Tuesday, November 13, 2018

5 Reasons I Wish I Was a Romance Heroine

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

Many romance readers wish they had the same things the heroines they read about get: a beautiful man who adores them, a close community of friends, fantastic sex, and a guaranteed happy ending.
*Sigh* Yes, there are some heroines with whom I would love to trade places. But that’s not what I’m talking about. No, what are the real reasons I wish I was a romance heroine especially after what happened earlier this week.
I was fully engrossed in writing a new pirate story for the Pirates of Britannia series created by Eliza Knight and Kathryn Le Veque. The scene was dramatic:
“Oh, you’re meeting her fiancĂ©—”
“No, no, no,” she said growing more agitated by the minute. She snapped her head around as the sound of the horse’s hooves and the wagon on the cobblestones leaving the dock reached her ears. She gasped and shuffled back a step stumbling on the edge of the dock.
With lightning speed, the stranger grabbed her arm and pulled her to his chest before she tumbled into the water.
Darla stared up into overpowering gray eyes that seemed to see right through her. His ruggedly handsome face was familiar, but she couldn’t place from where. She lowered her head and looked away. Crushed against his chest, she felt his hard muscles under her hand. For a moment, she couldn’t move, she didn’t want to. A heady sensation wrapped her in a daze like dream. A shiver across her shoulders cleared her mind and she caught her wits.
… “Hey honey,” my husband screamed from the kitchen, “where’s the ketchup? Oh, I found it. Never mind.”
Darla didn’t have to worry about the ketchup. Okay so no ketchup in the 13th century Scotland, but you know what I mean.
For a moment I thought about all the little blessings romance heroines have in their lives. So, for a moment I forgot about Darla and Wesley (her hot hero). Here are five real reasons I wish I were a medieval romance heroine:
1. They never have to scrub the garter room (toilets).
2. My hero would know where to find the ketchup and start the grill—often insisting on it without even being asked (I know, not medieval)
3. I would have to do laundry, worry about wrinkles and I’d always be ready to receive the King and his entourage.
4. I’d have friends with exactly the skills and experience I’d need to rely on for every problem in my life.
5. Perhaps most importantly, though, a day of running the castle and managing the children could be glossed over in a paragraph.
Oh, why this picture? There’s just a little part of me that still wants the hunky hero!
What are the little blessings that make you envy romance heroines?

Monday, November 12, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for November 12, 2018

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, November 5 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, November 6 - 

"WHAT DO YOU FIND SCARY IN A STORY?" - According to author Maureen Bonatch, the difference between thrill or fear may depend on the reader.

Thursday, November 8 - 
"JOY" - It's National Novel Writing Month again! Author Nicole Luiken pauses to ponder why her project for this year's NANOWRIMO is different.

Are YOU taking part in National Novel Writing Month?

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Sales, Contests and Events:


Our authors often take part in hosted giveaways and events, or sponsor their own. Here's the latest: 
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Begins November 15th!

WINTER WONDERLAND ROMANCE READER SCAVENGER HUNT

Hosted by Night Owl Reviews, this annual event just keeps getting bigger and better! Lots of authors = lots of prizes to be won, such as Amazon gift cards, SpaFinder.com gift cards, Sephora.com gift cards and eBooks, eBooks, eBooks. Plus the grand prize is a KINDLE FIRE HD 8 WITH ALEXA!

Best of all, it's open to the world, so no matter where you live, you're eligible to enter to win a prize.



