Writers Retreats to Beat Writers Block
By Jennie Marts
Being stuck on your current WIP is no fun! Especially if you are on a deadline. It’s even worse if you are a ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-Pantser’ and you’re waiting for the story to come to you and your characters voices are deafeningly silent in your ears.
A favorite trick of mine is to set up my own mini-writing-retreat. For me, all a writing retreat needs is a notebook, a purple pen, a Snickers bar, a bag a Cheetos, two Diet Cokes and a quiet place to write. Sometimes I bring my laptop, but that makes it hard because then I get Cheetos-dust on the keyboard.
Changing the place you write and your writing medium are great ways to change-up and often ‘charge-up’ your writing energy. Take a break from your laptop and your desk and change your surroundings. Get a new perspective with a new landscape. Take a blanket and go to a park. Enjoy the breeze as you sit in the grass and write a description of the town where your story is. Read More
Writers Retreats to Beat Writers Block
Where’s Your Home Sweet Home?
Some say that home is where the heart is. My home sweet home is where ever I’m at with my honey. Married at an early age, we’ve grown up together. The house is empty when he’s not here and he feels the same when I’m away. It’s a blessing to be loved and appreciated. That’s what we all want. Jenna Myers has to solve a mystery, a murder and catch an arsonist before she can find her home sweet home. Where is your home sweet home?
Home Sweet Home
Jenna Myers inherits an apartment complex in Denver, Colorado after her father dies in a car crash. Even though there is evidence of foul play, the crime goes unsolved. She breaks off her engagement, sells her bookstore in Cedar Falls, and moves to Denver to manage her real estate investments. A few months later, a friend and tenant is murdered in her apartment complex. Jenna suspects the murder is related to her father’s death but it’s a case of mistaken identity. The killer is after her. Read More
Wine and Romance
I’m A.L. Parks, and I have published two books, and working on a third to be released this summer (fingers crossed). The first two are contemporary romances, and the third will be my first foray into romantic suspense. So, since I am a new author, and many of you may not have heard of me, let alone my books, I was trying to come up with a more creative way to introduce you to them…and this is what I came up with. I love to read…and I love wine.
Wine that goes best with my books:
Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancé on their wedding day. She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief. Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands love and loss, and soon their close friendship grows into a deep love. But ghosts make strange bedfellows, and Abby is forced to battle the tormenting images that continue to haunt her, and confront the ethereal presence of a beloved wife to protect her future with Bryce. Read More
Transferring from her old position had been one of the hardest to decisions Brooke Justice had faced. Those farmers back in Virginia Beach had taught her as much as she had them in the beginning. College hadn’t prepared her for the real-life problems farmers faced, but she’d been a quick study and they’d taken her under their wing. She loved that job, but her separation from Keith had gotten out of control and putting some miles between them seemed like the right thing to do when the opportunity arose.
Brooke gathered a stack of soil sample kits and a notebook with the list of her appointments for the day, then grabbed the keys to the truck the county provided for their use. She headed out the back door of the Main Street office where the truck was parked.
The little white four-wheel drive pickup was much more suitable to the roads than her own car. Many of the roads were still unpaved in this county. In Virginia Beach they'd provided her with a vehicle, too, only it was a big twelve-seater passenger van. It was a bear to maneuver and forget about parking it. Read More
So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. It’s about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.
And I’ve chosen the juiciest excerpt:
“I’m trying to talk Tory here into giving the bull a ride.”
Lola gave her another haughty glance, making Tory feel like she was back in high school, being insulted by the popular girls. “This pathetic little thing, Rye? Why, I bet she couldn’t grip the bull for two seconds with those chicken legs.”
“Shut up, Lola.” His hand stopped her exploration of his skin. “She’s a friend of mine.”
And somehow, hearing him say that was all the incentive she needed. The woman’s insult to her legs was not going to be ignored. “Okay, let’s give this a go then.”
She strode forward, weaving around the women who surrounded the bull, wrinkling her nose as it was assaulted by a cloud of different perfumes. Read More
Today I'd like to share the blurb and cover for my new novel, Mr. Right Now, a fun, contemporary romance with a mistaken identity twist! As with most of my books, music played a part throughout the writing – some songs were representative of the hero, some of the heroine and a couple just had that vacation feel that I wanted for the book.
