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Month: November 2012

Interview: Christine Warner

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am pleased to introduce to you contemporary romance author Christine Warner.  Christine is a chocolate and coffee lover — a woman after my own heart.  Her interview is fun and high energy.  I hope you enjoyed her answering your questions as much as I enjoyed having her as a guest on my blog.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

First off, thank you so much for having me here today!

Hmm, a little about me. Let’s see, I live in Michigan with my family and an assortment of furry friends and a well used laptop. I love social media (way to addicting…lol), meeting new people, cooking, reading, chocolate, coffee—sometimes chocolate coffee—lol, and spending time with my family. Oh, and when forced I work about 30 hours a week for a hospital.

Tell us about your current release.

Ooh, here is where I cheat a bit. I’m going to share my blurb with you. Two-Timing the Boss is a contemporary romance and was such fun to write. I hope you enjoy the blurb.

TWO-TIMING THE BOSS BLURB:
Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery. She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants. She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery. The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less. But when he meets Farah, all bets are off. He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story?

I come up with a lot of my story ideas while I’m driving, usually into work since it’s about a 45 minute ride in good weather and closer to an hour when the snow is falling. I was actually thinking about my sister and how lucky I was to have her in my life as a friend as well as a sister.

The idea of writing a story about sisters who would do anything for each other sprang into my head. Then I decided to up the ante and have them be twins and from there I wondered just how far one twin would go for another. And to think from all that daydreaming and pondering that little blip the storyline for Two-Timing the Boss was born.

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Muse Monday: Writing in Layers

Welcome to Muse Monday!

Every Monday, I’ll write a post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse, or whatever strikes my fancy to write regarding the craft of writing. I’ll also include a Linky. Link up YOUR post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse — ANYTHING to do with writing and the craft of writing.

Writing in Layers

I have found over the years that I tend to write in layers. I have all of these action scenes in my head that drive the story, and I have to get to each one of them. So, I write action — “She walks into the room, does this action thing that drives the story, and leaves the room.”

Chapter after chapter is almost entirely action. I cannot stop the forward momentum of getting from one scene to the other. I just write and write, creating the first layer.

When I reach the end, I have to set it aside. My head is full of all of the details – scenes, emotions, thoughts – and I have a hard time seeing what is really there and what I know should be there. This is where my husband comes in.

My husband is a brilliant writer, but as good of a writer as he may be, he is even a better editor. I hand him this action packed story, and he goes through it and makes notes. “How does she feel about armed assasins breaking into her home?”

In a way, this annoys me. My mind says, “How do you think she feels?” But, as a reader, I understand that I still need to give the reader that information. The reader needs to feel through me, see through me, understand motivations and characterization through me. I cannot assume the reader is just going to “know” like I do.

It is very easy for me to write that first-draft, action driven story. I know exactly what happens next and how to plot it out and get there. It is extremely hard for me to go back through and flesh out every scene with thoughts, feelings, descriptions, and setting, mainly because I can see it and feel it already and I don’t necessarily see where the holes are.

When I finish the second layer, I hand it over to my husband and he’ll line-edit it, picking apart the passive voice, fleshing out a lot of male point-of-view that I might not get right, and telling me what works plot-wise and what doesn’t. He gives it back to me and I put the final, third layer, finishing touches on it.

The end result is a wonderful story, driven by action but full of the kinds of things that keep a reader turning the page. The best part about it is that it was created with this wonderful rhythm and teamwork my husband and I have developed over the years. As a romance writer and a romantic at heart, I love that we are able to work together like this.

He is currently in the first editing phase of the book I recently finished (Song of Revelation, which will be released in December) while I’m currently writing scene after scene of the novella Greater than Rubies that will take place after Sapphire Ice, Book 1 of the Jewel Trilogy but before Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel Trilogy.

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Super Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale!

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday morning, and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST Monday night, all of my books will be on sale!

In e-book form they will be only $0.99!

In autographed paperback, they will be only $6.99 plus shipping!

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Greater than Rubies — A Teaser

I am currently working on the novella titled Greater than Rubies that will follow Sapphire Ice, all about the months following Robin and Tony’s engagement and leading to their wedding.

I hope to publish it very early December.  It will be free in e-book form.  Here is a teaser: a snippet of the meeting between Tony Viscolli and Derrick DiNunzio:

Tony had time to file the reports away and make sure nothing pressing waited for him on his desk. Closing his eyes, he uttered a brief prayer, “Please God, help me focus on this meeting and let me make a difference in this young man’s life.”

