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Updates on Writing

So, the tricky part about trying to get yourself out there is that you’re constantly working. You’re always pushing out new work, and with me, I don’t like to write and edit directly after. More often than not, if I’ve finished writing something, I let it sit, send it off to betas, and start something new as a distraction. That means a lot of balls to juggle. So here’s what you can anticipate this year, at least!

Solid Ground- My sci-fi romance short will be released with Boroughs Publishing Group on June 12th!

Soul Solution- Is done on my part and is with the senior editor. Very high chances it will be coming out this year.

Stolen Petals- I’ve begun submissions again, since Breathless Press closed before it released *tiny tears*

Winter Fairytale (still untitled)- Out with beta readers

Hunter Urban Fantasy (still untitled)- waiting on some reader responses and beginning to finish up on content edits and head into detailed edits zone

Red Skies Take Warning- querying still

Chasing Fate- on the backburner since it went through a round of rejections. I’m contemplating rewriting it to make it more marketable.

When Fire Ignites- I think I’m going to begin sending that out to publishers

As you can see, a lot’s in the air, on the burner, and off the burner. I’m currently tossing around another couple ideas of what to work on next, but at any point if When Fire Ignites or Red Skies Take Warning would get picked up, I’d switch off to working on the second in those series. Fingers crossed for more progress, and in the meantime, you have Solid Ground to look forward to!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Liana Brooks

Another week and another writer to meet! What I’ve been loving so far with the answers different authors have given is how similar yet different they are. There’s a thread of unity, yet so many unique perspectives!

Today we welcome Liana Brooks!

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With all the thousands of quotes and advice on writing–what one stands out the most for you?

“Write dangerously.” Never be afraid to kill off a character or make the scene messy. Take risks with your writing. Write a new genre. Write a different kind of character. When you sit down to write, leave your fears somewhere else.

Where does inspiration hit you? Anything specific trigger it?

I’ve had a love affair with stories since I was a child. There were always books. There were always stories. I don’t know if I could go through my day and not start spinning things into a story, at this point it’s as natural as breathing. I see something, hear a phrase, feel a breeze and it becomes part of a story.

 That’s a terrible answer, isn’t it? Not at all scientific. I guess… Life inspires me. Other people inspire me. I’m a curious person, I want answers, and when I tell a story I can answer the eternal question of WHY and WHAT IF.

When you’re riding on that inspiration and creating characters, it’s easy to get attached. Do you have a favorite, or one you could write about forever?

That’s a hard one. When I’m writing a book I always think, “This is the one! I love this character. There will never be a fictional person as perfect as this person right here!” And inevitably there is. I’m an unfaithful author. A plot whore. I’ll chase any complex character that comes along.

 I did really enjoy writing Mac in THE DAY BEFORE, though. He’s broken and cynical, really at the end of his rope and fed up with life. He’s a fun character to write because he’s stopped caring what anyone thinks, and he really doesn’t care if he gets hurt. And he has a dark sense of humor. Anyone who can make jokes over corpses is fun to write. There’s no limits on him, and that’s a lot of fun.

 Sam, by comparison, is very rigid in what she’ll allow herself to do. Writing her was harder because I had to stop and think about whether or not she’d even think about certain options. She starts with a very narrow definition of acceptable behavior and throughout the series we’re going to see her change. Her morals don’t shift as much as her willingness to think outside the box.

Sometimes our settings are just things we dream up, but traveling can help flesh those out. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would love to be somewhere tropical with beaches, big flowers, and free childcare. I’m living in Alaska right now and there’s still ice on my driveway! It’s May! We have fifteen hours of daylight! And there’s snow!!!

 I’d love to get away to a quiet tropical island. Not somewhere touristy or busy, but a nice little place with friendly locals, a couple small shops that have everything you need, maybe an ice cream parlor… I’d sit out by the beach writing my next book and watching the waves. That would be heaven.

What’s next on the horizon? Anything you’re really excited about?

JANE’S SHADOW is the second book in the Jane Doe series and it’s coming out in November. It’s my entire focus right now, and I am excited about how the readers will react. We get some answers to a few of the questions left at the end of THE DAY BEFORE and it gets Sam back with her favorite man.

When you’re not working on writing, what’s your favorite show on air to veg out to?

