Gift Woes and Nos

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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.

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Trials of Writing -Bad Book Reviews and Rejection Letters

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.

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Saying No to Save Yourself

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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.

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#booktease- Rescue Road

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. 

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#bookteaser Conflicts of A Bad Boy

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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.

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Writing Humor in Romance

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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.

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Interview – Lyndell Williams Romances and The Power of Fiction.

I had the pleasure of joining social media influencer Abdullah Najjar for an interview about my work. I found the experience interesting. Abdullah was the first Muslim male interviewer who discussed my romances and inclusion of sensual scenes with me.

I was glad to be able to express the reasons why I am committed to providing readers across social backgrounds diverse romance that touches on social issues and gives off some heat!

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October’s Featured Authors and Giveaways! — I Love Diverse Romance

Happy October! Fall has arrived and there is now a chill in the air. Stay warm by cuddling up with the alphas from this month’s featured romances. We’ve got something for everyone. From contemporary heroes to sexy anti-heroes, you’re sure to find the perfect book boyfriend from this selection. “Can I massage your sexy muscles?”When […]

October’s Featured Authors and Giveaways! — I Love Diverse Romance

#bookreview Guarding His Midnight Witness

Hey, romance addicts. It’s been a minute since I had the time to review a book, but I have one for you guys!

Art, law enforcement and organized crime, who could want anything more? In Guarding His Midnight Witness, Anna J Stewart offers readers a respectable romantic suspense with the usual suspects and elements layered with stable and quirky characters.

Artist Greta is struggling with a creative block making painting impossible. So what does she do? Why, the only thing possible. Cooped up in a loft with her mind whizzing and creative juices not flowing, she takes to sipping tea, petting her cat and spying the neighborhood. Only thing is, she gets more than what she bargains for when she witnesses a murder, or at least she thinks she saw one. No, she did, right?

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#NewRelease – “Building on Broken Dreams” by Lyndell Williams

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Building on Broken Dreams
By Lyndell Williams
An Erotic Suspense Romance
Release Date: 10/14/20
Amazon
ASIN: B08JY5MLT8
Kindle Unlimited

Tagline

He’s everything she wants, but can she trust another man?

Steamy romantic suspense. He’ll never hurt her. But can he protect her from the man who wants to?

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JY5MLT8

Mockups Link

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Blurb

From award-winning writer and bestselling author Lyndell Williams, a steamy romance that tests the boundaries of faith and yearning.

If Maryam Avery stays in New York for one more day, she will die.

Trapped in an abusive relationship with the manipulative and cruel Raad, she can feel her life closing in around her. After he chases her from her home and family, Maryam flees to Philadelphia, searching desperately for a new beginning, something to help rebuild her spiritually and physically.

When she meets the mysterious Adam, things are thrown off-kilter. A successful businessperson…

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Dialogue in Fiction Writing

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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.

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