2014 Our Writing Process Blog Hop

cropped-5.books_.horizontal.PicMonkey.Collage_949x177.jpgThis year I’m launching my fiction in a big way so I’m exploring with fun ways to get the word out about my books and support my fellow authors along the way.

So I jumped at the chance to do this fun blog hop — a sort of treasure hunt where you get to go from writer to writer.

I was invited to join by science fiction romance author and editor of the Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter, Rochelle Weber, http://rochelleweber.blogspot.com.

She mentioned me in her Blog Hop “Writing Process” article here: http://rochelleweber.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-writing-process-blog-hop_13.html. Thanks!

In this blog hop, we’re each answering questions about our writing process. Here’s my answers:

1) What am I working on?

I’m about to publish book 2 in my Five Kingdom series, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone — next week! If you want, you can already pre-order here. I’m also in the planning stages of my next paranormal romance novella. More news about that in a few months.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I always stumble on this question. It’s really best answered by my readers:

“HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER by Beth Barany is a YA paranormal/fantasy. It is written with depth and details.”

“I’ll be completely honest and say I was a bit leary about it at first, as I’m not a fan of books about slaying dragons! I love dragons too much. BUT, never fear, no dragons were harmed in the making of this book! I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story. Henrietta is exactly the type of heroine I love to read about.”


“A lovely sweet story that shows how true love can overcome all things including the difference between one of Santa’s elves and a high powered businessman, bought together by a dog but kept together through love. The characters are well crafted and we like Dahlia from the beginning and Liam too, although he has to get his act together to recognise what is important in life. This is a Christmas story where elves have sparkly magic and a man in love doesn’t care about pointy ears. Christmas is a time of miracles and what is more miraculous than true love, if only they can admit it’s not just a Christmas fling.”

3) Why do I write what I do?

I’ve wondered about that to! LOL

Honestly, I love stories about strong yet vulnerable heroines. And I love adventures. hence my fantasy adventure stories.

I also love the happily ever after and love exploring two people finding each other and finding love. Hence the sweet paranormal romance. I do have to say that I always feel there’s an edge of magic around us, so love to play with that in my stories.

Lastly, I love inviting my readers into a magical tale of romance and adventure where anything is possible.

4) How does my writing process work?

I write. Write some more. Then edit a lot. Then get lots of people to give me feedback, lots of feedback. More editing. Then eventual I publish. Then I start again. Rinse and repeat. 🙂

Now on to the next 3 authors in the blog hop. Be sure to visit them, say hello, subscribe/follow/stalk, and get to know them. Their “Writing Process” post will be up soon.

Author, Carly Carson

Author, Carly Carson
Author, Carly Carson

Website: www.carlycarson.com

Bio: In Carly’s Real World: She is a wife to Traveling Man, who actually knows flight attendants because they are on his “commute.” (That is his story, and we’re buying it.) The upside is, Carly gets some sweet travel deals. Once the whole family stayed for free in the Presidential Suite plus the Queen suite at an all-inclusive 5-star resort in Cozumel. Another time, they got upgraded from two garden-view rooms to two ocean-front suites on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Traveling Man is very handy to have around. Carly is also the Jill-of-all-trades to three offspring, who often take her for granted, but are nonetheless wonderful. Just ask them. 🙂
In Carly’s Fantasy World: The men are tough, but the women are tougher, though usually in a different way. Women enjoy sex and men understand it. (This is fantasy world, remember.) Happy endings are mandatory, though there may be a lot of trouble and heartache to get there.

Author, Carol Malone

Author, Carol Malone
Author, Carol Malone

Website: http://carolmalone.net/

Bio: Carol Malone successfully combines her three passions – writing, sports, and romance, in nail-biting, page-turning historical sports stories. She’s the very first woman to climb under the ropes of the boxing ring in the male dominated territory of Fight Card, and punched out a mash-up of happily ever after and kick-in-the-pants, fist-pounding action. If not hammering out new tales that entice her readers to scramble into a front row seat for thrilling tales of physical endurance and tender passion, Carol’s reading, watching sports on TV, or hanging with her “end-of-the-world-disaster-writing” husband on the idyllic coast of California. To talk sports and amour, and learn what’s coming next, visit Carol at her website: http://carolmalone.net/.


Author, J. Rose Allister

Author, J. Rose Allister
Author, J. Rose Allister

Blog link: http://jroseallister.blogspot.com

Bio: J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. She lives in Southern California with her author/actor husband Michael Jade and their 10-year-old, the youngest of a brood of 7 children.

2 thoughts on “2014 Our Writing Process Blog Hop”

  1. Hi Beth and Carol and J. Rose,

    I’m pleased to be here with a fighter (?) and a mother of 7! Did I get that right. Thank you to Beth for hosting us. I like your comment about the edge of magic around us. I hope you’re right!

  2. You’re s welcome, Carly! I was deep in finalizing the details to publish my latest book, so sorry for not replying sooner. I like my comment too about the edge of magic around us. You’re calling attention to it has helped me see how much I’d like to believe it’s true. When I tap into the feeling of magic all around us, I feel the flow of life. 🙂

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