Oooo… on air? I’m still catching up on a decade’s worth of TV viewing with Netflix. Let’s see, I’m enjoying iZombie. Rob Thomas writes fun female characters. It’s a little dark and morbid and I don’t know if I’ll keep liking it if they kill off some of the characters I like, but I’m enjoying it right now.

I’m with you on that train–I love Liv from I-Zombie! What about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?

My To Be Read pile has the latest books from Devon Monk and Kelley Grant. I’m planning on getting the new Jack Campbell book in May, and maybe the Ken Liu book. It looked intriguing.

 I do have recommendations for books: Read The Books With Words.

 If you want something more specific, come find me on Twitter and tell me what you like. I’m pretty good at finding people a great sci-fi book to love.

And the best question: what’s your zodiac sign?

I’m a Leo! And an extrovert! And an ENTJ! Which means I have a huge ego, I’m super outgoing, and I will probably take over the conversation when we get together.

Oooh, I should ask for people’s Myers-Briggs, because I’m definitely curious about that too! So, when you’re reading, are there any huge pet peeves that might make you put down a book?

Too Dumb to Live characters, or weak conflict that revolves around someone ignoring an obvious choice. If the characters could have resolved the problem by sitting down and talking for five minutes, or making a phone calls, or checking a computer log it isn’t a good plot. It’s an easy trap for an author to fall into, because they have it set in their head the THIS MUST HAPPEN, but hopefully the crit partners and editors will catch it.

 And for some reason I can’t get into first-person-present-tense books. I’ve tried, but I find it so jarring I usually don’t get far. That’s a Reader Error rather than a problem with the book. I’m not smart enough to adapt to that style of language.

Where can readers find you and your books?

I am all over the web, and so are my books. I love talking to people on Twitter so if you’re there, come say hello!

HarperCollins – http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062407658/the-day-before

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Day-Before-Jane-Doe-ebook/dp/B00Q33ZRTW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1417452140&sr=8-7&keywords=liana+brooks

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-before-liana-brooks/1120818378?ean=9780062407658

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-day-before/id945085387?mt=11

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-day-before-2

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23607748-the-day-before

Website: http://www.lianabrooks.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liana-Brooks/278779308851471

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lianabrooks

Newsletter: http://lianabrooks.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=675dc6fb70db402b9a2b27c97&id=71396c63a4

The Day Before_CoverA body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is:

Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property?

 Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie.

 The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either.

 This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag.

 A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.

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Solid Ground Has a Cover!

I just got the cover for Solid Ground, which will be released on June 12, 2015 via Boroughs Publishing! Can’t wait!

Solid GroundMags Javiks has one day left with Lex before she boards her ship to start ambassador training. One more day to confess her feelings for him. If she lets this opportunity slip away she may never get another one.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Libby Waterford

Time to wade through the hundreds of authors out there and get to know some of the folks penning your favorite novels!

Today let’s welcome Libby Waterford!

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As an author, sometimes you need a motivational pep talk, or some words of wisdom to guide the way. What’s your favorite quote about writing?

I wish I could just quote Stephen King’s On Writing in its entirety, but here’s one of my favorite lines. “Mostly, when I think of pacing, I go back to Elmore Leonard, who explained it so perfectly by saying he just left out the boring parts.”

How do stories come to you? Any specific ways you get inspired?

Since I was young, I would walk around in the world and narrate everything in my head. I’d see an interesting looking person and I spin a story about them. Usually, they’d end up to be love stories. Now I get to spin those stories for other people, not just myself.

Are there any characters that you wish you could write more on, or know them so well that you could write about their adventures forever?

I enjoyed writing about Aidan, my Scottish professor of art history in Passionate History, the first of three novellas set at fictional Weston University. I only got to explore a bit about what made him tick in that story, and I found him very fascinating. I wish I’d written him into a novel!

What about dream vacation? Anywhere you’re longing to explore?

I’d love to take my husband and sons to walk the Cotswold Way in England. Fresh air, exercise, gorgeous countryside, and scones and clotted cream at every stop.

Yum, you had me at scones and clotted cream! What’s next on the horizon for your readers?

I’m deep into a new steamy contemporary series that takes place in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and features two families who live across the street from one another. I’m hoping the first one will be out next year.

Any favorite TV shows you tune into?

