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Now that I’ve written two sequels in two different series, The Six Train to Wisconsin series (adult paranormal suspense) and The Unbelievables series (YA time-travel mystery), I’ve discovered there are a few secrets to writing a good sequel. Go Deeper, Not BiggerOne of the biggest mistakes an author can make is assuming they have to go bigger in each book. If book 1 was hero vs. villain, book 2 is now a team of heroes vs. team of villains. If ...

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Hidey-ho Fresh Fictioners! Fresh Fictionees? Fresh Fictionites? Or how about this… Hidey-ho all you fiction lovers! Julie Ann Walker here, so happy to be back on Fresh Fiction talking about my latest release, HOT PURSUIT. The book follows Christian Watson and Emily Scott on their wild and crazy (not to mention dangerous, hilarious, and angsty) journey to finding their way into each other’s arms. Christian Watson is the first Englis...

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What book made you fall in love with the genre you write? Mika Jolie: I’ve read so many books, but the one I remember the most is The Passionate Lover by Carole Mortimer under Harlequin Presents. I found it at used bookstore and from that moment I was hooked. I’d count the day for her releases and stay up all night and read. What is your favorite genre? Mika Jolie: I have such an eclectic taste when it comes to books and music. Hav...

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How did you come up with the idea for this story? EmKay Conner I’ve written in two other Kindle Worlds and discovered that series sell best. I knew I wanted to do a “mini-series” of my own in Mari Carr’s Wilder Irish Kindle World, so I did some brainstorming with my writing partner. We came up with the idea of a distant Irish cousin, Darragh O’Shea, who was something of a Lothario who dies and leaves his inheritan...

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One of the most popular historical romance eras is “The Regency” which runs according to Wikipedia, “The Regency in Great Britain was a period when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. On the death of George III in 1820, the Prince Regent became George IV. The term Regency (or Regency era) can refer to various stretches of time; some are longer than the decade of the formal...

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THE SECRET, the third book in the Butler Ranch series, is set on the Central Coast of California, one of my favorite places on earth. I started visiting this area with my mom when I was a little girl, and through the years, it became my place. Regardless of who I took along with me, we always stayed in one of the inns or motels on Moonstone Beach Road in Cambria. In the first two books, THE PROMISE and THE TRUCE, the characters Peyton and Alex...

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Every writer is also a reader. I mean, if we didn’t love books, we wouldn’t spend our time trying to create more, right? So, I read fast and I read constantly. But, strangely, I find my choices are affected by the seasons. Spring is the time for something new and strange. Summer is the time for high-flying suspense and the dramatic thriller. Fall, though, is the time to get back to the classics. Collins. Dickens. Christie. Sayers. ...

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Thank you for having me here today to discuss my Christmas novella, JOYFULLY HIS. Originally, I’d only planned three books for the Sterling Canyon series—one for each friend. But Avery’s twin, Andy, who first appeared in the first book when he injured the hero while driving home from happy hour, kept popping up. By the end of the third book, I felt he’d suffered enough and deserved his own happily ever after. At the start of ...

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Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Surrey UK. This is a sweet little house where Jane lived for a short period of her life. There is a tea room and you can tour the house and I posed at her writing desk when no one was looking! The Algonquin in New York City. This was the place where the famous Round Table met. I have been there several times for drinks and I always find it inspiring. Ernest Hemingway in Paris. To be fair the entire of city of Pa...

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With October comes Halloween, and with Halloween comes… SCARY MOVIES. * dun dun dun * Even though I rarely watch them anymore, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my top five scary movies that made me not want to watch scary movies anymore. 13 Ghosts. I don’t know why, but this movie MESSED me up. I was so scared after seeing this, and I still, to this day, get nervous when I go into a dark bathroom. I always look at the bathtub ...

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Debby Giusti | Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
Uncategorized / August 9, 2007

My second Love Inspired Suspense from Steeple Hill came out this week! Seeing SCARED TO DEATH on the shelf in my favorite bookstore is the continuation of a dream come true that started in April when my debut novel, NOWHERE TO HIDE, was first released. If you’ve ever worked to accomplish a goal that at times seemed almost unobtainable, I bet you can relate to the elation I feel having two books in print. The path to publication can b...

