Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Into Winter Romance Blog Hop

I write romance, and I mostly share this information with other romance writers or readers.  Occasionally though, I tell someone who is not necessarily familiar with the genre, and their misconceptions are laughable.  You'll notice there are only five items on the list this time.  This is because I had to have some space to clear up the misconceptions.  So, here are the top five misconceptions about romance writers.  I might have exaggerated...just...a...smidge ;-)

5.  Misconception--The ideas for stories come from our little, secret perversions.

     Reality--My perversions are BIG and out there, baby! (Okay, I've been married to the same man for fifteen years, and he's still my best friend and fave person to be with, so no hidden perversions here).

4.  Misconception--All romance writers are un-happy, love-starved housewives who need an outlet for all their pent-up frustration before they explode.

     Reality--I have a Master's Degree and a professional day job.  See previous item concerning my level of happiness and frustration concerning my love life.

3.  Misconception--All romance books are full of heaving bosoms, throbbing loins, and wistful sighs.

     Reality--As a genre, romance has come a long way.  There are many types of romance for all kinds of readers.  From chick lit to urban fantasy to romantic suspense to Inspirational, the choices are endless, and the heroines are multifaceted.  Gone are the simpering damsels in distress.  Now, she'd be more likely to kick his throbbing loins just for looking at her heaving bosoms until he was wistfully sighing for his crushed boys below, if you know what I mean.

2.  Misconception--Romance stories are the easiest genre to write, and anyone can write one.

     Reality--Pull all your fingernails and toenails out with a pair of pliers, pluck each of your hairs out one at a time with a pair of tweezers, and pull your bottom lip over your head until you can taste the back of your neck(I stole and modified that last one from Bill Cosby), then you'll know the pain and frustration a romance writer encounters trying to write a publishable story that appeals to a wide audience of readers and might make a little money.

1.  Misconception--Romance writers sit around in feather boas, pink fuzzy slippers, and eat bon-bons all day.

     Reality--Okay, this one is soooo true (or at least I wish it were).

There you go. Some major misconceptions about romance writers. If you're not running for the metaphorical door at this point, I hope you'll check out my latest release and re-release:
Former fat-girl, Kate Delaney left New Falls heartbroken. She’s spent ten years in Los Angeles, but is back, fifty pounds lighter, California hotter, and has a Hollywood mega-producer interested in her script. One problem—a nerve-nuking thief absconds with her laptop, attached USB, and the contents of her underwear drawer, and the heart-breaker from ten years ago just walked through her door.

Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each comes with a motive: Luke intends to win Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up. Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire? 

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Don't forget to check out the TWO giveaways on my blog. My personal blog giveaway--Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards, Two copies of Lost in New Falls, and Two copies of Into the Fire.  And the Grand Prize Giveaway for the Fall Into Winter Blog Hop.

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Happy Reading and Writing!
Cherie Marks

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Zombies Make Great Friends

It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten List, but here's one I've been hanging onto for Halloween. Though it's advisable not to kiss these friends, even on the cheek, here are the Top Ten Reasons Zombies Make Great Friends:

10. No pesky appointments getting in the way of hanging out. They're always available.
9. Not worried about outward appearances.
8. Other than a few interrupting grunts, they make great listeners.
7. And they never bore you with their problems (remember this is about them being good friends, not you).
6. They don't expect presents during the holidays.
5. Matter of fact, they have no expenses. Talk about never having to pick up a tab.
4. You can always blame bad smells on them.
3. You no longer need a security system.
2. They're not usually name droppers even though they've more than likely starred in some horror movies and possibly have been highlighted on The Walking Dead.
1. They'll never send you annoying memes on social networks.

There you go! Ten reasons why zombies make great friends and an annoying meme to...well...annoy your friends on social media with.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm Feeling a Little Lost...Lost in New Falls That Is...My New Release

My, oh my! Big things are happening! Very happy to announce the release of my small-town contemporary romance, Lost in New Falls.

Twenty-eight-year-old, former fat-girl, Kate Delaney left New Falls, Tennessee, heartbroken to become a screenwriter.  She’s spent ten years in Los Angeles, but is back, fifty pounds lighter, California hotter, and she’s written The End on a screenplay, which a Hollywood mega-producer believes is movie magic.  Just one problem—a nerve-nuking thief absconds with her laptop, attached USB back-up, and the contents of her underwear drawer, and just in case that wasn’t enough, the heart-breaker from ten years ago just walked through the door wearing a sheriff’s badge and looking more hormone-carbonating than ever.

Quentin Taylor likes the new and improved Kate, but to be perfectly honest, his feelings aren’t new.  Unfortunately, when a teen-aged Kate bloomed, her older brother Reese established a no-look, no-touch, no-anything else rule.  Quentin figured it was the anything else that worried him most.  She’d been attractive then.  Now she was near irresistible, and he wanted to know one thing.  Did Reese’s dictate still stand?  Of course, he has more pressing problems—a meddling, matchmaking mother, a gossiping dispatcher/receptionist with an obsession for the color orange, and a small-town burglar who steals thimble collections, garden tools, and underwear, along with the usual electronics and jewelry.  Nevertheless, he agrees to help Kate find her missing script, and the time together sparks undeniable chemistry.

Yet, once Kate’s screenplay is back in her hands, will she return to L.A, leaving Quentin behind forever, or is their romance destined to be a blockbuster?

Right now, it's only available at Amazon, but that will change.  I'm just excited to share it with the world.

Happy Reading and Writing!