Category Archives: Letting Go

“Romance” Doesn’t Mean Trash

I’m kind of a book nut. I read a lot, and I write a lot. And I’m also a girl, and that means I like a bit of lovey-dovey happy-ever-after mixed into my stories. [Obviously…I’m a romance writer!]

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I’ve noticed lately that us romance writers tend to take a pretty bad rap. It amazes me that anyone can think that what we do is easy, and it saddens me to think that we have to put up with such nonsense.

I hate to break it to the masses, but no writing is actually “easy.” It doesn’t matter the genre. The technique and basic processes are still the same. Just because we romance writers choose to manipulate emotion instead of worlds or elements doesn’t mean we’re taking the easy road. We’re building a mood and a theme, just like any other author. Only we have to make it tangible and believable because we’re messing with people’s feelings. We want to make our readers feel what our hero and heroine feel. Deep down. On a fundamental level. It’s the whole point of romance – to fall in love over and over again.

And then there’s the sex.

Sex throws romance into a whole different category, because reviewers – at least before the coming of 50 Shades of Grey – had a bad habit of looking at romance with erotic elements as “lowbrow” or “trash” and I’m so very sorry… but it is neither. Sex is a tool used to convey emotion without speech. If it’s done properly, it’s a very powerful tool. Granted I don’t believe in sex for the sake of sex in fiction – it has to move the plot along in some way – but I don’t see anything wrong with a physical display of emotion.

Obviously. I have kids.

If you want a good article that shows exactly what goes into writing a successful romance novel, Read This Article. This says it more eloquently than I ever could.

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I recently received a review for Loki’s Game that struck a nerve. Actually I think it was an unconscious catalyst for this post now that I think about it. The review itself didn’t bother me in the slightest because I’ve learned to take them with a grain of salt. It was a snide comment the reviewer made in the review about being unwilling to admit to college friends that my book was on her list because of its genre and plot content. Honest, yes, but overall an unfair and unnecessary comment. Oh, and a low blow to someone struggling to gain ground in an over-saturated market.

I completely understand that not everyone is going to like everything s/he reads. I definitely don’t.  That doesn’t bother me at all because I’m very much the type that will admit if something isn’t my cup of tea. To be perfectly honest I’m not the biggest fan of reading romance novels because they seldom live up to my expectations. However, I know what goes into writing a romance novel, which means I respect the trade.

And we don’t just manipulate emotions. If we’re writing contemporary romance we have to worry about believable settings and situations. If it’s historical, then it has to be accurate. If it’s paranormal, then we’re bouncing between romance and whatever particular mythos we chose to write about.

Something in the Air by Siobhan KinkadeSuffice it to say, writing romance is not the cakewalk many believe it to be. It takes careful plotting and planning. For example: take my contemporary Something in the Air series. It will eventually be four books, and all for happen simultaneously. It’s tough to keep so much straight at one time!

I have four separate sets of characters that all revolve around each other. They’re on a cruise ship together, so they can’t venture too far and they’re all working on the same time frame. I have to make sure that Kelly Ray and Nic in Letting Go Book Cover by Siobhan KinkadeBook 1 don’t do something to upset the timeline Eva has spread before her in Book 2. At the same time I have to keep watch on Dani, because her story intertwines with their stories in Book 3. And Book for gives Trevor his moment in the spotlight.

In addition to a series-based plot, yes my characters do, in fact, have sex. However, the sex isn’t the focus of the story. Nor is it so frequent that it becomes routine and boring. It’s a delicate balance, but one I hope I’ve managed to achieve. My publisher liked it well enough to accept the books, so hopefully my audience will too.

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In the end I only ask for two things from the peanut gallery:

(1) Don’t think any sort of writing is any easier or harder than the other. We all go through the same trials to get to the end result.

(2) If you feel the need to criticize, please make sure it’s constructive and the comments you make are something we as authors can learn from. Otherwise you’re just insulting us, and none of us benefit from that.

