Relax and Have Fun at a Romance Readers/Authors Conference

Copy of Fall reader_author conferenceIn October, fall in love with fun. Romance readers have a rare opportunity to be at the first Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference. It’s going to be a laid back, hang out, and meet people conference. I’m going to be there. So far I’m on three panels, possibly four.

I’m co-sponsoring a table, and I’m excited just to get together and say hi, talk about all sorts of things, and visit.  I’m getting ready now for the booksigning. Oh, and I have to think of a Halloween costume.

The program of workshops/panels/activities is still undergoing tweaking. More activities that aren’t on the website yet are being added.  To top it off, the scenery of Manchester, New Hampshire, will be glorious with all the colors of fall foliage.

Don’t miss out on this amazing and memorable event. Register and reserve your seat today at http://fallinlovewithnewengland.blogspot.com/

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Erin Bevan Wants a Poll by Stacy Hoff

Stacy_Cartoon_v2 Hello Passionate readers! Today I have on author Erin Bevan, who wants your opinion! What are you looking for in books? Please weigh in!

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I must take a poll. Really, I must.

When you go to pick up a book, what do you look for? The cover? An author name you recognize? The blurb? Do you look for mysteries, or sweet cozy Hallmark like romances, or maybe paranormal?

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Despite whatever it is you’re looking for, most likely you know what is it. You know what it is about a certain author, or certain covers, or certain storylines that just grab you.

When I was working on some information for a half page ad I wanted to post in InD’Tale magazine, the designer asked me for a tagline, or some information that pertained to me as Erin Bevan the author. Not Erin Bevan the tired mother, or the coffee lover, or the YMCA devotee. No, Erin Bevan-the writer. I was stumped. Completely.

Who the heck am I?

I had no clue.

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I know when I started this journey I read and loved books by Nora Roberts, Tracy Brogan, Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Debbie Macomber. When I began writing six years ago, all I could think was I wanted to write stories like those people. With the southern charm of Mary Kay Andrews, the laugh-out-loud pee-in-your-pants of Tracy Brogan, and the sensual love stories of Nicholas Spark. I just thought I could ball all of that up into one, and Tada! You have Erin Bevan.

Man, was I naïve.

Six years later, I’ve got books published. I’ve been told I write like Sheryl Woods, Sandra Brown, and Fannie Flag. While, I was sure all of these were great compliments, I had never read a single book by any of these people. And none of them were my mentors so to speak.

So, again, back to the question, who the heck am I?

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I had to turn to a friend. I had four books published, two more in contract, and I still had no idea who Erin Bevan as an author was. I was lost. It was my dear friend author Claire Gem who told me to write down all the main points of my books. So I did. I did a giant word vomit of the things that were key elements in my stories, and a couple of reoccurring themes popped up. Second chances, small towns, and families. And, I wish I could tell you I was the one who realized this, but I wasn’t. It was all Claire. She’d told me what I’d known all along, but was too dense to figure out.

Erin Bevan writes books about second chances, small towns, families, and most important, love. And while some of my stories may be a little funnier than others, and some may have a little more mystery, these themes will undoubtedly always show up because those are the kinds of books I like to read, and those are the kinds of books I like to write.

And as I did and am still doing a happy dance with the enlightenment of this information, I have come yet to another stumbling block. Thus far, all of Erin Bevan’s books have been closed-door love scenes. Do I dare to open that tantalizing door? And if I do, will readers rejoice in the romance, or close the book never to pick up Erin Bevan again?

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Decisions. Decisions. So, I ask you romance reader, because this is a poll after all. What do you like? Do you like the door closed, or do you like the door open?

Your answers would be appreciated.

Sincerely,

The Second Chance, Small Town, Family Romance Author still trying to find her identity.

Erin Bevan’s website:  http://erinbevan.com/books/

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L-O-V-E by Heather Novak

Let’s talk about love! You know when you’re writing or reading and need a song to get you in the loving mood? Music is what puts me in the mood, what gives me the ability to feel my characters (…the innuendos abound…) – well you get it. A song is basically a story in 4 minutes or less. By using music to help direct your emotions, your pages glow with life, instead of just arbitrary words. 

Here are some of my jams for writing romantic (and “romantic” ;P ) scenes:

All of My Days – Tyler Brown Williams

Where I Land – JJ Heller

 

For Your Love – Hanson (No, really)

I Will Never Fall Outta Love With You – Drew De Four

Three fun facts about this video! 1) The woman singing is Drew’s wife, Colleen. 2) My ex is totally in this video, which I forgot about until I rewatched it. (Then I busted out laughing!) 3) I know Drew in real life, so this is way less weird than it sounds…:)

Turning Page – Sleeping At Last

Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version) – Iron & Wine

 

You Are In Love – Travis-Atreo Cover

Everything Has Changed – Hannah Trigwell Cover

On My Way – Boyce Avenue

Every Breath – Boyce Avenue

Blank Space/Style Mash-up – Louisa Wendorff

Note: her song By Your Side is an awesome love song, which you can find on Spotify (unfortunately, not YouTube.)

I hope I’ve sparked some of those romantic feelings, whether it’s for a date night or for a write night. What are some of your favorite romantic songs?


On This Day in 1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that he called a “Type-Writer.”


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Creating My Facebook Ads

Eek! I’m actually insanely nervous about this. Today I’m finally going to stop putting this off and put up my Facebook Ads for the box set I’ve had out for a little while, and finish off my short story before handing it in to Siren, then hopefully I can get around to answering some emails and trimming my list.

