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6 Romantic Suspense Novels with Dangerous Connections

Dangerous Connections: 6 Romantic Suspense Series Starters + Bonus HEA Chapters!

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STOLEN FURY – the double RITA-nominated book by Elisabeth Naughton
AGAINST THE DARK – by RITA Award winning author Carolyn Crane
MORGAN’S HUNTER – by Cate Beauman
A COLD DARK PLACE – by RITA nominated author Toni Anderson
CONCRETE EVIDENCE – by Rachel Grant
WILD – by RITA nominated author Jill Sorenson

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Dirty Drafting: 11 Quick Tips from Jill Sorenson

We have a special treat for the authors and aspiring authors among our followers today, a guest post by Jill Sorenson, who writes gritty, action packed, sexy romantic suspense. I love Jill’s books, so I’m thrilled to gain some insight into her process. She has some terrific tips here that I intend to try.

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Dirty Drafting: 11 Quick Tips

Hello Kiss & Thrill! Thanks so much for having me back.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. I’ve never participated in this event because writing an entire novel in one month sounds like a nightmare to me. Drafting is my favorite part of the writing process. Why would I want to stress out and rush the most enjoyable step?

Writing fast is practically a requirement for romance authors, but the key for me is writing steady and delivering a quality manuscript. If you hammer out an incoherent mess in a month and it takes you six months to edit, you’re not getting to the finish line any faster than someone who works at a less frenetic pace.

rdirty-647x1024I wrote my latest novel in three months, most of it while my kids were home on summer break. That’s pretty fast for me. Some authors write a lot faster. I follow people on twitter who do “1k in 1hr” sprints, 5k days, even 10k days. I don’t know how they do it, so I’ll just tell you how I do what I do. If drafting is painful for you and you can’t wait to tinker/revise, try NaNo. If you prefer editing as you go and writing a clean first draft, read on.

There is no one true way, just different ways that work better for different people. I’ve heard fast authors say that anyone can learn to be fast, and I don’t believe that. I believe that everyone can improve their speed, but we all have physical and mental limitations. If you’re a genius, your brain might be supersonic. Or you might be a slow genius. I’m not any type of genius. I’m more of an Emma Stone in Easy A than a Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. I want to be a commercial success, not a critics’ darling. I don’t have the natural ability to write 5k every day or the luxury to write slow.

So here are my tips for steady drafting.

1. Edit as you go (if you prefer) but always keep moving. Your first paragraph or chapter might make no sense by the time you get to the end. Characters change and develop over the course of a novel. Do what feels right in order to move forward, but don’t get bogged down by small details. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will never be perfect.

2. Outline before you start. This is an important one for me. I research and do a detailed outline several weeks in advance. I’m constantly plotting, reworking and looking things up as I go, too. Stay flexible, but have a plan. An outline is a solid foundation that you can build on. You can also throw it out if you have to. Having plan makes it easier to move full steam ahead and avoid painting yourself into a corner.

3. Write every day, or almost every day. Taking long breaks will steal your momentum. Steady, daily progress is good.

4. Know where you’re going. Even if you’re not a big plotter, you can jot down notes every day before you start. Just a few minutes of concentration can make the difference between flying over the keys and staring at a blank page.

5. Don’t stop for the day at the end of a scene or chapter. Some authors stop mid-sentence. It trains your brain to keep thinking about the next sentence/scene/chapter, rather than closing the mental doors when you close the screen.

6. Take notes after you’re “done” for the day. This is my favorite tip for increasing speed and productivity. I love writing freehand notes. I remember things I forgot to do, continually reassess plot points, and jot down ideas for the next scene.

7. Get enough sleep. This is a challenge for me. Sleep well and your brain will function better, faster.

8. Beware of children. They require a lot of attention and feeding. If a childless person tells me that anyone can write 5k per day if they just try hard, I will twist her nose off and feed it to my child.

9. Exercise! I run almost every day, and I believe this has helped my output tremendously. It also helps keep me sane. If you spend too much time indoors, living with the imaginary people inside your head, you might end up with cabin fever, wielding a rubber mallet. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

10. Don’t force it. Sometimes you have to sit your ass in the chair and get it done. Sometimes you have to do the opposite. When you’re pulling your hair out, rewriting the same sentence fifty times, just leave it alone. Go do some laundry, get a snack. Switch to a notebook. Changing scenery can jog you in a new direction.

11. Keep a cuts file. I do this for every book, and it helps me when a scene isn’t working. I’ll save a copy of the problem section in my cuts file. Then I can delete and rearrange dialogue or paragraphs without worrying about losing any important bits. It’s a quick, efficient way to get unstuck and move forward.

