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[23 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments | ] Entertainment, Television

Forewarning: This blog has very little to do with writing. In fact, any attempt I make to connect is pretty bad. 😉
Recently, I took a day and played hookie with my sister-in-law — away from work, kids, family — just two women, doing what they wanted to do. We decided on visiting the state capital, wandering at a leisurely pace that wasn’t dependent on toddlers, potty trips or anyone else but us. As we arrived at the capitol building (in Sacramento), I was struck as I am …

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[28 Jun 2010 | 99 Comments | ] Castle, Television

Don’t you love a good mystery?
I know I do, whether it comes in book, movie or…author form?  If any of you have tuned in to ABC’s hit show CASTLE, you’re familiar with the handsome, charming bestselling author Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion.)  The premise of the show revolves around Castle’s partnership with the beautiful and tough Kate Beckett – who becomes the inspiration for his Castle’s new book series Nikki Heat.
As both a writer and a marketing professional, I’ve loved the fact that the books mentioned on the show …

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[7 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ] Links

Due to deadlines in life, I need to postpone my next installment on the Cornerstones of Voice workshop.  However, in the meantime, I’d like to share some terrific links that discuss voice.  They are definitely worth the read:
From Rachelle Gardner at Wordserve Literary on Craft, Story & Voice and in another link, What is Writer’s Voice.
Gina Holmes at Novel Journey on Finding Your Voice
Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown Ltd. on How to Craft a New Voice.
An Agent’s Perspective on Voice, at Writer Unboxed, by Elisabeth Weed.
Next week, we’ll resume …

from Silver James

[1 Jun 2010 | 7 Comments | ] Special Guests

I’m a writer. Right? My job is to create a story (or blog) from thin air and then draft sentences from seemingly random words to tell that story or relay sage advice. Sounds easy. Right? It is. Usually. Mostly. Sometimes. Okay, not today. Iffy is full of BBQ brisket, baked beans, and deviled eggs.
You forget.
Forget what, Iffy?
I only do fiction.
Well…this is fiction.
In your dreams.
Yes, yes, you are.
We aren’t going there again, are we? I am NOT a figment of your imagination.
Are, too.
Am not!
Okay, whatever. I still need you to be …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[27 May 2010 | 11 Comments | ] Television

As I perused the yearly list of shows I loved that are no longer, shows I have never watched that managed to get a fiftieth season, and the new shows coming up for next year, I found one called Happy Endings.  So, of course, I had to watch and because I really enjoyed the preview — and even laughed out loud at one point–I had to share it with you.
Now I could attempt to find some writing-related context to share this video with you, but really, there isn’t one.  It …

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[20 May 2010 | One Comment | ] RomancingTheTv

Today, I’m going to direct you to my monthly feature at Romance University — today’s topic is on websites, geared specifically for the unpublished writer.  Do you need a website?  If you have one, what should it look like? What the heck do you put ON It (and who’s looking at it, anyway?)
Be sure to stop by.
And conversely, I’m at MamaWriters today as well — talking about stepping outside of your comfort zone.

No related posts.

from Silver James

[4 May 2010 | 5 Comments | ] Special Guests

First, I apologize for this being a very short post. I burned my left hand yesterday–palm and fingers so not typing the greatest in the world. As a result, I’m going to simply throw open a topic and maybe get some discussion going.
How much is Too Much Information? Agent Jessica Faust of Bookends, LLC addressed this topic on her blog last week. Titled The Internet and Your Career, Jessica posed some very interesting questions about how public we as writers should be when it comes to personal views.
I, personally, …

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[30 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ] Special Guests

Welcoming back to Happy Endings, Meg Benjamin!
HEAD FOR THE HILLS
All three of the books I’ve published with Samhain (with number four coming out in July) have been set in a small and thoroughly mythical town called Konigsburg in the Texas Hill Country. Now Texans, which I used to be, know all about the Hill Country. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. But most non-Texans have no idea where it is or even what it is. So I sometimes find myself explaining the whole area, although …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 8 Comments | ] Special Guests

Today, Happy Endings welcomes special guest and author Stephanie Beck, who is here to share the latest about her new release and tell us what tortures she put her mother-in-law through…the character in a book, that is.  Welcome, Stephanie!
Welcome to Happy Endings. Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
I’d love to. My latest release is called Poppy’s Passions. It’s a ménage romance about three brothers and the woman they love. Growing affection and an unexpected pregnancy lead the fun they initially share to become something much more. …

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[13 Apr 2010 | 36 Comments | ] Special Guests

Today, we welcome Loucinda McGary to our happy blog to tell us about her latest release (which has one of the most striking covers I think I’ve seen in a long time…and hey, that nicely formed male has nothing to do with it…) and to tell us just how close she wants to be to William Shakespeare…
And to boot, Loucinda will give away an IOU for a copy of The Wild Irish Sea when it comes out, or any other book in her backlist to a lucky commenter!
Welcome to Happy …

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[30 Mar 2010 | 7 Comments | ] Special Guests

Today we welcome debut author (and fabulous client of mine) Amanda Forester to answer some quirky questions and give us the scoop on being a writer.  Amanda has a yummy (okay, so that’s her cover) book set in 14th century Scotland just out this month — be sure to check it out!

Welcome to Happy Endings. Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
Hi Jeannie!  Thanks for inviting me to chat today.  My debut novel, THE HIGHLANDER’S SWORD is set in 14th century Scotland and tells the tale of …

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[22 Feb 2010 | 7 Comments | ] Blog News

First off, due to scheduling glitches over the weekend, today’s workshop will have to be postponed until next Monday.  Sorry about that, but we’ll continue with the Book Video workshop then.
In the meantime, here are a few great articles for writers:
Keli Gwyn discusses revisions and how to plot the attack (with pictures to boot!) Great article.
10 Steps to becoming a better writer at The Professor’s Blog.
On writing subplots at Mystery Writing is Murder.
At Romance University, Writing Hot Love Scenes
Good advice on choosing a marketing or PR firm at Buzz, Balls …

from Jeannie Ruesch

[29 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ] Special Guests

Today, we’re pleased to welcome special guest(s) K.M. Daughters, as they share their latest release, CAPTURING KARMA, Book #3 in the fabulous Sullivan Boys series available at The Wild Rose Press.  This book has received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews and follows in a series of highly reviewed books, AGAINST DOCTOR’S ORDERS and BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT.
K.M. Daughters is the writing team of sisters Kathie and Pat,   On an entirely personal note, these wonderful ladies are friends and clients of mine and are two of the nicest people …

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[28 Jan 2010 | 10 Comments | ] Special Guests

Today, I am thrilled to welcome our special guest, Jimmy Thomas.  Many of us are romance readers, which means we also have those meaty, sexy and wonderful covers to stare at whenever we feel like it.  But what about the people ON the cover? Ever wondered if they are real?  Jimmy Thomas is one such cover model, and he’s not only very real, but he’s a lot more than a pretty face.   A man of many talents, Jimmy has been a model, a training fitness instructor, an architect, and more, …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ] Blog News

Thanks to everyone for commenting on Friday’s post by Larry Brooks of storyfix.com.    The winner of Larry’s ebook is Linsey Lanier!  Congrats! Please email me at jeannie@jeannieruesch.com to arrange for the purchase.
Be sure to stop by later this week — our residents on tap: JK Coi on Tuesday, Katrina Stonoff on Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday bring special guests.  Thursday I’m welcoming Jimmy Thomas, a favorite cover model on romances as well as an entrepreneur.  Wait until you see you what this man accomplishes!  And Friday, KM Daughters — a …