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......
It's no secret I've been struggling with getting the remaining books of Legacy of Secrets finished. After having my baby back in December, I've been struggling with my time in general. Life literally changed over night! So now, I'm in a rut of sorts, trying to get my mind working again. Characters are screaming at me all day, but so far, I haven't been able to get anything done.
I wish I had a little leprechaun that could pop out of my ear and write all the words floating around in my head. I wish I had more of me to be able to do everything I want without sacrificing the time with my family. I WISH, I WISH, I WISH!!!
Currently, I'm on the prowl for a PA (personal assistant) who is proficient online and in the community, but that doesn't change an arm and a leg. Paying hundreds of dollars a month just isn't feasible right now. I'm also looking for some beta readers and possible an author to co-write a book with in the future. Lastly, I am always in the market for a screenwriter to write and pitch my books to companies like Netflix (wishful thinking, I know).
If you are or know anyone who falls into these categories, send me a message!! I'd love to see what's out there for me!
'Till next time!
Life is full of crossroads.
Some of us look for pros and cons before making a decision and some of us just go with our gut. What holds true to all of us is that often these choices have us facing things in life we hadn't expected. While, at the time, we might be struggling or feeling as if we can't push on, we are learning a lesson desperately needed to put us on the necessary path.
I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. I believe the universe puts us on certain paths to learn certain things as a means to understand our existence and share our knowledge with others. We are here to learn and grow and make those who come after us wiser by sharing the knowledge of the universe.
As a writer, I often pour my emotions into my work as well as life experiences, to a degree. I haven't experienced everything my characters have, mostly because I don't live in an actual fantasy world (how I wish!), but I can empathize with how they may react in certain situations.
So why the post? I'm coming to a crossroads, myself. How do I choose which way to go? Do I need to abandon something I love for something necessary? Is there a way to keep everything in my life? Is this one of those times that the lesson means more than the thing I'm giving up?
How do I choose when it's all important to me in one way or another? Deep down, I think I know what my decision needs to be, but I still want to be sure that I'm making the right choice. I've come to the apex of things and will need to make a choice soon, but I don't quite know what I should choose.
How do you make important choices? What do you weigh when deciding things?
It's been a few months and a few things have happened! I gave birth to a healthy 8 lbs, 22.5 in little boy on 12/12/16! He was born with a head full of dark, crazy hair that he still has, thankfully! I went back to work at the end of January and have had to adjust my life to having a baby. I mean, my older children are 12 and 10, so I haven't had a newborn in quite some time!
My contract with Raven's Seduction Press was fulfilled, so I reclaimed and republished the first four LoS books on Amazon. I will also be republishing Fiery Secrets, once the editing is complete. I've also decided to publish all of them as print versions so those who enjoy print books can read them :).
While I already started Blood Promise, I wasn't thrilled with the direction, so I have decided to start fresh. I haven't had the writing bug for a while, but just recently I began plotting Shattered Secrets and I am liking the story so far, which is good news for writing!!
I have other projects I've worked on, that will be released this year as well. I have a novella short, The Shifting of Ember, that I'm working to get back out there. This will probably be a short series, maybe three long, or possibly a series that will discuss multiple characters from the same world; I haven't yet decided. Falling Undercover will be completed and released before the end of the year, but I don't think that book will be a series. I have a hard time keeping stories to only one book, but I'm working on it!!
So, other than that I'm just trying to get my life in order. Newborns really throw off your groove! Drop me a line if there's anything you wanna know and look out for new releases!! <3
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!