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A few questions…

I have two questions and if anyone would be kind enough to respond, I’d appreciate it.

1. Long ago, in my original version of Intentions of the Earl, I had a small, 750 word scene of John and Carolina alone at the inn they stayed at in Bath. It wasn’t anything THAT spectacular, but in light of their book coming soon, I was thinking to go dig this up and *maybe* enhance it just a touch just to have a little bonus that’s in neither book on here. (Really, it was only in the book to show that Brooke’s parents had a love match and she’d obviously grown up seeing that her parents were in love. I nixed it last July–2011–when I had the book reedited and it was suggested it wasn’t crucial enough to the story to leave it in there…) So, my question is, how many of you read that version/remember the scene, and whether or not it was in there would you want to read it here? Frankly, I don’t want to beat you all over the head with things you’ve already read!

2. I’m doing another blog hop this Friday, I know, I know, I won’t do another for a while (I think…) and the topic is romance. Why I like it, read it, write it, etc etc. Just anything to do with romance. So… Does anyone have anything I’ve mentioned on here that they’d like to see me post on? The similarities between all my book heroes and my husband or my similarities to the heroines? My own romance story? The frustrations of having to deal with preschool romances? I’m open for requests or suggestions for just about anything romance related, so if there is anything you want to know more about, this is the time to ask.ย 

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14 thoughts on “A few questions…

  1. Not sure it fits but I just loved the Butt Bling. I think it’s the title that snagged my attention most. So fun to say ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe you could compare today’s unders to what they had to wear HA!

    • That’s certainly something I can try to do, however, I don’t think it’ll work for a blog hop where there will be scores of people visiting for the first time. LOL

  2. Since I didn’t read your books until February I didn’t get to read that scene, but I would like to.

    I for one love your elopement story but my question for you would be do you or did you ever want to have the big fancy wedding? I know people who have eloped and then have had the wedding either just months after or years after for a special anniversary. My BIL and SIL eloped days after her 18th birthday and almost eleven years and six (yes six) kids later she has never felt like she needed the fancy wedding.
    I needed the wedding and my husband who had already been married was kind enough to let me have my wedding. I had only had the thing planned since high school. As I always joked, all I needed was a groom.

    • I certainly didn’t want the big wedding then. I’ve only had fleeting thoughts about it since then. But I’m pretty happy with my choice and decision not to have all the frills.

  3. I haven’t read it, but they didn’t strike me as having a marriage of convenience, it feels they’re quite in love in the book, so I don’t think it’s missing, but I wouldn’t see how putting the scene back in the book would make it a bad move…

    • Thanks, Lorraine. That was my very first book (ever) and it’s painfully obvious. I can tell a huge difference between what I write today and what I wrote then and I have a much easier time deciding what doesn’t need to be in books. Last July, however, I was still learning this lesson and didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time completely revising because let’s face it, it was already published and had sold enough copies that a complete overhaul would have actually been far more hazardous than just a few nips and tucks–overhauls create confusion; plus they take time away from a current project. While I can humbly admit that book is not my best book, and neither is the one I was working on at that time, I find learning from mistakes and moving forward to be a better strategy than spending all your time correcting past errors. All that said, there was, and still is, a little rumor that circulates every once in a while about that book being too slow at times or having unnecessary information. Since I didn’t think a complete revamp/overhaul was the best decision, I looked for things that were completely irrelevant to that story and snipped them out to help it move faster. Granted, this scene between John and Carolina was the largest all at once cut I made. The others were a sentence here, a paragraph there, and maybe a few lines of dialogue in different places.

      I’m sure that’s WAY more than you wanted to know, but yes, John and Carolina had a love match and actually I’m pleased that you were able to see that despite my cutting out this scene and other mentions of their feelings.

  4. I’d love to hear more about your “inspiration” for some of your favorite heros and heroines. Was there every anyone in your own life that inspired to make a trait, quirk,or personality, etc. into one of your characters?

    • Oh, yeah, there’ve been people in my life who I’ve made into characters. And not always the good ones. LOL

      Both my husband and I have at least one trait in common with each hero and heroine, but there’ve been others, too.

      Thanks so much for the suggestion, Jeanne. I don’t know if I’ll be able to work this in for Friday, but I will certainly do a post about it.

  5. Who is the primary audience of the people who’ll be reading the blog hop? I’d try to gear the post to something they’d be interested in. Like writers might want to know what components make up a romance novel. People who don’t write and aren’t familiar with your work might want something like a personal life post that inspires you to write romance (ie. your kid at preschool, butt bling). People familiar with your work will probably want more of the “behind the scenes” into your book. Though people not familiar with your work might be entertained by a funny passage with a “why you did this”. Say for instance Alex sitting down and writing out his experiment. I thought it was cute. You could explain how hard it can be to find the right one and how making a list of qualities can help our poor, clueless hero along. Romance sometimes needs a push. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m not a blog expert, so take my comment with a grain of salt.

    • It’s geared for readers…

      At least that’s what I think. I do know some writers come by, but I don’t think it’s for writer tips, it’s more to draw interest in books and introduce readers to new authors they might never have heard of. I’m terrible at these because I always feel awkward pimping my own book(s).

      I love it when Alex thinks up his experiment. LOL Only a guy would do something like that!

  6. I think you should do your own romance story. I can’t speak for others, but at least for me, when I read romance novels, I have wondered if/how the author’s books have been shaped by their own relationships/marriage.

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