Greetings, romance addicts. Today, author, D.V. Stone joins us to share a little about herself and the characters and cover of her book, Rock House. She also has a giveaway, so don’t stop scrolling!Continue reading “#lwlinterview – D. V. Stone Shares New Release”
The Pornographer’s Apprentice
$4.99, 256, Kindle
Genre: Steampunk Romance
In prudish, patriarchal Victorian England, nineteen year old prodigy Gillian Smith finds a secret society dedicated to the erotic arts. She’ll need both her intellect and her physical charms to earn the permanent position she craves.Continue reading “#newrelease – The Pornographer’s Apprentice”
Hey, romance addicts. Okay, below is a whole series of paranormal antiheroes and irredeemable villainy by Quinn Blackbird. Check it out!
The holiday season is just around the corner. What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? What’s the worst one you ever given?
Okay, full disclosure, I don’t celebrate any of the holidays from October to January, not for years, anyway. Most of my family members are not Muslims, so there is a lot going on with them during the holidays, but the husband, kids and I rarely take part.
I am one of those people who give gifts throughout the year. A spontaneous gift is one of my favorites. For me, they are usually the most sincere. I feel like the person thought of me as an individual, not a name on a list of people they must present some kind of offering.Continue reading “Gift Woes and Nos”
Hey, romance addicts. Ready for some passion in the saddle? Well, Debby Grahl has you covered with her book, Mountain Blaze.
Hey, romance addicts. Let’s welcome author L.R. Starr to the Layla Writes Love blog. L. R. shares some interesting things about herself and novels. Thank you for joining us, L.R.
What is something unique and quirky about you?
I love the ocean and I will swim even when it’s freezing cold in the winter. After a few minutes, I acclimatize to it. I’m never far from the water.Continue reading “#lwlinterview – L.R. Starr”
Hey, romance addicts. I am excited to connect you guys with Ruby Carter. She has a series featuring a group of hot alpha males.
I am thrilled that Ruby shared her experience in writing Dagger, her latest book in the Devil’s Reaper MC series.
Thank you for joining us, Ruby.Continue reading “LWL Interview – Ruby Carter and Her Devils”
Hey romance addicts, Author Amber Daulton has a new romance for you. Check it out!
Reuniting with the man who broke her heart has never felt so right.Continue reading “#newrelease, Harmony’s Embrace by Amber Daulton”
Hey romance addicts. I had the chance to connect with fantasy YA author, Ally Aldridge and talk about writing, and her new book, Ocean Heart.
Ally and I talked about creating lovable characters, connecting with readers and finishing a book.
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Hey, romance addicts. Let’s welcome back author Devoré’s to the blog. Daryl will share dealing with rejections and bad book reviews and a book excerpt.
Guest Post by Daryl Devoré
These two things are basically the same thing. No, wait. Hear me out. Yes, a “bad” book review is about your book. The reader didn’t like it because… insert reason here.
Well, a rejection from an agent/publisher is pretty much the same thing. The agent/publisher didn’t like it because… we don’t usually get to know.
What comes in the email is a long winded “No.” They try to couch it in nice terms saying – we aren’t rejecting you or your story – we’re just not a good match. Which is their polite way of saying – nope, don’t want your book.Continue reading “Trials of Writing -Bad Book Reviews and Rejection Letters”
Greetings, romance addicts. Today, author, Megan J. Parker will share a little about herself and the characters of her book, New Moon.
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?Continue reading “#LWLInterview – Megan J. Parker”
What would be the hardest thing for you to give up?
I recently had to give up the delusion that I could be everything for everyone.
I wear many hats. In addition to being a phenomenal romance author, I am a freelance writer, contributing to multiple platforms. I am also a terrific wife (my husband is a lucky man), mother of six , homeschooler, content editor and writing coach. A lot of stuff, right? Well, those are the things left after I did some soul searching and decided I was doing way too much.Continue reading “Saying No to Save Yourself”
Hey, romance addicts. I have a sweet romance. Rescue Road is part of Gayle M. Irwin’s Pet Rescue series. Romance and cuddly critters, what’s not to love? The author was gracious enough share an excerpt. Check it out!
One year ago, my first clean, contemporary romance released. Rescue Road is a second-chance, western romance story, the first book in my Pet Rescue Romance series. I chose to release the novel at this time because October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month.Continue reading “#booktease- Rescue Road”
Hey, romance addicts! I had the pleasure of introducing you guys to Raad Khouri, the scrumptiously villainous antagonist in Building on Broken Dreams, the third book in the hot Brothers in Law series.
Raad’s wickedness is a result of conflicting emotions of desire for Maryam and the family-fed racism infusing his veins. He is one of those men who loves Black women but not Black people. He tries to have it both ways, but that didn’t work out for him. His family soon made demands, and he (at least in his mind) had no choice but to crush the woman he loved in his own sick way.
Raad has his cruel side, but he is a consummate charmer, with the ability to sway women his way. Check him out below, working his masculine mojo on his wife Yasmina and never forgetting that it is Maryam he really wants.Continue reading “#bookteaser Conflicts of A Bad Boy”
Is humor an important element is your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you've written?
Funny you should ask. I think humor is an essential part of romance writing, especially if a writer seeks to add layers to their characters. Sure, readers want the whole falling in love thing, but restricting protagonists’ interactions to the lovey dovey stuff reduces them to caricatures.
Nothing is funnier than the way people fall in love. The rom-com subgenre highlights the comedy in doting and devotion. No, I do not write romantic comedies (yet), but I do add humor elements like wit, sarcasm, and irony in my writing to give characters depth and readers a levity as a way to further connect with them and their amorous pursuits.Continue reading “Writing Humor in Romance”
Hey, romance addicts. Who doesn’t love it when it’s up to the mysterious hot guy to help find out why the world is falling apart? Alistair Cross has that and more in her book, Dream Reaper.
Hey, romance addicts. Let’s check out the contemporary romance Type Dirty to Me by…
hold up, type dirty?
Yeah, that’s what it reads. Looks like somebody will be doing naughty things with a keyboard. Let’s see.
Do you embrace dialog or narrate your way around it? Why?
I love to talk, maybe even more than I do writing—maybe. Whether written or verbal, I value the power of words. When reading fiction, I prefer books that pull me into characters through dialogue and action. Just like with real people, what a character expresses often serves as the most efficient means to get to know it’s perspective and emotion in ways that can be lost when conveyed through a narrator.
Dialogue remains essential to character-driven writing, where authors offer readers the opportunity to have a vicarious experience and connect to the characters’ internal or interpersonal conflicts. Focusing on character development requires that authors show readers emotion through what they do and say, things especially important in genre fiction.Continue reading “Dialogue in Fiction Writing”
Hey, romance addicts! Today, I am sharing passage from Amber Daulton’s new romantic suspense Arresting Jeremiah. Enjoy the back and forth between the main characters Jeremiah and Calista.Continue reading “#bookteaser -A Bit of Jeremiah”