Society is based on a 9-to-5 rigor I’ve never quite mastered. While the work day seems to come alive over morning coffee, boardroom meetings and teams of problem solvers gathering to solve the next big challenge, I’m still dusting away the cobwebs of sleep deprivation from a late night of writing.
I grew up hearing those profound words from my father. At the time, I didn’t think much about what it meant. I assumed everyone worked in satisfying careers they loved.
Oh, the innocence of youth. Continue reading “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. . .(Or Does It?)”
While there is no straight cut formula for writing a great romance novel, there are some basic things you should do to ensure your readers are left wanting more. Continue reading “3 Tips to Ensure Your Sci-Fi Romance Novel is a Heart-Throbbing Page Turner”
A great villain could be one of the most difficult characters to develop while at the same time remaining one of the most important elements for an epic style sci-fi romance novel. A well-developed villain intensifies the magnet of the conflict in a story. And let’s face it, a diabolical, sinister villain is a heck of a fun character to create.
What makes this setting so perfect for Dark Gathering? Continue reading “Get a Sneak Peek into Dark Gathering, the Much-Anticipated Sequel to Dark Awakening”
Dark Awakening started with a very different beginning from the one many of you read. In fact, by the time Dark Awakening went to the publisher, the book was over 103,000 words—in other words, (no pun intended!)—too long! After some consultation with my publisher, Black Velvet Seductions, we decided to cut the prologue. (Spoiler Alert: parts of the prologue eventually make its way into the body of the story (the beauty of time travel!), so it wasn’t completely lost.
But, for those who want to know how Dark Awakening originally began, here’s the prologue you never read:
As a romance author who strives to create engaging romantic sci fi story lines, one of the challenges I face when I put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) is finding character inspiration. Whether you are writing a romance novel or an out-of-this-world interstellar space odyssey, your characters are always the most important part of your story. Continue reading “3 Ways to Develop Believable Characters That Pull Readers In”
I like to keep things simple.
And when it comes to marketing my romance novel, Dark Awakening, I take the same approach. Continue reading “3 Ways to Balance Marketing Your Book and Writing Your Next Novel”
Nicolas LaFelle kicked a soccer ball as he ran along the splintering asphalt street. He deftly alternated the ball between each leg as he fought to maintain control. Behind him, a group of boys ran, trying to catch him and take possession of the worn ball. Their laughter was infectious as they ran and played, seemingly unaware of the inequalities that existed in their world. Continue reading “Backstory: Episode 4, Nicolas LaFelle”