#WriteTip - Switching Sides by @SSaraDaniel (with an excerpt from her @DecadentPub #1NS #Romance and a $20 #Giveaway)

Fellow Decadent Publishing author Sara Daniel has a brand new contemporary romance out for the 1Night Stand series. Before we get a sneak peek at what Madame Eve's got cooking in One Night with her Husband, I convinced this multi-talented author to impart a writing tip. This one is a tried-and-true method I've employed many a time. Trust me, it can work wonders on a scene that just doesn't have the necessary oomph.

Switching Sides

by Sara Daniel 

In romance, the story is generally told from both the hero and heroine’s alternating points-of-view. Sometimes I’ll start a scene, and it feels flat and lacks tension. Usually, it isn’t working because I’m writing it from the perspective of a character who doesn’t change or have much to lose during the scene. Rewriting the scene through the other character’s eyes can bring out the emotion, conflict and angst. If the other character’s spin on the situation doesn’t make the scene engaging, then the scene doesn’t belong in the book and/or the story itself needs be reworked.

One Night With Her Husband

by Sara Daniel

She walked away from her marriage seven years ago...

Marcia Johnson always assumed her husband would follow her eventually. She’d achieve success while she waited and prove her decision the right one. But when he finally turns up, she’s not ready. Her career hangs in the balance, and her weight has skyrocketed. How can she face the man she loves and show him she made the right choice? Especially when he’s matured from a decent-looking college student into the sexiest man she’s ever seen.

He’s waited seven years for his wife to finally need him…

If Adrian Torres can save her business, maybe he’ll have a shot at saving their marriage. But the woman he finds is too competent and independent to ask him for help. She even shrugs off his touch instead of reacting with the desire he hoped to ignite. Have the embers of their marriage finally died? Is it time to end their relationship and move forward?

He wants a divorce…

Her world ripped apart, Marcia turns to 1Night Stand to give her one more night before she lets Adrian go. She dares not hope for more. Even Madame Eve couldn’t have the magic to save their neglected disaster of a relationship…could she?

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For better or worse, he would not live the rest of his life in a suspended, married-but-not-married state.

“I’m sorry I shocked you with my presence.” He wasn’t sorry for surprising her, but he regretted how unwelcome his surprise had been.

She swiped at her eyes and began rummaging in the glove compartment. “You have my phone number. You could have warned me you were coming.”

His chest tightened. “Those stiff, formal calls don’t change anything, except suck away my soul. I needed to shake things up.”

“So you decided to burst in during the biggest business crisis I’ve ever faced?” She extracted a pack of tissues from the compartment and mopped her beautiful face. “I hope you have a better strategy to save my company, or we’re doomed.”

With the pressure to convince her to believe in him more intense than during his meeting with Mr. Gladstone, he crouched next to her seat. “While we work together to fix Sunburst’s crisis, we have a chance to bridge the distance between us, too.”

Mouth gaping, she met his gaze again. “Your idea of bridging the distance is to ambush me in my own conference room and then introduce yourself like we’re freaking strangers?”

Failure tasted metallic and bitter in his mouth. In his plans, he’d skipped straight to wowing her with his marketing prowess. He hadn’t considered he’d upset her so much she wouldn’t stick around to listen to his spiel. “No, I played my ace card. You put your trust in Gladstone PR. I made myself the face of Gladstone so we’d have enough common business interests that you wouldn’t immediately kick me out of your personal life.”

Marcia squeezed the steering wheel until her knuckles turned white. “I don’t have time to think about anything personal right now, and I certainly can’t let my employees see me as an emotional wreck. They’re counting on me to lead them with a solid plan.”

Business and her career didn’t just come first in her heart. They owned her whole heart. Adrian had been a fool to lose sight of that. Burying his own hurt and frustration, he said, “I have a beautiful plan for the company. We’ll put it in action together.” Afterward, he’d have to decide if he could handle coming in a distant second place with her for the rest of his life. “Trust me.”

She stared at the steering wheel for a long time before turning to him. “I have to. You’re my only hope.”

About Sara Daniel

Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. One Night with her Husband is the latest book in her One Night with the Bridal Party series.

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When You're Stuck - A #WriteTip from Sara Daniel - @SSaraDaniel #DecadentPub

I'm delighted to welcome fellow Decadent Publishing author Sara Daniel here today. I always need pointers when it comes to writing, and she's been in the author game for a lot longer than I. Here's a brainstorming technique from Sara that should cure many a writer's block. 

(By the way, I can't give out too many details yet, but this picture is ridiculously relevant to my WIP paranormal romance.)


To celebrate her new release, A Model Hero, Sara is giving away a $20 Gift Card. Scroll to the bottom to throw your name into the hat. 

When You’re Stuck

by Sara Daniel

Whether I have a brand new story brewing or a manuscript that’s in need of serious revisions, at some point I always get stuck and don’t know how to make a plot work or what should happen next. I need to brainstorm for a solution. My go-to brainstorming technique is asking myself the same question over and over.

“What if?”

