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First Try at Love

I write sci-fi and fantasy. Sometimes the story has a romantic thread, but most of the time it is very, very thin, if it’s there at all.

So honored to be included in this collection of great stories!

Then, a few months ago, a friend invited me to join a collaboration of authors who were working on a contemporary romance collection of novellas. The stories could be any sub-genre, but it had to be a love story of some kind.

I almost said no.

But then, I thought, I should broaden my horizons. Romance was one of my favorite genres when I was a young adult – why not try my hand at writing one?

So, I said yes, and started writing The Worlds Between Us. And I’m really glad I did. Why? Because creativity, no matter the genre or type, begets creativity.

As I wrote, I fell in love with Jackson and Maeve, the main characters. Their path is a rocky one, but they over come the obstacles before them with strength and courage, two of my favorite things in a person. Not only that, but three of the minor characters sat me down and explained that they really needed their stories told. So, instead of one novella, I’m going to get at least three, possibly four.

And then, I discovered that the characters in Worlds link all of my other series. There are references to Gaia, and descendants of the protagonist in Worlds show up in Illusion. One of the Life-Trade naiads (Changelings) helps out, and there are a couple of subtle connections to the Outcast Angels series.

The funny thing about writing is that you never know where it’s going to take you, but the journey is always worth the ride.

Legacies of Love is available for preorder now, set to release on February 14, 2019.

New Years Plan

No matter what your path in life, from where you are standing, you can look in either direction, but you can only move forward. Still, it helps sometimes, to stop and consider. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about past, present and future.

From where you are standing, you can look in either direction, but you can only move forward.

Past:

I started writing – seriously writing – about nine years ago now. My first book took me three years to write, and I thought about it for at least a year before I started putting anything on paper. Before that I wrote, and shelved, two other novels over the course of five years.

A lot of stuff changed during that time. I went from having two children at home through their teenage years. I went from Mom to Grandmom, stay-at-home to career woman, student to teacher. And we moved several times, a couple of them from one coast to the other. It was an eventful decade and a half.

There were some rough professional challenges that led me to take a hiatus between the second of those early works and Descent, the first novel I published. But other than the lessons I learned from the experience, I’m content to leave it in the past. Suffice it to say that those lessons made the leap to indie publishing easier than it might otherwise have been.

Present: 

Today, a lot has changed, but the most important things remain.

My girls are grown and I am enjoying being a grandmother to six beautiful little ones. I left teaching, a career I thought would see me through to retirement. The reasons are myriad, and very few have anything to do with the actual art and science of teaching itself. Those reasons are best left to another rant post. In both sides of my life, personal and professional, the love remains, and that is a blessing all its own.


Some might say I’ve retired. I just call it switching careers.

I have eleven books published and I am proud of them. Each one has helped me expand my knowledge base and polish my skill set. I’ve learned that some things can be delegated, even in an owner/operator business like mine. I know enough, now, to be able to give back to the writing community that nurtures me, and that feels good.

Future:

Today, I’m staring at 2019 and wondering how to make the best use of the 356 days it has waiting for me. I know what I’d like to have happen. I’d like to find a good balance between the personal and the professional. (I’ve been seeking that one for a long time with varying degrees of success.)

I’d like to build a profitable writing career. I already love the art of writing. Now I need to master the science of marketing. After all, what good is a book if it doesn’t get read? Kind of circumvents the purpose.

I’d like to succeed in my plan to write seven new books this year, and have a special each month for my readers. I’m working on a plan to make those two things happen and I feel pretty good about it.

I know it will take discipline and perseverance to see the plan succeed, but I’m OK with that. After all, it’s mostly about the journey, and so far, my journey has been pretty awesome.

C.L. Roman

C.L. (aka Cheri) Roman, writes fantasy and sci-fi with a paranormal edge. You can find her here and with her Novel Bunch on Facebook. Cheri and her ever-patient husband live in the not-so-wilds of Northeast Florida with Jack E. Boy, the super Chihuahua, and Pye, the invisible cat.

The work so far.

Time For a Change

Category : Musings

This is an old blog post from 2012  when folks were freaking out about a prediction supposedly made by the Ancient Mayans that the world would end in a blazing conflagration on a certain date in 2012. Clearly, Earth is still circling the sun, so that didn’t happen, but I think the rest still applies. (Reblogged from The Brass Rag, and updated slightly.)