I’m horribly behind on current TV shows, but I do absolutely adore the BBC’s Sherlock and can’t wait for new episodes next year.

How about books? Do you have any to recommend?

I’m trying to get through Outlander for the first time. It’s wonderful, but I keep getting sidetracked by new releases from my favorite historical authors like Eloisa James and Elizabeth Hoyt.

Now my favorite question! What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo. Roar.

When you’re reading a story, is there any huge pet peeve that’ll take you out of the narrative?

“Alpha male” heroes who are really just sexist jerks really don’t do it for me. I’m all for manly men who can’t talk about their feelings, but I don’t find blatantly offensive dialogue or actions particularly appealing.

I feel the same way about certain alpha males–drives me nuts! Now, where can your readers find you on the web?

Find my books and me on my website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter and never miss news with my newsletter.

Don’t miss out on the latest release: Endless Devotion!

endlessdevotionWhat better way to keep her ex at a distance than by becoming engaged? Of course, Katya Noskov’s betrothal to a fellow Weston University professor is just a sham, but she’ll do anything to avoid becoming ensnared in the seductive trap set by Devak Batra, her charismatic ex, who just happens to be the US Secretary of Education.

Dev arrives on Weston’s campus to give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony and to propose to Katya while he’s at it. The last thing he expects is for her to announce her engagement to someone else. Undaunted, he’s determined to talk her out of her betrothal and back into his bed.

When Katya and Dev come together, sparks fly, clothes come off, and nothing, not even an engagement ring, can stop them from acting on their physical desires. From passionate stolen kisses to trysts in the rain, these two can’t keep their hands off each other, but steamy sex can’t resolve Katya’s reasons for leaving Dev in the first place. He must show he can make room for her in his life, not just his bed, if she can consider a future with the sexiest member of the Cabinet.

Will Katya’s fake engagement lead to a real proposal? Can Dev’s devotion survive distance, lies, and acts of congress?

The third of three erotic novellas set at the reunion and commencement weekend at Weston University, where lust leads to true love.

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Thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Join us next week for a new author!

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Steampunk World’s Fair 2015

Got back from Steampunk World’s Fair last night and did some decompressing for about five minutes before getting to work on all of my Solstice Brews tea stuff. It was an absolute blast. Great people, great energy, and memorable times.

IMG_2265We had a vending room sing-a-long, which has become a con staple for me, as well as ridiculous shenanigans. Most importantly though, I got to see my con family again, as well as meet new people. Did I mention, I *love* meeting new people?

My heart warmed every time someone told me they’d read An Airship Named Desire, or bought a book and asked me to sign. I was so flattered I could explode with happiness, like I am every time I do these events. I gave out all of my Poisoned Apple audio samples too, so hopefully folks will get to listen to the wonderful vocal talents of Sally Rouge!

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All in all, I had a blast and I want to thank everyone who stopped by my stand and chatted with me! See you lovelies next year!

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Solid Ground Under Contract!

My sci-fi romance short, Solid Ground, has a home now! Boroughs Publishing has accepted it as part of their Lunchbox Romance line!

Check out this spiffy publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

They’ve been absolutely wonderful so far, and I can’t wait to start working with them. Super excited to share this story with you, it’s short, but saccharine sweet, and the theme’s sure to tug some heartstrings.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: TL Reeve

Join us for Meet the Writer Wednesday, where we get to know more of the awesome writers out there!

Today let’s welcome TL Reeve!

TLR_Roar_CravingCameo_LargeWithDPLogoWe’ll start with an easy question–what’s your favorite quote about writing?

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King

Given that quote, what inspires you to get started on something? When does inspiration strike?

Sometimes it’s a song. Sometimes it could just be something I see in the news. I people watch too and since I’ve moved, I have found myself watching the people around my apartment. Never know when something juicy might happen. 😉

When you’re with characters for so long, it’s hard not to grow attached. Do you have any you feel like you could write forever?

Oh man. I have several characters I love. Right now I have about five I don’t think I could do without. Quade and Cameo from Craving Cameo and Jasper, Max and Kole from Omega’s Heart. Okay I lied also Thomas and Kata from The Bodyguard and The Dom. They all have their qualities. In some ways the characters have their moments of not being worthy, or are trying to rebuild their lives. Kata is a wounded warrior. She was in an IED blast overseas. Max is the same, losing his whole team in an ambush. Cameo is young trying to start her life, while her protector fights his feelings for a girl twelve years his junior. They’re all flawed in some way and they’re perfectly imperfect.

