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Hotness: It’s Currently a Thing

September 10, 2019 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hotness. It’s currently a thing in romance novels. Has been for a while. So what I’m saying here isn’t new. It’s rather that the story I’m reading at the moment has prompted some thinking. Hotness: No Escalation I’m talking about stories that start: Boom. First page. Sometimes the first paragraph.... read more

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Character Motivation v. Goals v. Obstacles

September 3, 2019 6:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the most basic aspects of any story is character motivation. In any given scene. Throughout the story. Character Motivation Character motivation is based on needs. The title image offers the possibilities. Psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed this five-tier pyramid in 1943 in a paper entitled “A Theory of Human... read more

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Heroes: The Qualities of Good Ones

August 13, 2019 6:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds. They don’t all look, talk or act alike. However, they do have a characteristic journey. They also share certain qualities. Marcus Aurelius, in the title quote, calls for deeds not idle discussion of what makes a man good. Nevertheless, for... read more

Love in the City

The Hard Bargain: Story and Process

July 23, 2019 6:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

My latest release, The Hard Bargain, is now available on your preferred e-book platforms. I love the cover. Both crisp and dreamy. It is part of my Love and the City trilogy. The Hard Bargain: The Story The Hard Bargain a modern-day marriage of convenience story. Marriage of convenience stories... read more

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Compelling Openings: A How To

March 22, 2019 7:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A beginning writer recently asked me how to create compelling openings, thus prompting this blog. I have chosen to explain what I did to write Chapter One of John Carter’s Conundrum. I chose it because my editor noted at the end of the first chapter: “You’re writing to all your... read more