Some people find a New Year and the resolutions that can come with it a burden, but not me. I love a fresh start. In fact, I welcome any fresh start that I can get: the new pristine page in a daily desktop calendar, the arrival of a new month, even the change of season…. Read More
Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub.
A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.
Any author can attest to the mystery of what they write and when—a little mix of muse, book contract stipulations, market trends, and desire, I presume. But what about how readers choose which of those books to read? Most days of the year, I choose what I read by impulse or nudge. A new book… Read More
We all celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza, but we don’t necessarily celebrate them alike. Our family being Irish Catholic celebrates Christmas, but being a reader, I have my own little traditions that I cherish as well as midnight Mass or putting out the nativity figures in the old family crèche. To me, like so… Read More
It doesn’t matter if you’re a schoolgirl with her first boyfriend or an adult married many, many years with a house of kids: We all read a lot into what our significant other does or does not slip under the Christmas tree, especially when it comes to the gift with our name on it. Many… Read More
It’s the first week of December, and so it should come as no surprise, dear reader, that holiday-inspired tales dominate the new title offerings this month. Whether it is Laura Marie Altom’s The Cowboy SEAL’s Jingle Bell Baby, Book 4 in her Cowboy SEALS Series, now out in mass-market paperback and eBook (the hardcover follows… Read More
Thanksgiving has always been my father’s favorite holiday as much for what it isn’t as for what it is. He loves that there are no gifts, no Madison Avenue commercialization (or at least less than for most American holidays), no Mom running up the credit card balances. He believes Thanksgiving comprises all that any holiday… Read More
For years the conventional wisdom when it came to romance novels was the author might put a musician in a book, but if she did you’d be safe betting the musician — drummer, lead singer, guitarist — would not get the girl. Yet coming off the deaths of the sultry voiced Leonard Cohen and the… Read More
Whether your reading tastes run to Scottish lords and ladies or sexy soldiers and lost girls, November has the title you crave. From Valerie Bowman comes The Legendary Lord, Book 6 in her Playful Brides Series. Christian Forester has fled the crowded ballrooms of London for the peace and quiet of his remote Scottish… Read More
With Halloween now over—if only for a few hours, it probably comes as no surprise that the holiday literary offerings have already begun to go under the tree. November opens with two holiday-themed reissues by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Robyn Carr (My Kind of Christmas, Book 20 Virgin River Series) and The 24… Read More
Once upon a time, heroes had to be perfect — beautiful men riding in on beautiful white horses to save the day. Women readers all but demanded it. And then in 1847 along came Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Suddenly, readers learned the beauty of a flawed man, a man who needed a good woman to… Read More
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MAKING YOUR STORY BELIEVABLE
by Kat Martin One of the best ways to make your story believable is to use real places to locate the action and the real names of restaurants and streets. Actually going there, of course, is the best way to make that happen. Or using places you went to at some other time in your… Read More