Saturday, November 14, 2020

Wasting Time by Merrillee Whren

Wasting time is something I'm very good at. I know how to procrastinate by spending too much time on social media, watching TV, or playing games like solitaire or Words with Friends. Why am I doing this instead of writing? Sometimes, it's because I just need a break, but other times, it's because I'm not sure where my book is going. Since I'm a pantser, (one who write by the seat of my pants, in other words I don't plot), I may hit a snag in the story line and have to take some time for the characters to let me know what they plan to do. Sometimes, they really surprise, and I resist letting them take me in a direction that I'd never thought of when these imaginary people first popped into my mind. Even though I've been a little fearful of that direction, I have never regretted following their lead.

In my latest book, Puppy Love and Jingle Bells, the young boy in the story is the catalyst for this romance. But near the end he does something that blows up the budding romance, and just like him, I wasn't sure how to repair it. That's what we authors call the "black moment," when everything seems lost. A boy and his dog stumble into the perfect solution and brought me along for the ride. You need to pick up and copy and find out how he managed to bring everyone back together.

Be sure to check out all the novellas in the Puppies for Christmas. They are all 99 cents. So get your copies now! You can find them at these links.

Oct 1st-Beneath Northern Lights by Lyn Cote

Oct 8th-Mistletoe Puppy by Roxanne Rustand

Oct 15th-Christmas Redemption by Laura Scott

Oct 22nd-Puppy Love and Jingle Bells by Merrillee Whren

Oct 29th-Joy Comes to Bedford Falls by Susan Aylworth

Nov 5th-A Christmas Puppy to Cherish by Josie Riviera

Are you good at wasting time? How do you accomplish it?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

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