New Release Authors
By Kimberly Dean On Nov 7 2013, 8:26 am
Writing series can be tricky. When an author is moving from book to book, she needs to keep continuity. The characters need to maintain their personalities and their points of view. If there’s an over-reaching story arc, each book must continue that story along, while being able to stand on its own. With my Triple X series, there’s an added twist – the heroines are identical sisters.
What was I thinking? Did I not feel challenged enough? Now not only did I need to make each character an individual, I needed to give them similar traits.
It brought up some interesting scenarios. How could I make these identical triplets feel like there were truly sisters who’d been separated by tragic events? Yet how could I enliven each character so readers could differentiate them by their thoughts or actions alone? The answer came down to the old nature versus nurture argument. I tried to use nature to keep the sisters tied together as a family unit. The way they were nurtured was what caused their differences.
By Karen Kay On Oct 30 2013, 9:00 am
Isn’t this cover of LAKOTA SURRENDER beautiful? It’s here at the start of this blog for a reason, which is that in the book, LAKOTA SURRENDER, I make use of the wireless com that was in vogue in the early days of this country.
Wireless Com? you say. In the 1700-1800′s? Am I crazy? Now, while it’s true that my life is more than a little busy right now, here’s hoping I’m not crazy yet. The above statement is true, however, if a little bit overstated. Long ago, American Indians had a very efficient and wireless manner in which to communicate. Would you like to have a look at how it was done? Hopefully by the time you read this post, you’ll be able to “talk” in the same way. Read more…
By Janeen O'Kerry On Oct 20 2013, 9:00 am
All nine of my Retro Romance titles from Samhain Press are set in Ireland — ancient Ireland, to be exact — and so I am often asked how many times I’ve been to
Ireland to do research.
And the answer is that I’ve never been to Ireland at all.
Folks are sometimes surprised at this. “Don’t you have to go to the place you’re writing about? How else will you know how to describe it?”
They’re right, of course, in the sense that it’s certainly far better to go to the place that you want to write about and immerse yourself in it — the sights, the sounds, the smell, the feel — but sometimes it’s just not possible for you to go. Read more…
By Sally Falcon On Oct 11 2013, 9:00 am
I was pondering what to write this time when I saw Kate Donovan’s latest release, Stolen Kisses. Yes, I also have a book with the title Stolen Kisses. That happens to authors from time to time because you can’t copyright a title. At a convention about ten or so years ago a group was discussing titles, and we agreed that Head over Heels was the most reused title at that time.
A book may have several titles by the time it gets published. The author may or may not having a working title. Sometimes it’s the first thing written down and other times the book may be finished. I have a friend who has sent off several manuscript without a title because she couldn’t think of one. It doesn’t matter if the author sends in a book with a title, it can change. The titles gets judged by editors just as much as the books’ content. Read more…
By Phoebe.Conn On Oct 9 2013, 9:00 am
I absolutely love writing historical romance. There are so many dangerous times, wild, desperate situations, and quite frankly, gorgeous clothes. There’s something about a time when men wore fancy shirts with lace-trim that always excites me. The last thing a rugged hero needs is a lacy shirt, right? But lace falling over a man’s wrist is a thing of beauty.
Until recent times, men had long hair, which is damn hot. The heroine can grab hold of him with both hands, whether it’s in passion, or a fit of pique. If you’ve ever been in a room with male cover models, perhaps at a Romantic Times convention, you’ll have felt the tingling heat in the air. Long thick hair shows a man’s in his prime and from ancient times our feminine natures have known they’d father strong, healthy children.
Shameless, I know. I once attended a book signing by a Native America that attracted a room full of handsome young men who could have appeared in Dancing With Wolves. They were over six feet in height and had long, glossy black hair reaching to the middle of their backs. I swear I didn’t hear a word the speaker said. Read more…
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