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The place was modest to say the least. Maddy had to walk through the bedroom to get to the kitchen, and the bathroom was in the back of the house.
But with a little imagination, she could probably make it habitable. Maybe even cute. Since deciding on her move to Nugget she’d put off house hunting until the last minute. At least this little duplex apartment would only be temporary. As soon as the contractors spiffed up quarters in the soon-to-be-renovated Lumber Baron Inn, she’d move in there so she could supervise the entire overhaul. In the meantime, she could walk to the inn from here.
“So you taking the place?” The guy who’d introduced himself as Rhys Shepard, the duplex owner’s son, leaned against the doorjamb.
“Maybe,” she said, noticing the way his shoulders filled the doorway. Maddy suddenly wished she’d put on makeup, maybe even wore her hair down instead of piling it up on top of her head like a mop.
She gave the apartment one last walk-through, staring out the windows at the breathtaking views. She could see the river, snow-covered mountains, and the town, which from here looked almost quaint. Read More
When my co-author and I first started writing contemporary romance, we thought on some level we had it easy. We didn’t have to build magic systems, theorize about future technology, or research historical accuracy in excruciating detail.
But when we realized we were writing a six-book series (Starling, book 1, was released on September 10; Doves, book 2 is due out January 21, 2015; and the title of book 3, Phoenix, has just been announced) we also realized that writing contemporary romance also means writing historical romance as well as sci-fi romance and, maybe, even a little bit of paranormal romance.
Love in Los Angeles is a m/m romance series; it’s also a multigenerational queer family story. While we start in what is, more or less, the present day -- the 2010s -- by the end of the series we’ll have followed our family decades into the future.
Which means that, 20 years from now, when the events of the later books are actually supposed to be taking place, the events of the earlier books will already have become historical fiction. The specificity that can make our contemporary romances feel current and real today, is the specificity that will date it later. As writers, we can try to be vague and hope this doesn't happen. We can even update our text in future editions to work in the new versions of all those specifics. Read More
Technology is everywhere these days. We use it in just about everything we do and we’ve found digital alternatives to everything – the trusty vinyl record is gathering dust in the attic while everyone listens to MP3 files. VHS got thrown on the scrap heap by DVDs which in turn are mournfully shaking their fists at the MP4, and in literature the paperback has been joined by the ebook.
Technology and communications have made it possible to do just about everything from your sofa. We can buy our groceries online and get them delivered to our door. We can share our holiday photos with everyone we know, all at once through social networks. We write electronic letters to our family and friends and we don’t even have to be in the same country to have a face to face conversation with someone.
I work in digital media and as my staff get younger and more tech savvy the more I find a reluctance in people to want to communicate physically. Text messages, Snapchat, Email, Facebook, Twitter…all perfectly acceptable methods of communication. But pick up a phone and speak to someone? Well now that requires a good ten minutes of mental preparation to overcome the nerves of actually talking to a real person. Read More
Getting sexually accosted in Starbucks wasn’t on my to-do list.
My stiletto heels were sharp, like the angles of my razor cut bob and one tapped on the floor as I stood in line, impatient to get my hands on a Latte. The intense aromas in the shop made me crave my morning drink even more. I’d not had time for one before I’d left my apartment this morning, anxious to be punctual for my appointment. I stared ahead at the menu board, careful to avoid catching anyone else’s eye. My lips with their natural pout, enhanced by rose gloss, smacked together as I anticipated my interview at Gregory & Sons, a firm of Solicitors in Westminster in just shy of an hour’s time. Every time I thought of it, butterflies tingled in my stomach.
Lost in the menu, I jump as a warm body brushes past my own, so close I can identify him as male. I turn around, a flash of fire in my cheeks, eyes narrowing.
‘I must apologise, I completely misjudged how to get past.’
I take in the businessman in front of me, holding his drink with a firm hand. His laptop bag hangs over a broad shoulder. Dark brown hair curls around the nape of his neck, like he’s so damn sexy even his hair wants to cop a feel, and his icy grey eyes indicate the casualness of his apology, echoed in his mocking tone.
I tuck my long fringe behind my ear and turn back to face the front. I’m better off just ignoring the creep, hot or not. Read More
Seeing the Light is my first “on my own” novel. Why on my own? Because I’ve done a fair bit of collaborative writing over the past few years. My cohorts and I wrote Women of the Apocalypse, and even won a couple of Aurora Awards (a Canadian scifi/fantasy award) for it. Then we worked on an online writing experiment called The 10th Circle Project. That effort got us another Aurora, and a real appreciation for all those magazine publishers who put out four magazines a year! What a lot of work! Last year, we had a collaborative novel called The Puzzle Box published, and three of the four stories in it were nominated for Auroras, plus the book itself.
