It’s Spring! At last!

Happy April, Readers! Wow. Can you believe it? We’re into the fourth month of the year already. Doesn’t seem like we should be, due in part, I think, to the fact the cold temps seem to have hung on and hung on and … well. No need to say more.

To celebrate the arrival of spring, I’m sharing some pix of some of my beautiful flowers to add to the optimism the season can bring. Granted, these are pix from years past—still a bit early for these glorious beauties to be adding color to my yard for this year.

Finally, this week we have been experiencing warmer temps and enjoying spring-like weather that feels ohhh, so good. Although, the weatherman says that is supposed to change for us again next week. Sounds like a flashback of winter is on the agenda. Joy. ;-)

Spring is a busy time around my house. It’s a time where the school year is winding down with a flurry activity, from spring concerts, field trips, and track meets and graduations, to gearing up for summer and all it has to bring including horse shows, 4-H horse practices, county fairs, gardening and lawn care, and working in the hay field. Somewhere in around all of that stuff I still have to find time to write. After all, writing is my job. And let me tell you, those books don’t write themselves!

After being cooped up for months, spring is also a great time to grab a good book, pull out the lawn chair, and sit and relax out on the deck or patio, soaking up the awakening earth and the warmth of the sun, that is if you don’t suffer with seasonal allergies! I like to take advantage and grab my computer and write while enjoying the balmy temps. Sweet.

What’s on your agenda for this spring? Tilling the garden? Adding some new flowers to your yard? A spring vacation? Making a dent in your TBR pile?

Whatever it might be, have a great spring. I’ll see you all back here in May!
Sherry James
www.sherryjames.com

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Kiss That Book Goodbye…When A Title Becomes Orphaned

Last month I had an unsettling experience that I’m still processing. The publishing house that had released my only full-length title, Rekindled Dreams, closed and my novel was orphaned. The house was Entranced Publishing and since mid-March, I’ve heard all sorts of not-nice things about the owner. I don’t choose to dwell on the negative and am not joining the bandwagon of those who are looking for any sign of this woman attempting a new publishing venture. But I am ticked off that she absconded with my royalties (plus I’ll never know how many copies of the title were sold) and didn’t pay those she had contracts with like the editors and graphic artists.

I’ve been a published author since 2006 and so thought I’d done my homework. My initial contact was an online pitch session offered through Romance University, a website that has been around for several years. I spent an hour doing online research to check out the company. Although I knew Entranced Publishing had only been in business a year, I believed in the possibilities of starting with a new company and being part of its growth.

My novel processed through editing in a timely manner. A minor glitch occurred when I received my cover. The male image wasn’t a good match for the story, because my hero (aged 30) is considering a run for political office and the male was about 22 and had rock star hair that swept over the side of his face. I have since seen the exact image on a New Adult novel. Following an email exchange where I stated my concerns, a second cover was created that more closely reflected the ages of the characters. The novel released October 7, 2013 and I promoted during a 3-week blog tour arranged by the publisher. Because my assigned publicist lives in the Netherlands, she made connections with bloggers located in Europe (50% of appearances). I suspect that particular reading audience isn’t much interested in small town Montana friends-to-lovers stories that don’t include cowboys and ranches because I had minimal visitors to these blogs.

Now, I have the story back with my rights reverted and need to decide the next step. Interestingly enough, a spicier version of this story written under a pen name had been available from Triskelion Publishing for 6 weeks several years ago before that publishing house closed its doors. I did have a fleeting thought that this story is cursed, but I refuse to give up on this story. I will dive back into it and address issues raised in a couple reviews. The biggest decision will be if I should submit to a publishing company that is willing to consider previously published titles or indie publish.

What I learned from this experience is to be sure about the solidity of a company before sending a submission. Dig deep. Check the website to see if current information is included—links should be active, descriptions should be complete (no “coming soon” or “under development” sections), names of editors listed on staff page. A call for Halloween submissions with a deadline of July 31st that is still on the site on October 1st is not a good sign. Or a title that has no Amazon or Barnes & Noble buy buttons 3 days after the posted release day is a warning. Are buttons for social media links available? Does the company have a Facebook page? What appears when you do a Google search on the company name?

