Bookteaser – Rash and Rationality by Ellen Mint

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Hello! I’m please to share with you an excerpt from Rash & Rationality, a modern gender-swapped take Sense & Sensibility.

In this scene, Marty Dashwood’s been helping Brandy paint her living room. Hijinks ensue, just-friendships are threatened.

Rash and Rationality (Happily Ever Austen Book 2) by [Ellen Mint]Rash and Rationality
By Ellen Mint
$ 4.99, 192pp, Kindle
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Hello! I’m please to share with you an excerpt from Rash & Rationality, a modern gender-swapped take Sense & Sensibility.

In this scene, Marty Dashwood’s been helping Brandy paint her living room. Hijinks ensue, just-friendships are threatened. Continue reading “Bookteaser – Rash and Rationality by Ellen Mint”

Story Length- Does Size Matter?

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Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

“Make the story as long as it needs to be.” The words from my writing coach echoed in my mind when I began my journey writing romance and continues to help me with each story as it evolves.

Storytelling is an art form that requires writers to let the tale unfold the way it needs to. Resisting can influence the quality of the final execution. I have been in situations where I tried to pound a story to fit into specific word counts, mainly based on my own capricious standards or a publisher’s guidelines. The story almost always pushed back, leaving me to streamline and coax it into the required length. Sometimes it worked–but not always.

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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”

Authors Playing in Characters’ Closets

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How do you decide how to dress your characters?

The characters in my romances drive the plot. Besides unfolding how a couple falls or stays in love, I like to portray them doing it while holding down jobs or running businesses. While they may not be flat broke, they still have to get up and put in the work, and their clothes reflect their ambitious and entrepreneurial lifestyles.

Readers want impactful characters that make them laugh, cry, yell and swoon. The clothes they wear when doing one or more of those things can deepen the connection as readers turn the page. In Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, I wanted the clothes Marcus and Toni wore to reflect their complex lives. Continue reading “Authors Playing in Characters’ Closets”

#bookreview – Requiem By Taveyah LaShay

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REQUIEM: BOOK 1: ORIGINS by [Taveyah LaShay]Requiem
Taveyah LaShay
$4.98, 187pp, Kindle
Genre: Suspense

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The world can be a cruel place, full of people out only for themselves. In Requiem, Taveyah LaShay treats readers to a cast of callous characters focused on keeping secrets and getting their ways, which sends them crashing into each other.

At the center of the story is Paul, a rich albino Black man passing for White. He is selfish and manipulative, keeping his wife Sandra and mistress/secretary Madisin on their toes. When he is faced with losing one of them and a medical crisis, he begins to make some irrational decisions that endanger the people he loves. Continue reading “#bookreview – Requiem By Taveyah LaShay”

How Author Dee S. Knight Finds Inspiration

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By Dee S. Knight

Every writer gets inspiration from somewhere, a muse that shouts (or whispers) in their ear, asking for a book. Often, I find mine in songs or from a phrase in a conversation.

I wrote the paranormal, erotic romance, The Man of Her Dreams (soon-to-be republished), based on a song I heard while out driving. The song was Wish You Were Here. It was about a man who had gone away for business and sent his wife a postcard talking about how beautiful the place was. He ended with “Wish you were here!” He died on the way home, and she received the card after his death. In The Man of Her Dreams, the heroine receives a strange card from her husband and then he dies on the way home. Her card ends in mystery and intrigue. I am enjoying re-reading this book as I update it for a publication this summer! Continue reading “How Author Dee S. Knight Finds Inspiration”

#Newrelease – Rainbow Sprinkles by D.V. Stone

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Rainbow Sprinkles (One Scoop or Two) by [D. V. Stone]Rainbow Sprinkles
By D.V. Stone
$1.99, 63 pp, Kindle
Genre: sweet, contemporary romance

Retired and widowed Gloriana Jones is forging on with the plans she and her late husband dreamed of—bringing joy and happiness, one ice cream cone at a time, to Lake Unami. But bad weather is drowning her dream. A trip to Upstate NY is bittersweet for Nathan James. He is excited to see his first granddaughter but without his wife he’s lonely. When his car breaks down, he heads to the only light he can see, an ice cream shop. With aid from a heavenly source, electricity sparks, but will the two weather the summer storms and find love a second time? Or will their hopes and dreams melt away?

Continue reading “#Newrelease – Rainbow Sprinkles by D.V. Stone”

Gelato Surprise – A Steamy Older Woman-Younger Man Beach Romance

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Gelato Surprise (One Scoop or Two) by [Sadira Stone]Gelato Surprise
By Sadira Stone
$3.98, 114 pp, Kindle
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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She came to the beach to find herself—and found him.

Forty-two-year-old divorcée Danielle Peters ends up alone on her family’s annual beach vacation. Maybe time to herself is exactly what she needs. That and gelato from her favorite ice cream shop. But when the owner’s intoxicating young nephew offers more than sweet treats, she’s tempted to indulge in a hot summer fling before returning home.

