What Are You Reading This Valentine’s Day?

In order to write, one has to learn how to read. If one wants to write romance, then one must read romance, or some would argue one must experience to know. I read not only to learn the skill of writing but also, I enjoy going into another world my mind creates from words on antique paper. Books take me on a journey. Not only to where the author has gone, but also to where I want to go next. I ask myself, what do I really like about this book? How can I combine these likes into my own writing? If you are a writer, you may experience this outlook for guidance. We look to our history to know where we want to go. It brings new ideas and prevents the bad ones from repeating themselves…even in writing.

I look back further to John Keats and wonder what so many saw in his work. I personally can easily pick out what I love about this Romantic’s work, but what interests me most is what I can take away from his poems of love for Nature and women. I can carry it with me throughout all my writing. I too love Nature and romance. I have discovered my writing style to be descriptive, I love describing things of Nature…who knew!

So as a writer, what am I reading leading up to Valentine’s Day? It may surprise many of you, but I have paired my typical “Sweet Surprise Collection” with…wait for it…Fifty Shades of Grey.

What? Some of you might be thinking, oh it’s terrible writing, while others might think, been there done that. Whether we like it or not, it is soon to be a major motion film…when? Valentine’s Day! As a writer, I ask myself this…if so many say the writing is horrible, why is it a number one seller? There must be something good in the writing besides sex…right? Or, does sex sell?

So far, I’ve discovered a love story flaming to begin. The writing is a distraction at times when a mistake is so easily noticed, but I find myself forgiving the author based solely on how intrigued I’ve become with Mr. Grey and Miss Anastasia Steele. The love story is fascinating as of now. I am almost done with the first novel, and I’ll see to reading the second and third.

Why read such a novel? One reason…the people like it! Heck, I like it! Sometimes in writing it’s not about perfecting grammar and all that comes with it. You have to intrigue your audience. Fifty Shades of Grey is doing just that. Romance writing has many twists and turns, and learning what people like is a huge help. Am I excited to see the movie? Oh, yes. Well, I’m off to romance land in both my reading and writing…enjoyment and work.

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Writing Moments and Living them…

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I’ve learned to create this turtle shell around me, a protection to keep the ambition flowing through my veins like caffeine from fresh morning coffee. A protection that allows my hands to write freely, and my mind to love my thoughts unconditionally. Writing comes naturally like the beating in my heart. It tells a story in between each beat, and although I may not always listen to my own beat, it does have a rhythm that I can feel flow through me. It’s called optimism.

Writing is essential to my soul. It feeds from inspiration and beautiful things in this life. When I’m finished, I get a series of wonderment and consider what’s next. Underneath, however, there is always this sentimental piece that holds dear to my heart, a spark that makes me feel alive. I may not live forever, but my words written will speak forever.

I am a guilty descriptive writer. Being a descriptive writer does not make your ability to write scenes with more/better description, but rather shows how well you can appreciate a moment. A moment is sometimes all that’s left to hold onto. Such as the story of my Grandma’s loss love. With my first novel, The Fourth Charm, readers have said they can actually taste the red velvet cupcakes Emma Heartwood bakes. It’s all about moments, and why those moments are so precious in life. With this next novel, moments are everything. Moments go beyond just that of written words. Moments, if living in perfect harmony, are even better off the page.

Off now to a week-long vacation. As a special treat to my readers, The Fourth Charm is now FREE in the Kindle version! Enjoy!

Much love,

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The First Vintage Bloom Novel

The Fourth Charm is a Chick-lit and Romance novel (Contemporary Women’s Fiction).

The heartwarming and emotional story of a love that blooms one sultry Seattle summer, but is put Centered book coveron hold while a Marine serves his final tour. Emma Heartwood wants nothing more than for Gabriel Henderson to return home so they can start a life together, even though he insists she move on and not wait for him. Emma’s simple life turns bittersweet when she finds out she’s pregnant with Gabriel’s baby and must choose between telling him now, or waiting until he’s home for good. Will Emma tell Gabriel and ease her guilt, or will she hide the truth to keep him safe? And more importantly, if she doesn’t tell him, will Gabriel forgive her for keeping a secret–if he makes it home?

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