Mar 182015
 

Today we welcome Bec McMaster to Romancing the Book.  To celebrate her blog tour for the release of Of Silk and Steam, Bec asked all her bloggers to answer questions to determine which character from her London Steampunk series we were most like.  We had to answer questions like: What word best describes you?  What is the perfect romantic evening/date (Victorian era style)?  Faced with a dangerous adversary, what would be your weapon of choice?  In the end, here’s my match:

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Mar 052015
 

Today we are pleased to have Susanna Ives join us for a round of Marry, Kiss or Kill! For this stop, we asked her to choose between George Clooney, Mr. Darcy, and Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series:

“I’m marrying Ranger! I’m all about Rangers of the North! Wait, you meant Ranger from Stephanie Plum series and not Aragon from Lord of the Rings. Well, bummer. I’ll just kiss that Ranger then.

So that leaves me to either kill or marry George Clooney or Fitzwilliam Darcy.  Tough choice. Both men have their finer points. George being an intellectual actor and director, and Darcy being, well, in possession of a good fortune and in want of a wife.  Hmmm, I’m killing Darcy.  I doubt I can be imprisoned for fictional murder.  That leaves Clooney to marry. Not sure how Amal will take this….”

 

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Feb 272015
 

Hi Everyone,

My name is Dominic and my twin sister Domino and I blog for Breathless Press.  The book that I’m here to tell you about is an anthology of superhero stories called Secret Identities.  It’s easier for one of us to chat to you when it’s a collection so that we don’t play favorites with any one author!

You know, it’s a funny thing, but we’ve all wanted super powers at some point.  Personally I wanted to be able to fly and see through walls. Domino wanted to be able to teleport and eat anything without gaining weight.  Of course, the traditional “super powers” aren’t real (sadly), but I believe that every single author has super powers of their own.  After all, we get to create worlds or destroy them.  Mould people in our image or melt them down and recreate them.  We get to toy with their emotions and be puppet master to their lives. We are the Gods of our worlds and that is a very heady power to have indeed.

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Feb 242015
 

Who Has a Best Seller?

Wild Marauders MC is a best seller! Well, for at least a minute. I’ve never been one to follow stuff like that but I found myself there yesterday, surprised to see that Wild Marauders MC was ranked #66 on Amazon’s best sellers list for erotica romance! Then it quickly dropped to #71, and as I write this it’s #83. How cool is that?

Do I have the right to say I’m a bestselling author? It seems almost everyone is today. At least according to the covers of their books. What defines a bestselling author? According to Wikipedia “Best-selling” refers to the estimated number of copies sold of all fiction books written or co-written by an author. Another article I found when I was looking up the definition of an Amazon bestselling author was in the Warner Coaching Newsletter. Interesting article. According to them, Amazon’s list is based on sales from its own site, which we all know they update every hour. So authors can claim they are Amazon bestsellers, but for only a short time.

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Feb 202015
 

Max grew up just outside of New York City, spending most of her formative years outdoors creating wild ghost hunts with neighborhood kids, setting booby-traps to capture unwitting family members, and building clubhouses on top of ten-foot walls. Max wrote her first story at the age of twelve and titled it Circles of Friendship. Through the years, Max has written several short-stories and poems, all of which met the wrath of the “Not Good Enough” monster and ended in fiery demise.

Max regained her confidence when she began writing scholarly articles and research theses on her first trip through graduate school. It took several years for her to break the habit of the formal writing that marred her creativity. An additional Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing was Max’s biggest support in this. Max writes primarily sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal romance, and Young Adult stories.

For more information visit: www.maxellendale.com

 

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Feb 192015
 

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Today we welcome the authors from the Accidental Valentine anthology by Roane Publishing.  We’ve asked each author to share their most romantic Valentine Day memory as well as the blurb from their short story in the anthology.

Enjoy!

