Advice for Writers by Laura Brown – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Advice for Writers

Embrace revision! A Perfect Mistake is a book I wrote earlier on in my career. In fact, it was my very first contemporary romance. Because of this, I fine-tuned my craft on this book. I wrote, and rewrote, revised, revised, revised, and finally got it where it needed to be.

I wouldn’t have gotten this book to where it is now without listening to critique and tackling multiple revisions. The first main lightbulb moment for me came from an agent rejection years ago. The agent pointed out my bar meeting opening/meet cute needed a hook to stand out from the rest. I already had a supporting Deaf character in the novel, but at that point I wasn’t sure how many main characters with a hearing loss I’d be able to write. Yet the light bulb went off, and my muse whispered, “what if Cam (hero) is Deaf?” Everything changed at that point, one of those moments where things that were already on the page started to make more sense, as though he was always meant to be Deaf.

I’ve also reworked my black moment multiple times, ripping up my ending and putting it back together. It’s all part of the writing process, of learning what makes a good story. And a black moment is a big part of that in romances! Readers want the couple to get together, to find their HEA, but readers also want to see them fight for it, for them to move a few mountains to get there. When I first started writing I focused a bit too much on getting them to happy, and not enough on making them work for it. Trust me, Nica and Cam work for it now!

Revisions can feel daunting and overwhelming, but once tackled they often breathe fresh life into a novel. So to any writers out there facing the potential of a major revision and unsure what to do: do it! Make a new document so you can keep the original, and then rip it up. Worst case scenario you go back to the original. But I’m pretty sure you’ll at least learn a few things in process.

Falling for the forbidden has never felt so right…

When social worker Nica Anders indulges in one night of sexual passion with delicious Deaf man Cam Thompson, the last thing she expects is to see him the next day while visiting her dying client. He’s Cassie’s grandson and caregiver, the one treat she shouldn’t have tasted. Now her job is on the line, demanding she stay away.

But their attraction is building like a raging inferno and Nica can’t help but get burned.

Cam Thompson’s life is a mess. He’s losing his grandmother, the one person who’s supported him his whole life, and her dying wish is for him to settle down with a good woman—specifically her social worker Nica Anders. Despite Nica trying to hold tight to her ethics, he’s falling for her hard and fast.

Yet Cam’s grandmother isn’t the only matchmaker in his family, and someone’s determined to keep him and Nica apart.

Steamy, touching, heart-warming. A much-needed #OwnVoices romance to go perfectly with that plate of chocolate brownies and glass of wine!

Enjoy an Excerpt

I needed to get laid. At least, that’s what my amber cocktail made me think—correction, my third amber cocktail. If the first two hadn’t murdered my inhibition, the third managed to land the final blow.

Minus my usual filter, my eyes wandered around the room, hunting for a man to prey on. The bar was packed for a Tuesday night. Waves of chatter encompassed me, creating a low hum in my ears. But I didn’t care about the noise, not when a particular delicious specimen held me captivated, with hair the hue of rich caramel sticking out in different directions. He sat at the bar, hunched over his drink. A brunette with boobs practically spilling out of her top tried to speak to him, but he shook his head and tapped in front of his ear twice, before turning back to his drink.

She may have slinked back to her friend, but I bit my lip, taming down the grin threatening to split my face. Perfect. My fingers itched to communicate, or smooth down his messy hair.

Perhaps both.

Before I could make up my mind, his broad shoulders stiffened and he turned. My alcohol-induced bravado vanished, and I tried to wrench my gaze away. Except, I didn’t move. Not an inch. Total disconnect from cranial activity to body movement. Damn fruity drinks. A pair of brown eyes locked with mine. Crap. I knew better than to be rude and stare.

Quick, sign something, I willed my hands, anything.

About the Author Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband has put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her two cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

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  1. James Robert says

    My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Thank you for having me on your blog!

  4. bernie wallace says

    Are any of the characters based off of someone that you know?

    • The cat! Nica has a black and white cat named Oreo, who happens to be deaf, and I had a black and white deaf cat named Oreo! Other than Oreo, I may have gotten inspiration for parts of characters, or some of their quirks, but only in bits and pieces.

  5. Sounds like a good book.

  6. happy tuesday

  7. I can’t wait to read this book!!! Sounds SO flipping AMAZING!

  8. Bea LaRocca says

    Thank you for sharing your advice. As an author, I found your insights helpful. I am looking forward to reading your book.

  9. Victoria Alexander says

    Great cover!

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  19. Sounds like a good read

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