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Tips and tools for new and established writers

Girls’ Night Out 

Welcome to RLF! Today’s guest post is by Susan Arden / Susan D Taylor.

It’s business as usual in writing
scorching romance. I power up the computer, drum my fingers, and
inhale. Time to find “him” and “her.” How about this time I
hand over the reins to you to locate a pair of lovers? Would you start with
an open casting call in which you hang a sign: hot men and women need apply?
Writing a romance requires that an
author open their heart and imagination in the creation of a pair of lovers. In
order for the lovers to exist within a story, I need a hook that gets me thinking…excited.
As a writer of nuclear heat-level romance, I begin with a visualization of a plot
line that begins in a physical spot. A church parking lot, a ranch, a stadium. Someplace
where two people might meet and fall in love. But that isn’t the place where the
story begins. It’s a trajectory point where I aim, more than likely a place about
sixty-percent of the way through the book where the characters hang out.
Once I get a feel for where the characters
and I are headed, I throw open the doors and the casting call begins and that means
it’s time to dig deep into their lives. The expectation for romance stories is that
these contain people who have attributes such as beauty, wit, strength, charisma
as well as a host of other attractive characteristics that are displayed throughout
the story—sky is the limit. But alas, every author knows that in loving our creations,
we must do our writer duty in our creating reflections of humanity by making them
human. And as humans, our lovers must have flaws.
So in writing, I draw from what I
know and as a past educator, I draw heavily on my education and classroom where
I had the honor and pleasure to spend my days with funny, energetic, sensitive,
stubborn students who were as varied the colors of the rainbow. But the one characteristic
they and I shared is we are learners…people who learn differently. I taught special
education and ironically have ADHD and facets of dyslexia. I understand what it
means to be reduced to a statistic and boxed into a category. Learners with special
needs require supports to actualize strengths to compensate for “things”
we don’t do so well. I can’t tell right from left, but instinctively know cardinal
direction regardless of where I’m at. I can do simple math like a calculator but
can’t understand high order math. I need to use a computer over pen and paper. I
read chunks of information but can’t read word for word. Numerical order and word
order are atypical or are repeated in the wrong order unless I close my eyes and
read from the picture in my mind.
In this go round in Girls’ Night Out
(GNO), I wanted to have a character who reflected those I know. Brett Gold has dysgraphia,
a form of dyslexia, and this helped to balance out extreme strength. Brett became
the hero with a wound (i.e., wounded hero archetype) in which that “flaw”
would affect him starting at a very young age. The hero in GNO had the love of a
parent to help him have the confidence to keep striving rather than to become embittered.
His dyslexia would give him perspective, frustrating him at times, but widen his
horizon to understand the suffering of others. Like the saying goes; bamboo is strong
for it bends in the whipping wind where an oak may crack in a strong storm.
So, in Girls’ Night Out the heroine, Cory
McLemore, is young and struggling to find her footing away from her over-protective
family when she encounters a man who seems to have the world by the tail. Brett
Gold, an NFL tight end isn’t the persona that he and the pro ball profession projects.
This is part sports romance and Western, and like any creature who bucks, there’s
a time for a heavy hand and there’s a time for giving some space, and that’s what
Brett does for Cory. There is spanking as this is an erotic romance and is utilized
by Brett with Cory in establishing structure. Yet Brett is more than the typical
alpha, he understands his lover’s need to find her authentic self where she requires
his support to allow her the opportunity to stretch her wings.
In writing the strong, capable hero,
a flaw of a disability such as learning difference can humanize someone who otherwise
might come off more like a God than a good guy, sweet enough to bring home to meet
mom and dad.
Namaste.

Buy This Book

Girls’ Night Out ~ A Bad Boys novel (Book 4)

Books Coming Soon

In Sweetest Curse, another type of disability is addressed: Undine’s
Curse. Stay tuned for that release coming in March 2014.
Double Trouble ~ A Bad Boys novel (Book 5) March 2014 Release

Learning Disabilities

For more information on learning disabilities, please visit The
National Center for Learning Disabilities http://ncld.org

Author Social Media

Most people know about rock stars and have their favorites. I
have mine, but they are not in the music business. My rock stars are in the publishing
business. All of them are writers and for one reason or another they inspire me.

Bob Mayer

He’s been traditionally published and self-published and runs
a publishing company that is more of a partnership with the author. He’s taken the
new frontier of publishing and made it his own. What does he preach? Content is
king. Write a good book. Then write the next good book. A former Green Beret, he
uses the skills he learned in special forces to make his company and his brand successful.
Read his blog, Write it Forward.

