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Friday, September 26, 2014


Dr.Seuss.2Week 2 and counting in our Lachesis Publishing's QUESTION OF THE WEEK!

Every Friday we're asking a question on our LACHESIS PUBLISHING BLOG. You have until midnight tonight (EST) to leave a comment to get your name put in a draw to win a free e-book! The winner will get to choose one e-book from our site (winner's choice!) and we will send it to him or her. On Saturday morning, I'll post the winner's name here and on our Lachesis Publishing facebook page and contact him/her on facebook as well.

This week's question is:
What is your favourite Dr. Seuss book?

Good luck and happy reading!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why It's Important to Reach Out to Your Local Writing Community

My writers' group, the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, wrapped up our second appearance at the Word on the Street book festival this past weekend.

This was taken last year at our first Word on the Street.

We knew that our sister chapter, Toronto Romance Writers, had been taking part in Word on the Street Toronto for a few years, so our chapter decided to wade into the local literary scene.

It felt like a risk from our chapter's standpoint, as many festival goers would be fans of general literature and that set us up for those comments that romance writers get on a regular basis. You know the ones: we all write to a formula, we don't write real books, we write for depressed housewives, etc.

What we found, however, was the surprise and delight by local readers that romance writers actually live amongst us, not only in New York or Los Angeles.

That's my husband and I at last year's Word on the Street opening reception. I had my own table at the festival, and my group had our table right behind mine. I wore two hats at last year's reception -- Writer Me and my Group's Representative Me. I discovered as I networked that other writers were also delighted to learn there was a thriving romance writing community right here.

This year I was joined at the opening reception by Jennie Marsland and Donna Alward. I made an immediate connection to local journalist and author Janice Landry, who again was happy to discover that romance is written by local authors. She sought us out the following day at our table.

With our chapter president Taryn Blackthorne

Why is it important to reach out to your local writing community?

Just as romance readers will auto-buy anything by their favorite authors, once people from your community know that you live right here, they too will auto-buy anything you release from a sense of excitement that you're not 'from away', but that these stories were written perhaps at the local coffee shop. The shop-local passion isn't just for apples or wine.

Connecting with local readers has been a joy for our group.

Try contacting your local community and taking part in events that take you out of the romance world and into the general reading world of your own city or town. We have found it to be very rewarding. 


Have you taken part in local reading or writing community events?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pop Culture Academy 3

What I Learned from Paranormal TV Shows
by Alison Bruce

If I learned nothing else from shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Supernatural, there's no great virtue in virginity. In fact, it can be hazardous to your health. Of course, sex can be equally hazardous.

It's enough to make a mother of two teens go prematurely grey.

In fantasy, virgins get to ride unicorns and wear glowing white gowns.  In paranormal fiction, virgins are the essential part of spells that require their lives... or at least their blood. And note that the virgin is always a young woman. Are there no virgin men around? Ever? And how do the unicorns and dragons know?

Bottom line, practice safe sex or abstinence but keep your mouth shut about it.

Virgin Prince and the Unicorn
Another lesson has been hammered into me. Family (including chosen family) is forever. Romance is fleeting and often tragic.

Now part of this trend is due to serial fiction. If you are going to sustain a series of books or a TV series, it's hard to sustain a romance. Not impossible, but rather difficult. In all fairness, this isn't a unique problem to paranormal fiction. However, paranormal fiction gives more creative ways to keep the magic in a relationship.
  • A spell gone wrong can make everyone forget who they are, giving the focus couple a chance to fall in love again.
  • An alternate universe can show how things might have been otherwise.
  • Spirit/demon/soul possession can throw a spanner in the works.
  • Dead lover can come back as a ghost/vampire/zombie/time traveler to mess up new romance.
In the real world romance is also fleeting and often tragic. It dies and is reborn again and again. If we're lucky, it goes through those cycles with the same partner.

Now here is something you can learn from paranormal fiction, but you have to be pretty selective about what you watch or read. Strong women do not have to be manly. (Men don't have to conform to the tough guy stereotypes either.)

Supernatural, being primarily a story about brothers (including adopted bro Castiel) is not long on strong women characters. The few that become recurring characters are pretty solid role models. The Buffyverse overflows with great female characters. Joss Whedon is famous for them.
"So, why do you write these strong female characters?
Because you’re still asking me that question."

Joss Whedon, Equality speech
Like Joss Whedon, writing strong female characters comes naturally. I grew up surrounded by them. I became one.

