Romance Writers Weekly #LoveChatWrite

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…..About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

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tuesday-040Happy Tuesday!  I hope to find everyone is having a fantastic week thus far.  Welcome to the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop…or bounce.  If you’re stopping by from Leslie Hachtel‘s site, welcome.  It’s always nice to see new readers.

This week, I was the one to ask the questions of the Romance Weekly authors.  The question I posed to the group was this: What is one of your favorite quotes from your book(s)? Explain the reason why it’s your favorite and its significance to the story and characters.

Man, what was I thinking asking such a question?  It’s hard enough to critique your own work during the editing process but to find that one quote that speaks to you…ouch.

f5cd4-compassmoveBut because I’m currently in the editing process of Compass, that’s where I’m pulling my quote from.  To set the scene, our two main characters, Ryan and Alexis are discussing love and what it means to open one’s heart to another
person.  Alexis has professed her fear of falling in love and Ryan, the sweet gentleman that he is, has informed her that he won’t let her fall.  That’s where this quote is taken from.  It reads: “Falling hurts.  Love’s not supposed to hurt.  It’s supposed to free you, to lift you higher.  Make you fly.”*

I absolutely love that line because it’s spot on.  For Ryan and Alexis, it cracks the door of what’s to come for them and their relationship.

Compass is scheduled for release on November 17, 2015.  ARCs will be sent out on September 21st.  I can’t wait to share this sweet romance about first love and second chances with you all.

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Well, that’s it, folks.  Make sure to stop by author J.J. Devine‘s blog to check out her favorite quote and why.

Until next time,
~Jeanne
xx

* Quote is subject to change in final publication

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Cover Reveal:: Compass by Jeanne McDonald

Cover Reveal

Compass

Author: Jeanne McDonald
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Jada D’Lee Designs
Expected Release Date: November 17, 2015

Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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As teenagers, time is infinite and love is made of fairy tales and caramel corn. For Alexis York and Ryan Fisher, their friendship was the cornerstone of who they were. In the wake of a family tragedy, that friendship was torn apart by time and distance. Unrequited love was never reciprocated, and two lives that were once intertwined, now moved on different trajectories.

Fifteen years later, these two friends are given a second chance to correct the mistakes of the past. With one flight, a new home, and a little help from a tiny red compass, Alexis and Ryan are reunited, setting them back on the same course. Together, they find themselves on a journey of rediscovery, friendship, hope, and love.

Yet, when the harsh realities of life threaten to tear them apart for good, will Alexis and Ryan lose all hope of a happily ever after? Or will the childhood promises of forever lead these two hearts through impossible odds and back into each other’s arms?

“You’re my compass. My one true north.”

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Romance Writers Weekly #LoveWriteChat

RomanceAuthorWeekly
Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…..About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

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First off, if you’re stopping by from JJ Devine‘s blog, welcome!  I always love new readers.

This week, RWW authors were asked by the lovely Xio Axelrod to “pitch” our current work in progress in Twitter fashion – in other words, 140 characters or less.  Man, I thought this would be easy, but boy was I wrong.  It was almost worse than writing a synopsis.  Almost.  LOL.  But here goes.

2 BFFs reunite after 15 yrs find themselves on a journey of rediscovery, friendship, & love. #Compass: A tale of 1st love & 2nd chances.

Phew! That was tough.  LOL.  Now, here’s the full run down of Compass!! Let’s see if I did it justice.

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As teenagers, time is infinite and love is made of fairy tales and caramel corn.  For Alexis York and Ryan Fisher, their friendship was the cornerstone of who they were.  In the wake of a family tragedy, that friendship was torn apart by time and distance.  Unrequited love was never reciprocated, and two lives that were once intertwined, now moved on different trajectories.

Fifteen years later, these two friends are given a second chance to correct the mistakes of the past.  With one flight, a new home, and a little help from a tiny red compass, Alexis and Ryan are reunited, setting them back on the same course.  Together, they find themselves on a journey of rediscovery, friendship, hope, and love.

