Coming Soon to Beautiful Trouble Publishing – Ronni’s Romanian by Nevea Lane


They are finally finished.   It took me a while to finish the character of Lucian Covaci.  It took me even longer to finish Ronni Cadell.  They were complex and slightly introverted characters that needed to be coaxed out of their shells.

So if you remember, I posted character write-ups on Lucian http://wp.me/PRJAl-18 here.  So, after a year of developing him, his habits and even finding the perfect dog for him, he found a place to call home, and he found a face!

The wonderful thing about them having an identity is that their story can now be told.   Are you curious how they turned out?

Ronni Cadell’s business is in trouble, but she can hardly concentrate on her professional life when her mother is constantly trying to set her up on dates and nagging her about dying alone and miserable. 

Corporate raider Lucian Covaci knows Ronni’s business is floundering and she has been dodging his company’s attempts to sit her down and buy her out.  Although he’s normally the silent out-of-sight type owner, Lucian takes her elusiveness in his own hands.  Ronni can’t dodge Lucian when he waltzes into her charity fundraiser and places a ridiculously high bid for an hour of her time.

Ronni can’t believe her luck when Lucian places a bid for a tour of her company.  Lucian can’t believe he just acted so uncharacteristically just to meet a client.  Now Lucian must convince Ronni that his interest in her goes beyond just business.  

They will be out soon.  I’m glad you all stuck around to see the finished product.

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Pulling, Tugging, Screaming and Finally a Hot Toddy


To borrow a line from one of my favorite lyricists, “Some people ask where the fuck I’ve been; shit I don’t know, but what I do know, is that I’m back now!” (Eminem, “Underground”, Relapse)

Where have I been?

I will only answer that if you promise not to squeal, scream or tell my probation officer (The probation thing is a long story). I’ve been trying something deliciously new.  I’ve been attempting to write with a plot line.  Rarely do I ever actually plot a story.  More often than not, I’ll hear a line in a song, or hear a funny anecdote and I take off running, and my fingers will only leave the keyboard long enough to wipe my brow.

I know, I know.  Some true writers will probably want to blow up my condo with a nuclear missile for that approach.  However, it works for me.  Except on this last particular story.  I haven’t been in the habit of posting excerpts of work in progress lately because of the fact that there are some characters that I’m keeping close to my heart, but my work, before it is edited, is probably atrocious.   If you’ve read most of the free works that I’ve posted here, you realize that I don’t contract all that much.  So one new approach that I’m trying is to actually contract while writing instead of going back and using the beloved ‘find and replace’ feature.

Still not answering the question of where you’ve been Nevea….

I digress then.   Where I’ve been is writing.  I hate going back and re-reading what I’ve written.  (If you ask how do I edit and re-write, it is this simple, I usually start over).  So I’ve gotten to read some of the things that I’ve written, and I found myself wishing things like, this should have been longer, or his eyes should have been blue. So how does one deal with those I Wishes? I just do it.  I’ve got enough chips on my shoulder and so on where I don’t need another one, so I would rather re-write it than wish I had.     When do we get to the point where we just stop wishing?  So I did it.  I’ve begun the process of re-writing some of the works you’ve seen here.  Stay tuned on what happens with these free reads.

Now, I’m working on some delicious stories with my beloved publisher; and I wish I could tell you just how delicious these stories are, but I’m still tweaking and working various plot twists.  But I can tell you this much, they are longer.

Speaking of longer, and you would have had to been there to understand, I just celebrated my birthday for about a week.  A week-long celebration for a heck of a milestone… one over the big 3-0.   Why would I celebrate that occasion for a week?  We don’t do things for ourselves often enough with purely selfish intentions.  We, as people, do things because it seems like the right thing to do, or it would look good in someone else’s eyes.   This is commendable, respectable even, but that is why I chose to do a 180║ on my moral compass.

I hung out late, stayed up for two days straight, had great times with friends and lived each day as a celebration.   At the end of the week, I caught a cold but it was so worth every single minute of living each moment to its fullest, and it gave me an excuse to have a hot toddy and nurse my cold.

So there is an update on where I’ve been.   Just wait till you see where I’m going…

Getting Closer, well at least to her name.


I am getting closer to her name.  I have narrowed it down based on the research that I have done on name meanings.

