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romance novel teaser

The coming months are busy ones with American Thanksgiving, then Chanukah, Christmas and New Year.  Like everyone else, we have a lot on the go.

The third book in the trilogy A Cloud of Hawthorne is nearing completion, but then there is the lengthy editing process and the even more lengthy publishing process.  I regret the book will not be out for that fabulous stocking stuffer you had hoped for.  However, for me gift giving happens year round, so make sure you save a little something for the new year.

As promised, here are a couple short romance novel excerpts from the book in progress, teasers to whet your appetites.

Oliver woke immediately and met Henley at his hut, the centre of their community and the primary meeting place.  The wind was fierce and rain was starting to pelt down hard and fast. It was like a sudden typhoon had hit.

“What the hell’s going on?” asked a concerned Brawn as twigs and forest debris blew around his feet.  A large branch came crashing down beside the hut and clipped a shingle off the roof.  Another tree, a tall cedar, crashed to the soft forest floor with a gigantic thud, kicking up a cloud of dirt and leaves in its wake.

“In all my years I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Henley.  “It just came out of nowhere.”

“Not much we can do now,” affirmed Brawn, his voice barely audible in the din.  “It’s blowing in from the north.  Best ride it out and assess the damage in the morrow.  Batten down the hatches.”  Just then a large hawthorne branch fell from the tree they were under.  It hit Oliver square on the left shoulder.

“Jeezus Criminey,” yelled Brawn.  Oliver was lying on the now wet ground.  He was out cold. 

“Hello.  Anybody here?” he called again.  He heard a door creak and Lavinia appeared in the doorway to the main room.  She wore a fitted bodice that exhibited her exquisite full figure and her dark skin gave her an exotic look, like her mother’s.  Slim ankles could be seen from beneath a layered skirt and she had the tiniest feet adorned in embroidered slippers.  Her dark, wavy hair was piled atop her head in a messy, disheveled up-do that Jeremiah thought looked extremely sexy.  He didn’t realize his mouth was hanging open. 

“Hello,” she said.  “Who are you?”  

“Oh, I’m Jeremiah.  Mr. Brawn just hired me on as a worker – handyman if you will.”

“Really? I didn’t know we were looking.”

“And you are the housemaid?”  Lavinia was taken aback but then decided to play along. “Actually, I’m Oliver’s nurse.  I’m in charge of his daily needs and his overall care.”

“Lucky Oliver. Do you bathe him? He must enjoy that very much.”  Lavinia placed her hands on her hips and scrunched up her face in a look of annoyance.

“Pardon me, but that is very impolite of you, nor is it any of your business.” 

“I do apologize, M’lady.  It was rude of me.  I-I just thought you might find some humour in it, being that you’re a servant girl and all.”  Lavinia softened a little to properly play out her role.  She wanted to be authentic in order to keep toying with this handsome young know-it-all.

Oliver grabbed her around the waist and pulled her down onto the bed.

“Olly, what are you doing?” she laughed.  He reached over and kissed her.  At first it was a small, quick peck but after a moment their lips hung on to each other’s and lingered in a long tasty kiss that both had dreamt of but had never followed through.  Lavinia felt soft flutterings in the pit of her stomach and a warm tingling between her thighs.  Oliver gently pressed his tongue into her mouth and hers opened to let him in, enjoying his texture and taste.  Her tongue ran along his straight white teeth, discovering every delicious detail.  His own tongue twisted around hers playfully yet erotically.  Lips explored, seeking earlobes, chins, noses, then back in mouths again.

You can read the first chapters from book 1 and 2 in this romance novel series: A Cloud of Hawthorne here, and from Where Daffodils Grow Wild here.

Love and gratitude,
ML

romance novels author madison lake

I am in a total writing mode!  I’m almost finished with my short stories (you can read a teaser here), and writing the third book in a series of A Cloud of Hawthorne and Where Daffodils Grown Wild, and at the same time I am already starting to think about publishing and how I am going to do it all.  I re-read my interview with Friesen Press they published a year ago, to get some inspiration and motivation for everything that’s coming (I know – sometimes I also wish being a writer would include only writing books and the rest would be taken care of!).  But nevertheless, I do like the entire process, and here are some of my experiences on self-publishing.

Author Madison Lake talks about romantica and the experience of self-publishing a book series. — FriesenPress : Self-Publishing, Print-On-Demand & eBook Publishing

By Rasanga Weerasinghe

>  Lots of romance writers write their books under pen names, why do you think this is happening?

Probably because writing or reading romance novels has always been frowned upon.  Romance novels are often considered silly, trashy, or unworthy, and readers of romance novels lacking literary taste.  It’s usually thought of as a waste of time.  I think many romance writers, even well known authors, simply want to enjoy writing the genre without the label that goes with it, without the judgment, so they write under a pseudonym.

I am trying to change the reputation of the romance novel, while still catering to a large romance reading audience.  My website says Madison Lake’s Modern Trash, but it’s not trashy, it’s a play on words.  Not all writers need to produce profound literary work (all the time).  There’s such a thing as writing (and reading) for sheer pleasure.

>  What is it like to write a book series?

I had not originally intended to write a sequel or series, but after I finished my third book I conferred with my editor and web team and then it just unfolded organically.  It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  What I found most interesting was, rather than carry on the story from where it left off, I chose to focus on one character and create the sequel around her.  There are plenty of references to the first book, but it’s written around this one character and her experiences.  I found it easy to craft a new story this way because the narrative wove through a divergent landscape with characters from the first book and an interesting batch of new ones.  All eventually integrated back into the original storyline.

>  How do you keep an audience engaged through a series?

I think it’s important not to repeat too much.  I believe as a writer you have to expect some people may not have read the previous book(s) so there is a certain amount of back story that has to be considered in order to create the new story.   However, don’t get trapped into re-writing more than necessary.  I discovered that once I started writing, the backstory fell into place quite naturally.  I was aware I needed to deliver something fresh, still keeping in sync with the essence of the previous book.  Making accurate references back to places, dates, situations, and people is very important, and ensuring your timelines match.  Having a skilled editor helps with this.  Of course, to keep any audience engaged, a writer has to create a clever yarn, add believable characters, provide descriptive settings with enough drama, excitement, intrigue, romance, to keep readers coming back for more.

>  What are the things that you need to consider when publishing multiple books, especially when you are self publishing a series?

First it’s coming up with a good enough idea for a series, one that will attract a following and weave a clever enough story that readers will be waiting for book two and three.  This will end up being a valuable tool for marketing your books as well.  The author/editor/publisher relationship is a big factor to consider.  Like any partnership, it takes time to develop a solid working relationship with an editor and publisher, where they really begin to know and understand you and your work.  Unless there are major unresolvable issues, I feel it is of great value to stick with the same team.  Fewer problems will arise and communication, which is key, becomes second nature.

You can read my full interview with Friesen Press here.

You can read the first chapters of my book series (and buy them if you like them) here: Book 1, A Cloud of Hawthorne here, and Book 2, Where Daffodils Grow Wild here.