RWA 2011 Conference: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG STORIES

I’m back home after a packed last week of workshops, publisher parties, author meetings and seeing friends at Romance Writers of America’s 31st annual conference held this year at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. My daughter, Lisa, attended with me. It was her first national conference whereas I’ve been to almost too many to count over the past several decades. You’d think I would have heard it all before but I continue to learn and grow with each and every conference.
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“Flesh & Bones” E-book benefits children’s charity

“FOR THE KIDS”– WHY AUTHOR DONATES TO CANCER FUND

“Flesh & Bones,” the bestselling Jake Lassiter thriller, is now an e-book. Author Paul Levine explains why he has pledged all royalties to childhood cancer treatment.

By Paul Levine

In the United States today, one in 300 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. All of us have friends or family members who have fought that grueling battle. These days, with great advances in medicine, there’s a increasing chance the fight has been successful.

Yet, progress seems excruciatingly slow for those on the front lines.
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REJECTION: The Real Story by Barbara Bretton

No uplifting thoughts on the importance of a handwritten rejection letter, no pious sermons on how rejection is good for the soul.

I’m going to give it to you straight.

Truth #1: Rejection stinks.

Truth #2: You are going to be rejected.

Rejection, unfortunately, is the flip side of writing for publication. Only writers who write solely for pleasure and consign each of their efforts to the lower left-hand desk drawer can manage to avoid rejection.

If that description fits you, congratulations. You’re a lucky person. You’ll never know how awful it feels to be rejected.

And you’ll never know how wonderful it feels to be accepted.
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Arranged Regency Marriage Inspires author Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell AuthorThe April re-issue of one of Cathy Maxwell’s early Regency historical romances, Falling In Love Again—all dressed up with a beautiful new cover—seemed the perfect time to touch base with Cathy by asking her a few questions about writing Falling In Love Again and catch up with her about future books.

Sally: Falling In Love Again is about two people who marry almost overnight and have barely spoken to each other, much less gotten to know each other. Were marriages like this common in 1806? If not, where did you get the idea for this intriguing plot?

Cathy: Arranged marriages were very common among the upper classes and so were marriages where the couple barely knew each other. I took the idea of Falling in Love Again from a story in The Regency Companion: “The oddest love story no doubt concerned a noble lord who married for convenience when he was a boy and never lived with his bride. Several years later on meeting an exquisite beauty at the theater, his somewhat improper advances to her turned out not to be so improper. She was his wife!”

How fun is that story! Fun I tried to transfer to Falling in Love Again.

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Falling in Love Again with Cathy Maxwell

Cathy-Maxwell-Falling-In-Love-AgainIf you don’t already love New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s charming Regency set historical books, you will after reading her new release, Falling In Love Again.

Avon Books is re-issuing one of Cathy’s  earliest historical romance books, Falling In Love Again on Tuesday, March 29th.  The book was originally published in 1997 with a basket of flowers on a yellow cover.  Although the re-issue has a beautiful new cover, the story is just as wonderful to read today and it was when first released.  It followed on the heels of Cathy’s successful You and No Other and won many new readers for Cathy.

Here’s a little bit about Falling in Love Again:
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Phantom Evil: New Paranormal Series by Heather Graham

Heather Graham, Phantom EvilNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham has written over one hundred and fifty novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, horror, and Christmas family fare. Her works have been published in approximately twenty-five languages, with over seventy-five million books in print. Her latest work, Phantom Evil will be released in April 2011.

Phantom Evil, paranormal hardcover, carries on the paranormal series featuring Adam Harrison by introducing a team of characters with unique talents who are linked to him. This team—and the first of 4 ghost/paranormal books—are called the Krewe of Hunters.
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