Sneak Off and Read: Lines about PARENTS #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  PARENTS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


She untied the handwoven blanket, a gift from her grandparents, from the back of her saddle, and laid it on the rock, then settled herself there to take in the view of her ranch—her gentle and thoughtful mark on the earth.

Kathryn Jane


After flipping through a few pages, she pointed to a picture of a young family seated on the beach. Three young boys sat in front of their parents, almost exact versions of each other with reddish-blond hair and toothy grins.

S.A.Taylor
Follow Me (work in progress)


The situation stunk. He couldn’t imagine how he’d react if his parents had ever been involved in anything this bizarre.

Marsha West


In a stained red T-shirt and overalls with one strap hanging down, Rafe’s father waited a few moments before nodding. At least he wasn’t holding a beer. Or his shotgun.

Sharon Wray


Mom would be deemed a huge success if she achieved the goal of finding prospective mates for her offspring, because one never knew when your parents might pass on. Who’d care for you then?

Vicki Batman


“Who’s your daddy?” she whispered, though she had a feeling she already knew the answer. “He’s an angel,” the boy replied.

Jacquie Biggar


My parents moved to this country because they worried that we children didn’t have a good chance for survival in Northern Ireland.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Marrone, he could just imagine what his Old World Italian, terminally Roman Catholic parents would say if he announced he was in love with a Jewish girl.

Claire Gem


Aghast, her parents had suggested she join a convent, but Adele had an independent streak that refused to be tamed.

Joanne Guidoccio


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Sharing #NaNoWriMo Success Stories

Completing 50,000 words in thirty days is a major achievement, one that hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo participants have set as their November goal for the past eighteen years. While the end result will be part unreadable, part unfinished, and more than likely, error-ridden, the process often continues well beyond November. Many published books–including some very successful ones–started off as NaNoWriMo projects.

Here are four spectacular success stories:

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Gruen devoted two separate NaNos to writing Water for Elephants and then sold her work to Algonquin Publishers for $55,000. In 2007, the book topped the New York Times Best Seller list and hit the big screen with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in 2011.

Erin Morgenstern began writing The Night Circus in November of 2004. That first year, Erin ended up with 50,000 words of unconnected scenes and imagery. She then spent the next two NaNos adding to the story. In 2008, she took the 100,000+ words and formed them into an actual plot. She didn’t have a workable draft until 2009. In 2011, she received a six-figure deal from Knopf Doubleday Publishers. The movie rights were snapped up by the producers of the Harry Potter films.

Rainbow Rowell had already published two novels when she sat down to write Fangirl during NaNo 2011. While writing, she moved away from her usual pattern of rewriting the previous day’s work and kept moving forward. She considers the book her “bravest writing”…New York Times agreed and designated Fangirl a 2013 Notable Children’s Book.

Hugh Howey wrote three of the novellas that later made up Wool in November 2011. When he self-published the book, he sold 1000 copies the first month. After selling tens of thousands of ebooks directly to readers, he signed a six-figure deal with a major publisher. The movie rights have been purchased by 20th Century Fox.

ONWARD ♦ AVANTI ♦ EN AVANT ♦ WEITER ♦ ADELANTE

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about SIBLINGS #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  SIBLINGS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Sara swears like a truck driver and Aimee looks like my older brother.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He set his chin on the top of her head, and she snuggled against him, just like when they’d been a couple of lonely, motherless kids on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, and she’d pretended he was her big brother.

Kathryn Jane


There was absolutely no way her brother could have committed such a violent careless crime on another human being. He might not be the most considerate or compassionate person, but a murderer?

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


The pain in both the siblings’ eyes made Scott regret bringing up the idea, but to solve a problem you had to look it square in the face.

Marsha West


Pete moved until his shoulders touched Nate’s. A brother protecting a brother.

Sharon Wray


Ironically, my sister, Tracey, was the accountant in my family. My sister wasn’t geeky, nerdy, and all other colorful phrases which came to mind when describing bean counters.

Vicki Batman


His final words, when they floated down, stopped Lucas’ heart. “An eye for an eye, my brother. You took what’s mine. Now I have what’s yours.”

Jacquie Biggar


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Scents, Aromas, & Emotions

Yesterday I finished up my container of Jergens Lotion. It was the kind with Shea Butter, super good for dry skin and has a nice scent. It’s a large container as you can see, and I’ve used it for a long time.

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When I reached under the sink to see what else was there, I pulled out the Jergens with the original scent. I slathered it on my legs and arms.

And I was instantly back in my mother’s bathroom. Now she’s been gone for over 14 years, but that scent said MOTHER in all capital letters. My mother was never a “little old lady.” In fact, when she was in the retirement center, she worried about the “little old ladies” who didn’t have someone to speak up for them.

Isn’t it interesting how an aroma or scent can do that? Old Spice makes me think of my father. The smell of Popcorn also makes think of my dad. I grew up eating it and later popping it for my family.

I use scents in my writing, trying to capture that emotion that we connect with certain things in our past like….