My daughter and I watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer from beginning to end about once a year. Firefly and Dollhouse are other Whedon creations on our "worth watching again and again" list. But Buffy is special. For me, the stories resonate with my own experiences and yet also provide a great escape. Besides, it's a girly thing I share with my daughter and niece... like shopping and hanging out and saving the world from unspeakable evil.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What does chocolate and J.K. Rowling have to do with writing romance novels? A lot!

more-than-charming-500x724Today we chat with JoMarie DeGioia and find out more about her writing. JoMarie writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the steamy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the love lives of four male friends in Regency London.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?
51KB0SR7CZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ramona The Pest! She’s spunky and eternally optimistic. I never really thought about it, but that’s how I try to live my life.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?
My third-grade teacher Mrs. Bayas. She was one of the few lay teachers at my Catholic elementary school, so it might have something to do with the fact that she dressed like my mom and not in a habit, lol. And even though I blamed her for noticing I needed glasses, she gave me a love of reading.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

more-than-passion-500x724I was always writing, even as a child. I didn’t know it would be my chosen career, though. That came when the story for More Than Passion was in my head when I woke up one morning. It was when my second daughter went into kindergarten, which apparently gave my mind the freedom to imagine again.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

I admire J.K. Rowling for persevering and giving us the incredible world she created. She’s a legend in her own time, along the lines of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. She’s classy and positive, and what’s not to admire?

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I try to produce between 2-3,000 words per day. Weekdays, usually. With a weekly total of at least 10,000. I usually write after doing my social media stuff in the morning, emails, Facebook, etc., then dive into my current project after reading through the last session’s work.

What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not ;) indulge in when writing?

Begins and ends with chocolate for me. That’s why I try not to have it in the house very often!

What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.
I’ve been told my voice is spunky and sassy and, at times, humorous. Deep point-of-view is my goal, so if the scene calls for passion or danger, I like to think I convey that as well.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?

I would love to have a body of work people enjoy in several genres. I’ve been fortunate enough to have readers contact me about my books and that’s the most rewarding! I hope to be an author people can count on to entertain and excite, no matter the genre.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A serial killer is on the loose at a family reunion. Who will be his victims?

WEEKENDS COVER 2Happy Monday! Have I got a book for you! Gritty and dark! A serial killer is on the loose at a hotel where a family is having a ten year reunion. Lots of tension, lots of family politics, and of course, murder! 

Today's Sneak Peek is from the mystery/suspense Weekends by Lindy S. Hudis.

An innocent-sounding family reunion at an exclusive California beach resort turns into a weekend of murder, deceit, exposed secrets and unexpected intimate encounters.

John Peterson has it all: He’s a respected, successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer with a loving wife and grown son, the strikingly handsome young film director Joe Peterson. John also has a secret and he decides to gather his disparate family members at the elegant Hotel Del Moor in picturesque Linda Bella, California for some luxurious fun, togetherness and re-connecting before revealing his secret. Unbeknownst to the family, a brutal serial killer is lurking in the midst of all the wondrous festivities.

The man woke up next to victim number twenty. He had tied her firmly to the bedpost by her wrists and ankles, then passed out. She was nude, her eyes red from crying, her face had a petrified look on it. Her nose was also swollen and bloody from the repeated blows to the face.
He met her at a local watering hole. She said her name was Lisa, and she was beautiful – just the type. The man smiled, nodded, and feigned interest in her pathetic little life. As she was babbling on and on about how she was an aspiring actress, he reached in his front, right pocket and pulled out his trusty pills. He plopped them into her drink when she wasn’t looking. He sat back counting the minutes until the drug took effect.

Getting her out to a taxicab was so easy, the cab driver just figured she was some drunk bar slut, and she was. The man ordered the cab to take them a sleazy, roach infested motel in Alphabet City, a seedy neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Once there, he took the young woman, tied her up, and raped her until the sun came up. As she started to come to, and realize what was going on, she started to cry out for help. In New York, a woman can scream and scream until her face turns blue – nobody would ever come. That was the beauty of all this, the man thought. Just in case she did holler, he duct-taped her mouth shut.

Now it was morning, and the man was bored. He got up, showered, and dressed. The woman looked at him, frightened and confused, as he pulled his jeans on. He checked his watch and realized he needed to move quickly. “See ya.” He sneered at her, and promptly walked out the door, leaving her tied and helpless. The man had a plane to catch.

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