Feb 032016
 

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

Ask that first question of any writer and you’ll get a variation of; Because I can’t not write. My reason for writing is much the same. For the second question I also write romance for those who want the promise of a happily ever after.

Everyone has a list of life’s challenges, experiences and adversities they’ve faced and, hopefully, overcome. The characters in my stories for the Last Rose of Summer line of The Wild Rose Press are much the same. Not only do they tend to have been around the block a time or two, they are definitely mature and, in some cases, entering the second phase of successful careers and moderately happy lives. They’re everyday people slowing down, pausing to smell the roses, if you will. Who understand, at long last, what’s important in life. Many have been dealt challenges and granted second chances.

In many of my short stories, the heroines especially face and manage to triumph over their own adversities. In Forgotten Alliance, Sarah Novak is forced to come to terms with her husband’s infidelity. All On Her Own deals with a heroine who overcomes the well-intentioned, yet meddling – read matchmaking – older sister of heroine Nancy Carter. This story also happens to be my best seller to day. Wonder why.

In my first full length novel, Honorable Intentions, single father hero Chase Canfield rebuilds a life for himself and his teenaged daughter. With a heroine’s help, of course.

The first book in my current work in progress series – Brothers In Blue has hero Brad Collins, a cop turned bounty hunter about to embark on a quest that will affect his life like nothing before. And he has no idea what’s in store for him.

As a sign of today’s times, many of my characters end up forming non-traditional families. It almost goes without saying the heroines are strong, intelligent and self-sufficient. The heroes are individuals who can acknowledge their own imperfections and also admit they may not always have all the answers. You think?

While, in my opinion, there’s a special beauty in the happily ever after guarantee of romance fiction; also in my opinion, there’s another bonus, the payoff, if you will for all who experience the ups and downs in real life.

In a romance, the hero and heroine find love and acceptance on their own terms and to fit their own lifestyles. Something readers can identify with, maybe even find inspiration in.

They can do it. I can do it. We’re all going to be okay.

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the February 3rd posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend! 

May 132015
 

Since we first met at a monthly meeting of the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, I’ve been a fan of Nancy Gideon. She was the speaker that day, I was a newly returned member in the audience. I don’t even remember what her topic was, but man did I leave that meeting enthusiastic about writing and inspired to get my current work in progress finished and submitted.

Nancy is one multi-talented and multi-faceted author. It’s great to host one of her many gifted personas, Dana Ransom. Take is away, Ladies.

Guest Post by Nancy Gideon

I’m thrilled that Amazon has chosen my Dana Ransom contemporary FROM THIS DAY FORWARD as part of their May Big Deal event. Beginning May 8 and running for the next few weeks, this original romance will be available for only $1.99! Continue reading »

Jun 092014
 

Tour Banner - Secret Love

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Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella
Length: 69 Pages
The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}
Release Date: June 9, 2014

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away. Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 

Tour Banner - A Life Less Ordinary

For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus. Continue reading »

Dec 182013
 

Tour Banner - Playing on Cotton Clouds

When arty Livy falls for her sister’s boyfriend, she knows her dreams are unlikely to come true… Sensitive Seth thinks he has hit the jackpot when the girl of his dreams finally looks his way… While laidback Aidan is every girl’s hero.

Fast forward twenty-five years as carefree youth turns into adulthood responsibilities, relationships begin and end, music and fashion change, and life moves on with its successes, failures and heartaches. As the friends grow up, they discover life rarely turns out the way you imagined it at fifteen. Continue reading »

Dec 172013
 

Tour Banner - Tomorrow's Anecdote

Just another day in the the newsroom? Hardly.

October 1987. Clare Forester is an overworked and under-appreciated features subeditor on a provincial paper in Somerset. She spends her time cheerfully ranting about her teenage daughter, the reclusive lodger, her spiteful mother, the Thatcher government, new technology, grubby journalists, petty union officials, her charming ex – and just about anything else that crosses her path.

If things aren’t turbulent enough, on the night of Thursday, October 15th, the Great Storm sweeps across Britain, cutting a swathe of destruction across the country.

Things turn chaotic. Pushed to breaking point, Clare finally snaps and loses her temper with gale-force fury – with disastrous results. Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Tour Banner - One Night One Mistake

A moment in time, and a mistake that caused two people irretrievable damage.

Eva McDonald comes home from London to visit her dying father. Knowing that she will see her nemesis she tries to prepare for the inevitable meeting. However the sizzling attraction that ignites with Gabe Fitzgerald has her trying to flee once again.

