from Jeannie Ruesch

It’s with fondness and a bittersweet “thank you” that I write this and let everyone know that the Happy Endings blog will be coming to a close.  I’ve enjoyed this so much, I’ve enjoyed every post, every comment and the tremendous community that you have all been a part of.  You’ve been a special part of my life and I thank you for that.
My blog authors: You are amazing ladies, and I couldn’t have keep this alive without you through the years.   I wish you so much luck and success …

from pattianncolt

[17 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ] Patti Ann Colt

August 25th.  That’s D-day at my desk.  It’s when my first independently published book, The Rock Star’s Sheriff, will be available on Kindle and Smash Words and in print — fingers crossed, knock on wood, creek don’t rise, etc. etc.  That’s just the beginning of this roller coaster ride.  Five short stories will follow in September and October.  Check my website for more details.
When I made this decision, I had some idea what I was getting into, but as with any new endeavor, there …

from YvonneEve

The book in my hand, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfil one’s destiny.

In the book, one of the characters is an old crystal merchant.

“I dream of going to Mecca,” he says at one stage. “I’ve already imagined a thousand times crossing the desert, arriving at the Plaza of the Sacred Stone. I’ve imagined the seven times I walk around it before I allow myself to touch it… But I am afraid that it will all be a disappointment, so I just prefer dreaming about it.”

from Jeannie Ruesch

Recently, I was reading some reviews talking about different books, and words came up that I often wonder, “What exactly does that mean?”  I know I’ve used them, but I always wonder if others who read and write look at those books the same way.  Take the word “gritty” for instance — it’s a word I hear often applies to suspense stories, thrillers, some literary fiction.  I’ve used it.  And in fact, when I think of the type of suspense I want to write, that word always comes to mind.
So …

from Robin Covington

I recently wrapped up the first draft of my latest WIP and put it aside for a couple of weeks before tackling the editing process and submitting it to a publisher who made a request for the full. I mentioned this to a colleague at work and he asked, “Now, what do you do? What next?”
Good question.
There is nothing sweeter to me than when I get to type “The End” to a manuscript that I have labored over for several months. Now, I’m a night writer so usually this occurs …

from Maggie Van Well

[5 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ] Romance Writing

I’m away at the moment, in the beautiful upstate mountains of New York, but I wanted to share this with you. I’ve finally discovered the exact definition of awkward.
Awkward: having a discussion with your 88 year old aunt about the sex scene you wrote in your book.
Now that was a fun phone call! But on the bright side, she thought the scene was tasteful and she loved The Chase is On, so all is right with the world.
I know this is a short post, so I’ll leave you with some …

from J.K. Coi

The last few days have been hectic for me. I had to finish some edits for my holiday release, and then I was trying to write a partial and synopsis for something else.
Synopsis. The dreaded Synopsis.
Not fun.
I can’t even function now. I don’t know what it is about writing a five page summary of a book that kills me, when I know exactly what happens and what needs to be said. But it makes me so miserable every time!
My only recourse is to hopefully save some of my fellow writers …

from Jeannie Ruesch

One of the things that writers find can be difficult is the time to actually sit at your computer and work on your WIP.  Time is always of the essence, and when you add jobs, kids, family and other obligations and places you need to be to the mix, those 24 hours in a day just aren’t always enough.  But with the nifty inventions of smartphones and the iPad (which Oprah believes to be the best invention of this century… and in our current 11 years in, I think I …

from eliza

[21 Jul 2011 | 13 Comments | ] Romance Writing

This morning I participated in a 1K1H challenge on Twitter with a couple of other writers.  (1K1H = 1000 words in 1 hour) I’ve done 10K in a week challenges, National Novel Writing Month’s 50K in a month, but I cannot remember every doing one in an hour. I REALLY enjoyed it!
I ended up with 1919K, and the other writers who participated also wrote over 1K in that hour of time. I was motivated to write because others were writing at the same time–and I didn’t want to be the …

from pattianncolt

[20 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ] Patti Ann Colt

As a writer, I know that inspiration comes from many sources.  It can be the lyrics to a sad song, a stunning picture or a vivid dream.  Some of these ideas come to fruition and some of them lack enough depth to make a truly good story and are discarded.   Sometimes we write half a story before we realize the idea is dead.  But when we are truly inspired, the idea blooms and grows and evolves becoming an inspiration of its own.
Recently I did some research on William Hogarth.  You get extra points …

from YvonneEve

[18 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ] Reviews, Yvonne Eve Walus

But what about the value of reviews when it comes to selling more books? Many readers say they will buy a book if it got a good review, but that’s a bit of an oversimplification. If you don’t like SF novels, would you buy one simply because it got a stellar review? If you don’t enjoy a particular author’s style or subject matter, would a review persuade you do give his latest book a try?

from Maggie Van Well

[15 Jul 2011 | 8 Comments | ] Romance Writing

I’m sure most of you know the RWA National Conference took place in NYC (no flight for me this year, yay!) at the end of June. As always it was a grueling, eyeopening, wonderful experience, made even more so by the friends I had to share it with. Nothing helps ya get to know a person or people better than sharing a bottle of wine over dinner.
Okay, enough about my sordid evenings in NY with my fellow writers. It’s time to talk business. Nationals this year was not too far …

from Robin Covington

I think I can assume that most of us write romance novels or at least fiction with a strong romantic element and that means one thing – sooner or later we write about S-E-X. Now, some of us write great scenes of sexual tension, have a kiss or two and then firmly close the door. And, some of us (myself included) leave the door wide open and let the reader in on every sweaty, naked, orgasmic moment.
Yeah, baby.
And, when we talk about sex we have to think about safe sex. …

from Silver James

[12 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ] Silver James

I’m slow getting started this morning. Not until my second cup of coffee did I remember today is my blog day. YIKES! Definitely having one of those mornings.
RWA Nationals occurred…last week? Okay, like a week and a half ago. I flew home on Sunday, July 3. The flight was…less than stellar. And now, suddenly, another week has slipped by and I can’t tell you why. Okay. Yes, I can. Despite all the projects in various stages littering my desk, hard drive, the Cloud, my imagination, and Iffy’s scissors, I dove …

from Lavada Dee

Yikes, just woke up to the fact I have this blog today.   I hate when I do this, especially days when I think I’m going to meet myself coming.
So with that said, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce a new online group called Love A Happy Ending.   It was conceived by Linn Halton an author from England and has a new concept or at least one I haven’t seen before.  It’s all about Reader Power and is designed as an e-magazine for readers. The site was officially launched …