Football Appreciation
Football is a longtime tradition in the Bishop family. We look forward to the season starting each year. To be blunt, my football season has sucked. Right now, I’m watching the Panther’s (though with a good start) get their a$$ handed to them by the Browns (though I believe Delhomme has something to prove since he was let go by the Panther’s last year).

Losing has been an ongoing theme for the Panther’s this year. Don’t get me wrong, losing is part of the sport and I’m okay with the Panther’s losing IF they give me a good game to watch. A massacre of pathetic proportions is NOT fun to watch.

So to make me feel better, I wanted to give some football eye candy. Something has to give me re-appreciation of the sport, doesn’t it? LOL.




Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm happy today because it's Thanksgiving, at least here in the USA. I enjoy this holiday because it gives me a chance to express how grateful I am for this adventure called life. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful every day, but since we have a national holiday geared toward sharing our gratitude, why not enjoy it? :) So, here we go...



Cameo's List of Things to Be Thankful For (in no particular order)

  1. Hubby, friends, and family
  2. Good Health
  3. Men
  4. Critters of all kinds
  5. Men
  6. Wine
  7. Joy
  8. Dancing
  9. Sex
  10. Men
  11. Writing
  12. Social Networking
  13. Travel
  14. The Sun, moon, and stars
  15. Imagination
  16. Love
  17. Life
  18. Unbridled passion
  19. Museums
  20. Reading
That last one is especially important. I love to read and can't imagine not being able to; however, I work with kids who can't, or can't read well. I am so grateful I grew up in a family of readers, and I am grateful that I share this passion with the folks who visit our blog. Speaking of which, here are some thoughts from a couple of my comrades here at Fierce Romance:



From Nicole:
A huge thanks to all of our readers! We're grateful that you check out our blog several times a week and post your comments!



From Carly:

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! I like quotes that make me think and this one definitely did:

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer
A laugh is always good, so here's one from a very funny American writer:
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981
From all of us here at Fierce Romance to all of our readers:
Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your love of books with us. We appreciate and love you, and we hope you have a terrific holiday. May yours be a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Enjoy!
PS Please forgive the formatting issues. Blogger fought me and won. :)
Thankful for the Blue Port-a-Potty
A few months ago, a blue port-a-potty took up residence across the street from me. It's distinguished by its bright blue color, which refuses to let you ignore it. It's distinguished by its pride of position on a little hill in an otherwise pristine woods. And, it's distinguished by being square in the middle of the view I have from my desk window.

I can gaze at it all day long. Alas, it's not cute.

It's not a little house from which Keebler Elves might pop out with fresh-baked cookies.

Thumbelina does not live there. Nor do Hansel and Gretel.

The most I might hope for is that a semi-attractive construction worker will pop in and out. But A) that hasn't happened and B) the knowledge of what they're doing in there would erase any charm from the moment, anyway.

So you're wondering why I'm thankful for this eyesore?

Like most moms, I spend a lot of time telling my kids to always believe the best about other people. Even when I'm mentally muttering to myself that some person is a malevolent witch out to get my kid, I don't tell my kid that.

And, what I've learned over the years, is that most people really do have a good reason for doing what they do. You may not know the reason, you may never find out. But if you do discover what motivated their seemingly bad behavior, more often than not, you'll find they had a reason that was rational and benign from their point of view.

The blue outhouse is a perfect example of something which might have irritated the heck out of me. Except for the pride my neighbor took in telling us he'd insisted they put the potty up by his house, instead of on the street. He didn't want it to be an eyesore that we'd have to look at all the time.

I had to laugh when it arrived and they placed it where it is perfectly framed by my desk window. But, every day, when I look out at it, I'm reminded of the fact that my neighbor tried to be considerate of us. That fact totally takes the sting out of the irritation. It reminds me that people usually are well-intentioned. And if you can believe that even when you don't have the facts, I'm convinced you will be a happier person.

And isn't that something to be grateful for?

On this day before Thanksgiving, I'd like to close with this quote from Plato.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Thank you!

I want to thank all those readers who have bought and read my books over the past year and a half! It is a great honor and a thrill to know people have enjoyed reading my stories and been entertained by them. I do love to make people laugh or cry or feel other emotions with my words... through my characters.

