#WriteTip - Keeping the Flow by @LibbyWaterford (w/ an excerpt from Endless Devotion, a @DecadentPub #Romance)

Fellow Decadent Publishing author Libby Waterford has a brand new multicultural contemporary romance out. In addition to snagging an excerpt from Endless Devotion, I also convinced her to give me a writing tip. I spend many a morning staring at my manuscript, unable to add words to the page. Here's a trick that just might boost my productivity. 

Keeping the Flow

by Libby Waterford

My writing tip is about productivity and flow. Never get up from the keyboard at the end of a scene or a chapter. If possible, stop your writing session the in the middle of a sentence when you already know how the rest of the sentence will go. Finishing a block of writing time by using up all your ideas will make it that much more difficult to get back into your story the next time you sit down to write. If you keep an idea or two in reserve, you'll be able to start quickly with those and then get into the flow much more easily.

Endless Devotion

by Libby Waterford

What better way to keep her ex at a distance than by becoming engaged? Of course, Katya Noskov’s betrothal to a fellow Weston University professor is just a sham, but she’ll do anything to avoid becoming ensnared in the seductive trap set by Devak Batra, her charismatic ex, who just happens to be the US Secretary of Education.
Dev arrives on Weston’s campus to give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony and to propose to Katya while he’s at it. The last thing he expects is for her to announce her engagement to someone else. Undaunted, he’s determined to talk her out of her betrothal and back into his bed.

When Katya and Dev come together, sparks fly, clothes come off, and nothing, not even an engagement ring, can stop them from acting on their physical desires. From passionate stolen kisses to trysts in the rain, these two can’t keep their hands off each other, but steamy sex can’t resolve Katya’s reasons for leaving Dev in the first place. He must show he can make room for her in his life, not just his bed, if she can consider a future with the sexiest member of the Cabinet.

Will Katya’s fake engagement lead to a real proposal? Can Dev’s devotion survive distance, lies, and acts of congress?

The third of three erotic novellas set at the reunion and commencement weekend at Weston University, where lust leads to true love.

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Katya wrapped her bathrobe around her body, intending to make use of the sumptuous bubble bath her mother had given her for her last birthday, and to lose herself in the latest Elizabeth George novel. The antiquated doorbell shrilled at the front of the house.

It wasn’t terribly late, but she couldn’t imagine who would be stopping by. She peered through the window beside the door. Dev stood there, something bunched in his left hand. He seemed calm, assured. He wasn’t easily rattled, and his equanimity suddenly made Katya want to wipe the impassive look off his face.

She yanked open the door. “Yes?”

“You left your trench coat in my car.”

She grabbed it out of his hands. “Thanks.”

“So, back to the idea of breakfast. Perhaps you and Edward could both join me—”

Katya lunged forward and plastered her lips to his, stopping his flow of words, commanding the entirety of his attention for at least this one moment. She didn’t want to listen to any more of Dev’s plans or hear her fake fiancé’s name come out of his mouth one more time. She didn’t want to think about the lie she’d told or Dev’s reasons for being here. She wanted some peace from the war raging between her brain and her body’s primal need to feel this man’s skin against her own.

She’d make this moment last as long as she could in the hopes of gaining some relief from her interior battle.

He kissed her back, adjusting his posture so, despite his greater height, she didn’t have to stand on tiptoe to meet his lips.

“Yes,” she murmured into his mouth, owning her need for the first time that night and loving the rush of power her sudden freedom from indecision brought her. She filled her fist with his thick black hair, tossed aside the trench coat, and grabbed his tight, delectable ass with her other hand. She ground herself into his body, making her intentions unmistakably clear. She detected his arousal as he groaned and wrapped long arms around her waist, locking her to him.

They had always been like an erupting volcano when they’d come together, hot, heedless of anything in their path. Now they grappled and moaned and tried to out-kiss each other, stealing each other’s breath away. Katya barely registered the fact they were still on her doorstep and their coupling was visible to the world until Dev’s voice, scratchy with need, broke into her consciousness.

“We’re going to”—he kissed her—“get arrested for disturbing the peace.”

About Libby Waterford

Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, where she works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city's secret staircases.

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Author Interview – Libby Waterford ( @LibbyWaterford ) – Passionate History ( A #DecadentPub #Romance )

It seems an age ago that I first interviewed my fellow Decadent Publishing author Libby Waterford about her book Love Unlocked (this is a prime example of “author time” since said post is dated January 27). Less than a year has passed, and she’s back to promote her new release, Passionate History. It features a strait-laced art history professor, a returning college graduate, and a tumultuous reunion.

Let’s find out more about it

1. Hi Libby, and welcome back to my blog. It’s looks like you’ve been busy writing over the past eight months. Can you tell us how the idea for this story first came to you?

Thanks for having me back, Tara! I first got the inspiration to set a story at a college reunion weekend what I got the notice that mine was around the corner. All sorts of possibilities filtered through my brain. This is the first of three novellas that I wrote around the theme.

2. How cool. I can't wait for you to get done with them! Back to Passionate History— I understand why the good professor might have been reluctant to get together with your heroine while she was his student. What’s holding him back the second time they meet?

