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Inspirational author Cynthia Ruchti wants to help you figure out if you are a "real "writer. She's here to help you figure it out. "Is your writing a hobby, an obsession, or a calling? If you’ve ever wondered, take the following quiz … with a grain of salt."
Cynthia's "Are You A Real Writer?" Self Quiz
1. Do you fail to get a good night’s sleep because characters tap you on the shoulder at three in the morning to tell you their story? If you write non-fiction, it’ll be chapter titles or three-point plans that wake you.
a. Most nights.
c. That’s what Tylenol PM is for, isn’t it?
d. I sleep like a baby with a full tummy and a silky blanket.
2. You sit at a fast food restaurant with your mind on:
a. The special sauce.
b. Adding more salt to the fries.
c. The fact that the meal cost more than you made on writing last year.
d. Eavesdropping on the fascinating conversation transpiring in the booth behind you.
In honor of July 4th, I polled the office to see what everyone would be reading as they were beachside, barbequing and spending time with family this long weekend. Here's are their suggestions for the best books to pack in your suitcase or beach bag:
|Author Liz Fichera delves deeply into the cultures of native american tribes for her historical romance Captive Spirit. Now she shares how she brings the mystery of the Hohokam people to life in her new release. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive* review of Captive Spirit.|
Trivia likes to lodge itself in my brain and never leave. I can remember the most obscure facts and anecdotes. Whenever my friends and family play Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy I’m suddenly popular, but if you’re ever stranded in Phoenix, Arizona, and happen to ask me for simple directions to a grocery store or gas station, I will most assuredly disappoint you with a blank stare.
I forget where I was when I learned about the Hohokam Indians but I most definitely remembered the history behind Phoenix’s original inhabitants. It stuck in my brain like a seed. And it’s also what inspired my historical romance novel, Captive Spirit.
RT BOOK REVIEWS Web Editor Morgan Doremus interviews author Hope Tarr. The pair chat about the changes in Tarr's writing over the last few years, why she writes historicals and contemporaries and the best city in the world.
Author Tricia Rayburn's paranormal YA Siren, out July 13, has a premise that RT's Reviewer Kelly Brennan calls "creepy and unique." To show her love for RT, Tricia Rayburn and her publisher Egmont have teamed up for a special two-week blog blast.
Be sure to check out the EXCERPT and the GIVEAWAY after Rayburn's message! And don't forget to check back next Friday, when we'll have a peek at chapter two and another great giveaway.
|Erotica Author Opal Carew on the sexual art of Tantra and how it inspired her new novel Bliss.
I write about sex. Hot, steamy, erotic sex. But more than that, I write about people. People who change and grow. People who fall in love and build a future together.
So how do I do that with hot sex scenes? Showing people being together in the most intimate of ways, reveals a lot about them. Their vulnerabilities, their most secret desires, their hopes, their fears. And when I put my heroine in an intimate situation with a man, or men, especially in a situation that pushes her boundaries, then she gets to know a lot about herself. Often she finds out things she doesn’t want to know, or face. But face them she does, and that makes her stronger.
“A group of us have gathered together and made a decision. It’s time for Scene Stealer’s secondary characters to offer their point of view about the players in Elise Warner’s cozy mystery.
Shane Gericke hands Emily Clark the mystical royal purple T-shirt of the Mystery Chix and Swinging Dicks author group, which throws Saturday morning readers brunches at RT conventions. Emily won the chance to have a character named after her in his new novel Torn Apart, which will be released this week.
Author Shane Gericke about how a character in his novel Torn Apart came to be named after RT BOOK REVIEWS reader Emily Clark.
What was I thinking???
Well, before I answer that, I owe you a little background.
My debut novel, Blown Away , won RT’s coveted Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. I was honored, and deeply touched.