Tag Archives: romance novels

The Secret Meeting [flash 150]

“Are you absolutely positive no one knows about this place?” Jane whispered.

Ted gestured at the empty parking lot overgrown with weeds. “Just look at it. Come on. We’re totally safe!”

They wandered inside the building, and Jane noted the broken windows and faded graffiti. “Guess you’re right.”

“Let’s get comfy,” Ted said. He shook out a ratty old beach blanket onto the dirty floor and motioned for Jane to take a seat.

“I’m a bit nervous,” she admitted as she opened her backpack. She had buried today’s supplies at the bottom, just in case.

Ted took out his own collection. “I promise you they won’t find us here.”

“They’d better not.” Jane sighed as she gazed as the lurid cover of her romance novel. “We’ll both get kicked out of the exclusive literature society if we’re caught reading smut and comics.”

“Mmhmm,” Ted said, already lost in spidey world.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge

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©️2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Four Galore

Shamrock

Question Fun Directory

Welcome to The Daily Four! [via Rory]

Today’s Questions to the Readers are….

1. How often do you write thought provoking content and how topically current are you?

My idea of thought-provoking content is to post my two weekly prompts. I’ve been doing Thursday Inspiration for a while, which is meant to trigger ideas for poetry or fiction via my posted song snippet and/or picture. I’ve also just begun a Monday peeve, a fun way to get people’s complaints out of the way at the start of the week.

My blog isn’t topical ~ I try to avoid current events here, especially politics. There’s enough of that everywhere else. Blech!

2. Do you ever play the role in your blog as ‘Devil’s Advocate with your readership?’

No. I find that annoying when done to me, so I avoid it as well as the condescending “Socratic method” of badgering people with slanted questions to get the answer I want. Just be straightforward.

3. What is your favourited style/genre of writing?

I just blurt sh!t out and try to be funny. Then I go back and delete the most horribly offensive bits. Sometimes I miss a few, oh well. Be sure to fill out a lengthy complaint form; I love reading those. That’s for my normal daily stuff. For fiction, I’ll do a bit of romance with a twist or maybe a touch of fantasy or sci-fi. I find that I like sci-fi more and more for the flash pieces. Poetry gets the whole tortured angst treatment, right back to high school.

4. How often do you write in a risque fashion and what would that be?

You mean sex? I’ve written a lot of sex. It’s so boring. I got so tired of writing sex I began cutting and pasting sex scenes from one novel to the next. It’s all really the same. The vanilla, I mean. I had one great blowjob I used over and over again. (I hope this paragraph raises my stats!)

But that’s for formula romance, which I’m sick of writing. I’m sick of writing it cuz hardly anyone buys my writing, which may be because I’m not thrilled to write formula romance like a real romance writer. Idk. Actually that’s not true. I enjoy writing the bantering dialogue, and I have loved some of my side plots. It’s just the sex scenes… so boring. And I skim over them in novels I read as well because they are all so similar. (I still enjoy the escapism though.)

However! Sex scenes in other types of novels can be great. The scenes I’m writing in my murder mystery are really good imo. I just need more time to tie the complicated threads together before it’s ready to be put on my shelf. And I have this really strange and fantastical novel with tons of kinky sex that’s supposed to be part of a trilogy, but I haven’t had time to begin the second book yet. When the whole thing’s done, it should be the best thing ever!

She says modestly…

The Daily Four

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©️2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Little Blue Bear [socs]

Beanie Baby America

I have a little blue bear on my desk at work. He’s a Ty beanie baby named America and I bought him when he came out after 9/11, which was shortly after I began working here (I’m writing this Friday lunchtime and will schedule it to post Saturday morning). On the left side of his tag it says that 100% of the profits from the purchase of the bear will go to Red Cross Disaster Relief. On the right side it says: “In memory of those who lost their lives in the national catastrophe that took place on September 11, 2001. We mourn for them and express our deepest sympathy to their families. God Bless America.”

A lot has changed in 18 years. My parents have both passed on. I’m divorced. My two daughters both graduated college and have gotten married. One of them has a baby, which magically makes me a grandma. I’ve moved five times. I had a relationship with a married man for two and a half years. If you believe in “bad karma,” then this gave me mine and I’ve been unable to have a happy/successful romance since. I also had a couple minor car accidents, which were horribly upsetting at the time, but in the grand scheme of things, not so bad really.