If you could escape on a vacation anywhere, where would you travel?

I’m not sure. I have so many places I want to go. But, I think I would start with Scotland then do a trip through Europe. Then I want to go to Wounded Knee. Both places are rich with history and I would love to experience both places.

Do you have any stories in the works for us to look forward to?

I have several. I’ve plotted out Fe and Cougar’s story and I have an idea brewing for Cricket. I’m also working on another installment of Teishutsu Up next is Doug and Kit. I think you’re going to enjoy them. I’m also working on a story for Wiccan Haus, and new multi-author series for Decadent. King of Her Heart another Beyond Fairytale story and I also am working on Ginger and Mark’s story – Black Hills Wolves.

When you’re not writing, are there any TV shows you’re checking out?

Ohh, again another favorite lol. I love Arrow. I love Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Persons of Interest, CSI: Cyber Unit, Flash, Sleepy Hollow…I can go on and on. lol

I’m with you 100% on the Flash : ) What about books?

I am reading Playing with Monsters. If you haven’t read the Bare Bones series, or the Bent Zealots by Layla Wolfe, you’re missing out. Her biker series is amazing and a fun, fast ride.

Now for my favorite question–what’s your zodiac sign?

I am a Leo. I fit my sign to a T. lol

Any big pet peeves when you’re reading?

I think my biggest pet peeve, is characters I can’t like, or I can’t find a commonality with. I have read some where the female character comes off very snarky and rude. To the point you’re asking yourself how can the hero like her, let alone fall in love with her. Also, weak characters or the cliché, too stupid to live, characters. Whether male or female. It’s a distraction and it takes away from a story. (God I hope I don’t do either of these. lol)

Where can readers find you?

ARE/Amazon/Bookstrand/Kobo/Googleplay/iBooks/Barnes&Noble and you can always find me at Facebook/TSU/Twitter/Blog/Pinterest. As always I love to hear from my fans. You can always e-mail me at authortlreeve@hotmail.com

TLR_Roar_CravingCameo_BannerBlurb for Craving Cameo:

The daughter of the Sentinels pack and MC Alpha, Cameo Cruz moved across country to escape her pack—and the wolf she can never have. Making a new life, she embraced her freedom and went to school. One partying night with her best friend shatters her bubble of safety, and she’s forced to do the one thing she swore she never would…ask for help.

Quade Rainwater lives for his pack and the life the Sentinels Alpha gave him when he took him in. He’d do anything for them, even cut himself off from the she-wolf he’s loved for as long as he’s known her. When all hell breaks loose and someone puts a bounty on his girl, Quade will cross the country to protect her. Unfortunately for him, he’s the last person she wants to see.

All he has to do is keep her safe from the bounty hunters, the locals, and himself….

 

Thanks for joining us here today on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new writer!

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hooray, my friend The Shameful Narcissist over at The Shameful Narcissist Speaks nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! If you haven’t checked out her Game of Thrones and Final Fantasy 7 ruminations as well as her weekly updated Aeris and Sephiroth fanfic, you should! Lovely stuff!

Here are the Rules!

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
    Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

1. Fireside Chats– An awesome blog dabbling in theater, movies, and with a cool focus on cosplay, not only from a final looks point, but also helpful articles and discussions of during the process as well.

2. Brenda Hiatt- Her blog has one of the most informative segments for a published author, or at least one who’s planning on submitting to publishers. The Show Me the Money section has a detailed list of different independent and traditional publishers, with compiled insight on what the actual pay breakdown would look like based upon submitted reports.

3. My Writing Life– One of my all time favorite blogs for editing. The ten step revision system is insightful, as well as practical. Whenever I have a new work that needs editing, this is one of the blogs I revisit every time.

4. Interesting Literature– Care to know five interesting facts about Ezra Pound? How about the origins of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? This blog expounds weird literary facts on a regular basis, and is a fun one for any book geek to tune into.

5. Erzabet’s Enchantments– Fellow Decadent Publishing author’s blog dedicated to book reviews and interviews!

6. Decadent Publishing– Speak of the devil, this is a fantastic independent romance publisher, and they run a blog featuring their releases and author articles. It’s well worth checking out, as are their books.

