Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Every Stepping Stone by Liz Flaherty #RomanceGems

Sometimes the goofiest things will give you something to start with. My friend Nan Reinhardt and her husband are selling the house they've lived in for 35 years. The whole process has been...interesting. In the same way having a colonoscopy is interesting. So, anyway, we were talking this morning, and one more obstacle is out of the path. I said something about "big sigh," as in relief, and she said it was too soon for that. I said--get prepared for something profound here; it doesn't happen to me very often-- "Every stepping stone deserves its own sigh."

When it comes to books, I don't write fast--ever--anymore. Yesterday I had 600 words and called it good. A few days back, I think I had 26. Occasionally I'll get five-to-seven pages in a day and just burst with pride in myself. As someone who used to have 50-page weekends when I worked full time at the day job, this slowing down was hard to accept. I have wondered (and whined about) if it's time to put my novelist shingle in mothballs and stick to my beloved column and blogging.

Like all stepping stones, the ones in a writing career are hard and have a lot of distance between them. They have sharp corners, slick spots, and you stand a good chance of tumbling off into the water when you're only halfway across.

So you stick on Band-Aids, you take care on the slick spots, and you climb back out of the water and keep on walking. You're careful on your journey for a while then. You might try writing to market, to trends, to make your lyrics match the tunes of certain publishers. You skip around between sub-genres, although your heart usually leads you back to the one it lays the greatest claim to. You obsess over covers. Over reviews. Over promotion, promotion, promotion.

But then the day comes when you start that wondering-and-whining thing I mentioned up there. You've written 26 words in too many hours and they're not even particularly good ones. If, like me, you're a person who's always been proud of being productive, it's excruciating to realize that sometimes you're just...not.

I still wonder if it's time, but with the wondering comes a realization.

The thought of not writing books anymore makes me unhappy.

So I've given up being careful on the steps, no longer worried about splashes or sharp edges. Someone doesn't like protagonists in their 40s? Too bad for them. I'm not crazy about my cover? It's okay--I'll like the next one. People are tired of small-town stories? I'm not. My writing's too erotic, too sweet, my prose too purple or too terse, my POV stiffly pure or a little sloppy? Get over it and find another author, but thanks for trying one of my books.

Of course, there's a gasper, too, even in the middle of my hear-me-roar treatise on freedom: Other than a Christmas Town novella, I don't have a contract right this minute and I'm a mostly-trad author who doesn't care to go mostly-indie. I'm afraid I'll never publish another book. However, if I'm honest about it, it's exactly like when I get to that spot in the middle of a manuscript where I know I'll never be able to finish the book. It happens every time.

More stones in the path. Occasionally, I think I can see the other side, but I'll never get there. There are a bunch of old sayings about journeys and destinations, but we all know writing is all journey. We know that, while finishing the books and having them published are wonderful things, it's the writing that counts. It's what makes us happy. One stone, one step, one sigh at a time.

Although it's listed (loudly) on Amazon as a "clean romance, NICE TO COME HOME TO is like all the others in the Heartwarming line. Sex is off the page and "language" is a non-starter, but they're still about love and commitment and empowering women and... yes, happily ever after. In case you haven't tried one yet...

Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

Monday, April 29, 2019

THE CALL OF NATURE by Nora LeDuc #RomanceGems

I often run into people who tell me, “I just drove through your town. Looks like the aliens landed there.”

What are they talking about? In case you don’t know, here’s a picture.

Yes, I wear one of these nets. I have the head version, and a few years ago, I bought my dream outfit—the jacket. What can be more stylish? What has caused people to adopt this snazzy clothing? Simple. Those little annoying black flies sometimes called the May fly. They first appear at the end of April and grown into swarming blood suckers or mini vampires.

If you’re unconvinced, look at the next photo.
Okay, this might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Ah, spring. The birds have returned and are singing. Flowers bloom. Trees bud. The weather warms and tempts you to throw caution to the wind. You abandon your coat and long pants. You put on shorts, but beware. The insects are lurking, and the population is ready to explode.

