It was so much fun interviewing Tricia Linden at the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention in Reno, Nevada! Check out her answers in the Speed Round...
Regina Kammer is one of my favorite people and writers of all time. Her stories are magnificent, well-written and well-executed. Most importantly, I'm so, so proud to be part of Regina's community. In fact, it was a conversation with her that inspired me to start LoveRomanceReads.com - a way to connect authors and readers directly, supporting one another as a community. Thank you, Regina!
My first post on my blog, written over five years ago, was titled “Giving back”. I was a new author – both self-published and traditionally published – at the time. But I didn’t get to that spot on my own. It, as the saying goes, took a village.
“Since I became a writer, I have only encountered generosity amongst fellow writers: Encouragement, advice, willingness to listen, shared enthusiasm when something goes right. I suspect it comes from the knowledge that we are colleagues, not competitors. This is true especially for genre writers where readers and fans read voraciously — a book a week, the more exuberant amongst them a book a day.”
Since then, I have offered writing resources on my blog, including a recent post on writing sex scenes. But I’m probably adding content more sporadically than I had originally intended. I’d like to get back into providing writing resources and tips.
However, this post isn’t about that. It’s about the “village”.
I was reminded of my first post because of recent events, events that highlighted how tightly knit and protective the writing village can be in the face of a bully. And how large the village actually is, encompassing not just romance writers and readers, but other genre writers and readers.
In the face of this author-bully I have been doing what I can to give back, to support my colleagues by forwarding relevant information and promoting the writing of authors victimized by the actions of this bully.
Some people took it upon themselves to give back with all they had to give, free of charge. This display of solidarity has been pretty astonishing and heartening.
However, as the drama unfolded, what became very clear, and very sad, is that the bully lacked connection to any sort of writing community, and seemingly acted in a vacuum.
We writers are a community acting in cooperation, not competition. At our core is the spirit of giving back. In fact, Love Romance Reads was started in part to promote community, as an act of giving back.
In a few years, no one will remember the name of the author-bully, but we will remember how our village came together to save our own little corner of the world.
Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, Loose Id, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.
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~Harwell Heirs Book 1
~Victorian Historical ~Erotic Romance
A forbidden encounter leaves her yearning for more…
In Victorian London of 1879, a new device for the treatment of hysteria has just arrived from France. Dr. Julius Christopher plans to use the invention for his own salacious scheme. Can Dr. Nicholas Ramsay prevent his beloved, the innocent debutante Helena Phillips, from being the next patient?
Helen Henderson's First Time is a personal look at what happens when an author goes "indie". She gives great advice! Thank you, Helen for sharing this First Time with us.
There could be several firsts that apply to the title. But the first that was chosen is the first book I published as an independent author. And “safety net?” Without a publisher there was no built-in camaraderie, no group sworn to assist you with retweets and spreading the release news.
I dipped my toe into the indie world with Imprisoned in Stone, a dark fantasy with a thread of romance. What I have learned since then?
Plan your marketing and promotion, but be flexible. Different opportunities appear all the time.
Don’t think you can just get away with only doing the “writing.” Even though you’ll be hiring professionals for specialized knowledge such as editing and graphic design (unless you have friends who work in the fields) you still need to have a working knowledge of grammar, book format, cover design, keywords, and a million other things so that you can communicate with the experts.
They say there are five stages of emotions when you publish. I think they are felt more strongly when you publish as an independent author, especially the doubt and fear. Be prepared for wide swings.
That’s a few thoughts on my first… and subsequent outings as an independent author without a safety net.
A descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer, the dichotomy of Henderson's heritage shows in her writing which crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of romantic fantasy, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination. She writes Fantasy, Historical Westerns, and Science Fiction.
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~Dark Fantasy~Ghosts & Spirits~Witches/Warlocks
~August 1, 2013
For the crime of healing without payment, the Brethren imprisoned Dylan’s soul in stone. Centuries later, he felt the touch of another’s mind and hope for escape from his eternal prison soars. However, his potential savor’s only knowledge of him comes from an eerie message on the wall and nightmarish dreams. And, she is unaware of her latent magic--the power needed to free him.
A spell kept secret for generations.
A brotherhood thirsting for power.
Demands that cannot be obeyed.
A woman who stands to lose everything.
