Since my last blog post, I’ve been a bit busy, and loving it. No more Big Fat Holiday Butts, except for the one sitting in this chair, But… let’s not go there.
I’ve been working on the back cover copy for my soon-to-be-released book, Away Over-Yonder. It’s going very well, with a little help from my friends – here’s a shout out to Carissa and Sherry, Love you Gals. I’ll be sharing the book description here with you all in the next few weeks, so stayed tuned. Very exciting.
This will be my third and final book of the my Ellers Family time-travel series: Here & Beyond.
I’ve also been working with my publisher on the cover art for the book. Here’s a shout out to Shari at Llumina Press who has to deal with a scatter brain like me, poor dear, she must be a saint. I want the covers of the three books in the series to have the same look and feel. There aren’t any people on my covers, only places to evoke time, place and feelings. The first book, Return In Time, has the silhouette of a castle at sunset – or is it sunrise? No it must be sunset, those vivid colors only seem to grace our skies when the light is leaving our sight. The second book, Somewhere To Belong, has a castle off in the distance – or is it a simple farm house? No, it’s a castle, but is it home? I hope it evokes the feeling that somewhere off in the distance is a place to belong.
Along with all this I’ve been working on a new book, I’m at about 10,000 words. It’s a good start and I’m excited about the story. The working title is Until We Meet Again. Titles, I have found, are subject to change. I have one book that’s gone through at least half a dozen working titles, and it’s still not out yet, so the title is still subject to change. At this point, I’m thinking; Dreaming In Moonlight. Feel free to tell me what you think.
Well, I think that’s about it. Back cover text, front cover art, new book, lots of fun. Yep, embrace the challenge and life is good.
Oh, before I forget (like I could). I got a sales report for last year for my first two books and I’ve sold over 2,000 copies. I am pleased. Thank you very much for playing in my delightful sandbox with me.
I hope and plan to get back to posting my ABCs of Romance. I’m up to letter H. I’m thinking Honorable Hank or Horny Harry, which shall it be? All so much fun.
Until we meet again… Cheers and Enjoy Always, T
We’re off to a grand start of 2013.
Previously, we looked at Romance with the Letter A. Today I’d like to Bewitch, Bewilder and Bedazzle you as we encounter Romance with the Letter B.
When it comes to Romance, there’s probably no Better place to Begin than in the Boudoir, or maybe the Bedroom, because after all it does have a Bed. Or maybe a Bathroom, because who doesn’t like a Bubble Bath. Or maybe a Buick with Big Backseats, or a Boeing 747, because it can take you to Bali and Beyond. Take your pick. Each serves their purpose in romantic settings. However, it may Behoove you to Beware of Back-doors, Back-alleys, and especially Backaches, which are often experienced after rousing Bouts of Romance in Backseats. (see above.)
Romance is often accompanied by Beauty and all things Beautiful. Every heroine is a Babe, every hero is Brawny.
B is also for Bachelor, the primary requirement for every romantic hero. Bigamists are not allowed in romantic stories.
Hopefully, our romantic hero is good at Banter, the ability to playfully tease. When engaging in Banter it always helps to use fun words, such as Ballyhoo, Baloney, and Bamboozle. I’ve always liked the word, Bamboozle, however, I’ve found it hard to slip into romantic writing, until now. Thank you letter B.
If our hero is Brawny, Buff and Bright, the Babe of his desire may become Besotted with him, Believe he is her Beloved and before you know it they may be falling into Bed together, or some other romantic setting, again, see above.
Romance with the letter B can be Blissful or it can be Bizarre, as in Barbarians, Bohemians and Banshees Bunking up together. While the image may be interesting it usually Best not to go there.
But for me, one of the Best B I’ve ever known is my fabulous Beau. Thank you Mr. C.
I hope you had fun, and may you…. Enjoy Always, T
Remember Sesame Street. Well…. Today’s romance post is brought to by the letter A.
With romance on my mind, let’s look at a few random romantic words that start with the letter A.
The letter A seems like an obvious choice. After all, it includes such romantic giants as Amorous, Adore and Arouse. What a nice trio.
