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It’s Romance Weekly time!

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Welcome to all those joining me from the awesome Dani Jace’s blog, author of White Doe.

This week’s question came from Sarah Hegger and was about opening lines:

A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Share a great opening line, can be a classic or a more recent novel, tell us why you like it and then share the opening line to your newest WIP.

I was going to go the classic Pride and Prejudice route, because, well, it’s a classic and it’s one that pretty much everyone will have heard.

But, when I thought about it, there was another one that struck me.

It’s actually from a book I haven’t finished reading, and started years ago.

‘Burn this book.’

A striking line, right? 😀 It’s an opening that really caught me because of it’s sharpness, and has made me remember it for years, even if I never finished the book (which I will at some point!).

It’s from Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker.

As for the opening line of my newest WIP, well, as I stated last week, I have restarted it. So, this is very, very much a work in progress!

“Tut tut, Dr Murphy, nobody likes a coward.”

This won’t be the final version, but it’s something written so as the first page isn’t a stark blank page! 😀

So, there you have it!

Now hop along to Fiona Riplee’s blog and see what opening line catches her attention!

Is there an opening line you remember? What’s your WIP’s current opening line?

Progress Report:

Status of sixth manuscript: Planning.
Word count: Eh heh…

Books read towards goal: 1/50
Currently reading: The Creative Writing Workbook by Matthew Branton.

Romance Weekly Blog Hop #lovechatwrite

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It’s Romance Weekly blog hop time!

If you’ve hopped over from A.S. Fenichel’s wonderful blog, then welcome!

So, this week, we’ve been asked- What quirky habits (superstitions, must haves, etc.) do you have while writing?

It’s an interesting question as I’m quite a compulsive person. A lot of the time I do need to have things certain ways in order to do them.

But I have to admit, I’m pretty easy going when it comes to writing. I will write pretty much anywhere and on anything 😀

I suppose it’s possible because my brain is constantly on writing, so it has to explode out no matter where I am or what I’m doing as it can’t contain it anymore!

Though, now thinking about, I do generally always have to have a cup of tea nearby!

Now pop on over to see what habits and quirks Eden Ashe, author of Ever Mine, has whilst writing!

Do you have any oddities or must haves during writing or the creative process?

Progress Report:

Status of sixth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Daily word count: About 400 – Handwritten.

Books read towards goal: 1/50
Currently reading: The Creative Writing Workbook by Matthew Branton.

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I’m back to Romance Weekly as regular this week! Nice to get back into it, I missed these weekly posts 😀

If you’ve joined me from the lovely Jami Denise, then welcome!

So, this week, Elizabeth Janette has asked us what is on our TBR list.

As I said last week in my Books and Reading post, I’m trying to get a lot more organised with my TBR list, so as I actually get to read the books I want instead of forgetting them under the ever-growing pile! 😀

But I am not that organised yet, and only have a few planned, though I did just finish the first book that was on the list (a beta-read for someone, which was great fun).

So here are the next 4 books that I actually have planned on my TBR list:

The Creative Writing Workbook by Mathew Branton
Thyme in a Flask by Glenn Quarry (Book for Review)
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley (Reading Challenge- A book written by a female author)
Random Library Book (Shelf number 4, book number 7)

So there you have it! The next books on my list.

Now hop on over to Elizabeth Janette and see what’s on her list, you never know if you mind find a book that interests you!

What books are on your reading list? Have you managed to read any yet this year?

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Another hop today, Romance Weekly! 🙂

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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?

I always know how it’s going to end, in fact, the ending is usually the part I come up with first 😀

It’s the beginning I always struggle with, never quite sure how they are going to be until I write them.

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

Actually, I don’t think any of my characters have ever been influenced by anyone I know! I’m not sure how I’d go about doing that, without it becoming overly obvious who it was I’d based them on.

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

The romantic hero? Hm? Calm, honest and sexy!

Another great set of questions this week, go check out what the lovely Katie O’Connor has to say!

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Progress Report:

Word Count: 3361 (36,158 total word count)
Status of Fourth Manuscript: Writing first draft.

Books read: 1/4

June eBook Review: Review written and ready.

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Another set of fun questions for this week. If you’ve joined me from the lovely LaNora Mangano then welcome!

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

Hm, I do tend to write alpha males. Obviously it’s something appeals 😀

My ideal alpha male would have to be coolly confident (not shouting about his awesomeness all the time), smart but not cocky, and have a little bit of broodiness- I can’t help myself! 😀

In fact, Bane from Stolen Bloodlines is probably my ideal alpha male. The kind of guy who’s brooding, mysterious but confident in himself that he won’t back down and shy away from a woman who knows her own mind.

Excuse me whilst I go swoon now…

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

My best friend is male, and he is also one of my readers/editors 😀 So, I hope he’d pull anything out that would sound too feminine when I write blokes.

Though in all fairness, I prefer my men to at least think of their feelings if I write from their POV, which I know men don’t generally, but that’s just how I like to write them.

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

Oh, I absolutely love melodramatic romantic moments! I can’t help myself, they make me go all giddy every time I read or write them (kisses in the rain, turning up at the airport at the last minute… paying a lot money to have your sister made reputable again- Darcy, I‘m looking at you!). It’s something about having a guy show his vulnerability in a way that there is no doubt how he feels 😀

What a great set of question for this week!

Check out what Leslie Hachtel has to say about her preference in heroes!

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Progress Report:

Word count: 3372 (20,059 total word count)
Status of fourth manuscript: Writing first draft.

Books read: 1/4

June EBook review: Book read. Writing review.

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Back to Romance Weekly this week 🙂

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1. How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write characters completely opposite to you?

Actually, it’s odd because I look at my characters and I can see little bits of me in some of them 😀 I think it’s difficult not to add a little of yourself to a character you connect with. Usually for me, these characters are secondary characters and it is only small bits, so it doesn’t show!

2. Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer?

It has certainly helped make my life clearer. I was a complete mess before I started writing and being able to focus on something. Now, I feel clear on where I want to head in my life, and I have writing to thank for that.

3. Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they?

Hm, I don’t think so. I think if you took all of my characters and mushed them together, you might find quite a few of my characteristics- creativity, honesty… impatience 😀 But no one character is like me, at least not any I have written yet. Maybe I will write a character one day based on me and see if anyone notices!

I like to write my characters as very individual, and I find little bits of my personality in them, but very different bits. I think it adds to their depth, as they each have something I can relate too, even the bad guys, so therefore I write them in a more believable manner… I hope!

Great set of questions this week, really got me thinking about my characters and their individualism.

Now go check out what the fabulous Brenda Margriet has to say in response to these questions!

Progress Report

Publishing status: Getting all books ready for release tomorrow!!

May E-Book Review: Book read. Review written.