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Lucy Arlington | Writing Real People

People often ask me if I use real people as my characters. Some ask with a bit of a grin and sly wink, as if to say, “You could use me, if you wish.” The answer is always no, and often receives a disappointed sigh from the person who asked. But using real people as […]

Sheila Connolly | Inspired by Ireland

At the heart of the County Cork Mysteries is the second book I ever wrote, set in a small pub in a very small town in southwestern Ireland. It was inspired by a real pub called Connolly’s, which I’ve come to know well over the past decade (especially after having tea with the owner in […]

Amanda Carmack | Elizabethan Mysteries

I love, love, love the Elizabethan period!  The music, the clothes, the houses, the sense of adventure and discovery, the poetry—it’s all so exciting.  Writing the Kate Haywood Mysteries lets me live in the time period for a few hours every day, see it through Kate’s eyes, talk to Queen Elizabeth, sweep around in farthingales […]

Shana Galen | Covent Garden Street Smarts

The heroine of my new historical novel, EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, isn’t your typical Regency heroine. Marlowe is a thief who grew up in the slums of London and runs with a gang called the Covent Garden Cubs. “Cub” is a slang term for a young thief. When she’s suddenly mistaken for the […]

Victoria Vane | Capturing the Cowboy Swagger

One of the biggest challenges I faced in making the leap from my genteel Georgian set historical romances to the rough and tumble world of rodeo was to find the right voices for my characters. My answer to that dilemma was to spend time with the real deal. I was fortunate to make two extended […]

Cathy Elliott | 5 Ways Writing a Book is Like Making a Quilt

I have been a quilter for many years and enjoyed making an intricate, scrappy beauty more than any other hobby. Until I began to write. Now here was a craft I dearly loved. But wait, I loved quilting, too. In fact, I couldn’t decide which I liked better. Writing or quilting? Quilting or writing? Both […]

Join the Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate the Release of Chelsea Fine’s PERFECT KIND OF TROUBLE

Want to win a copy of PERFECT KIND OF TROUBLE by Chelsea Fine? Join in our scavenger hunt! Each participating blog will feature a letter in their post—collect all the letters to find out the secret word. If you’re just joining in, be sure to head to Cocktails and Books for the first letter. This post […]

Lindsay McKenna | Where Are Your Favorite Characters Now? Find Out in ZONE OF FIRE

I’m getting excited! My first ebook novella written and published by me, ZONE OF FIRE (Shadow Warriors series) is getting birthed right now I have owned a publishing company, Blue Turtle Publishing, for thirty years. Before moving into being an Indie fiction author and publishing my books as Lindsay McKenna, I cut my teeth on […]

Bachelors! Auction? New series from Tule Publishing you’ll LOVE!

Meet the Bachelors at the Montana Born Auction! BOUND TO THE BACHELOR by Sarah Mayberry Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one […]

Rachel Lacey | Top 5 Sweet & Sexy Cowboys

For the FOR KEEPS blog tour, Fresh Fiction asked Rachel Lacey to list her top 5 favorite sweet and sexy cowboys from TV, books, or movies. Here is what she had to say! 1. I adore all of Lori Wilde‘s cowboy heroes, but sexy Rafferty Jones in A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS really makes me swoon. He’s the […]