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My Writing Process Blog Hop – Part Two

I was asked to take part in this blog hop again by Harlequin Intrigue author Janie Crouch whose blog  ‘The Adventures of Calamity Jane’ is always a good read.

 Janie writes romantic intrigue novels for Harlequin Intrigue and her debut novel Primal Instinct is  out April 2014: Here’ what her first book’s about:

51KjSx9G1sL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch’s Primal Instinct.

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as “Simon Says,” he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city’s most dangerous minds. But first she’ll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo.

Skeptical of Adrienne’s abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon’s next victim—before he does.

Here’s the link if you want to check out Janie’s post last week: http://run-janie-run.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/my-writing-process-blog-tour.html

As  I have already posted my answers to these questions on my current work in progress ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ I decided to talk about the other novel I am  half way through writing ‘The Dangerous Gift’.

What Am I Working On At The Moment?

 the dangerous giftAs soon as I have finished The Revenge Masquerade I’m  revisiting The Dangerous Gift which is the novel I started last year.  It is set in Texas. Here’s the blurb:

‘Jennie Taylor receives an unexpected gift; a Texan ranch!

 After the sudden death of his father Jared Stewart is forced to come to terms with sharing control of his family ranch. Reunited with her first love Jennie’s heart still belongs to Jared. She is determined to prove her commitment to him and the ranch by discovering who is behind the series of dangerous accidents that threaten the ranch’s viability.

Finally acknowledging his love for Jennie can Jared’s protectiveness keep her safe? Or will her recklessness lead her into irrevocable peril ending their chance of love forever?’

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of The Genre?

I entered the first chapter of The Dangerous Gift in last year’s ‘ So You Think You Can Write’ competition. When it didn’t final no real surprise there I decided  the story I wanted to write wouldn’t fit the Harlequin Intrigue guidelines. So now I’ve raised the heat level  because it is definitely a romance. Along side this I deepened  the thriller aspect of the story. So I have a  romantic thriller. I hope 😉

Why Do I Write What I Do?

  I like variety. My aim is to write stories in all the genres I like until I find the one I enjoy writing most.

Current work in progresses are:

The Revenge Masquerade – Paranormal / Fantasy Romance

The Dangerous Gift – Romantic Thriller

Past Shadows – Historical Gothic

 How Does Your Writing Process Work?

I aim to write everyday.

 Since my last post I am aiming for a set number of words each day before I do anything else like social media or book reviews This seems to be working well at the moment. 🙂

Sadly  I didn’t get any takers for next week’s  Writing Process Blog Hop 😦

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My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was asked to take part in this blog hop by the lovely Shehanne Moore whose blog I am a keen follower of. If you like an entertaining, fun read check it out  

Shehanne Moore – Smexy Historical Romance

Shehanne writes  unique historical romance which is interesting and page turning. Her three books to date are:

                   

You can see how Shehanne answered the questions last week here:

http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/my-writing-process/

Don’t forget to check out the two other lovely authors Shehanne nominated here:

Anne Lange  http://authorannelange.com 

Elizabeth M. Vayley    www.elyzabethmvaley.com/

So here goes:

What Am I Working On At The Moment?

The second book in The Dragon Legacy series which is Jasmine and Zane’s adventure. I currently have a poll running to help me decide the title for this new story.

Here’s a little about the story  and setting:

 ‘Zane hasn’t seen Jasmine since their passionate encounter in Hallow House’s moonlit garden. After his abrupt departure Zane travels around the supernatural world spreading the news about the infant dragon. In Venice he meets Larna a dragon and sister of his friend Lukas the dragon lord. After a night meeting with paranormal creatures Zane returns to Larna’s palazzo and discovers she is locked in combat with an evil entity which looks alarmingly familiar.

Jasmine ‘s life has lost its sparkle since Zane loved and left her. Moping is not in her nature so she continues to be the life force of Hallow House’s Murder Mystery weekends and clandestine paranormal activities. At night her sleep is filled with images of Zane and their brief passionate encounter. One night the dream changes Zane is in danger and Jasmine must find him.’        

©Jane Hunt 2014

‘I decided on the Italian Lakes and Venice for Jasmine and Zane’s romantic adventure.

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Lake Garda is a beautiful dichotomy of rugged often snowy mountains and clear calm lakes bordered by pretty villages and towns.

 Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.
Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.

 Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.
Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.

Bardolino is a town close to Lake Garda famed for its wine which is made from the grapes growing on the surrounding hillsides.’

 

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of The Genre?

The Dragon Legacy CoverThe Dragon Legacy combines fantasy and paranormal romance. My stories take place in  the human world  but there is crossover  with the paranormal dimension. 

One reviewer called The Dragon Legacy a quirky fantasy romance, a label which I like and agree with.  Nothing is what it seems on first acquaintance and every character hides behind a masque to protect their true self.

My stories are urban fantasy meets fairytale with a little apocalyptic drama thrown in.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

 I write about things that interest me. As a new writer I am still experimenting to see what I write best and enjoy the most.

The Dragon Legacy evolved over a period of six months before I knew where the story was going and what the end would be. Although I am a planner and a control freak in most things, when I write  I may plan in my head but I also let my imagination run free.  I think this makes my stories unique and okay a little quirky.

Aside from paranormal/fantasy romance I am also writing a contemporary romantic suspense and a Gothic historical story which I flit between as the mood takes me. 

I love paranormal  and Regency Historical novels maybe my next project might combine the two???

 I find it difficult to restrain my stories to one or two main characters.  I try but in my first drafts secondary characters are always far more prominent than the traditional romance genre allows.

How Does Your Writing Process Work?

Not sure I have one.  I aim to write every day and I do but not always the story I should be writing. I work best under pressure so I like deadlines because they make me finish things. I am easily distracted and there are lots of family members filling up my space to encourage this trait. I am aiming to write four stories a year let’s see how it goes for 2014.

And now to the lovely writers I am inviting to the next stage of the My Writing Process Blog Hop:

Susan Arden

   Susan Arden’s Romance Realms

Susan Arden Blog

 Susan found the proverbial door shut-window open scenario and leapt into the realm of writing scorching romance across several genres including Western, paranormal, and multicultural. A former educator within the fields of special education and biology, she dreams of returning to teaching or mentoring students interested in creative writing. She relishes great lines, laughs, and people who are off the wall. She lives near Nashville with her husband and has college-aged girls along with a slew of animals ranging from furry to scaled.

Jennifer Faye

Jennifer Faye:  Hearts and Scribbles

In another life, Jennifer Faye was a statistician. She still has a love for numbers, formulas and spreadsheets, but when she was presented with the opportunity to follow her lifelong passion to spend her days writing and pursuing her dream of becoming a Harlequin author, she couldn’t pass it up. These days when she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys reading, fine needlework, quilting, tweeting and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly patient husband, two remarkably talented daughters and their two very spoiled furbabies otherwise known as cats, but shh…don’t tell them they’re not human.

Jennifer loves to hear from readers—you can contact her via her website.

Christy Carlyle

Romancing the Victorians Blog

Christy Carlyle writes sensual, and sometimes downright steamy, historical romance, usually set in the Victorian era or Regency period. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines that are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there is nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with her die-hard belief in happy endings.