Characters are the heart and soul of a story and I want them to touch you as they do me. Oh, and my characters send their thanks too! :)

Today at The Romance Studio Thanksgiving party I'm sharing a sensual excerpt of Devil in a Kilt. It is paranormal erotic romance. The excerpt might be considered adult rated. So over age 18 only please! The unkilted (that means naked) hero, Gavin, is searching the heroine, Shauna, for weapons. (Not like they do it at the airports either.)


A couple days ago I shared the first chapter of Kilted Lover in three parts. Contemporary erotic romance. Adult rated. Over 18 only please.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

If you click here you can see all my posts at The Romance Studio party, including holiday recipes and Scotland photos. I'm giving away a Hershey's Recipe book. Other authors are giving away books, etc. The grand prize of the party is a Nook! Every comment is an entry.

Thanks! And have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Nicole
http://www.nicolenorth.com/
PS At my newsletter group, I'll be giving away a perpetual Scotland calendar at the end of Nov. It has some beautiful and amazing photos of Scotland. (I got while I was there in Oct.) All you have to do to enter is become a member.
Thanksgiving Recipes & Sizzling Excerpt

Hi everyone, I'm still participating in the Thanksgiving party at The Romance Studio . (The party ends on 11/23.)


Today I'm sharing an exclusive, steamy excerpt from Beast in a Kilt. What happens when a virginal lass gives an aphrodisiac to a hot Highlander? Click here to find out.




You can view all my posts here including other hot excerpts.


Lots of prizes are being given away such as books. I'm giving away a Hershey's recipe book for your holiday dessert ideas. TRS is giving away a NOOK! Each comment is a chance to win! Click this link to join the party:




Thanks!
Nicole

Thanksgiving Party at The Romance Studio
Hi everyone,
Just a quick note to say I'll be participating in the Thanksgiving party at The Romance Studio for the next 4 days. (The party ends on 11/23.) Lots of prizes are being given away such as books. I'm giving away a Hershey's recipe book for your holiday dessert ideas. TRS is giving away a NOOK! Be sure to comment lots for lots of chances to win! Click this link to join the party:




Thanks!
Nicole
Someone Had to Do It
I’m not ashamed. What am I indulging in tonight?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

That’s right. The J.K. Rowling series is a personal weakness of mine. I started reading the series when I was laid up in the hospital the last week of my pregnancy. I will admit to having a hard time with the first two books because they were targeted for middle school children, but it was still cute--cute enough for me to go on to the third book. When I started Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban, the adult in me was grabbed by the darker edge. After that I was sold. I gobbled up Goblets of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. (And yes, I have re-read all 800 of pages of The Order at least 8 times. Until the Deathly Hallows came out, Order was my favorite of the series). Once I finished Order, I had to wait. Don’t you hate that? You get introduced into a series, devour through the books then have to wait for the next installment.

The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows both came out around my birthday and I told my then husband all I wanted for my birthday was the book and time. And I got it. I held my book close to my chest and flew to my room, and didn’t return until I was finished. I’m one of those readers that can’t put a book down. I know this, so I had to plan accordingly, which meant the hubs took a day off to watch the kids and I started reading first thing in the morning. It took me 15 hours to read Half-Blood. By the time I got to the end, the hubs was in bed, the kids asleep. I remember waking him up, crying my eyeballs out because “Spoiler Alert for anyone who has actually never seen the movie or read the book* Dumbledore was dead.

And of course, I cried the entire second half of Deathly Hallows because all the characters I’d come to love throughout the series were being killed.

I’ve watched every movie, though been deeply disappointed with most of them. I still can’t fathom how they took the longest book of the series and made it into the best movie, yet massacred Half-Blood.

I do have high hopes for Deathly Hallows though. I’m very happy they made the book into two movies and rumor mill has it the director followed the book closely. I have some favorite scenes I can’t wait to see come to life on the big screen. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of them will be in this movie. So July 2011 can’t get here soon enough.
Anyone else a huge Potter fan? If not, what is a series you’d like to see go to the big screen?
Esme
www.esmereldabishop.com
Indulge in Dinner with Family and Friends
"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink." Epicurus

Everyone has heard how important the family meal is every evening. Most of us have holiday traditions in which a big, multi-course meal is the centerpiece of the event. Instinctively, we all understand that good times with family and friends are enhanced with food and drink. But I think the appeal of group dining goes beyond the mere consumption of roasts and pies.

