Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 17th June

Romance Weekly ChatDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you’ve arrived from Susan Peterson Wisnewski’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Jami Denise.

 

1.  When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?

There’s a lot of talk about the pros and cons of plotting and pantsing (ie, flying by flying pantsthe seat of your pants) but in reality I find I do a mixture of the two. Whenever I start a book, I have a clear idea in my head of the characters, the situation, and the main plot points. Sometimes I’ll do a chapter by chapter outline, but the more I write, the more I like to see where the characters take the story. Sometimes it will veer completely off, and they’ll surprise me (and make me go back and have to replan, dammit!)

However, if there are a number of complex plot turns, I find chapter outlines to be really useful. For Fix You, for example, the story covers 12 years, and I really needed to plan each chapter in detail. My chapter outline for that ran to three, very descriptive pages!

 

2.  How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

I’d like to say I have a crazy family who are constantly inspiring my work, doing unbelieveable things and generally making my writing life easier. However, as much as I love them, my family keep thwarting me by being so mundanely normal. That doesn’t meancrazy family I can’t get any inspiration from them, though. I’m always watching the way people react and interact, looking at body language and facial expressions for use in future stories. And to be honest, my family is so supportive, loving and all round amazing, I wouldn’t change a single thing about them!

 

3.  Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.

Hot. Tattooed. Father.

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In my fevered imagination, he looks a lot like model, Stephen James! So there’s that…

 

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Thank you to Jami for these questions, I loved the excuse to post a bit of eye candy! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://victoriabarbour.com/blog and read Victoria Barbour’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

To My Husband on Father’s Day #fathersday #sappy

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An Ode to My Husband

There’s something amazing about the way you held our baby in your arms. The curve of your bicep, the gentleness of your hands. When I looked at your face I could see wonder, contentment. The face of a man who had never seen magic before.

I adore you.

Sometimes, when we first met, I used to imagine what it would be like to have a child together. White linen perfect, these ponderings would have us wandering on a beach, my skirt floating in the wind, your jeans turned up to escape the surf. And though these daydreams seemed perfect, they dull against the reality that’s you.

Perfect is too prosaic a word. It’s the jagged little failings that make you amazing. The ones we cut our fingers on. The ones that bleed. The harsh words that escape in the drugged half-light. The way we’d beg each other to take this one. Just this one.

Together, we burned. And together, we rose again.

The perplexing thing about children is they grow. Cell by cell, they replicate, obliterate. Take up space in the world where once there was nothing. Like bubbles, they expand, drift, move away from us. Until all we can do is stand together and watch as they float up into the sky.

And say, “We made this.”

When I look at you now, I still see the boy. He’s become a man. It isn’t age that’s made him this way, but experience. Love. The patience that people so rarely exhibit.

I love you.

It’s too easy to say. To write it. But the emotion is in every cell in my body. I breathe it, exhale it, can’t do anything but live it. The world is a better place because you are there.

Because you are mine.

I’ll always be yours.

The Electronic Age

writingI often lament that due to the advent of emails, text messages and IMs, we are losing the art of letter writing and journalling. That we won’t be able to hold these things in our hands and read them again and again, letting our memories transport us back to those days, remembering the people we used to be.
However, I’m absolutely delighted to say I’ve just proved myself wrong. I was having a little internet browse this morning, and remembered an old blog I used to have when the family and I moved to Washington DC back in 2005. And though I can’t for the life of me remember the log-in details for it, I still remembered the name of the blog and the url, so I typed it in, and was instantly transported back down memory lane.
It was amazing. Right there, on the screen, I relived the stories from when my now 14 and 12-year-old were tiny, only 4 and 6 years old. In the blog I’d detailed funny conversations I’d had with them, like the one below:

 

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Sample of conversation with my eldest earlier today:

Me: ‘What’s your favourite dinner?’
E: ‘Roast Dinner’ (good girl – English tastes rule supreme)lambcow
Me: ‘What sort of roast dinner?’
E: ‘Lamb.’
Me: ‘That’s good’
E: ‘What sort of beef is lamb?’
Me: ‘Do you mean what sort of MEAT is lamb?’
E: ‘No. What sort of beef is lamb?’
Me: ‘Lamb isn’t beef, it’s a meat.’
E: ‘Uh?’
Me: ‘Where does lamb come from?’
E: ‘Lambs?’
Me: ‘Yes. And where does beef come from?’
E: ‘Cows?’
Me: ‘Yes. So what is lamb?’
E: ‘A kind of beef?’

