Aug 242016
 

Accountant Romance Heroes Can Be Fun

When I first began writing romance, one of my early stories involved a hero who was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I entered the first three chapters of the manuscript in the Golden Hearts contest and sat back to await the phone call telling me I’d placed in the finals.

Alas, it never happened. Instead, I received back several copies of the manuscript covered with various suggestions and critiques, as this was in the days when you had to send physical copies of the first chapters of the manuscript. The comment that really shocked me read: “I am so tired of heroes who are from the FBI or CIA.”

The CIA? There wasn’t a single mention of the FBI, or the CIA, or spies, or any kind of criminality in my manuscript. I wondered if the judge had even read the story! After all, I had made it plain that he was an accountant, the kind who possessed advanced certification and usually operated out of his own office.

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Aug 122016
 

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

For the Love of the Wicked Rake

Those of us who love our bad boy heroes really love them, don’t we? Now, don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate a soft-spoken beta hero with soulful eyes, but more often than not I find myself flipping through the pages for the alphas—the wicked aristocratic rake, the dominant billionaire, the hard-bodied Navy Seal or the arrogant sports star.

But thanks to my fellow alpha junkies, I know I’m not alone in my madness.

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Aug 032016
 

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medium profileToday we welcome Jess Anastasi to Romancing the Book as Entangled Publishing takes over the blog for the week.  Before we get to Jess’s guest post, let’s learn a little more about her.

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

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Jul 312016
 

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Julie MulhernWelcome to our 8th Anniversary Celebration.  This week Entangled Publishing is taking over Romancing the Book, and one of today’s guests is Julie Mulhern.

Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Haunting Series.

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

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Jun 172016
 

JUDY DUARTE always knew there was a book inside her, but since English was her least favorite subject in school, she never considered herself a writer. An avid reader who enjoys a happy ending, Judy couldn’t shake the dream of creating a book of her own. That dream became a reality in 2002, when Silhouette released her first Special Edition. Her stories have touched the hearts of readers around the world, landing her a prestigious Reader’s Choice Award. In 2009, she won the Maggie and was a finalist in the Inspirational category of the Rita® with MULBERRY PARK. And in 2010, ENTERTAINING ANGELS finaled in the Rita®, won the Maggie, and placed second in the Inspirational Readers Choice.

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Jun 102016
 

 

Where the magic happens…

Every writer has a different process, but for me one of the most important parts of creating a story is where I do it. I have a room in my house that is solely mine. I fill it with all the things that inspire me. It has hundreds of books, maps, guides to far flung places where I set my romances. But it’s very much a working room.

I start writing at 9.00 am and work on through to 5.00pm. The only members of the family allowed in to my writing room are my three dogs. They curl up underneath my desk and keep me company. Most of the time they behave! Occasionally if I’m stuck on a plot, then I’ll take them for a walk and by the time I’m back in my room, all the kinks are magically resolved.

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May 302016
 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author ELLE JAMES also writing as MYLA JACKSON is an award-winning author of stories including cowboys, intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edges of their seats. With over eighty stories in a variety of sub-genres and lengths she has published with Harlequin, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington and Avon. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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May 302016
 

Lenora Worth writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and Superromance. Her books have won national and regional awards. Her Love Inspired Suspense Body of Evidence made the New York Times Bestseller List. With over 55 books published, she writes Southern stories set in places she loves such as Atlanta, Georgia, the North Georgia and Arkansas mountains, Texas and Louisiana, including Dallas and New Orleans. Lenora is married and has two grown children.

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May 182016
 

another author picWhy I write in the early morning hours

Okay, I don’t exactly write in the early morning hours. After all, I am intimately acquainted with getting up at o-dark-thirty. When I was in the military, a 6 a.m. start meant a wake-up call at 4 a.m. to get my hair braided, my weapon drawn, and my vehicle properly prepped. All so I could make the 5:30 a.m. formation. And then there was my time as a Bed & Breakfast owner. Breakfast started at 8 a.m. during the week, which meant I was up two hours earlier because serving breakfast in my pajamas with my hair uncombed just scared the daylights out of guests. Trust me, I tried. Even when I was an attorney, I got up early to get a run in before heading off to take the train for my morning commute.

And now I’m getting up at 7 a.m. and my commute consists of shuffling from my bedroom to the kitchen to make coffee and then to my office. I don’t bother opening my eyes beyond slits or combing my hair and I always write in my pajamas. In fact, I’m starting to think that I simply can’t be creative with ‘normal’ clothes on anymore. And yet I’m claiming that I write in the early morning hours.

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May 032016
 

Writing About Sport When You Don’t Actually Like It?  No Problem. Bring It On.

Thanks for inviting me along to bring my new book from Totally Bound, Scoring With Sir, with me. It’s really exciting to be out in public (as am I!)

I thought I’d make a bold confession here. Scoring With Sir is a book with a sports star hero about a female sports super fan. All good. The only problem being…um…I don’t watch sport. Or like it. None of it. Nothing. Not if I can help it.

Golf, can’t stand it. Not even tennis and I’m Scottish and watching Andy Murray is a national passion (um, not for me thanks! I’d rather eat the Wimbledon strawberries and watch a gardening or cooking show thanks for asking). Football, I really can’t stand it. Not even on the radio if I’m in earshot. So TV or live football? Let’s not even go there.

So what makes me think I can write with any conviction about a famed football star hero? And the mad fan love of his life. Am I mad?

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