How to find Joy in Uncertain Times

on April 1, 2020

Hi friends, It’s been quite a few weeks hasn’t it? I hope wherever you are in the world, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I’m writing this on March 24th and realize that when this blog gets published, things may have changed drastically. But here’s a little recap of where we’re at… Read More

Victoria James

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you’ve ever seen my drawings you’ll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I’m a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I’m quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat. I’d love to hear from you! Always feel free to connect with me via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

http://www.victoriajames.ca

Why Would I Set a Romance Novel in an Oncology Office?

on March 31, 2020

As a debut romance author, I’m often asked where the idea for my book came from. And I get it—for my book in particular, it’s sort of an unusual setting for a love story. Perfect Distraction is about an oncology pharmacist who falls for a patient receiving chemotherapy at the cancer center where she works…. Read More

Allison Ashley

Allison Ashley

I hate chocolate with an ever-loving passion. I have an irrational fear of fish. I love to travel. I'm terrible at math. I love to cook and I drink at least six cups of coffee every day. Now that we've covered the big stuff, also know this: Any bizarre quirk my characters possess probably comes from me. When not writing, you'll find me working in oncology -- an emotionally draining, yet unfathomably rewarding profession. I've spent 10 years encouraging patients to push through and sometimes giving them permission to let go, and through it all my escape has been books. I prefer love stories with deep romance. I want that connection, that soul-wrenching yearning between two people and the satisfaction of witnessing that moment when they collide. I covet the happy-ever-after and promise to always give you one.

https://authorallisonashley.wordpress.com/

Insights Into Ruling the Princess

on March 25, 2020

My series Sexy Misadventures of Royals is about, you guessed it, princesses and a prince. Book two (totally stand-alone, I promise—anything else drives me bonkers!), out on 3/23, is Ruling The Princess. You might be thinking, what the heck? A princess is the one who does the ruling, right? That’s certainly what Princess Genevieve believes… Read More

Christi Barth

Christi Barth

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

http://www.christibarth.com

Isabel Morin

Isabel Morin

Isabel began reading romances when she was thirteen years old. That's the year her grandmother came to visit, bringing with her a summer's worth of romance novels. Isabel was immediately and forever hooked. She earned her MFA in creative writing and wrote poetry for years, but it was all pretty melancholy (as poetry is wont to be). After she met her husband, she was too happy to write poetry and decided to try her hand at the kinds of stories she'd been gobbling up for years. Now she writes sensual, emotionally intelligent stories about likable people who discover themselves as they navigate their way to great sex and true love. What could be better than experiencing all that new love and lust just by picking up a book? She watches British mysteries and anything with dancing, and in the summer she hikes, plays disc golf, and putters in her modest garden. She lives in Connecticut with her conveniently tall, dark, and handsome husband.

https://www.isabelmorin.com/

Writing with Intersectionality

on March 23, 2020

When I started writing Matzah Ball Surprise, I knew at least one of my main characters would be Jewish. I also knew at least one of my main characters would have a hearing loss, since that’s part of my brand. Both of these traits match me, as I’m both Jewish and Hard of Hearing. But… Read More

Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband's put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her two cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own hard of hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

https://www.laurabrownauthor.com/

Self-Care and the Writer

on March 19, 2020

“Self-care” is a term I’ve heard a lot over the past couple of years. Anyone who attended the RWA Conference in New York might have noticed that a lot of the workshops covered topics related to self-care, nurturing your muse, and learning to embrace your own writing method and speed. I attended as many of… Read More

Bethany Michaels

Bethany Michaels

Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen contemporary novels and novellas as well as a handful ofRegency-set historicals and light paranormal romances. The first book in her Nashville country music series,Nashville Heat, was an RT Book ReviewsReviewers' Choice Award nominee. When not working on her next book, Bethany enjoys movies, traveling, camping, hiking, andvolunteering with her kids' scout troops. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four teens. Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen contemporary novels and novellas as well as a handful ofRegency-set historicals and light paranormal romances. The first book in her Nashville country music series,Nashville Heat, was an RT Book ReviewsReviewers' Choice Award nominee. When not working on her next book, Bethany enjoys movies, traveling, camping, hiking, andvolunteering with her kids' scout troops. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four teens.

http://www.bethanymichaels.com

Twenty Facts and a Giveaway!

on March 3, 2020

Thank you so much to Writerspace for featuring me today! For my post, I thought it might be fun to share twenty random facts about me. There’s also a giveaway for a $5.00 Amazon gift card at the bottom of my post! Good luck! Buckle up! Here we go! I’m ambidextrous. I can write with… Read More

Kelly Anne Blount

Kelly Anne Blount

KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. She loves to alternate writing sweet romances, gritty thrillers, and fantasy books. She's a firm believer in balancing light with dark. When she's not writing, she's probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, or having an adventure with her sweet family, which includes her handsome husband, their darling daughter, and their five furry loving rescues. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She draws inspiration from the places she's lived while world building in her books. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, "Hi!" or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.

Creatures to Torture with Romance

on February 19, 2020

My most recent series of books is Brimstone Inc. Loosely set in the dragon shifter world of my Fire’s Edge and Inferno Rising series, these novellas give me the chance to show other paranormal creatures within the world, most of whom only get a fly by mention in the dragon shifter books. But I could… 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.

The Anxiety of Releasing a Book

on February 17, 2020

I have a confession to make. While I love writing books, I live in terror of them being released. I struggle to promote my own work and if I ever meet a fan, I usually close my eyes and try and conjure up a portal to a different world. Anywhere would do. For the longest… Read More

Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she's mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won't interfere with her Netflix schedule.

https://amandaashby.com

Have you had your Carpe Diem moment yet?

on February 12, 2020

I remember the first time I encountered the phrase Carpe Diem, or for those non-Latin speaking folks, Seize the Day, was way back in and around 1989 when the movie Dead Poets Society hit the big screen. I was, well, a lot younger back then, still playing with my Barbies and Polly Pocket, still dreaming… Read More

Angela Addams

Angela Addams

Angela Addams is an author of many naughty things. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios and tells stories about people getting down and dirty and falling in love. She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder, and loves anything covered in chocolate...except for bugs.

http://www.angelaaddams.com/