Tag: Writing Process

It’s My Week To Pass the Baton

00BlogHopThis morning I’m honored to be featured as part of the Romance Writers Baton Blog Hop. It’s a great opportunity to share a connection with my fellow romance authors and learn their individual writing styles and processes. I along with three authors who write romance, will share with you about their books, why they write, and how.



The Baton was handed to me by a wonder writer and a fellow critique buddy, Claire Gem.

Claire Gem writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She’s an avid fan of spunky heroines and a good ghost 00ClairGem2story (not necessarily together or in that order). Her favorite authors include Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Susanna Kearsley.

Phantom Traces (coming soon from Soul Mate Publishing) features dual-time love stories, and deals with the May-September romance, the ravages of Alzheimer’s, and one hell of a scary ghost.

Claire has several other novels in progress, including Electricity, another ghost enhanced love story set in the defunct psychiatric hospital in Central Massachusetts (the site on which she now works). Claire’s idea of a great love story is one that transports you to another place and introduces you to new people so real, you miss them when you read The End.

Find Claire at www.clairegem.com 
Twitter @gemwriter
Facebook at Claire Gem, Author


And now to discuss my writing and a bit about me!

Here’s the condensed version: I write sweet, tender romances inspiring women to put things right in their lives.

What am I currently working on to complete for publication?

After publishing my first Fight Card Romance – Ladies Night, I’ve been working on a Christmas Novella for my fighter and his gal, and a sequel featuring the detective in Ladies Night. Another of my current works-in-progress is a contemporary “sweet” romance entitled, “Take Harte.” Geriatric Nurse Trevor Nash is forced to work with her former teenage love, fireman, Nathan Harte, after his father suffers a severe stroke. Can they control their the blaze of their explosive tempers before the backdraft consumes them?

How do my contemporary romances differ from others in the genre?

Take Harte is the first of my contemporary “sweet” romances. “Sweet” romance means there are no sexual references or situations thus making it that much harder to keep the emotional tension burning through the entire novel. I hope to submit it to Harlequin’s new genre, Heartwarming as soon as it’s edited.

I’ve written a few manuscripts that were more contemporary Christian Inspirational in nature, six in total, then took a dare to write in a totally foreign genre – that of an all-male dominated series called Fight Card.  The Co-Creator of the Series and my friend and mentor, Paul Bishop,  challenged my husband to write for them. Only one problem – my husband, raised with four girls hates sports. I was raise with four boys and couldn’t get enough. I took his challenge secretly and wrote a romance for the fight boys. What boxer wouldn’t want a woman in his corner rooting for him instead of whining and begging him to quit. “Ladies Night,” is a mash-up of genres – historical 1950s L.A., suspense, sports, and romance.

Why do I write contemporary?

I love modern love stories where the characters are faced with the same situations that I face on the bumpy road to romance. I have discovered a wealth of authors writing the emotional journey of couples rather than a sexual one. These tales are more more suited to my personal believes and conduct. I’ve read and loved authors like Cerella Sechrist, Karen Rock, and Loree Lough, just to name a few of the authors from Heartwarming fame.

How does my writing process work?

In my best year I wrote six romance manuscripts in a little less than seven months. I was inspired and highly motivated. After I contracted uterine cancer, my extreme forward movement halted dramatically. Since then I’ve only completed three more manuscripts and published one. It was hard to push past that one year in my life when I didn’t know how much of life I would have left to enjoy. A couple of years after my recovery, I found some experts to work with and began the lengthy road of editing my works and that slowed my writing journey down.

I’ve never been one to plot out a novel finding more joy in discovering my characters and their stories as I type. I’ve had characters appear to me in dreams, so I keep a pad of paper and pen next to my bed. I think about them as I drive through the barren wastelands of the California and Nevada deserts, and I even have them speak to me while I’m showering. I still haven’t purchased that water-resistant notepad yet. But I will.

I was told once that if I didn’t enjoy my writing journey, none of my readers would either. So I press forward, push through my emotional set-backs, and craft the stories I love to read.


