Author Diana Holquist shares her thoughts for aspiring authors with Sarah Wendell of the popular blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Holquist discusses her creative process with blogger and how she incorporates alpha male heroes into her contemporary romances.
Traditional romance novels are usually about one woman getting her HEA. Sometimes she has a friend, co-worker or family member who falls in love in the same book, but as a rule, it is the romance between one hero and one heroine that is the main focus. It is rare to find romance novels where the heroine's friends are as much a part of a woman's story as her hero is. However, Nora Roberts has created just this with her outstanding series the Bride Quartet.
In these books, readers get to know the inner workings of four dynamic characters - Mac, Emma, Laurel and, the binding force behind them all, Parker. These women have been best friends since they were little, and have recently come back together to create a business where each of them is an equal partner. The series starts with the Quartet, as the women are called, living together on an estate outside of New York City planning weddings for bridezillas and loving every second of it. During each of the stories, one of the ladies finds true love, but at no point does this love get in the way of their deep and abiding sisterhood.
Fans of Nora Roberts have been treated with lasting female friendships before. Examples of this can be found in the Stars of Mithra series, the Dream Trilogy, or from the male POV the Chesapeake Bay Saga. But while in earlier series' this friendship is only a part of the whole story, the Bride Quartet is actually structured around a friendship that oftentimes takes precedence over the character's love lives.
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I will give all aspiring writers the advice that I wish I had gotten years and years ago, before a mountain sized load of rejection letters from two category romance publishers almost buried me in a literary avalanche. You may not want to hear it, you may not agree with it, you may find it discouraging….or, like me, you might follow it with a hop, skip, and a jump, or at least a tiny jig.
So, here it is: If you are continually getting rejections in one genre – category romance, science fiction, fiction, nonfiction, whatever it is - and brace yourself here - you may need to change genres entirely. Yep. You may need to take a deep breath, drown yourself in decaf mochas, which is what I do, or a box of chocolates, which is what I did when I was in the midst of rejection hell, and start over.
Here’s the truth: Your talents may not lie in the place you’re currently trying to publish in.
Best-selling historical romance author Jillian Hunter talks about her latest Regency hero, a writer who has stumbled upon "the bad boy phenomenon" in his serialized stories. And don’t miss the excerpt and GIVEAWAY at the end of the post.
Hello to RT readers everywhere! I’ve been a fan of RT BOOK REVIEWS since it was first published, and it’s always a thrill to be invited to share what is new in my small corner of the romance world. This blog actually brings me full circle.
I just finished reading Cynthia Baxter's latest amateur sleuth novel Crossing the Lion and loved the author's clever use of the board game Clue to add an additional layer of tongue-in-cheek fun to her story. In the book, Jessie, a full-time veterinarian and part-time detective, is asked to investigate a murder, but when she steps onto Solitary Island to begin unraveling the mystery, she is led into a world taken directly from the Parker Brothers' game. From Miss Scarlet to a conservatory and even secret passageways, Baxter's charming novel has so many nods and references to Clue that the characters can't help themselves from pointing out the similarities.
Crossing the Lion is so well done, that it got me thinking that maybe other board games could be successfully adapted into books. Here are a few of my top picks:
Chess - Historical Romance
Aspiring authors, November may be the official month to dedicate yourself to your writing, but sometimes knowing that you "should be" doing something is the best way to come down with a serious case of writer's block. However, Harlequin is here to help jumpstart your creative engine. All week long you can take part in their special event So You Think You Can Write!
From November 1st to the 5th, Harlequin is hosting a variety of events to help you get informed about the buisness and inspired to create. The publisher has put together a full schedule of guest blogs, podcasts, webinars, live chats and even daily writing challenges to help hone your skills and provide valuable feedback. You can join community chats with other writers, meet over fifty editors, submit your stories and more. Find out everything from "What Editors Look For" and "Why Revisions are Necessary" to tips on "Choosing Character Names" and learn why some of your favorite authors write romance novels. You can follow the event's up-to-the-minute schedule additions on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #SYTHYCW or visit Harlequin's website here.
All month long we will be celebrating Aspiring Authors on the RT Daily Blog. Every day we will have helpful hints about writing and the many paths to publication. You will get writing advice from authors sharing their tips and success stories, hear from industry insiders and take writing mini-challenges.
Our Aspiring Author focus is inspired by National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWrMo. This month thousands of writers around the world, from beginners to experts, will take the annual challenge and attempt to write 175 pages or 50,000 words, during the month of November. You can find out more about NaNoWriMo at their website. And in the meantime, we will be here to help inspire you all month long.
So if you are a published author, aspiring writer, or just someone interested in the inner workings of how a book is put together, join us all month for tips, videos, interviews, writing challenges and of course, round two of the Kensington/RT Writing With the Stars contest — it's all part of our featured Aspiring Authors coverage in November on the RT Daily Blog.
To easily follow all of the aspiring author action keep an eye on this blog post. We will be updating it everytime we post a related blog, video or article during November!
Morgan and I both adore Halloween — you can't go wrong with costumes and candy. And whether you start planning your costume early, are a last minute costume maven or just enjoy seeing everyone else take part, it's hard to ignore the festivities that kick off the winter holiday season. So this Halloween we are celebrating with a special contest. Share your favorite costume below for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Why the contest? Because we believe that readers have a special advantage over everyone else when it comes time to plan costumes. All of the hours that we spend reading gives us experience with many different cultures, time periods and characters to fuel our imaginations. And whether you are putting together the perfect vampire ensemble, rocking out a superhero style, or are taking your cues from pop culture, Halloween encourages us to be whatever our hearts' desire — or at least dress like it for an evening.
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