Today my award-winning book, Seduce Me, is the Nook Daily find which means it’s on sale for $1.99! And Amazon has matched that price. So for today only you can get my first Legend Hunters book for your Nook or Kindle for $1.99. Hurry and don’t miss this great deal!

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Today’s blog stop is an interview. Don’t forget to enter the contest – you could win my entire backlist!

It’s that time of year when NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak hosts her annual online auction for Diabetes research. I donate to this auction every year because diabetes is a disease that has struck those I love. So far Brenda and her efforts have brought over $1 million to research and she hopes to tip that past the $2 million mark after this year’s auction. There are so many items up for grabs, so please take some time to take a look at what might strike your fancy. 

And here are the two items I have donated. 

The complete set of my Forbidden Love seres: A Little Bit Wicked, A Little Bit Sinful and A Little Bit Scandalous. 

~and~

One on one Character mentoring – get personal assistance with creating your characters from the GMC to character arcs to how to use your characters to grow the plot of your book. **If you’re attending RWA National this summer, we can meet for coffee to get the ball rolling. 

Stop 2 on my blog tour, up today is an interview at For the Love of Bookends

Don’t forget that up for grabs during the blog tour is my entire backlist – that’s 7 signed copies of my paperback books as well as a digital copy of A Little Bit Wicked and Her Gentleman Thief. 

 

Today starts my blog tour for A Little Bit Sinful. I’ve got a great prize that’s going through the entire blog tour – my backlist is up for grabs! 

First stop is Stitch – Read – Cook and she’s asked me to describe my best day as an author…
 
 

I’m so excited about this though admittedly a little nervous since I don’t have as much experience writing novellas – having only done one before. 

Robyn DeHart’s MASQUERADING MISTRESSES, an anthology set in the time where the mistress reigned supreme, yet for three beautiful women assuming the role of mistress is not glamorous, it’s necessary for survival and when three men who were not looking for mistresses come to know them, they find they will do anything to protect these women they can’t seem to forget, to Alethea Spiridon at Entangled Scandalous, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

I believe the tentative release date for this book is January 2014, more details as I get them. 

I’m so thrilled to say that I’ve sold another series to Entangled Scandalous. Here are the details:

Robyn DeHart’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE SWORD, pitched in the tradition of the Three Musketeers, in which three men will stop at nothing to ensure their monarch’s safety whom they are duty bound to protect, even at the costs of their lives, until they meet three women who give them new reasons to survive, to Alethea Spiridon Hopson at Entangled Scandalous, in a three-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

You can start looking for these books in 2014 – I just can’t wait to dive into another historical adventure series. 

It’s coming! The second book in my Forbidden Love series, A Little Bit Sinful releases Monday, April 1st! I’m so thrilled to share this book with y’all. I really fell in love with Clarissa and Justin and I hope you will too. An excerpt will be coming in the next day or two so watch for that, but in the meantime, here’s the cover and back cover blurb. 

She’d made all the wrong choices, but ended up in the most perfect situation. 

Justin Rodale is the wealthy bastard son of the Duke of Chanceworth. He owns the most lucrative and luxurious gaming establishment and caters to London’s elite. Educated with the rest of the aristocrats, he knows all the rules by which Society lives, but he is beholden to no one.

Clarissa Kincaid has been raised to be the perfect English lady. She knows precisely the sort of match she should make and she’s fairly certain she’s found that with a respectable gentleman. But the man won’t commit and she finds herself seeking assistance in the form of seduction lessons from Justin.

This is a challenge the charming Justin can not resist. She may think that he knows nothing about her needs, but he’s determined to show her that he knows plenty about her secret desires. He has no intention of publicly ruining the girl, but he’s determined to privately tempt her into some slightly sinful behavior.

I’m so pleased to finally be able to share this with y’all. So without further ado, I give you the cover for my upcoming June release, The Secrets of Mia Danvers

 

 

Isn’t it stunning? I’m just in love with it!

