Pleasure Me With Anne Gracie

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So I’m a Dreamer…. Sue Me.

Where do your ideas come from?  People ask me that all the time.

A lot of them come from dreaming — not real dreams, of the kind where old friends and teachers rise up to haunt you– the kind of half awake dreams you have just before you fall asleep, or just before you force yourself to roll out of bed. For me, they’re the times a story starts to spin.

It’s a little bit like a movie that just starts rolling in my head. I’ll have characters who just start talking. And doing stuff. And sometimes what they say will make me laugh, so then I have to force myself back into awake mode and scribble the scene down. If I don’t, I’ll forget it.

The Accidental Wedding

When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he has no memory. In the days following his accident, he is charmed by her bright outlook on life, but he lives for the nights, when she joins him chastely-more or less-in her bed. When his memory returns, Nash asks for just one more night before he leaves. But it’s one night too many and it creates a scandal that leaves him no choice but to offer her marriage.

With five orphaned half-siblings in her charge, Maddy needs the security Nash offers and can’t resist the promise of passion she’s experienced in his embrace. Well born, but poverty-stricken, Maddy knows she’s not the wife he planned on, but he’s everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But will passion be enough? He’s a diplomat who knows Czars and Princes and Grand-dukes and she’s just a country girl who’s never even been to a ball.

Can their new-found love survive, or will this accidental marriage destroy her dreams and his career?

Here’s a scene and a character that came to me exactly like that. The scribbled -down version in the spiral backed exercise book is almost identical —a gift from the gods of dreamers – an unforgettable hero and a story.

Rake Scene

And to think I used to get into trouble at school for dreaming.

“But with historical novels, isn’t it all research?” people say. “Isn’t it a drag?”

It’s true I do lots of research. It provides the background, the texture, some of the detail. But if a historical romance is doing its job, you shouldn’t even notice the history – you’ll be reading for the story, for the characters, the thrills and spills. Just like any other book. But not all research comes from books or the web.

For instance in my most recent book, THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING some of the details come from my childhood. This, in a nutshell is the set up:

 An injured man, a desperate woman…
She saves his life. He fakes amnesia…

Maddy, my heroine is well born, but poverty stricken  She does what she can to make ends meet. She keeps bees. I grew up with hives in the back yard and the sharp, clean scent of beeswax at harvesting time. Like my father, Maddy grows vegetables and worries about protecting her seedlings from frosts and storms — and her chickens from foxes. She does hat makeovers, which I remember my grandmother doing, remaking her church hats to give them a new lease of life. These are all things people have done for generations.

As well as an unconscious hero landing on her doorstep and a night prowler trying to terrorize her, Maddy has young half-bothers and sisters to care for.  The youngest is a little girl obsessed with fairy tales — don’t we all know children who live out their stories? I was one of them, too. Little Lucy knows exactly how to deal with a handsome, unconscious hero.

       “He’s a prince,” Lucy insisted. “And he needs a princess to kiss him and then he’ll wake up.”

“That’s Sleeping Beauty, silly,” Susan told her.
“Same thing,” Lucy declared stoutly.
“No, because Sleeping Beauty is a girl and he’s a man.”
Henry joined in. “And a man can’t be a beauty.”
“Why not?”
“Because he can’t,” Henry said. “Only ladies can be beautiful.”
Maddy smiled to herself. She disagreed. This man was wholly male, and beautiful.

Sometimes I’m inspired by other people’s dreams.

 I was listening one day to the song, “When You Taught Me How to Dance” by UK singer songwriter Katie Melua (from the movie Miss Potter.) Instantly a scene came to mind.
    Maddy is a girl who’s never been to a party, never danced in public, and doesn’t know how to waltz. It’s a relatively new dance, after all. So my hero, Nash, offers to teach her. They make a time, but Maddy arrives late… and finds the hero with her four year old half-sister teaching her how to dance.

The song is here – have a listen with your eyes closed, it’s so gorgeous.

