U – Undeniable Attraction

UTaking a break from the blog for the day and turning the letter U over to Paige Rion.  Her novel, Written on her Heart was released yesterday and she here to talk to you about Undeniable Attraction. Welcome Paige. 

First, I want to thank Sydney for having me on her blog. We decided to each share a post for the A to Z challenge. I hope I do her blog justice.

One of the main ingredients of a successful romance novel is undeniable attraction. In most romance novels, it’s usually pretty apparent from the start that a rare chemistry exists between the main character and their love interest. Whether it’s love at first site or a love hate relationship at first sight, the characters are undeniably attracted to each other. But this attraction doesn’t come free. In a good book, there’s some form of complication or conflict that is keeping them apart. And that’s what makes the story interesting.

In my new release, Written On Her Heart, there’s plenty of attraction between the main character Andi Callaway and Ford Delaney. Ford is a world famous novelist, he’s sexy, brooding, and he’s her literary idol. When she happens to snag a job as his assistant, it creates room for a lot of sparks. But her long-time boyfriend and her “life-plan” get in the way, causing her to deny her budding feelings for the hunky author. For fun, I’d like to share a snippet of the book with you. This is the first scene in which their attraction for each other becomes apparent.

“Can I trust you?” he asked.

“Of course.” She reached a hand out, placing it on his arm, despite the voice in her head screaming at her to stay put. Her skin burned where it touched his and she sensed something dangerous between them. Kinetic. Electric. Like the first rumble of thunder before a storm.

“My situation—the way I feel—it’s ironic. Don’t you think?” he said. “The one thing that always centered me, the one thing that helped me to find myself, to cope—my writing—has somehow made me come undone again. I need to remember why I write. I need to remember why I love it so much. That’s part of the reason I came here. Yes, to hide out and let the press calm down, but I also came here to find a way to write again. To find the joy. You—your enthusiasm, your determination—helps to remind me.”

Her? Andi’s heart thudded in her chest.

He reached out, placing his hand on the side of her face, and before she could stop herself, she leaned into him, covering his hand with 3dWOHHher own. She met his eyes and her breathing hitched. Pins pricked her spine and her pulse pounded in her ears. He leaned in and ducked his head, his mouth only inches from hers. The warmth of his sweet breath moved over her lips, and for a moment, she closed her eyes, not thinking, only feeling. But in the second before their lips met, she blinked, the fog in her head clearing, and she pressed a palm to his chest.

“I’m sorry. I have a boyfriend.” She breathed.

Ford pulled away, his eyes beacons of light in the darkness. “Of course you do.” He straightened and took a step back, as if Andi was something dangerous, something he had to get away from. Running a hand through his hair, he muttered something she couldn’t decipher under his breath.

He closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose, then said, “Be at my place Monday, nine a.m., ready to work. I’ll find a way home.” Then, he turned on his heel and left her sitting alone in the darkness.

~From Written On Her Heart by Paige Rion

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T – Troy Anderson

THere is the character sketch on my male MC – Troy Anderson.

Role in Story: Miranda childhood best friend and love interest in college.

Physical Description: 6’2, 200 pounds, quarterback for the UT Longhorns.  Dirty blonde, shaggy hair, athletic build, vivid green eyes and beautiful hands.

Habits/Mannerisms: Polite, well mannered guy. Treats women very well. Focused on his craft, drama turns him off, and he sees the good in people, first.  He doesn’t handle conflict well, as avoids it.

Background: He red shirted his first year and in his sophomore year, he is the back up quarterback and gets to play a few games when starting quarterback get’s injured.  Highly recruited in high school and everyone expects him to go to the NFL.  He isn’t close to his family and his friends are his family.  He has an older half brother, but they haven’t seen each other in years.

Internal Conflicts: Living up to expectations

External Conflicts: Get Miranda to give them a chance and forgive him for not protecting her when they were kids.

My favorite Quote: “Well, it just makes sense.” He rubbed his lips against mine. “We’re supposed to be together.”

What do you think of my male MC? Do you do character sketches? 

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S – seven, seventeen, and seventy

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I’m not sure why I am having such a hard time with S. S is a great letter and Another New Life is full of ‘S’ themes to talk about. 

I could have written about the secrets in the book, but if I did that you wouldn’t need to read it.

I could share a sex scene, but the idea makes my cheek turn red and that takes some effort. I can write a pretty good sex scene, but I’d rather leave you to read it in the context of the book and in he privacy of your own Kindle/Nook/iPad.  No need for gratuitous sex scenes on my blog. haha.

