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A tightly woven tale of love, possession, and secrets: When Jordan Monroe finds his wife unconscious, clinging to life, he must uncover the mystery of her past before it comes back to claim them both.

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For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all...

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They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he's never seen proof. Until now...

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Is there a difference between a romance and a love story? #AmWriting #MondayBlogs


No wonder readers--people in general...MEN--get confused.

Marvelous deeds?
Imaginary setting?
Tales?
Fantastic or supernatural events?
Baseless?
Made-up story?
Full of exaggeration?
Fanciful?

Come on!!!

That's not what romance is!

I'd like to think that I'm living a romance because my husband does romantic things. When he surprises me with a mini-vacation, sends me cute little text messages, gives me sweet gifts, cleans the house before I get home, kisses me sweetly when I don't expect it... That's romantic, so doesn't it make sense that we're living in a romance story.

Let's take a look at the words that define love:

Profoundly tender
Passionate affection
Personal attachment
Deep affection
Sexual passion
Desire

So why do we define books as contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, romantic mystery, and romantic thriller. 

For the record, I wish there was another word other than 'romantic' to describe what I write. Funny that they don't have a genre called 'love-suspense novel', since according to the definition, it would work better. 

Even though when I think of a 'love story', the first thing that comes to my mind is the movie Love Story or Romeo and Juliet, stories that are love stories because the characters fell in love under impossible odds. 

The fact of the matter is...I don't write romances. I don't write about fanciful events leading up to the characters falling in love. I write love stories that went wrong. Love stories that started on the rocks, went through tragedies, are surrounded by a life-threatening event, a murder mystery, secret pasts, on the run, mistakes...

But readers don't know that because they see the tag 'romance' and they immediately think of a shirtless Fabio sweeping a half-dressed woman off her feet, so I'm not surprised when I read reviews like this one:

5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I would be reading a romance novel.
By Joey Yagin
Format:Kindle Edition
Never thought I would enjoy reading a romance novel. I hate them. I gave this series a chance only because I was curious about who existed, what is a creatus? Once I read the first of the series, I was hooked. Could not stop reading. Normally, I would stop in between the series and read another book before starting the next book of a series. With this book, I could not stop. I had to find out what's coming next. It was well written, and I did enjoy the characters. I even enjoyed the antagonist of the book. For me, what made it a good read is the combination of the super heroism, supernatural, mystery and suspense ( oh yeah, the romance). All in one series. If you do decide to read it, just buy the set. You will not be disappointed.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Novel for People Who Don't Like Romance Novels 
By C. M. Lance
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "She Belongs To Me" and found it to be quite a good mystery/thriller without the overt physical descriptions that overflow from other Romance novels I've ventured into. The Romance is more of a caring, loving sort.

"Split Decisions" is different. Not that the romance changes, but the story is stunningly better - and that is saying a lot. It opens with Jaynee sliding uncomfortably toward her 40th. Then the suspense and tension take off and keep rising.

"She Belongs To Me" dips a toe (the little one) into the paranormal. "Split Decisions" thrusts in a full foot. It surprised and delighted me, and it kept me avidly reading. DeSousa managed a twist I'd never encountered before and made it believable and suspenseful.

You don't have to read "She Belongs" to read "Split Decisions" it is a complete story in itself, but I do recommend both books.

I have many reviews like the two I posted above--most of them by men, some of them by women--who shy away from any genre with 'romantic' in the title, for fear that it'll be the mushy tales of old, that were described as the romance definition at the top of the page.

When in fact, just about every book or movie ever written includes a background love story or romance. Even war movies usually show a man trying to get home to the woman they love, ready to buy the house with the white-picket fence. Heck, even thrillers and horror stories usually have a man dying to protect his woman. That's a pretty darn romantic gesture if you ask me. 

So...what do you think? Do you read novels with a romance tag? What do you immediately think of when you see romantic as part of the genre description. Please let me know your thoughts, and if you want a better description of my romantic novels, read on...


A romantic-suspense with a whodunit mystery...

A journey of two souls through tragedies with a romantic-suspense whodunit...

A romantic-suspense with heartbreaking pasts, life-changing events, and evil intentions...