Now I’d like to spotlight three of fellow romance authors and pass the Blog Hop Baton onto them. Visit their sites next Monday to read about their writing process:

CatherineChantCatherine Chant

Award-winning author Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE (Soul Mates #1), a young adult time travel romance set in 1957, is available now at Amazon.com.
Wishing You Were Here,  a Rock ‘n Roll Time Travel Romance, Available Now!
Evil After Midnight,  a Vampire Diaries novella, at Amazon.com
Website: http://www.CatherineChant.com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/CatherineChantNovels
Twitter: @Catherine_Chant


ChristinaAlexandra1Christina Guza w/a Christina Alexandra

Christina Alexandra lives in Southern California where she works as an emergency services operator for a large Southern California police department. She says it make her feel like a super hero: “Emergency dispatcher by day, romance writer by night.”

An avid trivia junkie, she is constantly on the lookout for random facts in the hopes that it will help her as she ever gets a spot on “Jeopardy!”

Web: www.ChristinaAlexandra.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorChrisAlex
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AuthorChrisAlex


LindaRamirezaLinda Ramirez

Linda had two things in life she dreamed about growing up on Long Island, New York: living in the mountain west and writing a novel. Twenty years ago she, her husband, two children, a dog and cat, moved from Florida and traveled for six weeks in a 22 foot trailer to see the roads less traveled in the United States and Canada. They settled in Montana. After various jobs, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Theology, and many, many half written stories later, Linda felt compelled to continue with her dream to write a novel. Four hand written notebooks later, the first novel went from a dream to a reality.
Big Sky Siren, the first in The Big Sky Series, a contemporary romance it contains mystery, intrigue and the hero and heroine everyone wants to know. Linda hopes to have Big Sky Siren published before the end of 2014. She believes life is an adventure and those adventures help feed those stories she feels compelled to write. When Linda is not writing, reading or hiking, she and her husband are often traveling both nationally and internationally.

Web: http://lindaannramirez.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/LindaAnnRamirez


2014 Our Writing Process Blog Hop

00WriterSINTRODUCTION:  Writer’s write, that’s what we do. Find out why and how in this new Blog Hop for 2014:

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I’ve found the hardest part about writing a book and having it published, it not the writing and publishing, it’s the marketing. How can I find a fun way to get the word out about my book and my upcoming published works and help support my fellow writers?

Then my good friend and mentor, Beth Barany introduced the idea of a blog hop. As she describes it, “a sort of treasure hunt where you get to go from writer to writer,” reading about the things they treasure.

I want to give credit and applause where kudos are due to my friend, book coach and fantasy romance writer extrodinaire, Beth Barany. Her blog Writer’s Fun Zone is a fantastic place to discuss the topic of writing.  And her FREE magazine Author Entrepreneurship  is dedicated to helping authors build their businesses as well as strengthening their writing muscles.

In today’s post, we’re answering questions about our writing process. See what makes me tick as a writer:

1) What is Carol working on currently or just finished?

I just published my first Fight Card novel. You might ask yourself, why would a women write in a man’s genre? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out why I’m passionate about sports and romance. I do love to write historical pulp sports fiction and published my book last September. The paperback will be coming out on my birthday, February 14th.

To see if I’m any good at the genre, I’ll refer to two of my reviews and see what they had to say about my first book Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night:

“Jill Tunney, a pseudonym for Carol Malone pens a combination of nerve-racking tension, thrilling action, and an engaging love story that kept me up until the wee hours. Additionally, the characters are all very strong and exhibit character development throughout the book. Carol Malone has crafted delightful characters whose charm made the hours pass swiftly by.”

“Oh…and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the accuracy of the lingo for the time and place. I felt like I’d been transported back in time.”

I just finished a 1940s baseball novella that takes place in the southern Texas. A struggling player from Boston faces the challenge of getting back on the horse as well as the tremendous difficulty of deciphering what the Texican’s are saying. I just submitted this story for a pulp fiction anthology to be published in the summer.

