5 Publishers that Accept Unagented Romance & Other Genre Novels

Fiction Sign-CindyFazziPicThere’s a reason genre fiction is called popular fiction. Those who love genre fiction, from thriller to romance to horror and fantasy, are among the most loyal and voracious readers. If you are a genre novelist without a literary agent, check out the following small presses that welcome unagented submissions. (more…)

For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

ChristaMaurice-RRSoM-BK3-aGtbSimple-300x450If you once had a collection of Metallica albums or Kurt Cobain posters, then you’ll understand why romance author Christa Maurice writes about rock stars. She admits to being that rare first grader who knew about Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. (more…)

“In His Corner” on Sale: Start September with a Hot Romance Read

sale_banner_pageThe dog days will soon be winding down, but it’s not too late to grab a hot summer read. My debut romance book, “In His Corner,” is on sale for a limited time. You can get an electronic copy today for only 99 cents. (more…)

How Eavesdropping Led to Audrey King’s Romance Book

LAIS_500x750_optWhether it’s in the supermarket or the airport or the dentist’s office, we all eavesdrop. But it’s likely to be a passing experience. Not so for independent writer Audrey King. A conversation she heard in a gift shop combined with the romantic atmosphere of the town where the shop was located inspired her latest romance book, “Love As It Seems.” (more…)

Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

Myth And Magic-smallIn Mae Clair’s latest book, Halloween is scorching hot. “I always wanted to write a tale centered on that holiday,” she said. The result is “Myth and Magic,” a romantic suspense and mystery novel inspired by her childhood fascination about a haunted house in her neighborhood. (more…)

Erin Fanning Mixes Myth, Needlework, and Paranormal Romance in “Blood Stitches”

Blood Stitches-highresWhen Erin Fanning was learning how to knit a few years ago, she happened to read an article about an Italian woman who occupied herself by knitting when she got trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake. “The story tumbled around in my brain, somehow intersecting with my interest in Mexican culture,” she said. The result—the paranormal romance, “Blood Stitches,” published by Lyrical Press. (more…)

How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

Cookbooks-CindyFazziYou can make your novel come to life by engaging the reader using all five senses—sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. You don’t have to be a foodie to indulge your reader’s sense of taste. (more…)

Romance Author Daisy Banks Explains How Rejection Can Help Writers

MarkedForMagic CoverPalmistry and an odd mark on author Daisy Banks’s palm sparked the idea for “Marked for Magic,” her new release. Banks, a former teacher, has written 10 other books in the “spicy” romance, historical, paranormal, and fantasy genres. (more…)

How to Use Music in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Playlist

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

In novels like “High Fidelity” (Nick Hornby) and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), music is central to the story. But even if your novel doesn’t focus on music, you can use it to establish the mood of a scene or strengthen your depiction of a character. (more…)

Why Romance Author Jen Colly Didn’t Always Like Books

Jen Colly-inthedarkMost authors have been writing since childhood—not romance author Jen Colly. “Writing never once crossed my mind. I didn’t even like to read,” she said. Her resistance wasn’t because she didn’t like books, she just didn’t like being told what to read. (more…)