Book 3: The Hollywood Rules
Until her father died, Cora's goal has been to look drop dead gorgeous in the latest fashion and be seen at all the right places. Now in order to keep her inheritance she can't buy any new clothes for a year, and she's assigned to help her ex-lover's wife, Vivian Gordon, rediscover her mojo. Cora's in serious need of a massage. And there's one N.B.A. coach who's ready to give her more than that.
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Squirrel! By Melinda Curtis
I love being an author. I love writing stories that delve into life’s conflicts and character emotion. But I have to say that I have a lot more in common with my puppy, Tally, than I’d like to admit. She can be so very obedient. And then, “Squirrel!” Just like the dog from Pixar’s movie “Up” – her attention leaps elsewhere. Sadly, I have my own attention deficit problem. Here are some examples of my own personal Squirrel moments:
Imagine me in the writing zone when suddenly my cell phone chimes, announcing a text message. After a few minutes texting back and forth with my daughter, I look down at my draft and wonder where I was. It takes me 10 minutes to get back in the zone. Squirrel!
Imagine me talking to a writing friend about my manuscript deadlines while at a writing group meeting. I’m going to be adamant and stay focused this year – no side projects for me. Then I overhear someone remark that books with brides in the title are selling really well. I have a bride book that I can retool (only if I sacrifice another writing deadline). I spend much of the rest of the meeting having an internal argument with myself. Squirrel!
Imagine me banging away on a rough draft, trying to reach a page goal. My husband comes home from work – greets Tally enthusiastically, turns on the television to college basketball (on volume that should be labeled For the Almost Deaf), and then sits in my office and asks me what I’m doing and what’s for dinner. Squirrel!
Perhaps you see my point. Writing and editing take intense concentration. When I’m in the writing zone, I am these characters. When I commit to deadlines, I trade-off opportunities to do other projects. It’s too easy to be distracted by a squirrel and get caught up in the moment. Unfortunately, distractions, for me, aren’t going away.
I’d love to hear about some of your squirrel moments. Those who post will be entered for a chance to win an e-copy of Cora Rules, a fun, sexy take on life in Hollywood and the NBA.
Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter.” Melinda is married to her college sweetheart, and has three kids in college. She follows the NFL because one young quarterback is from her hometown, and follows Duke basketball because Mr. Curtis has a man crush on Coach K. Her latest releases are Cora Rules, book 3 in The Hollywood Rules series, and Summer Kisses, book 2 in the Harmony Valley series.