Here’s a little bit of the scene:

 She watched Nash Renfrew now, tall and elegant and as handsome a man as she’d ever dreamed of. He bowed gracefully to his very diminutive partner.
Lucy made a deep, wobbly curtsy, then bounced up in triumph. She gripped his hands and carefully climbed onto his feet, standing with one small foot on each large boot. Maddy swallowed.
“Ready?” Nash asked the little girl.
Lucy nodded. Tibby played the opening bars and off they danced, tall man and tiny girl standing on his feet, her little hands clinging to his in an excited death grip.
They circled, first in a very slow clump-clump-clump, clump-clump-clump, then faster and faster as Lucy became used to the rhythm and the movement. Soon they were stepping to the music, then twirling around the room.
Maddy’s eyes misted up. Lucy was so proud, so thrilled. Once, Nash swept her up in an arc through the air and she squealed with delight, then he settled her deftly back on his boots and they continued as before.
 Lucy caught sight of her and shrieked gleefully, “Maddy, Maddy, look at me, I’m dancing!”
Maddy laughed and clapped and nodded, halfway to tears.

I’d love to meet some of these people who told me off as a child for dreaming too much. It’s not a waste of time — it’s a job, a proper job. LOL 

Are you a day dreamer? What’s a dream you’d like to have come true?

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Anne Gracie started her writing career while backpacking solo around the world. Starting with Harlequin, she now writes historical romances for Berkley but instead of exotic foreign locations, her new career takes her to conferences. She’s a three time RITA finalist, has twice won the NRCA  as well as the Romantic Book of the Year in Australia, and has been listed in Library Journal’s best romances of the year.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

81 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Anne Gracie

  1. >I guess this blog has come to a close, now, so I just want to say thank you to Monica and everyone who read and commented on the blog. It's been a pleasure.
    All the best

  2. >Hi Sheree, I'm chuckling here about your Jayne Ann Krentz and the pumps dream. You do get some wild dreams when that merging thing happens.
    Happy daydreaming.

    Hi Lindseye, I hope you do win the lottery some day and travel to your hearts content. Best of luck

  3. >Being able to travel whenever and where ever I want would be nice. Also winning the lottery which is great for day dreaming.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  4. >I do daydream a lot; it's fun.

    What I have experienced was that annoying slowly waking stage, during which anything I hear (be it the radio or television) will work its way into a dream. The last time, I dreamt that I was meeting Jayne Ann Krentz and she was telling me all about pumps (the TV was on some home renovation show) even though I was asking her about her books. Can you imagine how annoying that was? Okay, funny, too, after I woke up.


  5. >Sylvia, I love it when my mail brings me an unexpected surprise.
    I like your dream, too, and I hope it comes true and you have a wonderful, happy retirement – with lots more nice surprises in the post.

  6. >Hi Pat, yes the cover guys at Berkley did the book proud, I agree.

    What a nice daydream — wouldn't it be lovely if your old friends saw you on this blog and contacted you.
    Best of luck in the draw.

  7. >I've not read Accidental Bride but the cover
    is most wonderful! I can hear it calling my name!

    My daydreams include seeing old friends with
    whom I've lost touch: like Shirley and Carol
    Ann, my good pals in our senior year in HS
    or my football player friend and his family
    from back in the day!

    Pat Cochran

  8. >Monica – only four more days! Guess what I got in the mail today? Signed bookmarks and a signed bookplate. What a nice surprise in between the bills. I am looking forward to seeing Pleasure Me on the Kindle.
    My favorite daydream is pretty simple. I am just enjoying life. Not rich, just comfortable and retired. Have a great house in the country with my husband, and am able to spend time on my yard and pets.
    Thanks again Monica. I really appreciate the flyer/bookmarks/bookplate. I will be sure to pass the flyer on. Even my husband looked through them!

  9. >Hi Californian Julie, I get that hazy thing in the morning, too. It's just a matter of training yourself to write the dreams down, and when you do, your brain remembers so much more. I learned the habit from Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer. My real night/crazy dreams don't feed into the books so much, but they keep the imagination a little wild and free, which is good.
    What-ifs are the staple tactic of most writers. It;'s fun to play with possibilities.

  10. >Thanks, Julie. Katie Melua's beautiful song caused that scene to pop into my mind. I do value kindness in a hero, and this scene shows you he's going to make a lovely husband and father.