Unfortunately, sprays or lotions often have no impact on the horde of bugs all interested in YOU. What should you do? Well, you can stay indoors or visit your local entomologist for advice or become one of us with our net attire. BTW, there’s a rumor a little old lady in town started sewing bug outfits and made millions of dollars. Easy for me to believe.

Now as I sit inside, I start writing my chapters slowly trying to weave together characters, plot, setting and then the words swarm onto the page until I reach the conclusion. However, my sentences are much prettier and have a nicer effect than those winged pests.

So, if you plan to visit New England this season, check out the extraterrestrials or better yet, grab a book and enjoy it on a screened porch. Here are my most recent. Available on Amazon.

Until we meet again, Happy Reading, My Friends. ~Nora

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Our May Promotion Event is Heroes and She-roes: Celebrating Moms, Soldiers, & First Responders. Check the blog each day to see when it goes live.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Hunt is Over ... the Eggs Are Safe! by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Happy Sunday Everyone!

It's been a crazy busy month for all of us. The response to the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt was fantastic with over 300 entries in total!

And, as I expected, there were three of our followers who found all the eggs. The three names were put into a basket (quite literally) and with the help of my erstwhile assistant, William, the winning name was drawn.

Congratulations go out to: Suzannah Clark winner of the $20 Amazon gift card.
Second through fifth prizes of books goes to: Lavender Periwinkle, Kathy Cozzerelli, Nancy Burgess and Kim Hansen!

Thank you to all who entered and, especially, to our authors who tirelessly hid eggs among their social media sites.

We invite you all to stick around for more great posts this month and watch for our May Rafflecopter giveaway. There will be entry chances every day and great prizes! More to come on the details on May 1st!

Time to go take the paper slips out of William's basket so he can put what little is left of his Easter treats back inside.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Audio books, part 2: how it's done by Peggy Jaeger #RomanceGems

So, last month I shared why I've embraced the whole new audiobooks generation of readers and listeners. Today, I'd like to tell you a little about how the process of getting a book into audio comes about. This is from my perspective as a traditionally published author. Self-pubbed/Indie authors have a different slant, I feel, because of the economics involved.
Let me explain...

First, you need a book. (Duh!)

Then, it needs to be published  (Duh,Duh!)

Easy, right? hee hee
Next you need to decide if you want it to be offered into an audiobook. If you do, my publisher requires a separate contract rider to be included in your original contract. This ensures that you'll offer your book for a minimum of 7 years via audio.

Now, the fun begins ( and by fun I mean the work of getting your book, your baby, onto audio.)
In an ideal book world, the author of the book would be the narrator. After all, you wrote those words; you know how they should sound when read aloud; you put your heart and soul into them and you want them interpreted the way you wrote them, the characters to speak they way you envisioned them, the words to flow as you spliced them together.

Yeah, this isn't gonna happen because this isn't an ideal book world.

Just like you hire a babysitter to care for your child, you need to hire a narrator who will care for your book baby. This can be either a tedious process or one of "love at first listen." I've been lucky. All the books I've put up for audio have been snatched up by narrators who first, auditioned for me, second,  mad me fall in love with their voices, and third, made my words come to life with their unique interpretations.

Getting the book to audio is time consuming, so know that going in. I have routinely been sent 2-3 chapters at a time from the narrator for me to listen to and to correct any mispronunciations, or offer any word changes. I have to listen to each segment, correct what is wrong, send the correction back to the narrator and then wait for it to be resent to ensure it is correct.

Like I said: time consuming.

The process from first chapter narration until inclusion in Audible can be between 3 and 6 months depending on how fast your narrator works and the corrections that need to be done.

But when I tell you that hearing your book come to life at the end is a soul-filling feeling, believe me, it is.

