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The World of The Cantati

BY MAGGIE MAE GALLAGHER

One of the things I adore about paranormal worlds is the chance to create a new universe often where the normal law of physics may not necessarily apply. When the concept for the Cantati Chronicles first arose, I knew I wanted to develop a new world that hopefully had not been done before. How was I able to come up with my version of a post-apocalyptic world?

Inspiration

BY NANCY NAIGLE

Where do I get the inspirations for my stories? Inspiration for my stories comes from all over. Sometimes from the news, or something that has happened to someone I know. Usually I don’t know the whole story going in, just the main drivers and motivations. How it’s all going to happen usually unfolds as I get to know my characters better in the first draft. I do like to include familiar things in my stories that just about anyone can connect with. If I tickle one memory that tugs on your heart while you’re reading one of my books, then I feel like I’ve accomplished a great thing.

Cooking For A Country Singer

BY AVA MILES

So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. Thanks to Romance Divas for hosting me!

Writing and Balance

BY CHERYL BOLEN

GIVEAWAY: Comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Marriage of Inconvenience or a choice of any title from her ebooks.

One of the questions I’ve been asked most since my first book was published in 1997 is how many hours a day do I write. It used to depend on the deadline specified in my contract. When racing toward a deadline (and more advance monies released), I would write six or seven days a week, eight hours a day. I have turned in every contracted book before my deadline.

Jumping into Korean Mythology: Mystical Monsters in Repossessed

BY SHAWNTELLE MADISON

This is my first time here on Romance Divas with a blog post and I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite parts of writing: research, research, and research.

In my latest paranormal romance release, REPOSSESSED, my hero Rob Shin is a Korean warlock with an arsenal of magical tools in his magical satchel. For Rob’s story, I wanted to jump in headfirst into Korean mythology and research the mythological creatures told in tales. I’d already performed this kind of research for COVETED and KEPT, two other books in the same universe. For those I explored Russian mythological creatures, in particular the vodyanoy and rusalka. The vodyanoy is a water spirit and the rusalka is water nymph. For REPOSSESSED I wanted to take things a step further since my story this time has a Korean spellcaster as the protagonist and not a werewolf like in COVETED.

Scheming Rivals and Deplorable Relatives: How Minor Characters Enrich a Romance

BY ANNE CLEELAND

Although opinions may vary, a list of the best romances of all time would probably include these four stories near the top:  Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, Jane Eyre, and Twilight.

What do these stories have in common?  The heroine has a Deplorable Relative as well as a Scheming Rival.  But that’s not all; the heroine also has a Kind Friend to confide in, a Despicable Villain to best, and at least one acquaintance who seems impossibly good.

Why a PERFECTLY BROKEN HEART is always better than HAPPILY EVER AFTER

BY SHARON CRAMER

Hello. My name is Sharon. I am an author, and I get love-hate mail. It’s okay. I deserve it. These people have something in common with me; we share something. We have perfectly broken hearts, even if just for the moment. And so they send the mail, and I love them for it.

Be careful now, for I am not speaking of the slighted, sophomoric love of yesteryears or the one who got away. It is not a photo crush or midsummer’s falling in lust. No—what I am talking about is a love much different from any of these. It is very rare, something most of us never catch a glimpse of.

Sex in the Regency Era

BY ELLA QUINN

I’m very excited to be back on Romance Divas. Today I want to talk about sex. Specifically sex during the Regency era. But wait you cry out, Jane Austen didn’t discuss sex, nor did Georgette Heyer! Well yes, but they both alluded to it in most of their books.

Just because both authors wrote during a time where if they’d written about sex, they wouldn’t have been published, didn’t mean no one was engaging. Heyer mentions it more than Austen. For example in her book, Venetia, she gives you Rake Demeral. A man so dissolute that he’s scandalized the neighborhood by having orgies.

What Makes THE TOWN SQUARE like Mad Men?

BY AVA MILES

Happy holidays! I’m Ava Miles, a contemporary romance writer of The Dare Valley series, which kicked off this summer with NORA ROBERTS LAND. I’d like to thank Romance Divas for hosting me during this holiday season.

I’m excited to be here today, talking about my newest release, THE TOWN SQUARE, which came about because readers have adored Arthur Hale, the wonderful grandpa character and journalistic legend in my series, and wanted to know his story. Well, I did too, and Arthur really likes to tell stories, so I pulled up my rocking chair and my laptop and pretty much wrote down what he told me.

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

BY EILEEN DREYER

OnceARakeThis is probably the most frequently asked question a writer gets. I’m always tempted to answer that there’s a little idea shop on 52nd Street in New York. But the truth is that it’s much easier—and much harder—than that.

Ideas are easy. Or, should I say, become easy. Getting ideas is as simple as training yourself to observe. Be it watching news or overhearing conversations, seeing an interesting person at the coffee shop or relaying interesting details from your job, there is always something to use. Life, after all, is endlessly varied and fascinating. The trick is to notice. To automatically question. To play a game I first learned from Mary Higgings Clark. “What if?”