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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!

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https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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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”

https://amzn.to/3dt7iYI

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

Brenda Margriet https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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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.

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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!!!!!

https://amzn.to/3rwgDUL

And now…Jenna Da Sie….

Jenna Da Sie https://jennadasie.com

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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…

https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to our hop and thanks so much for joining us. We’re so happy you’re here. This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

 If you could renovate one room in your house, which one would it be and why?

We moved into this house less than two months ago, so I have to say all of the inside rooms are pretty much the way I want them to be. The outside, however, definitely needs a makeover with a capital ‘M’.

The yard is small and the previous owners decided they didn’t want a lot of lawn care to deal with, so they covered a great portion of the area with rocks. Now, in Florida, pretty shells abound, so there are lovely colors scattered about which makes the stones work. But…for some reason, the man laid down a section of pavers in the middle of the space. A patio you might ask. No, the ground slopes down. A place for a fountain? I don’t think so. It definitely needs some work. Below is a picture and I would love some suggestions on what to do with this.

In a month or so, the weather here will encourage plants to bloom and green up. And I like the idea of flowers and bushes. But just pulling up the pavers and planting something or putting down pots wouldn’t look good without some kind of plan. So, again, if you have any ideas, please share.

As for the rest of the house…within walking distance to the beach and it has a loft…pretty perfect.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Now let’s pop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel.

But first…

You can’t miss this. One of her incredible books is free!!!!!

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Hey there. Thanks so much for joining us on this winter Tuesday. We are so glad you’re here! Here’s the challenge this week:

Let’s talk about food. What’s your favorite food or dish? Does it evoke a memory or is it something new that you adore?

Oh, this is easy! Popcorn!! It is the perfect food. First, it’s delicious. Salty, crunchy, buttery. It’s good for you, too. High in fiber and low in calories (if you skip the butter – and maybe the salt – come on, who are we kidding?).

But the best part is you eat it when you’re watching a movie. A movie! Personally, I love movies: old ones, classic ones, new ones, any kind (except the cut up people ones or ones where the dog dies – I never think that’s okay).

I tried eating a sandwich at a movie once – so not the same.

It’s been more than a year since it was actually safe to go to the movies. But thankfully, we have so many choices on TV and streaming now. We even have new movie releases available without ever having to leave home. And I bought a real popcorn maker that makes the kind they have in the theatres. It’s not exactly the same thing, but pretty close.

I used to go to the movies every Saturday and get my popcorn fix. And I have to admit, I do miss actually going out to the theatre. But I’m hoping that soon we’ll be able to resume activities like that. I can’t wait!

Now let’s hop over to the incredible A.S. Fenichel and see what she loves to eat…

http://asfenichel.com/blog

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Hope you are well and staying safe. Thanks so much for taking the time to join us! It means a lot! I came up with the challenge for this week:

We’re coming up on Valentine’s Day. What is your dream gift to receive this year?

As a romance writer, this is my favorite holiday! What could be better than a day that celebrates love?

I am so lucky! I have love in my life. I have a wonderful husband who loves me and an adorable puppy. No pics of the husband, but I couldn’t resist posting the pup. Isn’t she cute? And puppy kisses are the best! And I have wonderful friends!

On a day like Valentine’s Day, we should remember we are a community. What hurts each of us really hurts all of us. But when we respond to others with gratitude and love, a smile, an offer of help, that benefits all of us.

I believe that everyone deserves a happily ever after. How a person defines that may be different, but really, love is love. It keeps us going, makes us stronger, pushes us toward our dreams. I wish every day was Valentines Day.

Now, I wouldn’t mind some chocolate or some flowers…just saying. But mostly, my dream gift is to share love.

Now, let’s hop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and find out her dream gift…

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Hello and welcome to our hop! We are so happy you’ve joined us! This week’s challenge comes for the incredible Jenna Da Sie:

What are the top 3 things you learned last year?

2020 – what a year. Glad it’s over—right! But I think we can all agree some good things came out of it. For me…

  1. I learned to appreciate things I took for granted, like hugs and even handshakes.
  2. My eyes were opened to a new awareness of the world around me. As a writer, I tended to live in a bubble most of the time, but with everything going on, that was no longer possible. Not only was the pandemic a pandemic, but the racial strife and inequality was starkly brought to the forefront. Terrible things were happening in the dark—and now, shining a bright light on the brutality motivated people to action in order to stop it, to make changes that will benefit everyone.
  3. I also was amazed at how many were ready to believe what they were told without question. It is said if you tell a lie enough times it become truth. No, it doesn’t. It is still a lie, just one repeated. But enough people didn’t swallow it and now we have hope for a better future.
  4. And one more…

I learned what an incredible capacity we have to take care of each other in the face of adversity. The essential workers who continue to risk their lives…there are not enough words to show our gratitude.

So, here’s hoping the lessons of 2021 are not so painful…

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and read what she learned…