Nancy: Will They or Won’t They?

When we read romance books, we know that, by definition, the couple will get a happily ever after (HEA). The joy isn’t the destination; it’s the journey. Not the what, but the how and, as Lisa Cron would remind us, the why.

But one thing I’ve been pondering as I finish my final round of revisions on the next Harrow’s book (Two Scandals are Better than One) is whether part of that journey should be the sense that this couple’s obstacles are so great, they just might not make it. Two Scandals doesn’t have that burning question. One of my beta readers listed it as a problem, although she liked the overall story. And as the writer/god of this story universe, I can thank her for that input and then choose to ignore it. But that bit of critique has stuck in my brain, because I think she might be onto something. Continue reading

Nancy: The Big Gesture


Several of us here at 8LW read and write romance, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to talk a bit about writing love and romance. I also thought it would be a great idea to share something from my own WIP to demonstrate a point. The thing is, my current WIP isn’t a romance.  It’s a women’s fiction story and the main relationship developing is the friendship between the three protagonists. Still, I don’t think I could write a story with no romance in it, so there is something I can share after all. Continue reading