10 Jul 2014

Guest post by Collete Cameron

The Earl’s Enticement
By: Collette Cameron
Released May 28th, 2014

She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.
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Romance Authors’ Seven Secrets By Collette Cameron
Today’s post is a result of this romance author’s first year as a published author, and the many, brilliant questions and observations I’ve had directed my way.
So, I thought I’d reveal some trade secrets.
Experiences: Romance writers only write about things we’ve actually experienced ourselves.
Oh, for heaven’s sakes, I’m not serious, though I’ve been asked that very question. That’s when a deadpan expression and a witty response is a must.
“Why, yes, I have been chased by a crazed rapist who was after my fortune,” or “Of course I know how to throw a dagger with deadly accuracy. Want to see?”
How in the world could we possibly experience some of the stuff we write?
We make things up: Yep, names, places, words, events, pretty much anything we want.
We get to do that, and we don’t have to explain the stuff is fictional.
Heck, we write fiction, which by its very definition means falsehoods.
The whole story is made up, and even though I write historicals and try to be a historically accurate as possible, I have a wicked sense of humor. Hence a cook named Mrs. Plumperbuns and an intrusive gossip named Lady Clutterbuck might make an appearance or two in my books.
Inspiration: I will use what you say in my books.
I have been known to stop in mid-sentence to jot down quotes or a name I heard that inspired me.
I’ll also make you a villain if you tick me off, and you’ll have all kinds of nasty vices. Plus, I’ll make you eat disgusting food and don’t be surprised if rather unpleasant things happen to you.
Nothing is new: Of course my stories are entirely unique and original. You’ve never read anything that even remotely resembles them.
Okay, that’s a blatant lie.
Yes, I try to add original elements, but the whole idea of writing a romance is happily-ever-after. There are some ups and downs, bumps and turns, but in the end, everyone, including the reader, knows the ultimate outcome.
Editing: I’m a teacher as well as an author so naturally, everything I submit to my publisher is flawless. *Snort!*
Don’t believe a word of that. The truth is, no matter how many times I go over a manuscript, I still find boo boos. And I haven’t read a single romance novel I didn’t find a few in too.
Hopefully, my stories are so vivid and compelling you don’t notice the editing oversights.
We love every aspect of being an author: I wish you could see me guffawing here. Sooo, not true.
Yes, we love writing, creating, weaving words into magical sentences that mesmerize, but being an author isn’t all about writing the story.
I do enjoy research and love connecting with other authors and readers, but the whole promotion and marketing bit. . . ? Bleck.
Writing is easy for us: Naturally, we never struggle with plot, character development, accuracy, or writer’s block. Snorting again.
Yes, we are passionate about writing; some might call it obsessed, but that’s a whole other post. But the truth is, writing is hard, hard work.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything though!
Anybody have anything to add? I’m betting you do. I’d love to know.

Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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7 comments:

  1. Waving hello from toasty western Oregon. It's going to be a scorcher today. Thanks so much for hosting me, Suzy! Love you Pinterest images!

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  2. Thanks Krystal!
    Its always a pleasure to supper my fellow authors, Tasty Book Tours :)
    Collette, loved having you! I'm very envious of you being in Oregon... I have it on my bucket list to visit there one day. It looks so beautiful over there! :)
    x

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  3. Collette, it's very early in the morning as I'm reading this, but you had me lol…loved the post…and those seven secrets are sooooo true. Fun.
    Best of luck with sales!

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