Thursday, March 31, 2016

What is your idea of a HEA by Riley Hart


We all know if you're writing romance you need to have a happily ever after. If the book doesn't have a happily ever after, then it's not a romance novel. I'm curious though...what do you consider a happily ever after? For me it's when the couple gets over the main conflict of the book, they say and know they are in love, are committed to each other, and will fight through whatever the future holds. Once they know they want to be together forever, and get over the conflict and I know they're happily in their relationship, that is their happily ever after to me. Does that mean I believe everything will be perfect in their futures? That they still won't have work to do? No, because no matter how much in love people are, relationships aren't perfect and there's always work to do. But you know they're committed and will fight together. That is my idea of a happily ever after.

Even if authors ended every book five, ten, or twenty years later, that wouldn't guarantee a happily ever after either, because in real life, people get divorced ten, fifteen, twenty years or more after marriage. And let's face it, if every book ended with a perfect bow, twenty years later when they have grown kids, that would get pretty boring.

I get asked a lot about writing books about characters who already had a story. I have to admit, I'm honored every time someone asks that. I feel so very lucky that readers love my characters so much that they want more from them, but I have to admit, it would have to be very special circumstances for me to write more than one book about the same couple for all the reasons I said above (Broken Pieces was that different kind of story). Once they're committed and get over their current conflict...there's no story to tell. They'll have ups and downs but they're in love and will stick it out. Plus, to write a book you have to have conflict and most of the time, I hate putting my characters through more than one book's worth of conflict. I hate making them hurt or breaking them up, which is totally a personal thing for me and my writing. There are plenty of books I've read and adored where the main couple has more than one book. I also want to say I think genres other than contemporary are a little different--or short stories and novellas where you don't need a big conflict. If they're fighting crimes or it's paranormal then the conflict isn't between the couple in each book.

I ask this because I sometimes hear people say my books are more of a happily for now, instead of a happily ever after. Which is fine. That's the beauty of reading! We all take something different from a book. We all see something different, but hearing that shocked me because I always considered my books happily ever afters. LOL. So now I'm being curious.



Those are my random thoughts on happily ever afters. I'd love to hear yours. What do you consider a happily ever after? What makes you feel satisfied at the end of a book?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ask Andrew - What to Read


Dear Andrew

What is on your TBR Pile/list? Do you prefer reading in your genre or do you like to go outside the box so to speak when reading?

Dawn

Dear Dawn

I used to read a very wide range of things from romance, to adventure stories, and even some of the classics.  I was a voracious reader for many years.  But lately things have changed.  Since I write now, I don't have as much time to read, so while there is some variety to what I read, I mostly read within romance.  I just finished Banker's Hours by Wade Kelly and before that I was rereading the Dragon Men by Amber Kell.  I read No! Jocks Don't Date Guys a while ago and I was reading some of Renae Kaye's work.  My next story is Hoofbeats and I will start that on the plane today.  (Dominic and I are traveling to a family funeral.)

I don't have as much time to read as I used to, so now I read for pure enjoyment.  Once I have met my writing goals for the day, I get to pick up a book, lay back, and enjoy it.  For me that's what reading is all about.  As for a TBR pile, the next things on my list are to catch up on my Dreamspun Desires titles.  I have a few to read!

Hugs and Love
Andrew

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Part 3 - A Werewolf, A Dragon And A Vampire Walk Into A Bar by BA, Julia and Sean


Here is the 3rd installment of our story.

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.

A Werewolf, A Dragon And A Vampire Walk Into A Bar
by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot and Sean Michael

Part 3

“Nope. We’re waving around euphemisms for cock,” Magnus said. 

“Oh, good. I just wanted to be sure we were all speaking a similar o-fuck-me-now language.” Copper liked being clear.

“I’ll fuck you now and later and in between,” Singe promised, smile absolutely wicked, eyes full of heat.

Magnus rolled his eyes. “Singe is not subtle. Trust me, I speak your language.” 

“He’s never spoken a single word that anyone understood, trust me,” Singe said. 

It felt right, being caught in the middle. It was about fucking time someone fought over him instead of against his happy ass.