By sharing my experience, I hope I can prevent someone else going through the same disappointment.

On a bright note, my first indie-published title, Capturing The Marshal’s Heart, is  a 2014 RONÉ Award nominee in the historical novella category and I’d love your vote. Click here to the InD’Tale Magazine site.  http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-five

In conjunction with the voting, the story is also highlighted on the StoryFinds website for Western Theme Week, which also includes a contest for book and Amazon gift card. http://storyfinds.com/contest/8152/wild-west-contest

During this week of voting and promotion, Capturing the Marshal’s Heart is priced at 99 cents on Amazon. http://amzn.com/B00EKS4OHS

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THERE’S NO “WRITER’S BLOCK”?

Ever sat staring into a blank screen for…an hour, an afternoon, Three Whole Days? Yes, me, too. I called it Writer’s Block. I ate a whole chocolate cake. I even cleaned the bathroom–twice! That blank screen remained an expanse of white with an infernally blinking cursor, silently accusing me of being lax, lazy, uninspired, and–oh, well, you know the rest. Nothing, not one word, went into that story.

All of us know the moment when our invisible friends stop speaking to us. Or the “muse” leaves and goes fishing. And the plot twist that was brilliant at three in the morning is trite, silly, or just doesn’t work when we sit down to dress the idea with sparkling prose.

We’ve come to expect, maybe anticipate, the moment when the well of creativity suddenly goes dry. I took it for granted that those days were just part of the craft. Everyone has them. I felt pretty comfortable with the idea, knowing that sooner or later, the ideas would burble up again, the heroine would stop sulking and explain why she burned the hero’s tuxedo shirt in the fireplace, and the villain could finally come from behind his/her kindly false face.

Then I went to a Writer’s Conference. BTW, if you treasure and/or need your little fantasies about writing, never, ever go to a conference with a bunch of writers. All your ideas about the world of writers, how mysterious, aloof, dignified, and other-worldly they are will vanish like a bucket of cold Margaritas. Writers are rowdy (yes, they are), warm, chatty, and full of ideas about how to do it better, (no, don’t ask what “it” is; absolutely, don’t go there) which they will share at the drop of a rejection letter. This I discovered when I went to a conference, and sitting at the feet of HERSELF, hoping to learn the secrets of writing thirteen best sellers every year, looking cool and put together while doing it, and where in the world to find those fabulous shoes she always wears, I learned something I didn’t even know I wanted to know.

What was that, you asked? What did I learn?

Someone in the audience–thankfully not me–asked, in the proper tone of awe and respect–”What do you do about writer’s block?” With a small smile, and a pitying shake of her short, red hair, HERSELF replied, “Did you ever hear of a secretary having secretarial block? Or a lawyer having lawyer block? Or a brick layer having brick layer block?” She chuckled. “No, you haven’t. And do you know why? Because secretary block, and lawyer block and brick layer block DO NOT EXIST. And neither does writer’s block. You write because that’s your job; it’s what you do. Some days you’ll do it really well. Some days you’ll just get through a scene or a conversation. And some days, you’ll put one word after another, plodding and pushing, till you fill the page with something that resembles writing. But you’ll do it, one page after another, until you get that story told. Because it’s your job and nobody can do it for you.”

Oh, angst! Oh, lost illusions! No such thing as writer’s block? Good golly, whatever will I use as an excuse for eating a whole chocolate cake now? How can I explain that my brilliant muse is on vacation again? What will I say when that nagging cursor winks intolerantly at me from a clean, blank screen?

I guess I’ll tell myself the same thing a whole flock of supportive but no-nonsense writers told me after that first conference.  It’s easy to remember. BICHOK–or roughly translated–Backside in Chair, Hands on Keyboard!

Keep tap, tap, tapping, everyone.

