Thursday, January 20, 2022

From the Archives: 4 Stories that Stuck with Me

Posted by: PG Forte

 Today's post was originally posted on September 9, 2018. Enjoy!



I’ve read too many books to count over my lifetime, and the list keeps growing. I’ve picked up some books and then realized I
already read them before. It wasn’t that the book wasn’t good, or the title wasn’t memorable, it’s just that I’ve read so many. I immerse myself in that world while I read it and then move on to the next.

But there are some books that lingered in my mind for years after I finished. Something about the book, a character, or another tidbit of their fictional world altered my reality a little. 

Twilight


A friend recommended Twilight by Stephenie Meyer long before the stories became all the rage and the movies that followed. I admit, I was skeptical. I’d only enjoyed a few vampire books previously and Salem’s Lot (Stephen King) and Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) and neither seemed anything like this story, but I needed a good beach read. 

I can’t say exactly what it was about the story that pulled me in and left me desperate for the second book. Unfortunately, this was before I had a kindle and I was left plotting for somewhere to stop on the way home from vacation to buy the next book. 

When I find a new author that I enjoy, I seek out their website and interviews to learn more about them and their books. I discovered the playlist the author used for writing the Twilight books, and with that, I found a new band to enjoy, Muse. Now when I hear their songs, I wonder if certain ones inspired a scene for the stories.

The Stand


I love Stephen King’s books. I’ve mentioned the character, Randall Flagg, before and how I’ve never looked at a crow the same way again. The Stand is the only book I read more than once, even if the second one was the extended version. Besides the fear of a villain taking the form of a bird to stalk me, the story was written with such detail that it, and the characters within it, lived on in my mind. 


The Hollows


Kim Harrison’s books ignited my love for Urban Fantasy. The snark, the first person POV had me hooked and inspired me to pursue writing in first person POV myself.

Little House on the Prairie


My mother read the books from the Little House on the Prairie to my sister and I before I could read them for myself. This spawned my love of reading, my obsession with the television show that came later (that I’ll still watch if I see that it’s on) and my desire in fourth grade to learn to play the fiddle (that didn’t happen). 

 

What Books Have Lived on Long After the Last Page for You?


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Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four
seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Writing Romantic and Intimate Scenes

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey

 

When I wrote the intimate scenes for the novellas in the Once Upon A Princess Trio, I wanted to be sure they were a fit for the stories.

Each novella features a different couple, and each scene is a fit for their relationship. In Heart of Stone, the hero is a gargoyle shifter who is actually under a magical spell. The scenes are more based on fantasy than reality since they occur in his enchanted palace. The hero has been in love with the heroine from afar, and he's desperate to show her his love. If she falls in love with him, it can be the key to breaking his curse.

For Beauty and the Faun, I didn't introduce intimate scenes right away. In fact, the couple are friends and not lovers for most of the story. The heroine hasn't been intimate with anyone before. I emphasized that she was having her first experience. The hero is playful and a bit of a "bad boy" but he's patient enough to wait until the heroine is ready. And once she is, they both find that they're matched as lovers.

In Land of Dreams, the hero has a more complicated origin story (I won't say more so that I don't reveal any spoilers). He's not expecting to fall in love with the heroine. He plans to help her learn magic and nothing more. The hero is a world-weary type who is nursing a broken heart. Since the story is in his POV the scenes are more sensual and have less "insert tab A into slot B" kinds of descriptions.

Writing intimate scenes can be a big challenge. Should there be a lot of detail? How soon should the first love scene happen? It all depends on knowing your characters and understanding the purpose of the scenes. I think it's important that the actions and emotions feel natural. Romantic scenes should enhance the story and not feel out of place.

Monday, January 17, 2022

HERE BE NEWS for Monday January 17, 2022

Posted by: PG Forte

 

                            


Monday January 17, 2022 

Welcome to HERE BE NEWS, where each monday we bring you all the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic:


Thursday January 13, 2022: PG Forte discusses her love/hate relationship with deadlines.

                

A lot of great deals on PNR books this month!



 


Looking for a new series to binge?  One of these series starters might be just what you're looking for!

BookFunnel Promo: Romance Series Starters







Thursday, January 13, 2022

Deadline!

Posted by: PG Forte

 Douglas Adams said it best: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." I usually have a love/hate relationship with deadlines myself. Sometimes I find them motivating, other times not so much. And, yeah, I usually manage a sense of equanimity in the rare instance when one flies past unmet. Not this time though. That's because this time around the stakes are a little higher than normal. If this deadline isn't met, it will screw with my publishing plan for the rest of the year. And I really need that to not happen. 

So, instead of a post, I'm going to link to an excerpt from Truth or Dare--the first book in my Games We Play series. The reason I chose that book is two-fold. Number one, the most recent book in the series, The Name Game goes on sale in less than two weeks. January 24, to be exact. Number two, it's one of the books featured in a romance series starters promo I'm involved with (link below). 

