Writing Romance~~The letter M

Hi, Y’all!Welcome back to Writing Romance A-Z. Today I am on the letter M.  At first I couldn’t think of anything then a few hit me.

Magnificent. I like this word. It puts oomph in a phrase.  She has pretty hair. She has magnificent eyes. See?

Mundane gives the impression of boring or dull. Your character could be in a slump.

Multitude is a good word to use in place of many or a lot.  A multitude of people gives a bigger impression than saying that’s a lot of people in that crowd! It also makes the speaker sound more upscale or educated so if your character is a drop out or street kid maybe stick to the other words. The character has a lot to do with the words we use, but perhaps I will address that another time.

Millionaire -money. These two go hand in hand. Money is a significant catalyst in a story, whether the characters are rich or poor, there has to be money to eat and live. Money makes a setting. Do they live in hovels or mansions? ( I am good at slipping in words). There seems to be a huge run of Millionaire stories. Some are sweet some are the BDSM kind. Maybe you would like to go check some out. Google them or look on Goodreads even Amazon freebies.

I found this one ( free at time of this post-July 27) I chose it at random and have not read it before.

Romance: Undercover – A Billionaire Romance (Harris Thorn Series, Romance, Billionaire Romance, Contemporary Romance Book 1)

Magenta is another descriptive word. It would make a nice outfit choice instead of the usual red dress.

Manly. This one speaks for itself.   You have manly men or even a manly acting woman.

Mellow— This reminds me of an old song when I was a teen… Have You Never Been Mellow?

 

Mezmerizing I love this word. ” One look into his eyes and I  was mesmerized.” Yes, this is from my contemporary story that I am working on.

Majestic.A mountainscape could look Majestic in the horizon. A person can look or be majestic especially in a historical story.

Meow! It’s time for me to go to the post office and mail my daughters birthday card! I’ll see ya next week!

Do you have any favorite M words?

 

Endings and Beginnings~~K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

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Author Names: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Book Name: Endings and Beginnings

Series: Collars & Cuffs

Book: Eight

This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. 😉 (See what we did there?)

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Pages or Words: 121,429

Categories: Contemporary, BDSM, Fiction, M/M Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

 

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

 

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A little more Endings and Beginnings:

“Honey, I’m home.”

Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”

Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”

Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”

Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”

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Leo Hart talks about a typical day in his life.

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“Alex worked a late shift last night. Apparently someone called off at the last minute, and Sev found himself in a bind. He went to Alex, because if I know one thing with certainty, it’s that my boy can’t say no when someone else is in trouble. By the time he got home, he went straight to bed, not even stopping for his shower. I went in to the bedroom and undressed him, then tucked him into bed.

I watched him sleep for a few minutes, and breathed a sigh of relief as I saw the stress melt away. Though he’d probably deny it, Alex was burning the candle at both ends. He worked full time at Severino’s, and picked up extra shifts when he could, then he volunteered at the youth center, working with Tony, our doorman. I told him he could only pick up twenty hours a week maximum, but he found ways to stretch it into thirty, and sometimes forty. How can I be upset with someone who mentors gay kids so they don’t have to go through the hurt he has?

My life has changed so much since I met Alex. He’s everything I could want in a sub and in a life partner. He’s funny, articulate, loving. I even enjoy his cheek when he sasses me. I wish I could do something for him. I want to tell him we have plenty of money if he wants to give up working at Sev’s, but that wouldn’t be fair to him. He’s got drive and determination. Alex is one of those people who needs to work at something to feel like he’s accomplishing it.

He turns over and puts his arm on my side of the bed. After a few pats, he wakes up and looks at me. “I’m so sorry, Leo. I’m knackered.”

I give him a smile, because that’s what he always brings to my face. “It’s fine, love. You rest, and I’ll come in later to check on you.”

The look he gives me tells me this isn’t the solution he wanted. He pats the bed again. “This side is cold, and I can’t sleep in a cold bed. I could use someone to warm me up.”