The bartender dropped his steak on the bar in front of him and Singe handed over some cash. “That should cover my tab, as well.” Then Singe smiled at him, all toothy and eager. “Eat up, pup.”

He groaned, the scent of the meat enough to make his hungry belly try to gnaw through his backbone.

“Mmm. Another house red, Thomas, if you please.” Magnus watched him with predatory interest. “I find myself...peckish.”

Peckish. 

Copper wasn’t peckish. He was fucking ravenous.

Singe rolled his eyes, and nudged Copper. “Seriously, don’t be shy. Have at it.”

He grinned, then dug into his steak, moaning at the flavor of fresh, perfectly seared meat. 

Singe moaned as well, the sound coming from deep in his chest. “Hungry pup. I can’t wait to feed you what you really want.”

“You can’t give him what he wants, lizard brain.”

Singe snarled at Magnus. “Nobody asked you, death-breath.”

“No?” Magnus sighed, nudging Copper with his elbow gently. “Look, Singe, we can work together. Why not share? He looks like he can take us both on.” 

He totally could. Possibly at the same time. Ambition, his name was Copper. “Maybe.”

“You lay off the insults and I’d be willing to find out,” Singe told Magnus.

Magnus held up both hands, a patently false innocent expression on his face. “You got it. It’s tough for me; the insults are my coping mechanism.”

Singe gave another toothy grin. “Mine is setting my annoyances on fire.”

Copper took another bite of steak. He was fairly sure coping mechanisms were for pussies. Of course, if Magnus kept stroking his back that way the guy could cope however he wanted. He had talented fingers. 

And Singe’s gaze was going to burn him up. Or the man was going to eat him up. Either one worked.

His eyes crossed, a jolt of sensation crawling up his spine and settling in the base of his brain.

Singe took his fork and stabbed the last quarter of his steak and offered it to him. “You’re going to need your strength.”

His mouth popped open like someone had pressed a button, and the meat slid on his tongue.

Singe’s gaze was glued to his mouth. “Mmm. I like watching a man eat. It tells you a lot about what all they can do with their mouths.” 

Copper growled happily, his tail wagging all on its own accord. Magnus moaned at the motion, fiercely strong hands grabbing his hips hard enough to bruise.

“Easy, pup. This isn’t that liberal of a bar.”

“If you’re done we can get out of here,” Singe suggested. “My room is around the back. Nice and private and looking on the forest.”

“I’m done. I mean, I’m just getting started, but I’m done eating. It was good.”

Sharp fangs brushed his neck, the teeth just barely pricking him. A rush of pure heat flooded him, and his eyes flew open wide. 

Singe growled some and stood. The guy was huge, tall and stacked, he looked like a mountain Copper wanted to climb. Grabbing his arm, Singe tugged him up. “Come. Now. Before we both take you right here on the bar.”

“Yeah, that would be fucking shame,” he whimpered softly.

“Don’t want you arrested before I get a chance to do you.” Singe got them moving. 

“None of us can stand up to that particular nonsense, boys.” Magnus led the way and suddenly they were outside, the wind sharp and strong, the scents of all of them the best damn perfume.

It made Copper want to howl.  With any luck, he’d be doing exactly that in very short order.

***

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Washington D.C. Trip by Cardeno C.




Happy Monday. I had a wonderful time visiting Washington D.C. I posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and I've gathered them all below.

Lovely overcast weather for my first day in D.C. First food, then tourist time! 

This restaurant was a feast for the eyes and taste buds!










Naan from start to my plate. Yummy! ‪



Really interesting museum. 







Dinner. Dessert was so good - beniets. 












Fun day being a tourist. The Capitol, the Supreme Court, Union Station, the Kennedy Center.














My level of tired: it took me three tries & nearly as many minutes to figure out how to get water from this dispenser. Fun day though. 

Night pictures of monuments.








Not sure it's a fortune, but I really like it. I also loved the lunch that came with it. Now more touristing!

Today was Air and Space and yummy food.






Today: Museum of Natural History and dinner at Busboys & Poets. 







Today was an amazing day of art. Hirshhorn Museum, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum. SUCH A great day!

 









Have a great week.