    I love your "planned dreaming" — I do that too, with stories, think before I go to sleep about the next scene I'm going to write and when I'm lucky, in the morning it starts, just as I start to wake up.
    The brain is an amazing thing, isn't it? All the best with the draw.

  11. >I do have interesting imaginings in those hazy moments right before fully waking up, but I've never written them down; usually I forget what they were about by the time I finish breakfast, unless they were really extraordinary. Daydreams happen pretty infrequently, but I do fall into playing "what-if" scenarios in my head quite often.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  12. >I love to daydream! I always try to think about what I want to dream about right before I go to sleep. Usually I end up dreaming some version of it. 🙂

    I love the scene dancing with the little girl! How can you not love a man who takes the time to make a little girl feel like a little lady!

    Julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  13. >Artemis, you might say you're no dreamer–and I think living in the present is wonderful — but I suspect, looking at your blog name and email id, you're a romantic at heart.
    All the very best with the draw.

  14. >Hi Linda, ooh, I do like the sound of finding a Scotsman in the highlands. Scotland is a beautiful place — we lived there for a year when I was a kid (my dad's work took us there) and though I've been back for brief visits, it's never long enough. All the best with that dream.

    Waving madly at you, Cathleen. I love the sound of your Scots novella. Hope they don't have blue faces, though, like Braveheart. Or blue bottoms (or anything else), since I know yours will be gorgeously erotic — your novella, not your bottom, LOL
    The very best of luck with Harlequin Undone.

  15. >No, I'm not much of a dreamer. I leave that to the authors. I tend to live in the here and now. Although, I do like to lounge around on the deck…….

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  16. >Hi Ann
    What a beautiful cover. Your best, I think. I channel through my dreams. I dreamed a whole novella once, then I had to go to the internet to find out who the person was. The period was when Robert the Bruce was fighting for his throne. I found my character. I even had his name right. I wasn't a period of history that I know well. Anyway, I wrote the story and sent to Harlequin Historical Undone. Still waiting.

  17. >I am very much a dreamer. My dream is to move to the Highlands of Scotland and find me a highlander. Just being able to live there would keep my happy looking at all that beautiful scenery. So much history there to explore. Just living there is my ultimate dream.

    Linda Young
    qladyhawke at gmail dot com
    Idaho, USA

  18. >Pam P, I am still certain that I did that as a child. i remember it vividly. Thanks for your compliment and for dropping by the blog. But you can still enter. If the winner of the draw has already read/got Accidental Wedding, I'll send them one of my other books.

  19. >Loved Accidental Wedding, my favorite of the series (so not entering for this book)

    Sometimes I remember dreams, especially those I have at various times of floating out of my bed ad around the room.

    Pambook from Ct ALT PAMREADS

  20. >Margay, a year in Paris — what a fabulous dream. You know it was in France that I decided I was going to seriously work toward getting a book published. I haven't been back to France since then, though, but I do know someone who had a dream of going to live in Paris and she scanned the employment pages on line and ended up getting a job there, even though she didn't speak French at the time. So go for it, and good luck with that, and the writing — and the draw.

  21. >Stephanie, it will happen one day, but then you'll be saying the same thing about work instead of school. I think for a reader and daydreamer, books are the refuge, the escape from the mundanity of everyday life.
    And aren't we so lucky to live at a time when books are so easily obtainable?

    Jane, yes, the dream of stepping out of "real life" and basking on a tropical island is a powerful draw for so many people. I worry about sand getting into the books, though. And damp. LOL.
    All the best of luck with the draw.

  22. >Hi there, Booklover, dreaming about the next lot of books isn't silly at all. Most of my books come in the post and the anticipation is part of the pleasure of them. Books bring good dreams, they're worth waiting for.

    Estella, that was me as a child, head in a book all the time. And what is reading but a kind of dreaming? I think maybe you're a dreamer and just haven't realized it. LOL.

  23. >Cindy, that's a great dream to have. All the best of luck with it.

    Hi Mariee, I daydream when I'm walking my dog, too. It's a lovely part of my daily routine. And dogs are great because they always give me a laugh.

