Thursday, October 30, 2014

Raising the Darkness

This writer knows how to snare the peruser. A jolting opening. Abruptly we are thurst into the place

I needed the fundamental character to be protected and established for her in her frightening adventure. An awakening peak. You won't be baffled.
that is known for the half-dead as resigned ex-vampires battle to reconnect with their lives. I adored 'the tuner' the part-enchantment, part engineering, part psychic instrument. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why More Women Should Read Romance Novels

A number of years ago at the height of the shirtless hero craze on romance book covers, one of my novels featured an artist's rendering of an impish little girl dragging angel wings. A television news anchor in Washington, DC, held it up on camera and asked, "Where's Fabio?"
I laughed and told him, "Fabio doesn't live in my books."
While it's pretty clear with well over 100 novels to my credit that I'm a huge fan of romance, my infatuation with the genre goes beyond Fabio and other sexy cover models with their six-pack abs and larger-than-life persona. As a reader and as a writer, I want the kind of hero who might well live down the block and walk into my life at any second, the guy with a sense of humor, with strong values and a degree of dependability that will make him a wonderful lifelong partner.
I often hear from readers that what they love the most are the "real" people who live in the pages of my stories. They identify with the women who face problems that they themselves have faced. They're inspired when the characters not only survive, but thrive. In fact, for some the characters become so real, they tell me they worry about them between books. And just recently I heard from a man who said the stories had helped him to rekindle the romance in his marriage after 22 years and 8 children! The simple fact that he was looking for ways to rekindle the romance made him a hero to my way of thinking.
As far back as I can recall both proponents and critics of romance novels have labeled many of them as fantasies for women. Critics suggest that creates unrealistic expectations. Proponents cheer for the fantasies that keep female blood pumping and spawn a few steamy dreams.

I tend to look at romance -- in books and in real life -- a bit differently. While the arrival of a knight-in-shining-armor in the middle of a crisis might be a welcome sight and being carried off to a carefree life of wealth and pleasure might even be a secret dream, most of us are going to find romance in other ways. It's going to be in that sweet, unexpected comment that makes us smile or the little gesture that demonstrates just how much we're appreciated. Our hero is going to be the guy who notices that something needs fixing and just does it or who plans a special date that might mean nothing to another woman, but means the world to us. It may even be the man who stands by, ready to help in a crisis, but wise enough to know how much we need to discover we can depend on ourselves.
I think our view of romance -- what we want and what we need -- changes over time. Age and experience kick in. While the very young want the heart-stopping excitement and passion, in time we come to appreciate a good laugh, respect, and common interests.
The one thing that never fades is the longing to see "that" look in someone's eyes, the twinkle that makes us feel desirable and alive. I think that's one reason so many of my books are multi-generational, with people of all ages discovering that a new romance may be just around the corner. I believe in those possibilities that remind us life can be worth living till the very last breath we take.
In my Sweet Magnolias series, for instance, there are several "senior" Magnolias, who openly talk about their views on finding love at their stage of life. One is actively dating a younger man to the horror of her suddenly traditional middle-age daughter. A few very lively debates ensue that I imagine many of us can relate to -- from one point of view or the other!
In this latest Ocean Breeze trilogy, which kicks off March 26 with Sand Castle Bay, not only do the three Castle sisters find love, but so does their grandmother, Cora Jane. The issues she faces as a widow who was happily married for many years are very different from those who were unhappily wed. And for me there was something especially endearing about the patient man who stayed in the background, never even hinting at his feelings out of respect for her husband and her marriage. Now, though, he's courting her with all the understanding he's gained through years of friendship.
Bottom line, whether we're in our twenties or our seventies, we all need a strong bond to another human being. In fact, for older women, who've been widowed or divorced or never married at all and who may have given up on love, unexpectedly finding romance may be the sweetest joy of all.
And when we're feeling low, reading about romance in the pages of a good book, can be just the reminder we all need to get out there and keep trying. Love could very well be right around the corner, just down the block or even in the house next door! As Jane Seymour says in the commercial for her jewelry designs, the key is to keep our hearts open.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Author Lynn Crandall allows the reader to experience all of those emotions along with her heroine, plus more roller-coaster sensations in her new release, "Secrets." It is Ms. Crandall's first venture into paranormal writing and she creates an "other-world" being who is genuinely believable. Casey Mitchell is the kind of man every woman wants to meet.
With her penchant for premonitions, Michelle Slade has always had trouble connecting with other people, and a horrific attack five years ago only made her isolation worse. But working to help defenseless animals with her rescue organization, Cats Alive, has given her new purpose and joy in life. When several homeless cats start vanishing into thin air, she’s determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Casey Mitchell has always kept his private identity as a were-lynx secret. But he’s drawn to Michelle, and when he begins to help investigate the odd circumstances surrounding the cats’ disappearance, he uncovers a powerful businessman’s diabolic designs on the unassuming woman.

Now both he and Michelle are in grave danger, and their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love . . . or lose everything?

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

7 Ways to Find a Romance Novel Editor

#1 Ask romance authors. If you appreciate the delivery, characterizations, and plots of their romance novels, then ask romance authors for recommendations. They can give you firsthand opinions on an editor’s services and pricing. Read the editor’s website prior to contacting. All editors should have a site, just like authors. (Though not all great editors do, just like authors.)

#2 The Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) is a professional organization for editors, much like the Romance Writers of America is for authors. Except (to my knowledge) not many romance editors are members, and the EFA is not romance-genre specific. However, authors can still search the EFA’s database for free.

#3 Look in the front of self published romance novels (see novel appreciation criteria listed in #1). Editors’ names should be near the copyright. If not, sometimes they’re mentioned in the acknowledgments. Search those editors and start reading. If they have social media, see who they interact with. It’s likely they talk to other editors and their social media reflects their personality. If you don’t like your editor, it may be hard to work with him or her.

#4 Publishing houses often list their editors on their websites and those editors often freelance. Only consider publishing houses that publish books you appreciate (see novel appreciation criteria listed in #1). These editors cannot guarantee a book deal even if you pay them to edit your manuscript. Let them know prior to working with them if you intend to submit your manuscript to their publishing house. Again, search their websites and social media.

#5 Search “romance novel editor.” I assume that’s how you got here. There’s nothing wrong with finding your editor through Internet research, but your research should not stop with a Google hit. Read the editor’s website and track his or her social media. Look for references and contact those references. Ask for a sample edit to ensure your working relationship will be a productive one.

#6 Go to Twitter, search for big-name romance-genre editors, and scroll through their followers. (Editors like Sue Grimshaw, Angela James, and Liz Pelletier.) Some of their followers will be freelance editors.

#7 Go to Twitter, search for big-name romance-genre editors, and see what Lists they belong and subscribe to. Some of these Lists are titled Editors and some of the members are freelance. Also search through romance authors, bloggers, and reviewers’ Lists on Twitter to see who keeps a List of editors. (Like this one and this one, though all editors listed may not be romance editors.)