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Hello and welcome! Time for another hop and we’re so glad you took the time to join us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Flash Fiction – Let’s celebrate the equinox. Write a scene set in Autumn using the words Leaf, water, and coffee. Try to keep it to 500 words.

Walking into the Autumn harvest festival was like walking into a glorious Etsy shopping mall. Handmade, incredibly beautiful crafts beckoned from everywhere the eye could see. And the event was held next to the river, the water winking diamonds in the morning light. Perfect.

Stepping up to a food truck, she ordered coffee and sipped it slowly, savoring the richness of the brew as she strolled from booth to booth. There was magic here and seeking it made for a wonderful day.

Across the way, a man, tall, blond and incredibly attractive, walked with a woman, his arm slung casually across her shoulders as they, too, examined the myriad of choices. Why can’t he be single? The good ones never are. Because they’re the good ones.

The hours passed pleasantly as she wound her way around the stalls, looking, touching, admiring. About to give up the quest for that one special find, a flash caught her eye. Reverently, she approached the booth. In the center of the offerings was a sculpture of a leaf supported by a metal peg. Small, it nonetheless embodied everything she loved about this season. Copper, tones of yellow and orange and red glimmered on the surface and the bent corner suggested an unseen breeze. It was one of those pieces that explained why people love art.

“Do you like it?”

Looking up, it was the man she had seen earlier. Even more appealing close up.

“It’s beautiful.”

“Thanks. My sister and I made it.” He indicated the woman he’d been walking with who was now sitting behind him. My sister.

She loved the piece even more now.

Biting her lip, she smiled. “How much?”

“For a beautiful woman who appreciates our work, I’ll make it yours.”

It was definitely the perfect way to start the season.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic Jenna Da Sie and read her flash fiction…

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Hello and happy Tuesday! We are so happy you took the time to join us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

What are you reading now and why did you choose it?

I am a romance writer and mostly I read within my own genre. But Stephen King is such an incredible wordsmith that I also take the time to read his books. In fact, it was “Salem’s Lot” that made me want to be a writer in the first place. It opened up the possibilities of telling stories that would come alive and creating characters that breathed.

His latest, “Fairy Tale”, is my current read and I am impressed, as usual. He breaks ‘the rules’ so effectively, I feel as if I am actually listening to Charlie Reade tell me his story. Mr. King’s use of language is amazing and reading his work is an absolute education in ‘voice’.

I am generally not a fan of horror, but his writing is far and away so skilled, I am drawn in to the story even if the subject matter is not my first choice. Am I his ‘Number One Fan”? No. But I am a fan and I am grateful when I am able to read a master at work.

Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Jenna Da Sie and see what she’s reading…

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Hey there and welcome. Thanks for joining us! We’re very glad you’re here and we hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday.

Here is this week’s challenge:

What is the hardest part for you in writing?

Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed,”.

Writing is hard. Reaching into your soul and pulling out your deepest emotions and then translating them to the page. But like anything worth doing, it never promised to be easy.

And, for me, the hardest part is after the book is written and needs to be marketed. I love the process of writing, every gut-wrenching minute of it. I am happy when my characters come to life and when I have described places that take shape and make me believe I am actually there. I get nervous when the story presents dangers for my heroes and heroines and I thrill when the solution is found and they can be safe once again. I love the happily ever after.

When the first draft goes to the editor, I worry that I haven’t done my job. When it comes back to me mostly intact, I enjoy making the edits that strengthen my story. When I get the final cover, I am so excited.

Then comes the marketing. Should I use social media or websites? Should I use Amazon and find keywords? Newsletters? Everything? Am I ever doing enough? Should I get an assistant?

And when my readers buy the book, will they like it?

Yes, writing is hard , but selling it is harder.

Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Jenna Da Sie and read about the most difficult part for her.

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Do you believe it’s almost September? Where did the summer go? Well, we are happy you took the time to join us! It means so much!

Here is this week’s challenge:

How do you handle it when your work is rejected?

It would be impossible to imagine anyone likes rejection, or ever gets used to it. You pour your heart and soul into a book, agonize over it, break it down, build it back up, lose sleep worrying if it’s right, and if you’ve said all that you meant to in the best possible way and then…

After waiting for what seems forever, you get a form letter or worse, crickets. It’s terrible, painful, and even heart-breaking. But the difference between failure and success is, after a pity party, you pick yourself up and send it out again, knowing the same result could happen. But then, maybe not.

I remember my first contract. After what seemed like hundreds of rejections, I got THE letter. All of a sudden, all the pain was forgotten. A publisher liked my book enough to publish it!

