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Miles of Smiles Challenge

A message from Kyra Lennon!
Hey guys! SO… to dive in at the deep end with blogging again, I have teamed up with Clare Dugmore to bring you a new blog/social media hop!

Why are we doing this?

I live in the UK. Over the last few months, there have been several attacks – two in London, one in Manchester, killing and seriously injuring a lot of people. All over the world, people are senselessly losing their lives, and you can barely turn on the news these days without dreading what you will see next. The world as a whole is struggling right now, and what everyone needs is something lighthearted, to remind us that there is still so much good in the world.

The Rules:

Several years ago, I created the Bloghop of Joy with Clare Dugmore. The idea behind it was for people to sign up and tell each other about the small things in their lives that always make them smile. Miles of Smiles will run along those exact same lines BUT we’re doing this all over social media. That means you can use your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter or your Instagram to share your joys.

The reason we’re opening it up is to spread this as far and wide as possible.

Things on your list of joy could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud – just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again.

We all know that our friends and families makes us happy – that is pretty much a given. We’re not talking about life-changing moments, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile and forget our worries for a while.

As an added thing – The British Red Cross has set up a fundraiser for the people who were affected by the attacks in the UK. The link is here. Alternatively, if you want to take this chance to donate to a charity of your choice, or if you don’t have the funds to donate, that’s okay too. This is a totally optional thing, we just thought, in light of what happened, it might be a nice thing to share. Mostly, what we care about is spreading some happiness, so we would love it if you would join us on our #MilesofSmiles mission!

All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on June 12th, post your list of joy. If you want to join in and you don’t have a blog, just post your joys using the hashtag #MilesofSmiles on your social media posts (Facebookers using personal accounts will need to make the post public so we can find them).

To join in with a blog, sign up here:


https://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=279412

F is for…

 

Another day, another letter. Today, F is for…

 

 

Flirting…

Most of the time, flirting happens naturally. We see someone we’re attracted to, and try and get their attention and to get them to like us back. Sometimes, flirting can be quite calculated; a way to get attention transferred from someone else to yourself. But, this is very often noticed and ignored.

I really like writing flirting, particularly the awkward first meeting kind of flirting. In It Started in Texas, Charlotte and Gage bump into each other in a bar – literally. I really had fun writing their interaction. Usually, I worry when I’m writing dialogue that it reads as wooden and bland, but I never had that with this scene. It was flirty and awkward, plus they were seen by Charlotte’s friend which added something extra.

Whereas the flirting between Heidi and Shane was very different in The One That Got Away because of their history. It was more personal and catered to them specifically in trying to turn the other on – especially at the reunion. Both of them were saying things to get a reaction from the other, seeing how far they could go with it. That was fun to write too because it came across as a little naughty and pushing limits of flirting almost into foreplay.

The flirting in Mile High was different again, because it started off as an intense dislike on Tarryn’s side of the ‘relationship’, and it eventuually let to a very different place to anything else I’ve ever written.

Flirting can also be very embarrassing. I’m a voracious people watcher, and once watched a guy trying to flirt with a girl in a pub, and fail dismally.

So, in your comments, I’d love to hear about your flirting disasters!

B is for…

 

Yay, day 2 and I’m a little ahead of myself… have I just jinxed myself? We shall see.

 

 

Friends – to – lovers are some of my favourite romance books. The dynamics of friends and lovers are two completely different things, and when it’s done well, it can be an amazing story. Add MC’s that were Best friends into the mix and it can very quickly become a 5* read for me.

Best friends, especially those who have been friends for years, can be amazing. Writing about platonic friends can be fun as they tend to have so many ‘in’ jokes and a wide shared history. The dialogue can be brilliant, and you have a lot of freedom because these characters know just what buttons to push to get a reaction without taking it that step too far. So, what happens when one of them falls in love with the other? This is a person they know almost as well, if not better, than themselves and they can’t begin to picture themselves with anyone else. They get jealous of new boyfriends/girlfriends because of the time they get to spend with their friend.

