Thursday, May 16, 2019

Coffee, tea, soda, water...#RomanceGems @ConstanceBretes

When I was working my 9 to 5 day job. The very first thing I ever did when I got into the office was head for the coffee break room for a fresh cup of coffee. Even if I had a meeting to go to, I always FIRST went to the coffee room. During the final 20 years of my work life, I drove an hour to and from work each day. 
I would not fix myself a cup of coffee at home. I’d wait until I got to work, and reward myself for getting to work in one piece, safe, and sound by heading to the coffee room.

Now, as a writer full time, and retired state worker, my mornings consist of needing something to kick start my writing. This prompted me to ask, what do other writers do? What is their ‘must have’ kick to jump start their writing? So I put the question out to the Romance Gems authors, here’s what they say!
I love to have my first cup of coffee in the morning at my desk. I can enjoy the coffee and look over my Day Planner to see what's on the agenda for the day and the rest of the week. Now, as to celebrating an accomplishment, I'm a bubbly girl. I always keep a bottle of either prosecco or champagne chilling in the fridge. ~ Joan Reeves, author of Heat Lightning.

My drink while I’m writing is coffee. Hot or iced, morning or night, it’s coffee:) Laura Hunsaker

I've never liked coffee but if the weather's warm, I do like a nice cold glass of iced tea while I'm writing! Kari Lemor

In the morning, I drink Bewley’s Irish Breakfast hot tea. Later in the day, I drink Cherry Dr Pepper. Caroline Clemmons

Definitely coffee with 2 cream for morning (2-3 cups). The rest of the day is ice water, usually w/lemon. If I write in the evening, it's Coke Zero or decaf coffee. Nancy Fraser, Author

My drink of choice is sweet tea. Always!!!
Kara O'Neal

Definitely coffee, then Diet Dr. Pepper, switching back and forth throughout the day. Karen Kelley

Yup, I'm you're writing twin. Morning writer, and must have coffee. I usually get only a few sips before needing to reheat it, though! I also keep chocolates nearby.  My waistline does NOT thank me for that habit.🙄😔😂  Elsa Kurt

I don’t drink coffee or tea. My “drug” of choice for a caffeine kick every morning is a big glass of Diet Mountain Dew. Most people gag when they hear that (!) but the caffeine jolt is what i need to clear my brain fog.  Peggy Jaeger

I drink Topo Chico mineral water.  My must have!
Karen Whiddon

I have a morning routine. I juice celery and drink a glass. Then when I sit down behind the computer, I like my cup of coffee. I may have two before getting up around noon. Jan Scarbrough

I have two cups of cappuccino in the morning (Europe kills the taste for regular joe). the second I’ll take into my office but it’s gone really fast. After that, it’s water. I don’t have sweet drinks or cola. At noon I’ll have another cappuccino but that’s it for caffeine for the day. Back to water.
Bonnie Edwards
Because I get up and do my writing/edits in the mornings, I must have a pot of coffee on. Some days I may only take a couple of sips before it goes cold, other days, when I’m frustrated or having a problem putting a scene together, I drink the whole cup and get more.

If I find some time in the afternoons and decide to write or edit, I usually have a can of Sprite to sip on while the devious plots form inside my head.

How about you? Do you need that quick picker-upper in the mornings or at the start of your day? 


In honor of our Heroes and She-roes. I have a story that was published last year, called Jade's Redemption. 

He's an overworked police chief, and she's a disgraced cop. Can he rescue her from her own depths of hell without losing his heart to her in the process?

Someone is kidnapping newborn infants and selling them to the highest bidder. Police Chief Patrick Carter has his hands full investigating the case. To complicate matters, he's short on staff.

Jade Harlowe has secrets, ones that she vowed no one would ever know. She used to be a police officer, but when a tragedy occurred—one that everyone held her responsible for—she resigned and moved to another state to start over, accepting a job as a dispatcher for the police, fire, and ambulance departments.

When Patrick discovers Jade's past police experience he offers her a job on the force. He needs help working the kidnapping cases, and Jade previously solved a similar case, so she could be a valuable asset. But will they be able to fight the attraction that's sizzling between them? Something that could be very distracting if they can't control it.

The clock is ticking. They have to find those babies and prevent more from being taken. But a very nosy news reporter may compromise everything if she digs deep enough to uncover Jade's past.

Neither Patrick nor Jade thought they had room for each other in their lives, but working so closely together makes it impossible to deny the chemistry. Can Patrick break through the wall Jade has built up around her, or will her past finally catch up with her and she loses everything once again?


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 Heroes and Sher-oes


  1. I was usually one of the first to work and would get the coffee ready. Loved a good hot cup to start the day. I made it strong. People sometimes joked they had withdrawals on the weekends.

  2. In my wip I have a coffee machine that's been tampered with. YUCK! Noxious fumes and all, but there are mornings I wonder if I'd notice!

  3. Can't start my day without 2 cups of coffee. Preferably in bed while I write in my journal. Always have water and lemon on my desk. My cup of Earl Grey tea gets me through the afternoon.

  4. Jade's Redemption sounds delicious! Great post!

  5. Enjoyed reading your post, Constance. Very entertaining. Thank you.

  6. One coffee for the jump start and hot tea the rest of the day.


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