After that, rejections weren’t quite so painful, because I knew I just hadn’t sent it to the right person for my new book. Yet.

It would be great if those rejections came with an explanation of why. They don’t very often. So it’s up to me to decide what I want to do. And, if I believe it’s the best I can make it, I just sent it out again. Because the only true failure is quitting.

And anyway, I write because I’m a writer. It makes me happy. And when you find something in life that’s fulfilling, that brings you joy, I say go for it, no matter what anyone else says.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and see how she handles it…

But first! Guess what’s available in Audio…

Defiance (Book 4 of the Demon Hunter series) Out in Audio.

 The Demon Hunters are about to face their biggest test, and they’ll need a lady to make the grade….

Lady Serena Thurston had big plans—attend the best balls, meet a fine gentleman, get married, have a child or two, and live happily ever after. But plans change. Serena knows firsthand what demons can do, and nothing will stand in the way of her goal to become a Demon Hunter—not even her absentee fiancé.

Tad Douglass is furious his fiancée has enrolled in the Demon Hunters’ school. Admittedly, he should have been more attentive after her capture by demons, but important Hunter business demanded his presence. Now, he’s forced to watch her transformation from an innocent young woman to a formidable Hunter. He’ll use every resource at his disposal to change her mind and return her to the simple life of a debutante.

When people go missing in London, Serena and Tad must investigate—together. The mistrust and love simmering between them during their perilous mission is brought to a boil at the gateway to Hell. With the lines between good and evil blurred, and death lurking at every turn, it will take a leap of faith to embrace this new partnership—as heroes and as lovers.

https://www.amazon.com/Defiance-Demon-Hunters-Book-4/dp/B0BBJ2DJCZ

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Tell us about your favorite scent and what it evokes for you.

Gardenia!

My absolute all time favorite. And unlike other flowers, it can’t be duplicated in any perfume I’ve ever found. I think that is one of the things that make them so special to me. I have to wait until they bloom in the spring. A few blossoms can make your whole house smell fantastic and they remind me of everything wonderful about that time of year. The flowers are white and pure and clean and the smell just makes me happy. They remind me of weddings and dancing and joy.

Every time one of my bushes yields a bloom, it’s like a gift, and every year I look forward to the season when they will blossom again.

I do love flowers – their colors and scents and freshness, but they all fade for me in comparison to the beautiful and sweet gardenia.

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous PG Forte. But first, you really should check this out…

Stephanie Sands thinks the Chamber of Commerce’s mentorship program is a great idea! She’s not ashamed to admit that her boutique bakery, Sugar Kink, isn’t quite making it. Yet. But the mentor she’s been assigned, Rocky D, isn’t just traditional, he’s positively medieval. It’s no wonder his sister wants nothing to do with him!

Can they put aside their differences (and the insane attraction they feel) to help each other out? Or will their dreams fall as flat as a failed souffle?

https://books2read.com/u/mvoerj

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Hi there. Hope your day is going well. Thanks so much for joining us today!

Here is this week’s challenge:

When did you start to write and why?

When I was a little girl, I was captivated by stories, especially by fairy tales. Reading opened up worlds to me I wanted to experience, to explore. And then, one day, I made up my own stories. There were imaginary playmates and we would travel to castles and be rescued by handsome princes.

As I grew older, my tales matured and I recognized the power of the written word. I could create scenarios and people and adventures and it was limitless. First it was poetry and then short stories and then, one day, I was brave enough to write a screenplay. And a studio optioned it. From there, I wrote episodic TV. But the real satisfaction came from longer stories where I could delve deeper. I started writing novels and so far, I have published sixteen, with the next two taking shape.

I never get tired of sitting down at the keyboard and pouring out my thoughts and I hope I never will.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic PG Forte and hear about her writing journey. But first…

Love wasn’t always strawberries and cream for Lucy and Dan Cavanaugh…or was it? In this Oberon prequel, we travel back in time to see how it all began. 

Although the Oberon series is not currently available (look for the re-boot in 2023) you can access a FREE DOWNLOAD of this novella when you join my newsletter group.

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us on our blog. So happy you’re here.

Here is this week’s challenge:

Share your favourite recipe for hot summer days. It can be a drink, a dessert, a meal…anything!

Salads, salads, salads. So many ways to prepare them and no time with a hot oven.

Here’s one of my favorites:

Grilled Tuna Salad

First, you need some fresh tuna steaks. The frozen ones tend to be soggy, so use fresh if you can get them. They’re expensive, so you can use small ones, like ¼ pound per person. Brush with olive oil and season to taste. Grill fast at a high temperature, so they’re seared on the outside and pink in the middle.