JA Konrath

Another author who has been traditionally and self-published.
Of course he came to self-publishing with an audience already, but he often highlights
authors on his blog, The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, who have been successful
at self-publishing without having his advantages. He also give back to the community.
He challenge his readers to write a book and publish it in 24 hours and he then
highlighted all those books on his blog. A write can also use on of his characters
to write a book and if he accepts it, he will edit and publish it at his expense
with both his name and the writer’s name. That is quite a boost for anyone willing
to do it.

Victoria Strauss

Victoria
is a founding member of Writer Beware. As long as there have been aspiring writers,
there have scams. Writer Beware is there to inform about them. With more and more
authors going the self-publishing route, Writer Beware’s services are needed even
more. Unscrupulous companies being bought by legitimate publishers has led to a
blurring of the lines between good business and bad. Writer Beware is there to save
us all from our desperation to see our books in print.

Melissa Foster

World Literary Café is website that all indie and traditionally
published authors can benefit from and it was started by Melissa. The site offers
paid advertising, some free advertising and, among other things, Tweet Teams, where
an author can help others tweet items in return for getting retweeted.

Kayelle Allen

Founder of the Yahoo Group Marketing for Romance Writers, Kayelle
has expanded it to include a blog and a newsletter both of which offer opportunities
for writers to get exposure. The group also has lots of discussions about marketing
which is a topic for every author.
If you as a writer are unfamiliar with any of these authors or
sites, you should acquaint yourself now. Your career will benefit from it.
Thanks for having me today.
Cmr

Available Books

Which Exit Angel
She’s a homicide detective and and angel who hasn’t earned her
wings. She’s sent down to investigate a murder at the Jersey Shore.
He’s a preacher questioning his faith. How are these two supposed to stop the impending
apocalypse? http://amzn.com/B00D1TPXZY
Along Came Pauly
A contemporary romance about a dog that brings two people together
who don’t want to be. She’s a vegetarian veterinarian who needs cash for a no-kill
shelter. He’s the heir to a hot dog fortune who must give away money before he gains
his inheritance. Sounds like a perfect match. It isn’t. http://amzn.com/B00EN33QNI

About the Author

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog
and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State
with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works for her local hospital. Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills.

Author Social Media

This is Publisher Week at Romance Lives Forever. Three publishers
will be featured, each during one special week. Those publishers are Boroughs Publishing Group in February,
Liquid Silver Books in June, and JMS Books LLC in September.
 

The Kiss – Flash Fiction Inspiration

Flash Fiction Saturday… Give us a Kiss

Maybe you know it as sucking face or swapping spit. Yep. Old
as time itself. Certainly as old as the proverbial oldest profession. But, bottom
line is, what’s romance without a kiss? Not just any kiss. We’re talking kiss with
a capital K. The kiss that negates all previous kisses the hero or heroine has experienced
prior to this latest.
And there are as many types of kisses as there are smiles, touches,
and glances. All with their own special moment and, more importantly, meaning. That’s
what we’ll be exploring today. 

The kiss.

The tentative first kiss full of questions, doubts, and uncertainty.
When our hero and heroine meet, maybe for the first time, maybe after years of knowing
each other, and something happens. Something that can’t be explained even today.
Their eyes meet and, without a word, it happens. Just like that. Maybe they can’t
explain it afterwards, not in words. But much more than swapping spit took place
in those ten seconds of touching lips.
And we can’t forget that first moment of real passion when a
kiss and not words lead to the portal of something even more intimate… desire.
All punctuated by more kisses. Because what’s passion without kissing to communicate
encouragement, satisfaction, even need?
Then there is the heart breaking kiss. The kiss of a long goodbye.
Or, sadder still, the last kiss left on the lips of someone who
is leaving their life forever. Even at moments like this the most important
gesture can still be the kiss.
Can he or she stop them from leaving? Implore them to stay? To
reconsider?
So join us today in celebrating the art of the romantic kiss
in all its forms and glory. Flash us with 100 words of your best swap of spit, suck
of the face, but most of all, lover’s kiss.
The biggest rule is to have fun. And feel free to take your flash
as deep into the scene as you’d like. But remember, every flash must be only 100
words.
Thanks to our host today – Romance Lives Forever – for giving
us this great space to flash in. And thanks to you, my fellow flashers, for joining
me.

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