The Use of Language

Hello again to all of you Soul Mate Publishing readers and new friends. Thanks for sharing a little of your precious time with me today. For the new readers, I write historical romance with a twist of suspense, mostly Regency, Victorian, and my latest is a historical western. I have four published, After She Became a Lady, Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman, A Lady’s Vanishing Choices, and An Enduring Love. The historical western Bittersweep is set for release May 30, 2018.

Together we have explored the different aspects of writing from how to set a scene, characteristics of a hero, a heroine, even a villain all the way to world building. We discussed many other subjects as well. Today, I would like to discuss word usage.

The language back in historical Regency and Victorian period was much different from today. I have discovered not all readers…

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Be Ruthless!

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome award-winning, Soul Mate author Sofie Darling. Today, Sofie shares insights from her writing journey and her debut novel, Three Lessons in Seduction.

Here’s Sofie!

Today, I’d like to talk about my journey to publication. In 2015, my friend and critique partner, Kate Ramirez, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the romance category. Her win gave me good incentive to finish the book I was working on and enter the contest the following year, even though I was somewhat hesitant to do so.

I’d entered a contest before—that’s right, one contest—and it didn’t go anywhere. I took this “failure” as confirmation of my deepest fear that my writing wasn’t connecting with anyone, even though my critique partners were telling me differently. But they liked me. What did they know?

Still, in 2016, I entered the WLT’s Manuscript Contest, and I won . …

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Absorbing the World Through Stimulation of the Senses

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome Wild Rose Press author Gary Guinn. Today, Gary shares the highlights of his ongoing road trip and his two novels, A Late Flooding Thaw and Sacrificial Lam.

Here’s Gary!

Mary Ann and I are about half-way through a two-month road trip, and we might decide to make it three. We bought an old Safari Trek RV (Safari Treks are a whole story in themselves) and decided to head for warmer weather and places where cedar allergies are not an issue. And we wanted to see some of the country we’d never seen before. We’ve traveled about 2,500 miles. We’ve refueled our love for New Mexico, fallen in love with parts of Arizona, and finally arrived in our idea of heaven—Padre Island National Seashore, where we have no phone service, no wi-fi, and no worries.

I was concerned, before we set off, about driving an RV…

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Confessions of a romance writer

Young Couple Loving Each Other

Love scenes are one of the most important parts of a romance novel. These chapters are the reason romance readers keep turning pages. The readers want to experience all the emotions the characters are feeling. They want to feel that first touch, first kiss, and first love. In other words, love scenes are the mother-load, or the payoff for reading the story.

So how do you show those feelings to the reader? You have to feel them for yourself. You have to get into the state-of-mind so you can write the emotions for scene.

Some authors light a scented candle and grab a glass of wine. Since I don’t drink often, drinking wine and writing is very dangerous. I know, I’ve tried it and totally crashed and burned. You can’t write a love scene with the Battle Hymn Republic song stuck in your head, at least I can’t. And that’s…

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ChuckWagon Poetry

A warm welcome to all of you reading my very first Tea with Tessa blog! When I discovered my date to blog was February 8th, I nearly keeled over, wondering how I could possibly compete with (a) a government shutdown; (b) the first day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While February is proving to be a busy month, there’s something else going on, and it’s huge!  The Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas! During the last week in February, cowboy poets gather in this lovely west Texas town to recite poems they’ve written, and in many cases, entertain you with country music.  For those of you who remember Roy Rogers and The Songs of the Pioneers, you will feel as though you’ve gone back in time when you hear some of these groups perform. If you’re a fan of tasty coffee and homemade biscuits…

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Hello from a new SMP author!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a member of the Soul Mate family! My name is Patti F. Smith and I live in the best city on earth—Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not coincidentally, my forthcoming book (August) is set here so you will get to “meet” the city, too!

a21 Isn’t it lovely? Just a small section of our downtown at night!

I will tell you a little about myself—please tell me about yourself in the comments! I’d love to meet future readers!

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and went to a small, liberal arts college called Adrian College where I majored in Political Science and Communications. After graduating from University of Wisconsin Law School, I practiced legal aid for about eight years. During that time, I worked primarily with low income clients on family law matters. On a whim I began teaching political science as an…

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Creating a Tantalizing Book Title

vintage ceremonyYou know that saying, “It’s all in a name”? It’s true for book titles. You’ll come up with a story line and then . . . a great title. Or, perhaps you have a title that pops into your head, and the story follows. For me, the story line always comes first. My novel’s title may miraculously appear early on in my writing, say Chapter 1 or 2 but more often I’ll finally decide on a title halfway through. Arriving at your book’s title is one thing—whether it’s a catchy, memorable one is another story.

Book titles are important—artistically and commercially. A good title resonates with a reader and will, according to publishers, help sell your book. Below, I’ve itemized 5 ways to help you create that magnificent moniker.

Alliteration. When we view a book’s title, we tend to read it silently, phonetically playing with the words. Double consonants resonate…

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