Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 2nd September

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 Mischka Jenkins’ blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Ronnie Allen.

 

1.  When do you decide that you’ve done enough editing and changes would now be making it different, not better?

This is a tricky one. Whenever I read something I’ve written, it’s always with a critical eye. I’m never truly happy with the outcome, there’s always something I think I could improve on. But I also believe that over editing can kill the heart of a story–there has to be a happy medium. So nowadays I do three main edits, followed by two proofs. After that, I leave it for the readers to decide if I’ve done enough.

 

2.  When and how do you accept advice by rejection letters and critique partners?

Honest answer? All the time. I’m so aware how little distance I have from my own writing, so I rely on my critique partners and beta readers to give me an honest run down of how they see the story. I’ve made a lot of changes based on feedback from both them and editors, and I truly believe it makes for a better story. I love my cps and beta readers so much, and I owe them a lot. I want to take them all away to a desert island and pamper them in thanks!

 

3.  When you’re not writing how do you spend your day?

If I’m not writing, I’m either editing, marketing, or doing something completely unrelated. I do have a job, plus a family that keeps me busy. I’m all too aware I neglect the house and the laundry in favour of my fictional characters, but I try not to neglect my kids! So if I’m not writing you might find me neck-deep in homework assignments, or driving them to soccer practice or scout meetings. And very, very occasionally, I also fit in a date night with my gorgeous husband.

 

 

Thank you to Ronnie for these questions, they were a lot of fun to answer. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to  http://jrrichardsonfics.wordpress.com/ and read the fabulous Jo Richardson’s answers.

Carrie Pink

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 15th July

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 Elizabeth Jannette’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Jo Cursed be the Wicked finalRichardson, whose amazing book Cursed be the Wicked is one of my favourite reads so far this year!

 

 

1.  How Often do you Write?

writing like crazyHonest answer? As often as I can. Sometimes this can mean daily, sometimes only a couple of times a week. I have written as much as 15,000 words in a week, and as little as nothing. I have a full time job plus a family, so writing (also known as me-time) has to fit around those.

But one day, I’ll have my own little garrett and hide away from the world. At that point, I plan to write at least 5000 words a day!

 

2.  Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can, and as often as you can?

1000 wordsI think it definitely helps. Writing is like any muscle–it works best when exercised often. However, writing doesn’t just mean writing your story. I often jot down little descriptive paragraphs that take my fancy, or write reviews of books where I can use descriptive words to really show what I liked about them.

And no, I don’t always write 1000 words a day. Sometimes a lot more, often a lot less. But it’s a good target to aspire to!


3.  What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write every day, you’re not a writer”?

who am i to judgeThis t-shirt says it all. Who am I to judge? If you write, you’re a writer. Whether it takes you ten years or ten days to write a book, everybody’s different. I thank God we have authors like Donna Tartt, who took around six or seven years to write The Goldfinch. On the other end of the scale, the voracious reader in me loves the fact that Elle Casey releases a book every month. Both of them are writers, but the way they do it is very different.

I guess what I’m saying is the only person I can judge is myself. Do I call myself a writer? Sometimes. But I’m also a worker, a mum, a wife, a daughter. And I love being all of these things.

 

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Thank you to Jo for these questions, they were a lot of fun to answer. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog and read Brenda Magriet’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Review – Certainty of Deception by Jeanne McDonald

the certainty of deception
 by
Jeanne McDonald
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The Certainty of Deception by Jeanne McDonald is the second in the series, the follow up to The Truth in Lies, which was released in 2013. In the first book, we met Drew and McKenzie, and watched them fall in love despite the complications in their lives, and the fact that Drew’s girlfriend (Olivia) was McKenzie’s best friend.

The second book picks up where the first left off. Drew has been blindsided by Olivia’s announcement that she’s pregnant with his child, and McKenzie flees to her home state of Texas in order to escape the pain. As far as she knows, Drew is going to get back with Olivia and raise their baby, because that’s exactly what Olivia wants her to think.

