Finally a new Post

OK.  I admit, I’ve been remiss in updating the blog.  And since I’m retired, I won’t fall back on the old excuse of, “life gets in the way.”

I suppose, I haven’t felt like I had anything to add to the blog lately, but that’s simply not true.  I’ve written almost daily.  I stress almost, since there have been days when I have not.  Shame on me.

I have taken a few turns (at high speed) since I last updated the blog.  As a consequence, I’ve got a few things in the hopper that are not pure romance or even romance with a twist.  In fact, they are further from romance than I had originally intended.  But maybe that’s the point of exploring different topics and writing.

I am trying to find my voice, and test the boundaries of what I can write.  I’ve crafted a few characters, that I like, and hopefully you will too.  I’ve taken the best of what I think to be the best and thrown an amalgam together of all the traits of my lead character in Mitchell Donovan.

Mitchell is a spy at his core.  He’s dishonest to most, but loyal to a few.  Yet he is so much more.  He lives dangerously in his work life.  Plays hard and dangerous in his free time, and he feels like he’s missing out on the white picket fence, wife and kids.  Think of a James Bond with a conscious that really does someday want to settle down with Moneypenny.  He may someday settle down with Moneypenny, but not anytime soon.  And she’s willing to wait and work side by side.  What a refreshing trait.  One that I have so much experience with in my own personal life.

He’s unflappable as I write him.  He’s bold, makes his own opportunities, but prefers the less ostentatious lifestyle outside of assignments.  She is tough, strong, athletic, and just plain gorgeous (his Moneypenny that is).  He’s getting there, slowly, understanding what life is all about.  Certainly not disarming nuclear bombs in Russia, but doing good deeds with good old fashioned hard work, and chutzpah, plus a few martial arts moves if required–but only if necessary.

I’m going to introduce Mitchell to you in the Sneak Peaks section to the right.  Feel free to comment, and share your thoughts.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot.  I did get an editor.  She is tough but fair.  She edited a story for me about a six weeks ago.  I’m still trying to get the red out.  So just when I thought I was improving, the professional editor helped me understand, I needed to step up my game.  Thanks Alice.

As always, be happy in whatever you pursue.

Back to roots

Spyauth

Laura and Bill’s Story up on Lit

OK, so “Laura and Bill’s” story is up on Lit.  Instead of the Romance category, it got published in the Loving Wives category on Lit.  Tough category no matter how you look at it.  Some great writers there all around.  Some less so.  You be the judge.

Some constructive, some less than constructive, feedback as I would have envisioned.  I’ll take the good feedback and attempt to incorporate into future writing.  The less than constructive?  Well, let’s just say after having spent a virtual lifetime getting feedback that is less than constructive, a little more won’t make much difference.  Nuff said.

On to other things…

I just published the opening scene to “Southern City Customs” in the Sneak Peaks.  This one has been burning a hole in me lately, since it has Sheikhs, Princesses, car guys, and the entire alphabet soup of US agencies.  Hopefully there are some other interesting characters to carry the load too.  What could they possibly have in common?  You might be surprised.  Yes, it is a romance, (since I like to view life that way) but at its core, it’s a story about freedoms.  Freedom to do what one wants in life.  Hell, that’s what I’m doing.  Why shouldn’t everyone.

There are those that take their freedoms frivolously, and those that have none.  And of course, in order to have freedom, ther must be those brave souls to protect it.  I like to think of this story as the knitting of the haves and have nots, into what I hope to be an interesting yarn.

Let me know if there is interest in this story or the “Silk Stocking Diaries.”  I’m on the fence, as to which one to pursue next.  You can check Prior Previews for previous Sneak Peaks at stories I’m either writing or considering.

As always, thanks for reading!