The written word, when weaved together in a subtle and provocative dance, can grab a hold of a heart and leave one breathless. Great fiction books, in my opinion, are those that offer the tease for something remarkable with each flip of the page. Small gestures, often times, give birth to such a tease, be it that first accidental brushing up against another or the tiniest whisper of intrigue crafted out of a thoughtful glance.
When a writer can take a reader to that desirable spot where a heart flutters and yearns for more, she’s captured the art of writing. That capture is my ultimate desire, and the very reason I rise at 2:30 a.m. and stumble, bleary-eyed, to my computer to study and practice the art of writing fiction books.
On a fateful spring afternoon, two strangers meet at a musical event and a spark of an idea brings them both the opportunity to right some wrongs. Meet Harper Ray, an undiscovered musician who’s willing to dig weeds, clean houses, and give guitar lessons to stay afloat. A childhood tragedy has kept her blocked and has limited her ability to see and live her potential. Ivy Homestead is a green witch and life coach. Her life purpose has always been to help people live their best lives. But after hurting her best friend over a year ago, Ivy has struggled with feelings of inadequacy. What they both discover will test their strength and have them questioning what they’re willing to risk to find their way back home within themselves and each other.
From the moment Lexie Tanner meets Taylor Henshaw in the dilapidated space that will one day become her aunt’s pet boutique, she knows she’s got her work cut out for her. Taylor self-identifies as a complicated woman, and there’s nothing Lexie enjoys more than a good fixer upper. But Taylor’s complications run deep, and way into her past. Surrounded by an eccentric and spirited group of family and friends, including a spunky and lovable dog named Cashmere, the two women navigate a series of obstacles that have them questioning their choices. As their journey unfolds, neither women is prepared for what happens when they start to break down the old and discover the new.
With her divorce finally behind her, Faith Miller is ready to move forward. And then, life tosses her a few unavoidable curveballs. Before long, she finds herself traveling down to her sister’s house on the coast of Rhode Island with her seven-year old daughter. What she hoped might be a reflective time for her turns into a whirlwind adventure, thanks to her sister’s live in in-laws and the gorgeous pet and house-sitting neighbor, Candace. Candace is sexy and fun, and pulls on Faith’s heart. Faith, trying to stay focused and get her life back on track, attempts to ignore her growing feelings for Candace to no avail. What starts out as a casual and steamy interlude evolves into something more serious. Will Faith decide her heart is better closed off from potential heartbreak or will she open it back up again to see what this new love has to offer?
Sarah Destin is a highly successful marketing executive who makes great money, lives in a beautiful home, and drives a sweet car with an engine that purrs. She should be thrilled, but somewhere along the line she took a wrong turn and ended up in the dreaded rat race of life.
When she meets Jolene, a scuba instructor from Bonaire, curiosity stirs deep within. Suddenly, she begins to crave adventure. By getting out of her comfort zone, Sarah soon begins to realize that life begins to bloom beneath the facade of materialism. Purpose and meaning can’t be found on the surface. It can only be found when she digs deep and uncovers things that make her question what’s most important in life. Does Sarah have the courage to embrace her newfound discoveries, even if that means letting go of what brings her comfort in the process?
2016 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
2016 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Best Lesbian Book
Dog trainer Jacky Applebaum is focused on one thing – making up for a grave misunderstanding that damaged her relationship with her fifteen-year old stepdaughter Sophie. They are suffocating under the pressure of hurt and guilt. Old wounds begin to heal between them when a spirited beekeeper named Brooke Hastings contracts Jacky to train her overly-protective dog, Bee. A mutual affinity grows instantly between them, an affinity Jacky won’t allow herself to embrace. But, the heart knows what it needs. Meanwhile, Brooke hires Sophie as her assistant in the bee apiary. A trust forms, and soon Sophie begins to feel alive again as she comes face-to-face with the many parallels between her and the honeybees she nurtures.
Just as they learn to open up and dance with life again, a hurtful truth reveals itself. Will this truth set them free or unravel all they’ve come to learn about life?