As always, Jeanne’s prose is beautiful. Descriptive without being flowery, it sets the scene perfectly, making me almost taste the salty ozone off the Gulf of Mexico, and hear the lap of the waves as they creep up the beach. Her characters, too, are real and fleshed out, and I found myself falling once again for Drew, as we learned about the pain of his past and his desperate hope for the future.

McKenzie, too, has her own path to tred. Her friendship with Olivia blinds her to certain truths, and the title of the book has never been more apt than the way Olivia tries to blindside them all with her connivance. I found myself rooting for both McKenzie and Drew, desperate for them to get back together, to show Olivia that she couldn’t step in the path of true love.

Without giving away any spoilers, this is the second in a trilogy, so not all ends are neatly tied by the finish of the book. But that really didn’t matter, because I’m desperate for more of Mickie and Drew, and can’t wait for the third book to come out.

Five well-deserved stars to this hugely enjoyable book.

Author: Jeanne McDonald
Title: The Certainty of Deception (The Truth in Lies Saga #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Jada D’Lee Designs
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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Summary:
After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him.  Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips.  Or so he thought.  But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed.  Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life – McKenzie Evans.
When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself.  The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child.  Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer.   With his
brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.
Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas.  There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed. 
In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.
Excerpt:
“Evans’ Bodyworks, McKenzie speaking,” her sweet voice serenaded me like a siren’s song.
The wind pushed from my chest in the most orgasmic of ways.
I closed my eyes and allowed the intense rush of relief blow from my chest.  For the last two months, I’d called her office just to hear her voice.  She’d changed her cell phone number to an Amarillo number after leaving, but Evans’ Bodyworks was a listed number.  As per my agreement with Jared, I never said a word.  I simply listened to her until she hung up.
“Hello?”  I shivered with delight at the sweet timbre of her tone.
Since her departure, I’d taken up sending her flowers every Monday, simply to brighten her week. The phone call was to brighten mine.
“Hello?  Anybody there?”
Oh, God, that Southern drawl.  She’d commented several times about how much she hated her accent.  “I sound like a backwoods hick,” she’d
complained.  She didn’t sound like a hick to me.  On the contrary, I could’ve listened to her talk all day long if given the chance. 
Drops of rain splattered to the ground.  I looked up at the sky.  It appeared the sun was going to lose the battle of the clouds after all.  Not that I minded, I loved the rain.  The rain held a sentimental value to me.  It was a rainy night where I first made love to McKenzie.  Rain was a good thing.  It brought life and in my case, it brought love.
I closed my eyes to recall the smell of her skin mixed with the rain.  Shadows of her danced in the recesses of my mind.  I swallowed hard, thinking of how it felt to have her smooth skin pressed against mine.  Every minor detail displayed with vivid accuracy in my consciousness.  Her shimmering blue eyes sparkled, her playful smile, and the way her golden hair fell in front of her face when it was wet.
“Andy?  Is that you?” she whispered.
Tha-thump.
My heart skipped a beat at the sound of that nickname on such beautiful lips.  Only Mickie was allowed to call me that.  Just because my name was Andrew, didn’t mean people should call me Andy. Andrew or Drew was fine with me, but never Andy.  That was my twin sister’s nickname, after all.
I sprang to my feet in a single bound, and looked around the beach.  It was still fairly empty.  Just a few runners making their way to their cars before the rain picked up.
“I guess not,” she faltered.
The sadness in her voice chipped away another piece of my mangled heart.  She missed me.  The evidence was there in the sound of her voice.  Fine, the evidence was hearsay, but this wasn’t a court of law, so it was admissible. She called me by name, hoping it was me on the other end of the line.
This was what I’d been waiting for.  I needed to know that she missed me too, that I wasn’t alone in my heartache.  I wanted to reveal myself, but I feared it would ruin my upcoming plans.  Only one person knew what I was about to do and that was because he was intricate to my plans.  All I needed was for Jared or Gavin to get wind of my trip to Amarillo.  There was no doubt in my mind that they’d try to stop me. So, instead of acting on instinct, I sat there like a fool, listening to her breathe.
Click.
The phone went silent.
For several seconds I stood, unmoving.  She had spoken to me.  To hear her call me by name was an answer to my prayers.  It only solidified my
decision to get off of my ass and fly to Texas. I’d waited like Jared and Gavin demanded.  Two long, miserable months, I’d waited.  Not a single drop of liquor had touched my lips since that night, no matter how bad I wanted a drink.  I’d been patient, keeping my distance, well, in a way.  Sure, the flowers didn’t equate to distance, but she hadn’t told Jared about them as far as I knew.  I was sure if she had, I’d never hear the end of it.  So, to me, that was a signal that she wasn’t over me any more than I was her. They were lucky I’d lasted this long. Patience was not one of my virtues. The time had come, and I was getting my girl back.
My mind released me from its temporary prison, allowing my heart to say what it needed to say.  “I miss you,” I whispered, breathless.
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About the Author:
Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event.  She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry.  She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend.
Her passions include a “mild” Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.
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Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 8th July

