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Guest: Tory Richards

News from Tory Richards

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. I love this time of year but I’m always a little bit relieved when it’s over. Too busy, too much food, too much of everything it seems.

Pre-ordering

Have you ever pre-ordered a book? Lately I’ve given some thought to the benefits of pre-ordering when it becomes available, and it’s certainly worked for the better for me. Some authors who offer pre-ordering do it at a lower cost, then raising the price of their book after it releases.

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Guest & Contest: Diane Alberts

Writing.

It can be a blessing, or a curse, much like anything else. It can be life-changing, and it can ruin your life—okay, not really. I don’t think anyone’s life was ruined by writing.  I got carried away.

Anyway…

I often get asked what writing is like, and where my ideas come from, by readers, and I often struggle to answer this question. Much like when a reader—you—picks up a book, a writer is also immersed in the world they create with a keyboard, a computer, and a very vivid imagination.

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Guest Post: The Authors of the Castle Keyvnor anthology

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Once upon a time, twelve authors got together and wrote a series about the reading of a will—a gathering that takes place in a haunted castle on the gorgeous coast of Cornwall.

Castle Keyvnor, the nearby village and the surrounding country are home to a number of paranormal creatures, from a coven of witches, a host of ghosts, pixies, a demon, even a bit of gypsy magic.  They get entangled with our characters in both fun and frightening ways, and make our four books the perfect Halloween treat!

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Guest & Contest: Callie Hutton

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

As a teenager in high school, one of my least favorite classes was History. All that memorization of dates, battles, and which president was known for what, bored me to tears. It was dry. It was boring. It was the best insomnia meds I’ve ever had.

The summer between my junior and senior year, I picked up a copy of Gone With the Wind.

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Guest & Contest: Apollonia Lord

Top 5 Things I Do When Procrastinating

I am an avid procrastinator. I avoid working on the things that require (no, demand) my immediate attention until the last possible moment. I procrastinate with a purpose. I am the laziest over-achiever you will ever meet. I conserve energy by procrastinating and lingering. My plots have time to marinate and to tumble through the endless maze of mind. I prefer to call my procrastination deep work, which is defined as “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.

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Guest & Contest: Brianna Labuskes

There’s something about puzzles. There’s just something inherently satisfying about the way the pieces fit together, that delightful click of mate finding mate, the reveal when you can finally see the full picture of what was previously just a handful of color-splotched cardboard.

It’s the same way with a great mystery. When you sink into one, the rest of the world narrows down to these little clues the writer drops along the way to the conclusion.

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Guest & Contest: Jannine Gallant

Odd Romantic Gestures That Will Melt Your Heart
By Jannine Gallant

Thanks for having me on your blog today! Wilde One is the first book in my new romantic suspense series, Born To Be Wilde. I’m excited to share a little about it with everyone because out of the eighteen books I’ve written, this one was probably the most fun. I had to ask myself why, and one of the answers was my hero. Griff is real.

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Guest: Kathryn Brocato

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.

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HRR Guest & Contest: Anna Bradley

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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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Entangled Takeover Guest Post & Contest: Jess Anastasi

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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.