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 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.


Sometimes I Wonder…

You know, sometimes I wonder at what started me with writing.  I realize that it could be sheer boredom that makes me position my fingers over the keys to type out a manuscript.  It could be because I have all these funny characters running through my head that are like, homeless. *smile* These characters come barreling into my life and demand that I give them attention.

So I wonder, if I didn’t write, would I be considered crazy because I have characters talking to me in my head.  If I didn’t write, I wouldn’t have a place to put all the sassiness that I have into one person.   I believe that my characters have the ability to say the things that I ‘should’ have said in response to some remark or another.  

I also wonder what people think about my characters.  I know that sometimes being an author of romance, especially erotic interracial romance, it can be a thankless job.  I know that sometimes we can always forget that hey, there are people out there reading your words and your thoughts and they have an opinion too.   Which is why I am glad that the internet has progressed the way that it has.  I am glad that there are now Author Groups where you can sit and gab about your favorite authors and even maybe chat it up with the author if you choose.  I am glad there is a Twitter to follow your favorite authors even if they only tweet a *sigh* every six months.  (They are human beings and they do have a life, and do not merely exist to satisfy our word-cravings, even though we wish they did). 

I also sometimes try to figure out if I weren’t writing, what would I be doing with all my free time?  I would be watching t.v. shows and thinking that I could write a better plot line.  So even if I wasn’t writing, I would be thinking about writing. 

There are other times when I sit down to write, and the plot doesn’t hit me.   I have about sixteen WIP’s on my flash drive where I didn’t get further than a conversation.  The conversation is good, and I refuse to let it die, but what do I do with one good dialog?   So there they sit.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do as a writer is to let the book evolve on its own.  I’m so thankful to eBooks because it allows me the freedom to write something that is either 3,ooo words or 9,000 words and not feel as though I didn’t tell all of the character’s story.  I love the flexibility that being e-pubed allows. 

I’m thankful that we live in a day in age where books, news, gossip and music are so easily accessible.  If it weren’t for eBooks, I would have never discovered the world of multi-cultural/interracial story weavers.  

So those are my musings…which normally come after I have submitted a manuscript.  I bet you are wondering what the next book is…stay tuned and find out… 🙂

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.

Meeting for the First Time… A New Free Read

I  am waiting with some trepidation at the small bookstore.   My pen pal should be here to meet me for the first time any minute.  Yeah I know, I know, stupid of me to meet someone who I don’t know in this day and age of killers, rapists and psychos….

Read the rest here…

Why I Choose to Write Interracial Romance/Erotica

I have never given it much thought on to why I choose to write Interracial romance/erotica. I was going through some posts and really just searching Google when I decided to write out what I thought about why I am obsessed with this particular genre.

For starters, it was because I could never find this type of novel when I began reading novels and romantica when I was younger. I loved the Alpha males. I was fascinated by the way that the authors told their tales with suspense and love always being there. Yet, one thing bothered me: none of the characters looked like me.

I was always one with eclectic tastes in high school. I hung out with the nerds, National Honors Society members, the jocks, I played basketball, the urbanites and a group we deemed as the Black Hole. I was a part of all of these cliques. I did not need to find myself defined by who I hung out with. I was indefinable. Of course, that got me some wierd stares and getting called some names, and in a few fist fights. I was a scrapper too. But in all of this, I knew one thing, I was attracted to all races.

Of course, my family coming from the deep deep South, I knew this wouldn’t fly over well. Needless to say, I didn’t date at all in high school. Not one boyfriend, I was too intimidated by my stoic family to dare bring home someone of a different race. If I couldn’t handle it at that age, I knew that whoever that person was, they would not even survive a moment in the lion’s den.

With that being said, I relished the time alone I had to watch movies to get my fill. It was ok in my house to say a particular white man was fine as hell, Costas Mandylor, Richard Gere, you know? But to say you would date them? Oh hell to the naw. That was not going to fly.

I digress. I went to college and English was my major. At this particular time, I was still too scared to bring home the ‘other’. So I wrote it. I wrote long stories of the heroine and hero grappling with race, culture or even their own peeves and getting to the loving. As I wrote, I began to look for the same thing that I was writing. I couldn’t find it anywhere.

There were some pretty pathetic attempts at it, hinted at in certain movies such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back where one of her sisters was married to a white man. I just didn’t see it. Perhaps it was too new, or too taboo. I am not sure which. Yet, I still knew that for me it was just about attraction, not bank account, credit scores, better cars or caviar dreams. It was a plain and simple attraction. I tried very hard to analyze this and tried to figure out just how in the world could I break this “habit”, as if it were a disease to be cured. Sad isn’t it?

I quickly realized that it wasn’t just some disease, it was just a part of who I was. Just as I just don’t get down with one particular type of music, I just won’t confine myself to one particular type of man. I don’t think in any way that defines me as a person, it just defines me.

So I began to pick up my writing again, not trying to cure myself, but to embrace myself. I never wanted to be pigeonholed, and I won’t let my writing be pigeonholed either.

So I write these erotica shorts as an outlet of what I would like to see. I no longer worry about what other people think of it, and I know longer care what my family thinks. They have accepted it about me now, and even if they didn’t, I would still persue it.

Love comes in all shapes, colors and dogmas. Love knows no bounds, why should we try to cage it? It is for this reason I choose to write interracial romance because I could never get enough of it. Everyone is beautiful in their own right.


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