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Writing means different things to me. I'm a storyteller, a book editor, and a songwriter. For me, it's like breathing.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Writing a Virgin Heroine

I’m trying something different for my latest novel—a virgin heroine. This is a bit challenging for me because all of my heroines so far have been sexually experienced women. This has me a little nervous about this book.
I want to avoid mistakes in creating this kind of character. One thing I want to make sure I do right is writing a realistic scene when she loses her virginity. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Too many times I’ve read books with virgin heroines and that didn’t seem realistic to me because the characters experience the perfect first time sex. Seriously? Not one bit of awkwardness? Or pain? I know what I’m talking about here. Most sexual encounters are imperfect, but for sure the very first time a woman has sex is painful.
I realize that romance books are supposed to be a fantasy for women—the guy is a total hunk and the sex is so hot. And that’s okay with me, but how about putting some reality into at least one sex scene, especially if the heroine is losing her virginity.
And just because she’s a virgin, it doesn’t mean that the character has to be completely innocent and stupid. That’s stereotypical to me. The character I am working on has been trained to wed a king, an enemy king, so she is well versed in the workings of court and her role as a queen. She’s intelligent and strong-willed. But when it comes to love, she is inexperienced—unsure of her feelings and easily charmed by the wrong man. I think most women remember being fooled by a guy at some time in the past because of inexperience.
Who knows, the virgin heroine may end up being my favorite character to create. At the very least I will get to revisit my own past as I recall what it was like being a virgin—if I can remember that far back.

Kelley Heckart
'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Long Hair Hottie for March!

I stumbled on this hottie by accident when I decided to check out the new ABC show called Off the Map. I ended up liking the show and one of the main characters (Ben Keeton) played by Aussie actor, Martin Henderson. What is it about these Aussie men that make them so hot? Is it their accents, looks or both? This Aussie hunk has two qualities that I like in a man—long hair and a rugged, unshaved look. Hope you enjoy my March pick as much as I do.



Kelley Heckart
Historical fantasy romance

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stepping into the Action

One of the hardest parts of writing a book for me is the beginning. I have to remind myself of this writing rule: ‘never start your story at the beginning.’


Exactly what I thought at first.

Then I gave it some thought. How a writer starts the story is really important. A story that starts too slow might lose readers.

Gone are the days when a writer can start a story with pretty prose and no action, and be able to lull readers into the story. Modern stories have to begin with action or at a significant part of the story.

As I was writing a new book I thought about this writing rule, and ended up cutting the first three chapters. Since I already know that beginnings are my weakest point, I took a hard look at this latest WIP and decided it needed to start with more action. The great thing about writing today on a computer is I can always go back and add the three chapters if I want to, but I doubt I will. If I thought the beginning was too slow then readers will certainly think it is slow.

Writing a good story is about making hard choices. A writer needs to be able to step away from the story and take an unbiased look at their work. This isn’t easy to do. I had a hard time with deciding to make changes to the beginning after slaving over the first three chapters. In the end though I decided the changes were necessary to improve the story.

So, get out there and write your heart out, but don’t be afraid to take scissors or that delete button to that beginning.

Happy writing and reading!

Note: In addition to my long hair hotties feature on the 1st of each month, I will also be posting on the 15th of each month about writing tips or life experiences.

Kelley Heckart

'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'




For some, spring’s song is the sound of a harsh battle horn, for others, new love, for all—certain danger.


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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Long Hair Hottie for February!

For February, I found this Scottish hottie while channel surfing and landed on Smackdown on SyFy. Andrew 'Drew' Galloway is a Scottish professional wrestler signed with the World Wrestling Entertainment where he wrestles on SyFy's Smackdown as Drew McIntyre. While he looks hot in his tight little wrestling shorts, this 6' 5" hunk of Scottish man meat also looks hot in a kilt. I like him better in a kilt. :)


Kelley Heckart
Historical fantasy romance

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Long Hair Hottie for January!

Welcome to 2011! I thought I would start the new year off with a guy I found by accident while looking through a Phoenix Home & Garden magazine. Who would think to find a long hair hottie like that? I guess me. I'm always on the look out for a new hottie.

The hunky guy for January is from Spain. Of course all the hot ones are from another country. He is Roni Benise a Spanish guitarist with an edgy, exotic sound that is also romantic and sensual. Nice. His bio also describes his music as fiery melodies with high energy rhythms. I like.

Happy New Year!

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Pagan Conspiracy

I found this post to be interesting and enlightening. Perhaps it will be an eye opener for some, or not. This was posted with permission.