2015 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction 2015 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Best Lesbian Book
Lia is smart, successful, and best friends with Dean, a gay man who is just as neurotic as she. Life is smooth and flowing, unmarked by much more than a little family jealousy here and there, until she runs into Willow, an exciting enigma from her past. Willow, a psychic, receives a sense that something is off kilter surrounding Lia. Should she tell her, even though Lia, the person she’s never been able to stop thinking about since childhood, might run the other way? It’s a risk she decides to take, and Lia’s curiosity surprises her. As truths about life, love and uncertainties are unearthed, Lia and Willow, along with Dean, learn to seek strength from unexpected places and people. Along their journeys, the three learn what a struggle it is to maintain their sandcastles as they embrace the parts of their lives that really matter.
The Journey Somewhere – A Contemporary Romance Novel
Sequel to Tangerine Twist
Want-to-be photographer, Kelly Copeland, thinks she has it all – a loyal fiancée, a cute condo, and a lovable dog. Her life is stable and easy. But, then her ex-girlfriend, the famous folk musician, Becca James, pops back into her life. She offers Kelly an opportunity of a lifetime, photographing her documentary tour. Everything is about to change now. Embracing this opportunity takes Kelly on a journey somewhere far away from anything that resembles stable and easy.
A snowy dog park in the middle of a quiet town is the last place Alice and Desiree expect to meet up with their destiny. Secluded, these two women are able to let down their guards long enough to enjoy a tantalizing moment that leaves them both breathless and conflicted. Can their desire further develop outside the fence of this private dog park once the real world catches up to them?
Staying True – A Contemporary Romance
2013 Rainbow Book Awards – Honorable Mention
Free-spirited masseuse Ruby Clark treasures her independence, refusing to allow anyone to encroach on her sense of control. She succeeds at remaining unaffected until she meets Nadia Chase, a self-assured, sexy new client who sets Ruby’s heart in motion. The two develop a connection that drips with chemistry. As Ruby struggles to maintain her autonomy amidst the fervent attraction, Nadia reveals a secret that threatens to derail both their professional relationship and their blossoming love. Seeking guidance and support from Shawna, their transgender friend who struggles with her own issues of self-worth, and Ruby’s grampa, a wise storyteller who raised Ruby in the aftermath of a childhood tragedy, the unlikely foursome embarks on a quest to learn the meaning of love, letting go, and staying true.
At twenty-nine, Jane Knoll is convinced that she will never experience her first kiss. Bullied as a teenager, she lives life under a veil of insecurity and loneliness. Her social life consists of television reruns and a weekly laundry night with her neighbor, Larry. Then, hope rises when Jane starts following her beautiful, magnetic co-worker Eva on Twitter. Under the protective disguise of an alter ego, Jane experiences the joy of flirting and the rush of euphoria. Eva and Jane quickly launch into an online love affair that brings out the best in Jane. Behind the safety of her laptop screen, she becomes confident and empowered with purpose and talent. But face-to-face, Jane is nothing more than Eva’s nondescript, clumsy co-worker—a social catastrophe. For the first time in her life, Jane has discovered true bliss—happiness in love, newfound success in a writing career, and the chance to make a difference in the world. But can she live the rest of her life as an alter ego? Is she brave enough to reveal her true identity and risk squandering it all?
When a hurricane blows through town and threatens the future of Olivia Clark’s animal shelter, she publicizes her desperate plea for help to the masses. Aid comes from a surprising source: Chloe Homestead, Olivia’s ex-girlfriend from thirteen years ago and the only girl Olivia has ever loved. Chloe, a self-made millionaire, offers to finance and manage the shelter’s repairs and operations, a gesture Olivia is in no position to refuse. Working intimately together to provide loving care to homeless animals, Olivia struggles to keep her composure in Chloe’s fun and flirty presence. As Olivia’s walls start to crumble, the past catches up to them. Chloe has a dark secret, a secret that she’s been carrying around for thirteen years. Will Chloe’s secret threaten the future of the shelter and the relationship she has worked so hard to restore?
Hope Steele destroyed her marriage by being unfaithful to her husband with a woman. Plagued by guilt and committed to be a better person, she seeks a fresh start by renting a room in an estate home with five people from various backgrounds. But before long she develops a deep attraction to her roommate Lucy, who is in a relationship. Lucy makes her feel free, sexy, and whole. Further stoking her desire is the sense Lucy is keeping a secret of her own. As Hope struggles to preserve her integrity, what ensues is a dance between right and wrong and truth and forgiveness.
