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‘Never Have I Ever’ Writer Tag – My Take on It

Hi, readers! I spotted this writer tag on C.G. Drews’ blog, and I thought I’d jump in too! 😉 This also helps readers see if any of us are guilty of falling into these stereotypes.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

Started a novel that I didn’t finish…

Who, me? 😳 Does having over 100 works in progress count? Dude, there’s not enough time in the world to get them all done, but I’ll do my best.

Written a story completely by hand…

Yep! Probably several. I used to be pretty old school, writing everything on paper. I still like to write some scenes that way, but I’m just as comfortable composing on the keyboard.

Changed tenses midway through a story…

Definitely! For my older stories, a lot were told from 1st person POV. Needless to say, it is so difficult to switch from saying ‘I’ to ‘He/She’. More in the sentence will be changed than you can even imagine, just for the whole thing to sound right. That’s why these days, I rarely ever do anything that’s not third person perspective.

Not researched anything before starting a story…

I’ve done both! Mostly, I am guilty of launching into a story full blast, and then getting caught up in the details somewhere. Then I must force myself to slow down so I can look something up and it makes more sense afterward.

Changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft…

Oops! That happens sometimes with the use of common names. My memory isn’t what it used to be either, so sometimes I have to really battle through the brain fog and check to see if I am reusing a name. Minor characters I don’t worry so much about, unless there’s some obvious confusion. But I don’t necessarily want to repeat a main character’s name.

Written a project in a month or less…

Actually, I did, with A Little Magick, a kid’s fantasy story and book two of The Magick Series. Since the tale is shorter anyway, it wasn’t too difficult for me to keep focused on it and finish it in two or three weeks. The editing went fast too.

Fallen asleep while writing…

🙄 Guilty! My stamina isn’t what it once was, plus you add in the side effects of medication, and you’re completely screwed. I just need to learn to start writing a new story idea a bit earlier in the evening, and not wait so late.

Corrected someone else’s grammar IRL/online…

Oh, I have, with both. Though it still drives me nuts to see mistakes anywhere, I’ve learned to curb the urge to say anything. Not everyone is a grammar freak like me. Now, when it comes to a manuscript? That better be as polished as humanly possible! 😉

Yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel…

I think I did, maybe a couple times. I don’t remember all the details clearly, but I recall writing this:

WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING HERE? CHANGE THIS!!!

😆

Used “I’m writing” as an excuse…

An excuse for what? Is there any other excuse? Since most of my peeps at home don’t take my writing all that seriously, I consider it a good excuse, but they probably don’t. LOL. Though, there have been times I meant to do editing or write a chapter on new project, and then I got too tired or sick to put much effort into it. A writer’s life can get exhausting! 😛

Killed a character that was based off someone I know in real life…

Hmm…do I have to admit it? Okay, I may have put some of my horrible ex in the villain, Lamonte, in book two of my historical romance trilogy. And a bit in the first book’s villain too! (Shrugs.) He was a major influence in how I developed as a person. Why wouldn’t that bleed into my stories?

Used pop culture references in a story…

Definitely! Sometimes I also do that to ground a contemporary work further in reality. The problem is that, as time passes, some references become outdated. For example, a newer generation may not recognize all of my comments.

Written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m…

I’m a night owl, so I usually won’t let anything except absolute exhaustion slow me down if I’m on the trail of a good story.

Drank an entire pot of coffee while writing…

Nope, not coffee. But I’ve been guilty of water and soda, maybe even large amounts of tea.

Written down dreams to use in potential novels…

Now and then, a dream will inspire a story. Not often, though, because I don’t always remember my dreams.

Published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad…

😮 Unfortunately, yes. I do my best to edit my work as well as possible now. In the earlier days of this career, however, I just had no concept of editing my own work in various ways, besides doing one read-through. Now I cringe to think of the old stuff out there somewhere. This is another reason why I’m revamping my backlist (books released under former pen names) and re-releasing them in collections via this brand.

Procrastinated homework because I wanted to write…

Maybe now and then this happened while I was in school. But I had a pretty good work ethic, and I would push myself to the point of obsession to get assignments done. Only then would I stop to work on my writing. It was easier to do both when I had writing classes. I had so many that weren’t related to that. Even though learning about those studies made me a more well-rounded student and person in general, that’s why it took so long for me to finish writing the first book of my historical series.

Typed so long that my wrists hurt…

YES! Actually, if I’m immersed in a story for long enough, my entire hands hurt. Bad. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that I have fibromyalgia (and arthritis is hereditary).

