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Riding the tiger.


I have now officially crossed over into the twilight zone of my career as a writer. I have been wrangling with agents lately.

Oh yes, I know what you are saying. Gee, not a bad problem to have.

All I have to say is just wait until you get there. It’s like riding a wild tiger. I would just as soon let go and fall off, but the ride is so spectacular, I dig my fingers into the short hairs of the beast and hang on even though my stomach lurches and my heart aches.

Here’s the just of it: A new agent from a well known agency wants to represent THE YARD MAN. She has worked as an editorial consultant for years, but is just getting started as an agent.  She says she will be working closely with the president.  She is not interested in THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK at all. Thinks the sex scenes are coercive. My take is that as a new agent, she does not want to go out with such a controversial ms. Can I blame her? I am grateful, however, that she is willing take on THE YARD MAN, the historical, romantic suspense that just finaled in the Golden Heart.

So, at the advice of my sister GH finalists, I put everyone who has a full manuscript on notice. Several of those agents read the manuscript right away and have already gotten back to me. One of those agents sent me this amazing, complimentary rejection and left the door open. She totally gets THE YARD MAN and THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, but wants changes if she decides to represent the ms. We may get together at the RWA Nationals.

I got the most glowing rejection I have ever received from a third agent who read the full ms. but can’t figure out how to sell cross-genre.

Finally, I have one full manuscript left, floating out in the litterarrius nebula. Wish I could name names, but in the interest of my fits and starts writing career, I had better not.

At the moment, I am exhausted by this game of agents and queries and rejections. I am trying to concentrate on finishing up my current WIP. Writing is the only thing keeping me sane at the moment.

I am sticking to my brand. My voice. I know the direction I want to go with my writing. It may take me longer to get published. Someone out there has to recognize that my work is not entirely like the rest of the romance writers out there, nor are my stories.

Oddly enough, I am not afraid.

G. Jillian Stone

There are fields in time that burn with desire. Meet me there.

Jillian is currently finishing the second book in The Yard Men Series. Set in late Victorian London, Scotland Yard detectives have never been as wickedly sexy or as brilliantly clever. To read more about her latest work in progress, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, please drop by her website: www.gjillianstone.com

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Writing in SLOMO.


This happens to me every time I get close to finishing a book. The earth begins to slow on its axis. Cars on the road and people walking along the sidewalk seem sluggish. Even my dog takes more naps.

I realize full well what is happening. I am nearing the end of my WIP. I will soon have a completed manuscript. But what should have taken days to complete has turned into weeks, and still those last few chapters remain unwritten. I have only pages to go. I continue to rework a number of scenes, adding narrative in, editing it back and then adding more in again. All of this putzing rather than push ahead to the finish line.

What is wrong with me? I like my ending. I don’t have writer’s block. And I am looking forward to completing the novel. I just––dawdle. I think this reluctance, on my part, to finish the manuscript has something to do with the end of the journey. Some sort of twisted form of writer’s separation anxiety.

I know very well, that no mater how slow I write, the plot will eventually resolve and my characters will live HEA. Or in the case of my latest novel, they sail off into the sunset, literally. And I can always revisit them in rewrite and revisions, right? Actually, this little end-of-the-novel drama makes me smile. I’m glad I care about my characters. And, as odd as this sounds, I will miss interacting with them every day.

I’m not really worrried about getting to that last page. I know that eventually, over the next days or weeks the voice in my head is going to get louder and louder. JUST FINISH THE DAMN BOOK!

And I will. Slowly.

G. Jillian Stone

There are fields in time that burn with desire. Meet me there.

Jillian is currently finishing the second book in The Yard Men Series. Set in late Victorian London, Scotland Yard detectives have never been as wickedly sexy or as brilliantly clever. To read more about her latest work in progress, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, please drop by her website: www.gjillianstone.com

Monday Madness – Poppy’s Passions


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Anna Shah Hoque

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Poppy’s Passions by Stephanie Beck

Can Poppy find the courage to risk triple the love — and triple the heartbreak? Poppy Maguire is tired of being a loser. Emotionally neglected as a child, she wants to find the courage to leave her family and the job she hates. She desperately wants to make a change. Little does she realize how much of a change sexy brothers Cody, Michael and Trevor Paraby will bring to her life when the friendly shoulders they offer turn into so much more. Comfort turns to passion and Poppy learns what life could be like in the arms of not one, but three men who love her. But what happens when the pink line on a pregnancy test doubles and she’s expecting twins, courtesy of one of a Parabys? The brothers blow her mind by offering her the family and love she’s always longed for. But do they realize what they’re in for? Cody is moving a little too fast, Michael may not be in for the long haul, and Trevor is a bit self-centered.In order for Poppy to have the extraordinary love she fears she hasn’t earned, everyone is going to have to do some growing. But can she break free from the bad seed of her abusive family and have the courage to bloom?

