Thankful Thursday


Thankful for Thursday

Thankful for Thursday is a meme hosted by Oasis for YA. The goal is to find things to be thankful about and share it with the Oasis for YA community.

So what am I thankful for today? Two words: Road Trip! I’m thankful that my writers group gets along well enough to be stuck in a car for endless hours, then cramped in a hotel room, and still manage to have fun. We’re heading to the DARA “Dreamin’ In Dallas” conference. We’ll be rubbing elbows with editors, agents, and authors like Richelle Mead and/or Jaye Wells. I’m so excited to participate in this event with them.

I promise next Thursday will be about something other than Novel Clique.

What are you thankful for? 

Blog Chain – Love Scenes


I have two posts in one today, because I didn’t want to miss out on either of them.

Blog Chain – Love Scenes

Kat started the blog chain, which I picked up from Laura and am passing on to you. The question:

How do you feel about love scenes? As a reader, are you put off by the gratuitous? As a writer, do you shy away from spelling out the down-and-dirty? Or do you write until your computer lights a cigarette?

I love to read LA Banks, and let me tell you that woman knows how to write a love scene. Lara Adrian knows her way around one, too. I’ve learned a lot about building romantic tension between characters from reading their books.

A long time ago, my critique partner Dawn Allen told me I was a romance writer. I resisted for a while, but finally had to admit she was right. I write both YA and adult paranormal romance. In my YA, I don’t have any intimate love scenes, yet still manage to work in romantic tension which leads to the first kiss. My adult paranormal, on the other hand, goes beyond the first kiss and ends up somewhere between sweet and spicy romance.

How about you? How would you answer Kat’s questions?

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Thankful for Thursday

Thankful for Thursday is a meme hosted by Oasis for YA. The goal is to find things to be thankful about and share it with the Oasis for YA community.

Today, I’m thankful for my writing support group which includes my critique partners and my new blog friends. I’m not sure where I’d be in my writing career without their constant support and encouragement. I’m thankful for people who take time out of their day to visit my blog, and for those who leave comments. I came across a blog today about the blogging community and how we help one another. I’m thankful for unpublished and published writers who reach out and share what they’ve learned along the way.

What are you thankful for?