The Creativity Faucet … #writing or not

I’m amazed when I hear that some writers do not need to be in the mood to crank out major word count. They say writing is their work and they can’t afford to take a day off. I agree with that. I know as a writer I need to write, keep putting out releases. My publishers expect me to keep contracting stories and I have to write Midnight Seduction to finish the Moonlight Romance series. Still, I can’t write on command. Or at least I can’t write well on command.

I wish I could. But I’m not one of those authors. My muse is fickle. When it is on I can write several chapters in one setting. In fact, I wrote a third of my historical western novella Wild and Tender Care in one sitting … but that was also to feverishly trying to meet a deadline.

Now that the story has been contracted and gone through content edits I need to focus on the next project. As I mentioned in a previous post I’d like it to be one of my straight historical fiction stories. I’ve dabbled in them and they’ve stalled. I switched to a couple historical romance ideas. I’ve dabbled in them and they’ve stalled, too.

 

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My creativity is like a faucet. It is currently clogged and merely dripping at the moment. I’m waiting for the right idea to strike, for a character to speak to me and beg me to tell their story. Drip, drip, drip… the stories merely trickle out. That is so annoying. I want to write but it isn’t the right time. I don’t have writer’s block. I can sit down and write 500 to 1000 words but those words are uninspired. I know I would end up deleting them later or completely rewriting them.

So I have decided it is best to wait.

I have other things I can do to keep busy until the next story fully forms in my brain. I still have a few blog posts to write for my book tours for Soldier in Her Lap and Midnight Kiss. I can also finally get around to updating my neglected website… but what I really want to do is start writing on my next story!

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Ethan Mire is excited when war is declared and is eager to enlist in the Confederate Army. This is the defining moment of his generation and he wants his chance to achieve glory.

His loyal dog Sam won’t be parted from him. Though he thinks human warfare is madness, he becomes the mascot for the Georgia regiment.

Will Sam follow Ethan only to find the grave? Who will achieve glory in this tale?

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I got my first review for Journey to Glory on Amazon and it was 5*. Here is a snippet from the review.

“This story follows the two as they learn to become soldiers and go off to their first battle in Manassas. In this short but riveting story, both Ethan and Sam learn what exactly it means to be a soldier fighting for his country and home, and, more important, what war really is and the importance of love for fellow creatures, human and canine, and loyalty between the same in the greater scheme of life. The story presents a great tale of a youth’s movement to adulthood and of how important loyalty, even that of a faithful dog, can be. Though short, this story is very well written and brings out several theses of love of country and home, the need/desire to protect it, the devotion between a boy/man and his dog and the realities of war. I particularly enjoyed the way the author varied the story, having one section narrated by Ethan, followed by one narrated by Sam. ”

~KMT

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Meet the Couple from Midnight Kiss (interracial romance)

Interracial Romance — Historical Style. It brings a heap of trouble in Midnight Kiss … but sometimes love is black and white. And, well, I’d like to think that love conquers all. ;)

I feel like I’ve been on tour forever. Maybe this is what musicians feel like after a while. I’m not complaining. It is amazing I had two releases so close together. :)

It is time to meet the couple from Midnight Kiss. Life hasn’t been kind to either of them. Living in post-Civil War Missouri has its challenges — one of them being social expectations. What would the cost be for not complying?

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You can stop over to M.S Kaye’s blog to learn about April. She is the beautiful, strong-willed  heroine in Midnight Kiss. She found herself in difficult circumstances when she was falsely accused of stealing and fired from her job without pay. Luckily she also found Matt!

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Matt is the handsome hero in Midnight Kiss. A widower, he is just now getting over his wife’s death even though it was four years ago.  He has his flaws, but his love for his two mulatto children is never-ending. His heart is as big as the Mississippi River. Learn more about him here.

National Library Week: Thank a Librarian!

This week is National Library Week which makes it the perfect time to thank a librarian. My love of books started early in live. When I got into middle school I practically lived at the public library. No joke. Every librarian there knew me by name and knew my interests. They still do. When I walk up to the library counter many of them check the shelf to see if any books I’d ordered have come in without me saying a word. That’s service.

Many people are treated like a regular at their favorite restaurant or bar. Me? Everyone at the library knows my name.

bigstock-Stack-Of-Books-Isolated-On-The-3725697All the reading inspired me to be a writer. Once I made the decision I was going to write my own books I used the library to research and check out writing guides and the writing market. I honed my craft as I got more serious and then I focused on researching for my stories. I’ve requested some odd books from the library and they’ve very rarely not come through for me.