Then…and here’s where your creativity comes in. Place romaine or other lettuce on a plate. It can be whole leaves or broken into pieces. I say broken since you’re not supposed to cut lettuce. I have no idea why not. Place grilled tuna steaks on top of the lettuce.

You can add: fresh fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, mango, pieces of melon…

Radishes

Nuts

Dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Beets

Hearts of palm, sliced

Artichoke hearts…

Use your imagination…and then put on your favorite dressing.

Serve with crackers or bread and it’s a filling healthy meal. Cool and delicious.

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and see what her favorite is…

But first, you have to get this book:

What Readers are Saying about LOVING BETWEEN THE LINES…

“Sweet even when it’s spicy,” “engaging and realistic,” “wonderfully drawn characters.”

Now available in both print and ebook. Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo

https://books2read.com/LovingBetweenTheLines

https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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Hello and happy Tuesday. So glad you took the time to join us. Here is this week’s challenge:

Describe your earliest memory.

The bedroom in my grandparent’s house. I was three or four. The sunshine washed the room in a warm glow and the breeze through the open window lifted the curtains. It was such a pretty day.

The bed was covered in greeting cards, end to end like little soldiers. So many. I couldn’t read yet, so I had no idea what they said. And my grandpa, my Baba, wasn’t there to read them to me. He was always so kind to me.

I had no idea at the time, but those were condolence cards. My Baba was no more.

I was all alone in the room and there was a sense of peace. I didn’t know then, but his passing would change every aspect of my life.

In later years, I realized how much other people can alter my world. And when their influence is gone, how much it can change things even more.

I don’t have many happy memories, just mostly ones that I’ve learned from. And that’s okay, since I believe it makes me stronger and a better writer.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic PG Forte. But first…this book is wonderful!

Twice each year, Aine Murphy ventures into the woods to hold ceremonies to honor the Oak King and the Holly King, never dreaming these Lords of the Forest could be anything more than myth. When the legends spring to life in front of her, how can she help but fall for the sexy demi-gods she’s loved all her life?

https://books2read.com/u/bMRraG

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us! We hope your summer is filled with sunshine and fun!

Here is this week’s challenge:

What’s the recipe for a great hero in your opinion? What character traits to you spin together to create swoon-worthy heroes?

A great hero has to have flaws. A sense of humor. And has to have vulnerability, even if it’s discovered later in the story. Heroes have to be attractive to the other main character, in a way that makes them attractive to the reader. This can grow as the story progresses or be immediate. And a hero has to be able to listen and can never be truly cruel. And when a hero fails, be able to find redemption and gain knowledge in the process.

My heroes are people I’d like to meet and spend time with. And become involved in the way they navigate every situation. Their company should be exciting and comforting. So when the love grows between the main characters, it is a source of joy and fulfilled expectation.

Romance novels are built around love and, as we all know, love is transformational. Even the most despicable character at the outset can be changed by truly loving someone else. And it is that growth that makes for a happily ever after.

Now let’s hop over to the  fantastic A.S. Fenichel and hear about her heroes. But first…Check this out!

Magic Touch

ESME

I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.

WILLIAM

I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.

ESME

Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.

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Hello and happy Tuesday!!! Thanks so much for joining us! We love having you here!!

Here is this week’s challenge: Tell me a joke! Or share a funny story. Let’s laugh a little.

One day, Albert Einstein had to speak at a conference.

On the way there, Einstein begins to complain to his driver, who happens to look a lot like him.
 “I’m sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over!”

The driver agrees: “You’re right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don’t know anything about science, I could give the conference in your place.”

 “That’s a great idea!” says Einstein. “Let’s switch places then!”
 So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver, dressed as Einstein, goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it.
 But in the crowd, there is one scientist who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask Einstein, hoping he won’t be able to respond. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response.
 The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says :

 “Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I’m going to let my driver reply to it for me.”

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic Brenda Margriet and read her joke. But first…you have to

check this out!!!!!

Loving Between the Lines

A one-night stand neither will forget.

She wanted a final fling before choosing science to make her a single mom. He needed an escape from the regret grinding him into dust. Her baby isn’t his…but maybe family is more than DNA.

(Book Two in the Silverberry Seduction Seasoned Romance Series. Can be read as a standalone.)

(Lynn is 40, Benjamin is 35)

Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo

Now Available!

Ebook $2.99 for a limited time!

https://books2read.com/LovingBetweenTheLines

https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog