MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

5 Genres I like to Read.

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Hi there! Today’s topic is Favorite romance genres to read or write. This is week 17. Check out the reading and/or writing preferences of other participating authors in the MFRW blog hop here.

When I was younger, my mom allowed me to read Harlequin Presents novels. They were pretty mild. Nothing beyond a kiss happened in those stories. I bided my time until I graduated to racier contemporary romances like the Harlequin Blaze line. I even had a subscription. I fell in love with Violet Winspear, Betty Neels, Mary Burchell’s The Warrender Saga, Brenda Jackson’s The Westmorelands and outside of Harlequin, Francis Ray’s The Graysons of New Mexico, Taggert/Falcon Series, and The Grayson Friends Series.

I went on to discover historical romance. I started with the more mild romances and advance to more sizzling reads by the Bronte sisters, Jane Austin, Barbara Courtland, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Bertrice Small and Beverly Jenkins.

But then while browsing the aisles of my local bookstore, I discovered the science fiction genre. Octavia Butler’s Patternist Series and Xenogenesis Trilogy, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern and The Powers That Be Series and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes to name a few. Not romances per se, some had romantic elements which was fine by me as I was and still am a sci-fi nerd who devotedly watched  My Favorite Martian (I’m really showing my age here), Battlestar Galactica (the early one with Loren Green), Babylon 5, Andromeda, and the Star Trek franchise.

I got into the sci-fi romance genre with such authors as Cynthia Sax, Cara Bristol, and various other authors.

From there it wasn’t hard to get into the paranormal genre and authors who put a different spin on the vampires myth/lore, like Christine Feehan’s Dark Series, Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress, J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lynsay Sand’s Argeneau Vampires, and authors who introduced me to shifters.

 

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My Five Authors I’d Like to Meet

Here we are at week #6 of the Marketing For Romance Writers 52-Week Blog Hop. This week’s topic is ‘Five authors (alive or dead) I’d like to meet.’

  • William Shakespeare – The Bard, English playwright.  I think I would have loved going to see his plays in person and possibly meeting him face to face. My favorite is The Taming of the Shrew.

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Emily Bronte – An English novelist and poet famous for her only novel and my favorite, Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights

  • Zora Neale Hurston – Author, Anthropologist, Civil Rights Activist. An Alabama girl, like me. I’d go totally fan-girl but in a dignified way if I were to meet her.  My favorite book of her is Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • Anne McCaffrey – The Dragon Lady. American born Irish author of the best science fiction novels (Gene Roddenberry is a close second). If I had had the opportunity to meet her, oh man, I’d have been really bonkers. Of all of her series, my favorite is The Dragonriders of Pern.

The Dragonriders of Pern

  • Beverly Jenkins – Ms. Bev. American author of 19th century African-American historical and contemporary novels. I am almost stalker-ish about this writer. I was a member of her Yahoo group years ago and migrated with her when she moved the group to Facebook. My favorite book of hers is Night Song.

Night Song

There you have it, my all time favs. Who are your favorite authors, living or dead, that you looove?

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New Author Advice #MFRWAuthor

This is week 51. After tomorrow, there will be only one more week in this month, in this year. Can you believe it? I have enjoyed participating in the blog hop challenge. Reading the various posts and getting to know the authors participating has been a joy.

Today’s topic ‘Advice to a New Author.’ Tough topic. I still consider myself a new author. I’m still working on stories that I  hope to publish for the first time next year. The advice I’d give another new author is this:

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                 (Charlie Brown/Peanuts-Charles Schultz)

Read. Read books in your preferred genre. Read books you wouldn’t normally read. I visited a great-aunt the summer of 2016. As I prepared to leave, she gifted me with a non-fiction book on a subject I wouldn’t have ever considered buying. I read part of the book on my flight home and finished it within a week of my return. It was a great book and it sparked a lot of ideas that I copied into my story idea book.

Write. There is the school of thought that you should write every day. I tried. I would stare at my monitor for hours waiting for words to pop into my head. None came through before I would give up and played my favorite game,  3D Mahjong. I found I did better when I wrote in bites of about 250 words three or four times a day. Not every day. Lesson learned. Do what works best for you when it comes to the time you designate to write.

Join a writing group in person or online. Writing is solitary but if you locate a person or persons you have someone you can hang with or chat online with as you travel on your writing journey that you can bounce ideas off of or brainstorm with.

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