Andi Ramos shares her First Time experience with us. I bet it didn't turn out the way she'd imagined it would!!! Honestly though, there are a few celebrities that would turn me into a wet noodle and I'm sure I'd not handle it any better than Andi did. What about you?
It’s funny; you never know how you are going to act until thrust into a situation. Oh sure, you can pretend and say I would do something this way or that. But, no one can really know how they are going to act in a certain situation until they experience it!
Why am I saying all this? Well, let me tell you about the first time I met a celebrity. I was a huge race fan, (fun fact for those who didn’t know). I stopped watching because after the umpteenth time of Jimmy Johnson winning the cup, I’d had it (sorry Jimmy fans). Anyway, we were just outside the pits of the Pocono race a few years ago, and Carl Edwards (swoon) was walking in my direction, probably because I was decked out in Edwards paraphernalia.
Now, he’s my favorite driver (even though he is retired now) he’s funny, charismatic and extremely easy on the eyes. He came right over to the kids and me, GASP, (oh yeah, hubby was there too). A crowd immediately gathered pawing for autographs, pictures and the such. So I ushered the kids over to him to get a picture and my hubby, who knows my yearnings for this man, says, “hop in.” Even Carl said, "Yeah, come on in." I couldn’t; I stood frozen just shaking my head and with a death-grip on my camera. I was about to turn tail and run, but my hubby held me in place.
WelI, I got a great picture, kind of hard not to since he was right in front of me, and my husband has a great story to tease me about…relentlessly…So all you women who boast, if I ever see that guy in public….(fill in the blank)… just be careful what you say. Your opportunity may arise, don't do what I did. Make sure you can make the most of it! However, if I do come across the Rock all bets are off- I’m going in for the kill ;)
Andi Ramos grew up in central Massachusetts where she still lives today with her family, goat, and Boston Terriers. Her love for reading grew into a passion for writing. She dabbled with pen and paper for a long time and eventually stopped pushing her amusements aside and started developing those stories into novels. One of her favorite things to do is to hop into her motorhome with her family and write while traveling down the road as they journey to various destinations. She writes Mystery and Romance.
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~May 30, 2018
Sheagan O’Hare got more than she bargained for when her newly inherited detective agency lands its first case; a missing person, embezzlement, and murder. Sheagan’s out to prove she can hang with the pro's, despite the constant reminder of her amateur status from an annoyingly attractive FBI agent, Colin 'Mac' MacEvine, who’s forced himself into her life.
How does she feel when an old high school friend hopes to ignite a new romance?
Will she be able to discover if detective work and love can mingle before someone gets hurt?
Karen Michelle Nutt is someone I've been 'friends' with on Facebook for several years, though we've never met in person. Our virtual paths crossed maybe five years ago (?) when we both did Seven Sentence Sunday. Now, along with another author, Siobhan Muir, we're administrators of the Facebook group, Snippet Sunday. But back to Karen - I love her books, I love her perseverance, and she's an author I look up to. Fingers crossed our real paths will cross someday!
In the 80s, I met Greg at Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park in Southern California, where we both worked. I loved to plan events with all my friends and would arrange meet ups, long before online sites made those popular. There were no cell phones to send out a group text. I had to call each person with the date, time and place. If someone had a suggestion, I was right on it to spread the word. We definitely had some fun times. Only I didn't have a clue that Greg wanted to ask me out on a date. So of course when he made his suggestion to go miniature golfing, I thought he wanted the whole gang to go. He was a bit surprised when everyone showed up and I was confused as to why he handed me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We were friends. We 'hung out' together. It never occurred to me he wanted to date me.
Maybe it was the scent of the flowers or the beautiful starry night, or perhaps how he chuckled when he realized our date had become a group event. Whatever the reason, I began to look at him differently. What better person to date than a best friend? Right?
He did ask me out on another date and that's a fun and interesting story for another time. Three years later, Greg and I were married and have been married for 33 years. So even though our first date wasn't perfect, our once upon a date became a happily ever after.
Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer. When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover". Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, time travel or contemporary romances all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love. Karen writes Paranormal, Time Travel, and Contemporary Romance
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~Rock Star Romance~Paranormal~Rock & Roll
Lars Gunner, the frontman for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can't recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars' rock and roll life just may be the death of them too.