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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Apr 212016
 

We asked Cheryl who she envisioned as the main characters of her newest release, Want Ad Wedding.  Before we get to her choices, let’s learn a little more about the book.

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

 

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Apr 212016
 

I’m going to share one of my favorite nonalcoholic mixed drinks with you.

The Liliko’i Splash at Disney’s Aulani resort in Oahu is great, and even though I haven’t made it at home (yet) I have some drink making experience and the recipe I’m giving you is based on how I plan to make it when I scrounge up passion fruit syrup somewhere here in Oregon. ☺

To start, you need passion fruit syrup, club soda, mint and lime.

Start with about 2 ounces (or more, depending on how sweet you like your drinks!) of the passion fruit syrup.

Add about six mint leaves

Fill the cup a little over halfway with ice

Add club soda, an ounce of lime juice and a wedge of fresh lime.

Now you’re good to go!

 

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Apr 212016
 

BON APPETIT AND A BOOK:  Carmael Apple Pie
Photo Credit: James Roper

Ingredients
Flour, for dusting
1 recipe Buttery Pie Dough
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp. for sprinkling
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
15 soft caramel cubes
8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water

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Apr 012016
 

FullSizeRender (1)_3Tips of the Trade

I’ve been a published author for eleven years and have learned a thing or two that have made a difference for me with regard to interest and the sale of my books. I honestly believe there is no fail proof formula that you can follow that will make you successful. Success is in the eye of the beholder. Since I’ve never looked at writing as anything more than a hobby, never had any great expectations, I feel successful with every royalty check I receive that proves some of you enjoy my books.

I wanted to share two of the things that I’ve noticed have made a difference.

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