Check it out here:
https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Winter-Wonderland-2018-by-Night-Owl-Romance
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Joy

Posted by: Nicole Luiken


I’m participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, and I’m delighted by how well it’s going. I'm on track and over 10K. My characters are coming alive, my plot in bundling along nicely, and the words are flowing. Yay!
There have been other years when this so wasn’t the case. Years where the words didn’t flow, where I’d check my word count after an hour of effort and despair to see that I’d only added 150 words. Years when I ran into a road block, was stumped for days trying to get around it, ended up way behind schedule and gave up.
This was especially painful for me because I’ve always preferred drafting to the drudgery of rewriting. That’s where most of my joy was and to have that turn into a slog, too, really sucked.
So since things are going well, I want to stop for a moment and analyze why. Why is this novel dancing along when the previous two didn’t? I think it’s important for writers to know their process, to know what works and what doesn’t.
Part of it may be because I’ve been wanting to write this novel for a long time. The basic character conflict came to me over five years ago, a premise that I love. I even wrote a synopsis, but until now I never sat down to write it. I had reasons: I wasn’t happy with that version of the plot, it felt clichĂ©d and vague. It's book two in a series, and I was still revising book one. (The series is PNR and my wheelhouse is YA fantasy so there was a steep learning curve when I switched genres.)
Mostly though, I think this year’s novel is going well because of my outline. I’ve always been an outliner. Pantsing for me is a nightmare of staring at the screen not knowing where to steer the story. However, over the years my detailed chapter-by-chapter outline had fallen by the wayside and been replaced by a simple list of chronological events with gaps in between. At a certain point in the planning stage, I would become overcome with enthusiasm and plunge in, trusting to momentum to push me through the blank spots in my outline. Sometimes it worked. More often, it didn’t.
With this book, I was ready to start writing by October 26th, but had to hold off until November 1st to participate in Nanowrimo without breaking the rules. Since it was only a few days, I waited and spent those extra days adding detail to my outline and plumping out character arcs. And it’s making such a difference! I can start each scene with a clear sense of what needs to happen.
Again, the purpose of this post is not to convince you to outline, but rather if you’re struggling to  take some time and think about your process. You know what works for you and what doesn’t. Are you doing all the things that you know work, or like me, have you been cutting corners and paying for it with poor writing days?
Best of luck! I have to go--I hear my novel calling.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What Do You Find Scary in a Story?

Posted by: Maureen
While growing up I never watched scary movies, but I devoured books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and other authors that I never thought might be considered horror. They were just…stories.

Sure, some might keep me up at night, and make me illuminate dark corners before I entered a room, but they weren’t scary, right? 

Then my avoidance of all scary movies ended when I met my future hubby, who loved everything scary and slasher movies. Suddenly I was plunged into watching way more scary movies than I ever wanted, and found I grew to kind of like some of them. 

Usually I prefer the ones that were more paranormal, thriller, or psychological suspense. It seems I’m one of many who like the suspense and a little bit of scare—in the movies, or stories, because in person I’m a wimp

Fiction vs Reality


Fiction allows us to do things we might be afraid to do in real life and experience the world through a character. The same can be achieved with writing. Things that would normally be frightening are more like a thrill or exciting in a book, not necessarily terrifying. Most of us can be a little braver when we can live vicariously through a character, whether it’s in a book, or a movie.  

Although I did find some movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Amityville Horror and The Shining and books such as Darkfall and Pet Cemetery, to be scarier than I anticipated, left to fester in my imagination for years after.

Scary or Not?


So naturally some of this seeps into my stories. But I’ve always
thought of my stories as having a little suspense, a dash of sarcasm and some supernatural stuff. Until I released my first novel in The Enchantlings series, Destiny Calling. 

To my surprise a couple websites listed my book under horror. I thought, perhaps it’s the cover, or the blurb? Then a friend, and avid reader, told me some parts of the book frightened her so much that she couldn’t read it at night. Others didn’t find it scary. Some said it was more thrilling, or suspenseful. It seems we each have our own impression of what’s scary

Not a Chance


Last week my second book in The Enchantlings series, Not a Chance, was released. Some might think I made it a little scarier
than the first. Perhaps it’s because of the darker turn the story took when I came across this old abandoned building on one of my bike trails.


Others might feel Not a Chance is no more frightening than most paranormal. You’ll have to be the judge.

