Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Fling Blog Hop!

You have to love a good blog hop, and this one is shaping up to be a whiz, bang one. So glad you stopped hopping for a moment to say hello.  I want to make it worth your while so I've re-posted one of my most popular posts--Top Ten Reasons Man Candy is an Essential Nutrient. I hope you enjoy it and giggle a little.

Once you finish reading, feel free to enter using the Rafflecopter link to win a $15.00 gift card to the online book retailer of your choice.

Top Ten Reasons Man Candy is an Essential Nutrient

10.          Because in real life, a man that good looking would probably so be high maintenance.

9.            No cheesy lines fall from those beautiful lips.

8.            No matter how much I talk, he can’t get enough.

7.            Our intentions are charitable.  We’re searching high and low for the shirts and buttons these poor men have misplaced.

6.            It’s a learning experience:  How many abs make a six-pack (oops, I gave it away).

5.            A woman can’t live on chocolate alone.

4.            Nothing gets lost in translation.  He knows exactly what I need.

3.            Research!  Research!  Research!

2.            I can meet him in my robe and slippers, no make-up, hair a mess, and he never complains.

1.            How else am I supposed to get Gerard Butler in my house without federal prosecution?


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday--Always a Chance


This week's six is another installment from Always a Chance, a story about Cara Reynolds and Will Jones. She's in PR and he's working with her to promote the Ultimate Sparring League. During a long weekend, Will suggests they pretend they're dating to fool his sister, who is also Cara's best friend. Though she knows so many reasons she shouldn't...she's still debating the insanity of possibly saying yes. We pick up as Will makes it clear he has a secret agenda for his proposition.


“My sister won’t leave me alone about dating lately, and I need your help to pull one over on her, so she'll get off my back.”
The smidgen of hope she’d dared to fan to life fizzled.
Of course he hadn’t been serious, and she congratulated herself for playing it cool before he’d revealed his real motive. Not at all a desperate fool, she knew if the prize looked too good to be true, it probably was. Besides, his sister was her best friend, and there could never really be anything between Will and her. If they completely lost their minds and decided to try for a relationship and things went badly, it could mean…well, she just didn’t like to think about life without Maley.



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Happy Writing and Reading,
Cherie

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Katherine Grey Considers Characters Inspired by Real Life People

Please welcome the talented, Katherine Grey, to the blog as she discusses a very tricky, but oh-so-common, writer dilemma. Also, check out her fabulous book, Impetuous. You can find the blurb, excerpt, and buylinks after the post.

Hey, is that me?
 
I was recently asked if I ever use real people as characters in my books.  My knee-jerk answer was, “No. Never.”  Then I started thinking about it. Do I use real people as models for some of the characters I’ve written?  No, I assured myself. I don’t do that.  I will admit I’ve taken a trait here, a quirk there, or a bad habit and wove them into a character.  But to model a character completely after someone I knew, never.

Then I started looking over previous manuscripts I’d written.  Oh my.  There on page 6 of my debut novel, Impetuous, was “Person P” in all her glory.  As I flipped through the pages looking for more scenes with the Duchess of Perth, I realized I had indeed written about someone I knew.  Not just someone I knew, but someone I was related to.  She is so like the character who insists on controlling her daughter and everyone around her, so disapproving, so…so mean spirited that to this day she doesn’t know I’ve been published because I don’t want to be a target for her maliciousness.

My heart pounding in my chest, I called a friend who writes mysteries.  “Oh my goodness, what do I do if she ever reads the book?” I asked.  “What if she thinks it’s her?  How am I going to explain that?”

My friend talked me down by saying three very smart things:
  1.) “What are the odds your relative will read your book?”  Ok, the answer to that is slim to none.  Mainly because I don’t think she’s much of a reader and she doesn’t associate with my family all that much. 
  2.)  “People seldom recognize themselves as the flawed character.  So even if she does read the book she won’t see herself in the duchess.”
  3.)  “If she does question you about it.  Lie.  How will she know?” 

Finally, my friend told me not to worry about it and that she has killed her ex-husband many times over in a number of the books she’s written. He doesn’t know and she enjoys killing him without having to go to jail.

My panic attack over, I thanked her for her sage advice and hung up the phone just as my nephew stopped by for a visit.  Vowing to be more careful about the modeling of my characters in the future, I gestured for my nephew to take a seat while I gathered up my writing notes etc. 

He handed me a pad of paper I’d scribbled a few lines of dialog on and said, “Hey, can I be in one of your books?

Given the vow I made moments ago, I started laughing.  He looked at me like I’d lost my mind.  Once I got myself under control, I told him I’d decided not to put people I knew in my books in case they didn’t like how they were portrayed.  He nodded in agreement like the wise 22 year old he is and said, “That makes sense,” but seemed disappointed. 

Maybe some people wouldn’t mind being portrayed as character in a book, but I’d rather not find out.  How about you?  Have you ever, consciously or subconsciously, modeled a character so completely after a person you knew?

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Blurb:
Mateo de Montayas, an impoverished Spanish count, comes to England to recover a stolen family heirloom and to satisfy his hunger for revenge against the man who destroyed his family. Arriving in London, he learns his hated enemy died three years before but has left behind a daughter. What better way to retrieve the heirloom and exact revenge than to use her to his advantage?

