Romance Pet Peeves: Excessive Euphemisms

Euphemisms in sex scenes: how much is too much?

Making Time to Take a Break

This week I’ve been pushing hard toward the end of the second draft of A Theft of Magic. I turned in the draft to my editor on Wednesday and now have a few days off until she comes… Read More

Cover Reveal: What’s Left of Me by Jennifer Loring

I am so excited to be able to announce this book! I loved Firebird and I’m looking forward to the next chapter for Aleksandr and Stephanie! WHAT’S LEFT OF ME by Jennifer Loring The Firebird Trilogy, Book #2… Read More

Sex and Romance Part Two: Steamy or Erotic?

In a previous blog post, I defined romance as follows: Romance as a genre is any story where the relationship between two (or sometimes more) characters is central to the plot and structure. If your story is structured… Read More

Sex and Romance Part One

If a romance focuses on two people (or more) falling in love, does that mean all romances must have sex? Of course not. For one thing, not everyone in the world wants to have sex, even if they… Read More

What Makes a Romance Novel?

First of all, let me come right out and say that no genre should be disparaged for existing. Many people look down on romance as though it is worthless or “too formulaic.” One of my favorite quotes upholding… Read More

Making Time

Over the last few weeks, several of my author friends have posted or shared blogs and articles about writing and productivity (I posted one on Facebook). There are myriad lists of to-dos and not-to-dos, but almost always, the… Read More

Research

A writer’s relationship to research is very personal. Some people try to avoid it at all costs. Some spend too much time falling down interesting rabbit holes. I’m on the rabbit-hole end of the spectrum, but I do… Read More

Book Soundtracks

I’ve always written to music, but it wasn’t until I started listening to the Story Wonk podcasts that I began developing more structured writing playlists. Now, when I’m starting a project, I will typically begin by using one of… Read More

Adventures in Fiction

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a writer, but when I was six years old, it never occurred to me that writing would be hard work. I’ve been plugging away for years now, and have several… Read More