What I have started to notice recently is that even when it’s not a holiday, if you make the meal a little bit special, people will sit around the table long after the food has been consumed. Here are some ways to keep good times at your table after your guests have taken their last bite:

Invite friends – I don’t mean just a formal invitation, though that’s fine too. But take advantage of every opportunity that comes to your way to ask someone to stay for a meal. A new face will add to the atmosphere and provide new conversation. (Plus no one will bring up unpleasant subjects.)

- Make one special dish – This is important even if you’re not a great cook. You don’t need to produce a five-course gourmet meal. (I have never produced a five-course gourmet meal. Perish the thought.)

But anyone you are serving will appreciate the thought and effort if you make one of their favorites dishes. If you aren't a big fan of cooking, look for simple recipes that can become special for your family. At my house, for example, we do a make-your-own-pizza night which is always popular. You can top brownies with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge for a super-easy dessert. (We're talking good times here, not calories.)

- Eat in the dining room – I will admit my dining room often serves as a storage room. I keep the pads on the table permanently, since that large expanse is a too-enticing repository for shin guards, extra jackets and shopping bags. But I’ve started serving dinner there on random nights. Yes, it is more work. A cloth tablecloth and napkins must be laundered, it’s an extra floor to clean, etc. But it is well worth it, because, in the dining room, everyone lingers.

- Resist the urge to clean up – Yes, you must do it eventually. You can clear the table after the main course if you are serving dessert. But when all the food has been served, any attempt to clear the table will result in the end of your meal. (I think it’s because those who do not intend to help must escape the area.)

The opening quote is from Epicurus, a Greek philosopher whose name is now synonymous with fine dining and luxurious living. But his real philosophy is summed up in the quote. Enjoy your friends, live simply (not lavishly) and happiness can be yours.

I can’t guarantee all that. But I will say if you try some of these things, you will have people enjoying your table long after the meal is consumed. And that’s an indulgence to me.
Festivals -- Celebrating Fall and Life
As an author I’ve always favored onsite and hands-on research to that conducted online and using printed materials as reference resources. There’s the exhilaration of stepping back in time while attending WWII and Civil War reenactments that indulges my passion for research and stimulates my senses in a most creative way.

Recently my significant other and I spent several unforgettable weekends admiring the handicrafts offered by artisans and laughing at pie-eating contests where adorable children ended up wearing more apples than they’d consumed. These were also days when diets were dismissed, and we were drawn to delicacies such as savory breads, frosted turnovers and petite pasties filled with baked apples and dusted with powered sugar. A local winery teased and pleased our palates with some of its prize-winning and newly-introduced vintages. We posed beside field surgeons, operated switchboards, and attended various lectures on a host of topics by veterans of The Battle of the Bulge, D Day and The Invasion of Okinawa. Some of my favorite photos include those where my boyfriend brandished an M1 carbine while wearing a helmet and mile-wide smile. We chatted at length with a paratrooper who later kindly forwarded us a tape of one his commemorative presentations. This is a memento we will always cherish along with the honor of being in his esteemed company that sun-filled fall day.

But although the festivals and historical programs gifted us with many fond memories, perhaps the thing we ended up most celebrating was the fact we were alive, well-nourished and proud to be Americans thanks to those who served our country and farmed the crops of our fabulous nation.


Wishing you all the best for the fall season and beyond,

Shawna Moore
TO HELLE AND BACK AGAIN – Ellora’s Cave
TORMENTED (Recommended Read) – Ellora’s Cave
ROUGHRIDER – Ellora’s Cave
HELLE IN HEELS – Ellora’s Cave
Getting The Words Down
I don't want to bring on any bad juju or anything, but guess what? I've been writing again! Yes, I know. Crazy for a writer to write, isn't it? Like I told you in my post from last week, I've been plugging away at a couple different stories. The words were coming in tiny bursts, and sure, every little bit helps. But this week, well this week I actually felt like a writer again. Man, I love that feeling. And the best part? I was in a really great groove the other day (for me, anyway:)) and -- WHAM -- another plot line hits me. One that will really add to the story. I was able to flesh it out with the help of an awesome CP, and it got me really excited to continue on.

So, unfortunately, this post is going to be short and sweet. I gotta get back to it, while the mind is fresh and hot. But let me leave you with a little bit of what's inspiring me. Remember, I told you my hero is a fireman...


Have a great weekend!