I read somewhere that the Mayan Calendar did NOT predict that the world would end in 2012. Since you are reading this, I’m pretty sure that what I read was correct. That and the fact that Australia was apparently still in existence as I wrote this on the evening of the 20th, and it was already the 21stover there.

Anyway, the article…it further stated that, rather than predicting Armageddon, the MC foretells a “great change.” I, for one, would love to see a number of things change, great and otherwise. Here is my list, not complete and with little hope, but hey, there’s no harm in trying, right?

School hours: High schoolers are physically incapable of being truly awake at seven a.m. It is a biological impossibility. I know this because of the glassy eyed stares I receive during first block every morning. Classes should never start before 9a.m. The fact that this would also allow me to sleep an extra hour is immaterial.

Tax rates: No, I am not naïve enough to think that we shouldn’t have to pay them. I like having protection from fires and criminals. I also like the calendars. Neither do I believe that rich people should pay higher taxes than anyone else. Mostly because if I were rich, I wouldn’t want to be penalized for my success either. What does burn my toast is that there are so many loopholes, which are only available if you already have enough money to pay tax attorneys to find them for you, that a lot of rich people end up paying far less than their share. Fair is fair and everyone should pay the same percentage of their income, be you rich, poor, businessman or Congresswoman. No shelters, upper limits or loopholes. If everyone paid the same percentage, the federal coffers would becloser to full. Better yet, fewer folks would have room to complain. I think wewould all enjoy the peace and quiet.

Free ChocolateFridays: This speaks for itself. Who wouldn’t like free chocolate? For the loonies who have the incredible bad taste to dislike, or even feel indifferent towards, chocolate; they can substitute the yummy goodness of their choice. If everyone were blissed out on chocolate one day a week, crime rates would decline because everyone would be less stressed out and cranky. We might need to open more weight loss centers but really, we probably need that anyway.

There are others, needless to say: idiot driver ejection buttons, instant shut up switches, the ever-full wallet, sober-up pills (I borrowed that one from Eve Dallas), the Everywhere Editor app (edits out the tweets and posts you will later find embarrassing or just stupid) the national legalization of, ummm, mellowness. These would all be good changes. What would you change, if you could?


A Revolutionary Heroine With a Sci-Fi Twist by Bria Burton

“Her Midnight Ride” is a Kindle Single Story as well as a story featured in The Prometheus Saga Vol. 2

The name Sybil Ludington may not conjure up a daring, sixteen-year-old revolutionary for most Americans today, but I hope that will change. In my short story, “Her Midnight Ride,” featured in The Prometheus Saga Vol. 2, Sybil is the main protagonist fighting for American Independence.

While the story is based on historical facts, the premise of each short story in The Prometheus Saga revolves around the idea that an alien presence is observing humanity throughout history, watching how we evolve over time and intervening when desired. The collected stories are part of a science fiction anthology created by the Alvarium Experiment.

The Prometheus Saga Vol. 2 is available on Amazon

In “Her Midnight Ride,” history dominates and the science fiction is subtly woven in. My goal was to shed light on who Sybil was while telling an entertaining story with a sci-fi twist, but I didn’t want the science fiction aspect to overwhelm the facts. Readers seem to have responded well. The Single Kindle Edition was a #1 New Release on Amazon One-Hour Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Reads.

More people are becoming aware of Sybil Ludington, and thanks to the efforts of the Enoch Crosby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sybil’s legacy in the American Revolution has not been forgotten.

 

Statue of Sybil Ludington on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, New York by Anna Hyatt Huntington. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Anthony22 is the original photographer.

While Sybil didn’t have the privilege of being immortalized in a poem by Longfellow like Paul Revere, her midnight ride was no less important, and nearly twice as long.

On April 26, 1777, at nine o’clock at night, a messenger arrived to inform Sybil’s father, Colonel Henry Ludington, that the British were burning patriot military storehouses and patriot homes in Danbury, Connecticut. Ludington’s regiment was scattered throughout two counties, and Sybil rode from her family farm in Fredericksburg, New York (now called Ludingtonville) to alert the militia, who would meet their colonel back at Ludington farm.

Sybil rode through 40 miles of dangerous countryside in a severe thunderstorm. Her horse, Star, is equally heroic as he braved the treacherous landscape at his mistress’s bidding. Sybil had a stick to knock on doors, and it was believed that she fought off a highwayman.

