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Challenge Accepted!

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I decided to accept the blog challenge for romance writers – sure I was supposed to begin in January, and okay, I’m a little late, but why not celebrate New Year in June…?!

I like thinking of each day as a new beginning and a new opportunity (that’s the yoga teacher in me!), so why not New Year in June?

So here goes. My fellow romance writers gave me my first theme:

A Few of My Favorite Things

 

Well this one’s easy. First off, my hubby and my two young girls.

From there: My favorite things include yoga (it really, really makes you feel better! Promise!); Luna Bars ( I would be lost without them!); reading; writing; and the works of Hemingway and Bukowski.

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My go-to Luna Bar in my favorite flavor, Caramel Walnut Brownie!

 

 

 

 

 

I also adore the band Train – actually Malcolm Angel, the rock star at the heart of Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, the first book in the New York Artists Series, was inspired by Pat Monahan’s voice. And I love going to outdoor concerts on summer evenings with my husband and my girls – we bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and it’s just perfect.

 

 

 

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I also love autumn, snuggling in sweaters and walking through the falling leaves…

 

 

 

 

 

Oh! And since this is a romance post, did I mention I love short facial hair on men…? Almost all of my male leads have a short beard at one point or another.

You can check out my Pinterest boards to find the men who’ve been the inspiration for my stories! Including this Sneak Peek for my latest novel (scroll down to meet Trevor Hughes) : Pinterest Sneak Peek

How about you? What do you love? Favorite season? Favorite foods? Facial hair or not?

We love to hear from you!

-Happy Reading!

 

 


Sale & Sneak Peek!

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is on sale for only a few more days!

How about a sneak peek at the song Malcolm wrote for Summer…? He wrote this while she traveled with him on tour…

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Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is available for 99 cents NOW!

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And don’t forget to enter the Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star giveaway contest!

This beautiful bracelet is up for grabs!

Gift cards to Amazon and Starbucks, too!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST!!!!!

Good luck!

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!


Saying Goodbye…

Why is it so difficult when a really great book ends, or a manuscript is finally finished? We’re sane people. We understood—going in—that there would have to be an end point to this particular relationship…

But somehow…it doesn’t make it any easier.

If you’re like me, I’m often melancholic when I finish a book, or type those last words of a manuscript. Of course I momentarily ride the thrill of the HEA—but I can crash hard later—saying goodbye to these people I’ve grown to love is incredibly difficult.

Why are we so invested?

Because we fell in love.

Here’s the good news: We fell in love with these characters because we’re feeling, loving people with vivid imaginations and strong emotional lives.

More good news: Lots of us feel this way. In fact, this question has been debated for a very long time. In 1921 Pirandello’s, “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” showed the lines of reality and fantasy are often blurred. For everyone.

And even more good news: Falling in love with our characters feels good. Fictional love has no calories, no dangerous chemicals or additives, and there’s no risk.

*Think of buying your next eBook romance novel and finding fictional love as a safe, organic, non-GMO, locally grown, no carbon footprint purchase you can feel good about.

So, go ahead—enjoy your euphoric high and bottomless crash. Fall in love with your Edward Cullen…or Christian Grey…or Phoenix Day…

But above all, when your time together ends, pick up that next book or put your fingers back on the keyboard—trusting you will again experience those feelings of bliss, and knowing that fictional life is long and rewarding, and filled with many, many magical moments.

Happy Reading!


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