Back to My Roots – Carly Phillips
Uncategorized / August 8, 2007

I started writing family stories. Seriously. I thought I would sell to Silhouette Special Edition and I tried. Boy did I try … but it wasn’t meant to be. Seven years, ten manuscripts, I caught on. Shorter contemporary seemed to be my style. In 1998 I sold to Harlequin Temptation/Heat and in 1999 BRAZEN was published. I wrote category for two years before segueing into single title contemporary with THE BACHELOR, THE PLAYBOY and THE H...

Colette Gale | It’s probably no surprise that I’m a great fan of The Phantom of the Opera (since my first book is an erotic version of that story).
Uncategorized / August 7, 2007

So, when I went to Paris for research last year, part of our itinerary was, of course, a trip to the Opera Garnier, which is the opera theater that figures in the original Phantom of the Opera. I learned a lot about the famous building, as well as some of the legends and facts that surround it and were used (or tweaked) in Leroux’s and Webber’s versions of the story of the Opera Ghost. That’s me, standing in front o...

New Look and a Field Trip to Austin for Jasper Fforde
Uncategorized / August 6, 2007

Fresh Fiction always seems to be changing and our blog is going in a new direction. We’ve asked several authors and readers to contribute over then next few months. So, please stop by and check us out. If you’re interested in being a guest, please contact us at info @ freshfiction.com Jasper Fforde Originally uploaded by freshfiction At last, we have our THURSDAY NEXT signed!Now, to our field trip… Austin — no...

Book Club Rewind – Linda Conrad
Uncategorized / June 21, 2007

Linda Conrad, proud mama of a new Bichon Frise puppy, joined us over the phone last night for our book club chat. She is currently living in the Florida Keys, but spent most of her adult life in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and was first published in 2002. The inspiration for creating the Night Guardians series (readers often call it the Shadow series because of the titles) was from research Linda did for Between Strangers (Silhoue...

New Look to the DFW Tea Readers Group website
Guests / June 19, 2007

You may not be as excited as I am, but if you spent the time and effort upgrading and making it look pretty, well, I’d say why not shout about it? DFW Tea Readers website has a new look with more information about teas, club meetings and signings in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If we’re missing any signings or appearances, please contact us! We’d be happy to add them! Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books ...

Plano Book Club – Note from this month’s author, Linda Conrad
Uncategorized / June 18, 2007

Man, how I love reading good books! And geez, how I hate finishing one! If it’s a really good book that hooks me into the characters’ lives, then I want to know more! What happens next? I want to know whether the best friend finds her own true love. I want to know if the brother will ever change his ways and find a woman who can tame him. I just want to know more! I guess that’s why I almost always write linked books and make up my o...

Saving money, new authors & getting through my TBR pile
Uncategorized / June 15, 2007

Romance Writers of America 2007 National Conference is next month in Dallas. Most romance writers will be at the literacy autographing fundraiser. The problem: you can only bring FIVE books with you to have signed. All others books must be bought there. Hence, my self imposed separation from buying new books in May – July because I know that I will be spending a lot of cash at the RWA literacy fundraiser. I have broken my vow o...

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes — a possibility for an intriguing novelty
Guests / June 14, 2007

Jennifer Cruisie, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart… who wouldn’t look forward to a new book by any of these authors?? Well in July St. Martin’s Paperbacks will have an intriguing treat for us avid readers. Apparantly, at some cocktail party at some conference the three tossed around an idea that sounds like a hollywood pitch session that combines the sisters of Charmed meets Bewitched with a boom chica bow mow soundtra...

Guest blogger – Marta Acosta
Uncategorized / June 10, 2007

Paranormal fiction continues to be very popular right now, which is good for me since I’m now writing the third in my Milagro De Los Santos series. The last thing I need is for vampires to lose favor with the public, thereby forcing me to do something unpleasant, like getting a real job. (The New York Observer just ran a story in which writers confessed the hardship of being successful. Honestly, it made me want to smack these whinin...