Honestly, I was so delighted to see, written in down, an example of one of the many funny, crazy conversations I used to have with my kids when they were little. And if the internet–and blogging–hadn’t been invented, I probably never would have written it. So I’m taking back everything I said about the internet killing letter writing and memories. Instead, it’s not only allowed me to recover happy memories, but let me share it with my teenager, who couldn’t stop giggling.

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Hope you all have a great weekend, 
Carrie Pink

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 10th June

Romance Weekly ChatDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you’ve arrived from Jo Richardson’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Kim Handysides.

 

1.  What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?

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This is a tough one, and depends on the context. In real life, beta every time. My husband and I are a partnership, everything is equal. If he tried to go all alpha on me I’m afraid he’d find out the real meaning of the red room of pain! HOWEVER, I love reading about alpha males. They’re hot and exciting and make for a great story. But, like reading a fairy story, I know it’s imaginary, and can enjoy it for what it is. Pure escapism. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

 

2.  Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?

I guess here is where I should say my husband. But I have to say not once have I used him for inspiration. Not because he isn’t perfect (because, pshawww), but because he’s mine, not another fictional heroine’s! Instead I tend to use pictures for inspiration, layering a character onto them, one that will mesh with the heroine but has enough faults to cause friction and a sizzling plot!

 

3.  What does any hero have to do to win your heart?make laugh

Make me laugh. I’m a sucker for a man with a sense of humor. As a wise woman once told me, you can close your eyes but you can’t close your ears. Good advice, people.

 

GIVEAWAY!!

The writers of romance weekly are celebrating our 6 month anniversary with a MASSIVE rafflecopter giveaway. If you haven’t entered already, please hurry and do so. You can find the link here: ROMANCE WEEKLY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

 

Thank you to Kim for these questions, they really made me realize how much I love our genre. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://www.spwwrites.com/blog/and read Susan Peterson Wisniewski’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Review – Missionary Position by Daisy Prescott

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]Sex? Absolutely
Love? Not my thing.
I didn’t do love or butterflies, but I loved him.
I was screwed, and not in a good way.

Selah Elmore is a smart, independent woman who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. She loves her life being a professor and popular pirate erotica author. However, when she leaves the Pacific Northwest to spend six mont
hs studying sculpture in West Africa, she learns she doesn’t know a thing about love.

Cocky, suit-wearing Gerhard charms her during a stopover in Amsterdam, but dashing, adventurous Kai sweeps her off her feet in Ghana.

Sparks fly on three continents when perpetually single Selah discovers there’s more to love and life than she ever imagined

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If you’ve read any Daisy Prescott books, you’ll know her writing is a refreshing change from the plethora of New and Young Adult books out there. Her stories are about women who are mature, comfortable in their own skins, and able to stand on their own two feet. Career-focused, they don’t wait for a man to define them. Love, for them is the icing on top of a complex, layered cake.

(And if you haven’t read any Daisy Prescott books, what are you waiting for? Geoducks are for Lovers and Ready to Fall are available now from all good booksellers.)

Selah Elmore isn’t the shy and retiring type. She’s a woman who takes control of her life, her career and her sexuality. Having long since decided that a relationship isn’t for her, it doesn’t stop her from having the occasional dalliance and one night stand.

All that seems to change when she meets Gerhard, a Dutch businessman who is totally not her type. Yet, somehow, they click.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Selah is working at a museum in Ghana as part of a year in Africa. ‘Adopted’ by the owner of the hotel she stays in, she soon makes an eclectic group of friends who—in spite of their different backgrounds—look after each other in the sweetest of ways.

And then she meets Kai…

I don’t want to give too much away about the story by telling you how the romance plays out. Suffice it to say it is sweet and sexy, a journey for both Selah and Kai. During the struggles they face, they learn that no man is an island. Each has to learn that a relationship requires both give and take.

I loved that Selah was refreshingly strong. She was a heroine who took no nonsense, was occasionally abrasive, but still had a soft, sweet core.  If you’re looking for an innocent, Mary-Jane ingénue, you’re in the wrong place. Selah doesn’t have time for that sort of nonsense!