Kristin
www.kristindaniels.com
www.facebook.com/authorkristindaniels
http://twitter.com/Kristin_Daniels
Blach!! It's Cold!
First off, I wanted to say I received a released date for Defying Convention. July 11, 2011! It’s a long wait, but it will be so worth it once it comes out.

Now onto a bit of a weather rant. The last year of weather has been completely jacked up. I live in the south. We rarely see snow and though the summers are hot it’s usually bearable. Last winter started the craziest weather we’ve had in years. Temperatures plummeted into the 30’s in October and pretty much stayed that way until March. Now I know you Northerners are rolling you eyes at this, but we Southerners are not used to this kind of thing. We’re not equipped. For us, lower 50’s is freezing. Anything below and you might as well just send us to the Arctic. We had more snow and ice in those five months than I had seen since I was a kid. Then we moved on to summer (yeah, we didn’t have a spring at all). Oh. My. God. Was this summer HOT. Miserable. Humidity was out the roof and we hovered around 100 for months, even making into the triple digits on more than one occasion.

So now we are back to November. Temperatures went from lower 90’s during the day and 60’s at night to 50’s during the day and 20’s at night. Just like that. Snap of the finger.

I don’t like it.

Because of our weather (and lack of rain) our normally beautiful fall foliage has been complete crap. They went from green to dull yellow and brown in the span of a week. Where are my oranges and reds? Where is my roads lined with multi-colored trees?



I feel doomed for this winter again. Being someone who went almost seven years without seeing a flake of snow, I’d be perfectly content if it went back to that. Though, for my kid’s sake, I wouldn’t mind one small snow. One that would get them out of school for ONE day and the snow is GONE the next.

So how are you feeling about your seasons right now?
Esme
www.esmereldabishop.com
Visual Inspiration
A few months ago we did some renovations on our house. I described here on this blog how we bumped out into the spare bedroom, which is my office, in order to make space for a vanity in our tiny bathroom. Our bathroom is finished and I love it!

Getting my office back, however, has taken a little more time. The walls had to be drywalled and painted. I had to clean out all the junk that had accumlated during our remodeling. Then my husband finally hung back up all my framed covers this past week. I love it! And I have two more covers to add once I buy more frames.



Now as I sit at my computer to write, this is the view I have. On days when the writing isn't going well, the covers are inspiration, reminding me that other stories have had rough spots too. I remember that I had to push through each time, keep writing even when it was painful, until suddenly, it's not painful any more, but flowing and joyful. And I look forward to adding even more frames to my wall.

How about you? Do you put out pictures or something else in your office or other room which inspires you?

Natasha
www.natashamoore.com
Falling Leaves and Falling for Heroes
The rich aroma of coffee awaits you beyond the front door, but you take your time and savor the briskness of the breeze as it kisses your cheeks and you follow the lazy path of a falling leaf. The crimson, curled flesh that once bedecked a favorite tree’s limb flirts with a few blades of grass before being whisked away by another puff of wind. Your pulse is calming and you draw in a deeper breath and then blow it skyward.

Your journey is through, unlike the journey ahead of Eve Morneau.

A journey dependent upon her trusting a stranger who beguiles and puzzles her.

The following is an excerpt from my historical erotica romance, TORMENTED.


Charles pulled the straight-backed chair beside the rice bed. “Once you’ve removed your stocking, dangle your leg over my lap.”

A gasp half escaped her pretty mouth before she caught the tail end and swallowed it. “Very well.”

In anticipation of his request, she’d already rolled the leg covering to her knee.
He checked a smile. The stocking whispered as she slipped it from her leg.


Dignity and fine materials became her.

But so would bareness and the emergence of her seductive side.

He sat down and held out his hands. She laid the stocking aside and brought her lower leg within reach.

“I promise I won’t pinch you.” He winked and cupped her heel.

A smile flirted with her full lips. “Never said you would.”

And he never said he wouldn’t be tempted to pull her off that rice bed and kiss her until she couldn’t see straight. But where did that pencil near his right foot come from?

Only Adelaide wrote letters to her family on occasion and she always used quill and ink.

He glided his finger over Eve’s swollen flesh. The afflicted area measured approximately the size of a silver dollar. A pinprick demarcated the center of the wound where the beetle had bitten her. Similar to the gauge of a sewing needle.

Poison tented the reddened skin. He positioned his thumb and forefinger on either side of the bite and squeezed gently. Some of the poison swam near the surface but the rest had sought her bloodstream for transport throughout her body.