Any comment will enter you to win the ebook, but tell us what you love about multiple love (twins, brothers, etc…) romance novels and you may be quoted in a future A History post.

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until next Saturday, midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.

http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn

http://aprildawnbooks.com

Why I Love a Good Argument Between Characters.


There are some very good reasons to write at least a couple of rip roaring good fight scenes into your romance story. The most obvious reason, of course, is the make up sex, but let’s discuss the love scene later towards the end of this blog, where it belongs.

Arguments are a fantastic way to create tension while you are creating––more tension. Tension keeps the reader fully engaged in your story. Even when you have two characters drinking coffee, there needs to be what is called micro-tension in their conversation. In his book WRITING THE BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL, Donald Maass invites examination of a few best selling novels. The secret, he says, to these page turners is that these authors know how to write tension into every scene.

Arguments allow a writer to reveal aspects of a character’s hidden personality when it goes a little (or a lot) out of control. The stoic, strong character suddenly becomes agitated and edgy during conflict or confrontation. Or perhaps a character who is written as a person of questionable morals and a near-do-well, triumphs in conflict and even shows unexpected courage.

I kook forward to writing a falling-out between old friends, a cat fight between two jealous females, a bickering husband and wife, or two old hounds squabbling over a bone. And I approach every conflict with some kind of weird writer’s glee. Every argument is an opportunity to advance either the plot or relationship.

And if the quarrel is between hero and heroine, there is always the promise of a love scene. A sweet and tender counterpoint to a terrible row or a torrid, passionate mating between two highly aroused lovers.

Whether it be huge blowouts that end in a whimper, or a small schism that simply adds spice to dialogue, I have to say arguments are some of my favorite scenes to write. I love it when characters lose control and let loose their tempers. Maybe they even shout a few choice curse words. And I’m there, right in the middle of the conflict, ready to help them get it off their chest and onto the printed page.

Life is a quest and love a quarrel. ––Edna St. Vincent Millay

G. Jillian Stone

There are fields in time that burn with desire. Meet me there.

Jillian is currently finishing the second book in The Yard Men Series. Set in late Victorian London, Scotland Yard detectives have never been as wickedly sexy or as brilliantly clever. To read more about her latest work in progress, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, please drop by her website: www.gjillianstone.com

A History – Guest Blog – Romance vs. Fiction


Today we have a guest blogger at A History.

Stephanie Beck is a full time mom, part time writer and amateur speller. She loves knitting, reading, writing and baking when she isn’t busy with her two girls and husband. Her debut novel is a ménage romance about three naughty brothers and the woman they love. Poppy’s Passions is available April 19th, 2010 though Lyrical Press. Contact Steph at stephaniebeckauthor@gmail.com

Welcome Stephanie Beck. Continue reading

Monday Madness!


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Cassie Exline

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have our April grab bag with lots of fun goodies.

Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about romance novels (and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until next Saturday, midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.
http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn
http://aprildawnbooks.comhttps://letstalkromance.wordpress.com/

The Fiction World According to My Crit Partner and Donald Maass.


When I worry about not fitting into the romance box or why some contest judges don’t get my dark, brooding occult detective hero, Phaeton Black, I turn to two people. One is my crit partner, a.c. Mason, who sees my brilliance and always encourages me to stay true to myself and write the stories that are inside me, and not to a strict category format.

Then there is Donald Maass. What can I say? Some discouraged or frustrated writers open a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, others turn to the Bible. Me? I open up my dog-eared copy of How to Write the Breakthrough Novel and take solace in his words.

I once had an editor suggest after reading my synopsis, that perhaps the novel didn’t need two subplots in addition to the romance story.

Donald Maass has never found himself reading a novel and stopped to think: This novel is just too layered and complex.

Recently, several agents have written to tell me how much they enjoyed my story/characters and loved my voice/writing, but the manuscript was a tough sell in this market. I have come to understand this coded phrase means: Red Alert! Warning! Danger! Cross-genre novel.