There is progress in terms of Sybil’s increased recognition. Books have been written about her. A large statue commissioned by the Daughters of the Revolution depicts Sybil riding her horse, Star, in Carmel, NY. The inscription below the statue honors her as a Revolutionary War Heroine. A board game was created where players followed Sybil’s route. An episode of Drunk History highlighted her story. She was once honored on a postage stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alvarium Experiment, a by-invitation-only consortium of outstanding authors, has produced two volumes of The Prometheus Saga, and there will likely be more. My American Revolutionary War story, “On Both Sides,” appeared in Vol. 1. “Her Midnight Ride” is a companion piece.

 

For further reading on Sybil’s life, I suggest starting with the many websites dedicated to honoring her legacy. One site claims to be her personal blog: www.sybilludingtonblog.weebly.com. It includes a short animated film that aired on PBS Kids TV. And here is an article from Equitrekking that acknowledges her and her amazing horse, Star: www.equitrekking.com/articles/entry/sybil-ludington-and-her-horse-star-heroes-of-the-american-revolution.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Bria Burton lives in St. Pete, FL, with her wonderful husband, darling son, and two wild pets. Her short fiction has appeared in over twenty anthologies, magazine, and podcasts. She is a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of writers working “independently together” on an anthology of short stories, reinventing the short fiction experience.


A Whole Month of Thankful

I’m willing to bet that you’ve seen them. Those posts where people are trying to post about being thankful for at least one thing, every day, for the entire month of November?  it isn’t so much the being thankful for thirty things that’s the issue. The being thankful part is easy. But I have to give props to people who can remember to post one every day for a month.

I suck at that.

This does not mean that I’m not grateful, or that I have forgotten how blessed I am. When you have a wonderful husband, six healthy grandchildren, great friends, and come from a family that remains supportive no matter how wildly unlikely your dreams may be, thankful should be the default setting on your brain.

And mine is set there most of the time. This is not to say that I don’t do my share of griping. But when I do, the thought occurs to me about mid-gripe, that I really have very little to complain about, and a mountain of wonder and joy to be thankful for.

The issue isn’t the thankfulness. The issue is remembering to post. I do it with other stuff too. You know those posts where you go to the seventh line of the seventh page in the book you’re reading/writing and post seven lines? And you’re supposed to do this every day for seven days?  Yeah, I’ve been tagged in those.

It never ends well.

But here’s the thing. I know I’m not a great rememberer, so I’ve taken steps to remedy the situation. I make lists,  put reminders on my phone, set alarms and keep a calendar. So I’ve gotten better. But I’m still not a stellar rememberer. Most of the time, I’m too submerged in whatever is going on in the RIGHT NOW to address all the fine details of the Not Yet and the Already Happened.

It could be worse. Getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future all the time would definitely be worse.

One of the best things that life has taught me is to notice, in the moment, all that I have to be thankful for. I try to take note when my husband does something sweet. To enjoy my grandson’s laughter for a breath longer. To watch that silly squirrel for a minute more, so that I can laugh a little longer. Because I am thankful. For all of it.

Always.


A New Start

Hi there.

Remember me? That author you signed up to see posts from about a million years ago?

The sci-fi and fantasy writer?

The one with the cat?

Yeah, that’s me. Can’t blame you if you didn’t remember right away. It’s been a minute since I posted. The official reboot began last week when I put up a guest post by the awesome Leslie Halpern. Her post was the first one in a new posting schedule that I hope you will enjoy. It’s going to work like this:

Every Thursday a new post will go up. Because there are so many stellar authors out there, and I thought you’d like to hear from a few of them, I’ve offered guest spots to a wide range of sci-fi and fantasy authors. So I’ll be posting at least once a month, on the second Thursday, but the rest of the month it will be a guest author.

At least, that’s the plan.

I have the schedule mostly filled through November, but there are a lot of open slots after that. If you have an author you’d like to hear from, drop me a line in the comments. Come to that, if there’s a topic you’re dying to know more on, let me know. I’m always open to suggestions.

This represents a sort of reboot for this blog. I started it a while back when I set up the website. With it, I’m hoping to connect to readers and spread the word about my books and the indie world in general.

I hope you’ll join me.


When art meets compassion, the results are joyous.

Category : Uncategorized

The awesome Tawdra Kandle is part of a group of wonderful authors who are raising money to fight hunger. Their new anthology is up for pre-order, just in time for a little pre-season reading, and giving. Check out the particulars below.

