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Ruby Halloween Hop!


Bwahahaha! It’s almost Halloween, and the Rubies are feeling a little witchy!

To celebrate, we’re starting the trick-or-treating early! Don’t worry, no costumes are required. This trick-or-treating can be done right from your computer with zero calorie input. It’s easy and fun! Here’s what to do:

1. “Knock” on the Ruby doors by clicking each link below and hopping to Ruby FB pages, web sites or blogs.

2. While you’re enjoying the trick or treat on each Ruby post, look for the candy name or picture listed in the post. Keep a list of each one for each Ruby. 

3. When you’ve collected all the candy, send your list to Lara Archer for a chance to win a huge gift basket of swag and HIDDEN GIFT CARDS from all the Rubies! Now that’s a lot of SWEET! 

And while you’re visiting each link, if you haven’t already, remember to Like the FB page or sign up for newsletters to stay informed about your favorite Ruby authors’ releases and adventures. We’re keeping this party going for four days, through Oct. 31.trick-or-treat-bag

Thanks so much for playing along! Time to start trick-or-treating! And don’t forget to keep track of your candy! 

Heather McCollum – 

Lara Archer – 

Kate Parker – 

Laurie Kellogg – 

Lizzie Shane – 

Darynda Jones – 

Katie Graykowski – 

Kim Law – 

Jamie Michele – 

Jackie Floyd –

Autumn Jordon –

Anne Marie Becker –,_Author/Home.html 

Diana Layne – – 

Jennifer Bray-Weber – 

Jeannie Lin – 

Liz Talley – 

Hope Ramsay –


A Visit From My Muse

Dirty_dishes‘Twas the night before deadline, and all through the place
The dust bunnies were mating and taking up space.
The dishes were stacked in the kitchen in piles,
While crumpled up notes filled the circular file.

My lovers were nestled all snug in the bed,
With nary a conflict to mess with their heads.
And the villain in his wisdom, had gone to the coast
For a nice long vacation and a good Christmas roast.

My outline was there on my Scrivener screen
While my eyes were wide open, high on caffeine.
With Kitty in her basket, and I in my sweats
Was just thinking about having my last cigarette.

simbadeskSmallWhen there on my laptop appeared a strange sight
That at first I mistook for a bad megabyte.
“Windows I hate you”, I said in a wail
“Why did you wait for my deadline to fail?”

But the blue on the screen of my Sony Vaio
Gave the feeling that failure was certain, you know?
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature goddess in a gown oh-so-sheer,

Made of fine silky fabric, in sparkly bright hues,
I knew in a moment it must be my muse.
More comely than starlets in movies was she
But she snorted and grimaced and pointed at me.

Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry

Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in my head
The voice of my muse as she whispered and said,
“Your villain’s a wimp, he’s a really big goof,
And, honestly, honey your hero’s aloof.”

“Your heroine’s almost too stupid to live,
And your plot is so holey it looks like a sieve.
But I’ve got some ideas that might get you on track,
If you’d feed me some coffee and a chocolaty snack.”

So up from my desk I sprang with like a flash,
Pulled open my drawer for my M&M stash.
And I fed her a snack that was wickedly sweet.
And she gobbled it up. She was not even neat.

She spoke no more words, but went straight to her work,
And filled all my plot holes, then turned with a smirk.
And smiling a smile that was full of good cheer,
She nodded her head and then disappeared.

I ran to my story, and gave a big whistle.
All my problems had flown like the down of a thistle.
So I wrapped it all up, mailed it far out of sight.
“Happy deadline to me, and at last a good-night!”

* * * * * * * *

Leave a comment in haiku, rhyme, or some other poetic form to be eligible to win an autographed copy of A Christmas to Remember.  Christmas Carol parodies would be most welcome.

And to all the readers of the Ruby blog, I wish you the brightest and merriest of Christmases.  And a prosperous and happy New Year.A Christmas to Remember cover

Winter Writing Festival CHECK-IN (Week 5)

Here it is—already WEEK 5 !!!

If you’ve made your goals so far, you should have earned 36 POINTS! (The day one sign-up gave you a bonus point for the first day!) Don’t despair. You can always make up points. If you’ve fallen behind, just work on catching up over the next few weeks. Even writing nonsense is better than a blank page!

Here are a few suggestions on how to increase your chance of succeeding in making your goals.

Make your writing a top priority! Write SOMETHING every day, even if it’s just a chapter heading.

