Psyched for Romance

Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tour Signups: WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR Re-Release #romance #suspense


As I make solid progress on my eighth novel, romantic suspense Twin Sacrifice, I'm excited to re-release the book that started my author journey.

We launch WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR (Conduct #1) on August 14, 2017.


We've tightened and re-edited my debut novel, a parolee love story:

In the midst of organized crime and dim hopes of redemption, can love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a naval officer who sacrificed himself to protect his uncle, finding that love seems unlikely.

As they start their lives over in Chicago, both fight family influences and run as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside their parole officer’s door, attraction sparks. Too bad a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.

Would you like to help spread the word? Book Partners in Crime hosts a tour 8/14 - 8/18 HERE


With Good Behavior (Conduct #1)
Bad Behavior (Conduct #2)
On Best Behavior (Conduct #3)


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One Lesson I've Learned as a Writer #IWSG #amwriting


Happy July to All Writers! Hop on the Insecure Writers Support Group train HERE.



How is your writing? Mine has grown less and less frequent over the years. But I AM still writing! I'm excited about my romantic suspense WIP--it's just that my day job has grown in scope and I don't write if I travel on the weekends. 

As I write this post, I'm in Nashville, visiting a good friend who moved here recently. We cooked quite a few dishes for his brother's July 4th party, including spicy grits, pimento dip, banana pudding, spiked lemonade, and red velvet brownie stars.



IWSG Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

I could fill pages with all I've learned since I started writing ten years ago, but I'll narrow it down to this:

Use punchy action verbs instead of adverbs.

Instead of Joe ran quickly ... Joe dashed.

Instead of She looked frantically through her purse ... She rummaged through her purse.

My debut novel, With Good Behavior, was full of adverbs and bloated writing. I sliced 30,000 words and my publisher will re-release the tighter version soon. I cut the book down to its fighting weight!

Check out this pdf by Deanna Carlyle, 1000 Verbs to Write By.

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and this month's Co-Hosts:

 


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