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Using Titles, Hooks and Tropes to Break In at Harlequin Love Inspired

By Lee Tobin McClain Did you ever look at Harlequin Love Inspired books and wonder why their titles are so weird? Seriously, “The Hometown Sheikh’s Secret Baby?” But those titles work because they showcase the “hooks” that make readers want … Continue reading

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It Was Not You Who Sent Me Here

By Bethany Turner Today is deadline day. Not for a book. There are no edits to sift through, no dialogue to tighten, no scenes to mourn as they are mercilessly wisely slashed. But I’ve got to get this blog post … Continue reading

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What Is Your Hero Pursuing?

By Henry McLaughlin We’ve all heard story is about conflict and tension. And that is definitely true. Stories about happy people living in Happy Valley don’t excite readers. Frankly, they can be boring. The story becomes a story when something … Continue reading

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Help for the Time-Starved Writer

By Joanna Davidson Politano “How on earth do you find time to write a book?” This question came from my local librarian when I told her my debut was releasing soon. I had a baby in one arm and held … Continue reading

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She Stole My Idea!

by Kim Vogel Sawyer A couple of months ago, I came across an article about Lisa Wingate’s recent release, Before We Were Yours. You’ve probably heard about it—set simultaneously in 1939 Memphis and present day Aikens, South Carolina, it’s the … Continue reading

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Our Journey

by Christa Kinde Travel takes courage. Away from home, without the comfort of familiar things, surrounded by strangers, we wander. Not all that long ago, my husband and I were in a foreign city, trying to navigate dark streets with … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Authors Should be on Goodreads

By Amber Schamel To Goodreads, or not to Goodreads…that seems to be a question. Since it’s one of my all time favorite sites, I thought I’d address this question and give 5 reasons why I think authors should consider joining … Continue reading

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Ten Things to Do If You are Missing the Conference

by Chandra Lynn Smith I love musicals. I also love thrillers and mysteries. I even love sappy romances and intense drama. If you saw my arms loaded down when I left the library or looked at the array of books … Continue reading

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The Path of Perfection

By Christine Sunderland I am currently reading a novel with a fascinating historical setting and colorful characters. It has received rave reviews, become a bestseller and book club favorite. And yet, the characters seem shallow. What is missing? I considered … Continue reading

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Write Like a Pirate

By Kariss Lynch Remember that scene in Pirates of the Caribbean, the one where the not-so-refined Miss Elizabeth requests parley with the pirate captain? She thinks parley is a Pirate Code granting her protection. Sadly, she didn’t quite know her … Continue reading

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The Blog Post for People Who are Going to the ACFW Conference . . . and for People Who Aren’t

by Beth K. Vogt Two types of people are reading this blog: People going to the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas from September 21-24 People not going to the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas from September 21-24 This post is … Continue reading

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Five Lies Every Character/Writer Believes

by Angela Arndt Every good character has obstacles to keep him from reaching his goals. Whether your heroine is a nuclear scientist creating a secret device to save the world or a receptionist who’s secretly in love with the town … Continue reading

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When Writing Stops Being Fun

By Rondi Bauer Olson I had so much fun with my first baby. I dressed him up in the cutest outfits, played with his baby toys while he drooled on them, and took enough pictures to fill multiple scrapbooks. Then, … Continue reading

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Attacking Atychiphobia

By Andrea Boeshaar What’s Atychiphobia? In my book My Heart Belongs in The Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma, I address atychiphobia or the fear of failure. One of my two main characters, Mac Albright, is terrified to fail. For him, it’s … Continue reading

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The Cost of Choice

By Angela Beach Silverthorne Someone asked me why I loved to write. So many words ran through my mind, but one stood out. CHOICE. I feel a need to write about the cost of choice, to show readers strategies that … Continue reading

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