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Announcing the 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our EIGHTH blog birthday this Thursday, with our usual celebratory fun and fabulous prize packages!! The following Monday, September 25, in keeping with Ruby tradition, we’ll be opening our 8th Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance […]

Writing Short – Second Chances Anthology Release Day!

Yesterday, Romance Writers of America released its second anthology – this one entitled Second Chances and featuring seventeen short stories about couples getting a second chance at love.  There are stories from some big names – from J. Kenner to Rachel Hauck – as well as several by authors whose work might be new to […]

We REMEMBER

 WITH ALL WE ENDURE TODAY, WE STILL REMEMBER. Keeping our Ruby Sisters and all in the path of IRMA in our prayers.  Rubies

Kids Are Back in School=Let’s Get Down to Business

It’s that wonderful time of year when the kiddos go back to school. There should be some holiday songs to accompany this like: Silent Day, Wholly Productive Day Rudolph the Brown Nosed Teachers Pet Over the river & through the woods, back to school we go…     Don’t get me wrong – I love […]

Challenging POV

There are a lot of “rules” when it comes to point of view. There is first person, often used in young adult and mysteries, and often either loved or hated by readers. There is third person, often used in romance. This is the basis for deep third person POV, which has been particularly popular for […]

Calling All Golden Heart Finalists!

Golden Heart Finalists – Where Are They Now?  The Rubies want to know! Calling all Golden Heart finalists!  Every year since the Rubies finaled in the Golden Heart, we’ve hosted the new Golden Heart classes on our blog leading up to conference.  Now we’d love to catch up with those classes and those that came […]

The September Hour a Day Challenge Starts TODAY!!!

I need this challenge so badly!!!!! As always, the start of the school year already has me buried me under a mountain of grading, bureaucratic paperwork, and class prep work. On top of that, my little guy came down with a nasty flu this week (in AUGUST!!! seriously!!!) that’s kept me up half the night […]

Freelance Editor Etiquette

Yesterday’s post showcased freelance editors who are either Rubies or recommended by one of us. Today, I’ll build on that information by discussing some rules I follow in my business relationship with my freelance editor. Honestly, I cannot write a book without my freelance editor. She’s been the developmental editor (and serious brainstorming partner) for […]

Freelance Editor Showcase

Welcome to the Ruby Sisterhood Editor Showcase. Editing. The Rubies can’t stress enough how important it is you have your work edited by a professional. We all think our babies are without flaws, but others do see the flaws. You want to make sure your work the best it can be before readers get their […]

The Hour a Day Challenge Starts Friday!

This is your final reminder that the September Hour a Day Challenge begins this Friday, September 1. You can find all the details in my post from last week, right here. The basic idea is that you join a nice, friendly, low-key Facebook Group for the month, and, along with the other members, pledge to […]

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  • Cynthia Huscroft: Maybe next year…my current WIP has no “romantic inclinations”;) Thanks for the...
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