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Friday, April 24, 2015

Everybody Loves a Lover (and not just on Lovers Day!)

April 23 was Lovers Day, and as the old song says, “Everybody loves a lover!”  There have been plenty of famous lovers in life and literature. Some of the most famous names include  
·        Romeo and Juliet
·        Scarlett and Rhett
·        Anthony and Cleopatra
·        Lancelot and Guinivere
·        Jane Eyre and Rochester
But do all lovers really share a mutual love? Somehow, all of people above were flawed, and so their great love stories were tainted with tragedy: suicide, infidelity, broken vows. . .and the list goes on and on.
Not that there aren’t some stories less flawed than others:
·        Pierre and Marie Curie
·        James (Jimmy) and Gloria Stewart
·        Will and Betty Rogers
·        George H.W. and Barbara Bush
·        Harry and Bess Truman
And I like to think of love being on a higher plain somehow. Certainly we romance authors manage to dispose of conflict and wangle a HEA in our books. Indeed, some publishers require it!
But it’s real-life love which truly endures. You know, that old-fashioned for better-for worse, for richer-for poorer, in sickness-and-in health kind of love. I heard a couple married 60 years explain, “In our day, when something was broken, we didn’t throw it away—we fixed it.”
We live in a disposable society today. Unwanted babies (accidents, inconveniences) can be fixed through abortion on demand. The divorce rate isn’t as high as some statistics purport, but many couples live together without benefit of a legal contract—or marriage vows.
We cite the pressures of modern living and make excuses for such lack of commitment. We blame gender inequality, sexism (whatever that is), and a myriad of other unavoidable problems. Celebrities go from partner to partner and spouse to spouse like junior high adolescents changing boyfriends/girlfriends du jour. Their families are so convoluted with half-siblings and step-siblings we can’t keep them straight. I’m sure they can’t keep themselves straight!
So perhaps the question today is, do our characters today fit the reality of society? What is the reality of society? Are the characters we write true lovers or simply sex partners? One, of course, is forever—and the other is not. On Lovers Day (now the day after), perhaps we should consider, both as authors and as part of the human family, which we want to leave as a legacy for our children and grandchildren. 

Get hooked on a good clean read!

 And visit Someday Is Here where you'll find tons of of old-fashioned lovers like

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All the blogs about suspense you can read and then some

On Monday, I promised you links to blogs which discuss/promote suspense—romantic and otherwise. I did check them out for authenticity and readability, and some I may go back and subscribe to. I did NOT check out all 50 links on #15. My top recommendation is #14 with Fiona Quinn. I re-tweet her frequently. She has a wealth of information. Also, I am leaving the links as I copied and pasted to be sure they don’t get lost in the shuffle!

Suspense Magazine’s Blog Site http://suspensemagazine.com/blog2/

Just Romantic Suspense http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/

Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense Blog https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/crime-fiction-mystery-thrillers-suspense-3621387

Murder, Suspense, and Musings http://louisejames157.blogspot.com/

Writing Thriller-Suspense Stories http://thrillersuspense.blogspot.com/

Harlequin: Romantic Suspense  http://harlequinblog.com/tag/romantic-suspense/

Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog http://avidmysteryreader.com/

Quotes Daddy: Suspense Famous Quotations https://www.quotesdaddy.com/tag/Suspense

Thrill Writing (Fiona Quinn) http://thrillwriting.blogspot.com/

Get hooked on a good clean read. . .

 which you can definitely find at Someday Is Here!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blog Topics, Blogger Lists, and FREEBIES!

Considering Monday’s blog, I turned to my newly-completed marketing plan and scrolled down to the section on blogs. There it was: Blog Topic Generator. One enters three words and receives a list of 5 possible blog topics/titles with the advice to tweak for relevancy.
I typed in suspense, romance, mystery in that order and received the following five suggestions:

1.     The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Suspense
2.     5 Tools Everyone in the Romance Industry Should Be Using
3.     Why We Love mystery (And You Should, Too!)
4.     Think You're Cut Out for Doing suspense? Take This Quiz
5.     14 Common Misconceptions About romance

The second time I typed in the same words in the same order, these ideas popped up:

  1. The History of Suspense
  2. 7 Things About Romance Your Boss Wants to Know
  3. 10 Signs You Should Invest in Mystery
  4. 15 Best Blogs to follow about Suspense *
  5. 20 Myths About Romance

Now, those are all great topics, and I can come up with several tweaks to fit my own agenda. But when I blog, I like to share links—lots of links—because if you, the reader, takes the time to click into The Word Place, you want something to take with you when you click out.
So, I moved on to a site I recently joined:  Book Blogger List   If you’re a writer and want to connect with bloggers to spotlight/review you, check them out. You can search by genre. And, of course, The Word Place is listed (though I’m booked up for spotlights right now).
Finally, since I write cozy mysteries and enjoy reading them, I went to Amazon and discovered eleven pages of FREEBIES.
So now you, dear Word Place reader (whoever you are) have three links to investigate this week: one to play with, one to look at for purpose, and one to look at for pleasure.
Happy Monday! Enjoy! Come back Wednesday for that list of the 15 best blogs to follow about suspense! (You never know what you’ll find here, but it will all be writing-related in some way.)
And. . .

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Why settle for R.I.P.?

I’m a little behind this week, but here’s The Friday Five!

Checking the April Calendar for interesting dates, I found April 6 listed as “Plan Your Epitaph Day”. No, I didn’t plan mine. It’s been written (tongue-in-cheek) for many years and won’t end up on my tombstone. But it occurred to me that famous people might have some interesting words at their final resting places. After a little research, I found these:

Winston Churchill, British prime minister 
I am ready to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
 Here was buried Thomas Jefferson,
author of the Declaration of American Independence,
of the statute of Virginia for religious freedom,
and father of the University of Virginia.

Al Capone, gangster
 My Jesus, mercy

Bette Davis, actress 
She did it the hard way.

Will Rogers, entertainer, cowboy philosopher
  I never met a man I didn’t like.

As for me, well, I’m not famous. . .but I coined this phrase many years ago when I was “raising” two kids on my own, working, and trying to stay on an even keel with my parents who couldn’t quite think of me as an adult—except when they needed me to do something as an adult!

She hath done what she could.
She can do no more.
Leave me the heck alone!

Ever think about what people might be reading about YOU years hence?

Related links

Some Epitaphs of Famous People 
Tombstone Tales: History’s Most Famous Epitaphs 
20 Memorable Epitaphs
Famous Epitaphs 
Curious and Funny Epitaphs 

(For some reason, the links, though valid, weren't being accepted as such, which is the reason for the formatting!)