Garden of Magic

WheeeeeeWhat does this have to do with writing? Everything. When you stimulate your readers with your words, thoughts, feelings, and, of course, love, you are creating magic. As you begin your novel, or even if you are half-way through, stop. Yes, stop. Think of what you are writing, who you are writing for, and can you give this a little pinch of surprise?

Think of your writing as a garden. Some things will stay the same, but when the weeding starts, watch out. Gardeners do not want weeds crowding out their flowers, vegetables, or shrubs. Each has a place in the garden and needs room to grow, sun to brighten the day, and rain to keep them alive.

Now translate this into your writing. You do not need adjectives and adverbs crowding out your words. You need a fresh approach. So, take a walk and feel the sun on your face, enjoy the warmth, bright light, and return home with a different perspective on your story. It might be cloudy with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. Take time to sit and watch as the clouds form, the wind increases, and observe the activity. Think about your writing. Could you increase some tension with a storm? Is there anywhere for the characters to stay dry?

As your garden grows, look at the shape of the flowers, the different textures, and yet they are all in the same garden. Do the same with the vegetables, if that is your garden. Each vegetable has certain characteristics. If you’ve planted new shrubs, look at the roots and see if they are entangled with the other shrubs. The shape of the leaves can be different even on the same type of shrub.

Keep all of this in mind as you run your fingers over the keyboard, or push a pen across the paper. Do your characters now have their own special look, feel, voice? Your characters are an extension of you and your thoughts. They need their own place in your story. No one character has the same make-up or the same flaws. Yes, flaws. Remember your garden. If everything you planted came up the same, this would be a boring place to visit. Don’t you think your characters would get tired of being the same? Give each character their own traits and flaws. This makes a great way to keep your characters fresh through the next, say four-hundred pages.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
CONFUCIUS

Happy writing in your garden of characters.

Is Your Creativity on Vacation?

images_080Have you ever had an idea pop into your head and find no pen, no paper, and no computer near? I’ll remember. No problem.
Or, have you ever sat down at the computer and the fingers could not find the keys you need?
What about pen and paper, a notebook in the car, and you can’t remember what was so important?
No, you are not going ‘out of your mind.’ Your creativity decided on a vacation without your permission. But you have other avenues until the unannounced recess is over.
Remember, way, way back to the prompt days? Sometimes these are right under our fingers and we forget. Let’s go back a few years or so and revive our mind, brain, and get the creativity back.
Look around your home, or your office, or on your desk. Pick up the first object you see. Touch it. Feel it. Examine all of it; look at the color, the texture, the weight, and imagine this as part of a new scene. Now close your eyes and visualize this object in a story. Could this be the missing piece to your heroine’s story? Or, is this object big enough to be the murder weapon? See, now you are on a roll.
What about all of the old photographs we used to see? Pull out a picture album, if you still have one, and leaf through the pages. I’m sure there are several that bring back fond memories and others that make you want to hide under your desk. Maybe there are some that have you laughing until the tears slide down your face. Now, pick one and let your mind work its magic. You might even forget about the picture and the landscape is the most important thing you see. Hey, a new setting for your story?
Creativity still on vacation?
Go to your bookshelf or shelves. Look at all the books you have and pick one up at random. Hey, close your eyes and grab. Look at the title, but do not open the book. Think of a different story with the same title. How would you start the story? What different setting would you use? What about the characters? Would you change their looks, style, put them in a different genre? See, already your mind is racing back to your disabled story. And, by the way, isn’t that your creativity working your fingers.
    Vacation is over. Your ‘Creativity is ready to reward you with its own avenues.

Happy Writing Every Day.

COME BY AND MEET SMP AUTHOR LORI JONES

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Lori lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she writes women’s and children’s fiction. RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART is her debut novel. She’s also the author of children’s books, RILEY’S HEART MACHINE and CONFETTI THE CROC, both written with the hope that children will celebrate what make them unique. She’s also written award-winning flash fiction pieces and her articles have been featured in various publications.
Lori serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Heart Foundation and is the president of their Pennsylvania chapter and has co-chaired Pittsburgh’s Congenital Heart Walks for the past three years. She visits schools to speak about writing, about the human heart and about embracing what makes you special.
Besides writing and spreading awareness about Congenital Heart Defects, her passions include her two daughters, her husband, Mark, her Pittsburgh sports teams and running in 5Ks. Lori is a member of Pennwriters and she loves her local writing groups! She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and journalism. She also holds a paralegal certificate from Duquesne University and is a former Washington, D.C. paralegal. Visit her website at http://www.lorimjones.com.