I’ve always believed that most writers have at least one element to writing or storytelling that they do naturally well. For me, it’s always been dialogue. When it comes to writing, I hear the story, from the characters’ mouths – what can I say, my head is full of British people. In any case because dialogue is a thing that comes readily for me as a writer, I have a hard time explaining how to write dialogue. But aspiring writers as me all the time so I put my thinking cap on and came up with five dialogue tips I learned from watching CSI (and really any of the three in the franchise would do).

1. Don’t over use character names - This could also be called the Peppermint Patty syndrome, “How are you doing, Chuck? Don’t you want to come to the party, Chuck?” But in CSI, in particular Horatio Caine in CSI: Miami does this all the time. He overuses character names and it’s annoying and distracting. “What do you think, Mr. Wolff?” “I don’t know, but we’ll find out, Mr. Wolff.” Who talks like that?! When you’re in a scene and you have two or more characters talking to one another you don’t need to continue to have them address one another by their names. Consider your own conversations, how often do you actually use someone’s name? Not often unless you are doing so for emphasis. It’s a rare occasion for me to call my husband by his first name. Do the same in your dialogue, keep it to a minimum and only use it for the occasional pop.

2. Don’t have characters talk about stuff they already know – “Remember Joan when Aunt Sally died and she told us about the treasure map in the garage, we should go after it.” This happens in CSI all the time, they rehash evidence and how things are done in the lab even though they would clearly know how to do those things if they actually work in a lab. It’s to convey information to the audience, but it’s not done cleverly. The dialogue isn’t working as hard as it can. You have to work harder to get the information on the page rather than have characters rehash information they already know. *as a bonus tip, this can also be used when you’re writing descriptive narrative. For instance, your heroine isn’t going to notice every piece of furniture in her living room because she sees it everyday, but she might notice the cigarette burns on the arm rest that act as a constant reminder to her abusive husband.

3. Don’t go for the cheap laugh or pun – If you’re a CSI watcher you know what I’m talking about here. It happens right before the first commercial break, right before the theme songs kick in. All three shows do it though the original is the worst. You know it’s the dead horse jockey at the opening and the dialogue goes something like this:

“I wonder who killed him.”
“I don’t know, but it’s going to be a race to finish line.”

Clearly none of you write that badly, but keep in mind that you don’t want to go for the cheap thrill. Unless of course the puniness fits one of your characters, you want to make sure you don’t go down the cheesy road.

4. Don’t have them talk about stuff that makes no difference to the story – I suppose this might serve a purpose on CSI to create red herrings, but for the most part having your character talk ad nauseam about stuff that doesn’t pertain to the action of the story is, well, unnecessary. Like other details in your book, you want your dialogue to propel the plot forward so skip the niceties and the random conversations that mean nothing and focus on the story at hand.

5. Skip the musical montage – Well obviously our books come without soundtracks, but you know those scenes I’m talking about? The ones usually in the lab where we’ve got the groovy music going and we’re seeing all the technical stuff that the CSI’s are working on. Consider those long passages of introspection a writer’s musical montage. Narrative is needed, but break things up, especially if you have more than one character in a room, you certainly don’t want two pages of introspection in the middle of a conversation. Your readers will forget what the characters were talking about. 

Okay so a little tongue in cheek, but you get the drift. Dialogue is crucial to character-driven fiction and something all writers should learn to do well. Other tips you can try is finding a good show to watch and just listen to the dialogue – anything by Aaron Sorkin (he’s a dialogue wizard), old episodes of Friends any of the Oceans movies though Oceans 11 is particular good. Listen to how the characters bounce lines back and forth and how the dialogue moves the story forward. You can also read your dialogue aloud or better yet, have someone else read it aloud to you, that way you can hear what’s stilted and you’ll also catch missing words.

 
**blog post originally posted at Savvy Author blog**