Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Building For Every Sort Of Adventure

Labels for various life stages (like 'empty nester') or for writing (like 'indie author' or 'paranormal romance writer') are simply ways of putting a framework around our world. A way of creating points or touchstones in our environment, whether we're world building for paranormal romance novels, or simply living a life filled with inevitable change.

Calling me an empty nester - or even implying we have a half-empty nest is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, we have one child in college and one

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bestseller For A Day Featured Author Ann Charles

On September 28th (tomorrow!) Ann Charles and her fabulous book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, will be the Bestseller for a Day feature!

Critics have high praise for Nearly Departed in Deadwood, WINNER of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense:

"This gem has a bit of everything ... mystery, romance, comedy, suspense, and even a bit of the paranormal." ***** FIVE STARS! ~Huntress Reviews

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cats and Adopted Greyhounds and Visitors, Oh My!

Funny, for a small gray kitty, he doesn't look all that threatening...

I often tell people retired, adopted greyhounds are the cats of the dog world. They sleep away a good bit of the day and they are very relaxed, laid back sort of companions. Just as loyal, but nothing as hyper as your average Jack Russell or Labrador puppy.

Of course there's an exception to the whole adopted greyhounds have feline tendencies theory...

We had company recently that arrived with a doberman, german

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paranormal Romance Author Shouts Look At Me

Two days left in the Small Blogs Big Giveaways 3rd Edition! You can hop along and enter through September 23rd! See the full list of participating blogs here! To enter for my bonus giveaway, the Smuggler’s Stash, see the sidebar or go to this post.

Now, as a paranormal romance author intent on building my career, I try to stay current on publishing news and updates from fellow authors no matter how they're published. Recently I read the rather bleak post on book promotion by Cory

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What Works For This Paranormal Romance Writer?

Don't worry, this paranormal romance author is still participating in the Small Blogs Big Giveaways event! You can hop along and enter through September 23rd! See the full list of participating blogs here!

To enter for my bonus giveaway, the Smuggler's Stash, see the sidebar or go to this post.

Now, getting back to today's post about what 'works' for me...A fellow writer asked me the other day how 'it' works for me. Meaning what's my system? How do I stay productive and on track? As a

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paranormal Romance Author Joins Small Blogs Big Giveaways Event

Small Blogs Big Giveaways starts tomorrow September 16th and runs through September 23rd.

As one of the featured authors on this great blog hop, I encourage you to join the fun. The participating blogs are phenomenal and the prizes are designed to please readers in a multitude of genres.

This blog hop offers 25 prizes split between 3 winners + 3 Gift Card Giveaways!

Follow the event on twitter

Organized by: Reading Romances
Plus a US$50 gift card giveaway!

Laurie's Thoughts

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

World Building Lessons From The Arranger by L.J. Sellers

I had the honor of being an early reader for L.J. Sellers' new futuristic thriller, The Arranger. It was well written, sported a riveting storyline, but the world building for her near future 2023 was so carefully crafted and perfectly executed that I felt it deserved a feature here, where I so often discuss world building for paranormal romance novels.

True, the only 'para'-normal element of Sellers' book is that it's set in the future, but there are all kinds of things writers can learn

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Adopted Greyhounds Sight Hounds Or Ear-hounds?

Through 20 plus years of adopted greyhounds and foster greyhounds, I've developed some pretty solid opinions of these incredible dogs. I love them - fine I'm better labeled an adopted greyhound addict - and their many quirks and unique personality traits amuse me.

Adopted greyhounds are sight hounds, which is a rather obvious way of saying they are visual animals. They hunt, or race, when something catches their interest. The fake rabbit at the track, the squirrel or bird in the back yard,

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Same But Different Behind The Publishing Scenes

As a relatively new indy paranormal romance author, I've found continuing changes in publishing mean the same team of support personnel, but at different stages and often hired in different ways than the prior career publishing models. Publishing may be in flux, but it's not all happening at the wholesale/retail stage of the business.

Authors who write everything from paranormal romance to non-fiction frequently expound on the very real opportunities within the ever changing framework. And

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Perspective For This Paranormal Romance Author

Perspective matters when you're world building for a paranormal romance novel- or any genre really. Perspective of individual characters, between characters, and as it relates to the conflict or situation.

But lately, I've realized just how quickly perspective can change in real life.

As we moved our daughter off to college and I find my 'nest' is now half empty, my perspective has changed. The ripples can be felt in my increased productivity as well as the new, real world building

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sales Labels for Paranormal Romance Novels

I think there's a general misconception that paranormal romance authors only write for women. If a man writes action or adventure novels with even a hint of romance, it's a thriller. Add in a paranormal element and it will likely be labeled horror.

Of course that's a sweeping statement, a blatant generality, rather than an actual study of fact based on book labels and reader preferences and paranormal romance author gender.

I know there are plenty of talented men who write paranormal

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