Category Archives: Writer’s Life & Journey
So what did this movie do to me?
It made me fall in love with Monaco. It’s the image of a paradise for the young and rich, and those who live and love like there’s no tomorrow. After visiting Milan where beautiful people are wearing beautiful clothes, I imagine Monaco has the same vibe times 1,000.
Imagine narrow winding roads slicing haphazardly through quaint towns and villages, penthouses with fantastic views and opulent floor plans, yachts that are custom designed for particular tastes. And here’s to the people who are proud of their history and generous with their hospitality.
Writing a three-novella series with the Laurent brothers of Monaco felt perfectly natural. The 3-Ds—Damien, Dane, Dallon—have a bit of the bad boy in them. Confidence, a touch of arrogance, and lots of sexy describe these men who will meet their match with beautiful women who have independent spirits.
All three books—Damien, Dane, Dallon--will be released on September 14 and are now available for preorder on Kindle.
By the way, it was while serving on the U.S. delegation for the Cannes Festival that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier III, later marrying him and becoming a princess. Talk about fairy tale endings.
Damien (Tall, Dark and Sexy, Book 1)
Two worlds collide. And the battle of wills sizzle. Losing?—That’s out of the question.
Damien Laurent is the ultimate bad boy of the Laurent Dynasty. After a series of tabloid faux pas, the family votes an immediate suspension, against him, from the real estate family business. One brother demands that he gets his head back in the game. The other brother suggests that he discovers his passion. No one knows the real reason for his hyperactive do or die antics. And he’s not telling.
Except Anna di Torino, the Italian enchantress of royal blood, knows Damien all too well. Their torrid affairs had set headlines ablaze until she’d turned down his marriage proposal. Her family obligations continue to war with her desire for the man whose family from humble beginnings now owns most of Monaco.
On a modeling assignment, she is thrust into the new world of professional electric car racing—Damien’s new playground. Seeing him again, revives the heady, sensual longing that she thought she’d successfully buried. Their reunion sets the headlines abuzz. But this time, she doesn’t want a bad boy. She wants a husband. Only one man stokes her desire, satisfies her needs, and seduces her heart…Damien!
Available now on Amazon
BY COLLETTE CAMERON
I have a confession to make.
When I write, I do something odd. Actually it’s something I’m trying to integrate regularly. Because I sit so much, as we writers do, I realized my regular workout routine wasn’t gonna keep me in shape. So, I upped the ante and started setting a timer. When it goes off, I sprint up and down the stairs a few times and do 3-4 minutes of exercise of some kind.
At least that’s the plan.
The truth is, I often get so immersed in writing, I turn the timer off after the first or second annoying little beep, and I forget to turn it on again. It’s the neatest thing, though. The more time I spend writing, the easier it is, and the better writer I become.
BY ELLA QUINN
When I began my writing journey, not quite two and a half years ago, I dreamed of having an agent and a NY publisher. Which is exactly what I got. I also dreamed of having my first book published much sooner than this, but that was before I knew anything about the publishing business.
The questions I was asked this year at RWA Nationals boiled down to how did I do it? Quite simply, I treated writing like a job. The type one does when it matters. Having been in the Army, I knew something about that. A friend told me to write three books. Don’t stop to make the first one perfect. I thought that was wonderful advice, and still do. Little did I know at the time that many writers write a lot more than three books before they get published, I had my nose glued to the grindstone. I no longer watched TV, and my husband took to making dates with me so he could have my undivided attention.
By DON MCGOWAN
It’s 3:05 pm. Friday, July 27. I’m due to present at a workshop attended by tens if not hundreds of professional romance novel writers in 10 minutes. I desperately need to find a men’s room.
And the one I’ve just found has flowers where ordinarily I would… water the flowers.
This could be a problem.
Maybe I should take a step back and tell you how this unlikely scenario came to pass.
It’s March. My good friend Serena Robar, author of the Half-Blood Vampire novels and Giving up the V, asks me to go to have beverages with her to discuss a workshop she’s giving at RWA. (I know the truth: I am a legendary drunk and she wants to hit my wine cellar, but I’ve accepted my shortcomings.) Over a bottle of Cabernet that in retrospect should have been better considering the favor she was about to do for me she tells me that she’s working up a panel on how to convert your book into a Web series or movie or TV show, which makes sense considering she just closed a deal to do a series with Anne Heche, and could she bounce the legal stuff off me. This makes sense too: I’m an entertainment lawyer and also teach it at a law school, and so my ego makes me think I might know this stuff even if maybe I don’t. After a few minutes I say, “You know, I could just go do your workshop with you.”