The 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge


The RITA is a contest put on by the Romance Writers of America that is basically the Oscars of the Romantic Fiction world. If you write romance this is the award you want listed in your bio.  “The RITA is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction. It recognizes excellence in published romance novels andContinue reading “The 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge”

The 2016 Golden Heart Finalists


Ever since I heard about Romance Writers of America I knew it was where I needed to be if I wanted to be serious about my writing career and so I joined as soon as I could. When I learned about the Golden Heart contest I felt that if I won a Golden Heart awardContinue reading “The 2016 Golden Heart Finalists”

Authors Worthy of Admiration


Every writer has an author that: Never fails to inspire. Awakens the writing muse within us. Whom we look up to, hoping to emulate their success.   For me, I have three such authors. The Author Who Awoke The Writing Muse Within Me Karen Marie Moning It was midway through reading her Fever series that I realized IContinue reading “Authors Worthy of Admiration”

What Should You Read Next? How About The RITA Finalists of 2015


It’s about that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer, the trees are getting greener and people are starting to plan their little vacation getaways. What’s a vacation without a few good books to read? A boring one in my mind! So, if you are like me and are looking for something newContinue reading “What Should You Read Next? How About The RITA Finalists of 2015”

Critique Partners vs Beta Readers and Where To Find Them


Many people believe critique partners and beta readers are one in the same. I admit, they can be, if you choose to use them that way. However, if you want your book to be the best it can be then you not only need to know the difference but you also need to know whereContinue reading “Critique Partners vs Beta Readers and Where To Find Them”

What Are The Most Popular Sub Genres in Romance & How Do They Compare?


Most people who have not been lucky enough to read a romance book think that all romance books are the same. Of course, those of us who actually read and enjoy romance know that this genre is vast and varied. Romance is a literary genre that has many sub genres. Even some of the subContinue reading “What Are The Most Popular Sub Genres in Romance & How Do They Compare?”

Your Formatting, Word Counts and Page Length Questions Answered


If you’re new to the submitting process you might be racking your brain right about now on how to properly format your fiction manuscript. No doubt you’ve done a quick Google search and found a few examples or read a few books that talked about it and found that they all have slightly different thingsContinue reading “Your Formatting, Word Counts and Page Length Questions Answered”

You’ve Finished Your First Draft! Now What?…


So, you’ve finished your first draft? Congratulations! Go out and celebrate because not many people get to this point. However, don’t think for a minute that you are done. Oh no. You are far from done. Writing the 1st draft is actually the easiest part of the whole process. But it’s OK. We’ll walk through the nextContinue reading “You’ve Finished Your First Draft! Now What?…”

Classes, Conferences, Conventions, Retreats and Workshops…Oh My!


The number 1 rule to writing well is to write often. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to write often in our daily lives. So what do we do when we can’t find the time to write but desperately need to? We hide ourselves away in a writer’s retreat. What’s a writers retreat? WritingContinue reading “Classes, Conferences, Conventions, Retreats and Workshops…Oh My!”

RWA’s 2015 Golden Heart Competition


Every Year RWA (Romance Writers of America) puts on about 12 contests but their two major contests (in my opinion) are, the RITA and the Golden Heart. The RITA is a contest open to RWA members who have published a manuscript for the year. Check out this list of previous winners 2014 and 2013. TheContinue reading “RWA’s 2015 Golden Heart Competition”