Fleeta Cunningham

Visiting the Bone Orchard

I know, it’s finally spring and I should be writing about the return of flowers and birds and anticipating warm weather. And I *am* excited about warmer temps, watching rain instead of snow (actually my part of the country got almost no snow this year, so any moisture is exciting). When I saw the first flying V of geese heading north, I dragged my husband outside to see them. And he and I are both excited to see the slender green blades of our crocus, daylilies, and daffodils fighting their way out of the ground.

But the other thing that I love about spring is that my imagination wakes up. I don’t consider that I have the luxury of not writing, but by the end of winter, even writing characters that are the children of my wildest dreams feels like a rut.

It’s time to visit the Bone Orchard.

In the slang of the Old West, that phrase is said to refer to a graveyard, filled with bones without flesh. But to me, the Bone Orchard calls up a less macabre place. It’s where I find basic story parts and then flesh them out with my imaginings. With sap coursing through the trees and birds in the backyard, it also feels like there’s a bit more life in my gray winter brain.

Sometimes writers start with a character archetype, like the Nurturing Mother or the Wounded Healer. Sometimes it’s a place, like an ordinary village that changes when a stranger arrives. The stranger could be a cowboy on the American frontier, or it could be a woman with a shameful secret in Victorian England, like the heroine of most recent manuscript. Sometimes it’s a theme, like ‘learn to trust your instincts’.

The thing is, the mother or the healer or the village or even the need to trust our instincts are not enough to make a story about. They’re vague. All by themselves, they don’t evoke an emotional response. They are nothing but dry bones, with no flesh and blood to support. They aren’t heroes or heroines yet, and I don’t know how they’ll get to their happy ending, just that somehow they will.

What I get to do is put muscles on the bones, and add a brain and a heart inside them. Names, a unique backstory, a specific problem to solve, and a good twist. What if that nurturing mother decides to resort to blackmail for the benefit of her beloved child? What if she went to such lengths not from malice, but out of a desperate need for money to pay medical bills? As a reader, would you identify with her fear? Condemn her? Either way, my hope is that you’d want to read more about her. My job, sitting at my computer day after day, typing words onto a blank screen, is to find fascinating characters for readers to care about, identify with, and turn the page for until they get to their HEA.

I love discovering new books and new characters to love, both mine and those of other writers! Who is the most absorbing fictional character you’ve read about lately?

A Million Miles from Monday

Okay, so technically that’s the tag line for weekend vacationing in Illinois. But I’m going to borrow it here because right now it’s the start of Spring Break and I’m in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico. It’s our first port of call on a week-long Western Caribbean cruise. After a long, cold, snowy winter, a tropical escape is just the thing.

We visited Cozumel sixteen years ago on our honeymoon. Then we did a walk-about, some shopping, and some photo ops. This time around we’re heading to “Discover Mexico”, a ‘theme park’ devoted to Mexico’s heritage and history. There are tropical gardens filled with coconuts, papayas, and bananas, not to mention macaws, turtles, and iguanas. We’ll also see 1/25 scale models of ancient pyramids. Souvenir shopping is a must…we always collect a Christmas ornament from every place to visit. Our tour will end with a taco and margarita sampler. Yum.

Debra St. JohnAfter the park, we’ll take some time to just stroll on our own. There are a few specific picture spots I want to visit. Spots I featured in Wild Wedding Weekend when my hero and heroine visited there on their honeymoon. I want to take some snapshots with the book for my web-site. Technically I’m not considering this a ‘working vacation’, but I thought it would be a fun addition to my web-site to feature the real-life locations in my books.

In the days to follow we’ll also visit Grand Cayman, Belize, and Mahogany Bay. Grand Cayman isn’t new to us (and was also featured in WWW), but both Central American ports are, so we’re excited to discover some new things.

But for now, we’re soaking up the sand and sun and taking one lazy, relaxing day at a time. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Debra
www.debrastjohnromance.com

An Interview with Fleeta

Welcome Fleeta Cunningham, and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.  Lets get started.