Dear Daily Mail

An open letter on behalf of The Pagan Conspiracy.

Just to make it absolutely clear that there is a pagan conspiracy. We have systematically infiltrated every profession, and each branch of government. We are subtle, and clever and we get everywhere. This is of course a deliberate attempt to take over the country and undermine all its traditional values - you know those values about fear, racism, ignorance and intolerance, shafting the poor to uphold the rich, and wrecking the planet for short term material gain. In our attack on these oh so important values we are, of course, threatening to destroy western civilization and bring about the end of the world as we know it.

When we have taken over the world, you will all be forced to accept our liberal and tolerant policies. There will be no escape from this. We will inflict upon every man, woman and child the horror of having to listen to their own consciences. We will demand that people act responsibly and treat each other with respect.

Once we have secured enough positions of power we will be promoting education and waging war on bigotry, stupidity and the kind of people who make money by feeding off the fear of others.

You are right to be afraid of Paganism. If everyone goes Pagan, who will read the Daily Mail?

(Join The Pagan Conspiracy today. Copy the above, and then email it to your friends, post it on your own blog, spread it about as a facebook note, #paganconspiracy on twitter, print it out and pin it to the toilet door...)

Kelley Heckart
'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for December!

This blond hunk is the perfect Christmas gift. Did you hear that Santa? LOL. Eicca Toppinen is in the Finnish metal band Apocalyptica. This unique band uses cellos. The cello is one of my favorite instruments with its melancholy rich sound. Eicca is the embodiment of that sound with his elven features, solemn pout and long flaxen hair. He looks like an otherworldly prince and damn sexy holding his cello. This is another of my favorite bands to write to. Who knew there were so many hunky guys from Finland? You can bet I will be sharing more of these luscious finds next year.



Monday, November 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for November!

I picked another rocker for November. This hunky guy is the long haired axeman for the band Daughtry. Josh Steely looks like the hot guy next door with his boyish looks and tangled mane, but you know there is a bad boy rocker lurking just under the surface of that charming smile. Nothing is hotter than a long hair hunk wielding a guitar, crunching out heavy riffs and soulful solos. Oh yeah.



Friday, October 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for October!

This hottie is for all you metal maidens out there. For the supernatural month of October, I decided to pick this Finnish metal god. Tuomas (Thomas) Holopainen is the songwriter/keyboardist for the awesome band Nightwish--one of my favorite bands to write to. He is one gothic hunk of dreamy darkness. Who could turn away a guy whose favorite animal is the wolf and favorite television show is MacGyver? And as proven in one of the pictures below, he looks pretty damn hot as a pirate--and comes very close to upstaging Johnny Depp. I think Tuomas also looks like a darkly handsome vampire. Tall, dark and handsome never looked so good to me. Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!



Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for September!

For September I thought I would go back in time to an oldie but goodie, one that still sticks in my mind. This Spanish hunk came on the scene with long black hair. I loved Antonio Banderas best in a movie called Desperado where he played a gun wielding hero, a former mariachi seeking revenge on the drug lord that killed his lover. The movie was directed by Robert Rodriguez and reminded me of those old spaghetti westerns that Clint Eastwood starred in. Okay, I know my age is showing. Anyway, it was a really cool outlaw movie with even cooler music.



Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for August!

I had no idea who this English actor was until I saw the trailers for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Ben Barnes makes one hot knight that's for sure. He reminds me of a young Lancelot or how I would picture Lancelot with long dark hair and a rugged, handsome face. Yummy. This hottie looks pretty damn good off the big screen as well and appears to have kept his long hair. I sure hope so. I hate it when a hot long haired hunk cuts off his hair. I have not seen this movie yet, but you can bet it is on my Netflix list.



Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author


Thursday, July 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for July!

I know football season has not started yet, but I thought I would get the ladies ready. I'm not a football fan, but occasionally I will sit and watch a game with my husband. I'm lucky I did because I found this athletic hottie--Clay Matthews. He plays for the Green Bay Packers and he reminds me of a big, sexy Viking warrior with his long golden locks. Nice legs too. I bet he looks awesome in a kilt. Wow! At 6 foot 3 inches tall and 250 pounds, he is all man muscle.



Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for June!

I am not much of a country music fan, but I have to admit that some of the guys in country music are hot. This guy is one of the hottest on my radar right now. Jake Owen wanted to play golf, but got hurt so he switched to writing and playing country music. There is nothing hotter than a long haired hunk singing and playing a guitar. I think I just might have to give country music another chance.



Saturday, May 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for May!

