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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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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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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