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4x14 Who Is That Masked Man?  Sherlock Holmes & Morland Holmes

When three gang members are murdered, Sherlock and Joan are amazed when an elderly woman emerges as their prime suspect.  When Sherlock’s investigation into the attempt on Morland’s life pushes their strained relationship to the breaking point, the identity of Sherlock’s mother is revealed.
[Elizabeth Sung, James Hong, Tzi Ma]

Found this clip… Can’t believe I had’t made a gif of this yet!! How the hell were her clothes still on?!

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I meant to do some, you know, actual gameplay today. Instead I spent all day fiddling with these houses on the Crick Cabana lot in my gameplay save. I’m thinking I may make over the “cheap” neighborhood of Willow Springs into modern tiny/micro homes for single sims and small families. Finished both of these with about $1,200 left after 2 sims moved in.

I moved roomates Mason Noble (by SevenDeadlySims on the gallery) and Angie Yeung (by me) onto the lot after a small makeover. :)

Romance: The Main Plot?

I couldn’t count how many people have complimented my writing because, while I write romance, it’s not the “main plot.” Um…wait…really?

No matter how many times I hear this, it utterly astounds me, because the first thing I decide when plotting nearly all of my stories is who the main couple will be, and then, I design the plot completely around them and their romance. Even while writing, the love story of the book is what drives me forward, through the beginning, middle, and end. So how on earth could someone possibly tell me another plot is greater than the romance? I think I’ve finally figured it out. Or, at least, I have a theory.

So, my guess is that, when I know who the main couple is, I become so focused on what will stand between them that I end up creating an elaborate plot just for this purpose, unknowingly making the romance a “close second” or subplot.

See, romance to me has never been about how many steamy make-out scenes a book has. For me, the perfect romantic story includes comfort, protection, and certainty that the love is true. Blunt flirtation is usually minimal and/or comes after formal declarations of love.

I’ll conclude that my books give the illusion of romance not being the main plot, because every conflict I create regards the love story and how it can be as deep and strong as possible.

What about you? Do you write/read romance as an obvious main plot, a subplot, or not at all?

SLOW ECHOES is still on the following seven retail sites, and will be there until February 29 if you’d like to read it! I have no clue how long it will take to re-release once I find another publisher.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

iTunes

Omnilit

Bookstrand

Smashwords

Its Goodreads page, however, will remain open! :)