Writing Habits – Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop

RomanceWeeklyThis week Vicki Mixon ask authors of Romance Writers Weekly  questions about their writing life. Hope you have already visited with Victoria Barbour for her answers.

feather penWas there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it? Definitely not. I loved writing as a kid until the red pen slashed my spirit. Decades later, a movie incited me to write a fan fiction story, which turned into its own entity. I wasted way too much time editing, however, I learned perseverance for other manuscripts to come.

My first beta reader (who read all types of book) encouraged me to continue refining my skills. Still scarred by the bloodletting red pen, I hesitated to join a writers’ group. When I finally took the plunge, the chapter had just restarted a critique group. The three of us who joined were all pretty close in skill and continued on our own after our leader quit. In those two years we’ve all grown in our writing and two of us are published. Our critique group has increased from three to seven. Using Google documents to submit our chapters, we’ve streamlined the process and stay current with technology, too.

When you write a story do you see it unfold as one big picture, or do you add layering in subsequent drafts? AlthoughMovie Reel and Film I see my stories as scenes from a movie, they’re not a complete film. In the beginning there’s a basic idea and evolves from there. Nothing is set in stone.

How many drafts do you usually write before you send your work to your editor? I’ll write a few chapters then put to the critique group. After incorporating their suggested edits, I’ll leave those chapters and move on. Once the group has critiqued most of the book, I’ll run through once more before sending to my PRO mentor and make edits on her suggestions.

WhiteDoe_EbookCover_600X900This equals about four times for a book or novella. All for a dollar or less profit on my current release. I must be a masochist. BTW my novella, White Doe, is currently free on All Romance.

Thanks for stopping by for my post on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop. Hope you’ll see how Fiona Riplee answers.

 

Game On! A First #8Sunday #flashfiction

Game On! is my short story I’m serving up on Weekend Writing Warriors for #8Sunday. In this week’s flash fiction eight, Jordan (an emotionally scarred teacher) and Heath (a semi-pro football player), met recently and have finished their first date where she’s proposed a sexual game during his time in the area. She ended brunch with a teasing a kiss, saying she’d call him.

Jordan licked her lips enjoying the lingering taste of his masculinity. Who was she trying to kid? More than likely he was attracted to her because of her apparent indifference. With having cheerleader types swooning over him for a decade, he’d probably grown bored. Then she’d snatched a pass out of mid-air right in front of him on the beach.

Funny thing was she didn’t feel athletic around him. Every bit of his six foot three, two-hundred twenty plus pounds of hard male made her soft. Feminine in fact―a first for her.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s flash fiction for Game On! For more fun check out other Weekend Writing Warriors‘ blogs.

I you have a 40K+ uncontracted romance novel, consider entering Chesapeake Romance Writers “Finish the Damn Book” writing contest. Here’s the link. Hurry, the deadline is soon! http://chesapeakeromancewriters.wordpress.com/finish-the-damn-book-contest/

WhiteDoe_EbookCover_600X900If you like sexy shifters, my erotic novella,  White Doe, is currently free on All Romance

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read May 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the theme of the book. The lovers coming together after being separated for so long and having their love endure for ten years then growing stronger was awesome. Accepting who and what they are is a perfect example of how everyone should treat themselves and one another.

Banx Bound – First Colony #OBX

      Banx Bound is a series I write about places and events happening on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, affectionately known at OBX by the six million annual visitors.

        For those who may not know, the Outer Banks played an intricate part in U.S. history when the English established a temporary settlement…

Banx Bound 

The First Settlement

Roanoke Colony was the first English settlement on North America located on what is now known as Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.

Virginia Dare was the first born English colonist and for which Dare County is named. The colony was left to fend for itself after war broke out between England and Spain. When Governor, John White was allowed return with supplies, three years later, the settlers including his grandchild, Virginia Dare, had vanished.

 courtesy of Wiki Commons                           Courtesy of Wiki Commons

 The word Croatoan had been carved in one the fort posts and the buildings had been dismantled. It is speculated that the colonists moved to what is now Hatteras Island and integrated with friendly Native Americans. The The Lost Colony is reenacted as an outdoor drama at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Park in Manteo during May through August and will start its 77th season this year.