    Andrea, I never buy lottery tickets either because I know I'll never win – LOL. And I share your dream about a house cleaning fairy or a self cleaning house. Wouldn't that be brilliant?

  24. >I am a dreamer, that's probably why I write, too. A dream I'd love to see come true is to spend a year in Paris. I've always wanted to do that.


  25. >Hi Anne,
    I do daydream. I often picture what life would be like if we didn't have to worry about the usual things like money or work. Sometimes I daydream about being on a tropical island.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  26. >I am a day dreamer. I usually day dream when I am in class and want to be anywhere but there. I dream of a place where I am alone with my music and books and do not have to worry about school.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  27. >I'm sure this sounds silly, but I daydream about the next set of books I'll be buying!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  28. >Hello, Anne! Thanks for being here today!

    Yes, I'm a day dreamer. I dream about everything from what I'm reading about to what I'd do if I won the lottery. Since I know the latter won't come true (you have to actually buy a ticket to win, after all), I'd love to have a cleaning fairy or a house that cleans itself! LOL

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  29. >Hi Anne and Monica!

    I hardly ever remember my dreams, and when I do it's always the weird ones. But I'm a big day dreamer. My mind always wander when I'm taking a bath or out walking the dogs.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. >Just thought I'd share this — my horoscope just came in.

    There’s a very romantic link between Venus and Neptune this week which makes it ideal for using creative visualisation in your love life. Whether you’re single or attached, write down your dreams re your love life. Do this before you go to sleep on Tuesday night (worldwide) if you can. But do it anyway, anytime.

    So dream, people, and I hope all your dreams come true.

  31. >Hi Laura H, I do try to get my history right, for my own sake. But a historical romance isn't a history book and when I'm reading I want to be swept away, and a historical lecture shoved in here and there throws me out of a story. But then, so does bad history.

    Despite all my research I'm guilty of a historical mistake in this book — but as I've said (with apologies) to everyone who's written me about it, you don't look up the facts you think you know.

    Thanks for commenting. I hope your dreams — and your grandbabies — come true.

  32. >There is nothing wrong with dreaming. Our lives would be boring if it weren't for our dreams! My dream is to one day start my own business.


    New York

  33. >Hi Carol, thank you. I can never hear too many comments on my gorgeous cover — you have no idea how happy I am with it. And so many people have written to me with this book saying they picked it up because of the cover, and now they've gone and bought up my backlist. Covers are important. And this one isn't just beautiful it really does fit the story. That's my heroine's dress, and the hero gave her that pearl necklace.

    Italy and Scotland — mmmm, yes. Go. Start saving now. Dream, yes, but save too. LOL.

  34. >I so agree with your comment, "…if a historical romance is doing its job, you shouldn't even notice the history – you'll be reading for the story, for the characters, the thrills and spills. I have to chuckle at those reviewers who berate an author for not being precise with their historical facts. I read historical romance for one reason and one reason only — to be entertained! The history only provides the setting; the characters provide the rest. I don't care "when" Henry VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn, just that he did! But I digress…

    As for your question….sure, I daydream! I daydream about the day I won't have to work any more and I can just stay home and read all day. Oh, and the day I become a grandmother!


  35. >Hi Anne,
    Your cover for THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING is amazing. I know you must have heard it a million times already but I just had to add mine. 🙂
    I have definitely got to read The Accidental Wedding. I love day dreaming when I have to wait in line or just sitting looking out at nature. How boring life would be without the occasional day dream. My dream is to go to Italy and Scotland.
    Carol L

    New Jersey–USA

  36. >Hello, Louisa (waving) lovely to see you here, too.
    Yes, it's a bit nutty being a writer and having those scenes start rolling in your head. But writing them down on cards is the perfect thing to do, because if you don't they'll evaporate. And family and friends will get used to the nuttiness.

    I certainly do have scenes from unknown characters and unplanned books popping up — that's how Accidental Wedding happened. As long as you write them down, that's what's important. I keep all my notebooks, and sometimes a character will become insistent, even if I'm not writing their story, and more and more scenes will come, and that's when I know I have a story that can fly.

