Writing Not-Garbage Romance in a Garbage World

on August 21, 2019

When I decided to write romance novels for a living, I expected that most of the backlash I would receive was from older people. I expected a ton of my mom’s friends and colleagues to scoff at me and sneer things like, “Oh, why would you want to write those kinds of books?” But, to… Read More

Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley

Award winning, Amazon Bestselling author, Vanessa Riley, worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse, eclectic peoples to her stories. The author of Madeline's Protector, Swept Away, Unmasked Heart, The Bargain, and Unveiling Love, she has won the Beacon Award, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and placed in the International Digital Awards for her Regency romances. Vanessa Riley is a historical buff who has spent many years researching Regency society. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she gained a love of Western Civilization and took as many classes as she could while pursuing Bachelors and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her love of history has given her a passion for conducting precise research in architecture, customs, and rituals of the times. She lives in Atlanta with her career military husband and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

https://www.vanessariley.com/

Send in the Clowns

on August 15, 2019

I love my mother, but that woman has some serious shoes to fill. Big, squeaky, oversized shoes. Oh, did I mention my mother used to be a professional clown? No? Well, put on those red noses, everyone, because no matter how weird you think your family is, I’m about to share with you the life… Read More

Mariah Ankenman

Mariah Ankenman

Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart and CRW Stiletto awards. Whether she's writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone's day a little brighter with one of her books.

http://mariahankenman.com/

Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

http://www.lyncote.com

Lyn Cote Contest

Lyn Cote is giving away an eBook copy of her new release, TWO HEARTS DENIED.

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Ask Peggy How to Pay for Education Costs

on August 14, 2019

Can you believe how quickly the summer is coming to an end? It seems like just last week, my family and I were watching 4th of July fireworks, and making homemade ice cream! Now, back to school activities are top priority in everyone’s mind. Here in Norman, OK, heading back to school reminds us that OU… Read More

Peggy Doviak

Peggy Doviak

When Peggy Doviak’s mother got taken to the cleaners by an unscrupulous stock broker, Peggy got mad. She was so angry that she changed careers from corporate training to financial planning because she wanted to ensure that what happened to her mother never happened to anyone else. She has been committed to putting her clients first through a fiduciary relationship from the first day, not even knowing then that her position was optional and unpopular to many so-called financial advisers. But she’s learned a lot. She earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner designation and went on to earn a Master’s in Finance with an emphasis in Financial Analysis even though she already had a Ph.D. in education. Active in her profession, Peggy works with financial literacy organizations, hosts a Knowledge Circle for the Financial Planning Association, writes a column for the Journal of Financial Planning, and is a member of the Women in Finance (WIN) Initiative of the CFP Board. She is a consumer advocate for fair financial practices both locally and nationally through her membership on the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee of FPA, and she enjoys meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC. However, perhaps Peggy’s greatest shaping of the profession has come through staying in education. She has taught literally thousands of financial advisers in classes covering advanced certifications, the preparatory curriculum for the CFP exam, and master’s level courses in financial planning. Although Peggy Doviak can’t keep every consumer safe, she keeps trying.

https://peggydoviak.com

Peggy Doviak Contest

Peggy Doviak is giving away a copy of her award-winning, #1 bestselling book, 52 WEEKS TO PROSPERITY: ASK PEGGY DOVIAK. Reading one short chapter a week and completing the activities will help you plan your prosperity in a year!

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Author Life with Nina Crespo: The Lessons I’ve Learned From My Characters

on August 12, 2019

As a writer, I spend many solitary hours at my desk with my characters. With each new story, I receive an opportunity to explore life through their experiences on the page. One of my first series involved my heroines helping each other to face their fears through the fun dares they challenged each other to… Read More

Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions --- the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Let Nina's sensual contemporary storiesand steamy paranormal tales feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.  

https://ninacrespo.com/

Adapt, overcome, and never give up…

on August 9, 2019

I began writing 12 years ago when a friend asked me to edit a book she’d been working on. In my attempt to help my friend, I learned two very important things about myself: a.) I have absolutely no editorial skill. And b.) I love to tell stories. That’s how I discovered my love for… Read More

Melynda Price

Melynda Price

Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her books have finaled in many prestigious awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers' Choice, and New England Readers' Choice. Fighting for Control won the 2017 Write Touch award. What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. Her greatest enjoyment is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

http://www.melyndaprice.com/

Writing Advice from YA Author Shannon Greenland

on August 7, 2019

I’m always curious to read the advice of other authors, both unpublished and published. I’ve had several books out now and have garnered my own briefcase full of things I have learned not only myself, but also by observing others. And so I thought I’d share…. In no particular order: Write what you want to… Read More

Shannon Greenland

Shannon Greenland

Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader's Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. Shadow of a Girl is her latest novel and due out 9.19.16. Shannon has participated in and served as a guest speaker at festivals and conferences around the country to include but not limited to the LA Times Book Festival, American Library Association, Book Expo of America, Bouchercon, Romance Writers of America, RT Book Convention, Young Adult Keller Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, and many more. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn't even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she's not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.

https://shannongreenland.com/

TOP 5 PLACES TO FIND YOUR MUSE

on August 6, 2019

To be a writer, you’ve got to have a muse. Everyone knows this. It’s the magical and all-powerful MUSE that does the work, inspires you, and makes it all happen. You know the muse is with you because it starts as a tingling sensation in your lower back. A flare of electricity that then travels… Read More

Amy Fellner Dominy

Amy Fellner Dominy

Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy's novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them. To learn more, visit www.amydominy.com or find her on Facebook at amyfellnerdominyauthor and Instagram at @amydominy.

http://amydominy.com/

Old People, New Talk

on July 30, 2019

I often write characters who are either immortal or who live a much longer lifetime than a human. I also read a ton of books with similar set ups. Every so often I run across a review or a comment pointing out how a five-hundred-year-old person speaks like a twenty-five year old in the current… Read More

Abigail Owen

Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author Abigail Owen grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Writing Not-Garbage Romance in a Garbage World

When I decided to write romance novels for a living, I expected that most of the backlash I would receive was from older people. I expected a ton of my mom’s friends and colleagues to scoff at me and sneer things like, “Oh, why would you want to write those kinds of books?” But, to… Read More

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