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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.

My Book Tour Virtual Book Tour for Dan Kolbet's Romance Novel "Better Not Love Me"ABOUT DAN KOLBET:

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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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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Peter in Flight by Paul Michael Peters Goodreads Book Review

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Peter in FlightPeter in Flight by Paul Michael Peters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Peter is a software marketer who truly lives his life out of a suitcase. He’s good at what he does – so much so that he inadvertently makes a couple of “enemies” along the way. Peter is personable, caring and a great listener. His love for his best friend and boss, Tatiana, remains the constant thread throughout the story. Readers are treated to a few heartwarming stories through his encounters with the various travelers and salespeople he comes in contact with while on the road.

Before I began reading Peter in Flight I wondered how Paul Michael Peters could turn software marketing into an enjoyable, entertaining read. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this gem of a book.

Unbelievably, this is a first work for Paul Michael Peters and he does an excellent job of combining several…

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Transcending Anger by Charles Dittell Goodreads Book Review

Transcending Anger: A handbook for those who wish to give up angerTranscending Anger: A handbook for those who wish to give up anger by Charles Dittell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the start, I knew Transcending Anger was no ordinary self-help book. Author, Charles Dittell comes across as someone who practices what he preaches. The story in the book’s opening chapter, The Cherokee Story of Two Wolves, had me hooked from the start.

Charles Dittell explains the difference between managing anger and transcending anger. Once you understand the difference, you’ll see how much more advantageous and desirable the latter is.

Anger is a truly harmful emotion with a variety of negative results. When we react to frustrating situations with anger, we run the risk of experiencing a host of difficulties: health issues and illness, job loss (which in turn can affect our financial situation), relationship problems, and the very real possibility of reducing our chances of realizing our life goals. Transcending Anger addresses all of these negative aspects, and much more.

Transcending Anger isn’t a long, drawn out, expensive manual. It’s never boring or technical. It’s a manageable, engaging and concise how-to booklet, which can be put to constructive use immediately. The worksheets are an invaluable resource to be used for personal assessment and progress tracking. Additionally, and despite the name, Transcending Anger isn’t just for transcending anger either; Charles Dittell explains how once the techniques are implemented successfully, they can be easily used to transcend other negative behaviors.

Charles Dittell has also graciously included a thorough reference section at the end of the book, which contains an extensive list of additional resources, should the reader be interested in pursuing them.

I can’t say enough about Transcending Anger. I’m so glad I found it. Charles Dittell certainly knows his stuff. He does an excellent job of clearly explaining how important, yet easy, it is to rid ourselves of the damaging effects of anger once and for all. Mr. Dittell uses an assortment of information to explain his techniques. Living a more positive, happy life is important for individuals, as well as for society as a whole. Transcending Anger gives us the tools needed to achieve this.

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To all my lovelies struggling this week… #ASMSG #encouragement #quotes

Penelope Jones

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Just something to think about…

 

Did you know the people who are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the one who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?

Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and Help me.

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now. Let’s start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment…

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