Here are the top four songs that helped me write Mr. Right Now.
4. Never Wanted Nothing More by Kenny Chesney – Both Mason and Casey in Mr. Right Now are looking for something…and they don't really know what until they meet one another. And from there things get a little hairy, but they both know they've never wanted anything more than each other…
3. Vacation by the GoGos – this one is an oldie but a goodie. Any time I'm feeling like winter is too long (which is OFTEN this winter) or work is too stressful or I just need a break for laundry and cooking and homework and puppy wrangling, this song makes me feel like I can get it all done. In Mr. Right Now Casey needs a vacation in the worst way because her issues come with paparazzi stalkers and nasty headlines… Read More
Excerpt from I SEE LONDON by Chanel Cleeton
New Adult contemporary romance available now from Harlequin HQN
I peered out the taxi window, watching as the city passed me by.
The ride from the airport took a little under an hour. As we drove, we crossed into more urban areas where the landscape of little houses disappeared, replaced by large blocks of multistory apartment buildings and small shops on street corners. Little by little the traffic increased, the driver laying on the horn several times and shouting out the window. BBC Radio blared through the car speakers. The announcers spoke of things like “cricket” and I felt the weight of being in a foreign land. At least I understood the language—for the most part.
The sidewalks were filled with people, their strides long and confident. Everyone looked as if they were in a hurry, as though wherever they were going was the most important place in the world. And it was noisy. Even over the radio, I heard the sounds of the city, so different from anything I’d ever experienced. Read More
The Courage to Leave Home
Do you remember when you left home for the first time, moving into your first apartment, going off to college, or getting married? Were you happy or sad? What was your leaving home experience? For most of us it was bitter sweet. We were happy to start on our life’s journey but deep down, maybe we were a little scared or reluctant to leave behind the comforts of home and friends we’d known all our lives. Would you be strong enough, have enough faith to pack up and walk away from everything you’ve ever known? Cindy Dawson must leave behind all her friends and her hometown to give herself a chance to find true love.
Fly Away Home
After being betrayed by her cheating ex-husband, Cindy Dawson makes a major decision to go after what she wants--a family of her own. Being the last single woman in her group of friends in Cedar Falls, Colorado, Cindy decides she needs to leave town—their happiness is killing her. She takes a job in Denver and joins a singles group to find her soul mate. For love and to realize her dream she’ll take the chance of rejection. She learns she has to date a lot of frogs to get to the prince. Read More
I've always loved cowboys. Ever since I visited a grade school friend in Texas over spring break one year and rediscovered country music. I say rediscovered because growing up it was my parents' music genre of choice. Of course back then, I didn't want to have anything to do with it. In high school I was more into the 80s hair bands (Bon Jovi, Skid Row, etc.) It was my dream to date a guy with hair longer than mine.
Luckily that one trip to the Lone Star State right after college changed all that. The new wave of country music spurred on by Garth Brooks spoke to me. Became a part of me. So much, that I convinced another friend to join me for some line dancing lessons at a local country bar here at home.
The rest as they say, is history. There at the bar I met a plethora of friends, one of whom eventually became my wonderful hubby. Another introduced me to the local RWA chapter she belonged to, and my dream of writing a romance novel was one step closer to coming true. Read More
On my very first of some ten trips to Scotland researching both historical novels and contemporary tales in the land of my ancestors, I had an extraordinary experience that has haunted my thoughts for years.
I was working in those days as an on-air broadcaster for both KABC Radio & TV and got the dream assignment to cover the “International Gathering of the Scottish Clans”—a rather clever public relations ploy to urge those of Scottish descent from around the world to “come home” to the land of the Celts and the Gaels…and bring their country’s currencies with them!
On the day when a hundred pipers queued up to march into Meadowbank Stadium just outside Edinburgh on a cloudless afternoon, I stood holding a microphone among some ten thousand of the “Scottish Diaspora” that hailed not only from the US, but Canada, Australia, New Zealand and places all over the world. Next to me was the, then, Mayor of New York, John Lindsay attired in his full Scottish regalia: a Lindsay tartan kilt, Prince Charlie Coatee, knee socks, brogues, and proudly displaying the “men’s purse” known as the sporran, strapped around his waist. Read More
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