Get to Know Lori and her writing:

How long have you been writing? Since college, but I seriously began writing children’s stories in 2002 after my first daughter was born. I made up stories to tell her and then I wrote them down. But it wasn’t until 2009 when a story I wrote for second daughter (about her heart defect) was offered a contract. I began writing adult women’s fiction in 2009 after having a series of dreams that would never leave my mind during the day. It turns out, they were my first characters coming to life!
What attracted you to writing? I remember walking in the woods one day in college following a big snowstorm. I wanted to capture the beauty of the scene – not just the beauty of what I saw but the beauty of what I felt. When I wrote about snowy walk, I loved the way it made me feel – like music to my soul. Writing eventually became something I did not just do to express myself, but it became something I needed to do, had to do.
What is your favorite thing about writing? The moment when a scene or a chapter comes together and exceeds my expectations. When I see it go from a bunch of words into art. When I read back over something I’ve written and think, wow, I wrote that?! And I also love when I’m not at my laptop but off doing something else, and my characters start talking in my head and create a whole scene when I hadn’t even planned to write that day.
What is your least favorite thing about writing? The business side of it is tough. If only we writers could spend all of our time creating, but that’s just not the reality of it.
How do you respond to a negative review? Fortunately so far, I’ve only received positive reviews. I’m sure it’s bound to happen soon, though. I know I can’t please everyone, so it’s inevitable. I hope I can take it for what it’s worth and focus on the positive feedback. But, most likely, I’ll cry a little!
Do you have a favorite quote?
It’s hard to pick just one but I’ll go with the one I open my first chapter with: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” —Anne Bradstreet

If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters?
Susan Rafferty from the TV show Suits would make a perfect Amanda. And Bradly would definitely be Ryan Reynolds!

Now for the book:

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After her husband of fifteen years comes out of the closet, a blindsided, forty-year-old Amanda Lewis is forced to salvage what remains of her shattered heart and navigate a new life for herself and her teenage daughter. But will a sizzling secret romance with a famous young NFL quarterback lead her to winning the life she deserves or set her up for her biggest loss yet?

As she embarks on the journey of rebuilding her home, Amanda discovers that finding forgiveness and repairing her damaged self-worth are her biggest challenges of all. While searching her soul–and even searching inside her city’s history–she finds answers. But will answers come too late and can a broken heart ever be truly fixed?

Where to find me links (Website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) http://www.lorimjones.com, twitter @lorijoneswrites, facebook.com/lorimjonesauthor

Book Buy Links — http://www.amazon.com/Renaissance-Heart-Lori-M-Jones-ebook/dp/B00L9LSPFQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403797331&sr=8-2&keywords=renaissance+of+the+heart

 

On Overload?

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Yes, this is also part of writing. Our brain works for us on a 24/7 time schedule. Even in our sleep, our brain works. No wonder we wake up in bad moods, tired, and overloaded.
We have schedules, time tables and deadlines for a blog post, a writing assignment, an edit, and you name it. Then, we have to write new material, or a sequel, or decide to change genres. Our brain functions in all of these changes and events, but sometimes our body does not.

We go from one thought to another, jump into unknown territory and scramble to complete three things at the same time. Poor brain. Still, this majestic part of our body is always on alert to danger and can signal us of the dangers ahead. Have you ever thought about “what could happen?” instead of the present, your heart beats faster and you get tense.
Can we do something about this? Of course, slow down, get in the present, and stay in the present and . . . . no way. There are so many things that needs attention. We cannot quit worrying about not doing our best (perfectionist) or being the best caregiver and cannot quit multitasking.

