When Characters Take Over (Video)

#openbook Blog Hop - Who’s the boss, you or the story?

Each new story draft comes with a list of decisions to make a book publishable. While writing, many authors will choose to lean on their outlined plot or characters to flesh out their story. If they don’t, no worries, the plot or characters will do it for them, dictating the trajectory of the prose.

In this video, I talk about my tenacious characters and their obstinance in making sure I write them and the plot to suit them.

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#seriesspotlight – The Dreggs

Greetings, romance addicts. I have a whole series for you this time, with excerpts and everything! Check out The Dreggs series by Leslie Georgeson. Keep scrolling for a giveaway!



The Dregs series blurb:

Feared by most. Hated by others. Envied by none.
Always hunted, they live in the shadows.
Once powerful warriors, they are now the dregs.

In a city overrun by gang violence, can these former soldiers overcome their violent pasts, dispel the stigma surrounding them, and learn to fall in love? 

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#newrelease – A Stroke at Midnight

Hey, romance addicts. I have an new book for you guys…from me! A Stroke at Midnight is a BDSM romance that features Mateo and Deja, a couple who have been trying to keep thing platonic despite the heat radiating between them. This book is one in the steam-packed Love & Lust at Lockdown series.

I plan on getting more quick reads (books under 100 pages) to readers, who have asked for some stories they can read at lunchtime.

He will have her before the year is out!

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#Guest Post- Gayle Irwin on Holiday Traditions

Hey, romance addicts. I hope everyone is having a great week. I have nice book teaser for you guys from Gayle M. Irwin. She is sharing an excerpt from her sweet romance, Rhiann’s Rescue and her take on holiday traditions.

Guest Post

Gayle M. Irwin

Rhiann's Rescue: A Pet Rescue Romance Prequel by [GAYLE M IRWIN]

Recently, a few friends and I talked about our holiday traditions: baking, driving around town looking at Christmas lights; going into the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree; attending church on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. We often bring traditions from our childhoods into our marriages and parenting, passing down stories, activities, and rituals to other generations.

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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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