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.

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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)

www.facebook.com/marinamylesauthor

www.twitter.com/#!/marinaauthor

www.amazon.com/author/marinamyles

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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.

Game On! Today’s Body Part #8Sunday

Game On! is my short story I’m serving up on Weekend Writing Warriors for #8Sunday. In this week’s eight, Jordan (an emotionally scarred teacher) and Heath (a semi-pro football player), who met recently, are have finished their first date. To his surprise, she has proposed a sexual game during his season in the area.

Maybe it was his southern charm, but he’d put her at ease. She’d initiated the body part game to see how he would react.

With him standing so close behind her as she unlocked her car, she nearly bumped into his bulk as she turned to say goodbye. His clean scent reminded her of the ocean, as today’s body part loomed over her.

Straight and masculine lips parted as his hand snaked around to her lower back, bringing her against torso.

Her breath hitched as their bodies met and the blue in his eyes darkened. Sweeping her cheek across his jaw in a slow sensual glide, she tasted his lips then nibbled.

He seemed to fight the urge to control the kiss, allowing her to remain in charge…until she toyed too long.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s 8 for Game On! For more fun check out other Weekend Writing Warriors‘ blogs.

This week I’m celebrating the anniversary of my novella,  White Doe which is currently is 99c at Amazon.

5 Stars
on November 29, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Fantastic storyline, sensuous, bold, and captivating are only a few of the words to describe this book!!! I would have kept on reading no matter how long it took to read, but wished it had not ended so soon. I would love to read any sequels with the characters in it. I can not wait to read more from this author. I love a mix of love, sensuality, and paranormal!!

A Cocky Confession from Shane of White Doe

cocky confessions_tealIs there a romantic hero you crave to know more about? Today I have my hero from White Doe confessing his secrets as his story, celebrates its anniversary.

Welcome Shane. *licks lips under his golden gaze. His physique is heart stopping decked out in black leather*  Good to see you again, Dani. It’s been a while.

“ You look as fine as ever.”  *winks* You created me.

Tell our audience a bit about you.   My name is Shane Cheveyo. I grew up in the small town of Manteo on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m of Native American descent and born from a line of shifters, namely my great-father. He was chieftain of our small tribe until he passed.

Tell us something no one would believe about you? Large or small. I’ve only ever loved one woman.

What’s the one thing you’d never tell your lover? How to dress. Cheynne and I kept enough secrets before we got together.

Name something she does to totally turn you on? Dance. She used to be a stripper. I’m envious of the pole.

Do you have a fetish? If so, what is it? Long hair. Chey’s is like black satin sweeping over my thighs or chest.

Clears throat. I get the picture. Do you rely on your physical prowess or your intelligence to attract a lover? My hog… *LOL* I mean my Harley.

What’s something you’ve done that could have landed you in prison? Too many things to count. The army did a lot for me in the way of discipline.

Where did you lose your virginity? On the beach, but it wasn’t with Chey. I regret that, but our separation made me realize she’d the woman for me.

Who’s your best buddy? What do you guys do when bromancing? I never really had a close bro until I met Jim when I joined the Pirates MC (motor cycle club). We usually hang out at the Black Raven or take off on the bikes. He wants to know when you’re going to write his story.

A couple of reviewers asked the same thing, so there’s a possibility. Is there a specific body type, hair, or eye color that attracts you? Does Cheyenne meet the criteria? I love a curvy ass and Chey certainly knows how to use hers.

What’s a sexually fantasy Chey would never agree to? A threesome, but then I’d never be able to handle her being with another guy and she’s not into chicks.

What’s your occupation? Diesel mechanic. I work for local marine engine company on the fishing boats. They call me Dr. Diesel.

Because you’re good with your hands? Among other things.

How did you meet Cheyenne? Small town, we knew one another as kids.

What do you believe is your most attractive feature? Hmm, I got a great wingspan. *LOL*

How do you stay fit? Flying. It’s good exercise and better than any drug.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? To have taken my great-grandfather’s advice. But like most people, I had to learn from my mistakes.

Name your most comfy article of clothing? I’m confident in my MC colors, a.k.a. my leather vest with the Pirates insignia.

A favorite piece of clothing you like to remove from your lover? The leather jacket I bought her to wear when she rides with me. One night on the beach, she used it during a private striptease.

Wow. Most interesting place you’ve taken your lover? The sky.

What’s the hottest thing a lover has ever said to you? Read the book. It’s her final statement at the end.

Thanks Shane! Chey’s a lucky lady. Take care Dani. * kisses cheek*

*swoons * Where was I…oh yeah. Check out White Doe on Amazon and other e-book sellers listed at the top right. You can read and excerpt here. Thanks for visiting and if anyone would like their hero interviewed next week, give me a shout. DJ

Thirteen Years – Never Forget 9/11

eagle with flagOn 9.11.01, the cloudless September sky of thirteen years ago is forever etched into my memory. I drove home not fully comprehending what I’d seen on the TV while at work. Our family was fortunate not to have lost anyone on 9/11/01, but we grieved for those who did. We grieved for our country. My son, who was only six at the time, vividly remembers that day and those that followed. We didn’t attempt to hide what happened from him. He is always the first in the family to remind us the anniversary is upon us. He will never forget and neither should any American.

History repeats itself and we must always maintain vigilance against enemies foreign and domestic. Today I’d like to thank our military, intelligence agencies and public safety communities for maintaining watch.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

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