For those of you who want to know the money aspect of this, I can tell you this - and again, it's because I'm traditionally published, not indie: My narrators all work on commission. I pay them nothing to record my books. They get paid a portion of every audiobook sold with their name ( and voice) on it. So, it behooves a narrator to promote your work as much as you do, because the greater the sales, the greater the profits for all. But if you want to know a true breakdown, it goes like this: For every audiobook I sell, Audible/Amazon gets a cut, my publisher gets a cut, my narrator gets a cut, and finally, after they are all paid, I get a cut. Now, if I had an agent and publicist, I'm sure they'd get cuts, too.

Am I gonna get rich enough to retire to Maui and bask in sunshine all day from my audio booksales?

Not in this lifetime.
Probably not in any other, either. Even if I had a million-seller in audio, I'd still only make a modest royalty. But, as I've said before, I don't do this for the money. I do it because Writing is my Oxygen and I'd die if I couldn't write!
Coming up next week on my personal blog at peggyjaeger.com I have an interview with one of my favorite narrators of my San Valentino audio books, Anna Marie Peloso. She's a hoot and has brought each of the San Val's stories to life perfetto! You won't want to miss it.
Here's the "cover" of my latest and soon to be released audio version of CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS, narrated by ( you guessed it!) Anna Marie Peloso:

Now, don't forget our April Giveaway:

The Romance Gems are hosting an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt throughout the month of April, ending at midnight on Saturday, April 27th. ( Hey! That's tonight!!!)

Somewhere, on one of the my listed sites below, you’ll find an Easter Egg!

How to Enter

In order to enter the contest, you will need to make a note of the following:

Today's date, my name , where you found the egg (which social media site), and the color of the egg.

Should you find an egg on our Facebook page, note where you found the egg, the date you found it, and the color of the egg.

Then, using the “Contact the Romance Gems” link on the bottom left-hand sidebar of the Romance Gems blog site, send ROMANCE GEMS an email with the details of your discovery. Please also include your full name as part of the email.

The Drawing

We will compile all entries received and the person who finds the most Easter Eggs will win the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, the names of the winners will be put into a random draw and the final grand prize winner chosen. Winners will be notified between Sunday, April 28th and Tuesday, April 30th via e-mail.

The Prizes

GRAND PRIZE: $20 Amazon Gift Card

SECOND – FIFTH PRIZES: E-Books Donated by Romance Gems Authors

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Coffee and Conversation with the #RomanceGems

It's time for Coffee and Conversation with the Romance Gems! So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join us for some fun. This month's topic is: Favorite Words

We all use them, agonize over them even as writers. After all, we are wordsmiths! So, tell me... Do you have a favorite word? One you use in your books, speech, or just because you love it?

"Favorite words!! How can I pick just one? For over 30 years I taught elementary school and made sure each year my students became sesquipedalian logophiles - lovers of long words. A few of my favorites over the years - troglodyte - a cave dweller - or recluse and shenanigans - silly or high spirited behavior, mischief." ~ Kari Lemor

"Gaze Verb: to fix the eyes in a steady intent look often with eagerness or studious attention Noun: a fixed intent look. - I use the word gaze too much as in this example from one of my books: "She’d seen the appraising way Scott’s gaze had raked over her.” As a young writer, I learned not to use “eyes,” because eyes don’t leave your body. They don’t drop to the ground or rake over someone. The trick is not using “gaze” too much and finding an appropriate synonym for it. Verb: gape, gawk, peer, stare or Noun: gape, regard, scrutiny, stare." 
~ Jan Scarbrough

"One of my favorite words, especially when writing, is albeit." "It felt decadent to be this aroused by little more than a few, albeit perfect, kisses." (from Touch Me) ~ Nancy Fraser

