Dec 142016
 

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. Nothing wrong with that, it’s good business for the author and a deal for the readers. What about when you see a book from an author that you love, and you tell yourself, “I can’t wait until this comes out!” And do you remember to go back and get it? Know telling how many times I’ve forgotten to go back so now I just pre-order. Then I can forget about the book until it mysteriously shows up in my kindle library! Plus, sometimes I get it at a lower price. So it might be something to consider, if you read a lot of books and you’re following a certain series. I set up No Mercy for pre-ordering and it made it on the best sellers list at All Romance Ebooks before it even released!

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Dec 132016
 

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.

Writing, for me, in a necessity. When people ask me why I write, and where the ideas come from, my most common reply is: “From the voices in my head. They don’t shut up until I tell their story.”

I know that sounds borderline crazy, but honestly?

It’s TRUE.

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Guest Post: The Authors of the Castle Keyvnor anthology

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Oct 312016
 

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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!

We had a great time collaborating on our stories and we thought we’d dream up something fun—what would it look like if Twitter was around in the 18th century and our characters had their cell phones at Castle Keyvnor?  Read on to find out!

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Oct 172016
 

“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. Now here was history worth reading. At first I skimmed over the battles, but then as I continued on with the book, I read more and more of the actual history contained in the story.

This book was about people. Those who lost loved ones, those who waited at home for a letter, for some indication that their husband, brother, father or son was still alive.

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Oct 122016
 

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. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.”

But the world calls me a procrastinator.

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Oct 072016
 

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. You collect them, keep them tucked in your pocket or pull them out to let them slot together. Then that final missing piece settles into its spot and it all makes sense.

To do this, to give that experience to the reader for One Step Behind, I had to give up my status as a die-hard pantser and embrace the plotter lifestyle.

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Sep 302016
 

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. He has quirks that are relatable. He’s always hungry and eats constantly. Such a guy… He speaks first and thinks later. He’s a man’s man. But he’s also sexy and funny and tries really hard. However, when it comes to what women expect, he’s pretty darn clueless.

Here’s an example of Griff, figuring it out a little too late…

He wiped perspiration off his brow with the back of his hand. Ainslee had accused him of treating her like a cheap hook-up. He certainly hadn’t thought of her that way. The woman was pure class with an innocent air and a go get ’em attitude. Her independent spirit was a huge turn-on. So when she’d started talking about arranging her life around his plans… Another deep sigh stirred the hot, moist air. He’d overreacted. Hell, in his mind, he’d turned a casual comment on her part into a signed proclamation of intent. If he went in for a colonoscopy right now, the only thing the doctor would find up there was his head, complete with his foot in his mouth.

 

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Guest: Kathryn Brocato

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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
 

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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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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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