Guest Post: Author Amy Lichtenhan

Thank you to The Book Diva’s Reads for having me on today! 

Since I’ve just starting working on the outline for my third release, I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about the first steps of my writing process.

I’m sure many of you are writers or perhaps you have wanted to pen your own novel, but just haven’t known exactly how to get started. 

Many times, the idea is the easy part.  For me, it’s usually out of the blue when the images of new characters and a vague sense of their circumstances pop in my head.  I spend quite a bit of time thinking about and developing the characters and their stories in my mind.

But how to get it on paper? 

Once I have a mental grasp on my story line, an outline becomes essential.  I have a thick, spiral notebook for each book (and of course a pencil – we can’t be afraid to erase and revise).

First of all, I start with my characters and their traits: What do they look like?  What are their mannerisms, attributes, temperaments? Why are the characters important to each other?  Now is also the time to think about the setting and how it affects my characters.

Next, I work on the outline. I know there are successful writers out there who work completely without an outline and allow their characters to take them where they want to go, but for most of us, we need direction.  It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but a basic guide for where we want our story to go. 

Start simple.

Think about your introduction, rising action, climax, and resolution.  Jot a few sentences down about each.  What happens during each of them? 

Then take those and expand. Here you can begin to break your story up into chapters.  If your plot is time specific, be sure to also write a time-line so the passage of time over your chapters is clear to your reader. If you want to get really detailed, you can write a mini-outline for each chapter.  Personally, I write just a few paragraphs to outline each chapter:  What happens in the chapter (beginning, middle, and end), what do my characters feel, and what needs to be said?  I also leave space to go back and jot things down later on as thoughts, ideas, and dialogue come to me.

With a plot and characters in place, I now have somewhere to start.  

My outlines aren’t perfect and changes are always made, but they are essential to keeping me organized and on track.

Thanks again to Vivian for having me on The Book Diva’s Reads today! It’s been an honor. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win an eBook copy of Pulled

Amy Lichtenhan is the debut author of Pulled, a contemporary romance released by TWCS Publishing House on February 24, 2011. 

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of; a love they believed bonded them together for life.  When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart.  In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.  

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago.  

But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 

Since she was a girl, Amy Lichtenhan found the reasons people are drawn together fascinating, and she utilizes her own experiences and observations to explore fate, destiny, and serendipity in her debut novel, Pulled.  

Amy’s second book, Take This Regret, is set for release July 28, 2011 

There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth. 

Christian Davison has a plan for his life.  He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm.  Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.  

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgiveable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.  Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

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Book 158: PULLED Review

Are you into contemporary romance? Do you like reading HEA books? If so, then Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan is just the book for you. True love supposedly doesn’t run a smooth course, and neither does the action in Pulled.

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery met when they were teenagers and it was love at first sight. Melanie became a much-loved member of the Montgomery family. She considered Julia and Patrick Montgomery surrogate parents and Erin Montgomery was more than her best friend, she was a sister of the heart. Melanie and Daniel knew that their love would last a lifetime. They were much more than in love.  They were soul mates. Their relationship undergoes a trial when Melanie becomes pregnant during her senior year of high school. But their unborn child is an unexpected gift and they make plans to marry and raise their child together. Unfortunately tragedy strikes when a drunk driver hits their car. Melanie is severely injured and their child is born too early. Melanie’s parents aren’t as forbearing as Daniel’s and Melanie is whisked away to recuperate and no contact with Daniel is allowed. What follows are a series of events that result in years of unhappiness for them both.

Fast forward nine years and Melanie is married to an overbearing, pompous and abusive man. Daniel has made it through medical school and is in practice with his father but knows that there is something missing in his life. On one fateful evening Daniel and Melanie are reunited at a business dinner meeting between Daniel, Nicholas and Shane (Nick’s business partner). Regrettably Daniel is there with a friend (and I use the term “friend” loosely), who just happens to be pregnant with his child. It’s obvious there’s still a spark between the two. How can they move forward with Melanie being married and Daniel expecting a child from another woman? Is their love doomed to failure once again? Well, I could tell you but you really should read the book. Ms. Lichtenhan has created a modern romance with fairy tale undertones. Pulled definitely isn’t all goodness and light and there are dark forces and dark personalities at work, but if you enjoy romance then this may be just the book for you.

Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes from the author. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Coming This Week…

Coming up tomorrow is a review of Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan. And Wednesday, July 13th will feature a guest post by author Amy Lichtenhan. 

Don’t forget you still have until 12:00 AM ET on 07/13/2011 to enter for your chance to win an ebook copy of Pulled by Ms. Lichtenhan. Don’t have an ereader? Don’t worry…you can read the ebook on your computer. The winner of the ebook giveaway will be posted on 07/14/2011.

Additional reviews coming up this week will be for Sacred Evil by Heather Graham, The Undertaker by William Brown, and In Seconds by Brenda Novak.

Reviews Coming Soon…

I know…I’m a little behind in posting reviews, but thankfully not behind in my reading. I’ll be posting reviews of the following titles over the weekend: Darkhouse by Karina Halle, The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross, Merciless by Diana Palmer, Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper and possibly Sacred Evil by Heather Graham (told you I’ve been reading.)

Of course next week will feature a review of Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan posting on 07/12/11. Ms. Lichtenhan will be providing a guest post on 07/13/11. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win the ebook version of Pulled (you can read the ebook on a computer even if you don’t have an ereader); winner will be announced on 07/14/11.

Here’s a sneak peek at books I’ll be reading over the next week: The Undertaker by William Brown, The Saints Go Dying by Erik Hanberg, In Seconds by Brenda Novak, and You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz.

So what have you been reading and what’s next on your TBR list?

Ebook giveaway and coming soon…

I’m pleased to announce another giveaway! I will be giving away the ebook of Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan. To enter this giveaway please click here and fill out the form. Entries are allowed through 12:00 AM ET on Wednesday, July 13th. The winner will be announced and posted on July 14, 2011.

Now for the really big news…author Amy Lichtenhan will be providing a guest author post on Wednesday July 13. My review of Pulled will be posting on Tuesday, July 12th. 

Make sure you mark your calendars and come back on Wednesday July 13th and enter today for your chance to get Pulled in ebook format.