Love Without “Love” – Elle Hill

eyeloveA friend of mine recently posted a challenge on Facebook:

Say “I LOVE YOU” without using any of those three words.

Easy-peasy, right? Not as much as you might think. Finding synonyms or metaphors for “love” isn’t a problem. Situating it within the dyad of me-ness and you-ness without using these words? A teensy bit more challenging.

Nonetheless, am I a romance author, or am I a romance author, amiright? I mean, if I can’t say “I love you” without actually saying it, what kind of romance am I writing? So. Rolling up my sleeves (it’s 95 degrees right now, so I actually just pushed my watch up a little bit), I committed to write down the first 20 “I ❤ U” alternatives that fluttered like wee turtledoves into my overheated noggin. You’ll notice I decided to use first-person throughout, and I didn’t use any form of “you,” such as…

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In the Final Stretch!

Joanne Guidoccio

My new release, Too Many Women in the Room, is one of three contenders for a third place finish in the Affaire de Coeur Contest. The first, second, and third-place winning covers will be featured in the October online and print magazines.

I would appreciate your vote. Just click and vote here – no extra steps involved! BTW…You can vote once each day. The contest ends at midnight on Saturday, July 15.

Molte grazie!

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12 Things I See Happy People Do (that unhappy people do not)

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people who wouldn’t be happy, were they not unhappy but I am not talking about them.  We will just let them be.  I am also not thinking theologically here (i.e. juxtaposing happiness and joy), today I am going to err on the practical and pragmatic side of things.  With that being said, let’s get going.

I think most people want to be happy; they are just not quite sure how to get there from their present location.  Many people honestly believe that happiness is a lucky bounce; a sunny disposition or favorable circumstances but I disagree.  Happiness is a choice…

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Up for an Award

Joanne Guidoccio

Too Many Women in the Room is up for an award in the Crème de la Cover contest at InD’Tale Magazine.

The prize for the weekly contest winner is a 1/4 page ad in the next issue of InD’Tale magazine. The winner then competes in the finals held during the last week of the month. The monthly winner receives a full page ad in the magazine.

I would appreciate your vote here.

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AUTHORS and BOOK CLUBS

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As an author, I’ve met with two very different book clubs. One had 6-8 female readers located in the tiny town of Ash Grove. The other book club was large–about 30-35 members, half of whom were men, not exactly my…

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The Write Word with Wareeze

The Characteristics of a Heroine

Hello readers and writers alike. Once again, I welcome you to behind the scenes of the writing world. Many thanks for joining me on this journey through our Soul Mate Publishing blog posting. Today, let’s explore the heroine, her characteristics, her appeal, and what makes her the heroine. It’s not enough for her to appear on the first page introduced as the heroine simply because she is there. More is required—much more.

In order to keep the reader’s interest, the hero must be attracted to the heroine at first glance. Certainly by the second and third go around. What catches the hero’s notice, also grabs the reader’s interest as well? Beauty, at least in the eye of the beholder. If he’s a breast man, she has a very nice rack. If he’s a hip and leg man, she has legs that go on forever. If he’s a…

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Is There A Better Marketing Tool Than Your Cover?

Your cover is the first thing the reader sees and…inevitably…the book’s first impression.

MEGA-BOOKSTOREI took the opportunity to poll readers during a recent mega-bookstore signing I attended with over a dozen other authors (six of which were romance). Because I truly wanted the information, I offered those who would fill out the questionnaire chocolate (always works) and the chance to win a store gift card. Out of the 25 readers I approached only one turned down my request.

The first four questions required a “yes”, “no” or “sometimes” response. The last question gave them three lines to express their opinion. Here are the questions I asked:

funny-cartoon-question-mark-awesome-487x5501. Is a book’s cover important in attracting your interest?

2. Do you collect bookmarks, trading cards or other material branded with covers?

3. Do you look for the author, book or book cover on social media (e.g., FB, Twitter)?

4. Do you follow…

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