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Meg Maguire (AKA Cara McKenna) On The Difference Between Writing Romance And Erotica

BY , MARCH 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Meg Maguire impressed us with her Harlequin Blaze debut, Caught on Camera. The tale overflows with witty banter between the heroine and hero, who take a chance on their chemistry to turn a work relationship into something much more. Today Maguire, best known for the erotic romances she writes as Cara McKenna, gives us an inside look at her series romance and reveals the challenges of writing across genres. 

Thanks so much for having me today!

For those who haven’t heard of me—which is nearly everyone—I actively write contemporary romance, as well as erotica (under the name Cara McKenna). When I was invited to post, I was asked to talk about the differences I encounter, writing in my two genres. My romances are rather steamy and explicit, so on the surface the differences may not seem so great, aside from the obvious—the numbers of bodies rolling around and the particular bedroom shenanigans they get up to. But the differences run quite a bit deeper than that. The main genre rift for me is all about the external conflict, or lack thereof.


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Karen Harper And Erin Quinn On Writing Irish Characters - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We celebrating the holiday with a very special interview. Karen Harper and Erin Quinn two of our favorite authors who bring the Emerald Isle to life in fiction with their Ireland-set tales! And don’t miss your chance to win Karen Harper’s The Irish Princess and an ADVANCED READER COPY of Erin Quinn’s Haunting Desire at the end of this interview

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Both of you are obviously attracted to Ireland as a setting for your historicals. What drew you to use Ireland, other, perhaps, than Irish descent?


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: What I Did For A Duke By Julie Anne Long

BY MORGAN, MARCH 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week, Whitney and I Dish about Julie Anne Long's historical romance What I Did For A Duke.

Whitney: As many of you know I am a fiend for historical romances. I have a few stock authors who I always keep my eyes open for when I head to the bookstore and Julie Anne Long is absolutely on that list. But time — and my reading allowance — being what it is, I’ve only read one of her previous five Pennyroyal Green stories. (As many might remember, I raved for months about Violet, the heroine of Long’s July novel, I Kissed An Earl.)

Morgan: And while Whitney has definitely mentioned Julie Anne Long before, What I Did For A Duke is my first time reading the author. And I don’t know why historical romance authors always do this to me, but I can't help but compare them to other authors. I would say that my first foray into a Long book made me immediately think of all the usual suspects: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Liz Carlyle, Sophie Jordan ...


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Then and Now: Jane Feather

BY , MARCH 11, 2011 | PERMALINK
 

Jane Feather then ...

 
 
... and now. 

Beloved historical romance author Jane Feather is known for her sweeping dramas and dark heroes. Feather began publishing books back in 1984, writing contemporary romances for two years as Claudia Bishop before she released her first historical romance as Jane Feather in 1986. Over the course of twenty five years the author has written thirty seven novels and her works have been included in several anthologies. Today we chat with this bestselling author about how the romance genre, and her writing, has evolved since she debuted on the scene.


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Sneak Peek: Anna Campbell's Midnight's Wild Passion

BY , MARCH 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Anna Campbell's upcoming novel, Midnight's Wild Passion. For this book Campbell puts her own spin on the Cinderella story. No we go beyond the back cover blurb for this special look at this new historical romance which will hit bookstores in April.

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Rakes, Duels, Balls, House Parties, Elopements - Oh, My! 

My latest historical romance, Midnight’s Wild Passion, goes on sale April 26th. It’s my sixth book for Avon and it’s the closest I’ve come to writing a classic Regency romance like the wonderful Georgette Heyers I grew up reading. As you’ve probably gathered from the heading, classic elements abound in this story! 


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Fiona McArthur On Her Newly Released Harlequin Medical Romance

BY , MARCH 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fiona McArthur is one of the series romance authors whose March Harlequin Medical Romance is getting a *Web Exclusive Review*. Today she stops by to chat about what fans can expect from her latest tale, Midwife, Mother ... Italian's Wife.

Hi, I'm Fiona McArthur and I write for HMB Medicals Romance, and I'm a midwife.

Leon Bonmarito is my favourite hero so far. But I’m not going to rave about a sexy Italian widower who didn’t know he had a sense of humour until he found Lyrebird Lake, or about Tammy, a feisty, independent midwife and mother who doesn’t need a man to try and run her life.

Instead, Morgan’s asked me to talk about my core theme, and that’s women being there for women. Or Midwifery.

It’s not money that drives the world, it’s babies and their promise for the future, and women are the ones that are in charge of birth. Did I confuse you? Doctors are in charge of sick people and sometimes we forget birth is a normal event not an illness.


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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Series Romance Author Wayne Jordan

BY , MARCH 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we interview series romance author Wayne Jordan. Jordan has been praised for his relatable characters and skill at pacing his stories. Now he shares his perspective on what it means to be a man writing romance novels.

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What type of romance do you write? I write series/category romance for Harlequin’s African-American line, Kimani Romance.

When did you first get published as a romance author? My first book, Capture the Sunrise, was published in November 2005 as part of the Arabesque line published by BET Books. Ironically, Harlequin purchased BET Book in the December of that year so I automatically became a Harlequin author. Devon Vaughn Archer and I were the first two male authors for that line and the then editor, Demetria Lucas, wanted us to write under our own names. Fortunately, the editorial committee agreed. Our first books, came out in a 2-in-1 volume called Slow Motion.


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C.H. Admirand Reveals The Inspiration For Her New Contemporary Romance Tyler

BY , MARCH 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Romance author C.H. Admirand reveals the inspiration behind her new series that features contemporary cowboys. Discover how the decision to support a fellow author turned into Admirand's new series starter, Tyler.

It all started with a hurricane in a bar in Houston, Texas… My willingness to be supportive is how my real-life experience at LeBare Strip Club in Houston became the plot line behind Tylerpart of my new series The Secret Life of Cowboys. In my story, Tyler Garahan will do anything to save his family ranch, the Circle G, but he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies’ club. I never imagined I’d end up at a strip club either, but as you know, the most unusual experiences make the best stories.


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Sneak Peek: Kieran Kramer's Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage

BY , MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Kieran Kramer's upcoming novel, Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage. Kramer debuted on the historical romance scene in November with two back-to-back RT Top Picks! No we go beyond the back cover blurb for this special look at her next Regency-set love story which will hit bookstores in April.

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I’m a MacGyver sort of person <G>. Are you? 

I’ve got a few seasons on DVD. The whole family enjoys watching the hunky hero use whatever resource he has at his fingertips—matches, paper clips, string, duct tape, credit cards--to escape bad situations. His ability to find a way out of danger is so uncanny that it’s made for some funny comic skits on Saturday Night Live.

But real-life situations in which we feel trapped don’t feel funny at all. To believe that there’s no way out…I can’t think of a feeling that’s worse. 


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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Inspirational Romance Author Henry McLaughlin

BY , MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we talk with male author Henry McLaughlin who has just released his inspirational historical romance, February’s Journey to Riverbend. This novel got an RT Top Pick! from Review Patsy Glans who praised McLaughlin’s multidimensional characters. Now McLaughlin answers our questions about what it’s like to be a man writing in what is classical considered “a woman’s genre”.

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What type of romance do you write? Western/historical

When did you first get published as a romance author? Journey to Riverbend is my first published novel.


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