Writing Must-Haves

on January 25, 2023

By Kerri Carpenter In my new book, Come What Maybe, my heroine Lauren returns to her hometown of Seaside Cove, Maine, post-Covid, to check in on her sister and grandmother. Since Lauren is a successful social media strategist, she can work from anywhere. In fact, throughout the story, we find her working from her Grams’s… Read More

Kerri Carpenter

Kerri Carpenter

Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she's not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to her newsletter.

http://www.kerricarpenter.com/

A SORTA FAIRYTALE by Lydia Drake

on January 10, 2023

I’m by no means the first person to ask this question, but I think it’s a question worth asking over and over again: why do we as writers keep going back to the fairy tale well when we want to tell a story? (As it’s a fairy tale, you should probably imagine the well as… Read More

Lydia Drake

Lydia Drake

Lydia Drake is a reader of all things romance and a drinker of all things tea. A New Jersey resident, her favorite activities include taking the train to New York City, scouring used bookstores, spending time with her family and wrangling her hyperactive cockapoo puppy. Cinderella and the Duke is her debut novel.

Tripwrecked

on November 17, 2022

If you were to spontaneously uphaul your life, and go anywhere in the world––where would it be? That was the question I asked myself before embarking on Tripwrecked. To paint a vivid picture, this was at the start of lockdown in Ireland during the Pandemic. I was back at home, living with my parents that… Read More

A. Poland

A. Poland

Fueled by a worrying tea addiction (with a tattoo to prove it), A. Poland is a rom-com writer from Ireland who delights in telling stories that make you fall in love with the characters and give you that squee feeling in your chest. Three words A. would use to describe her writing are funky, silly, and spicy. Which, coincidentally, is also their dancing style. When they're not daydreaming of the next meet-cute, A. works as a video producer and a full-time dog mom to her pride and joy, Gizmo.

https://disasterbiwrites.com/

Miles and Miles of Adventure

on November 7, 2022

by Jennifer Bonds It’s that time of year when so many of us will be hitting the road to visit loved ones, celebrate the holidays, and make memories with a warm hug and a bright smile! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved road trips. Give me all the snacks, the loud music,… Read More

Jennifer Bonds

Jennifer Bonds

Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she's not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She's lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

http://www.jenniferbonds.com

ROAD TRIPS WITH WEREWOLVES by Marlene Perez

on October 25, 2022

Thanks so much for having me back to talk about my latest release A Sucker for You (Afterlife #3)! Who doesn’t love a road trip story? From famous literary road trips like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to movies like the fan-favorite Vacation, road trips are an essential part of pop culture. Because of where… Read More

Marlene Perez

Marlene Perez

Marlene Perez is the author of paranormal and urban fantasy books, including the best-selling DEAD IS series for teens. The first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers as well as an ALA Popular Paperback. DEAD IS JUST A RUMOR was on VOYA's 2011 Best Science Fiction, Horror, & Fantasy List. Her novels have been featured in Girl's Life, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. The Disney Channel has optioned the first three books in the DEAD IS series for television. She grew up in Story City, Iowa and is the youngest of twelve children. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and children. Visit Marlene at www.marleneperez.com.

https://www.marleneperez.com/

Why I Love Books with Smokin’ Hot Sex

on September 29, 2022

Look, I understand that on-page sex in a romance novel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And thankfully, there are a plethora of “closed door” romances and every heat-level in between to indulge everyone’s different idea of the perfect romance. But, to me, taking the sex out of a romance novel would be like taking half… Read More

Gina L.  Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 International bestselling author living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. As a lifelong romance novel addict, she began writing as another way of enjoying the Happily Ever After stories she's always loved. Her debut novel in 2012, SEDUCING CINDERELLA, hit the bestseller lists within the first month of its release and continues to be a favorite with readers a full decade later. When she's not reading, writing, or spending way too much money on planners and office supplies, she enjoys hanging out with her son and daughter who've left the nest, snuggling with her fur babies, and dreaming of her someday-move to someplace tropical.

http://ginalmaxwell.com/

The Sublime Joy of the Epistolary Romance by Kilby Blades

on September 26, 2022

Well, here we are in the modern age. Forget Love in the Time of Cholera. Love in the time of Tinder has arrived. Suddenly we have dating profiles; we’re swiping left, and sliding into people’s DM’s. It’s efficient. But is it right? Love was once a drawn-out affair–an endeavor that found us hopeful. It made… Read More

Kilby Blades

Kilby Blades

Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women's Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for "easing feminism and equality into her novels" (IndieReader) and "writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal" (Publishers Weekly).

