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Today I’m on the ‘Solstice Sizzle’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Liliana Rose, but b
About the Author :
Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.
Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment.
That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?
Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction.
It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?
Guest Post :
Breaking the Rules in the Name of Art
Normally it’s a travesty for me to rip out pages from my notebook, but I can make an exception in the name of art – just! I thought I’ll share a little about my writing process here. I usually write straight on to my computer these days, but I do turn to my notebooks to write poetry, and ideas. I also write by hand if I’m feeling a little stuck or unsure about a scene. And I do like to write by hand when starting a new story, which is what I did for Solstice Sizzle. I find it a little magical when writing by hand.
To help keep me inspired with my writing, I also do art classes. I find it refreshing to express myself with a different creative form like painting. As part of art class, we’re doing a collage activity. Not what I’d have chosen to do, and something I’ve not one since school. But I was willing to give it a go. Part of the creative journey is trying new things after all, especially if I’m feeling uncomfortable about it. I’d come prepared for class with tissue paper from home, and had both acrylics and oil paints ready to use. The brief was to draw a figure and I selected a Victorian looking lady from the pile of images. I sat thinking what to include in order to add texture and variety to the background of this rather pensive lady I’d chosen to draw and paint. What I wasn’t prepared for was that I was inspired to use my own words.
Enthusiastically, I got out my notebook, which as a writer I always have one in my handbag, along with my fountain pen. After all, I never know when the muse might strike. I started writing words to complement this lady I’d drawn and painted. I couldn’t help myself. I began to create a story for her. I am after all primarily a writer! And it seems that I can’t avoid this, even when doing visual art.
Not once did I think about how I’m going to have to rip out these pages of my notebook ~ one of my rules is not top rip out pages. If I don’t like what I’ve written too bad. It stays, a record in time of a difficult writing day. In the moment, I was too inspired to even care about this rule. So much so, that it wasn’t until I had actually ripped out the pages, and torn them up and was gluing them onto the canvas that I realised I’d broken one of my rules. Sometimes, this is the point when creating, to push the rules, or even break them. Oddly I find this easier to do when painting, and not writing.
This got me thinking about how I could apply this to my writing. It’s easy for me to have rules when I’m writing, but sometimes I need to be reminded the benefits of breaking these rules. Because in doing so, I come up with characters, and stories I otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. All because I broke my rule, and ripped out pages from my notebook. It not only helped the canvas I was working on, but feed back into helping my writing process. An unexpected win-win situation, that I couldn’t have planned.
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