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Imperfect Words: The Unfathomable Power of Placeholders by Damon Suede

Welcome Damon Suede with his latest and greatest post – placeholders! Do you use them? Despise them? Damon’s here to tell us why they’re GREAT! Sing O Muse of the Glory of Placeholders! Praise be […]

Three Parts, One Wish by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Yay! Laurie Schnebly Campbell is with us at Romance University! I came “THIS CLOSE” to meeting Laurie this summer, which would have completely made my day. If you’ve never taken one of Laurie’s classes, sign […]

Revisions . . . Or Do I Have to Listen to That Darn Copy Editor? Nan Reinhardt

Oh boy, how many of you have ever thought YOU were right and your copyeditor wrong? Nan Reinhardt is here to tell us why that just might not be so… You’ve sent your editor what […]

Finding the Balance Between Hooking Readers and Setting up the Story

TweetPlease welcome back author and über blogger Janice Hardy.   There’s a lot of conflicting advice about writing. Common wisdom says to start with a bang and hook your readers right away, while other views say […]

Bump in the Night by Jacqui Jacoby

TweetWho doesn’t love a good thriller? But writing one involves more than out smarting the bad guy, and author Jacqui Jacoby tells us why.    I never set out to be a thriller writer. I […]

If You’re Reading This, You’re Probably Into Books – by Melanie Brockmann Gaffney

TweetContinuing our Brockmann/Gaffney Week (or two days, anyway), today’s guest is MELANIE BROCKMANN GAFFNEY, sister of Jason Gaffney, daughter of Ed and Suzanne. Her topic is one of my all-time favorite things: BOOKS! If you’re […]

Veronica Scott presents: Where Does Your Story Actually Begin?

TweetA story starts on page one, right? This post by author Veronica Scott will make you think about where your story really starts… Welcome back, Veronica! Where does your story actually begin? “Once upon a […]

Readers’ Choice: On the Power of Set Pieces and Whammos by Damon Suede

TweetIn another not-to-be-missed post, Damon Suede teaches us about “set pieces and whammos” and how they can make or break your story. A set piece can refer to anything from an action-packed chase to a particularly sexy seduction or […]


TweetMerriam Webster defines “anthology” as “a published collection of writings (such as poems or short stories) by different authors.” But within that definition, there is room for variations on form and format. Suzanne Ferrell describes […]

What Lies at the Heart of Suspense? by Katia Lief

Becke says: I love to read romance, but long before I discovered the romance genre, I fell in love with mysteries. In particular, I’m hooked on suspense and thrillers like those KATIA LIEF writes.  I […]

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