Friday, March 1, 2013

Writing From The Heart : Then Came Love by Mona Ingram Kindle Fire Giveaway

Writing From The Heart
  It’s a question authors ask themselves all the time. What are readers looking for in a romance?
  Of course if we knew the answer, every book we write would be a best-seller.
  Instead of trying to figure out what the reader wants, and twisting our prose to suit what we think might appeal to them, perhaps we should write what interests us.
  Think about it. If we write what is real to us, our stories will be heartfelt. We’ll be able to express genuine emotion, instead of throwing out words and hoping that some of them stick. Have you ever read a passage in a book and thought to yourself “that just doesn’t make sense?” Me too.
  All of the ‘How To’ books will, at some point or another, tell aspiring authors to ‘write the Book of Your Heart’. It’s become such a trite and over-used expression that most authors recognize the acronym BOYH without even thinking about it.
  So why don’t more of us write from the heart? Perhaps because we’re chasing the latest trend. Or maybe we’re afraid to expose ourselves; to let the reader see our fears and insecurities as well as our hopes and dreams. How’s that for four over-used words? Over-used perhaps, but true.
  Fiction writers love to discuss which is more important, character or story. I’d also add setting to that mix, although to a lesser degree. As a writer, I need to like my protagonists, even if they’re flawed. As a matter of fact, it’s more interesting if they’re not perfect. I need to be invested in their story and know the setting. I care about what happens to them. That’s what keeps writing fresh for me...and fun. And when all three elements come together, I have a smile on my face when I hit that final keystroke.
   I believe that Then Came Love is an example of writing from the heart. The characters are ones with whom I easily identify, and the setting is familiar to me...a winning combination. And I’m happy to say that a lot of readers agree.
Mona Ingram

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Then Came Love
Mona Ingram

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

ISBN:  978-0-9879069-0-8

Number of pages:   103
Word Count: 31,200

Book Description:

Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Amanda Reimer grabs the opportunity to go on a short holiday by herself. An undercover cop, Jackson Galloway is a member of the RCMP Green Team, and he’s in the interior of British Columbia to find a marijuana grow-op. Jackson gives Amanda a lift to Loon Lake Resort and is intrigued by the gentle woman. The chemistry between the two is immediate and powerful, but Amanda is determined to stick to her marriage vows...besides, she’s afraid of her husband. Jackson is just as see Amanda again when the drug bust is over.

But will the growing love between Amanda and Jackson survive the pressures of finding the grow-op?

Join Amanda and Jackson in a journey of discovery, where the ultimate destination is love.

 About the Author:

Mona Ingram was born in Ontario, Canada. Her family moved to British Columbia when she was twelve, and she can't imagine living anywhere else. In recent years she has lived in the Okanagan Valley and on Vancouver Island. In addition to reading and writing, traveling and bird watching are among Mona’s favorite pastimes.

Mona writes contemporary romance novels and takes great delight in creating unexpected twists and turns in her story lines. She frequently sets her books in areas which are familiar to her, immersing the reader in the setting. One reader recently commented that “after reading Fixing Freddie, I felt as though I’d been on a trip to Vancouver.”


Twitter:  @MonaIngram1

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Margay said...

This is so true. When I write, I write things that I would like to read myself - and hope others will like to read it, too!

Margay said...

This looks like an interesting book!

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am putting this on my wishlist.

Anne said...

When I first read "Green Team" I thought environment/recycling. Made me smile when it referred to marijuana growing. Yes, that would be green too.

Love cop type heroes.

Mona Ingram said...

Thanks everyone for your kind responses. Nothing like getting out on one of these tours. Such a treat for me to hear your reactions.

Bethany C. said...

Sounds like it was enjoyable to write!

Debby said...

Great post. Makes you think.
debby236 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Very nice post and cover.