I think about teasing him, telling him I’ll call Scott and Peter so they can come in and make a puppy pile, but his look devastates me. My boy needs, and I can’t refuse him anything. I strip off my clothes, then slide into bed with him. He snuggles in close, putting his head on my chest.

“I can hear your heartbeat,” he whispers.

“That’s because you came into my life,” I reply. “Before you, I’m pretty sure it had stopped. You got it started again.”

He chuckles, then shifts even closer.

“I love you.”

I kiss the mop of curls on his head. “I love you, too.”

I’m not even sure if he’s heard me, since he’s already fallen back to sleep. I wrap an arm around him protectively. This man is my strength, my entire world. I once thought after I lost Gabe, I could never love anyone again. But this person who is holding me close showed me that love happens when we no longer expect it.

I think about the picture of Gabe in my desk drawer at the club. I haven’t taken it out but once or twice since I met Alex. I feel a twinge of regret, but it passes quickly. Gabe wouldn’t want me to be sad, and if he met Alex, he would be thrilled that I’ve moved ahead, while still remembering my past.

Maybe one day I can take Alex to the club and show him the photo. He’s matured so much since we met, and I think he might be ready for it. But then I realize I needn’t stir the pot. What we have now is almost perfect, and I couldn’t imagine changing it at all.

“Alex worked a late shift last night. Apparently, someone called off at the last minute, and Sev found himself in a bind. He went to Alex, because if I know one thing with certainty, it’s that my boy can’t say no when someone else is in trouble. By the time he got home, he went straight to bed, not even stopping for his shower. I went in to the bedroom and undressed him, then tucked him into bed.

I watched him sleep for a few minutes and breathed a sigh of relief as I saw the stress melt away. Though he’d probably deny it, Alex was burning the candle at both ends. He worked full time at Severino’s, and picked up extra shifts when he could, then he volunteered at the youth center, working with Tony, our doorman. I told him he could only pick up twenty hours a week maximum, but he found ways to stretch it into thirty, and sometimes forty. How can I be upset with someone who mentors gay kids so they don’t have to go through the hurt he has?

My life has changed so much since I met Alex. He’s everything I could want in a sub and in a life partner. He’s funny, articulate, loving. I even enjoy his cheek when he sasses me. I wish I could do something for him. I want to tell him we have plenty of money if he wants to give up working at Sev’s, but that wouldn’t be fair to him. He’s got drive and determination. Alex is one of those people who needs to work at something to feel like he’s accomplishing it.

He turns over and puts his arm on my side of the bed. After a few pats, he wakes up and looks at me. “I’m so sorry, Leo. I’m knackered.”

I give him a smile, because that’s what he always brings to my face. “It’s fine, love. You rest, and I’ll come in later to check on you.”

The look he gives me tells me this isn’t the solution he wanted. He pats the bed again. “This side is cold, and I can’t sleep in a cold bed. I could use someone to warm me up.”

I think about teasing him, telling him I’ll call Scott and Peter so they can come in and make a puppy pile, but his look devastates me. My boy needs, and I can’t refuse him anything. I strip off my clothes, then slide into bed with him. He snuggles in close, putting his head on my chest.

“I can hear your heartbeat,” he whispers.

“That’s because you came into my life,” I reply. “Before you, I’m pretty sure it had stopped. You got it started again.”

He chuckles, then shifts even closer.

“I love you.”

I kiss the mop of curls on his head. “I love you, too.”

I’m not even sure if he’s heard me, since he’s already fallen back to sleep. I wrap an arm around him protectively. This man is my strength, my entire world. I once thought after I lost Gabe, I could never love anyone again. But this person who is holding me close showed me that love happens when we no longer expect it.

I think about the picture of Gabe in my desk drawer at the club. I haven’t taken it out but once or twice since I met Alex. I feel a twinge of regret, but it passes quickly. Gabe wouldn’t want me to be sad, and if he met Alex, he would be thrilled that I’ve moved ahead, while still remembering my past.

