2 Sisters, 1 Novel, Merricat Mulwray on working together

Our Writing Process by Merricat Mulwray

Merricat MalwreyOur original idea was to try our hand at writing a mass-market paperback type romance novel. But just like anything else. There is an art to it. We found we couldn’t do it. It wasn’t us. Our attempt was ridiculous.

We learned the best lesson; if you think something is easy or you can do better, go for it. But during the process, we got into a different frame of mind. Once we decided not to be something we weren’t. Once our voice came through we discovered we had a lot to say.

Finding your voice

The biggest trap is not being authentic to your own voice. You don’t have to be James Joyce, E.L. James or Joyce Carol Oates. You can just be you. Your voice will resonate with someone.

Our experiences with the issues addressed in Sourpuss helped our story find shape. We also found additional support in a lot of stories in the news. We realized these things weren’t isolated. We also saw a great documentary, The Hunting Ground, that was eye-opening regarding the ubiquity of these experiences.

Creating characters

Our technical process evolves from the creation of our characters. We have a loose idea of the situations they may be in. We tend to act out scenes, performing each character for each other.

We work out behavior that way and discuss what seems right. Eventually, we know our characters so well how they behave becomes second nature. We were highly inspired so luckily there weren’t many challenges to speak of aside from just sitting down and doing the work. Which I think any writer knows is the hardest part. After we spend a good amount of time writing separately we come together to discuss, rewrite and edit.

The challenge of writing together

The biggest challenge of writing together is learning the difference between professional and family time. We struggled a lot with it in the beginning.

If we had an argument over something in the book, we didn’t know if things were still good like, “Are we still going to the container store tomorrow?” Needless to say, some planned outings got postponed. Continue reading

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The Boyfriend Experience by JA Huss

Boyfriend Experience coverThe Boyfriend Experience (Jordan’s Game Book Three (Standalone) by JA Huss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: May 30, 2018

Synopsis

From NYT Bestselling Author, JA Huss, comes a new sexy standalone in the Jordan’s Game series.

I NEED A BOYFRIEND… and I need one now…

WANTED

One bad-ass man with boyfriend experience.

Must be willing to fight dirty and work weekends, nights, and overtime.

Bad attitude a must. Bonus points if you’re hot, athletic, and sporting tattoos.

When I asked Jordan Wells for a Boyfriend Experience game I didn’t expect to get stuck with billionaire real-estate agent, Lawton Ayers. He doesn’t exactly fit the job description.

WANTED

One professional woman with business experience.

Must be willing to build a future together.

Successful entrepreneur a must. Bonus points if you’re a crazy local legend.

When Jordan Wells offered up Oaklee Ryan a last-minute business partner to seal a deal I’ve been working on for years, I didn’t expect beautiful, sexy, and multi-orgasmic to be on her list of qualifications.

But that’s what I got. And she’s perfect just the way she is.

Too bad she doesn’t want me to be HER boyfriend. Because she bought me for someone else… Continue reading

N.E. Henderson Presents, Dirty Blue

Dirty Blue novelDirty Blue by N.E. Henderson
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis

D R A G O   A C E R B I

I’ve known his name a long time. You’d have to live under a rock not to know of the heartless and cruel reputation the Acerbi family has established. They are monsters cloaked in suits and ties, or so my colleagues in blue have said. Being on the job, you quickly learn to watch your back, trust no one, and as much as I hate to admit this, sometimes that includes a fellow badge.

But to want to kill your own child for being born? Now that’s monstrous. Unjust. And something I will not stand for. I’ll take him down before I allow an innocent to be harmed.

Even if that means not only taking on the most dangerous family in Southern California but bringing down the drug lord they’re in bed with too. Continue reading

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Book cover Tiffany TruittTitle: Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other. Continue reading

Autumn’s Dance by Sarah Gai

Title: Autumn’s Dance by Sarah Gai
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

A story that captures your heart and continues you thinking about it long after you fall asleep.

Autumn Nash lives a nomadic existence with her harvest-travelling father, except every summer when they return to one place like clockwork…Ligonier, PA. But this season, Autumn meets a young man who changes her world and makes her long for more.

Eric Foster has been sent to stay the summer in Ligonier with his grandfather in hopes of altering his path as his life spirals downward. His direction changes the moment he sees Autumn; he knows his very reason for breathing is solely to be with her.

When Autumn is ripped away from Ligonier, she leaves Eric confused and devastated that their time is over. Both teens struggle through the years gone by without the other. Will Autumn ever see the boy who changed her life again? Will Eric wait for her? Will Autumn ever make it back to Ligonier? And what will happen when buried secrets surface?

Discover a love that takes you back to what it’s all about—the confusing, yet simplistic, beginnings of falling in love and watch it evolve into something that takes your breath away. Continue reading

Author Sylvie Parizeau’s Top 10

Sylvie Parizeau photoI asked author Sylvie Parizeau to list her top 10. Top 10 what you may ask? Read on to find out.

Sylvie

Okay, confession time. I’ll readily admit those are the toughest Top 10 to choose from… Truly. Seriously. Why, you may ask?

