Guest Author & Giveaway: Robyn DeHart featuring Seduce Me

Wednesday, August 12

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A day in my life

Writers are often asked what a typical day is in the life of a writer is like. I think the public often views us as lounging around in our mansions with cucumbers on our eyes and someone massaging our feet while we dictate our book to a hapless typist. Perhaps this is the life for some writers (though somehow I doubt it) but for most us it goes something more like this:

Wake up to blaring alarm (or crying/squealing children), wander aimlessly in kitchen to make lunches, drink caffeine (in format of choice), and mentally run through day’s to-do list. Juggle family with possible day job and writing deadlines not to mention vet appointments, PTA meetings and the occasional flat tire.

To some, writers may seem awfully glamorous, but in realty we are so very normal. Okay that might be stretching it a little as writers are notoriously neurotic, but when it comes to day-to-day life, we are quite average.

So what does my typical day look like? I had a much better answer for this when I had a full-time job outside of writing. Then I had a much more concrete schedule. I went to work, I came home, I wrote for about 2 hours, end of story. Now that I write full-time things don't really work in a scheduled sense, at least not everyday. I prefer to write in the mornings, and most of the time I manage this, but when life doesn't lend itself to that I end up writing in the afternoons or evenings. Regardless, the writing gets done. I don't so much do a time limit as well as a page goal. I try to stick to weekly page averages rather than a daily goal because some days are better than others because of the flow of the story or days when I have to stop and brainstorm. So I aim for 30-40 pages a week. I don't always write on the weekends, but I don't always take the weekends off either. How's that for a schedule?

I think the main thing for me is writing everyday (when I'm working on rough draft, that is). When I'm doing that first draft it's VERY easy to lose focus and lose the "feel" for the characters, especially when I'm just getting a hold of that "feel". Writing consistently, even if it's only a page, keeps my head in the story and allows me to not lose my footing. I find that if I do this, the writing flows better and the characters are more consistent when I'm done with the draft. Makes revisions easier.

But what if you're having a difficult time making time for writing or making it a priority? I think this is the number one struggle of most would-be writers and aspiring novelists. It’s challenging to reconcile the wanting to write and the fact that writing (once you get started) is far more challenging and often less fun than you first expect. Don’t get me wrong it is the best job in the world, but I never actually expected it to be quite so difficult. In any case if you’re struggling with the priority of writing, here’s a trick I suggest that worked very well for me.

They (who are these people anyways?) say that it takes 21 consecutive days to make or break a habit. So with that in mind I joined a challenge called the 100words/100days challenge whereby I pledged to write a minimum of 100 words for 100 consecutive days (including weekends or birthdays or holidays or whatever else is in the mix.) By doing so I realized that I didn’t have to have a block of time to get writing done and by staying in the story, the book flowed much better. I succeeded in the challenge and completed my 100 days and some days I write exactly 100 words, but most of the time those 100 words got me into the story and away I’d go. It’s been years since I did this challenge, but I still stand by the lessons I learned.

Today has been filled with answering emails, twittering, doing this guest blog (as well as writing another), reading something for critique and doing some brainstorming on my next book. I’m itching to start writing it, but have much more storyboarding to do before I get started.

Thanks for letting me join you today. And next time you’re at the bookstore check out my latest release, Seduce Me, a romantic action-adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones.


Book 1 in The Legend Hunters series

The Legend Hunters ...The Men of Solomon's meet in secret, their very existence only a rumor among the best of Victorian society. They are treasure hunters, men of wealth and title, seekers of myths and legends. And no legend is as alluring as the tale of Pandora's Box...

Fielding Grey is a treasure seeker with a taste for danger and experienced women. His latest mission: wrest Pandora's fabled box from a notorious criminal mastermind. Not in the job description: save an innocent damsel in distress.

A bookish miss, Esme Worthington has favored dusty tomes over society balls, and thrilling tales over flirtations. But when two scoundrels break into her home, she is thrust into a real-life adventure. Pursued and suddenly possessing the forbidden box, Esme can't resist peeking inside. Under the spell of Pandora's seductive curse, she's soon offering herself to Fielding – body and soul. With her reluctant rescuer determined to resist her charms, can the two outwit an enemy who will stop at nothing to seize their precious prize?

Read an excerpt

Five fun facts about Seduce Me & Robyn DeHart:
  1. To date, Esme Worthington is my favorite heroine I’ve ever written. Esme says whatever she’s thinking, and she’s brave with a wicked sense of humor.

  2. The first three chapters of Seduce Me practically wrote themselves; they went so quickly and were so much fun. The rest of the book proved more challenging, but was still fun nonetheless

  3. The concept behind the cursed bracelets in Seduce Me was gently borrowed from The Mummy Returns. Come to find out there are actually real-life Pandora bracelets that are quite popular

  4. I have a degree in Sociology with a focus on deviant behavior. Seduce Me was the first book where I was able to apply my education to create a mastermind criminal.

  5. The concept behind the Legend Hunters series and the gentleman’s club Solomon’s came from my love of archaeology and treasure hunting as well as great adventure/romance movies like Indiana Jones and The Mummy.

You can find out more about Robyn and all of her lovely books on her website Robyn,

Thanks Robyn for being my guest at Seductive Musings! If you like fast paced, hard to put down action, intrigue and romance a la Indiana Jones, with a charmingly independant heroine, a handsome treasure hunter, an ancient curse, and villainous relatives than this is the book for you! Courtesy of Forever books and Robyn DeHart I have 5 copies of this great book to giveaway. Want to win it? Here's how...