STOP! Think of the practice of Yoga, the mindfulness we keep forgetting about. Stress gets to our lives in so many ways, but we can learn to control this and give ourselves a happy outlook. Sorry, but go offline for a full twenty-four hours. Yeah, I spelled this out instead of using figures, to soften the blow. But there are emails to answer, research to do, picking kids up from school, dinner to cook, laundry piled up, and the last two chapters to finish, and then editing. I’m so far behind.

Unclench your teeth. Open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out. But, that’s kids’ stuff. Try it, and while you are doing this release the muscles around your eyes, let your face relax. Roll you chin down and then over to the right shoulder, back to center, and over to the left shoulder.

Schedule “worry time.” What? Yes, we all have worries, but why keep them with you every second of every hour of every day. Make an appointment with yourself and list all of your worries. Read this list, and then tear it up. Worries are gone.

Remember the old rubber band snap? It still works. Put a rubber band on your wrist and give yourself a slight snap. If this doesn’t work snap harder and quit thinking of what you should have done and look at what you do have. What about a massage? What about a manicure or pedicure or BOTH? Relax into the moment. This is YOUR time, enjoy.

Learn to focus on the present. Forget all the pressures and take one item at a time. I’ll answer ten emails, finish the next chapter, and grab a take-out dinner for this evening. Do these few simple avenues release the jumpy stomach feelings? How about the tightness in your hands and feet. Hey, the driver of the car in front of you might be going through some of the same. Smile, and say to yourself, “been there, done that, and no more.”

Happy Release. Happy Procrastination. Happy Present.

HAPPY WRITING.

COME VISIT DAYDREAMER, LARYNN FORD

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Larynn Ford began reading romance in her early teens and became interested in writing in high school. She’s a daydreamer and a romantic who is intrigued by the paranormal and loves to let her mind wander, always searching for a happily ever after ending to her dreams.
To her delight and constant amazement, her first book, IN MY WILDEST DREAMS was released April 16, 2013. Her desire for more grows constantly. She’s going to keep on writing, dreaming, and searching for those happy ending’s.

 

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Fiercely independent and determined to be taken seriously in a man’s world, PI Rose Baxter will do whatever it takes to find the kids who are disappearing from the streets and bring them home safe, even teaming up with PI Marty Brown, a man hot enough to burn whatever part of her gets too close – her fingers, her sheets, her life, and her other nature’s whiskers.
But her other nature knows whiskers grow back and will accept nothing less than this man as her mate for life, a plan Marty’s all in on. Sparks fly when she refuses to be the little woman. Besides, those kids need her and their time’s running out. But, thrown together 24/7 can she fight it?

GET TO KNOW LARYNN, PARANORMAL ROMANCE WRITER

How long have you been writing?

I began testing the waters in 2009. I had no idea if my urge to write was real and lasting or if it was a passing fancy but here in 2014, I’m still at it and love every minute of it.

What attracted you to writing?
Reading. When I’m lost in another world I think how wonderful it would be to create a dream world of my very own.

What is your favorite thing about writing?
Happy endings:)

What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I never seem to have enough time to put into writing.

How do you handle negative reviews?
I thank the reviewer whenever possible.
Do you have a favorite quote?
My Daddy said, “You get what you pay for.” He wasn’t saying extravagance was the way to go, just be careful of how you spend you money.
If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters?

I spend very little of my time watching TV or going to the movies so this question would take much thought and research. Maybe I’ll have a contest and have the readers make suggestions and tell me their reasons. Hey! That sounds like fun!

Where to find me links (Website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Website/Blog: http://larynnford.com/
Twitter: @LarynnFord
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/larynnfordauthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Larynn-Ford/e/B00CELS1V8/

RESCUED is up on Amazon! Here’s the link http://www.amazon.com/Rescued-Larynn-Ford-ebook/dp/B00LU6YFVI

DO YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

unicorn danceThink of the word “SUCCESS.” Success comes in all different sizes and niches, but let’s look at life and writing. We all have different goals, but do you set them, keep track of where you are, and  are you willing to make changes to attain your success.

One pattern may not be enough. You may have to make alterations to your plans. Do changes throw you off track or out of kilter? Change is hard to master. Sometimes, even the thought of the word is enough to make one backtrack. Still, change can be exciting: new avenues to try, new ideas to grow, and new skills to learn.