Wow. That’s a lot to do, lol. I would probably help if I didn’t stay up until 5 in the morning, then I could get all this done at a proper time. And get my blog post up on schedule instead of being so late >.<

That said, I am nervous, but also really excited. I’m eager to find out if this will work, and I’ll be handing the box set over to my street team in good time to help with a few key things:) I was told to expect to fail, so I won’t jump in thinking a ton of cash will be waiting for me, but I am super eager to get the testing done on this!

I’ve got a video trailer made, and it has some pretty trippy exciting music for it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard music like this before on a Paranormal romance series, but I like it and wanted to test it out😀 Next week I’ll see if I can get a link to the video up here since I’m still going to upload the thing😀

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Maybe if things go right, I’ll also be able to show you the cover for my next box set next week, too :D  I’m putting together a Dangerous Creatures Box set, only it will be a 2D cover, and I’m super excited for what it will look like😀

Cheers!

~Mandy

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Give It a Rest

These past few weeks and the upcoming weeks are full of obstacles. What is most frustrating about this is that most obstacles are put there by me, for me. And looking around, I can definitively say that I’m not alone. Why?! Why do we do this to ourselves?

Let me explain. It is probably a culmination of things. I’ve been listening to a podcast this week called This American Life. This week’s episode shares views from three women who have called themselves and in some cases, continue to call themselves fat. It is a great episode and I recommend it as it can provide a valuable perspective on labeling and being fat (I say fat here on purpose as per the perspective given in th podcast that is preferable).

On top of this thought provoking podcast, I have 5 weeks until a big exam. And yet the tiny voice in my head pokes and prods me at every turn. You’re not exercising enough. You need to eat better. You’re not scoring high enough on these practice exams. You know after you pass (I’ve forced some positivity in there), this is jus the beginning…then you have to blah, blah, blah! You’re probably getting the picture right now. Why are we so annoying? Why are we so critical? I know there is a lot behind those questions but for now I’m going to tell myself (and recommend you all too) to give it a rest.

Happy writing this week and good luytuning out the negative noise.

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Solstice Summer Heat’s Paranormal-Scope

The summer heat is here. Keep cool. The longest day is upon us.

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:

Aries:
Dragons know to let go of the things you cannot control. Enjoy the things you can.

Taurus:
Goblins are bringing your attention back to your finances. Where are you losing money? Are there things you don’t need or can do without?

Gemini:
Elves socialize for a reason. It’s all about connections. Meet new people and get new insight on your career and opportunities.

Cancer:
A vampire winks at you. He knows your heart’s desire. What are you going to do about it?

Leo:
Faeries always explore new places and get involved with new people. Do the same.

Virgo:
Aslan roars. Be bold and command the attention of others with your ideas and clever view of things.

Libra:
Gnomes are packing your bags. A vacation is in the air. You will meet someone unexpected. Dress well.

Scorpio:
Mermaids recommend a sea voyage but not until business is done. So get to work then pack.

Sagittarius:
Pixies are wild about a new business opportunity. Don’t jump into anything without getting all the information.

Capricorn:
Shapeshifters focus on staying well. Your health is critical at this time. Eat healthier and start an exercise recommended by your doctor.

Aquarius:
Werewolves are into home cooking. Do the same. Invite family and friends and share dishes.

Pisces:
Dragons sense when it’s time to re-decorate. Buy some exciting pieces. Get rid of anything shabby.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Happy Father’s Day! Constructing the Perfect Father’s Day Card by Jenna Jaxon

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First let me wish all fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, new fathers, and anyone who has been like a father a very Happy Father’s Day!

Most of my readers, however, will be the daughters, granddaughters, wives and other female relatives who are honoring them today as well. Father’s Day cards are one of our most popular and thoughtful gifts and as I was looking on the internet, I found some excellent suggestions for Father’s Day messages in a post by Keely Chace, from the writers of Hallmark cards. So below are some of the recommendations for what to write in that all important card.

If the card is for your father, “What makes your dad the best? Well, he’s your dad, for starters, and that all by itself is pretty special.” So the sentiments should be foremost from the heart. They can range from a simple, “Dad, you’re the greatest” to something more personal, such as “Happy Father’s Day to the dad who struck fear into every dance, homecoming, and prom date I ever had and he still treats me like a princess.”

For a message from more than one person—siblings, partners, spouses, family—you can choose from such sentiments as “So glad we all share such fun times together, Daddy” and “With you, Dad, Father’s Day means lots of tasty grilled things and lots for our family to celebrate!”

Grandfathers, whether called Grandpa, Papa, Big Daddy, or granddad, love to be remembered as well. Whether it’s a simple, “Happy Father’s Day to the best grandpa in the world!” or a bit bigger expression, such as, “I hope I can create as many good memories for my grandchildren as you have given me.”

If your relationship is strained or not the best, do not despair. As long as you are honest in your feelings, you can still honor father, grandfather, or step-father with a simple and sincere greeting.

For your husband or partner, Hallmark says, “respect and gratitude are key messages to convey in your card for the man you love on Father’s Day. Whether the two of you are in the thick of diapers and carpools or you’re in a position to look back and laugh together, he will love reading that you have noticed and appreciated the good things he’s done as a dad.” You can make it short and sweet, “I love our family, and I love you,” or the more flowery “Happy Father’s Day to the man of my heart, the father of our children, the love of my life.”

Whatever your relationship, have a happy and safe day honoring all Dads everywhere.

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