Set your goals to an achievable level to avoid discouraging yourself. You can always exceed your target. For example, I set my daily goal at 1,000 words a day, and I’ve been consistently writing over 1,500. So I have a surplus for the days I wake up feeling lousy or my electricity goes out.

Lose the all or nothing mindset. If you fall behind, don’t worry, just jump right back in and keep going!

Take advantage of our chat room It’s open at site. Check the times posted on the RSSWWF site (blue site) for your sprint hostesses and come join us. If there are no sprints scheduled, come hang out. Other writers frequently drop by hoping to find sprinting buddies. If you haven’t had a chance to try sprinting yet or if you’re not sure how it all works, Kim Law did a great post on how the sprints work right here.

The writers who sprint are usually more successful at making their goals and sticking with it to the end. I’ve gotten to know a lot of you in the chat room, and sprinting has been an invaluable tool to help me achieve my goals. Not to mention it’s LOTS OF FUN!

Now, share with us how you did this week and 5 lucky commenters will receive one of the five fabulous prizes below (1st winner gets first choice, 2nd winner gets second choice, etc.). So be sure to comment on this week’s progress, whether good, bad, or ugly. We want to cheer you on or commiserate. And remember—you can’t win the GRAND PRIZE at the end of the festival ($250 online gift certificate) if you don’t check-in every week.

Here’s the SWAG that’s up for grabs for Week 5

1) An e-copy of Her Hard To Resist Husband by Tina Beckett

2) An e-book Only in Vegas or Operation: Date Escape by Lindsey Brookes

3) A $20.00 Amazon gift certificate from Bev Pettersen.

4) Kindle version of Hotter in Atlanta by Liz Talley

5) A first chapter critique (contemporary romance-25 pages) by yours truly, Laurie Kellogg, and an e-copy of one of my books. RubyWeek 5 Checkin

*NOTE: If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), make sure you jump over to the regular Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog (the ruby-colored site, at before leaving your comment!

Here’s hoping you make lots of progress this week as we sprint toward the finish line! Happy writing! We can do it!


Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #4


Wow, are we at the halfway point already?! As Elisa’s post on Tuesday pointed out, we’ve crossed the halfway point in this marathon.

You may be chugging right along, pacing yourself perfectly to cross that finish line on time and with your goals met. Or you may have tripped over a loose stone, run smack into a boulder, splashed through a puddle, fallen and skinned your knee, or gotten stuck in a poppy field.

I’m here to tell you that finish line is still reachable. (*adopts drill instructor tone*) Get yourself up, dust yourself off, and push, push, push. You can accomplish amazing things. I know you can.

Tell us how you did this week and 5 lucky commenters will receive one of the five fabulous prizes below (1st winner gets first choice, 2nd winner gets second choice, etc.). So be sure to comment on this week’s progress, whether good, bad, or ugly. We want to cheer you on or commiserate. And remember – you can’t win the GRAND PRIZE at the end of the festival ($250 online gift certificate) if you don’t check-in every week.

Here are the prizes up for grabs this week:

1) Tamara Hogan: Tempt Me in winner’s choice of format.  (Print USA only)

2) His Forever Girl (winner’s choice of format) by Liz Talley (Print USA only)

3) An autographed copy of Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay (US ONLY)

4) A $20.00 Amazon gift certificate from Vanessa Barneveld.

5) A first chapter critique (25 page max) contemporary or romantic suspense by Autumn Jordon


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*If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), make sure you jump over to the regular Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog (the ruby-colored site, at before leaving your comment!

Wishing you forward progress and happy writing vibes in the coming week! You can do it!

To Swag or Not to Swag?

SWAG=Stuff we all get or insert flashier word for “stuff”

AKA: Bookmarks, chotchkies, knick-knacks, giveaways:


As we head into the heart of conference seasons, this is an important question. There’s some debate about this, so let’s cut to the chase. All opinions are solely mine:

Q: Does SWAG sell books?

The Ruby Blog Second Anniversary Bash!

It’s Our Birthday!!!

The Rubies have been blogging together for


(that’s 670 posts, close to 35,000 comments,

and over 5,000 visits in an average month!!)

and we’re in the mood to CELEBRATE!!!


And (since that’s just the way Rubies roll) we’ll be giving away the presents!!

