Saturday, February 21, 2015

Embracing Midlife & Writing Romance


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It’s such a treat to be back on the Just Romantic Suspense Blog!  Thank you for having me.

I started writing romantic suspense in my late twenties, but never had the nerve to send any of my manuscripts to a publisher.  I was terrified by the thought of being rejected.  I also feared what people would think.   Being a single Christian who struggled with a non-existent dating life and lived a relatively vanilla existence didn’t make me an authority on romance or romantic suspense.  These insecurities stifled my courage to share my spicy romantic tales sprinkled with suspense and mystery. My manuscripts remained hidden on my USB flash drive for years and I told myself I was okay with that.  

Once I reached my late thirties and forty began knocking at the door, something changed.  I starting embracing my life as is, without judgment, dangerous comparisons, or regrets.   I found a tiny spring of courage I never knew I had nestled beneath blood and bone. 

From that place of courage, I submitted one of my manuscripts, and found a publisher within a year. 

Have you ever done something you were terrified to do?  Who or what was your source of courage?

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Post your answer to the question:  Who or what is your source of courage and why?  by the deadline of  12:00 pm  EST on  2/22/15.  I will announce the winner on the Just Romantic Suspense Blog at 8:00 pm EST.  

NO ONE TO TRUST

Thirty-two year old Jenna Havilland doesn’t have time for romantic relationships. Driven and career focused, she is the personal assistant to eccentric contemporary artist, Pedro Rodriguez. When Jenna inadvertently becomes the target of a dangerous international art crime ring, she reluctantly captures the romantic interest of notorious playboy and fine art management firm executive, Alex Quinlan. They are both forced into the crosshairs of this deadly storm, and Alex is determined to protect her.

Still dealing with emotional baggage from her break up three years ago, Jenna is skittish when it comes to love. She can’t deny the off the charts chemistry between her and Alex, but she questions whether she can trust the gorgeous, heartbreaking playboy with her heart and her life as they dodge danger and try to stay alive. Can they find love knowing there is no one to trust?
  
Excerpt
Before she had a minute to think, to process what was happening, she heard Alex’s voice from some distance place saying, “Get down, Jenna. Get down now!” With his arms around her, he pushed her to the ground, ducking them behind the shelter of his car.

The sound of bullets slicing through metal lasted for what seemed like years. When she heard the pulsating sound of a plane engine roaring to life, they ventured rising a bit to peer over the car. The gunmen disappeared in a Cessna headed over the Atlantic.

Jenna panted now, after holding her breath for too long.

“Are you okay, Jenna?” Alex held her face between his palms and then tucked a strand of wayward hair behind Jenna’s ear.

“I think so,” she croaked out, still in a daze. “What just happened?”

“I have no idea.” He reached for his cell phone and began dialing nine-one-one.

Jenna tried to get up and gasped.  “What’s wrong?” Alex glanced at her, while still talking to the operator. “Oh my God, Jenna, you’re bleeding.” He knelt down beside her. “Operator we need an ambulance. The woman with me has been shot.”

“I didn’t even feel it.” Jenna clasped her left hand over the skin below her collar bone. She began to feel sharp pain course through the flesh of her upper body, throbbing deep inside her skin. The world started to spin too fast, making her dizzy. Jenna closed her eyes from the throbbing pain and to hide the tears threatening to fall.

“Hey, hey, don’t cry,” Alex told her gently. “You’re fine. The ambulance will be here any minute.” Jenna detected the fear in Alex’s eyes and wondered if she was going to die. He wrapped his arms around her, holding her tight. She pressed her face against his chest as he stroked her hair. Her body began to tremble. Blood drained from her face.

“You’re going to be okay,” he whispered in her ear. “Help is coming.” She hung on to him for dear life, feeling helpless as she slipped away from the world. “Stay with me, Jenna, hold on.” Jenna’s eyes fluttered closed, when all she wanted to do was stay awake.

Bio
Native New Yorker and romance author Sharon Callender is a card carrying member of the hopeless romantic club.  She starting reading romance novels way too young and has been addicted ever since.  Sharon enjoys crafting characters that are unraveled by love. Their predictable lives are thrown into beautiful, passionate chaos when love unexpectedly arrives.

Sharon has a MFA in Creative Writing and loves writing romance with a delicious blend of spicy and sweet, a sprinkling of suspense and adventure, and of course, a happy ending.  When she’s not writing Sharon can be found daydreaming, knitting, or watching one of the home shopping channels. 


  




27 comments:

  1. Jesus is my source of courage because I can trust him to be with me & protect me at all times! Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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  2. Have gone through some trying times lately that all but destroyed my faith in God, however, I continue to cling to him knowing he is the source to which I must turn in order to find the hope and courage I need to go on.

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    1. So true, Debbie. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. My mother has always dealt with any difficulty life has thrown at her and I find courage from her as we are going through some tough times ourselves.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen thank you for sharing the deep love you have for your mother.

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  5. Hi Sharon,
    My source of courage is my love for my family. Why? Because of love.
    Jan

    Jane_kerr@msn.com

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    1. Hi Janet,
      What we do without the love of family? I know I would be lost without their love and support.

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  6. Love the excerpt, thanks for sharing! Alex sounds like a caring type.

    My greatest source of courage is my partner. He accepts me just as I am, and every time I overcome a particular fear of mine, I know it's because he was there and believed in me before I believed in myself.

    natalija(dot)shkomare(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Natalija! I am in love with Alex. He is the caring type and the kind of man every woman longs to find. It sounds like your partner is a wonderful man. I'm glad you have found each other.

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  7. My source of courage was my grandmother... she always made me feel like I could do anything... supported me no matter what... she was my rock!

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    1. That's beautiful, Colleen. A grandmother's love is extra special. They are a blessing!

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  8. My source of courage has always been my children. When they were younger I stayed strong so they knew they could depend on me. Now that they are older, I know that I can depend on them. That knowledge gives me courage to try anything.

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne,
      Thank you for these heartfelt words. The love and connection we have with our family/children is a wonderful source of courage.

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  9. My source of courage has always been my children. When they were younger I stayed strong so they knew they could depend on me. Now that they are older, I know that I can depend on them. That knowledge gives me courage to try anything.

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  10. my mom because she's strong

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. My mom is a strong woman too and is an inspiration to me as well. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful and inspiring posts. Like most of you my source of courage has been my family and my faith. Life isn't easy and without the strength and love we receive from the special people in our lives, our life journey would be extremely difficult.

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  12. I believe in stepping outside my comfort zone on a regular basis. It's the best way to learn about myself and improve. I think sheer determination gives me the courage to do this, but I know I couldn't succeed if I didn't have the support of family, friends and the romance authors community.

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    1. Your words are so encouraging. We all need to step out of our comfort zones daily! Thank you for sharing

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  13. I find my courage from within. A strong, solid upbringing will do that.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Yes, Mary. When you are lucky enough to have such a solid foundation in the home, your life reflects that. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Definitely from my mom :) she is strength and grace incarnate. Thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Beautiful, Erin! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  15. Hi Sharon,

    Great excerpt. I think the scariest thing I've ever done is have a baby on my own. I was almost 19, pregnant, and found out the father had been unfaithful to me. It took a lot of courage to move out of my grandmother's home and do what I needed to do to take care of my daughter. I've never been more scared or more proud.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  16. Thanks, Brooke! Beautiful story of courage. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you.

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