A few months ago, one of my favorite people and one of my favorite editors, Denise Little, contacted me to let me know she’s editing a brand new romance magazine. She wondered if I, or more specifically, Kristine Grayson, could contribute a story. Now, sadly, Grayson’s stories require me to be in a goofy mood, and last fall I was anything but goofy. (I’m […]
Found lots of great reading in December. Here’s what I really loved.
This past week, I’ve talked with a lot of writers about writing to market. Not just because of last week’s blog post, but because I had done a group author signing at Powell’s on Sunday, and the topic came up again. At dinner after the signing, one of the writers asked, “What market are indie writers writing to?”
Over the weekend, I headed to traditional publishers’ websites and look at their paranormal romance covers only to discover…that the damn books are branded like urban fantasy or like an E.L. James knockoff or like a cookbook or travelogue. All of this points out a huge problem in the paranormal romance genre. There’s nothing that screams modern paranormal romance. Believe me when I tell you that readers look for such things.
The woman who calls Police Detective Riley Scott has the sexiest voice he’s ever heard. She wants to set up an appointment so that he can arrest her for robbing the National Bank and Trust. Just one problem: No one has robbed that bank in more than a decade. Detective Scott writes it off as a crank call until he gets another one. And another. […]
Roth McKendrick hates his fame. That, and the ghost that haunts his dressing room at the Broadway theater where he stars in A Christmas Carol. So, when a lost teenage girl finds her way to that very same dressing room, Jaime assumes she’s a ghost, too. Until she pleas for help. Erika Brandis thought leading a tour group of teenage girls would be easy. Easier than a […]
After I finished the Retrieval Artist novels, I scrambled to write a new Kristine Grayson holiday romance. I had written two before, and I really wanted to get the third to you before the season began. Dressed in Holiday Style is loosely related to the other two, but go ahead, read it first. Then read the other two. Set in Chicago, Dressed in Holiday Style follows journalist Raine Wilkins […]
Halloween’s over, and so is Daylight Savings Time. I’m already seeing ads for Black Friday specials, and those sales won’t happen for another 27 days. People love to experience the season, and they love to read about the season. Holiday books always come out early enough for folks to read while the cookies bake and the turkey defrosts. So, in the spirit of the holidays, […]
I got an amazing amount of fantastic reading done in September—and I didn’t feel like I had read enough. Yet I look at this list, and realize I somehow squeezed a lot of reading in. Wow. My tastes were pretty eclectic in September. Romance, mystery, nonfiction—it’s all here. These are my top picks from a very good month. September, 2013 Balogh, Mary, The Arrangement, Dell, […]
I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. Last year, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season, and it worked so well that I’m doing it again […]