RSS Feed: Get the latest RomCon® Contemporary Blogs and Reviews delivered straight to your inbox.
Blog Diva - Monday, September 22, 2014
A glass of wine appeared over her shoulder and Luke’s breath teased the hairs on the back of her neck. “I had to turn down a lot of eligible ladies to get back here.”
Glancing over at the bar, she took the wineglass and felt him sit in the chair behind hers. All of her cells were attuned to whatever frequency Luke gave off. At the bar stood a gathering of white-haired women all giving Luke come-hither looks and finger waves.
Penny choked back a laugh. She tried her hardest to look serious when she turned to Luke. “I hope you let them down easy. It’s just as hard to find a man at their age as mine.”
Leaning in so he could speak in her ear and be heard over the music, Luke’s cheek rubbed against hers, sending a wave of heat through her. “I always try to be gentle.”
“I’m sure you do.” She could feel his cheek lift in a grin. A shiver rippled down her back.
He moved back until they were eye to eye. “They were actually encouraging me to hit on the wedding coordinator.”
Penny glanced over at Rebecca in her peach suit. She was a few years younger than
Penny and looked as if the pressure of this wedding was about to make her explode. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, September 18, 2014
Special Sneak Peek:
With 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel melted into her bow,
what if there are more souls aboard the USS New York
than the Sailors and Marines stationed there?
And what if those souls can help the troops defeat al-Qaeda this time?
Blog Diva - Monday, September 15, 2014
Second Chances? You Bet
But oh, how our characters earn them.
Several years ago, I came across the following quote from Emily Dickenson: Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.
In that simple statement, I saw a perfect summation of Sarah Whitmore’s journey in Amber Light, my most recent novel. Sarah, naïve as she may be, believes in lucky breaks; and even at age eighteen, and pregnant as a result of an assault, she’s pretty good at spotting opportunities. Each time she accepts an offer of something that could be valuable or advantageous in her life, she’s acting on a second chance. Put another way, she’s taking a risk to believe in herself or resolving to go after something she wanted anyway.
Sarah instinctively acts to rescue a woman she believes is drowning, but then is fired over her actions. In her young mind, she’s failed, because she’s lost the job that came by way of a lucky break in the first place. Other characters see what happened differently, though, and Sarah’s willingness to help a person in danger has long-term consequences. Her “toil” in this case plays a critical role in an important lucky break—really, a second chance—that resets the course of her life. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, September 11, 2014
I blame Louis L’Amour and growing up in the country for my cowboy addiction. Whether my characters are riding the range in Montana or working cattle in the red dust of the Australian Outback, my books all feature a hero (or heroine in the case of Cherish Me, Cowboy) who embodies the cowboy code.
Life on the land can be challenging and it takes a certain set of timeless values to survive. A cowboy needs to be resilient, courageous and honourable. He needs to finish what he starts and to do what needs to be done. His word needs to be his bond and his loyalty unquestionable. A cowboy also needs respect for himself as well as those around him.
A cowboy’s body is honed by hard work out in the sun, rain or snow. His work ethic and commitment ensures that when he rides for a brand he won’t deviate. His toughness is always tempered by tenderness. And last but not least, a cowboy looks good in dust, boots and denim.
Books, film and television offer up a raft of cowboy heroes/heroines and I’d love to hear who your favourite may be. I will be giving away a kindle eBook copy of Cherish Me, Cowboy to one lucky commentator who will be chosen at random. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, September 08, 2014
When I tell people that I'm an author, they inevitably ask the next question with a brightened eye and a catch in voice.
“What do you write?”
I'm not exactly sure what the "correct" expected answer is, but I sense that the one I give them must not be the one they want to hear.
I have disappointed them, but I don't know why.
Have I indicated that the genre I have chosen is on par with writing detailed instructions on how to set fire to an orphanage? On Christmas? What would be the correct answer? Mystery? Biographies of saints? Multi-part serials of wizarding teenagers? I really throw a lot of people for a loop when I add the fact that my books are all PG-rated. (It's ok...you can scratch your head at that one too if you want.) Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, August 04, 2014
J.D. Sterling’s heartbeats were thumping loud as a bass drum at the sight of the red sedan as it pulled into the circular driveway, stopping just behind the other realtor’s Hummer. He had purposely seated himself in a corner of the wide porch, away from the glare of the noonday sun, where climbing vines and shade would enable him to be concealed from the woman’s line of sight. He didn’t want her to know he was there, at least not right away. J.D. needed to see her first, to get his feet under him. At least, that’s the excuse he'd given himself. For someone who always planted his feet solidly in the middle of any situation, this was one time the spotlight was not what he sought. His pulses were racing as he saw the driver’s door swing open, and two slender ankles encased in gray high heels became visible as they touched the ground.
The woman stood up, one hand pushed her sunglasses further up on the bridge of her nose, and then she closed the car door behind her. She slung the straps of her leather bag over her shoulder and moved around the hood of the car, her heels making soft crunching sounds on the pea gravel along the drive. In the early afternoon stillness of the ranch, those sounds seemed to be amplified.
