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The Fire I Can't Put Out

A couple of weeks ago, my awesome friend and critique partner, D'Ann Lindun, sent me a PM on Facebook. Did I want to go in with her and some other authors on a box set?

Did I?


You may recall that I started work on a contemporary western romance at the beginning of year. It's gone a whole lot of n-o-w-h-e-r-e. Which is odd (sort of) because I've really enjoyed working on it. On the other hand, I've completed zero other projects this year, so it's not like one book going nowhere is a total shocker. I've been avoiding talking about my writing because it seems like talking about it just makes everything slllloooowwww down.

So I came up with a totally new idea for this 20k masterpiece for a multi-author anthology of contemporary western wonder and I'm over halfway done with it now. And now I'm talking about it.

Writing a book is kind of like this gif. It starts with a flame and gradually, all the wax melts away until you've got this (warn…

Friday Feature - Taking Pleasure Where You Can by Sheri Velarde

Hey, y'all. Today's Friday Feature is from fellow Breathless Press author Sheri Velarde. You ready?

First I want to say a huge thank you to Allison for letting me stop by today to "flirt" a little and chat about the writing of my new short, Taking Pleasure Where You Can. This is a very personal piece for me, as it is my first foray into the historical romance genre and it is set in WWII, so a lot of the influence came from stories my grandfather told me about his time during the war. So thanks again Allison for having me!

Today I am going to talk a little about the writing process, especially when it comes to tough scenes. Writing is a very personal experience and it can take a lot out of you to write about certain events and moods. Now for me the naughty scenes are always a little hard for me to write, but that was not the case in Taking Pleasure Where You Can. For this story the toughest thing to write was the emotional shut down of my protagonist, John. He suffere…

Heavy on the Nature

I'm still alive, in case you worried. I vanished because I was on vacation. That 8-letter word I haven't got to use in 7 years. Seriously.
We ventured up to Pomme De Terre State Park in Pittsburg, Mo for a five days, where we stayed in a yurt. An actual yurt, y'all. It was fantastic. I think they said it was about 16' in diameter, but it was big enough to sleep four people and a small, spoiled rotten dog. The first night, I conked out big-time, but the next couple of nights, I noticed the futon bed was kind of hard in places.
We swam, we walked, we ate delicious breakfasts and dinners. We had ice cream almost every day. It was heaven. Minus the sunburn, the giant spider in the skylight (see photo), and the scorpion that tried to murder PeeWee.
Yeah, the first night we were there, the husband and I were outside in the dark and I was surprised by a huge bug on the concrete in front of the yurt. I put the lantern down on the ground and dear sweet shiny Heaven above, scorpi…

Friday Feature - Promise Me Eden by D'Ann Lindun

For the Friday Feature, I have D'Ann Lindun, who's a very good friend and critique partner. I loved this book, it has so many emotional ups and downs. I hope you all enjoy this scene she's letting us look at today!

Her black jeans fell open. He kicked off his boots.
He splayed his hand across her flat belly, and it gave him momentary pause. But his pulsing erection pushed him forward, and his slid his palm down her stomach, under her panties and into the silky curls between her legs. Dipping his middle finger into her wet center, he pressed deep. Until she moaned into his mouth and her hips rocked in a steady rhythm with the tune he set.
He took his mouth from hers and dipped it to a nipple. He sucked deep, and her vagina clenched in orgasm. Her scream pierced his eardrums before she sagged against him, her nipples pressing like twin shards against his chest. “My God.”
He smoothed her hair away from her face. “Good?”
She ducked her head into his chest. “Yeah.”
A low chuckl…

Guest Post & Giveaway - My Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding by T. Sue VerSteeg

My friend T. Sue VerSteeg is on the blog today with her novel My Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding. She's dishing about about the book and she has a giveaway. Let's get to it!

Let’s Talk About Ex, Baby!

Well, EXES, technically. But, then you wouldn’t have the song stuck in your head. What fun would that be?
A huge thanks to Allison for allowing me to hijack her blog today and share my newest release, MY EX-BOYFRIEND’S WEDDING! And hear all about your exes, too.

Agreeing to photograph your two-timing ex’s wedding… What could possibly go wrong?

Most women have them: those two very distinct, very different voices in their mind. One can usually be chalked up to common sense, the other to mischief, mayhem or just plain morbid curiosity. Both are always there, though, ready with their two cents worth.

Jemma Keith is no exception to the rule. She doesn’t have a problem agreeing to photograph her cheating ex-boyfriend’s wedding. The dilemma, however, is what to do once she gets there. Common s…

The Wrong Brother's Bride Review Tour Wrap-Up

I needed a review tour. I needed folks willing to read my book and say nice things about it. So just to beep my own horn, I'm posting links to those really lovely reviews from my tour with The Wrong Brother's Bride. I have to give huge thanks to everyone who help promote it and the people who reviewed it. The book-o-sphere is a fantastically magical place on the internet.

My first review spot was on Imagine a World where I scored four roses and got nice compliments like, "The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the sweet story and the ending was lovely."

The next review stop was Battery Operated Book Blog, where we hit five nubs on the battery--or I guess you could say it was fully charged. She had nice things to say like, " You will find yourself talking out loud saying things like "nooooo" and "awww ... he loves her!!!" It was a great review.

Up after that was a review at Crystal's Man…

Release Day Blast - Secret Love by Christine Warner

About the Book:
Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella
Length: 69 Pages
The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}

Release Date: June 9, 2014

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s gr…

Friday Feature - The Convict and the Cattleman

We're trying something new for the next few weeks here at Have Novel, Will Edit. It's called Friday Features and it's an author's favorite (or not) scene from his or her book with an explanation about why it is or isn't and how hard or easy it was to write. To kick it off, I'm sharing a scene from The Convict and the Cattleman.

This is a scene I think about a lot, because it is absolutely one of my favorites (some day I'll give you one I hate, I promise). As you likely know, in this book, Bridget is a convict sentenced to seven years of servitude in New South Wales. She's sent to work for Jonah Andrus and they slowly but surely begin to fall in love with one another. In this scene, they've finished a nap after some, ah, other activities and, well, this is what unfolds.

The Scene:
Jonah woke to a soft itch on his palm. Bridgit traced the lines there, her touch light, but enough to stir him. During his nap, the sun had shifted to the other side of the …

Cover Reveal - Share the Moon by Sharon Struth

And now...a cover reveal. Isn't that lovely? Coming this fall from Lyrical Press...

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

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Getting Back On The Horse

A metaphorical horse, not a real horse. I haven't been on a real horse in years. That's beside the point.

In the last couple of months, I haven't do a lot of writing. I haven't done a lot of blogging either, which you'll have noticed. It's hard to keep up with a blog that more-or-less is supposed to chronicle my writing when I'm not really doing any.

I set out to do Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but I couldn't get interested. I was sort of almost working on a contemporary, but I saw no reason to make myself keep going. I wrote and rewrote some historical, which still isn't progressing so great. Nothing I've written this year is over 20k and that's pathetic for me.

Today is the second of June, and now I'm attempting JuNowWriMo. I'm kicking it off with the last book in the Heckmasters series, Tell and Sylvie's story. I've had trouble with this, maybe because in the first two books, Sylvie's pretty young, just 12 when they first …