I’m Still Here: Songs that Empower Women

This holiday season I have been M.I.A. for many reasons. In the past three months, activities such as, Christmas shopping, school projects and recovering from pneumonia has just been a few stressful parts of my life.  But with every storm cloud comes a rainbow. And I’m getting pumped up for my next novel. The story is about a…

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Why I Use Music in My Writing

I listen to my music as I clean the house. Soulful R &B blasts while I’m doing my hair. I perform dance sequences and sing along to my favourite Hip Hop joints in the shower. Alternative rock music wails as I’m driving. Motown hits swirl through my mind with the story ideas I’m typing on to my laptop. Pop…

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Novels Every Romance Author Should Have Read

My mother loved reading so it was only natural that she would read to me as a child. That’s where the spark of imagination begins is in reading. Writers are readers.  Reading has its influence on writers to futrther form stories in the sense of how to build suspense, drama, romance and develop characters. Like life, people follow the examples they have been…

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Chris Foley’s Love Mixtape

I’ve been thinking about music and how it makes a great soundtrack for life. Listening to the right song can take you into the mood of any story. It can express the thoughts and feelings you have better than you could formulate the words. So, I got to thinking, what if Chris Foley from the Hollywood Demands series made a mixtape for his love interest,Mya Bassett? What songs would be on it? Knowing his rock background and playful, flirty personality, I think the smart ass within him would have an interesting romance soundtrack. Check itout below. Click to hear the music on youtube.com The list: Fuck you gently—Tenacious D  Close the Door – Teddy Pendergrass  Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison  Ride -The Vines  Winning Days- The Vines  Turn off the Lights- Teddy Pendergrass  To Be with You-Mr. Big  Joker-Stevie Miller Band  Don’t Stop Me Now–Queen Crazy –Areosmith  Nothing Can Change This Love-Sam Cooke  Baby Got Back–Sir Mix-a-lot  You Are The Best Thing- Ray La Montagne  Jesus, Etc. – Wilco  The Blower’s Dautgher- Damien Rice  Nothing Compares to You—Chris Cornell …

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The Sexiest Songs Compilation to Use When Getting It On Vol. 1 

Summer is over and fall has arrived. I hope you had a great summer. I did. My three months were filled with sun, beach, shopping, travelling, writing and my kids getting on my last nerve. Three months is too long for little ones who don’t have a backyard to go crazy in. But that is…

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13 Story Ideas that are RARELY Used in Novels and/or Films

  Coming up with story ideas can be nerve racking. You may have tried looking at pictures or listening to music, etc. Perhaps, you’ve read my previous blog on story ideas, but still cannot get inspired.  (Click on story ideas to read the previous blog.) Want something fresh? Something new? Are you desperate to have a different take on a story that will get readers talking? I have some awesome story ideas about topics rarely written about. When a writer spins a story about a subject which people…

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Foreshadowing: Why Using It is So Important?

One great creative trick in writing is the use of foreshadowing. If you were going to a barbeque, think of foreshadowing as the savory, charcoal smell that hits you as you walk towards the grill. It’s faint at first. Then it becomes stronger, the closer you get to the grill. Foreshadowing is a tiny hint of what is to come.…

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Why Supporting Other Writers´ Novels Can Be Extremely Useful

One big aspect of improving your writing craft is by reading other authors´ works. Preferably, the genres you write about, or at least are interested in. Seeing your craft through the eyes of others helps develop your own skills. Maybe, you have trouble with characterization or dialogue. Reading the examples from fellow successful authors can…

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Turning Your Story Ideas into a Novel

Now you have a story idea. Your excitement grows while you wait for the computer to load the word document, where you will type your new story. The white page pops up and it is as blank as your mind. You have an idea but you don’t have a clue on how to develop it into a story. This can be…

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