Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ROMANCE WRITERS WEEKLY-GREAT BEGINNINGS HOOK 'EM GOOD!

This week's challenge comes from Sarah Hegger. She's so clever! 

We're supposed to share a great opening line and tell you why we like it, and then share the opening line to your newest WIP.

I Sure you scooted over here from the awe-inspiring  S.C. Mitchell's blog. Steve always has something witty to share! 

Anyone who knows my romance reading history, knows I fell in love, head over heals obsessed in love, with historical romances after reading Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower at the tender age of sixteen.

Though historical romances have changed dramatically since that book was published as the first great American romance and changed the genre forever, I still reflect on the book with the same tenderness one might the memory of a first crush or kiss. 

Here's the opening line to that epic novel: 



Sunday, January 25, 2015

MORE THAN PIRATE SITES STEAL AUTHORS' BOOK-LEGAL BOOK THIEVES

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I was with a group of women they other day, and we were discussing our reading habits, specifically whether we prefer eReaders or print books. By-the-way, most prefer print, though we all acknowledged the convenience of eReaders as well as benefit of digital books being much cheaper than hard copies. 

I was the only author in the group and about half of the women knew I have several books published. The others hadn't a clue. 



Anyway, the chat regarding eReaders got quite interesting when one little gal announced, bold as brass, that she frequently reads digital books and returns them,

 "...cause you know those authors are making a killing, and Amazon is so stupid, they let you keep the book for a whole week before you have to return it. Who can't read a book in a week? I just say I didn't like it, but I usually do. And I've even gotten other books from some authors."


Friday, January 23, 2015

FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY-ROMANCE NOVEL EXCERPTS

Short and sweet this week 'cause I'm swamped with writing! 

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FFFLF RULES
·  Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever.   (Do keep it as close to five sentences as you can.)

·  You are welcome to post buy links too. 

·  PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

INTERVIEW WITH MISTY M. BELLER AUTHOR OF THE LADY AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN

Today I’m thrilled to have Misty M. Beller, author of The Lady and the Mountain Man with me in the Blue Rose Writing Room.

Can you tell us how long you have been writing?
Sure! I've been seriously writing for about three years now. I never seriously thought about writing a novel, until I was putting together my bucket list, and "Write a novel that's published" was near the top! Since then, I've soaked in everything about the craft I can!

What is one place you absolutely want to visit before you die?
Oh, I love to travel! I've been throughout the US, but never to Europe. I'd love to visit the old castles and estates in England or Ireland. And all that amazing historic architecture in Italy! (dreamy sigh… 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROMANCE WRITERS' WEEKLY-MY QUIRKY WRITING HABITS


Just because I'm a snoop, I wanted to know what quirky habits or must-haves my fellow Romance Weekly authors needed nearby when they are pursuing their muse. Or their muse is pursing the, whichever-the-case-may-be. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DOVECOTES-NOT JUST QUAINT BUILDINGS: THEY MAKE GREAT PRISONS TOO!

I'm recycling this post from January 15th because I want to share an excerpt from Wagers Gone Awry: Conundrums of the Misses Culpeppers Book 1 which inspired the research into dovecotes in the first place. 


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Called pigeon cotes, columbariams, culveries, and doocots in Scotland, dovecotes were used to farm doves or pigeons, once an important source of food. England alone had over 26,000 of the structures in the seventeenth century. Built to house between two and five hundred pair, the young pigeons, or squabs, were generally fated for the dining room table since their meat was tender, while the adult birds’ meat was considered tough and unappetizing, though some sources suggest adult pigeons were eaten just as often.  

I’ve eaten both adult pigeon and dove, and though not as tender as chicken, the meat certainly is edible.

Friday, January 16, 2015

FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY

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Friday again? 

Where did the week go? 

I was busy with my novella set release and writing away on Wagers Gone Awry, Conundrums of the Misses Culpeppers #1.

Maybe next week. I'll post a snippet from it or Virtue and Valor, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series #2 which are both due out early spring. 

FFFLF RULES
·  Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever.   (Do keep it as close to five sentences as you can.)

·  You are welcome to post buy links too. 

·  PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

VIOLETTA RAND'S NEW RELEASE, SURRENDER, AND REVIEW TOO!

Please help me welcome Violetta Rand 
Welcome to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where the air is heavy with desire—and sometimes dreams come true.


Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.

The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ROMANCE WRITERS' WEEKLY-MY TO-BE-READ LIST



This week's assignment for the writers of Romance Writers' Weekly is from Elizabeth Janette:  What's on your TBR pile? 

Hopefully you tootled over here from A.S. Fenichel's blog. 

There's not room here to list all of mine, but I'll start with the top five! 

1. More than a Duke, by my critique partner, Christi Caldwell. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS-RELEASE DAY!

"Absolutely the best group of historical authors I have ever read!"  
 ~Goodreads Reviewer

SEVEN EMOTIONAL REGENCIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHORS FOR 
 ONLY $0.99!



CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Ella Quinn, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of short regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.


MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT BY ANNE GREENE

MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT 

by Anne Greene

Marriage By Arrangement take place in 1746 in Lowland Scotland just as the Battle of Culloden ends. This battle changed the Highlands forever. The English won the battle using overwhelming odds against an exhausted and under-armed group of Highlanders bent on returning their King to the throne to replace the hated German King. The date and events are true. The characters, except for the Duke of Cumberland and King George, are fictional.

England planned to destroy the Scottish Clan system and rid the Highlands of Scots. England viewed Highlanders as uneducated barbarians. England saw their allies, the Lowland Scots as educated and civilized, but still far below them in social status. An English Duke marrying a Lowland daughter of an Earl was unheard of, however wealthy she was. But none of the English gentry allowed their daughters to wed this particular English Duke. The Duke needed an heir.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY-GIFTS FROM THE HEART AN ANTHOLOGY


Rediscover the magic and romance of Valentine’s Day with these nine stories of Gifts From The Heart. Stories of best friends, lost chances, first love, love renewed, and new love will bring a tear to your eye and a little skip in the beat of your heart. 

Read about a wounded warrior saved by a ring. Empathize with two different widows as they strive to overcome their past and open their hearts to trust again. Follow a survivor of the Titanic as she boards another ship and her past and future collide. 

Shiver with the cautionary tale of the prison of love in the legend of Ann’er from the dark world of Thorn. Laugh at the humorous escapades of a young woman led to find love through the questionable assistance of her cat. Then finish this volume by relaxing in the fairy-tale world of a little dog who helps a sad and lonely princess learn to accept the unconditional love of pets. 





Friday, January 9, 2015

FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY-CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS

I bet you're as excited as I am to see what snippets will be posted today! 


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FFFLF RULES
·  Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever.   (Do keep it as close to five sentences as you can.)

·  You are welcome to post buy links too. 

·  PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)