Sunday, July 5, 2015


In celebration of Independence Day and the launch of
our "When Sparks Fly" Contest, we have invited some of our members to share with us excerpts or articles about making those Sparks Fly.  Happy Reading.♥

by Maria Ferrer

Let's face it, we are not reading romances for the settings.  We are reading for the sparks and when those sparks fly…. oh la la!

In my new novella, my hero Manases has not seen Barbara, the heroine, for almost seven years.  When he opens the door to her, he can't help but catch his breath, rake his eyes over her curvy frame, take one step towards her.  But, she steps away from him.  Who wouldn't want to continue reading?  (I hope!)

It is those moments that readers want more of. 

Readers want to catch their breath as the characters do.  They want to share in Barbara's angst at seeing her childhood sweetheart and her determination not to repeat past mistakes by taking a step back from him.

As a writer, I try to keep the sparks going and escalating as the novel progresses. And, as the writing goes from spark to spark, the tension builds up, the romance heats up and the reader is on the edge of her seat, holding her breath waiting for the fireworks to explode and burst across the skies. 

Writing may seem simple on paper, but the doing is always harder than the talking.  But when done right, all loose ends will be tied up, the protagonists will be happy and sated, and fireworks will be bright and loud.

That's how we get to the Happy Ever After's, that's how we grow our reader-fan base, and that's how we make sparks fly.♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Maria Ferrer writes contemporary romances under her own name and erotica under the name of Del Carmen. Her short stories have been published by Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance and Riverdale Avenue Books. They have also appeared in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Penthouse andStar magazines. Visit her at and

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