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The Art of Romance

I admit it. I’m not a flowers and perfume sort of girl. And I don’t find a gift of chocolate particularly romantic. Especially if it comes in a bag (although I am appreciative once a month when my husband hands me one, I think he does so in the interests of self-preservation ;)). I do … Read more

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The case for retyping instead of merely editing

I don’t pretend to be any sort of writing expert. I don’t have a degree in writing nor do I have a slew of books under my name. Like many other writers, however, I labor with the herculean task of editing. It’s an endeavor you don’t appreciate the full impact of until you’re faced with … Read more

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Night of Redemption blurb

First version of the blurb for my werewolf story. I’m hoping to have it out before October. Thoughts? OIL AND WATER He’s a werewolf. She’s a vampire hunter. He’s quick with a joke. She’s serious as a heart attack. When the two of them come together…love really bites. Night of Redemption, a cliched short story.

10 paranormal creatures you may not have thought to write about

If you look at any list of paranormal romance books you’ll see a preponderance of werewolf and vampire stories. Which is a shame because there’s a slew of other paranormal themes and creatures to choose from. Mind Magic User – You know, telepathy, clairvoyance etc. Sex is fantastic when you can read the mind of … Read more

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Genre bias

“Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending. A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around two individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is … Read more

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Thank you, Ray Bradbury

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” I admit to not reading any of Ray Bradbury’s works. I certainly know them and appreciate their greatness, but they’re a genre I don’t particularly care for. So, I … Read more

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Story a week – May 29

You can see forever across a desert. The heat shimmers up from the ground in unending tan waves, broken by the occasional outcropping of rock or straight spear of a cactus. The sun hurts your eyes as you gaze upon the scrub and the sand. It’s too bright, with no clouds to break it’s assault … Read more

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