I could writer about siblings, but my main character is an only child and if I talk about other siblings in the book, then I would be revealing a secret and then I would have to delete the whole post and start all over again.

So, how is this for a random fact about Another New Life. I reference the number seven, seventeen & seventy more then any other numbers in the entire MS. Not sure the significants, my favorite number is 8.

What has been your hardest letter during A to Z, so far? 

 


R – Relationships

RI mentioned before how Miranda’s roommate, Darcy is a hopeless romantic and is looking for love. She has a pretty idealistic attitude when it comes to this love thing.

Some of her relationship advice:

“Never date Arkansas boys, only date Texas men. Arkansas boys may have farming money and ranching money, but Texas men have oil money. Enough said.” 

“I may be from a small town, but even I know better then to try and intellectualize love. Love is love. That’s it.” 

“This is the first big social situation for the soon-to-be epic relationship that is Troy and Miranda. It wouldn’t hurt you to wear something with a little color in it.” 

“Get it over with; come on, Randa, this is supposed to be fun.”

“I ‘ve dreamed of finding the perfect guy to sweep me off my feet since I can remember. And I know that makes me sound totally pathetic, but I don’t care. I want a boyfriend who loves and adores me. Someone who not only wants to hang out with me, but prefers it.” She stared off into the unknown. “I want someone who inspires me and who’s proud to be with me.” 

What do you think about Darcy’s ideas about relationships and love? 

Check out my friend, Rebecca J. Campbell’s Blog where I visit for the day discussing my Road to Publication for Another New Life.  

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Q – Quotes by Troy Anderson

QI was going to share my MC’s greatest quotes, but I decided to help Paige Rion out and turn my Q post over to her.  Check it out here. I get her back by taking her U post, next week.

But, I still have a few choice quotes from my male MC Troy Anderson to share with you.

“I remember everything you say to me.” 

“I haven’t heard your voice in eight years, and I like the way it sounds.” 

“I can’t believe we waited so long to do that.” 

“We’ll… work… something… out,” Troy spoke between kisses.  “We’ll steal Ryan’s notes.” 

“That I want to be with you.” 

“If you ask me, we haven’t moved fast enough.” 

“Listen, if it takes you a little while longer to get to where I’m at, that’s fine. I’ll wait.” 

Troy is such a great guy, but trust me, he’s not perfect. Do your favorite lines still get to you, even after you’ve read them 400 times? 

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P – Production and Public Relations

PThis post will be shameless plugs for two very cool companies run by two very cool people who helped on the front and back end of Another New Life.

Black Firefly – Shedding the Light on the Darkness of Publication

Jade and her connections in finding the right beta readers, editors, and cover artist made the production of my book relatively stress free.  Even though she was on the other side of the world, she answered my questions in a timely manner and even when things didn’t go smooth, her support and quick action, eased my mind.

One of the reasons I picked her was, I needed guidance and support in the production of Another New Life, but I didn’t want to sacrifice uniqueness. I am 100% in control of the way my book looks, Black Firefly helped my make it a reality.

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Mark My Words Book Publicity

I choose Rachel Marks and Mark My Words Book Publicity because they choose me, too. Again, I wanted some support in marketing the release of Another New Life. I sent her my manuscript and she loved it and her team loved it. They were just as excited about it as I was and we worked together to a create a plan for my book release. From our first conversation, Rachel and I hit it off and she’s been on top of it ever since. The cover reveal was a huge success and I am excited for the Release Day Blitz and the blog tour.

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If you need help with bringing you book to life, I highly recommend Black Firefly and Mark My Words.

If your an indie writer, do you do all of these things yourself, or are you like me and need a little help? 

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O – Original Title – Return to Love

OThe original title of Another New Life was Return to Love. In fact, the original file and Pinterest boards still contain the original title.  It got me thinking whether this was common or not. Apparently it is. Check out these famous books by their original title:

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four –The Last Man in Europe (I guess it wasn’t specific enough.)

Ernest Hemingways’ The Sun Also Rises — Fiesta (Was it a book about Spain or China?)

Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace — All’s Well That Ends Well (Mouthful.)

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird — Atticus (I could see that.)

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And, my favorite book The Great Gatsby – Gatsby, Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires, Trimalchio, Trimalchio
in West Egg, On the Road to West Egg, Under the Red, White and Blue, Gold-Hatted Gatsby or The High-Bouncing Lover (I think they choose correctly. Gold-Hatted Gatsby, really?)

Do your titles last from idea to publication? 

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