Looking for A Hero? Who Would You Choose? By Susan Hanniford Crowley

When creating a hero for a novel, I look for certain traits. I like a brave guy. If he’s strong, it’s a plus. I have a leaning toward the smart guys. It’s not bad if he’s great looking. If he genuinely loves the heroine, I like to see how he expresses it.  So vote now for the one you think is the most heroic. I’d love to hear why, so please, write in the comments.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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My First Book Signing (In A Surprising Place) by Stacy Hoff

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My first ever book signing is coming up. Gulp! I am a little surprised by how nervous I am. Being an attorney, I am usually quite comfortable with public speaking. This will be the first time, however, when the words I speak are personal to me. If I wear leg braces maybe I won’t actually fall down when I pass out.

I’m sure that reading out loud the pages from my debut contemporary romance novel, DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES will be exciting. But it’s also going to be intimdating. And a bit overwhelming.

And yet, it will be a celebration, because my newest novel, LAWFULLY YOURS, will be out by the date of this event, March 14th, 2015. (Cover reveal for Lawfully Yours next Friday, 2/27, right here on this blog).

How this book signing opportunity happened is truly amazing. I had been talking about my book (soon to be “books”) with my wonderful hair stylist, Joy. I have been going to Joy for years at the fabulous salon where she works. (Any why not? No one else would want to tame the snarling beast that is my hair.) I found out that she, and the rest of the stylists, manicurists, and reception staff were reading my book! The owner of the salon, Stan, wanted me to come in to the salon off-hours to do a book reading and signing.

After I picked my jaw off the floor, the realization of what my salon was doing for me really kicked in. Imagine a small business offering to me launch me, in the career I love.

Wow. And to think I would have kept going to this salon forever, anyway.

I hope all of you get to meet the wonderful, supportive folks in the beautiful salon I regularly frequent. If you choose to go during my book signing (and I hope you do!) there will be fabulous appetizers, wine, and me—reading the pages of DESIRE while tying not to faint. (This event is free to attend.)

Here’s the information:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30—8:00 at Chameleon Haircolor Cafe & Spa,                           323 Washington Ave., North Haven CT                                                                                  (p)203-234-7900

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Find Stacy on Social Media: http://www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com

Desire in the Everglades available on Amazon now. http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.

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What I’ve Learned: Secret 7 – How Do You Engage in Whimsey? by Susan Hanniford Crowley

When writing a novel, getting too serious can put too much pressure on you. Do the research. Do the work. Nail your grammar and spelling. But when you’re worn out, indulge in episodes of whimsey.

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What? You’re not up to getting a new pet? That’s understandable. Whether you’re a writer or have another very busy occupation, caring for a dragon will keep you on your toes. They are equipment intensive. You need oven mitts. They might chase the other pets in the house. Until they are all acquainted, it’s best to separate them from the newcomer. You will need several fire extinguishers. Oh, and you’ll want to get a little dragon bed. I hear they cry for several nights because they’re scared.  A blanket, hot water bottle and a ticking clock might comfort them, but for goodness sakes make sure that alarm is turned off.  You don’t want to scare your little dragon and burn the house down.

When you wake up in the morning, don’t be alarmed to find him sleeping on your pillow next to your head. You are the comfort person. I hear dragons when they choose their person are devoted.  Lucky you!

See how fun whimsey can be.  Now you!  How do you engage in whimsey?

-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 available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Go For the Goal

We are our own worst enemies. I’m my biggest critic. How many times have you heard or said that and how true is it? In my opinion and life experience these statements are often more true than not. It’s unfortunate as life is so short (another cliche but very true statement) and we spend so much of it worrying and planning for a better future– one which may never come for some of us.

I know. I work in finance and talk to peopl about their retirement all the time. I was recently referred to a blog by a Mr. Money Mustache to gain tips on saving and the possibility of early retirement. His posts are quite fascinating not only due to the tips and practices he shares but for the utter discipline he and his family implement to reach their goals. Unfortunately, this is something many of us lack. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. It just requires a change of mind and strong discipline on each of our parts.

Now I’ll pause as you may be wondering at this point what I am talking about. I’m talking about whatever it is in each of our lives that we want AND whatever it is that might be holding us back from achieving what we want. If you want to write a book but don’t think you have the skills, join a critique group and take some classes. If you  want to find a new job and have it be something you love, put yourself out there. Now I’m not say to take crazy risks especially if others depend on you, but you can take calculated risks and make progress toward your goals. Moral of the story, there are so many obstacles out in the world, don’t add yourself to the mix. Go for what you want and happiness will follow.

I know, I can talk up writing fortune cookies for a living! Have a great week and happy writing.

