Tag: Writing Romance

Rest of the Year Break #writing #amwriting #amwritingromance #romance #historicalromance

Peace out, blog world! Okay, okay, maybe that was a bit too . . . harsh, full of excitement, eager . . . I really didn’t mean to sound like any of those. Perhaps, it’s the sense of the earth finally giving… Read More

Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop #bloghop #giveaway #romance #historicalromance

Welcome to my stop on the “Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop” hosted by Bookhounds! So what do I have for you on my stop on the hop? A $10 Amazon Gift Card plus an eBook copy of my novel, A Road Paved in… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Eight: Rules – Personal Beliefs and Authenticity #historicalromance #romance

 When I first became obsessed with Outlander, I went online to read some of the reviews on the books. Why, I don’t know, but curiosity always drives me. Perhaps, it’s because I like to see that no matter how much of a… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Seven: Rules – Fact vs Fiction #historicalromance #historical #writing #amwriting

Ask any reader or Google the question: “How important is historical accuracy in a novel?” and for the most part you will get the answer of “very”. It’s true that there are some who believe that authors aren’t teachers. That it’s not… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Six: Rules – Research, Research, Research #writing #amwriting #historicalromance

Aside from finding your perfect time period and creating your perfect plot and characters, research is perhaps the most important rule to writing historical novels. Why? Because you will never be able to draw your readers into a different time period if… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Five: Elements – Plot and Setting: Time and Place #historical

Why do readers read Historical Romance and Historical Fiction? When asked this question, the overwhelming answer is always ‘to bring the past to life’ and it’s our job as the author to do just that. Nothing will pull a reader out of… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Four: Elements – Props and Attire #historicalromance #writing #amwriting

When I talk about proper props and attire, I’m not saying that you need to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the whole novel. That would be telling, not showing, not to mention unbelievably boring… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Three: Elements: Characteristics,Traits, and Behavior #historicalromance

Whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit. That’s just one of the secrets to writing Historical novels that people will love to read. They don’t want to read about a man or a woman who acts… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part Two: Elements – Elocution #writing #amwriting #historical

What is elocution? The skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation. So, in other words, speech (Elocution is more of a “historical” word for it . . . see what I did there?). Using proper dialect for… Read More

Writing Historical Novels, Part One: What is the Difference? #historical #amwriting #writing

In gearing up for my lectures in the 2019 Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference, I’ve decided to take the rest of the year to dedicate this blog to the two topics I plan to speak on. One of them is the “Elements and… Read More

It’s time to give the book blurb some lovin’ #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nothing. I repeat NOTHING is more hated in the career of being an author than writing the synopsis and the book blurb. Nothing. Well, perhaps writer’s block, but some of the authors I’ve talked to say they’d take writers block any day… Read More

How to share your Amazon buy link #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Wait . . . what is the reason for this blog post? You mean there is a right and wrong way to share my Amazon buy link? Yes. The answer is yes. Have you ever logged on to Author Central and noticed… Read More

A Writer’s Life as told by Phoebe Buffay #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post called A Writer’s Life as told by Joey Tribbiani from the hit TV show Friends. About nine months later, I did another one called A Writer’s Life as told by Ross Geller, and a few… Read More

As kids we loved Pirates #author #writing #amwriting #bookpiracy #piratebooks

Growing up, we always had that romantic notion of a pirate. Even if a lot of movies depicted them as thieves and the bad guys, there was always that mysterious allure of the sword-swinging, treasure hunting pirate. And then, of course, Hollywood… Read More

How to Survive being an Author (Part Three) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

For our third, and final, part of this series, we are going to look into just a couple more things that every author needs to survive. Of course, there are probably more that I haven’t thought of, but I know that I… Read More