On one of his recent blogs, Donald Maass noted: Everyone writes cross-genre these days.

My crit partner, Mason, lives in Canada and recently attended a Toronto RWA chapter meeting where Donald Maass was the guest speaker. She and I consulted for hours about what questions she might ask him during Q&A. She managed to get the first and only question answered.

Any advice on how to pitch/query if you write cross-genre?

Mr. Maass had a couple of interesting remarks and some advice on the subject. First of all, in mainstream fiction, the lines between genres have blurred considerably, while romance subgenres have not. He also noted that as more and more fiction is sold over the internet (books are e-catalogued for searches in multiple genres facilitating more opportunity for sales.) these genre distinctions are apt to blur even more. Think about what has happened to the business of selling music and you can easily figure out the trend.

From a practical standpoint, he advised cross-genre writers to mention (in their query) some successful cross-genre writers/novels close to your own work. In my case I write historical paranormal with romantic elements and/or historical suspense with romantic elements. So, I might mention Amanda Quick, or Gabaldon or any number of other writers who use time travel or historical settings in which to set a mystery or suspense thriller.

Why is it that in everything I do or try to accomplish in life, I find myself ahead of the curve? And is that a blessing or a curse? Actually, if you could see my face right now, you would be able to make out a twinkle in my eye and a bit of a grin.

For me, the road will be longer and fraught with obstacles, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have made up my mind I am a women’s fiction writer and not a romance writer, and I am happy for the first time in a long time. I feel like I have found my place I the world.

Thanks in large part to Mason and Maass. Muah!

G. Jillian Stone

There are fields in time that burn with desire. Meet me there.

Jillian is currently finishing the second book in The Yard Men Series. Set in late Victorian London, Scotland Yard detectives have never been as wickedly sexy or as brilliantly clever. To read more about her latest work in progress, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, please drop by her website: www.gjillianstone.com

Interview – Kate Douglas


Today we have a guest interviewer helping me out.

Margie says…
This is an interview with Kate Douglas (Wolf Tales & Sexy Beast series). She is the one who inspired me to write. I mean years of rejections and she kept at it. Can’t top her determination to create.

Now that is inspirational. So lets find out more about Kate…

How did you get started writing?

I’ve always wanted to write. I kept diaries as a kid, wrote poetry, got my degree in English Literature and wrote commercials for a country-western radio station when I got out of college. Worked as a newspaper reporter and also wrote freelance stuff, but when I discovered romances in the 1970s, I knew that was what I really wanted to write. I started writing for publication in 1984 but didn’t sell my first story until 1998, and that was to an epublisher before anyone knew what ebooks were. It wasn’t until 2005 that I signed my first New York contract. I honestly don’t think writing was anything I chose to do—it sort of chose me.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love everything about writing. Coming up with an idea, developing a story, getting to know my characters. I love revising and editing and making a story work, creating new worlds and even new histories for my characters. There is such an amazing sense of creation in taking the seed of an idea and ending up with a printed book in your hands. There’s nothing else to compare…except maybe pregnancy and childbirth! Writing isn’t nearly as hard on the waistline, though.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

There is absolutely no part of what I do that I dislike. I even enjoy the promotion I need to do, something a lot of authors don’t care for. I see it all as a great adventure.

Is there anything you would like to share about yourself or your work?

I can’t think of anything new—my life is pretty much an open book. I’m all over Facebook and blog quite a bit, and my readers know they can ask me anything and I’ll answer them. My writing schedule is really heavy so I don’t have a lot of time for a social life, which means the online community, because it’s so accessible, fills the need for me to have a connection with real people as compared to my fantasy characters. I’m really pretty boring in real life—have been married to a terrific guy for almost 38 years. We’ve got two great adult kids and between them they and their spouses have presented us with five grandchildren—so far! It’s all good. J

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m very proud of the fact that after almost twenty years of submitting my stories and racking up the rejections, I didn’t give up. I stuck with it, trusted my agent and my own instincts, and now, I’m a fairly successful author with over thirty books in print. I like to think I’m living proof that stubbornness and tenacity can pay off.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

