Baton Blog Hop

I’m over at MURDER SHE WRITES today, guest blogging with the awesome Allison Brennan. After you check out the The Baton Blog Hop, drop by MSW to say hi! Or I will be after Allison makes it live. ๐Ÿ™‚

runawayThe Baton Blog Hop has been a thing for awhile now and I was invited participate by the amazing comedy suspense author JB Lynn. Seriously, she’s awesomely funny! Her Neurotic Hitwoman series is a must-buy for me! Check her out if you don’t believe me.

Anyway, the way this works is that I answer the following questions and then pass the baton on to three other authors. And see? I’ve already bobbled it because I was supposed to post this yesterday but I’d forgotten I had the equally awesome Alannah Lynne as a guest. But I digress and also firmly grasp the baton as I answer…

1. What am I working on?

COWGIRL’S SWEETHEART (working title). This is the second book in my new Harlequin Desire contract, which I hope will become a series — For the Love of a Cowgirl. The first book, COWGIRL’S DON’T CRY, is back with my fabulous editor. The series is about the Barrons–six brothers in a powerful Oklahoma family. SWEETHEART is a classic Romeo and Juliet trope with a secret baby thrown in for good measure.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is tough to answer because writing category romances means following certain tropes and hitting the right buttons for readers. In this case, the books are set in contemporary Oklahoma, which isn’t used as a locale and while set in the present day, there’s also a very western feel. For the paranormals I write, I have to say it’s my voice. For the longest time, I didn’t *get* voice. But a reader once told me she could pick up anything I wrote and know immediately that I wrote it. That’s Voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write what I want to read. Today, it’s a contemporary category romance. Tomorrow, it will be a paranormal thriller with my Wolves, or another Penumbra Papers, or even a return to the world of the Irish fae. But today, I’m all about the contemporary romance full of powerful men, women who refuse to be doormats, and how they manage to fall and stay in love despite the odds.

4. How does your writing process work?

I’m a puzzler. I discovered Scrivener writing software and it’s really saved my bacon! When I sit down to write, I have the framework–those straight-edged puzzle pieces that define the outline of the story. I know characters, plot (usually–I have had characters throw me major curves!), the beginning and the end. But I actually write in scenes or short vignettes and then I have to fit those blocks of pieces into the puzzle’s whole. I know. It’s a crazy way to write but it’s what works for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, it’s time for me to pass the baton to these authors. Go visit them, next Monday, March 24th!

A friend to dragons and penguins alike, KERRY SCHAFER

Kerry is the author of the intriguing fantasy novels BETWEEN and WAKEWORLD, the first two novels about the Between, a place between dreaming and waking where anything is possibleโ€ฆ She also has a trilogy out, The Dream Wars. You can check out her books HERE.

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, it’s time to check out ALICIA DEAN.

Whether she’s writing contemporary romantic suspense or paranormal, Alicia provides lots of thrills and chills. Want to know more? Look HERE for her titles! And be sure to play her Want/Wed/Waste Wednesdays!

The fourth “leg” of our relay group is KATHY WHEELER/KAE ELLE WHEELER

Kathy writes contemporary romance and under her Kae Elle persona, a series of “refurbished” fairy tales based on Cinderella that are delightful. You can peruse her titles HERE.

Currently in my TBR pile: Leigh Evans

I’ve been a fan of her Mystwalker series since the first book, THE TROUBLE WITH FATE. Her current release, THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES continues the saga of half fae/half werewolf Heidi Peacock and the love of her live, werewolf alpha, Robson Trowbridge, is the 3rd book and promises to be just as mystical and intriguing as the first two. If you enjoy fantasy, she’s an author to read.

Okay y’all, your turn to pass the baton: What authors do YOU recommend checking out?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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8 Responses to Baton Blog Hop

  1. Janet says:

    I’m still so excited about your Harlequin contract, Silver – and I know there will be many books in the COWBOY series!!! I love that about you – the fact you don’t box yourself in to a genre. You write what you want to write, and you’ve had the determination to not follow the ‘branding’ rules! I so want to be you when I grow up!!!

    OK, enough fangirl stuff. I’m off to check out the other authors and then head on over to Murder She Writes.

    • Janet says:

      FYI – your Alicia Dean link is broken!

      • Silver James says:

        Link fixed. I obviously hadn’t had enough coffee! LOL And Alli is on Pacific Coast time so not sure when that post will go live. That darn Murphy has been hanging around. For weeks now! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Silver James says:

      Ha. It’s just because I have WADD (Writer’s Attention Deficit Disorder). Look! Urban… Contemporary! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ooh…Thriller…Squirrel!

      Seriously, though, thanks! I’ve been doing my weird puzzle bits but SWEETHEART is coming together for the proposal. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Alicia Dean says:

    Hi Silver…sorry I’m just now checking out your post. (But YOU were a day late, so I guess I’m forgiving??? ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed hearing about your WIP. I’m SO happy for your Harlequin contract too. Woohoo! Thanks for the kind words. I’m intrigued by your puzzle method of writing. I don’t do well with actual puzzles, so I’m not sure it would work for me, and Scrivener seems too complicated, but I’m glad it’s working for you!

    • Silver James says:

      I know! ๐Ÿ™„ Hey, I should be a grandmother by this time next week. I plead non mentis copas. Or something like that. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Scrivener is cool and actually not that hard to figure out. Heidi and I are doing a class on it at OKRWA in the next few months. You could come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Same here, silver. I saw your comment in my dashboard! I’m thrilled that you got the Harlequin contract. Cheers to a long and productive and money-making career.

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