Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology
No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams
Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler
Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks. Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.
Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move. But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late. Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.
Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume
Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.
A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart
Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.
The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James
Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.
Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.
For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.
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Favorite Five Things to Remember When Writing Romance
From Michelle Ziegler:
I don’t think I have a favorite place to go to find romance, it’s all around us. But there are some good things I like to remember as I’m writing.
- What is my heroine’s motivation? Is it consistent throughout?
- My hero has to be alpha, but he needs to have that marshmallow moment.
- Does my hero appear in the first three chapters somehow?
- Is there an inciting incident spelled out somewhere in the first three chapters?
- Did I laugh in nearly all the chapters? I don’t like heavy. I like to smile and laugh and that’s what I want from my readers.
From London Saint James:
The first thing to remember when writing romance is to make the characters believable, likable, and relatable. Even the bad guys we love to hate have some redeeming qualities that peek through the cracks.
Second. Stoke the fire between the hero and heroine, forming heated chemistry between them that is ready to explode off the pages.
Third. Introduce some type of drama for the characters such as bad choices that are going to bite them in the butt, obstacles to overcome, hidden secrets about to break, a past that comes back to haunt one or more characters, love triangles, etc.
Number four. Be descriptive and insert some action and/or twists along the way as well as a dash of humor and more than a pinch of heartfelt emotion.
Five. In my opinion, it’s important to remember the ending counts. I know when I read a romance, I want it to end on a good note, so a happily ever after (HEA) or at least a happy for now (HFN) ending for the hero and heroine in the story is a must.
From Rebecca Hart:
The five things I try to remember when I write romance stories are pretty basic in the overall scheme of things.
1. Flawed characters are more realistic – nobody is perfect, even your characters.
2. Flirting takes many forms
3. There is a fine line between an alpha male and a dickhead.
4. Damsels in distress are generally boring. Female characters with spine are where it’s at.
5. Don’t forget the subtleties — a sigh, a sidelong look, a raised brow, damp palms — all convey emotion and can carry a paragraph’s worth of descriptive information in just a few words.
From Lisa A. Adams:
– A HEA is expected. Give it to them!
– Don’t just flesh out character’s appearances, give them a tic that makes them unique. They must be three dimensional.
– A setting can be a character all on its own. Make your setting come alive for the reader, but don’t let it over power your real characters.
– RESEARCH! – It doesn’t matter if you’re writing historical or contemporary. You’ll need to find information about something. Take the time to look it up and you’ll impress your readers. Try to fudge it, and you could lose a few.
– Don’t give up. – Make writing a habit. Write, edit, re-read, edit, submit, and repeat. Again and again. You will make it eventually.
From Annabelle Blume:
- Men don’t talk like women. If your hero breaks out in long winded soliloquies about his feelings for the heroine, you are now writing a woman. This is perfectly fine if you’re writing F/F romance, not so much if you’re writing M/F.
- If you describe the eyes of your love interest every time the couple is together, you’re going to make your readers say, “We get it!.” Focus on other characteristic or mannerisms to help create a character that your reader can imagine fully. Besides, it’s never just the eyes that make someone sexy, it’s everything about them.
- Don’t be afraid to write what you think is sexy, because chances are there’s about a million other people who think it’s sexy, too, even if it seems strange or unusual. For instance, I think guys with strong crease lines in their forehead are super hot, so I write that.
- BDSM isn’t the only fetish that’s hot. Learn, explore, have fun with sexual possibilities.
- Sex isn’t the sexy part of romance, it’s everything leading up to it. Spend most of your time on that, and the sex will take care of itself.
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