Breaking Down a Romance Plot

This is an author toolbox post. To get in on the tips and resources yourself, head over to our host Raimey Gallant For this month's post, let's break down a well known romance plot to see where the story beats are going. This is an exercise I'd really recommend for authors of any genre. Take your [...]

Friday Favorites Gives You All the Squee

Friday Favorites is a fun new hop created by Somethingofthebook, aka the best bookstagram challenge creator ever. Click on the link and come join! This week's favorite is totally appropriate and one of the best parts of reading romance, in my humble opinion. Oh, those declarations of love! If you tell me you never rewound and [...]

Friday Favorites is in Love

Friday Favorites is a brand new blog hop from Somethingofthebook. Come hop around your favorites with us! All bookworms are welcome. February 8th Favorites: Fictional Couples This week's topic speaks to me on a deep, personal level. I read all around the genre spectrum. From horror to sci-fi to fantasy to romance, with a short detour in [...]

The IWSG Loves Creativity

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Come, writers of all neurotic types, and join us. Any and all are welcome and the support is unbeatable. Our Co-Hosts this month are Raimey Gallant (Hi!!), Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan and Michelle Wallace. Don't forget to go over and show them some loving support. The (optional) question for this February 6th: Besides [...]

Guest Post: Happy Book Birthday to The Winner’s Circle!

A very special welcome to another member of the Insecure Writer's Support Group today! Her Baby-Boomer Chick Lit novel The Winner's Circle is out today. Welcome to the blog, PJ Colando! PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents' model. She lives in southern California with her [...]

Friday Favorites will Mentor You

Friday Favorites is a new weekly blog hop from Something of the Book.com. Come join in! Today's favorite: Teacher/Mentor Characters Dimitri Belikov--Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead Let's go ahead and lead off with my (probably inappropriate) love of May/December romances. Dimitri is EXACTLY what I want in my mentor characters. Grumpy, older, hot, with a sexy Russian accent, [...]

Six First Aid Steps for Bad Feedback

It happened. The thing you've been dreading, avoiding, secretly praying will pass you by forever. Negative feedback. Maybe it's kindhearted constructive criticism (OUCH) or maybe it's a scathing one-star take down of your entire book (FUCKING OUCH OW PAIN). No  matter what form it takes this kind of feedback is hard on you. I know [...]

Friday Favorites Goes Old School

Friday Favorites is a prompt created by Kibby at Something of the Book and it's a brand new blog hop. Come and join us! Today's favorites: Old School YA books (YA release before 2000) *rubs hands together* Alright, bookworms. Let's get this party started. Surprising absolutely no one, Tamora Pierce is about to feature heavily in my [...]

The Basics of Romance, for Your Author Toolbox

*Sings* Do you want to write a romance? If you do, you're in good company. Millions of books published every year. Thousands of authors. HUGE part of the market share. But, where to start? How is a romance different from any other fiction novel? What defines "romance"? At the basic level: A romance novel tells [...]

The Time When an Author Responded to a Bad Review: And It Worked.

For the rest of us normal mortals: DO NOT DO THIS! No, I mean it. EVER. I see your fingers twitching towards that keyboard. DON'T. It's the fastest way to make yourself look like a terrible person, no matter what a review says about your book. In light of recent events concerning an author who straight-up stalked [...]