Happy Labor Day!

rosie The Rubies are taking the day off for some R & R, barbecue, and maybe a little discount car-shopping.

Have a great day, everybody! We’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Of Wimpy Heroines and Raping Heroes – So You Think You Know Historical Romance

I recently re-watched Phantom of the Opera and I’ve decided Christine is one of the wimpiest heroines in historical romance. Gaston Leroux probably didn’t know he was writing a romance novel back in 1909 and 1910 (He first published it as a serial.), but he was. It’s okay, Gaston. Lots of romance novels are written […]

Thoughts On Writing From Authors.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes. Enjoy.  Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way. ~ Eileen Caddy If you […]

My Not Very Girly TV Obsession

My Not Very Girly TV Obsession By Shea Berkley   When I was younger, I didn’t fall into the stereotypical squealing girl mode. I still don’t, but I come pretty close when a very unladylike (by many people’s standards) TV series hits the airwaves. Can you guess what it is? It’s not difficult. Apparently I’m not […]


Huzzah!  Today is my release day celebration of my 9th book, A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER, the 5th book in my Reckless Brides series. I am both excited and happy to final bring this book to you. Why ‘finally’? Because writing this book nearly killed me. Actually, it was appendicitis that nearly killed me, but it […]

Writers on Film

Last Friday night, my roommate and I were trolling Netflix for something reasonably mindless to watch (it had been one of those days that leaves you three-quarters braindead) and we happened upon a movie entitled Stuck in Love.  Great cast (we’re both suckers for Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), so we decided to give it […]

How Do I Love Thee

Let’s play, How Do Your Characters Feel About Each Other. Our heroes and heroines love one another. As romance authors, no matter the sub-genre, we build the love between our characters. Sometimes slowly, other times quite rapidly. I’ve learned asking my H&H to describe how they feel about their relationship makes writing their romance much […]

Romancing the Author

I love writing posts for the Ruby blog but for whatever reason nothing was readily coming to mind when I sat down to write this post. And then I realized I had a ready source of wisdom, playing in the background as I wrote – the 1984 romantic adventure, ROMANCING THE STONE.  I’m a huge […]

On Writing Strike

As busy writers, we sometimes forget that the reason we wanted to start writing in the first place was because we loved to read. We forget that books are what inspire and provoke and excite us. Instead, we pick up a few deadlines and then it becomes almost fashionable to make excuses about why we’re […]

Ruby Release: Sprinkles on Top by Kim Law

Happy release day to me!!! It’s been almost eight months since my last release, and that feels like forever!!! I know it isn’t, but given that during the first fourteen months of my publishing career I had five releases, waiting eight months is a stretch! But the day has finally arrived, and I’m dancing and […]


Several weeks ago, I signed up to post today and my blog topic was TAKING IT TO HEART. I’ve been struggling with this topic ever since. I had an idea of what I wanted to convey, but the words just wouldn’t come. I wrote, revised, and rewrote. I tried taking different directions with it, and […]

Co-writing: genesis of an idea

[My author-friend Lisa Amowitz and I are co-writing a YA historical/magical realism book, set during the American War for Independence, featuring Nathan Hale (America's first spy) as one of the characters. She and I have decided to blog about the experience of writing a story together. Here is our first article, primarily told by Lisa.] […]

You’ve Got To Move It, Move It!

There is a new first-world disease spreading in the US and across the globe. I read about it in my local paper but it’s national news. It can cause heart disease, diabetes, obesity and lead to cancer. You could have it right now and not even be aware the danger to which you are exposing yourself. […]

Touring with a book in mind

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to travel, particularly to visit historic sites. Like every other writer, I’ll walk into a building or garden or field and the story will start to grow. I thought I’d share some of the sites I used to write The Counterfeit Lady, which came out August […]

What’s Your Favorite Line?

As I prepare to jump into the self-publishing world under the name of Jacie Floyd in the next few days, I’ve been thinking about what makes a book memorable for readers. What makes it stand out? What do I look for when I’m reading? An amazing, creative plot? Sure. Great characters? Maybe. Fast pace? Unusual […]

Read a Romance Month

  (I’m hi-jacking this post….but Darynda can keep her cute pic up there because she’s the blogger on RARM TODAY – go check out her post!) So this is Liz Talley and just in case you didn’t know, August is the month of romance! SO this is OUR month, people. It’s our chance to stuff […]

You. Your Life. Your Writing.

My children came into the world with two sets of grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents.  Safe within the nurturing embrace of their large and loving family, they thrived. I can’t recall whether Son was in kindergarten or first grade, but one day, he arrived home confused and agitated.  A classmate claimed to have no grandparents.  How […]

You, Your Life, Your Writing.

When my children were born, they had two sets of grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents.  They thought nothing of it, safe within the nurturing embrace of a large and loving family. I can’t recall whether Son was in kindergarten or first grade, but one day, he arrived home confused and agitated.  He’d discovered a classmate […]

Success by the Numbers

At RWA Nationals in San Antonio, I attended a panel of hybrid authors.  The discussion centered around their reasons for choosing traditional versus indie publishing. One author, who identified herself as strictly self-publishing now, stated that indie authors are the ones who are making the right business decision. There is more money to be made […]

The Art of Revision

 OK…so I’ll admit it. The headline of this blog piece is hooey. As far as I can tell, there is no “art” to the process of revising a manuscript. There may be plenty of art in writing and storytelling but the process of revision is all about hard work. Hard work, you say? Come on, […]

Ruby Tuesday: Jacie Floyd

We took a little summer break from Ruby Tuesdays, but now we’re back!  And it’s time to get to know one of our Rubies just a little better.  Today we welcome one of our contemporary scribes.  You may know her as Jacqueline Floyd, but soon readers will be getting to know her as Jacie Floyd. […]

Awesome #RWA14 SWAG!!

Frequent Ruby Readers may remember that I’m one of those annoying people who doesn’t seem to be influenced by most promo and marketing approaches, and alas, swag is no exception. I know, I’m horrible. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some awesome swag on hand at the Romance Writers of America’s National Conference recently held […]

Ruby Release: The Sweetest September by Liz Talley

Welcome, friends, to the party I’m throwing for myself. Presumptuous of me, huh? But, oh well, today is a great day to celebrate, Friday and all that, so I figured why not throw a release party and invite all of you? The Sweetest September is my 13th book, and I’m banking on it being lucky ’cause […]

This Writer’s Life: Balance

I may have blogged about balance before. It’s one of my favorite topics because I believe feeling balanced is one of the keys to happiness. To be honest, I’m not sure I qualify to lecture anyone in balance, as each case is as unique as each individual, but as a mother of three, wife, the family secretary, […]

Updated Golden Heart & RITA Rules!

Every year prior to conference the RWA National Board meets and makes changes to the contests.  This is the ONLY time such changes can be made because it is the only board meeting when the contest is not actively in session.  The new rules were released following the meeting and I’m sure will soon be […]

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  • September 12, 2014
    When the Words Get in the Way
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    Writing Linked Books – Ruby Release Taming the Lion

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