Think of some of the mini-successes you’ve encountered. Some may have been small, quite small, and then you learned that these small successes led to bigger moments. What about all those query letters you sent out, waited and waited, and got rejected. Did this stop you from writing or more determined to continue. This is the grit we all need to keep us going. The big push to make us continue and work harder. Sure it hurts, but without pain success would not show its face.

Motivation moves us to visualization. Sometimes it becomes easier to reach up and out when we can picture what we want. Do you see your name on your book cover? Can you see yourself on television answering questions about your writing? Do you envision your first book signing? These are small steps you can conquer and get you ready for even bigger steps. We all crawled before we walked. (Well, most of us.)

Share your goals and your dreams.This will help you become accountable to yourself and others. Even your comments on social media can advance your success, when you share. No others will not always agree, but when you keep your emotions in check, you will show stamina, etiquette, and people relate to these standards.

If there are areas where you feel you’ve failed. Go back and see what caused these failures. Tear these failures into pieces and then put them back together in a different form. Use failures as a chance to do something different, to make changes, and keep your focus on tomorrow, not yesterday.

With every step toward success, you enlighten yourself, stretch yourself to learn, and the best part, you can help another person on your pathway. When you are warm, friendly, and  smile, people will return these gestures.

Now, ask yourself, do I have what it takes for success in my life and my writing? Of, course you do. We all get to the destination in different ways, but always go forward.

If you have encountered setbacks and survived, let me hear how you did this and what motivated you.

Happy Writing.

STOP BY AND SAY ‘HELLO’ TO LINDA PENNELL

Linda Pennell

I have been in love with the past for as long as I can remember. Anything with a history, whether shabby or majestic, recent or ancient, instantly draws me in. I suppose it comes from being part of a large extended family that spanned several generations. Long summer afternoons on my grandmother’s porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant. Of course being set in the South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work.

As for my venture in writing, it has allowed me to reinvent myself. We humans are truly multifaceted creatures, but unfortunately we tend to sort and categorize each other into neat, easily understood packages that rarely reveal the whole person. Perhaps you, too, want to step out of the box in which you find yourself. I encourage you to look at the possibilities and imagine. Be filled with childlike wonder in your mental wanderings. Envision what might be, not simply what is. Let us never forget, all good fiction begins when someone says to herself or himself, “Let’s pretend.”

I reside in the Houston area with one sweet husband and one German Shorthaired Pointer who thinks she’s a little girl.

How long have you been writing?

Since I am an educator, I’ve been writing in one way or another all of my adult life. I started writing fiction about six years ago.
What attracted you to writing?

I had a wonderful creative writing teacher my senior year of high school. I loved the class, but when I got to college, writing to meet the academic requirements of a history degree took over. Later, the writing became secondary reading curriculum and other forms related to education. I have now come full circle back to fiction. It has all been a wonderful journey!
What is your favorite thing about writing?

I love the creative process and the research. Feeling the words flow is something akin to giving birth to a child. It is a wonderful feeling.

What is your least favorite thing about writing?

I hate, hate, hate editing! It is such an evil chore, necessary, but evil all the same. I dislike it so much because my mind automatically transforms the worst gobble-de-gook into intelligible English. I suppose it comes from years of reading students’ terrible handwriting, mangled spelling and all. As an assistant principal charged with keeping the peace, it is vital that I be able to read gang writing and students’ statements and notes. Great for learning what a gang member plans to do to a rival, but murder on the editing eye.

How do you respond to a negative review?

I don’t. Ever. Period. End of discussion.
Do you have a favorite quote?

Favorite quote regarding my professional passion: “History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.” Voltaire

If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters?

Rather than name actual actors, I think the parts of Mary Catherine and Gustavo might best be played by a type that I can only describe. The actors should appear to be in their late teens to early twenties. Mary Catherine would be played by a modern day Gene Tierney – beautiful and cool under pressure. Think of her portrayal in the movie Laura. Gustavo should be a young Antonio Banderas. He is still devastatingly handsome, but too old for the part. SIGH!