Maybe one day I can take Alex to the club and show him the photo. He’s matured so much since we met, and I think he might be ready for it. But then I realize I needn’t stir the pot. What we have now is almost perfect, and I couldn’t imagine changing it at all. 

Meet K.C. Wells:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

Where to find K.C. Wells:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld

Facebook Author Page:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/KCWells/223608907761521

Twitter: @K_C_Wells

Meet Parker Williams (or at least his voices):

 Good day! We are the voices that live inside Will’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two

We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.

We hope you will join with us as Will fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.

 Where to find Parker Williams:

 Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/parker.williams.75641

Or you can visit his website: www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com

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Summer Blog Hop #summertips # recipes #prizes

 

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Hello everyone, Welcome to  Divine Magazines Summer  2016 Blog hop 

The theme is Summer memories, tips, recipes or activities.

I have to admit I am not a summer girl. Nope, give me fall or winter anytime. I would rather curl up under warm blankets than sweat my tush off. I mean, you can only take off so many articles of clothing and still sweat! I also have allergies and asthma so I can’t get out after it gets too hot. Living in the south like I do it gets hot in June and stays that way until late September.

This year June was a bit cooler and I visited my dad in Hannibal Mo. For his birthday.  They have a big Tom Sawyer festival there on the fourth that lasts a weekend. There are races for charity, events for kids like frog jumps, tricycle races, fence painting, and mud volleyball. Dad lives right in the downtown area so we can go visit an event then go in to cool off and then got to the next and not have to stand out in the heat. This year it rained a lot so some of the events were canceled but we still had fun at the craft fair and visiting antique shops.

A tip I found for us women is that wearing a jersey maxi tank dress or a sarong dress is much cooler than jeans and tee shirts. They also look pretty as well.

 

While visiting my brother this year they had some outdoor activities for the children that were fun. One was a water balloon toss. First of all, you need to fill the balloons he filled 20 for each of 4 children. Take two large colanders and tie ribbons on them for helmets. Divide into two teams. One pitches one catches the object is to catch and not bust the balloons in the colander. The team to save the most balloons wins. It is much harder than it sounds. oh and there is a line for the pitcher to stand behind and a circle for the catcher.

Here are some links with many more water balloon games http://familyfuninomaha.com/2012/06/26/super-fun-water-balloon-games/

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put on your swim suits and have fun!

While the kids are playing in the pool or smashing water balloons its time to fire up the grill. Cooking outdoors keeps from heating up the house and who doesn’t like BBQ. Here in the south, nothing beats a good smoked Boston Butt or rack of ribs and you can do this while sitting in under the air. I marinate my meat overnight using a McCormick Meat marinade or some Wicker’s BBQ sauce. Early in the morning I put them in my smoker and let them cook at least 8-10 hours for the Butt and 6 for the ribs if they are baby back. I take them out wrap in foil until ready to eat.

Add potato salad, slaw, baked beans (you can bake them on the grill), slice some fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and you are ready to roll.

My favorite potato salad

2-5 pounds potatoes (depending on the crowd–figure at least one large potato for each person) for this i like the Yukon gold or the red ones

1/4 cup Mayo ( more to taste)

1 tsp Dijon mustard)

2-3 dill pickles chopped finely

1/4 cup red onion or Vidalia onion chopped finely

salt and pepper to taste

Cube potatoes into bite-size pieces (you can peel if you like I don’t) put in a pan and cover with salted water. (tip add salt till the water has a slightly salty taste..your potatoes will come out perfectly salted) bring to a boil and boil about ten minutes or until just done( a fork will go in ) don’t  over cook or they will fall apart and tun into a mashed potato salad. immediately emerge in ice water to stop the cooking.  drain and add the other ingredients adjusting to your taste.

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Cat’s meow~~Battler @C.L.Masonite #NAContemporary

Title: Battler
Series: Battler #1
Author: C.L. Masonite
Genre: NA/Contemp Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha – Cover to Cover Designs

For years I have been cast away—afar, out of reach, out of sight, out of mind. But now I’m back. I’ve been brought back into the fold, and I don’t know why. But I’ll find out, no matter the cost.