Amorous, which my little Webster pocket dictionary defines as (1) fond of making love, or (2) full of love. Both sound good to me. And I have to say I’d rather be full of love than full of a lot of other things I can think of, including baked beans. As much as I like bake beans, being full of them is definitely not a good romantic idea.
And of course, any good romantic Adores being Aroused.
Okay, moving right along, there’s always Affair, as in a romantic Affair. Let’s just hope it doesn’t include breaking any marriage vows.
And then there’s Agony. As wonderful as romance is – it does seem to have the ability to cause great Agony as people Agonize over their beloved. Agony, Angst, Agonize. All part of strong, tragic romance.
How about Ambrosia, the food of the gods. If I was out on a hot date, I would think Ambrosia would be a good thing to order, if I could only find a restaurant that has it on the menu. If anyone out there has a good simple recipe for Ambrosia, please tell the Cheesecake Factory, because they make just about everything and I love eating there. Nice and yummy.
Not to be left out of any self-respecting A list is Anatomy – which is the study of the human body, the huMAN body. Yes, one of my favorite classes at romance school.
Also, Anniversaries are usually considered romantic, except when someone forgets. But if you can keep your calendar reminders updated and current – you’re golden. Keep the Anniversaries dates and be sure to serve Ambrosia. Sounds like a good time to me.
And now I will leave you with one more A word – - - Appendage. Let your imagination do the rest.
Love you all. Enjoy always, T
I’ve been away on vacation and it was grand. I traveled to Southern California to see my family and friends and went to the Romance Writers (RWA) national conference. All of it was grand.
I spent a lot of years living in So Calif, from the time I was in high school to about 13 years ago. Wow, have I really lived in the SF Bay area that long! My how time does fly.
Going back to the LA area was a harsh reminder of the traffic and freeways. I arranged to meet my son at the Orange County fair and it took me nearly an hour to get from Anaheim to the parking lot at the fairgrounds. Crawling would have been faster as all those cars inched along trying to get to the same place at the same time. I finally had to park outside of the fair, it was just too darn crowed.
But once inside with my son and his girl friend I had a grand time. We ate all the bad foods, drank beer, and went on the Ferris wheel, my one BIG ride for the night. We watched some folks getting tossed around on one of the more outlandish rides and I figured that wasn’t for me. Didn’t want to risk losing all that greasy fair food I’d eaten!! Not fun.
I also attended the RWA conference and had another grand time. So many wonderful, talented writers gathered together to discuss their craft and love of the written word. I pitched a book I’ve finished, I call it my fairytale, Moonlight Dreams. I think it went well and I’ll be sending the MS out to an agent and editor. I hope they like it, but honestly, I had such a grand time writing it, I’ve got to believe it will do well.
Life is grand and any time I can get out on the road to travel is destined to be a good time. Friends, family, good food and a beer at the fair. Who could ask for anything more?
Love you all, Enjoy Always, T
“Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze”
Join us Wednesday June 20, 2012 for Our One Year Anniversary Celebration,
“Creating Romance In Your Life
Author Tricia Linden
6:30pm (hosted light meal)
7:00pm enter the circle
Unity of Walnut Creek
1871 Geary Road Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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We are excited to announce that this month marks our one year anniversary. What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with the topic “Creating Romance In Your Life”.
Join us as we welcome Author and Unity member Tricia Linden as she walks us through some fun steps that take a new look at romance, what it is, and how can you create it your life. We will use visualization and story
plotting to gain insightful awareness of our own romantic lives.
Come prepared to write a new chapter in your love life and to HAVE FUN.
Having a partner is NOT a prerequisite.
Tricia is a member of the Unity Community and a dedicated student of
metaphysical spirituality. She has lived in five states, on two islands, and on
a farm. Her love of travel has taken her to over a dozen countries, including
Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and too many countries in Europe to name.
Besides being an International Banker and the proud mother of two grown
children, she has written two romance novels and is working on the third of the
series. The first book, Return In Time, was released in June 2011 and the
second, Somewhere to Belong is due to be released in spring 2012. Tricia has
spent most of her adult life studying relationships and romance, often using her
own life as the classroom. She is an avid observer of life, love and the pursuit
of romance. After a lifetime of trial and error, she is living happily ever
after with her soul-mate in Northern California.