In these 18 years, I’ve been a flame warrior on Usenet, made enemies and turned them into Facebook “friends,” and since I quit FB most of them have forgotten my existence again. Perhaps that’s a good thing. I’ve been on Friendster and Twitter and Snapchat and G+ and other “social sites” too dark and dirty to mention here. I’ve experimented with different lifestyles to see if they were for me (no), and they’ve greatly enriched my fiction and poetry writing.

I’ve written a lot during these years. So so much. Poetry, novels, short stories. Zillions of blog posts and tweets. Loads of emails and texts. Have had interesting text chats with many men that I thought might “go somewhere,” but they didn’t and here I am alone, which isn’t a bad thing after all. I’m not sure anyone could really put up with me now… and vice versa.

I find that as I trudge toward my seventh decade I’m more or less the same person I was at age 14. I like to read romance novels and write poetry. I love games and puzzles, kittens and puppies, cookies and pizza. I’m not a sophisticated adult type person with advanced tastes in wine and music. Give me rock & roll and mac & cheese, woo! I’m a homebody and enjoy simple comforts. A hot shower is bliss. As I age, I’ve learned that I get more easily stressed out by other people, so I have to limit my interactions with them.

But through all this, I’ve had a good job, where I’ve been treated well. And every work day, little blue bear has been there to greet me, no matter what else is going on. I am grateful/thankful for my job and for my side work too… and for my book sales even though I wish there were more. (I’ll keep writing regardless.) When I began this post, I assumed at some point I’d say something political, but really there’s no need.❤️🧁💙

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©️2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Creative Fources

Shamrock

More Q’s from Rory, S1g4.

What truly motivates you to write?

Depends on the day. Could be a need to express emotion, which I tend to do best via the written word. Could be a need to express the joy of creativity, like yesterday when I wanted to capture how I felt about a beautiful painting of purple flowers. Or maybe I want to challenge myself with a writing prompt outside my usual genre simply to see if I can do it well. Sort of like an intellectual puzzle.


What’s cluttering up your life today and what are you doing about it?

I have a to-do list full of lots of unfinished writing (and other) projects, which bothers me, but I’m always running out of time for all the things. At this very moment, I’ve just finished my weekend paying work, which took me too long because I was texting in between, and now I still have cleaning I want to do. It’s almost 5pm though and it would be nice to relax tonight before work Monday, but I really can’t. This post is my break. Maybe in a couple hours I’ll blog more, or read.


Did you enjoy a creative childhood?

I think so, though there could always be more. I read a lot and began writing little poems early on. I had sketchbooks and paints, and loads of beads for bracelets and such. My mom loved arts & crafts, so we always had something going on ~ candle making, latch hook rugs, macrame, knitting blankets for dolls, etc. Each was a fad, but fun.


Have you ever wanted to write a book or if you have written a book do you feel accomplished for doing so?

I have written books… and at first I did feel accomplished, but now not so much really. My first one was easy because I simply globbed together previous writing, edited it a bit, and made a cover. I was thrilled to have some sales and grateful for each one. When I completed an entire novel though (while working full-time), it felt like a huge deal. I had amazed myself! But then I did it a few more times, so eh whatever. And it turns out that zillions of people are writing novels while working full-time. Plus, they are also finding the time to market their books properly and get way more sales and do promos and send newsletters and tweet and do Facebook ads and so knowing this…

I actually feel like a failure a lot of the time. Like, why did I bother sinking so fucking much of my time into writing? I could have just been watching TV like a normal person and reading romance novels written by others. Blogging sure, since I enjoy that and there’s no expectations. But I did think I’d “get somewhere” with my writing. No, not on the NYT bestseller list, but not a flatline week after week on Amazon either.

I’ve been taking a writing break because I feel so down about it all. And no, I’m not fishing for praise or rah-rah follow your dream type pep talks. Just venting. Maybe someone will come along and commiserate. We can be writing quitter buddies.

The Daily Four

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© 2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Sunday Night Blahs

Witch with cat and candelabra

Later tonight my 3TC post will pop into the feed ~ I have 10 more scheduled. These 10 include an announcement that September 10 will be the end of my 3TC hosting. Please let me know if you’d like to host (it’s fun!), and I’ll add your name to the remaining posts so people are aware. I’ve done 178 of these posts now (including the ones coming up), and it’s time for me to move on.

