GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SERIES: The Brothers (Book 1)
Pondering the muse.
I’ve always needed to write. Stories began to pop into my head when I was in fifth grade, and I had to get them down on paper. I don’t know why I’m wired this way, but that’s my reality. I’m not like some storytellers, who can tell a story verbally. For me, I need the written word. That’s where I feel most comfortable.
This need to write doesn’t feel like a gift. More like an itch. I have to scratch that spot, or I go nutty. Under normal circumstances, I write every day. I love the feeling of tapping the keyboard with my fingers. I’m satisfied by the way my thoughts travel through my fingers into the computer. I need that mind/body connection to pour life into a story. If an idea occurs to me while I’m away from the computer, I jot notes into my phone or scribble details onto the back of an envelope.
In some ways, I’ve always been a natural writer. Producing the written word is relatively easy for me, but I’ve had to work at learning the craft of writing a novel. A multi-chapter book is a much different animal than a research paper. Unfortunately, my teachers didn’t teach voice or plot or structure in high school or college. My university didn’t offer a creative writing elective when I was in school. I learned about romance novels by reading them. I began to master the craft of writing romance when I joined a local chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Even though I’ve been writing for years, I’m still learning. My muse is hungry for ways to take my stories to the next level. The desire to learn is almost as strong as the need to write. In fact, those two components feed one another like a bride and a groom with two forkfuls of wedding cake. Sometimes, the results are neat and sweet. Other times, cake is all over the bride’s dress and the groom has icing up his nose. It can be ugly, but messy mistakes are valuable teachers. I don’t know about you, but I always learn from my failures rather than my successes.
My greatest lesson about my muse? Turn toward her. Give into that need to write, even if what ends up on the page doesn’t make sense. Even if it’s frustrating and lonely and scary at times. Keep writing, because that’s what I need to do.
What about your muse? How are you wired? Are you turning toward that creative need? Are you exploring that intellectual question? Are you running toward that finish line? If not…why?
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She avoids men like him. He needs a woman like her. One lie changes everything…
Gabriel Antonov is a mechanic who can fix anything, even a woman’s hesitance. His talents have earned him the well-deserved reputation as a player, but when a routine one-night stand goes wrong, he’s haunted by what he’s done. Nothing can free him from those depraved memories, until he meets Leigh Nelson.
Leigh avoids strong, silent types like Gabe, who is stronger and quieter than most guys. The only man she’s focused on is her father, who is suffering from a devastating health crisis. She’ll do anything to help him, even at the cost of ignoring her own well-being, but the stress is getting to her. Gabe’s strength is tough to resist, and his silence might be hiding a crushing secret only she can understand.
He can’t outrun his gut-deep craving for her. Problem is, she’s running from him. When they’re marooned in his lakeside cabin, he might finally catch her…if he can admit why he’s falling apart without her.
A fat raindrop splattered on the porch screen. And another. Tiny fragments of water landed on Leigh’s shoulder like little kisses. A shiver trickled across her back, forcing her to step toward the center of the porch to avoid getting wet.
The carefree humor fled from his expression. His gaze dropped to the tips of her toes and slowly rose up her legs, her body, her face. Gabe locked eyes with her, reached out, and opened his hand.
She gazed at his broad palm and dark memories rose, fueled by a violent incident that flashed through her mind whenever a big man got close…but this man was different. Gabe used his considerable strength to protect, not dominate. Months ago, he’d pulled off the Interstate to help her when no one else had. After that, he’d showed up to run with her when no one else would. And a few minutes ago, he’d tamed his powerful Harley so she’d enjoy the ride when no one else seemed to care if she had any fun. Even tiny things like ladybugs received his special brand of kindness.
She had no reason to believe Gabe would willfully hurt her. Even so, her heart tripped at the sight of the thick rope of muscle along his arm.
Author Lynn Kellan has crafted a well-written book filled with the perfect kind of angst that has you cheering for the main characters right from the onset.
Run to Her tackles some very serious and very real problems facing her characters. And, thankfully, it’s done in a respectful and empathetic way. You could feel the emotions between both characters and definitely understand their hesitation.
Oh, and the love scenes are very enticing! This is an excellent beginning to a new series. I look forward to reading more.
Lynn Kellan writes contemporary romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren’t that different, because everyone wants to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. To prepare for her career as a romance author, she fell in love with bad boys, burly athletes, battle-hardened Marines…and married a chemist. Lynn has won numerous writing contests and served two terms as President of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, but she feels a true sense of accomplishment whenever she doesn’t embarrass her teenaged kids.
For love. For funny. Forever.
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This is the last stop on a four-week tour. Please feel free to go back and visit as many of the previous posts as you like for even more chances to win!
February 6: Casey M’s Corner
February 6: Lorana Hoopes
February 7: Musings From An Addicted Reader
February 7: Books Direct
February 8: 4 the LUV of SANITY
February 8: T’s Stuff
February 9: Christine Young
February 10: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
February 10: Mixed Book Bag
February 13: Book Lover Promo
February 14: Booklover Sue
February 15: A Writer’s Life
February 16: The Avid Reader
February 16: Book Giveaways
February 17: Fabulous and Brunette
February 20: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
February 20: Nana Prah’s Blog
February 21: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance To Make Your Heart Race
February 22: Edgar’s Books
February 22: Two Ends of the Pen
February 23: Punya Reviews…
February 23: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
February 24: Kissing Bandits – review
February 24: Room With Books – review
February 27: Megan Morgan
February 28: Long and Short Reviews
February 28: The Snarkology
March 1: Books, Dreams,Life
March 2: underneath the covers
March 2: The Romantic Fanatic – review
March 3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
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