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Are You a “Method” Writer?

Last year I banded together with five awesome contemporary romance authors for the Finding Chris Evans series – a group of linked novellas about one woman’s quest to meet the “Chris Evans” of her dreams and the unintended romantic consequences of her actions as she catapulted several other couples into love before finding her own HEA. (Random plug: that series is on sale for 99cents each for a limited time!)  We had such fun doing it that the five of us who could fit it into our schedules decided to come back for round two this year – a new series, a new premise, but the same domino-effect love story.  And so began Forgetting Jack Cooper.

This time our catalyst (and the hero of the final book) is an actor on a mission to apologize.  You see, Jack Cooper is a method actor and he’s landed a role that could change his life – a big, dramatic, meaty, Oscar-bait role – but it’s about an addict working his way back from the brink and our boy Jack is a bit of a Boy Scout.  He doesn’t drink, doesn’t party, and doesn’t know much about the brink.  So in order to find way into the character, Jack decides to go on a little redemption tour of his own, trying to put right the sins of his past.

Where Are They Now? – The Dreamweavers (Class of 2014)

Welcome to Week Three of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  Every year we interview the new Golden Heart class, but lately we’ve been wondering what they’ve been up to and so this series was born.  So far we’ve caught up with the Dragonflies and Unsinkables, and this week […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

  Today is my 46th birthday and I’d like to give you gifts. I’m giving away e-copies of all of my books and a $46.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. So, if you want one of my books or all of my books, either email me at katiegraykowski@me.com with the email addy where […]

WHAT IS 13?

It’s Friday the 13th and today’s topic is fear. What is fear? Fear has been defined as a vital response to physical danger. If we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. However, often we fear situations that are not life threatening but pose an emotional danger and thus avoid them in […]

Where Are They Now – The Unsinkables (Class of 2010)

Hello and welcome back for Week Two of our eight week series: The Golden Heart Finalists, Where Are They Now?  Last week, we caught up with the Dragonflies of 2015, but this week is all UNSINKABLES! Back in 2010, massive flooding in Tennessee put the Grand Ole Opry under water and moved the RWA National […]

Pages for Paws!

It’s a fall fundraiser! Author DD Ayres and I have teamed up with nonprofit K-9s United to further their mission of supporting K-9 teams throughout the U.S. K-9s United was formed after the tragic death of K-9 officer Baron in the line of duty. K-9 teams do so much to keep us all safe, and […]

Announcing Our 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Winners!!

All the votes are all in, and it’s time to name our winners! We had an exceptionally good batch of entries this year, and the final voting was so so so close! The Rubies LOVED the expanded entries, which all delivered deliciously on the promise of the opening 50 words!! For those of you who […]

Get Enthralled by Tamara Hogan’s ENTHRALL ME!

I’ve been a Tamara Hogan fangirl since way back, so when I got the chance to take a sneak peek at the new Underbelly novel and host her release party here at the Ruby blog, I jumped at it faster than you can say sexy vampire lovin’.  ENTHRALL ME, the latest installment of the Underbelly […]

PSA: Just say no to wallets

I had originally planned to write this post about pet peeves in romance. But when I mentioned the problem with ‘condoms in wallets’ to my friends, they didn’t always know what I was talking about. So, I’ll talk about condoms today, and I’ll write about pet peeves another time. Here are two things I want to […]

Where Are They Now? – The Dragonflies (Class of 2015)

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first edition of our eight week series on Golden Heart finalists past!  Every year from March to July we do a series of interviews with the new crop of Golden Heart finalists, leading up to the ceremony at Nationals, but this year we got to wondering… Where Are They […]

Judging Sign Up for the RITA (All-New Digital Version) Starts Today!!

Holy Smokes!! It seems like last year’s RWA Contests just finished up yesterday. I’m betting some finalists haven’t even had time to pick their sparkly gowns back up from the dry cleaners. But it’s already the season to get moving for the next round! Today is the first step: you can start signing up to […]

2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Finalists Announced!!

It’s time to announce the top ten finalists for the 2017 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. October 3 to stay in […]

Reminder: Last Chance to Complete a Where Are They Now Survey!

Coming this October and November, the Rubies will be running a series of blogs about previous Golden Heart finalists and where they are now – but we can’t do that without input from the finalists themselves!  So if you’re a Golden Heart finalist and you’d like to be included, please remember to fill out your […]

Let’s Talk – Disabilities in Romance

I’m writing this post today from Duke Cancer Center where I will be talking to third-year medical residents as a survivor of ovarian cancer (Survivors Teaching Students is a nationwide program – https://ocrfa.org/get-involved/survivors-teaching-students/ ).   As I watch the people move before me, I am awed at some of the conflicts, determination, and love that I see. […]

It’s Our 2017 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest Entry Day!!

Welcome to the EIGHTH Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!! The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. We all know how important a strong opening is in grabbing the attention of Golden Heart judges, and this contest is a great chance to […]

Suspense Or Mystery 101

When I began to write romantic suspense, I tossed out several reams of paper. Why?  Because no matter how I tried I couldn’t keep my villain hidden. He kept voicing his POV and writing his own chapters. I nearly ripped my hair out by the roots fighting with him to stay silent. Then I read […]

Happy Eighth Birthday to the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog!!!

Happy birthday to us!! It’s hard to believe, but the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog is EIGHT YEARS OLD today!! We’re proud to have created this blog as a supportive online community for Romance writers and readers, reaching out with inspiration, advice, and Sisterhood for all!! Over those eight years, we’ve offered up regular blog posts […]

The Blender

I talk a lot about my day job relative to my writing life. The two subjects are inextricably linked for me and, at this stage in my life, I have to do both. More than that, I choose to do both. I’m a better writer because I don’t have to worry about pesky things like […]

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 […]

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