Your Favorite Hero

Your Favorite Hero

What kind of hero do you like to read about?  Forget real life and the kind of guy you married or hope to marry.  In your wildest fantasies, in the most satisfying romance novels, who is your favorite?   Do you like a dark and brooding man with a mysterious past?  Should he be quiet and reserved, not giving much away until the heroine draws him out? Do you prefer a man who is sweet, self-deprecating, self-conscious and utterly unaware of his own charm? Should he be perfect in every way or wounded by his past? Young and innocent or bitter and jaded? Tell me, who do you love best?   [Image...

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Hello, Blogger Ball

Hello, Blogger Ball

I belong to a few different groups for writers, which is a great way to learn what other people are writing and how they are marketing and growing their careers. One group is at shewrites.com, which as you might surmise from that title, is a place for female writers to congregate. Meg Clayton is hosting a little get-to-know-you this week, so click below to meet other women writers… ¬† ¬† For those coming through on the tour, welcome! I use my little corner of the Internet here to do writing exercises, share tid-bits from my latest projects, and discuss issues important to both disability and sexuality. ¬†I explore those themes in many media. ¬†Mostly, though, I write. ¬†I write opinion blog essays and romantic short stories. ¬†I write romance books and books...

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Romantic Friday Writers: Confused

Romantic Friday Writers: Confused

¬† http://fridaynightwriters.blogspot.com/ This blog has a challenge for writers of romance/love stories to write 400 words on a theme each Friday. ¬†The theme this week is Confused. So many opportunities for confusion and misunderstanding in love stories! ¬†I selected a scene from my already-published novel (W)hole. ¬†I would have kept going, if only the next part was the sexy scene that it seems like it’s leading to. ¬†However, at this point the phone rings, and the scene goes in a very different direction! It has been really enlightening for me to be part of this group, as it’s making me realize that I don’t have enough romance in my romance stories! ¬†I’ll have to start working on fixing that. Word Count: 302 NCCO, since this is already...

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At Least I’m Better Than Him

At Least I’m Better Than Him

It seems we all do it. We’re taught to by our parents, by our community. ¬†We’re taught that being grateful means putting down someone else. Think about it. ¬†When you start feeling down about something in your life, what do people tell you? ¬†At least you’re not as bad off as so-and-so, he has a terrible life, be happy you aren’t fill-in-the-blank. ¬†And then you start to do it yourself. ¬†You think, I must be grateful and happy that at least I’m not an amputee. ¬†At least I’m not a quadriplegic. ¬†At least I don’t have a progressive neurological condition. ¬†At least I’m not job-less. ¬†At least I’m not bald. ¬†At least I’m not like that person over there. Comparing ourselves to others is always a mistake. We...

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Need Your Help

I’m trying to come up with a better title for my sequel to (W)hole. I love that title so much and I’ve painted myself into a corner because I can’t find something to match it! I want to do something with the same touch of word play, but that might be a lost cause. Right now the working title is Accept/Except, but I think that’s too clunky.¬† Maybe just “Accept”?¬† That sounds too much like a command, though. The plot is very focused on Elizabeth’s relationship with her parents and how they hold her back while she tries to explore her devness and understand herself better. The central conflict is Elizabeth’s desire to be understood, fully seen, loved, and accepted as she is by her mother in particular. I am quite...

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