Humour in Writing – Linn B. Halton

SO titleThere’s humour in everything—birth, death and all of the intricate details in between that we refer to as life. Then there’s love …
In my next novel, Sweet Occasions, Katie’s life is consumed with following her dream, after she sets up her own bakery.
As everything begins to fall apart, so does her relationship with Steve, but can it be salvaged? Then there’s Adam, doting father to Lily, who drifts into her life. Maybe I should say ‘drips’ into her life …

Happy casual man“How can I help you?” I ask politely.
No response is forthcoming as the seconds slowly tick by. He appears to have lost the power of speech and I struggle to mask the grin that keeps creeping across my face. I watch as a rivulet of water snakes down from his sodden hair and he raises his sleeve to wipe it away. I can’t stop my eyes from straying to the floor and I see that he’s standing in what appears to be quite a large puddle. He observes me checking it out, but says nothing. The seconds continue to pass and I wait patiently, wondering why anyone would venture out on a day like this so totally unprepared to battle the elements.
He shifts from one foot to the other, and then runs his hand through his hair in an attempt to sweep the wet tendrils off his forehead.
“Sssorry, I’m a llllittle wet.”
Well, that’s an understatement if ever I heard one. He’s embarrassed and I swallow a chuckle, disguising it with a cough.
“Um … I just need something … small,” he continues, sounding hesitant.
He’s looking directly at me as if that should mean something.
“Small?”
“Yes.”
I’m frowning, so I slide back into smiley-face mode and pick up one of our leaflets. I spread it out on the counter and he leans forward to look at the array of cakes. As he moves his head a few drops of rain flick up into the air, splatting across the front of my blouse and landing on the counter. He looks mortified.
“Um,” he mutters weakly. He looks up at me, a blank expression on his face.

It’s a chance encounter that has her trying very hard to hide a smirk. What sort of guy would leave home so inadequately dressed on such a stormy day? As the puddle of water in which he’s standing grows, so does her sympathy. It’s one memory that will stick in her mind for a long time …

Coming 23 September, 2014:

SO LBH medKatie’s relationship has had more than its fair share of problems. After a difficult few years things begin to pick up and Katie finally realises her dream of opening up a bakery. Sweet Occasions specialises in novelty and celebration cakes, plus the most inspiring range of cupcakes anyone could possibly ask for!
Utilising her passion and skill helps to inject happiness back into her life, but it’s short-lived as things begin to fall apart. The reality is that you need to run a business with your heart AND your head. Help is at hand in the shape of her partner, Steve. He has the necessary experience, but does Katie want to tie herself to him financially, as well as personally?
Then one rainy, wintry day a bedraggled customer steps inside the door to order a cake …
Sometimes a turning point centres around one single moment in time. Sometimes it takes two Christmases and three birthdays.

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When Valentine’s Day is Over…

My guest today is Linn Halton. She writes love stories all the time but today she’s writing about herself.

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When Valentine’s Day is over …

Let me be very clear—I love ‘love’—that’s why I write romance novels. I love romantic gestures too – who doesn’t? But I have a slightly different take on Valentine’s Day, having been married for quite a long time.

Rewind a few years and as a sixteen-year-old I met my soulmate – he was seventeen at the time. On our first Valentine’s Day we had been dating for four months and had been saving up to get married for two and a half months! Marry in haste and repent at leisure they say. It wasn’t true for us and every single day he’s still the one I would choose.

That first Valentine’s Day was exciting because it had a special meaning. For the first time I was buying gifts for someone I truly loved, someone who made me feel loved and complete. Someone I knew I’d be with forever. As the years roll on we’ve had fun with small gifts for each other, meals out, flowers – until I put a stop to one rose for every year we’d been together. The cost was ridiculous! Now? We sometimes buy cards, sometimes we don’t. Not very romantic, I can hear you saying …

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The point is, it isn’t about Valentine’s Day anymore. I think our friends would agree that we are two of the most romantic married people they know, who are still madly in love.

We pay lip service to Valentine’s Day because we keep romance alive throughout the year. We have regular date nights – just the two of us in a smart restaurant and we dress up for each other. The flowers here (and a HUGE box of chocolates) were a surprise gift from Lawrence. We’ve recently moved house and it hasn’t been easy. We had no heating or cooking facilities for most of the Christmas and New Year period, plus we are doing the renovation work ourselves. I’m the filler/sander/painter/wallpaperer and lovely Lawrence is knocking out bits of wall, laying floors, and replacing the kitchen and bathrooms.

We work well as a team. We both give our ‘all’ and we don’t take each other for granted. The flowers were a ‘thank you’ to me for putting up with the mess and the lack of facilities. My romantic gesture in return? When Lawrence is working he likes constant cups of tea and coffee, and despite the lack of facilities I made sure mealtimes weren’t boring (and that wasn’t easy). I never moan when I’m constantly cleaning through after the messy jobs (his or mine). Times when I was worried that my day job was running very behind, I still made sure I did my part so he wasn’t held up and despite the chaos, we laughed a lot and counted our blessings.

Heart with wedding rings on a white background. 3D image.The cottage renovation is coming on well – we are six weeks in and are both back to work during the day. We work on the cottage evenings and weekends. Within three months it will be done and then date nights are back on. You see, that’s the bonus of having found your soulmate. Sometimes romance has to be put on hold (well, paint in your hair and on your jeans isn’t the most romantic look) but one thing is for sure – when you pick back up those romantic dinners for two are even MORE special!

So if you have a long-term relationship ‘romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day … it’s forever’.

Linn has just moved to the Forest of Dean with her husband, Lawrence, and cat with ‘catitude’,
Mr Tiggs.

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