Author Guest Post
Chasing Tough Dreams
Motivation is a tricky beast. When life throws tough stuff at us, it’s easy to give up, to move on to something easier. Although needing to keep motivation high applies to many situations, I often get asked how I keep motivated to continue writing. Being a self-published author, it’s not as though I have a publisher and a strict deadline. I’m my own taskmistress. However, I’ve learned to be tough on myself, because that is the only way to accomplish things.
In my day job, I’m a medical transcriptionist and I am only paid for the work I get done, so self-motivation has always been important. I set a goal every day of how much work I need to get done, and then race to do better than I did the day before. I’ve been working as a medical transcriptionist for ten years, so when I started writing fiction seven years ago, I already had knowledge of what it took to push myself to complete projects.
That’s not to say it’s always easy. My first book, Always & Forever, took quite some time to write because it was about abuse and healing from that, and some scenes were so emotional for me that it took some time to recover. Crime & Passion also had many emotional scenes, but it is a different tone and also a mystery. I had no motivation problems with it because I couldn’t wait to figure out what was going on in the mystery and who the actual ‘bad guy’ was (I don’t pre-plot, so this was a surprise to me).
My current work in progress presents more problems. I’m starting over on it for the third time (which means I’ve thrown away 40,000 words in total). When it’s that hard, part of me whispers, “Give up, do something else.” My muse pitches ideas for newer, easier stories. However, I really believe in this project and I know it can be wonderful. If all things in life were easy, we’d all be great at everything. It’s time to dig in with this book, set some goals, and the most important element, believe in myself.
Insecurities kill motivation, no matter what you’re trying to do. My most favorite quote ever is from Audrey Hepburn – “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’” I try to live my life this way. When things look the bleakest, I tell myself that I can do it, if I want it bad enough. Giving up is very rarely an option for me. When I compare my challenges to other people’s, I’m so blessed in my life with my family, friends, great readers who I love chatting with—I can’t let myself give up. People count on me to deliver what I promised with my fiction writing, same as my boss counts on me in my transcription job. I suppose being a people pleaser helps my motivation.
Optimism is key for me. Sometimes life gets us down. Bad things happen, we get overwhelmed, and we want to give up. The trick is to look for the silver lining in any situation. Failure is a part of life, but anything worth having is worth working for. To stay motivated, believe in yourself and know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I believe persistence is the key to getting whatever we want. That knowledge keeps me motivated to chase my dreams.
Always remember, nothing’s impossible!
About The Author
Chantel lives in the western United States. When she isn’t writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling, or snuggling with her lazy kitties.
Crime & Passion by Chantel Rhondeau ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Crime & Passion by Chantel Rhondeau
Publisher: Self Independent Publishing
Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Format: Paperback - 324 pages / Kindle - 591 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Officer Donovan Andrews knows how to have a good time—ask any woman in town. But when it comes to men abusing their wives or children, Donovan takes it upon himself to make them regret it.
Madeline Scott is unlucky in love. All she wants is a quiet place to heal, away from cheating, womanizing men. However, her life is far from peaceful once she stumbles across the body and witnesses someone fleeing the scene.
Terror spreads in Pleasant View when the small community hears a killer is on the loose. All evidence points to Donovan, and he realizes someone is trying to frame him. When troubling suspicions from his past surface, even fellow officers believe he’s guilty. Madeline might be the only person who can clear his name, but first he has to win her trust.
The body count rises and no one is safe. The murderer makes it clear Madeline is next. Soon, Donovan’s whole world is focused on protecting her and keeping himself out of prison. The more time he spends with her, the harder it is to fight his growing attraction. Since she’s been burned by love, convincing Madeline he’s interested in something more than hot sex may prove harder than keeping her alive.
My Book Review:
Thirty-three year old Madeline Scott has moved from her childhood home in Utah to the small coastal town of Pleasant View, California after calling off her wedding when she discovers her fiance in bed with her Maid of Honor. Seeking peace and quiet, and a time to heal, Madeline loves to walk the beach ... but her life is once again turned upside down when she discovers a man's dead body on the beach and sees the killer jogging away from the murder scene.
Forty-Two year old Pleasant View Police Officer Donovan Andrews is the first to respond to the murder scene. When he recognizes the dead man's face, he knows that the murder will cause him trouble. He has a problem with men who abuse their wives and children, and it looks like his past has caught up with him as someone frames him for the murder. Donovan is known as the town's womanizer, he is not the marrying type, and has cycled through every available women in town, including the Police Chief's daughter.
When Madeline and Donovan meet there is mutual attraction, but Madeline has trust issues and avoids dating men after her failed wedding. Donovan's player reputation doesn't exactly help him woo Madeline, but when he is framed for the murder of Frank Johnson, a known domestic abuser, Madeline comes to Donovan's defense. When a second murder occurs and Madeline becomes the next target for the killer, Donovan will do anything to protect her, and together they search for the real killer while learning to trust each other and fall in love.
In Crime & Passion, author Chantel Rhondeau weaves a riveting and dramatic suspense story written in the third person narrative that interweaves murder, mystery and romance. This fast paced whodunit captivates the reader's attention from the beginning, and leads them on a thrilling adventure along with Madeline and Donovan as they search for the real killer. It is a dramatic action packed story full of suspenseful and romantic twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing who the real killer is among a town full of suspects, all the while watching as Madeline and Donovan navigate the murky waters of building a love relationship.
I loved that the author interweaves the murder mystery with a love story, she engages the readers with a balance of both that flows seamlessly throughout the story. I really enjoyed Madeline and Donovan's banter and romantic development, it was sassy, flirty, passionate, and down right humorous. I loved that the love story featured a woman who has been previously burned in love and has to learn to trust again, while the man has to overcome his troubled past and womanizing ways in order to find true love. As a huge fan of suspenseful murder mysteries, I really enjoyed how the author engaged me to guess who the real killer is with an intriguing list of suspects, and the riveting twists and turns kept me on my toes until the conclusion.
With an intriguing cast of characters; witty dialogues; suspenseful and dramatic interactions; and a two-fold storyline that features a richly detailed and descriptive murder mystery and passionate tale of finding true love; Crime & Passion is one heck of an entertaining romantic suspense novel that lives up to its title.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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