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Blending History with the Paranormal

Posted by Guest at Feb 16, 2017 1:30 am in , , ,

by Meredith Bond The blending of genres is never easy and rarely accepted with open arms and minds. Specifically, I’m talking about blending historical romance and fantasy or paranormals. There are incredible opportunities to blend these two genres—history is filled with witch trials, women with incredible powers (usually misunderstood healers), men who can turn water […]

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Researching in Scotland by Madeline Martin

Posted by Guest at Feb 9, 2017 1:30 am in , , , , ,

I love research of all kinds – guess it’s a good thing I’m a historical romance author, huh? When I wrote my first series, I learned Krav Maga so I could give merit to the fight scenes my heroine performed in Deception of a Highlander, and then I took up making balms and teas with […]

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Putting Your Own Spin on a Legend

Posted by Guest at Feb 2, 2017 1:30 am in , , , ,

by Ruth Kaufman I’m a pantser, not a plotter, so the story develops as I go. When a scene came to mind of wounded man fleeing his enemies, I didn’t know who he was, why he was running or who was after him. Eventually he let me know he was a Knight of the Round […]

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MARKETING FOR AUTHORS And yes, Facebook is your friend.

Posted by Guest at Jan 26, 2017 1:30 am in , , , , ,

  by Mia London “Writing a book and not marketing it, is like winking at a guy in the dark. No one knows what you’re doing except you.” – Mia London Before you roll your eyes, hang in there. I’m confident there are at least one or two tips in this article that will make […]

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It is Not Enough to Have a Story

Posted by Guest at Jan 19, 2017 1:30 am in , , ,

by Beth Daniels     aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell   Before you actually decided to be a writer… Before you dreamed up your first story…or the ones after that… Before you opened a blank document on your computer… …did you have any idea that you’d need to do some school work? That’s what […]

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Hogmanay is a Strange Myth and Holiday

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Dec 29, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

  by Nancy Lee Badger Hogmanay is a strange word to this paranormal writer. The first time I heard the word, I mistakenly assumed it was the Celtic term for Christmas. Nope!  Wikipedia describes it this way: It is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the […]

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Mystical Bad Guys by Jacqui Jacoby

Posted by Guest at Dec 1, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

Things that go bump in the night.  The kinda things that the heroine or hero wouldn’t do.  It’s the personality of that other character, the character that will teach your heroine and hero to find their better selves, to work together to defeat that villain and make Happily Ever After come true. But first… that villain. It’s […]

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Interview with Editorial Director, Tera Cuskaden, from Entangled Publishing

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Oct 27, 2016 1:30 am in , , , ,

Please welcome Tera to our blog. She is here to give our readers a new perspective from the other side. Tera, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and the Publisher you represent.  Tera– Hi! I’m Tera, and I’m the Editorial Director for Select Otherworld at Entangled Publishing. Books have always been a huge […]

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Villains We Love to Hate

Posted by Guest at Oct 20, 2016 1:27 pm in , , ,

©MM Pollard, October, 2016   If you want to create a villain your readers will love to hate, avoid the clichéd villain. Clichéd villain: If the villain is a woman (in any sub-genre) she’s the conniving other woman, she’s the evil mother-in-law, she’s the wicked/crazy twin sister of the heroine, she’s the wicked/crazy sister of […]

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Why is a Character’s Name Important to Your Book?

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Oct 13, 2016 1:30 am in , , , , ,

by Nancy Lee Badger When you start to create a novel, naming the characters might sound easy to an outsider, but it is an important part of the craft of bringing your characters to life. Whether you are choosing a name for lead characters, their friends, the villains, family members, or their pets, interesting and […]

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