"Since I write historical, there are words I love to use that I can only use when writing my Regency romances. Take melancholy. It's not a word we don't toss around too much nowadays. It's not really a word I have my historical characters use, but it certainly was in use in those days to describe what we now call depressed or depressing. Therefore, it's a word I will use to describe a character's state of mind. A couple of other archaic words I sprinkle into my books are odious or vexed. They're just so . . . so quaintly old fashioned." ~ Cheryl Bolen 

"One of my favorite words is shenanigans. I love the sound of it, the number of syllables and the fact that it's so old, but still self-explanatory. Especially when used like this: Hooligans got up to shenanigans. Now, I ask you, who would need that explained? But no, I don't use it in my contemporary romances...but maybe I should have a grandparent say it as a joke. HMM..." 
~ Bonnie Edwards 

“I fixated on the word surreptitiously for a while. I still love it, but it's just one of those words that stick out like a sore thumb, so you can only use it once, maybe twice if they're really far apart in the story. I try to be aware of those neon bright words that distract rather than enhance, but sometimes I can't help myself.” ~ Elsa Kurt

"My favorite word is colloquialism. I once had a heroine pull on a toboggan. In Texas it’s the same as a ski mask. Not so up North! That’s when I learned about colloquialisms." ~  Karen Kelley 

"Oxymoron. First, because it has one of my favorite words, MORON in it. Hee hee. I love a good oxymoron, like JUMBO SHRIMP, VIRTUAL REALITY, ORIGINAL COPY, and ONLY CHOICE. Kids, I could talk about this all day! Salacious. Say it slowly…sa—lay—shous!! You don’t even need to know the meaning to know it means something….dirty! Bifurcate. My daughter hates that I use this word all the time instead of just saying split in two!! Hee hee Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. No explanation needed for why this word is one of my favs." ~ Peggy Jaeger

“Ooo… As is my typical fashion, I’ll choose something a bit dark and mysterious… Kismet - a noun meaning destiny or fate. Synonyms include circumstance, doom, fortune, lot, and portion. A very bad character from Hellfire and Handbaskets speaks of kismet, and it suits him. But I also like quintessential - an adjective meaning perfectly typical or representative of a person or a thing. So, he's a quintessential bad guy.” ~ Kathryn Hills

"I had to really think about this - I have a short phrase instead of a word - Oh my stars - In Lost and Found my main character used this phrase, actually Cari uses it throughout the Loudon Series." ~ Lucinda Race

“A favorite word of mine is abscond. Many equate this word with theft, but I like to think of it as leaving stealthily, furtively, or secretively, with something. Not necessarily something stolen, but rather something not to be discovered or shared. As most of my characters have secrets they would rather not divulge, the whole idea of absconding, keeping said secrets safe.... I love the word. There is no substitute.” ~ Kathleen Lawless

"I don't know that I have a favorite word. I do especially like words that have internal "music" such as miscellany, a commonplace word that sounds almost musical when spoken. I'm fond of words like serendipity. It just sounds like fun. I like sentences with internal rhyming words like Poe's The Raven: "Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and weary..." Dreary and weary are evocative and set the rhythm for the poem. I'm a fan of palindromes—words or phrases that are the same when read backward or forward. Long ago in elementary school English, I learned how much fun palindromes could be with what Napoleon supposedly said when exiled to Elba: "Able was I ere I saw Elba." ~ Joan Reeves

Okay, it's your turn to join the conversation! We'd love to hear from you. What is your favorite word? (keep it clean *grin*) Add your comments below or send via email through the "contact us" link on the bottom of the left sidebar. 

You can also make suggestions on what you'd like to discuss here in the future. 

We've got LOTS coming up in May, so stick around. Thanks for joining us!

~ The Romance Gems ~

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Getting Paid to Write by Cheryl Bolen

The Author’s Guild recently released a survey that has shaken the publishing industry, particularly authors because it glaringly demonstrates significantly reduced incomes over the last several decades. This didn’t really come as news to those vanishing “midlist” authors at the big publishing houses who’ve seen their advances and print runs shrink along with their incomes.