1. What do you write, fact or fiction.
Tom Clancy said, “The difference between fiction and fact? Fiction has to make sense. “
I write fiction. I am incapable of making a straight report. I have to make it more dramatic, improve the dialogue, magnify the characters–I never let the truth get in the way of a good story. My mother often told me to stop taking a button and sewing a three-piece suit to it. Somehow, though, I just can’t resist.
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2. When did you start writing
I wrote my first story when I was eight. I’d been to see the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and I just couldn’t believe that silly girl was taken in by the witch and ate the poisoned apple. And I’m claustrophobic myself, so when the dwarves closed the princess up in the glass coffin, that was too much. I went home and re-wrote the story. And a passion was born. In middle school and high school, I worked on the school newspaper and annual. No one knew who was behind that salacious gossip column for years. Later, as the librarian for a major Houston law firm, I wrote a syndicated column for my professional newsletter. Some of those columns have appeared as text material for academic Library Science programs. A few years into my career, I began writing novels as an after-hours escape from the world of torts, contracts, and litigation.
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3. Where do stories come from
Stephen King said, “We never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know that we don’t know.”
I think we hate to admit where we get ideas for stories. We eavesdrop on people at the table behind us in the coffee shop. We watch people walking in the park. We take gossip and recast it into unidentifiable plots. We re-arrange confidences from our dearest friends. In other words, we don’t tell where we get our story ideas for the same reason magicians don’t explain their tricks. It destroys the illusion. When asked–and we all are–I just say, “That’s the way it happened because I said so–this time. Next time, I may tell it different.”
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4. Why do you write romance instead of something more ‘literary’
I write to entertain. I hope to give my reader an hour away from daily life, show her a set of problems that she doesn’t have to fix, guarantee her a happy ending, and take her to a place where the right man and the right woman find each other. I don’t suppose football players or musicians or film actors are ever asked to justify what they do. They entertain, give us escape, and do so because they have talent, work hard, and are willing to risk losing the attention of a fickle public. Sometimes they turn out a magnificent effort. Once in a while they touch us with their valor. But mostly, they entertain. And if I write well enough that one reader smiles or has a moment of pleasure or feels better about her own life, I call it successful.
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5. Any last words you’d care to share with us
I’ll offer you another quotation. This is Isaac Asimov. “If my doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”  I couldn’t explain the compulsion to write any better than he did.
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Fleeta
What a pleasure it has been to visit with you today.  Thank you, Fleeta!  I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading your books, now available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8/192-2004880-2827930?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=fleeta%20cunningham&sprefix=fleeta+c%2Caps%2C247&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afleeta%20cunningham
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Tiffany

Judging a Book by it’s Cover

GIVEAWAY ALERT

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, I hope you have a fun and safe one. And with St. Patrick’s Day almost here, that means spring is just around the corner. Yew-Haw! That also means I have a new book coming out soon!

Right now we’re in the middle of designing the cover for COWBOY AFFAIR, and I thought it’d be fun to get some input from you all as to what you like, and don’t like, to see on book covers. These days most covers are done utilizing photographs. Years ago each cover was designed and hand painted by an artist and some were absolutely breathtaking works of art. Thanks to technology it seems as though those covers are mainly a thing of the past, with a few exceptions, of course.

My newest book is a contemporary cowboy and for those of you who’ve read COWBOY FLING and have been wondering if Paige’s sister, Dorie, gets her chance to fulfill her side of the sexual fantasy bet, I can promise she’s getting her chance. I’ll keep you posted as to an exact release date set for this spring.

In the meantime, the cover has to be decided upon. Although we’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover we do anyway, and it’s the cover which helps nudge a reader to give a book a second look, or to pass it by. That means the cover can be crucial to a book’s success, or lack of.

I think most of us will agree we’re counting on the cover to give us a sense of the tone/style of the book. If the cover is dark, mysterious and conveys a sense a danger, we expect the book to follow suit and give us a scary, suspenseful read. If the cover is light, has a tranquil feel to it, or features small town USA, we probably expect a down home type of read. If the cover is kind of quirky, we expect the book to have a humorous tone. If the cover shows us lots of skin and the hero and heroine in a steamy embrace we expect a steamy, hot read. And of course, if the cover features a cowboy, we expect the hero to be a cowboy.