As you can see, I was doing lots of work, and lots of collaboration! However...
I kept working on my own stories while I was doing all that collaborating. Last year Tyche Books out of Calgary accepted Seeing the Light. So here I am, finally an “on my own” novelist!
Seeing the Light is a paranormal mystery, with big dollops of humour and romance. I actually started writing it years ago when I decided I wanted to try the 3 Day Novel Contest,. For those of you who do not know about the 3 Day Novel Contest -- basically, you pay $50, and then you try to write a novel. In three days. Read More
“I am so happy to share with you a special sneak peek into my newest novel. I hope you enjoy Granger and Brenda’s story as much I do.”
Brenda Scott, while being cured of cancer, had her world turned upside down when she shifted into a wolf. Now, living in Quebec with her new lycan pack, she wonders if her dream of joining a special operations unit is forever out of reach. Then there is the quiet man who watches her with the yellow eyes of a wolf wanting his mate. Will she be able to adapt to her new wild urgings?
Granger Thibault wants his mate more than anything in the world. But he knows that if he pushes her, she will fight back. Once a soldier, and the Alpha female’s lycan sister, Brenda is a force to be reckoned with. Can Granger find a way around Brenda’s hard shell to the soft woman waiting to be loved? Read More
In A PLACE CALLED HARMONY readers will be looking at Harmony for the first time. I enjoyed writing about the three men who were brave enough to travel half of Texas to build a town. All three men came to me full and strong as did the women who loved them. From the opening I was running full gallop with a plot.
Over the years, beginning writers come to me and say, “Do I have what it takes to be a writer? Am I gifted?” I always remember the night I followed my writing teacher out of class. I’d just read my first chapter of my first novel. I knew nothing of plotting, viewpoint, characterization or even manuscript format. I’d just signed up for a community class at the college and had dreams of hitting within months.
While we walked to her car, I asked her one question after another. I’m sure she was wondering if I could be some kind of writer/stalker by the time we reached her car. With the door open, I blurted out my last question. “Do you think I can be a writer? I mean a real writer.”
She smiled (or at least I think she did for we were standing on a dark parking lot) and said, “If you work really, really hard you’ll make it.” Read More
“Theodore Wulfe, I will not do it! I don’t care that you are a bloody duke! Nothing you can say could make me ever want to tie myself to that man. I cannot believe you even have the nerve to ask such a question of me,” Rebekah stormed to the window and looked through it, unseeing.
“Rebekah,” the man behind her said in a gentle tone, much like one would use when attempting to calm a wild horse. “Do you see those children out there?”
“Yes,” she whispered, letting her forehead fall against the glass, welcoming the coolness. She knew what he would say next, and Lord help her, she could not hate him as much as she wanted to. Read More
My goal in life was to become a topnotch journalist. I loved writing. Always had. Ever since I can remember that’s all I ever wanted to be. Suddenly, the goal was at hand. Within reach. I got it. My first big byline! I beat out all the other reporters at the scene and the paper printed my story. MINE!
So… there I was drinking coffee and reading my story. My headline! GEORGIE PORGIE PUDDING AND DIE by me, Susan Weston. Word for word just the way I’d written it. I’d been first on the murder scene the night before, even before the cops, so I got a pretty good look at the body. Turned out to be a guy I knew from the neighborhood. Not a sight I’m likely to forget.
It made me feel good that my story got printed. This was my big chance. Things were going to change now. No more fluff pieces for me. And then everything went haywire.
The phone rang. Of course I answered. The voice on the other end sent goosebumps up my arm, down my spine, and chills down to my toes. It still does. Just thinking about it.
My life hasn’t been the same since. To find out what happened, you’re going to have to read my book, Ring Around the Rosy available from Amazon. http://amzn.to/PjLvDpRead More
I’m Loren Mathis and I’m a new romantic suspense author. I grew up in a rural town in eastern NC. I went to college at UNC. I am grateful that I’m now able to pursue my dream as a writer, and to share the characters who roam around my head with you.
Swift Strike is the second novel in my “SEAL Team 14” series. It is a standalone novel so the first book does not have to be read in order to enjoy this installment. The SEAL Team 14 series focuses on an elite group of U.S. Navy SEALs.
Ensign Jesse Denison and his comrades on SEAL Team 14 have a new assignment: rescue a group of civilian hostages who have been kidnapped by a rogue terrorist cell in central Somalia. Little does he know, this seemingly innocuous rescue mission will change his life forever... Read More
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