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uncle1282

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Re: My first romance novel
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 9:36 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
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Quentin & Mattie : A World War Two Romance-Suspense (Quentin Haggerty Series Book 1) is now published on Amazon and Smashwords. It was a challenge for me as an old mystery writer. This book has mystery, history and of course romance.

Here's the final blurb as it stands now. Thanks to those who suggested changes, some of which I incorporated.

Following Pearl Harbor, Quentin “Q” Haggerty is working in an Oregon shipyard when his attractive assistant Mattie asks him to investigate the theft of a family heirloom. Q is drawn to Mattie and thinks of himself as something of an amateur sleuth, but soon stumbles on to two murders. While working the case he becomes torn between wholesome Mattie and the tempting but mysterious Angelina, a platinum blonde torch singer stalked by an overprotective mob boss. Mattie disappears, haunted by her past. Q needs brains, luck and perseverance to survive a saboteur at the shipyard, push aside dangerous temptation and bring back Mattie.

Novel #1 in the Quentin Haggerty Series.
Ned Kelly

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Re: My first romance novel
Posted: Nov 8, 2017 11:49 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
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You're a brave man Gungadin...I baulk at writing romance for many reasoms (I like Julia's reference to men writing about it "mechanically" - fold tab A into slot B etc)

I'm sure I'd a make an utter mess of it...however I'm giving it a go at the moment and I keep busting my seams laughing when I read it. Accordingly I've decided to publish under a female pseudonym.

I fully understand and sympathize with your dilemma

Good luck to you mate, ten points for trying

Cheers

Ned

Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: My first romance novel
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:23 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
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I agree; you're very brave. I write mysteries that often have romantic elements in them, but I'm not a romance reader and so I'd probably make a hash out of writing a book that was mainly romance. Good luck!
uncle1282

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Re: My first romance novel
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 9:46 AM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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"tis a far far better thing I do than I have ever done before." Well, not quite. But the seed for book #2 hit me during my final Createspace edit, and my mind is already sifting through ideas and the next opener. Mark Twain once said the denouement was what happened after the wedding. Well, not to give away anything from Quentin book 1, book 2 will start with the denouement of book 1, in a way. As we all know, or should by now, the wedding day is an aberration from day to day married life.

Like the man said: Marriage is like a hot bath ... once you're in it awhile, it's not so hot.
uncle1282

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Re: My first romance novel
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 9:48 AM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
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Standing aside from my finished work, I'd say it's 50% romance and all the mental gymnastics involved, and 50% mystery. But Amazon doesn't have a Romance-->mystery heading so I was forced to put it in Romance-->suspense. In Smashwords I get a second heading and chose Romance-->historical.
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