Saturday, March 2, 2019

#GuestPost CREATING A ROUGH ROAD TO A HEA by @KWilkinsAuthor

Creating a Rough Road to a HEA 
By Romance Author Kelli A. Wilkins 
 Hi everyone, 
My name is Kelli Wilkins and I’m a romance writer who loves torturing my characters. Why? So I can get them back together for a happily-ever-after (HEA) ending! 
Let’s face it, romance readers know they are going to get a HEA before they pick up a book. The hero or heroine isn’t going to dieunless you’re reading a paranormal and someone turns into a vampire, and even then, it just makes the story more interesting!  
People read romances for different reasons: for great storylines, to live vicariously through the characters they care about, and to know that whatever obstacles these lovers face, they’ll overcome them together.  
I write stories based around characters who find each other, fall deeply in love, and live happily ever after—but not without going through some emotional ups and downs. Although my characters love each other, everything isn’t always roses and sunshine. As they work through their challenges, they have to learn a few lessons about themselves, trust, honesty, or whatever their personal internal struggles are. 
For example, Sherrie and Curtis, in my contemporary romance, Trust with Hearts, have to work through painful issues in their pasts before they can open up and learn to trust again. In my historical fantasy, A Most Intriguing Temptation, Elara and Dalton learn important lessons about temptation and fidelity. And in my gay romance, A Secret Match, Everett struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and be open about who he really is. These trials and emotional hardships are realistic challenges that people face in their lives. Once the characters have learned what they need to, they can live HEA. 
But sometimes love can be a surprise. In some of my books, the characters aren’t looking for love—it’s the furthest thing from their minds—but there it is. Brian was taking in the waves when he found his true love on a deserted beach in Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover. Although these types of relationships are uncommon, the characters focus on commitment and being there for the other person for the long haul, no matter what.  
Many of my characters find true love when they are willing to open their hearts and risk sharing their deepest emotions, darkest secrets, and intimate desires—and then discover that the other person loves them even more for it. David and Jack from Four Days with Jack are an excellent example of how opening up and risking rejection can lead to true love. Claudette, from A Most Unfortunate Prince, has a checkered past and is hesitant to confess her secret to Allan, but when she does, she finds true acceptance. 
One of the things I like about writing romances is that I can make life miserable for the main characters and keep readers wondering: How are they going to live happily-ever-after? How will they get past this? For me, the how is the fun part. 
In my books, I make sure the characters get on each other’s nerves, and I add lots of conflict (external and internal) to pull them apart. The conflict can be anything that will destroy their happy world: maybe he won’t compromise; his parents don’t approve because she’s from a different ethnic background; the hero finds out the heroine has a secret; the man he loves cheated on him (or so he thinks); his beloved princess was kidnapped; or a blackmailer wants her dead. 
Whether you read historicals, fantasy, gay, paranormal, or contemporary romances (or a combination of genres) you’re always guaranteed a great story, troubled characters you can’t help but root for, some steamy love scenes, and a happy-ever-after ending. Because in the end, love conquers all, and that’s how it should be. 
Here’s a look at my latest releases, Cupid’s Schemes - Volumes 1 & 2. These mini-romances are all about new beginnings that lead to happy endings! 

Cupid’s Schemes - Volume 1 
A Collection of Sweet Romances 
In these 16 flash fiction vignettes, Cupid’s arrow hits the mark and ignites a spark between two strangers—whether or not they’re looking for romance. Their unusual meetings lead to new beginnings and new chances at love. 
Sweet stories of couples falling under Cupid’s spell include: 
* a Medieval knight courting a pretty lady * two neighbors discover that romance can happen when you least expect it * a dehydrated mermaid rescued by a handsome stranger 
These lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence. 
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And don’t miss Cupid’s Schemes - Volume 2 
Another Collection of Sweet Romances 
In these 12 mini-romances… 
* a photographer falls for a sexy cowboy in a supposedly abandoned ghost town  * new neighbors discover that romance can happen when you least expect it * a long-lost love returns in an unexpected setting 
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Happy Reading! 
Kelli A. Wilkins 

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.  
She published the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.  
Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: for more details. 
If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North. 
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Visit her website and blog to learn more about all of her writings. 

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