Romance Writers Weekly – Let’s take a trip.

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If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from A. S. Fenichel’s blog,  welcome.

Today I’m posing the question: Let’s take a trip. Pretend your publisher has offered you a two week vacation anywhere in the world to inspire a new novel. Where do you go and why?

So where would be a good place to go to inspire an out-of-this-world science fiction romance?

How about a trip to the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum?

That sounds like a good place to start my trip.

Then maybe the next stop could be the Museum of Science fiction in Washington DC.

Last stop on my out-of-this-world vacation would have to be Seattle, WA and the Museum of Pop Culture.

Talk about a great get-away.

Do you know any other great ways to take off on an otherworldly adventure without a space ship? Let me know in the comments down below.

Then check out Kathryn Renard’s blog at: http://kathrynrenard.com/ as the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop continues.

And also check out Katheryn’s wonderful Montgomery Universality novel, Sidelined.

 

 

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Romance Writers Weekly – Writer’s Block Blues.

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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’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from A. S. Fenichel’s blog,  welcome.

Today’s topic comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie – What do you do when writer’s block hits? Share some tips for our fellow writers.

What I’ve found when I hit writer’s block is that it is usually when I’m trying to get my characters to do something they don’t want to do. It’s crazy, I know, to think that just because I’m the author here, that I get any say over what my characters do. I come up with this wonderful scene and they balk, sit down stubbornly, and don’t let me continue with the story.

Okay, I get it. Back up, delete a scene or two, and let them start telling the story the way they want to. It’s usually just a matter of where I back up to before the story starts flowing again.And sometimes I really have to think on it a few days, where I get no writing done at all.

My new approach is to write two books at the same time, going back and forth between them. That way if I get blocked on one, I can continue writing on the other while my characters get their collective shit together. Currently I have Hearts in Orbit 4 and Heavenly Wars 3 on deck to write, and both are coming along nicely. But I know a block is coming one day. This time, I’ll be ready for it.

I hope.

So, how does Leslie Hachtel deal with her writer’s block? Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/…

 

Romance Writers Weekly – ♫♪♪♫These are a few of my favorite things ♪♫♫♪

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If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from Dani Jace’s blog,  welcome.

Our question today comes from the wonderful A.S. Fenichel: What can’t you live without? Tell us five things you can’t do without. It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it.

And remember to check out A. S. Fenichel’s new release, Foolish Bride.

Now on to our question:

5 things I can’t do without?

 

 

1. My computer with 2 monitors.

(Lots of power and work-space)

2. Coffee

(duh)

3. My iPad

(for reading and games)

4. My wife’s amazing oatmeal butterscotch cookies

(Addicting)

5. Bacon

(Because its bacon and I needed 5)

So what can’t you live without. Leave me a comment down below. Inquiring minds want to know.

Then hop on over to Jenna Da Sie blog to find out what she can’t do without as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://jennadasie.com/

Check out UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT by Jenna Da Sie in the Holiday Hearts anthology.

Foolish Bride by A. S. Fenichel

Today I’m happy to announce a new release from my friend and fellow Romance Writer’s Weekly author A. S. Fenichel:

 

Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel
The Forever Brides, Book 2
March 28, 2017


Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?
Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancé, will tell her why.
Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part?
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Desperate Bride Book 3 releasing September 19, 2017

Author Bio:

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful IT career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in paranormal, contemporary and historical romance with Ellora’s Cave Publishing. You can learn more about her books at http://asfenichel.net or visit her on her Facebook page, where she spends entirely too much time https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

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Romance Writers Weekly – What’s in your name?

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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’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from Marc Steven’s blog  welcome.

And please check out Marc’s fun-filled Suburban Spies story in the Cherished Secrets anthology.

Our topic today: What is the story behind your name? If you have a pen name, how did you come up with it?

No pen name here. My given name is Steven C. Mitchell. I did decide to go with initials because it was gender neutral, and starting off as a male romance writer I didn’t know what to expect.

What I’ve found is that there is not a more welcoming, inclusive group than romance writers. I’ve found my peeps.

So what mysteries hide behind Leslie Hachtel‘s name. Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

Check out The Dream Dancer by Leslie Hachtel.

Romance Writers Weekly – Favorite Books

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If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from Brenda Margriet ’s blog  welcome.

Our topic today: We all love to read so much, what were your favorite books as a child/young adult. List some from each.

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I spent most of my misspent youth with my nose in a comic book. I didn’t really start making my own mental pictures through the written word until comics brought me to Conan the Barbarian and Conan brought me to Robert E. Howard and his wonderful character in print.

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From Conan it was an easy jump to J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy novels. And that was pretty much it through my teens, twenties, and well into my thirties. Science Fiction and Fantasy, and I pretty much read anything in the genre I could get my hands on.

It was only after that that I discovered romance. I’m a bit late to the genre.

So, what novels did Kathryn Renard cut her teeth on? Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://www.kathrynrenard.com/

And check out Kathryn’s wonderful sports romance, The Backup:

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Romance Writers Weekly – Right Under Your Nose

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Hannah’s War by Leslie Hachtel

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Today I’m supplying the challenge to the Romance Writers Weekly crew: Flash Fiction Challenge: Give us a romantic scene to set the mood for Valentines Day.