I’ll also break free from the shark infested waters littered with those that seek to restrain me, to keep me in line—my ex, my father, my mother, my sister.

And as for the Wolfe twin brothers, I’ll take them on. And I’ll take them out too.

Drasko Wolfe thinks that he’ll make me his—but I am all mine. If he thinks I am going to be just another conquest, and do things at his behest then he may do so at his own coroner’s inquest.

I am not just fighting for my survival, I am fighting for my little brother’s protection, and that makes me doubly motivated and doubly dangerous.

I—Riletta Kasonite will best them all and come out on top. I will bow those who seek to hurt me to my will until they renounce their lies—until they come clean and their secrets are exposed. Until I get what I want.

WARNING: Contains countless confrontations, not to mention mature, young adult/ adult situations too.


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Cat’s Meow~~Reviews that Purr~~Snow in July @KimHeadlee

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Snow in July
AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee
GENRE – Paranormal Historical Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – July 2014
LENTH (Pages/# Words) – 386 pages/94K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER DESIGNER – Natasha Brown


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Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate’s Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people’s lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.

Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother.

Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman… unless it snows in July.

Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman “squire.” But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance

My Review

 4 Meows 0 Purrrs (no sexual content)

Sir Robert is given a duke’s daughter as a way to show peace between the Saxons and Normons. He has been betrayed by his fiancé that left him for his half-brother that has a title and money. He doesn’t want an arranged marriage but wants to see if he can win the damsel’s heart. Once he sees Kendra he is smitten but still wants her to love him.

Kendra  has made a vow to her dying brother to find happiness. Yet she has made a vow to not marry a man from Normandy that was responsible for her brother’s death.  she told him on his death- bed she would marry when it snows in July. She meets the Squire Alain (sir Robert posing as a Squire that is scoping out some rebel rousings in the area) and she is smitten but knowing he is Norman she can’t act on her feelings. Her Cousin keeps asking for her hand yet she refuses. Ulfric needs Kendra and plots to have her abducted. He will go to any extreme to get what he needs for his ow reasons

There is a lot going on in this story. It is told in many viewpoints but it’s not too hard to follow. You have Alain and Kedra as main characters but also get some viewpoints from her father, Ulfric,one of the abductors and Alain’s partner and friend.  There are little illustrations that seperate each view that adds charm to the story. There is lots of action, and so many twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

Snow in July is a sweet, exciting  historical romance. It says it’s paranormal but I didn’t see much paranormal in it. However, It does have one shifter but I would say it’s more magic. So I suggest don’t go into this expecting a lot of paranormal activity but read it expecting a fabulous story set in historical times with Knights and Kings.

If you like knights in shining armor, sweet romance, lots of action, a touch of magic and a very romantic ending I highly suggest this story.

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Kendra genuflected again, grasped her basket’s handle, and turned to accompany Waldron from the church. Not across the yard to the feast hall, as she’d expected, since that was where most Edgarburh business—including private matters—transpired, but past the garden toward the manor house. In silence they ascended the outer wooden staircase, entered the building, and trod the corridor containing the bedchambers. Specifically, she realized with a start when their course became apparent, Waldron’s.

Several paces from their destination, curiosity compelled her to blurt, “What’s wrong?”

Pulling up short, Waldron gave her an odd look. “Wrong? Let me see.” He snorted, ticking the points on his fingers. “Taxes are due ere long, and the tenants have barely recovered from the war to scrape together their payments. A Norman is on his way to take possession of my daughter and the estate.” His gray eyes gazed at her levelly. “My son is dead, and my daughter acts like a widow rather than a bride.” He inclined his head at the black woolen veil she wore even as these final spring days warmed toward summer.

This time it wasn’t the sun that made her face heat. “My choices honor Del’s memory.” She gripped the basket with both fists, raising it before her like a shield. “Do yours?”


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Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been an award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian Legends for nigh on half a century.

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