Be Open to a New Opening by Heather Novak

As I navigate down the “looking for an agent” highway, I’m struck by how important it is to never stop learning and striving for what you want. With several partials/fulls of my manuscript out, and an ever growing pile of rejections, I’m well into my querying journey.

queryingI took a chance on a twitter pitch contest and was happy to get a request for a partial which led to a full. (For those confused, a partial is a specified part of the manuscript – usually first 50 pages/first few chapters. A full is your entire completed manuscript.) I received an extremely encouraging revise and resubmit email stating I need to rework the beginning.

I promised to work on it before the wedding (because after the wedding, you all get Threat of Raine and Rosemary for Remembrance!) and promptly went into OH MY GOD I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO CHANGE THIS AND WHEN AM I GOING TO HAVE TIME?!

So between having to reorder my invitation proofs, locate a new hair stylist for my wedding after my first two fell through, add in another snag with the invitations, an issue with our dance, and a delayed wedding dress, I was going crazy. To decompress, I decided to lock myself in my house on Saturday and clean everything. EVERYTHING. Also, I live off Woodward Avenue and there was this HUGE event called the Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday, which is where thousands of people come to watch fancy old cars drive around, so I stayed safely locked away.

I threw on an audiobook and got to work. When I finished that audiobook (I told you, all day cleaning!) I put on my book writing Spotify playlist. Then I took a break and texted my friends about a few ideas. Suddenly, it hit me. I was starting the book in the wrong place.


The hardest part with coming to this realization is that I have to change my beginning. I love my beginning, but it’s not the right one for this story. Cutting your favorite lines is always the hardest thing. The good news is that I can try to incorporate several later on in the book.

I was up until early Sunday morning writing notes and sketching a new outline for the first few chapters. A game plan is coming together.

I’m hoping to snag a few hours this week to start the rewrites, you know, after stuffing invites, designing the program, writing the ceremony, selecting a reading, finding shoes I don’t hate (I’ve been through like 20, it’s ridiculous), and day job, OMG SOMEONE MAKE ME A COFFEE IV STAT. But what needs to be done needs to be done. 

At least I did my laundry and I now have clean socks🙂

Stay awesome Nights of Passion. 

On this day in 1939 – The movie “Wizard of Oz” opened around the United States.

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Hunting Witch Hazel: Now available
Threat of Raine: 2016
Rosemary for Remembrance: 2016

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Nothing seems simple these days. Go to the store and you have at least six different types of apples to choose from. A whole bakery section houses so many different types of bread. Don’t even get me started on cheeses or types of beans. And to think, these are the easier choices to make.

What do I do when I grow up? What do I study in school? Who do we date or make friends with? Each day is full of choices–some easy and some hard. For some, the answer is always changing.

Why is it so hard for us to make choices? My husband loves collecting different sayings and one he uses quite often is, everything in life has a solution except death. I love this saying because it grounds me and gets me to try things I might not usually try. And why not? A lot of times we fear the unknown or don’t want to put ourselves out there because we don’t want to face rejection. At the end of the day should we really care? Will the choices we make now haunt us for the rest of our lives? Some might but most won’t, so is it worth denying ourselves the opportunity to take a risk?

My advice? Choose what you want and go for it. I’m living that advice now and loving it. Don’t live in fear and miss out on what is important. You’ll only regret it later on.

Happy writing this week and may you be inspired!


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Deadlines! by Mandy Rosko

I am officially 30K words into my third book in the alpha series, and this one is looking to be about 60-70k words long before it’s finished, meaning this will be the longest book in my Alpha Bites Series.

Won’t be much of an alpha bite at that size, but I’ll see if I can make it work😉

Interestingly enough, this will also be the darkest book in the series so far. I’m not going to mention why, but it is there, so I’m working hard to make sure I do right by what’s happening in the book, while still maintaining a sense of fantasy and adventure.