There are lots of ways to win today, plus the chance to win more prizes when our Second Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST kicks off on Friday….when you’ll have a chance to win your Golden Heart entry fee (or other prizes) by sharing your romance manuscript’s excellent first line!!

For now, put on your (Ruby) party shoes, grab a slice of cake and some cyber-bubbly, and get ready to rock the house!!!!



Here are the three ways you can win a birthday prize today:

Play our MATCH-THE-RUBY-TO-HER-TODDLER-PICTURE game (see below).  Correctly identify at least one Ruby from her toddler picture, and you’ll have a chance at winning any one of these great prizes:

-One $20 e-gift card from Barnes & Noble.

 – an e-copy of Cate Rowan’s THE SOURCE OF MAGIC

 – an e-copy of Cynthia Justlin’s HER OWN BEST ENEMY and of her novella, SEPARATION ANXIETY which releases this week!!

 -e-copy of Shea Berkley’s THE MARKED SON

 -e-copy of Rita Henuber’s UNDER FIRE

 -Winner’s choice of either a print or e-copy of Jenn Bray-Weber’s BLOOD AND TREASURE

 -Autographed copies of  Hope Ramsay’s Welcome to Last
Chance and Home at Last Chance.

 -a $10 Amazon gift certificate

Answer one of our RUBY TRIVIA questions.  If you’re one of our regular readers and you’ve been visiting us on the blog this past week (wink, wink), you might just know where to search for the answers you’ll need (nudge, nudge)! Our Gorgeous and All-Knowing Trivia Mistress Cynthia Justlin will be popping in throughout the day to ask questions; the first person to answer each question correctly will win one of these great prizes (one prize per person, please!!):

-$20 Barnes & Noble gift card  WITH an ARC of  Addison Fox’s BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

 -Laurie Kellogg critique of a first chapter (Not to exceed 6,000 words).

-$20 Amazon gift card

 -e-copies of Bev Pettersen’s JOCKEYS AND JEWELS and COLOR MY HORSE

 -1 e-book of the winner’s choice of any of Vivi Andrews’ books (see

 -e-copies of Amanda’s Brice’s CODENAME: DANCER for three separate winners!

 -1 signed print copy of  Vivi Andrews’ THE GHOST EXTERMINATOR: A LOVE STORY

 -a complete library of Liz Talley’s Oak Stand books:  VEGAS TWO-STEP, THE WAY TO TEXAS, A LITTLE TEXAS, A TASTE OF TEXAS, and A TOUCH OF SCARLET

 -$20 Starbucks card

-a $10 Amazon e-gift certificate AND a packet of Australia’s famous Tim-Tams (courtesy of Aussie Ruby Vanessa Barneveld!).


Just leave us a comment wishing us Happy Birthday, and you’ll be entered into drawings to win one of the following prizes:

– a copy of Diane Kelly’s forthcoming debut, DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE (upon its release Nov. 1st) AND a set of SWAG (travel coffee mug, purse-sized manicure set, emery boards, pens)

 -$20 Amazon card

-e-copy of Anne Marie Becker’s ONLY FEAR

 -print copy of Amanda Brice‘s CODENAME: DANCER

-e-copy of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s THIS SIDE OF DEAD and of DODGING CUPID

-an autographed copy of  Tamara Hogan’s TASTE ME.


While you’re eating your birthday cake, check out these gorgeous Ruby covers, all from great reads available during our giveaways today:




It’s kinda like Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey at a children’s birthday party, except with no pesky thumbtacks or annoying blindfolds…and involves much more cuteness.  Check out the babes below (and we mean that in the chronological sense) labeled Ruby 1, Ruby 2, Ruby 3, etc., then see if you can match them to their grown-up incarnations (labelled Ruby A, Ruby B, Ruby C, etc.).  Post your guesses in the comment trail at any time. Lovely Game Hostess Amanda Brice will be announcing winners starting at noon EST, and because Rubies know the value of suspense, she’ll only reveal one correct answer at a time. (Get that answer right in the comment trail before Amanda announces it, and you’re in the running for that prize!!)


                                             RUBY A: KIM LAW              RUBY B: AMANDA BRICE          RUBY C: JENN BRAY-WEBER






                RUBY G: VIVI ANDREWS                                       RUBY H:  SHEA BERKLEY



Be back Friday to enter the MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST with your fabulous first line!

And don’t forget to wish us Happy Birthday today!!!  It’s been a thrilling two years, and we’re looking forward to many more!

We love all our readers!!!!



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