When Aidan and Bree meet five years after their one and only night together, Aidan is suspicious of the fact that he hasn’t heard from Bree in all that time. He worries that he took advantage of her and he won’t let himself do it again. The fact they have as much chemistry now as they ever did makes it difficult to keep his hands off her.

3. What factors did you concoct to push these two less-than-eager lovers together? Both of them do seem rather resistant to the idea.

Neither of them are looking to rekindle the past, but events (rainstorms, missing automobiles) conspire to keep them together, forcing them to reexamine what happened all those years ago, and confront the truth that they want each other more than ever.

4. Missing automobiles ... this gets more intriguing by the minute. Now I’m really curious about the chemistry between the two. Would you mind giving us a sneak peek from when sparks first fly?

Sure…here’s a brief excerpt from their first kiss. I warn you, it’s pretty fiery.

In that case, let me play it safe.

Mature Content Warning: If you're underthe age of consent in your country (or if reading about a kiss offends you), kindly skip to Question 5. The excerpt's beginning and end are marked by lines. 

He stood motionless, six inches away from her, as she accepted the glass and took a tiny swallow. He met her gaze, searching her emerald green eyes for some clue of how she felt, of what she wanted. She didn’t seem afraid or confused or needy. She seemed in control, happy almost. If he’d seen anything else in her eyes, he told himself he’d show her the door that very minute. But her eyes were clear and bright, and she was so incredibly beautiful. She handed him back the glass. He dropped it heedlessly on the worn sisal carpet, smelling the last sip as its aroma pervaded the air. After a moment, there was nothing more between them as he wrapped his arms around her waist and crushed her to him. He kissed her with a feverish intensity, one still-rational part of his brain hoping she’d shove him away so he’d be saved from this madness, the rest of him intent upon wringing every moment of pleasure from this unexpected encounter. She didn’t shove him away. She kissed him back, opening her mouth to him like the sweetest of gifts. He’d take what she offered, and to hell with regret.

5. Before I let you go—what project(s) are you working on right now? Is it another contemporary romance?

I’m working on edits for the next two novellas in this reunion/commencement series, and then I’ve got another contemporary series on the (distant) horizon. I hope I can check back in with you with another new release soon. Thanks so much for having me, Tara!

Since book release month is crazy busy for any writer, I’ll let Libby run off. For more information about the book and author, just scroll down. As always, comments are much appreciated.

Passionate History

by Libby Waterford

On the eve of her college graduation, Bree Ross seduces her favorite art history professor. She doesn’t expect buttoned-up Professor Worthy to give her the best sex of her life, or anticipate that leaving him to start her post-college life would be so difficult. Their unforgettable encounter haunts her, and five years later, she finds herself back on campus for her college reunion—with a specific goal in mind. How hard could it be to convince her ex-professor to write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school?

Straight-laced Professor Aidan Worthy has adhered to his carefully-aligned morals his entire teaching career…until Bree Ross walks into his classroom. Guilt plagues him for his one transgression because that one amazing night has been seared onto his brain. When she waltzes back into his life after five years of silence, he’s not thrilled. But he can’t deny the illicit spark they once shared has not disappeared, and he worries he won’t be able to resist temptation a second time.

Over the course of the tumultuous reunion and commencement weekend at Weston University, rain, relatives, and rental cars force the two to confront their sizzling desire and burgeoning feelings. Is their passionate history enough to keep them together, or will it drive them apart?

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About Libby Waterford

Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

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Book Spotlight and Sale - Love Unlocked by Libby Waterford


My pub buddy Libby Waterford has a super awesome sale going on for her Romantic Suspense, Love Unlocked. If you remember, I interviewed her in January when it just came out. Since her book speaks for itself, I'll let her take it from here. 

Thanks, Tara, for inviting me to stop by. My debut romantic suspense, Love Unlocked, is on sale through the 17th for 99 cents! If you’re in the mood for action, sexy banter, and a little art appreciation, I hope you’ll check it out.


Readers love the sizzling sexual tension and page-turning suspense of Love Unlocked by Libby Waterford.

“Two compelling lead characters, a story with a number of twists that caught me by surprise, plus some excellent steamy scenes all combined to make this a fun thriller-romance...Side note, the sex scenes. Oh, wow, the sex scenes. Let's just leave it at that...oh wow!” - Nicole, Goodreads

“The compelling hero and heroine have great chemistry and the thrilling plot keeps you guessing!” – Philippa, Amazon.com

Get it on Amazon for just .99¢!

Love Unlocked

All she wants is a fresh start…

Retired art thief Eve Caplin traveled all the way from Paris to California looking for a fresh start in a small town. When she locks herself out of her home, she gets much more than she bargained for in Hudson Cleary, part-time locksmith and world famous artist. She wants to resist Hudson’s seductive pull, but can’t refuse his help when a man from her past blackmails her into stealing a ten million dollar painting. Not only does Hudson have access to the painting, he may hold the key to her damaged heart.

All he wants is her…

Hudson hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in two years. When he unlocks Eve Caplin’s door, the mysterious beauty arouses much more than just his creative impulses. He needs Eve in his studio and wants her in his bed. When he discovers danger closing in, he must decide how far over the line he’s willing to go to protect her. 

Will he lose his heart, his muse, and his freedom all in one unforgettable night?


About Libby Waterford

Libby Waterford writes California-set steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

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