Yet, when the harsh realities of life threaten to tear them apart for good, will Alexis and Ryan lose all hope of a happily ever after? Or will the childhood promises of forever lead these two hearts through impossible odds and back into each other’s arms?

“You’re my compass. My one true north.”

What do you think?  Did I succeed?

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Compass
By: Jeanne McDonald
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: November 17, 2015

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Cover Reveal on August 17, 2015
Cover Designer: Jada D’Lee Designs

Make sure to check out my friend, JR Richardson to see if her attempt at Twitter pitch-a-thon is better than what I did.  Knowing her, it’ll blow mine out of the water.

Until next time!
~Jeanne

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Blog Tour:: The Scheme by Mia Kayla

~Blog Tour~
The Scheme
by: Mia Kayla
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creations
Release Date: July 27, 2015
 

Brian Benson is the nice guy every girl dreams of marrying.
Too bad he’s off the market—for good.

He’s sworn off women since the last girl he dated broke his heart.

Determined to start over in New York, his sole focus is to climb the corporate ladder—no distractions.

Until one minor collision propels him into the path of small-town-girl but bombshell babe, Kendy Miller.

Kendy walks with a sass she was born with.

Single and ready to mingle, she’s on the prowl.

Moving from her tiny town of Bowlesville to work as a nurse at New York Cornell Hospital, she is introduced to Dr. Hot Pants.

She feels it in her bones—he only belongs to her.

When Kendy formulates a grand scheme to land Dr. Hot Pants and uses Brian to

do it, Brian is all in because he could use a little fun.
Things were going to plan, until one night lines were crossed, kisses were exchanged and clothes flew off.
Fate collides, fortunes are tested and plans backfire, but Kendy is still determined to land her doctor.

Problem is… Brian was only there to assist in the plot. Falling in love with the girl wasn’t part of THE SCHEME.

 
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who
lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting
to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins
in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to
boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can
be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because
the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. 
She loves reading about
happy endings but has more fun writing them.



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#AuthorToAuthor #TeaserTuesday Compass – Jeanne McDonald

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Compass
By: Jeanne McDonald
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: November 17, 2015

CoverTeaser

Cover Reveal on August 17, 2015
Cover Designer: Jada D’Lee Designs

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As teenagers, time is infinite and love is made of fairy tales and caramel corn.  For Alexis York and Ryan Fisher, their friendship was the cornerstone of who they were.  In the wake of a family tragedy, that friendship was torn apart by time and distance.  Unrequited love was never reciprocated, and two lives that were once intertwined, now moved on different trajectories.

Fifteen years later, these two friends are given a second chance to correct the mistakes of the past.  With one flight, a new home, and a little help from a tiny red compass, Alexis and Ryan are reunited, setting them back on the same course.  Together, they find themselves on a journey of rediscovery, friendship, hope, and love.

Yet, when the harsh realities of life threaten to tear them apart for good, will Alexis and Ryan lose all hope of a happily ever after? Or will the childhood promises of forever lead these two hearts through impossible odds and back into each other’s arms?

“You’re my compass. My one true north.”

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“Everything all right?” Ryan asked.

“Not really.  I have a passenger who’s about to drive me bonkers.  Ever since you turned off the fasten seatbelt sign…” she trailed off.

“What’s wrong?”

“She wants to speak with you.”

Kix started to unbuckle his seatbelt.  “What about?”

“Not you, Captain.  Fisher.”  She cast a sideways glance to Ryan.

Ryan pushed back.  “Me?”  He poked his own chest and wondered why this woman would want to speak with him.  Not that he minded, but he was second in command.  This wasn’t a commonplace occurrence.  People usually wanted the captain, not the co-pilot.

The stray hair fell back into Makenna’s eyes, only agitating her more.  She thrust her hand through her midnight locks, forcing the hair out of her face.  “Yep.  You.”

Kix laughed, smacking Ryan on the back.  “Good luck, Buddy.  Glad it’s you and not me.”

