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The Power of Story: It Goes Beyond the Brand or the Genre

~by Pamela Aares Oh the drum rolls, the eye rolls, the intake of breath when a writer tells an editor they are going to write ‘out of genre’, that they are going to write in a new time period, that … Continue reading

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[Repost] Shiny Happy Characters

~ By Melina Kantor When I was 27, I had to leave New York and move back to California. And back into my mother’s house. Now, I love my mother. And I love her house. And it would be wrong … Continue reading

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Discovery

~ By Nan Reinhardt Not long ago, Husband and I were driving up to the lake and I was telling him about the event I’d attended the previous day. My chapter of Romance Writers of America sponsored a mini-conference with … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages – A Cautionary Tale of Editing Gone Bad

~ By Elle Filz So, if you haven’t heard, the movie version of Rock of Ages flopped at the box office over Father’s Day Weekend.  Apparently, it came as a shock to everyone involved, and I’m guessing some studio execs … Continue reading

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[Repost] Welcome to my World!

~ By Melina Kantor A few months ago, I was at a NaNoWriMo write-in, chatting with the author across from me about the king in her fantasy novel. As she described the rules of her story’s complicated world, complete with … Continue reading

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Let’s Hear It for Love After 50

~ By Nan Reinhardt I’m bugged. It seems that romance novels are the bailiwick of characters who are younger than 50. If 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40, then how come romance after 50 isn’t … Continue reading

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The Emotion of Sex

~ By  Kimberly Llewellyn Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The time when couples profess their love with tokens of chocolates, flowers, and romantic dinners. It’s also a time when hearts turn hopeful to the promise of … Continue reading

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The Chick Lit Voice

~ By Lois Winston Having recently judged the Louboutin Award for the Stiletto contest, I was asked by Chris Bailey if I’d blog about “voice.” Chris posed the following three questions. 1. What constitutes a chick lit voice? For me, … Continue reading

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Thank you, Jimmy Buffett

~ By Chris Bailey I like my writing lessons suited to my attention span. Short. Creating a memorable character whose heartache a reader can share is a real challenge. While on my porch near one version of Margaritaville, drinking same, … Continue reading

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Shiny Happy Characters

~ By Melina Kantor When I was 27, I had to leave New York and move back to California. And back into my mother’s house. Now, I love my mother. And I love her house. And it would be wrong … Continue reading

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