As I said earlier, I like the whole process, but I think my favorite part is when I get to the last few chapters and everything comes together. I don’t really plot my stories. I just sit down and let my characters tell me what’s going on. Sometimes it takes them awhile to start spilling the story, but they always give it up before too long. That final few chapters, though—that’s where I really get rolling and can be so caught up in the writing that I don’t hear the phone ring, don’t hear my husband when he comes into the office to ask me something—all I hear is the sound of my characters and the action in the story.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Hot. Very, very hot, especially in my erotic romances. I’ve often said there are no barriers I’m afraid to cross. The sex scenes in my Wolf Tales and Sexy Beast books are graphic, they’re erotic, and they tend to push buttons some people don’t want pushed. I have no problem including group sex in my erotic romances, including same-sex interludes. Even my “straight” paranormal series has pretty hot scenes, but I like to think that when the author has created an emotional connection between the reader and the story, that readers are disappointed if they don’t get the really powerful scenes between characters they’ve come to know and care about. I want my readers to feel the powerful emotions my characters feel for one another, and a well-written sex scene makes that connection. I think it tends to grab the reader at a visceral level.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Wolf Tales 11 three weeks ago, completed page proofs for Wolf Tales 10 which comes out in July, did the copy edits last week on HellFire, which is the second book in my new paranormal series, The DemonSlayers, FedExed the copy edits for Crystal Dreams, a novella that’s part of my DemonSlayers series, to NY this afternoon, and tonight I’m back at work on StarFire, the third book in The DemonSlayers.

Any professional advice for other authors?

Never, ever quit. If you love writing and feel you’re meant to write, stick with it, because you’ll never feel complete if you quit.

What is your favorite television show?

I watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, and that’s it. I don’t have time for television—I’d rather read a book than watch the tube, but we turn Rachel’s show on during dinner every night. That’s literally the only tv I see unless my husband drags me downstairs to watch a movie…I do that about three times a year.

What kind of music do you like?

Celtic music on occasion. Native American. I rarely listen to music when I’m writing unless a scene calls for it. Then I’ll play whatever my characters are listening to so that I get the pacing and rhythm incorporated into the writing.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Do you have any pets?

Rufus has me. He’s a little furry dog that someone threw out of a car a dozen years ago. He landed well and rules our household.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pass time?

Reading and gardening, though I never have enough time for either. I also love to hike, but that’s another one that takes second place to my favorite thing, which is writing.

Where can fans follow you?

I blog every other week at www.runningwithquills.com and once a month at http://www.aphrodisiaauthors.com/blog/ Plus readers can find me on Facebook . I’ve deactivated my MySpace page—it was just one too many things to deal with!

Find out more about Kate and her novels at her website.
She just recently wrote her first mainstream novel Demon Fire available in bookstores now as well as
Wolf Tales
Sexy Beast—Chanku Rising
Wolf Tales II
Wild Nights—Camille’s Dawn
Wolf Tales III
Sexy Beast II—Chanku Fallen
Wolf Tales IV
Sexy Beast III—Chanku Journey
Wolf Tales V
Sexy Beast IV—Chanku Destiny
Wolf Tales VI
Sexy Beast V—Chanku Wild
Wolf Tales VII
Sexy Beast VI–Chanku Honor
Wolf Tales VIII
Sexy Beast VII–Chanku Challenge
Wolf Tales 9
Sexy Beast VIII–Chanku spirit (Spring 2010)
Wolf Tales 10 (July 2010)
Wolf Tales 11 (January 2011)
Wolf Tales 12 (July 2011)
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April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.
http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn
http://aprildawnbooks.com

On Finaling in the Golden Heart: The Call.


I collected my jacket, my purse, my iPhone, and was just about to leave for my dental appointment. In fact, I had joked extensively with the Contest Divas the day before about the fact that I didn’t want to think about the RWA Golden Heart. And I wasn’t going to get any call.

My Eeyore-ish kind of mood came from a weekend of contest disappointments. The worst one of which was the lowest score I have ever received in a contest from a judge who hated my dark hero as well as my writing. She said I overwrote every sentence. Boing!

Besides, I wasn’t going to final in this impossibly huge national contest, anyway.

In the days proceeding call day, I wrote several posts about sitting in the dentist’s chair and having crown work done. I remember references to novacaine and laughing gas and being too busy to think about the GH.

Then, at approximately 8:45 in morning, I got the call.

