Weekend Writing Warrior – 8/31/14

Okay! I’m back to work on my WIP – Full Court Press. Here’s a little pillow talk for you:

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“This is bad,” she whispered at last.

His heart lunged, but he took a moment to get his synapses in line before he refuted the statement. “I thought it was pretty damn good, but if you’re thinking we can up or game I’m willing to try again.” He forced a weak smile. “You might have to give me about thirty minutes or so, I’m not twenty anymore.”

To his relief, Kate chuckled and turned onto her side to face him, considerately curling her arm so he could maintain his hold on her. “I may need more than thirty after that.”

“Because it was so bad?”

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I hope you liked it. Tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating the single title release day for The Last First Date! Wooot!

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Hope the rest of your Labo(u)r Day weekend is easy and relaxing. Be sure to check out all the posts from my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!

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Monday Mayhem – Pardon me while I squee

BUT, ARE YOU WATCHING OUTLANDER?

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I’ve been both dreading and anticipating this for months and after three episodes, I’m happy to say I’m in love, love, love. I think they’re doing an awesome job of adapting the book and Jamie and Claire and Frank and SQUEEEEE!

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Ahem. Sorry. Now back to your regularly scheduled Monday.

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 8/24/14

I’m still working on the sequel to The Last First Date. Here’s a bit where Jessica compares Lang with the handsome older gentleman who has been wining and dining Lang’s grandmother.

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Marcus was all sleek silver hair and smooth edges. The modern-day version of Cary Grant of Gregory Peck. His sleek handsomeness was almost too perfect to be believed, but confidence rolled off him in waves.

Lang, on the other hand, was a mess. Her mess. He’d been almost as immaculately turned out when he showed up at her door that evening. Pride and remorse mingled in her belly as she eyed him now. His suit was rumpled, the white shirt he now wore open at his throat had lost it’s starch, and his necktie trailed from his pocket.

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Your input is welcome and most appreciated. I hope to polish the first few chapters and get them sent off on proposal this week!

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Monday Mayhem – My favorite word – YES!

Today marks the four year anniversary of the first time a publisher used my favorite word — yes.

Four years ago today, Kim Jacobs from Turquoise Morning Press sent me an email that included the following magical sentences, “I would like to offer you a contract for your book, Paramour. I love your writing style and the story is priceless.”

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Since that day, I’ve contracted six novels, sixteen novellas, and more than a dozen short stories. Let me tell you, having someone tell you they love your story never gets old.

This writing thing has been a hell of a roller coaster ride so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend. Thanks so much for coming on this ride with me. Your support and enthusiasm makes every moment of it a thrill!

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 08/17/14

Here’s a test – is distracted writing dangerous?

Here are 8 sentences I wrote while conversations swirled around me at my local RWA meeting. Since I managed exactly 8, I said I’d post them for my WWW entry. What do you say? Help a distracted writer out?

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Gazing up at her from the depths of his pillow, Lang wondered why he ever thought leaving this apartment was a good idea. What could be better than being fed lo mein noodles by a beautiful woman? Jessica still wore his old uniform shirt but, like him, it was completely undone. She straddled him, smiling as she swirled the bamboo chopsticks in the take-out container. Hot pink handcuffs dangled from one wrist as she held a clump of lukewarm noodles over his mouth.

“More?”

Instead of opening up, he shook his head. “More of you.”

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Fingers crossed, this story will turn out to be the sequel to my current Harlequin-E release, The Last First Date. Your input is welcome and most appreciated!

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 08/10/14

I have to be quick because I have company in town this weekend. Here are a fast eight from the first draft of the story I wrote the synopsis for last week. 🙂

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Jessica bit the tip of her tongue as she watched him fit the key into the ridiculous heart-shaped cuffs.

One of them had to be sensible. That’s what she told herself each time she stifled the urge to doodle his initials or draw hearts in the steamy bathroom mirror. They’d only known each other six weeks. They’d been together only eleven days longer than the free trial on her Netflix account. True, she hadn’t been completely sold on the need to stream television shows when the membership fee hit her account, but she figured it was a damn sight better than buying season after season on DVD untested. And Langley Sheppard made no bones about the fact that he was looking for the lifetime membership type of relationship. He told her so seconds after their first kiss.

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Want to find out how Lang and Jessica met? The Last First Date is available as part of the Harlequin-E Contemporary Boxed Set, or pre-order the single title (coming September 1, 2014)!

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Monday Mayhem – Gotta Get Away

I’ve been suffering a pretty strong vacation urge for the last couple of years. When one moves 500+ miles from family and friends and marries into a ready-made family, vacation time is usually eaten up with trips back home or activities to entertain the kids.

