Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Maggie Shayne is not only a best-selling romantic suspense author, she is also a nominee for Best Paranormal Author in RT’s 2010 Career Achievement Awards. Now the author shares some of the writing advice that has helped make her a star.
When RT BOOK REVIEWS asked me to write a blog with tips for aspiring romantic suspense writers, I thought, great! How is it going to sound when I tell them how I work? I mean, the way I do it is to puke everything that pops into my head out onto the page, and then look at it from different angles to see what shapes it made. You know, like when you read entrails to predict the future. I then re-arrange it all and flesh it out, changing my mind several times about countless key aspects of the story, including whodunnit most of the time, along the way, and then trust myself to make it all make sense in the final draft.
My final drafts take one week.
Author Jessica Andersen on the challenge she faced while crafting her latest Nightkeeper novel - and don't miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!
To channel the Princess Bride: “Mawwiage is what bwings us togevah heah.” Specifically, the mawwiage … er, marriage of Patience and Brandt White-Eagle, two powerful magic users who are on the front lines of the war for souls as we approach the 2012 doomsday.
Here’s the blurb:
Mayan lore and modern science warn that 12/21/2012 will bring a global cataclysm, and dark forces stand poised to crush mankind. Our only hope rests with a secret group of modern magic-wielders called Nightkeepers, who gain their full powers by finding and winning their destined mates. But what happens when the mated bond unravels?
Thinking of trying your hand at writing collaboratively? Married authors Clay and Susan Griffith, know all about the hard work of co-authoring. They have just kicked off their newest series with The Greyfriar. Now the authors share how have melded their skills to become a successful team.
We are Clay and Susan Griffith, husband and wife authors that have written together for over twenty years.
And yes, we are still married.
Voting is now open for the second round of the Kensington/RT BOOK REVIEWS Writing With the Stars contest!
You've already had a chance to meet the 10 contestants and their mentors and also vote on the best first paragraph and last line of their novel. For the second round of the competition, you get to read about each contestant's hero and heroine.
You will also get to read comments from each contestant's mentor as well as the thoughts of this round's judge, agent Miriam Kriss the vice president of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
You can vote once time between now and November 28th. And then get ready to decide which of the remaining contestants has the best back cover blurb!
Did you spend your week daydreaming about how to end up Under The Mistletoe with John Doe?
Here's what you missed on the RT website.
ASPIRING AUTHOR MONTH:
Harlequin kicked off a week long event for writers. Learn More >>
Six great online resources for writing a historical manuscript! Check Them Out >>
Series Romance Fans, thank you for your patience!
We know you've had quite the wait for the reviews of the Harlequin Romances from November 2010. However, now you can browse through all six reviews online. Be sure to check them out to find out which novel RT Reviewer Pat Cooper calls a "sweetly romantic and sexy holiday romance that readers will find the perfect fit for their Christmas stocking reading." Answer Here >>
Anne O’Brien’s new historical fiction, The Virgin Widow, shows King Richard III in a very different light than other fictional works. Now the author discusses why she made this choice and provides a snapshot of her version of the king in an excerpt at the end of the post.
Writing history as romance can be a challenge, but a fascinating one. The hero and heroine must be worthy of the role or it just doesn’t work. Some lovers leap from the page of the historical novel: Abelard and Eloise, Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Some most certainly do not, and for many readers, Richard of Gloucester, later to be Richard III, heads the list.
It was my deliberate choice to write Anne and Richard’s story as a romance.
I was thrilled when HCI Books invited me to write one of the launch titles for True Vows, their new line of Reality Based Romance™—and also apprehensive. Since selling my first book in 1983, I’ve seen eighty-six of my romance novels published. I’ve written comedies, dramas, novellas, series romances and stand-alone novels. But True Vows was an entirely new concept: romance novels based on the courtships of actual couples.
In all the other novels I’d written, I’d made everything up. I’d created the characters, the stories, the conflicts. Could I write a novel in which the characters were real people? Could I shape a dramatic, passionate romance novel out of an actual love affair?