Ever Wish for a Book Boyfriend

This is purely for fun. Click here to create your own book boyfriend (be patient and wait for the “Get Started” message to appear at the bottom of the screen). Answer a few questions or put in keywords and, soon, you will be matched with the type of hero that you enjoy reading about in novels.

You can request periodic email notes from your book boyfriend with suggestions on books that feature your kind of hero. Clever idea. I hope it works out. I guess it depends on the size of the book database. Maybe my book boyfriend will suggest one of my own books back to me. How exciting!

I was greedy and created two book boyfriends, one is a sabre-wielding regimental soldier (pictured here; source: BuildaBookBoyfriend.com) … Continue reading

Presenting Lady Gus

Cover of Presenting Lady GusThe tale of how Presenting Lady Gus came to be is this: I sat down and started writing what I thought was a medieval, but the characters were speaking in Georgian English. I put it aside after 30,000 words and basically forgot about it. That’s me!

A few months ago, when my fellow writers at LoveHistoricals.com needed another story for our latest boxed set, I really wanted to be in it. I was poking around my pc and there was the folder labeled “Augusta.” I quickly realized that I had been sorely mistaken and that this was much closer to a Regency than a medieval. Soon, the tale of Augusta and Rolf flowed, and with another 18,000 words written, the story practically finished itself. (Oh, there … Continue reading

A Look-Ahead to 2017 from a Writer’s POV

Kristen Lamb’s post “After the Dumpster Fire of 2016—How to Make 2017 ROCK!” is an inspirational look-ahead for writers and how to accomplish more and better writing in the new year.

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One thing you should be doing is reading. After all reading books is probably what brought you to the craft of writing in the first place.  A quote from Kristen, for writers about reading, especially if you swear you don’t have the time:

Reading is how we hone our skills and learn. I do a lot of editing and one of my biggest complaints with new writers is it is clear they do not read. They beat up a lot of the same words, the same tired descriptions and their dialogue sounds like a … Continue reading

Christmas Romance Extravaganza

holiday romance graphicToday, I have a pleasant surprise to share with you. To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve teamed up with more than 150 highly acclaimed romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS over $1,000 in prizes!

You can download my novel, AN IMPASSIONED REDEMPTION for free, plus books from authors in every style of romance — from contemporary to historical to paranormal. Hopefully, you’ll find some authors new to you as well as reconnect with familiar ones. Enter the giveaway by clicking here.

I hope you gather some great reading for your winter months.
Good luck with the prizes and enjoy the books!

How Did We Get Halloween, Anyway?

Vintage postcard HalloweenGood question. It’s definitely not an American-born custom, though we have run with it to a greater extent than the country of origin: the UK. English, Irish, Scottish, and no doubt the Welsh, too, honored the custom of November 1 as a Christian feast day of All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day (“hallow” being another word for “saint”). The evening before was, naturally, All Hallow Even, which became Halloween, which in turn got a bit tangled up with the Celtics’ Samhain, the day when two worlds, the living and the dead, came together, and, presto, you’ve got a fall night with some scary stuff and mischief.

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Tip for Writing Dialogue: Don’t Overuse Names

dialogue imageToday, I want to give you a tip on the overuse of characters’ names in dialogue — as a writer, I avoid this, but as an editor, I see it all too often. It goes something like this:

“John, go to dinner with me,” said Maria. “And look, there’s Connor.” Maria approached Connor. “Connor, so good to see you.”

“Hi, Maria and John, good to see you, too.” They all took a seat at a round table near the water.

Looking at John, Maria asked, “What would you like to eat, John? Fish or chips?”

But John stayed silent.

Connor laughed and said, “Oh, Maria, I think I’ll have both fish and chips.” Then he looks at John. “What about … Continue reading