7. Caffeine Crew– Geek news and geek views, a website that both Shameful Narcissist and I write for, as well as a plethora of other talented folks!

8. Book Blogger Directory– If you’re an author, whether indie or traditional, book blogger reviews are essential. And this resource is a fantastic, comprehensive place to find all the book bloggers you need!

9. The YA Chronicler– Awesome reviewer. Not only is the site beautifully designed, but the reviewer is constantly updating with thorough reviews on the best and worst young adult books out there. One of the coolest things though that makes this blogger stand out are the re-imagined covers!

10. Gabriel Reads– Another fantastic book review blog. I did an interview with this reviewer, and I have to say, it was hands down my favorite interview I’ve ever done. The questions were thoughtful and really made me think, rather than some of the same old ‘when did you start writing’ ones.

11. The Bookcast– Audio interviews for the win! Want to listen to interviews with indie authors from a professional interviewer? Bill’s your guy. He’s been interviewing for years, and I can personally attest, when I did mine for Airship, his skills were evident, as all of my nervousness melted away the second we started talking!

12. BookShelfery– While other sites do this as well, I love the regularity of their Indie Author Excerpts. The site has changed names a couple of times, but they continue to put out quality reviews, excerpts, and other features.

13. Fiction Vixen– She’s a fixture in the book reviewer scene, and for good reason. Her content comes out with such regularity, and the Fiction Vixen is a fantastic resource if you want to delve into the indie romance scene.

14. Steampunk Tourist– This blog covers Steampunk, except it delves into much more than your typical “What is Steampunk” articles. Instead, it covers a lot more insight into the community with articles about steampunk and disability, as well as steampunk weddings.

15. Sandra’s Book Club– A fellow author, Sandra also covers book reviews! She’s got two YA novels out, so go check out her blog!

7 Facts About Me

*rolls up sleeves* I tend to be terrible at these sorts of things, but let me try!

1. The character I’ve most strongly empathized with between TV, movies, and books happens to be Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. I didn’t catch on with the show until later on, but once I did, I was hooked. And every time Leslie would overreact, have a neurotic episode, or generally act the way she did, my husband would look over and roll his eyes, because he’s seen the same behavior from me.

2. I have a hardcore obsession with Bioware games. I’ve played all the Mass Effect ones, went back and played Knights of the Old Republic, all because of how fierce my obsession with Dragon Age is. I’ve replayed that game more than is healthy. But for me, it’s one of the few ways I have to turn off my head and stop working, since I tend to jam out on marketing while I watch TV.

3. I never got tired of dressing up. Cosplay, sure. Steampunk events, Renaissance Faires, I’m there. It’s even to the point though that when I throw parties I choose themes, so that people will still dress up. I LOVE IT.

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4. I’ve dabbled in about a million hobbies, but aside from writing, the one that stuck was tea blending. I’ve had a tea business since 2013, and I’m constantly coming up with new blends, including the ones for my own books that I’ve recently started concocting.

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5. I have a really hard time connecting with people if they don’t talk feelings with me. While I know not everyone is capable of this, I find people endlessly fascinating–it’s one of the reasons I write–and I feel like I won’t know them entirely unless I’ve heard their life story and why they became the person they are today. Probably more than a little the ENFJ in me.

6. I’ve never been to a sports game in my life. I’m also quite okay with this fact–while I respect other folks’ enthusiasm, I’ve just never caught onto it myself.

7. My only tattoo thus far is a large one that I got when I was 18/19. It’s of Tim Drake (Robin from Batman). I chose that one not only because Tim Drake led the Teen Titans when I first got into comics–which was my first foray into comics that weren’t manga–but also because the artist, Jo Chen, does the Buffy comic book covers as well as a plethora of others, and I LOVE her art.

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Thanks for tuning in, folks!

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Writing Outside

Just as with reading outside, writing outside can be wholly enriching. I actually find that when I’m sort of stuck on a section, or I’m having trouble focusing, when I go outside, it’s a lot easier to push out the next section of the story.

