The Story Behind the Story
This is the first post in my new project in which authors talk about the story behind their book and what motivated them to write it.
My friend and fellow romance author, Maggie Tideswell has a new paranormal romance in the works and I found her explanation of the idea behind the story fascinating. Hope you do too.
Lost by D.M. Thornton is a masterpiece, and a truly great debut novel.
It’s all about being stuck… I’m stuck because I don’t have enough time to write all the books stuck in my head just trying to come out. And if I could be stuck somewhere with someone who would it be??? That would depend upon where I was stuck.
Please Release Me
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Rhoda’s an incredibly talented romance author, and I’m happy to participate in her blog splash.
I got such a laugh out of this I just had to post it on my blog. These kids know all about love and marriage…
— Alan, age 10
–No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen, age 10
2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then..
— Camille, age 10
3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori, age 8
5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette, age 8 (Isn’t she a treasure?)
-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin, age 10
6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
-When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7 (Love her)
-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
— Curt, age 7
-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard, age 8
7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is…….
9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
— Joe, age 10
Capricorn Cravings was published in print format 10 months after it first hit the Kindle market, and with two new books being released over the holiday season I am only just now scheduling a giveaway.
Riley Shaughnessy has the perfect life. Her veterinary practice is thriving, and she loves living in the small town in the Colorado mountains, where no one knows the shocking secret of her past. She loves to gallop her palomino mare across the vast expanse of public land bordering the town, and after a long period of self-denial, she has even committed to a date with handsome horse wrangler, Randy Hansen. But now, she knows her assistant, Jamie, would never willingly abandon her child, so why has she disappeared? Something dark and sinister is taking place, and it all started on the day hunky Powell Stewart, with the piercing blue eyes, came into her life in a strange and unexpected way. Her inner voice tells her to stay as far away from him as she can…
Here are the details of the Giveaway:
With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner this seemed like the perfect time to write about my passion–romance.
So what exactly is romance?
Romance is a noun. Put an ‘A’ in front of it , as in they had a romance, it means a relationship or attachment that is usually between lovers, but it may also be used in an abstract way to describe someone’s passion, as in she had a lifetime romance with historical homes.
Valentine’s Day has been so commercialized that people have lost its true purpose and today they give gifts to anyone they love, whether it be a lover, a child, a sibling, a parent or even a friend, but true romance between lovers is to do with the emotional side of love. It may include passion, excitement, allure, and desire among other things, but it is also encompassed in the little things lovers do to show their affection.
He may spontaneously pick a bunch of wildflowers and present them to her while taking a walk, or she may turn the lights down low and set the dinner table with candles and include a bottle of champagne with the meal. Little romantic acts show your partner that you care, and keep the romance alive in a relationship.
Here are a few ideas for putting the romance back into your life–or keeping it there this Valentine’s Day.
- If you plan to ask her to marry you, get down on your knees (that is so romantic and never goes out of style) and pop the question some place crazy on Valentine’s Day.
- Fill your Jacuzzi with something fragrant, and light some candles, or go skinny-dipping on a deserted beach. Or, if it’s cold, light the fire and lay a blanket on the carpet in front of the fireplace. There’s something very romantic about real wood fires.
- Take him to a wildly expensive restaurant on Valentine’s Day night and pay for the dinner. Remember, a little champagne buzz does wonders for romance.
- Send her dozens of red roses and a giant teddy bear.
- Get tickets to his favorite sporting event. It may not seem like a romantic idea, but it will show him how much you care about his happiness.
- Buy your special someone something that sparkles–like diamonds or any jewelry.
- Chocolates have always been a favorite, especially for women, but be sure she isn’t trying to lose weight before giving them to her. Chocolate covered strawberries go well with bubbly.
- Do something outrageously crazy, like skydiving, or take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride in the moonlight.
- Send an anonymous Valentine’s Card to someone you secretly admire.
- Buy a couple of cans of whipped cream and let your imagination run wild…
So how about some comments about what you do to make Valentine’s Day romantic with that special someone. Don’t forget to get your lover in the mood — buy them a romance novel.
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