Most friends who love their best friend have this internal battle about whether a relationship will ruin their friendship or not. That aspect can be absolutely fascinating to write and read. The war within one person can be hard to fight, especially if they’re scared to tell the other person how they feel. Sometimes they do and it’s wonderful, sometimes it falls apart, and sometimes they keep it to themselves for forever. There’s no hard and fast rule to writing about best friends.

Also, sometimes best friends are just that, and nothing more.

Comment below and give a shout out to your best friend. Mine’s the amazing Sarah. She’s my sounding board, my concert buddy, and my parabatai (yes, a book reference, go me). I would be without her.

 

A is for…

 

Well, it’s day 1 and I’m already behind, so let’s see how I get on. Just a warning… I may not be able to contain my posts to books, but that’s ok, right?

 

 

If there’s one thing I hate in books (and films and TV shows) is insta-love. Yes, attraction can be intense, we’ve all felt it, but is insta-love a real thing?

I know people who believe in love at first sight, and if it’ happened to them I’m pleased for them. Personally, I don’t. I believe in lust at first sight. You know, when you walk into a party, or a club, or an ice rink and spot someone that just by from how they hold themselves, walk, smile… you want to get to know them better. In that split second moment, you are undeniably attracted to that person.

So, you go over, introduce yourself – now here’s where things can get tricky.

  • Option A – Person you admired from afar is wonderful. You spend the rest of the evening talking and laughing and by the end of the night (or the next morning, depends how lucky or drunk you are), you realise that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. They are THE ONE. That’s wonderful, all systems go, and have at it
  • Option B – Person who caught your eye turns out to a complete loser. They end up spending the entire time talking about themselves, their ex, or worse, talking down to you. You end up making an excuse to get away from them and end up spending the rest of the evening hiding from them the way Herminone runs away from Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all experience both of these scenarios, but what does that have to do with a romance novel?

A lot of books follow the “Oh my god s/he is gorgeous, I love them” vein of story. And while it works for a lot of stories, after a while it gets old… fast. Or so i think anyway. Yes, you can have a connection to someone as soon as you meet them, yes you can be highly turned on by them, and yes, you can want to sleep with them, but is it love? Honestly, I doubt it.

In my books, the attraction between my main characters is always there from the start (Except in Just Like in the Movies – Ava hated Morgan from the get go, despite how good looking he is). I like writing the chase and the build up to a relationship. It’s that and the getting to know one another I love to write about.

So, what’s your favourite thing about attraction in books? The chase, the build up, or insta-love. Please, leave me a comment and tell me, I’m honestly interested.

A-Z of Blogging…

I’ve stolen this idea from the wonderful Clare Dugmore. I’ve realised that I don’t utilise this blog anywhere near as much as I should, so a month of daily blog posts should help, right?

I’ve completely stolen her theme for this month, which is Romance. Should be easy… yeah, somehow I doubt it will be. But, I’m willing to give it a go.

Here’s the full schedule, with some letters still to be confirmed.

Saturday April 1: A is for Attraction
Monday April 3: B is for Best Friends
Tuesday April 4: C is for Crushes
Wednesday April 5: D is for Dates
Thursday April 6: E is for Exes
Friday April 7: F is for Flirting
Saturday April 8: G is for TBC

Monday April 10: H is for Happy Ever Afters
Tuesday April 11: I is for TBC
Wednesday April 12: J is for TBC
Thursday April 13: K is for Kisses
Friday April 14: L is for LGBT+
Saturday April 15: M is for Marriage

Monday April 17: N is for Nicknames
Tuesday April 18: O is for One True Pairings (OTPs)
Wednesday April 19: P is for TBC
Thursday April 20: Q is for Quotes
Friday April 21: R is for Relationships
Saturday April 22: S is for Sex

Monday April 24: T is for TBC
Tuesday April 25: U is for TBC
Wednesday April 26: V is for Valentine’s Day
Thursday April 27: W is for Weddings
Friday April 28: X is for TBC
Saturday April 29: Y is for TBC
Monday April 30: Z is for TBC

I hope I can pull it off and get one post a day done…