Riva books: Sassy, spirited line. Coming soon to N. America as KISS



Riva books: Riva

MIlls and Boon on Pinterest- New Look

Read about new Riva line at "We Write Romance" Blog.

WHY IS THIS SO EXCITING? Riva is the precursor to the Harlequin's Kiss line set to launch in North America in 2012. Oh, yeah, we're not far off.



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YUNA covering Nirvana--Comes as You Are...haunting

YUNA

Yunalis Zarai (aka Yuna) grew up in Malaysia. As a law school student, she began to write music, and eventually released her first albumin 2008, self-titled in Malaysia. Yuna became a huge success with her single "Deeper Conversations," winning the 2009 AIM award for Best English Song (Malaysia's national music awards).

Yuna reminds me of Sinead O'Connor, a similar sweeping voice, that both haunts and inspires, taking hold of emotions, uplifting and yet evoking a sentimentality that is both sharp and throbbing and hard to shake.
Review By: Susan Taylor


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The Lucky 13s: Leaning Into It - Staying the Course to Publicatio...

The Lucky 13s: Leaning Into It - Staying the Course to Publicatio...: I had to smile when I saw this week's blog topic, which is on overcoming the urge to quit while on the road to publication. For me, quitting...
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Aubrie Dionne New Dawn # 4, HAVEN Giveaway

Book Giveaway For Haven 6 (A New Dawn, #4)

  • Haven 6 by Aubrie Dionne
    Haven 6 (A New Dawn, #4)
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    Release date: Sep 11, 2012
    A product of an illegal pairing, Eridani is the only woman without a lifemate aboard the colonization ship, the Heritage, and she is determined her le…more
    Giveaway dates: Sep 27-Oct 27, 2012
    3 copies available, 51 people requesting
    Countries available: US and CA

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    BANNED BOOKS CELEBRATION SEPT 30-OCT 6


    Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read - American Library Association


    Does ALA ban books?

    No. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. For more information on ALA's efforts to raise awareness of censorship and promote the freedom to read, please explore Banned Books Week.

    What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

    A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

    Why are books challenged?

    Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. See Notable First Amendment Cases. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty: If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
    1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
    2. the material contained "offensive language"
    3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
    Although this is a commendable motivation, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA's basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment. As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in Texas v. Johnson , said most eloquently: If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. If we are to continue to protect our First Amendment, we would do well to keep in mind these words of Noam Chomsky: If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. Or these words of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (" The One Un-American Act." Nieman Reports , vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 1953, p. 20): Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.

    Who Challenges Books?

    Throughout history, more and different kinds of people and groups of all persuasions than you might first suppose, who, for all sorts of reasons, have attempted—and continue to attempt—to suppress anything that conflicts with or anyone who disagrees with their own beliefs. In his book Free Speech for Me—But Not for Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other, Nat Hentoff writes that “the lust to suppress can come from any direction.” He quotes Phil Kerby, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times, as saying, “Censorship is the strongest drive in human nature; sex is a weak second.”According to the Challenges by Initiator, Institution, Type, and Year, parents challenge materials more often than any other group.
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    HARLEQUIN NEW LINE AND CALLS

    NEW writing opportunities!

    Harlequin Digital First,
    Harlequin KISS (NEW! Launching in North America in Feb 2013 in UK as RIVA)
    Harlequin Heartwarming,
    Kimani Press,
    Harlequin Teen,
    Harlequin Historical Undone,
    Nocturne Cravings and
    Nonfiction Editorial
    ALL THE ABOVE are accepting submissions—check out their new guidelines! Interested in writing a romance novel for Harlequin Enterprises? Click on one of the imprints on the new guidelines! link above for editorial guidance that will help you to craft your story. Please note, Harlequin accepts submissions written in English only. Manuscript Format How to Submit a Novel List of Editorial Office Addresses Frequently Asked Editorial Questions How to Write the Perfect Romance!
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    HARLEQUIN BOOT CAMP IS UP AND RUNNING

    Click here: SYTYCW Calendar is up! 


