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10 tips for creating sexual, romantic tension…

I’m dedicating this blog to writer Amanda Buxton who asked me for tips on how to develop “romantic chemistry” between two characters. Here are 10 suggestions: 1. Build attraction gradually over time. If your characters are bowled over by each … Continue reading

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Hold me, thrill me, shock me…

Don’t tell me a story. Grab me by the shirt, drag me out of my comfortable, but common world, and throw me into your novel. Take me hostage. Make me laugh, cringe, weep, gasp. Make me embarrassed by the stares … Continue reading

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How long does it take to produce a published novel? An analysis of Breeder

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Loose Id will release Breeder, a science fiction erotic romance. Friends have remarked, “that was fast.” Here’s a breakdown of how long everything took.  Breeder is 62,000 words. Started writing Breeder: March 31, 2013 Finished the … Continue reading

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How a pantser plots…thoughts on plotting, story and fear…

I posted the above photo on Facebook and was surprised by how many comments and questions I received about my plotting “method.” I’ve always claimed to be a hybrid. Half plotter, half pantser (pantser defined as one who flies by … Continue reading

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Let’s talk book covers (and enter a drawing)…

At an Ozark Romance Authors meeting, writer and fellow member Amanda Buxton said to me, “I looked at your book covers on Loose Id. They’re the best.” I said, “Yes, Loose Id does really nice covers.” She said, “I mean … Continue reading

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Being neighborly: when author life and real life collide…

Once upon a time I was very secretive about my erotic romance writing career. I refused to reveal my pen name, my book titles, subgenre, or publisher. In fact, I did not tell my former neighbors my pen name until … Continue reading

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Doing the math…why writing takes so much time…

Typically, I write the first draft of a story while I have a manuscript in editing with a publisher as I promote published works. But I have taken pains to ensure that I only write/develop one book at a time … Continue reading

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Kissing in the “buss” lane…

You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss… I’d like to talk about kissing — if I can. Most sexual situations in life and fiction begin with a kiss, yet when you write erotic romance as I do, … Continue reading

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Do I sound like me?

I had a good, very close friend who had written and self-published two novellas. Her personality and humor was woven through her fiction. As I read her books, I could hear her voice in my head, her writing sounded like … Continue reading

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A modern fairy tale: How the Princess Got Her Office Back…

Once upon a time a passably attractive beautiful princess lived in a cute castlette she owned by herself. She’d already met her handsome prince so her life was very good. But she dreamed of becoming an author. So she saved … Continue reading

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