If nothing ever changed, they’d be no butterflies ~ Author Unknown
When I started writing Weighting for Mr. Right, I wanted to create a story where the heroine Megan offered something more than “fat girl got skinny and she lived happily ever after.” In fact, I wanted to make sure she didn’t become skinny, but instead focused on her health and wellness, like I had, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
When Megan discovers her awesomeness, then she finds her happily ever after with a very hot, sexy, hot, intelligent, (did I mention hot) hero who falls in love with her when she’s in the before stages.
Problem is, with any sort of change, even with fictitious characters, it causes conflict, chaos, and confusion.
It’s no different for Megan. Not only does she have to battle food cravings and the want to quit torturing herself on the treadmill, but she finds that some of those around her are having a very hard time understanding what she’s doing and why.
I had the same experiences as I’ve lost and gained pounds. My relationships with those around me have changed—some for the better and some, well, let’s just say they fizzled out. Change can be very difficult for some, but necessary for others and I had Megan in a situation that she had to change or stay her miserable self for the rest of her life.
Just like Megan, I found myself in the before stages of me regaining my health right about the time I was in the final edits of this book before I submitted it to Soul Mate Publishing. Read More
If nothing ever changed, they’d be no butterflies ~ Author Unknown
How contemporary should a contemporary romance be? (+ book and Amazon gift card giveaway)
Here’s the dilemma: You’ve written a smouldering, passionate romance novel. It’s set in 1970. Is it a historical romance novel, or is it too recent? Is it contemporary romance novel, or is it too much in the past? Read More
Welcome to my town, Harmony, Texas. I thought readers might like to start the new year with a book set in a small town called CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. Once in a while everything comes together in a story that makes it fun to write. I think you’ll love the visit where secrets whisper of old love affairs and kindness to others warms your heart.
I wanted to write a deep love story about two people who had been friends in childhood and lost each other one night because of an attack. She was hurt and he felt guilty for not being there to help. When Emily Tomlinson sees Tannon Parker ten years later, they don’t know how to mend the fences to find one another again. I wanted to write a very tender love story about an attraction far deeper than physical, a love that went all the way to their hearts. Read More
For the Love of a Good Word
(And a chance to win a Free Book!)
The New Year is upon us and with it comes the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions! Last year, I took the advice of another favorite romance writer, Debbie Macomber. She suggested that instead of doing a bunch of resolutions that fizzle out after a month, to pick one meaningful word to sum up your year and try to live by that word throughout the year. Read More
As a child, Barbara J. Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing. She currently writes contemporary and paranormal romance for Montlake Romance. Read More
have a new book releasing this week, my second in a planned trilogy
about sisters in Texas. As I was going on to my husband about the
process and the fun of editing (yes, the fun. Seriously.) a series
and his eyes started to glaze over I realized that while I love
writing and books and all things author-geek...he doesn't.
So I don't kill the remaining 2 brain cells he has that are willing to listen to me, I'm sharing with y'all why I love what I do so much. And why I'm hoping you'll let me keep doing it for a long, long time. Read More
Hi, RomCon fans! I’m Holley Trent. I
write sassy contemporary romances set in my home state of North
Carolina. Today, Karen from my 11/26 Crimson Romance release My
Nora is visiting with me. She’s agreed to answer some questions
about her brother Matt (a.k.a. big hunky hero) and his sweetheart
Manora (a.k.a. the reclusive artist). Stick around to the end for a
chance to win a copy of the ebook!
Holley Trent: Hi, Karen. Thanks for playing along. I know you’re busy and would rather be doing other things. Read More
Did you ever wonder if you had what
it takes to write a novel?
I never doubted for a moment that I could write one until the day that I sat down to put pen to paper. Yep, it was so long ago, that I didn't actually have a computer! I wrote one chapter about people I'd never met, living in places I'd never been. Then writer's block set in. A week later, I couldn't even remember why I'd wanted to write about them in the first place. I walked away for 20 years, laboring under the assumption that I just couldn't do it. Read More
Every bride wants her wedding day to be
perfect. It's a showcase for her dreams of true love and a
But sometimes the perfect day has a few little glitches.
Many years ago I was the maid of honor in a wedding with a beautiful outdoor setting, and absolutely perfect weather. Just as the bride handed me her bouquet, so she could hold her groom's hands while repeating her vows, a bee flew up the back of her waist-length veil. Fortunately it didn't sting her! But it buzzed at the top of her veil throughout the rest of the ceremony. I tried to subtly lift the back of her veil to show the bee the only way out, but it wouldn't cooperate. I couldn't be more forceful about extracting it since the wedding was being videotaped, and I didn't want a permanent recording of their perfect day marred by me whipping her veil up and down to dislodge the bee. Read More
longest drought and hottest summer on record influenced the story of
As I developed Catherine McCoy, the heroine in The Green Eyed Doll, Texas was having a record breaking year. Little did I know when the plot started taking shape that summer would be exactly as I was describing in the book. The weather and setting can provide an additional external conflict to heighten the tension and danger. Catherine had to survive the hottest summer and the longest drought on record. Almost broke, she took what work was available and still didn't have enough money to fix her car's air-conditioner when it went on the fritz! To test her determination, tenacity, and will to live, I created a serial killer who intended her to become his next doll. Read More
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