For a tense second she swore the air stood still around them. Then he was on her, but not on her. Her perplexed mind couldn’t register soon enough that his mouth was a pant away from hers though it felt like he caressed her. The only place he did touch was her neck, yet it seemed as if his hands were everywhere heating her up from the inside out. Ghost sensations made her skin pebble. She inhaled deeply. There he was. His musky tone, mixed with an herbal aroma teasing her nose. The scent that made him all Raze, all man, it engulfed her in a sensuous fog.
“I’m going to kiss you.”
His warning meant nothing to her. Instead of backing away she stood on her toes. He groaned a fatalistic edge to the sound.
I’m still hard at work on this paranormal romance of mine and honestly, I’m in such a good place with it. I feel like it’s a story I want to share with the world. It will definitely have all the heat elements of The Wolf’s Choice, though probably score higher on the drama and action scale.
The Wolf’s True Mate has kept me on my toes. Made me ask hard questions about my writing process and also the type of stories I want to tell.
I have other WIPs I’ve roughly outlined and plan on diving into right after this one. I’ve sit with it for a long time and know once I’m done I’ll be able to let go of the manuscript and not come back to it as obsessively as I’ve done.
The above snippet from The Wolf’s True Mate stood out to me as I went through the first couple of chapters while I was revising. I don’t know why, but it just drew me into the hero and herione’s story.
Cara and Raze have given me uphill, but I love them for it.
I’ve never done anything like this on my blog and thought I’d share a bit of insight about myself for any one who’s interested (no one is, but let’s pretend you are *wink*). So here’s to you learning more about me, the author/blogger/random posting person that is me *smile*
Get to know me tag:
Share a profile picture of yourself.
Who are you named after?
One of my aunts (on my mother’s side) was really into the German language at one point in her life and loved the names ‘Inge’ and ‘Ulrike’, and she insisted on giving them to me. At that point she didn’t have children yet. So my full name is Inge Ulrike Saunders, courtesy of my aunt. Thanks. A lot. I love this for me. German names with an English surname. Yay colonialism. *laughs
Do you like your handwriting?
Nope. My handwriting has never been the best, and since I’ve become used to typing everything, it has become worse over the years. When I used to be a teacher and had to write on the white board the kids would always complain…so yeah. Not good. Not something anyone would want me to do. Definitely not a superpower.
What’s your favorite lunch meat?
That would be chicken, preferably
with crisp salad and lashings of mayonnaise.
*pauses* Uh…do I have to make a statement here…uh…*starts nervous laughing*
Do you still have your tonsils?
Would you bungee jump?
No. Hard no.
Do you untie your shoes when you
take them off?
If I have shoes with laces on, yes.
Ooh, so many so little time. Ha. Though if I was required to eat one flavour for the rest of my days I’d say I could tolerate vanilla without getting bored of it.
What’s the first thing you notice
I do believe the eyes are the windows to the soul, so I notice the eyes first.
Football or baseball?
Football? As in soccer? Or American’s version of rugby? Ha, I can do this all day. Either way I’m not into these two sports. A sport I would prefer above them is tennis *smiles*
What color pants are you wearing?
Last thing you ate?
If you were a crayon what color
would you be?
Fresh citrus scents. They instantly wake me up.
Who was the last person you spoke to
on the phone?
A building contracter.
Born with light brown hair that became dark brown as I became older, and I used to dye it chocolate brown with highlights, but I now have gone full on black. So hair color is black. For now.
Brown, or in romance writer’s world, chestnut brown.
Favorite food to eat?
I could live off South African braai food for the rest of my life *laughs* That’s barbeque for the rest of the world *wink*
Scary movies or happy endings?
I’m grew up loving both. Getting the pants scared off me and melting at chick flick endings…eeek! Also Bruce Willis. And sci-fi movies.
one of my Facebook pals posted a series of status updates that offended one of
their friends. At the time when I saw the posts, I found nothing wrong with
them. I did think my pal had done it for the joke-factor more than anything
else. But one of their friends didn’t find it funny; in fact they’d gone so far
as to unfriend them.
also commented on the post at the time and saw their response to the update
under mine, no less! *smiles* And I ‘liked’ theirs, even though it contradicted
mine. Why, you might ask. Because they were right.
was wrong. And they were right. I acknowledged that by ‘liking’ the comment.
But I didn’t comment further on it.
went on with my life and then much later in the evening, I opened up my
Facebook again and saw an apology update from my friend. It seemed sincere to
me, so I ‘liked’ what they’d done. I thought it showed maturity and respect for
others. Also the willingness to admit, look I might’ve made a mistake here.
I read the comments under the apology status…and well I pulled a face and
rolled my eyes at the ‘why should you apologize it’s your profile’ stank of
entitlement. It displayed the typical behavior now found on social media, where
people treat their profiles (owned not by them) as if it were their personal
property where they could spew, post, attach, etc. anything and think no one
would notice or care about what they did.
real life, you know the real world where we have to get out from behind our
laptops and get blown away by blizzards and scorched by the sun, and taste fuel
on our tongues, you know that life; people do point out when you’re doing
something offensive or insulting. So why
believe that on social media this wouldn’t apply?
fact, in real life we’re probably less likely to do or say something offensive.
