Deadlines, weirdness, and Halloween candy combine to fuel the progress on my latest romantic suspense

I’m hard at work listening to Starship, eating my kids Halloween candy, and working on finishing the first long draft of romantic suspense, Too Hard to Leave. Firefighter Matt is determined to find out who’s responsible for the death of his best friend. When Emma decides to leave her worries behind and hit the beach for a couple weeks, she wasn’t expecting to meet someone like Matt, much less fall for him. Matt’s got trust issues and he knows there are no guarantees in life for a happy ending. Emma is convinced she only wants a vacation fling.  Will fear and doubt keep them apart?

I’m having fun creating Matt and Emma’s struggles. Originally, Too Hard to Leave was written as a shorter story, maybe about 80 pages, but I decided it needed to be much longer. And then writer’s block visited me last month. Not just the being stuck on a scene kind of block but the kind of block where I questioned the story, my talent as a writer, my existence, humanity, and also the need for strangers passing one another to throw out the obligatory “hi, how are ya?”. And then, as it always does, the fog lifted and I had an idea, which led to another idea, which led to me deciding to take the month of November to finish the first draft and turn Too Hard to Leave into a suspenseful, steamy, twisting tale.

Over the past couple of days I’ve gotten about 15 thousand words on the pages. I had forgotten how happy the hectic, frenetic pace of a deadline makes me. I’m weird like that but I guess we’re all weird in our own ways- whether we fly a flag and tell the world or not. Me? I stay up too late writing and then I’m hateful in the morning. I have zero ability to learn from this mistake and not enough desire to change. I love the concept of love yet my thoughts are never flowery or sweet, just bent towards sarcastic and laced in profanity. Maybe this is the perfect mix to make a modern day romance novelist or maybe I’m a romance novelist because that’s the best way for me to channel my um… unique qualities.

Either way, I’m spending my afternoon listening to 80s music and writing scenes, all while trying to keep my short attention span from leading me to google unnecessary info or to clean things that can probably wait (but maybe shouldn’t). Sooo, wish me luck and patience as I try to figure out the rest of Matt and Emma’s story in the next 21 and a half days.

 

Romance fiction fans – the Foster an Author 3, 2017 online event features exciting new books, reviews, giveaways, and more! #FAA3

I’m excited to be partnered with Reading for the Love of Books book blog for the Foster an Author 3, 2017 event! Participating authors and bloggers will be posting book excerpts, character interviews, giveaway contests, and more throughout the week of October 16 to October 20, 2017.

To view my bio, excerpts from Bear’s Edge and Wolf’s Challenge, and other fun stuff about my Stranger Creatures series, you can visit Reading for the Love of Books blog site at http://www.facebook.com/annmareereviews throughout the week of October 16 to October 20th. #FAA3

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Bear’s Edge (Stranger Creatures book 2) is live on Amazon.com and other e-retailers!

Sexy shifter bears and hot bosses – oh my!

Here’s a little teaser:

Grant wanted more from Shayla than he should right then, and he needed to want less, or at least not so much at once. He needed to pull back from the edge and get himself under control, but he couldn’t do that with her touching him. He had the perfect distraction for her. He ripped her lacy panties off because they were in his way.

Copyright © Christina Lynn Lambert

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Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075RT8GML/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

I Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bears-edge/id1287202129

Kobo books: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bear-s-edge

Google books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Lynn_Lambert_Bear_s_Edge?id=QEk3DwAAQBAJ&hl=en

 

 

 

Bear’s Edge – Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Shayla and Grant’s story coming soon! After sexy bear shifter Grant lost his girlfriend and three best friends in a fire, he decided he was done with love, done with people, done with pretty much everything. One woman has him rethinking his whole strategy.

Click the link to read a sizzling excerpt at  http://www.loose-id.com/stranger-creatures-2-bear-s-edge.html

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Bending the traditional rules of writing = hot, edgy, fun romance novels

I don’t follow the rules. Not many of them anyway. When it comes to writing, I like to push the envelope and explore darker things, scary things, taboo things, and just…whatever I’m wondering about. Because I can. My villains aren’t always evil, just screwed up. Sometimes my heroes are screwed up too, but they ultimately make better choices and try to be better people. Perfect heroes and heroines? You won’t find them in my stories!

Romance novels have changed over the past few decades. Love is still the key theme but how the characters find love is now vastly different than in the stories my grandmother would read. The characters themselves are different, even in current historical novels where a heroine was not allowed a certain privileges in their time period. Times have changed. The way we view women and relationships in our society has changed. The rigid rules of the past have changed. Everything changes, including the steam levels of romance novels. There are still the sweet, slow burn love stories with mild or alluded to intimate scenes. Then there are the stories like the ones I write, where the love is deep and the passionate scenes are burning hot and explicit.

In Bear’s Edge, book 2 of the Stranger Creatures series (coming September 26th 2017), Grant is the smart, sexy hero. Unlike the typical romance heroes of the dark ages, Grant respects women and views them as equals. He’s a big guy, built like a brick house, but using his size to intimidate is not his go-to strategy for life. He’s hot and sweet with a mysterious edge, and Shayla finds that combination intriguing. The intense looks he’s been giving her are getting harder to ignore. Only one problem with following up on those heated looks- Shayla is Grant’s boss.

She’s been the star of Grant’s fantasies since the two met. She is capable, smart, and strong, and he likes that about her. But he hesitates. After losing everybody he loved in a fire six years prior, Grant has only recently started to care whether he’s still in the land of the living. Can he keep things with Shayla platonic or will he risk everything for a chance at more? They’ve both got some strange secrets that could either keep them apart or help them build a bond that will carry them through any hellish challenge life throws at them.

Hot, gritty, with a little bit of sweet – that’s my style. There will always be critics who don’t like your particular style, whether it’s your work, your clothes, your career, your gender preferences, or your life choices, but if your style works and you’re happy, then KEEP IT!

Some writers prefer rigid formatting. They adopt a style in which every sentence must be structured in a way that would make their English Lit. professor proud. The adherence to all the rules laid out for them is their safe place. That’s not my preference. Bending a few rules adds a little flavor. Good grammar is important. Readers need to understand what’s going on in the story, but there’s no need to be afraid to start a sentence with the word “it” (just make sure you clarify what “it” refers to) or end with a preposition. Fragments are fun too. Bending the traditional rules here and there helps keep a story, a career, a life from being staid and stagnant.

Do what you like and make it work for you. Push the envelope. Some critics may not like your style, but if you write for them, then you won’t like your style.