Just announced April 18th! Crimson Secret, my novel set during the War of the Roses, won the bronze award in the Best eBook Romance category!
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Am so happy to share! A Goodreads reviewer named the Coin Forest series in her 2016 review, and listed me as one of her favorite new authors of 2016! She wrote, “Her heroines are of strong character and strength, her heroes are honorable and she adds wonderful history into the tale. The themes she writes about are unique and daring.”
This is Etti’s view when she looks outside her gypsy wagon. When the story begins, eleven-year-old Etti and her kumpania of fifty relatives and friends are traveling to the horse fair in France. The year is 1401. (Photo compliments of pixabay.com.)
I’ve started writing my new novel! The working title is Etti’s Love. I always find the title to be as much of an adventure as the story, and I know there will be many attempts until the perfect title finally comes to me.
Etti’s Love is a prequel novella in my Coin Forest series. It’s Etti’s story, and she is a fascinating character. She has chosen a most unusual pet, and it’s causing conflict and ill feelings among her family members.
My BFF is my key to new ideas
Here I am again, writing to you because of writer’s block. Have I ever told you what magic it is, tapping your powers to unblock my thoughts and words?
When I have overwhelming doubts about my writing, the blank page stares at me. The curser blinks, taunting me, and I can’t move forward.
What works for me, every time, is to start writing to you, just as if we were on the phone, only on paper. I know I can joke with you, confess my fears and stumble along, and something happens. It’s like the doubts and fears that have been plaguing me vanish. My pen and paper melt away and I am in tune with my novel.
It’s been a long, successful habit of mine, spanning decades.
It started in high school during study hall. I’d be procrastinating, avoiding work on an essay or report, unable to decide on a theme or position despite the looming deadline. In lieu of disaster, I stumbled upon this method of turning to you, and you have never failed me.
Let me count the ways you have helped me.
Dear Pam, I have discovered fiction, and am so excited I’m paralyzed. I’m writing my first novel. It’s a time travel. I know the setting is England, but I can’t decide on which time period I’d like to visit. What makes me think I can write a novel?
#2. Making decisions. Dear Pam, On the advice of a literary agent who loves my writing but doesn’t represent my genre, I’m leaving the time travel genre to write a straight historical romance. I’m agonizing over dialogue. If I try to be accurate to the fifteenth century, only a few people will understand it. If I write with contractions will I be a laughingstock?
#3. Finding focus. Dear Pam, I’m writing a contemporary women’s fiction novel loosely based on my mother’s trauma with Alzheimer’s. I’m scared, so scared I can’t plot the darned thing. What I’m sure of is …
#4. Trusting my vision. Dear Pam, my first book released! I’m writing about Gypsies, in a non-arm-candy way that’s never been done before in historical romance. I want to make it a character-related series, but this second novel just sits there, frozen after the first chapter. I worry that the hero is too bigoted to be likable.
#5. Moving forward. Dear Pam, I’m in the saggy middle and sinking fast. I think I’ve written myself into a corner, and I’m trying to find the way out. I can trash all I’ve written and start over. There has to be another option. Let me see. I could…
So, you get the idea. It’s a simple strategy that works. I’ve heard of other ways to break writer’s block that may also work for you. One friend of mine relies on showers to get the thoughts flowing. Works almost every time, she says.
Another has a special tea she brews and places on her desk with three lit candles.
Another walks in the park. Yet another meditates.
Many of my friends believe in the power of BIC (butt in chair), not budging until the words flow and if desperation sets in, writing stream of consciousness or drivel until ideas are nudged into motion.
What a morning! Just 24 hours until Crimson Secret releases! This is the fourth novel in my Coin Forest historical romance series set during the War of the Roses! I’m fascinated by Queen Margaret of Anjou and King Henry VI, her long-suffering king. Too mentally addled to rule, he was pushed aside by his queen. Clever Margaret stepped in and took the reins of power, creating chaos, financial disaster and a civil war that lasted over thirty years.
My hero and heroine are polarized–she and her family are deeply devoted to Margaret, and he carries secret plans and provides financial support to the Duke of York, who wants to take the throne and power from King Henry and return order and fiscal responsibility to England.
To their dismay, the hero and heroine meet and experience an electrifying attraction to each other. Nothing is sweeter–or more forbidden for them, but they are smitten and can’t control themselves.
I loved exploring the marvelous push and pull of their relationship, and they surprised me at several critical times.
Now, they’re poised to go out into the world of readers. The suspense is unbearable!
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Tense with the treachery of medieval battle–colorful with the forgotten charms of a living bridge–and perilous when young lovers dare to pursue the forbidden.
Master bridge builder Luke Penry is a known traitor, committed to destroying Joya’s beloved Queen argaret so the Duke of York can rule. Like her noble family, Joya is deeply devoted to saving her and keeping King Henry VI on the throne. They’re both right, both wrong, both lost in the heat of unbridled passion and growing uncertainties. It’s a dance of imperiled love amid the War of the Roses, and time is running out to reveal their true loyalties.
“…political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride. Recommended for fans of star-crossed lovers. –Library Journal
“A freshly imagined setting filled with intrigue and passion–loved it!” –USA Today Bestselling Author Cassie Miles
Following my not-so-annual tradition, here’s my Mother’s Day poem for 2016! I hope it brings some sunshine to you on this special day. It will delight me further if you share it with your special mother–birth mother, mother-in-law, stepmother, adopted mother, or your aunt, sister, daughter or friend. Happy Mother’s Day! –Janet Lane
Always My Mom
by Janet Lane
You are the tree
I am the limb
You are the house
I am the trim
You are the notes
I am the song
Your loving arms
Help me along
You gave me love
Warm like the sun
Laughter and fun
Second to none
Happy Mother’s Day!