 

***COVER REVEAL***

Available for preorder now! Releasing next month. Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. ‘Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

**‘Tis the season for giving, too!**
20% of the proceeds will be donated to the hunger relief organization Feeding America

Preorder your copy here today! https://amzn.to/2xbrr1f

 

AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME!
Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. ‘Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

December 25: “Scrooge You” by MK Schiller
Christmas is nothing but a reminder of Eva’s tragic past. To make matters worse, her boyfriend invites his entire family over…so she goes into Scrooge mode. When three ghosts visit her, will she be able to remember the joy in her heart and the true meaning of Christmas?

December 26: “Unexpected Daddy” by Gemma Brocato
She let him go to pursue his dreams without telling him she was pregnant. Five years later, he’s back in town and her secret’s out. Can they get over past hurts to seize a future for their small family?

December 27: “The Meant to Be Girl” by Tawdra Kandle
When Ashley Webbar meets Zane Fletcher, it’s insta-lust, but she soon suspects he’s already smitten with someone else. Ashley is so busy matchmaking that she might miss out on her own happily-ever-after…if something doesn’t intervene first. This just might call for a Christmas miracle.

December 28: “For One Night Only” by Carrie Elks
When two strangers are stranded at a rest stop in the middle of Nowheresville—thank you, Mr. Bus Driver—they’re forced to spend the night together. But when morning comes, they both find themselves asking one question. Will they see each other again, or was their connection for one night only?

December 29: “Best Friends for the Night” by Alice Gaines
Every year, Steve has been cheering up his army buddy’s widow with popcorn and zany movies on the anniversary of her husband’s death. Will a little holiday magic make Steve and Hannah more than friends?

December 30: “Entwined” by Kristi Rose
Donovan survived combat, but can he survive being stranded over Christmas with the girl of his dreams? He swore he’d stay away from his best friend’s kid sister years ago, but after a helicopter crash, this sailor knows second chances don’t come around often. Loving Bailey would mean risking not only his friendship but his heart.

December 31: “Rekindled” by Stacy Finz
Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that.

January 1: “New Year’s Negotiation” by Kate Allenton
When Detective Elizabeth Cross’s high school crush and star of her what-ifs shows up at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve ready to take her on a trip down memory lane, she’ll have to decide if this is a second chance at her happily ever after or the start of another broken heart.

January 2: “Playing House” by Kim Golden
Cassie Delk isn’t having the best holiday season. With her ex-husband about to get remarried, she’s not thrilled about still being single. The last thing she expects is for a second chance at love to turn up on her doorstep.

January 3: “Book of Love” by Cd Brennan
Nothing infuriates Melanie more than the one-armed, ex-army hunk who chucks her mail at her book shop door. When Nick delivers a special package at the end of the day, a blizzard strands them together, and the fruitcake delivery sparks magic between them instead. Melanie isn’t sure what she wants to give him—a piece of her mind or all of her heart.

January 4: “A Winter Wonderland” by Rebecca Hunter
Coming face to face with Jace after ten years is a reminder of everything Selena left behind when she moved from Delilah’s Cove. It’s even more dangerous when mixed with a little magic.

January 5: “Wild Honey” by Sarah Hegger
Two people who couldn’t be more different. One elevator, a dark and stormy night, and a magical, bourbon-laced fruitcake. What could go right?

 

BUY LINKS: 

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xbrr1f

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology/id1436019136?mt=11

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology-kristi-rose/1129518478?ean=2940156133215

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41541269-12-nights-of-christmas


Author Spotlight: Terri Wilson

Our guest today is the awesome Terri Wilson. Welcome, Terri!

CLR: I see that this box set is from a collection of different authors. What was it like working from so many different perspectives?

TW: It was motivating. They are all such a great group of ladies, I didn’t want to be the weak link. So it pushed me to make my story better. Every time I had a question or a need I got great response and help.

CLR: For me, attending reader/author conferences is one of the best perks of being an author. What is your favorite thing about conferences and/or signings?

TW: Synergy. It’s a phenomenal feeling to be around people who are like-minded. So far I’ve only attended as a reader, next summer I’ll attend my first as an author.

CLR: From the title of the box set, I’m thinking each story has a hero as the protagonist. In your experience, what does it take to create a really great hero?

TW: Honesty, sincerity, and relatability  (a nice set of six-pack abs helps too.)

CLR: What’s next for you?