Like my second home, OBX is where my many of my books are set. The premise of my paranormal novella, White Doe, plays off a mysterious Native American legend about a white deer. For a sexy fall read check out White Doe on the e-book links at the top of this page. It’s currently free on All Romance.

All Romance  Amazon   B&N   Smashwords

Have you have ever visited the Outer Banks. If so what are your favorite things to do and see?

Writing Habits – Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop

RomanceWeeklyThis week JjDevine ask authors of Romance Writers Weekly  questions about their writing habits. Hope you have already visited with Raine Balkera for her answers.

arrowsYou’re moving right along with a storyline and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you or do you conform your story to your way? Depends on how twisted the twist. If the turn feels true to the characters and not my own whims, then I’ll probably write in the new direction. During one story, my muse wouldn’t let me be, so I wrote both endings, but ultimately opted for keeping the original.

pumpkinsmWhat time of year is your best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring?  I’d wondered this myself and started dating inception dates on the first page of my stories. It didn’t take long to discover my ideas are more numerous in fall. Usually, it’s the time of year when I’ll begin a manuscript. Although I’m a beach lover, I dearly love fall and the mysterious nature of the season. I tend to polish and submit stories in winter and spring.

When looking for a publisher do you chose a traditional press, indie route, or one that does both, e-book and print? For me it depends on the type of story. I queried a small e-publisher recommended by a friend for my first publication, the novella, White Doe. For the novel and “baby” dearest to my heart, I dreamed of publishing with a big name publisher. My dream came true when I signed a contract with Kensington/Lyrical for Hot as Blazes.

I have another completed novel, I’d like to see published with a mainstream publisher. However, the current novella I’m near to finishing, I’m considering self-publishing. Lucky for me, I have author friends willing to help.

Thanks for stopping by for my post on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop. Hope you’ll see how A.S. Fenichel answers.

I love hearing from you. Comment by including your name and e-mail address (won’t be published)

Game On! Leaving Hungry #8Sunday #flashfiction

Game On! is my short story I’m serving up on Weekend Writing Warriors for #8Sunday. In this week’s flash fiction eight, Jordan (an emotionally scarred teacher) and Heath (a semi-pro football player), who met recently, are have finished their first date where  she’s proposed a sexual game during his season in the area. Today’s body part was the lips and she’s just teased him with hers.

When she begged entry, he pressed her against the car, hip to hip, Jordan shivered at the bulge against her belly as his hot tongue met hers and explored. Her feet left the ground as he continued his sensual assault.

For a year she’d been in exile, avoiding the male species. Heath’s sexy kiss awakened the woman she’d hidden from the world. A hunger warmed her lower belly and spread. She wanted him. In a bad way.

“Wow, it’d be fun to work a little longer on that part.” He teased after his lips parted from hers.

Her cheeks heated in agreement. “I’ll call you.”

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s flash fiction for Game On! For more fun check out other Weekend Writing Warriors‘ blogs.

I you have a 40K+ uncontracted romance novel, consider entering Chesapeake Romance Writers “Finish the Damn Book” writing contest. Here’s the link. Hurry, the deadline is soon! http://chesapeakeromancewriters.wordpress.com/finish-the-damn-book-contest/

If you like sexy shifters, my erotic novella,  White Doe, is currently is 99c on WhiteDoe_EbookCover_299x4448Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read May 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the theme of the book. The lovers coming together after being separated for so long and having their love endure for ten years then growing stronger was awesome. Accepting who and what they are is a perfect example of how everyone should treat themselves and one another.

Sleeping Beauty and the Demon on Cocky Confessions

cocky confessions_tealMarina Myles and her hero are visiting today. Her Cursed Princes romance series with Kensington are fairy tale retellings that are hot, a bit twisted, and feature immortal Prince Charmings, who aren’t always good!