    SO Exciting to be part of this event. Harlequin is going global in search of fresh voices in writing.

    Everyday this week, there's something to do, something to learn, and something to for us to do as writers.

    The Next Big Thing in Romance Could Be You!

    Welcome to So You Think You Can Write! Harlequin and Mills & Boon have joined forces in a global search to find new authors for all our series. Always wanted to write a romance novel? Be sure to enter our writing contest.
    One lucky winner will be offered a book publishing contract!

    Boot Camp

    To get you started join us the week of September 17-21 for our 24/7 five day online conference. Exercise those writing muscles with an intensive workout packed with blogs, podcasts, live chats, videos, Twitter events and more. You'll meet over 50 Harlequin/Mills & Boon Editors ready to coach you, answer questions and get your book in shape.

    Daily Workout Schedule

    • Day 1: Why Write for Harlequin/Mills & Boon?
    • Day 2: What is Harlequin?—Defining the Different Series
    • Day 3: Characters, Conflict and Plot
    • Day 4: Revising, Critiquing and Grammar
    • Day 5: Here Comes Success! Enter our Contest

    Writing Contest Details

    Beginning September 23 you can submit the First Chapter (5000 words max) of your romance story plus a 100-Word Pitch to the series you have targeted. The pitch should outline the concept, plot, characters, conflict and setting. All First Chapter submissions are due no later than September 30th so don't delay.

    Harlequin Lines - Learn which lines fits your story.
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    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Steaming up Valentine's Day (Brazen)



    Submissions must:
    • Revolve around Valentine’s Day.
    • Be 45,000 to 65,000 words in length.
    • Feature an alpha hero in either a heroic or high-powered profession.
    • Revolve around familiar story lines such as enemies to lovers, one night stand, mistaken identity, matchmaker, best friends to lovers, office romance, etc. Stories that utilize more than one of these tropes are preferred.
    • Maintain strong sexual tension throughout.
    • End in a satisfying happily ever after.
    Submissions are open until November 25th, 2012, with final decisions will be made by December 1st. Because of the tight deadline, only complete manuscripts will be considered at this time.

    http://www.entangledinromance.com/2012/09/05/call-for-submissions-brazen-valentines-day/
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    RIPTIDE PUBLISHING OPEN CALL



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    Riptide Publishers open call for manuscripts as follows:

    At World's End
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    WRITE FOR AVON IMPULSE -CALL FOR NOVELLA MANUSCRIPTS


    That's right. Currently,  Avon Impulse is looking for you.
    Who are you? A romance writer who is interested in online publishing. Stories may be between 50-65K or for the current call, novella length between 20-25K depending upon the theme. Upcoming manuscripts deadlines below.
    Send submissions through Avon's online form at www.avonimpulse.com.
    Please refer to this submission in the “In Reference To” box on the submission form.


    VALENTINE’S DAY COLLECTION
    It was the best of Valentine’s Days. It was the worst of Valentine’s Days. No matter which, it’s your 20-25,000 word contemporary romantic novella about that one day of the year that can make you feel so good you are bursting with joy…
    or make you hide under your covers with a quart of ice cream and An Affair to Remember on television.
    Details:
    • 20,000-25,000 words
    • Sensuality level: from Moderate to super-sexy
    • Historical or contemporary
    • Must be received by October 8th
    Send submissions through our form at www.avonimpulse.com. Please refer to this submission in the “In Reference To” box on the submission form.
    THE GOVERNESS CLUB
    When a young lady of gentle breeding finds herself in reduced circumstances she often has no choice but to leave home and become a governess. Your governess romance can be a full-length novel or shorter novella. The story can be gothic and ghostly, or deliciously delightful… but at the center of it must be a young woman who has gone out to seek her living…only to discover love.
    Details:
    • 20,000-25,000 words or full length
    • Sensuality level: from Moderate to super-sexy
    • Historical
    • Must be received by October 15th
    For the other current manuscripts calls by Avon Impulse visit them here.
     
