The Unexpected

I will admit right off the bat that I am not a fan of surprises. Nope. They stress me out. Some people love them, but I’m not one of them. So when life throws a little unexpected at me, I have to figure out how to deal with that stress and keep going. We all do, don’t we?

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a whole lot of stress going on. My mother fell, she lives alone and laid on the floor for twelve hours before she figured out how to get a message to me. She spent a week in the hospital being treated for a variety of things, and now she is recovering at a rehab facility and doing much better.

But that’s a lot of stress and guilt. My life was put on hold in the middle of a very important project, and my focus was on my mother and what she needed. Then add in my husband having 2 COVID exposures at work, and being on quarantine here at home. My concern was that he brought it home with him and I took it to my mother at the hospital. Talk about overwhelming stress until I get my test back. Negative, as were both of his. Thankfully.

I spent almost two hours working on finally getting my husband, myself, and our daughter scheduled to get our shots, and I’m happy to report we all got them yesterday. No major side effects for hubby and me with the Johnson & Johnson shot. Just a headache for us both. My daughter got the Pfizer since she’s not 18 yet, and as far as I know, she feels fine. But she’s a teen with a late morning class so she’s still sleeping.

So there are some bad unexpected things that happen in life, but then there are some good! One of the series that I write is about the good unexpected things that happen, and the fifth book in the series, Unexpected Desires, releases on the 23rd of this month.

To find out more about the Unexpected Series, check out my website.

Spring Into Love by @AliciaStreet1

Do you believe in love at first sight? Your eyes meet his, and just like that, you know you might have met THE ONE.

I am a firm believer. You see, I experienced love at first sight myself. And my husband and I have been married for many happy years.

Love at first sight is the running theme of the latest multi-author boxed set in the Irresistible series.

IRRESISTIBLE ~ SPRING INTO LOVE

Eight brand new steamy stories from New York Times, USA Today bestselling, award-winning authors.

Spring Into Love

TWO HEARTS IN RETREAT by Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author. Mel’s an R.N., and Steve’s an ex-Navy medic and physical therapist. Although they’re instantly attracted, they’ve both suffered incredible loss. Will they ever be healed enough to stop their sparring and finally admit that the attraction they’re fighting just might be love?

BELIEVE IN ME by Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author. Caden Finely discovers that having it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But the sexy nurse who treats him makes it all better for a man who never believed in love, let alone love at first sight.

BAYOU MARDI GRAS by Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author. When Maggie Angel’s friend Katrina, visits Cypress Cove during Mardi Gras, her intention is to get a little R & R. But a fisherman’s boat runs aground near Maggie’s dock and his presence changes everything for Katrina when romance is added to that rest and relaxation.

THE SHERIFF’S TROUBLE by Cynthia Cooke, USA Today Bestselling Author. Witness to her best friend’s brutal murder, Callie must remember who the killer is to stop him from coming after her again.

WINDSWEPT LOVERS by Alicia Street, USA Today Bestselling Author. Who says being a wallflower doesn’t have its perks? Max Tribane always preferred being in the background, and her job keeping things going behind the scenes for a successful mover and shaker like Ashley Welz is the perfect fit—until they both fall for the same guy.

SAILING AWAY PLANS by Mona Risk, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Lonely and frustrated by his grownup children, surgeon and widower, Dr. Steve Winston quits work to start a new life in the Caribbean, on his new boat and in a new clinic, when love strikes at the wrong time, and his kids rush in to keep him company.

THE SEAL’S TEMPTATION by Jacquie Biggar, USA Today Bestselling Author. A right-wing militia group infiltrates the area. But will DEA Agent Maggie Holt and her partner be able to set aside their differences to stop them before someone dies?

WHISKEY COBBLER by Jen Talty, USA Today Bestselling Author. Crew’s detective skills might be rusty, but he doesn’t have cobwebs for brains. And Heather was about as guilty as sky was pink.

So go out and enjoy the spring sunshine—then Spring into Love! Sink into your favorite reading chair and get lost in a fresh bouquet of romance.

