Welcome to the second year of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. I joined last year’s hop after eight weeks or so, and didn’t miss a post from there on. I wasn’t sure about doing it again, because I’m not sure it generates sales, which is hat MFRW is all about. I had fun, though, and I got to meet some really neat folks. So here I am.
This week, the writing prompt is:
The favorite thing I’ve written and why
One of my science fiction romances popped in my mind when I saw this prompt, and though I’ve second and third thoughts, I’m going to go with that first thought.
The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station
One night I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and watched a French movie, Amelie, on TV. The title character fascinated me. Although very shy, she devotes her life to doing anonymous good deeds. This spectacularly good woman wants nothing for herself except love.
I patterned Sandrina, the heroine of my novel, after Amelie. She’s the best female lead I’ve ever written. She is full of startling surprises, and despite her shyness, she’s willing to fight for the man she loves.
Best of all, the book’s outline came to me before I returned to bed and I wrote the first draft in just four weeks. For me, that’s unprecedented speed.
A brief introduction
Most of you don’t know me, so let me introduce myself. I have 17 books published, and most of them contain romance. Yes, yes, I know I’m a guy — but I can write romance. I like to say that it comes from marrying my high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still living the HEA decades later.
My first novels were Silhouette Special Editions. I earned my Mr Valentine nickname because I inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Finalist, Mr Valentine. Here’s what one reader said about my most recent novel, a science fiction romance:
I haven’t read a romance I enjoyed so much in a long time.
More about Guardian Angel
The space pirates think they succeeded in invading Farflung Space Station — but they didn’t count on Sandrina. The attractive waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station … though nobody knows it yet.
They’re about to find out.
Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station begins the saga of the Dukelsky family. If you enjoyed the adventures of Han, Luke, and Leia escaping from the Death Star, you’ll love The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station.
What about you?
What writing are you most proud of? Be sure to check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop have to say.