    Hang in there, Louisa, and keep writing. One day you'll get the kind of publishing contract you've always wanted. Best of luck.

  37. >Hi there, Catslady, nice to see you here. I don't know why people think having to do research is a disadvantage. It's reading, it's fun, it can take you down the backroads and lesser traveled highways of human experience, and it involves dreaming. What's not to love? LOL

    I hope your dreams for your children come true. A friend of mine's son has just come to my city from interstate to start university here, and it's so wonderful, seeing him on the threshold… and watching her, watching proudly-yet-anxiously from a distance as he tries his wings.
    All the best.

  38. >Hey, Becke — waving madly. That Anna Campbell — she's a book pusher, isn't she? LOL. Hoping we'll meet in the flesh in NY later this year. Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi there, Jeanne, thank you so much for the very kind words. My Nana had an old treadle sewing machine, too. Wonderful invention. Hers still works, though Nana is long gone.

    I so agree with you about honey fresh from the hive. Most people don't know the many fragrances and flavors that fresh, unblended, unprocessed honey has, like a bunch of mixed flowers, or like wine. No two batches are the same. If anyone gets the chance to buy honey direct from the beekeeper, try it. You'll never go back to supermarket honey.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  39. >Hey, Virginia — waving madly — thanks for dropping by. One day I hope Harlequin will republish Gallant Waif. You're in the draw for this one.

    I think the nice thing about getting old is that in your mind you stay young forever. And that keeps possibilities fresh. I really hope you find a career that sustains you creatively as well as practically. And you're right about dreaming big. One of my oldest friends made a huge leap last year, upped sticks from the job she's had forever and became a volunteer abroad. She's having a fabulous/challenging/exciting time in the wilds of Nepal.

  40. >June, zoning out and imagining before and after sleep is pretty much what i do, only with a pen handy. And I hear you about the TBR pile. I'm planning to renovate my house in the next year or so, but first I need to do something about the piles and piles of books.

    Reina, hail, fellow dreamer! It's a great job isn't it? 😉 It's a great problem to have, too — too many books to read. When I was a kid having nothing to read was a recurring problem.(Thank God for libraries and librarians)

  41. >Jeanette, hang onto that dream and take a plunge to make it come true. Travel is fantastic. It was while I was backpacking around the world that I started writing fiction seriously, and when I came home and started work again, I did it with a Plan to change my job and become a writer. And I know people who don't have the money to travel who took job as Volunteers abroad, and wow, that changed their lives. The thing is to keep the dream alive and do it.

  42. >Hello, Anne !!

    Lovely to hear that I'm not the only one who sees scenes played out like movies in my head! People are always amused when I stop to scribble furiously onto the notecards I keep in my pockets at work. The fact that I can day dream at work tells you how much I really hate my job!

    I love the Rake Scene! How darling! Can't wait to read the book!

    My only quarrel with my day dreams and twilight dreams is that they don't all have to do with the book I am revising now! I have notebooks for at least three other books that I just wanted to jot the ideas for them down and now a scene will pop into my head not just from the book I'm revising, but sometimes from those other books as well. Does that ever happen to you? Characters can be so impatient sometimes!

    Of course my dream is to sign a publishing contract for these books that keep me awake at night and follow me around during the day! Now I would LOVE for that dream to come true!


  43. >Lindalou, I hear you about always running. There was a time when I felt my life was just running on a treadmill. In that period of my life, books kept me sane. I read like crazy. They were my "dreaming" time.
    I love my cover, too, and yes, you're certainly in the draw. Thanks for stopping by.

    Anonymous, daydreaming while you're working in the garden is such a joy, and yes, it's a bit scary when you realize you've driven clear across town through busy traffic and yet, you've been miles away. Start putting down your writing ideas in books. Writing is like a muscle — it will start to build. Best of luck.

  44. >Laura T, thank you so much for those very kind words. I think rooting for the hero and heroine to work it out is half the fun of a romance. I find myself mentally yelling from the sidelines — "Go ON, just kiss her" and things like that. LOL
    I'm so pleased you enjoy my books.

