I'm honoured to have Cherish visit Magic of the Muses as one of the115+ stops on her book tour.
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Romance Author Cherish D'Angelo Talks About First Impressions
by Cherish D'Angelo
When we meet someone for the very first time, our brain processes first impression information about that person―about their appearance, their manners, their education, their friendliness, their financial status and their social standing. It isn't right or wrong; it's just the way humans are wired. Our minds process what we see and paint the most common sense picture to determine if we are going to like them.
A device in writing that I find always intriguing is "mistaken identity" or "mistaken first impression". Having one character mistake another for someone else or mistake something about them can lead to tension, confusion and even comic relief. In my contemporary romantic suspense Lancelot's Lady, my two lead characters are thrown together by what seems to be a huge mistake, and both of them make judgment calls when they first see each other. Take a peek...
“Hey, lady! What the hell are you doing on my island?”
Rhianna held her breath and clamped her eyes shut. She didn’t want to face the man whose voice simmered with fury. She was sure that he would look as ugly as he sounded.
Finally, she raised her head and forced herself to focus on the imposing man before her. She took in paint-splattered jeans that hugged well-formed thighs, a purple t-shirt covered in various spatter colors, muscular arms folded in front of an impressive chest, and thick black hair that curled at the nape of his neck.
The contours of his handsome face were chiseled as only an ethereal sculptor could, with strong lines enhanced by a dimple on his left side, the only side unmarked by streaks of paint. His nose was straight and proud, just bordering on arrogant. But it was his eyes that fascinated her. Framed by thick black lashes, they were the deepest sea-blue she had ever seen, and right at this moment, those eyes were trained on her with sniper precision.
She felt her throat constricting. Whether it was from fear or attraction, she didn’t know. But she did know one thing. He was the most gorgeous man she had ever met.
“I asked you a question!” the man demanded. “Who are you and what are you doing here?”
She glared back at him. “My name is Rhianna McLeod. Who are you?”
“I’m no one important.”
Rhianna couldn’t agree more. From the looks of him, he was probably the handyman.
Yeah, Rhianna and her first impressions. All I can say is that they get her into hot water. But she isn't the only one to have a strong first impression. Check out Jonathan's...
Approaching, he surreptitiously studied her. The woman’s creased cotton pants were slightly damp at the hem. The blouse she wore, while feminine, was primly buttoned to the top. And her unmarked suitcase screamed brand new, suggesting this woman either wasn’t well-traveled or worldly, or she was and she bought a new suitcase for every trip.
Rhianna, he recalled.
She had eyes the color of jade, and right now they were flinging daggers at him.
He chuckled. She’s feisty, I’ll give her that.
Now that she was standing, he could see that her head only came as high as his chest, but she was curved in all the right places. She had long, slender legs―the kind he’d like to wrap around him.
Now where the hell did that thought come from?
“Where are you from?” he demanded.
He let out a huff. “City girl.”
Conflict and sexual tension, with a small dose of humor thrown in, is my recipe for a good romance story, and adding a mistaken identity and mistaken first impressions theme only heats things up more. You know what they say about assumptions.
Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."
You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at http://www.cherishdangelo.com/ and http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com/
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Thank you, Cherish, for sharing some of your writing secrets. Good luck with the launch! Have fun with your fans.
Thanks for visiting "Magic of the Muses".
Eileen Schuh, Author
This is stop #22 for me!! This is fun!!!
Good luck with the tour!! I am following you around!! (More like stalking!!! lol)
I am enjoying finding all sorts of new blogs to follow!!
All my best,
sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com
Thanks, Sarah, for visiting my blog. Drop by again, please. Always glad to meet one of Cherish's 'groupies'. lol
LOL Thank you Sarah and Eileen. Always so nice to drop by and see comments. :-)
Sarah, you're now entered into all my draws for today. I have a feeling you'll be walking away with some great prizes. Not to mention, you'll now receive a free ebook today just for leaving your email addy.
All the best!
Heehee. Very nice. There is nothing like getting a strong first impression and then having it thrown in your face that you were very wrong. There's that childlike sense of disappointment that you were wrong mixed with the adult relief that this person you judged is so much more.
I didn't know this tour would serve as a workshop for writers as well. ;)
Thanks for visiting, JM. Yes, Cheryl is always very generous in sharing her writing expertise with others. She's guested here before--sharing tips on writing gripping first chapters, if you're interested. http://eileenschuh.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-tip-bits-from-cheryl.html
Thank you for the link. :)
Hi Cherish, you must be exhausted by now :-)
I also find mistaken identity and mistake first impressions intrguiing.
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