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Diving into Trouble with Shona Husk


Today we welcome Shona Husk to the blog to celebrate the release of her hot new contemporary romance, Diving into Trouble. A multi-talented author across four genres, Shona lives up to her tagline of:  Goblins, fairies, rock stars & aliens…just another day at the office. None of those beasties here today, but did I mention there’s submariner? Here’s Shona to tell you more:

Diving into Trouble—preparing to set sail

Part of my love of paranormal romance is the world building. In contemporary romance not much of that happens, but for Diving into Trouble I had to bring to life a submarine and its crew for people who may not know anything about the navy or boats.

The first thing I did was research (the navy has a great website full of all kinds of information) I also spoke to friends who are still in the navy. For the purpose of the story I made up a fictional boat, but I still had to fill it with crew (yes, I drew up a chart with names ranks and jobs for an entire crew). This had two advantages the first being I now have a pile of characters I can work with and the second one was I didn’t have to wonder who my characters would be interacting with as it was all there in front of me.

The dilemma that Kurt faces is one that many face after doing several years, stay in or get out. Some people want to make a career out of like the heroine of the story. It would have been easy, and probably expected, to have Rainy be the cook thinking about getting out but I thought it was a more interesting story to have the hero as the cook. As a female marine technician in what is still very much a male dominated job, Rainy has plenty of other battles.

With the boat crewed and my characters ready to go the only thing I still needed to do was work out how they were going to meet. If they met on the boat there was no way anything would’ve happened. So they needed to meet away from the boat. I like the sleeping with the wrong person trope (I also love relationship of convenience) so that was my way into the story.

As I wrote a few of the side characters started whispering in my ear, and I really need to write Blue’s story (okay, I’ve started). I have plans to write a few more submariner stories. While there are plenty of military romances out there, there aren’t many that focus on submariners. It takes a pretty special person to be able to do what they do.

A submarine, a one-night-stand, and a forbidden workplace romance…

Kurt Garland is at a crossroads: sign for another two years as a submariner or leave and rejoin civilian life. With only weeks to make up his mind, he’s torn between the financial stability and mateship of life in the Navy, and the freedom and balance outside of the military. With big life decisions on the line, Kurt needs space to think, so a one-night-stand with a sexy stranger is all he can commit to. Until his sexy stranger shows up on his submarine…
Getting accepted into the Submarine Corps was an enormous career goal for Rainy Miller, and she has no intention of screwing it up. A Marine Technician for the last eight years in the surface fleet, Rainy craves the new challenges of a submariner. With her training complete, she’s about to join a boat for the first time, and her career relies on a good impression. When her one night stand shows up in the galley, she has to shut it down, walk away, pretend it never happened. But all submariners know that secrets don’t stay secret for long on a sub.
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Procrastination and a Mutinous Muse


Every year in May, I join the ranks of authors at the Romance Writers of Australia in a race to write 50, 000 words in thirty days. I had good intentions. Yes, I did. My muse, on the other hand, had other ideas. So my May challenge went something like this …

Day 1:

Muse: You’re going to work today.

Me: I have no choice. It’s a work today.

Muse: Huh. Okay then, I’ll stay home and drink wine.

Day 2:

Me: So, are we going to write today?

Muse (shrugs): Maybe.

Me: 1600 words?

Muse: I’ll give you 1476.

Day 3:

Me: Can’t write today. Work and an MTAA launch tonight.

Muse: I’ll forgive you. It’s Craig Lowndes. Ain’t nobody gonna say no to that.

Day 4:

Me: Great night last night. Let’s write!

Muse: Glad you had fun without me. Was he nice?

Me (sighs): Yes. He hugged me, touched my arm. I’m never going to wash it again.

Muse: Great! I’ll give you 1590 words.

Me: Cheers.

Day 5:

Me: Work day

Muse: Go then.

Day 6 & 7:

Muse: We writing this weekend?

Me: Nope. It’s V8’s at Barbagallo

Muse: Garth Tander?

Me: Yep.

Muse: Ain’t nobody gonna say no to that!

Day 9:

Me: Only 967 words?

Muse: I gave you Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Greg Murphy, Roger Penske … need I say more?

Me: I guess not.

Day 11:

Me: We’re almost half way. Can I have some words?

Muse: I’ll give you 654.

Me: They’re getting less. Are you punishing me?

Muse (stretches out on the couch): Zzzzzz

Day 13:

Me: 789 words. Total count: 5476/50000. We need more. We’re not even close to target.

Muse: Talk to the hand.

Day 16:

Me: 649 words on the WIP, numerous email responses and a work-related ad for the winter. Total count: 6125/50000. Current WIP now at 18916. I’d hoped to be around the halfway mark by now.

Muse: Stay at home and write then.

Me: Can’t. Day job. It’s how you stay alive.

Muse: Pffft. Pass the wine and chocolate.

Day 18:

Me: A dismal 198 words today. Ridonculous! We can do better than that.

Muse (in a chocolate coma): Maybe if you can get your characters to stop dancing around each other …

Me: That’s your job. Inspire me.

Muse: I’m off to Fiji …

Day 21:

Me: Today’s achievement – I made soup. (No, this photo was the stew my husband made. You don’t want to see what the soup looked like)

Day 25:

Muse: Your edits for Secrets are here!

Me: But I want to work on Heart.

Muse: Too bad. Edits first, write later. And by the way, if you don’t stay off Facebook, you’ll never get anything written or edited.

 

Running total: 6323/50, 000

To be continued ….