So now I need to make sure the next 30-40K words still have that sense of fun and adventure inside them. A secret revealed, a daring escape and a rescue :3 Oh yeah, those things are definitely coming❤

Until then, here’s a pic of Snoopy so I can make myself feel better for being too much of a flake on my word count this month. I will channel Snoopy’s willpower for being able to sit there staring at that blank page!






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Winds Are Coming Paranormal-Scope

Winds are blowing my way and perhaps your way too. Change is in the air. Look sharp for storms and be prepared for emergencies.

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:

Werewolves cherish family and friends. Plan a get-together.

Elves dance in the circle in the woods. All work and no play makes a dull person. Add play to your schedule.

Pixies lose their fairy dust in high winds. Be careful of keys and wallets this week.

A dragon comes to bring you comfort and friendship. Never judge a book by its cover. Dragons make great long-time friends.

Gnomes are happy in a less cluttered home. Time to sort and toss.

Faeries love good clothes. Refresh your wardrobe with new things.

Dragon fly above the storms. Soar above your worries. Spend more time with a friend who always listens.

A faery is watching out for you. Follow your guts instincts and trust in yourself.

Mermaids watch the rain from beneath the waves. It looks like art. Truly a watercolor. Indulge your creative side.

Griffons roar and take wing. They persevere against obstacles. So will you.

Leprechuns are funny. Sometimes their jokes don’t turn out for the best though. Beware the prankster.

Hobbits sometimes wander and marvel in wonders. But there’s no place like home.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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What are you doing this fall?

Some kids have already gone back to school. Others are back-to-school shopping. Moms and dads are a bit giddy with anticipation! I don’t have kids so the excitement of the school year doesn’t affect me.

However, the change in seasons does. I love summer and am having a very nice August. We vacationed in Vermont for a long weekend and are preparing for another week off to enjoy the end of season beach days. But, fall is coming, and I love this time of year.

Apple picking with my niece has become an annual tradition that now involves lunch and extended planning to pick a different orchard each year. Then there’s pumpkin picking. Then, there’s leaf peeping, which I’ve loved to do since I was a kid.

New England is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We get to experience every season to its fullest. I’d love to be able say I have a favorite season, but I can’t. I enjoy something about them all, though, I’d be lying if I said winter was my favorite. I have a somewhat lower tolerance for the cold and snow!

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But fall…yeah, it’s high on the list. This year I’m super excited to be attending the Fall In Love With New England conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 14 and 15. Susan Hanniford Crowley and I will both be there, participating in panels and events, giving away books and swag, and happily getting to know readers from all over.

We would love to see you there. If you can come for the full weekend, great! If the weekend doesn’t work, come for the book signing on Saturday. The conference is going to be great fun.

Don’t miss out! Register for the Fall In Love With New England Conference here. Meet lots of great writers, get lots of fun swag, and make some new friends!



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Spacious Spaces by Historical Romance Author & Artist Gail Ingis

MCP Gail Ingis-3 Color Large RevisedNights of Passion is excited to have Author and Artist Gail Ingis with us today.

Thank you Susan, for having me as your guest at Nights of Passion. I am honored and thrilled to be here.

Today I am writing about the real tale of Rork and Leila, and also of spaces built and used by artists. As an artist myself, I know spacious spaces are prized—like lofts and two-story high areas—where we can paint massive canvases.

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“The Tenth Street Studio, 51 West 10th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and built for artists to have high-ceiling spacious spaces to create their art.