    Robin K, I think you're right. Imagination and dreaming is what keeps magic alive in the world, and we all need a little bit of magic. Thanks for commenting.

  45. >Anne, how interesting that you revise the same scenes over and over. Is it perfectionism, or maybe some other issue you're trying to get clear in your mind? Whichever, writing it down is a good way to go.
    I keep a writing journal in which I write down all my thoughts and frustrations with my process. Reading back on it is quite illuminating at times.

  46. >Linda Marie, wow, what a dream! Those drag-racing drag-car guys! What can you do with them? LOL

    As for your waking dream, yes, a home is a good thing to dream on, as is getting published. Mind you, I think all houses are a bit of a compromise; what's most important is how we live in them and how we create a happy life.

    All the very best with following your writing dream. That's a precious one. I'm so pleased you're enjoying that journey. It's fun, isn't it, spinning stories.

  47. >Leigh, what a lovely thing to say. Thanks so much for that. I hope I get to write Marcus's story, too.

    Kirsten, dreams don't have to be original. As long as they nourish hope, that's all that matters. Besides, it's a pretty important and universal dream. Keep dreaming, and all the best in finding your special man.

  48. >Annie – I just wanted to let you know how much I always enjoy your stories. There is not only always the element of surprise but also a connection with something in my life.

    A can't wait to read An Accidental Bride. My grandmother was a seamstress and had an old trundle sewing machine. As child I was always amazed at what she could create or re-make to be something so special. My sister-in-law in Wyoming has bees (though she doesn't consider herself a bee keeper but rather a lover of honey!). No honey you buy can compare to honey fresh out of the hive!

    Thanks again for giving your readers another wonderful story.

  49. >I think it always shows when an author enjoys her research. As to dreams, I don't do much of that any more for myself but I have lots of them for my children.


  50. >Anne – lovely to see you here! I'm so glad I got to meet you, and I'm very glad Anna Campbell introduced me to your wonderful books!

  51. >Hello, Anne! I am one of your longtime fans, and "Gallant Waif" is one of my all-time favorite romance reads. A wonderful book with an outstanding heroine : ) "The Accidental Wedding" sounds terrific!

    I am now 52, but as far as dreams go, I may as well be 12! I still have many of the dreams of my youth–I don't believe you are ever too old to dream, and dream big! Sometimes, life sends you in many different directions away from your chosen path. Nothing in my life has ever gone according to plan. I always thought that I would marry young and have a big family. That did not happen, nor did I have an "HEA" with the love of my life. I guess that my biggest dream at this point is to find a career that will make the most of my creativity and communication skills. It must be wonderful to be a success in a profession which you love!

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  52. >I'm a dreamer…that's how I too come up with most of my book ideas. I must say, I have been loving this blog, except that my reading list is growing way too fast! 😉 CA, USA

  53. >I am somewhat of a daydreamer but I more often just "zone out" for a few minutes. I tend to do more imagining as I am going to sleep, to relax and settle down to sleep.

    Your book sounds great. I have found so many new to me authors through this blog event, my TBR pile/list just keep growing!

    June in KY
    hmanning [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  54. >I'm a dreamer sometimes. I dream about traveling all over the world.


  55. >I'm definitely a day dreamer—especially while driving or pulling weeds in the garden or some other monotonous task—I day dream that I'm writing a book sometimes and try to dream of story lines—it would be nice if that would come true. US

  56. >Hi Anne & Monica!
    I don't daydream very much… Seems like I'm always running… I used to daydream and miss it at times.
    The cover of your book is GORGEOUS! The book sounds wonderful…
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  57. >I think everyone is a bit of a dreamer, day or otherwise. I would be so lost without imagination and dreams.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN, USA

  58. >I absolutely LOVED The Accidental Wedding! It was a unique approach and I was rooting for them from beginning to end.

    Thank you for many hours of reading pleasure!

    Laura T


  59. >I do day dream. One way is to work out book scenes in my head, but I'll never write a book, since it's the same 3 or 4 scenes that I revise over and over.

  60. >Oh wow I have to read this book now. I get inspired from dreams, too and have lately been getting all kinds of odd dreams.

