Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Reading Challenge Results

In case you don't recall (and I don't recall what I had for breakfast, so why would you recall a post from earlier this month?) the Reading Romances 2012 April Challenge was all about Alternate Realities month! You can revisit my original post, but I've left an overview and my review of my challenge book below. If you've joined the reading challenge, I hope you've left your review at the Reading Romances site so you're entered for The Matchmaker's Mark giveaway!

For Alternate Realities

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Staying Alive Updates

This past week my brilliant daughter has been playing HvZ on her college campus. Since the game began on Sunday, she's been sending me "Stayin' Alive" text messages. The song's been stuck in my head ever since (which I'm sure is just a bonus for her).

Those messages are fun, and I in turn update the rest of the family. They invariably ask me questions I can't answer - usually in regard to the particulars of the game. For me, it's not about the particulars - I'm not there so I don't have to

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Monday, April 23, 2012

More Fun for Readers!

Welcome to another fabulous and fun blog hop full of great prizes and giveaways! This one is sponsored by a crew dedicated to a cause dear to my heart... Indie Authors! Be sure to visit the hosts for the Indie Giveaway Blog hop: Booked Up and A Daydreamer's Thoughts, with support from the Making Connections, Blogger Loving, and Shut Up & Read Goodreads groups!

Making Connections has oodles of indie book prizes listed, including my own lighthearted paranormal romance, The

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Inquiring Minds Ask a Paranormal Romance Author

As a paranormal romance author, it's my goal to write novels packed with action all the way to the happily ever after endings. What can I say? I'm a hopeful romantic who loves adventure!

Recently some of the circumstances of the world building in my 2096 Shadows of Justice series have readers asking "How did you come up with that?" So I thought I'd answer a few of the most frequent questions:

Why 2096?

Blame it on 1066. It was a crazy year of upheaval in England and the first time

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Love and Legends In The Matchmaker's Mark

You might think research is secondary for a paranormal romance writer, but personally I find so much inspiration in the research process. The Matchmaker's Mark, the first novel in my lighthearted paranormal romance series, is set in Charleston, South Carolina a place that is full of legends and history. Many times, those legends include tales of great love.

One of the my favorite scenes in The Matchmaker's Mark takes place in the Unitarian Churchyard when the matchmaker meets the Lady in

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

When Reality Bites

As an award winning paranormal romance author, I often blog about world building for paranormal romance novels or how to glean world building tips for your novel from your every day life.

But sometimes reality is less than inspiring. Sometimes reality just bites.

That's when you need fiction. As an author or a reader, these biting reality moments are best soothed with an escape read of some sort. Whatever your fave genre, escape reading is better for you than say, eating that box of Girl

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Use What You've Got For Your World Building

It’s use it or lose it time. Not just because I'll be turning my Perfect Endings online class into published writer's guide like I did with my goal setting class. And not just because the recent interview with romance novel cover model Jason Baca re-energized my physical therapy and exercise routines.

Nope, use it or lose it is a phrase that applies to nearly everything in writing as well.

Whether you’re searching for ways to beef up the world of your paranormal romance novel, or just

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Guest Author Caroline Clemmons

Please welcome today's guest author, Caroline Clemmons! She writes historical and contemporary genre fiction and has a slew of titles available. That's fabulous news for readers. Caroline has a wonderful interview in store for you today, focused on her western romance, BRAZO'S BRIDE, so without further ado, here's Caroline!

Regan Black: What is your favorite 'place' in the world you built for this book?

Caroline Clemmons: For BRAZOS BRIDE, I created a lovely Southwestern hacienda with

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Special Guest Romance Novel Cover Model Jason Baca

It is with great pleasure (and no small sigh) that I welcome a special guest to today! Romance novel cover model, author, fitness expert, and all around great guy, Jason Baca, is here today! He's graciously answered a few of my questions plus a few questions posed by readers. But the best news is he will stop by the blog today and chat with those who leave comments and one lucky commenter will will a signed photo of Jason!

If you can pull your gaze away from his stunning cover

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