Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and thanks for joining us! We really appreciate it! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:

What’s the best part of being a writer? What’s the worst?

The best part? Everything to do with the actual writing process. Coming up with an idea is always exciting. Then, deciding the when and where. Next comes the research. Lots and lots of research. I love it. I learn so much from every book I write. I never liked history until I started to see it as people rather than just dates and outcomes.

After research, the characters forming in my head evolve.

Then, I sit at my keyboard and let the story pour out. I am lucky enough to not suffer from writers’ block. Sometimes I get stuck on a plot point, but then I just step away for a while until it resolves. Which, happily, so far, it always seems to do. And then seeing what my fabulous cover artist, Jena Brignola, designs for me. It makes my vision really come to life.

Next is editing, which I actually enjoy, since the book always comes out so much better. That thanks goes to Jenn Bray-Weber.

And last, writing “The End” which is bittersweet. Loving the process, hating to see it end, then getting excited again by another idea or a continuation of the series.

The worst? Marketing. The competition is so fierce and there are so many choices: social media, blogs, classes to take, options to weigh. Some things work, some don’t, some work only part of the time. So necessary, but not so much fun.

All in all, though, I have the best job in the world!!!!

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Romance Writers Weekly



Hi and welcome to this week’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us. The challenge this week comes from the amazing J.J. Devine:

One of my favorite sayings is, “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” Tell me your favorite love story.

Trying to choose a favorite love story is almost impossible. Each story is unique in its own way and reading about people loving each other never gets old. So many locales, so many time periods, are just icing on the cake.

I can say that some of the ones I read over and over again are the books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, the Twilight series, and The Velvet Quartet by Jude Deveraux. And, of course, “Outlander”.

All of these books have one thing in common. The characters face conflict and come out on the other side stronger. Their love is what holds them together and they do find their ‘happily ever after’. And a tale well told is a wonderful thing.

So, my favorite love story is each and every one.

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Now, let’s hop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel and see what her favorite is….

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. We are always so happy when you join us! I came up with this week’s challenge:

Everybody always asks me where I get my inspiration. What is your favorite inspiration story and what book was the result?

Years ago, I was working at NBC doing breakfast catering. I had to be on the sets very early (crew does not work without coffee!). It was about four o’clock in the morning and there was no one else around. The lot was virtually empty, although I knew in a few hours it would be buzzing with activity.

All I could think was the rest of the world was still sound asleep in their beds. Dreaming. And what if——what if I could speak to them in those dreams? What if I could influence them? And so “The Dream Dancer” was born. The Lady Bryce, who could enter dreams and managed to chase away unwanted suitors. And then was able to convince Lord Rowland to marry her. Of course, power always comes with a price.

And then there were Bryce’s three friends, which led to “The Dance Series”. It was so much fun writing about them all!


Let’s pop over to the incredible A.S. Fenichel and hear about her inspiration…

Romance Writers Weekly



Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. We’re so happy you’re here!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

What was the first romance novel you ever read and how did it inspire you?

Years ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of “The Flame and The Flower” by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I had never before thought of myself as a fan of romance novels until I read that book. And then, I devoured everything else Woodiwiss wrote. After that, I read other romance authors. And they inspired me, as well.

I wanted to do that! To take readers away to another time and place and immerse them in the lives of the characters. That was the ultimate joy. A fabulous escape.

Life is not easy. Sometimes just getting through the day is a challenge. But, even on a bad day, there is still the excitement and adventure and “happily ever after” to be found in the pages of those books. And so I continue to create characters and travel with them to other times and places. It is always a fantastic journey and it always ends well.

Every day that I sit down at the computer, I say a little thank you to Kathleen Woodiwiss for the gift she gave me.

Very soon, readers can come with me to England in the 1700’s where the long arm of Sultan Moulay of Morocco is still reaching out to threaten Catherine and Tazim. Can their love survive?


Now, let’s pop over to the incredible A.S. Fenichel and hear about her first…

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop! We’re always so glad when you join us. This week’s challenge comes for the wonderful Jenna Da Sie:

What do you carry in your bag/purse? What is in it right now?

I have a friend who carries enough in her purse to sustain her and her family in case of the zombie apocalypse. Of course, it weighs 900 pounds. Not me. Now, I do love purses and have way too many of them. But, strangely, I don’t really like to carry one. I think it’s because I’m always afraid I’ll leave it behind.

But, out of necessity, there are times when I do have to put my stuff in one and take it with me. So, what’s in it? A wallet, a lipstick, a pen and my phone. What else do I need? Of course, by the time I finish my errands, it’s also stuffed with receipts that I have to sort when I get home. Or when I change purses.

The good thing about those receipts is they are perfect for writing notes when I get an inspiration. Which is why I always carry the pen.

I guess the contents aren’t very exciting, but my purses are definitely awesome. Here are a few examples…Pretty cool, huh? I love them.


Actually, a purse figures into the intrigue in “Texas Summer”…Check it out…


Now let’s pop over to the amazing Jenna Da Sie and check out what she carries in her bag…

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Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us! I came up with this week’s challenge:

If you could have lunch with any (living) author, who would it be and why?

It would have to be a toss-up between Stephen King and Nora Roberts. First, both are fabulous at the craft. And their work ethic is unbelievable. They are both so prolific, which illustrates just how disciplined they both are. And did I mention brilliant?

I heard Ms. Roberts speak a few years ago and I have been inspired ever since. She made me realize I wasn’t kidding myself in thinking writing wasn’t a pastime – it was a job. And I have read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and learned so much.

It was reading “‘Salem’s Lot” by Mr. King that inspired me to want to write initially. It took a while for me to find my niche in romance, but I still love a good scare as served up by the master.

And reading Ms. Roberts’ books taught me about creating a believable universe your characters can live in.

I would love to break bread with either one (or both) of them.

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Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and happy Tuesday. We are so glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

Have you seen any movies this year? If so, which one was your favorite and why?

Okay, I admit it. I am a movie fangirl. There is nothing better than getting my tub (yes, my tub) of popcorn and sitting in a darkened theater and being swept away into another world. Love it!

I’m afraid I can’t narrow my choice down to just one. So, here are some of my favorites this year: The Green Book, A Star is Born (best remake ever! And yes, I’ve seen them all), Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (yep, I’m a sucker for dinosaurs), Ocean’s 8.

I missed a bunch more that I can’t wait to see when they come out on PPV or DVD: The Favourite, Black Panther, Widow, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, we moved to an area where the nearest movie theater is a trek. In Memphis, there were two about five minutes away. So, it’s not as convenient. But, hey, you can’t keep a movie lover away for long.

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Now let’s hop over and see what the amazing Jenna Da Sie liked this year…