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Pamela Fryer

wins her choice of a Hollywood Rocks ebook by Mel Curtis

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Valentine Rules copy (414x640)What started out as an innocent assignment for work –accompanying a popular actress fresh out of rehab on shopping trips – has gained Gemma Kent regular makeovers by said actress and a sidebar photo on People magazine’s cover!  All the attention would be flattering, except she’s become famous as a mystery woman with the Twitter handle: GlitterfrostGem.  Everyone, even the local gossip column, is speculating about her identity.  In real life, Gemma wears combat boots, poindexter glasses, and a prickly attitude.  Now Randy Farrell, the man she can’t get out of her head, wants a date with Glitterfrost Gem!  Which would be great if he realized that invisible Gemma Kent and Glitterfrost Gem were one and the same.

Valentine Rules can be found in the Love, Valentine Style collection or be purchased independently.

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Every writer is asked where they get their ideas.  I hate that question, because the answer is wishy-washy: It depends.

I usually start with an idea that interests me – like someone who never expected to be a life coach or a man trying to make positive changes in a small town filled with determined-never-to-change retirees.  Then I add a romantic element (usually the worst person they could fall in love with).  Then there is character construction – goals, motivations, conflict.  And then my sense of humor…such as it is.

Another thing I consider when constructing my stories is the audience or publishing house.  My sexier stories target readers who love alpha males.  These guys aren’t always politically correct and might even be competitive with the heroine.  My sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming feature heroes who are less alpha, per their request.

LVSnr300I take all my ideas, my must-haves, my intuitive feelings about characters and start writing.  Story construction for me is very much a Mr. Potato Head process.  There are multiple combinations – some that I think may work in the beginning and don’t mesh well by one-third of the way through the book.  I move story elements around and revise until I’m happy, my critique group is happy, and my editor is happy.  Sometimes we aren’t all happy until the last revision.  I once told my husband that I’d revised a chapter at least 20 times.  During those revisions, stories evolve in ways I can’t predict or plan.

I got the idea for my latest release – Valentine Rules, a mini-novella for my Hollywood Rules series – because of a news story about a very public romance between Andre Drummand (NBA star) and Jennette McCurdy (Nickelodeon star). What started as an innocent Twitter crush on #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) turned into a sweet romance.  And I used that as a story thread in both Cora Rules and Valentine Rules.

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Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.  Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”  Melinda is married to her college sweetheart, and has three kids in college.  She follows the NFL because one young quarterback is from her hometown, and follows Duke basketball because Mr. Curtis has a man crush on Coach K.  Her latest release, Valentine Rules, can be found in the Love, Valentine Style collection or be purchased independently.

Buy Links (Amazon only)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HJELWXE/melicurt-20

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HK4RQFQ/melicurt-20

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For more information visit www.melindacurtis.net. And for a chance to win a digital copy of one Hollywood Rules book (winner’s choice) just leave a comment below. Good luck!

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