Blog Posts for Readers

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Here’s a collection of posts from my blog you might find interesting. These include news about my book releases and contests, as well as some fun stuff about me and my thoughts about the romance genre, books, and reading in general.

7th Annual Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

June 22, 2017 For Readers
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It’s that time of year again. My seven-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th. And I’m once again amazed by the fact that I’ve been writing this blog for seven years. How can something feel like yesterday and forever at the same time?

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Wonder Woman: The Essence of a Strong Female Character

June 8, 2017 For Readers
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What makes a “strong female character”? We can struggle to define them because we see so few successful portrayals of such characters—especially in movies. Luckily, Diana Prince in Wonder Woman is a wonderful (ha!) example, so let’s break down her strengths so we can push for more characters like her in our stories.

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Release News! How Do You Celebrate?

May 11, 2017 For Readers
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Yesterday marked the release of my fifth book, Stone-Cold Heart. Even though I didn’t do anything special, that was a mistake. We should take the time to celebrate our victories, no matter what they are or where we find them.

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Genre Reading: Is “Escapism” a Bad Thing?

April 18, 2017 For Readers
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Certain types of reading are sometimes valued more than others. One descriptive term that’s often used as a put-down for genre stories is escapism, but is romance or any other genre story really “escapism”? What does that mean? Is escapism a “bad” thing, and if so, why?

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Story Immersion: What Pulls You In?

March 2, 2017 For Readers
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When I first joined Goodreads, their account form asked me: “What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read?” My answer to that question helped me realize that I love becoming immersed in a story, the sense that we’re not just reading words on a page. But what creates story immersion?

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When Fiction Is Better Behaved than Reality

October 11, 2016 For Readers
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Recently, the U.S. election insanity dragged in the romance genre. Uh, wait, what? Some memes have claimed women shouldn’t be mad about the words used in Trump’s bragging because…Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s explore this idea—without politics. *smile*

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Conference Recap & Bonus Contest Winner!

July 19, 2016 For Readers
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I’m back from beautiful San Diego and the Romance Writers of America National Conference and here for a quick recap of the past week with contest winners galore.

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6th Annual Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

June 28, 2016 For Readers
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It’s that time of year again. My six-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th. And I’m once again amazed by the fact that I’ve been writing this blog for six years. How can something feel like yesterday and forever at the same time?

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Brain Science: How Do You Imagine?

April 26, 2016 For Readers
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Aphantasia is the term for when someone can’t imagine something in their mind–“mind blindness” or not having a “mind’s eye.” As writers, this perspective not only gives us all sorts of story and character ideas, but it can also raise many questions about the concept of imagination itself.

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What Does Your Genre’s Theme Promise to Readers?

March 24, 2016 For Readers
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Theme is one of those concepts that can be hard to understand, but by understanding themes, we’ll better satisfy our readers. In the recent debate about the romance genre’s requirement for a happy ending, the controversy comes down to themes, believe it or not. *smile*

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