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Curious Characteristics of Paranormal Creatures

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

by Cassy Campbell Paranormal creatures are a staple of scifi and fantasy worlds.  How could a new world seem like a different place if there aren’t fantastic beasts?  But I wonder, then, why many new and unusual creatures in stories act like familiar and common household pets.  Have you ever noticed that any animal that […]

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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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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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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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We Love to Hate Our Bad Guys

Posted by Guest at Oct 6, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

by June Shaw Villains abound in literature, and we love them all. Our love affair with the despicable guy or girl or creature began when we were small children, and our parents sat us on their laps and read to us about a wolf wanting to eat our grandmas. What fun. No, actually, if that […]

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Portals and Other Mysterious Escape Hatches

Posted by VampWereZombie at Aug 25, 2016 1:30 am in , ,

by Rebekah Ganiere Hi Everyone! Welcome to another of my posts on the FF&P blog.  I love this month’s theme. When I first thought about this theme I thought, Wow, those aren’t done much. But then I realized they have been done forever. Mostly because some of my most favorite classic stories have Portals and […]

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