I will continue my Thursday Inspiration prompts because I really enjoy doing those. I don’t always write something myself, but I find it inspirational to search for the music to go with the picture. I’ve been using my Happy Color app pictures, which make me… happy. 🙂

I’ve done two audiobooks and am really disappointed that the narrators don’t seem to be helping out with any marketing. I thought we were in this together. Oh well. It was a good experiment, I guess, but it took a lot of time (and these were short books!), so I won’t be doing more. In a way, I’m glad my 200 page romance novel never got going as an audiobook because that would have taken forever to review.

From time to time, I get bummed out about writing generally, and this is one of those times. I never seem to get anywhere. I don’t have time to market like you’re supposed to, and nothing I write is great enough or lucky enough to simply take off without that. Yes, I write because I love to, but after all these years, it’s depressing not to have made any money at it.

I recently encountered a published poet and his stuff was just so bad… I don’t get it. Not saying my stuff is great or even good. But it’s so random and frustrating what gets attention and what gets published. Same as it’s ever been, I suppose.

Notwithstanding all this whining, there are still lots of good things in my life, just not any good writing news is all. Idk if I want to continue toiling away during my free time finishing all the OCD items on my writing to-do list just to keep seeing a flat line on my sales reports. I could just… stop.

I don’t mean stop blogging. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I have loads of writing in progress. Romance novels in various stages of completion. A murder mystery love story half-done. Stories for anthologies. Finished books I want to edit again. It’s ridiculous.

Happy September. 🐱

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© 2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Mellow Yellow

Sunshine Blogger Award

Big thanks to Mathew at Blog of the Wolf Boy who thought of me for this sunshiney nom. Yay! 🌼🍋🍯

Mathew is reusing the 11 starter questions that he received and I don’t blame him. They’re fun! I’m not going to tag anyone, but why not have a go and see what you can do with them too? Feel free to copy the sunshine logo if you do play along. 😀

1. I love it when someone buys one of my books!

2. If I could, I’d write all day and save all the kitties too. 🐱🐱🐱

3. Not too many people know that I write sexy romances as Anna Fondant. ❤️🌹

4. What really gets to my nerves are people who want me to “donate” to read their blogs. Why not pay me? No? Okay then!

5. I can’t comprehend why people still support that lying sack of sh!t. (Left that open for you.)

6. My fantasy job would be writing and saving kitties! 🐱🐱🐱

7. If I were a color, I’d be turple. 🦋💜

8. Sometimes when I’m by myself I wish I never had to talk to anyone again.

9. This may sound crazy but… I think we were all better off before the internet.

10. The funniest thing about me is how funny I am. 🤣😂😎

11. It doesn’t really matter if I have a million followers or 10 when none of them is that one guy who offers me a movie deal.

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© 2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Thank You, Ashley 💖

I’m so excited! One of my favorite bloggers Ashley of Mental Health @ Home has written a lovely review of Fiona’s Fling. Please go check out what she says! She also includes some interesting info about the romance novel genre itself.

Thanks so much, Ashley. 🙂

Wanna Know You Better

Di at Pensitivity101 has kindly included me in this challenge, the details of which are as follows:

Riya Gupta of World of my thoughts says:

Hello friends, nice to meet you all again. All the bloggers at WordPress are friends. Right? No doubt. So, being friends we should know each other. So, here’s a game for all my friends so that we all can know each other better.

Here’s a list of questions given below. You need to frame a blog post and answer those questions. Invite any of your five favorite fun loving bloggers and spread the game. Let’s know each other better.

STEPS:

1. Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!” (try to make your post pictorial as this will make it look interesting)

2. Mention Riya’s blog and the one who nominated you.

3. Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.

4. You may create your own questions for your targets (it will be fun).

5. Pass the game as a challenge to any of your favorite bloggers and mention them in your post.

So, here we go then.

QUESTIONS:

What really makes you angry?

– So many things! I’ll grab something out of the mad hat… tailgating omg!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– Lunch! 😂

What is your biggest fear?

– Car accident.

What has been your best moment this year?

– People seemed to like my little speech last weekend at my daughter’s wedding, so I’ll say that. 💖

If You Could Live Anywhere In The World For A Year, Where Would It Be?

– Maui.

How do you relieve stress?

– Retreat. Be alone. Make lists. Read. Write.

Would You Rather Go To Space Or To The Bottom Of The Ocean?

– Neither!

What’s your favorite season?

– Autumn.

What’s your favorite sports?

– None.

Did you like Riya’s blog ?

– Have never been, but appreciate the cleverness of linking to it three times in these questions. I need to step up my marketing game one of these days. Some people might not even know that I have poetry for sale as Paula Light, and sexy romances (short and full-length) on offer as Anna Fondant!

