Wednesday, July 1, 2015

STEP AWAY FROM THE WALL


by Ursula Renée


In a few weeks, hundreds of authors from around the world will gather in New York City for the Romance Writers of America 35th Annual Conference. Besides offering educational workshops for authors at every stage of their career, this event will serve as an opportunity to meet editors and agents and forge new friendships. However, for those who feel awkward at gatherings, this experience can be overwhelming.

There may be times it feels as if everyone but you has a friend. To solve this problem, walk into a room and head for a corner. Once you are settled in your safe haven, glance across the room at the opposite corner. Nine time out of ten, the person trying to blend into the wall does not have anyone to talk to.

Now that you have identified someone who is probably feeling as awkward as you, take a deep breath, walk across the room and introduce yourself. A good conversation starter is, “what do you write?” Or, find something you admire about her – whether it is a dress or piece of jewelry – then compliment her about it.

During meals, listen to the conversations around the table. You may find that you have something to offer to the discussion (i.e. you may be able to exchange recipes with an author or suggest places someone can visit on vacation). However, just like you would steer clear of politics and religion, you must also be mindful of being critical and offering unsolicited advice on any topic. No one wants to hear how you would have rewritten the ending of her novel.

If you find yourself in the presence of authors who have made the New York Times bestseller list and wonder if you are worthy enough to be in the same city as them, remember the answer is always, “Yes.”

Do not measure your worth by that of others. It does not matter if you can count on one hand the number of followers you have. Everyone, including the superstars in the industry, had to start somewhere.

However, while you are building your self-confidence, do not get so full of yourself that you alienate everyone around you. Remember, there is a time and a place for everything. Do not expect editors and agents to drop everything and fall at your feet when you walk into a room. While you may want to take advantage of an editor’s inability to escape, she may not want to hear about your thousand-page epic novel while she is trying to take care of personal business.

In order to get the most out of the conference, you will have to make the effort to come out of your shell. And, while it may feel like the most challenging task you have ever undertaken, the friendships and connections you form will make it worth the effort.♥


Ursula Renée is the President of RWA/NYC. When she is not writing, she enjoys photography, drawing and stone carving. Visit her at www.ursularenee.com.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Q&A WITH BEN MAILER FROM ALL OF ME BY REBECCA BROOKS



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from New York’s Leading Romance Writers 



HERO: Ben Mailer
Hometown:  Bonnet, NY


Q:  Which do you prefer – baseball or football?
BEN:  Baseball, but I'll watch anything if there's a cold beer in my hand. As long as you don't make me row crew -- I had enough of that when I was a teen! 


Q:  Do you believe in love at first sight?
BEN:  I guess I must, since it happened to me.


Q:  Does sex mean love and marriage?
BEN:  I'm the kind of guy who has to be invested before I go to bed with someone. I'm a little shy, I guess, and I don't want to make a mistake or do something I might later regret. It doesn't mean we have to get married, but I'm not really going for the one night stand. 


Q:  What attracted you first about the heroine?
BEN:  Her confidence, comfort, and gorgeous curls. I went in to register at the campsite where my friends and I were going to be staying for the weekend and she was sitting with her hiking boots propped on her desk, reading. I wanted to get to know her right away. And okay, it didn't hurt that I totally knew she was checking me out. 


Q:  If you have sex on the first date, would you respect your Heroine in the morning?
BEN:  I'm pretty sure Casey and I had sex before we even went on a first date, since we spent the whole weekend at the campground she runs. I probably had even more respect for her, since I discovered the insane swim she takes in the freezing cold lake when she wakes up at dawn.  But honestly, any guy who says "no" to this question isn't someone I'd be friends with. Full stop. 


Q:  Give us a mini synopsis of your story with the Heroine.
BEN:  It was supposed to be just a weekend away with friends. I had plans—to graduate from culinary school, get a job at an upscale New York City restaurant, and be the son my father always wished he'd had.  Then I met the woman who made me rethink everything, and showed me how to live on my own terms. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rebecca Brooks has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. She writes about travel, the outdoors, and independent women ready to try something new.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Q&A WITH MANASES CASTRO FROM GIFT OF THE MAGI BY MARIA FERRER

  
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HERO:   
Manases Castro
Hometown:  
Brooklyn NY


Q:  Which do you prefer – baseball or football?
Manases:  Baseball is king.  Yankees all the way.

