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5 tips to get past writer’s block

5 tips to get past writer’s block

A guest post by Jaelithe Russ.I recently read a post by a fellow writer who talked about how she doesn’t have the luxury for writer’s block. Like me, she is a busy mother who also works, so when there’s time to write we MUST take advantage of that time or lose it. With so little […]

I’ve Been Set Up!

I’ve Been Set Up!

A guest post by author Thomas Waite:The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller because […]

The Help of Others

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus:I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we […]

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

In early 2010 I attended an event called “Eat, Love, Write.” It was a fundraiser featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and her sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock as the keynote speakers. Catherine is a successful author in her own right—specializing in young adult novels. During the question and answer session, someone asked, “How do I get […]

The Power of Good Enough

The Power of Good Enough

 I’ve read amazing authors, from Ken Kesey and John Steinbeck to James Lee Burke and Harper Lee, whose perfect, seamless prose carried me away to those wonderful, far places where books transport us. I never imagined I could be one of them. They never inspired me to write.My inspiration came from a very forgettable culinary […]

I am my characters

I am my characters

People often comment on how “real” my characters are and they ask me how I create such believable heroines. I suppose it is because most of my work is grounded in reality. My characters are not me but some of their struggles, particularly with men, come from my own struggles—even if I don’t realize it […]

Ashley's Blog

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on how it works: […]

Storytelling Through Music

Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs […]

Storytelling and the Campfire

Storytelling and the Campfire

 I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs.It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published, written works has turned the Kindle into the modern […]

Good-bye, Facebook. I’m Hitting The Road!

Good-bye, Facebook. I’m Hitting The Road!

 I’ve pinned down what it is that bothers me most about Facebook, and it’s this: the lack of context.As a novelist, I work to build a reader’s interest one layer at a time, using a combination of actions (story) and context (backstory). Indeed, context frames every event and every character that finds its way onto […]

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How Old is Too Old?

How Old is Too Old?

After an unexpected project, one that took nearly nine months to bring to completion, I am back to doing what I love: writing, blogging, and building.A painfully large backlog of blog posts, book plots, and marketing ideas are raining down on my brain like meteorites from an explosion on Planet Creative. I’m racing to catch […]

Downsizing To An E-Reader

Downsizing To An E-Reader

 My family is filled with serious readers. When together, we collect books, trade books, talk books. Even the little humans among us refuse to go to sleep without their favorite stories being read to them.Recently, during an all-hands-on-deck session to help a family member with a move, while packing up about 20 shelves crammed with […]

Author Interviews

Author Interview: Chicki Brown

Author Interview: Chicki Brown

About Chicki BrownYear first published: 2010Number of books and short stories currently published: NineBio: Shades of Romance Magazine 2011 Author of the Year, Chicki Brown has published nine novels and one novella, all of which have made different Kindle bestseller lists. A voracious reader since she was a child, Chicki grew up reading everything she […]

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

 About Marla A. MadisonYear first published: 2011Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels.Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the […]

Author Interview: Blake Northcott

Author Interview: Blake Northcott

Blake Northcott’s best-selling series The Arena Mode Saga is drawing to a conclusion with ‘Final Empire’, the third and final book of the bestselling sci-fi/superhero series by Canadian author Blake Northcott.The 300+ page novel will be available on Kickstarter beginning October 18th, and will include illustrations throughout by a number of notable artists:Natasha Allegri (Adventure […]

Author Interview: Jonathan Digby

Author Interview: Jonathan Digby

Welcome, Jonathan! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.My background is that I am English, I live in London and I’m an actor and a musician. I wanted to write a book for a long time but couldn’t really decide what to write. I’ve started various writing projects over […]

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

 Welcome, Vivien! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.  I’m a middle child of three, born into a Naval family in 1948. I was an early and avid reader. By the time I was 10 years old I was an avid story writer too and this continued long into […]

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

  Welcome, Kate! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.I was born and raised in the Midwest, Indiana to be exact. I was a bookworm from a very early age, reading everything I could get my hands on. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was about the best thing ever. […]