She cleared her throat. “What? Can you lance my leg and draw out the poison?”

Another rub of his finger made her wince. “It’s too late for that. But what I will do is make a tiny incision, an “x” if you will, in the middle. That will allow any surface poison to drain when you next bathe. And also ease the pressure building at the wound.”

“Do whatever is necessary.” Teeth gritted and head held high, she set her sights on the door.

His fangs would puncture her flesh with greater precision but she wasn’t quite ready to learn that secret. He could sneak a nip during her bath. If he pinched the area around the wound in the proper way she would barely feel the fleeting piercing.

From his vest he secured a small pocketknife and made two cuts—one vertically and one horizontally. A bead of blood shivered on the surface. His own skin stretched tighter over the bones and muscles. Eve removed a hankie from her bodice and dabbed away the droplet.

He let her go and stood. “I’ll swab a bit of medicine on there. Then I’ll reveal your surprise.”


Wishing you many happy reading moments,

Shawna Moore
TO HELLE AND BACK AGAIN -- Ellora's Cave
TORMENTED (Recommended Read) – Ellora’s Cave
ROUGHRIDER – Ellora’s Cave Exotika
HELLE IN HEELS – Ellora’s Cave Exotika

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I have a logo!
I have a logo!

What do you think? Isn't is great?

When I told graphic artist Tuesday Dube from Purple Ink Graphics and Design that I was thinking of creating a logo, she asked me what it was that I wanted to convey. I thought about it, and my answer was simple. "I want to portray alpha hot sweet sexiness." She just laughed and gave me a "Yeah, right."

As she designed this, though, through all the different incarnations, different fonts, shading, fades, etc., the design started to morph little by little into what you see now. When we were both satisfied, she said, "You know, I think we found what you were looking for." I completely agree! THIS is my alpha hot sweet sexy Kristin Daniels logo! I can't wait to start using it!

In the meantime, I've been plugging away at a couple new WIP's. One is talking to me more than the other right now, which is not surprising. I've tentatively titled it Burned and Broken. Being my typical pantser self, the idea is coming to me slowly, but I can tell you it's about a fireman -- a fire jumper to be exact -- who has a lot in his past he needs to set right.

And what have I been using for inspiration? When I sit down to write, I listen to this song -- several times! Works like a charm. Ready? Here we go...



Kristin
www.kristindaniels.com
www.facebook.com/authorkristindaniels
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Guest: Lilly Cain - Cover Love

Cover Love – Lilly Cain

Thank you for having me here again at Fierce Romance! I’m so happy to be celebrating the release of my third book, my new novella Building Magic from Red Sage Publishing. I’ve asked a lot of author friends if the amazing feeling you get when you see your cover up on the website (or bookshelf) and I am delighted to report that they all say no!

I’ve been thinking a lot about covers. Recently I interviewed several cover artists and art directors to prepare a workshop for my local RWA chapter – the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. Entitled Picture This – What Every Author Should Know About Cover Design, I asked all sorts of questions about the procedure for cover design, and whether the process is commercialism or art, and how the artists feel about it. As I sit here gazing at my latest beautiful cover, I’d like to share a few comments from those interviews with you.

“I think it's a combination of elements combined with pleasurable composition make a marketable cover. Sometimes one element stands out more than another, but what that might be is hard to say until you actually design the cover and what might be important to selling the book, whether it's the models, or an effect.” – Rae Monet – Cover designer

“Most times, as soon as I read the title and genre, I start to percolate ideas. The more I get to know the author’s online persona, the more solidified the sketches become. An example of my process: I’ll receive the cover form. That’s when I go get a coffee (lots of milk and sugar!) and start exploring the form and its links, if any. This gives me a black and white mental image, a sort of blueprint. Then I visit the author’s site, blog, twitter (I sound extraordinarily like a stalker...!) to get a sense of tastes. Has the author decided on a dark background for her site? Big, bold text? Subtle feminine touches? Knowing this fills in details in my mental image of the book. Then I start the actual file.” – Kanaxa – Cover Designer

I am a voracious reader and designing cover art has given me the opportunity to help bring an author’s words to life visually. I’m always searching for ways to improve my work and keep it fresh and different. I absolutely love my job! – Angela Waters, Cover Designer.

And I absolutely love the cover of Building Magic. It really caught the heat between the heroine, a woman who never fit in on Earth but who finds herself a new home in the arms of a living legend, a dragon shapeshifter, and the hero, a man searching for a way to save his people.