As he raised his head, a knock sounded on his door. Margart opened it without waiting for him to bid entrance, and in walked Derrick DiNunzio.

He had lost weight in the month since Tony first met him outside of a dirty bar in the absolutely wrong neighborhood. Tony had looked at him and seen a reflection of himself not long before and something, the Holy Spirit he supposed, pressed him to help this boy. He told Derrick to come see him when he turned eighteen. Now Derrick stood before him, right there in the same black leather jacket with the hole in the elbow, dirty jeans, worn out boots, and red-rimmed eyes. He had a scruffy beard and chapped lips.

“Derrick DiNunzio,” Tony said, stepping forward with his hand out. Derrick looked at it and hesitantly shook his hand. Tony gripped it with his other hand, trying to convey friendship. “I’m pleased you decided to take me up on my offer and come see me.”

Derrick shrugged and tried to act tough, but he kept looking around at the very large and well appointed office. “Yeah, well you said maybe you had a job for me, Mr. Viscolli, and I could really use the work, so I came.”

Tony looked at Margaret over Derrick’s shoulder. “Just go ahead and bring in the food when it arrives if you could, Margaret.”

“Yes, sir,” she said, closing the door behind her.

Tony gestured to the brown leather couch and chairs that formed a seating area near a lit fireplace. “Please, sit down, Derrick.”

Derrick shoved his hands in his pockets and slouched toward the couch. “What kind of job you need me to do, Mr. Viscolli?”

Tony ignored the question and sat in a chair facing Derrick. “Lei parla Italiano?”

The youth shook his head. “Nah. My mom, she didn’t speak English and she wanted to learn. By the time I was old enough to talk, she refused to teach me any except when she was cussing me out.”

“Well, cussing does sound more sincere in Italian, doesn’t it?”

“I never questioned her sincerity, Mr. Viscolli.”

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Interview: Lynette Sofras

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am excited to introduce to you former teacher turned romantic suspense author Lynette Sofras.  I really enjoyed this interview.  I love that she gets past writers block by doing housework — that is exactly my strategy!  And, I find it incredibly romantic that she came up with her current release while in Greece taking a ferry boat from Patras to Ancon. Please enjoy as Lynette answers the questions you readers asked.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi Hallee, First of all thanks so much for inviting me to your wonderful blog. About me: well I’m a former Head of English who gave up teaching almost three years ago to focus on my writing and have never looked back since. I’ve loved reading and writing all my life and you could therefore say my lifelong dream has now come true.

Tell us about your current release.

I’m excited about In Loving Hate because it began a long time ago in my head but only recently saw the light of day. It’s a romantic suspense – here is the blurb:

How far will the rich and powerful go in order to achieve their goals? That is the question Lyssa must decide when she finds herself caught between two formidable adversaries: powerful business tycoon and shipping magnate, Alex Andrakis and close childhood friend, ‘Dynamic’ Nell Winters, brewery heiress and prolific businesswoman.

Following the failure of her marriage in Greece, Lyssa returns to her family home in London, to discover that her mother, a once-celebrated actress, is now facing crippling debts. When Lyssa begins to investigate these, she becomes embroiled in the intricate business dealings of Nell and her arch-rival Alex. Irresistibly drawn towards widower Alex and his unhappy young son, Lyssa begins to uncover some unexpected and disturbing facts.

The more involved she becomes, the more shocking are the discoveries she makes. The conflicts culminate in a frightening battle for survival as Lyssa finds herself the prime target between the possessive Nell and obsessive Alex. With her loyalties deeply divided, can Lyssa make the right choice for everyone concerned?

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What Veteran’s Day Means to Me

Friday, Scott’s school had a breakfast honoring veterans. I wasn’t really certain what to expect with it. I just assumed that we would go with Scott to eat breakfast as his class does every morning. However, when we walked into the school, with Gregg in his ACU uniform, we were greeted at a table at the entrance by two teachers who thanked Gregg for his service. On the table next to them was a big plaque of an American flag that read, “God Bless America.” We were given stickers name tags (to signify us as guests who had signed in) that said:

Because Gregg was in uniform, he put his on his coffee cup.

For some reason, at that moment, I started feeling very emotional. I’m not a hugely emotional person, but a very definite trigger point for me is this amazing country in which we live and the veterans who have such an amazing courage and heart for it.

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