Evening at the Library 5/30/17~The Making of a Romance Novel~ Mimi Wells, Nancy R. Thompson & Kathleen O’Brien

18839248_1019578418176289_8297506101168508694_nOn May 30th, 2017, many readers and aspiring writers attended THE MAKING OF A ROMANCE NOVEL event at the Alafaya Library in Orlando, FL.  What a fun filled evening of romance, laughs and giveaways galore! We had 8 gift-set winners, but all of our wonderful fans who attended left with a autographed book in hand!  We enjoyed many fun tales and adventures, plus great writing advice from our fantastic author guests Nancy Robards Thompson Author, Mimi Wells Author and Kathleen O’Brien (Author)!

As always, infinite thanks to our star librarian, Danielle King, as well as the Lit Lair Ladies- Julie, Karen and Kerry, who add so much joy and fun to all our events. More pictures coming up, but first…

Here are some highlights by Lit Lair Lady Karen

If I learned anything from the ladies who presented that evening, it’s that the ideal man would be a combination of Rob Thomas, Ross Poldark, Lenny Kravitz, and Mr. Darcy.  Hmmmmm…….let’s all take a moment to think about that, shall we?

Okay, enough of that!  We need to make sure our peeps register for the Romance, Wine and Chocolate event as soon as it opens up on July 1st.   I bet it sells out right away!

Really great writing advice from Kathleen O’Brien, Mimi Wells, and Nancy Robards Thompson:
  • Be aware of which side of the “naughty door” you want to be on.
  • Write your horrible stuff and get it over with so you can move on to your good stuff.
  • Nurture those ideas that randomly pop into your head; you never know what they may become.
  • Watch out for the “plot bunnies” that grab your ideas and go.
  • Try not to plagiarize yourself.  (That one’s particularly funny.)
  • Go to Paris to do research. (Sign me up for that one.)
  • Make time to write (even if it’s early—yuck) but don’t be too hard on yourself.  There are only so many hours in a day, and there’s always the “deadline miracle.”
  • If you tend to write quickly, practice writing detail (people, sunsets).
  • Remember that it’s easier to cut out then build later.
  • Write in layers.  Pick what you’re good at and write it first.
  • Think about why each scene matters and how they connect.  You may want to use a plotting board for this.
  • Authors learn a lot from what readers like best.
  • Nothing’s ever going to be perfect.  If you spend too much time tinkering, you will never finish.

 

Great lines:

“I don’t know what nasty things people do.”  K.O.

“Do you want to write what you want to write or do you want to write what sells?”  (Hmmmm….both?)

 

Books we should have read or should be reading according to the ladies:

The Phantom Tollboth

Ella Minnow Pea

The Great Gatsby

Where the Wild Things Are

Ross Poldark and series

Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries

Dorothy Dunnett–The Lymond Chronicles

Anything by Dick Francis

Amalfi Night Billionaires (of course!)

Q: “What do you hope readers will experience after reading your books?”

Mimi Wells wants her readers to laugh and learn something quirky, Kathleen O’Brien wants her them to feel befriended, and Nancy Robards Thompson hopes readers feel a sense of community with the characters.

EVERYONE’S A WINNER!

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ONE BIG HAPPY GROUP OF ROMANCE READERS!

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SAVE THE DATE!

I hope to see you at our  2nd Annual Romance, Wine & Chocolate event on September 1st, 2017!

***Registration will go live July 1st!***

I will keep you updated. More news coming soon!

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway Winners! May’17

Happy Monday, my lovelies! I hope y’all enjoyed the end of school year celebrations,  Mother’s Day and now we’ll have Father’s Day to celebrate, which is just around the corner. I hope you’re enjoying time with family,  because they always come first ❤  It’s also a great time to enjoy reading some great books. And now…

Congratulations to the winners and a BIG thank you to my wonderful authors for their generosity!

Winners have been contacted, so please check your emails! 😀

More Giveaways coming very soon!

If you won a prize, I hope you consider spreading the love by leaving a review or letting friends know what you thought about the books. It’s the best gift to authors. You may also post pictures on Facebook, Instagram or anywhere on social media. Send them to me and I’ll gladly share!

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Rebecca Brooks

*Giveaway!* Easy entry! Ends 5/31/17
 Today’s featured guest is the one and only Rebecca Brooks, author of the book titled Make Me Beg. Learn some fun facts about Rebecca in this short Q&A, which you’ll find some answers were quite interesting.  Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win!
  1. What genres do you write?