Your brain goes kind of fuzzy during the call. But not so muddled that you miss the awesomeness of the moment. And the second you stop screaming the RWA PR machine kicks in. Vaguely, you hear dates about getting a photo taken and sent in for press releases. Then there is this large packet of materials you will be required to read fill out and send back. A special e-chat loop is set up for finalists to ask questions and get to know one another before the conference. And, as a Golden Heart finalist I will get priority for appointments with agents and editors. And, and, and…

When the call ended, it took me about an hour to write a simple text because my hands were–you guessed it, shaking. The best thing about the call for me was that I wasn’t ready for it. It truly came as a huge, wonderful gift and it took most of the day to sink in.

And remember, I still had to go to the dentist. It’s an odd feeling sitting in the waiting room thinking about the $960.00 I was about to spend on a crown. Money I could use to go to the RWA Nationals in Nashville; where I would be able to network with industry professionals, published authors and lots of other writers. Then an idea struck. To hell with the crown. I’ll keep the temporary in for a few more months and get the permanent crown done in August, after I get back from the nationals. Brilliant! Immediately I had half the expenses for the trip already saved.

Two weeks ago, I began a series of blogs on the pros and cons of the romance contest circuit. Was it worth the time and angst? Even if you did final, what were the odds of signing with an agent or getting offered a contract from a major publisher?  And I still don’t have the answers to those questions, but the for the next few months anyway, I think my chances have gotten a whole lot better. I will keep you posted. This is going to be an amazing ride, and I’m ready!

Jillian

G. Jillian Stone

There are fields in time that burn with desire. Meet me there.

Jillian is currently finishing the second book in The Yard Men Series. Set in late Victorian London, Scotland Yard detectives have never been as wickedly sexy or as brilliantly clever. To read more about her latest work in progress, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, please drop by her website: www.gjillianstone.com

Interview – Honoria Ravena


Honoria Ravena has dropped by for an interview today.
Welcome Honoria.

How did you get started writing?

I started writing when I was twelve, after I read a great book that was written by someone my age. I decided I could do that, I had all these ideas anyway so I should do something with them. It couldn’t be that hard right? Yeah…right. So I didn’t get my first book published at thirteen, but I didn’t give up writing. It became something I HAD to do.
Where would you like to go from here?

Well, when I finish my current manuscript I’m going to start submitting to agents. Eventually I want a contracted with Berkley (or another imprint of Penguin) or St. Martins. I’d like to be able to support myself as a full-time writer eventually.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

Rewrites. I hate rewriting my stories. Once I’m done I want to be DONE. Unfortunately, rewrites are an important part of the process, and they really do make the story glow.

What part of a manuscript do you least like writing?

The middle. I hit about 25K, and my work slows to a crawl. I don’t really like writing the very end either, because I’m so hyped up, I tend to rush them.

How would you describe your love scenes?

Graphic, told with frank, straight forward language. Nothing is worse than reading flowery loves scenes with words like “man root” in them.

What is your favorite television show?

It’s got to be Gilmore Girls. It’s funny, and light. I’ve got it on DVD.

What kind of music do you like?

I like a lot of different things. Mainly rock, some rap, some pop. Very little country.

Do you have any pets?

I have one black cat named Salem, after the cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Where can fans follow you?

I’m almost everywhere. Goodreads, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter. I have a blog, and so do my characters. You can find all these links on my website: http://www.honoriaravena.com under Contact Me. Or you could search the websites.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to see us here at a History of Romance.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.

A History – Places to research – 18th century


I’ve talked a bit about research books and I will go on to talk more about them in another post. This post is about websites.

Good places to find information on the web are hard to find. Sometimes you don’t know if the information you are getting is accurate. Especially on websites with no educational background. This is why I recommend double checking any info you get from the internet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen contradicting information on lay websites, then found the correct info on encyclopedic or educational websites.

Stuck for names. Baby name sites often have great lists of names and some will even tell you when the name was first, or most often, used.

Need help with speech patterns? Ideas of daily life and politics? You can find a number of 18th an 19th century correspondence. Here

Need more help with speech pattern, behaviors, and rules of society? You can find books from the period to read online.

Educational sites often have dictionaries and informational pages, like this one, and this one.

There are many other well written and informative sites as well, just be sure to check the credibility. Don’t be caught with emails and letters coming in about some small historical inaccuracy because you neglected to do the proper research.
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April Dawn
-Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press and Allromance.

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Interview – April Dawn


Well, an interviewee wasnt’ quite ready, so for today’s interview, I’m interviewing… me… April Dawn
Welcome me. 😀

What is your favorite television show?

