop here, welcome to a day of inspiration.

 

And check out an excerpt from the amazing Mountain Fire  by Brenda Margriet at: http://www.brendamargriet.com/mountain-fire—excerpt.html

 

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Today’s questions come from J.J. Devine – What inspires you? Music? Reading? Movies? People in your life? Situations in life? What gets you motivated to sit down and write?

 

I’ve found a new way to get inspired, and I’m really loving it.

My latest project came to me while searching for pictures on a stock photo site. I just stumbled across this picture:

Handsome Robotic Man Wearing Leather Jacket

Oh man, did it speak to me. A story started to bubble out that I couldn’t hold back. This picture led to others as the plot started consuming me.

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Do you see a story in these pictures? I sure did. My working title is One Hot Zombiebot. I think it’s going to be fun.

 

Will I continue to let pictures inspire my writing? Hard to tell. I suppose it would have to be the right picture at the right time. But if this story is any indication, I’m betting on yes.

 

Now hop on over to A.S. Fenichel’s blog at http://asfenichel.com/blog to find out what inspires her.

And don’t forget to check out Betrayal, Book three of her amazing Demon Hunters series:

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A Requiem for Poseidon

The next phase of the Heavenly Wars is coming. This summer Daughter of Darkness hits as the sequel to Son of Thunder. In preparation for that event, I have released a short story entitled A Requiem for Poseidon that helps set the stage. The story stands alone, but also factors into the overall story arc of the series.

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Blurb:
As war rumbled through the heavens, the seas also boiled with battle. Poseidon was one of the first to succumb. Now the alliance of evil gods turn their sights on the Inuit pantheon.

 
Barely surviving the initial strike, the goddess Sedna seeks the sanctuary of the oceans and her old friend Jormungandr. She knows the Norse World Serpent isn’t the evil people believe him to be.

 
Isolated in his watery home, Jormungandr has escaped the war until now and happily welcomes Sedna into his refuge. But when the alliance of evil releases the Kraken, can even gods find sanctuary in the ocean depths?

 
A Requiem for Poseidon is a short tale, and an additional part of the Heavenly Wars series. Chronologically it should be read between books 1 and 2 of the series.

 

 

Just 99¢ and available here: http://www.amazon.com/Requiem-Poseidon-Heavenly-Wars-ebook/dp/B01AONMOKQ/

Romance Weekly – Firsts

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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Falling Stars

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Mountain Fire

Today on our blog hop Brenda Margriet provided our topic: Let’s talk about “Firsts.” Everyone can choose their top three “First” memories and write about those (they don’t have to be on the list here). Some suggestions are: First book you remember reading (or being read to you). First romance novel you fell in love with. First “big” trip (eg. out of country, out of state/province, without parents). First love/kiss. First pet. First Christmas/other holiday (eg. when you were a child, after you were married, after your first child.)

 

 

So lets dive in. Here are my three “firsts.”

My first book love:

Conan

My early years were spent with my nose in a comic book most of the time. I loved stories, but was not much of a fan of words without pictures. Until I stumbled upon Robert E. Howard’s Conan series about the age of fourteen. Suddenly I had no trouble drawing the pictures in my mind. It’s what started my love of reading.

 

My first Romance:

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You never forget your first romance. Mine was Enchanted by Nora Roberts. My wife handed it to me after checking it out at the library and said, “You might like this.” Boy did I ever.

 

My first published book:

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Cover created in Microsoft Paint. A self-publishing experiment. It had it’s issues, but it was all mine. It still is. And if you’d like a copy, I’ve got it up for FREE today. New cover, and a bit more editing: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077T6F06

 

 

Thanks for joining me today. Four your next hop on the blog tour, check out Leslie Hachtel’s blog at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/