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Free Romance Books!

Readers, I wanted to direct you to a huge giveaway of books by different authors, which is hosted on my alternate blog, Writing in the Modern Age. It runs until Saturday evening and the giveaway is Halloween-themed, so if you like either paranormal romance, romantic suspense or time travel romance with a bit of mystery thrown in, you’re in for a treat! And the list goes on in case you read other types of genres!

Also, you know I love romance so I can’t resist telling you about it. Scary and lighthearted books await you on the blog…

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You can find the giveaway here:

Or at the shortened URL here:

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Writing in the Modern Age Halloween giveaway post (tell what you like to read and how to contact you), and you’ll be entered into this mega giveaway with over 135 opportunities to win! Yay!  🙂

Remember: there’s a limited time on the giveaway as it ends on Saturday night.

Happy hunting! Or romance reading, as it were…;)

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My awesome author pal Devika Fernando’s big giveaway!

Hi, readers! I just wanted to pop in and mention that my cool friend and fellow author Devika Fernando is running a huge giveaway for a limited time on her blog. With 16 authors and 19 books, how could you possibly go wrong?


Oh, and they’re all romance books, or related to romance in some manner. Yay! I love romance. ♥♥♥♥♥

Romance novelist Devika Fernando is celebrating her birthday – actually on the 29th, but one can never start celebrating early enough. 😉 Happy birthday, Devika!

You’re cordially invited to join the party by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway. Up for grabs are bookish prices that will make any bookworm’s heart beat faster. If the luck is with you, 19 eBooks by 16 authors from all around the globe will be yours soon! All you have to do is show the authors some love and then raise your glass in a virtual toast.

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So, stop by Devika Fernando’s cool giveaway within the next 35 hours to compete for a chance to win some free books! Sounds like a great plan to me!  🙂

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Famous Quotes by Writers on Writing

There’s a reason some of us call ourselves writers.  There is something mysterious or alluring about the beckoning page or blinking screen.


There is a certain power to writing.  The power of the pen.  Or for those who aren’t semi-Luddites like me, the power of the keyboard.  Perhaps we should call it the power of the page, for in publishing, don’t we transfer thoughts, sensations, imagery and emotions onto readers?  Aren’t we, in a sense, conveying something on the page through a character or idea?


I love writing, have always loved it.  I love reading books by other authors; I love the power of words really.  It is no wonder I got into writing with my adoration of literature.  And, of course, I couldn’t get those pesky voices out of my head.  Okay, before I babble too much in this post, I thought I’d pass on some thoughts of what other authors feel about “writing” as well.  Here they are, and to me I wholeheartedly agree:

“Writing is… being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.”
– Mary Gaitskill
“Paper is more patient than man.”
– Anne Frank
“Give me just enough information so that I can lie convincingly.”
– Stephen King
“I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.”
– Anaïs Nin
“For me, writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.”
– Stephen King
“When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.”
– Charles Baxter

 “The pressure disappeared with the first word he put on paper.”

– Ayn Rand


“I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Language is power… language can be used as a means of changing reality.”
– Adrienne Rich
 “There is a mystery in all great writing…Each time you re-read you see or learn something new.”
– Ernest Hemingway


Just think about it.  I bet there are some books you’ve read that simply resonate with you; even if you can’t count them as favorites, there’s a reason a passage or two stuck out in your mind.   I think literature affects us all differently; we come from different places in our lives, different backgrounds, different environments and all of those things can have an impact on how we view the world.  That’s why reading, to me, is so wonderful because you can sometimes see some of that bleed through on the page.  Or, maybe the author knew enough about the subject to be convincing enough that he or she reached us from the page.   It’s something to think about anyway.  🙂


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MARSocial Special Interview: Author #8 Marie Lavender

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Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to…

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Guest Post: Why Research Is Important and How to Do It (Marie Lavender)

Check out my article on how to do research with your writing today on Belinda Y. Hughes’ blog!

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When my friend Belinda suggested the topic of how to do your homework when writing historical romances, I thought I’d take it a step further since I have done all kinds of research in my writing career.  Research is a dual-edged sword.  It can be a total blast if you’re into learning about new things.  On the other hand, it can be a real pain when it’s difficult to find the right information.  No matter what stage of writing you’re at, you will, at some point, need to look something up.

First of all, let me get the big question out of the way, the one I was arrogant enough to ask myself so many years ago.  This coming from someone who wasn’t a fan of history class, but loved reading historical romance.  Cue the irony.

“Why is research so important?”

Indeed!  Why should we go to…

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The Hottest Male in Literature contest!

The Hottest Male in Literature contest is back at Inner Goddess. July 1-4 is nominating, July 5-6 is voting on top 10 nominees. They will also be giving a prize basket to a random participant.

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Don’t forget to nominate Grant Hill or Gabriel Hill!