Writing the Moment by Susan Hanniford Crowley

I’m very excited I’m writing the most crucial scene in my next novel.  I was stuck for a

"Eiffelturm" by Benutzer:BigBartimäus - Self-photographed. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

“Eiffelturm” by Benutzer:BigBartimäus – Self-photographed. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

while and went back in and edited up to the point. Still stuck, I did massive research on the history that affects the moment. I studied maps and researched everything possible that affects my hero and heroine during that critical scene.  Then POW!  It flowed so fast and so perfectly, I cried.

I get scared for my characters sometimes that their dreams aren’t going to come true. My romances are bigger than the couple, especially this one. It impacts their families and friends. It expands on the first book in the series and goes further becoming part of the family saga. What would you do for love? How far would you go?  What if you had to trust someone you had no reason to trust?

This book is all about Vampire King of New York Max Vander Meer’s daughter Noblesse. Everyone gets to see a more personal side to her than just her father’s right hand in business or his body guard on the street. The always prim and proper and business first Noblesse lets her hair down. The story is more than looking for true love, it spans where she came from, what influences her, and what she’s afraid of.  The moment reveals everything she has searched for.  In the moment, everything can be lost or won, and winning makes you numb.

I’m not going to say more. I’m very excited for Noblesse’s book.

How does it make you feel when you read the moment in a book?  Terrified?  Ecstatic? Exhausted? Relieved? Scared of what possibly could be next?


Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Time to Write (Ack!) by Stacy Hoff

computer fear

It’s every writer’s dream to have quiet alone time to write. We beg, borrow and steal for free time. For me, this is especially true. I’m a wife, mom and full-time attorney. I’m also actively engaged in my professional writing group and a member of an art center. To top to it off, I have a busy publishing schedule for my romance novels, coming out with new stories (both full-length and short) every few months.

Weirdly, I now have some free time. My boys (ages ten and thirteen) are off traveling with family. The minute they left, the house fell silent. So I now have quiet, undistracted time to finish up my next novel. It’s like getting a rare treat, one I’m desperate to indulge in. No matter how much I miss my beloved boys.

It feels so odd to have this opportunity. Now if I can’t produce, I only have myself to blame. No pressure!

I’ll have to hope that while my boys are away the Muses come to visit.


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The Wasp Whisperer: A True Account by Heather Novak

One peaceful summer day, the unthinkable happened…

A deadly wasp infiltrated my kitchen.

Straight from the mouth of Hell.

I live tweeted the experience. All of these events are completely true and not in any way dramatized. *


During my time held hostage by this, the most evil of insects, I posted live updates on twitter so I could preserve my potentially final moments. I fought not with bravery or valor, but instead wit and rhetoric. From behind a closed door.

I must warn you — it’s not pretty. The wasp was hostile. Children under thirteen should be accompanied by an adult.

From (Twitter) @authorheathern
Some lines have been altered for time and poor grammar.

Hour 1:
That moment when you’re cooking…and a wasp is crawling by you…and your epi-pen is in the other room…#run #DidITurnOffTheStove

Hour 1.5:
I’m hiding in my office. Towel under door. Must sneak out  for supplies and to check that I turned the stove off. Pray for me.
(Note: Stove was off! Huzzah!)

Hour 2:
It’s turned into worst case scenario. The wasp has gone missing. Anyone have the National Guard on speed dial?

Hour 3:
Prince Charming has arrived home. He is taking out the vacuum and walking slowly toward the kitchen. There’s no way this can go wrong, right?!

Hour 4:
Mayhem has ensued. The wasp has bested us, but we think he is injured. I am still in hiding.

Hour 5:
We’ve contacted a realtor to sign the property over to the wasp. It’s taken us by force and clearly deserves it.

Hour 10:
I’ve quit my job, as clearly I can never leave my room. But I need to pee… /eyes cowboy boots/

Hour 35:
Starvation has kicked in. I haven’t eaten in four forty hours. I may be hallucinating. What I thought was a cinnamon roll turned out to be a pair of nylons.

Hour 42:
The man has located the wasp (and my epi-pen) and will begin the extraction process. Blueprints are being researched. Two tanks have rolled up onto our front lawn. The President is on the phone.

