Sneak Off and Read: Lines about WORDS OF ENDEARMENT, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about WORDS OF ENDEARMENT for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Tears sparkled on Maddie’s eyelashes. “I love that boy so much. He reminds me of my Joseph.” She smiled. “He’s just as stubborn.”

Jacquie Biggar
Hold ‘Em


“You are incredibly beautiful, Zoe Anderson. I’m honored you’re sharing your lovely body with me.”

Claire Gem


“I can’t stop thinking about you,” he whispered as he explored me with his tongue, caressing me, exciting me, removing my clothes, making me lose control as he led me away from the kitchen.

Joanne Guidoccio


But he kept his distance until she was inside and rolled down the window. Then he leaned in and planted a hot kiss on her before saying in a soft voice, “Drive safe, baby.”

Kathryn Jane


“Babe, I missed you so much.” Her eyes filled with worry, and he hated that he’d put that…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about the topic DREAM, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about the topic DREAM for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Ben cleared a path to the hostess station where Daniel stood, wearing a dark blue suit, a red-striped tie, and a 100-watt smile. He looked…magnificent. His eyes gleamed with hopes and dreams.

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


“See? He’s gentle as a lamb.”
Some Lamb. The Sheep in her dreams didn’t blow smoke out their nostrils.

Jacquie Biggar
Hold ‘Em


I have no regrets. None at all. It’s my money and I love helping people reach their dreams.

Joanne Guidoccio


Dusty wondered if she’d been dreaming. But the rifle was balanced in her right hand, and the binocs hung from a strap in her left.

Kathryn Jane


Never in my wildest dreams would have guessed I’d be just like the other players, a divorced dad who was lucky to…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about the topic WISH, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about the topic WISH for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Sharon WrayLeaving the square, Nate kept to the dark edges when his cell buzzed again. A text message from Pete which left Nate wishing his heart would give up and stop beating.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


“Don’t need your help, lamebrain. I can manage just fine. And stop calling me beautiful.”

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


The kids love Doctor Barnes, he makes them laugh. I wish you could hear it, Ray. They make my heart happy.

Jacquie Biggar


Laura wished now she had something she could share with Miller to offer him some comfort. But she had nothing.

Claire Gem


How I wished he could get back into bed with me. But I knew he had a responsibility to be at the murder scene.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about KINDNESS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about KINDNESS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


The build. The blond hair. Those blue eyes. Kind to the people in this town, to his family. She wasn’t the right person for him.

Marsha West


Sharon WrayAlthough their family names intertwined with hers in every bible on the Isle, none of them had ever offered her a moment of kindness during her poverty-stricken childhood, after Rafe disappeared, or the night her father died.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


“What kind of doctor are you? Her foot isn’t there. What did those idiot anatomy professors teach you?”

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


She remembered her mom telling her, “Kindness is one of God’s greatest gifts, but it’s meant to be shared.” Cass liked that.

Jacquie Biggar


She appreciated his kindness, his gentleness, his emotional sincerity and honesty

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Dealing with Dialogue Tags

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Glancing back at some of my earlier work, I cringe at my use of “said bookisms” such as roared, admonished, exclaimed, queried, and hissed. I was trying to avoid overusing the word “said” and searched for suitable alternatives. I realize now that substituting those words made it sound like I enjoyed using my thesaurus. Instead, I was annoying the reader and drawing attention away from the dialogue.

From different workshop facilitators, I’ve learned that I don’t have to interpret the dialogue, or worse, tell the reader how the words are said. If the dialogue is strong enough, “he said” and “she said” will do. Like other parts of speech—the, is, and, but—that are used several times on each page, “said” is invisible and allows the reader to concentrate on the action and dialogue.

To add variety, I insert action tags and internal dialogue within blocks of dialogue.

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Falling in #Love with your #Characters #amwriting @jacqbiggar

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Readers often ask where do writers come up with ideas for their characters? In my case, the birth of a hero comes from a variety of sources. News reports, television programs, books I’ve read; all are great resources.

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But my favorite characters grow organically from stories I’ve already written. For my new release, Missing: The Lady Said No, the idea for my hero, Augustus Grant, came to me from a previous book where the main character was a mystery writer suffering from writer’s block.

Gus is the character my hero, Joel Carpenter, (in the holiday romance novelSilver Bells) was writing about. I fell in love with the bumbling detective and decided then and there he needed his own story!

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Gus is smart, irreverent, a little bit clumsy (okay, a LOT clumsy!) and still in love with the girl he let get away.

Rebecca Hayes.

Here’s a short…

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