Living Single and Letting in Love and Romance

I recently join Sapphire J. Blue on her podcast about the steamy romance, Open to Love. We talked about the main character Tarika’s determination to live a single life, not letting man into her home or heart. As far as she is concerned, everything is copacetic, then along comes Aqil.

Aqil has quite a bit on his plate. He looks out for the health and happiness of his young daughter, Daliah, which means making sure his ex-wife, Vanessa doesn’t go flying off the rails as she struggles with bi-polar disorder. When he meets Tarika, he works hard to break her shell, but she proves to be a hard one to crack.

Click below to listen to our awesome conversation!

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The Tropes I Hate and Why I Hate Them

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By J. Arlene Culiner

Many years ago (in 2001), I had my first romance, Felicity’s Power, published in Australia by the long-defunct Power of Love Publishing. In her call for submissions, the publisher, Jenny Millea stated: “No worn-out tropes and no Secret Babies.” When I saw that, I said: “Hey, that’s the publisher for me.”

As Jenny said, “we have reliable birth control these days. There is no excuse for an accidental pregnancy with someone you hardly know.” She’s right. And I think there are exceedingly few men who would be thrilled to bits if they suddenly discovered they had an unplanned son or daughter somewhere in the world. Equally annoying, are stories in which, although the heroine and hero barely know each other, she discovers she is pregnant. After that, their budding relationship is entirely built around the future baby. Will they stay together when the going gets rough? I doubt it: they hardly know each other.

Another trope I dislike is The Deep Misunderstanding. I just wish the two people who are so attracted to each other would start communicating instead of sulking in corners for a hundred pages or more.

As a writer of romance, I like to portray real-life situations with real people. My heroes and heroines need to have activities they can share, ideas that coincide, and realistic goals. They have to be interested in getting to know each other, and we have to be able to believe that their love will last — not because they have a wild and woolly sex life in very strange combinations — but because they are appealing people, and they know how to give. Continue reading “The Tropes I Hate and Why I Hate Them”

My Pseudonym and The Real Me

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Do you write under a pseudonym? If so, why? If not, would you ever consider it?

Well, yes and no. Lyndell is my name, but not totally. My family’s last name is Williams, and I grew up Lyndell.

There are other Lyndells out there, but the old English name is rare. Unlike my sister, Deborah and brothers, Barry and Dwayne, I never saw my name in a store on a shelf with novelty items garnishing their more common names. It irritated the hell out of me. I spent my childhood and teen years correcting teachers, doctors, anyone who struggled with my unusual name and couldn’t stand whenever someone tried to shorten it to something like Lynn. 

When I converted to Islam at age eighteen, people encouraged me to change my name. Continue reading “My Pseudonym and The Real Me”

Writing Real-life in My Books

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What's the most unusual experience you've ever had? Have you included it in one of your books?

Authors, like most creatives, often use their talents to weave stories reflecting their lives, I am no different. I have included some wonderful, horrible and pretty strange things that happened to me over the years in books.

In Sweet Love-Bitter Fruit, Toni’s struggle with infertility and getting the people around her to understand her pain reflects my own years of frustration. It was difficult, but I was able to channel a lot of pain to connect with readers with similar experiences and giving those who haven’t to empathize with the hurt that comes from unfulfilled desires. Linking fiction with real-life motivates my writing.

In My Way to You, I created a scene with the main characters, Regina and Simon similar to an unusual situation I found myself in with my husband when we first married. Continue reading “Writing Real-life in My Books”

LWL #Interview – Ann Raina

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Hey, beautiful ones. I am excited to introduce the author, Ann Raina. Ann lives and works in Germany with cats and a horse. Riding and writing are her favorite hobbies. Her latest series, starting with Twisted Mind, turns around an FBI-agent, his demanding lover, and a bad case getting worse.

In all of her books, she combines romance, suspense, and humorous elements, for no thrilling story can stand without comic relief.

Her latest novel is Famous Murders, the second in the series featuring main Nicolas & Jacklyn. check it out! Continue reading “LWL #Interview – Ann Raina”

#MFRWHooks-Resisting Arrest in Romance

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Marcus Kent is a brilliant lawyer and loving son, brother and husband. He is handsome and muscular, standing at about 6’4″ tall, which can be dangerous for a man with his skin tone.

Education, economic comfort and leading the life of a law-abiding citizen doesn’t insulate Marcus from police who see his stature and Blackness as a threat. In the excerpt below , after a horrible fight with his wife, Marcus has a run-in with police while he’s minding his business in the hall of his friend, Quinn’s apartment building. 

Sweet Love – Bitter Fruit
By Lyndell Williams
$ 2.99, 332pp, Kindle
$12.99, 343pp, Paperback
Genre: Urban Professional Romance

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Marcus opened his eyes and jumped at the poke on his arm. He blinked and looked up and moaned. Great. Two uniformed police officers loomed over him looking none too pleased. “What’re you doing in the hall?” asked a cop with a thick mustache. “You live here?” The cop grumbled and jabbed him harder. Continue reading “#MFRWHooks-Resisting Arrest in Romance”

#MFRWHooks, Hot New Romance, Queen of the Castle

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Hey, readers! I’m so excited to share a little of my latest, steamy book, Queen of the Castle. It’s a sensual interracial romance that tests the limits of love and desire.  Check out the blurb, then get ready for a taste of 🔥heat🔥!