Free Books

Free Book: Charcoal by J.E. Rowney

Free Book: Charcoal by J.E. Rowney

“Jess is dead, and it’s my fault.”Anna Macbeth has spent her whole life trying to escape from her past. She left the rural Yorkshire village where she grew up for life as a family lawyer in London, but what secrets did she take with her?When a familiar voice telephones her with tragic news, Anna knows […]

Free Book: The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks by Carmen DeSousa

Free Book: The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks by Carmen DeSousa

The Depot (When Life and Death Cross Tracks) is a thirteen-thousand-word mini mystery with a ghostly edge by bestselling romantic-suspense author Carmen DeSousa. If you are looking for her full-length novels, please check out her Amazon author page.They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the […]

Free: Short Stories About Love

Free: Short Stories About Love

5 FREE short stories about love! Download them today, Sunday, October 5, 2014, until Midnight Pacific US time.Each story is 7 – 18 pages. Quick reads, happy endings, and maybe even a few tears!THE BIRTHDAY – As a woman gets ready for a party, her kids, her husband, and her memories keep getting in the […]

Free Book: A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker

Free Book: A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker

High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw — if she lives long enough to enroll, that is.Jenni’s ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to […]

Free Book: Save My Soul by K. S. Haigwood

Free Book: Save My Soul by K. S. Haigwood

Kendra Larkin had everything going in the right direction. Her life was seemingly perfect, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Unfortunately, the course of her life was about to be forever altered. A tragic rappelling accident lands her on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.She agrees to a deal proposed by a guardian […]

Free Book: The Janus Complex by Graeme Gibson

Free Book: The Janus Complex by Graeme Gibson

 The Janus Complex, Book One of the Dark Secrets Trilogy, follows  the growing pains  of a young man (Jamie Raeburn) through all of the complications of life, love, lust, intrigue and violence. Street wise but impetuous he saves the life of an American sailor being brutally attacked in a dark Glasgow alleyway and his life changes completely. Why was Lieutenant […]

Blog Tours and Contests

Contest: Win a Kindle Fire!

Contest: Win a Kindle Fire!

*** Be sure to stop at everyone’s blog to increase your chances of winning! Comments on http://theromancetroupe.blogspot.com do NOT count toward the prizes ***  CONTEST ENDS MARCH 22, 2013 TOUR STOPS Krystal ShannanNatalie Gibson – Satin Sheets RomanceJinni JamesSusan D. TaylorDariel RayeLynda Kaye FrazierLiberty Ann IrelandHarlie WilliamsAngela RoseSusan B. AnnaSuzan Tisdale  Leave a comment and your email at […]

Contest: “Rocked” Giveaway by Barbara Elsborg

Contest: “Rocked” Giveaway by Barbara Elsborg

*** Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable ***Barbara Elsborg is doing a giveaway with the blog Amber’s Reading Room. Barbara will be giving away 2 e-books of Rocked.  Also 1 $10 gift card to amazon. So if you have not read this then this […]

1,2,3 by the Sea – publication day giveaway!

1,2,3 by the Sea – publication day giveaway!

‘1,2,3 by the Sea’ is officially here! And to celebrate I’m having a giveaway for 2 lucky winners! TO ENTER FOLLOW HAZEL MITCHELL’S BLOG AND LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST. (Alternatively send me an email if your comment will not post, to hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com) Open internationally – draw will be made from entries 10pm ET […]

Contest: Win 2 Hours of Professional Manuscript Editing

Contest: Win 2 Hours of Professional Manuscript Editing

About This Contest This contest provides the opportunity for a writer to receive a two-hour professional manuscript session from Karen E. Martin. The contest ends on March 6th. To enter the contest simply “Like” Karen’s Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/karenmartinauthor/app_228910107186452   About Karen E. Martin Author, Editor, Adventurer Twitter: @KarenEMartin1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenmartinauthor

International Novelist Competition

International Novelist Competition

A few days ago, I received a tweet from @InterNovel alerting me to a newly created contest for authors. I followed the link, and what I found there intrigued me. The contest fosters interaction between readers and writers in a way I had not seen before now. To enter, authors submit their novel titles, covers, […]

Book Trailers and Author Videos

Jodi Picoult Interview: Arthur Kade’s #InTheLab

Jodi Picoult Interview: Arthur Kade’s #InTheLab

Best Selling Author Jodi Picoult joins Internet Media Lab’s Arthur Kade to discuss her book The Storyteller.

Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl: Waterstones Book Club

Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl: Waterstones Book Club

In Gone Girl, Amy has disappeared, and her husband Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. Very much proving that there are two sides to every story, the novel shifts point of view with each chapter, so we read of Nick’s encounters with the media and police following his wife’s apparent kidnapping, as well as being […]

Marisa de los Santos Interview with BookPage

Marisa de los Santos Interview with BookPage

BookPage editor Trisha Ping interviews Marisa de los Santos about her book, FALLING TOGETHER.

Adriana Trigiani Interview: The Shoemaker’s Wife

Adriana Trigiani Interview: The Shoemaker’s Wife

Adriana Trigiani talks to the UK’s Richard and Judy about her book ‘The Shoemaker’s Wife’

James Patterson Video: What I’ve Learned

James Patterson Video: What I’ve Learned

“I’m so glad I didn’t give up writing because of one teacher’s comments, and I didn’t give up pushing my first book until it was accepted by a publisher.” – Author James Patterson

Nora Roberts Interviewed by AuthorTalk.TV

Nora Roberts Interviewed by AuthorTalk.TV

 Comedic interview with author Nora Roberts by the hosts of AuthorTalk.TV!Hosts are authors Jill Monroe and Gena Showalter. 

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The Fiona McVie Interview – 33 Questions

The Fiona McVie Interview – 33 Questions

Name Ashley BarronAgeOld enough to know better, still young enough not to care.Where are you fromWashington, D.C.A little about yourself I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. I believe it is the result of having been born with an outgoing personality and an entrepreneur’s way of looking at life. I’ve worked on Capitol […]

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Let me open this blog post by clearly stating my position: I am not for or against Amazon. I am not for or against Hachette. I am on the side of the marketplace.Sometimes, this is the toughest position to be in. Loyalty pulls in one direction while, often, practicality pulls in another.Consider: I am an […]

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Like many writers, I find my creativity fueled by reading the works of other novelists.I read every fiction genre, major or common, except horror (I’m not emotionally equipped for the utter darkness often presented in its pages), and I tend to be the type of consumer who purchases my stack of my weekly reading, one […]

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

Back in October, on the season premiere night of Long Island Medium, TLC decided to try a new marketing strategy, one involving Twitter.  A few days before the big event, I happened to catch the promos, and they advertised two things:-          a live commentary from Theresa Caputo during the premiere’s commercial breaks (it’s her show)-          […]

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

Writing a book as part of the annual NaNoWriMo contest is a bit like dating in college: a day feels like a week, a week feels like a month. And a month, well, that’s practically forever.On November 1st, I started NaNoWriMo filled with excitement and curiosity. How would the book idea I’d been mulling over […]

Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Marketing Ideas from the Vault! This post about NaNoWriMo and Spanx joining forces to create new opportunities for authors was originally published in March of last year.———————————————————————-Forget “March Madness.” Instead, make it “March Marketing Madness.”As part of all this basketball craziness, I recently filled out my bracket for the family pool. I’m not doing well; […]

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

Who says a trip to the hardware store can’t be romantic? Not me!Not any of my friends, either, as it turns out.Over the summer, couple after couple pointed out to me (in unrelated conversations) that once they had settled down, they spent far more time together going out to hardware stores than going out to […]

The Many Faces of a Writer

The Many Faces of a Writer

Last Sunday, I watched the “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmy’s telecast.Sitting quietly, watching as the faces of many actors and actresses whose work I’ve known faded in and out, I wondered how many of the characters they had played on-screen had resembled, in ways big or small, their own personalities? How many times had […]

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Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

For those of you who are fans of Star Trek (or, like me, grew up with a brother who loved all things science fiction), have you ever fantasized about having communication tools like the ones Captain Kirk and his crew had?I have, and I find myself doing it all the more lately.Why? Social media.Daily, the […]

By September 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

Even as an adult I sometimes feel as if I am back in high school. Usually, this is a good feeling (I loved high school), if a little bit bizarre, considering that I’ve long since left my school days behind and moved into the working world.But, as I’ve come to understand, life is a series […]

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