With some books, you always feel like you didn't quite hit your mark. Maybe there was a plot hole, or a character that no one got. Maybe you lacked the skill to transcribe the story as it existed in your head. 

Other stories turn out exactly the way you wanted. This book--and really the entire series for the most part, even considering the convoluted timeline of book three--is definitely the latter. It's been a fun series to write, which I guess is in keeping for a series with both "games" and "play" in the title!

Link to excerpt:http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-beachin-winter.html

Link to BookFunnel Promo: https://books.bookfunnel.com/firstinromanceseries/id5zup4qds



Monday, January 10, 2022

HERE BE NEWS for Monday January 10, 2022

Posted by: PG Forte

 

                            


Monday January 10, 2022 

Welcome to HERE BE NEWS, where each monday we bring you all the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic:


Thursday January 6, 2022: Nicole Luiken wishes everyone a happy and productive New Year!



RUNNER'S MOON: Jebaral

Book 1 
Sensuous Sci-Fi  Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count:  61.8K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p / $19.95 a
Narrated by Guy Veryzer
Length: 7 hrs, 43 min
Hear a Sample

He was one of thirty-one aliens who had landed on this remote world and dispersed among the populace, unidentifiable because of their shape-shifting abilities.

Jebaral had hoped for a life. A chance to be free after escaping years of slavery and cruelty. But when he met Hannah Pitt, there was no way he could turn away from her or from the feelings she evoked in him. But neither could he accept her offer of a future filled with laughter and promise. After all, she was human; he was nothing remotely human.

Worse, the Arra were out looking for their lost cargo and they wouldn't stop until every body was accounted for. 

Could he risk loving this woman? Would she even accept him for what he truly was?

Little did he realize that all his choices would soon be taken away.

Warning! Contains emotions that smell, remote locations, meatless dishes, owl lying, years of running and hiding, and harrowing revenge in a brown pickup truck.

Excerpt and Buy Links

Also available!


Saturday, January 8, 2022

Bring It Back(list) - RUNNER'S MOON, Sensuous Sci-Fi Romances by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney

RUNNER'S MOON: Jebaral

Book 1 
Sensuous Sci-Fi  Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count:  61.8K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p / $19.95 a
Narrated by Guy Veryzer
Length: 7 hrs, 43 min
Hear a Sample

He was one of thirty-one aliens who had landed on this remote world and dispersed among the populace, unidentifiable because of their shape-shifting abilities.

Jebaral had hoped for a life. A chance to be free after escaping years of slavery and cruelty. But when he met Hannah Pitt, there was no way he could turn away from her or from the feelings she evoked in him. But neither could he accept her offer of a future filled with laughter and promise. After all, she was human; he was nothing remotely human.

Worse, the Arra were out looking for their lost cargo and they wouldn't stop until every body was accounted for. 

Could he risk loving this woman? Would she even accept him for what he truly was?

Little did he realize that all his choices would soon be taken away.

Warning! Contains emotions that smell, remote locations, meatless dishes, owl lying, years of running and hiding, and harrowing revenge in a brown pickup truck.

Excerpt and Buy Links

Also available!


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Wishing Everyone a Happy (and Productive) New Year

Posted by: Nicole Luiken

 Okay, so the productive part is mostly aimed at myself. I wasted FAR TOO MUCH time doomscrolling last year. The pandemic is still hanging around, but I am determined to keep my fingers type-typing away this year.

My ideas have always outstripped my ability to turn them into novels. In some ways this is good--it means the ideas that make it into novels are generally the best-of-the-bunch--but it's frustrating when I have a new idea that I love which I know I won't have time to write for literally years. So, I'd like to improve the ratio and that means being more productive. 

My normal drafting pace is around a 1000 words/day. Which was a perfectly adequate word count when I had toddlers to look after or a job, but I ought to be able to do better now. So I've started a new strategy. Basically, instead of trying to hit a word count (and then usually quitting for the day if I make it) I'm going to aim for writing for two or three hours a day. Actual writing time, not me writing a hundred words then goofing off on social media. I'm too cheap to shell out for a program that bars me from social media like Freedom so I'm using the Alarm Clock function on my computer. Once ever hour I set a 30 minute timer during which I am not allowed to open my browser but must remain in my word processor program.

So far this is really working for me! I've hit over 2000 words each day this week, which for me is a terrific day. 

The lurking worm in my bowl of soup is that I started a new novel on Monday and I know from experience that my writing always goes smoother during this first "honeymoon" phase. I won't truly know how my timer method is working until I hit the inevitable snag/vague bit in my outline. In the meantime I'm going to get in all the words that I can.

Tally ho!

Wishing you all the very best New Year!



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