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A-Kiss-for-Lady-MaryBY ELLA QUINN

The devil is in the details for any writer, but especially historical romance writers. One of the more challenging things to do is not only the research but the willingness to accept the culture as it was and not how you’d like it to be. Certainly not how a 21st century person would react having the rules suddenly superimposed on one.

Choosing the Right Setting (Or does it choose you?)

againstthetideBY KAT MARTIN

At the end of May, AGAINST THE TIDE, the twelfth novel in my AGAINST series is being released.  This is the last of three books about the rugged Brodie brothers of Alaska.

Being plot-oriented, I usually work through a story in my head then figure out the best place for the story to take place.  Sometimes, as happened with the Alaska Trilogy, AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, and AGAINST THE TIDE, the setting was an essential part of the stories before they were even conceived.

Why I Write (The Genre Which Shall Not Be Named) Novels

fakingItBY LEAH MARIE BROWN

“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!”

Write On

Wanderlove_JaxCassidy200BY JAX CASSIDY

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.”

That’s it.

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.

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.