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Good evening/morning! Michelle here. It's so amazing to be in a business where the sky is the limit and my only goal is to do what I love (i.e. write a great story) and then figure out ways to share it with the world through websites like www.indieauthorland.com. I had so much fun being interviewed by them this week that it made me stop and evaluate this business.
The whole concept of community is something that, at least professionally speaking, I've found unique to this industry of indie publishing. I've spent years in sales and marketing and my experience has been that most people in those fields operate from a spirit of lack. Like the pie is only so big so I better get my share.
Not so in this business. I (and I'll venture to speak for my friends Darlene and Janice, too) have been overwhelmed by the people who want to help share the stories we've created. There's an overwhelming sense of connection, of unlimited potential, that I struggle to define.
All I know for sure is that I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. And the fact that I feel virtually surrounded by other who are as excited about my potential for success as I am is icing on the cake!
Okay, I think I’m on to something here. Been reading a ton of marketing stuff – advice on how to launch, market and sell a book. Not fun. My apologies to the author of this particular bit of advice. I’ve read so much, I have no idea who said what.
Anyway, the idea was to get creative in marketing your book, and one suggestion went something like this: let’s say your main character is a chocoholic. In that case, why not host an event at a candy/chocolate store? Why not? Sounds fun!
So, let’s take that one step further. You know how we have the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Phillips 66 Big Twelve Championship? Well, hey, I’m thinking my next book is a Hershey’s Kiss Romance brought to you by Darlene Deluca in partnership with Hershey’s chocolate!! Sponsorship!!
Why not? Everyone else does. Hey, maybe my next character will be a professional athlete, and she and I can be endorsed by Nike or Adidas. I’d be happy to wear snappy workout clothes to my book signing. :-)
I’m telling you . . . it could happen!! Just remember, you heard it here first!!
May your day be filled with flowers . . . chocolate . . . a little romance . . . and lots of Love!
Oh, and a good book or two! Happy Valentine's Day to all!
Eyes are very expressive, and in fiction, are often described or used to describe action and emotion. They flash. They smolder. They twinkle or sparkle. They watch, look, gaze, glance, stare, glare. Ever given anyone the evil eye or the stink eye? Uh-huh. You know immediately what kind of look/mood that conjures up.
I randomly opened eight books and looked for the first description I could find on eyes. It didn’t take long.
1. Unexpected Legacy by Darlene Deluca (yours, truly):
“Allen leveled his gaze on her, his eyes narrowed.”
2. Dangerous Ally by Michelle Grey:
“Sam turned a watery smile on Lacey.”
3. Detour by Janice Richards:
“Nick swung his leg around, startled by the vacant look in her eyes.”
4. Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr
“Tom watched Darla take a little bitty bite of potatoes then go back to the vegetable.”
5. The Woman Next Door by Barbara Delinsky:
“Her smile was wooden, her eyes glazed.”
6. Inside by Brenda Novak:
“He rolled his eyes.”
7. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts:
His voice was kind, a soft roll of words, but his eyes, she noted, were watchful.”
8. Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz:
“Matt’s eyes flickered from his sister’s face to Luke’s as he leaned down to pet Zeke.”
As writers, we’re constantly challenged to set the mood and describe expressions, reactions, etc. And it gets kind of hard to come up with new ways. Do you have any examples of facial expressions or descriptions using eyes/sight that you particularly love or hate? Please, share them with us!
Hi everyone! Darlene here. Hey, I have my first author interview today. Hope you will check it out! Having a lot of fun meeting other authors and readers on Goodreads. If you like to read, you might want to start a Goodreads page and connect with other readers and reading groups.
Took a trip down music memory lane recently, and my husband assembled a personalized CD of songs for me. I didn't intend for this to be a romance-writing soundtrack, but as it turns out, these tunes help put me in the mood to write. These are romantic songs with nice music, but GREAT lyrics. You gotta listen to the words. Darlene here. Since it's February, month of romance, I thought I'd share a few lines from the Top Five . . .
Accomp'ny Me by Bob Seger (think deep, sexy voice)
"Some people say that love's a losin' game. You start with fire, but you lose the flame. The ashes smolder, but the warmth's soon gone. You end up cold and lonely on your own. I’ll take my chances, babe, I’ll risk it all. I’ll win your love, or I’ll take the fall. I’ve made my mind up girl, it’s meant to be. Someday lady you’ll accomp'ny me."
Faithfully by Journey (an all-time favorite)
"Through space and time, always another show. Wondering where I am, lost without you. And being apart ain't easy on this love affair. Two strangers learn to fall in love again. I get the joy of rediscovering you. Oh girl, you stand by me. I'm forever yours. . . Faithfully"
Lady in Red by Chris DeBurgh
"I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight. I've never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing. I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side. And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away. And I have never had such a feeling. Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight."
Cryin’ Out Loud by Meatloaf (this song is really long, and some of the best parts are at the end.)
"For coming to my room when you know I'm alone. For finding me a highway, for driving me home. And you got to know, for that, I serve you. For pulling me away when I'm starting to fall. For revving me up when I'm starting to stall. And all in all, for that, I want you. For taking and for giving and for playing the game. For praying for my future in the days that remain. Oh Lord, for that, I hold you. Ah, but most of all, for crying out loud . . . For that, I love you."
Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
"It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head. So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed. And then I tell her, as I turn out the light. I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight. Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight."
Feel free to chime in and share your favorite romantic lyrics!