Author Guest Post
Ten Things I Love About Being A Writer
I’ve always written. Even as a child I was writing stories, torturing my third grade class by reading then my literary creations. (Talk about a captive audience!) Now, as an adult, I get to write for a living and torture an even larger audience. How fun is that? Here are ten things I love about being a writer.
1. A short work commute.
It takes me a whole minute (five if I stop by the kitchen for coffee) to amble down the hall to my office.
2. Affordable work wardrobe.
There’s no one in my little office I have to impress so I can wear whatever I want to work. I don’t write in my jammies though. I have more class than that. I write in my sweats.
3. A great boss.
I give myself time off when I need it. And I always give me a good review!
4. Flexible hours.
I work a lot but I play a lot, too. It’s nice to be able to fit my work hours around my family’s needs and my social life.
5. Eavesdropping is okay.
After all, it’s research. Listening to people talking in the mall, in restaurants, on their cell phones helps me with writing dialogue. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
6. I can rule the world.
My fictional world, anyway. I love getting to be in charge. Every time I sit down at my computer I get to boss my characters around. And unlike cats, children, and husbands, they always do exactly what they’re told.
7. I can raid the chocolate and nobody has to know.
Well, until it shows up on my hips.
8. I can indulge my creativity.
I think God gives us all the ability to be creative. Writing is my particular outlet and I enjoy it a lot. It’s a double blessing that I can earn a living at it.
9. I get to meet interesting people.
I’ve interviewed firemen, businessmen, cops and chocolate makers when researching books. And I’ve met fascinating people at book signings, writers’ conferences. and on line. My writing career has introduced me to many people who have inspired me and become lifelong friends. Talk about job benefits!
10. Job Satisfaction.
When I’ve finished writing a scene I’m smiling. When a reader writes me to say she enjoyed my book, it makes my day. I look forward to going to work each morning and I end my workday feeling good about what I’ve accomplished. Now that’s a satisfying job.
About The Author
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
What She Wants by Sheila Roberts ~ Virtual Book Tour Event: Goddess Fish Promotions
What She Wants by Sheila Roberts
Book 4: Life in Icicle Falls series
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback - 400 pages / Kindle - 465 KB / Nook - 373 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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BUY THE SERIES: Life in Icicle Falls
Book 1: Summer in a Small Town
Book 2: Better Than Chocolate
Book 3: Merry Ex-Mas
Book 4: What She Wants
What do women want?
Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.
When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!
My Book Review:
Welcome back to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington! In the fourth installment of the Life In Icicle Falls series, author Sheila Roberts provides her readers with a fun twist to the townspeople's stories with an entertaining tale of a guy's perspective on women and love ... specifically ... learning what women really want from their men!
What She Wants is told in the third person narrative that alternates between three men who are simply clueless when it comes to really knowing about women. This entertaining story follows Jonathan, Kyle and Adam as they try to figure out and understand what women really want from men and love relationships.
The three men along with buddies Vance and Bernardo hold weekly poker games filled with humorous discussions about their lack of finding women who are "The One" and the anxiety that goes with being single. Vance, who was once married, and Bernardo, currently happily married, give as few advice to the three younger men as humanly possible. It is only when Jonathan comes across his sister Juliet's romance novel by top selling romance author Vanessa Valentine, that he finally finds his love coach. Jonathan embarks on a research mission to find out exactly what a woman wants in a man, so that he can try and win his dream girl's heart. Jonathan convinces Kyle and Adam to read the romance novels, they’re so desperate that they’ll try just about anything. The question is: does Jonathan, Kyle and Adam put what they've learned to good use and win the hearts of the women they love, or are they still clueless to what woman really want?
In true Sheila Roberts fashion, the reader is transported back to the picturesque small mountain town of Icicle Falls, Washington, where they catch up with all the familiar townspeople from the previous books in the series, as well as reading about these lovable but clueless men. This story is simply delightful, the storyline picks up where the last book left off, it flows seamlessly and is so entertaining that you can't help but become captivated and invested in the lives that inhabit Icicle Falls. I really enjoyed the guy's perspective storyline twist, it is something different that readers usually don't find in contemporary romance novels, and I think the author has hit a home run with this storyline. I found myself laughing a lot as I turned the pages, it even made me feel sympathetic towards the men.
With a lovable cast of characters, humorous dialogues and interactions, and a richly detailed description of the town of Icicle Falls, What She Wants is a lighthearted romance story full of love, laughter and friendship that will leave you wanting to return to Icicle Falls for another enjoyable visit.
What She Wants is the fourth book in the Life in Icicle Falls series.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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