 

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Jan 072015
 

Best 7 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers

Happy New Year!  Did you ever wonder what inspires your favorite writers? What propels them through the entire first draft of your most-loved novels? How many drafts of that novel they write before submitting it for publication? What about all the tips and tricks for querying and pitching the Holy Grail – that final, highly polished manuscript that has taken months or even years of our lives to write?

Every writer has her own magic formula. Here’s mine:

  • The Outline: Some people hate them. Others love them. I’ve found a traditional outline really speeds up my writing. I start each chapter with a Roman Numeral. Then I hash out (A) Setting, (B) Characters, (C) Main Plot Points (in subsets of i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), the (D) Goal of that chapter, and the (E) Cliffhanger or Transition to next chapter. Continue reading »






Nov 062014
 

DSC_0503For many years of my life, I was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance.” I was one of the first authors to jump into erotics just as they were bubbling up as a romance subgenre. I wrote fifteen erotic novels and novellas. At the time, they were considered the cutting edge of the erotic market, but when we see how erotics have evolved over the past decade into full-on erotica, the old books I used to write seem very tame in comparison. They’re still fun to read, but they’re so different from what’s available now.

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Oct 312014
 

As of this writing, Lisa Beth Darling is 48 years-old and have been married to her wonderful husband, Roy for the last 28 years! They live in her hometown of New London, CT where they have raised two daughters to adulthood. She loves living in New England and can hardly imagine herself being happy anywhere else. She’s often asked: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

In the 4th grade she discovered that she was a writer when she was given her first creative writing assignment. We were to write stories about a baby bird’s flight and read them to the class. She put pencil to paper and was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn’t explain. She knew she was meant to do this very thing, this very simple act of putting pencil to paper and letting her mind free. Everyone read their happy stories to the class. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished they were all just staring at her. The teacher kept me after class told me my story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked me if she’d ever heard of Icarus and did she base my story on him. But she had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As she let Lisa leave class she again told me how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. She asked her why and she had no answer. Lisa never took her advice.

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Oct 272014
 

Meet “Hard-Hearted Hartwell” by Grace Burrowes

Joan had danced with Dante Hartwell and found him lacking many of the attributes she associated with a proper gentleman. He neither gossiped nor flattered nor took surreptitious liberties in triple meter.

In short, despite his many detractors—some called him Hard-Hearted Hartwell—she’d liked him.

Mr. Hartwell was honest, friendly, and kind, which to Joan was a significant improvement over handsome and charming.

One of the lessons we learn as we mature is that the pretty, shiny, eye-catching wrapping paper may not hide the gift we’ll treasure the most. Joan Flynn, from my new romance WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, can’t afford to be choosy—she needs a husband immediately—but she has sense enough to see that Dante Hartwell has a lot to recommend him, despite his plebian upbringing.

Joan knows what it’s like to be judged for her appearance and found lacking. She’s not beautiful in the eyes of most, or in her own eyes, and she tries to compensate by fashioning clothes that make her feel pretty. Dante can see past that, to her kindness with his children and his sister, to her family loyalty, to her honesty.

And yet, Dante is called hard-hearted by the aristocrats who seek to turn a profit by investing in his mills. He’s shrewd, and can afford to be generous only rarely when the livelihoods of hundreds rest in his hands. He’s hard working, even if that means he appears to be less of a gentleman.

Dante is also devoted to his children—he’s building not an empire for himself, but a more prosperous future for them—and yet that means from the outside looking in, he might be judged a distant or indifferent father.

Joan sees though, the children love their father, are secure in his affections, and delight in his company. She sees that Dante’s sister relies on him for everything, and that in his first marriage, Dante made the best of a difficult bargain—one most of Polite Society knows little about.

In short, Dante and Joan set aside what they’re expected to think of each other, and exchange the gift of making up their own minds about each other. Each gives the other the benefit of the doubt, each extends to the other good faith and good will.

Dante is not hard-hearted, he’s determined. He’s not miserly, he’s careful as a man should be when he’s known great want. He’s not a husband of convenience, but rather, when Joan takes the time to see the truth of him, he’s the very best possible gift she might have found under the Christmas tree!

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graceburrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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