As for Kai, well, he was just dreamy. Masculine and strong, he was a great foil to Selah’s brashness. And as the story went on, we learned that he, too, had a softer side. One that made me pretty much want to swoon!

It wasn’t only the characters who made me fall in love with this book. The locations that Selah visits are so vividly described that I felt I was right there with them. Stories of African food and drink, of trips to see monkeys and elephants, of beautiful scenery that took my breath away—were like a third character in this relationship.

Although set in the same world as Geoducks and Ready to Fall, with many shared characters, Missionary Position can be read as a stand alone romance. There are no cliff hangers, just a beautiful love story you’ll want to read over and over again.

Five beautiful stars.

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Daisy Prescott Bio:
Before writing bestselling contemporary adult romances, I dreamed of being an author while doing a lot of other things. Antiques dealer, baker, blue ribbon pie-maker, Daisy Prescott bwfangirl, freelance writer, gardener, pet mom and wife are a few of the other titles I’ve acquired over the years.
Born and raised in San Diego, I currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with my husband, our dog Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.
Missionary Position is a spin-off from my first novel, Geoducks Are for Lovers. Like my second novel, Ready to Fall, it can be read as a standalone contemporary romance/romantic comedy.
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Into the New

 

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This has been a week to learn new things. Sometimes they can be scary. Sometimes they can be amazing. But always, they expand horizons, keep me on my toes and ensure I never get bored.

 

New Thing Number One  publish

I am being published in Brazil. This is so amazing to me. I’m more than excited to see my words translated into the beautiful Portuguese language, and can’t wait to hold that book in my hands. My lovely editor from Universo Dos Livros is already working on the translation, and we are hoping for a release date some time in the fall.

 

New Thing Number Two

google plusGoogle Plus. Am I the last one to the party? I’ve finally managed to get my google+ account up and running. I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do next, but I’m having fun reading stuff and working out what I should post. If you’re over there and you fancy saying ‘hi’ then here is the link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115611006918670657053/posts/p/pub

 

New Thing Number Three

youtubeI’ve recorded my first video, ready to upload to YouTube. I’m taking part in my lovely friend S.L. Scott’s read-a-long for her fabulous book The Resistance (if you haven’t read it yet, you should, and come join in the read-a-long). After about fifty tries and untold amount of laughter I’ve finally managed to get a passable recording of me reading an excerpt from her book. The wonderful new video will make its debut during the read-a-long on Facebook, but if I’m feeling brave, I’ll also post it here some time.

So there you have it. You can teach an old dog new tricks, particularly if they involve books. Have a fabulous weekend everybody. I’m off to a party tomorrow where, no doubt, I’ll learn a lot of new things 😉

Carrie Pink

Sharing some good news – a Brazilian Publisher for Fix You!

Wow, what a week it has been, and it’s only Tuesday! How did that happen? Some of you may be aware that I’ve been working with some lovely agents at the Bookcase Literary Agency, and I’m delighted to announce that my book Fix You has been acquired by Marcia Batista at Universo Dos Livros.

As the Brazilian publisher for books such as The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Beautiful Bastard and Tangled, as well as the amazing new book Louca Por Voce by my lovely friend Andreia Leia, I’m so delighted to be part of Universo Dos Livros’ amazing catalogue of writers.

I’m also more than excited to see my words translated into Portugese, and on sale in Brazil. In fact, let’s have some champagne!

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And since I never like to drink alone…

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Flavia and Meire, who run the Bookcase Literary Agency, have been working so hard in selling the story, and I’m so pleased for all of us that we’ll get to see this hard work in paperback form. It was such a pleasure to meet with them at the London Book Fair in April, where we got to talk books, books and more books!

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And in other–perhaps less exciting–news I’ve had the first feedback from pre-readers on my next book, ‘Coming Down’. Lots of great positive reviews, and some excellent suggestions to make it even better. I don’t have a confirmed date for releasing this one yet, but I’m so excited about this story, and can’t wait to share it with you. Sooner rather than later I hope!

So tonight I celebrate, and tomorrow I get back to editing. I’m so hyped up, I can’t wait!!

Have a great day, everyone!

Carrie Pink