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Where Are They Now – The Mermaids (Class of 2016)

Welcome to the final week of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  We’ve loved checking in with the Golden Heart finalists from years past to see what paths their writing careers have taken them on and this week we’re closing it out with a two-fer of our two most recent classes – the Mermaids of 2016 (today) and the Rebelles of 2017 (tomorrow).  So let’s see what impact the Golden Heart has had on some of the finalists after only a short time…

(All of the information was voluntarily provided by the finalists themselves – and if you are a Mermaid and you missed our call to arms, please post your own update in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!)

The Mermaids of 2016, Where Are They Now…

HOLIDAY WRITING RECIPE

Writing Holiday Recipe Ingredients you will need: Several Holidays stacked on top of each other One home or an apartment already in desperate need of cleaning will do Family members—The number depends on your lifestyle

Where Are They Now – The Starcatchers & Lucky 13s (Classes of 2011 & 2013)

Welcome to Week Seven of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  We’ve been at it a while now and we’ve met quite a few Golden Heart finalists, but each week we’re finding new and unique stories on the post-Golden Heart journey.  This week, we’re visiting with the Starcatchers of […]

Let’s Live Stream on FB!

“Lights, camera, action!” Not the words you like to hear thrown at you? I definitely fall in that category. But I was asked to live stream a video at a Facebook party, and I took on the challenge. Low and behold, it was actually fun! Today, readers want to know more and more about their […]

Where Are They Now – 2008, 2006 & 2004

Welcome to another installment of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now? We’ve visited with some of the early Golden Heart finalists and some from more recent years, but now we’re going back to the middle – the even years of 2008, 2006 and 2004! As our Golden Heart series […]

Getting in the Spirit of the Season

Last Christmastime, I was the gym, jogging away on the elliptical (which is my happy place) and idly flipping through the audio for the various TV channels lined up in front of me when I saw the gorgeous Shemar Moore appear on screen to pimp his new (at the time) movie.  He talked about working […]

Care and Feeding of the Perpetually Peeved

I have a confession to make. This blog post is the first new thing I’ve written in over a month. My WIP, which I mentioned in my ENTHRALL ME release day interview last month, is stalled out at about the halfway point. I can’t bear to look at how long it’s been since I last […]

Where Are They Now – The Firebirds (Class of 2012)

Welcome to Week Five of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  Last week we got updates from some of the OGs of the GH, but this week we’re back to more recent years and welcoming the chance to catch up with the Firebirds of 2012! In March of 2012, […]

Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Halloween Hop!!

We had fun giving away all our virtual candy, and we hope you had a blast searching for it (and finding some great new books and other prizes along the way!) We had lots of Trick-or-Treaters participating, and now we’ve got the winner of our $100 Grand Prize Amazon Gift Card!! Her name is announced […]

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Hop with the Rubies!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate this spooky-fun season, we have treats and tricks for all of you (and they’re calorie free)! Just click on each of the links below to hop to a Ruby’s web site, blog or FB page for Halloween fun. Rubies will have giveaways or fun tricks and treats waiting for you. “Collect” […]

The 2017 Ruby Halloween Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow!!

BOOOOOOOO!!!!! Happy Almost Halloween!! The Rubies had so much fun with our Halloween Blog Hop last year, we’re doing it again this year!! Just like last year, you’ll be able to hop from blog to blog trick-or-treating….i.e., finding out which candy each Ruby has stashed somewhere on her blog post. Keep an accurate list of […]

Where are they now? – GH classes of 2005 & 2007

Welcome to the next installment of our The Golden Heart Finalists: Where are they now? series. Today, the Rubies are hosting Golden Heart finalists from 2005 and 2007. Since the 2005 finalists were heading to Reno for the RWA Nationals, we chose to be “The Wild Cards.” The 2007 finalists met in Dallas–but, of course, with ‘007 […]

BECAUSE OF SEASONS

If you’re thinking this blog is about setting, you’re totally wrong.  Maybe I should’ve changed the title so you wouldn’t have thought so, but after I started brainstorming ideas for a blog it actually fit. My original idea was to write about two lessons I learned many years ago from my creative writing professor which, […]

Where Are They Now – Golden Heart Finalists from 2003 and Earlier

Welcome to Week Four of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  This week we have a two-fer! In the past few weeks, we’ve been catching up with the more recent Golden Heart classes of 2010, 2014 & 2015, but this week we’re taking it Old School, y’all.  On Thursday […]

Are You a “Method” Writer?

Last year I banded together with five awesome contemporary romance authors for the Finding Chris Evans series – a group of linked novellas about one woman’s quest to meet the “Chris Evans” of her dreams and the unintended romantic consequences of her actions as she catapulted several other couples into love before finding her own […]

Where Are They Now? – The Dreamweavers (Class of 2014)

Welcome to Week Three of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  Every year we interview the new Golden Heart class, but lately we’ve been wondering what they’ve been up to and so this series was born.  So far we’ve caught up with the Dragonflies and Unsinkables, and this week […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

  Today is my 46th birthday and I’d like to give you gifts. I’m giving away e-copies of all of my books and a $46.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. So, if you want one of my books or all of my books, either email me at katiegraykowski@me.com with the email addy where […]

WHAT IS 13?

It’s Friday the 13th and today’s topic is fear. What is fear? Fear has been defined as a vital response to physical danger. If we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. However, often we fear situations that are not life threatening but pose an emotional danger and thus avoid them in […]

Where Are They Now – The Unsinkables (Class of 2010)

Hello and welcome back for Week Two of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  Last week, we caught up with the Dragonflies of 2015, but this week is all UNSINKABLES! Back in 2010, massive flooding in Tennessee put the Grand Ole Opry under water and moved the RWA National […]

Pages for Paws!

It’s a fall fundraiser! Author DD Ayres and I have teamed up with nonprofit K-9s United to further their mission of supporting K-9 teams throughout the U.S. K-9s United was formed after the tragic death of K-9 officer Baron in the line of duty. K-9 teams do so much to keep us all safe, and […]

Announcing Our 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Winners!!

All the votes are all in, and it’s time to name our winners! We had an exceptionally good batch of entries this year, and the final voting was so so so close! The Rubies LOVED the expanded entries, which all delivered deliciously on the promise of the opening 50 words!! For those of you who […]

Get Enthralled by Tamara Hogan’s ENTHRALL ME!

I’ve been a Tamara Hogan fangirl since way back, so when I got the chance to take a sneak peek at the new Underbelly novel and host her release party here at the Ruby blog, I jumped at it faster than you can say sexy vampire lovin’.  ENTHRALL ME, the latest installment of the Underbelly […]

PSA: Just say no to wallets

I had originally planned to write this post about pet peeves in romance. But when I mentioned the problem with ‘condoms in wallets’ to my friends, they didn’t always know what I was talking about. So, I’ll talk about condoms today, and I’ll write about pet peeves another time. Here are two things I want to […]

Where Are They Now? – The Dragonflies (Class of 2015)

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first edition of our eight week series on Golden Heart finalists past!  Every year from March to July we do a series of interviews with the new crop of Golden Heart finalists, leading up to the ceremony at Nationals, but this year we got to wondering… Where Are They […]

Judging Sign Up for the RITA (All-New Digital Version) Starts Today!!

Holy Smokes!! It seems like last year’s RWA Contests just finished up yesterday. I’m betting some finalists haven’t even had time to pick their sparkly gowns back up from the dry cleaners. But it’s already the season to get moving for the next round! Today is the first step: you can start signing up to […]

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