So, my dear readers, what do you like to see on a book cover?

*The bare chested hero?

*The headless hero?

*The hero with a face?

*Both the hero and heroine on the cover, and we see their faces? Or no faces?

*Only the heroine on the cover?

*No people, just a landscape scene, or objects that convey the type of the story.

GIVEAWAY ALERT

Share your likes and dislikes and Sunday evening I’ll choose one winner to win your choice of one of my books in digital format!

Thanks for reading! Thanks for sharing! And Thanks for following Authors By Moonlight. See you back here on April 11th.

Sherry James

www.sherryjames.com

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Creating A Small-town Series

As a happily married woman of 35+ years, I don’t pay much attention to TV commercials for online dating services. Although I have wondered how multiple services can claim theirs is the company with the highest match rate or greatest number of marriages. Until… about 18 months ago, a publisher call for submissions with an online dating theme made me want to explore this avenue for how a couple could meet. I did my research and decided to locate the story in Loveland, Colorado—mainly because I like the name. For the first time, I decided to use characters who were both divorced, in their forties and had adult children. Based on the ads I see in the sidebar of my Yahoo mail screen, this is one of the age groups that turns to online dating. I wrote the short story but fortunately, the story received a rejection. I say “fortunately” because the story was not fully realized. So I set the story aside as I worked on other projects but I kept going back to tweak parts of it.

Then last fall when I was doing revisions on a short holiday novella, Gingerbread Wishes, (part of an anthology the previous year but my rights were reverted) I got the idea of creating a series set in my fictional small Texas town of Dorado. I remembered the person who edited my story when it was titled Wishes Comes True asked me where the town was located because her husband had grown up in Texas and didn’t remember it. That was my first clue that I’d included enough information about the town, its sense of community and its holiday events to appear real.

Gingerbread Wishes (Sugar & Spice Bakery)

As I thought about creating a series centered around a family-owned bakery, I remembered my online dating story. After reading through it again, I realized the location wasn’t essential to the events in the plot. With only minor changes and additional scenes, I could move it to Dorado and have the second novella in my series. (Now I had to come up with a series title and make sure my cover artist created a “look” that would be consistent.) I included a brief conversation about the dating service and a sponsored holiday event in Gingerbread Wishes and the seed was set.

Of course, because my story is a romance and short novella-length, I didn’t want to put my characters through horrible match-ups or make them endure boring dates. Now that I’ve released that story titled When Lonely Hearts Meet, I’m seeing the theme in several other novels. But, if the ads are to be believed, this is a common way for people to get together. I’m glad that I met my husband while we worked for the same employer. Hmm, a story idea is nagging. Have I written a workplace romance?

Linda Carroll-Bradd is the author of sweet-to-sensual contemporary and historical romance. Her latest contemporary release is When Lonely Hearts Meet.  AMAZON

When Lonely Hearts Meet (Sugar & Spice Bakery, #2)

USE IT UP, WEAR IT OUT, OR MAKE IT DO

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing my new short story CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A CRUMPET make its debut. I’m particularly pleased with this story about a proper young Boston librarian who makes a tour with a septuagenarian group across England and in the process meets her unique ‘someone’. The story is close to my heart for many reasons, not the least of which is that I spent my honeymoon in the United Kingdom almost thirty years ago. I’ve made a few trips back ‘across the pond’ as they say, and never been disappointed.  In the course of putting this story together, since I am primarily grounded in the vintage years of the twentieth century, I kept dipping into first hand accounts of lives lived against the nightmare of World War II. My admiration grew with every story and every personal encounter. Along the way, I picked up a small book entitled MAKE DO AND MEND, a reproduction of the official Second World War instruction leaflets issued by the Board of Trade.  The subtitle, Keeping Family and Home Afloat on War Rations, pretty well tells the story. Take a look at what the staunch ladies of the British Isles were doing for the fifteen years rationing was in effect.