Ryan winced at the sting of the slap.  “I’ve never had a passenger ask for me before.  They’re usually disappointed to get me instead of the captain.”

Makenna smiled, her over-exaggerated irritation disappeared.  “She wanted me to give this to you.”  As Makenna opened her hand, Ryan leaned over and glanced at the object lying in her palm.  He recognized it immediately.  It was an old, faded red toy compass.  “She said to tell you ‘forever and always’.”

Ryan took the compass and flipped it over between his fingertips, examining it closely.  It was worn with age, the plastic soft to the touch.  As he held the tiny toy in his hand, a huge smile exploded over his face.  This couldn’t be.  It wasn’t possible.  But the evidence was real.  Alexis was here.  On his flight.

“What’s that she gave you?” Kix inquired.

“It’s a compass,” Ryan murmured, his own voice sounding soft and distant to his ears.

“Well, no shit, Sherlock.  I mean what’s it for?”

Ryan flashed Makenna a cocky smirk and turned to Kix.  “A compass,” he began, with sarcasm dripping from his tongue, “is a device used to determine geographic location.  If you didn’t learn that much in flight school, maybe I should be the one flying this bird.”

Kix’s mouth dropped to his chest.  “Smart ass.”

Ryan laughed as he removed his headset.  “Maybe, but I have a passenger to speak with.”  He unbuckled his seatbelt and stood up, moving around Makenna.

“Passenger in D2,” she called out.

Ryan straightened his tie and took a deep breath, making his way out to the main cabin.  He looked around the curtain separating the gully from the cabin, and his heart skipped a beat.

Sitting in seat D2 was his Alexis.  She was looking in a mirror, applying lip gloss.  This was the woman he’d seen in the pictures on Facebook.  Poised, sophisticated, and beautiful.  Her thick brown hair hung straight down her back.  Her lips plump and pink, and her big brown eyes were accentuated with the right amount of eye makeup to make them standout.  She was gorgeous and perfect.  Everything Ryan remembered her to be.

He took a deep breath, stepped around the curtain, and walked over to the row of seats she was sitting in.  Next to her sat an older woman with hair white as snow.  He heard the elderly woman say something to her as he approached, but couldn’t quite make out what it was.

“Excuse me, Miss, but I do believe this is yours,” he greeted, a playful hint to his tone.  He flashed his best smile as she looked up at him from the mirror.  His hand shook, just slightly, as he opened his palm to reveal the toy compass.

The moment their eyes met, time stood still.

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Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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#WordyWednesday – Dialogue Tags

For the life of me, I had no idea what I might post about today.  That is until my conversation this morning with mysaid-is-dead developmental editor regarding adverbs.  In the beginning, adverbs are a writer’s best friend.  They express everything we need to relay, but the unfortunate side of that coin is they also become the bulk of our dialogue tags, making the story one big –LY fest.

As a writer starts to grow in their craft, they begin to notice how adverbs dominate each page and struggle to fix the issue.  I admit, I’m one of those lost souls.  I’m in the process of doing a new edit on some of my former books and WOW!  Say hello to the Queen of Adverb Village.  It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come over the years and I look forward to where I’ll be going.

Part of my growth has come from a list of words I’ve compiled over the past few years.  These are words that can replace the dreaded, ‘he said loudly‘ or ‘she said incredulously‘ tags.  This list is still growing, but I have to admit, it saves me from falling back into the grasp of the adverb monster.  Hopefully it can do the same for you.

