Strength, Weakness, and the Day Job

This week’s writing challenge from Marketing for Romance Writers gave me flashbacks to the days when I had to endure job interviews. Inevitably someone on the selection committee would ask the dreaded question, “What’s your greatest strength?” The first time I heard it I was stymied. Since I went through a long period in which […]

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 […]

5 Things I Learned About 1835

The Reluctant Wife is in the final stages of editing and on track for an April 26 release. It is set in 1835, and in the process of writing it I learned quite a bit about that era. Sometimes I think collecting odd bits of facts is the most fun part of my job. The […]

Quang Trung, the Emperor Who United a Country.

Highlighting Historical Romance: Mike Lord tells us about the emperor. I came to Vietnam in 1997 to work on a poverty reduction project in a mountainous province about 150 miles from Hanoi. I wanted to read as much of the history as I could find in English of the country in which I was working, […]

4 Things That Matter

As is our routine, I reviewed the family calendar and my convoluted to-do list with Beloved. Why convoluted? I use a tool called Toodledo that lets me assign every task a due date, an importance level, and a category or folder. The web-based tool lets me sort on all three of those. Obviously a task […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Not To Hate Valentine’s Day

What’s that you say? Valentine’s Day is just another bogus holiday created by Hallmark, the floral industry, and retailers to empty out our wallets. You might think that expressions of love that have to be coerced with guilt messages and commercials are worth nothing and you’d be right. Love and romance, however, aren’t to blame […]

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, […]

4 Things To Do After You Type The End

First draft writing can be a long agony. Once you reach that tender, soul-satisfying conclusion, wipe away a tear, and type The End, you take a deep sigh, certain the story is right. You ask, “Now what?” The temptation is to either a) send it off now because, of course, it is perfect OR b) […]

Seven Holiday Gifts: Week Seven

For seven weeks the Bluestocking Belles have brought you a gift or givewaway, a bit of holiday fiction, some information about the holiday, and a recipe. This week we bring the series to a close with Jessica Cale’s epilogue to her story Artemis, one of the eight novellas featured in the Bluestocking Belles’ 2016 holiday […]