TW: At the end of this month, I release the first of a trilogy, Forgiveness for Mate It’s coming out in the Milly Taiden world, Sassy Ever After. Book two will be out in October. I have three more anthologies coming shortly after the first of the year.

CLR: You are the force behind a great video blog as well, can you tell us a little about that?

TW: Popup Interviews started because I love to meet people, but prefer to talk one on one. In groups, it’s hard to give people the attention they deserve. I interview authors, readers, industry professionals, and bloggers. We talk about books, writing, and anything else that comes up in my head. It’s not scripted so it’s very spontaneous. I took some time off this summer, but plan on hitting it again this fall. If you’re interested, fill out this Google form:

https://goo.gl/forms/YT0ahzWpZyp7FteL2

CLR: I know Tracie Roberts and I had a great time on your show. Thank you for joining us, Terri.

In collaboration with a group of wonderful authors, Terri has a new box set out that readers of contemporary romance are going to love. Here’s a little snapshot.

Kiss Me: An Asian Hero Boxed Set

Two Worlds, One Kiss, a Lifetime of Love

This set features EIGHT sweet contemporary romance novellas featuring handsome Asian heroes.

From Australia’s vineyards to the bright lights of Hong Kong, these stories have something for anyone looking for a little international flair in their romance.

This set will only be available for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!  

Joanne Dannon – An Unexpected Forever –   

A world of differences, an unexpected forever.

Because of her upbringing, they can’t date and they can’t live together. Their differences leave them worlds—and soon to be oceans—apart. With such a gulf between them, can they find a way to bridge it together and seize their unexpected forever?

Khardine Gray – Kisses and Blossoms-  

Akihiro Kimora was the kind of guy you’d imagine in a dream. If only he wasn’t the cop investigating the theft of a priceless Japanese painting Helen was suspected of stealing.

Is this the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but then how would they have met?

Imogene Nix – Hero of Heartbreak Hill-  

When Connor meets Kelly it’s clear that she’s been hurt before and the reason she fights against the growing attraction between them. When her past raises its ugly head, the question becomes: can the outback town of Heartbreak Hill—and Connor—heal her broken heart?

Aislinn Kearns – Until You

Dakota Harrison – Once Upon a K-Pop Prince-  

A hunky hardbody in her bed wasn’t what Andi ordered for her 40th birthday but when he has the face of an angel, the package is hard to resist.

A gorgeous woman in his bed might be any man’s dream come true, but for Min-Kyu, it could turn into a nightmare. If only she wasn’t HIS dream come true.

One little lie, a career at stake, and a match made in Okinawa.

Fiona Marsden – Beautiful Stranger-

She trusted him with her body but can she trust him with her heart.

Terri A. Wilson – A New Ending-  

As a single parent, Jamie has no time for love and spends all her energy creating a better life for her daughter. When faced with a choice between the life she once led and a man she barely knows but wants to be with forever, will she have the courage to face her mistakes and trust that love is unconditional?

Zena Oliver – Seven-Day Cruise-  

Riley and Taite kept their careers as their top priority. Neither was willing to sacrifice for love. When they met on the cruise, neither intended to become more than friends. But their hearts didn’t get the memo.

GoodReads    Universal buy link

About Our Guest:

Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book she read. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since she was in second grade.

When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly.

To find out more about her characters and the lives they live, check out her website, http://www.terriluvsbooks.com. Follow her on Amazon and Goodreads, or connect with through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can find Terri at the following links:

Newsletter- http://eepurl.com/dCKgkj

Twitter- http://twitter.com/terriawilson

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/wilsonterria/

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/terria.wilson/

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/author/terriawilson

 


Moving Day

Well folks, it’s been awhile.

Since March, in fact.

I have no excuse, except the usual, which is, you know…

Life.

There were several conferences, a book launch or two, new platforms, editing other authors, becoming a board member for FWA (Yay!) and a ton of other stuff, but really, it all comes down to just one word: Life.

And now I’m moving.

Which is also life, but more like, a life interrupted or something, which sounds a great deal more ominous than it, in fact, is. But highly stressful all the same. I am not looking forward to it.

Or rather, I am, but mostly to the after part. New house, closer to my daughter and her family, a whole new office with a tad more distance between my work and my private life – all of that will, in the end, make it worth it.

But in the meantime…

Yeah, not looking forward to the actual moving part.

So, before I run off and leave you for a week of some of the most stressful adulting a human being has to endure, here’s what’s been happening.

