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Injecting Truth Into Fiction

by Patricia Yager Delagrange Every book I write is infused with an experience I’ve had in my life. The reader won’t actually know which parts are based on my true life but, if asked, I would be honest in my answers. The first book I ever wrote was in 2009 and that was my daughter’s… Read More

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Five Fabulous Things About Writing a Cornish Fairy Tale

by Deb Marlowe Halloween! When Ava Stone approached me about taking part in the Regency anthology series, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, I was thrilled!  I love Halloween!   I enjoy the decorations and dressing up and the fun.  I love holiday novellas too.  And though I do write paranormal in my Young Adult Series ,… Read More

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1 Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

By Candace Havens Have you ever picked up a book in a genre that you don’t normally read and have fallen in love? Maybe you read paranormals but just happened upon a historical and now that’s all you want to read? Maybe it’s a hero-type you found by accident? I can’t tell you how many… Read More

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1 The Case of the Unreliable Narrator

I tend to put books — and the authors who write them — on a pedestal, but the truth is that a good many are as susceptible to trends or gimmicks as your average teenager. Think vampire novels. Dystopian series. And various shades of gray. In recent years, this has given us the anti-hero and… Read More

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35 Double the Birthday

By Joanne Rock September is my birthday month (the 8th) and this year, September is also a book birthday month for me. I’ve been celebrating like a fiend! As I get older, I’ve been creating more hoopla for my birthdays anyhow. I know many people do the opposite—curtail the birthday celebrations once they hit their… Read More

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Alpha versus Beta

by Alice Gaines We all love an alpha hero.  He’s silverback—the man in charge.  Top dog.  CEO.  Reclusive billionaire who is as relentless in his pursuit of women as he is ruthless in his business dealings.  James Bond.  The man who lives for danger and is too big for the real world as most of… Read More

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5 Really Terrible Places for a Hookup

by Sarah Ballance Whether you’re writing about hooking up or out there doing it (HELL-o!) let’s face it: some places just don’t live up to their sexy reputations. In honor of the release of The 48-Hour Hookup, let’s take a look at some of the absolute worst places to get down and dirty. In the… Read More

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Pursuing Publication

by Kat Martin I’m sure every author has an interesting tale of how he or she got published.  Mine is sort of a merry-go-round story that began when I met my husband, Larry.  He had written a Western saga and as we began to date, he asked if I wanted to read it.  Being a… Read More

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WRITING WOMEN OF COURAGE

For years I wanted to write stories about young women struggling for a second chance in a small mid-western town. I knew this was not a popular genre and I stood the chance that no one would ever read the pages, or appreciate the stories, but I had to try. There is much of my… Read More