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AWWWW

I am back in the groove and churning out words (YAY!) My forced break was good for me in a lot of ways. I got refueled creatively and spent some much needed down time. But now, my brain is on overload again.

This new tale of mine is not a romance but oh my lawdy does it have some romance in it. I wrote it as my one MC whispered it to his wife(in my ear as well) and I swear I sighed AWWWWW and got misty eyed. I love when that happens. Whether I am writing or reading, if a particular passage really reaches out and touches my heart, it is truly special.

Now, mush is mush and not all tender scenes are that intense, you know? Those special moments are actually few and far between. If there are too many, it reads like a sappy hallmark card on steroids. Not good. It takes just the right balance. And I have no idea what it is, it just happens. i do know somethings though.

To get there, you have to cross an invisible heart line and yet not get too cutesy or flowery. Simple is best, short is sweet, but sometimes, the right stuff comes together and you pause and go AWWWWW!

Often it is not even in dialogue, but in actions. If the tone is set properly, a single look can convey a million words that are inadequate for one strong heart tug. Those moments, those crystal clear but emotion rich glimpses into a private moment are what every romance writer hopes to achieve. And maybe not just romance writers. I have come across those moments in other books, passages talking about motherhood or a friend’s parting, a Father walking his daughter down the aisle. They can occur in times of joy, in times of pain and in times of sorrow. Sometimes they happen in unconventional spots. One of my best was just after a heroine vomited and was nearly passed out. The hero was washing the mess off her and BOOM!  AWWWWW

Those are the snippets that cement a story into my heart. If an author can do that, the book is a keeper.

I keep trying to c/p some of my favorites from my writing in here but it won’t let me. So I will put them in the first comment block.

Share with me some of your AWWWW moments from your writing. Show me your stuff!! Go ahead, make my heart sigh! I dare you!

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Conference Week, Ahoy!

Yay! It’s here! Conference Week has arrived!

Is everyone all packed…with pitches prepared…and off-the-cuff comments polished?

Alas, I’m not going to RWA this year, but I’m truly blessed to have an awesome conference happening 15 minutes from my front door! So…I’ll be attending Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, OR.

I repeat, “Yay!” Classes and pitches and best of all…time with other writers! It’s always great to come out of my writerly cave and interact with other people who “get” my weirdnesses.

Enjoy this awesome week, whether you’re headed to RWA, a regional conference (like me!), or joining Romance Divas in the NGTCC (Not Going to Conference Conference)!

Have a BLAST!!!

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stress!

I’m not writing a real blog today because I have to move and no one reads this anyway, lol. We have like two days to get out of here and a whole lot of stuff left. Ugh. Wish me luck and I’ll see you next Monday!

AJ

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Bobbie Faye Returns!

WARNING: All Cops and FBI agents will need protection from drooling women!

Book: Bobbie Faye’s (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels
Author: Toni McGee Causey
Author’s Website: http://tonimcgeecausey.com/
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 2008

Bobbie Faye Sumrall is BACK! The Contraband Queen’s life is barely returning to normal, whatever that might be, when she is caught in a shoot out as she’s trying to talk a sweet little old lady out of buying a gun. Narrowly able to escape without adding a few extra holes to her body, she is nabbed by a would-be kidnapper. When the would-be kidnapping process is repeated more than once, Bobbie Faye is more than peeved. She’s ready to kill someone!

Finding herself in the middle of family drama, again, Bobbie Faye is now faced with tracking down her aunt and some very valuable diamonds. The idea of having people chasing her again isn’t exactly what she had planned for the day. Then again, bumping into the Oh-so-HOT agent Trevor (again) would make such an adventure (and multiple threats to her life) a bit more appealing.

In any Bobbie Faye adventure the normal challenges arise…

Bullets narrowly missing their target. Several exploding objects (including a bridge, now missing a huge chunk). And lets not forget her ex-boyfriend, who is a local cop, two steps behind her (and pissed!).

As if having Cam on her trail again wasn’t bad enough, she finds out that the sexy, Too-hot-to-be-true Trevor has been keeping surveillance on her. But just when you think her man troubles couldn’t get worse, she learns that this time she must endure something that trumps all the flying bullets (aimed at her), car bombs, voodoo spells and Cam’s snarling attitude…her dad.

With the (unwanted) help from her family, Bobbie Faye must find the diamonds, stay alive and not be arrested for Murder. Simple enough goal!

Right?

Toni McGee Causey has brought back the ever-crazy Bobbie Faye and taken her to new heights (literally)! Once again chaos meets laugh your pants off humor, in the very best of ways. I can only say that I hate (CAN’T WAIT) to see what Toni (and Bobbie Faye) are up to next!

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Reading and More reading

Well boogers.

