Follow the Rubies at RWA National

Many of the ruby sisters will be attending the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in San Antonio this week. And we thought, instead of daily blogs about the event, it might be way more fun to post the live Twitter feed from the authors who are attending.  So here it is.  This feed will be up from now until next Monday.

If you are on Twitter and want to connect with rubies at RWA National this week, please use the hashtag #rubiesRWA.  Those of us in attendance, including myself, would love to connect with blog readers who may be attending. 


Safe Travels!!

To all our wonderful friends traveling to San Antonio for the Romance Writers of America National Conference, we wish you open roads, fair skies, friendly faces everywhere, tons of inspiration, and a terrific boost to your writing career!  (An occasional cocktail with an umbrella in it wouldn’t hurt either.) During the conference, the Rubies will […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Ellen Lindseth!

Hard to believe, but today we’re welcoming the last of our 2014 Golden Heart Finalist guests!! (Well, conference IS next week.) Ellen Lindseth, who finaled in the Historical Romance category with her book A SOLDIER’S SERENADE, is here to share some wonderful thoughts about what turned her into a writer. But first some background: After […]

What keeps YOU sane in this crazy world of writing?

Have we talked about this here before? Probably. My mind stays so scattered these days that I have no idea, but I was just emailing the rubies last night about how I’ve had to take a bit of a step back from writing to kind of reset myself, and it got me to wondering what […]

Working titles

  I was communicating with my amazing Ruby Sister Vivi the other day, mentioning that I was having a hard time with my browser opening our blog site. She suggested that I clean my cookies. And there it was–the perfect book title. Clean My Cookies. Has that ever happened to you?  You hear a phrase […]

Spin a story in thirty words or less.

Okay I had this really nice craft post all planned and —yawn— it was boring. So now, this is what you get. A writing exercise. In my weird writing world, I take a picture and attempt to tell the story about it in as few words as possible. Why? Crafting a story in as few […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Jillian Lark!

Today we’re welcoming the second to last of our guests from the class of 2014 Golden Heart Finalists: Jillian Lark, whose book MUCH ADO ABOUT SCANDAL is nominated in the Historical Romance category. Jillian’s passion for the past, England, and writing began at age eight when her family moved to a late Victorian era home […]

Art, Music, and Emotion

As a stoic, unsentimental Scandinavian, it takes a LOT to make me cry in real life , but when I’m listening to music? Or experiencing some kind of art combined with music? OMG, someone pass the Kleenex. Music alone reliably opens my emotional floodgates, but combining great music with another type of art can tip […]

It’s Hot in Here: Researching Fire Fighters

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s July already…and I can’t believe I’m facing the start of another book. My fifteenth Superromance. Yeah. Crazy. So I pretty much thought by this point, I’d run out of ideas. It’s been a constant worry – what if the story ideas just stop? But, like most of you, something triggers […]

Multi-Author Boxed Sets: The Hot New Thing?

Multi-author boxed sets, suddenly you are seeing them everywhere. Fabulous covers, full length stories, all genres . . . and all for a ridiculously low price. Here lately, most sets are only 99 cents (at least for part of the time)! What? That’s just crazy pricing, right! So what’s the advantage? The disadvantage? Before we […]

Antiques and Battleships

With the 4th of July holiday celebrating our independence just past, now might be a good time to look at what led up to the indelible image of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the attack on the Pacific fleet. A large part of the fleet was in harbor on that day, with the […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Sarah Andre!

Today we’re welcoming the lovely Sarah Andre, 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in Romantic Suspense with her book SECRETS THAT KILL. Sarah lives in Houston with her husband and two naughty Pomeranians. She writes romantic suspense, is represented by a fabulous agent, and was also a finalist in the 2011 Golden Heart®. Weird Fact: Last year she went […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Julie Mulhern!