I usually don’t have time to watch television, but lately my husband and I find ourselves out of town most weekdays. My father-in-law’s love of NCIS is rubbing off on me, I must admit. My father’s love of Dexter, and my mother’s love of Drop Dead Diva have also become favs. And of course from my days of leisure before my son and my writing career(much to my delight) took up my spare time, I used to watch Scrubs.

What is the most memorable book you’ve read?

There are so many wonderful books that I have loved over the years and each is memorable in its own way. I can often still remember the characters and the story line long after I have forgotten the title. If one day, years from now, I am on some website or other and someone is trying to find one of my books so they could read it again, it would feel fabulous. I would love it.

What name would you choose if you had to change your name?

Hmmm, Flora Garbanzo? Gargantuan Peteluma? Nope, I’m good with the one I’ve got.

Do you have a hobby/favorite pastime?

My husband and I letterbox with our son. It is a fun pastime that combines treasure hunting and logic puzzle style fun. http://letterboxing.org

Where would you like to go from here?

Well, I’m happy with how far I’ve come, and Breathless Press is a fantastic publisher. However, I would still love to get and agent, and get published by Avon, Berkley, Kensington, or one of the other big print publishers.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the inspiration moment. When you start writing a scene that just flows from you like water. That is the best part.

What do you dislike most about what you do?

All the parts of the job that don’t have to do with writing. I hope to find an agent who can do some of them for me. Then I could focus more fully on writing.

What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?

Action scenes. I love to write a good fight or a storm. I have fun writing every bit of a good story, but there’s just something about a good action scene.

How would you describe your love scenes?

A pinch of spice, a touch of emotion, and a dab of humor (usually before or after.) It seems to me that is a fairly true formula for real life love scenes, and it certainly is true for the romance scenes on the page.

How would describe your voice?

Historically poetic? I have a good voice for historical, I’ve been told. However, the poet in me can’t help but come out sometimes, usually in a line or two of description or dialogue.

What are you working on now?

Well, Bound By Love (Jan 29, 2010) and Crushing Desire (Feb 12, 2010) are at Breathless Press. Other than that, I have three nearly completed works that I am trying to complete and submit, as well as a number of others in various stages of completion.

Where can fans follow you?

Publisher: Website: Blog: Twitter: Facebook: MySpace:
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I would like to thank myself for being here, ;-D and thank you all for taking the time to read this.

April Dawn

Read the writing contest submissions.


Unfortunately Shiela Stewart can’t make it here today, but we still have some fun for you here at A History.

Check out the submissions for the contest on the contest page or the free reads page. and see which ones you like. Be sure to come back on the 15th to see who won. Winner will be posted at noon.

Judging is in progress!
Author names will be revealed when the winners are posted.

1 – The Girls in the Bar

2 – Kismet

3 – Out of the Frying Pan

4 – Tales of Chocolate Chipmunks

5 – A Memorable Meal

6 – Out of the Frying Pan; Into His Arms

7 -Just Another Day at the Park

8 – Aphrodite’s Dream

9 – The Maid

10 – The Runner

Read through and decide which is your favorite. Then come back on March 15th. Winner will be posted at noon PST.

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Monday Madness – The Wedding Night


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Kathleen

Congratulations on winning . Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have a gift package from Ava Delany, Author of The Soldier’s Return, The Librarian’s Love, and The Wedding Night which comes out March 12th. She is also working on the release of her Fetish Club series, coming soon from Breathless Press.
Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about our site (and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Friday. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

A History – Trends in historical romance novel covers


There seem to be coherent trends in romance novels from each decade. There are always exceptions, but here are a few.

The 70s gave us a lot of romance novels with hand drawn covers. The heroine and/or hero were often featured on the cover.

Scrolling titles were often seen on these covers.

The 80’s featured a large number of Hero/Heroine centered covers. Lots of cuddling and leaning pictures.

Lots of almost kissing, deep longing, and implied sexual tension. Usually with a nature or occasionally an indoor scene in the background.

The 90s gave way to a lot of floral covers where the hero and heroine were often featured on the inside jacket.

Another popular theme was the coy woman with the hero and heroine on the cover (especially for regency).

The 2000s kept the hero/heroine free cover theme for a while.


Also backs became more popular as 2000 came to a close and 2010 began.

For 2010, who knows what the theme will morph into .
Here are my covers, and a few others released in the beginning of 2010.




What would you like to see more of on romance novel covers? What do you think the newest trends will be?

April Dawn