Spilled a drink on my laptop while writing…

Definitely! And food several times. I am already a clumsy person, but I have to be careful having anything around my computer that isn’t, um…technology-friendly.

Forgotten to save my work/draft…

OMG, yes. 😥 I’ve kicked myself several times for that bad habit. Now (after almost losing two full novel-length manuscripts), I try to make sure I save everything as often as possible, and have my drafts stored in a safe place.

Finished a novel…

I have finished many, thank you very much. No one could ever call me a lazy writer, and it still boggles the mind why people assume every Libra is guilty of being lazy. That’s a silly stereotype.

Cried while writing a scene…

For sure! I haven’t done my job well until I’ve connected with a character on that level.

Created maps of my fictional worlds…

I guess I draw the line at that. I have a vivid image in my head of how everything looks, but I can’t call myself an ‘artist’. Not only would it take forever (the Libra in me doesn’t have the patience for that crap! LOL), I just prefer to paint a picture with words instead.

Researched something shady for a novel…

👿

Two research topics which I did for a couple projects that you might find disturbing:

What is the chemical makeup of said drug so I can use it to add a bio-weapon in my story?

How long does it take for a dead body to decompose in the water?

Not to mention I think I scared myself when I wrote from a killer’s point of view a few times…

Feel free to use the questions for your own blog! So, what about you? Ever researched anything questionable for the purpose of creativity? Ever written a story or novel so fast that you amazed yourself? Let’s find out everyone else’s angle on this…I look forward to reading your comments! 😀

COMING SOON – Pre-order a steamy rom com!

Hi, readers! I have a new release coming up in March. Don’t miss this one!

Chasing Ginger is the start of a new series, and a little different than my usual books. As a big fan of romantic comedies, I decided to take what I knew about the genre, add an even sexier spin, with the backdrop of a truly farfetched situation, and throw in a plus-sized heroine. Yep, there’s some pretty foul language too…check it out!

Release Date:  March 10, 2020

Universal Reader link:  https://books2read.com/ChasingGinger

Add it to your Goodreads bookshelf or BookBub:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43184542-chasing-ginger

https://www.bookbub.com/books/chasing-ginger-a-steamy-bbw-billionaire-rom-com-misfits-series-book-1-by-marie-lavender

Book Hashtags: #BBW #BBWRomance #curvy #curvyromance #romcom #contemporaryromance #romancereaders #BigFine #teamBBW #bodypositive #BBWLovers #ThickGirls #BigFineAppreciation #EffYourBeautyStandards #WomensFiction #ChickLit

 

Does this make you want to one-click yet? 😉

♥♥♥ A cover contest with BLUE VISION! ♥♥♥

If you liked the cover of my book,
Blue Vision (The Code of Endhivar Book 1), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com!

Click to Vote for the cover on AllAuthor!

😀

Also, starting yesterday, voting began for the Critters Annual Readers Poll for titles published in 2019. Now until January 14th, you can vote for this same sci-fi romance in the Romance and Science Fiction categories!

Have a great weekend!

A Sci-Fi Romance You Just Can’t Miss!

Hi, readers! Just wanted to inform you that Blue Vision, a science fiction romance and book one of the Code of Endhivar Series, is available on Amazon again. I republished it this week…yay! 🙂

https://books2read.com/u/bpEJZW
https://books2read.com/u/bpEJZW

If you need to get it from somewhere other than Amazon, it is on Smashwords now, and should be distributed to Barnes & Noble and Kobo soon. 

In any case, if you’ve never read this book, I hope you have a chance to do so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy Brooke and Colin’s journey the way I loved writing the story. 😉

Happy reading, as always! And have a wonderful holiday season!

Heiresses in Love Trilogy by Marie Lavender💕 Spotlight & EXCLUSIVE eBook Bundle Giveaway 💕 (Historical Romance)

PLEASE check out this beautiful post for a chance to win a copy of my historical romance boxed set! ♥

Source: Heiresses in Love Trilogy by Marie Lavender💕 Spotlight & EXCLUSIVE eBook Bundle Giveaway 💕 (Historical Romance)

Marie Lavender – Interview – A Little Magick

An interview on When Angels Fly! 😉

When Angels Fly

A Little Magick - final cover

Please welcome Marie Lavender to my blog. Hello Marie, have a seat and we shall chat for a short while. 

Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

Hello! Nice to visit your blog, Mary! I am an author of twenty-four books in various genres. I’m from a small town in the Midwest. I am a thirty-something woman and I hope to marry my fiancé sometime this year. I love shopping, reading and writing!