 

CONFEDERADO NORTE – OUT JULY 2014

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Mary Catherine is devastated when her family immigrates from Georgia to Brazil because her father and maternal uncle refuse to accept the terms of Reconstruction following the Confederacy’s defeat. Shortly after arrival in their new country, she is orphaned, leaving her in Uncle Nathan’s care. He hates Mary Catherine, blaming her for his sister’s death. She despises him because she believes Nathan murdered her father. When Mary Catherine discovers Nathan’s plan to be rid of her as well, she flees into the wilderness filled with jaguars and equally dangerous men. Finding refuge among kind peasants, she grows into a beauty, ultimately marrying the scion of a wealthy Portuguese family. Happiness and security seem assured until civil unrest brings armed marauders who have an inexplicable connection to Mary Catherine. Recreating herself has protected Mary Catherine in the past, but the latest crisis will demand all of the courage, intelligence, and creativity she posseses simply to survive.

Excerpt from Confederado do Norte
Chapter 1
I dreamt the dream again last night. In the small hours, I awoke in a tumble of bedclothes and bathed in perspiration despite the howling snowstorm blanketing the city. I rearranged quilts and plumped pillows, but sleep remained elusive. My mind refused to be quiet.
As often happens after such a night, I felt unable to rise at my usual hour and remained abed long after the maids cleared breakfast from the morning room. My daughter-in-law, bless her heart, meant well. I told her it was ridiculous to bring the doctor out on such a frigid day, but apparently the very old, like the very young, are not to be trusted in matters of judgment. After the doctor listened to my chest, a studied sympathy filled his eyes and he gently suggested that perhaps I should get my affairs in order. No doubt he wondered at my smile for he couldn’t have known I have no affairs other than my memories and the emotions they engender.
Unlike most elderly persons, I don’t revel in slogging through the past. It isn’t wrapped in pretty ribbons or surrounded by a golden aura. Instead, its voices haunt my dreams, demanding and accusatory. Until recently, I’ve resisted their intrusion into my waking life, but I now believe the past can no longer remain buried in nocturnal visions. It must be brought out into the light of day. From its earliest moments onward, the past’s substance must be gouged out, pulled apart, and examined bit by bit until its truth is exposed. While total objectivity may not be possible, I have concluded that committing the past to paper is my best hope for sorting facts from imaginings. Perhaps then I will achieve the peace that has so long hidden its face from me.
You see, when I was quite young—only a girl really—I killed four people. Two were dearly beloved, one was a hated enemy, and the last was a dangerous criminal.

 

Books by Linda Pennell
Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel now available from Soul Mate Publishing and Amazon.com
Where to find Linda:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLindaBennettPennell
Website: http://www.lindapennell.com/

WHAT MAKES YOU WRITE?

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A not so simple question. One that does not fit every writer. Some writers get up and can’t wait to hit the computer keys. Their minds overflowing with thoughts or dreams from the night. Some don’t wait for the computer, but find themselves scribbling down bits and pieces from a pad beside the bed. Others carry a notebook or use the napkin at the restaurant. Compulsive? Nope. These are writers who know writing is in their heart, head, and are helpless to do anything but write.
Others, write, but only when the mood strikes them. A television show pulls them away from writing. They want to write, but become bored with the same characters day after day. If they decided to write something different, they feel guilty leaving their characters hanging in a scene. Or, they have so many stories started and cannot finish one. Still they want to write, more out of habit than from their heart.
How can we get back to the conscious desire to connect to our writing? I asked some of my writer friends to help me out with this blog. No, I will not use names, as a matter of privacy, but I did get some great suggestions.
1. When was the last time you really enjoyed writing? Take yourself on a backward journey. Do you remember what you were writing: poetry, short story, novel, or an article? Were you writing with a pen, pencil, on notebook paper, in a small journal, or on the computer? Can you picture yourself and feel the joy? Then go back to whatever method of writing you were doing and start this same practice today. Not tomorrow. Today, when this is fresh on your mind.
2. Stop trying to write. Yes, we are told if you are a writer, you must write every day. Do not believe everything you hear. What will happen if you miss a day or a few days? Nothing. Your characters stay the same until you change them. The setting won’t blow off the paper and the hero/heroine will still get their chance at love. In fact, you might have some new ideas.
3. Take yourself to a quiet spot. Leaves the kids at home, do NOT bring your cell; well, okay bring it for emergency uses but leave it off. Take a long walk and notice the different trees, flowers, paths and other walkers. Be observant of everything you see, hear, and feel. No, don’t write them down, keep them in your memory. Plant these images or feelings deep, and they will be there when you need them later.
4. Be gentle and remind yourself this is your ‘catch-up’ period. You can push yourself only to a point, and then the well runs dry. Take some deep breaths and relax. You need to revitalize your writing experiences. Your ideas will begin to flow again and the frustration or boredom will disappear. You will be energized to keep ‘going and going and going’.
See which of these fits you and your writing. Maybe all. Maybe none. But somewhere in your writing, you will come up against the dry spell. Hey, not to worry. Relax. Smile. Walk. Energize thoughts, and you will not be able to find a pen, paper, notebook, or computer fast enough.

