Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us. It means so much! And we hope you are staying healthy!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

It’s picnic time. Share your favorite picnic recipe.

Okay, so who doesn’t love deviled eggs? Here’s my recipe and it’s always a favorite:

4 eggs (more or less depending on how many you’re feeding)



Spicy mustard


Cilantro (a few sprigs)

2-3 Bacon strips, cooked and broken into pieces

Place the eggs in a saucepan and add several generous shakes of salt. (It helps keep the eggs from cracking during cooking). Cover with cold water and set on high heat. As soon as the water boils, reduce heat to medium (water should continue to boil) and time for 15 minutes. Drain the eggs and rinse under cold running water. Refrigerate 4-6 hours.

Take the cold eggs and tap each end on a hard surface, then roll them until the shells are cracked and then peel them. Rinse to make sure all bits of shell are gone. Dry and cut in half. Spoon the yolks into a small bowl and press with a fork until they are in tiny bits. Slowly add mayonnaise and stir until the mixture is smooth, then stir in about a teaspoon of the spicy mustard. Mix. Scoop evenly into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika, then put a leaf of cilantro on top and add a piece of bacon. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Now let’s pop over to the incredible A.S. Fenichel and see what she brings to the picnic. But first, check out her first book in the “Demon Hunters” series titled

“Ascension” – It’s fabulous and FREE!!!!!

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and welcome to our Tuesday hop. Thanks so much for joining us. We love when you’re here! And we hope you’re staying safe!

This week’s challenge comes for the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

FLASH FICTION Write about someone who unexpectedly comes into $20,000 and include the detail: a small black notebook.

It was her little secret. Every week since high school, Elise had put some money into a savings account. Sometimes just a dollar, sometimes more. She recorded the deposits in her small black notebook, but never added up the amounts.

In a month from today she would be thirty years old and she desperately needed a vacation. A nice vacation. Fearing she couldn’t afford it, she suddenly remembered her savings account. Digging out her notebook and a calculator, she was genuinely shocked to see the total: $20,000.00! She wanted to scream, shout from the roof. She hadn’t even missed that money all these years and here it was like a special birthday gift.

She spent the next week traveling the world on her computer and finally decided on Jamaica. There was an all-inclusive, very elegant resort there that offered a private pool, snorkeling and hiking and shopping and great food. A vacation dreams are made of.

Booking her flight and reservations, a surge of pleasurable anticipation energized her. She bought some new clothes, made arrangements for her neighbor to feed her cat, and she was ready. The hardest part was waiting until it was time to go.

Finally, she was boarding the plane and claiming her seat in first class. Wiggling into the plush leather, she looked up when a deep man’s voice caught her attention.

“Excuse me.” He pointed to the seat beside her.

“Of course.” Moving her legs to allow him access, she couldn’t help but notice how attractive he was. Late thirties, dark hair and the most amazing blue eyes. He slipped off his jacket and his muscles made her break into a sweat. And no wedding ring.

“Hi, I’m Bill.”


“Business or pleasure?”

“Pleasure.” Starting now. And who says money can’t buy happiness.

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and read what she does with her new-found money…

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday! Thanks so much for joining us! It means so much!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Well, this is an easy one. I would be my pup, Josie.

She’s beautiful and sweet and funny. Everyone she meets loves her. She gets to nap most of the day, usually in a pool of sunlight or on the couch. She has plenty to eat, fresh water to drink and treats. Her toys are everywhere and she plays with them all. And at night, she has her choice between the big bed where her humans sleep or the cool tile floor. And there are the belly rubs and ear scratches which are a regular entertainment.

Then, there are the two or three daily walks around the neighborhood to greet the neighbors and her boyfriends: Bruce, the giant schnauzer, Teddy the Cavachon and Sport, the Heinz 57. They wear themselves out playing and talking about the humans.

Josie lives in a house that’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. She is surrounded by love and only has a few basic rules, like don’t potty in the house and no human food. She is not happy about the last rule, but since her tummy is always full, she really can’t complain too much.

She doesn’t have to earn any money and since she’s only six months old, she doesn’t have any responsibilities. So really, life is good.

Josie believes she is the one who really writes my books and I just channel her ideas. I don’t think so, but with an ego that intact, she could rule the (puppy) world.

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and see what kind of animal she would be….

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks for joining us today. It means so much! We hope you are staying well!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

What is your favorite spring flower and why? Is it the scent? A memory?

It’s true that I love all spring flowers. The delicate scent of the daffodil and its wonderful bright yellow promises the sunshine to come. The shy crocuses with their purples and whites peeking up always make me smile. And there are so many other blooms that push their way to the sky, reveling in the new warmth and light and bathing in the soft rain.

