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Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Lana Pattinson!

Today we’re excited to welcome 2018 Golden Heart finalist Lana Pattinson to the blog. One of the 2018 Persisters, Lana’s manuscript ENGINEERING KIT SINCLAIR, is nominated in the Young Adult category.

MEN!

Men just don’t understand, but we can’t live without them and if we’re honest with ourselves, we wouldn’t want to, right?  What am I talking about? Recently, I lost the diamond from my engagement ring. Every woman whose ever been in love and has received one knows how special the ring is. It symbolizes the […]

2018 Golden Heart Finalist Katherine Olson on Self-Care for Writers!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Katherine Olson, whose manuscript NORTH STAR has been nominated for Best Contemporary Romance! Katherine lives in south Texas with the rest of Team Olson—her Air Force pilot husband, daughter, two cats, and two dogs. Excellent margaritas notwithstanding, she wishes she was back in Alaska, but settles […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Brenda Lowder!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister from the 2018 class of Golden Heart Finalists. Brenda Lowder has been nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance for her manuscript KEEPING THE PIECE. Brenda lives in Atlanta and writes romantic comedy novels. She loves international travel, fine dining, and air conditioning. She’s obsessed with fiction in […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Barbra Campbell!

Today we’re welcoming 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Barbra Campbell, another of the fabulous Persisters, who has been nominated for Best Short Contemporary Romance for her manuscript WATCHING. Barbra grew up in the suburbs of Houston but feels much more at home in the mountains of Colorado with few people and an abundance of wildlife. Other […]

What is a summer read?

There are loads of summer reading lists out there. A quick search came up with a list for every taste, including romance, mysteries, classics that you’ve never read, and must-reads-releasing-this-summer. But what I couldn’t find was: what is the definition of a summer read?

Taking Control of Your Marketing

I love podcasts.  I know. That’s probably not how you thought a blog talking about marketing would begin, but I am a podcast nerd. Now you know.  The thing is, I’m not a marketing person.  I don’t excel at predicting or creating trends.  I’m not good at selling myself.  The business side of this business […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Elizabeth Chatsworth!

Today we’re welcoming Elizabeth Chatsworth, another of the amazing Persisters, the 2018 class of Golden Heart Finalists. Her manuscript THE BRASS QUEEN (fabulous title!!) is nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction. Elizabeth Chatsworth was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. After earning a Masters in Business Management, she left a career in corporate marketing to become a […]

2018 Golden Heart Finalist Kate Belli on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome!

We’ve got another Persister with us today: 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Kate Belli, whose manuscript A FEATURED AFFAIR is nominated for Best Historical Romance! Kate Belli writes women’s fiction and historical fiction, including historical romance. A longtime Brooklynite, she recently relocated to the Deep South where she has learned to embrace football and biscuits, and […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Suzanne Turner

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Suzanne Turner, whose manuscript THE ART OF THE SCANDAL is nominated for Best Historical Romance. Suzanne grew up in Oregon (Go Ducks!) but has found herself living in Jacksonville with three too-energetic boys, an equally too-energetic husband, and a lot of mosquitoes. She’s a lawyer by […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alicia Anthony!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alicia Anthony, whose manuscript INHERENT LIES is nominated for Best Paranormal Romance. Alicia Anthony is a wanna-be full-time writer who splits her time between writing and teaching. She is ecstatic to have recently handed the baton back to her students’ parents for the summer. Now, it’s […]

To Be A Writer or Not?

