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Romance Weekly – #LoveChatWrite

It’s Romance Weekly time! A between-the-sheets look at upcoming romance books and the kick ass authors who write them. If you’re visiting from Veronica Forand’s site, thanks for being here!

Before we get started, don’t forget there’s a big six-month Romance Weekly anniversary giveaway brewing! We’ve got loads of paperback and e-books, a fifty dollar Amazon gift card, and a 7” Kindle Fire pre-loaded with one heck of a starter library to give away July 29th. The rafflecopter entry is below so be sure you get signed up.

1398307303Now onto the questions, given to us this week by Jami Denise. (BTW, Jami’s got a kick ass erotic series out right now if you’re into that genre. I just finished the first book, See Jayne Play, and have the second, Queen of Hearts, downloaded and ready to go.)

When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?

Okay, you’re gonna get my typical Libra, wishy-washy answer here…it depends.

I’m definitely a plotter. Mostly because I hate getting to the end of a story and figuring out I not only have to lop out a big-ass chunk of what I’ve written, but need to rearrange elements too. I’d rather plan out the story in advance and save me and the manuscript the pain and suffering of a transplant/heart by-pass.

That said, I do not ignore the muse. I mean, how can you ignore him when he looks so good?


Seriously, when my guy talks, I listen and follow where he leads me. (Shameless writer hussy that I am.) 🙂

TargetAre you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

All the freakin’ time. And by co-workers. And strangers on the street. And at Target.

Don’t ask me why, but I come up with some freaky ideas at Target. It’s like, “I need some laundry detergent, a new box of Skinny Cow Ice Cream bars, and…Hey! That guy’s got pretty eyes. What if he were part of some super-duper hybrid race hiding themselves on Earth. And their mates are predetermined. One look at his mate and POOF! He’s done for.”

Yeah, see? Weird stuff happens at Target.

Reese in Healing Eden

Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.

 Hot, hot, and hot.

Oh, wait. That’s probably not what Veronica meant with her question. 🙂

 Okay, I’d say warrior, tortured, and idealist.

Still kinda hard to look past the hotness though….


So, those are my answers. Hop over to Raine Balkera’s site to see how she answers.

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    Dani Jace
    June 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Dang, I must venture to Target more often! 😉

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    Collette Cameron
    June 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

    So far, the authors this week seem to be more plotters than pantsers. We’ll see if the trend continues.

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    S. C. Mitchell
    June 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Who knew the secret to great characters was at Target? Awesome post!

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      June 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I’m all about efficiency. The more one-stop shopping the better. 🙂

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    June 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Where do you live??? I’m moving down because the guys at the Target here don’t look anything like that!!!!!!!!!!!

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      June 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Bahahaha. I do love my Target. 🙂

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    Sarah Hegger
    June 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    And I’ve never been to Target. Just look what I missed.

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      June 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      One stop shopping!

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    Brenda Margriet
    June 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    OMG – Target! So funny. But I want to hear more about the guy with beautiful eyes whose an alien….

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      Veronica Forand
      June 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Warrior, tortured, idealist- very cool. The perfect guy to dream about, but is he house broken? Hell, if he looks like the guy in the photo, who cares!

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        June 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        Very well trained 3:)

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      June 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      You know, the most I remember about him was he had a scruffy beard and super dark hair…kind of messy…and he looked to be a BIG hurry. Maybe that’s why I put together those thoughts. I mean, clearly he was on a mission…I just gave him a destination.

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    Fiona Riplee
    June 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    “That guy’s got pretty eyes. What if he were part of some super-duper hybrid race hiding themselves on Earth. And their mates are predetermined. One look at his mate and POOF! He’s done for.”

    Rhenna, I love how you think. 🙂 I’ll pay more attention when I go to Target from now on.

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    June 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Everyone’s a candidate, right? 🙂

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    Gemma Brocato
    June 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Dang it – I’ve never seen anyone who looks that good at Target. Ever. But I work part-time at a gym and I see some great ones there. And a lot of excellent fodder for character traits.

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    Jami Denise
    June 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I’m with you… I will listen to that piece of yummy no matter what! Rawr!
    I do envy those of you that plot, though. I am so scatter brained… so not the typical Capricorn, but what’s new! HA!
    And yeah… my Target is full of rejects and old ladies. So not inspiring at all lol.
    I am very intrigued by this Warrior… and maybe a little more intrigued by those Levis… AND Thanks so much for the sweet shout out. You rock lady!

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    Mishka Jenkins
    June 18, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Wow, your hero sounds, well, hot! 😀 Great answers!

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    J.J. Devine
    June 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    With a muse like that I couldn’t ignore him either 🙂 Great blog!!!

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