Fireplaces. I LOVE the smell of wood burning in a fireplace. It makes me feel safe and cozy. Sometimes I have word burning fireplaces in my books and sometimes gas ones. Depends on what the characters and story needs. In one book  I created two fireplaces. 🙂

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Smells can also be bad, the dead skunk that you pass on the highway, rotten eggs, throw-up. Sorry, but it’s that smell that makes others throw up. Likewise, dirty diapers.  I’ll be happy to never smell that again. LOL

So, what are some smells that move you emotionally? What food smells make you hungry. Authors, what scents do you use in your writing? Love to hear from you.

And sense I won’t be posting here again until after my favorite holiday, let me wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and good food.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about MEMORIES #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  MEMORIES for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


“You don’t get it,” he said. “The memories are what kept us going. They fueled our fire to succeed.”

Jacquie Biggar


She held each other; both of them appreciating the other’s support as they became lost again in their own traumatic memories.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He was traveling back, she could tell, to that time in his mind. And she could also tell, by his haunted expression, those memories still creeped him out.

Claire Gem


I shuddered as I recalled memories of my interrogation. Eighteen months had passed but the details were still fresh in my mind.

Joanne Guidoccio


And again she was back to the night in the spare room, remembering the steely glint in his gray eyes before that first kiss.

Kathryn Jane


A sudden rush of memories came back of the two of them growing up, always the troublesome twins looking for their next adventure.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


The aroma of her father’s pipe smoke filled her nose and brought memories of her childhood when he and her grandfather took turns blowing smoke rings for her, David, and Kathy. This smell, like no other, spoke of the comfort of her childhood, the importance of family, and the group of people who always accepted you.

Marsha West


Memories slammed into Juliet, and her chest tightened. She knew what it felt like to be pulled against a body larger and harder than her own.

Sharon Wray


He looked absolutely, positively ridiculous, even a bit adorable, like the photos of my three-year-old niece when she’d discovered her mommy’s cosmetic bag stashed in her purse.

Vicki Batman


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Bring on the Holidays! Food. Movies. Books.

 

 popcornThanksgiving is right around the corner and for my family, this day marks the kick-off of the holiday season.

 

Tons of parties with good food. Snacks to curl up on the couch with and munch on while watching a sentimental holiday flick.

I love it! If I can, I watch:

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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It’s a Wonderful Life!

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

 

Then I cram in these:

You’ve Got Mail

While You were Sleeping

Christmas in Connecticut

The Bishop’s Wife

 

And for Christmas Eve, my family watches:

Stalag 17

White_Chrismas_filmWhite Christmas (and sing the songs!)

 

 

 

 

All pretty standard fare – right? No? You mean Stalag 17 is a war movie?

LOL. Well, it is. But it takes place on Christmas Eve and there are lots of Christmas references in it with a great resolution in the end. Having boys, by incorporating this one, the romantic and silly ones are easier to take.

What’s your favorite holiday movie?

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So what is new? Why Season of Magic, a holiday boxed set, is now FREE at Amazon and all the other great e-retailers. My romantic comedy story is Holiday Disaster (Christmas + Bad Plumbing = Disaster). Here’s a bit about our stories:

Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly ~ Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules.

A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi ~ Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman ~ With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly’s cynical heart back to life?

Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau ~ The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride?

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman: The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Claus.

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Betrayed!

by Kathryn Jane

Betrayed:

Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors

Some months ago I was asked if I would like to contribute a short story to an anthology. But not just any anthology. This one was being produced to benefit survivors of violence, and ALL the proceeds would be going to help those in need.

Seemed like a good idea for a worthy cause, so I said yes.

That’s when things got really wild because I started to see the names of the other authors participating. OMGoodness! Cream of the crop thriller writers were signing on.

Surprised is a mild word to express how I felt. But really, considering the woman at the helm was Pam Stack, of Writers on the Air, I should not have been surprised. Pam interviews amazing upper echelon writers all the time.

But pinch me, I am part of this team, and my story is one of twenty-two between the covers of this awesome project.

And speaking of covers, isn’t this one by participating author, Elle J Rossi, spectacular?

Oh, and besides the short stories, did I mention a complete novella by the amazing Allison Brennan is also included?

I hope you pick up a copy so you can enjoy a great read. Every cent of the purchase price goes to a wonderful charity that supports survivors of domestic violence.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about HOME, MEMORIES, SIBLINGS, or PARENTS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  HOME, MEMORIES, SIBLINGS, or PARENTS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


From the front seat, I grabbed a grocery sack containing a baggie of Aunt Rosie’s homemade confections and tucked the pipe wrench under my arm.

Vicki Batman


Walking into this smoky structure was like going into a dark cave: the home of the beast, the lair of the dragon.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Stay home and eat some good Italian food for a change,” Maria said, a hint of steel in her voice.

Joanne Guidoccio


That on top of three weeks of living with her father’s massive ego was more than enough to remind her why she left home the day after her sixteenth birthday.

Kathryn Jane


She glanced around the office space, the stacks of books, the framed certificates and degrees, and the pictures of his family. She couldn’t help but stare at the people she’d never met, wondering what they were like.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


As much as she resented the psychologist in Atlanta suggesting she go home for two weeks, this may be for the best. She wasn’t as fine as she kept telling people. Or herself.

Marsha West

Rafe picked up the iron loop that held the keys to crypts in the old cemetery on Capel land. Juliet was tied to her people as surely as he was bound to her.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


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