Ways to earn entries:

  • Leave a meaningful comment (good for 1 entry)
  • Become a follower of Seductive Musings, and/or mention that you are already a follower in your comment (good for 3 entries)
  • Blog about this contest on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 5 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)

How to enter:

  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
  • Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible

Rules and disclaimers:

  • This contest is open to residents of the U.S. or Canada only, and NO PO Boxes are allowed
  • The contest will end Saturday August 22nd at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be contacted via email
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  • All winners will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide your mailing address. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!


made4books August 12, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

I just adore Robyn DeHart. I have been a faithful reader of hers since her first book, Courting Claudia. I really like how she sets her H/H up to be like real people. A quiet,mostly keep to himself kind of hero, or a kind of average looking not rail thin heroine.She is a keeper author whom I hope writes for a while yet to come!! Please enter me on your giveaway, I am a follower on your site.


Amy M,  August 12, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

She is a new author for me, but I am very intrigued! Please enter me in the contest....oh and I am a follower too.

Amy M

I Heart Book Gossip August 12, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

I love the cover of this book. Please count me in

+3 Am a follower
+5 Posted on sidebar

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Laney4 August 12, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

Hi! Thanks so much for offering this contest! I've never read anything by Robyn DeHart YET, so when you describe this book as being similar to Indiana Jones, I'm THERE! There must be tons of people out there who loved that movie, so hopefully you can get some of them to read this book! It's a great "hook"!
seytype [at] hotmail [dot] com
I'm a follower.

Anonymous,  August 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

Sounds like an interesting book,please count me in for the giveaway.

I'm already a follower


Susan Helene Gottfried August 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

Awesome post, ladies!! This was way fun to read and I think I'm a fan of Robyn's now.

Thanks for the e-mail, too. I've got this up at Win a Book. As always, if there's more we can do to help spread the word about books and authors, give us a holler.

Kathy Otten August 12, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

This looks like a new author to me, but when I saw the cover for the ? Wicked book I could have sworn I'd read it. But this story looks good. I love fast paced action stories that have stuff going on besides the romance.

joder August 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

+1 I love the historical take on such a modern idea as treasure hunting. Sounds fun!
+3 I'm already a follower
+5 Posted it to FB (

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scottsgal August 12, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

I've never gone on a real treasure hunt per se but have found some cool antiques when we went through my grandma's house. Would love to read this one

already a follower

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Lori August 12, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

What a cool take on the treasure hunter theme! Intrigue and romance ala Indiana Jones? I'm so there. This one sounds sooo interesting and fun! Plus, I've loved all of your previous books - thanks!

Oh - my hub has his degree in psych with an emphasis on deviant behavior. (Is that part of my meaningful comment, LOL?)

I'm a follower :)

By my count, that's 4.

CrystalGB August 12, 2009 at 2:32 PM  

Great post. Thanks Robyn for sharing her writing schedule.

I am a follower.


Anonymous,  August 12, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

I loved reading about the "typical writer's day". I've always wondered.
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Anonymous,  August 12, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

I am a follower of your blog.
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Mitzi August 12, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

I would love to win this book. The story is gonna be goooood!!!

I'm a follower.

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Jane August 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

I love treasure hunters. Sounds like a great read.

I'm a follower of this blog.

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Estella August 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

Love the treasure hunt theme.
I am a follower.


Cindy W August 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM  

This book has been on my wishlist for a little while and I loved the 100/100 idea. Even if I don't win, I'll still get the book in my sony estore! Good luck to you and great post, kept me the whole time!

I just signed up to follow the blog.

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Marie August 12, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

This sounds like such a good read!

I am a follower.

tetewa August 12, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

I;d like to be included!

flchen1 August 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

Robyn's writing is new for me--I'm glad you've successfully made writing part of your life habit! How wonderful for us readers! And I'll definitely have to check out Seduce Me--I live in a household of Indiana Jones fans! ;)

f dot chen at comcast dot net

RachieG August 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

I would love to read this one. Robyn DeHart is an amazing author and I can't wait to read her newest book. :)

I'm a follower!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

Beth August 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

Great post! She seems so friendly!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth August 13, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

I'm a follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Book Junkie II August 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM  

Can't wait to read this, it is always fun to read little facts about our fav authors!
+1 entry
+3 follower already!
+5 blogged about contest

Mary K. from L.A. August 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Hi! New to your fascinating blog and this author. Please enter me in the drawing.

Also am a new follower and will mention your contest on my blog at My email is


ChristyJan August 15, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

I was lucky enough to win a copy of COURTING CLAUDIA from Robyn (she even signed it) several years ago (at the end of '05 I think). I've been hooked ever since!


etirv August 16, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

Robyn is a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading this book!


etirv August 16, 2009 at 6:10 PM  



Brenda August 18, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Count me in!
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Brenda August 18, 2009 at 8:56 PM  

I'm a follower!

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Kainani August 18, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
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Kainani August 18, 2009 at 9:27 PM  

The book sounds fun. Another TBR book added to my list.

I'm following.


Anita Yancey August 20, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

I have never read one of Robyn DeHart's books, but I would really like to read this one. It sounds like a great book. I think I will have to add her to the list of author's books that I read. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!


Brenda August 20, 2009 at 8:46 AM  

I decided I wanted to read this book by reading the interview. I love a character with a "wicked sense of humor"!

l+ comment above

+3 Already a follower

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budletsmom August 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

+1 I haven't read this author before but would love to after reading your interview.

+3 I am already a follower.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com.

Lisa N.,  August 21, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

I have not read any of Robyn's previous books, but this one sounds really interesting! I'm a big fan of the Indiana Jones and Mummy movies, so I can't wait to read what they inspired.

I'm a new follower of this blog.

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

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