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Nothing Personal: Character Creation and Being Your Own Person

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by Ruby Lang, author of Open House A few weeks ago I talked to someone who really wanted me to be my characters. We’d been sitting on the playground benches watching our kids run around, swapping stories about how we met our spouses. When I told her about my first date with my husband, how […]

Prohibition and the Paranormal: the Real History Behind Spellbound

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If you’d asked me two years ago if I’d ever write a historical novel, I probably would have laughed. “Oh gosh, not me,” I’d have said. “I’m terrible at history!” Fast forward six months and you’d find me combining a partially drafted romantic suspense novel with an urban fantasy idea about magical bonds and hunting […]

First-Page Critique: Reunion Romance, The Bachelor-style.

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Welcome to our first-page critiques! These critiques are meant to give insight into how we might look at a manuscript as it comes across our desks on submission. We’ll strive to be critical but not mean. Because it’s only about 800 words, 2 pages at the most, the amount of feedback is necessarily limited—we don’t […]

First Page Critique: Raven in Trouble

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Welcome to our first-page critiques! These critiques are meant to give insight into how we might look at a manuscript as it comes across our desks on submission. We’ll strive to be critical but not mean. Because it’s only about 800 words, 2 pages at the most, the amount of feedback is necessarily limited—we don’t […]

First Page Critique: Humorous Small-Town Holiday Romance

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Welcome to our first-page critiques! These critiques are meant to give insight into how we might look at a manuscript as it comes across our desks on submission. We’ll strive to be critical but not mean. Because it’s only about 800 words, 2 pages at the most, the amount of feedback is necessarily limited—we don’t […]

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