Q:  Do you believe in love at first sight? 
Manases:   Absolutely.  I fell in love with Barbara when I was 13 years old.  20 years later I still love her.  I just have to win her back

Q:  Does sex mean love and marriage? 
Manases:  Sex is sex.  It sounds like a line but men do have needs.  I am a sexual being and I need sex.  But I am saving my love for the woman who claimed my heart years ago.

Q:  What attracted you first about the heroine?  
Manases:  Her daring nature.  She will try anything once.  I love that about her.

Q:  If you have sex on the first date, would you respect your Heroine in the morning?
Manases:  Women should be respected all the time.  

Q:  Give us a mini synopsis of your story with the Heroine.  
Manases:  Barbara and I are/ were childhood sweethearts.  We have been planning our wedding and family since forever but first college for both of us.  Tragedy struck and we lost each other. Then Barbara left to study abroad and never came home.  I couldn’t force her to come back; I needed her to want to come back on her own, but the waiting has been hell.  And now she is finally home, but before I can make her fall in love with me again her old boyfriend arrives with grand gestures and a wedding ring.  Will I lose the woman I love again?  Oh, Hell No!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Maria Ferrer writes contemporary romance and erotica under the pseudonym Del Carmen.  Her stories have been published by Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance and Riverdale Avenue Books, and have appeared in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Penthouse and Star magazines.  Visit her at www.marializaferrer.blogspot.com and www.mydelcarmen.com.


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Q&A WITH EVAN LANGDON FROM CUTTING HIM LOSE BY MIMI PIZZARO

  
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HERO:  Evan Langdon 
Hometown:  Indiana


Q: Which do you prefer – baseball or football?  
Evan:  Football. Indiana Colts all the way! 

Q:  Do you believe in love at first sight?
Evan:  Yes

Q:  Does sex mean love and marriage?
Evan:  No, but great sex happens when you're in love.

Q:  What attracted you first about the heroine?
Evan:  I heard a lot about her and saw pictures, but the night I met her in person, there was no turning back.

Q:  If you have sex on the first date, would you respect your Heroine in the morning?
Evan:  Definitely! She's an amazing woman.

Q:  Give us a mini synopsis of your story with the Heroine.
Evan:  My college frat buddy calls off his engagement to a great girl. 
I find a way to meet and befriend that girl. I fall hard for her, while helping her get over the heartache, and show her what true love 
really is.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mimi Pizarro is a quirky hopeless romantic. She's a pop culture wiz who loves books, film, music and fashion, in that order. She lives in New York with her 'Hoosier' husband and four fabulous felines. Twitter #@mimilogsdon  mimipizarro@facebook.com


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Q&A WITH THE MEN OF THROWN A CURVE BY KATE McMURRAY


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HEROES:   
Mason and Patrick  
Hometown:  New York, NY


KATE: In THROWN A CURVE, ex-Yankee Mason re-unites with Patrick, with whom he had a steamy encounter last summer. They both play baseball in the Rainbow League. (THROWN A CURVE is book 2 in the series.) Let’s ask both these heroes some questions.

KATE: Which do you prefer—baseball or football?
PATRICK: Baseball.
MASON: Is there another sport?

KATE: Do you believe in love at first sight?
PATRICK: Well, I mean—
MASON: Please. When we first met, you just wanted to get in my pants.
PATRICK: Same goes. But I know I’m irresistible, darling. I would just like to say, though, that when I first saw you, I thought you had something special.
MASON: In my pants?
PATRICK: No, I… well, yeah, in your pants.

KATE: Does sex mean love and marriage?
PATRICK: *laughs*
MASON: Come on, it’s a serious question.
PATRICK: Oh, sure. And the first time we did it, did you think you’d be proposing?
MASON: Not exactly.
PATRICK: Look, here’s the thing. I’ve had sex with a lot of dudes. I mean, a lot. And you have, too.
MASON: Ugh, don’t remind me.
PATRICK: Sometimes sex is just two consenting adults having a good time. With their pants off.
MASON: But sometimes…
PATRICK: Well, honey, with you, it’s something else. Something really great. Amazing. Transcendent!
MASON: Aw.