During her fifteen year career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelanced as a food, wine and travel writer and lived it up as an entertainment columnist. She has lived in five countries, visited more than twenty-five, and spends part of her year in her happy place in the Andes Mountains.

Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.

https://www.kilbyblades.com/

Writing a Fall-themed Romance

on August 25, 2022

by Jennifer Snow It’s no secret that I love my holiday romances, but my second favorite season in which to set my love stories is fall. As lovely as lazy hot summer days are, the fall of the year has always felt like a fresh start-the changing weather with the cooler days meaning a new… Read More

Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is a USA Today Bestselling Author writing contemporary romance fiction for Grand Central Publishing and Harlequin. Her stories range in heat level from sweet to sexy and are set everywhere from big cities to small towns. Her books are light and humorous, but also full of heart, featuring families and communities readers love to visit over and over again. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, she now resides in Alberta with her husband and son and three mischievous cats. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Alberta Writers Guild. She currently publishes psychological thrillers under her pen name J.M. Winchester and writes screenplays and TV shows in her 'spare' time.

http://www.jennifersnowauthor.com

Why I Love the Enemies to Lovers Trope

on August 23, 2022

By Linda Hurtado Bond I have always loved sexual tension. The kind you get when you meet someone you’re physically attracted to, but either you can’t or don’t want to admit it. Maybe that person is attractive in that physical way that appeals to you, and then they go and say something that pisses you… Read More

Linda Bond

Linda Bond

Linda Bond is an award-winning journalist by day and author of romantic thrillers by night. She has won 13 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist and Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar and an Edward R. Murrow award. A breast cancer survivor, she's also active in the Tampa community with The American Cancer Society, Hooked on Hope, and The Shoot for a Cure, raising money and awareness any chance she gets. She's the mother of five, four athletes and an adopted son from Cuba. She has passion for world travel, classic movies and solving a good mystery.

https://www.lindabond.com/

“Mind if I lift your kilt?”

on August 22, 2022

Where a Writer Finds Her Inspiration Thank you so much for having me here on Writerspace today! I’m Heather McCollum, mother of three overly dramatic kids, wife of one Highland hero (so I know what’s under his kilt!), ovarian cancer slayer, lover of chai lattes and dragonflies, and USA Today bestselling author of Scottish historical… Read More

Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor's dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum's heart and imagination every time she visits. The country's history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond. When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

https://www.heathermccollum.com/

NOT BETTING ON FOREVER by Natasha Moore

on August 16, 2022

He blinked, as if he hadn’t noticed where they were. “Home?” He looked around him, then back at her, and the way he said it sounded as though it was a personal jab at her. “Don’t know if this will ever feel like home again.” He glanced down at her hand on his shoulder and… Read More

Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she could read. She's the author of more than twenty romances, and believes that stories of love and hope are important. Love can happen at any age and she often writes about vibrant and passionate characters finding love later in life. She's a snowbird, spending the winters in sunny Florida, and the rest of the year in beautiful western New York with her real life hero who is happy to tell everyone that he's her inspiration.

http://www.natashamoore.com

Why We Love Paranormal Romance

on August 15, 2022

My name is N.J. Walters and I confess I’m a sucker for a brooding antihero, especially if he has paranormal origins. Apparently, I’m not the only one, as paranormal romance continues to be a popular genre with readers. People have been fascinated by the paranormal since the dawn of time. From scary stories shared around… Read More

N. J. Walters

N. J. Walters

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks---all vie for her attention. It's a tough life, but someone's got to live it

http://www.njwalters.com