Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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If you’ve just joined me from Collette Cameron’s blog, welcome!

This week in the Romance Writer’s Weekly blog hop it’s going to be a short but sweet post as we’re doing something a little different. The question we have to answer this time is what is our favourite seasonal dish.

Well for me at this time of year it has to be a traditional British roast. So for me that’s roast chicken or turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips (I absolutely ADORE roast parsnips!) with carrots and stuffing, as well as some greens like cabbage or sprouts.

Why not go and check out Elizabeth Janette’s blog now and read what she has to say about her favourite seasonal dish?

 

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Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop – favourite book boyfriends #lovewritechat

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you’ve come 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 or share some flash fiction 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.

Hello all! If you’ve joined me from Vicki Mixon’s blog then welcome. This week we’re answering a question set by the lovely Sarah Hegger. She wants to know what our three favourite book boyfriends are and why. So here goes.

I have to admit that to begin with this was a hard question for me to answer. I read all sorts of books, not just romances and they don’t all have specific boyfriends in them about whom I could honestly say ‘Yep, that’s a great book boyfriend’. But thinking about it I thought actually, yeah there a number that I like.

I think for me the number one is probably Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This is because he likes Bridget as she is; he’s not afraid to go out on a limb for her or to admit when he’s been wrong. He’s clever – he’s a top barrister (lawyer for those of you not in the UK) after all – and of course gorgeous. He also gets Bridget out of sticky situations like saving the day when she has a culinary disaster. Basically he’s my kind of man!

Then there’s the character of Dexter from One Day by David Nicholls. For those of you who haven’t read it, this is a really ingenious romance as it follows the lives of two people, Dexter and Emma, over the course of 20 years. We meet them on just one day in July – 15th, St Swithin’s Day – every year and see how their lives gradually change. Dexter doesn’t want to be with Emma to begin with and it takes a long while for him to realise what he feels for her.

But for me Dexter is a wonderful character because he’s not perfect, he often lets Emma down but he gets the chance to atone for his past mistakes and they finally get together. (That’s not the end of the book, but for those of you who haven’t read it I’m not telling you what is!) Dexter is lovely, he’s gorgeous and he makes amends for his wrongdoing. So I love him!

Last but most certainly not least I’ve chosen my childhood crush. Yes, I did have a crush on a character from a book! The character is Gilbert Blythe and the book is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. OK so technically he becomes Anne’s boyfriend in a later book, but it’s in this one that Anne begins to thaw towards him, despite him calling her ‘carrot hair’.

Gilbert is drop dead gorgeous, especially as played by Jonathan Crombie, and he makes amends with Anne for the way he treated her. Really, all along he’s been in love with her so this is why he was trying to get her attention. He genuinely cares about Anne, which is another reason why I love him.

So there you have it. If you want to read some more great answers to these questions, why not head over to Andrea Mansue’s blog?

Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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Do 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 or share some flash fiction 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 joined me from J. J. Devine’s blog, welcome! For this week’s blog hop, we’re doing a spooky special. Jo Richardson asked us to write a spooky story of no more than 300 words. So without further ado here is my contribution. Enjoy!

She shivered and pulled her coat more tightly around her. Where were they? They’d told her they’d be here in ten minutes. But from what she could see of her watch in the moonlight coming through the threadbare curtains, half an hour had passed. The house around her was so dark. This just wasn’t fun anymore.

Damn you, Brooke and Dale, where are you, she thought. It was all very well arranging to go ghost watching in the creepiest house in the neighbourhood, but why the hell had they left her to wait on her own?

There was a sudden bang; it sounded like a door slamming. Kelly heard a shriek and was petrified until she realised it was her own. That’s it, I’m getting out of here, she decided. She strode towards the door which led to the hall. It was open, but as she reached it, it slammed in her face. Kelly screamed, feeling a cold breath on her neck. When she spun around, no one was there.

Frantically she grabbed the door handle, shaking and pulling it violently. But it was no good. It wasn’t budging. She looked around her for another way out. Seeing the windows, she dashed towards them, but before she could reach them shutters, which she hadn’t even noticed before, banged shut across them.

She was now enveloped in complete darkness. When she tried to scream again, no sound came out of her mouth. Coldness came over her, like the coldness of the dead. As despair washed over her she heard a voice speaking in a loud whisper.

‘We have her now. She is ours.’

I hope you liked that! Why not head on over now to Kim Handyside’s blog and read her spooky tale?

Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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Hello! If you’ve just joined me from Carrie Elk’s blog, welcome!

I missed last week’s blog hop, so I’m pleased to be back this week to take part in the challenge set by Mishka Jenkins. What is it I hear you ask? Well she challenged us to write some flash fiction – a love letter no longer than 400 words.

Not only that – it has to include the words ‘Sweet’, ‘Pumpkin’ and ‘Brush’. My contribution comes in at 286 words. I have to say I found writing this letter a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy reading it. 🙂

Dearest Peter,

It was so good to speak to you yesterday. I know it’s only been a week since I saw you, but it’s too long. I love you and miss you so much and I can’t wait to see you again. I’m so glad you found my brush down the side of the sofa! It’s been really annoying me trying to work out where it got to since I got back from seeing you last weekend. I suppose I should have known it might be there after… Well, you know.

I can’t believe that I’m with such a sweet guy as you – no really, you are the best. I think about you every minute of every day. I’m not exaggerating, I do. Bella and Izzy keep teasing me about you and I go so red. They say to me things like: ‘Oh Peter, my little pumpkin pie’ and make silly faces and bat their eyelids. I know, it’s terrible. Seriously, I’ve done nothing to encourage them, honestly I haven’t.

I can just picture your sceptical face and your amused grin at my protestations of innocence. But the truth is I don’t think I can wait till next weekend to see you again. I know I’ll have to – I’ve got lectures all week so I have no choice – but being without you is sheer torment and I don’t know how I’m going to survive a whole year of being apart from you all week every week. Seeing you only at weekends seems second best somehow.

I know you can’t move to Bristol, but still… I suppose we’ll get used to this. I’m counting the hours till I see you on Saturday.

Love you always,

Jenna. xxx

Thanks for reading! Now why not hop along to Sarah Hegger’s blog and read her contribution?

Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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 Welcome to my contribution to Romance Writer’s Weekly. This week we’re answering questions from Beth Carter about how we write about our characters and how much of our own experience we bring  to our writing.

If you’re joining me from J. J. Devine’s blog, then welcome! I hope you enjoy my answers to the questions. 🙂

1. Which type of character do you prefer writing about: Sexy, romantic, sweet, quirky, mean, old, young, smart, silly or other?

I think for me it’s a mixture of sexy and romantic. I like writing about a guy who’s sexy, but also sensitive enough to the heroine’s needs to be romantic, so that it’s not all about him. But I also like to write about someone who’s hot enough to make my heroine start to think twice about him and maybe not write him off for being arrogant or whatever faults I’ve given him.

2. Have you ever killed off (or gotten back at) an ex in your writing? On paper of course.

No, I can’t say I have. I tend to use my intuition a bit when it comes to describing men who let the heroine down, or are love cheats and so on. I find it a lot of fun, though, to create these characters and scenarios, all that tension and heartbreak. It’s good to get creative with ideas about how a guy has treated or mistreated a girl and how she responds to that.

3. What hobbies do you have that you incorporate in your writing?

Actually my latest novel Reunion of the Heart has a writer as its heroine. So for me that was an easy one. I’ve also written about characters who have a love of reading and some of the books I love are the ones they love too.

Now why not hop along to A. S. Fenichel’s blog and check out her responses to the questions!

Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop #lovewritechat

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This is my first week of taking part in Romance Writer’s Weekly! It’s a weekly blog hop for us romance writers to answer questions about our writing and generally help each other improve as romance writers. So take a look.

If you’ve joined me from Brenda Margriet’s blog, welcome.

This week we’re answering questions set by Vicki Mixon. Enjoy!

1.) Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it?

I don’t think there was ever a defining moment in my life when the mist parted and I knew I was going to be a writer. It was more a gradual process, a slow realisation that writing is what I enjoy and do best.

2.) When you write a story do you see it unfold as one big picture, or do you add layering in subsequent drafts?

A bit of both if that makes sense. To begin with I think about the overall story, how I want it to unfold, and I plan for that. Then as I make a more detailed plan the story becomes clearer to me. But I do change and add things later, following the advice from my beta readers, but also thinking myself about what I feel is working and what isn’t.

3.) How many drafts do you usually write before you send your work to your editor?

I write the first draft then go through it with a fine toothcomb to improve on it, creating a second draft. I often change scenes or add bits. I also check for spelling mistakes, typos and so on. That is the version that will go on to be edited.

Now why not go and check out Veronica Forand’s blog and see what she has to say about her writing process.