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 [...]

Guest Post: Happy Book Birthday to Infamy!

Welcome to the blog my fellow eXtasy Books author, Seelie Kay! You might know her as the author of the Kinky Briefs series ( hot lawyers doing inappropriate things in their meetings). Today, she's here to promote the release of her new romantic suspense novel, Infamy. Hello, Seelie! Let's lead off with the obvious question: Why [...]

The Insecure Writer’s Group Asks the Real Questions

Happy Holidays/Solstice/Yule, blessed be, and Happy New Year! You all should be in a nice vacation-induced stupor by today. Perfect time to get some Insecure Writer's group in. I hope 2019 has started off nice and gently for you and you're enjoying your time, wherever you are! The Co-hosts this month are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi and Fundy [...]

A Festive Felicitation

Whatever you celebrate, however you do it, I wish you joy and light as you observe your holiday. It's a time to have the people you love around you and that's always worth celebrating. I'm stubbornly saying cheers to 2018. It was a pretty weird mix of terrible and good, and I'm hoping the year [...]

Blogging Wrap-Up of 2018

Although maths is not my strong point, I can handle a little statistics. Strap-in and let's do some statisticking. Blogging-wise, 2018 was a pretty good year and I always have fun breaking it down. Visitors in 2018: 1,535 Top 5 Posts from 2018: 16 Parenting Sites/Magazines that Will Pay You to Write for Them (I will [...]

Reading Wrap-Up of 2018

In the grand tradition of December, let's do some wrapping up. Wrap some presents. Wrap-up your holiday shopping. Write lots of wrap-up lists. Wrap-up small, misbehaving children Krampus style to mail to . . . haha . . . ooops. Don't do that. Got carried away there.But seriously kids, I'm watching you. The tip of [...]