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TBT: Brazen Angel

I don’t know how many people told me NOT to write Brazen Angel. An editor at a conference. More than one agent. Critic partners. Contest judges. Every single one of them said that any story set around the French Revolution wasn’t romantic, would never sell. One of my critique partners joked that it was the tale of springtime in Paris with Robespierre. Yeah, very funny.Robespierre

I wrote it anyway. And look what happened. It won the Dell Diamond Debut–which came with a publishing contract. It was nominated for two RITAs, Best First Book and Best Long Historical. It won … Read more »

8 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Time

If you are like me, your writing time is both precious and never long enough. So here are some of my methods to make sure you are getting the most pages out of your limited time.

1) Stop reading email, Tweets, Facebook, Instagram, et al. Okay, maybe that’s a little drastic, but how about printing out this little rule and stick it on your computer screen: Writing first, all the rest second. To make is easier, turn off all your alerts and anything that might nudge you to go take a peek. Stay on target.

2) Do as much pre-writing Read more »

TBT: No Marriage of Convenience

This book, No Marriage of Convenience, was originElizBo4ally slated as the follow-up to Brazen Angel, and was to be the story of Emma’s illegitimate daughter, Riley. However, my Dell editor at the time passed on the idea and wanted me to write Brazen Heiress instead.

When Avon asked me if I had anything I would be interested in doing for them, I immediately proposed this story, the one I had been waiting three years to write. Of course, by changing publishing houses I had to take the Brazen connection out of the book, but I think it … Read more »

3 Writing Tips for NaNoWriMo

Are you off and dashing? NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–which challenges a writer to draft a book in a month–begins today and as you start furiously writing your story, I have three tips for staying on track and keeping your story moving forward.

1) Prewrite. I know that sounds crazy, but prewriting before you sit down at the keyboard, with a pencil/pen and paper will often give you the sort of creative jump start that can lead to more words on a whole, quicker and more easily. By drafting the ideas you have, or just playing around with your story for … Read more »

Have You Met: Avon Addict Jody, aka Joder

avonaddictJody hosts the popular blog, Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess where she shares her love of books, amongst other things (as well as keeping a great list of giveaways–so if you like contests…).

But before you dash off to visit her blog, let me introduce, Joder:

1) Favorite name for a hero or heroine. Fave name for a hero is Devyn.

2) Do you immediately start another book once you finished one? As a blogger/reviewer I’m constantly reading and even dream of reading!

3) Favorite place to read? In front of my office window in the morning with … Read more »

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