5 Why I Want To Be A Princess

My new series, Unexpectedly Royal, is about, you guessed it, princesses and a prince. Book one, out on 11/18, is The Princess Problem – and it’s about an average American woman who discovers she’s actually (gasp!) a princess. So it should come as no surprise that I’ve got a ‘thing’ for royalty. Yes, I was… Read More

2 Let’s Talk The Kiss

Hi! I’m Mary Hughes and I love Marvel movies, quirky supernatural shows like Lucifer and Buffy, and vintage Looney Tunes cartoons. Let’s talk The Kiss. Thanks to Writerspace for having me here today! Sure, I also love to read. Books can draw me away for an afternoon or whole weekend of wonder, romance, and adventure…. Read More

Podcasting in Romancelandia

Last year, my niece Jessen Judice asked me to cohost her new venture—a review podcast for fangirls of romance who love to talk about the books they love. With positive vibes, our can-do attitudes, and Jessen at the helm, we started recording episodes for Smart Women Read Romance. As a writer of romance, I thought… Read More

10 Taking Chances

From an early age, I’ve always loved to write. I’d scribble stories when I was little kid, writing on anything that I could get my hands on. In high school, I wrote my first novel. I hand wrote on 500 pages of notebook paper (front and back!) because in my greenness, 500 pages seemed like… Read More

Reforming the CEO by Marisa Cleveland

Hello Everyone! Thanks so much for finding me here! I hope everyone is having a great November and getting ready for the holiday season. In Florida, it is SEASON, and that means sunshine, snow birds, and charity events. Charity events always takes me back to finishing school and those etiquette techniques I can’t quite forget… Read More

3 Where Have All the Print Books Gone?

Last month I asked: Print or Ebook–Your Opinion? I received many more replies than usual. If you’re interested in reading them, here’s the link. Thanks to the ladies who weighed in and brought up many good points! I appreciated their responses. But I promised at the end of that blog to let you in on… Read More

The Dreaded Re-Write

My most recent book, The Love Playbook, was lovingly planned out, plotted, outlined, and synopsized. I thought I was set, until my edits came in from my publisher. She was nice about it, but basically the number of “change this” comments was essentially leading to a complete and utter re-write. This would be my 13th… Read More


Long before dukes and earls rode in fancy carriages through London’s Hyde Park, and long before the Norman-French claimed victory at Hastings, Romans established the city of Londinium. Julius Caesar first visited Britain in 55 B.C., but it wasn’t until A.D. 43 that Emperor Claudius decided the Thames was a favorable shipping route from the… Read More

3 Using Self-guided Queries as part of the Writer’s Life

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock was, of course, speaking about child rearing. However, quiet reflection can serve to boost confidence and provide direction in writing, too. Inspired by a practice I learned about in a world religions course; I’ve adopted the habit of self-querying on… Read More

Story Ideas – Shadows at Dawn

I’ve always loved a good plot.  People ask me how I come up with ideas for my novels, but the truth is, I really don’t know. Sometimes the kernel of an idea grows out of a newspaper article or something I see on Facebook or just some old movie.  Most of the time, it’s so… Read More