Thursday, February 24, 2011

Paranormal Romance Author Learns From The Past

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Is it safe to assume what your reader knows about your paranormal romance novel?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Favorite Winter Memories of Adopted Greyhounds, part 3

Bandit, the greyhound puppy we started fostering as a not quite one year old soon became a permanent addition…and with a surprising snowfall, he became…

The Prince of Snow

Bandit arrived in November and one of our favorite discoveries was that he liked ice. We couldn’t go to the freezer for anything without having him lope along into the kitchen to beg for an ice cube. He’d stick his head right into the open door (our freezer is on the bottom) and do his best to sweep that long nose and tongue over the ice cube bin.

A few months later, in February, the Lowcountry got a wintry surprise in the form of real snowfall. Not a rumor or a flurry, but the stuff that sticks. Through the night our back yard was blanketed with five inches of the white stuff. It clung to a decorative fence I put up to protect my butterfly garden (the greyhounds consider it the infield).

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Alpha female talks life and procrastination

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What are libraries? Library lovers know! National Library Lovers Month

Paranormal Romance Authors 'Go Indie'

And I'm not referring to Indiana Jones...

There was a time when 'going indie' was akin to announcing you were 'going nude' at work.

The vast majority of the population looked at you with a worried, even pitying expression. No one wanted to get too close for fear your insanity was contagious. My how times have changed.

These days it seems readers hope for - even expect - an author to announce an indie release and the worried faces are only on those associated with the big traditional

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Favorite Winter Memories of Adopted Greyhounds, Part 2

Greyhounds can be so very amusing for big, quiet dogs. Of the thirty or so dogs we've fostered we've found similarities and unique traits in every dog. Last week I told you the story of our first greyhound Bubbles and her absolute refusal to wear a sweater on a bitter cold day.

Well, Bubbles has a polar opposite with our current 'queen' Boo. (again I say the 'B' names are completely coincidental.)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spotlight The World Building For Paranormal Romance Novels

The individual process for world building for a paranormal romance novel is unique to each paranormal romance author.

When I present workshops about revisions, I suggest evaluating the manuscript with an eye for where you've put the spotlight.

Spotlighting starts with knowing what matters to you in the world you're building for your characters. But it expands to how the world building engages your characters and what aspects of your world will have the most impact on your readers. Correct

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trusting the Elements of Paranormal Romance Novels

Trust is an imperative element of paranormal romance novels.

The paranormal romance author trusts the reader to make the leap and the reader trusts the author to make it believable. As a reader who often indulges in historical romance for escape, Amanda Quick books are some of my favorites. I'm a big fan of the Arcane Society series written under all three names Quick/Krentz/Castle and in all three time periods.

An analyst could look at Krentz's career and have enough for an in depth

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Favorite Winter Memories Of Adopted Greyhounds, Part 1

February is rather bleak in our area. It's about the only month down here when nothing is blooming, the grass is patchy brown and most of the trees look scraggly. On cloudy days it's worse, but as weather goes we have it pretty easy - especially right now when most of the rest of the country is dealing with snow and ice.

So to create a little February fun, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite adopted greyhound winter memories on Grey Saturdays this month.

Bubbles was our first

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

February is Library Lovers Month

February isn't just for Valentine's Day romance or President's Day sales. It is also Library Lovers month! Yup, a whole month devoted to those who love their library.

It's about time libraries got some love. Libraries are about the last place a body can go to get any sort of real quiet (although writing and reading while surrounded by napping cats and greyhounds is truly awesome!) While everyone probably has had a run in with a stern librarian at least once, these public institutions are

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Who Wants Free Paranormal Romance Novels?

Calling all paranormal romance novel fans! Who doesn't like free stuff? Of course I know fans of paranormal romance novels have their favorite authors in the genre, but let's face it - voracious readers are always looking for another great story. I know I am!

Being a fan of the genre as well as a paranormal romance author, I've changed up my efforts to make it easier for readers to get to know me, and to take my work for a test drive before parting with $2.99 for my paranormal romance

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