My Happiest Moment as a Writer by Nora LeDuc – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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My Happiest Moment as a Writer

I was sitting here, trying to remember my happiest moment as a writer. This is tough. When I first begin a novel, I know it’s going to be an award winner. Yes, I’m super excited. A grand adventure is about to start. I will fill each page with flawless prose. Yeah, I’m unrealistic, but it’s fun to dream.

Soon, I’m thinking, Well, that chapter was good, but it lacks introspection, backstory, or more snappy dialogue. So I’m rewriting. Finally, I force myself to move on. I mean, how much better can pages get after you’ve almost worn a hole in the screen revising? Since I want a release this decade, I push forward.

I have a goal, the mid-point. It’s all downhill from there. Easy writing. Onward, I plod. Things are happening. If it’s my Romantic Suspense, suspects are lining up. The heroine has found the perfect man/detective/investigator/ black sheep to go on this journey with her! Yes, when the two main characters meet and agree to work together is exciting, but as they say, the best is yet to come.

Hooray, I’ve reached the middle. My hero and heroine have drawn closer. Their relationship changes. They’ve discovered fresh evidence or another crime. A mini crisis occurs in their personal life or goals. I confess the middle has always been a favorite of mine. The storyline deepens. Conflict worsen. Emotions burn. Maybe this is where I pause and savor my plot.

But there’s more. The black moment, yes, this is where all is lost. The characters’ lives have been turned around or upside down, but they possess a new strength or an aha insight about themselves that pushes them forward to solve their problems.

Sometimes, getting to this point has been challenging for me. The ideas hide in my mind. They won’t surface. I’d like to skip to the conclusion yet, I have a lot to write before the journey is complete. I had one tome that just crawled along. Yup, I keep tapping on my keyboard.

Then the wrap-up arrives. Everything is done. The novelist can enjoy the glow of success with THE END? Yes, for a few hours or minutes, it is. If only there wasn’t more to do.

I must read the manuscript to find plot holes, grammar errors, punctuation mistakes etc. Nah, this is not my favorite time. Knowing when you’ve ready to share can be hard. I send my ARC to beta readers. They are good and tougher than I am. I revise. What’s left?

The scariest moment for me is when I click publish. Yikes, everyone in the world can look at my piece of fiction. I don’t dwell on this.

Release Day! I am often in awe that the cover has my name on it. Someone once asked me what I liked the most about being an author. I told them that Nora LeDuc is printed under the title. True, I’ve found it. My happiest part of writing. My production is real.

Hey, wait, I have an idea for a super short story, Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes. It’ll be even better, perfect…the best. It’ll take place on Last Chance Beach. Check it out!

LAST CHANCE BEACH is the island paradise where dreams go to live again and wishes may come true. It’s Summer’s End on the island, and the cottages, condos, hotels, and bungalows are filled to capacity.

There’s still plenty of time to find summer fun and summer love, new romances and second chances; hot alpha males and heartwarming heroes, beach bunnies, dudes, and romance popping up when you least expect it.

Throw a log on the beach bonfire tonight and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, a special collection of 14 short stories from bestselling authors—all new, never published before—that will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some stories are sweet; some are sizzling hot. All will touch your heart and make you want to book a vacation to LAST CHANCE BEACH!

Authors and Titles:

Hot August Night by Joan Reeves, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Can a chef and a hot dog loving cop resist desire when they’re forced to share the same overbooked beach cottage?

Something New by Liz Flaherty, USA Today Bestselling Author
Their lives are all planned out–until they’re not.

I Do…Again by Nancy Fraser, Amazon Top 100 Author
Can they re-ignite what they once had and take a last chance on love?

The Man in Gull Cottage by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Top 100 Author
Will the solution to her dilemma drive them apart or into one another’s arms?

That One Summer by Maddie James, Amazon Top 100 Author
He’s the one who got away. She’s the one who couldn’t commit.

Romancing the Spouse by Jan Scarbrough, Amazon Bestselling Author
Can she turn back the clock to save her marriage?

Blue Sky Summer by Kathleen Lawless, Amazon Bestselling Author
Of all the beaches on the coast, who does she see again? Him!

