7 Crucial Items to Bring to Conference

Hello everyone! Today I am packing for the Moonlight & Magnolia Romance Writers conference in Atlanta this weekend ( Georgia Romance Writers puts on a fabulous three-day conference, which brings in a couple hundred romance writers, editors and agents, as well as readers for their grand book signing. I love this conference, because it is […]

MAKE IT GOLDEN Finalists Announced!!

It’s time to announce the top ten finalists for the 2016 MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!! Finalists: be sure to post your EXPANDED entries in the comments below (a maximum total of 250 words, starting with the exact opening lines you showed us already, plus what immediately follows) by 12:01 a.m. September 27 to stay in […]

It’s ENTRY DAY for the 2016 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!!!

Welcome to the SEVENTH Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!! **The 2016 Contest is now officially closed to entries!!! Entrants, be sure to come back here ASAP on Monday Sep 26 to see if you’re a finalist!! Finalists will have until midnight Monday to post expanded 250-word (max) versions of their book openings!! Thanks so much […]

Happy SEVENTH BIRTHDAY to the Ruby Blog!!!

It’s Our Birthday!!! Our Lucky SEVENTH!! You heard right—the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog has been rolling for a full SEVEN YEARS!!! We’ve been here with our regular posts (2,227 so far!!) offering inspiration, advice, and support. Plus we’ve got the Winter Writing Festival, the Make It Golden Contest (entry day is tomorrow!!!), our annual Rita […]

Announcing the 2016 MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our SEVENTH blog birthday tomorrow!! On Thursday, we’ll be opening our seventh annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to earn more great prizes!!) The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing […]

Sometimes All You Need is a Good Shove

When we were kids, my brothers and I were horrible. I mean, how many children can say they were so bad, other trailer trash would not let their children play with them? That was us. As is often the case with horrible children, one of us caught the brunt of every wild idea that ever […]

DIY Tiny Book Swag

What is it about tiny things that captures our attention? From doll furniture to miniature horses to tiny houses, small items, especially those with precise details, make many people stop and smile. As I was searching for swag ideas for an upcoming writer’s/reader’s conference (Moonlight & Magnolias Conference in Atlanta), I came across tiny books. […]

Filling in the Paragraphs

One day while I was wandering lost in some byzantine sub-sub-basement of the internet (okay, when I was on Tumblr), I stumbled across this hilarious bit from Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist. In case the image is frustratingly small on your phone, here’s what it says: “Writing a novel–actually picking the words […]

Fangirl Friday

Happy Friday!  Next week we’ll be changing it up with a new Friday feature, but this week we’re having one last Fangirl Friday – our chance to talk about book deals, new books, and books we’re newly discovering.  No new Ruby releases this week, but I do have a book coming this Tuesday.  Always a […]

Ovarian Cancer Awareness & Pushing Past the Worry Monster

September. School’s back in, there’s a hint of cooler weather in the air. Fall decor is popping up in the stores. And… And it’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness month! Before you close out of this post because this doesn’t have anything to do with writing, please at least view the symptoms. Because when I turned 40, […]

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