Hour 745*:
I’m surviving on stale gluten-free pretzels and Trident gum. I have some apple lotion for dessert…

Hour 27931:
The wasp has moved into a light fixture. Tools are out. Oven mitts are on. Battle to commence in 3…2…1…

Hour 996266:
THE WASP HAS BEEN ERADICATED! Epi-pen returned to purse. The locals cheer. The President will give a State of the Union address in one hour.

In honor of Prince Charming’s bravery to make the house wasp-free, we shall rename him:
The Wasp Whisperer.

mike and heather florida beach

Be jealous of how adorable we are!


I hope you enjoyed this rendition of The Wasp Whisperer. No humans were harmed in the making of this blog post…although one wasp was harmed. The wasp was ultimately trapped inside of the light fixture, which was quickly covered and set outside. I’d say that I hope the wasp is in a better place, but really wasps are just proof that evil exists in the world.

Stay safe. Lock your windows. Tip your waitresses.

Fun fact alert! July 30, 2015 is known for:

  • Only make friends with people who don’t own selfie sticks!

    International Friendship Day 

  • Father-in-Law Day
  • National Cheesecake Day

Cheesecake, family, and friends? Sounds like one heck of a day!



Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,
Heather Novak
Bold. Bewitching. Breathtaking. 

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Twitter: authorheathern
Facebook: authorheathernovak
Website: Heathernovak.net

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Writing Senses

Waves crashed against the sand. The sun warm my skin. I turned my head, face against the wind. Salty and wet, it whipped strands of my hair around my cheeks and nose.

Sounds like the beach, huh? That’s the point. Even better with writing is the fact that it can truly feel like you are some place as well.

I have to say that I really like movies. I really like seeing a world dreamed up by someone else’s imagination. But, when it comes to books, I LOVE books. I love them even more because while the world is painted by another person’s words, the images that come to me are uniquely my own. What I feel is uniquely my own too. Part of the challenge as an author is creating these sensations so strongly that our readers feel and envision what we want them to. I know that it will still be unique to them but if I get it close I’m happy. Still, it is something to account for as we think of our readers. How do you awaken the senses the way you want to? For instance, if instead of the first paragraph, I had written this next one, how would you feel?

Waves crashed against the sand. Despite the warmth of the sun, goose bumps popped up along my arms and down the back of my neck. I shivered, turned my head, face against the wind. Wet and angry, it whipped strands of my hair around my cheeks and nose.

The first seems to feel somewhat comforting while the second is cold, maybe even unsettling but we really need to wait and find out. Why is that? A lot of it is description, but touching on the senses (especially ones that are familiar to us) conjures associations and certain feelings in each of us. The difficulty at times is that we aren’t always able to judge in our own writing how we feel about a scene, especially after we’ve tinkered with it for the two-hundredth time. My recommendation? Take a break, come back to it later (even if the break is a week or two or longer). That is why it helps to go straight through at times when you are doing that first draft. Second, work with a critique partner or have a friend read it and then tell you how it made them feel. Does it hit the mark? Let me know if this works or if you have suggestions you’d like to share.

Good luck and happy writing this week!

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Getting Back Into Sci-Fi by Mandy Rosko

Okay, so I think Earnest Cline is opening me up to all sorts of books and movies that I wasn’t even really aware of, or didn’t pay much attention to, outside of Star Wars and Mass Effect.

I think it all started with Ready Player One, and reading about all of those characters that I grew up watching on TV, namely Voltron, Power Rangers, you name it. Some things I didn’t even know about, like the Japanese Spider Man, which I still want to see :)

RP1         Armada

This has made me have more of an appreciation for video games and sci-fi, and now, after finishing A Town Called Dust, I’m working on getting through Armada.

Within the first two chapters of that book, there is a nice giant list of video games and movies involving space and/or aliens, with a couple named that involve teaching kids to learn how to fight their enemies using video games as a training method.

I love that. I can’t believe I still have yet to see Tron, or War Games. I’m a big believer in reading outside of your writing genre, but only lately have I been able to really get back into Sci-Fi. The movie Pixels recently came out, and I cannot wait to watch that.