My husband and I haven’t taken a trip that wasn’t work or family related since our honeymoon in 2001 when we went to Eureka Springs and stayed at the beautiful (and haunted!) Crescent Hotel.

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We had a taste of what it might be like when he flew to south Texas last spring to meet me for a quick weekend. I was working in McAllen for a couple of weeks, and the flight times to and from Little Rock just didn’t make sense for a Friday afternoon to Sunday evening turn around, but the proximity to South Padre Island and frequent flier miles made a couple days at the beach possible.

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Boy, did that whet the whistle.

When inclement weather forced us to stay overnight in Cape Girardeau, MO on our way back from Illinois, we discovered that we both enjoy exploring these old Mississippi River port towns. It didn’t hurt that we came out of the riverboat casino $60 ahead for the night.

So yeah, we’ve been itching to get away again, but with job/family/pet/financial obligations, it hasn’t been easy to take the time away. But then I had a flash of genius.

No, I didn’t invent an intermittent windshield wiper, but I did manage to put a couple of random thoughts together and come up with a semi-plan.

You see, I’ve been entertaining thoughts of a story or two with a historic South backdrop. Towns like Vicksburg or Natchez, MS. Both are within few hours of our house, so the man and I have been tossing around the idea of a road trip. The easy proximity from either of those locales to New Orleans, and the fact that my husband has never experienced The Big Easy, and well…it’s safe to say there’s a plot afoot.

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We like diner food and flea markets. We’re easily lured by roadside stands and local attractions. Photos of plantations turned B&B have spawned more than one fantasy involving sneak-drinking brandy whilst I observe the size and strength of Rhett Butler’s hands….

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Ahem. Sorry. I digress.

How about you? Are you a road trip person or do you prefer to make a beeline for your final destination? Anyplace in particular you’re yearning to see?

 

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Weekend Writing Warrior – August 2, 2014

One of the more painful parts of being a writer involves the dreaded synopsis. This weekend I wrote one, therefore today I will share eight sentences from a work almost in progress. Here’s what I have started for the sequel to The Last First Date.  The working title is First Shot at Forever.

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Langley Sheppard’s Valentine’s Day isn’t going quite the way he planned. When he called his girlfriend of six weeks, Jessica Vickers, she said she was ready for their date. But when he knocks on her apartment door, he’s greeted by a flash of long, bare leg and the sight of the woman he loves dressed in nothing but his old patrolman’s uniform shirt and hat. He doesn’t have to wonder how she swiped it because Jessica confesses. She broke into his house and stole it right out of his closet. After she snooped through all his stuff.

Instead of feeling violated that she invaded his space, he’s excited. This is the first time Jessica has blatantly gone out of her way to show that she thinks about him as much as he does her, and the first time any woman has dangled a pair of pink padded handcuffs in front of him, demanding he take her into custody.

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Want to find out how Lang and Jessica met? The Last First Date is available as part of the Harlequin-E Contemporary Boxed Set, or pre-order the single title (coming September 1, 2014)!

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Megan Mitcham’s Base Branch Series Cover Reveal

Today I want to celebrate the upcoming release of my friend, Megan Mitcham’s Base Branch series (Coming October 2014!) and show off her beautiful cover art. You ready for this?

THE BASE BRANCH SERIES BY MEGAN MITCHAM

Serve in the name of honor. Battle in the name of love.

Known by few as the Base Branch, the United Nations’ Special Operations Forces provide globe defense against any who threaten the fragile balance of peace.

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ENEMY MINE
When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers.

Born in the blood of Sierra Leone’s Civil War, enslaved, then sold to the US as an orphan, Base Branch operative, Sloan Harris is emotionally dead and driven by vengeance. With no soul to give, her body becomes the bargaining chip to infiltrate a warlord’s inner circle, the man called The Devil who killed her family and helped destroy a region.

As son of the warlord, Baine Kendrick will happily use Sloan’s body, if it expedites his father’s demise. Yet, he is wholly unprepared for the possessive and protective emotions she provokes. Maybe it’s the flashes of memory. Two forgotten children drawing in the dirt beneath the boabab tree. But he fears there is more at stake than his life.

In the Devil’s den with Baine by her side, Sloan braves certain death and discovers a spirit for living.

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JUSTICE MINE
For justice. For country. For love.

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STRANGER MINE
One takes control. One finds balance in letting go.

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Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and began working for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.

In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!

Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens heart pounding romantic thriller novels and window steaming erotic romance.

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