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Billionaire Romances and Why I’m Interested by Mandy Rosko

Lately I’ve been on something of a mission. Aside from trying to put together my new bookshelves (which look so beyond awesome, by the way), getting my word count in for the day, and trying to read more books this year than I did last year (it was pitiful), I’ve also taken an interest in Billionaire romances. Whenever I see one on sale or free on Amazon, lately I’ve been picking them up. They’re slightly harder to find on Bookoutlet, or maybe I’ve just not been seeing them, but Harlequin seems to have enough of them in stock that I’m never short on books to read.

IMG_0711Not to mention that if you look on ebay right now for a lot of Harlequin Romances, you’ll see boxes and boxes of them all over the place. I seriously want to pick a couple of them up right now just to have them all to go through :3 Boxes of books sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t know why I never thought to do this. I feel like I’ve just discovered an amazing treasure trove of books that’s been right under my nose.

Now, as for the reason why I’m getting into the idea of Billionaire romances, well, I’m not sure. Other than the fact that I hear it’s an interesting writing market to be in, my curiosity’s been piqued. I want to read through them to see what the appeal is, to see if I can even write it, and find out what’s not being done in the books that I might be able to get away with in self publishing. That part’s always fun :)

Why do you read Billionaire, Millionaire, or Tycoon Romances? I should probably also throw in Sheikhs, Princes and King Romances in there as well since they’re usually wealthy enough to sweep a heroine off her feet. What draws you to them? What do you like about them, and better still, does anyone reading this have an absolute favorite book that’s on their keeper shelf :) I’d be willing to read over that one. Until then, I’ll be searching out for some favorites of my own.

Cheers,

~Mandy Rosko

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside Paranormal-Scope by Susan Hanniford Crowley

The northeastern US is going to be cold. That’s what the weather people on TV say.  So bundle, make a warm beverage and sit back, enjoy reading the mayhem in this week’s Paranormal-Scope.

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:
Goblins don’t like to repeat the past. Keep your eyes open for the new opportunity coming your way.

Taurus:
Hobbits know that to get ahead, you have to mix with positive people. Keep an open mind.

Gemini:
Werewolves bare their souls to the right people to deepen relationships. You have a relationship to nurture.

Cancer:
A vampire speaks from the heart and brightens your day. Money is a matter to watch.

Leo:
Shapeshifters will tell you, that partnerships are best with those that are flexible.

Virgo:
Dragons are good with flexible schedules. Be prepared for a surprise.

Libra:
An elf can be very helpful in moving your career forward. Watch what people reveal when socializing.

Scorpio:
A faery offers friendship. Friendships can be inspiring and enduring. Passion is coming your way too. Are you ready?

Sagittarius:
A goblin from the past is back. You have choices to make on how you want to relate to this person. Keep close friends closer.

Capricorn:
Dragons will help you soar to success. Love is in your path for happiness too. Good news is coming but you must be patient.

Aquarius:
Pixies know when a good opportunity presents itself. Get expert advice before you act, but don’t linger either in getting that advice.

Pisces:
Snow sprites will clear your schedule. Learn from the past, but keep your eyes on the future.

-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 available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

P.S. I’m planning a surprise on Valentine’s Day! It may be a double surprise!

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Pages to Publication Writer’s Conference

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I’m taking a break this week from the ABCs of Romance to tell you about the Pages to Publication Writer’s Conference being sponsored by my local RWA chapter, Chesapeake Romance Writers.

This conference will be held on March 14, 2015 at the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, VA. The conference welcomes everyone with a desire to write or to know more about writing, and not just romance. The workshops are geared toward writers in all genres, not only romance and its subgenres.

behrOur speakers are romance writers Mary Behr, and Meredith Bond. Mary Behr is an award winning author of paranormal romantic suspense novels set in the Tidewater area. Her workshop is entitled, “Writing Contests: How to get the Most Bang for Your Buck.” Meredith Bond ism-bond an award winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and self-published historical paranormal romances. Her workshop is titled, “Jumping into Self-Publishing.”

 

mannWe will also have three fantastic editors taking pitches at the conference: Valerie Mann, Decadent Publishing; Dominique Eastwick, Musa Publishing, and Frances Sevilla, The Wild Rose Press. Registrants may sign up for time slots on a first-come basis. All three editors acquire romance novels in all sub-genres and Dominique eastwickEastwick is an acquiring editor in non-romance genres as well.

Other conference events include the presentation of the Rudy awards to Winners of the “Finish the Damn Book,” Contest, a 20-line critique session with the editors, a local author book signing, swag table, and gift basket raffles.

Registration is $40.00 in advance or at the door for this full day of workshops.

For more information and to register, please visit the Chesapeake Romance Writers website here.

If you are in the DC, North Carolina, or Central Virginia area, you should treat yourself to this fun packed, highly informative conference for writers of all genres.

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