I’ve gone out with my laptop before and sat on our picnic table–that’s my ideal, because I can just type out there. But I’ve also gone out with a notebook too and jotted things down, or wrote whole sections while basking in the shade on a sunny day. (My skin is way too pale to do any sun-basking.) It’s a win-win situation–I get outdoors time, but I also get my work done!

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So today, this is my office!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Sara Daniel

Time to cast the spotlight down on some hard-working and awesome authors! After all, those novels and articles you like to read don’t just burst forth into existence–it requires a lot of effort and craftsmanship.

So today, join us in welcoming Sara Daniel!

SaraDaniel_headshot_9-2012_cropped - smallDo you have a favorite quote about writing? Maybe one that motivates or inspires you?

My favorite quote is the legendary Nora Roberts quip: “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” It reminds me that I just need to write. The words don’t have to be perfect the first time. I can always go back and fix them.

Everyone draws inspiration from different sources–where do you find yours?

I love happy endings and giving people hope for a bright, love-filled future. Every time I hear a story or read an article with a less than satisfying ending, I want to create a happy ending for that person/situation.

After spending so much time fleshing out these characters, do any stand out as ones you could write over and over again?

Willow from Captivating the CEO is probably my favorite character ever. She shares a medical condition with someone who is very close to me in real life, so her story is truly a book of my heart. But every character I write gets to be my favorite while I’m writing his/her story. Bringing them past their hang-ups and damaged past to the happily-ever-after they deserve is what I love to write about and I plan to continue doing so forever!

Every author needs a vacation. If you could escape to anywhere, where would you go?

My ideal vacation is relaxing near the water. Ocean, river, lake, or creek—I’m not picky! The constant flow of water calms me and restores my creative soul.

Are you working on any new projects? What one are you most excited for right now?

I’m really excited for the One Night with the Bridal Party series. Book 4 (out of 6), One Night with the Best Man, released on April 17th. The next two books, One Night with her Husband and One Night with his Wife, will release in mid-May and mid-June, respectively. This steamy set of one-night stand stories kicked off with One Night with the Bride two years ago, then One Night with the Bridesmaid and One Night with the Groom last year, so it’s been fun to revisit the characters from the earlier books and tie up the series.

Fantastic! I’ll have to keep an eye out. Do you have any shows you’re addicted to right now?

I’m not much of a TV person, but I’ve gotten hooked on Dancing with the Stars, which I watch with my daughter. I love the personal struggles and watching the contestants rise above their fears and limitations. I also find it fascinating to see how the show’s producers appeal to different demographics with the range of contestants. Just like in fiction, the character arc fascinates me, draws me in, and makes me care about the contestants and their partners.

What about in the book realm? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading 21 Marine Salute, a box set of 21 sexy Marine romances by Heather Long, which was wonderful and moved Marines to the top of my book boyfriend list! I also just finishing reading the middle grade fantasy series, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, with my daughter, which I’d recommend to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Now to my favorite question: What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo. I’m not sure that all the qualities assigned to a Leo apply to me, but according to this site, creativity and idealism are among the Leo’s greatest strengths. I would say that those two attributes shape the romance writer in me!

Any huge pet peeves while you’re reading?

My biggest pet peeve is when the authors hasn’t created a reason or a connection for me to care about the character(s). If I care about what happens to the person and/or am rooting for her/him to succeed, I’m willing to overlook a weak plot or choppy writing. But if the author hasn’t convinced me I should care what happens to the characters, I have no reason to keep reading.

Where can readers find you and your books?

4 bridal party books

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Also, check out the latest release, One Night with the Best Man!

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Will a one night stand give them the courage to face what they fear most or drive them apart forever?

Alejandro “Alex” Cortez vowed never to return to the family farm, but when his sister makes it the destination for her wedding, he has no choice. The farm’s new owner, sexy agricultural professor Dr. Susan Gundersen, is his only hope for a diversion from the haunting memories.

Susan knows better than to count on people sticking around for her. The farm gives her the roots and permanence she’s craved her entire life. As she helps Alex clear out his family’s mementos from the house, Susan is drawn to the raw and vulnerable man under his carefree exterior. A few kisses later, she falls hard and fast.

Despite their mutual attraction, Susan will never leave the farm and Alex will never consider staying. Will one passionate night with the best man give them the courage to face what they each fear most or drive them apart forever?

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Thank you Sara for joining us this week in Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new interview!