Dragomir Starkov is the hero of her third novel, Sleeping Beauty and theSleeping Beauty And The Demon (eBook) Demon. He’s a mysterious illusionist who can make woman do things by way of his dark, hypnotic stare. He’s fallen for Rose Carlisle—a beautiful young woman yearning to be protected by his magic and their love affair begins one stormy night in 1912 New York City. Right after Drago opens his magic show, he spots Rose in the audience. Interestingly, he isn’t shocked to see her because he has willed the blond beauty to come tonight…

Glad to have you today, Dragomir.

*nods* Thanks.

So you compel women with your stare.  Sexy! Let’s start out with what attracts you. Is there a specific body type, hair, or eye color? Does your current lover meet the criteria? I love women with long blond hair, firm curves, and violet eyes. Not only does gorgeous Rose meet the criteria, she is my dream girl.

So what’s the hottest thing she’s said to you? In the midst of our fiery lovemaking, she whispered in my ear, “Drago. Your touch will always be magical to me.”

And is there a favorite piece of her clothing you enjoy removing? Her blouse, skirt, chemise, and undergarments. Everything!

Sounds wicked hot. What do you believe is your most attractive feature? Perhaps my eyes. Although they’re almost black, I’m told they flash with desire when I am aroused. Oh, and women seem to love my rich, Romanian accent.

I’m sure they do. Tell our audience what intrigues you most about your lover? Rose has the face of an innocent angel, but she is more than willing to gain carnal experience.

Is there a special place you like to take her for a romantic evening? In the plushest box of the theater where I perform. Late one night, after everyone was gone, I laid her over a damask bench, unbuttoned her blouse, skimmed my lips down her neck and—well, you’ll have to read the book to discover the rest!

Public places…oh yeah! Do you rely on physical prowess or your intelligence to attract women? Other men may rely on these things, but I’m able to use my magical powers. Hypnotism can make for an incredible, sexual encounter.

What a cool power. With that said, what worries you most? I’m worried about Rose succumbing to the curse cast upon her as a child. I am here to protect her from it and guard her fiercely.

A curse? Well then, she’s lucky to have your protection. Do you have a secret no one knows? My biggest secret is that I am immortal and have experienced life for many centuries. In all that time, I never found a soul mate. Until Rose.

I always love hearing that from a hero.  Last but not least, what’s one thing you’ve never told your lover? That I am immortal. And when Rose discovers my demonic powers, it makes for a very interesting turning point in Sleeping Beauty and the Demon!

I’ll bet! *winks*

I hope you enjoyed this interview. Thanks for having me.

It was great to meet you! Now an excerpt for our readers.

EXCERPT ~ SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE DEMON

Rose began to cry all over again. “But I don’t know if my feelings for you are real.”

With a slow, sultry motion, Drago leaned in and began to kiss away her hot tears. “Your feelings are very real.”

Her eyelids grew heavy and her eyes fluttered shut against his touch.

“They’re very real because I love you in return. And I’ll never let you go.”

“You still haven’t given me an answer,” she said hoarsely.

“If I did hypnotize you, do you want me to lift my spell?”

His warmth enveloped her—and because she knew deep down that she would never feel alive without him, all she could was answer honestly. “No.”

Apparently, that was all he needed to hear. Urging her head upward, he covered her mouth with his. Body aflame, she parted her lips and let his tongue glide forward. Its sweet taste intoxicated her—and as his hand dropped from the curve of her neck to the roundness of her breast, she pressed against it to make his grasp firmer.

In a single scoop, Drago lifted her off the divan and carried her into his bedroom. After he laid her on the bed, he lowered the gas lamp’s flame to a dim glow. Then he stood to remove his shirt. When he joined her on the mattress, another surge of desire shot through her.

“My rosebud. I want you more than any other woman I’ve known. Without you, food has no taste, music holds no gaiety, and life has no meaning. Will you let me show you how much I love you?”