HAPPY WRITING TO ALL

P.S.I’d love to hear your ideas, too.

MEET JEVENNA WILLOW, THE AUTHOR WHO CAN’T STOP WRITING

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESHere is Jennifer Yost, aka Jevenna Willow. The author who can’t stop writing, which makes her readers happy.

Jevenna lives in Wisconsin in the same small town she was born in. She is happily married and has two wonderful sons: one in college, and one now in middle school. Most say they married their high school sweetheart. Jevenna married the cute guy she’d met in her kindergarten class when she was five years old. Quite romantic! She has spent the last twenty-five years as co-owner of the family dairy farm and writes in her spare time. With a smile, this translates to wet springs, cold winters…so, pretty much all the time.
She is a PRO member of RWA and Green Bay chapter member of WisRWA, and writes contemporary, historical, suspense, and paranormal romances, sometimes combining the genres. When not writing—and not farming—she loves to kayak, and do just about anything outdoorsy. Her motto she lives by: “Every life should have nine cats…and one great man!”

You can find Jevenna Willow at the following links
Website: http://jevennawillow.com
Twitter: Jevenna Willow@JevennaWillow
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jevennawillow
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Jevenna-Willow/e/B00IGHSXJ4

Sinners of Old Creek Series-1

 

 

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Book Blurb: Loni Mele`, a night school marketing teacher at the local community college—her student’s final exam is how to sell her something she has no intent to buy anymore. Sex. And, she has a dead cat in her trunk, from a bad relationship gone wrong. Could her night get any worse? Yes. It can…when she discovers FBI Agent Mitchell Bateman, intent on getting his way.
A man on a mission, Mitch wants only one night with Loni to be able to forget his partners’ suicide. As part of the elite Unit 14, Telepathic Investigation, he can ‘hear’ other’s thoughts. He knew Loni wanted him—but he never thought it would end up with Loni filled with regrets he’d promised her she would not have, and the both of them on the run from a guy desperate enough to end lives.
As an Agent, Mitch should have been protecting Loni, not sleeping with her. Working against those who are one step ahead of him at all times, and may know of his talent, Mitch isn’t going to hold his breath for another tomorrow…until he can just get through today.

 Book Buy Links:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2TP23S
or http://tinyrul.com/ocgpbqg
Links to Book 1 Wise Indecision http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDOOKK6Book 2 Megan’s Falls http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KOVPF04

How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for seventeen years. Off and on, I did not pursue publishing anything until 1998. Rejection after rejection letter, I’d gotten a little disgruntled with the whole process. Yet I couldn’t stop writing, and thankfully didn’t.
Then, out of the blue I bit the bullet and joined RWA, and my life changed forever.

I never thought I would have five signed contracts and go into Indie publishing, too, but that’s exactly what happened. And I still have to pinch myself to believe I have books out in the world being read by folks. And not just one book…Lord, I do believe the total is up to twelve now… and steadily growing. My goal by the end of 2014 is to have 15 in print. Which 15 is in the hands of fate.

