Archive | October 2016

The Virgin Romance Novelist

The Review

This is another book that was recommended to me, by my Aunt, and I put it on my reading list where it stayed for quite some time. Then all of a sudden this was a book I had to read, so I ordered it on Amazon (because it isn’t in Barnes and Noble). I had an idea of what this book was going to be about from the back of the book and of course my Aunt but I didn’t even realize what this book was. Fair warning: it has a sex scene that puts Fifty Shades of Grey to shame… That should give you a decent idea! 24497054

Rosie Bloom is an aspiring romance novelist who is a shy, caring, beautiful, a journalist, and a virgin. That seems to be the problem when writing the intimate scenes, she has no experience to go off of. With the help of her…

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Dream a little Dream – Giovanna Fletcher

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Dreams really can be amazing.

Dream a little dream is Giovanna Fletcher’s third novel and was widely anticipated following her first two bestsellers, ‘Billy and Me’ and ‘You’re the one that I want’. Although she is a highly dedicated wife and mother, Giovanna always finds time to write, despite her increasingly busy schedule. This book is for an adult (or young adult) audience and Giovanna’s writing certainly suits and reflects this. Despite knowing how a typical romance novel runs, Giovanna always takes a particular idea to explore in each of her novels; this is why I like her so much as an author. In this case, she considers the notion of dreams and their potential significance. This idea definitely intrigued me throughout the novel.

Having only discovered Giovanna’s books after her first two had been out for some time, I was amongst those anticipating the release of this one. The…

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Dialogue: Don’t Let ’em Say What You Mean

  • Time HeatInstructor: Shannon Donnelly
  • DATES: November 1-23
  • PRICE: $20 YRW members/$25 non-members

We all know great dialogue when we read it—and the best dialogue seems effortless. But good dialogue takes work and a few key ingredients.

What do you need to get your characters talking in ways that make for riveting, exciting scenes?

  1. Your Characters’ Voices
  2. Making it Better Than Reality
  3. Subtext: Layering Under the Words
  4. Accents, Ye Olde English, and Slang 
  5. Internal Dialogue – What’s too Much?
  6. Invisible Tags and Punctuation
  7. Punch it! – Making it Matter

For more information or to register: http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/#!workshops/cctds

The Instructor 

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, the Laurel Wreath, the Winter Rose, the Bookseller’s Best, and multiple finalists in the Holt Medallion, the Colorado ACE, the Golden Quill, and others.  Her work has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

In addition to her Regency romances, she has had novellas published in several anthologies, has had young adult horror stories published and is the author of several computer games. Currently, she is a member of several chapters of RWA, and she is a past-president of the Beau Monde, Regency Chapter of RWA. She has spoken at past writer conferences, including RWA’s national conference, and regularly gives workshops online.  Her abiding passions include–besides writing–her dogs, reading, gardening, painting, belly dancing, and the ever present horses in her life.