Or if we do say something, our friends and family who know us well, would know
that we didn’t mean to offend. But look, I’m in South Africa, you’re in… (Insert
your country)…we do not know each other personally. More to the point, we add
people on social media constantly, so I might only be aware of you for a couple
of weeks and know you like to post pictures of cats. That’s all.
the first mistake most people seem to make is to assume that they can do and
say whatever they want. You can’t. Life doesn’t work that way. Ask Hitler.
silently applauded my friend’s response and privately (not online) dumped on
are always two sides to a story, and in this case I read both. I acknowledged
my own wrongfulness from the other person’s point of view. Just because what I
found as funny didn’t translate as a joke in theirs, didn’t make them wrong and
me right. It meant we interpret the world differently.
someone who doesn’t realize this about humanity comes across as immature.
here’s another thing, as authors we are public figures. Some of us are just
more well-known than others, but it doesn’t exempt us. We need to pay attention
when someone points out online behavior they don’t like, and then evaluate
their critique. Discuss it with someone if you need to. Then respond
love how this friend didn’t dismiss the person and also apologized to others
who might not have been brave enough to step forward and say, ‘look that’s not
cool’, especially if it’s someone, like this person, who seems to have a big
enough following on Facebook to cause serious upheaval.
I applaud both of them. The one for acknowledging the other’s worldview and the other for pointing out a point of view others in their position might not have had courage to shine a light on.
An author on my Twitter shared this note they wrote at a writing event. It’s so short and precise that I had to take a screenshot of it. I can’t remeber who shared this on their feed, and I hope they don’t mind that I shared at here. It was so helpful to me and kept me focused while writing my synopsis that I thought I’d share it here.
I love reading cheat sheets like this. I definitely do not study them and stick to them religiously but they are helpful. One thing I’ve learned about body langauge in novels, is to not make too much use of them. It would be like overusing dailogue tags. The story would consist of nothing but characters’ body language, at least that’s what it would seem like to the reader.
With everything in writing we have to be careful of how we used it.
I found this one on Pinterest and there are more like them that include different body language you can look up.
Every bit of writing advice/tip I’ve shared so far are ones I’ve used and re-used myself. This one in particular I stumbled across last year and..it messed me up!
I was on my second paranormal romance. I’d typed the end. But I wasn’t feeling as confident about it as I should.
I had a completed manuscript, ready for edits and I couldn’t make myself get it submission ready.
Until I read this.
Everything fell into place like it had never before. I rewrote the first chapter, then the next and when I came to the third chapter I had to ask myself what I had been doing with the first manuscript. And the first one was by no means a first draft. Let me just clear that up. It was a fifth draft. One that I felt okay about getting submission ready. Which meant self-editing.
I wrote all about this journey here on wordpress and on my Facebook page. I think I frustrated some of my readers because they were expecting another paranormal romance right after The Wolf’s Choice and here I was rewriting the whole book. Basically writing a new book.
I’m not going to lie, this was work. It had me busy up until December 31st, but it was worth it. I was excited to share my story with the world. I recommend this piece of advice to anyone who has ever had a completed manuscript but didn’t quite feel as confident about it as they should.
These are but a few examples of names that can inspire an author.
In my latest story the charcters changed names so many times that by the end of 2018 I had to keep reminders close by on who was who. From the main characters to the villian to secondary characters and flat characters. It was crazy at one point.
Here’s the thing…in books a name does matter. Forget what Shakespeare said, a character’s name introduces not just who they are but what they are to the reader. Tate does give off cheerful vibes and Grayson does make you think of someone mature and with wisdom. Grayson is a strong name. Solid. I would go so far as to say responsible. The same as Michael.
If you’re a writer and you find yourself obsessing about character names, than you are on the right track. Because names are important.
I love movies. And I love analyzing movie scripts and taking tips from them for novel writing.
Sometimes it feels dangerous to have so many pages to tell your story on. So dangerous in fact, you can write yourself in circles. There seems to be no end. With movie scripts there’s no place for endless pieces of paper…for endless scenes…chapters. Looking at the bones of a movie script helps me to get to the bones of a manuscript. Then I do what all novelist do, I add the ‘meat’ of the story.
This piece of advice has become really helpful in grounding my writing. I hope it helps you too *smile*
This is a helpful tip for romance writers. I recently read a book where everything emotion/thought was over analyzed and I kept saying, “Just show the story. I get it. Your character feels like crap right now…but for goodness-sake can we get on with it!”
This is where a beta reader, editor or friend can come in handy. I usually give msyelf permission on the first draft and even second to get everything out. Then during edits and rewrites I check everything.
From the get-go I’ve been a strong writer when it comes to character development. The emotional journey is important to me. But I’ll never over do it and bog the story down or lose intrigue. The character can’t be self-aware from the beginning.
This tip is very useful and a nice reminer when self-editing.