It’s another writing topic this week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop.
Compare the relationship with the characters in your book with real life relationships. How do they differ and how are they the same?
This one kind of made me giggle. As much as I try to write “real life” characters, romance novels do need to be at least a little unrealistic to work. The main “unrealistic” thing?
Men talk about their feelings.
Now, I’m not saying all men would rather die by a thousand paper cuts than discuss their emotions, but I’d have to say most of them would. In a romance, though, the characters need to talk, or it is just page after page of introspection which gets boring pretty quickly.
One of the things that is the same about men in romances and the real world is that they often prefer to show their feelings through actions. The guy that buys that gift she didn’t know she needed, fixes small things around the house even though she can do it herself, runs a bubble bath after a stressful day…those are definite possibilities in real life as well as fiction.
Alfred Hitchcock is quoted as saying: “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?” Engaging romantic fiction cuts out the dull bits…and adds the bits we would like to experience more often.
What do you think? Do you read romances because they relate to your life, as an escape…or a little bit of both?
Now hop over to Jill Haymaker and see what she has to say!
Want a sneak peak at what I’m working on? This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, Andie Fenichel asks:
Share five facts about your latest book or book in progress.
I love doing these teasers. It is so much fun to pull out five unique facts about my newest stories.
Currently I am nearing “the end” of the fourth Silverberry Seduction romance story. I’m going to stretch Andie’s instructions a little and share five facts about the series. Here’s a quick catch up for everyone:
Secrets Under the Covers (Silverberry #1, Helen and Nathan) is currently available in the A Season for Love Anthology (check out the offer below to get seven free reads with your purchase!)
Loving Between the Lines (Silverberry #2, Lynn and Benjamin) is now available for pre order. Reserve your copy by clicking here.
Turn the Next Page (Silverberry #3, Aubrey and Phillip) is this close to being ready for pre order. I’m just doing the final run proofreading on it now. When I have a release date confirmed, I'll be sure to let you know.
Strictly By the Book (Silverberry #4, Natalie and Rafe) is the one I am actually typing words on right now.
So – back to the five facts Andie asked for…
I hope you’ll check out all the Silverberry books as they become available. Now hop over to Leslie Hachtel to learn five things about her writing projects!
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Stay With Me
Two women. Years apart. Linked by common experience and a cottage that has survived since the Civil War. When Rebecca reaches out from the past, Evelyn finds it life changing.
And in their own times, each must discover strength and fight to find and keep true love.
As the lone Canadian in the Romance Writers Weekly group, sometimes the blog topics don’t quite line up with my calendar. This week is a case in point…
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up. What traditions do you and your family have? Will you start any new ones?
In Canada, we do have a long weekend in May, but it is the third weekend of the month. For you non-Canadians, it’s called Victoria Day, and was originally intended to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch (at the time – Queen Elizabeth II has her beat by several years, now). It has morphed into the unofficial start of summer, with many Canadian heading out camping for the first time of the year. Where I live, it's also the weekend when it is generally accepted to be safe to leave bedding plants and such outside without danger of frost!
Back to camping, though. We followed that tradition for several years when our children were young. Now that we are quasi-retired, we postpone that first trip until the Tuesday after the long weekend to avoid the crowds. This year is no exception…as you read this, we should be on the road to a favourite spot, ready for six days of campfires, canoe rides, and cookouts.
What about you? Is there a May long weekend where you live? And if so, how do you celebrate it?
Leave me a comment below, then hop over to PG Forte to find out what her Memorial Day weekend plans are.
I do find it gets my creative juices going to write somewhere other than my desk. Even though our spring has been rather cold this year, I bundle up with a wool blanket, scarf, and hat and write outside when it’s not too miserable.
Be sure to hop over to PG Forte http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com to see what writing habits she has!
We’re taking a walk down memory lane on the RWW Blog Hop this week.
What is the one thing that immediately sends you back to childhood? Is it a food, a scent, a swingset?
You know what sends me back? Country music. My dad is a big fan, as well as being a singer and guitar-player himself. I know the words to so many songs from the 70’s and 80’s!!
One of my strongest memories is linked to “On the Road Again” by Willy Nelson. My mom’s parents lived an eight-hour drive away, and we used to visit them a few times a year. My dad made a mixed tape of driving tunes, and it started with “On the Road Again.” I am sure it was playing before we even backed out of the carport on those trips…or any other road trip!
What about you? What evokes memories of your childhood? Keep the hop going with a visit to Debra Elise!