Today we’re delighted to have Julie Mulhern, 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance with her book A HAUNTING DESIRE, set in 1902 New Orleans. Julie’s from Kansas City, Missouri. She’s married with two teenage daughters and works in fundraising. Like most of the Dreamweavers, she juggles work, family, writing and other commitments. “Nothing new […]

Batten Down the Hatches for a Ruby Release – Mutiny of the Heart

In honor of my latest pirate adventure MUTINY OF THE HEART which was released last week, I thought I’d talk sailor shop, literally. Did you know that many of the idioms and words we speak today are of nautical origin? Granted, some of these phrases are disputable among etymologists, but their seafaring origins are plausible. […]

Hanging ‘Em Up?

I debated a long time about writing this post.  This blog is about supporting writers and it seemed wrong in a way to write a post about the possibility of giving up a writing career in such a forum, but in the end, I figured it might resonate with some folks, so here we go.  […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Piper Huguley!

Today we’re welcoming back the wonderful Piper Huguley, 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in Inspirational Romance. Not only is she a Dreamweaver, she was a Lucky 13 as well (see her previous guest post with us here), which means she pulled off the impressive feat of finaling in Golden Heart two years in a row, with […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Abbie Roads!

Today we have the great pleasure of hosting Abbie Roads, 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in Romantic Suspense with her book DANGEROUS DREAMS. Abbie Roads writes dangerously dark romances, but she always gives her damaged characters a happy ending. During the day, she’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy and […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Charis Calhoon!

Today we’re delighted to welcome Charis Calhoon, 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance. Charis was lucky enough to work as an intern at the national office of RWA as a college senior. After graduating with a degree in Journalism, she was hired full time at RWA, and eventually became the association’s Communications Manager, editing the […]

Ruby Reprise: PITCHING 101

It’s that time of year again — when our attention turns to preparing for the upcoming RWA National Conference! In just a few short weeks, writers from across the country (and from other countries, too!) will be converging on the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk in downtown historic San Antonio. I’m a little bummed I won’t be […]

Ruby Tuesday: Elizabeth Langston

Welcome to another edition of Ruby Tuesday, when we get to know one of our Rubies a bit better.  Today we head to North Carolina to interrogate one of our YA scribes, the fabulous Elizabeth Langston.  Welcome, Beth! Name: Elizabeth Langston 2009 GH Category & Title: YA – I Wish What Happened to That Book: […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Shelly Alexander!

Today, we’re joined by the lovely Shelly Alexander, 2014 Golden Heart finalist in Contemporary Romance with her book LOVE IN LIVING COLOR. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a BBA in Marketing, and landed a corporate job in Dallas, TX before marriage lured her to Albuquerque, NM in the early ’90s. After growing up […]

Poltergiests, Ghosts, & Slamming Doors – Oh My!

Hello everyone! I’m Heather McCollum and I write light paranormal romance, both historical and YA contemporary. I love the idea of magic in the world, especially magic that exists right under our noses where everyday people either ignore it or are too wrapped up in their idea of reality that they miss it. Why do […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Connie Taxdal!

Today we’re pleased to welcome yet another of the Dreamweavers, the 2014 Golden Heart Finalists. Today’s guest is Connie Taxdal, finalist in Romantic Suspense with her book FATAL FRAGRANCES. Connie was born in Missouri and raised in Oklahoma, which, she says, “makes me a stubborn mule who wants things sooner than later.” These days, though, Connie […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Denny S. Bryce!

Today we’re delighted to welcome Denny S. Bryce, a 2014 Golden Heart Finalist in the Romantic Suspense category with her contemporary novel CHASING DAMN. Ask Denny for a bio, and she’ll tell you, “I want to break it into acts. I’ve had three careers (and working on number four—writing romance:), and each has had its […]

Ruby Tuesday: Darynda Jones

Welcome to another edition of Ruby Tuesday, the day when we sit down with one of our Rubies and get to know her a little better.  Today on the hot seat we have the author of the NYT Bestselling and RITA winning Charley Davidson series, Darynda Jones!  Take it away, Darynda!   Name: Darynda Jones […]

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    Free-For-All Friday: What Are You Reading?
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    Touring with a book in mind

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