But one flower in particular defines spring for me: the gardenia. Hiding in the bright green of its bush, its white a sharp contrast, each bloom is like a little gift. When you pick it, the scent is absolute heaven. So sweet and fresh without being cloying. I have never smelled any perfume that could duplicate it.

The blossoms show up in the spring and they seem very fragile, but if you put one in water, it will send the glorious fragrance gently into any room for a few days.  

Gardenias smell like weddings and garden parties and happiness. When people say ‘take time and smell the roses’, I prefer to inhale the scent of a gardenia. I’m not certain if my love of this flower comes from a memory, but I don’t think it matters. It gives me joy. And I think I value it all the more since it comes and goes so quickly and only, at least here, in the spring.

Now let’s hop over and see which flower is the choice of the fabulous Jenna Da Sie…

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:

FLASH FICTION How about 500 words and the prompt is “first kiss.” Give us a short and sexy first kiss.

            Gabriel was in love with Rebecca and she just told him she intended to marry someone else.  She made it clear she did not love the other man, but circumstances were forcing her hand. His heart cracked open and he bled, then bound the wound with determination. Knowing he would move heaven and earth to prevent the wedding, he had to think of a way to convince her to change her mind. Gabriel reached over and pulled her closer. She lifted her head and her delicious mouth was too close to ignore. Unable to resist, he pressed his lips against hers. She tasted like strawberries and springtime and all conscious thought left him. All he could think was ‘more’—he needed more. Her passionate response told him she felt the same way about him, even if she wouldn’t or couldn’t admit it.

            Remembering he was a gentleman, he forced sanity to replace his need for her. He had sampled women in his time, but it was never anything like this. He knew he would never get enough of this woman. Her honey sweetness permeated his soul.

            Pulling back, he met her gaze and looked deep into her eyes. They were bright with surprise and confusion and yes, desire. She pressed her fingertips to her lips.

            “Forgive me,” he offered.

            He expected outrage or at least embarrassment. “Forgive you?” she definitely sounded confused. “No. Actually I would like for you to do that again.” A deep blush pinked her cheeks. “It was my first kiss and so much better than I imagined.

            His heart leapt. “It was and you would?”

            “Oh, yes,” she responded, leaning back in to him and pressing close.

            Instantly, he obliged, this time deepening the kiss and moving his tongue between her lips. Her response was heated, almost demanding. Their tongues danced and played and it was all he could do not to go further. The kiss ended and now her blush set her cheeks afire. “I am so brazen. Please don’t ever tell anyone.”

            He nearly laughed. “It will be our little secret.”

Now let’s pop over to the talented Brenda Margriet and read her flash fiction. But first, you have to read her latest release. It is wonderful!

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to our hop and thanks so much for joining us. Hope you are staying safe!

This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:

Give us a glimpse into your “process” are you a pantser/plotting/hybrid, night owl writer/early morning, etc.

Usually about three in the morning, I wake up with some revelation about a character I’m writing. I slip back to sleep after repeating the idea several times so I remember it. When it’s time to get up, I have coffee, and take a shower. And, when the hot water is reviving me, the idea gets more dimensional and exciting because of all the possibilities it had inspired.

Then, I sit down at the keyboard and write. My stories are character driven and it is the characters that decide how the story will go. I give them free rein with just some basic parameters. So, that pretty much makes me a pantser.

I have tried plotting, but it never holds true. The story takes on a life of its own and I have to go with it.

In the “Dance” series, there were only supposed to be three books: the stories of three of the women. But Grace, their friend, kept nagging until I wrote her story, too.

Now that may sound a little crazy, but if the characters I write aren’t real to me, how can I expect them to ring true to my readers?

I don’t think it matters how a writer writes or what their “process” is. What is important is the story and the people in that story that drive it.

Speaking of great writing, you have to read the fabulous Brenda Margriet’s latest:

“Richly Deserved”

Now let’s pop over and read about her “process”…

Brenda Margriet

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello, happy Tuesday, and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet;

Buried treasure. Ghosts. Locked room murders. What is your favourite kind of mystery story? Or do you avoid those altogether?

Give me a good ghost story any day. Especially one with romance. Like “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”. I know, it wasn’t a book, but the movie was captivating. On the darker side of romantic hauntings, or more like possessions, “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James is one of those stories that stays with you. Like “The Shining” by Stephen King.

Do you think it’s feasible, that spirits go on after the physical body has departed? When we sit around on Halloween night and tell tales of hauntings, both sweet and terrifying, do we think these things are possible? And if not, why are we so fascinated by the stories? What about the things that go bump in the night?