1. Cooking — Never light your oven to cook a single dish. With a little planning you can easily prepare an entire meal while the oven is hot, as well as a pudding or tart that can be eaten cold the next day. Turn out burners directly the food is done–it will keep hot in the oven for some time.

2. Bathtub economy– Limit yourself to one hot bath a week. Use a bowl and sponge on other days. Never have the water in the bath more than 5 ins. deep.

3. Your household linen has got to last!  Storage–If you have some linen which is not in use, store it away–but not in a hot cupboard and not if it is starched. Wash, mend and air before putting it away. Refold at intervals to prevent wear at the creases. Only store clean linen. When sheets get very thin, turn sides to the middle by cutting them lengthways down the centre, and either oversewing the outside selvedges together or joining them with a run-and-fell seam. Trim away the torn parts of what are now the sides of the sheet. Turn in the edges and hem them. Towels–thin places and small holes can be reinforced by machine darning or by hand darning with soft mending cotton. Large holes should be patched with the sound parts of other old towelling –never use new material. Patches on towels should be tacked in position without the edge of the patch being turned in. These edges should be stitched on to the towel with herringbone or cross-stitch.

4. Knickers ( women’s panties) renewed– One good pair from two old pair–here’s how to manage it. Usually it is the gusset that’s worn–so cut a new gusset from the good side of the second pair. Shape the new gusset, which should then be stitched into place. The raw edges should be cut down and blanket stitched closely on the wrong side to make this as strong as possible.

5. To keep pace with a growing girl– Last year’s yoked frock can be enlarged by unpicking the skirt from the yoke, dropping it to waist level and inserting a contrasting band to make the lower part of the bodice. Use bands of the same colour to enlarge the sleeves. The frock will still be too tight across the chest so insert a contrasting band from the waistline to the neckline.

6. Expecting a baby — A suggested layette

4-5 gowns (material) to be used by day and night, 22-24 inches long, taking up to one and a half yards of 36 inch material each

4 vests (undershirts) woven or knitted

3 matinee jackets (diaper shirts) 2 oz. wool each

3 pairs bootees – 2 oz. wool

2 medium-sized shawls – about 8 oz. wool each

Muslin napkins ( diapers) never buy more napkins than you really need, remember fair shares!

7. Adapting your ordinary clothes for maternity wear – Try to avoid spending coupons on special maternity clothes. Almost all your existing clothes can be altered easily so that you can wear them comfortably until the baby is born, and you can wear them again afterwards. For instance, why not put in an attractive matching or contrasting gathered or pleated panel in the front of the dress?

The leaflets gave advice on everything from mending torn buttonholes and making slippers from cardboard and rags to saving fuel and mending chair seats. I’ll bet today’s recycling supporters could even learn a few things from the economies of the period.

What about your family? Do you remember World War II or have family members who do? Share a story with us, leave a comment, and I’ll be choosing someone to receive an epub of  CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A CRUMPET  at the end of the day. Love to hear from you. And now that I think about it, all that interesting research suggests another story. Looks like I’m in an England frame of mind.

Fleeta Cunningham

Meet My Dream Cast ~ Upcoming Release ~ Done With Love by Niecey Roy

Done With Love, a What’s Love??? novel, Book Two

April is the release month for my new book, Done With Love, a What’s Love??? novel. I wanted to share my Dream Cast for the book. These are the actors/actresses I would cast if the book was turned into a movie. I love picking out dream casts!

Dream Cast

Alexis (Lexie) Gorecki

Lexie is cream and roses, and for as long as she, or anyone else, can remember, she’s been in love with the fairytale of happily-ever-afters. She’s been planning her dream wedding since the age of seven. Hayden Panettiere has the ability to capture youth and innocence, with that girl next door vibe, and I think she’s perfect for Lexie’s character.