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    JOHNNTY GREENWOOD - THE BODYSONG

     
    Utterly amazing score for the Bodysong movie.
    Where in the world was I?
    Here now. Enjoy.

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    Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity | Harper Voyager Books


    Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity | Harper Voyager Books

    Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity


    Yes, it’s true! Harper Voyager is delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join our global science fiction and fantasy imprint.
    The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia. Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.
    Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres.
    We look forward to discovering and digitally publishing many new exciting voices globally at Harper Voyager.”
    Please check our guidelines at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, prepare your manuscripts (revise and polish!), and get ready to submit between  October 1, 2012 and October 14, 2012!

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    Reading is Fundamental. Take the Pledge.



    Link to Reading is Fundamental

    Reading lovers are coming together to help us get books into the hands of kids who need them the most. Remember visiting Narnia, playing Jumanji, and eating Green Eggs and Ham? Books can have an incredible effect on childrens lives, yet theres only one book for every 300 kids living in underserved communities in the U.S. So weve brought together some of our most beloved literary characters to help make this film and rally Book People for the cause.
     
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    Strange Ink: The Nice and Accurate Reviews of Critic X

    Strange Ink: The Nice and Accurate Reviews of Critic X: My internet was full of cognitive dissonance this weekend. On one side, people were wondering whether Twitter has made book reviews too nice...
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    ROMANCE WRITERS ATTENTION:

    Searching for books to review.
     
    Fair review.
    Interested in all types of romance fiction.
    New voices or established.
    Point: writers helping writers.
     
    Karma cafe is never closed. Hear tell, it opened new location next door to Hotel California.
     
    Please respond to taylormadefiction@gmail.com
     
    Reviews written with both eyes--reader and writer.
    Looking for superb craft skills to share with other writers on this side of the climb to Mt. Published.
     
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    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE...

    Harlequin has gone global searching for the next fresh voice!

    GET READY.

    ONLINE CONFERENCE - SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

    Submit the first chapter of your manuscript (up to 5,000 words) and a 100-word pitch during the week of September 23-30, 2012

    So You Think You Can Write: Kick Off Video
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    So You Think You Can Write: Kick Off Video


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    Kicking off the “Flirting to Win” Blog tour!

    Kicking off the “Flirting to Win” Blog tour!
    Sep 6, 2012 by   at Entangled

    Welcome USA Today Bestselling author Natalie Anderson to the Entangled blog! This is the first stop on her tour to promote the three novellas that make up the Flirting to Win anthology–Bargain in Bronze, Seduction in Silver, Gamble in Gold.
    Check out what she had to say about her writing routine, what advice she offers aspiring authors, and find out about her Plotting Shed.
    She is giving away an eBook copy of Flirting to Win at every blog stop!
    Click HERE to see where Natalie will be!
    Visit each stop to increase your chances of winning!
    Leave a comment below telling us if you’ve ever won a medal, and if so, what it was for. Natalie will review the entries and pick a lucky winner for this stop! Contest runs from
     September 6 – September 13.
     

    About Flirting to Win:Bargain in Bronze

    If you can’t take the heat…
    Entrepreneur Libby Harris’s specialty is making her famous muesli. So when an Olympic hopeful invites her to his flat to make her delicious cereal, she’s bewildered when his brother Jack walks in, accusing her of trying to ruin his brother’s career. Libby has every intention of staying single, but with Jack around, no way can she suppress the personal pleasure she’s long denied herself.
    Investment banker extraordinaire Jack Barnes’s attraction to Libby is instantaneous, but he’s raised his two siblings after their parents died in an accident, and it’s been all work and no play for as long as he can remember. He can’t let down his guard now—not when his brother is so close to the gold. But keeping Libby busy and out of his brother’s life challenges every ounce of his self-control.
    Until now…
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    Dennis Lehane adds publisher to his list of credits

    Dennis Lehane adds publisher to his list of credits

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    Dennis Lehane adds publisher to his list of credits

