FROM KENWOOD TO LAS VEGAS – Slowing it Down and Heating it Up!

View from my window

I just finished my new novella, Nashville SEAL. It is going to be included in an anthology coming out this December, called Holding Out For A Hero. I plan to release a print and audio version as well.

I've thoroughly loved writing this book, as I do all my books. These colorful characters come to life as I put the story on the page, and I see opportunities to add fun details, sketches of people who would fit in, or, in many cases, don't fit into the story – because I find the deets that don't fit in are sometimes the best and most likeable for readers.

Fireplace, tossed sheets, what could be better?

So I put myself up in the lovely Kenwood Inn & Spa in Kenwood, a place I have gone to before when I needed a story “recharging” and what I call growing the kernels of my story in my own cornfield.

It is impossible to live in a heightened state of emotional intimacy 24/7 with anyone, let alone a fictional character, but when I travel to some place like the Kenwood Inn, my regular life fades into the distance and I get to live in my story. I've heard other writers do the same. I try to pick not just a “motel” room stay unless I'm writing about college dorm life. In this case, I was writing about a young singer-songwriter who is experiencing a good degree of success, and decides he wants more out of life, right at the same time something very moving and important from his past comes back on the scene.

Wine bar writing

Room service keeps me in the story because I don't have to stop and prepare or share my dinnertime with anyone (yes, this is a solo trip, by necessity), I can go to sleep when I want to, stay up all night and write, edit and doze by fireplace. Just walking the grounds gives me ideas. I have a time-travel romance set in this location, and have referred to it in Underworld Lover, and several of my SEAL books. In my books, it's called the Waterwheel Inn.

With my chapters done and not polished, I decided to finish that job at Las Vegas, since I was going there this weekend for an author signing put on by my friend, Crystal Perkins. I've done events with her in the past. Met up with Lance Taubold, and met a couple of new shining stars in my collection of author friends. I have some posts planned later for that.

Everyone should lick responsibly, don't you agree?

So I ran across this store here off the Flamingo, called LICK. Okay, yes, it's a candy store, but OMG I should have shopped here before my bachelorette party at RomCon. Every imaginable thing that had to do with candy, and lollipops, and (ahem) licking, was present. The atmosphere couldn't be more different, but the end result: I still focus on the romance. Watched the beautiful Bellagio water shows several times, wandered along the promenade and did a little naughty shopping. Cherry stuff, like oh, warmers and such, lip gloss, and my Lick Responsibly tee shirt. Some of these things are going to have to stay private, but boy did I have fun! Love the beer cozies, don't you? Not sure where I can wear the tee shirt, but it could be a nice message to wear around the house. Oh yes, the tit mints are kinda cool too. Yes, I am two women wrapped up in one. Well, perhaps three or four, but if you can't have fun, what good is it to be alive?

Even got red Tootsie Pop glasses for my new Romance Rider!

And it gave the right amount of kink and spice I needed to polish the book to it's jewel essence. And I had fun in the process.

I go home to hopefully a pad ready for my Romance Rider, and now that the book is finished, I can start to clean out my office and get her all set up! Life is good!

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julie beasley - November 15, 2015

Can't wait to read Nashville. Glad you had a pampered time on Kenwood. I love the lick goodies

Judy - November 15, 2015

The time at Kenwood sounds so lovely. Glad to hear you accomplished so much. Well done!

J.D. Hart - November 16, 2015

Thank you for the sneak preview of Nashville SEAL. It feels near and dear to my heart in many ways having been a Nashville singer/songwriter/recording artist. Although I didn't become a SEAL, I found something much greater that fulfilled me on much deeper levels. Can't wait for the opportunity to tell your amazing story. Enjoy your new writing cottage. I have a feeling masterpieces will be created in the Romance Rider. xoxoxox

    Karen Henderson - November 16, 2015

    I'm jealous there JD I'd love a sneak preview. You are our Nashville star in all the ways that matter.

    Sharon Hamilton - November 16, 2015

    JD, you are the inspiration for this story, no doubt. I took some of your stories, made up a few of my own, and turned characters into a world of my SEALs that I think was fun and will be fun for readers.

Karen Henderson - November 16, 2015

Sharon I odn't have a lot of specific things on my bucket list but I do have one that is to come visit CA again and stay at that hotel. I know it's not really called the Water Wheel but it always will be that to me. I'm so glad you got the chance to go there and relax. We always get to enjoy the beniifits of you being there. I'm so glad you came into my life cause it's defiently richer for you being in it. I'm so excited for this next book but in the meantime I always have all my old friends here on my shelf I can always pick up and revisit. This was a great way to end my Sunday up. <3

    Sharon Hamilton - November 16, 2015

    I would love to make that happen, Karen. We'd have a great time. Wouldn't it be fun to have a reader's event here in Sonoma County, and go see all the sights used in the stories? So many things are in there. It would be wonderful!

midsumrnghtdrm - November 16, 2015

Am happy you had a good time Sharon, ……Jara


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