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Leonardo (Leo) Moss

Um, yeah… Leo must definitely be played by Channing Tatum. I don’t even think there needs to be much explanation, besides the fact that he has green eyes, brown hair, gorgeous lips, and an out of control body. Plus, I love Channing’s ability of putting humor into his characters, as well as playing a serious. He’s perfect as Leo, and perfect for Lexie, the heroine of the Done With Love

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Imogen (Gen) Gorecki

Since Gen is Lexie’s twin sister, but with shorter hair, she’d have to be played by Hayden  Panettiere, and of course she’d make the perfect Gen. She’s a great actress, so I don’t think she’d have any trouble playing the twins. Gen’s character is fun and colorful, she loves rock where Lexie loves country music. They’re complete opposites when it comes to style, but Hayden’s talented enough she could pull it off. She’s got this. No bigz

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Roxanna (Roxi) Moss

Lexie’s and Gen’s  BFF since grade school when Roxanna almost ran them over with her pink scooter. Roxanna is half Italian, half Filipino and 100% drama and fun. Vanessa Hudgens would be perfect for to play Roxi in this series.

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Richard, the awkward, loveable gamer geek

I’ve loved Richard’s character ever since writing him into Another Shot At Love. If you haven’t read Another Shot At Love, you should. Definitely. I recommend it so that you can fall in love with Richard’s character, too.

He’s super geeky, but good looking, and his idea of a hobby is delivery pizza, a couch and hours playing video games, while sometimes wearing a replica Master Chief helmet to get pumped up for Xbox live… But, mostly, he’s inexperienced with women, has some equally inexperienced friends who give him really bad chick advice. Bless his hot, geeky heart. If you’ve ever seen Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher, read him in the What’s Love??? series and picture him in the role of Richard, and let me know what you think :)

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Catherine (Cat) Gorecki

We met Catherine in Another Shot At Love, a very pregnant and hormonal older sister to the twins. In Done With Love, she’s a new mother of her own set of twins. I think Katherine Heigl would play the perfect stressed out, sleep deprived new mother, and Katherine rocks in romantic comedies :)

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Matthew (Matt) Sesnick

Seriously, Ian Somerhalder is out of control and needs to behave…but only after he plays Matt, Gen’s boyfriend, in the What’s Love??? series. He’s perfect, and exactly who I was fantasizing…I mean, exactly who I was professionally imagining would play Matt in the movie. He doesn’t have hazel eyes, but I’m sure readers would forgive that oversight if it’s Ian who plays the role ;)

If you haven’t already read Another Shot At Love, Book One in the What’s Love??? series, you can grab it at all the online retailers for $2.99 for the Month of March. You’ll meet all of these characters in Another Shot At Love, and get to know them before you read Done With Love, Book Two. Though it’s a series, you can certainly read each book on their own.

This series is Romantic Comedy :)   Silly, sexy, young and fun.

Another Shot At Love, Book One

Imogen Gorecki has a problem—her twin sister just got engaged, and guess who’s the best man? That’s right, her scum-of-an-ex-boyfriend whom she caught cheating with a bottle-blonde, with fake breasts and a stripper’s flexibility. There’s a disturbing possibility her eyes will never recover.

Gen needs a date for the engagement party, but finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible. Just when she’s about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she’s ever met.

Matt Sesnick is everything Gen wants in a man —except he’s not interested in a relationship. Can she convince Matt to take another shot at love, or will Gen’s pregnant, hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after?

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Done With Love, Book Two

Once upon a time…

Bridal boutique owner, Alexis Gorecki, used to believe in happily-ever-afters—until prince charming turned into a toad.

Months after being blindsided by her own horrific wedding scandal, Lexie is desperately trying to keep her boutique afloat in the wake of all the bad publicity. Waging war against her evil almost-in-laws—the people who will stop at nothing to ruin her reputation—sounded much better in her head. Lexie’s strawberries and cream personality really isn’t cut out for taser guns and blackmail.

To complicate matters, Lexie’s first love is back in town with his sexy green eyes and out-of-control abs. He already broke her heart once before, the beast. Leo Moss has always been her weakness and he’s made it perfectly clear what he wants. Can he convince Lexie she’s not done with love just yet?

Done With Love, Book Two, Coming Soon, April 2014

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Thanks for stopping by :) Have a great rest of the week!

Smooches,

Niecey Roy


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