Appealing To the Muse

A good while back I began what was to be Book 2 of a romantic comedy.

The characters and story were fresh in my mind. I had great expectations at finishing the book in a matter of a couple of months. The storyline began like this.


Life took over-and every time I tried to write, the book turned to this.

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I struggled with too much on my mind and had left the book too long. The story became fuzzy and I was unable to connect.  A few months later I dug the manuscript from its file and read through what I’d written. I let it simmer, connected with the characters again and changed the outline. So, then I had this.


Things are looking up!

Now, I’m loving my characters again and appealing to my muse while I complete A Smoky Mountain Wedding in time for Christmas this year. I hope life is agreeable and the book comes to a close, because there’s Book 3 to jump into!

So watch out Muse! I won’t take no for an answer. 🙂

Name that deputy sheriff!  He’s a twenty-five-year-old, quiet young man and as honest as the day is long, from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. When things get too busy around the jail, he gets a bit rattled. Think Barney Fife.

If you have a catchy first name, and if I use your suggestion, I’ll be happy to send you a free digital copy of A Smoky Mountain Wedding when it’s completed.

So send in your first names for the deputy sheriff! Grab a chance for a free copy of A Smoky Mountain Wedding.

I can’t wait to read the names you come up with!

You can leave a comment here or email me at Please put “deputy sheriff contest” in the subject line.

The deadline for sending in your names for the deputy is March 19, 2016. I’ll announce the winner on my next post, which will be March 23, 2016. In case of a tie, I’ll have someone draw for the winner.

Please don’t forget to leave your name and email so I may reach you. Thank you!

Good luck and happy reading!

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About Carol

Carol’s roots are sown in the South. Her writings are Southern, small town based and include romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She believes in falling in love, family values, and happy endings. When time allows, she dabbles in art, and always has popcorn, pickles, and hot chocolate on hand. While a dose of humor sprinkles throughout her stories, they may or not, be based on real life characters. Some are convinced they are, but only she knows for certain, and she won’t gossip. Carol currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family. A multi-published eBook author since 2011, Carol's won numerous awards, and previously published in poetry, short stories and novels. Novels available in ebook: (A Short Story) A MATTER of TASTE, PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print), CHRISTMAS at the GRANGER INN, CHRISTMAS at APPLE LAKE, THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Coming December 2019: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding Coming December 2020: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby Where to find Carol DeVaney online:
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17 Responses to Appealing To the Muse

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Joey-Ralph McHane. I can see his big sister callin’ across the holler, and a young Joey-Ralph tossin’ the last of his carefully selected rocks back into the stream where he’d be happily entertaining himself by skipping stones. Now grown-up, Joey-Ralph has unexpectedly walked into novel. Oh-my!

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  2. Joan Reeves says:

    Joey-Ralph? *LOL* Carol, I loved your picture comparison. Too funny.

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  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Elmore Queen—like Steve McQueen but with a little goofy sprinkled in. 🙂 Names are tricky, hope someone proposes one that resonates, Carol! Congratulations on: A Snowy Mountain Wedding, hope it comes smoothly now and that you love it.

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  4. susanrhughes says:

    I like Elmore McHale.

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  5. ginaarditoauthor says:

    I love when things gel again after they’ve scattered into pieces. Congrats on reawakening your muse! For your deputy sheriff, Dudley Henshaw. I’m thinking Dudley Do-Right, but a good solid last name to give him credibility.

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  6. Carol says:

    It’s like putting a puzzle back together after the cat’s danced over it. LOL Dudley Henshaw is a good name for the deputy! Thanks so much.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Mona Risk says:

    I wish I could help! But you had great suggestions here.

    Liked by 1 person

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