Candace Camp – The Bridal Quest

The Bridal Quest

The Bridal QuestThe Bridal Quest is Book Two in the Matchmakers Series.

The beginning sets the stage of this romance for the lovers giving them both a commonality. Neither come from ideal family situations, which really helps me relate to them. One, Lady Irene Wyngate has declared she will never marry and have such a life and the other Gideon, the Earl of Radbourne, must marry to keep his family off his back and maintain appearances.Irene has made herself undesirable by being plain and practical. But this is the very thing that attracts Gideon to her. Having spent his life raised as a commoner her frankness is quite refreshing to him. And his rudeness does not offend her as it would a more genteel Lady.

She agrees to help him learn the ways of his birthright but with the clear understanding she will not marry him or any other man and lose her freedom. But is she really free? She is forced to live in her childhood home with her brother and new wife. Her father’s past deeds squandered most of their resources and his selfishness left no preparation for Irene and her mother.

After a few days and lessons Gideon is introduced to several prospective brides. Dances, dinners and chaperoned outings begin to take place but the heat continues to rise between Gideon and Irene. Though she still refuses to marry anyone! And she thinks that he only wants a figurehead and not an equal in a wife.

Finally it’s too much to bare and Irene gives in to Gideon but after a lovely group outing a horrible truth comes to light putting to question whether she will truly ever get married to anyone.

The story builds slowly but once it takes off it soars. The characters are very relatable. I find myself in Lady Irene with her plainness and practicality. And her wanting to be sure that she was not treated poorly or inferior. We all want someone to love us for us no matter who we are.

KissCon

St. Louis

Journey and Hotel

Way back in March of 2015 I attended KissCon with a lovely group of ladies. I want ed to share some pictures from the trip with you.

KissCon - St. Louis 2015
My first view of the city.

I never made it into the arch that weekend but if I ever go back I hope to. We took two days to leisurely travel to St. Louse as we left on a Friday.

This was the lovely hotel, St Louis Union Station, we stayed in while there.

Book Event

Some photos of the authors who attended.

This was my first author event. I didn’t even take pictures of the swag I got. I remember getting a book from Maya Banks and then getting one mailed to me because the one she was suppose to give away that day didn’t get published in time. I also remember a wine cup and a wine opener. Then the evening begins to get foggy. We went out to a great pub, Maggie’s maybe, and then went out by the stadium to experience the night life of the area. There was dancing. And that’s all I’m saying.

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ReBlog – 5 Tips For Writing A Gratitude Journal (And Keeping At It!)

ReBlog – Research has shown those who actively give thanks for their lives reap physical, social and psychological benefits.

Source: 5 Tips For Writing A Gratitude Journal (And Keeping At It!) – The Writer’s Circle

ReBlog – My Top 20 Editing Checklist

ReBlog – I’m taking part in a blog challenge during the month of April hosted by ProBlogger. It’s called “31 Days To A Better Blog,” and one of the challenges for this week is to have a list post.

Since I’m always looking to improve my writing skills, I decided that my list post is going to be my editing checklist.

The great thing about this checklist is I can use it for other things besides my own writing. I can use it when I read a book for review or when I critique other writers. Here’s my list–hope you can find a way to use it as well.

1. First ChaptersDoes the beginning of the story:

Source: My Top 20 Editing Checklist | BlogHer

ReBlog – Quote of the day.

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“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” – Zoey Sayward

Source: Quote of the day. – Cheeky Column

ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: CURIOSITY

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Is curiosity an emotion, or is it a state of mind—part of the intellect?

Just curious…Synonyms: inquisitiveness, interest, questioning (think about a child), prying, snoopiness, intrusiveness, nosiness, intrigue

Once again, I believe there are degrees of curiosity, but this time from the synonyms that have a positive slant to those that are more negative: desire to learn, inquisitiveness, intrigue, interest, questioning, intrusiveness, snoopiness, nosiness, prying

Quote: “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ideas For Writing Curiosity:

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: CURIOSITY | BlogHer

Reviews

A few questions I ponder.

Should authors write reviews for other authors?

If they do should they use a fake name?

Is it taboo for authors to review other authors?

What are your thoughts?

I try to look at the upside and the downside of things before I decide to do them. This ship has already sailed but I still wonder about my decision.

Upside:

I’m supporting other authors. I’m getting word out about their work. I’m sharing with my followers what I read which allows us to connect better.

Downside:

An author may not like my review. Their readers may not like it. My follows may not like it. But that goes with being a writer; all people may not like what I write.

ReBlog – How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 2

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Here’s the second part of “How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog.”