Rose could only whimper a response. A slip of air separated them and she could smell his masculine scent sweep forward. Reeling with anxiousness, she reached for him and he caressed her lips with his again. She put a hand to the angle of his jaw and felt it clench and unclench as his experienced tongue rolled in and out of her mouth. She never knew a kiss could offer so much satisfaction. What carnal delights awaited her when she was finally naked in Drago’s arms?

Naked? My God! Reality washed over her. What on earth was she doing in this apartment, with this man who was so much older and more experienced than she?

As if he’d read her thoughts, Drago said, “Don’t worry, Rose. This will be our little secret.”

Before she knew it, he was unbuttoning her lace blouse. As his deft fingers moved over the fabric, he continued to devour her with hot kisses. Meanwhile, Rose’s desire for him made her throws her cares to the wind, fueling her willingness.

That sense of empowerment stopped her from freezing with self-consciousness when he exposed her breast.

“Christ,” he said gruffly at the sight. “You’re so damned beautiful.”

She blushed and looked away.

“As you’ve guessed by now, I’m a bad man,” he murmured, just as gruffly. “A man who wants to make love to you hotly. Wickedly.”

BIO:

marinamylesMarina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days in Dallas, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. Visit her at www.marinamyles.com

Represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency

Published works – The CURSED PRINCES series with Kensington

Beauty and the Wolf

Snow White and the Vampire

A Warlock’s Dance (novella)

Sleeping Beauty and the Demon

Christmas at Thorncliff Towers (releases November 2014)

Cinderella and the Ghost (release February 2015)

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www.amazon.com/author/marinamyles

BUY LINKS FOR SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE DEMON:

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Flash Fiction – Kiss Me Slowly

RomanceWeeklyIf you arrived here via Xio Axelrod you know it’s Flash Fiction week for the Romance Writers Weekly crew! Here’s our inspiration pic.  Kissmeslowlytumblr_mwkuu4AeyW1skli52o1_500

Shadowed faces flickered in the light of the bonfire as Ray scanned the crowd dressed in jeans and hoodies. Rock music blended with the rumbling surf a few yards away. He’d always felt at home at his buddy’s beach house, but with Bobby’s sister away at college it wasn’t the same.

Tonight, Jo would turn twenty-one. He’d stolen a kiss from her on her sixteenth birthday on a nearby dune. And wouldn’t you know big brother, Bobby, appeared out of nowhere, probably sent by their dad. Ray dreamt of so much more, but loved Jo too much to press beyond that tender affection.

He’d taken for granted there was plenty of time to reveal his feelings before she left for California, but then her father suddenly died in a car accident. Bobby begged him not to confuse her. Let her fulfill her dream before interfering in her life.

portrait of young  coupleSo he let her go without a word… just a taste of her lips, plump and sweet with a hint of the sea. Her intake of breath revealed surprise. With slow determination he worshiped her mouth allowing her know he would be as thorough with her body.

Her lips responded, parting for his tongue to graze hers in a sensual glide. The only air he needed belonged to her. Lost in those seconds he knew he’d wait as long as necessary for her to return home and hopefully to him.

At the stroke of her birthday, he pressed her number on his cell. One, two, three rings. His heart hammered, losing hope.

“Ray?” His name sounded breathless.

“Happy birthday, Dahlin.”

“You remembered.” Her voice caressed his ear.

“Of course, we’re celebrating in your honor. Wish you were home.”

“Me too…so tell me…would your birthday kiss be as sweet as the one you gave me at the airport when you said goodbye?”

“How about I catch the next flight to Cali and let you decide.”

These characters are from my soon to be published novel, Hot as Blazes. This could be prequel scene before the book begins but would be wishful thinking on Ray’s with regard to her question about his kiss. She is as blind to his love as he is to hers and both are fearful of losing their long time friendship. Now hop on over for Fiona Riplee‘s story.

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