    Just this morning I awoke from a super high powered, adrenaline-boosting dream about a race car driver dressed in drag (!?) dodging the literal bullet as a group of killers are trying to take him down during a race. I have no idea why he was dressed as a woman, though. LMAO!

    My waking dreams are less elaborate and more sane. I dream of finally getting a house – a good one, too and not one we had to 'settle for' due to expenses. I have other dreams that have grown into the achievable, such as getting published. But I'm finding the journety to be just as enjoyable as the end result.


    lmdershem (at) gmail (dot) com
    DFW Texas

  61. >I'm a huge dreamer and the one dream I would love to come true is: meeting that someone special and marry him. Unoriginal I know, but it's what my heart desires most.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com

  62. >Believe me, Anne, I keep tabs on your publication date. I hope your publishers realize how f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-e-d your readers will be if they don't grant you a chance to write Marcus' story:-)

    Or for that matter, any other story you feel compelled to write.

  63. >Whoops, Leigh, your comment slipped in while I was typing — sorry, I didn't mean to miss you. I LOVE your button analogy — it's exactly how it feels when some particular bit of a dream niggled at you through the day.

    And thank you so much for your very kind comments about my book. I'm so pleased you enjoyed that scene. And Captive Lady too. My books are a bit like my kids, so I feel all mushy when someone likes them. Thank you.

  64. >Hi Maria, I'm so glad you like the other covers, too,. I wasn't so fond of the one that's just a bunch of roses — that was a bit ordinary. I loved The Stolen Princess cover, but the Accidental Wedding one is my absolute fave.

    They say that dreams are a way of processing the days events, so it's pretty healthy, I think, that you just dream and forget. It's only writers who try to harness them, and we have people talking in our head all the time, so you wouldn't want to listen to us. LOL

  65. >Hi Mary, I guess the secret to using your horror dreams in a horror novel is to use some of the details, but not the plot. Dream plots are so crazy, aren't they? At least mine are.
    I am a complete wimp about horror stories, though, so I don't read them. Almost. I have a friend who writes dark urban fantasy and she has a very scary imagination and it took me ages before I was brave enough to read her books. LOL

  66. >Good Morning Anne and Monica! I absolutely love the covers to the entire Devil Riders Series…..I daydream sometimes but I never write down what the dream was about…I also dream at night but never remember those eitehr….

    US Resident

  67. >Aww, Tarren, you're a sweetheart for saying that. Thank you! I'm so pleased you liked my book. It was a story I hadn't planned to write, but the opening scene just came to me and I was hooked and had to write it to find out how it ended. Luckily I have a wonderful editor who didn't mind the change of plan.

    Yes, to your dreams of world peace, freedom from hunger and affordable medical care, and yay to your hot, sexy, tall, handsome husband! Maybe I'll put him in a book,

  68. >I love hearing how authors come up with their ideas. I always though that authors that write horror get ideas from their nightmares…lol I know with some of the nightmares I have I could write one ehck of a horror book…that would make no sense at all because after about 100 pages I sorta burn out. lol

    It was very interesting to see the process for getting an idea for a novel or different scenes in it.

    I do tend to day dream at times but I don't write most of them down anymore.

  69. >My nocturnal dreams are usually gone by the time I roll over in the morning. Sometimes a nugget of one will bother me throughout the day, but it's like finding a button on the ground and wondering from whose coat it fell. You inspect the garments in your closet, and it doesn't seem to match anything there. So now you have a button that needs a coat. Do you construct one, just for the button? Or do you put it in the straw baseket that holds buttons, and pennies, and perhaps a charm or two?

    When I'm low on imagination, I like to read. The opening introduction in His Captive Lady is one of the best character reveals I've ever read. It's haunting and beautiful and it puts Anne Gracie right up there at the top of her craft. Thanks for sharing that dream moment, Anne.

    If you're hovering over the buy button for the Accidental Wedding, don't. Go ahead and push the button. Then click on His Captive Lady and buy that one too.

    Leigh Evans
    (Canada/ therefore strike me from the contest)

  70. >Thanks, Monica, yes, sorry again about the mix-up. My bad.