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    THIS STORY APPEARED IN
    Boston Articles
    August 13, 2012
    Approached by HarperCollins president Michael Morrison about creating his own publishing imprint, Dennis Lehane was excited. But the “Mystic River” author wanted autonomy. “I didn’t want anyone pressuring me to pick the ‘book of the moment,’ ” he says. “This [arrangement] is informal, in the best sense of the word. It’s painless.” The new imprint, Dennis Lehane Books, debuts next month with “The Cutting Season,” the second novel by Attica Locke , a former screenwriter whose first foray into fiction, “Black Water Rising,” was a favorite of many critics. Lehane says he chose the book because it appealed to him as a reader. “I want a lot of depth in the language, character structure, and I want a story,” he says, listing the likely criteria for future Dennis Lehane Book selections. “It’s what I swing for as a writer. . . . Books that I probably won’t choose? Oh, there’s probably not gonna be any sci-fi, chick lit, romance, or post-modern meta-fiction. That’s just stuff I don’t particularly read, to be honest.” Aside from doing a little press — Lehane will introduce Locke at Newtonville Books on Sept. 19 — there’s not a lot of heavy lifting involved in overseeing an imprint, and that’s good because Lehane’s got writing of his own to do. There’s a new novel, “Live by Night,” which comes out next month; the sequel, which he’s already working on; a screenplay based on his short story “Animal Rescue”; and a TV series for FX. About “Live by Night,” Lehane says: “It’s my gangster book. Since I was a little kid, it was my dream to write a gangster book, and this is it.” And, yes, the novel already has been optioned — by Leonardo DiCaprio, no less, who starred in the movie version of “ Shutter Island.” “I’m back in the Leo business,” says Lehane.
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    Savvy Authors - THe Donald Maass Breakout Workbook Workshop Series for 2013

    Savvy Authors - THe Donald Maass Breakout Workbook Workshop Series for 2013

    by Sharon Pickrel
    Savvy Authors is proud to announce the The Donald Maass Breakout Novelist Techniques Workshop Series for 2013. Taught by Kat Duncan and drawn from his Breakout Novelist Workbook, it will be presented in four sections over the course of the year. Students may register for the entire course at once and save 10% on the course fees. To register for the complete course and receive the 10% savings on tuition, click here.

    Maass Part I - Character Development 1/2/2013 - 3/27/2013
    (Click here to register for this section only.)
    This course will work through the exercises in Part I of Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, which focus on Character Development. In addition we will read and discuss the relevant parts of the companion book Writing the Breakout Novel, also by Donald Maass. Both books (whether e-book or print) are required for the course. Participants will read a workbook chapter and post their answers to that chapter's exercises each week. Each week the class will discuss topics from both books, additional examples and related lesson content provided by the instructor. Feedback on responses will be provided weekly by the instructor as well as fellow participants. The instructor will also advise participants on how the exercises and discussion topics pertain to turning works-in-progress into breakout novels.
    Maass Part II - Plot Development 4/8/2013 - 7/1/2013
    (Click here to register for this section only.)
    This course will work through the exercises in Part II of Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, which focus on Plot Development. In addition we will read and discuss the relevant parts of the companion book Writing the Breakout Novel, also by Donald Maass. Both books (whether e-book or print) are required for the course. Participants will read a workbook chapter and post their answers to that chapter's exercises each week. Each week the class will discuss topics from both books, additional examples and related lesson content provided by the instructor. Feedback on responses will be provided weekly by the instructor as well as fellow participants. The instructor will also advise participants on how the exercises and discussion topics pertain to turning works-in-progress into breakout novels.
    Maass Part III - Story Techniques and Pitching 7/8/2013 - 9/30/2013 (Click here to register for this section only.) This course will work through the exercises in Part III of Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, which focus on Story Techniques and Pitching including lessons on setting, story structures, point of view and brainstorming. In addition we will read and discuss the relevant parts of the companion book Writing the Breakout Novel, also by Donald Maass. Both books (whether e-book or print) are required for the course. Participants will read a workbook chapter and post their answers to that chapter's exercises each week. Each week the class will discuss topics from both books, additional examples and related lesson content provided by the instructor. Feedback on responses will be provided weekly by the instructor as well as fellow participants. The instructor will also advise participants on how the exercises and discussion topics pertain to turning works-in-progress into breakout novels.
    Maass Part IV - Advanced Breakout Techniques 10/7/2013 - 12/30/2013 (Click here to register for this section only.)
    This course will work through selected exercises in Part II of Donald Maass's The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers. A copy of the book (whether e-book or print) is required for the course. It is helpful to be familiar with Part I of the book, but this is not a requirement. This course is geared toward career-oriented novelists who are willing to take a serious look at advanced fiction techniques. Participants should have completed, polished, edited and submitted at least one complete novel-length manuscript. We will cover at least one exercise each week. Participants will be expected to discuss the topics from the books, and contribute additional examples, or related ideas. Feedback on responses will be provided weekly by the instructor as well as fellow participants. The instructor will also facilitate the discussion of how the exercises pertain to turning works-in-progress into breakout novels.


