30 March 2016

When the Words Get in the Way by Tamara Hogan

Ispent more than a little time at 2014 RWA National in my hotel room, writing. Let me correct that: I was struggling. I was working on this love scene that takes place at about the halfway point of my WIP, ENTHRALL ME.  For some reason, Tia and Wyland’s bodies were doing all the right, sexy…

25 March 2016

15 words you never knew came from literature

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23 March 2016

Turn Down the Noise by Addison Fox

I’m a huge fan of staying busy. I thrive when I have too much to do and, despite what appears borderline nuts to others, I’m happiest when I’m actively engaged in projects and activities that pull me in several directions. While there are occasional moments of recognizing I’ve…

16 March 2016

Of Wimpy Heroines and Raping Heroes – So You Think You Know Historical Romance by Louisa Cornell

I  recently re-watched Phantom of the Opera and I’ve decided Christine is one of the wimpiest heroines in historical romance. Gaston Leroux probably didn’t know he was writing a romance novel back in 1909 and 1910 (He first published it as a serial.), but he was. It’s okay, Gaston. Lots…

09 March 2016

Co-writing: genesis of an idea by Elizabeth Langston

My author-friend Lisa Amowitz and I are co-writing a YA historical/magical realism book, set during the American War for Independence, featuring Nathan Hale (America’s first spy) as one of the characters. She and I have decided to blog about the experience of writing a story together. Here is…

02 March 2016

You, Your Life, Your Writing by Gwynlyn MacKenzie

When my children were born, they had two sets of grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents.  They thought nothing of it, safe within the nurturing embrace of a large and loving family.I can’t recall whether Son was in kindergarten or first grade, but one day, he arrived home confused…

24 February 2016

Success by the Numbers by Elizabeth Langston

At RWA Nationals in San Antonio, I attended a panel of hybrid authors.  The discussion centered around their reasons for choosing traditional versus indie publishing. One author, who identified herself as strictly self-publishing now, stated that indie authors are the ones who are making the…

17 February 2016

The Pixel Project - It's time to stop violence against women. Together.

 The Pixel Project presents the “Read For Pixels” Google Hangout series featuring live Google Hangout Readings with award-winning bestselling authors in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, in aid of The Pixel Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic…

17 February 2016

The Art of Revision by Addison Fox

OK…so I’ll admit it. The headline of this blog piece is hooey. As far as I can tell, there is no “art” to the process of revising a manuscript. There may be plenty of art in writing and storytelling but the process of revision is all about hard work.Hard work, you say? Come on, Addison,…

10 February 2016

This Writer’s Life: Balance by Anne Marie Becker

Imay have blogged about balance before. It’s one of my favorite topics because I believe feeling balanced is one of the keys to happiness. To be honest, I’m not sure I qualify to lecture anyone in balance, as each case is as unique as each individual, but as a mother of three, wife, the…

03 February 2016

What keeps YOU sane in this crazy world of writing? by Kim Law

H ave we talked about this here before? Probably. My mind stays so scattered these days that I have no idea, but I was just emailing the rubies last night about how I’ve had to take a bit of a step back from writing to kind of reset myself, and it got me to wondering what everyone does to keep…

27 January 2016

Working titles by Elizabeth Langston

Iwas communicating with my amazing Ruby Sister Vivi the other day, mentioning that I was having a hard time with my browser opening our blog site. She suggested that I clean my cookies. And there it was–the perfect book title. Clean My Cookies. Has that ever happened to you?   (READ MORE…