BREAK YOUR CONTENT INTO MORE THAN ONE POSTI did this in yesterday’s post, but I didn’t do it merely to get you back here today. Posts that are too long tend to turn readers off. Not all content will allow you to do this, but some will. Take advantage of it.

I also leave a preview at the bottom of each post, to let readers know what’s coming up next.

Source: How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 2 | BlogHer

ReBlog – Writing Inspiration: Maya Angelou

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Writing Inspiration: Maya Angelou

Source: Writing Inspiration: Maya Angelou – The Writer’s Circle

Robert Their – The Robber Knights Love

The Robber Knight’s Love is Book Tow in the Robber Knight Saga

I really like this book, but I don’t think it’s a book yet. I don’t think it’s finished or published anywhere but on this neat app a colleague introduced me too. As a matter of fact I thought I finished it yesterday and just checked to make sure I was spelling the authors name right and BAM I was notified that two more chapters had been added. I think I am going to like this app. It has completed books on it too. Robber Knights Love actually has a precursor, The Robber Knight; now that I know about it I will read it as well.

The Robber Knights LoveThe Robber Knights Love takes place centuries ago in the age of Knights and Ladies who rule Kingdoms. Ayla the Lady of the Castle is under attack from an enemy with ill intentions. He is willing to do anything to achieve his goals. Ayla has been nursing Reuben, a self-proclaimed merchant back to health and we come into the story after he has professed his love for her. But Reuben has a very large secret and once Ayla discovers it she may send him to the gallows. Can Reuben win her back if she does discover his secret? Does she even have feelings for him? Is he just handy to have around in this time of war?

Reuben by far is my favorite character, which is not typical of me. I usually don’t like the human characters that are murderers, thieves or criminals. Werewolves and vampires can do unspeakable things and it’s fine because it’s in their nature. This book however is in times of war, where all good men must kill bad men to survive so I can look over Reuben’s transgressions, as he is the lesser of several evils plaguing the castle. Ayla is way to innocent and naïve for my liking. She is also quite virtuous, never giving in to Reuben’s advances. So for you who like a romance it’s here but there’s no steam.

ReBlog – B is for “Back At One” – @simplymarquessa #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

ReBlog – And the story gets interesting.

Photo credit: Butz.2013 via Foter.com / CC BY

Continued from “Amarte Es Un Placer”.

Back At One (Alejandro)

“I wanted to look up.” “Look up? What do you mean?” She turned her gaze back …

Source: B is for “Back At One” – #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z | Simply Marquessa

ReBlog – So you want to sign at an event? Here are some things I’ve learned

ReBlog – I’m so not ready for this but things I need to think about.

By Chelle Bliss

There’s been a lot of buzz about author events recently and I wanted to throw a couple things out there. There are so many misconceptions, unrealistic hopes, and harsh realities that many do not understand.

Here are a few questions I’ve been asked and what I’ve learned thus far.

Am I going to make money at an event?No! Most events are expensive, unless they’re near your hometown and there’s no need to pay for travel expenses. If traveling far from home, the cost of an event can climb quickly.

If you’re an author and expect to make money at an event… think again.

Let me break down the expenses of my last event in Nashville.

Source: So you want to sign at an event? Here are some things I’ve learned | Kobo Writing Life

ReBlog – The Hat-trick: Tools for Revision

 

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by Chris Mandeville

Knife, scissors, chisel, scalpel, jackhammer—I bet you were expecting a plethora of these types of implements in a post about “tools for revision.” After all, revision is all about cutting, honing, tearing apart and re-crafting your words, right?

Well, not exactly.

Though we often use the terms “editing” and “revising” interchangeably, there is a difference. Editing is detail-oriented and involves honing the prose, voice, pacing, and so forth, in which case a tool like a chisel would be an apt reference. But revision is a completely different task requiring completely different tools, the most essential of which is your hat. Let me explain.

First let’s look at the words editing and revision. Edit means “to change,” whereas revision derives from the Latin “revise” which means “to look at again.” So revision is about seeing—or rather re-seeing—your story, not about changing it. It’s about perspective. Objectivity. Re-visioning your story as a whole. This big-picture stuff is essential before attempting the detail-work of editing where you refine your words.

Source: The Hat-trick: Tools for Revision | Kobo Writing Life

ReBlog – Pinterest and Your Novel

ReBlog – This is an interesting idea.

Using Pinterest to make the most of your novel: Part two

Source: Pinterest and Your Novel – The Writing Crafter

ReBlog – How to Publish a Book on Amazon

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How to Publish a Book on Amazon

Source: How to Publish a Book on Amazon – The Writer’s Circle