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Oh, and one more thing… Purple Sword Publications has both books on sale 20% off! Click on the pictures and go buy a copy. And while you’re at it, leave me a comment or review to let me know what you thought!

Letting Go Cover Reveal!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to reveal the cover for the re-release of Letting Go! Purple Sword Publications has been so kind as to give both Something in the Air and Letting Go a new home.


For those interested, Something in the Air is now available again!

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Now, without further adieu, I present my newest gorgeous cover, courtesy of the fabulously awesome Traci Markou herself!

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Backlist Blog Hop

Hey, everybody! Thanks for visiting!

Just for coming through, anyone who comments gets thrown in the pot to win a book. Any book on the list. Just leave me a comment with your email address, book choice, and whether you’d like Nook or Kindle format.

Now, what’s your pleasure?

Do you like Contemporary Romance?  I have three to choose from:

Or are you of the edgier crowd who enjoys a good Paranormal romp? If so, I have just the thing…

"Marked" by Siobhan Kinkade

The covers are gorgeous. The stories, even better (if I do say so myself). Click on any of the pictures…they’ll take you to my backlist page where you can get the scoop on what’s here.

Pick your poison. Any of them can be up for grabs.

Be sure to head back and check out the rest of the backlists!

A Bit O’ Promotion…

Haven’t done this in awhile, but it’s time again.

This week marks the second birthday of my second publisher, Rebel Ink Press. They’ve got some great things scheduled, and as part of the team I feel the sudden urge to pimp my stuff.

There’s a Facebook Birthday Party starting this weekend. If you can’t get in, let me know and I’ll throw an invite your way.

I have two books through Rebel Ink, and because there’s a huge 25% off sale at All Romance eBooks this weekend, I’m going to tell you a little bit about them.

First up…

(Contemporary Romance)

Kelly Ray Patrick is a sweet, southern girl who has never been lucky, either in finances or in love.  But as the recent co-recipient of a lottery jackpot, she and her friends have set out on a Valentines-themed singles cruise in the hope of relaxing and meeting Mr. Right.  Only, to Kelly Ray’s surprise, Mr. Right appears to be her best friend, Dominic James.  Nic appears to be feeling the effects of the trip as well, and has discovered his own interest in Kelly Ray.

The only thing stopping them:  their friend, Trevor, who has been carrying a torch for Kelly Ray since they were all kids.  Will respect for that friendship be enough to stem the budding relationship, or will they throw caution to the wind and indulge in their desires?

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(Contemporary Romance)

Damaged divorcee Evangeline Wilson has agreed to join her friends on a singles
cruise to celebrate their new-found wealth.  She is not exactly thrilled about the idea of stepping back into the dating world after her very recent and very bitter separation from her abusive ex-husband.

While struggling to fight her own inner demons, Eva finds herself in the company of a gorgeous stranger named Alejandro.  He immediately turns on the charm and she fall hard… only, he is not quite honest with her at first about his real identity.  Alejandro is the Captain of the Spirit of the Deep, and though he seems determined to focus all of his attention on Eva, she quickly begins to question whether he is capable of juggling such an important job, a major crisis, subversive crew members, and her delicate emotions all at one time.

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These two books are part of a series… presented to you in the order they should be read.  However, if you choose to read one before the other it won’t matter. They do stand alone perfectly fine.

So why not take advantage of the sale? Pop on over to All Romance eBooks starting tomorrow and buy one.  And while you’re at it, why not check out the rest of the Rebel Ink team as well?

Rebel Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to my little corner of the world!  It’s lovely to have you here.

I have to say…since signing up with Rebel Ink last fall it has been quite a roller coaster ride.  I’ve been in and out and up and down – I know E wants to throttle me because I begged her for edits and took forever to get them back (I had a baby in the process!  I have an excuse!), then when I should have been promoting the TWO books that have come out this year, I was dealing with major life-changing events.