Becca James wants to make it big. And she will, as soon as the idea of performing doesn’t scare the voice out of her. Until then she orchestrates another life…predictable, responsible, and dull. Then Kara walks on stage, a flirty goddess with long, wavy hair and sultry caramel-flecked eyes that drip with sex appeal. Inhibitions and commitments fall like shattered glass, as the duo form a musical sensation. Becca is big! But can self indulgence substitute for self respect? Can a wild ride stop at happiness? In this fast paced, sexy novel, finding out what really matters in life doesn’t always mean you get it. Or does it?
Lauren Woods is crazy about Paula McKenna. Paula’s sexy, adventurous and the hero to Lauren’s twelve-year-old son, Owen. The two women are deeply attracted to each other, but there’s one big problem that’s keeping their love grounded. Paula accepts a job offer across the country, and Lauren, with a debilitating fear of flying, a son deeply rooted to his friends and life in Rhode Island, and a best friend who depends on her to keep her salon up and running, is in no position to up and move. Will these two find their footing together or crash land?
Emma is about to wed her college sweetheart, a bright, well respected guy who is slated to become president of her father’s company. All the plans are in motion. Her life is set. Until Haley crashes into her life. Haley is refreshing, vivacious and turns Emma’s world upside-down. With Haley, Emma finds her true self –a sexy, confident woman who doesn’t want to give up the sweet taste of true attraction and love. But does she have the courage to hurt and disappoint all those around her?
Do you dream of writing fiction books? Are you confused on how to get started with writing it? Have you already started writing a novel and need direction on things like flow, pace, characterization, editing, and marketing? Then, this book is perfect for you. Writer’s Insights is chocked full of tips and advice from best-selling novelist Suzie Carr and several experts in the industry.
Prolific author Suzie Carr guides you through a simple process to help you organize your thoughts and navigate the path from the first sentence of your novel to the very last. This book is jam-packed with useful information. Here’s just a little of what you’ll learn: essentials to productive writing, ways to keep creativity flowing, creating the perfect book title, developing characters, hooking a reader from the first page, planning the plot, charting scenes, creating conflict, writing snappy dialogue, writing a synopsis, editing tips, publishing options, branding, and building a strong readership.
Carr’s approach will clear through the clutter and offer you an easy-to-understand method of staying focused and organized as you move toward your dream of writing fiction books.
18 Simple Writing Tips to Create Memorable Characters
Are you looking for ways to bring your characters to three-dimensional life? Do you have an idea for a character but just aren’t sure how to get started in introducing her in your story? Do you wish you had a road map to character creation? You’re not alone. Creating characters who readers will fall in love with seems like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be!
I’d like to share what I’ve learned about creating memorable characters. I’ve been writing novels for over a decade, and continue to charge forward with a burning desire to create fictional worlds and characters that teach me about life, love, loss, friendship, and everything in between. In 2003, I wrote my first novel, The Fiche Room. Many years later, my passion for writing continues to grow exponentially with each new book I write.
Here’s what you can expect with this book. I’ll focus on 18 simple ways to create memorable characters. We’ll explore things like: brainstorming, getting into character, ways to introduce characters, creating well-rounded, three-dimensional people with whom your readers will fall in love, crafting a back story, traits, flaws, problems, fears, wants, purposes, surprises, tension, and epiphanies, among other important elements.
Productivity: 15 Simple Tips to Get Things Done with Passion and Speed
Do you have a dream to get to the next level? Do you have a passion to pursue something greater than your current reality?
How can you best get things done with passion and speed?
To achieve a goal, you must push forward and stay focused. You can’t rely on luck to lift you to your potential. You must dig deep and find your grit, that power inside that burns thick and hot, fueling your desires and allowing for wins when temptations surround you.
In this technological age of smartphones and interesting gadgets, it’s easy to get lost and find yourself stuck in the muck of the worn out rat race where dreams and passions go to die. It takes a conscientious effort to stay the course and get things done. This requires an unwavering effort.
If you suffer from the endless barrage of distractions, demands, pings and alerts from your smartphone, and put aside ideas for things you’d love to do because you have no time to consider them, then this book is for you.
Now more than ever before, we need to find ways to organize so we ride through the distractions and realize our dreams.
The goal of this book is to give you 15 simple ways to help you get started immediately on your goals and dreams. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.