Now, 10 this or that questions:

(Paula’s preferences are in bold)

What would you prefer?

Beach or mountains

Ice cream or milkshakes

New York or Paris

Ugly genius or Good looking stupid

Pizza or Burger

Summer or Winter

City or Village

Spring or Autumn

Mathematics or Science

Train or Aeroplane

I’ve done my bit, and in the spirit of the game, my five nominees are:

Teleporting Weena

King Ben’s Grandma

Son Of A Beach96

A Unique Title For Me

The Bag Lady

There’s no obligation to play of course… but it would be awesome if you could buy one of Paula or Anna books and leave a review. Just sayin’. 😀

Di added this question:

Do you enjoy challenges like this?

– I didn’t mind this one because it wasn’t too intrusive and I got to stick my bitmojis in it. Love them! The problem for me is that these things increase exponentially and my blog’s focus is fiction writing and poetry. I don’t want question type posts to dominate the site. So, it does become an issue when the tags pile up (I see another one lurking in my notifications 😱).

I’ll add a question too! So much excitement.

Have you bought one of Paula Light’s or Anna Fondant’s books yet? Please note that these items are all gluten-free now! 😀

Don’t forget to leave a review!

PFF8 ~ Buy My Book! Thank

Friday Flashback

Welcome to my Friday Flashback! This post originally appeared here on July 26, 2014, as a teaser to get peeps to buy my romance novel, Fiona’s Fling. It’s my best-seller, not that that’s saying a lot, lol. But people who have read it liked it ~ if you’re one of them, pleeeeeeease leave a review like Nancy and Gary did (💖💖💖). If you’re not, please consider buying it immediately, reading it, and reviewing it… honestly, what else do you have to do? Let’s be real. 🙄

Maybe I should work on my pitch.

Fiona’s Fling

Continuing my theme of relentless self-promo, here’s an excerpt from Fiona’s Fling on the Lit Central O.C. Website [link deleted because it changed]:

Cathy nodded as she took another piece of sushi. “Have more of this. Don’t make me look like a pig. So you figured to practice your mad lurve-making skills on this dude and get back up to speed . . . what’s his name anyway?”

“Mike.” Fiona swished a piece of sushi in the spicy sauce.

“Mike what?”

Laughing, Fiona said, “Well, I don’t know. He made this big joke of it, like he was a mobster. He did look Italian and could put on a great Tony Soprano type of voice.”

“But you don’t really think . . .” Cathy whispered and leaned across the table. “He is?” [link deleted because it changed]

I know some of you have already bought (and hopefully read) Fiona’s Fling cuz you are awesome, but there is still a chance for everyone to be awesome and buy Fiona’s Fling right now ~ and it’s on sale, yahoo!

20 Questions Book Tag

romance novels

The lovely Carol Anne tagged me for the 20 questions book tag. I can’t resist a book tag.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY FOR A SERIES?

I’m not a huge fan of series in general. Though it can be enjoyable to see a character having various adventures that get wrapped up by the end of each book, such as the Archy McNally detective stories. And I love when a a character from another story pops in just to say hello. That’s always fun. I suppose if a series is written well, it could go on indefinitely. I usually get bored though, just like with TV series.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I am a fan. Most are predictable because I’ve read so much, but the ones that can surprise me are great.

3. HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK?

Ebooks please.

FAVOURITE BOOK?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I highly recommend it.

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

Ulysses. My dad always wanted me to read this mess.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Of course!

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU COULDN’T FINISH?

Nobody’s Baby But Mine, a terrible romance with hateful protagonists.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

I’m about to begin Black Obsidian.

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

TULOB (see above).

10. OLDEST BOOK YOUVE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?

I’ve read parts of the Torah, so probably that.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOUVE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?

Probably Unicorns Are Jerks by Doug X.

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

Ray Carver, Haruki Murakami, Jennifer Crusie.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

I buy ebooks and a very few paperbacks. Lately, most of my books are borrowed under the KU program. It’s not exactly “unlimited” anymore though, now is it? 😂

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LOVE?

Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG EARS?

It’s hard to dog-ear a Kindle.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-READ?

Poetry.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?

I can, but why?

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE?

Prefer either one first-person POV, or multi thirds. Am not a fan of the trendy multi firsts unless the stories are separate shorts.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Depends on how long it is and what else I have going on. Usually it takes me a day or two to read a romance and maybe slightly longer for other genres.

20. WHO DO YOU TAG?

Whoever loves books!