But we’re past all of that now.  Today I’d like to give you a little taste of both books and offer one lucky winner a copy of Something In The Air. (choice of Nook or Kindle version!)  There’s a reason it’s just that one…

These books are the first two in a series of four.  Something in the Air starts the journey, and Letting Go continues it.  If I’m going to hook people into the series, it’s best to start at the beginning, right?

If you want to try for a copy, just leave me a comment (with an email/facebook/twitter address!) and you’ll be entered!

And while you’re going… check out the rest of the fabulous authors joining in on the blog hop at the Rebel Reasoning Site!

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(Contemporary Romance)

Kelly Ray Patrick is a sweet, southern girl who has never been lucky, either in finances or in love.  But as the recent co-recipient of a lottery jackpot, she and her friends have set out on a Valentines-themed singles cruise in the hope of relaxing and meeting Mr. Right.  Only, to Kelly Ray’s surprise, Mr. Right appears to be her best friend, Dominic James.  Nic appears to be feeling the effects of the trip as well, and has discovered his own interest in Kelly Ray.

The only thing stopping them:  their friend, Trevor, who has been carrying a torch for Kelly Ray since they were all kids.  Will respect for that friendship be enough to stem the budding relationship, or will they throw caution to the wind and indulge in their desires?

Buy It Here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble
All Romance eBooks | Bookstrand

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(Contemporary Romance)

Damaged divorcee Evangeline Wilson has agreed to join her friends on a singles
cruise to celebrate their new-found wealth.  She is not exactly thrilled about the idea of stepping back into the dating world after her very recent and very bitter separation from her abusive ex-husband.

While struggling to fight her own inner demons, Eva finds herself in the company of a gorgeous stranger named Alejandro.  He immediately turns on the charm and she fall hard… only, he is not quite honest with her at first about his real identity.  Alejandro is the Captain of the Spirit of the Deep, and though he seems determined to focus all of his attention on Eva, she quickly begins to question whether he is capable of juggling such an important job, a major crisis, subversive crew members, and her delicate emotions all at one time.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble
All Romance eBooks | Bookstrand

Sunday Snippets #1

Joining in on a new game this morning, courtesy of the Red Lipstick Diaries.

This is from my latest release, Letting Go, from Rebel Ink Press.

“Where are we going?” she asked breathlessly, struggling to keep up with his long strides.  She was almost as tall as him, but his legs were longer and he seemed much more determined.  On the landing, he turned on her.

“Here is good enough,” he said, his voice little more than a growl, bringing one hand up to cradle her cheek.  “I need some place where I can kiss you properly without the world’s great interest in my technique.”  He backed her against the wall, pressing a knee between her thighs as the full length of his body rested against hers.  His mouth came down on hers hard and hungry.

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NaNoWriMo: The Mid-Month Edition

Here we are at November 15th.

I’m nowhere near my NaNo goal.  Not surprised, of course, but not there, either.  My month-to-date total is roughly 7,500 words.  By the end of today, I’m supposed to be sitting on 25,000.  Yeah… not gonna happen.

I wish I could say I had some valid excuse for not writing, but I really don’t.  My only excuse is that I’m pregnant and have become lazy.  Lazy to the point where all I want to do is sleep.

There are multiple ideas floating around in my head for blog posts and new stories, but I’ve already told myself that I am not starting anything new until I finish at least one of these monstrosities that I’ve already started.

Plus I have another blog to update now.  This split-personality thing is getting out of control.  And here I thought it was hard enough to promote one version of me.   Yeah, you’re right… I probably won’t ever learn.

But enough about me – how are all of you out there in NaNo-Land?  Anyone having better progress?  There have been several rumors that many people are already done with their 50K… if you’re one of them, congratulations.  I envy your work ethic.

IN OTHER NEWS…

I managed to pick up a new contract!  Rebel Ink Press has bought the sequel to Something in the Air!  It’s called Letting Go, and while I don’t have a release date yet, I will be sure to keep the world at large posted on both of these stories.

I’m now anxiously awaiting my cover art for Something in the Air so the face-smashing can begin. 🙂

Stay tuned for more.