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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!

An Award! 🌸

Lovely Linda has lavished me with a Liebster! Thank you so much, Linda! 💖

First, I’m to present 11 facts about myself. Yes, the dreaded 11… why 11? I don’t know. But there’s nothing to be done about it. Off we go.

1. I’m a single mom of two fabulous adult daughters, and I do take a lot of credit for the fact that they’re both wonderful people.

2. I’ve worked for the same company for 18 years.

3. I’ve been married and divorced twice.

4. I was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY, but I never saw the Headless Horseman.

5. I lived in Chicago, IL for several years, and it was freezing. 🥶

6. I tried to find my soul mate after my last divorce, but nothing worked out, so now I just write all the time.

7. I’ve self-published 6 books of poetry and fiction as Paula Light. 😀

8. One of them will be available in audio shortly.

9. I’ve also self-published 2 romance novels and several short erotica stories as Anna Fondant. 🔥

10. Someone is narrating my first romance novel right now, so it should be available as an audiobook soon.

11. I have a bazillion more novels, novellas, short stories, and collections planned out to write, edit, and self-publish before I die. 🙃

Okay then. Now I’m supposed to answer some specific questions. Guess how many there are? Eleven again. Yeppers.

1. How important is Wi-Fi for you? Is warm running water or wireless internet more important?

This looks suspiciously like two questions to me. Can I get a ruling? Wi-Fi is very important, but obviously warm running water is more important. I don’t want to be boiling pots of water on the stove to wash my hair in the sink. Annoying! 😠

2. Name your favourite blogger (any genre).

Whoever gives me compliments is my fave.

3. If you have to pick a place to settle down forever, where would it be and why?

I’d like to be, under the sea, in an octopus’s garden, in the shade… 🐙

4. What is one silly moment you’ve had that you’d like to share?

I went to CVS yesterday for eyedrops and saw they were having a greeting card sale. I got so excited by the cute cards I forgot my vow to quit buying cards because they’re a waste and I picked out three. Then I forgot to notice if the cashier gave me the third one for free like the sale said. This morning I checked my receipt and of course she charged me for all of them.

5. What is your favourite trait about yourself?

I’m so good at sticking to resolutions. 😜

6. What is your favourite time of day?

Lunch!

7. Tell us your favourite food/cuisine.

Seafood with pasta. I guess that’s Italian.

8. Name three destinations you would like to visit once in your lifetime.

Yellowstone, Taos, Boston. 🚊

9. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

Get rid of parasites. So gross.

10. What are you most passionate about?

Writing.

11. What is so special about your blog?

It reflects my creativity and my life; it’s not a regurgitation of headlines or clichés. I try to offer fresh and interesting content to keep readers amused. I hope I succeed, at least sometimes.

And… that’s all she wrote! 🙃

PFF5 ~ Holy Matrimony!

Welcome to my Friday Flashback! This post originally appeared here on July 5, 2014. I hope you enjoy the romance novel review even if you aren’t a fan of the genre.

At The Duke’s Wedding

At The Duke’s Wedding [dead link deleted] is a collection of four novellas, all set at a grand old English estate during the week of festivities surrounding the wedding of the Duke of Wessex. Each novella has a different author.

 

WARNING ~ SPOILERS ABOUND ~ CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

1. That Rogue Jack by Maya Rodale. This story is incredibly, tediously stupid. Jack is a gorgeous moron who misplaces the heirloom wedding ring he picked up for the groom from a jeweler. Inexplicably, the bride-to-be requests great grand Aunt Whozis’ companion, Henrietta, to get moronic Jack to hand over the ring. They spend days sneaking around trying to find it because Jack, who is a moron, can’t remember where he put it. As they do this, they fall in love. That’s the plot.

2. I was going to stop reading after that first awful story, but decided that wasn’t fair to the other authors. Glad I continued. In P.S. I Love You (by Miranda Neville), the witty and poetic scarred-face Christian reluctantly agrees to write love letters to Rosanne for his boring but good-looking cousin Frank. Of course Chris falls in love with Rosanne because her letters are so charming, and she with him, though of course she thinks he’s Frank. When they all meet at the Duke’s place, complications ensue. Predictable, but actually good.

3. When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden.  This story is about the Duke himself, who is not some old gross gouty fellow but young and beefcakey, and how he falls for his betrothed’s hot and unconventional sister the moment she steps down from her carriage in front of his house. Oopsy. I liked it. 

4. How Angela Got Her Rogue Back by Katharine Ashe. The title is misleading and also clunky ~ unforgiveable! But let us proceed. This story involves time-travel, which I don’t mind at all, if it makes some kind of sense. Even a little bit of sense will do. Modern-day Angela materializes at the Duke’s party 200 years earlier after reading a weird book and falling into a Michigan river. That was OK, but less so was the convoluted blackmail scheme she thwarts to save Viscount Studmuffin’s family. What really bugs the crap out of me though is when Angela ~poof~ vanishes again for no reason. I totally lost interest in the story right there. But I finished it of course, and read the teaser for an upcoming story, which has the Duke’s little sister finding Angela’s cell phone…

Onward!

