Recharged, Renewed, and Ready To Go

My mood is definitely affected by the seasons.  Sometimes I don’t realize how much until I feel that upswing that comes with spring.  I just feel more like myself.  My creativity fires up, making me more eager to write, but I also start nesting big time.  I’ve spent the last week organizing my entire house, but especially my office.  I’ve moved furniture (and have the bruises to prove it) and I’ve even taken care of the piles of paper that pile up to deal with “later.”  I found some RT magazines from 2007, if that gives you an idea how long those papers have been hanging around.  And I found old manuscripts that I’ve since ripped apart and rewritten.  I literally feel like a veil has been lifted from over my eyes, making me see the world more clearly, and thus all the bright possibilities to come.  Not just in the distant future, but in the weeks ahead.  I’m looking forward to an upcoming writing retreat and seeing a movie with my friend and taking my boys to Disneyland and just…well…living.

Funny how the same life viewed just a little differently can bring a new bounce to my step.

I have to remember that the dark and brooding side of my nature has a place (because I can’t get rid of it altogether obviously), but I’m milking this sunnier, more optimistic mood for all it’s worth while it lasts.

When I’m feeling more positive about life, I actually enjoy reading grittier, darker stories.  I guess I’m in a better place to handle them.  So while I’ve been on a light, contemporary romance reading streak for a while, I’m looking for a great paranormal or romantic suspense.  Any suggestions?


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6 Responses to Recharged, Renewed, and Ready To Go

  1. Willa says:

    Oooh – I found Leslie Tentler last year and really enjoyed her Romantic Suspense’s. She has 3 out and they were all great 😛

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Cynthia Eden’s newest paranormal romance, Bound in Death will be available on Monday. It will be 99 cents for the first 5 days and then she’s raising the price. She has the prologue and first chapter on her blog, and it’s really good. 🙂

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Virna,

    I hear you on being affected by the seasons. I’m so glad it’s spring now and I can see and feel better.

    I write dark romantic suspense mostly, but am releasing my first sexy RS next week – we’ll see how that goes. My favorite authors are those on my keeper shelves like Catherine Coulter and JAK – although I’m not sure how she’d be classed!

    You might try Katie Reus, Donnell Ann Bell, and Lisa Mondello just for starters!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Sian’s Solution – now live!

  4. Eliza Mars says:

    When I’m want to read something dark and slightly twisted, I reread Stacia Kane’s Downside series. Definitely read it in order – my sister read book #2 first and got confused (she also was not prepared for the oh-holy-shit this is dark stuff). First is Unholy Ghosts.

    I highly recommend Unholy Ghosts to people who want something grittier, because it’s authentically tense. The darkness comes from the heroine herself, not just the plot, but you can’t help rooting for her. The stark world and the fully developed characters … once I start reading, I simply can’t put it down. And even when I reread them, I worry it’s not going to end well.

    Not a classic romance, but another wonderfully dark gothic story – about two writers – is Diane Settlefield’s “The Thirteenth Story.” Perfect for an escape from a sunny suburban day to some neglected children in a large cold mansion on the rainy moors of North England. I get chills just thinking about it.
    Eliza Mars`s last blog was …Writing alpha-alpha male POV

  5. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful recommendations and comments!! Hugs, Virna

  6. Susan Hatler says:

    If you still have excess energy, feel free to come over and organize my place. 😉

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