I think we are all intrigued by the things we cannot see but might be there, waiting, in the dark to help or to frighten.

I love ghosts so much, I have written two books about them. One was the second book in the “Dance” series. “Emma’s Dance” has a ghost that helps our heroine find the truth.

And in the other book, which is still in editing, the ghost saves the heroine’s life. My kind of ghost is the one who helps, but I’m not opposed to a little scare now and again. How about you?

Now, let’s pop over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie and see what she likes best.

But first, you cannot miss the latest fabulous release by our own Brenda Margriet.

It is her just released “Richly Deserved” It’s a must read!!!!!

And now…Jenna Da Sie….

Jenna Da Sie

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We really appreciate it. This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:

Spring is here in the US. What’s your favorite thing about the season. If you can, share a Spring related memory.

Spring is my favorite season. I have lived all over the country and no matter where, there is always spring. The best part is the blooming flowers—oh and the birds singing. They’re busy making nests for their babies and telling everyone all about it.

There is nothing better than walking outside in the morning when the air is just warming up and the sparrows and robins are all twitterpated and seeing daffodils and crocuses poking their gorgeous heads up to the sun. And the trees, a few weeks ago so bare, now full of fresh green buds. The air is sweeter, the sun brighter, everything is new. I love that!

This year, more than any other in memory, we need spring. After a dark year of the pandemic and all that went with it, we have a vaccine which offers more hope than we’ve had in a long time. There is a light at the end of this tunnel and we all may actually return to normal in a few months.

Spring is always the time for cleaning out the old. I am not a huge fan of dusting, etc. but somehow I don’t mind when the sunlight is streaming in and I can open all the windows to blow out the stale breath of winter.

And color. I can wear more colorful, lighter clothes that just make me feel better about everything.

Oh, and did I mention the flowers…

Happy Spring!!!!

Now let’s hop over to the incredible Brenda Margriet. But first, you have to check out her new release, coming March 29th and now available for pre-order…

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us today. We really appreciate it! And we hope you are staying safe.

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:

Pick a book or story you’ve written and tell us where the inspiration came from.

Years ago, I had a breakfast catering service for some of the studios in Los Angeles. It meant I was up before the sun to get that coffee and doughnuts, etc. delivered before the crew arrived. It was well-known that no coffee, no work, and I certainly never wanted to be responsible for holding up production.

One morning, about 3 a.m., I was working and the lot was completely deserted. It occurred to me that everyone else was in their beds sound asleep. I thought – wouldn’t it be nice to visit some of these people in their sleep. I could make suggestions, give opinions, have some fun. Of course that was just a silly thought.

But – what if someone actually had that power? Consider all the possibilities if someone could persuade people while they were dreaming. Those people would wake up and have ideas that another had put there, but they would think those thoughts were their own. Imagine the influence someone could have.

And so, the first book in the “Dance” series was born, “The Dream Dancer”:

Lady Bryce has a gift. 
She can enter dreams and persuade her will onto others. 
It has served her well, especially in eliminating unsatisfactory suitors of her father’s choosing.
But when she encounters Lord Rowland she wants him more than any-thing and decides to visit him in his sleep and make him desire her above all others. 
As a virgin, she has discovered a diary from a leman who describes seduction in detail.
When she has driven Rowland to the edge of longing, she extracts a promise that he will marry her. 
As time passes, Bryce and Rowland fall in love.
But will their love be able to conquer all once Bryce’s secret is revealed? Rowland must decide if he truly loves her or has been bewitched.

You’ll have to read it to find the answers…

Lady Bryce has three friends and their stories – Historical combined with the Paranormal – make up the next three books in the series, all inspired by the characters themselves.

Now let’s hop over to Clair Brett and read about her inspiration.

Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday! We are so glad you are joining us today! Thanks for being here!

The week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet:

Writers are readers, too! What have you been reading lately?

The last weeks have been spent reading entries for the Vivian Contest for RWA. I had nine books to read for the second round, which means nine full manuscripts and not a lot of time to read them. The new criteria for the contest meant I had to read these with a new and different point of view. The winners are to be examples of the best of romance literature. This was different than the prior contest and required more involvement and evaluation as I went through the books. Of the ones I read, there were two that I believe should move on to the finals and no, I can’t tell you which two.

What I can say is that I hope all the judges will choose finalists based on the quality of the writing and nothing else.

I did finish and now I have some time to tackle my TBR list, which is incredibly long, but includes:

“The Betrayal” by Terry Lynn Thomas

“The Secret Sister” by Brenda Novak

“The Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes

 “The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke

and so many more…

Can’t wait to get started!

Now, let’s hop over to the wonderful Caro Kinkead and see what she’s reading…