I had to stop writing when I broke down over a character dying, and I’m the psycho who killed him. — @Author_Carmen DeSousa #Writing #Reading

When I begin writing a new novel, I generally have no idea where I’m going. My typical start of a story is usually the main character—whether it’s the male protagonist or the female protagonist—and whatever issue they are facing.

From there, I just ask myself questions:

  • Why are they having this problem?
  • Who or what is directly influencing this issue?
  • How will they solve this affliction, ailment, or get rid of the antagonist?
  • And lastly, who will help them through it?

The great thing is, just like the reader, I never know exactly what my characters will do. Sure, I know I want a happily ever after, but I also know that not every character will get a happily ever after when I’m finished writing. And the detours they make along the way sometimes even surprise me. Why? Because I allow my story to progress naturally.

I typically write two thousand words a day, and then every night I read the last few chapters to make sure the story flows, marking any areas that need addressing, and then go to sleep, allowing the characters to come alive in my dreams. And ohhh how they do. It’s not unusual for hubby to see me typing on my iPhone’s notepad in the middle of the night. Often it’ll just be a great line or a missing link I was in search of.

When I finally finish writing the novel, I take an entire day and read from beginning to end, making sure the story flows and that there are no holes or contradictions.

Writing is easy, right?   

I’ve read this story almost thirty times at this juncture. How can it surprise me, how can it make me cry? And yet, here I am, sitting on the sofa, my afghan curled around me, and I’m bawling over something that happened. Hubby, who has been sitting quietly by his computer—because he knows it’s read-through day—whips his chair around to face me and asks, “Are you okay?”

I swipe away my tears and answer, “Yes, I just can’t believe that happened.”

“Wait. I thought you were reading your book?” he asks.

“I am,” I answer. “But it still makes me cry.”

He shakes his head and goes back to typing his nonfiction.

One of my favorite quotes is by Robert Frost: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

Well, I’m always surprised, and I always cry when something happens to my characters.

If you enjoy stories that blend happy and sad, romantic and suspenseful, click the link for your favorite retailer below and grab one of my free books. If you’ve read all my books, make sure you pre-order my new release, Erik’s Revelation, at the $0.99 introductory price, so you’ll know why I was crying!

Erik's Revelation

Until next time, happy reading!

Carmen DeSousa

Learn more about Carmen on her website: www.CarmenDeSousaBooks.com.

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The Golden Legacy: Great Wealth’s Dangers by @_NancyRadke

April might be rainy in other parts of the US, but in Seattle this year we have had some spectacular days, warm and sunny, causing our flowers and flowering trees to burst into bloom. The birds have burst into song, and I’m waiting for the moment when I, as a writer, will burst into words. So far it hasn’t happened.

The only way to write is to start writing, so that is what I’m trying to do, but I find my story has gone south the way of the geese and hasn’t flown back north yet. One of the reasons might be that I just finished a book, Dangerous Inheritance, which is my second book as part of the Golden Legacy series.

The Golden Legacy

 

Now Selling on Amazon

The set, The Golden Legacy, is now available for Kindle readers. This set consists of five books, with two of them (contemporaries) having been written by me. These are all rags to riches stories, almost Cinderella types, where one of the protagonists comes into a fabulous legacy. The riches have a curse attached as well as a blessing, requiring the inheritor to spend the money in certain ways. Use it wrongly, and you lose the money as well as what you already have. Because sudden wealth is often looked on with suspicion, the theme has a built-in element of danger.

The authors in this series have spanned time from the 1700s up to modern day. Suzanne’s book has a seaman getting part of the treasure. He uses it after a slave rebellion to rescue a woman he admires.

Twist of Fate

Rebecca’s story centers around a young man trying to raise his daughter and save his race horse business. The book is set in the 1800s. The young woman who helps him becomes the fulfillment of his dreams.

Race for the Gold

My two stories are contemporary, with people trying to get the woman and the money. Dangerous Inheritance (not published anywhere else) forces the hero to choose between the legacy and the woman he loves.

Nancy Radke The Golden Legacy

Katy Walters book bounces between two centuries, using a time portal and the legacy as a common item.

the price of love

Click the image below to learn more about this series and buy all five books for just 99¢.

The Golden Legacy