March:

Jax Book Fest was a blast. Got to meet some new readers, give out some prizes and hang out with some of my most awesome writer peeps.

  It doesn’t get much better than that. 

A little later in the month, I took a research trip to Cassadaga Florida, where one of the stories in Changelings is set. It was one of the most interesting trips I’ve taken in a long time. So much so, that this week me and my bestie, Tracie Roberts, are going again.  I can’t wait! I’m hoping we’ll get to see even more than I did on my first trip. 

Then came April, when I facilitated the FWA Focus Day on Craft. We had four presenters and learned a great deal. I am so lucky to work with such great people!

In May I was a featured author at I ❤ Books here in Jacksonville. It was a great experience, and a psychic informed me that my thirteenth book would be a blockbuster! Here’s hoping.

I also started a new hobby ~ rock tumbling. My grandson thinks this is the greatest thing ever and can’t wait to do it again. I have to admit, we came up with some very nice stones.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses in May. We lost our cousin and dear friend, Mitch. We will always miss him.

In June it was off to the races again with another conference.

This time we were Cocoa Beach for the SCBL reader/writer conference and it was, as usual, fabulous. I got to give out more prizes, AND I launched my new book, Changelings. Could not have asked for a better time. 

 

 

 

Also in June, I facilitated the second and final FWA Focus Day for 2018, this one on DIY Marketing. Again, great presenters and staff made for a wonderful, helpful event that I think all the attendees enjoyed.

Now it’s July and I’m working on finishing my next book, The Heart’s Last Hope. I’ll be launching it after the move, some time in late August/early September.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting my blessings. Looking back over these past few months, it strikes me that I have a lot to be thankful for. If I’ve been busy, it’s been mostly great things, and I don’t want to ignore that, so I won’t.

For now, I have to shift my focus to moving. Not far, but still…

Moving.

So, until next time ~ Live, Laugh and Love, because after all, what else is there?

 


Guest Post From Val Penny: Why We Love To Write Crime Novels

People like crime, at least in novels! Often, I meet dentists and bank managers with clever plot ideas, or nurses who read every crime novel they can lay their hands on. If I visit a writing group, there are always members keenly producing new murderous plots. Lawyers and convicts show equal enthusiasm for this genre. For those who want to write a crime novel, there are several reasons to want to do so. Here are a few of them.

Emotional Release

Often, those who write crime novels find an emotional release in their craft. Crime novelists deal with the dark things that people usually push to the side of their minds in order to get on with everyday life. The cathartic attraction of writing can be decisive.

Some crime authors tell of poor sleep patterns, punctured by nightmares that are repaired when they start to write. Others, panic, constantly scanning doorways for signs of danger. The stiffening fear that afflicts them resolves when they are busy writing crime.

The Story-Telling Urge

The sources for crime novels are many and varied. Ideas can spring from the news and current affairs; memories from the past and historical events or things that puzzle or fascinate the writer. Once an author begins to exercise their creative muscles, they often find that they run into stories demanding to be told. The stories demand to be told and will not stop coming.

For Companionship

It is often said that writers can be difficult people: gloomy, competitive and quarrelsome. However, for the most part, I have found crime writers to be an inclusive and convivial bunch. They are certainly hard-working. The pressure of producing a book a year is intense, yet they never seem to turn their backs on fun. If you have a chance to go to a crime-writers’ convention, do take it. They are exhausting, exhilarating and irresistible.

An Outlet for Aggression

Most crime-writers will tell you that they are good company because they channel all their belligerent thoughts into their stories, so in real life, the authors are meek and mild. It is not always true, but I can confirm the crime novel is an excellent place to park your rage! The prospect of giving vent to righteous anger in a safe form can be a particularly pleasing device. When characters require to act in a violent way or commit violence the reader is willing to witness this on the page but they would shy from it in real life. Crime writers can let rip on the page in a way they avoid doing in the real world.

The Thrill of Research

I can personally confirm that the research you do for crime novels and for academic purposes are equally satisfying. It is also extremely diverse. It may involve visiting prisons, refuges, police stations or drug dens. Police are often very willing to be of assistance to crime writers, even if it is just to avoid being irritated when otherwise the writers would get police procedures wrong. This information is most useful and helpful. Indeed, when you are writing a novel, no information or experience is wasted!

Author Bio

author pic 2Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.

 

 

 

 

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until EdinburghHunter's Chase book cover is safe.

 DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taut crime thriller.

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