Showing posts from 2014

Nanowrimo 2014

Plumb Twisted is the second in the Fortuna, Texas Series. I wrote book 1 The Double D for 2013. Both books are stand alone contemporary western romances.

I started Plumb Twisted in April and currently have about one third of the novel written. I'm looking forward to getting the story out of my head and into my computer. The romance is set in the small town of Fortuna where everyone knows everything and the men can't get enough romance novels to read.

Q: What happens when you mix a gun toting, action and adventure loving, plumber's daughter with a town saturated with romance?

A: A fast flowing escapade where even the clogs won't stop the reader from circling the drain wanting more, especially when you throw in a perverted town prankster, a horny old lady and sexy cowboy addicted to romance novels.

Piper McCracken's father suddenly dies prompting her to make a bold change from life in the Windy City to the Double D Ranch in Fortuna, Texas. Hired by Jes…

The New Bio

I've got a new bio on the side of the blog. What do you think? Is it me or what?                                     

I ran out of room but wanted to add:
Rochelle has visited 48 of the 50 states and has family in TX, WY and AZ. She loves the west, especially the mountains, and plans to live there one day when she grows up.
That's me in a nutshell.

Romance Virginity

The last weekend in April I experienced something new in my writing career. I ventured northwest to Chicago. That in and of itself was something new but it wasn't the only thing. I attended a romance conference. Clarification: A Romance Writers Conference. The Chicago-North Chapter of Romance Writers of America sponsored the Spring Fling 2014.The sessions and speakers were great. Here are some things I learned:

You never know who will be there. There were some well known names like Lauren Dane, Mary Balogh & Kristen Higgins. I met wonderful people both published and unpublished and I actually bumped into a high school friend (small world). Take advantage of other peoples fears. Yeah, that's right. When they chicken out of pitch sessions jump in and go for it. It might be the only chance you get to 'pimp' your work.Make memories. I greeted an agent with "Hi, I'm a romance conference and pitching virgin." "I'll be gentle," she replied. She…

Fun with the Girls

This week I had my first mammogram. It was an experience I was putting off as long as I could.

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was like going to a spa with a plush warm robe and relaxing music until the unnaturally squashing of things that like gentle caresses and the awkward way you contort your face and stomach presses against a cold machine or the handle naturally held with a death grip then there is the stranger manipulating your boob so it can say "Cheese". Besides all that, it was cake.

The waiting area was busy. There were kids, a man and an old lady waiting for some unfortunate soul. "Hey, Grandma, you want to get mammograms the same day?" No thanks. And what's up with bringing the kids or husband? How do you explain that one: "Don't worry, Johnny, Mommy is just having her fun bags squished and photographed by the doctor."

The receptionist called my name and I went to fill out the paper work. Not a clip board fill-in-th…

The FortunaTexas Series

This past October, the weekend before November, I had a dream. In this dream I saw a ranch with a young female owner. She didn't trust men. This dream quickly evolved into a story and on November 1st I wrote about Jessie Davidson and the Double D ranch.

You see, November is National Novel Writing Month and instead of going ahead with the storyline I plotted and researched for months I went with something fresh and new. It's a funny story. Halfway through one of my favorite characters came into existence: Desire Hardman. Desire is an ornery old woman, Jessie's grandmother's best friend, owner of the Tease Me Salon & More and an ex-stripper. She emboldens Jessie, helps her start another business and encourages her to find love. I went back to the beginning and added her from the start.

I am attending a writing conference in April and hope to have the opportunity to pitch the Double D. If they like it there are two more in the series milling around in my mind. I was p…

The Writing Bug

I've been bitten by the writing bug. Boy, does it itch and distract me from doing other things. All I think about is this story, characters and plot. The Chronicles of Eventide is an epic fantasy with a strong, yet flawed, heroine and November of 2010 I wrote the first in the series. I started on the second shortly after but set it aside to work on In Triplicate. The Chronicles of Eventide is whispering to me. Scratch that. It's yelling: Come on! Finish me!

It will be a daunting task. Creating a whole new world, including the politics, religions, legends and cultures is challenging and complicated. It's like weaving or quilting an intricate piece of art but using only words.

Yet it's calling me. I am anxious to start. I've been bitten and the only cure is to write.

Click The Chronicles of Eventide link and learn more about the epic journey of personal discovery Len'nora Baristiran must take. Follow the Authonomy link to read the first 5 chapters.