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Intentional Writing

I’m struck by this word of late: Intentional. The definition is quite clear: done on purpose.

So I find myself asking this question over and over. What is my intention here? What is my purpose? Will my actions at this moment lead me closer to my intentions?intentional-20

I suppose as a writer, I’ve done this forever, because this is at the very heart of storytelling. What is the intention of this tale? What do I want the reader to learn with this story? What journey of discovery do I want take them along? What am I intentionally doing with my word choices, my characters, my plot?

I don’t think it matters what you are writing: a novel, short story, poem, blog post, or even a private journal entry that only you will ever see–all of these words have purpose, an intention. And to make the most of those words, focus your thoughts, your ideas on that purpose. With story telling, it might be asking yourself what you hope to accomplish with this scene. With a blog, what do you want the reader to take away, do, or accomplish once they read your words.

So whatever your course, whether it be writing or your daily choices, think about your intentions. Then take a deep breath and see the course before you, asking one simple question: What do I intend today?

As the answer forms, follow that path.

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Tuesday Teaser: Four Weddings and A Sixpence

When the four of us, Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane, and I came up with the idea for writing Four Weddings and a Sixpence, based on the old wedding rhyme (I know, me and my rhymes!) I had to have “Something Borrowed.” I mean as soon as we started talking about it, I just HAD TO HAVE THAT ONE. I could see the entire story in my mind–a heroine who needs to borrow a betrothed and then has to face the fact . . .

Well, let the Tuesday Teaser tell you the rest:

 “If you don’t mean to marry the earl—” Kate began just as they reached the second landing.

Cordelia came to a stop, catching hold of the railing. “Of course I don’t—”

She only wished she sounded more convincing. Because she didn’t want to get married.

She didn’t. Her gaze strayed down the stairs.

Kate made a grand harrumph, caught hold of her, and continued pulling her upstairs, lecturing as they went. “Then might I remind you that Lord Thornton isn’t your betrothed.”

“I know that,” Cordelia did her best to look outraged. “I haven’t the least idea what you are implying.”

She failed miserably, for Kate gave a regal shake of her head. “Cordelia, that man isn’t yours to dally with. And very soon he will need to be returned.”

“I am well aware of the situation,” Cordelia shot back. “I’m the one who came up with it.”

“Then I suggest you have a care before any more complications develop,” Kate replied, and continued up the stairs in a grand huff.

As if Cordelia needed to be told as much.

Something borrowed must always be returned.

Mustn’t it?

Want to read more? Here is the excerpt. Or just dive right in and order your copy here. If you liked this #TuesdayTeaser, please click one of the share buttons below. Because isn’t that what good stories are for–sharing!

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Newsletter Winner

Congratulations to Tamara B! She won the $50 gift card to Amazon. And my thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

I hope you’ve had a chance to read FOUR WEDDINGS AND A SIXPENCE! If not, take a sneak peek here.

And of course, my best wishes to you in 2017. May the New Year be filled with blessings, love, and great stories.

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Tuesday Lunch Break: Mad About the Major

This week, let’s take a lunch break with Mad About the Major, my recent novella addition to the Bachelor Chronicle’s series. A reader recently wrote a review and called it “Pure whimsy.” Two words that made me smile. That was exactly what I was striving for–a fun IMG_0529fast read that was a sly wink at the wonderful Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday.

I thought Birdie deserved a day off from being the Duke of Parkerton’s daughter. Now you can take a quick escape with the madcap Arabella “Birdie” Tremont in this excerpt.

Continuing my lunch theme contest questions: If you could have lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be reading the excerpt from Mad About the Major?

Post your answer below and you are entered in the drawing for a lunch bag prize pack. A winner will be posted in next Tuesday’s Lunch Break post.

Last week’s winner: Anita H (who, BTW, likes dim sum for lunch. YUM!

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Tuesday Lunch Break – Stealing the Bride

It is Tuesday once again and time for a Lunch Break Read! This week, Stealing the Bride, is the featured Excerpt–which also happens to feature one of my most favorite heroes–Temple. He stole my heart the moment he stepped on the page in One Night of Passion, and he continued to pop into my books for years to come. IMG_0513

Fair warning: Temple is an irascible charmer who will steal your heart.

So enjoy your lunch, have a quick read and enjoy Stealing the Bride. And after you’ve read the excerpt, consider coming back and posting a comment below. Then you’ll be entered in this week’s drawing for a Lunch Bag prize pack.

Last week’s winner: Maryellen

This week’s question: What is your favorite thing to have for lunch? (Mine: A turkey/cran sandwich on wheat bread from Bakeman’s in downtown Seattle.)

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