He knows he made a mistake but will she allow him to rectify it?

Circumstances trap her in Gabe’s house and she will do anything to hide her long held secret from him…the real reason she left him eight years ago. Continue reading »

Jul 112013
 

Given the tortuously hot and uncomfortable temperatures we’ve endured lately, relief in any form is welcome. Glad Tidings, a Class of ’85 romance, my holiday release from The Wild Rose Press takes place in cooler months, between Halloween and Christmas Eve.

His twenty-fifth high school reunion leaves hard-driving hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling he’s missing something in life. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—Jake is determined to keep her, even if it means recruiting her to work for him.

Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she’s ever loved. Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage to the wrong man and haunted by guilt over his death, Bethany isn’t looking for an entanglement.  Especially not with her future boss.

Working together makes Jake and Bethany confront their clashing philosophies to patient care, and as the holidays approach, Bethany unknowingly betrays Jake. Now Jake’s job is on the line.

Then comes a brutally cold winter night, and two young children are missing. Suddenly, the differences Jake and Bethany struggle with don’t seem so important anymore.
Dec 022011
 

This year I’m fortunate to have three novellas, Glad Tidings, Next Tuesday at Two and To Be, Or Not released by the Last Rose of Summer line of The Wild Rose Press for their Class of ’85 reunion series. All are contemporary romances which revolve around the Twenty-fifth reunion of the Summerville High School Class of 1985.

Once the stories were published, I needed to figure out how to let people know they were available. Enter the on-line marketing firm Goddess Fish Promotions and their Virtual Blog Tour package. Marianne of Goddess Fish found me the blogs to be posted on, the various bloggers supplied the interview questions or essay topics to write about, and I did the rest. Or rather, will be doing the rest, beginning December 5, 2011 and running for five consecutive days. Goddess Fish even made up the eye appealing banner above which will take you to the proper web addresses.

And I never expected the added bonus.

If you, as a writer, want to explore the inner workings of your creative mind; or anyone for that matter wants to discover the whys and wherefores of their psyche, forget the always supportive best friend or high priced therapist, try out the blog tour venue. A Virtual Blog Tour is a fun, fascinating and even at times internally cleansing journey.

Here’s a list of the stops and what to expect when you get there. (Because I really hope you’ll join me on this ride.)

December 5 – Rogues Angelswww.roguesangels.blogspot.com

Answering the 13 questions Rogues Angels asked about some specifics of my writing career proved to be quite interesting. It made me look back on the times when I first started to dip my toe in the pool of professional writing. And really consider what my future career track should be.

December 6 – Good Family Readswww.familyreads.blogspot.com

Being asked how I managed to write three books in one year and why I picked the era of 1985, made me realize how writing seems to be a solitary effort, but really isn’t. (Except for the physical aspect of putting pen to paper or, if you are so inclined, fingers to keyboard.) In my case, those three Class of ’85 books were a team effort of an encouraging editor, supportive family members and group of inspiring fellow authors I met on a special loop. (Did I mention there are almost twenty-five stories total in the series by about as many authors?) And, as far as the chosen year of 1985 and reunion concept, that was the result of a brainstorming session by some creative editors at Wild Rose.

December 7 – I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read www.sithereandread.com

This host wanted to know more about the business aspects of writing. Composing long versus short stories, finding time to write amid the chaos of life, how the details of busy lives contribute to our creative selves, and what other authors have had an impact on me and my writing. All questions which made me look deep inside for answers.

December 8 – Among the Museswww.amongthemuses.com

Among the Muses gave me a varied list of questions to choose from. The ones I selected dealt specifically with my three titles and the characters within them. I was able to single out a favorite and talk about the anti-hero/troublemaker who plays a big part in Next Tuesday at Two and To Be, Or Not.

December 9 – Live to Readwww.livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com

This last host wanted to know how I had picked the genre and asked me to talk about the joys and challenges of writing older characters. After careful consideration, I realized, and wrote about how the writing picks the writer, it’s rarely the other way around. And as for writing older characters, all three stories Glad Tidings, Next Tuesday at Two and To Be, Or Not had a make-up-for-what-you-missed flavor to them. Which is really what the happily ever after is all about.

Oh, and I almost forgot, there will be prizes for two randomly chosen commentators, a $20.00 gift certificate to either The Wild Rose Press or Amazon dot com.

See you there!

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