What attracted you to writing? It wasn’t an attraction, as much as a possessive nature that could not be curbed. The stories are there, all jamming back and forth in the mush of my brain, and my fingers seem to keep typing them. The day that stops had better be the day they put me six feet under, but I’m sure Heaven has an old typewriter I could politely borrow, and then more will come out of me. Not sure what the genre of those would be, but I’ll wait for that suspense when I get there.
What is your favorite thing about writing? It sure as heck isn’t editing!!
I’d say it’s creating that one perfect relationship, where no matter what happens, in the end they’ll kiss and make up.
Plus…I get to vent my inner fury by killing off some of my more-than-ill-fated characters, leaving open an otherwise inhabitable prison cell

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What is your least favorite thing about writing?Eeegaads, the worst thing an author has to do is dissect off their brilliance from the written page. And yes, we all think we are brilliant and everyone will love everything we write. But this isn’t the case, and there is always someone in the wings (Not naming any names) who says differently and asks that a chapter or two, sometimes eight or nine, get rearranged.
No author wants to rearrange. We want to create! That’s why we’re here.
Editing is like hacking off a limb, then sticking it where God never intended it to be. Painful. Very, very painful.
How do you respond to a negative review? I don’t. My reason is simple. A few years back I was told to quit while ahead, my writing sucked, and I should do something else. Like farming wasn’t enough for her?!
I didn’t quit, I have 38 books written, all slowly being published due only to time constraints, and I don’t hold grudges. Probably should, but don’t.

Taking to heart a negative review would be like taking a look at a really ugly outfit on a person, then blatantly calling the person out for wearing it in public. I’m better than that. They might like the color they’re wearing, even if I don’t. They may not like my writing, even if I do. A win/win all around.
Do you have a favorite quote?
No. Not really. My life is not lived by what others have said before me. It’s lived by what is planned for me, and I don’t have any real say in that plan, do I?
If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters? I could answer this quickly on a few of my other books, but for HIGH EDGES I will have to give it some thought. He’d have to be tough, muscular, takes-nothing-from-no one; a guy hardened on the outside, but not the inside. Mix that with gorgeous to-die-for looks, sweet and romantic to the love of his life when she least expects it of him…Is there an actor fitting this bill? Of course there is. Thousands of them. But what I like to do is never give the image a name. Let the reader decide what he or she wants Mitch Bateman to look like. It’s why we read books…infinite use of the imagination.
But the female character, Loni Mele will definitely have to be Native American. I won’t back down on that. EVER!
TEN THINGS I WILL ALWAYS HAVE IN MY BOOKS:

1. Sass
2. One good slap
3. Handcuffs, on someone
4. Expensive car
5. Stiletto heels
6. Muscles
7. the word Albeit
8.. Swearing (Sorry, can’t help it)
9. Redemption of a past mistake
10. Sex 
What is in the works next? I have another coming August out with Soul Mate Publishing, Breathless Response.  It’s actually one of my favorites. Has the humor, the sexual heat, the thrill of the chase…I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on Book 1 of Bad Girl’s Redemption series.
And when I mean bad girls…I mean bad.
But all is forgiven, or it wouldn’t be a romance.
And then, I’m playing catch-up to another series of mine, Saving the Sinners of Preacher’s Bend. Book 1, 120 MPH is out now http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JT2D9NK and in print, ISBN-13:978-1499399424. Book 2, Roundabout Road is available as print, Amazon.com., ISBN-13: 978-1499755480, and Seduction of Saber is coming very soon. Small town, big secrets.

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Blurb for Breathless Response:

FBI Agent Jack Murray is going to take down Shelby McGuire by any means necessary. The woman is conning men out of hard-earned money for phony coins, and Jack hates con women—of any kind.
Shelby is also part of Jack’s past. He’d been her rock, her shoulder to cry on, and her lover while she was married to a man who beat her, and who Shelby murdered in cold blood.
Shelby is now out of prison on a technicality and Jack is dragging his heels; hasn’t decided if he is going to take her down as the FBI wants him too, or fall hard for the woman yet again.
She’d been good for him, but burnt twice by the same con should be avoided like the plague. Shelby says she wants out, but can Jack believe her, especially when she is so great at lying to men to get her way?

Thanks Jevenna for your conversation and information. I’d like to find your idea jar!