    Hi Ann, fellow day-dreamer. You're right – the dreams don't need to come true, the imagining of them is the pleasure. Which I suspect makes you a writer. It is hard to train yourself to write it down, but if you do want to become a writer, there's an article on my site that talks about Dorothea Brande's methods, which I'm a huge fan of.

  71. >Good Morning! Loved the post. I have read "Accidental Wedding" and loved it.I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves love,historicals,and romance. It will touch your heart and soul.As for your question,I don't normally have daydreams,but do dream as everyone else of world peace,no more hunger,medical attention for everyone without having to go broke and as I have a hot,sex,tall handsome husband,can't be looking for him,Can I?
    Your stories are so vivid I can seethem in my dreams at night.Especially,after a long day.
    Thanks you writting,such vivid stories.What a beautiful video.I have also seen the movie.Have a wonderful day/weekend.
    North Carolina

  72. >So very interesting to hear about your process, Anne. I keep meaning to put a pen and paper within reach because the ideas that come in the restless night hours almost always escape. I'm a day dreamer too, and feel a little sorry for those without imaginations. It's okay if the dreams don't come true… I just enjoy conjuring them up in the first place.

    Ann in Delaware, US
    ann.b.martin at gmail dot com

  73. >Lord!! Anne you're awake!! I thought you'd be sleeping in a little since you're down under. Thanks for being here today. I know we got wires crossed, but we pulled it off like the troupers we are!!

    Folks enjoy your day with Anne, she's a terrific writer as is indicated by her three-time RITA nominations, Julia Quinn's love for her and other awards for her books! ENJOY!

  74. >Barbara, you have no idea how thrilled I was when I first saw the cover for this book. It's beeyoutiful, I agree. (Still can't stop grinning at it.)

    You sound like a skilled daydreamer — remember the point of this blog is daydreaming isn't terrible — it can lead to a career. Just maybe not the one you currently have. LOL

    I really hope you win a trip to some gorgeous tropical island where you can bask and relax to your heart's content.

  75. >Kris, I try to write in my journal every morning, and when I first started I was sure I didn't dream all that much, and usually only remembered the weird and/or scary ones, but once I started writing them down, I realized I really do dream a lot, and just forget. But those dreams aren't really what I'm talking about for my books. They're more like daydreams.

    Sometimes I will have struggled with a scene all day and I close my eyes to sleep and it just starts in my head, clear and vivid, like a movie.

  76. >Karen, as to how I remember my twilight dreams, I force myself to scrawl them down. I can even write in the dark with my eyes closed — a blind woman taught me how to do it — and it's almost even legible. Otherwise, if I didn't write it down, I'd forget it too.

    There are times when I was too lazy/sleepy to write, and I was so sure I'd remember tit in the morning, but all I remember is how absolutely brilliant it was. Like catching fish — it's the biggest/best that always get away. LOL

  77. >The cover for THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING is absolutely gorgeous. I've thought that since the first time I saw it. Stunning!

    I'm a total closet day dreamer! In tedious meetings/waiting in long lines/walking the dog/etc. my mind will wander off to exotic vacations I'd love to take or people I'd like to meet! It is terrible.

    I think right now, with the temps in the teens (F) and snow swirling my favorite day dream is one of a beach, palm trees, and umbrella drinks. That is something I'd love to have come true right now!

    BabsVick AT gamil DOT com

  78. >This was a wonderful post! good morning ladies!
    I dont usually remember dreams only occasionally and usually only dark ones. I don't know why I only remember weird and gruesome but there it is! I do like to listen to dreams though I think they make up so much of who we are when we arent thinking about it.

    I am taking the nook to work today so will look up your books:-)

    kris b Indiana

    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  79. >Good Morning Anne,

    Can't believe I'm first to post today. Must be because I couldn't sleep and got up very early!

    Thanks for a very interesting post today. I wonder how you are able to remember those 'twilight' dreams. Not me, I'd forget as soon as my feet hit the floor…whatever might have been there is gone. That's probably the reason I'm a reader and not a writer! LOL

    Love your work and look forward to more from your talented pen.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA