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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 […]

In One and Done

In One and Done So here’s the thing, I have a secret. My first draft is my only draft. When I sit down to write a story, I write the story. I’m not bragging or saying that my process is better than others, I’m just saying that whatever writing process gets the job done, is […]

SHOW AND TELL: Read My Lips!

Amanda Brice here. Today I’m stealing the “Show & Tell” feature away from Jeannie Lin to talk about a cool experience I had last week — lip print reading. I first heard Ariana Lightningstorm (Anna Snodgrass) on the radio a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t catch the whole interview — just the tail end of […]

So Who is Mr. Darcy?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog called “Using Archetypes to Find Your Story” in which I talked about an archetype system developed by Caroline Myss, and a cool set of cards that I use for character development. I was a little stunned at how popular this particular blog became, not only among […]

Using Archetypes To Find Your Story

I write romance, and that means my stories are, by necessity, character driven.  That doesn’t mean I ignore plot or story — my books have plenty of plot, and storytelling is my favorite thing about writing.  But in a romance the story should grow out of the struggles of the characters.  More important, the love […]

A Writer’s Little Helpers

Twenty years ago, the only tools I needed for a productive writing session were a sharp pencil and a fresh notepad. But that was before the internet. Now my already short attention span gets pulled in every direction. So to increase my word count or to even get a single word on the page, I […]

Happily Ever After. And After. And After.

The idea for this blog came to me as I was reading a book by my newest favorite romance author. This was her fourth book, and just as awesome as the first three. But one thing that stuck out for me in the not-so-awesome category was the guest appearances by couples from books 1-3. They […]

Audiobook-An Interview with my narrator

Today, I’m interviewing, Pam Doughtery, my fantastic ACX audiobook producer—BTW producer is what you call the narrator who performs audiobooks. To date, she’s recorded two of my books, Perfect Summer and Place Your Betts, and is working on another book of mine, Getting Lucky. Pam Doughtery is a very talented actor with many stage and […]

Back Home Again

Not only does a sense of place permeate our writing, but I believe it’s a draw for our readers. The first place I became aware of in books was Saint Mary Mead, the home of Miss Jane Marple. An English village, it appeared both before and after the Second World War in many Agatha Christie […]

Self Publishing- Promotion-Let’s Get Down and Dirty

PROMO–HELLO WORLD, I HAVE A BOOK I WANT YOU TO BUY!!!! So you’ve written the book, edited it to within an inch of its life (BTW—I have a fantastic new editor who edits for content and grammar, her name is Jessica—check her out http://www.theeditingchick.com), your manuscript is formatted, you posted it on Amazon, Kobo, and […]

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