Friday, April 20, 2012

Deadline is May 1 ...

Welcome to the


The IDA is a contest sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, but is open to all works of fiction in digital format, regardless of their romantic content.

If you have a novel or short work published in 2010 or 2011 that is available ONLY in digital format, you are eligible to enter. Please check the Rules and Frequently Asked Questions for specifics. We have seven categories, with two winners in each category–one for novel-length and one for shorter length work.

There will be five finalists in each sub-category. Prizes include an engraved paper weight for the first-place winner in each and certificates for the finalists. The winner is guaranteed five reviews plus tweets and Facebook posts about their winning title.

Additional prize: The names of all entrants are placed in a drawing to receive a free book trailer for their story. Winner will work directly with the artist to create the trailer.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sourcebooks launches romance ebook club

  • Dominique Raccah is the CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks, which is launching an online club for romance fans.
Dominique Raccah is the CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks, which is launching… (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)
April 09, 2012|By Corilyn Shropshire | Tribune reporter
Naperville-based independent publisher Sourcebooks has launched an online bookstore dedicated to romance ebooks, the company said Monday. ... continue reading

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Online Writing Classes: NEW: Internet Writing Classes, Manuscript Critique...

Online Writing Classes: NEW: Internet Writing Classes, Manuscript Critique...: MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES and LINE EDITING SERVICES $2 per page (per sheet) ***Includes PAID return postage. Critique and line editing serv...

Writers, pay yourself first

Pay yourself first. I heard this advice the first time years ago about financial matters. My husband and I were newlyweds with two incomes. A friend of his needed people to practice... continue

Monday, April 9, 2012

How to Create Your Writer's BrandOnline

by Gail Kavanagh
Are you doing everything you can to promote your writer brand? Many writers don't even think about themselves as a brand, they think of themselves as just writers. But most well established writers are, in fact, a brand. ... continue

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I've always had a fascination with castles and medieval times. It must be the fact that the knight always comes to save the damsel no matter the cost. Nowadays when I need to conjure up knights in shining armor or making love under a waterfall these pictures come to mind.

The Collings Castle is nestled inside the Arbuckle Mountains of Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma. I believe the castle is one of America's lost treasures, and will one day fall to complete ruin and become part of the mountain.

Last October my husband and I, along with our daughter and her significant other, took a drive over to Davis. Being fall, the park was literally free of campers. Oklahoma was in the middle of a drought, but there was still water flowing from the water fall. The castle steps are steep and if you're afraid of heights, you may not want to venture to far up into the levels of the castle walls.

However, once within the walls and rooms, you can't help but close your eyes, letting your mind drift back to the 15th Century. Its in those sweet moments, if you listen closely, you can almost hear the sound of hooves and the clanging of armor.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

“Catherine!” he half-whispered. Forgetting about the maddening woman, he stepped up on
the stoop of the shop.

“There’s no one here by that name, Sir Knight.”
From Knight to Remember

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A wave of relief filled her body as she breathed in to steel her quaking nerves. 
From Knight to Remember

In 15th Century England, The Black Knight a/k/a Sir Reynold, has fallen from grace with his childhood friend, Queen Isabel, and is in a no-win situation. He must compete against his friend, and blood brother Thomas. If he wins, Sir Reynold will be banished from Heartsease; if he loses, Thomas will be stripped of his knighthood…

Courtney Parker is a 21st Century seamstress at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Unlike other reenactors, she performs her profession year-round, making costumes for others. She's always loved the story of the mysterious Black Knight of Heartsease and has looked forward to it every year. But this year’s different…

Issie Cummings, the Ren Faire’s potion shopkeeper, will stop at nothing to gain what escaped her centuries ago...Sir Reynold Loddington’s love and body.
Will Reynold be able to turn back the hands of time and right what went wrong—or will he find himself banned from another country and the woman he loves?

Excerpt/Buy Link ~~ Amazon