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“Chick Lit is soooo last century.”
“Oh my god! I know, right?”
“They’re all fashion, fun, and female empowerment.”
“Eww! Who wants to read a novel about some sad woman stumbling through life in overpriced designer shoes?”
I was standing in my local bookstore when I overheard the above conversation and I literally had to stop myself from raising my hand, jumping up and down, and crying, “Oo! Me! Me! I want to read about a less-than-perfect woman balancing life, love, and lustful pursuits in a pair of fabulous Louboutins!”
Do you want to know the secret to being a successful writer? Ernest Hemingway said it best, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Yep. That’s the secret. The End.
Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly all. The cold hard truth is that if you DON’T write, you have NOTHING to sell. You can’t score a contract or promote your work if you only have a handful of blank pages. The first step to becoming a writer is to WRITE.
BY SHELLEY K. WALL
While writing Text Me, I fell in love with Abby’s business partner’s snarky humor, kooky dress style, and wild ways. I couldn’t wait to write her story because it was obvious she needed one. There was a lot to Caroline that readers wanted to know…that I wanted to know. We had a hint that she was a very adventurous soul who had encountered something in her life that forced her to tame her wild ways.
BY ROE VALENTINE
Heroes with tattoos make me swoon. I know you all know what I’m talking about. There is nothing hotter than a big, hulking man sporting ink, and it really doesn’t matter where, does it? Well, I’m on the fence about a man with a face full of tattoos. How would we see his gorgeous face?!
BY COREENE CALLAHAN
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big believer in saying “knowledge is power”. That attitude has saved me a time or two, allowing me to stay healthy while I write about a prickly pack of dragon-shifters. They are, after all, a difficult (crazy, secretive, often violent) bunch. And tend to get upset when I reveal things about Dragonkind they prefer we not know. Today, though, in celebration of the newest release in the Dragonfury Series, Fury of Obsession, I’ve decided to live dangerously and disclose the top six Dragon Tips, all of which I have shared on Facebook at some point or other. My hope is the tips will help you recognize the warning signs—and stay out of harm’s way—If you ever come nose-to-scales with a dragon-shifter in a snit…or more deadly frame of mind.
BY MARINA MYLES
The recent flurry of film versions based on fairy tales prove that interest hasn’t died. Consider Relativity Media’s “Mirror, Mirror”, Universal Pictures “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and Disney’s “Frozen”, based on the Snow Queen fairy tale. Plus, there is “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie—and lest we forget television series such as ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and NBC’s “Grimm” all with fairy tale themes?
BY SARAH TITLE
Fortunately for everyone, I have grown out of that crazy stage (ha!). Well, sometimes I belt out show tunes, but only when I’m in the car. However, there are other lessons I took from being a young thespian that have come in handy with my writing.
**DON’T MISS THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!**
BY SHARI NICHOLS
Whenever I think of Valentine’s Day, images of long stemmed red roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolate and of course, hot men come to mind. The Fifty Shades frenzy has hit with a vengeance. This Valentine’s Day women will be lining up at theaters around the globe to finally experience the allusive Christian Grey in all his male glory on the big screen. But there will be another incredibly sexy male on the scene, whose face and muscled physique will soon be everywhere.
BY JANE GOODGER
And, given that I write historical romances, that’s a good thing. In one of my first books, set during the Civil War, I wrote that the heroine “pressed against the cold cinder block wall” and my copy editor wrote “cinder blocks weren’t used until the turn of the century.” That little note really bothered me. Not that I was wrong, but that I hadn’t even thought it could be wrong. Who knew?
BY NANCY NAIGLE
As a little girl I loved the Dear Abby column.