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Writing With The Stars Contest Update

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

We know all of the aspiring authors who submitted manuscripts to Kensington at the beginning of July for the Writing With The Stars Contest are anxiously awaiting their fate.

So how is everyone holding up? Can't sleep at night wondering if you will get to write with the stars of the Brava romance universe? Do you find yourself staring out the window for hours imagining your book on the shelf next to HelenKay Dimon, Mary Wine and Cynthia Eden? Obsessing over getting to meet Emma Lang, Lucy Monroe and Bianca D'Arc? Well, you won't have to wait much longer to find out if you are one of the chosen contestants.

Right now, the Brava editorial team is busy at work narrowing down the manuscripts that they received to just ten. These writers' fates will be decided in the middle of this month when we announce the names of the ten contestants who will move on to the final rounds of Writing With The Stars where eventually one talented aspiring author will win a publishing contract with Brava.


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Tips Of The Trade From ThrillerFest Today

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Four thriller writers at today's ThrillerFest panel "What's The Worst Advice You Ever Got? The Best?" entertained the audience with tales of the real life hints, tips and advice that they have used to launch and sustain successful writing careers. The panel was moderated by Matt Ritchel and included authors Daniel Palmer, Lisa Gardner, Alex Dryden and Alex Kava.


Their Favorite Tips:

Lisa Gardner got this advice at a conference years ago – and now swears by it. “When you are writing, light a scented candle. If you do this for two weeks you will get a Pavlovian response to the scent which will actually keep you inspired.” Gardner shared that after she had a child and life became exponentially more helpful, all the writing she does these days she credits to The Scented Candle Technique.

Daniel Palmer credits his dad with the best advice he ever got. “It doesn't have to be probable – just possible. If it happens once, it's still the best benchmark for writing.” His example of improbable but possible? A cockroach climbing out of the mouth of a corpse. Gory but it could (and may) happen!


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Learning How To Profile At ThrillerFest

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

The FBI estimates that there are between 40 and 50 active serial killers in the United States at any given time. But Mark Safarik, the FBI profiler speaking at a panel today at ThrillerFest, says he places the number closer to 25.


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Are You A Real Writer? Author Cynthia Ruchti Has A Quiz To Help You Find Out ...

BY admin, JULY 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

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.
b.    Sometimes.
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.


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Keeping Track of the Elbows: Writing Sex Scenes

BY admin, JUNE 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

Debut erotica author Kathleen Dienne shares her secrets on writing steamy sex scenes.


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Not Your Average Bookshelf

BY admin, JUNE 25, 2010 | PERMALINK


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Video Interview with Author Maria V. Snyder

BY admin, JUNE 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT BOOK REVIEWS interviews author Maria V. Snyder about her outstanding new YA science fiction novel Inside Out.

Maria V. Snyder Video Interview Part I

Maria V. Snyder Video Interview Part II


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The Six Step Receipe For Sexy Scenes From Erotica Author Elizabeth Amber

BY admin, JUNE 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

Erotica author Elizabeth Amber shares her fool-proof receipe for hot and steamy romance scenes ...

 

Whether you’re writing a series of sex scenes in an erotic novel or a single scene of lovemaking in your mainstream novel, you want these scenes to do their job. To touch us, to thrill us, to carry us away from the familiar. The popularity of erotic/hot/spicy romances has affected other most subgenres of romance, allowing readers and authors to choose the heat level that works best for them. Here are six tips that I hope will help you cook up a hot book!

     

Before you begin cooking: Kick any other cooks — mothers, reviewers, your inner critic, or anyone who keeps you from writing your book your way — out of the kitchen so you can do your best writing.

1. Gather the best ingredients. Begin by adding all the ingredients a wonderful romance novel requires: great characters, plot, voice, action, setting.


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Calling All Aspiring Authors - Enter To Win A Publishing Deal with Kensington

BY admin, JUNE 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT BOOK REVIEWS and Kensington’s Brava division are proud to bring you "Writing With the Stars" a writing competition that will offer one lucky Aspiring Author a publishing deal!

Ten contestants will compete through five rounds of judging. The contestants will be mentored by a Brava author who will help the contestants’ manuscripts become the best they can be. Each of the rounds will include comments from celebrity judges from the romance blogsphere. Those picked to compete will get their own webpage on the Brava Authors blog and the RT website. And the winner of Writing With the Stars will get a publishing contract with Brava.

Each prospective contestant must have completed 80,000 - 90,000 word manuscript in any romance genre (contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and paranormal) with a sensuality tone that matches the Brava line.

Entries will be accepted from July 1st to July 15, 2010 and only the first 500 participants will be considered.

To enter, e-mail a Word document attachment of your complete manuscript, a two-to-seven page synopsis and a cover letter to: Marketing@Kensingtonbooks.com. The subject line of your email must be “Brava Contest.”

Good Luck!


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CHRISTIE CRAIG ON PLAYING MATCHMAKER

BY admin, MAY 11, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Christie Craig gives aspiring authors some hints on what to do when "Ms. Jabberer Meets Mr. Tall, Dark and Silent" — Or "How to Play Matchmaker."


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