 

This scene features a minor character from my soon-to-be-released novella, Between Venus and Mars (Now available for pre-order on Amazon.com). Meet Tron Speltzer:

 

Right under your nose.

 

Galactic Marshal Tron Speltzer pulled his blaster and slid round the corner of the dark spaceport dock. Starlight shining through the portholes caused more shadows than illumination. The loss of power on the orbital platform had been sudden and unexpected, thus highly suspicious.

“Tron.” Aurora’s warning came clearly over his whisper-com, even though she’d barely made a sound.

He stopped short, glanced back at his partner.

She pointed down toward his boots.

A thin, red beam of light crossed his path that he would have passed through with his next step if she hadn’t warned him. Something had power down here.

“Thanks,” He whispered back as he lifted his boot to step over the sensor beam. “Sometimes you miss the little things that are right under your nose.”

Fresh from the academy, the perky red-head had proven to be one of the most promising young officers in her class. Smart, quick, and competent, Tron saw a bright future ahead for Aurora Starshine.

Under the docked freighter, three dark figures lurked near the ion drive boosters. Were there more? Were these even the perps?

Tron put his hand out to draw Aurora back, deeper into the shadows. His arm brushed the soft contours of her breasts. “Sorry.”

He was used to working with a male partner. This could get awkward.

“No problem.” Professional. He liked that.

Taking up a cover position behind a gandasol fill tank, he motioned her to take point.

She crouched and moved ahead of him, staying against the wall, then took up a covered position behind an equipment locker. After only working together a week, Aurora had picked up on his quirks and tendencies quickly. And Tron knew he wasn’t the easiest officer to work with.

“Lay low for now, but keep watch.” He holstered his blaster and brought out his hornet drone. The miniaturized flying camera had a night-vision mode, and could get a much better look around in the gloom.

“Yes, sir.”

He sent the drone on its way, buzzing around the big freighter to see what the men were doing.

Plastoid crates, imprinted with the Mazon PoliCorp logo confirmed Tron’s suspicions. The power outage was to block the station’s tracking and cameras to allow these smugglers to make off with some illegal, high-tech gadgets.

The three men were heavily armed. They weren’t giving up without a fight. But Tron and Aurora still had the element of surprise.

“Smugglers?” Aurora’s whisper had Tron nodding. The girl was quick. He hadn’t even told her he was using the drone camera. He’d never had a partner so in sync with him before.

“Blaster on stun. Let’s take ‘em . . . wait.”

The drone passed by a stack of plascrates with Biocron markings. Explosives. One wrong blaster hit, even on the stun setting, and the whole landing bay could go up.

Frack. “Explosives in the bay. We’ll have to come up with some other way to take them out.”

“I have a sonic stun grenade. You could sneak back out and come back and pick me up in about five minutes.”

She’d be taking one hell of a chance. In such confined quarters, the backlash from the stun grenade would hit whoever threw it. There wouldn’t be enough room to avoid it. It was a hell of a gutsy move for a rookie.

Still, the plan was sound, provided she could throw the grenade before they detected her and blasted her. With no backup, she’d be a sitting quackleding.

Tron scanned for any alternative and couldn’t find one.

“Okay, but be careful.” Despite their short acquaintance, he’d come to trust her judgment fully. As partners, they had to.

Tron backed toward the door, sticking to the shadows as much as possible.

“Hey. You.” A forth man, standing in the doorway, blocked his escape.

Tron backpedaled. “Frack, I can’t get out.”

“Come back toward me, as fast as you can.” Grenade still ready to throw in one hand, she motioned him to hurry with the other.

“What . . .?” But he trusted her. He sprinted full out.

Just before he got to her, she threw the grenade toward the ship.

We are so screwed. If even one of the smugglers woke before they did, they were dead.

Spinning toward him, she threw her arms around him and used his momentum to throw them both toward the back wall. Then they were going through the back wall.

“What the?”

Slipping, sliding down a tunnel.

“The crate slide to the cargo hold below.”

A dull thud reverberated above in the landing bay. The smugglers would be out for hours, plenty of time to get back and arrest them. “How did you ever find this slide?”

She’d ended up underneath him. All warm, pliant woman. Humor lit her eyes, and her smile caused warmth to wash through his core.

She had beautiful green eyes. Why hadn’t he noticed that before?

And she was very pretty. He’d been trying hard not to notice that.

She shrugged. “Sometimes I do see the little things that are right under my nose.”

Right now, she was literally right under his nose. And so close, he could detect the light, floral scent of her, causing his body to harden.

“I could kiss you.” He hadn’t meant it that way. Or had he?

In any case, he suddenly found himself putting his money where his mouth was. Actually . . . putting his mouth . . .

Frack, his mind was whirling so fast, she tasted so sweet, he couldn’t think. And she was returning his kiss ardently.

Work had just gotten impossibly complicated.

And he didn’t give a damn.

 

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This may just be the opening to Hearts in Orbit 4, I’m not sure. Let me know what you think below, then check out what Brenda Margriet wrote for her flash fiction, as our blog hop continues at: http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

And check out Brenda’s new novel: No Life But This.

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