I write sexy contemporary romance with dirty-talking, rugged heroes and strong, independent women who get what they want both in and out of the bedroom. My newest release, MAKE ME BEG, is a smoking hot frenemies-to-lovers about a chef and a bartender who heat up the kitchen and the sheets when they’re given a chance to redesign their dream restaurant and find they can’t agree on anything—and can’t keep their hands off each other!

  1. Coffee or tea lover?

I like both! I don’t drink a lot of caffeine, but I like having something warm—especially when I need to trick myself to get into writing mode. I work both at home and at cafés in and around New York City, so when I have a cup of decaf coffee, black tea, or herbal tea by the computer it tells my brain that it’s work time. Having a warm mug of chamomile before bed is also really soothing.

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list. Continue reading “Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Rebecca Brooks”

Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Claudia Connor!

*Giveaway! Easy Entry* Ends 5/31/17
 Today’s featured author is the  amazing Claudia Connor! Learn some fun facts about Claudia in this short Q&A, which you’ll find some answers were quite interesting.  Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win!
1.What genre(s) do you write?

Contemporary romance

2.Coffee or tea lover?

I switch back and forth every 9 mos or so. I’m on coffee now

3.Name one thing on your bucket list.

Continue reading “Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Claudia Connor!”

The Making of a Romance Novel: 05/30/17 7PM Alafaya Library-Orlando, FL- w/Nancy R. Thompson, Mimi Wells and Kathleen O’Brien!

Lorelei’s Lit Lair Presents… 

The Making of a Romance Novel. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 30th ​for a delightful evening ​with Award Winning​ and​ National Bestselling Author​s​ Nancy Robards Thompson, Mimi Wells and Kathleen O’Brien as we Continue reading “The Making of a Romance Novel: 05/30/17 7PM Alafaya Library-Orlando, FL- w/Nancy R. Thompson, Mimi Wells and Kathleen O’Brien!”

Evening At The Library 4/12/17 Love Across Sub-Genres with Elicia Hyder, Maria Geraci and Lucy Rhodes

It was a fascinating evening at the Alafaya Library on April 12th, 2017. The Love Across Sub-Genres event was more like Love Across the world, with guest authors originally from North Carolina ~Elicia Hyder, Cuba~Maria Geraci, Author, (now a long time Floridian) and even Australia~Lucy Rhodes! Attendees were captivated and impressed by each author’s personal experiences, and corresponding sub-genres: small town contemporary to paranormal.

It was also like Animal Kingdom for our special guest author Lucy Rhodes, visiting all the way from the land down under, who saw for the first time a raccoon and opossum that would appear in the background behind the glass wall! Aspiring writers also received great advice on writing. Many happy Giveaway winners, yet everyone left with prizes gifted by the authors.

Here are some highlights by Lit Lair Lady Karen on
the LOVE ACROSS THE SUB-GENRES Event

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway Winners! April’17

Happy Friday, my lovelies! Thank you so much for being patient with my delayed posts. It’s graduation time and lots of family events are happening. I hope you’re enjoying time with your family too, because they always come first ❤

Congratulations to the winners and a BIG thank you to my wonderful authors for your generosity!

Winners have been contacted, so please check your emails! 😀

More Giveaways coming very soon!

If you won a prize, I hope you consider spreading the love by leaving a review or letting friends know what you thought about the books. It’s the best gift to authors. You may also post pictures on Facebook, Intstagram or anywhere on social media. Send them to me and I’ll gladly share!

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Lorelei’s Lit Lair~Author Spotlight & Giveaway Winners! Apr. 15th, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS, WINNERS!

THANK YOU to everyone for  participating!

Winners have been contacted, so please check your emails! 😀

There are still Giveaways open, so be sure to spread the word and enter!

Thank you also to my fabulous authors for their generosity!

If you won a prize I hope you would spread the love by leaving a review or letting friends know what you thought about the books. It’s the kindest reward for an author.

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Lorelei’s Lit Lair~Author Spotlight & Giveaway Winners! Mar.31 & Apr.9, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS, WINNERS!

THANK YOU to everyone for  participating!

Winners have been contacted, so please check your emails! 😀

There are still Giveaways open, so be sure to spread the word and enter!

Thank you also to my fabulous authors for their generosity!

If you won a prize I hope you would spread the love by leaving a review or letting friends know what you thought about the books. It’s the kindest reward for an author.

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Maria Geraci!

*Giveaway at the end of this post* Easy entry! Ends 4/30/17 U.S. only.
*TODAY, APRIL 12th, 7PM~ Maria will be at the Alafaya Library in Orlando, FL “Love Across Sub-Genres” (Free) event!*
 Today’s featured author is the lovely Maria Geraci! Learn some fun facts about Maria in this short Q&A, which you’ll find some answers were quite interesting.  Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win!