Archive for May, 2015

Characters caught!

May 28, 2015 | Uncategorized

I saw a commercial starring Lucan Montwood and Frances Thorne (THE MADDENING LORD MONTWOOD, 7/14)!

It’s truly uncanny how closely these people resemble the characters I had pictured in my mind. Of course, my Regency era hero and heroine aren’t actually werewolves from London, but my guess is that they are moonlighting… and time traveling. 😉

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Swag Giveaway

May 18, 2015 | Uncategorized

It’s GIVEAWAY time!!! YAY!! Entering is easy: For an assortment of author swag and a paperback copy of THE ELUSIVE LORD EVERHART & FINDING MISS McFARLAND, just “share” the post on my Facebook page and “like” my page.

*Two winners will be chosen 5/19/15.

*US Residents only.

*Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway.

Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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Street Teams

May 15, 2015 | Uncategorized

If you happened to stop by my Facebook page this week, then you might have seen a mention about street teams. So far, I’ve found that most readers are pro-street team. The truth is, I don’t know much about them or how they operate. Fortunately for me, others have weighed in and offered their knowledge on the topic.

I’m still doing research and giving the idea thought. However, one thing that strikes me as vital (in any and all street teams) is a catchy name. After all, this name will go on t-shirts, mugs and canvas bags, right?

Early this morning (before my tea, mind you), I came up with a few that made me laugh:

Viv’s Vixens

Lorret’s Liasons

The Kettle Crew

The Caffeine Commandos (underwear optional, of course) 😉

As you can see, my thoughts started to veer directly toward a need for my morning mega-mug of chai. Before this list continues, I must add writer fuel to my brain.

Warm wishes and happy reading,

Viv

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Pinterest

May 11, 2015 | Uncategorized

I’m researching settings and finding character inspiration today. When I don’t already have a set hero or heroine in my head, I usually browse Pinterest. After a few random key words, something sparks my interest and sets fire to my imagination. From Pinterest, I go to my local library’s site and see what history I can uncover, and from there I expand my search. One little thing usually leads to another and then another. I love this process.

Today, it’s all about the hero: Who is he? What does he want? What is holding him back?

Here are my two options. I’m trying to decide which one I like better, a or b. What do you think? Feel free to comment below, or add a comment to my Facebook page.

captainwentworthhttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/420664421421368651/

theojameshttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/420664421420648561/

 

Warm wishes and happy reading!

Viv

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Celebrating with a GIVEAWAY

May 6, 2015 | Uncategorized

I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY this week for a $100 Amazon Gift Card! 🙂 Why? I’m celebrating the release of THE DEVILISH MR. DANVERS and thanking my fans for pushing my Facebook “likes” over 500.

Entering is simple, just click on this link http://gvwy.io/8p2fh74 OR… you can leave a comment on any of my Facebook “giveaway” announcements I’ve posted this week.

*This giveaway ends at midnight (ET) Friday, 5/8/15.

*One winner will be chosen and notified via email.

*Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway.

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HUGE GIVEAWAY!

May 3, 2015 | Uncategorized

I feel like celebrating! The first two books from THE RAKES OF FALLOW HALL Series are out AND there are over 500 “likes” on my Facebook page!! I think this calls for a HUGE GIVEAWAY, don’t you?

So… starting tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a GIVEAWAY for a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!! Yay!!!

Mostly, this is a way to say THANK YOU for giving my books a chance and for taking the time to visit my pages. Your support means the world to me. <3

All you need to do, is visit my Facebook page, click the Giveaway tab and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. http://gvwy.io/8p2fh74 

*The giveaway will run for the week of May 4th and end at midnight on May 8th.

*One winner will be chosen.

*And, for legal purposes, Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway.

Good luck, warm wishes, and happy reading,

Viv

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Am I a plotter or a pantser?

May 1, 2015 | Uncategorized

For my last stop on THE DEVILISH MR. DANVERS Tasty Book Tour, I’m answering an important question 😉 at The Reading Wench: Am I a plotter or a pantser?

I’m posting the answer below; however, if you’d like a final chance to enter the Wallflower Bundle GIVEAWAY, be sure to visit The Reading Wench and Books & Spoons today.

Good luck, warm wishes and happy reading!

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I guess I’m more of a plotter with pantser tendencies. “Pantser” days are like taking a writing vacation. The beginning, middle and end of a story are mysteries. The characters are strangers. And the only thing I know is that the hero and heroine will eventually fall in love.  Anything can happen.

Being a pantser is freeing. It’s like having that movie-trailer voice in your head as motivation: “In a world where love conquers all and happily ever after is right around the corner…” And all I have to do is fill in the rest.

However, if I want to meet a deadline, then I must plot and work up character sketches. For me, there’s peace of mind in plotting. I know what’s going to happen. Sure, maybe not exactly what will happen from one scene to the next (those pantser tendencies occasionally lead me astray), but there is a guide, showing me the path.

I think of the plot outline and sketches as my own personal wilderness guide. He’s sexy, rugged, confident, and I really want to follow him, but he also knows about these beautiful vistas and the perfect places to have a picnic off the trail. And, in the end, he knows how to get me where I’m going.

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