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Hello and welcome to our hop. Thanks so much for joining us and we hope you are well. This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Jenna Da Sie:

FLASH FICTION. Write a story that contains ONLY dialogue.

“Forgive me, my lady, but I must beg a favor.”

            “My lord? We have not been introduced. What favor dare you ask?”

            “My name is Rowland and I but plead for a few moments of your gracious company before I must go off on my quest.”

            “Your quest, my lord?”

            “I must slay a dragon.”

             “My lord, there are no such things as dragons.”

            “Really, my lady. Please do not tell the dragon that, for I fear you will offend him. And his wrath might be terrible.”

            “And do you presume to save me from the dreaded beast?”

            “Of course, my lady. It is the sole mission of a knight to protect a damsel in distress.”

            “And what if you are the cause of my distress instead of some mythical creature?”

            “But my lady, that is not possible. Because if that were true, I must fall on my sword.”

            “I see. Well, then, I shall go on my way and pray your quest is a success.”

            “Then may I bring you a souvenir?”

            “And what would that be, might I ask?”

            “Why his fire, to light your way.”

            “You suggest I am in the dark?”

            “No, but I am. For I know not your name nor that which you call home.”

            “Then I suggest the dragon will tell you.”

            “And if there are no such things as dragons?”

            “Then we will both be sad.”

            “If you tell me where I can find you, we can commiserate together.”

            “Yon castle is my home, but I fear it is guarded by a very fierce creature. And I hope you do not slay him for I have grown quite fond of him.”

            “And me? Is there a chance?”

            “There is magic in the world, my lord, and one never knows when it will come to your aid.”

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Hello and happy Tuesday! We hope you had a fun Fourth of July. And we wish you are staying well. Thanks so much for joining us.

I came up with this week’s challenge:

Tell us about your favorite movie and why you watch it over and over again.

I love movies! I could live in a theatre and watch all kinds of movies all day long. And all night, too. But one stands out as my all time favorite: “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

I have seen it so many times, I can recite almost all the dialogue. And it never gets old. Every time I watch it, I promise myself I won’t cry at the end, but it’s so bittersweet, I can’t help myself. I cry every time.

It’s the story of two people who meet on a cruise ship and fall in love and it changes everything for both of them. They are in other relationships, so they have to extricate themselves from those when they arrive home and, since he is a playboy, find a way to support themselves.  

I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but it touches at the heart of what true love is and how life-changing it can be. Plus, there’s wonderful humor and gorgeous clothes. It’s everything a love story should be.

Watching it reminds me why I love romance so much, how it takes me away with it and strengthens my belief that, no matter what comes, there can always be a happily ever after.

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel, but first, you can’t miss her .99 cent sale on “Deception”…

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

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

How do you choose your character’s names? Do you have a system, a book, an app or is it random?

Yep, random. This is my very scientific method: I pull up a list of girls’ and boys’ names on Google that are suitable for the period I’m writing in. I try not to use the same first letter for more than one character in each book, since I find that confusing. And then I choose names that just sound right to me.

I then check out the origins of the names I have picked and their meaning. For example, I wouldn’t want my hero to have a name that means ‘bringer of death’ or my heroine to have one that means ‘siren that lures men to ruin’. But the process of choosing is fun. Just as imagining what the protagonists look like and how they dress and everything else about them that makes them whole. And a name is vital. Would Romeo and Juliet have the same romance if their names were Ralph and Sue? Would Katniss be who she was if her name was something else?

Names contribute to the story as much as any other element and even though my method is random, I still opt for ones that are right for my characters.

Now let’s hop over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie and find out how she chooses names…

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. Hope you are well and thanks for joining us. I came up with this week’s challenge:

Tell us what you dream about.

I have the most vivid dreams. I think it’s because I sleep so deeply. Sometimes the dreams are answers to problems, sometimes they’re old memories revisited and sometimes they’re stories that play out like a movie.

I have had dreams of the future and dreams of warnings – they are the most unsettling in some ways, but they have helped me avoid bad things.

I wrote a book about a woman who could enter dreams and persuade others. Do you think that’s possible? And if the one being persuaded figures it out, what happens then? Is that a power you’d like to have? It does seem to work for Lady Bryce.

I love hearing about the dreams of others. It’s so much easier to interpret someone else’s symbols and even if it’s not particularly accurate, it’s fun.

I remember many of mine, but sometimes I wish I had written others down. I always hope the good ones that I can’t remember will come back and give me another chance to record them. Another book may come out of those…

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Good morning and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us. It means a lot!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

Do you have a pet? Or have a special pet memory? Please share – and photos welcome!

I’m not sure if I have a pet or she has me. Her name is Josie.

My beloved terrier, Jakita, died a while ago and there was a huge hole in my heart. Not that she could ever be replaced, but I missed having a dog. And one day, as I was scrolling through the ‘pets available’ section of Craigslist, having no expectations of finding a new companion when…there was her picture.