I think it’s the mix of gaming and real life adventure that makes me love this sub-genre, which isn’t even as new as I thought it was. These are really the sorts of things that have been making me excited to read these things. Brings out the inner kid in me where I was still waiting to get my super powers and draw in the eye of a gorgeously tortured hero (or villain)

I think this has gotten me so excited for these stories. I honestly didn’t know what I was missing until lately. I just have this enormous urge to gobble them all up and put them on my shelf forever and ever :) Now I’m on a mission to find anything epic involving video games. I need to rent War Games off of iTunes. I bet this stuff is excellent muse material for romance :D

Anyway, it’s one good thing to think about while I update my Macbook so that I can reinstall iMovie and then finally start working on my next, overdue Youtube Video. Yay! :D



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Final Shades of July Paranormal-Scope

Things are heating up. Are you ready for it?

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Shapeshifters are bothered by the heat. Avoid all conflicts this week. The heat affects people in strange ways.

Mermaids are singing your song. It’s time to go with the flow. Watch how things unfold around you. It will be very enlightening.

Gnomes are everywhere lately with packed bags and airline tickets. Plan a trip. It doesn’t have to be a long one just a place where you can recharge.

Vampires are the great observers of life. They watch from the shadows. Listen and watch and learn. Relax in the shade while you soak up all this knowledge to use later.

Summer and werewolves mean fun, fun, fun. Play more. A balanced life is a healthy life.

Hobbits are hilarious. Do you laugh enough? Plan a trip with friends or go to a funny movie. It will enhance your life.

Goblins know all about gold, and not all that glitters is gold. You’re going to find a golden heart in a person.

Dragons are thoughtful and kind. Don’t forget someone close to you. Make a call!

Elves share a serene view of the universe. For them Pluto has always been a planet and a dog. Why can’t you have both? Don’t exclude possibilities.

Pegasus shares a secret with you. Your home is in the heights. Why not start getting used to it? Take that chance and succeed.

Faeries hide when the sky is shadowed. Other people’s problems affect them. Don’t let other people get you down. Maintain your balance.

A Telkhine may call rain to water their flowers, and you may use a hose, but you both remembered what’s important. Others depend on that quality in you. Smile and be treasured.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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RWA National Convention: “The Party’s Over”


I’m writing this in the 8th floor lobby of the Marriott Marquis in New York City as the RWA National Convention winds to an end. The RITAs are over, authors are meeting at the bar for one last drink together. I am waiting for my train—that leaves at 3:00am Sunday morning.

The Marriott Lobby Elevators

The Marriott Lobby Elevators

It was a very different conference for me. I only got to attend three workshops—all on craft—which were fantastic. I learned a lot about putting sexual tension, subtext, and conflict into my novels. I also met some wonderful new writers, heard some funny and poignant keynote speeches from the likes of Julia Quinn and Nalini Singh, and found some awesome gluten-free pizza.

What was most different was my schedule. Thursday and Friday were packed with meetings with my publisher, a book signing, a party, pitches, a meeting with my virtual assistant. I was in perpetual motion it seemed from 6am until midnight. This schedule was the most different from other RWA conferences I have attended. Both of the other years I had more time to attend workshops, to hang out, to write even. The only things I’ve written since Wednesday are blog posts. Which isn’t good as I got two requests for fulls in my pitch sessions and I need to polish that manuscript!

And what was hanging over my head the whole week, niggling in the back of my mind, was the workshop on Swag for the Romance Author. I am happy to report that I survived the experience, although I don’t think I’ll do that again for a while. :) I spent all of Saturday in preparation for the workshop, but that prep work paid off because I think it went very well. It was a very small audience, but they all seemed very attentive and asked a lot of great questions (most of which I actually could answer).

I also got to connect with another historical author, Lindsay Downs, who I’ve known on Facebook for years but had never met. He was the moderator for my workshop and we got to have dinner and drinks during the week, which was simply wonderful.

If I have a regret it’s that I was in New York City, in Times Square, for four days and didn’t get to see a single play. :( But this wasn’t the time for that. This was the time for working on being a better writer and I do believe the things I learned this week will help me immeasurably in furthering my career and my writing.

If you are an author, please consider coming to RWA 2016 in San Diego. It will be the best money you spend on your writing career.

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