I am a firm believer in the fact that the character name really does reflect who they are as a person.  I am not going to name someone Rose if she is not as pretty as a Rose.  Wait, no, I take that back, if I am trying to purposely inject some serious irony, then yeah, sure go for it, otherwise, I don’t do it.   

So I have narrowed it down to at least four names that I think would work for the idea of the female lead.  I think I already have her last name picked out as well.  Perhaps some writers can fly by the seat of their pants and let their character’s name themselves, and I envy you, I really do. Can’t you see me green with envy…?

Really, I can’t write until I have a name.  Yet, that is my quirk, names, astrological signs, all of it, all of it plays into how I mold my character.  After I mold them, I will try to create a situation that will test them on all fronts and challenge all of their issues.  

With that being said, did you see the poll below?  Take it and let me know what you think the name should be, or suggest one of your own, I am open to all ideas.

Then maybe, just maybe I can begin to write the story!  Wish me luck…

Missing the Heroine…Who can live up to the standard?


Here I am sitting now with a huge dilemma on my hands.  I need to figure out who is going to be the love interest of the complex male character that I created.   Lucian is a complex character.  He isn’t exactly an Alpha but isn’t exactly a Beta either.   

The problem comes in is trying to develop a female that can deal with all of his dark moods, his quirks, his lack of talking and not be a total pushover either.  She has to care for Lucian but at the same time she needs to be her own woman where getting Lucian to come out of his shell is not all that she is living for.

I suppose the first thing is first is that I need to figure out her name.  A name can really shape the character.  I love characters being able to have a nickname as well.  So something that doesn’t sound so bland yet gives her character.    I think all the gemstones have been over done.  Diamond, Ruby, Jade… I could name her Amethyst but that isn’t going to work.

I am starting with what I want the name to mean and narrow it down from there.  I am looking for something that means “silent warrior” or something similar.  That is what she is, a silent warrior, she would have to be to get this hard rock that I created in Lucian.  

How hard can it be coming up with a character that can match him? Well, she would have to be someone who is the opposite of him in order for there to be some sort of conflict there.   She has to be someone who is more of a cat person than a dog person.  Or more family oriented considering that Lucian doesn’t have any.    Someone who adores her friends where Lucian is a recluse. 

Yet, at the same time, she has to be someone who can be taught what a quiet night is like, and someone who can appreciate the things about Lucian that he can’t change and won’t change.  

She would have to be just as complex as Lucian, but with her emotions more on the surface.  That is a problem because that would mean I would need to study someone who is the opposite of me.  I am more like Lucian!  

To the drawing board I go… wish me luck!

Researching Characters


Map of Romania
Map of Romania

I find myself in an interesting spot.  I am researching a character.  Usually, I  base my character on people I have met in my life,  I use their mannerisms and their speech patterns to mold this character that turns out to be a mish-mash of personas.   Not this time.

I am attempting to make my stories more engaging, more emotionally charged, just more… where it isn’t full of one-liners and quips that don’t give the reader any type of perception on who the character is or what they are comprised of.  I found that I wanted the hero to be a foreigner.

I thought Italian, then quickly pushed that one out of my head.  It’s been done.  I thought French, and then I thought, ehhh no, I needed something grittier, someone edgy…something not done before, or not really seen before.  I settled on Romanians.  

Why?  I am not quite sure except that a name caught me.  Covaci.  It was the perfect last name for the character I had in mind.  Covaci means “ironmaker”.  I wanted this particular hero to be iron-like, steel edged.  His name just fell into my lap.  Yet,  I realized I do not know a single Romanian and don’t know what type breed they even are. There, the research began.

Of course I started with Wikipedia.  I quickly went on to surfing blogs.  I stumbled upon a now defunct blog that spoke of dating Romanian men.  Low and behold, my first hunch was right, they have sort of a steel edge to thm, players of the game, yet when they are emotionally engaged, they are engaged.  Well, that is one opinion according to the blog of course.  

I didn’t realize that researching where your character is supposed to come from helps move the story.  I was more of a fly by the pants writer, I didn’t plot, just wrote.  Yet, I have found that the research that goes into a character well help shape and form the story.  Now if the heroine would just come as easy. 

Stay tuned to see what happens to my new hero, Lucian Covaci. 

©Lucian Covaci is a fictional name and a fictional character created by Nevea Lane.  Any similarities to a real Lucian is strictly coincindental.