Teresa Darlington will do anything to keep scandal away from her frail mother and prove her father wasn't a thief, even risk her reputation in a race to find the missing heirloom before the Count does. But she didn't count on falling in love with the man determined to ruin her family. Can she find the heirloom before he does and protect her family, or will her heart lead her in a different direction?

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Excerpt:


Teresa was saved from responding by Lady Sarah’s entrance. Dressed in a blue gown that matched her eyes, she swept into the room, dropped a kiss on her mother’s cheek, and headed for the sideboard.

“Mmm. Everything smells wonderful. I’m absolutely famished this morning.” She filled a cup with the steaming chocolate. “Our trip into the country yesterday must be the cause. Wasn’t the day wonderful?”

“Sarah,” the duchess said in a warning tone.

“Yes, Mother.”

“What have I told you about your manner of speech?”

Sarah’s sunny disposition disappeared as though a cloud suddenly passed over her. She gave Teresa a quick glance and swallowed. “A lady of my station doesn’t chatter on like some hen-witted commoner.”

Teresa sighed into her cup. She longed to come to her cousin’s defense but knew the duchess would repay her insolence by tormenting Mama. She gave the younger girl a commiserating smile.

Sarah helped herself to eggs, toast, and bacon. She stiffened at the sound of her mother clearing her throat. She set the plate down as if it might shatter at any moment.

“A large appetite is a sign of ill breeding,” she recited. “A lady eats like a bird so she may weigh no more than a butterfly.” With one last look of longing, Sarah placed a slice of toast on a clean dish and took her seat at the table.

At the sight of Sarah’s down-bent head, Teresa itched to point out that Vivian’s own plate overflowed with food. She clenched her teeth until her jaw ached, barely managing to keep a strangle hold on her temper.

The duchess slit open the first invitation of those deemed important enough to be considered.

“How interesting. Lord Pendleton is having a rout in honour of a foreign guest—a Count de Montayas of Spain. We shall have to attend.” She laid the sheet aside and continued on to the next.

“But Mother, you hate the Spanish. You said we should let Napoleon have them,” Sarah said in a barely audible voice.

“So I did. Some things have to be tolerated to get what you want from life. This event could be very advantageous for you.”

“Lord Pendleton is old enough to be my father,” Sarah cried, near tears. “I don’t wish to become betrothed to him.”

Vivian looked up from the paper in her hand. “You will marry whom I choose. Do not worry yourself. It will give you wrinkles and who would want you then?
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Six Sunday--Always a Chance

Here is another installment from Always a Chance, a story about Cara Reynolds and Will Jones. She's in PR and he's working with her to promote the Ultimate Sparring League. During a long weekend, Will suggests they pretend they're dating to fool his sister, who is also Cara's best friend. Though she knows so many reasons she shouldn't...she's still debating the insanity of possibly saying yes. We pick up as Cara attempts not to make a fool of herself, and Will explains himself...sort of.


“When you put it that way…” She gave him her best impression of a casual laugh, as if the very suggestion of dating him was no more than a trivial goof over breakfast, instead of the secret yearning she'd been harboring for ages.

“I’m serious...sort of.”

Her heart rate sped up, and she felt a volley of play in her mid-section. She dropped her gaze to the half-eaten omelet on the table in front of her. What did he mean by sort of?


Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Happy Writing and Reading,
Cherie

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Six Sunday--Always a Chance

So it's been a couple weeks since I participated in Six Sentence Sunday, but I'm back with another installment from Always a Chance, a story about Cara Reynolds and Will Jones. She's in PR and he's working with her to promote the Ultimate Sparring League. During a long weekend, Will suggests they pretend they're dating to fool his sister, who is also Cara's best friend.  Though she knows so many reasons she shouldn't...she's still debating the insanity of possibly saying yes.  We pick up as she realizes Will's intentions of making this a working weekend might not have been as innocent as they'd first seemed.


It seemed like a good idea at the time, and she’d asked Maley to come too, just to remind herself why she shouldn’t make a pass at Will. They’d driven up last night, and already her resolve was being tested at breakfast.

His dark brown eyes stared intently across the table, and his lips tipped up ever so slightly. Was he only joking with her? She couldn’t read whether he was serious or not. But she had to say something.

Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday and a Happy Easter!

Oh, and if you like FREE, you can download Mercy, a paranormal romance short story on Smashwords from yours truly.  I designed the cover myself, and though it's probably still a work-in-progress, I like how it turned out.  Just click on the title and download it to any electronic device for free.


Happy Writing and Reading,Cherie

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Have Mercy

It's official, I've gone Indie.  My first Indie pub went live at Smashwords last Thursday night. It's only 7 pages, free, and a little different from what I've written before, but it is a start. If you haven't already read it on my blog (it's been a free read there since January), you can find it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146312 if interested.

I designed the cover myself with a couple stock pics and Gimp (free download). I think it's eye-catching, but I'm still learning the program, so there could be updated versions. That's one of the best things about being Indie.

Happy Writing!

Cherie

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