I officially started on this publishing journey twenty years ago last month. I’ve written millions of words before, just not for the public, but at some point (It was a sunny day), I pulled on my big girl panties and walked into a writers group meeting where there were other people who talked to the […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Melanie Edmonds

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Melanie Edmonds, whose manuscript PLAYED is nominated for Best Contemporary Romance. Melanie lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Cardinals-loving husband and the three lovely daughters he’s ruined into being the same. When she’s not rooting for the Cubs alone*, she’s thinking about working her […]

The Fame Game

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ―Henry David Thoreau, Walden If you’ve met me or read any of my books, you’ve probably already figured out that fame fascinates me.  The entire idea of celebrity culture is something I find bizarrely intriguing.  I think it’s something about the dichotomy between image and truth […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Jeanne Oates Estridge!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, Jeanne Oates Estridge, who is a finalist for Best Paranormal Romance with her manuscript THE DEMON’S IN THE DETAILS. Jeanne lives in Riverside, Ohio with her husband of 21 years and a geriatric Australian shepherd. Her house resounds with the sounds with the sounds of keys clicking, the occasional bark, […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alexandria Bellefleur

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alexandria Bellefleur, whose manuscript WELL-PLAYED is nominated for Best Contemporary Romance! Alexandria grew up in the Pacific Northwest and still considers it home, despite now living on the opposite side of the country. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found shipping fictional characters […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Gabrielle Luthy

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, a member of the Golden Heart Class of 2018, the lovely Gabrielle Luthy!  Gabrielle is a three-time Golden Heart Finalist who took home the golden necklace in 2016 for her Contemporary Romance, SHELTER ME. This year, she has finaled in Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance with MIDNIGHT ON TOPANGA […]

Are You GDPR Ready?

Next Friday a new data-protection law goes into effect in the EU.  Why should you care?  Because all EU citizens are protected under it and if you collect data (read as: have the email address on your author mailing list) of an EU citizen, you need to make sure you are GDPR compliant.  Now, whenever […]

Travel Inspiration

Do you travel for inspiration? I love travel.  In recent years, in the interest of frugality and my starving-artist state, I’ve cut back on a lot of my more adventurous (read as: expensive) trips, but I recently came to the apex of that pendulum swing toward penny pinching and started swinging back toward the center […]

Friday Motivation

I’m a huge fan of quotes. Perhaps it’s trite, but I often find that the right mix of words can provide the perfect motivation at a certain point in time. I also had a donut this morning so I’m feeling particularly inspired! With that in mind, here’s a bit of Friday motivation to kickstart your […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Scarlett Peckham

Today we’re starting back up with one of our favorite Ruby Traditions: inviting members of the new class of Golden Heart Finalists to join us here on the blog! The Rubies first got together as 2009 Golden Heart Finalists, an experience which changed all of our lives for the better. And we love celebrating with […]

RELEASE DAY LOVED BY DARKNESS

I’m celebrating today, because today is the release day for LOVED BY DARKNESS.  Picture me dancing nervously, waiting to see what readers of romance, mysteries, suspense think of Loved By Darkness.  Often readers ask where I get my ideas for stories.  This is how the plot came about for Loved By Darkness.  It was a […]

Not A Blue Bird In Sight

A blank page sits in front of you. The sharpened point of your pencil taps against the lined paper, or that black cursor blinks at you, mocking your muse to write something readers will find entertaining. What you envision scrawled across that page and every page afterwards may be a full-length novel, a short story […]

Words of gratitude

Writing the acknowledgments to my books has always been one of my favorite things to do, because it lets me thank all of the people who help me write a story. So I’m taking an opportunity today to tell them again just how very grateful I am for the contributions they’ve made to my writing […]

Persistence

Last week I wrote a blog about inspiration and why I think it’s overrated. Today I wanted to talk about persistence and why I think it’s underrated. WAY underrated. While it’s lovely to imagine writing is this inspired rush of madness, words spilling from your fingers like dripping pearls, the reality (as we all know) […]

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  • June 22, 2018
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    Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Denny S. Bryce!
  • June 25, 2018
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    Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Megan Starks!
  • June 26, 2018
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    From Florida with Love!
  • June 27, 2018
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    Meet Golden Heart Finalist Alexia Chantel!
  • June 29, 2018
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    Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Leslie Marshman!
  • July 2, 2018
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    Golden Heart Finalist Gwynne Jackson: “Yet She Persisted!”
  • July 6, 2018
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    Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Janet Raye Stevens!

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