Well, here goes (with some of my quirks revealed by the same token). 😉

Top 10 TV shows?

I live on top of a mountain (literally), with no cell phone (*gasp*), no TV (*GASP*), and have been for the past… ten years. I know, I know.

Top 10 novels/authors?

I could list 78 (or a thousand seventy-eight, easily), but choosing 10? Cruel, cruel, cruel boiling down. Torture. Visit Mes Coups de Coeur for a better understanding. http://www.sylvieparizeau.com/mes-coups-de-coeur-indie/ or visit my About Me tab and peek under The Favorites? Toggle. http://www.sylvieparizeau.com/about-sylvie/

Which leaves me with Top 10 Actors (film/TV/stage)… Lesser of three evils as I’ll have to Google most of them in some capacity or other; I know who they are when I see them on screen, but I’m awful with remembering their names. I tend to get lost in the visual… 😉

Let’s see. 10… (can I bargain for a baker’s dozen? Just because :-D)

Pêle-mêle, in no particular order:

Chris Pine

Gerard Butler

Richard Madden

Matt Bomer

Matthew Macfadyen

Toby Stephens

Pierce Brosnan

Sean Connery

Dougray Scott

Hugh Dancy

Robert Redford

Kevin Costner

Harrison Ford

Season greetings from my winter wonderland, and happy reading holidays everyone!

Sylvie xo Continue reading

In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick

In a gilded cage Mia KerickTitle: In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second-floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci. Continue reading

Roman Rescue: Who Will Save The Hero?

Roman-Rescue-book-coverTitle: Roman Rescue: Who Will Save The Hero? by Michelle Gilliam
Publication date: May 21st 2016
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Maggie has always been a sassy, headstrong Southern girl. But running off to Rome, Italy on summer break from college is the most impulsive thing she’s ever done. Her brother is in trouble, and she’s determined to rescue him- after all, he’s the older, wiser, military officer who has never needed her help before. Paul is in a mess with an Italian ex-girlfriend who has cut ties with him…but is pregnant with his child. Maggie thinks she can fix it.

After all, a break from her life would be nice, too. She just broke up with her long time boyfriend, and her estranged mother keeps hopelessly trying to reconnect with her. Italy sounds like the perfect refuge. Until she meets Paul’s best friend, Marine Sargeant, Luke Seager. He complicates things in every way. He persists to play tour guide and asserts his way into her plans at every chance. Maggie prefers to become a hero on her own, but as she digs into the truth about Paul’s predicament, danger builds around them. While the tension and mystery grows, so do her feelings for Luke- a man with his own shrouded past.

Nothing is as it seems when Maggie gets more than she bargained for with the girlfriend’s mafia ties, Luke’s dangerous connections, and unexpected guests from home. Finding out the truth lands Maggie in more trouble than she can escape. Who will save the hero now? Continue reading

Love, Alchemy by Eden Ashley

Love Alchemy book coverTitle: Love, Alchemy by Eden Ashley
Publication date: July 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Daveigh Little is preparing for college, planning to leave behind the tiny hick town she’s spent her entire life in once and for all. But plagued by a trouble at home and school, Daveigh makes a series of bad choices that land her in hot water with a local kingpin. Suddenly, people around her are dying and Daveigh finds herself on the run.

And then there’s Ethan. Fresh out of the academy, Ethan Remington represents the authority Daveigh has come to despise, but she is inexplicably drawn to the handsome rookie of few words. From the first moment she laid eyes on him, Daveigh knew Ethan was different. She just didn’t realize how different. Reasons of his own have led Ethan into the tangle strands of danger with the town of Harpey…but those reasons aren’t nearly as mysterious as Ethan’s origins or the irresistible passion between them. Continue reading

Natasha Boyd Presents, All That Jazz

All that Jazz Natasha BoydTitle: All that Jazz (A Butler Cove Novel) by Natasha Boyd
Publication date: March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance,  friends to lovers, second chance romance.
Recommendation: 17+ for strong language and sexual situations.

Synopsis:

There’s something totally inconvenient about falling for your best friend’s brother. Especially when he’s turned into a pompous, arrogant, albeit annoyingly sexy a-hole that you’d like to punch or kiss to death at any given moment.

The summer she turned eighteen, Jazz Frazer accidentally lost her heart to Joey Butler, after a favor that blurred the lines from friends to lovers.

For three years they’ve pretended there’s nothing between them anymore. Jazz is finally ready to move on with the rest of her life. She’s looking forward to the end of college and fulfilling her dream of travelling the world. She’s determined that experiences and relationships will be fun, casual and easy. After all, she learned the hard way that men just don’t stick around anyway. But when her best friend gets herself into a relationship with a celebrity, Jazz has to do the one thing she never thought she’d do, call Joey and ask for help.

Repeatedly thrown together, Jazz tries everything she can to protect her heart and not fall back in love with Joey. But when Joey finally admits that Jazz is the one he’s always wanted, all bets are off. Continue reading