Our Romance Writer of America’s Published Authors’ email loops have been buzzing with that topic. Those who want to see the full survey from Authors Guild can read the harrowing facts here.

Internet Has Made Publishing Accessible to All
We’ve always had writers who were so eager to get their work published they would either give it away or sell it for almost nothing. Then we’ve had writers who spent many years developing their craft to the point where they could expect to be compensated at a respectable level for delivering a product that had value. The way the internet has made publishing so accessible to all has contributed to the industry's financial chaos.

I remember when one of my journalism professors decades ago said the only way you could get an “A” in his class was to sell your feature article. “You can always find a publication that will print stuff for free,” he said. He wanted his students to aim higher. (By the way, I did make an “A.” And I’ve never devalued my work since then.)

Authors are saying they “have” to write whether they get paid or not. I get that. I can’t imagine not writing. I’ve always written. I earned a living for two decades, full time, writing for newspapers. I could support a family on what I earn writing books. I knock off articles for my local RWA newsletter. I blog. The latter two, I do gratis.

Writing Novels is Hard Work
I can’t imagine not writing. HOWEVER, and, yes, there’s a reason I capitalized that word, there’s no way I would make myself sit in my chair all day, every day grinding out novels if I didn’t earn a nice income doing so. Writing novels is very hard work. I sold my first one more than 22 years ago, and it doesn’t ever get any easier. They DO NOT write themselves. Plot problems keep me awake at night. Deadlines interfere with life.

I admit I love what I do. I love writing. I love being in charge of my own schedule, working in my yoga pants, throwing clothes in the washer as I write. I love starting a book and finishing a book. I love the satisfaction of finishing a book of which I'm proud. But there are plenty of things about writing that are just plain hard. Like the middle of the book.

All You've Got is a Blank Page
And I’ll say writing non-fiction is much, much easier. You’ve facts to gather and organize, and I’m a good organizer. With fiction, all you’ve got is a blank page. You’ve got to imagine every single scene. Make up every character, every word of dialogue. Don’t bore your reader. Have an interesting, unique plot, great romance. Yada, Yada, Yada. 

So, no, I would not write novels for piddly money. After so many years of writing I would retire if I weren’t still making good money. I would travel even more than I already do. After all, my husband has already retired. 

I happen to be one of the fortune authors who makes a decent income writing novels, and I’m very grateful to my loyal readers who allow me to continue doing what I love to do. –Cheryl Bolen’s 39th book, Last Duke Standing, released in January. She’s currently working on the lead novella for a Regency Christmas anthology to release in October.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hello from Cuba - by Judith Hudson

Hi everyone,
I’m in Varadero Cuba this week for my niece’s Brady Bunch wedding. We’re all thrilled that she and her two teenage children have finally found their HEA (Happily ever after) with a lovely man with four slightly younger children. That’s right, SIX KIDS. But they’re loving it.

Even the groom looks bemused.
Our family has a history of slightly unconventional weddings. My son’s formal, Cuban, Miami wedding was over the top by our somewhat staid Canadian standards. It was totally out of this introvert’s comfort zone (I think I was the only woman not wearing a formal gown) especially when they introduced my even-more-introverted husband and I on the loud, LOUD speaker. The doors were thrown open and we walked into a purple-lit room, swirling with disco ball lights, full of cheering people. Our family were all laughing and cheering along. They said we looked like two fawns in the headlights. But our new Cuban-American family welcomed us with open hearts and open arms!

I love to photograph weddings, and the craziest ceremony yet had to be the one held in the Peak-to-Peak Gondola at Whistler where another niece tied the knot with her Aussie husband. We commandeered the gondola (she'd worked at  the tourist info and knew it was a wedding "thing") and they held the ceremony and champagne toast in the time it took us to go across to the opposite peak and back.

Then the bride and groom skied away.

