What makes a character true to their time? Does he or she adhere to a certain moral code or strictly stated socially acceptable behaviors? And who deems those behaviors acceptable: the society in which that character lives, or our interruption, as readers, of what that society would have thought of such behavior? As we consider… Read More
Liana De la Rosa is a historical romance writer whose stories are set in the Georgian and Late Regency periods. As a longtime fan of the romance genre, Liana can remember sneaking Harlequins into her bedroom to read on the sly. After her second child was born, her husband challenged her to write her own book and she's been writing ever since. Liana is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys cheering on her alma mater in all things (BEAR DOWN!). When she's not writing witty heroes, saucy heroines, and secondary characters screaming for their own stories, she's a wannabe domestic goddess and fashionista who wrangles a rambunctious brood of small children with her patient husband in Arizona.
I’ll admit it, Die Hard has long been my favorite movie. Some might say this is a strange choice for a romance writer—but then, some might say I’m a strange romance writer generally…yeah, moving on! I’ve loved Die Hard ever since I first saw it in the cinema as a teen. I loved the wise-cracking… Read More
Janet is a Scot who moved to New Zealand fifteen years ago. Among other things, she's been an artist, a teacher, a security guard at a castle, a magazine editor, and a cleaner in a drop-in center for drug addicts (NOT the best job!). She now writes full-time and, so far, has written eighteen books. When she isn't living in her head, she raises two kids, one husband, and several random animals. She survives on chocolate and caffeine.
I don’t remember the exact moment, or even what led up to the moment, but sometime at the end of last year or the beginning of this year I realized that I had self-defeating thoughts. So many times, I would tell myself, “I can’t do that”. You begin to believe yourself, when all you tell… Read More
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn't until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she's been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance. Sharon's other job descriptions include chauffeur, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach. If you'd like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her website. She's addicted to social networking so you can find her onFacebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She'd love to hang out with you and talk about her passion---books.
by Lynn Winchester When I was asked to write a blog post, I racked my brain for topics that would be of interest. There are several things I could share about my book A Lady Never Tells, but I felt that lots of authors can gush about their books, but that’s not me. I wanted… Read More
Lynn Winchester is the pseudonym of a hardworking California-born conservative, now living in the wilds of Northeast Pennsylvania. Lynn has been writing fiction since the 5th grade, and enjoys creating worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.
I’m fortunate to live near Washington DC, an area filled with cultural landmarks and a wealth of knowledge about American history. But as I discovered last week, I can find history from all over the world right here. It helps that I have a friend willing to brave DC traffic and parking. Occasionally, she and… Read More
Lori Ann Bailey is a winner of the National Readers' Choice Award and Holt Medallion for Best First Book and Best Historical. She has a romantic soul and believes the best in everyone. Sappy commercials and proud mommy moments make her cry. She sobs uncontrollably and feels emotionally drained when reading sad books, so she started reading romance for the Happily Ever Afters. She was hooked. Then, the characters and scenes running around in her head as she attempted to sleep at night begged to be let out. Looking back now, her favorite class in high school was the one where a professor pulled a desk to the center of the room and told her to write two paragraphs about it and the college English class taught by a red-headed Birkenstock wearing girl, not much older than she, who introduced her to Jack Kerouac. After working in business and years spent as a stay-at-home mom she has found something in addition to her family to be passionate about, her books. When not writing, Lori enjoys time with her real-life hero and four kids or spending time walking or drinking wine with her friends.
I started writing romance novels seriously in 2001. I had stories to tell and share with the world. It turns out those stories have taught me more about myself than I ever imagined they would. Here, in no particular order, are five of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned so far. Nobody’s perfect – It… Read More
Julie Rowe's first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she'll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, "Fiction has to be believable". Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. Her most recent titles include SMOKE & MIRRORS book #2 and SLEIGHT OF HAND book #3 of the Outbreak Taskforce series.
By Inara Scott Did you love the Golden Girls? Wait, what? Never seen them? Go right now and binge a few seasons. Er, wait. Finish reading this blog first. Then go binge. The Golden Girls are a beloved, hilarious group of older women who end up living together, despite many differences. There’s the smart, frustrated… Read More
Inara wrote her first book when she was fifteen--a romance called "A Wild and Stormy Passion" that featured swordplay, a pirate heroine, and plenty of naughty bits (all of which came entirely from her imagination). Since then, she's written romances of the category, contemporary, and fantasy varieties. Her books are sinfully sensual and deeply emotional. Inara reserve the right to enjoy country music, puppies, and love-at-first sight. When she's not writing, she enjoys to spending time wandering around in the woods and has been known to occasionally dress up her little white dog in princess costumes.
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
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.
I’m sure most of you have heard of Spring Cleaning. That time of the year when you give your house some extra love and attention. When you hope against all odds that the dust doesn’t show up again for at least a month. When you make yourself, and the microwave, a promise to always put… Read More
Award-winning author Claudia Shelton could write her name before the first day of school, but now she writes romantic suspense, thrillers and contemporary romance. In addition, she presents workshops for readers and authors. Her debut novel, Risk of a Lifetime, released to 5-star reviews, reached Amazon’s Best Sellers Romance Series Top 100 and was named one of eBooks Galore top reads for 2014. She is also a two-time nominated Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) finalist for excellence in mystery. Claudia is the author of the Shades of Leverage action-adventure romantic suspense series. On a personal note, Claudia considers herself a traveler, music lover and water person. A cool drink while listening to the splash of waves is always nice—so is a mug of hot chocolate in the falling snow. Her main priority is spending time with family, friends and her two sweet, conniving rescue dogs.
By Tara Kingston As a child, I loved to write stories. I was the girl in school who always kept a freshly sharpened pencil ready to put to use in my trusty notebook. Whether the teacher declared it creative writing time in class or my thoughts wandered away from long division, I loved writing about… Read More
Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern Navy brat transplanted to a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara's a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases and collection of unusual bookmarks. It goes without saying that Tara's husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another bookcase. When she's not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys cycling, hiking, and cheering on her favorite football team. Learn more about Tara at www.tarakingston.com.
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