It’s Messy. Is It a Process?

Process? I don’t need no stinking process. My book, alas, needs a plot. I’ve read the craft books. I know a scene from a sequel, and I understand the big W shaped romance plot and the four acts that make it up. I get hooks and turning points. I’ve tried outlines, story boards, and scene […]

Titles and Other Painful Decisions.

Readers may have noticed that I’ve been participating in the Marketing For Romance Writers (MFRW) 52-Week blog challenge. The idea is that all the participating authors post on a single topic, and we get to see the wide variation in approaches to the topic. It is a bit fun, and I plan to continue, but […]

Yikes! Women Warriors

Highlighting Historical Romance: The Savage from the Sea, A Viking Romance Clair Harris shares her research and motivation with us: I have always been interested in history. It was my favorite subject in school; igniting my imagination and inspiring me to travel the world. Over the years I discovered that history is a tangled web […]

A Labor of Love

Highlighting Historical Romance: Jan Scarbrough’s My Lord Raven Writing My Lord Raven was a labor of love. It took a long time with many starts, stops, and twists along the way. I fell in love with medieval history and romance in high school with authors Thomas B. Costain and Anya Seton. Later the romance genre […]

History As We Write It

Highlighting Historical Fiction welcomes Joan Leotta History is not a collection of dates and lists of people. We think this is so when we are in school, but for me, history was listening to my Grandma talk about what went on in her life. What were people’s reactions when our entry into World War Two […]

Girl Against The World

Highlighting Historical Romance welcomes Oberon Wonch whose novel, A Knight of Her Own, was released today. You’ve likely heard of the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, in which William, Duke of Normandy, and his invading army defeated the Anglo-Saxons, killed their king, and took the throne of England. What you might not know, […]

Why and How of Historical Romance

Highlighting Historical Romance: Madelyn Hill answers our questions about the genre. Caroline: Why do you write historical romance (or historical novels if appropriate)? Madelyn: I love to write historical romance because it is my favorite genre to read. I also love history, research and I’m an old movie buff. There are so many great things […]

Time To Party!

Today is the release day for Holly and Hopeful Hearts, eight all-new novellas with five star reviews from the Bluestocking Belles. Amazon US: http://ow.ly/INwa3049Ey3 Amazon UK: http://ow.ly/ZMuH3049ELM Amazon Australia: http://ow.ly/TczG3049EQ2 Amazon Canada: http://ow.ly/IERm3049EYM Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/664559 Kobo: http://ow.ly/Vx1n304jGzj Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/LqCI304jGuS iBooks: http://ow.ly/JcSI304jGWE We will party on Facebook on Sunday, November 13 from 11AM to […]

13 Steps in the Wrong Direction

Last Monday I wrote that my goal for the day was to give my current manuscript a read-through and plan the road forward. When I did I discovered that the plot had wandered into a swamp. All the fast pacing and relationship building I had done in the first half had bogged down in the […]

Clash of Cuisines

Highlighting Historical Fiction: Jude Knight brings us her research on English and French cuisine for one of her two stories in Holly and Hopeful Hearts, the Bluestocking Belles’ 2016 Holiday Anthology. In the kitchens of Hollystone Hall, in my story A Suitable Husband, we see one battle in the grand war of cuisines that consumed […]