Chapter Breakdown: Chapter Two #50shades

Before reading this post, I suggest you read my disclaimer of sorts first.

And you thought stepping on these was painful ...

And you thought stepping on these was painful …

Enter the classic ‘bad boy’ Christian. Deep and mysterious but a little off his rocker in my opinion. Enter the one issue I have with first person writing–you never get the other side of the story. Of course in Christian’s case, maybe that’s for the best.

When I hear the ‘dark knight’ analogy in this book, this goes through my head:

Darkness …. no parents … super rich … kinda makes it better (Thanks, Lego Movie!)


We met Jose who I’ll dub always the bridesmaid never the bride because Ana pulls the “let’s just be friends” card. Barring what happens in a chapter coming up, I didn’t think he was too bad of a person but I’m getting ahead of myself.

So far in the first two chapters we get two guys falling all over her much like her prat fall trying to get in for the interview in chapter one. I would have mentioned in in the previous post but who hasn’t heard about it? Oh, people who don’t know what Google is like Ana. WHO DOESN’T USE GOOGLE IN COLLEGE? Seriously, we get the dude (Paul) from the hardware store who knows but Ana? Maybe it’s because her mother treats marriage like a merry-go-round, trying each horse out for the ride. Maybe Ana’s just skipping the first couple of marriages?

“Sorry, Jose, I like you—as a friend–but I’m sooo into cable ties over champagne.” mutter mutter mutter. <—that word needs banhammered so hard in this book. Yes, I’m adding snarky dialogue as I read the book at this point.

So Ana is going to graduate from college yet she’s crushing on Grey Mysterio. Like tween crush. A little confession for you–I got married at 21 and I was a virgin. I crushed on guys and was too shy to even think about getting to know them. Probably why I ended up with who I did but let’s not go down that road, okay? Regardless, the level displayed by Ana rivals my middle school “OMG he’s dreamy!” phase. Way too naïve.

I guess I’m not a fan of equating virginity with being blissfully ignorant on the other aspects in life.

New Artwork Created

My brother-in-law dabbles in brewing beer. He’s come up with some pretty tasty concoctions. He commissioned my to make him a logo for his company name and two of the beers he’d created. I had a blast making them. Creating art, you see, is a good stress buster. My writing isn’t flowing? Time to whip out the Wacom tablet and go to town.

So fast forward to the weekend before Easter and my great niece’s birthday party. My brother-in-law said he was entering another contest. He told me about the bourbon barrel stout–my personal favorite that he brews–and a Belgian white (not my favorite). I coyly asked him if he needed any logos. He replies, “Now that you mention it…”

Thus, two logos were born. What to you think?


Alone No More by Terri Rochenski

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Today I have a special treat from Terri Rochenski. She’s got a lovely historical romance just released and, as I love to do, I’ve asked her to stop by and tell me the inspiration for Alone No More. Of course she countered with a question of her own so don’t hesitate in giving your thoughts in the comments section. Take it away, Terri!

Inspiration for my characters

For Alone No More I had no inspiration, no ‘ah ha!’ moment when the muse introduced me to a new voice in my head. This story came about for an indie pub’s anthology call for an ‘Unexpected Bumps’ theme.

All romance needs conflict, so I thought about why a pregnancy might not be wanted. Preferring historical romance, I also thought about when in history an unexpected pregnancy would prove difficult or taboo for a single woman. The characters for ANM were born from my ponderings, and secondary characters included for additional tension and conflict to make the HEA all the sweeter.

Not all characters come about by a story, though. Sometimes they make their presence known and tell ME their story. In my short, Beginning of Forever, which just released from Roane Publishing on the 16th of this month in the Winter’s Sweet Kiss anthology, my MC, Lillian Douglas was inspired by my sister-in-law’s true life story of heartache and learning to love again.

On occasion I’ll see a person on the streets or in a store and their face, countenance, or appearance strike me, and the muse runs away with my thoughts. I’ll come up with reasons of why they look that way, or what brought on the premature lines etched in their face.

Sometimes it’s even a place – scenery – in a picture or live that brings a character to life within my brain.

I don’t prefer any one way as long as a character speaks to me and engages my imagination with their story. That’s what it’s all about anyway when it comes down to it … is my story, my character interesting enough to hold others’ attentions.

How about you? Had any odd occurrences bring a character to life? People? Do voices even SPEAK to you, or am I a loony?


Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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Genre: Romance / Historical

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

World Wide Release Date: December 18, 2013

Book Blurb: Dismissed from her job as a scullery maid and cast aside by her lover, pregnant Cara Morland has no choice but to return to her father’s farm. While lies of widowhood keep her from disgrace, Cara is faced with a local landowner’s unwanted attentions. Without the social status to do much more than avoid the vile man, she loses hope of ever finding happiness.

A friendship based on mutual loneliness blossoms between Cara and James Elliot, a young farm hand hired by her father. He offers his protection, and one shared kiss reveals his heart, but propriety and her feigned grieving period hinders what they both desire.

When Cara’s stalker learns the truth of her circumstances, he gives her an ultimatum—submit to his possession or he’ll ruin her second chance at love with James.


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