Monday, July 2, 2012

Update on Follow My Lead Contest & Burning Question on Romance

THANK YOU to all my participants in the Follow My Lead Fiction Contest!!! I had a blast reading all the entries. :) This month's contest has three winners, all receiving a copy of Roland Yeoman's End of Days. My post, including the winning pieces, will be posted tonight at 9:00 EST. I can't wait to announce the winners!

*Reminder: The next contest will begin Friday, July 6th and will run until July 20th. Stay tuned for details.

 Now, for the burning question on romance. Ever dreamed of writing romance? Well, if so, this is your moment to let it shine. This weekend, I found myself skipping around the blogosphere, visiting others. I happened upon the Romantic Friday Writers blog, where I lingered, perusing for fifteen minutes! The hosts, Denise Covey and Donna Hole have come up with a saucy way to challenge writers. Their next challenge is July 13th. Check it out!

I was inspired to drag a manuscript out of a dusty file from my computer. This particular story is one of my many shiny ideas, I began two years ago. It sizzled, and then, fizzled, as I decided romance was not the genre I wanted to write. Saturday, I reviewed the first 50 pages, and once again, fell in love with the characters and storyline. Not my usual rating of PG-13 or lower, this story contains several blushing moments. *o* It isn't your standard Harlequin Romance, that's not my style. It's fun, including a little danger, mystery, and a few steamy scenes. Here are the ingredients I used:  a dash of cayenne pepper, two sprigs of mint, a teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of condensed sweetened milk.

What am I going to do with it, you ask?

I won a 50 page copy edit in the March Madness event I participated in this past spring. Guess what? I'm sending in the pages this week! Thank you to the Romantic Friday Writer ladies for the inspiration. 

How about you? Ever desired to sneak outside of your comfort zone? Have you ever wanted to write romance and chickened out? Do you secretly read romance? Tell me, I'd love to know!


  1. I am a true romantic at heart and spent my teen years reading adult historical romance. I try to include romance in all my stories, even my humorous MG for boys. ^_^

  2. how exciting for you! and looking forward to hearing about winners!

  3. How could I not be a romantic with my star-crossed supernatural lovers, Alice Wentworth and Victor Standish? I always interweave some dark romance in all my stories and novels. Usually with a femme fatale or la belle sans merci. I hope the edit gives you renewed fire to finish your romance. I am curious as to the winners myself!

  4. Good luck with sending in your pages. I love writing romance but not the Harlequin type ;)
    I look forward to more of your writing with RFW!

  5. Oh yes, and now my secret is out. I have secretly read a great romance book. It was luscious. and i didn't feel bad at all when I finished:)