This young Brit slipped by me until he became part of a new series called Sons of Anarchy. Charlie Hunnam is one of those chameleon actors that morphs into each role so much so that he is sometimes unrecognizable. He usually plays odd characters. He is probably best known for his role as a psycho in Cold Mountain. I like his scruffy biker look in Sons of Anarchy and I thought I would make him my long hair hunk for May. You gotta love a hunky Brit, especially one with long golden locks. He reminds me of a handsome, fierce Celtic warrior. A girl can dream.



Thursday, April 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for April!

I have always been a fan of this hot hunk maybe because he had long hair for most of his acting career. He may still have long hair, but I cannot say for sure. It seems the long haired actors I love eventually have to cut off their awesome locks to get more acting gigs. Bummer. Anyway, here is another hunky Native American--Michael Greyeyes. His name is even hot. This hottie has been in numerous movies and television shows, including Geronimo, CrazyHorse (I always thought the Indians were way hotter than the cowboys) and Charmed. Charmed. Hmm, it seems a lot of these hunks guest starred on Charmed. Those lucky bitches. Enjoy!



Kelley Heckart

Monday, March 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for March

Actor Billy Wirth is my pick for March. This long hair hunk o' man meat first caught my attention in Lost Boys. As a handsome, but dangerous long haired vamp, he terrorized a small northern California town with his band of teenage vamp brothers. I saw him again years later on Charmed. He played a wickedly handsome warlock from the past that tried to steal the sisters' powers. In that episode he wore really tight jeans. That's something I cannot forget. He plays the bad boy part very well. He also looks pretty damn good wearing only a loincloth. Yummy.



Sunday, February 07, 2010

New review for Cat's Curse on ecataromance

I received a new review for Cat's Curse from ecataromance. My favorite review quote:
She's a vampire, he's a cursed warrior; can true love keep them together?

3.5 stars! This was a remarkable book to read. It has all the earmarks of an enduring romance: suspense, danger, misunderstandings, true love and great sex. At the same time, it also has the elements of a wonderful fantasy story. The author’s detailed descriptions in the book brings you into the land she’s created, a fascinating escape from the day to day drudgery of our lives. I’m looking forward to the next book of this wonderful trilogy.

Reviewed by Kris Plausky at ecataromance

Link to complete review: http://sensual.ecataromance.com/index.php?p=3590

Book Two, Beltaine's Song will be out soon from Awe-Struck!

Kelley Heckart

'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'






Monday, February 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for February

This hot hunk recently caught my attention in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, playing opposite Hugh Jackman. Trying to stand out next to the the hunky Mr. Jackman is a difficult feat, but Taylor Kitsch did a fine job as Gambit. He can also be seen every week in the popular television show Friday Night Lights. No wonder the show is so popular. If I new this long hair hottie was in that show, I probably would have watched it. Oh well. At least I can enjoy him right here on my blog anytime I need a hot hunk fix.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Two new reviews for Cat's Curse

I received two new reviews for Cat's Curse. One is a reviewer top pick so I am excited about that one.
Score: 4.50 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick! This amazing story is very refreshing in the current romance genre.The storyline had a bunch of twists and turns that kept my attention and intrigued me with anticipation. I so wanted to know the outcome of this unlikely romance. Many interesting characters and love triangles make for a refreshing story that is not as neatly tied up as most romance novels of today, but has managed to make me a fan of the author's style. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book (Beltaine's Song), Book Two in the Dark Goddess Trilogy, as I have become addicted to the strength, courage and real human facets of the characters in this saga.

Reviewed by: Lydia Ferrari
Link to complete review:

I found myself engrossed with how everything evolved. Cardea is an exceedingly winsome heroine. The reader can see her strength and development. I am excited to read the next book.

Rated 3 ½ Tombstones by CeCe at Bitten By Books

Link to complete review:

Beltaine's Song, Book Two in the Dark Goddess Trilogy is coming soon from Awe-Struck!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Long Hair Hottie for January!

I thought I would start the new year off with a special treat. He is not a well known actor, but he sure knows how to make the ladies swoon while riding a horse without a shirt. This Native American Indian hottie was brought to my attention by my online author friend Colleen Love. Colleen sure has an eye for hot guys with long hair. And she writes about some really hot heroes too. http://www.colleenlove.webs.com/

Jay Tavare has been in numerous movies including Cold Mountain, The Missing and Pathfinder. He was also in the popular mini-series Into the West. How could I have overlooked him? Enjoy ladies!
Colleen, if you are reading this, I picked the first picture just for you. :)



Kelley Heckart
'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'