To read more about Lilly check out her website at www.lillycain.com. Or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LillyCain
To purchase a copy of her book Building Magic or find out about other fantastic authors, check out www.eRedSage.com .
D is for Dancing
The Art of Flirting - what could be more important in romance? Today I offer what I've learned about dancing.

Dancing comes in as many forms as there are cultures on the planet. But, in every form, dancing expresses emotion. Whether it's the joy of warriors after a successful hunt, the dramatic beauty of ballet, or the sexual display of couples attracted to each other, dance covers a wide range.

But I want to focus on dance as one of the best ways to flirt. It's romantic, intimate and fun.

The flirting starts before you're even on the dance floor. If you're the brave sort, you can always ask the guy to dance (just don't forget how much they like the chase). But if you want him to approach, you can't just sit there daydreaming. You need to establish eye contact (3-5 seconds; no staring) and give him a smile. Studies have shown that most men only approach women who've already initiated contact through subtle invitations like this. Even though the guys don't realize that's why they've decided to approach you. Yes, it's odd, I know. They think they are the brave ones.

Okay, you're dancing. I hope you have some sense of rhythm, even if he doesn't. Start your moves, keeping in mind the most important move you have is self-confidence.

And here's a key element in cementing your partner's interest. Be sure you make periodic eye contact with the guy whose attention you're seeking. Don't let your eyes dart all over the room as if the place is on fire and you need the exit. If you look like you're scoping out some more appealing target, he may decide to do the same. You don't have to be brazen, but don't be shy, either. Let this guy know that these moves are for him.

Second, even though most dancing today is non-contact dancing, you can still use your dance moves to sneak in some flirtatious touching. Rest your hand lightly on his forearm to get his attention when you want to speak or point something out to him. Accidentally brush his elbow or shoulder when the opportunity arises. (No grabbing; no groping.) Touching him is flirting, even if it appears to be done accidentally. He will get the subliminal message. People touch people they like.

Now of course if you have the opportunity for some "slow" dancing, touching is taken to a new level. Now you get to experience that sublime sensation of his arms around you. (Those prim Europeans who banned the waltz knew what they were doing.)

You get to decide how intimate your touching will be, and you can send all the messages you want. Obviously, the closer you allow your bodies to get, the greater the interest you are showing. But if you want to flirt, don't plaster yourself all over him. Give him a chance to smell your perfume, to feel your hand in his. Give him the thrill of the chase by not letting him pull you quite as close as he wants to. Engage his brain by making him strategize how he can succeed with you.

Most of all, have fun!!!
Autumn Settings

I live in the northeast, where autumn, at its best, gives us a brilliant show. Leaves in magificent shades of red and orange and gold fill the trees. After a crisp morning, the days warm up to pleasant walking weather, and the nights have cooled down enough to make sleeping easier.


Those are the fall days I love. I throw on my favorite sweater and the fallen leaves rustle as I walk and stir up that earthy scent. I realize that out of all the stories I've written, only two have taken place in autumn. The Passion-Minded Professor takes place during the college's first semester. And Nothing to Fear was a Halloween story. I'm afraid both of these stories took place in autumn by default. Not because I love autumn.


See, autumn in the northeast can be wonderful, but autumn at its worst is downright miserable. The cold rains that strip the beautiful leaves from the trees. The increasingly darker nights. The endless raking. And the knowledge that winter is right around the corner.

Still, that's no reason to set the majority of my stories during the summer. Just because when the weather is warm my hero can admire the heroine in her tiny bikini and sex outdoors is much more enjoyable. What about curling up by a cozy fire? Rolling around in a pile of crisp colorful leaves? Okay, so it doesn't sound quite the same as a roll in the hay, but believe me, it would be a lot more comfortable. And that would only be possible in the autumn, in a place where tons of leaves fall from the trees to blanket the ground in brilliant color.

So now that I think about it, I didn't set those two stories in autumn by default, but because that setting was the proper one for those stories. The story dictates the setting, the location and time of year. Neither one of those stories could have been shoehorned into any other season. None of our stories should be.

So I guess that means I need to come up with a story where a roll in a pile of leaves is essential. :) Then I'd have to set it in the autumn.

How about you? Authors, do you think about the seasons when you set up your stories? And readers, do you notice the season when you're reading?

Natasha
www.natashamoore.com
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