I contacted the breeder and found him to be honorable and knowledgeable, so we went to check out the puppy. And I was in love.

She is ¾ standard poodle and ¼ Chesapeake Bay retriever. Here is the good news:, she is very smart. Here is the bad news: she is very smart. Now 7-1/2 months old, she is learning manners and she is very comfortable sitting at my feet when I write. Of course, there is the chewing and the high energy, but two long walks a day has helped and made me healthier.

Seriously, who could resist those eyes? So maybe she’s a little spoiled.

Dogs are amazing. They teach us patience (you have to be patient with a puppy) and mostly, unconditional love. And who doesn’t need that?

Now let’s hop over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie.

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Hope you had a good holiday. And thanks so much for joining us!

This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:

What are your pre-writing/writing rituals. For example, do you light a special candle, have a certain playlist, or a must have cup of your favorite tea before you sit down to write? What gets you in the “writing” mood?

I love to write. All it takes for me to get in the mood is time and quiet. When I’m writing, I have to make sure I don’t have anything pressing in the next hour or so, because I just might miss it. When I’m “in the zone”, everything else disappears. One time, when I was writing one of my historicals, I was so into it that when the phone rang, I had no idea what the sound was.

Which brings me to quiet. Although, after having teenagers in the house, I learned to tune out peripheral sound, I much prefer no noise interruptions. I know many authors listen to music, but I find it distracting, especially when I’m deep in history. Of course, when you live with other people and pets, silence is sometimes impossible to achieve, but it is what I like best.

So, every morning, I have my coffee, check my messages, and put my butt in my chair and write until lunchtime. Unfortunately, my stomach is a distraction I can’t seem to ignore. After lunch and things that need attention, like laundry and grocery shopping, I sometimes find time to sit back down and write more. And I love every minute of it!

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

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us. We do appreciate it!

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

Lately I’ve been thinking about the story themes that turn me on and inspire me. List your top ten favorite story or plot themes. It can be anything from Dragons to friends to lovers.

Here are the ones I love best:

  • Time Travel – History has always been one of my favorite subjects and recognizing it is about people and the lives they lived is fascinating. I also love doing research and if I could witness it firsthand – well, that would be amazing..
  • Enemies to Lovers is always fun as the progression in their love affairs unfold.
  • Serial killers and the people that investigate them and bring them to justice.
  • Ghosts and entities that reach across time to help and protect us. In fact, I just wrote a novel about that very thing in “Stay With Me”.
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  • Court intrigue during the reign of Elizabeth the First. So much going on and such an amazing queen.
  • Mythology – so many stories originated in the tales from the ancient Greeks and Romans and they are a wonderful starting point for so many stories.
  • Poverty and hardship to success is always fun. Sometimes with a little revenge thrown in. Like “The Count of Monte Cristo” or “Cinderella”.
  • Good versus Evil is a universal theme that can be utilized in a thousand (or more) different ways.
  • Villain to hero or villainess to heroine. The whole redemption thing is always fun.

And last but not least…

  • Us against the world. When two people have to join forces to fight wrong or wrongdoing. Something that tests their mettle and their strength and how they come out stronger together.

I’m sure there are many more, but just writing this list inspired me to start another novel.

Now let’s hop over to Clair Brett…

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

I came up with this week’s challenge:

Scent is very important in life and in our stories. Tell us your favorite and why it inspires you.

It’s hard to choose just one scent that inspires me. Each is unique and brings up emotions or memories. I love the smell of ginger. It reminds me of Hawaii and some wonderful times I spent there. It elicits feelings of romance and lush foliage and warm tropical nights.

Bergamot reminds me of afternoon tea and cold afternoons, sitting with friends and sharing stories.

And coconut which smells of tanning oil and the beach and lazy days.

Laundry fresh from the line, infused with fresh air and sunshine, and anything cinnamon baking in the oven (or chocolate chip cookies) brings on the warmest feelings of comfort and home.

I like my male heroes to smell of the ocean and citrus and leather and—man. My heroines are fragrant with lavender or roses or strawberries. These just seem the right choices to bring on romance.

If we’re talking about fresh flowers, there is nothing like my three favorites: freesia, pikake and gardenia. I don’t know of any perfumer who has been able to capture these in a bottle, but in a bouquet they are weddings and joy and love.

I’m one of those with a very sensitive nose, so I am definitely drawn to people who have the hint of something delicious. Nothing too sweet or too overpowering, but just a whisper that can made me think of some new experience I’ve yet to have. And I am always open to new combinations of perfumes that take me to foreign lands and exciting new passions.

Now let’s pop over to Clair Brett and hear about her favorites…

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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)

Salt

Mayonnaise

Spicy mustard

Paprika

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.

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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.”

“Elise.”

“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…

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