The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one. 

As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld. 

In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn't she lucky, they've chosen Hope.

Do You Like to Be Scared?


Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

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Monday, November 5, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for November 5, 2018

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, October 29 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, October 30 - 

"THE 12 DAYS OF SAMHAIN" - Looking for a Halloween carol to sing? Author Linda Mooney has written one for you! 

Wednesday, October 31 - 
"FEAR AND HOPE ON ALL HALLOW'S EVE" - Author Jenny Schwartz talks about how Halloween may bring BOTH emotions to the surface.

Thursday, November 1 - 
"MY FAVORITE CREEPY STORIES" - Author Angela Korra'ti lists five of her favorite books, and five of her favorite movies!

Friday, November 2 - 
"MY FAVORITE MONSTER" - WE HAVE WINNERS in our Halloween Giveaway at Here Be Magic! We received a lot of great comments about YOUR favorite monsters too!

Saturday, November 3 - 
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is "IN THE DARK" by PG Forte. See all the details below.

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Bring It Back(list) Feature:


When you live forever, you're bound to make a few mistakes.

IN THE DARK


San Francisco, 1969. Vampire Conrad Quintano has been around for centuries—long enough to know that falling for a human is a terrible idea. Much less falling for adventure-seeking hippie Desert Rose. An even more terrible idea? Agreeing to raise her babies and protect them with his life.

Present day. Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they’re vampires. Raised in virtual isolation, they’ve never known their parentage or their unique status in the world. But once their uncle comes to take them home, the family reunion is nothing like they anticipated and they’re thrust into a world they’re completely unprepared for.

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MY FAVORITE MONSTER + MULTI-AUTHOR GIVEAWAY 
We have WINNERS!

We had a lot of fun and hope that you did too! Not only did we receive a lot of entries, but we were delighted to read all the great comments about YOUR favorite monsters! 

THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

  1. Brenda Rezk wins an EBOOK of "Old Sins, Long Shadows" by PG FORTE
  2. Amber Terry wins an EBOOK of "A Hunt by Moonlight" by SHAWNA REPPERT
  3. Debbie Plesha wins her choice of an EBOOK by DANI HARPER
  4. Tammie King wins a "Boxed Set" (ebooks) of the Ravensblood Series by SHAWNA REPPERT
  5. Mandy Baker wins her choice of an EBOOK by CINDY SPENCER PAPE
  6. Melannie Savell wins an EBOOK: "Between a Rock and a Hard Dragon" by CINDY SPENCER PAPE plus a Halloween short story
  7. Gayle Oreluk wins a signed PRINT copy of "Queen Takes Knights" by JOELY SUE BURKHART
  8. Beverly Laude wins her choice of an EBOOK by LINDA MOONEY
and our GRAND PRIZE WINNER is: 
9. Reyna Herrera wins a $60 Amazon Gift eCard from all the authors at Here Be Magic


All winners are contacted directly by email. Be sure to check your spam filter!

Check out the post at https://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2018/11/my-favorite-monster-multi-author.html

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bring it Back(list): Vampires do "it In the Dark"

Posted by: PG Forte

There are still a few days left to grab In the Dark (Children of Night, book 1) for the sale price of only .99!

When you live forever, you're bound to make a few mistakes....

San Francisco, 1969. Vampire Conrad Quintano has been around for centuries—long enough to know that falling for a human is a terrible idea. Much less falling for adventure-seeking hippie Desert Rose. An even more terrible idea? Agreeing to raise her babies and protect them with his life.

Present day. Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they’re vampires. Raised in virtual isolation, they’ve never known their parentage or their unique status in the world. But once their uncle comes to take them home, the family reunion is nothing like they anticipated and they’re thrust into a world they’re completely unprepared for.




P.S. As an added bonus, I’m offering Going Back to Find You as a freebie for the next few days. Get your copy here:  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/mbW0yYYD




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