3/23/2015

always love you by shirleen


Behind the Scenes

Shirleen Davies
I receive a ton of questions from readers, and have found they tend to fall into two categories:

1. Questions about my books. Will we ever see more of X character? Why did Y happen?

When will the next book in Z series be released?

2. Questions about my writing. What is it like to write as a career? Where and when do you

do your work? How do you come up with your ideas?

What can I tell you about myself and how I write?

First of all, I’m a morning person, and my favorite place to write is at home. My dining room

table offers a beautiful view of the local landscape and mountain ranges. I’m lucky to have a

peaceful, comfortable spot right at home to help me “get in the zone.” I know a dining room

table doesn’t sound too glamorous or author-like, but imagine a nice peaceful morning with a

cup of coffee and a lovely view—perhaps then you’ll see the appeal.

I like to have some external stimuli while I write. I often listen to music (George Strait, Brooks

& Dunn, and Luke Bryant, to name a few). Sometimes I prefer to have a movie playing in the

background. With movies, I tend to go for either the obvious choice—westerns!—or action and

fantasy movies. Playing music or movies is helpful because they don’t disengage my attention

from the task at hand, but are a constant base level of visual and/or aural stimulation that

prevents me from being derailed by other, tiny distractions.

As for my career, there are definite aspects I find challenging. Less the writing itself than the

balancing act of developing the story and turning it into a successful book. I think it’s easy to

forget the book you’re holding or reading off a screen isn’t just words strung together into a

pleasing narrative. A book, in addition to writing, includes cover design, formatting, professional

editing, proofreading, interior design, and a ton of marketing.

Every author, no matter their publishing decision, goes through some amount of this work alone.

By choice, I’m an indie author, which means I sit at the center of it all, orchestrating the creation

of the book on top of writing it. There are so many details that go into creating a book, and I’ve

had to learn a lot of those skills as I went along. The next time you’re enjoying a good book, you

may want to take a moment to consider the writer’s talent with the written word along with all

the other decisions made to produce a finished product.

About the writing part—lots of people ask where my ideas come from. Ideas for my stories come

to me whenever I’m alone with my thoughts. I can be driving, in the shower, sitting in my quiet

house at night, or trying to fall asleep. I’ve said before it feels as if the stories in my head need a

way out. They tug at me, demanding to be written. I try to jot down notes when this happens,

though it’s not always convenient. Sometimes I wonder if these spontaneous story ideas are what

really make me a writer. Do people who don’t write have stories bursting into their brains all the

time?

There you have it. I know from talking to other writers that all of us have preferences similar to

the ones I’ve shared here, and none of my habits are unheard of or any kind of standard. I

understand why readers want to know about the behind-the-scenes happenings. As a reader, I

find it interesting to hear how other writers do their thing, too!

Book Description:
 
“Romance, adventure, motorcycles, cowboys, suspense—everything you want in a contemporary western romance novel.”
Eric Sinclair loves his bachelor status. His work at MacLaren Enterprises leaves him with plenty of time to ride his horse as well as his Harley...and date beautiful women without a thought to commitment.
Amber Anderson is the new person at MacLaren Enterprises. Her passion for marketing landed her what she believes to be the perfect job—until she steps into her first meeting to find the man she left, but still loves, sitting at the management table—his disdain for her clear.
Eric won’t allow the past to taint his professional behavior, nor will he repeat his mistakes with Amber, even though love for her pulses through him as strong as ever.
As they strive to mold a working relationship, unexpected danger confronts those close to them, pitting the MacLarens and Sinclairs against an evil who stalks one member but threatens them all.
Eric can’t get the memories of their passionate past out of his mind, while Amber wrestles with feelings she thought long buried. Will they be able to put the past behind them to reclaim the love lost years before?
Read, Always Love You, book five in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance series.

Excerpt:

The trip to her apartment had been excruciating. Not so much because of where she sat, within arm’s reach of him. It had more to do with his acceptance he still loved Amber, wanted her back in his life and his bed—always. No other woman had been able to find a way into his heart the way she had, and there’d been many who’d tried.

He’d spent the drive trying to come up with the right words, something to make her understand he’d never stopped loving her. The fear she’d turn from him again began to fade as the need to find out if they could ever have a future took over. He’d seen the way she watched him when she thought he wasn’t looking. The regret he’d seen almost choked him.

It had taken all his willpower to unlock her door and step aside instead of taking her in his arms. Now he found his control falter as she stared up at him.

His chest squeezed as his breath caught. He reached for her hand, turning it over to press his mouth to her palm, never taking his gaze from hers. Her lips parted, her breathing quickened. The air around them pulsed as if they’d been enveloped in a magnetic force neither could escape.

“Amber...” He whispered her name a moment before lowering his head until his mouth came down on hers. The first touch seemed almost tentative before he wrapped his arms around her and tightened his hold. The kiss deepened, his mouth devouring hers, hot and moist.

He could feel her hands move up his arms to wrap around his neck, pulling him tight, melding her body to his. He groaned as her tongue traced his lips, sending a hot ache through him. Gathering her closer, he explored the recesses of her mouth until he pulled away on a ragged breath, letting his lips trace a path down her neck to the soft spot at the base. He sucked lightly before moving back up to reclaim her mouth.

Amber’s caution shattered at the first touch of his lips to hers. It had been so long and she wanted him so much. The feel of his mouth devouring hers sent waves of heat pulsing through her. She remembered how they used to be together and began to feel the same sense of urgency. Her hands moved under his jacket, splaying across his back.

“Ah, baby,” he groaned as fire roared through him. “God, I want you.”

Bio: Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance.  She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

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