My mom and dad read every book I write during the proofing stages. My dad is a great proofer, and I can judge from my mom’s reaction if the general population will like the book. I’ve written some pretty sexy books, but my parents are the best, and super cool. I mean, I’ve sent them… Read More
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.
For years, I had a list of ten elements that I loved in a romance. I was reading back over it recently and realized that a few of those elements have changed for me. Many have stayed the same. I love a great setting. A bit of suspense is always fun. But while I was… Read More
Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a touch of suspenseful mystery. She resides in PA with her husband and two amazing children
Everyone is entitled to their secrets but what if those secrets have larger consequences? Betraying the Billionaire sees younger, forgotten twin Holly stepping up to pretend to be her vivacious sister when her twin vanishes in the night. While Holly wants to protect the family, she not prepared for Julian, her sister’s new fiancé. The… Read More
Victoria Davies's passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.
As a writer, sometimes I spend far too long agonizing over the right way to describe something. I can see the scene perfectly in my head, but when I try and put it on paper, it never seems to come out right. Sometimes, all the adjectives and descriptors can connect together with something as simple… Read More
Jugging her zany schedule like a cat herding guru, Nika Dixon spends half her time at the hockey rink, the other half trying to remember where she put her tea. Nika lives in Ontario with her family, and dreams of converting her office into a library so she can spend her days trapped between her two addictions---romantic suspense and sci-fi. When she isn't overrun by the plot bunnies, Nika works as project manager and graphic designer. Her loves include road trips, cheesy action movies, summers on Georgian Bay, and cheesecake (although not necessarily in that order).
Hey y’all, I’m Magan Vernon, author of the Murphy brothers series. As more people start getting to know the brothers and get ready for the last book, I’m getting more and more questions about Irish slang. So, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Irish slang used in the books! Mo Gra – “Aw,… Read More
Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.
I love my job. Every day I get to write about hunky heroes, swoon-worthy kisses and all kinds of other sexy things. One of my favourite bits of the whole process is getting a cover for one of my books. Even though I deal with words, I’m a really visual person (hence why I have… Read More
Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a patient woman. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her 'very practical' Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn't fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night. Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn't be happier.
Lyn Cote here–Have you read my contemporary short story collection, Two Seasons of Romance? I’m offering it free. Here’s the scoop: Light, Sweet, Short— 2 Seasons, Summer and Winter—4 Romances about the power of love to transform lives with hope: 1. Watermelon Cowboy—After disappointment, Sarah learns how to find the real thing. 2. Diamond in… Read More
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. :-)
By Shannyn Schroeder Just a few years ago, I don’t think the term “seasoned romance” existed. New adult was a new category that focused on young people in their early twenties, in college or just starting their careers, with the focus being on figuring out how to be an adult. While the concept resonated with… Read More
Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids. Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she'd never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her "The Torture Master," a title she carried into motherhood. After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, "If you're going to read so many damn books, why don't you just write one?" So she did. That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O'Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She's currently working on her next series. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
When I decide to write something that I’m unfamiliar with, would do poorly at, or don’t completely understand, I always feel a little…wary. This is definitely the case when I write anything about sports. Taking on a whole book that has a sport as a central topic, theme, or occupation is daunting when you’ve never… Read More
I'm a mom and wife first and many things after. I'm a best friend and a regular friend. A daughter, sister, auntie, a teacher, and maybe even... a writer. I am a book lover, a shopper, a pajama-wearer, movie-watcher, worrier, over-thinker, and a wanna-be-good-Samaritan. I'm a Gemini, a nervous talker, and an emotional writer. I am represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel.
Everyone, at some point, comes to Florida. Or they want to. It’s easy to see why: there are magical theme parks in Orlando, luxury hotels in Miami, cruise ships in Fort Lauderdale. And the beaches… everyone wants to vacation on a Florida beach, am I right? Maybe you have already been here, or are planning… Read More
Tamara Lush writes sexy books for sharp women. Her recent book, Constant Craving, was a 2018 RWA RITATM Finalist in erotic romance. In 2017, she was one of 24 writers awarded the Amtrak Writer’s Residency, and she rode around the United States on a train while finishing Constant Craving. Buzzfeed said the book is “the perfect read for when even chocolate can’t satisfy your cravings.” Scandalicious called the book “smart smut,” with “diversity, a hero you love to hate and a kinky heroine.” She’s married to an Italian and lives near a beach in Florida. Tamara’s a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, seashells, iPhones, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers. photo credit: Jenna Letham Photography
One of the most interesting ways to find story ideas is to ask the question “What if…?” And when writing sci-fi romance, the number of “what ifs” multiplies. Once you leave the contemporary world and planet earth behind, there’s no end to the “what ifs” that can happen. The who, when, where, why options become… Read More