Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide.
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark.
Here’s to my love! (drinks the poison) O true apothecary,
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
Ah, and so end’s Romeo and Juliet. Now, this isn’t a favorite play of mine. I don’t like tragic endings in romance, that’s why I write in the romance genre and not women’s fiction. I want the HEA. The HEA might take a few books to get there, but rest assured, my heroes will be happy together, and not in death. So here’s how I would write the ending (and being predominately a m/m writer, I’m changing Juliet into Jules.)
(kisses JULES, takes out the poison)
Romeo stares at the ugly brown bottle. Did he really want to end his life? Yes, he loved Jules like no other, but it wasn’t as if they could marry. He’d have to do the deed sometime in the future.
He vehemently shook his head. With Jules he had no life, and the thought of taking a wife left a knot in his stomach.
“Bitter, bitter taste I will welcome. Here’s to my love. “
He uncapped the cork and the nasty whiff made him choke.
Jules stirred, sitting up on his elbows, rubbing his eyes. “Hey, Rom, what took you so long?”
Romeo gasped and dropped the bottle on the concrete floor. The glass smashed and released the foul odor.
Jules wrinkled his nose. “What the fuck is that stuff?”
“I thought you were dead?”
“Didn’t you get the message?”
Romeo’s heart pounded. He’d almost taken the vile poison, and all this time his lover was alive. “What message?”
“Man, you have the worst luck. I only pretended to die, idiot. Why would I kill myself? Tybalt is dead. Mecutio is dead. How many dead bodies do we need in this goddamn play?”
Romeo shrugged. “And Paris…”
“Geeze, man, is there anyone left alive?”
Romeo grinned, his eyes shining. “We are…so let’s make the best of it.”
Fade to black…
Ah, come on, this IS Shakespeare and he doesn’t do erotic romance!
Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.
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I have several published book and have been epublishing since 2006. The industry is constantly changing that’s it difficult to come up with hard and steadfast rules for a successful writing career. For what it’s worth, here’s are some tips that I find helpful.
1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – publish with more than one publishing house. I’ve had houses go under and it’s a bitch to get your rights back, so it’s nice to have income coming in from several sources.
2. Don’t think there’s one way to do something – there are always options, and sometimes rules are meant to be broken. You just need to know when you can break them.
3. Don’t freak out when someone writes a bad review of one of your beloved stories. Writing is subjective. There are best sellers that I couldn’t even get past the first chapter. It doesn’t mean it’s not good but that I just didn’t resonate with the book.
4. The best way to improve your writing is to do it. So keep writing.
5. Limit your critique partners – and be sure they respect your voice.
6. Above all, enjoy the journey – all of it. Have fun with your creative process, be an individual and give yourself permission to be yourself. Not all of us write with a story outline, or crank out three books a month, or spend eight hours a day writing. It’s OK. You are the director of your own movie.
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If I could shift into an animal it’d be a majestic cat. For one, they are beautiful graceful creatures, so unlike myself. I tend to be tall and have a heavy step so graceful I’m not! I also love the striking coats of many of the big cats – tiger, leopard, ocelot, panther, jaguar. I’ve always been into adornment and fun clothes, and well, who wouldn’t like to have such magnificent fur coat!
Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.
Pride will be the death of him.
When psychic Nate Coleman dreams of a murder, he knows it’s a premonition. He can’t forget the image of his ex-lover with a bullet hole through his chest. Nate has no choice but to confront William and face the skeptical scientist’s ridicule.
Dr. William Ryner doesn’t believe in what he can’t prove. When Nate comes back into his life, it’s not to rekindle their love, but to bring up more of that mumbo jumbo that split them apart.
Despite William’s refusal to listen, Nate can’t ignore the premonition. And, William can’t ignore Nate. Before the gunman strikes, William must either trust in Nate’s ability or rely only on the facts, but if he does the latter, pride could be the death of him.