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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Top Ten Cozy, Wintry, Snuggly Books

It's currently snowing and you know what? Watching the flakes drift down, inhaling the steam from my spicy orange tea, it's the perfect time for a cozy read. Yes, please. These ten books are all tried and tested favorites. They usually only come out when life is sucking major donkey balls, I'm sick, or it's [...]

The Writer’s Tag: Look I’m Legit With Tags and Everything Now!

In which the author, who is not crazy, interviews herself and the voices in her head. Should be fun. The tag was created for authors by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen as a fun way to connect with other writers, and help us all get to know each other better. I'm participating in this tag thanks to the wonderful GJ [...]

The Fall Book Tag

   Something about Rowell's writing style feels like nothing I've read before, and I love it! I mean. This ending is iconic for a reason. The movie kind of captured it, but not . . . quite.  All of them are nonstop, brutal action, TBH.  I think I caught up on all of Tessa Dare's [...]

Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition

Want to join in on the fun? Go sign up at That Artsy Reader Girl and come blog hop with all of us bookworms. I have to admit, I love a good villain. The action seems more exciting, the stakes are higher, the plot is richer and the snark factor (in the best books) goes up by [...]

Adding AllAuthor to Your Author Toolbox

Yes, there is BookBub.com. It's right up there with the ginormous Goodreads as a top spot for recommendations and book lists. Pretty much every post or anecdote I've heard about BookBub emphasizes how amazing it is when it comes to promotion. I believe those posts, and I'm happy for those authors but . . . BookBub will promote [...]

Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It's popular and everyone seems to love it. But will I love it? Is it too hyped? [...]

10 Books That Have All the Sensory Feels

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, and it's all about the trip down memory lane. It sounds strange at first to think a book, dead leaves stuffed full of words, could come with a strong sensory memory attached to anything other than your eyes. But if you think about it, a lot of different [...]