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The Accidental Romance Writer by Dan Kolbet Book Tour Author Guest Post

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The Accidental Romance Writer: How I Fell Into Writing a Love Story or Two
 by Dan Kolbet

I never intended to write a romance novel, let alone two of them.

Way back in 2012 I set aside my work-in-progress novel to pursue a little holiday short story, which ended up being my first romance novel, Don’t Wait For Me. The plan for Don’t Wait For Me was simple. It was supposed to be about 20-pages long and a freebie that I’d give away on my website for Christmas. If anyone picked it up, I’d be pleased. The story follows a down-on-his-luck toy store owner, Edwin, fighting to keep his inherited business open during one holiday season. He is aided by Amelia, the mother of a boy caught shoplifting at the store.

My characters took over quickly and told me a short story wasn’t good enough. So, in less than four months this short story turned into a full-length novel.  As is my standard process, I provided a draft to my trusted beta readers.

“You wrote a romance novel,” one said.

“Um, no,” I replied, “It’s the story of a man mourning his late wife and trying to keep her family’s toy store afloat. He meets this other woman . . . oh, crap. Maybe I did.”

Here was my trouble. At that point I had never read a real romance novel in my life. Sure, I’d read plenty of books that had a love story at the center, but nothing like what I imagined a romance novel should be. Those books have hunks with rock-hard abs on the covers. They always have a damsel in distress falling into their manly arms, right?

Well, not always, or so I have learned.

You might read romance stories to escape the humdrum day-to-day. You root for your protagonist to find the love you have at home, or the love you want to have someday. Unfortunately, we’re not all tennis pros, powerhouse attorneys or lonesome billionaires pining for each other. Most of us are pretty normal people who do normal people things each day. Love happens in the middle of all that. Love stories happen around us every day, we just have to find the patience to see them and take notice.

So when the characters in my novels fall in love, it’s not because they are in a romance novel. It’s because that’s what people in their situation should do. Yes, they might fight it. And they will probably screw it up, but isn’t that what we all do?

It took me three years, but I followed up Don’t Wait For Me with a companion novel, or sequel, titled Better Not Love Me, in October 2015. This story follows Amelia, five years after the events of the first book. She’s burnt out with corporate life. She’s unemployed and discovers that her kids don’t even know her anymore. Her fix? Rent a cabin for the summer and reconnect with them. But she can’t get away from her past, or her terrible former boss Nate, who just happens to be staying in the cabin next door.

Better Not Love Me is a standalone story, but I’d recommend reading Don’t Wait For Me first to avoid any spoilers.

So I may not have intended to write a romance novel originally, but I’m certainly glad I did – twice. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, ask yourself this: have you considered your love story as romance-novel worthy? Why or why not? Think hard. Your answer might surprise you.

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Dan Kolbet lives in Spokane, Washington with his family. He is an independent author, former newspaper editor and reporter. He is currently working on his next story.

His novels include You Only Get So Much, Don’t Wait For Me, Off The Grid, Better Not Love Me,plus short stories, Five Rows Back and An Easel for Avery.

 

 

 

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Fading Memories by A. M. Willard Book Blast

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File Size: 1518 KB
Print Length: 210 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Booktrope Editions (September 12, 2015)
Publication Date: September 12, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B012DZGYE0
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SYNOPSIS:

In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.

Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.

Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.

Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.

This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.

Can love cure all things despite its hardships?

WHAT EARLY REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

“A.M. Willard writes a sweet, yet gripping romance, full of angst, promise, and hope. Fading Memories will restore your faith in love.” Author Silla Webb.

“A.M. Willard has the combination to unlock your heart. This is an elegantly written book and an emotional journey that I highly recommend reading.” Author Addison Kline.

“Lives entwined as intricately as a lovers’ knot, Dakota balances his need to get closer to Izzie with her need for distance in a battle of wills where love and acceptance is the ultimate prize.”
Author Libby Austin.

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A. M. Willard Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…

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Review of Safe & Sound by T. S. Krupa

Safe & Sound: A NovelSafe & Sound: A Novel by T.S. Krupa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jill is a twenty eight year old woman, married for just two years to her loving husband Jay. Jill’s world comes crashing down when Jay leaves the house for an early morning jog and is hit and killed by a drunk driver. As expected, Jill takes the loss hard and has difficulty adjusting to life without her best friend and love of her life. Fortunately, Jill has a strong support system in the form of her two best friends, Lanie and Stella, who rally around her to provide the grieving widow with around the clock supervision.

While I appreciated the fact that Jill’s friends loved her dearly and wanted to help her get past the death of her husband, I began to feel that their continuous “help” was slightly over the top. I would have much preferred to see Jill grieve, grow and move on a little more independently. I almost felt as though Jill needed people to take care of her…needed someone, anyone in her life to save her. In fact, even in death her husband continued to take care of her.

However, having said this, I did enjoy Safe & Sound. T. S. Krupa’s writing style is easy, breezy and fun. This was a quick beach or poolside read. I would love to see a sequel, with Jill becoming a more independent, strong woman all on her own. I would recommend Safe & Sound and look forward to reading more from this new author!

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Goodreads Review of Kill Daddy by Gerald Freeman

One man’s journey of self-discovery and struggle to overcome the traumatic effects of childhood abuse and trauma. A must read!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gerald Freeman has been running from an abusive childhood for most of his adult life. He’s finally at a point where he’s realized that self-medicating with assorted drugs and pushing away well-meaning friends has gotten him nowhere. It’s time for a change. He toys with the idea of killing his father in an attempt to quell his inner demons, but fortunately, he opts for something more meaningful, legal and only slightly less dangerous: traveling throughout Africa on a journey of self-discovery.

Gerald Freeman is a master storyteller. I found myself immediately hooked and completely immersed in a story that could only be told by someone who lived through it. I was struck by how much I didn’t know about Africa. Mr. Freeman has successfully painted a vivid picture of life in some amazing and exotic, yet overwhelmingly poverty-stricken, places…

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