Monday, March 27, 2017

Authors in Bloom - Blog Hop!

Welcome! I hope you're enjoying the 6th annual blog hop. This is my first year to participate, and I'm excited about it!

I'm a USA Today Bestselling Author of small town romance and women's fiction. I have two series. Please click on the group of covers to learn more about each series.

While you're here, grab two free books. (McClains series)

At the end of the blog hop, each newsletter subscriber will get a Smashwords coupon code for a free copy of Small Town Christmas (Serendipity series)Sign up for the newsletter here.

Now--about Spring, and Blooming...I live in a studio apartment, so when the local farmers' market starts up, I really get jazzed. Here's a photo of some goodies I bought last year. Zucchini, summer squash, strawberries, and the bread lady's fabulous sourdough. Mmmm.

My favorite summer lunch is sauteed veggies. Sometimes I add thinly sliced carrots, and/or broccoli, but here's my favorite:

Summer Vegetable Sautee
Sautee in extra virgin olive oil: Summer (yellow) squash, and zucchini, washed and sliced 1/4 inch thick, and sweet onion--diced. Sprinkle with creole seasoning. Stir occasionally. A few minutes before done, add cashews as desired. (I try not to cook the cashews too long.) Can be served alone, or on a bed of wheat spaghetti.


Do you have a local farmers' market? If so, what are your favorite finds?

Answer that question in the comments, below. You must include your email address in your comment to be eligible for the grand prize at the end of the hop. (The organizers will be checking that everyone visited all the blogs. Plus they need a way to get hold of you, if you win.)

Your comment also puts your name into the hat for a random drawing to win one of my paperbacks. I'll put up a post announcing my winner on April 7th.

Good luck!

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs, listed below. The tour ends April 5th at 11:59pm EST. The grand prize winners will be posted April 7th, on blog #1 (Dianne Venetta) and #50 (Bloomin Thyme).

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Frankly, My Dear: Creating Unforgettable Characters

For all of us writers, today is potentially a very big day! Melinda Curtis's new book, Frankly, My Dear: Creating Unforgettable Characters, is now available.

I was fortunate enough to get an early copy, hoping to help spread the word about this great new reference work. I am so excited about the possibilities this book offers!

(Please Note: There's a lot of information, but it's broken down so as to be easily understood and utilized. In other words, Don't Panic.)

Here's the official blurb:

It doesn't matter if your writing style is planned, spontaneous, or somewhere in between--it's the character and conflict that sells! Character and conflict hooks in studio execs, holds an editor’s attention, and draws in readers, compelling them to turn the page. So what is the secret sauce? How can you hack into believable and compelling characters? By using a tried and true psychological principle adapted for writers by Melinda Curtis, an award-winning, USA Today bestseller of over 35 books and novellas.

In this book, you’ll find the basics of character and conflict, along with a multi-faceted psychological principle that can be used to create characters who need to grow and change. Inside are numerous tips to create and deepen character and conflict from the beginning of your story to the end. You’ll discover hacks to give your characters depth and provide them with behavioral bumpers so they act consistently throughout your story, until they grow and change in an emotionally satisfying finale. As an added bonus, there are over 100 examples from movies and television that illustrate how to use each principle. That means adding this book to your writing toolbox will help you sell to editors and studio execs, and create compelling reads that bring audiences back for more.

On the face of it, that might sound complicated, and even daunting, but Melinda explains clearly, with examples of characters  that, once met, we carry with us forever. (You immediately thought of Rhett and Scarlett when you saw the book title, right?)

I'm examining my works in progress in light of Melinda's information, and you can bet that when planning future books, I'll have Frankly, My Dear close at hand.

I've also added Frankly, My Dear to my website page for writers.

I'd love to have a print copy of this book, to put on my writers' reference shelf. (And that, from Minimalist Me, is a very big deal!)

Many thanks to Melinda for doing the research, and compiling this information for all of us!