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Here’s mine:

“Hmm, I want babies.”

“What?” When I didn’t reply, he seized my hips from behind and gave me a hard shake. “What did you just say?”

I grabbed onto the handrail to keep from falling over and whispered, “I want your babies, Cale.”

“Fuck,” he groaned and shook me once more. Harder. Then wrapped his arms tight around my waist and buried his face into my back with a heart-wrenching plea, “Say it again.”

“I want your babies.”

Another groan. His breath seared into my bare skin, “Again, again, again…”

Leaning my forehead against the cool glass, I closed my eyes and did exactly what he asked.

I told him over and over and over again.

If you’re an author…

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Drawing an emotional reaction from your reader

Its basically the goal of every story, right? To draw out an emotional response of some sort from our readers, whether it be to make them laugh and feel good, to scare them, to make them sad. No matter what genre of books we write we want to bring the reader into the world we have created and have them become so invested in the characters that they feel what the characters are feeling and join them on their journey.

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Let’s flash some fiction!

Hellooo, Romance Lovers!

Every Monday, I’ll post a NEW PROMPT. Click on the link and gimme a suggestion for next week in the comments. You have until the following Sunday to write a flash fiction and submit a link to…

These will be featured on the front page each Monday. There are no rules. Any word count. Any subgenre. Any amount of crazy. Just be creative and have fun!

The only thing I ask is that you make suggestions for the following week. Thank youuu!!

Mistress Ann

Questions with Characters: Mac from Beautiful Deception

Hiya, Mac! I’m so excited to get to know you a little better, thanks so much for joining us today and answering some questions for us! We’ve gotten to know you a bit in some of your friends’ stories, but tell us a little about your story.

Hi Jane! Thanks so much for having me. My story has been a long time coming, if you ask me. I waited forever to get Marcy back and then BAM! She goes and lays this huge secret and betrayal on me! Our story is about getting past hurts new and old all while trying to rescue our son from a madman.


What’s the best part about being in love?

Honestly? I’m still trying to figure that all out. Being in love has been a torture to me for the last decade. It’s hard to remember what the good parts about it were.

Secrets play a big part in your story, is there any secret someone could keep that you couldn’t forgive?

Marcy came pretty damn close to that line. Anything that is life altering. She kept my son a secret for twelve years. That’s about the closest thing to unforgivable as you can get in my book!


If we met in person what would I notice first about you?

*Chuckles* I’m pretty unremarkable. It makes my line of work easier. I guess the thing you would notice is that I’m about 6”4’ and built like a tank. Also good in my line of work. It does make it a little harder to remain unseen though.

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Author Spotlight D.E. Haggerty

Thank you for this interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read like it’s going out of style. Seriously, I read A LOT. I even take a book with me in my tennis bag when I’m playing a tournament. Oh yeah, you could say I play a lot of tennis as well. Did I mention drinking adult beverages? I do that way too much.

When did you start writing?
As long as I can remember and that’s a long time. I’d say getting old sucks, but it’s totally better than the alternative.

Your latest release Fat Girl Begone is about body shaming I have to admit that I was curious when I saw the title. You portray a very sensitive subject in a mature and funny way. What do you hope readers get from this particular book? Is there a moral to the story?
Not only is there a moral to this story, but I actually set out to write a story with a moral – something totally new to me. It’s simple really – you are not defined by the size you wear. The number on the scale is not the end-all be-all. You have value just the way you are.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Hmmm…. I’m not really sure. But I will say this. My next novel takes place during the Second World War in Istanbul. Midnight at the Pera Palace is a well-known historical novel about the birth of modern Istanbul, so guess who’s off to spend a next at THE Pera Palace next week? It’s only for research, of course.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Read. No, sleep. Oh wait, I should probably get more things done on my to-do list. Can I split my time?

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
My next novel will be set in Istanbul, and that’s definitely something I haven’t done. Although I haven’t lived in the U.S. for over two decades, the vast majority of my novels are set in my home state.

Why was writing Fat Girl Begone so important to you?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a yo-yo dieter – even before I needed to diet! I’ve struggled with self-esteem and body images issues for-freaking-ever, but lately the issues have gotten worse. I was at my heaviest weight ever when I decided to write this book. I used the book as a sort of therapy mechanism to discuss and really think about my issues. It also motivated me to get my butt moving with eating healthier.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
The shower. Definitely. I think I’m more open to ideas when I’m just relaxing in the shower.

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