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Seeing Beyond the Ordinary

To you my love I say goodbye,

to you my love my spirit cries.

The time is nigh,

yet I do not know,

why I must leave

the earthly realm,

the oceans, the sky,

the mountains covered in snow.

Our love remains through eternity,

of that ideal we can be sure.

My heart is torn in pieces now,

my soul cries out…

it is our fate.

It is my path,

my setting sun…

to leave the other half

of me…

to leave the one who set me free.

Fear not the destiny of two,

that one doth leave

the other behind,

we will meet again,

our hearts entwined.

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The Virgin Romance Novelist

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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.

Secret Pleasures Every Bookish Fan Should Indulge In 

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Good evening, or good morning, wherever you are, I hope you had a wonderful day so far 😀 I have been thinking about this for a while now and have decided to share with you a secret that I have kept until now… And even worse yet, I want you to indulge in the same pleasurable secret as I.

But first, let me tell you a little story.

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A Heartwarming Guest Post by Author Amy Vastine

As the end of summer nears, kids go back to school and temperatures begin to dip low enough in the Midwest to allow me to wear my favorite sweatshirt. As much as I enjoy the warm-weather months, there’s something about the fall season that makes me feel particularly warm and fuzzy. Maybe it’s the holidays approaching, maybe it’s my love of everything pumpkin. Either way, this is a fabulous time of year.

It’s also the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. Don’t get me wrong, I love my beach reads and the books that we can gobble up poolside. But nothing compares to snuggling up in my Chicago Bears blanket with a cup of something warm (I’m a hot chocolate kind of girl) and a good book in my favorite chair.

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This October, myself and 14 of my fabulous fellow Harlequin Heartwarming friends have put together a sweet and emotional holiday anthology for those of you just like me. A Heartwarming Holiday is 15 connected stories all set in the same place – Christmas Town, Maine. Each set of three stories covers the three upcoming holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. All my favorites!

My novella, Peace, Love, and Baby Joy, is the Christmas story in the 24 North Pole Lane section of the anthology. It’s my take on the crazy world world of extreme Christmas light displays. You know what I’m talking about, right? These wild, over-the-top displays with half a million lights and laser shows set to music are on my Facebook timeline every holiday season. There’s even a show where families compete with other families across the nation, and it was this show that became the inspiration for my star-crossed-lovers story. The Warrens and Bakers have battled it out in the annual Christmas Lights Competition for years. They have a long history of sabotage, idea stealing, and one-upping that has led to a family rivalry reminiscent of the Capulets and Montagues. Last Christmas, Valerie Warren and Lucas Baker had thought the news of their elopement would bring their warring families together, but the rivalry ended up tearing them apart. Eight months after signing their divorce papers, Valerie returns to Christmas Town revealing a secret that could change everything this time. Little does she know, she’s not the only one who’s been keeping things from her ex. Lucas has a secret of his own to tell.

Family rivalries, secrets, and one epic brawl between two eighty-year-old grandpas. This story was too much fun to write and I hope that it’s as equally enjoyable to read!

Here’s an excerpt:

Amy VGramps was on a rampage, shooing the Warrens away. “Why don’t you take your pregnant granddaughter back to your side of the street? I bet you sent her over here to on purpose to twist the knife a little bit. Breaking his heart wasn’t enough, huh?”

“You sure do like to rewrite history, Joe. I think you missed the part where your grandson broke our granddaughter’s heart,” Valerie’s grandmother argued. “And we didn’t know she was home.”

“We didn’t even know she was pregnant!” her mother cried.

“She said it was Lucas’s baby,” his dad said.

“Oh, no, it’s not!” Valerie’s dad wouldn’t hear it. “There is no way I will allow my first grandchild to be a Baker.”

“Dad, please stop,” Valerie begged.

“Just you wait, John,” Gramps said with a sinister laugh. “I’m going to have my grandson name that baby Always A. Baker.”

“Over my dead body!” Valerie’s grandfather stepped off the sidewalk with his arm raised.
Gramps put his fists up, ready for a fight. “That can be arranged, you out-of-shape buffoon!”

Complete chaos ensued. Rick Fisher had to step in and stop the two old men from duking it out. There was more shouting, more threats issued. Valerie was in tears when she made her way over to Lucas.

“We’ll talk soon. Away from here. I’m … I’m sorry.”

He wanted to wipe her tears away and make those gorgeous blue eyes smile instead. Lucas should have been the one apologizing. This kind of thing was exactly what had torn them apart. Their families hated one another. They had hoped their love for each other would be a turning point and reason for their grandparents and parents to reconcile. Unfortunately, once they went public with their romance, everyone had done what they could to break them up.

“You sure you don’t want to go to the hospital? It’ll get you away from all this,” Rick said, waving his hand around.

Lucas stood, his eyes still glued to Valerie as she ushered her family back across the street. Her dark hair was longer than it had ever been, reaching the middle of her back. He wanted to chase after her, but knew better than to set foot on Warren property. She would find him when it was safe to talk all this out.

Valerie was pregnant with their baby. Their baby.

“I think you should go get checked by a doctor. Just to make sure everything is okay,” his mom said, wrapping an arm around his waist. “Dad says you got quite a shock.”

Perhaps his mom had misunderstood. Lucas had been shocked, but the biggest one had been delivered by Val not by the electricity. And there was no doctor who could make everything okay.

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So here’s to fall and the holiday season. I’m ready for football games and falling leaves. Christmas shopping and holiday decorating. Most of all, I can’t wait for the release of A Heartwarming Holiday. What are you looking forward to as the holidays approach?

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Amy V Head shotAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

Other works by Amy Vastine:

THE MAGIC STOCKING / A Heartwarming Holiday
WEDDING AT TURKEY RUN / A Heartwarming Thanksgiving
EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE / HQN Heartwarming
THE GINGERBREAD HEART / A Heartwarming Christmas