ROSEANN DEFRANCO, debut author, on listening and learning!
Hi Terri! Thank you for having me on your site today to talk about Writerly Wisdom. As a debut author, I’m not sure I qualify to share any words of wisdom. As of now I’m pretty much learning the ropes with a heavy focus on promotion for my series. RETURN TO AUDUBON SPRINGS is the first in a three book series, The Brothers of Audubon Springs. The books are coming out in rapid succession. As a matter of fact while I’m celebrating the World Wide Release of Return to Audubon Springs this week, book two in the series, SECONDHAND ROMANCE, was just released as a KDP Kindle exclusive.
I have learned is that the Romance Writing Community is beyond gracious in the sharing of information. The one piece of wisdom I’d impart is to LISTEN and PAY IT FORWARD. Everything of value I have learned about writing craft, the industry and marketing came from my fellow authors. Join RWA and specifically join your local chapter. GET INVOLVED. Support your chapter in Contests, Conferences and Events. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals with the same goals. Through my writing association I found an amazing group of blog mates and critique partners. We call ourselves The Violet Femmes (www.thevioletfemmes.com). The life of a published author can be scary. By surrounding myself with a great support group, I don’t feel like I’m navigating the scary terrain on my own.
RETURN TO AUDUBON SPRINGS
When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.
Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.
Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?
“This is your fault!” Emma shouted.
“My fault?” Rafe blinked through the thick coat of flour. “You’re the one who started this.”
“Yeah, you—Miss Macrobiotic Princess!” They used the barstools for support, and pulled themselves up from the slippery floor. “You’re immovable just like your mother.”
“And you’ve got about as much depth as a toenail. For the life of me, I can’t remember why I was ever with you.”
With a predatory look in his eyes and gait, Rafe advanced. In two long strides he pinned her to the counter, his hands grasping her hips. “Don’t!” His voice, low and dangerous, and his near proximity overwhelmed, charging her body with a jolt of electricity rendering breathing impossible. His gaze locked on hers for an eternity, then without warning, he dipped his head and licked lavishly at the syrup on her chest and neck.
Need and heat consumed her at his touch, fraying what was left of her nerves. She dropped her head back, shivered, and her knees buckled. He held her steady, fully pinned against the counter and continued to feast on her neck. Then with a shake as if waking from a dream, he stepped away, taking his heat with him.
Emma swayed and gripped the counter. Goose bumps rose on her flesh at the storm brewing in his eyes.
“Say or do anything you want to push me out of this house, but don’t ever say you don’t remember.”
RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing funny, steamy romance with heart. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family and would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at radefranco.com.