So there you have it. 11 quick-n-dirty tips for those who prefer clean first drafts! As always, do what works for you, be passionate about your writing, and try to have fun. Remember that a writing career is a marathon, not a sprint. Find your own pace.

Are you a writer? Do you plan to attempt NaNoWriMo? Do you have any tips you’d like to share or thoughts on Jill’s tips? Share them. We haven’t had a craft conversation at K&T in a long time, and I LOVE talking craft.

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Jill SorensonJill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels, including the Aftershock series by HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, twitter and reality TV. Jogging keeps her sane. Riding Dirty is her first erotic suspense novel.

You can find her at www.jillsorenson.com.

Ella Grace & Jill Sorenson Winners!

Before I announce the winners for the two giveaways we had this week, I want to take a moment to share Kiss and Thrill’s featured title of the week, Lena Diaz’s ASHES ASHES THEY ALL FALL DEAD.

“Lenz Diaz has mastered the perfect mix of suspense, murder, and rhyme which creates strong, memorable characters and well developed story lines.”

Read the full review here.

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The winner of a print copy of MIDNIGHT LIES by Ella Grace is Diane Sallans!

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The winner of a print copy of FREEFALL by Jill Sorenson is Kim Hunsberger!

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Congrats to both winners! To claim your prize, use the contact form to email us within 10 days and please include your U.S. mailing address.

Come back to Kiss and Thrill next week, when Lena Diaz hosts Kathy Bain!

Rachel Flips for Jill Sorenson’s FREEFALL

I first contacted Jill Sorenson about an interview at Kiss and Thrill after I finished reading CAUGHT IN THE ACT, because I loved not just the story and the characters, but also her writing style. Basically, Jill writes my kind of romantic suspense. Her characters feel real, they make mistakes, they have strong chemistry, and she writes an intense, involved suspense storyline.

freefall_300We set a date for the interview and to prepare, I nabbed a copy of FREEFALL as soon as it was released. Regular readers of this blog may recall my post from last fall about my family’s whitewater rafting trip, Adventures on Dragon’s Tooth, and remember that I love whitewater rafting. So imagine my surprise and joy when I started reading FREEFALL and discovered that this non-stop thriller wasn’t just about mountain climbing, but also included whitewater rafting scenes.

Sexy characters, great plot, and whitewater rafting? I am so in.

Last fall I gave Diana Miller’s DANGEROUS AFFAIRS a 5-bathtub review, but this book is too intense for bathtub reading, so it seems only fair I come up with a new rating.

FREEFALL gets 5-rafts.

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It’s with great excitement I welcome Jill Sorenson to Kiss and Thrill!

Jill: Thanks so much for the invite! I’m happy to be here.

Rachel: The climbing and rafting scenes in FREEFALL felt very authentic. Have you ever been climbing or rafting?

Jill: I haven’t done either! I’m glad the scenes felt real. I researched both sports by reading books and watching documentaries. I also went to a rock climbing gym where I live in San Diego.

Rachel: Do you have plans to go rafting or kayaking in the future?

Jill: I’d love to! My kids are 6 and 9, so we’re almost ready for high-adventure vacations. We’ve done a lot of hiking and camping as a family.

Rachel: A few years ago I tried to arrange a one-day rafting trip with several of my critique and plotting partners, but finding a weekend when the rivers were running and we all could meet up proved difficult. I still want to make it happen someday. If I do, I’ll be sure to let you know about it.

Jill: That would be great!!

Rachel: What is your favorite sport or activity?

Jill: Surfing, I think. I’ve written several surfer characters and tried surfing once. It was super fun. I love the ocean. My favorite sport to watch is football. I’ve been getting into soccer lately because both of my girls play.

Rachel: What’s next for you in publishing – are we going to get Owen’s story?

Jill: Yes! Badlands is coming in January 2014. It’s my favorite of the Aftershock series. The setting is the Salton Sea area/California’s Anza-Borrego desert. We went on a camping trip there last spring and I took lots of photos. It’s a fascinating place.

Rachel: What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to try but are afraid to?

Jill: I’ve always wanted to go to a nude beach! There’s a famous one in San Diego.

Which brings us to Jill’s question for our readers:

Have you ever been to a nude beach? Would you, if you had the chance? Tell me all about it in the comments. 🙂

Jill is giving a print copy of FREEFALL to one lucky commenter!

jill_bioJill Sorenson writes sexy romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Dell. Two of her novels, Crash Into Me and Set the Dark on Fire, have been excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.

After earning a degree in literature and a bilingual teaching credential from California State University, Jill decided teaching wasn’t her cup of tea. She started writing one day while her firstborn was taking a nap and hasn’t stopped since. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters.

Jill would love to hear from you!  Please contact her here.

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