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book? 

Yes, I’ve been writing fiction in some capacity since I was nine years old. I think I always knew I wanted to be an author.

In college, I had two stories published in a university anthology. By 2010, I started the indie publishing journey, and in 2011, I submitted my first historical…

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Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

 

Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read, or even which romance story in a film, that made you ‘swoon’?

As a child I’d always been swept away by the tales of Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. And romantic comedy movies were wonderful! While I was growing up, I savored the Mary Anne/Logan couple dynamics in The Baby-Sitters Club book series.

Being a writer and a bookworm at heart, however, I must be true to my passion. The first romance novel I remember being simply thrilled with was Annette Curtis Klause’s The Silver Kiss. I was browsing my library at school. I think was about twelve or thirteen. I had just finished two other reads, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (YA historical), and Say Goodnight, Gracie (YA fiction/drama).

I needed a change, something altogether different. And it worked well, since I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural.

The Silver Kiss turned my fledgling romantic’s heart on its axis. It was the first paranormal romance I ever encountered, even though the title was aimed at young adults.

Sa-wooon! The chemistry between Zoe and Simon is undeniable.

Do you remember the novel that made you rethink the whole romance genre?

I recall sneaking my mom’s Harlequin books when she wasn’t around. But the year I turned sixteen, we went on vacation to Tennessee. For the first time ever while I was on break then, we stayed in a fancy cabin and I had my own room. That evening, the writing observer in me couldn’t leave the place alone. I just had to snoop! 😉

Lo and behold, there was a somewhat worn copy of Catherine Coulter’s Devil’s Embrace, tucked into a nook. I wasn’t sure if the owners meant for an occupant to have a book to read while staying there, or if a previous tenant had left it behind. I was always a bit of a night owl, so I dove into uncharted waters. I wasn’t disappointed!

Needless to say, as the novel was a true bodice ripper in style, it blew away all my expectations for a romance story. I never knew historicals could be so hot! ♥♥♥

Coulter is at fault, setting the stage for me to read slightly dark, racier reads later on. LOL.

So…what about you? Do you recall the romance books that first compelled and inspired you?

Let’s take a poll. Your answers will probably be limited in the polls, but feel free to go into more detail in the comment thread below. Tell us your history as a romance reader! 🙂

Give us more info below…

Which romance novel did you first read, and where were you at the time? Same goes for the second question.

Which novel caused you to rethink the whole romance genre?

I look forward to your responses! 😀

Two great reviews!

Awesome news! I just stumbled across two new reviews for my books…

HEIRESSES IN LOVE TRILOGY (boxed set)

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Hours of Reading Pleasure

April 13, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

Three box set that includes Upon Your Return, Upon Your Honor, and Upon Your Love. Three heiresses and their love life. Hours of reading pleasure for your enjoyment. A little maritime adventure and a whole lot of love. I read an advance reader copy and voluntarily chose to review. Well written with likeable characters and engaging stories.

BLOOD INSTINCTS – book two of the Blood at First Sight Series

Keti

Fantastic! An incredible fantasy story!

April 22, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

A fantastic story that you will love.
Wonderful and magic characters… that will surprise you with their ability and capability…
A story full of twists… a journey toward the research for who one is and happiness…
I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Yay! This is so exciting! 😀

Vote for This Cover Please!

I was just informed that Blood Instincts, my paranormal romance and book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, was nominated for the Cover of the Month Contest on AllAuthor. Yay!

Please, whenever you get a chance, go to the site and cast your vote for this stunning cover designed by SwoonWorthy Book Covers! There are only five days left in this round…

So vote, vote, vote! ♥

Vote at the Critters Readers Poll!

I Love Romance Blog

Hi, readers! Great news…Blood Instincts and the Heiresses in Love Trilogy were both nominated for the 21st Annual Preditors and Editors Critters’ Readers Poll!

So, help me out and cast your vote for each book…

You’ll find Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, listed in the Romance Category on the site here.

http://books2read.com/u/bppKAk
http://critters.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml

And the Heiresses in Love Series boxed set is listed on the Anthologies page here.
http://books2read.com/u/3yZ8qv

http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml

Reader votes wrap up on January 14th. There are SO many categories/genres in which you can cast your vote, including the Best EVER poll (of course I chose my favorite J.R. Ward novel)!

Happy voting, and wish me luck in the awards contest! 🙂

Happy New Year…and, of course, happy reading to all! ♥♥♥

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