It never ceases to amaze me the power of a library. They were even able to dig up a reference book about the regimental history of a particular Civil War regiment in Virginia. I’d like to thank all the librarians at the Wenatchee Public Library for helping me to get where I am today.

THANK YOU!

My Relationship with Christian Historical Romance

Every once in a while I read a Christian historical romance. The lack of heat sort of cleanses my pallet. In order to hold my interest the book has to have strong well-developed and relatable characters as well as a solid plot.

Why do I not read more than a few each year? Often my issue with Christian romance lies in the Christian aspect. While I am a Christian I do not like to be preached to and I have found that many Christa stories come across like a sermon at church. Eek.

I know that some readers like this aspect. As an author I also know that it is impossible to please everyone. At one point I had considered writing Christian historical romance. For any of you who have read my current romance titles don’t laugh. I can’t write clean and sweet. I just don’t think I could work in the Christian aspect well.

The latest Christian historical romance I’ve read is The Unlikely Wife by Debra Ullrick. I give it 5 stars because all the characters were well-developed (including flaws) and were relatable. The historical aspect of mail order brides and life in Idaho Territory was well done and well the writing was stellar. I never really felt preached to and the Christian aspect seemed to be woven naturally into the story instead of forced. If you are looking for a good Christian historical romance to read I recommend this one. I will be checking out more of Debra’s titles in the future. I have discovered it is book #2 in the Bowen series. I did not realize this when I checked it out from the library. I better read book #1.

The Unlikely Wife Blurb:

The arrival of Michael Bowen’s bride, married sight unseen by proxy, sends the rancher reeling. With her trousers, cowboy hat and rifle, she looks like a female outlaw—not the genteel lady he corresponded with for months. He’s been hoodwinked into marriage with the wrong woman!

Selina Farleigh Bowen loved Michael’s letters, even if she couldn’t read them herself. A friend read them to her, and wrote her replies—but apparently that “friend” left things out, like Michael’s dream of a wife who was nothing like her. Selina won’t change who she is, not even for the man she loves. Yet time might show Michael the true value of his unlikely wife.

New Release: Midnight Kiss

It is release day! Today Midnight Kiss, Moonlight Romance Book 3 is now available from ebook retailers. I’m really excited to continue the Moonlight Romance series. I feel blessed that the series has been so well received by readers. African American and Interracial historical romance is a small niche, but thankfully it is growing.

Blurb:

Midnight Kiss-CoverUnjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on a Mississippi River steamboat. Her hopes to hide through the journey to St. Louis are dashed when a handsome white officer finds her. But instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters where she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.

Matt Seever’s wife died four year ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. But his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there’s no backing down from this fight.

Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice crimes to find an enduring love.

Review and Giveaway:

Check  out Sarah’s review of Midnight Kiss and comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of my latest release.

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books

Amazon

Amazon UK

ARe

Does Classical Music Jump-start the Brain?

I usually listen to music when I write only if I’m trying to inspire my muse. While I can’t write in complete silence I easily tune out the noises around me whether it is the TV, radio or people talking at the table next to me in the coffee shop.

Yesterday evening after a long day of housework, yard work, and a hike I went to the last city symphony of the season. The theme was songs inspired by Shakespeare. That piqued the interest of the romance author in me. Despite being tired, I really enjoyed the music. In fact, it was my favorite symphony concert I’ve been to. I was surprised when I came home rejuvenated and full of creativity. It got me thinking did the classical music jump-start my brain?

You have probably heard of the Mozart effect. It’s the idea that if children or even babies listen to music composed by Mozart they will become more intelligent. The phrase “the Mozart effect” was coined in 1991 and about that time when I was in elementary school it became school policy to start the day by having the students listen to classical music. I’m not sure if it helped me focus then but it does have a calming and stimulating effect.

The classical music study was actually done on young adults and not children which makes me think that the benefits of listening to classical music could reach past childhood into adulthood. Unfortunately, according to the study, the benefits only lasted for 15 minutes. On the positive side don’t we only need 15 minutes of good productivity to get something done or get us going in the right direction?

By the way, you can learn more about the study here if you are interested.

I was so inspired by the symphony that I have decided to listen to classical music before I start writing on my next work in progress. I’ll let you know if I think it helped.