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A few days ago the new Star Wars trailer released. The internet blew up immediately and by this past weekend a ton of memes, shout outs and general excitement pervaded any discussion of the film online.

Show and Tell Wednesday: Conference Swag

With RT just around the corner and the Barbara Vey luncheon coming up this weekend, conference season is officially upon us. (Well, it’s officially upon me, at least.) So it’s time for a Show and Tell about conference swag. S.W.A.G. = “Stuff we all get” I’ve scoured the internets to catch a few interesting items. […]

Location, Location, Location!

When it comes to real estate prices, it’s all about location, location, location. But in your novel location becomes all about details, details, details and which ones you choose to focus on. Can your readers imagine the locale of your story, smell the flowers, or hear the birds chirping? As many of you know, my […]

Words in the Refrigerator

It’s no secret that I enjoy food. Different food groups, different cuisines, I love it all. So when Susan Elizabeth Phillips said in a speech that it’s an all too common problem to “look for the next line of our stories in the refrigerator,” it touched my taste buds. There are many authors who deal […]

Fangirl Friday! (4.17.15)

Welcome, welcome, to a new edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! We’re changing things up this week, and our fearless leader, the lovely and talented Vivi Andrews is no longer hosting this weekly segment so she can focus on some deadlines. So you’re stuck with me for the next several weeks. New Ruby Releases This Week: There […]

It’s All About the Data!

As authors experiencing the wild world of both Indie and Traditional publishing, as well as working with authors in the capacity of Bemis Promotions, we (Liz Bemis and Jenn Stark [aka Jennifer McGowan/Jennifer Chance]) find ourselves consumed with idea of needing more data. Quick chats online or at conferences lead to more confusion than clarity, […]

Show and Tell Wednesday: Cover Photo Shoots

Romance novel covers are an entity, an institution, icons in and of themselves. So let’s take a look inside cover photo shoots for this week’s Show and Tell. I followed historical author Michelle Willingham‘s series on a Viking photo shoot at the Harlequin office with great interest. Watch how they take a regular looking Joe […]

I Got Nothing…

Which is exactly what I had when I volunteered to post today. When I began typing this, I still had nothing. Oh, I could ramble. I’m very good at rambling. I can ramble with the best of them. I can ramble about rambling. See what I’m doing here? Then, I had a thought. Why don’t I […]

Simple Steps to Organization

Happy Monday! Okay, so we don’t always celebrate Mondays (unless it’s a holiday). But often Mondays are beginnings. The beginning of a new job, or a new project or even a new healthy way of life. There are many avenues to a healthy life. Today I’m going to touch on the mental health that comes […]

Fangirl Friday (4.10.15)

Welcome, ladies and gents, to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! The day when we Rubies gather to gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now. (And encourage you to post your book news as well!) New Ruby Releases This Week: This weeks I am […]

Hungry Like the (Were)Wolf*

*with apologies to Duran Duran   Ruby Release! DARK SECRETS: EDGE OF EVIL by Shea Berkley When I first heard news of Ruby Sister Shea Berkley’s DARK SECRETS paranormal series, I thought it was about her secret love of Vegemite, a breakfast delight invented by my people. Now, I’ve just read the second book in […]

Show and Tell Wednesday: Fonts!

Wait…Fonts? Like the letters? Yup. As writers and readers, we look at fonts all the time, but I bet you never think of them. How very important having the right font is. How it can effect the way you consume, process and enjoy text.

Choose your poison

For some reason, my husband got nervous tonight when he found me cooking dinner and reading a book on poisons. If only he knew how normal this is in our house… Research is a passion of mine, as it is with many authors. At the moment I’m struggling with Christmastime poisons in regency England. In […]

Hello Death – I See You!

As authors, we birth new characters all the time. Often our offspring (like our flesh-and-blood kids) take on our own traits. Maybe your heroine has a dream to be a movie star like you did as a kid. Maybe your hero tenses every time he hears car tires screech just like you do after your […]

Fangirl Friday (4.3.15)

It’s FANGIRL FRIDAY! And you know what that means: New books, cheap books, free books, books of all shapes and sizes!  Check out the Ruby offerings or share your own! New Ruby Releases This Week: This week we are celebrating two new releases – a brand new paranormal YA release from our very own Heather, […]

Chicken or the Egg???

Chicken or the Egg? It’s an age old dispute that we’ve talked about only…forever. Personally, I don’t really care which came first. I just want to eat both of them, preferably fried. Hey, I’m a Southerner. But that old debate leads me to something writers often debate – is success achieved by talent or perseverance? […]

The Ruby Party

The 2016 Presidential race has begun. The fact that the election is about 590 days away shouldn’t deter anyone wanting to enter the field for the highest elected office in the U.S. So, without further ado, we announce the formation of the Ruby Party! While other politicians throw their hats into the ring, we’re throwing […]

Show and Tell Wednesday: RSS Edible Book Festival

A month ago, we announced the first Ruby Slipper Edible Book Festival. Shortly afterwards, I embarked upon my most ambitious cake journey yet. First I looked up a good vanilla sponge cake recipe. I wanted something sturdy and tasty. Word on the street is the Cake Boss’ recipe is THE ONE. (The secret is to […]

Guest post: Jenn McRobbie

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Jenn McRobbie. A number of  years ago (exactly how many I won’t disclose, LOL), Jenn and I were in the same attorney entering class at the large federal government agency that I still work for. We quickly became friends during our 8 weeks of in-classroom training, and soon […]

Consolation Day 2015

A few days ago (March 26th, to be exact), calls went out to several dozen very talented writers and authors in the romance community. I’m pretty sure this is not news to you. That same day, hundreds of folks who had entered did not receive a call. I admit, I was one of those. Woe is me. If you’re stopping by […]

Welcome 2015 Golden Heart and Rita Finalists!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!! Finalist call day is always a crazy, wild roller-coaster ride where nothing is certain until 2 p.m. Texas time. If your name made it onto the list of RWA finalists (see the full slate of 2015 nominees here), you accomplished something truly remarkable: you finished a manuscript, sent it out into the hands […]

Fangirl Friday (3.27.15)

Today we have two posts because we didn’t want to skip our tradition of celebrating the newest class of RITA and Golden Heart nominees, but we also didn’t want to miss a week of FANGIRL FRIDAY!  There aren’t any new Ruby Releases or discounts this week, but if you have a new book out, we’d […]

Live Blogging the 2015 Golden Heart / Rita Announcements!!!!

LET THE ANNOUNCEMENTS BEGIN… It’s time for our annual live blogging event of the 2015 Golden Heart/Rita announcements! If you entered RWA®’s Golden Heart or RITA contest, then you’re likely hovering over your phone today as you await THE CALL. So why not hang out with all the other hopefuls (many of the Rubies included) […]

Show and Tell Wednesday: RITA & Golden Heart Edition

Hold all calls, tomorrow is RITA/GH Announcement day! This of course begs for a special edition of Show and Tell Wednesday. Are you hoping for a nomination for one of these pretties? Or perhaps a chance at one of these little ladies? (The statue, not Darynda!) Announcement day is such an exciting time for us, […]

Why YA?

Yesterday I celebrated a birthday that puts me ever further away from my books’ target audience: teens. (There’s a ‘two’ in my age, and let’s leave it at that, shall we? ) Despite this, I’m in no way ready to leave high school behind me. Nor am I quite ready to see Young Adult, the […]

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