Today is the last day of November and the end of NaNoWriMo for all of you aspiring authors. We are sad to see the month come to a close. Hopefully our month-long focus on writing at The RT Daily Blog inspired you to get lots of work done on your manuscript.
The weather outside is (almost) frightful, and although it hasn't snowed in Brooklyn yet, everyone at the RT office has caught the spirit of the season. So we are especially excited about this holiday themed interview with Lori Wilde. The author chats about her favorite holiday traditions, her new holiday romance, The First Love Cookie Club and shares a favorite recipe. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of this post!
RT: What is your favorite part of getting ready for the winter holidays?
Lori Wilde: My favorite part is the cooking. I adore cooking but I’m normally too busy, so I look forward to baking Christmas gifts. I love decorating the tree as well and usually have a tree decorating party where I get to try out the recipes I’ve collected over the year.
RT: Does your family have any holiday traditions that make Christmas special?
Author Kieran Kramer is thrilling historical romance fans with her back-to-back releases, November's When Harry Met Molly and December's upcoming Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right. These two Regency romps are full of witty dialogue and lovable characters and both received Top Pick! ratings from RT. So Web Editor Morgan Doremus had to ask the new author about the magic behind her fantastic books and what is up next.
Morgan Doremus: Two books in two months and both Top Picks - editors around the RT office are stunned at your accomplishment and wondering where did this author come from?!? You have to share your story.
Romance author Celeste O. Norfleet shares some simple, but essential, advice for creating multifaceted multicultural characters.
RT is and has been a huge part of my writing career. So when I was asked to write today’s blog, I eagerly accepted. When I received my topic - to write about the specific challenges of writing multicultural novels - I said, cool, I can do that. After all, I’m a multicultural romance author of over 25 novels. Passing on what I’ve learned to aspiring authors would be both a pleasure and an honor. But I was also concerned that I didn’t have much to add to the popular topic. We all know the basics, or do we? It occurred to me - maybe we all don’t know the basics. So I thought I might chat a few minutes about learning to keep the real cultural aspect when writing multicultural fiction.
The next four days will be full of family and friends, turkey (or tofurky) and leftovers, holiday shopping and, of course, time spent relaxing and reading. No matter if we are enjoying an old favorite or testing the waters of a new author, the holiday has all of us looking forward to a spending some time deep in a good book. Here's a look at some of the titles we will be diving into this weekend!
After the Thanksgiving turkey, the Black Friday shopping and errands I'll be reading Zoe Archer's Warrior — though maybe that's what I should read before braving the Black Friday crowds! Anyway, I've heard fantastic things about Zoe's series and I'm eager to give it a try. I'm also hoping to read a Silhouette Romantic Suspense title by Kimberly Van Meter that's been sitting on my bookshelf for a while.
- Faygie Levy, Executive Editor
Author B.J. Daniels won RT’s November Seal of Excellence for her latest series romance, High-Caliber Christmas. This novel won the attention of the RT editors with its fast-paced suspense and sweet romance. Now the author shares how the fictional small town of Whitehorse, Montana has become the home to so much romance and what fans can expect to occur there next!
There is nothing more exciting than writing a book, falling in love with it and having someone else love it too.
With High-Caliber Christmas, I liked the characters from the first time I met them on the page. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer so I am always surprised when I first meet my characters. I’m also surprised when I find out who the killer is. Heck, I’m surprised by most everything that happens in my books, I guess that’s why I love writing so much.
Author Stephanie Tyler shares how her own relationship with Africa shines through in her portrayal of the continent in her romantic suspense novels. Delve into the wilds of this beautiful and dangerous land with Tyler's newest heroine, Dr. Olivia Strohm, who learns her own true strength in this month's Promises in the Dark. And don't miss the excerpt at the end of the post!
I always tell people that I could easily live in Africa and I truly mean that. The continent will always has a special place in my heart, as my husband was born in Songea, Tanzania and we’ve returned many times. Africa is a study in contrasts, with so much lush beauty and so much heartache mingling together, spectacular and tragic at the same time in an almost overwhelming way. It’s a place I understand, a place that contains so much beauty and danger and to me, that’s what romantic suspense is all about. Many of my books are set in Africa for this very reason.
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-monthly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.
In high school, I think, a friend of mind tagged me with the description brutally blunt. Yeah, that's me. You know how you’ve got different friends…the kind of friend who will tell you how amazing you look, no matter what? And then you’ve got the friend who will honestly tell you that the dress you’re wearing makes you look like hell? I’m that friend. I won’t do it to be mean, seriously.
But I’m blunt and today, I'm going to be blunt. Be warned. If you're home and able, grab some wine or a margarita.
We are talking reviews.
Bad ones. If you write for a living, you're going to get them.
Are they fun? Of course not. Fun or not, we are going to get them. They are just part of the job. Just like edits are part of it, just like promo is a part of it, just like a lot of other things are a part of it.
If you're a longtime romance reader, you're going to want to watch tonight's Millionaire Matchmaker on the Bravo cable channel (9pm EST) as matchmaker Patti Stanger tries to find a match for Cindy Guyer, the queen of female cover models for romance novels. Guyer appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance and mystery novels in the '80s and '90s, including books by Catherine Coulter, Heather Graham, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Higgins Clark, Iris Johansen, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Sandra Hill. Will she find her own happily ever after? Tune in tonight and find out.
Author Karen Hawkins embarks on a new series with One Night in Scotland, which releases today. The novel is not only an RT Top Pick! it has also been nominated to win the Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance category of the 2010 RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. So the author has stopped by to share her reasons why a Scot makes the best type of romance hero. And don’t miss the excerpt of One Night in Scotland at the end of the post!
Sometimes a good book (or series) can change your life. Such is the case when I discovered Elizabeth Peters' beloved Amelia Peabody series. Amelia’s intrepid curiosity, dry wit, and desire to unlock the mysteries of the ancients while simultaneously raising a family, civilizing her husband, and battling evil in the present time, made her a woman to admire. For me, she set a new standard for the term ‘heroine.’