Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


For me, keeping a story interesting involves using the WWWs. These are not so much like the patterns one might find in romances but more how life is-- real life, not just fantasy plots. It is about ups and downs. It's about fate. It's about the unexpected changing everything. It's about how a high often is right before a low and vice versa. I use it in my writing, like it in what I read, and can give an example from one of my days in August. 

That day, I had literally just been thinking how much I enjoy my life since my husband mostly retired. He has his projects, as I have mine, but we also have time to sit outside and sip wine while we talk about what we're doing or how the world is going. 

Walking away from my editing and into the kitchen, I was having a warm, glowing moment -- not something I didn't know before but just the moment I stopped to think-- yeah, this is very good.

When literally, my husband walked in from a check of the cattle and strapped a belt and holster with a gun around his waist. Eight of the cattle were missing, and he'd seen a truck go up our road with a big cattle trailer on behind. "Who do you know up there that has cattle?" he asked as he headed back out to drive up and see what was going on.

He was gone so fast I had no chance to say anything. From a high, I went to instant fear. What if it was someone out to rustle cattle? It's not as though I don't know it happens. I thought of the value of the eight animals. That was nothing when compared to running into a potentially violent encounter. 

 The problem was when he drove off, we could not either one know what it actually was. The trailer could have been unrelated to our missing animals. The potential of the other possibility made me feel fear. I went outside to listen for any sounds indicating a violent encounter. Maybe ten minutes later, he was driving back down with the information that the trailer had had nothing to do with our wayward livestock, which he later found deep in the brush and hiding after breaking down the fence.

I can think of a hundred moments like that on a ranch where with big equipment and livestock, life  changes instantly. It is the way though of all of life. The WWW in fiction is also life. It does make a book more exciting. It also reflects reality into fiction. The best fiction, including romances, is, after all, a reflection of life.


Linda Kay said...

Great story of instant emotional change. So glad the outcome was much better than it might have been, but it looks like good fodder for a story!

Tabor said...

Even urban life and city life has these sudden swift changes in life and we should not forget what a good story twist they might make. I will try to be more open!

Celia said...

Relieved that all was well. We have had some rustling around here lately, both cows and sheep. May you be safe.

Tara Crowley said...

Yikes. Cattle rustlers. You must've been terrified for your husband! Glad it all turned out well. Yes, I agree it is good fodder for a piece in a book....good stuff, full of uncertainty, worry, anxiety. What would you have done had there been violence? How far away are the police/sheriff? Yikes.

Rain Trueax said...

Because he had left so fast, I had no time to tell him what I thought he should do but when we discussed it later, he agreed with the right procedure and it's what he'd have done if they were loading our cattle. He'd have come back down and called the sheriff. He would not have confronted them and the gun was only if they got ugly in confronting him before he could turn back around. My belief is you cannot win if you instigate a violent event, and the cattle are only worth say $5000 or so. Not nearly what a life is. He could have also put our own pickup across the road down below to block them from leaving the dead-end road. But the best idea would be to get a license plate number and give it to the authorities.

Rustling definitely does happen and the more people who feel they are being cheated by life, the more we see thievery of all sorts. I just read about a 67 yo woman in a nearby town who worked for a co-op and was just arrested for fraud and theft. She had gotten away with over $10,000 in the last year when management realized what she had been doing. What on earth is wrong with someone who would screw up their life that way?