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    Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich - Random House

    Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich - Random House
    9780385533928
    From the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, this is the incredible true story of how a college student and two female accomplices stole some of the rarest objects on the planet—moon rocks—from an "impregnable" high-tech vault.

    But breaking into a highly secure laboratory wasn't easy. Thad Roberts, an intern in a prestigious NASA training program, would have to concoct a meticulous plan to get past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways even before he could get his hands on the 600-pound safe. And then how was he supposed to get it out? And what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal even to own? With his signature high-velocity style, Mezrich reconstructs the outlandish heist and tells a story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
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    Erotic Romance E-book Publishers-Nearly Complete List. Really.

    Erotic Romance E-book Publishers

    Erotic Romance E-book Publishers

    With erotic romance novels like 50 Shades of Grey topping the bestseller lists, there’s been a sudden demand for saucy, adult romance. This is great if erotica is your forte. I, unfortunately, am cringe-worthingly bad at writing sex scenes – I blame my conservative upbringing, however, if you’ve got the knack, here’s a list of erotic ebook publishers you should be targeting. This list is 100% current and up to date. With so many new kids on the erotic ebook publishing block, it’s handy to have a list nearby of whom to target with your new, toe-curling erotic novella.
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    John Cage: "Dream" THIS IS WHAT MY TEARS SOUND LIKE


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    Savvy Authors - The SEO Savvy Blogger by Kelley Harrell

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    Celebrating the Possibilities of Fiction: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan

    Celebrating the Possibilities of Fiction: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan

    Quote By Elissa Elliott on Paste Magazine
    "There’s so much to say about the novel, but I’ll focus on the few things I admired most. Egan deftly manages to weave strands of time and music together, using bands to evoke time periods we’re all familiar with. Egan particularly stresses the pauses within the musical scores. The pauses represent life’s pauses—our stops and our starts—what she terms our 'not yets.'"




     
    Pop Matters, 2/21/12
    “I don’t like this so called high brow versus commercial dichotomy because I feel it isolates both camps in an area that I’m guessing no one particularly wants to be in.”

    Read the Interview
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    QueryTracker Blog: Villains: The Guys You Love To Hate

    Ash Krafton shares her thoughts on the bad guys, we need and love to hate.
    QueryTracker Blog: Villains: The Guys You Love To Hate: You might think I should be the last person to write about creating your book's villain…because sometimes, I root for the bad guy. However...

    Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. Visit Ash's blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news on her newly released urban fantasy "Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde" (Pink Narcissus Press 2012).

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    Preternatura: Scene-Snippet Sunday: River Road (& Weekly W*nner...

    Suzann Johnson's most excellent blog and post. Preternatura: Scene-Snippet Sunday: River Road (& Weekly W*nner...: Each week in this space, she features a "snippet" from a current or upcoming work, but this week, Suzanne wants to introduce you instead to a setting ...

    This blog gets a big Labor Day cyber hug.

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    My recommendation for the holidays!

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