 

Dialogue Tags

accommodated lamented
accused laughed
acknowledged lectured
added lied
addressed maintained
admitted meditated
admonished mewled
advised mimicked
agreed moaned
amended mocked
announced moped
answered mumbled
apologized mused
argued muttered
asked nagged
assaulted noted
assented objected
assured observed
attacked offered
babbled opined
balked orated
barked panted
bawled paused
begged persisted
bellowed pleaded
bemoaned pledged
berated pondered
blamed postulated
blathered prattled
bleated pressed
blustered proclaimed
boasted prodded
bragged promised
breathed prompted
cackled protested
cajoled purred
called pursued
caterwauled quarreled
challenged queried
chastised questioned
cheered quipped
chided raged
choked ranted
chortled rasped
chuckled reassured
clamored rebuffed
clarified rebuked
coaxed rectified
commanded reflected
commented refuted
complained reiterated
conceded rejected
confessed relented
considered remediated
consoled remedied
contended remembered
continued replied
cooed requested
corrected responded
counseled retorted
countered returned
cowered revised
cried ridiculed
croaked roared
crooned ruminated
crowed sang
declared scoffed
declined scolded
deflected screamed
demanded screeched
denied seethed
disagreed shivered
disputed shouted
drawled shrieked
droned shuddered
echoed sighed
encouraged simpered
exclaimed snapped
explained snarled
exploded sneered
faltered snickered
fibbed sniveled
fished snorted
fretted sobbed
fumed soothed
fussed squabbled
gagged squawked
gasped squelched
giggled stammered
goaded stressed
grilled stuttered
griped suggested
groaned sulked
groused supplied
growled swallowed
guffawed swore
gulped threatened
harassed thundered
heckled tittered
hedged told
heralded urged
hesitated uttered
hinted ventured
hissed vociferated
howled volunteered
huffed vowed
implored wailed
informed waned
inquired warned
inserted wept
insinuated wheezed
insulted whimpered
interpolated whined
interrogated whispered
interrupted winced
intoned wondered
invited yelled
jested yelped
joked yowled

Romance Writer’s Weekly #LoveWriteChat

RomanceAuthorWeekly
Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…..About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

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Hiya!! Hope to find everyone well.  It’s been a busy week for me so far, but a good one.  If you’re stopping by from Victoria Barbour‘s site, thanks for stopping by, and welcome to all my visitors. This week, the authors of Romance Writer’s Weekly were asked by A.S. Fenichel: Which person, living or dead, relative or stranger, has had the biggest influence on your life/writing career?  Tell us what this person is like or how they shaped you.

 I’ve thought long and hard about this one, and I would have to say, 1. the person is still alive and 2. she is very much a relative – especially since she gave me life.  My mother has and will always be my biggest fan and number one supporter.  When I was about twelve, I tried my hand at writing.  I remember bringing the story to her and letting her read it.  I was so very nervous.  After she read it, she looked at me and smiled.  She told me that it was a wonderful story and encouraged me to flesh it out some more.  I did and later she had me share it with her Sunday School class.  From there I found myself sharing it not only with children but adults.  She bragged to every single person in the church about me and my writing.  I can’t remember what the story was about now, and Lord knows I wish I could find a copy, but I will never forget my mother’s encouragement and pride at my work.

536602_2175400120550_2030033511_nMy story writing took a different direction as I got older.  I found I enjoyed public speaking.   By the time I was sixteen I’d won several speech competitions, which not only required I give a speech but write it as well.  This is a picture of my mother, my sister, and me, after I’d won first prize in a speech competition for my high school.  Yes, I was a bonafide nerd…still am, but no matter what, my mother was proud and supported me.   Come hell or high water, she was there, at every competition – supporting me, encouraging me, and above all, loving me.

When I announced I intended to publish my first short story, I swear the world could hear her squeal all the way from Amarillo.  She demanded that she get the first autographed copy upon its release.  I laughed, but she was serious.  And my mother being my mother got her way.  She had that copy ready for me to sign the moment she saw me, and then read the book cover to cover.

312139_306540759357926_1965618497_nI am blessed beyond measure to have someone like her in my life.  No matter what I’ve faced, she’s always been there for me.  Thick or thin.  And while geography separates us right now, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’s cheering me on every time I sit down to work on my current book(s).

Thanks, Mom, for everything.  I love you!

Thank you all, again, for stopping by.  If you have a moment, make sure to check out author Dani Jace‘s response to this question.

Have a wonderful week.