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How to make a sweet romance break bad (and how to raise the tension)

Sweet romances are easy to read, but far from easy to write.  Writing sweet romances has given me an addiction to tea, a forehead wrinkled before my time, and an ability to out-snarl my dog if someone interrupts me when I’m concentrating.  In fact, although I write sweet romance, I sometimes have all the appearance…… Continue reading How to make a sweet romance break bad (and how to raise the tension)

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10 useful things I learned from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme

This week the Romantic Novelists’ Association announced the nine contenders for the Joan Hessayon award.  This award recognises previously unpublished writers who have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and have gone on to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.  An exciting feeling – congratulations to all nine contenders! This year there’s a really…… Continue reading 10 useful things I learned from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme

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Good to meet you…author Stan Hampton, Sr

SS Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle (2004-2006) and Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007). He has served in the Army National Guard since October 2004, and holds the rank of staff sergeant. He is a published photographer and…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Stan Hampton, Sr

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Pride and Prejudice at 200 (and a genius YouTube interpretation)

If you’re a Jane Austen fan like me (and if you’re not, I beg you to read on anyway! you’re in for a surprising and fabulous treat!), you’ll know already that Pride and Prejudice is two hundred years old this week. I first read this book when I was fifteen and it was as gripping…… Continue reading Pride and Prejudice at 200 (and a genius YouTube interpretation)

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What makes a page-turning romance? (Or how Chico Marx ruined 50 Shades)

It’s funny how one person’s page-turning romance novel is another person’s deathly dull read. Take 50 Shades of Grey, for example.   When I started this novel I had no idea what the story involved.  (Really! I read the book before it was famous and had  searched for top romances.  How was I to know?)…… Continue reading What makes a page-turning romance? (Or how Chico Marx ruined 50 Shades)

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Creating conflict in romantic novels – some perfect examples

If William Shakespeare had submitted the first act and a synopsis of Romeo and Juliet to Harlequin (Mills & Boon) for publication, he would have had it rejected out of hand.  (I always knew there was a reason I don’t like this play.)  You see, it’s the conflict.  Or rather, it’s the lack of the…… Continue reading Creating conflict in romantic novels – some perfect examples