The eyes in the shadows drank in the features of the woman as she moved toward the house. Nowhere in sight was the country girl he had last seen. The vision that approached was confident in her stride, her head up and shoulders resolute. The girl he used to know was just short of being painfully shy and always hesitant to stand out of any crowd. Sunglasses concealed her eyes from view so he couldn’t see if they were still the amazingly vivid blue he remembered and had even immortalized in song once. They had filled his dreams on many a night and gotten him through some really hard times. It was those eyes he would see when he closed his own as he sang across the bright lights into the dark recesses of some huge arena, packed with screaming fans and loud music. He would sing to the girl in his dreams… the one he had left behind but never left out of his heart. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, July 31, 2014
THE COMFORT AND DISCOMFORT OF BOOKS
Comfort books remind me of comfort food. They’re tried and true volumes I consume when I’m (1) bored, (2) depressed, (3) lazy, (4) ill, (5) sick of humanity in its violent/evil guises, (6) sweltering in hot weather.
Since five of the previous six applied to me in the last several weeks, I plunged into a favorite space opera series. Lolling on the bed nearly all day, maintaining consciousness primarily through slurping coffee, I revisited a fantasy world in which good guys win. What could be more fantastic than that?
The triumph of good guys is also a hallmark of romances—they end happily. Whether crammed full of overt sex, or, like the variety I write, content with passionate kisses coupled with emotion, romances are favorite comfort books. Comfort books, like comfort food, meet expectations, frequently are indulged in with regularity, and create a nostalgic or warm sentiment in the person devouring them.
I thought I’d created the term “comfort books” until I went hunting online. I found a number of writers boast familiarity with this approach to reading. So much for originality. Still it’s reassuring to find cronies, to know I’m not the odd one out. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, July 28, 2014
I saw a study once that said the three things that give people the most joy are:
3. Live theater
And my new book A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING has 2 out of the 3! What a deal!
But seriously, folks, live theater has an energizing quality to it because anything might happen. I've seen productions where props broke, skirts ripped, even one where a light bulb exploded over an audience member's head. I've been in productions where one of our actors fell asleep backstage and missed his cue, where the lead actress leaned against gum right before her cue and ruined her costume. (OK, that last one happened to me…seriously, who puts gum on something at shoulder height??)
But it's not just the bad stuff that makes theater magic, of course; a big part of the wonder is simply sharing the same space as the people performing. You aren't just watching dead performances on an electronic screen--you're breathing the same air as these people, feeling the same heat or chill. And that's what makes theater magic so contagious. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, July 07, 2014
“That’s him. Over there.” Hunter Collins recognized her new left fielder by the body language, posture, and raw physical power of a professional athlete.
“The guy in the plaid shirt?” The limo driver shook his head in doubt. “Are you sure? He doesn’t look like no baseball player. He’s too tall.”
Marco Santiago was indeed tall. And dark. And—she hated to admit, even to herself—incredibly handsome. The expert tailoring of his shirt emphasized his broad shoulders, long, strong arms, and slender waist. Dark denim hugged slim hips, clung to muscular thighs, and she’d put good money on what they did to his taut backside.
His tattered duffel bag was slung carelessly over his left shoulder. A small leather case lay at his feet. The casual observer might interpret his relaxed pose as lazy, bored, or perhaps a little worse for the wear. But she’d watched him on the field enough to know he could spring into action with panther-like reflexes at the crack of the bat. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, June 30, 2014
New Married Life and Publishing New Genre all at the same time.
To say this month or the past few months have been a whirlwind of activity is putting it mildly. No one explains how brides get wedding brain before the wedding. Small details became important. Writing took a back seat for a few months. I was getting married.
If you asked me before I met my now husband, I was known for quotes like this ‘I live in Miami and I’m not from here. I moved here and I’m not for the dating lifestyle. I guess I’ll be single forever and have my romance novels to keep on dreaming.’ Then I met my now husband, and my cynicism about marriage changed entirely.
Then I changed jobs, met my husband, and life sped up. I always said 2014 was my year after signing the first contract, and the truth is I’m looking forward to 2015 a lot too. 2014 has been amazing and I hope your year is going fast and it’s exciting too. I had signed contracts for books to be released this year, and I’m thrilled.
I call contemporary new. My first novel I ever wrote was a contemporary, but it was bad. To make the characters more believable, I just turned them into gods and called it a paranormal. Clearly I had a lot to learn. No wonder I had lots of rejections. Read More
This page shows the most recent blogs. To view older blogs from this genre, click here to access the archives.
to Comment on a Blog
You only need to login to leave Comments.
If you wish to leave a Comment on a Blog and do not have a Login and Password, please click to Register below.
Week of September 1 -
L.E. May- Inspirational
Cate Beauman- Romantic Suspense
Sarah Sundin- Historical
M.L. Guida- Paranormal
Week of September 8 -
Barbara Oliverio- Contemporary
Heather Boyd- Historical
Alissa Callen- Contemporary
Virginia McCullough- Contemporary
Jennifer Zane- Romantic Suspense
Week of September 16 -
Colleen L. Donnelly- Historical
A.E. Jones- Paranormal
Robin Carroll- Inspirational
Amanda Berry- Contemporary
Week of September 23 -
Denise Moncrief- Romantic Suspense
Maggie Mae Gallagher- Paranormal
Interested in being a guest blogger?
Click here to learn more.