I'm back blogging after a couple weeks away. One of those weeks I was in Las Vegas for the first time ever. What a place! Definitely somewhere to see at least once in your life. But it’s always wonderful to be home and get back to the usual routine.
This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, we’ve been asked…
Are you superstitious? Tell us about it.
It’s coincidence this was the topic this week, but I think it’s timely because of my recent visits to casinos LOL! Good luck charms and favourite teams are definitely on the list of things people are superstitious about. While I wouldn’t think I go overboard on it, I did find myself gravitating to the same slot machines because I thought they “liked” me better. Riiiigggghhhtttt.
When it comes to Friday the 13th, walking under ladders, and black cats, I’m not superstitious at all. But when we play cards, I don’t touch those dealt to me until the dealing is done, because my grandparents told me that was bad luck. And I have been known to get up and run around my chair to try and change my luck…another thing my grandmother said would work!
What about you? Are you superstitious? I’d love to hear some of your good luck charms…maybe one will work for me!
Then hop over to Andie Fenichel to read what she is...or isn't...superstitious about!
This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, here’s our topic:
If you weren't a writer, what would you want to be and tell us why you would choose this.
Many authors have two careers – writing and something that actually pays the bills, LOL! In my case, though, my other job was writing – TV and radio commercials, mostly, but the occasional short video or even television program. So if I was looking for a career completely separate from writing, I think I’d like to do window dressing.
As a television producer, one of my favourite things was creating product displays. In TV, it only matters what the camera sees, so it was fun to choose a small space, move things in and out and see what looked best. I often scavenged plants and lights and other items to add ambience to the shots we were doing. I think window dressing would be much like that.
How about you? What kind of job would you like? After you’ve commented, hop over to Leslie Hachtel to find out what her alternate career choice would be.
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The best advice is often not what you expected. This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, Leslie Hachtel asks…
Who gave you the best advice ever? What was it and how did it help you?
The best life advice I ever received came in fifth grade from my dad. I had been placed in a class with the “scary” teacher – the one all the kids told horror stories about. I’m pretty sure I came home from school in tears. My dad told me to give it one month. If the teacher was a bad as everyone said he was during that month, my parents would ask to have me transferred to another class.
While that teacher never became my favourite, by the end of the month I realized I could handle it. He was still terrifyingly strict and had very high standards, but I learned how to work with his expectations.
Since then, I’ve used the “just give it a month” mantra when I moved away to go to post-secondary education, when I had troubles with a new boss, when my first child was born, and in many other situations. It really does work for me.
In regards writing advice, this might not have been the “best” advice, but it made a huge impact on me. So much so, I share it all the time with other writers. It is:
Never start a sentence with “there was.”
Now, like all rules, there are exceptions. But the thought behind this advice is best shown by example.
There was a house on the corner of the street that stood tall and grim and always scared me.
The grim, tall house on the corner always scared me.
See how the second sentence is so much more engaging?
How about you? What is the best advice you ever received? Let me know below, then hop over to Leslie Hachtel for more free advice!
As I write this, it is the first day of spring! We were well below freezing when I woke up, but it is warmer now and the sun is shining. Which makes it the perfect day to answer this week’s Blog Hop topic:
It's creeping out of winter to the spring. Is this your favorite season? If not, which one is and why?
I have a love/hate relationship with spring. I love it because it means winter is over and the wonderful days of summer are on their way. But where I live, it is also one of the uglier times of year. Sometimes I like to say we have five seasons. We’re in the fifth right now, semi-affectionately called “The Melt.” As the snow starts to disappear, piles of gravel and refuse are left behind. Our city has a special Clean Up day in April specifically to clear all the debris that’s been hidden by snow all winter long. Until then, though, it can be kind of awful.
Yet another easy at first look but tricky upon reflection topic this week...
What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
I love to reread books. It’s like visiting old friends. I know how the story ends but it doesn’t matter…I just want to spend time with the characters.
Which makes this question more difficult than it first appears.
I’ve reread Anne of Green Gables (the entire series) and The Lord of the Rings more times than I can remember, but not for several years. I also have every print copy of Dick Francis's mysteries, some of which are falling apart from too much loving. Then there’s Pride and Prejudice, which is my desert island book. It, too, has a peeling cover and loose pages.
But then there’s the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin stories and the Spencer series. Also Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances and the Lord Peter Wimsey novels…and…and…and...
You get the picture.
What about you? Do you re-read books? And if so, what’s your favourite? Then move on to Leslie Hachtel for her re-readable list!