Hangover Husband by Bonnie Edwards, Amazon Bestselling Author
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there

One Last Shot by Marcia King-Gamble, National Bestselling Author
She can run, but can she hide? Will love still find her?

Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills, Award Winning Author
Life takes you down many winding paths. Will theirs lead to love on Last Chance Beach?

Paradise Perfume by Connie Vines, Award Winning Author
Fragrance and love cannot be hidden.

Dreams of the Past by Laura Hunsaker, Award Winning Author
Can dreams of the future erase her nightmares of the past?

Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc – She wants someone interested in a fling. He wants someone interested in a ring.

Frankie McKinley’s last three relationships went up in flames. Her best bud insists she needs to relax, have a fling. But Frankie’s not into casual hookups. She vows to resist the lure of romantic Last Chance Beach and take a break from men. She’ll concentrate on her dream, opening a gift shop. Or so she’d promised herself until the morning her gaze locks with the handsome Sean Thomas-Michael’s sea-blue eyes.

Can’t Buy Me Love by Hannah Rowan
Things aren’t always what they seem.

Enjoy an Excerpt

“Waste of time looking here,” Frankie mumbled. The popular Which Way, Hemingway, Café was full of the regulars. Here, they could catch the rolling rustle of the waves and inhale the briny sea salt. Colorful hibiscus bloomed around the pink open-air cook building. Their flowers perfumed the air. Who could resist this picture-perfect island with pastel painted buildings, lush green scenery, and friendly inhabitants who greeted everybody?

She could identify the frequent visitors and where they sat. On the end of the dining piazza, the mother’s group tried to keep their toddlers corralled and busy with crayons and small toys. The Save the Turtles folks were holding their monthly meeting by the sidewalk as though they might lure in a volunteer walking past. And the book club was debating the merits of the Oxford comma in another corner. Finally, there were the odds and ends like Frankie, Tikki, and the retired folk who filled the rest of the twelve tables on the sand.

“My. My. Who is that?” Her friend stretched her five-foot frame upright for a better
view. “I’ve never seen him before. Hmm. He’s interesting. Obviously a tourist. He’s wearing sandals.”

Frankie’s attention shot up to high while she dug her toes into the cool grains of sand.
She resisted the urge to say, “Forget it.” She’d humor her friend. Swiveling around, she spotted him across the patio.

He sat alone, wearing khaki shorts and a pale blue shirt, open at the collar. Dense black hair spilled over his forehead, and a bearded shadow darkened his strong jaw. He looked to be in his early thirties. Back-framed sunglasses were perched on his straight nose as he read something on his phone resting beside his plate of eggs and hash browns. He took off his shades, rubbed his chin, and raised his gaze. Their glances collided.

His brows shot up with interest. His lips parted slightly. Blue eyes that matched the sea drew Frankie to him and caused a sensation of dizziness to dance in her mind. She was aware she was staring, but she couldn’t stop.

About the Author:Nora grew up in rural New England where she currently lives with her family. She enjoys visiting and spending time with her friends, the Winettes, in Florida, where she continues to write. Her current book, Beach Kisses, Sunset Wishes is her seventeenth. In October, Christmas at the Easy Breezy will be released. You can find Nora on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook and her website: She also contributes to the Romance Gems’ Blog every month.


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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. Nice to see all the authors on here.

  3. Thank you for hosting me and Last Chance Beach. Nice to see so many authors on your site.

  4. Bonnie Edwards says

    A lovely spotlight and interview with Nora LeDuc. Thanks for offering this opportunity to get the word out about Last Chance Beach Summer’s End.

  5. Hi, Bonnie, thanks for finding me and Last Chance Beach: Summer End!

  6. Victoria Alexander says

    Great excerpt & awesome giveaway!

  7. Really nice spotlight on this fun summer set of romances.

  8. Hi, Victoria. Hope you’re enjoying the excerpts

  9. Hi Kathleen,
    Nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping in.

  10. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  11. Bea LaRocca says

    Thank you for sharing your “happiest moments as a writer” post, I have to say that these are some of mine as well.

  12. Thanks it sounds great

  13. donna porter says

    Sounds like a great read!

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