Thirty-one-year-old Matteo Verducci craved a fresh start to mend his broken heart, and he’s found almost perfection in Ocean View, where he scoops gelato by day and crafts furniture by night. But when a sexy older woman stops to sample his wares—Mamma mia! He only has two weeks to convince her their passion is more than a delicious surprise.

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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”

MFRWSteam – Muslims Do That?!

Book Blog Promos (2) Hey, ravished romance readers! Depicting Muslim couples navigating love and sensual scenes continue to be a key inspiration in my romance writing. While I do not write Muslim characters exclusively, I do want to convey some of the unique social factors driving romance and union in parts of American Muslim culture, keeping the bedroom door wide open for readers. Yeah, things can get pretty steamy in my books, no matter the portrayed backgrounds of the characters.  In my book, Open to Love, the main characters Hafsah and Faheem struggle to keep their hands off each other until marriage. Once they sign the wedding contract, all bets are off! DIY Guide Blog Banner (2)

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#BookTeaser – Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot

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Hey, everyone, my name is JL Peridot. I’m a sci-fi/futuristic romance writer from Australia. More specifically, “retrofuturistic” romance. I have a mild obsession with old technology, especially when it’s projected hundreds of years into the future where it really has no business still hanging around. Some writers (and readers) call them anachronisms. I call them beautiful.

Today, I’m sharing a teaser from my very first novella, Chasing Sisyphus. It’s set in a retro-futuristic city on a distant planet, where eyeball implants and sleek technology coexists with chunky handheld devices and guns that still fire bullets. I hope you enjoy!

Chasing Sisyphus [The Basilica Conspiracy] (Siren Publishing Allure) by [JL Peridot]Chasing Sisyphus
JL Peridot
$2.98, 92pp, Kindle
Genre: Scifi Erotica

Excerpt

Adria hadn’t counted on the tripwire. This kid knew someone would follow him home one day. He’d strung a line of empty soup cans across the apartment hallway. When she kicked that out, a hefty serving of iced water came down squarely on her head. Gooseflesh prickled her neck and shoulders. The muscles in her jaw seized in the cold. Against the shock, she scrambled to her feet, fired up to catch the stomping and crashing in the other room before it got away.

A figure ran past the doorway. Continue reading “#BookTeaser – Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot”

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”

The Literary Pilgrim – a Writer’s Journey

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Have you ever gone on a literary pilgrimage? If so, where and why?

Pilgrimage is an important part of my faith. In Islam, traveling to the venerated city of Mecca (known as Hajj) is a sacred journey that provides those blessed with the chance to perform Hajj rites expiation of their sins and closeness to the creator.

Some people save for their entire lives to make the holy trip. Others go on Hajj to die. It is an arduous trek. Every pilgrim has their Hajj stories, telling of illnesses, injuries, and challenges to finishing everything without blowing their cool. Despite the physical obstacles, many Muslims through the world strive to go on Hajj. The emotional and spiritual benefits far outweigh any difficulties.

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#OpenBook Building a Stand Alone Universe, Connecting Characters

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Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

One of the great things about storytelling is that the worlds that authors create can be as simple or involved and complex as they want. Although I have some stories with less porous worlds, I do like to have some characters show up in other plots, which can be important in the romance genre.

Many romance readers end up falling in love with characters in a book, wanting to see more of them. I developed a series based on the desire for readers’ requests to see more of one character or another. I initially wrote the book Open to Love as one book, when beta readers asked me to also tell the stories of secondary characters Tarika and Aqil. I also got feedback asking what the deal was with Rahma. I hit the keyboard and framed the Open to Love series. Queen of the Castle joined book one, and book three is coming soon.

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#newrelease Finding Love by Amelia Rucker

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Finding Love (Finding Series Book 1) by [Amelia Rucker]Finding Love
By Amelia Rucker
$0.99, 219, Kindle
Available at Amazon

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Adriana Robinson is on the journey to start life all over again. A single mother and hardworking nurse, Adriana soon comes upon a small town where she meets new friends as well as a new guy. Everything seems to go well as soon as her past comes back to haunt her.

A.J. Bowman is looking for a new home, not love. The once-successful golf player wants to leave behind all of his accomplishments and start over as well. It isn’t long that he runs into the sassy Adriana, and a spark starts to fire. Although both start on rough patches, it isn’t long that love blossoms and drama unfolds.

Will Adriana and A.J come together to battle past demons or will they be torn apart for good?

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#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
Available at Amazon

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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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#IWSG – Swallow Rejection, Focus on the Work

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Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Why y’all asking people to tell their secrets?

A lot of my work as a cultural critic and author involves me asserting confidence about my abilities and talents and using them to encourage writers to form supportive networks that will help us all get our words to the world. While I am blessed to get to write for online publications and my own stories, I also take advantage of opportunities to coach, mentor and cheerlead my fellow writers to get their thoughts and stories out there. I guess that is why it is hard to accept the infrequency for substantial mutual support. Continue reading “#IWSG – Swallow Rejection, Focus on the Work”

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