A romantic-suspense with a supernatural edge...
Ends 4/30!

A romantic-mystery with a ghostly edge
Ends 4/30!


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Why would I want a literary agent? #AmWriting #SelfPub


In the past three years, I've done what I never thought was possible. I've published fourteen books, and I've been so close to Nicholas Sparks on the bestseller list that I could shake his hand...even while the book I sat next to was in the theatres.

I make enough money to eat and put a roof over my head. I absolutely LOVE playing on social media, chatting with my friends, meeting new ones. I now have a great team of editors and beta readers. My previous life I was in sales and marketing, so I know how to launch a book and make it a bestseller the day it releases...

So, why would I want an agent?

That question wasn't really rhetorical. It's a real question, because I do want an agent! Prior to publishing my first book, I spent every spare minute of my time writing or socializing on social media. See, I knew that even though I wasn't a published author, I needed to build my brand. I had my first cover designed before I even submitted my first manuscript to agents. Since readers didn't know my face, it was my brand. I'd decided that people needed to not only know who I was, but what I write, before I was anyone.

Let's face it... You can write the best book in the world, but if no one knows about it, you won't sell any. For that matter, you can write the worst book in the world, but if it's marketed properly, it'll fly off the shelves.


So again, back to my original question....

Why would I want an agent?

Easy... I want to write and socialize. Before I published my first book, I spent every spare minute writing and refining. I wrote four novels prior to publishing my first book. Because that's all I did: write and talk about writing.

Now, even though I make time to write and talk about books, it seems that the majority of my time is spent figuring out how to keep selling my books.

I don't want the job of selling my books. I want people to buy my books from me, because they like me and what I have to say on social media. I want to talk about writing again, instead of worrying about selling. I want the agent, marketing advisor, and publisher to worry about how to sell my book. I want the professionals to worry about when they should advertise it. I want someone to keep me on a deadline, give me honest to goodness suggestions when they read my rough draft, because it affects their bottom line too.

Yes, I've had a publisher in the past, and she was great, but I was just a tiny link in the chain. I want a hungry agent who will starve unless she sells my book to one of the big five, and I want her to snatch me up an honest to goodness movie deal.


I want to see my characters come alive!

It's simple really, and it's not about the money. More than writing, I want to be read...by everyone, everywhere. Not because I want notoriety.  Trust me...I hate the limelight. My mother was a semi-famous singer and I hated being on stage with her. Only one of my in-person, people-I-can-touch friends even knows I'm a writer. Heck, ninety percent of my family doesn't know I'm a writer, even my mother. You heard me. I'd written four books before I even told my hubby and kids I was a writer. Proof, I think, that it's not about people knowing I'm a famous author.

So...what say you? Why do you write? Are you one hundred percent against an agent? If Nicholas Sparks' agent knocked on your door and said I can sell your books to one of the big five, would you accept?

Until next time, happy reading and writing, my friends.

Carmen



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Just say "No!" to writer's block! #AmWriting #PublishingTip


I don't believe in Writer's Block!

Why?

Because it's no different than walking away from a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes your brain just needs to reboot. As a teenager, my grandmother and I would spend hours working on the puzzles. Sometimes we'd sit too long, the tiny pieces blurring before our eyes. Then, we'd finally realize we needed to walk away. Get something to eat. Watch one of her soap operas. Funny thing is... The moment we sat back down, our eyes would immediately land on the elusive piece that would lead to more pieces.

Writing is similar, as in, sometimes we need to step back. Do something else. My suggestions: Work on the book description. Write a character interview. Work on another book. Or my favorite, READ!

I read two to three books a week, even when I'm writing. Not only does it provide an escape from everyday life, it gives my brain a chance to reboot. In no time, my characters will scream out to me to pay attention to them. They whisper sweet nothings, telling me how this time they'll do exactly as I say. And since I'm a sucker, I usually believe them.

Now, go write down something. Anything!

Until next time, happy reading and writing, my friends.

Carmen

Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember, these are just my opinions and shouldn't be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer. I love talking about all things books, so if you want more posts on writing, marketing, new releases, and giveaways, please leave your email address here. I only send out a post once or twice a week at the most. :)

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