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 Jeanna E. Mann’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questiocertaintyns are brought to you by Jeanne McDonald, whose amazing new book The Certainty of Deception  will be published this week!

 

 

1.  How did you go about choosing the names for your characters?

A funny story about this. I’ve been writing ever since I was a child (Enid Blyton was my go to writer in those days. I used to dream of lazy days by the tennis court aspartacusnd midnight feasts by the pool!) And in every single one of those stories I wrote as a kid I called my heroine ‘Claire’. Why, you may ask? Simple – that was my best friend’s name, and who better to cast in every story than the person I liked the most.

Hopefully my more recent characters are slightly more sophisticated than those multitude of Claires, but that doesn’t make naming them any easier.

My go-to resource when choosing names nowadays is to look at the most popular names for the year of the character’s birth. The lists tend to have a choice of 100, which is more than enough for me.

I also take into account where they are from, the names of the supporting characters (it would be a little confusion to have an Ella and an Emma), and finally (perhaps most importantly) whether the name ‘suits’ them. It isn’t always easy as you can see!

 

2.  Where did the inspiration for your current book come from?

My current work-in-progress is set in the same ‘world’ as the book that’s due to be published in the fall of 2014. The first in the series is called ‘Coming Down’ and the second has a working title of ‘Breaking Through’.

Coming Down was only ever supposed to be a stand alone, and it certainly has no cliff hanger or unresolved story. But two supporting characters–friends of the heroine–stood out to me so much that I felt they deserved their own book. Breaking Through is about the strains that a change in direction can put on a marriage. The couple start out strong, but then they have a baby, and the band the husband has been playing in for years suddenly breaks through and becomes famous, taking him away from his family when they need him most.

Where did I get the inspiration for both these stories? I guess firstly I wanted to base a book in the part of London I love the most–the East End. Where this was once a run-down part of the city, nowadays it is up and coming. Plus there have always been the more salubrious parts–Islington springs to mind–but places like Shoreditch and Hoxton have become our equivalent of Greenwich Village in NYC.

The second reason for writing the book was that I wanted strong female characters. In both books, they are fighting against circumstances, but they get through their trials by working hard, not by leaning on a man for support all the way. That doesn’t mean there’s no romance involved–quite the contrary–but they don’t expect the men to solve all their problems.

 

3.  What methods do you use to ensure you have no plot holes (journal, storyboard, outline, editor, etc.)?

Ooh, good question. I tend to be a plotter, rather than a pantser (although I’m trying to be less anal about it) which means I can try to iron plot holes out before I even start. But this isn’t the whole story. I also revise religiously (about three or four times before anybody else even sees it), then plot holehave beta readers who comment with their thoughts. The next step in the process is sending it to my editor, and finally before I ever hit ‘publish’ I let my husband read it.

To say Mr E is anal is an understatement. He writes policies and speeches for a living and has a keen eye for holes. When I give him a galley copy of my book, it’s always given back covered with red pen. And his little comments never fail to make me laugh.

 

 

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Thank you to Jeanne for these questions, they were a lot of fun to answer. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/ and read S.C. Mitchell’s answers!

Carrie Pink