Threesomes! (with pics)

Cee’s fun photo challenge this week is to post pics of things in threes or the number 3. I found a few…

PFF3: POV PP

Paula’s Friday Flashback this week is a post from June 21, 2013, wherein I rant about point of view switching within scenes. Enjoy!

Minor peeve. I was careless with “only” in my post. Sorry about that.

Point of View

Sorry, got distracted.

One of my huge pet peeves while reading is a mid-scene POV switch. This shouldn’t be a problem in a first-person novel (one would hope), but writers will switch deliberately or sloppily while writing in third. Grrrr! In olden days, it was acceptable to write in scattershot POV, but the contemporary way is to keep to one character’s viewpoint per scene (and sometimes per chapter).

This makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The reader can relax and trust the writer to put you inside one character’s head at a time, with sensory data and thoughts being processed by him or her (or it, if non-human). You only know what that character knows during this time, feel what she feels, etc. If the story is a romance, you’re there with her wondering if the hero will ever return from his quest. If the story is a murder, you’re right there with the detective putting the clues together.

I recently read a short story in workshop where two men were involved in a tense situation, involving a possible murder, and the POV flipped from one to the other. It was difficult to get “into” the story fully because of this and it also led to confusion about who was thinking/feeling what at times. When we know the writer has stuck us inside only one character’s head, these problems are mitigated simply by the fact that anyone’s thoughts or feelings are THAT guy’s. We don’t have to wonder.

Someone said that wrt to a novel you should write a scene from the POV of the character who has the most to lose at that point. I’d like to say this is a Jennifer Crusie quote, but I can’t remember and CBA looking it up at 5:30am. It makes a lot of sense and doesn’t only apply to romance novels of course. Though I find it the most irritating when a romance novelist (either deliberately or stupidly) has a switch in a sex scene. It’s so distracting. This is the perfect example of a time you need to stay inside one character’s head for the duration of a scene and not mess up. I think this is why I had to give Animal Attraction only two stars on Goodreads. That just bugged the hell out of me. And Shalvis is not a beginning writer, so no excuses.

I’m not sure how any of this applies to second person. I haven’t written anything that way, too annoying, nor did I read BLBC. I think second is like first though, but with this hipstery distancing thing going on, right? I don’t know. Can’t deal with it.

Whatever. DON’T SWITCH MID-SCENE. Ever. This is one of those rules that you don’t break even when you are all jaded and above following rules.

PFF2: Crabby Book Review

Welcome to the second edition of Paula’s Friday Flashback! For this one, I present a crabby book review I wrote on June 14, 2013. What makes this funny (to me) is that just yesterday I was defending the entire romance novel genre from that twit Nicholas Sparks, but here 6 years ago I was disgusted with it myself! Hah. That’s probably because I was dating back then and trying desperately to blame my poor choices on anything other than my own bad judgment. Oh, it must be because I was overly influenced by romance novels. Sure, Jan.

Or maybe I’m just inconsistent. Whatever!

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Animal Attraction

By Jill Shalvis. I gave this book a 2-star rating (“it was okay”) on Goodreads even though I enjoyed it for the most part, but I’ve given better books a 3-star, and I want to have some sense of fairness in my ratings.

As I thought objectively about AA, and disregarded the fact that I ripped through it because it was fun and sexy and had a kitty (and lots of other aminals too ~ hero Dell was a vet), I realized it had one of the Fatal Flaws of romance novel writing. The “plot,” such as it was, hinged on the premise that there was an End Date looming, a date at which our heroine Jade absolutely had to leave Sunshine, Idaho and return home to Chicago, therefore preventing Jade and Dell from becoming emotionally entangled, which they would resist in any case since Dell was one of those emotionally unavailable kind of guys we all break our hearts over in real life though in RNs they always become available which upfucks the brains of women who read these STUPID BOOKS but I digress, and they both knew this. (Of course Jade tried not to become physically involved with him either, but that didn’t work. Obviously.)

But as it turned out the End Date was totally arbitrary ~ Jade didn’t have to leave. She had made a promise to her family she’d come home, mostly because they’d been nagging her unreasonably, and since she was a 30 year old woman, it would have been totally acceptable, if not downright advisable, for her to tell them, dudes, I found a good job, a cool apartment, and a great boyfriend here in Idaho, so BACK OFF, I’m staying indefinitely. And so basically there was no plot if you discount this made up out of thin air date. If you do discount the date, then the whole story becomes this whiny thing of ermahgerd I gotta go, can’t let myself fall for hunkyvet, and him thinking why must she go, everyone abandons me just like mommy. Bleh.

Plus there were sloppy POV switches within scenes (annoying and unforgivable!) and missing quotation marks, super-distracting. Upside, the dialog was great and witty, and there were fun minor characters. Shalvis has a ton of books available and I can tell from the blurbs and reviews (however positive) that they’re all gonna be about the same. But one was enough for me.

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Check out Fandango’s FF, where this whole idea originated. It’s all his fault! 😂