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Ready for a Swim? #MFRWAuthor

Today’s prompt: My most memorable experience It was tough to narrow down my memorable experiences for this week’s prompt. I’ve done several amazing trips and love to travel. As I’ve gotten (ahem!) older, I’ve become much more focused on having really cool adventures and exploring the world so I’m lucky to have a surfeit of experiences to choose from. But ultimately, I kept coming back to swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove in Orlando. The Pilot and I met Hutch, our dolphin friend, got to play with him and even swim across the frigid cove with him. Dolphins like…

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Favorite Gifts Ever! #mfrwauthor

I’m combining this week and next week’s prompt because the posts were just too short individually. This week’s prompt: the best gift I ever got. Next week: the best gift I ever gave. I’m also going to talk about how I use gift-giving in my manuscripts.  My friends and family are all gold-star gift givers. I’ve gotten a ton of really amazing gifts in my life so choosing just one for this prompt was tough. I finally chose the first Christmas gift my now-husband got me. Is there any more pressure than the first big holiday gift? We met in…

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Want a bite? Try Book + Main

Have you guys heard of this fantastic new site for romance readers? It’s called Book+Main. Authors put up “bites” which are small portions of their books for readers to sample. There are no ads, no spammy content, no buy me now posts. Just great stuff to read. It’s a bookworm’s paradise. It’s a fun place to find out what your favorite authors are doing and to discover new favorite books. You can browse by genre, trope, author–anything that you can think of. Here’s a great introduction to the site. Just remember–sharing is caring! I just put up my first bite!…

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Put a Pin in It #MFRWAuthor

Wow! Can you believe it’s week 20 of 2018 already? Crazy! This week’s prompt is: Favorite Social Media Platform Honestly, I like them all. But if I had to choose just one, I’d pick Pinterest. I can spend hours there, scrolling around. In fact, I often use it as a reward for getting my word count finished. I also use it if I need help with descriptions or ideas. I’ve got several boards for my different series there that you can check out here. I also really enjoy Instagram. It’s relaxing to scroll through the photos. I’m also on Facebook.…

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Getting to Know My Characters #MFRWAuthor

This week’s prompt is: Work up character/setting profiles?  So, when I’m developing a character, I do a few things before I start drafting. First, I’ll find a picture or two so I can get their physical details down. I often start with a celebrity for this and will watch a few YouTube videos to get their mannerisms down. Back in the day, when I was just getting started, I’d fill out these endless character questionnaires. But I don’t do that anymore. I just do a few tried and true character exercises. One of my favorites is the Shadow Room by…

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Read All the Books!! #MFRWAuthor

Week 17 prompt: Favorite romance genre to read or write There’s an old bit from the TV show The Odd Couple (1970s version–I think it’s the Odd Monks episode) Felix, the persnickety roommate finds himself away overnight with nothing to read before bed. In desperation, he ends up reading the back of a tube of toothpaste. (NB: I remember this as Felix but the interwebz says it was Oscar). I was probably about 8 when my mom and I watched that episode (in reruns) and she said, “That’s you!” I’ve always been a “read all the books” girl. I will read (almost)…

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Pets in Books #MFRWAuthor

Week 16’s prompt: Family, friends, and pets that I’ve written into my work. I don’t use family and friends as characters but I have written two of my pets into my books so far. The first one is Lucy’s cat Frank from The Lost Art of Second Chances. I wrote extensively about Frank for a prior blog post here. We found Frank as a kitten, along with his sister Carolina, in an abandoned barn on my father-in-law’s farm. He was a wonderful companion to me, especially while I was on four months of bedrest during my pregnancy with my son.…

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Woohoo! Celebrate Good Times! #MFRWAuthor

Today’s topic: How I celebrate completing a manuscript By starting a new one? I’m only kidding–sort of. I’ve always been blessed with tons of ideas, more than I could hope to write in five lifetimes. Thank goodness for Evernote to keep them all straight. I’ve always got tons of new story ideas that I’m excited to explore. The truth is that writing “The End” is always an enormous relief. I’m usually excited to get to the end of the current story and start something new, with new characters and issues to explore. Plus, my books always end happily so I’m…

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Seeking Gold Stars (#MFRWAuthor)

Week 14’s topic is “What I learned from my worst review.” NB: I’ve missed a few weeks due to travel and illness and will be posting catch-up entries for weeks 11-13 in the next few days. I apologize for the delay. So reviews. Love ’em, hate ’em, can’t live without them. Of course, it’s always lovely to get a gushing review. Those can buoy one’s spirits for days. Often, a rave review will come in on the days I most feel like throwing in the towel forever and that’s always nice. Sometimes a review will point out a pattern in…

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Win, Lose, Draw and Research #MFRWAuthor

Week 12 prompt: My contest experience: Win, Lose, Get Signed  Week 13 prompt: What I learned while researching my book.  NB: I’m combining these two prompts as I really didn’t have enough contest experience to write a full entry for week 12.  First up, my contest experience. Back before the rise of indie publishing, unpublished writing contests could sometimes be an effective way to get an agent or an editor to look at your work. I only ever entered a few back then, mostly because I never finished a book until 2013 (long after indie publishing became a viable option).…

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