What if a woman will do anything to get her nagging, overbearing mother out of her home, so she can have her life back?

What if the last hope to revive a modeling agency sits with a man who refuses to model again?

“What if” is the process by which I make my characters come alive.  “What if” is how I solve my plot problems…and sometimes create new ones. “What if” frees my brain to think of far-fetched possibilities. After all, I’m not setting anything in stone. I’m just suggesting “what if.”

I begin these “what if" scenarios in my head. They often come to me in the shower, on long walks, and while driving. Eventually, I sit with a pen and paper and channel these half sentences and random musings onto the page. From there, “what if” invariably leads me to a story that I can share with my readers.

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A Model Hero

by Sara Daniel

Gretchen Meyers is a full-figured woman living in a model thin world. Desperate to end her mother's constant, nagging stream of dieting and fashion “advice,” Gretchen tackles the challenge of reviving her mother’s faltering modeling agency. All she needs is to woo back Kyle Ramsey, once the hottest model in the country.

Making the preemptive choice to turn his back on his career seemed Kyle’s only option until Gretchen comes calling. He doesn’t care what she wants to offer him, the answer is no. Still, he’s intrigued by her refreshing personality and all her lovely, lush curves.

When tragedy strikes, Kyle finds comfort and healing in Gretchen’s arms. But he can’t trust her with his career-ending secret and she doesn’t believe their relationship will survive the long term. He’s perfect and she’s not even close. Can the fragile ties holding them together survive Kyle’s opportunity to become a true model hero?


The restaurant scene, then, had done its job. Gretchen would have to send Jamie flowers. No, she’d send a box of fattening chocolates instead. “Did you enjoy your evening after I left?”

Kyle’s gaze narrowed, he pushed himself out of the chair. “Did you arrange with Jamie to drop by our table?”

“How could I, when I had no idea where we were going for dinner until we were there?” Not to mention, she’d have preferred to sever essential body parts than ask Jamie Feldman for anything. But her irrational possessiveness was her own problem. “The important thing is you had a good time, and you’re ready to make up for everything you’ve been missing over the past year.”

“Those things aren’t important at all.” He advanced on her slowly.

She took a step back and came up against the door she’d closed a moment before.

Kyle flashed a predatory smile. He took her purse and briefcase from her shoulder, setting them aside. Then he rested his forearms on either side of her head and stared into her eyes, his lips a scant inch from hers as he spoke. “I’m here for you. Our date deserves another shot.”

Her heart thundered. The thick eyelashes framing his gray-green eyes mesmerized her. He stood too near for her to formulate a coherent response. This much physical perfection and sex appeal should be outlawed. Her mind was not equipped to handle it.

“What do you say?” he asked.

Yes, take me. “I say, why me?” Her voice rose with an embarrassing squeak as she struggled to compose a rational argument and remind herself she was in her office, just feet away from her employees who’d never seen her anything less than one hundred percent professional. “I get why you went out with me on Saturday. You’d shut yourself away from the world, and I was the first woman to find you. But you’ve been reminded you can have Jamie or anyone else you crook your finger for. Why do you still want me?”

His gaze softened with a tenderness that pierced her heart. He brushed his thumb along her cheek. “How could I not want you, Gretchen? You’re smart and funny and beautiful and not afraid to let a guy who has no idea what you like order for you on a first date.”

About Sara Daniel

Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. Connect with her online!

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To celebrate A Model Hero’s release, Sara is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card. Fill out the Rafflecopter form here or on her Facebook page to enter. 

A Beyond Fairytales Ball (aka Facebook Party) - Saturday, July 5, 2014 - Join Us!

Move over Rapunzel (yes, this is a blatant plug for Tower in the Woods), there's a new fairytale in town this July! Well five, if I'm counting these covers right. To celebrate, the Beyond Fairytales crew is throwing its very own Facebook Ball. Each author will be giving the skinny on how they twisted their Grimm's story, with prizes up for grabs and much fun to be had.

You are cordially invited to a Beyond Fairytales Ball. 
When: 3-9PM EST, Saturday, July 5, 2014
Where: On Facebook
Attire: Ball gowns, PJs, Tuxedos, or Boxers–Let your imagination run wild!
Please RSVP as soon as possible at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522498074636694/ 


Editors D.L. Jackson and Kate Richards will be there the entire time to make sure we all behave. Their helpers include: 

Sara Daniel, who has launched the line with her innkeeper and his estranged wife.

Lara Nance, who'll be following on her heels with a hunky scientist and his 3 (yes, 3) beautiful androids. 

To keep up the techie vibe, Tara Quan (i.e. me) has a contemporary rom-com with a naughty geek hero on offer.

Eva Lefoy plans to throw some shifters into the mix--one very hunky one in particular.  

Last but not least, Zee Monodee puts a cherry on top with her UK-set romantic suspense.

And this is just the beginning! (I know for sure since I've got a hacker giving me up-to-the-minute intel.)

I can't reveal details about the other authors and their upcoming books, but they'll be at the party to drop hints!

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