KATE:  What attracted you first to the other guy?
MASON: Well, Patrick’s not like any guy I’ve ever been with before.
PATRICK: That’s because you used to date meatheads. Which I am not.
MASON: That’s a good thing. And you’re so… colorful.
PATRICK: Sure.
MASON: I mean, the tattoos and the piercings and the hair. I like all of that. You’re really sexy, you know that?
PATRICK: Thanks, honey! Do you think I would freak people out if I dyed my hair brown for the wedding?
MASON: No one would recognize you.
PATRICK: That’s why I’d do it. Anyway, you’re not like any guy I’ve ever dated, either. For one thing, you’re the only one who’s been on the cover of People magazine.
MASON: You’re never going to get over that, are you?
PATRICK: It’s really cool. Also, you’re all athletic and stuff, but you’re also really sweet. I like that about you.
MASON: Thanks.

KATE:  If you have sex on the first date, would you respect the hero in the morning?
PATRICK: Um.
MASON: Well, considering we…
PATRICK: I mean, we weren’t even really dating yet. Between you, me, and the men’s room stall.
MASON: Did you respect me afterwards.
PATRICK: Oh, yeah. More than ever. That first time was so hot.
MASON: Same for me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
PATRICK: There’s a men’s room right over there. What do you say to us recreating the memory?
MASON: Uh, well, let’s finish the interview first.

KATE: Give us a mini synopsis of your story.
PATRICK: As you may have already gleaned, the story is basically just that we met in a bar, were instantly attracted to each other, and then totally did it in the men’s room.
MASON: Then we spent, what, eight months thinking about each other?
PATRICK: Yes. Then we met again, but you had some issues to work through before we could really be happy together.
MASON: I had issues? Not you, too?
PATRICK: Next question.

KATE:  Give us a mini-bio of your author.
PATRICK: Kate writes gay romances. Our book is her twelfth novel.
MASON: Wow! That’s a lot. Kate also edits nonfiction, knits, plays the violin, and is also clearly an avid fan of the greatest sport on earth.
PATRICK: Hockey?
MASON: Ignore him. Kate lives in Brooklyn with two cats.
PATRICK: We should get a cat!
MASON: We’ll talk about it.


Kate McMurray
Smart, Savvy, Sexy Romance


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Friday, June 26, 2015

BOOK COVER FRIDAY: ECHOES by Laura K. Curtis


WELCOME TO BOOK COVER FRIDAYS!
Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York's Leading Romance Authors. Enjoy!



ECHOES
A Harp Security Novel
by Laura K. Curtis
Penguin / Intermix




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Q&A WITH HEXFORD AUGUSTINE WILTON FROM JULIANA AND THE EARL BY K. KEITH

  
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HERO:    Hexford Augustine Wilton, 
the Earl of Wilton
Hometown:  London, England



Q:  Which do you prefer – baseball or football?
Hexford:  Footy, of course. I'm an Englishman

Q:  Do you believe in love at first sight?
Hexford:  No. I'm also a realist. Attraction at first sight, not love. Real love takes time. Say, a day or two.

Q:  Does sex mean love and marriage?
Hexford:  If you're caught, one is usually marched off to a church. It is the 13th century, after all.

Q:  What attracted you first about the heroine?
Hexford:  The efficient way she threw the pocket knife to me as I was being thrashed by robbers.

Q:  Tell us your story with the Heroine.
Hexford:   Juliana tossed her knife to me. In a moment of massively poor judgement, I agreed to help her steal something which she claimed belonged to her grandfather. We hated each other at various points, didn't hate each other so much at various points, got cozy at more various points, got caught in a dangerous compromising position, in more ways than one, then after an explosive revelation by a deranged distant relative, we declared eternal love for each other and got hitched.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:    K. Keith is a librarian.  JULIANA AND THE EARL is out for submission.  Fingers crossed.
  

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