Category Archives: Romance writing

A funny thing happened while trying to be serious…#humor

I think I have a good sense of humor. My humor is dry, occasionally a little silly. I find comedy in something I see or hear, in noticing the irony or coincidences. I wish I could be funny “on cue.” … Continue reading

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10 cool things about writing science fiction romance #SFR #amwriting #Tuesday10

There’s a lot of great things about being an author in general (it’s actually my dream job), but science fiction romance in particular has a lot going for it. Here are 10 fun reasons to write SFR: 1. You can … Continue reading

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Naughty Words for Nice Writers now on #Kobo, #iBooks, #Nook (Amazon, too).

Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Romance Novel Thesaurus is now available in ebook on Kobo, Nook and iTunes! Previously, Naughty Words was only available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon and paperback on Barnes & Noble. Naughty Words for … Continue reading

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The crafting of a romance novel blurb, from draft to final…#romancewriting #fictionwriting #writecraft

  I write blurbs the same way I write a novel–by pantsing, not plotting. I let the ideas come to me. If I attempted to sit down and craft a blurb, I would stare at a blank screen going uhh…. … Continue reading

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Naming romance novel characters: S is for irony

Girls just wanna have fun. Or this author does anyway. There is humor in most of my romances, but I’m writing the Alien Mate series specifically to be funny. The trope –Earth women becoming the ‘mail order’ brides of aliens–is … Continue reading

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From mail order brides to criminals to reality shows, the inspiration behind the Alien Mate series

How can you not laugh at the idea of women becoming mail order brides to aliens? The trope itself is preposterous and silly, so in writing Alien Mate, I made it out to be light and humorous. Why would a … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 3: follow the crowd…except when you don’t

“Minding your own business” is bad advice when it comes to publishing. You can learn a lot by keeping tabs on your fellow authors. You’ll find out what genres and tropes are hot, what kinds of book covers are trending, … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 1: Get my ducks in a row!

When you make a mistake, you learn what not to do. But when things go right…you learn what to do. Knock on wood, I had a very good year. Soon, I’ll post my annual year in review, but for the … Continue reading

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A Facebook group for readers & fans of Cara Bristol books & science fiction romance #SFR

Let’s chat! I wanted to find a way to talk to readers. To hear what they like & dislike and tell them what I have in the works bookwise. Newsletters are too infrequent and don’t allow for conversation and news … Continue reading

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A billion dollars isn’t what it used be….fact v. fiction #ForbesBillionaires #romance #scifirom

Inflation affects everything–even the net worth of romance novel heroes. Remember when a girl married a rich guy, and he was a millionaire? That’s not good enough anymore. Now the hero has to be a billionaire. With some rationale: in … Continue reading

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