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Creating My Own Happy Endings

One of the many reasons I love romance is that I like happy endings. I always have. I remember, as a ten-year-old, being so upset by a Sweet Valley High book that ended with Elizabeth in a coma that I never picked up another Sweet Valley book again. (Extra funny because I found out many years later that that was just a lead-in to a story where Elizabeth awoke from the coma with Jessica's personality! But my library didn't own the follow-up.) Sometimes I'm so upset by an ending that I have to fix it...
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Two Truths and a Lie (about the hero!)

My newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else: a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves. I’m here to tell you a little about Joss Everett, the hero of SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a little. Two of these statements about Joss are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!
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Beach Love

I grew up on the South Carolina coast. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by the fact that the beach is both the end of the earth, so to speak, and the beginning of the vast, deep ocean. You look down at your bare toes and see where these two opposites meet—how their liquid-solid boundary is constantly changing, never static. And then you look up and see the horizon, far away, its bare curve uniting earth and sky, suggesting endless possibilities for those who dream. It’s exciting. You feel the pull and the push inside you, the clamoring of your spirit to move, to grow…. Yet when you pull back from this scene—leave in your car and come back next time, or imagine it from a soaring gull’s viewpoint—the place where sea… Continue
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What Makes an Irresistible Leading Man

They say you form your personality, likes and dislikes, and the rules you live by early in life. I think that’s true—even for what appeals when it comes to heroes.
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The Romance of Magical Realism

I find magical realism to be the most romantic of all the genres. The idea that there is magic hidden in the mundane, that there are little miracles everywhere in life, is one that seduced me long ago. I love romance. I love fairy tales. I love stories that end in happily ever after. And I also believe that the greatest and grandest love affair we can have is with life itself. As a little girl I investigated every wardrobe looking for Narnia. I hoped to find a rabbit hole that led to Wonderland. I searched my garden for fairies and goblins and gnomes. Everything in life seemed magical and full of infinite possibilities. Children believe that everything is possible. Sadly, adults too often believe that nothing is possible. For me, magical stories remind us… Continue
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THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is at once the most and least reliable narrator I’ve ever encountered in a book. Before I get into it more, though, fair warning: there are some mild spoilers for The Rosie Project herein, so if you want to remain unspoiled, go run out and read it right now. It’s totally worth it. Then come back. I’ll wait. Okay, now that you’ve read The Rosie Project, you know Don is, in his own words, not average. The earlier book opens with Don leading a lecture on Asperger’s syndrome, which he’s never been diagnosed with, but the subtext is that he’s on the autism spectrum. Don is straightforward, never lies, and is completely baffled by human emotion and interpersonal relationships. But he grows and changes over the course of The Rosie Project,… Continue
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True Romance “At Random”

"Thinking about writing for Romance at Random, I couldn’t help but think how random romance really is. I mean, did you end up with the person you thought you would? I most certainly didn’t."
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Texas Inspiration

Inspiration comes to writers in many forms. In the case of FOSTER JUSTICE, I returned to Texas (I was born in Austin) recently after living in the Los Angeles area for twelve years...
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Extra scene: SINFULLY EVER AFTER by Jayne Fresina

We’re pleased to share an extra scene from Jayne Fresina’s new release, Sinfully Ever After, the second novel in her Book Club Belles Society series. The following is an exclusive peek into a meeting of the Book Club Belles that does not appear in the book.
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Love Among the Ruins

Gina Danna explores why Ancient Rome is the perfect setting for a sexy story.
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Indie Book Stores: Showing Some Love

Recently, I was invited to do a signing at Main Street Books in historic downtown St. Charles, Missouri. Since independent book stores are so important to authors and the future of books, I took some time to chat with the owner, Emily Hall about Main Street Books and book selling and the romance novels she is most looking forward to reading.
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Why I Write in the Medieval Era

People often ask me why I write and why in the medieval era. Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a teenager, I remember reading two books a day, and becoming totally engrossed in each story. For me the stories offered an escape to where the good guys lost and life had happy endings.
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Why My Ladies Pack Guns and Wield Blades

I didn’t intend for all of my heroines to tote guns or knives, be trained in fencing, or be proficient at archery. Yet most of them do have the ability to use at least one weapon. Someone asked me recently if it’s because I own a couple of pistols myself, and as the daughter of a retired police officer and the wife of a hunter, I’m familiar and comfortable around guns. No, that wasn’t it at all.
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Top 5 Military Romances

As a writer and spouse to my own former military man, I love to mix a little military into my mysteries. But as the days turn colder and the nights grow longer, there’s nothing better than curling up with some Military Romance. So make a mug of cocoa and snuggle beneath your favorite blanket. Here are Top 5 Picks for Military Romance that can keep the home fires burning this winter...
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Lorelei James on Holiday Shorts

"I have a confession. I never read “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughters when they were growing up. And I’ve never actually read Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”—my knowledge about it has been gleaned from movies and TV. I think part of that stems from my short attention span during the holidays—I’d rather read something short. Which is why my favorite Christmas pieces are short stories."
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Everything I Know About Writing

"After wanting to write a book my entire life, I finally finished my first novel with NaNoWriMo. I started another book, BLITZING EMILY, days afterward. It took me seven years to see my work in print. Here’s a few tips from my journey; hopefully, they’ll help you as well..."
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Love in Mind, Body, and Spirit

"For me, a romance novel is about challenge. It’s about meeting someone who, on the one hand, you’re powerfully attracted to, yet on the other hand brings significant challenges to your life. It’s never easy for the heroine and hero of a romance novel because the story is about character growth."
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#HunkDay: Hunksgiving

"We've renamed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Hunksgiving to give thanks to those hotties who help us whip up Thanksgiving dinner (we're winking at you, dutiful husbands and boyfriends). So enjoy a little eye candy before you start the dinner preparations! And best of luck with the turkey :)"
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Series by the Numbers

"When I started my series Drake's Rakes, it was meant to be a trilogy following three women who meet in the Brussels medical tents during the Battle of Waterloo. It was to be called The Three Graces, since each was in her own way known as Grace. And then I realized that they were each falling in love with one of gentleman spies Drake's Rakes, and that there nine rakes. Nine rakes who each demanded a story."
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My Heroes: Writing What I Know

As a romance reader, I love all kinds of heroes—from totally caveman alpha to sweet, geeky beta. I fall for them all. As a writer, I tend to write a slight mixture of heroes, except for the extreme alpha. I don’t think I’ve done one of those yet. What has inspired me as an author when I develop my heroes is looking at guys I know.
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Our Love Affair with Regency

Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.
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Weird Girls Exclusive Scene

Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series, shared this exclusive scene of a Weird Girls slumber party with us in anticipation of the 11/18 release of the latest in the Weird Girls series, A Cursed Bloodline. See what happens when all of the ladies get together for a sleepover and a little bit of truth or dare...
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Love in the Age of Twitter

For as long as people have been around, we’ve felt the need to socialize. During the Regency era people gathered for balls and visited each other in the mid morning hours. Now we have Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. With this evolution in mind, I couldn’t help but wonder how my characters from His Wicked Seduction would interact on twitter…
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Historical Inspiration

Linsey Hall, author of sexy paranormal romance series, the Mythean Arcana, talks about how she finds inspiration in history.
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Military vs. Civilian Romance

Military romance gets its own subcategory on Amazon, but are military romances really that different from civilian romances?