Queen of the Castle by [Lyndell Williams, FoolProof Editing]Queen of the Castle
$0.99, 112pp, Kindle
Genre: BWWM Romance
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Tarika is happy living single. She loves her home—her castle—and is not looking for some man to try and take over everything she has built. When her best friend, Hafsah throws Aqil her way, Tarika makes it clear that she is not interested in the shy man, who barely speaks to her. When she needs his help after an accident, she allows Aqil and his daughter into her life, making it difficult to resist his sexy gray eyes and sultry smile. The more time she spends with him, the harder it is to keep her distance. Continue reading “#MFRWHooks, Hot New Romance, Queen of the Castle”

Romance Tropes! Love ’em or hate ’em?

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Alice Renaud

Until I started to write romance, I didn’t know what a “trope” was. If you’d asked me, I would have said it was probably some sort of short mountain troll (I know – I spend too much time reading fantasy novels). A trope is “a significant or recurrent theme; a motif” and many romance novels are built around one or several tropes. Many romance readers like specific tropes and will be more tempted to pick up a book if it features one of their favorite themes. So here are a few of my favorite (and not so favorite) tropes!

Forbidden love: one of my favorites. Actually, all my published books feature this theme. My fantasy romance series Sea of Love follows the lives and loves of three young merfolk. Each one falls in love with a human, in defiance of the laws of their people, and have to choose between the duty to their families and Clans and their heart. I love that trope because it generates great internal conflict for the characters and forces them to show what they’re made of.

Fated Mates

Fated mates is a popular trope in paranormal and fantasy romance, and one I team up with forbidden love in the Sea of Love series. Merfolk have a legend that every merman and mermaid has a soulmate somewhere. Only when they find him or her will they be complete. In the case of the three young merfolk in the series, Yann, Rob and Caltha, their soulmate happens to be human, but they are helplessly drawn to them just the same.

Hero/heroine in jeopardy

 I love a good jeopardy! My favorite scene in Music for a Merman, the second Sea of Love book, is when the heroine Charlie is chased through the marshes at night by angry mermen. But she saves herself… and then saves the hero too. The traditional set up in romance is the strong hero rescuing the heroine, but I like to turn it around and have the heroine save the hero. My heroines are strong women!

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Virgins

I like a virgin (no snickering at the back) because first love is one of the most profound experiences in life. My heroes and heroines so far have been young, and their fated mate is their first true love. This is magnified when the heroine is a virgin, as in my third book, Mermaids Marry in Green. Many romances feature a female virgin, particularly historical romances, which is appropriate for the period they depict. Again though, I like to put a twist on it in some of my stories. In Music for a Merman, the hero, though not a virgin, is a lot less experienced and sexually confident than the sassy heroine. I am planning to write a book where the hero is a virgin. Well, as a time-traveling medieval monk, he will have a good excuse!

One variant on this trope is the young (sometimes very young) heroine seduced by an older man. There, I have to say… Eek. In the days of Me Too, this does not look right. Older romance novels do feature that theme, but it’s less popular now, and I think that’s a good thing. For example, in the Poldark novels, the heroine, Demelza, is 12 when Ross Poldark first meets her, and only 17 when he first sleeps with her. In the TV adaptation, they wisely made Demelza older (the actress was 21 in the first series) and a lot closer in age to the dashing hero.

What about you? Do you have a favorite or most hated trope? If yes, let me know in the comments! 

Check out Alice’s Latest Romance!

Music for a Merman (Sea of Love Book 2) by [Alice Renaud]Music for a Merman
By Alice Renaud
$1.99, 128 pp, Kindle
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble… especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger. Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Spy on humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Merman Clan. It should be easy. Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that was Charlie’s motto. It had served her well until now. But Rob is different… Can she open up her heart to Rob – when a secret buried in her past surfaces and changes her completely?

About Alice Renaud

Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she’s a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shapeshifting mermen, water monsters and time-traveling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now and the third, “Mermaids Marry in Green” will be released later this year. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, out now. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!

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#bookteaser, #newrelease – Man in Chains By Sara Allen

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Man In Chains
By Sara Allen
$3.70, 360, Kindle
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Man In ChainsGianni ‘The Diamond’ Marcello has one goal; to be the boxing champion of the world. It will take commitment, sacrifice, discipline and hard work, the biggest being love and a meaningful relationship. They won’t co-exist; responsibility for one’s family takes precedence. He’s prepared to leave one to achieve the other. In Shelley, he’s found the perfect girl. She understands his objectives. Until they’re married and every action proves him wrong. Disappointed, Gianni struggles to accommodate a situation he wasn’t expecting. Continue reading “#bookteaser, #newrelease – Man in Chains By Sara Allen”

#bookteaser, #newrelease Two Truths and a Lie by Daryl Devore

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Two Truths and a Lie by [Daryl Devore]Two Truths and a Lie
By Daryl Devore
$8.00, 195pp, print
$5.00, 195pp, Kindle
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Available at Amazon

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The legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian with a twenty-first-century twist. If you love hot, billionaire romances, then this is a must-read.

From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré’s latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond. Continue reading “#bookteaser, #newrelease Two Truths and a Lie by Daryl Devore”

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