I love making hardcover books of wedding photographs (I use the Shutterfly program) and giving them to the happy couple as a remembrance of their big day. That's what my daughter and I are planning to do at this beach wedding, too.

Do you have a favorite wedding you've attended? Tell me what made it special in the comments. If I can get a signal at the hotel, I'll be sure to answer! This beach wedding is sure to have some great photo ops, and I'll be posting some of them on my facebook page. Please drop by and take a look!

And don't forget to play and enter the Romance Gems April Giveaway, going on NOW! Check out my links in this post to find my hidden Gems Easter Egg. Get contest details HERE.

You can read Maddie and Jake's wedding excerpt on the  blog page on my website.

Until next time,

Judith Hudson

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Pawprints On Your Heart - Writing Animal Characters by Kathryn Hills #RomanceGems

True love has four paws. That’s why sixty-eight percent of U.S. households—about 85 million families—include pets. (2017-2018 National Pet Owner’s Survey) For most, our four-pawed “children,” a.k.a. best friends, confidantes, comic relief, therapists, and all-around-joy-givers, are a HUGE part of life. It makes sense then that pets are important characters in our books. Does your favorite feisty heroine have a canine sidekick? Can that gruff hero have a soft spot for an aging cat? Might even the toughest, sexiest, bad-ass vampire find comfort in the unconditional love and companionship of a special dog? In my book worlds, YES!

Yet for all their charm and heart-warming abilities, writing animal characters poses challenges. Do you feed the dog and walk him? Change the cat’s litter box? Can they demand attention, hog the bed, make things awkward? Of course, that's the fun part! As authors we must weave those wonderful real-life scenarios into our stories with skill.

Animal characters are also non-verbal, at least in human dialogue terms. Unless you have a parrot... Think of the possibilities! 😊 Yet it’s imperative they “speak” in other ways. Eye contact, body language, sounds – all powerful tools for writers. There are also sensory cues. Soft warm fur slipping through fingers, rhythmic purrs, rumbling dog snores, soul-deep stares conveying understanding, loyalty, and acceptance. Or maybe these book pets are cranky and judgmental? That can be hilarious! Do they sense the bad guy or out the criminal quicker than any detective? See ghosts or hunt monsters? Likely they know more about human nature and the environment/setting than their human counterparts.

For me, four paws enrich a story. I typically write flanked by three amazing dogs, all unique and adept at speaking their own language. Fritz, our 11yo Dachshund, is our family time keeper. Never EVER does he miss a meal or fail to alert when someone should be home. Tank, our 4yo Beabull, (Beagle/Bulldog mix) is “The Killer of Beds.” And though he possesses the “yowl of the banshee,” he’s terrified of the vacuumed. Our most recent rescue, Wylee, only wants to have fun and be outdoors. (We have no idea what breed Wylee is – Plott Hound, Retriever, and Rottweiler have been suggested) Rain, shine, 24/7, he’s ready with his favorite gross ball and boundless puppy energy. I love them all beyond belief—they fill our world with happiness—so it’s only fitting they inspire characters in my books.

One example is Rocky, the endearing German Shepherd in Hellfire and Handbaskets. He is not only my hero's best friend, he’s a life saver. Dr. Rick Hauser is an Army veteran suffering from PTSD. Rocky possesses a strength and understanding Rick relies on. Readers love their special bond, and they’ve reached out to say so and share their own inspiring stories.

Another character is Barney, the one-eyed, scrappy, darling-of-an-old-cat from the same book. Fun fact… Barney is based on a cat my husband knew growing up. A sweet reminder of a dear pet who now lives again amid my pages.

I could continue, but you’ll have to stop back and see what fun creatures inhabit my next books.

Here's a blurb from Hellfire and Handbaskets - A Time Traveler's Journey

It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.

Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?

What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.

Visit my Author Facebook Page for more pet antics. Saturdays are Caturdays, and Sundays are all about the dogs. I'd love to hear your stories and see your pics!


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