What makes your heart race?
What makes your legs weak?
What makes your palms sweat?
What makes your stomach feel like it's full of butterflies?
A convincing romance answers these questions, or at least challenges them. Not all love stories are "love at first sight" or "a universal love". I actually prefer the kind that makes the characters experience real issues that couples often face. No relationship is perfect. Falling in love is the easy part, but choosing to continue to love is where you have to put the work in. There isn't any justice given to love and relationships if the nuances are ignored.
Even when writing fantasy or sci-fi, faking the love story is very noticeable. The characters aren't relateable and the story suffers because the story just isn't believable. You can create a new world without the romance, but if you add the romance, at least make it seem real.
That being said, the love scenes in my books are not catered to my readers, sorry to say. Those love scenes are catered to the characters and how they react to one another. Two characters who are deeply in love may have a passionate encounter while two who are acquaintances may not. The chemistry is the biggest factor that sets the tone for the scene. I can definitely say that the sex isn't gratuitous, either. If the characters in my story are having sex, it's because they are either coming to a romantic milestone or progressing their intimacy.
RULE OF THUMB - if the sex doesn't progress the story, you don't need it.
Anyway, I hope I've made you think. Comment below if you have anything to add!
Many years ago, I had stopped reading and writing altogether. I had been in a bad situation and it left me in a pretty bad place in life. Without going into too much detail, I was a newly single mother of a toddler and infant and had no idea what to do with my life. Depression wasn't quite the word for what I experienced. In the years following up to this event, reading and writing wasn't enjoyable. I was mentally and emotionally exhausted and had nearly given up my passion. It wasn't until after my devastation that I decided to pick up a book to see if I could escape from my crumbling reality. I had forgotten what it felt like to be whisked away into the world between the pages and live inside of them. Shockingly, the first books I came back to were......
Six minutes is all I have. Six minutes until the pain is over, six minutes until I finally die...
I think I have a problem. I tend to disappear for a while from social media and miss out on a lot of goings on, but sometimes I get busy. I'm human, I suppose. Between a regular full time job, growing business, family and my sanity, sometimes I need a break. I mean, who wouldn't?
Anyway, apologies aside, thoughts have been tugging at the back of my subconscious about stories. So many ideas, so much potential, so little time. I wish the muse could jump out of my head and write some of these stories on its own, but that would be silly. Silly, and incredibly helpful. Yet, I am determined to finish Legacy of Secrets. The last of the previously released novels and novellas is being released this week and then I'll be entering into brand new territory. It's scary and refreshing to be working on something new!
Currently, I'm working on Blood Promise, the next novella in the Legacy of Secrets series. This is Leslie's story, telling where she's from and how she fits into the group. Some felt that Leslie popped out of nowhere in Binding Secrets, but this was deliberate. She really is an instrumental piece to the puzzle and this novella will hopefully shed some light on just how important she is to Lia and the team!
The next novel, and most likely last, will be Shattered Secrets. This book will be the largest, more than likely a two-parter, and it will be the (probable) end of Legacy of Secrets. I am open to possibly reviving the series with a novella or two later, but I feel this series deserves a well rounded finish to finally flourish as a whole. For too long, I've held the ending hostage due to publishing changes and the like, but it is time for me to move on as well.
Falling Undercover will hopefully be out by the Fall. I have high hopes for my first romantic suspense novel and the only one I've ever been driven to write. Mostly, I prefer to dwell in the realm of endless possibilities, but since I'm kind of a freak for police dramas, I knew I needed to test my hand. I'll be needing betas for this one, so please head over to request to beta read and I'll add you to the list!!
Perhaps the most exciting thing that's popped up lately is the need for an epic story that I can't get out of my head. I've tried telling myself NO, but it's not been working out too well. Right now, I'm in the planning stages, but it will likely be the next series I write. It will be heavily centered on Greek Mythology and I completely freak at the possibilities. There are a few others bouncing around in there, but I'll have to come back to those another time.
Since I didn't write a 2016 post, I suppose this is my update since the beginning of the year. Look out for all the re-released versions of LoS on Amazon! Follow me for updates and news because I'm always posting something random here or there. I'm always reachable for questions, comments or anything else on Facebook or Twitter. All my links are on the home page so go there to find me!
'Til next time - drink that wine and be awesome!
I feel the need...the need to...write? Well, it started out sounding right! I'm going to attempt NaNoWriMo again this year. I didn't win last year, but as I haven't written much this year, I am determined. I always have a hard time figuring out whether I want to start something new or continue an existing project. I've heard many people say that you're most likely to finish if you work on something brand new, but I'm not sure if that's true for everyone.
I've got two stories I'm working on: Falling Undercover and the next Legacy of Secrets novella. I have about ten other story ideas and no idea where I want to start. That would be one of the many cons of my writer-life. Dialogue and story outlines are a constant through my mind, as are the million other things I have going on each day.
Which would you choose? Something fresh and new? Or something that is waiting to be finished?
I want to know!!!
I'm a writer, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. My journey as a published author is in full swing and I'm inviting all my friends along for the ride!