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 […]

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Marni Folsom!

Today we’re delighted to welcome Marni Folsom (one of my 2012 Firebird sisters!!), who’s a Golden Heart Finalist again in 2014 with her Paranormal Romance BEYOND THE FIRE. Marni was born in Colorado and bopped all over the Southwest growing up. She spent her undergrad years in Arizona and her graduate school years in Washington […]

Hooks vs. Cliffhangers: Don’t Break Your Promises

I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult romance lately. I’ve read some great books and some terrible books. I’ve also encountered something I’ve never seen before—books with what I’m going to call a cliffhanger ending. These books seem to stop half way through the story, like the author took their completed manuscript, chopped it […]

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