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M.J. Summers

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MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off...

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M.J. Summers When I'm stuck I generally do one of the following:

1) Go for a long walk. I like to be out in nature with my dog, so I take her to the woods where I…more
When I'm stuck I generally do one of the following:

1) Go for a long walk. I like to be out in nature with my dog, so I take her to the woods where I can really be alone with my thoughts. I try not to think about the book for a while, but just let my mind wander.Eventually I start daydreaming about the story until it picks up where I left off.

2) Re-read what I've written. From start to finish. I helps me connect with the characters and ask myself if what I have them doing is realistic for each of them. Can people relate to it? Is there something I don't like about the story that is getting me stuck? This also helps if I have lost confidence in what I'm doing. I might have started having doubts about the story, my ability to write, etc. Going back over it allows me to see that I do like what I've written so far and that I can do this.

3) Read blogs about writing/writers block, etc. If you check out my tweets, I've sent quite a few links to blogs that were really helpful to me.

4) Move On in the Story. Skip the part you are on and write a scene that will come later in the book (and that you know what is going to happen). This can help because you are still making progress. With my second book I had to do this a couple of times. I wrote myself into a real corner and it took me a while to figure out how to get out of it.

5) Leave it for a while. Maybe a day or so. Do non-writing things. Clean out a closet, go out with friends, do yoga, cook a great meal. Getting rid of some project that I have hanging over my head can help to clear the space it takes up in my mind so I can get back to writing. Doing things I enjoy relieves stress, which helps the process flow again when I am ready to sit back down.

6) Have a Little Faith. Trust that the ideas will come flooding back in very soon. They will. You started writing because you have a story to tell. You'll finish it. Worrying about writer's block only serves to block your mind and take your thinking from the creative right brain to the lower level thinking of the amygdala, which is what we use when we are in fight or flight. Ever heard of an author writing a novel while being chased by a bear? Me neither.

So believe that you'll get back into the groove any minute now. Have a glass of wine (or a tea if that's your thing). Be confident. The story is already in you. When you relax it will come out. (less)
M.J. Summers I am currently working on Breaking Hearts (Full Hearts Series Book 4) due out June 2015. It features Trey and Gabriella from Break in Two. What a fun…moreI am currently working on Breaking Hearts (Full Hearts Series Book 4) due out June 2015. It features Trey and Gabriella from Break in Two. What a fun book to write. It's set mainly in Brazil, so I've been enjoying trying out new recipes for Brazilian cuisine and learning about the culture and music. It will be the final book in the series and I think I might have a little trouble saying good-bye to all of the characters. (less)
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“I want to send out my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has purchased Break in Two, and especially to those of you who took the time to review it. Your thoughtfulness and kind words have made the past two weeks most incredible.

This whole writing thing was an experiment to see if I could do it. You have inspired me to continue on! I had no idea this would be such an incredibly gratify experience.

Thank you to each and everyone one of you. All the best to you and yours this holiday season!
MJ”
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“I want to send out my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has purchased Break in Two, and especially to those of you who took the time to review it. Your thoughtfulness and kind words have made the past two weeks most incredible.

This whole writing thing was an experiment to see if I could do it. You have inspired me to continue on! I had no idea this would be such an incredibly gratify experience.

Thank you to each and everyone one of you. All the best to you and yours this holiday season!
MJ”
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Elizabeth Just finished Breaking Clear! Harper and Evan are by far my favorite book couple of the summer. I am so in love with your writing and I am looking forward to reading more! AMAZING! :)


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M.J. Summers Hi Nancy,
Sorry for the incredibly long repsonse! Just saw this now. I will definitely add your trilogy to my TBR list.
All the best to you with your writing!
MJ


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Nancy Turner Hi M.J.,
Great to meet you here on Goodreads. Hope you will put my book, ONE MOTHER OF A PORN STAR on your "Want to Read" list. It is book one of a trilogy.
--Nancy Turner aka
PS: Your list of Fans & Friends is quite impressive!! You must be one Terrific writer!


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Gina MJ - you are an amazing author. Here is what I wrote as my Goodread review….

OMG! I loved this book. It is the exactly the type of book I’m always in search of to just ‘get away’. Sweet and sexy. Hot and erotic. Romantic with a HEA. Perfect.

Its the story of Claire who is starting over after a really bad break-up. Its also about Cole, the hot and sexy cowboy who has also had his heart broken.

The story is primarily told from Claire’s perspective, but offers Cole’s POV, as well as some other characters from time to time. Not confusing, lots of great dialog, easy read that I could not put down.

Claire is funny, strong and has a quick wit and great sense of humor, while Cole is charming, sexy and the guy everyone respects. Both are a little fragile from time to time, which makes them so relatable and real.

Cole is Clair’s boss on the ranch and try to resist each other. But after a they can’t stand it anymore, the chemistry they have built explodes between them and is off-the-charts.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a stand-alone, sexy, romantic, fun story with a little drama and a lot of love.

Favorite Scenes:
Alone at the Ranch
First Date
He’s Going to London
New Year’s Even

Check it out for yourself! You’ll love it… Can’t wait for MJ’s next book!


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M.J. Summers Thank you! You as well!


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R. Matthews Hi MJ! Thanks for the friendship <3


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