“The story goes–I discovered an amazing work of art where I curate art, Lockwood-Bierstadts studio 10th streetMathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut, a huge painting, Domes of Yosemite, that once hung in the rotunda of the mansion, commissioned by Mr. Lockwood, was painted by Albert Bierstadt in this Tenth Street Studio, a place of importance in my book, INDIGO SKY. This is actually where Albert (Rork) Bierstadt first met Rosalie (Leila) Osborn Ludlow when she and her husband, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, visited the studios for the first time. It was here they viewed Bierstadt’s work. Ludlow was impressed with Bierstadt’s work and wrote several articles in Harpers, Atlantic monthly, and Frank Leslie’s Weekly, spreading the word of his talent and his art.  Ludlow and Bierstadt developed a relationship that brought them together often and united them as they traveled to Yosemite. Plan was for Bierstadt to sketch while Ludlow journaled. At some point within a four-year period, Bierstadt became enamored with Rosalie. A romance ensued, followed by a divorce from Ludlow, then a marriage to Bierstadt. I was shocked, (Did those things happen back then?) by the entire goings on, and had to write a book, I had to tell the story. Although INDIGO SKY is fiction, it is a historic romantic adventure, inspired by Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite, and his life.

Bierstadts studio 2“Brief history about this place: The Tenth Street Studio Building, constructed in New York City in 1857, was the first modern facility designed solely to serve the needs of artists. It became the center of the New York art world for the remainder of the nineteenth century.

“The building helped to make Greenwich Village central to the arts in New York City, drawing artists from all over the country to work, exhibit, and sell their art. These studios were occupied by Winslow Homer and many artists of the Hudson River School, including Frederic Church, Lockwood de Forest and Albert Bierstadt.

“In 1920, in order to forestall a commercial takeover, the building was purchased by a group of artists. From that time forward, a number of New York City artists rented studio space in the building. Hats off to artists that are always on hand to save broken down architectural beauties.

“In 1942 the building’s basement became the meeting place for the Bombshell Artists Group, an alliance of 60 modernist painters and sculptors, many who had studios in the building. Its long history dates from 1857 to 1956, when it was razed to make way for an apartment building. In 2010, a penthouse apartment in the newly constructed apartment building at 45 West 10th Street was purchased by the actress, Julia Roberts.”

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INDIGO SKY is the poignant tale of a spirited young married woman, Leila, who faces a difficult decision:  live constrained by the rules and expectations of her Victorian society, or follow her heart to happiness.  Her husband (a drug addict) has betrayed her; her waspish mother seeks to dominate her; and the only person who truly makes her feel alive is forbidden territory: Rork Millburn, the handsome artist who heroically saves her life. I felt deeply for Leila’s desperate plight, and I cheered for her courageous determination to live as a free spirit in an age when female non-conformists were cruelly shunned by society — or brutally repressed by their disapproving relatives.

Like the hero in this story, the author, Gail Ingis, is an artist, making her a connoisseur of visual detail.  Throughout INDIGO SKY, she literally paints with words.  For instance, the Catskill Mountains come alive in all their breathtaking glory through Ingis’s gift of vivid verbal description. If you enjoy immersing yourself in historical detail, you will thoroughly enjoy Ingis’s writing.

Back Cover:

indigoSky-Soulmate 505_505x825 (2)In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger—she learns hard lessons of

murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

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Do you want to meet Gail? This is a wonderful art reception and booksigning invitation! Here’s your chance!

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Thank you Gail, for gracing the pages of Nights of Passion. Remember, everyone, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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

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Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
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Cover Reveal by Stacy Hoff

Of all the posts I do for Nights of Passion, cover reveals are my favorite. Cover reveals are my time to celebrate a melding of two arts – visual art and the art of writing. Seeing how a graphic designer interprets my written story is always a thrill for me. Even better, each new book cover gives me fresh insight into my own story.

So, without further ado, here is the new cover for my upcoming full-length contemporary romance, JOCKEYING FOR YOU, to be released September 28, 2016! (Cue fanfare trumpets!)



I hope you like this new cover. I think it sums up my newest story quite well. But see for yourself – here is the book blurb – and then let me know what you think. I’d love your feedback!

Jockeying for You – Book Blurb

Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track.  She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.

Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings towards handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem.  Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family? ­

When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny—so hard?












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