For the past month, Ii have battled more computer hassles than Dell after an electrical storm. My hard drive fried, then my router gave up the ghost, my monitor fizzled out and my brand new laptop froze up.  Yeah, needless to say, me and writing? Not a good combo.  I even cursed Hubby’s blackberry from across the room. Two months old and it’s toast. Any wonder why I DID NOT got visit my Father in Law in the Cardiac Unit?

So what have I been doing. I read. Oh lawdy did I read!  I can count on one hand the number of television shows I have watched this year. I just don’t do it. So I filled those hours with books, books and more books.

I read all 6 of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. (loved some,tolerated others, hurry up and write John Matthews story already!!!)

3 BDSM ebooks– enlightening. One I really enjoyed, one was meh but the detail was incredible, the other a waste of $5.99 or whatever I paid.

A bunch (20+)of HQ from last year that I am sorry to say NONE stick out enough to talk about.

The Friday Night Knitting Club, good read. Not something I would normally pick up but I am glad I did. I cried at the ending but no spoilers from me!!  http://www.fridaynightknittingclub.com/

The Doctor’s Wife. I really liked this book because it surprised me. I didn’t see several of the twists in it and at one point sat upright on the couch and gasped OH MY GOD! http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Wife-Elizabeth-Brundage/dp/0670033162

Seize the Night I do love me some Dark Hunter books and Val was down right mouth watering, IMHO. I love Zarek a wee bit more and Val is his polar opposite, but what can I say, they are brothers. I even went back and reread Zarek’s story just to get more yummy DH goodness. And I can not wait for Ash’s story coming August 5th! http://www.amazon.com/Seize-Night-Dark-Hunter-Book-7/dp/0312992432

The sad part, I know I read others. I have just reshelved them and now can’t recall when I read them. I averaged a book a day.

Other than that, I let my brain turn to mush. And from the mushiness sprung ideas. And characters and plot lines and…you get the picture. I am off and writing again. Not a romance this time. Mainstream. It is a learning curve, that’s for sure, but I am hoping it comes out well.Now I am burrowed deep into research gathering.

And then there is that fantasy I want to write.

*sigh*  I hope the new hard drive hangs in there this time.

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Fairies, Fiends, and Flatulence (Thank you, Mr. Colfer!)

Made you look!!

Eoin Colfer, creator of the delightful Artemis Fowl series, is a master at pulling small boys (and writers who never grew up) into his prose…and this title to his speaking tour is a great example. My eldest daughter (who hasn’t read ANY of his books) fell prey to the title and treated me to his Portland, Oregon appearance.

I’m always curious about how well-known writers approach speaking to an audience of fans. I’ve been fortunate to attend a Diana Gabaldon event and also had the pleasure of hearing Jim Butcher speak. Each of these talented authors approached their engagement with a unique flair. Diana talked about her writing process, her characters and finished by reading a passage of her most recent book. Jim focused on audience participation, answering questions for most of his stint on stage.

But Eoin…well, Eoin was unique…He barely mentioned his books, presenting instead a slideshow of mediocre family photos accompanied by a monologue worthy of a stand-up comedian. My darling daughter and I laughed ’til we cried over his stories of growing up with four mischievous brothers. We learned which brother was the inspiration for Artemis, Eoin’s famous 12-year-old criminal mastermind, and which provided a basis for the “fiends” in his tour’s descriptive title.

Who knew family history could be so entertaining? DD was so impressed she bought all six of his Artemis Fowl books, reasoning that if she enjoyed Eoin’s monologue that much she would also enjoy his writing… that and the fact her mom (ME!) has been raving about the series for ages…

Truly, a delightful–and educational–afternoon!

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Shattering

Forgive me for the shortness of this post – I recently cracked open my copy of Stephanie Meyer’s TWILIGHT and my sleep and other activities have seen a severe time reduction. Good book. I’m still on the fence as to whether the sexual tension in YA romance makes them more intriguing reads or more frustrating reads – for me – than adult romance. Another week maybe.

AJ’s post yesterday has me thinking about the shattering point. She mentioned pushing characters to the edge, but not past it, and I found myself agreeing. The few books I’ve read that have the characters pushed to shattering point (China Mieville’s PERDIDO STREET STATION comes immediately to mind, along with the movie LEGENDS OF THE FALL) have left me discontent and frankly viewing the story as one I admired but won’t revisit. Not keepers for me. The shattering of a character brings a failure on a heroic level to a story – takes the heroic act away from the hero, takes the “saving” part of “love saves” away from me. Sure, it’s a powerful emotional event but it takes the story outside the boundaries of where I wanted it to be. What about you? Do you revisit shatter stories?

(Really apologize for the abruptness of this week’s post – my hair is wet, my clothes are still in my closet, and I’m running late for my dayjob. See you in comments!)

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