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Archive for June 27th, 2011

Soldier Alex Dane promised his dying comrade he’d make sure his wife and daughter were okay, and so he finds himself on a doorstep with his heart in his mouth.

Lisa Kennedy loved her husband, but she must focus on her daughter, Lilly, who hasn’t spoken since her daddy’s death. Still, the least she can do is offer this battle-weary hero a place to rest.

When Lilly’s little hand reaches for Alex’s big, strong one, for the first time Lisa feels her buried emotions begin to stir.

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Because I work full-time and have a family, there are days when I find it impossible to spend time on my romance writing. Sometimes, those days can turn into weeks, and it’s often hard to get back into a story without sitting for hours and reviewing the entire book. This is one of the reasons I like to make a collage for every story I write, because it’s a great visual tool to help an author jump straight back into a story.

Casting my main characters, their pets and even the house or area they live in, creates an instant visual of the world I’m trying to create. If I haven’t worked on my story for a few days, I can sit back, stare at my collage, and instantly be transported back into the world of my characters. I can see my hero and heroine and remember the important details like their eye and hair colour, and I can look at their children or pets too, and for me, that means I can usually launch immediately back into writing. I might still read over the last chapter or few pages to make sure I start in the right place again, but the collage is a great kick-starting tool.

Music can have the same impact for me, and when I’m gazing at my collage, made up of images pulled from the internet, I listen to the same song or music too. I’d hate to think how many times I’ve listened to John Mayer’s version of Free Falling … sometimes it plays in the background on repeat for over half an hour!

 

For my debut release, I had the most gorgeous photos of celebrities Eric Dane and Rachel McAdams, along with a picture of a pretty little girl and a house by the lake, pinned to the board next to my deck. They were great inspiration, and I love that my US cover reflects the same tone and feel that I imagined for the story.

If you were creating your own collage, who would be your perfect hero or heroine and why? The best response will win a copy of my debut novel, Soldier on Her Doorstep. The winner can choose either the US copy that is about to hit the shelves, or the UK copy that forms a duo with Donna Alward’s latest release.

*Giveaway has ended*

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