Right now I’m shifting gears to write on a contemporary “sweet” romance featuring a fireman working hard to become a paramedic. He must decide if he can give his trust and his heart to his once best friend and childhood sweetheart who broke said heart by marrying the bad boy of their high school.

2) How does Carol’s work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve read some of the other fireman novels out there, but his work gets lost in the sexually charged relationship between him and the heroine. I want to focus on what really happens in a fireman’s life, the dangers he faces and how he feels about saving lives. Woven through the novel is an emotional tension between him and the heroine instead of a sexual one. This is a novel where sex doesn’t drive the book forward.

3) Why does Carol write what she does?

I write because the mere act of writing fills a need in me that no other activity ever can. I love being able to create characters from the vivid images in my head. Some of these characters I made up while making the long drive between Southern California and Las Vegas. That’s a lot of desert to cover, so I’ve come up with a lot of characters and written a lot of manuscripts because of those stories circulating in my brain.

4) How does Carol’s writing process work?

When I worked full-time, I wrote consistently. Now that I’m home to write full-time, I struggle with the pull of useless, mind-numbing TV, until I watch something and say, “I could write something better than that.” Then I’m inspired to get on the stick again. I love the National Novel Writing Month that takes place every November. There’s nothing I like better than a throw-down challenge.

Now on to the next wonderful writers on this blog hop. Be sure to visit their sites and give them some love. Say hello, subscribe/follow/stalk, but get to know them and their books and find out why they write what they write. Their own “Writing Process” posts will be up soon where they will feature other writers:



00MSKayeWEBSITE:  www.BooksByMSK.com

Bio: M.S. Kaye has multiple published books under her Black Belt. She resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unexpected at her website. Her book “ONCE” tells the story of a young woman who falls for a man about to enter the priesthood, and both of their lives change. He is her first and also her  Once.   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   JupiterGardensPress

In her second book, FIGHT PRINCESS: A high society princess fights in an underground ring. Amazon   iBooks(iTunes)   Barnes & Noble  Liquid Silver Books

STRONG AS DEATH is about a teenage girl finds that her father is a 19th-century gentleman ghost will be available soon from Jupiter Gardens Press! And ENDLESS AS THE RAIN: Did Alec kidnap Adriane or save her? Adriane must discover the truth about his past. And her own. Will be available soon from Wild Child Publishing!




00SarahHeggerWEBSITE: http://sarahhegger.com

Bio: Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble. Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing.

She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.


AUTHOR, Carol Burnside


00CarolBurnsideWEBSITE: http://carolburnside.com/

Bio: Carol Burnside is an award-winning author traditionally published in short stories. Five of her novel length, contemporary romance manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. They reside in northern Arkansas, where Carol enjoys the Ozark foothills from her office windows and drinks sweet iced tea year round.

Also writing as Annie Rayburn, Carol produces speculative, erotic romance with a humanoid race living openly among us in present day. No matter what she’s writing, Carol/Annie loves hearing from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter and connect with her online. Browse her website for blog posts, social media links, excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy characters.




00AndreaRCooperWEBSITE: http://andrearcooperauthorblog.wordpress.com/

Bio: Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels. What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba. She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love. Both of her novels are on a Valentine’s Day Sale at $1.99 Amazon/Kindle for the entire month of February? Including all 2012 & 2013 Crimson Romance ebook titles.




00JJJenningsaWEBSITE: http://www.billiemaverick.com

Bio:  When I was ten, I asked my mother for a typewriter.

I knew that it would probably be difficult for her to get because we were living on a fixed income. I knew not to get my hopes up about receiving this special request, but I kept envisioning having my very own typewriter; to create my stories at the pace that I was hearing and seeing them in my mind. So imagine my utter surprise when she presented to me a heavy, gray colored portable typewriter. God, it was antiquated,..but I loved it! That was the first time I started dreaming. Dreaming of being a fiction writer. After spending most of my adult life working for others, getting older and not having any real enjoyment out of my life, I finally caved in and started to pursue my dreams of being an entrepreneur and entertain the populace with my fiction.

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