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A Real Wild One

BY SHELLEY K. WALL

Need_MeWhile 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.

Tattooed Heroes Know How to Love

BY ROE VALENTINE

LeftToForeverHeroes 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?!

Knowledge Is Power

BY COREENE CALLAHAN

furyobsessionI 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.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… If You’ve Seen One, Haven’t You Seen Them All?

BY MARINA MYLES 

CinderellaandtheGhost100Ha! I came across this newspaper headline recently and it made me smile. Of course, the subject of the article was fairy tales—and why we never grow tired of them.

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?

Creating Real Characters

BY SARAH TITLE

SnowedInI was a theater nerd in high school.  I ran around with my loud, flamboyant friends, wearing strange clothes and filling the hallways with show tunes.  You all probably would have wanted to kill me.

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.

Cover Model David Santa Lucia is Fifty Shades Hotter than Christian Grey…I invite you to decide!

**DON’T MISS THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!**

BY SHARI NICHOLS

CGrey 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.

The Looker-Upper

BY JANE GOODGER

SpinsterBrideThank you so much for having me today. I have a confession: I’m a looker-upper. I can’t help it, it’s a compulsion.

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?

Looking for Advice?

BY NANCY NAIGLE

BBQandBadNewsGetting and giving advice never seems to go out of style. Dear Abby was incredibly popular in its day, and people are still looking in newspapers, online or on television for advice.

As a little girl I loved the Dear Abby column.

Sometimes Things Don’t Go As Planned

BY AMANDA BERRY

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When I finished up One Night with the Best Man, I had to start on Sam’s story. I’d written a story for Sam before I wrote the first Ward Brothers book, Father by Choice. Of course Sam had changed a lot since that first attempt and so had I as a writer. So I wanted to start fresh. I got together with some friends to brainstorm and came up with a plan. The heroine wanted to buy Sam’s farm, but Sam didn’t want to sell. It would be in the middle of winter and we’d have a snowed in theme. I wrote my summary and started on my chapters.

Escape into an exotic world

BY CATE MASTERS

TwiceInABlueMoonWhen you think of an exotic setting, you probably think of somewhere tropical. Maybe you imagine a couple on a beach under the moonlight, with hot sand as a blanket beneath their feet.

But warm locales aren’t the only romantic places. So imagine instead two people in a colder place, surrounded by snow in a pristine wilderness.