Hi and welcome. You may know that i write very romantic books and try to create stories with super-romantic couples. I get inspired by movie romances (in fact i’m writing an homage to one right now). I enjoyed this list of the Top 10 Most Romantic Couples in movies. I don’t agree with all of them and think some big ones were left out. Have they seen Strictly Ballroom? Last of the Mohicans? A Walk On the Moon? But this is a pretty decent list. Check it out and see which couples you’d add.
If you’ve read any of my books, you know i love the opposites attract trope and have used it in many, many books. Some of my most popular novels — Fire Balls, Knight of Ocean Avenue, Outing the Quarterback, The Pack or the Panther, Cowboy’s Don’t Ride Unicorns, and many others are based on this trope. I found this video showing the Top 10 Opposites Attract films so i was interested. I really agree with a few of them and think some of them wouldn’t appear on my Top 10 list of anything, but i thought i’d share it and see if you agree.
What do you think? Are those the 10 opposites attract films you’d choose?
My next release fits totally into this trope. Never is a contemporary gay romance homage to Peter Pan, and as such brings together the totally serious and responsible Wendell Darling and the flighty, irresponsible Peter Panacheck. Hope you love it. It releases on Nov 3rd, this week. Also, the first three books in the series are available on SuperSale, so use this chance to grab them wherever you shop. : )
Hi — Do you love Jane Austen? I do and i had a great time in my recent release, High Balls, inventing my hero’s PhD thesis that explored the direct connection between Jane Austen novels and the modern day romance novel market. Then i found this great video that goes through the Top 10 movies and TV adaptations of Jane Austen novels. I really like their choices. When i was watching it and got to #3 being Pride and Prejudice I figured they’d made a mistake since no movie was better than that. But they are right IMO. See what you think.
We all love romance, so i was interested in what this list of the Top 10 Chick Flicks of All Time would include. I was happy to find some of my favorite films of all time on the list. I’ll confess, i might not have put them in this order, and i’d have left some out, but it’s not a bad list. See what you think —
As you may know, i’ve had two new releases in the last two months (See Fool of Main Beach and Cataclysmic Shift) and i have a new release coming out every month through May of 2018! Up next is High Balls! I’ve been a busy bunny. But i still love to share things with you on my blog. So here is a fun space filler — a video of a bunch of famous movies dancers all set to Uptown Funk. I think you’ve seen it before, but heck — great to see a zillion times! Thanks for visiting!
As a novelist, i tend to write a lot of dialogue and nothing is more fun than getting my characters talking and trying to keep up. My favorite films often have great dialogue too and i sit there and wish I’d written it. Here are a few examples, the first from Bull Durham, a magnificent comedy —
And heres another scene, this one from Groundhog Day, which i believe is one of the greatest movies ever made–
Another film on my list of the all time greats is Michael Clayton. This scene between George Clooney and the incomparable Tom Wilkinson has to make every author itch to get their fingers on the keys — or too awstruck to ever write again —
That’s all for now. My newest books include Fool of Main Beach, one of my personal faves, the rerelease of Cataclysmic Shift, and coming up is High Balls, a brand new book in the Balls to the Wall series. Thanks for coming by!
Hi — If you read my books, you know they tend to have VERY happy endings and these endings often include a wedding or at least a marriage proposal. In fact, one of my readers wrote me an email at the end of a book awhile back asking, “Where’s my wedding?” LOL. I adore happy endings so it’s no wonder that i cherish films with wonderful marriage proposals. I found this video and it’s great! I agree with so many of these choices including numbers 2 and 1. See what you think. Do you agree? And after you watch, keep reading because i’ve included a snippet of a proposal scene from my new book, Fool of Main Beach. (But notice the spoiler alert!)
Isn’t that a great selection?
WARNING HUGE SPOILER! If you’d like to keep reading, below is an exclusive excerpt fromFool of Main Beach, but if you haven’t read the book and plan to, you might want to hold off reading this scene.If you read it, you can tell how much i love marriage proposals —
As Arwen read the list of nominees, a who’s who of international talent, Tom kissed the top of Merle’s head. “You’re the best, Merle. The very best.”
Merle’s heart exploded in a million pieces of joy. He had Tom. He had happiness. When Arwen said his name, it was almost an anticlimax.
People started patting him on the back, and Laila grabbed him in a hug.
Tom leaped up, grabbed Merle, and swung him to his feet. “You won, Merle. You won.”
Merle looked up into those blue, blue eyes. “You’re right. I did.” He kissed Tom and ran up the steps to the stage, his heart hammering. Award winners always said the acceptance went by so fast they hardly remembered it. Seize the moment.
He took the heavy gold statue from Arwen, then walked to the mic. “I can’t tell you what this means to me, but it pales next to the opportunity to work with talent like Laila and Aaron and the indescribably great Renee Montrose. There are so many people to thank, including my folks, who surprised me tonight by arriving from New York.” He took a deep breath. “But instead of thanking all those wonderful people, I’d like to answer a question asked by Andy Caliber as I walked in tonight. He said after a year like this, what am I going to do for an encore?” Merle’s eyes gazed at the first row. “What I’d like to do—is get married.” The whole place went nuts, and Merle help up a hand. “The night before I agreed to make Truth Bites, I met the most wonderful, honest, loving man in the world, He saved my life on the beach—and he’s been saving it ever since. Tom, will you marry me?”
As people whistled, stomped, and yelled, Merle knew the cameras were all focused on Tom’s sweet face, and the whole world got to see the tears running down his cheeks as he nodded yes.
Hi — As you know, i love movies and i recently saw this post on the Top 10 Most Romantic Movie Lines.I was surprised how many of them i agreed with. Maybe not so much the number 1 pick– mostly because i don’t love that film — but many of the others. Very often when we’re writing romance novels, authors try to create lines that are a memorable as these. Usually, they just pop into my head and i have no idea where they come from. LOL. See if you agree with these–
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I love movies almost as much as i love books and dance puts the icing on the entertainment cake for me. If you agree, you’ll enjoy this video showing the Top 10 Dance Scenes in Dance Movies. Honestly, each one is an icon! Such a great list it’s hard to pick a fave, but i think you’ll agree with Number 1.
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Hi welcome. Many writers, like me, structure books quite intuitively, sensing when twists and turns are needed to keep the reader engaged. But there actually are rules and pointers for plot structure that can help us. Below is a particularly fun rundown on the 5 top plot points that apply to both books and movies. I hope you enjoy it. My upcoming new release, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, takes my hero from yearning for the same guy since he was 11, to almost getting his heart’s desire only to discover it might not be what he wants, while uncovering something even more desirable — that he might have given up because he was too blind to see. You can pre-order it HERE.