Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pages From The Heart Contest For Romance Writers


The Pages From The Heart Contest, Sponsored by From The Heart Romance Writers, started accepting entries today, June 1.



Entry period runs from June 1-June 30th.
Entry fee: $21 FTHRW members - $26 RWA members (US funds)
Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries

Eligibility: Open to RWA members only.

Published Authors: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published.

Unpublished Authors: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for or self-published a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by the contest entry deadline.)

Entry: Up to the first 6000 words of an unpublished work. 

Categories in both the Unpublished and Published Divisions:
Historical, Long Contemporary, Short contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Inspirational, Young Adult

Judges: Three first-round judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped, but will be used in case of a tie.
Final Judges: Two judges per category.

Visit our website for a list of our final judges.  Pages From The Heart Contest 2016 | FTHRW 

Friday, June 12, 2015

FREE Kindle Download - Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham

Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham Kindle edition is FREE to download today! Check out the other books in the series as well. You won't be disappointed.
These are great little craft books!

Happy Writing!

USA Today Bestselling Author Mary Buckham

Sunday, December 21, 2014

FREE Kindle Download - Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

I know it's been a while since I posted here on RWW's, and I'm a little rusty, but this resource is just too good NOT to post about (also, I want to try and become a little more active here, and this is a start :) ).

I'm sure you've heard of THE BOOKSHELF MUSE blog, which has moved and been newly renamed WRITERS HELPING WRITERS, and the gals who run/own the site, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. They're authors of the awesome and popular writers guides series The Bookshelf Muse Descriptive Thesaurus Collection, which include:

  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
  • The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws 

Well, they have published a companion guide to The Emotion Thesaurus, and are offering it for FREE, so hurry on over to WRITERS HELPING WRITERS and download your copy now!

Make sure you sign up for their newsletter while you're there, and check out the Writing Tools Page, too. They offer free pdf downloads for handouts and worksheets.

Happy Writing!

Writers Helping Writers
Kindle Download
Writing Tools Page
Writers Helping Writers on Facebook

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do You Write Western Romance? Prairie Rose Publications Seeking Submissions


Love hunky Cowboys and sexy Outlaws? Do you write westerns or historical western romance? If so, you might want to check out this fairly new publisher, Prairie Rose Publications.

From the website:

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS (PRP), is a publishing company devoted to publishing westerns and western romances written by women

PRP is accepting submissions for a couple new anthologies. I've posted some of the info from the website/blog below.

Happy Writing!
PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS was opened in August, 2013, by LIVIA J. WASHBURN and CHERYL PIERSON, two authors who saw a need for such an imprint. Usually, when people think “westerns” they think of male authors and male readers—but that’s not true in today’s world. Many women are just as interested in reading—and writing—westerns as their male counterparts; and of course, western romance has always been popular among the ladies!

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS and our other imprints, are looking for some mighty fine writing from new authors as well as established, well-seasoned authors, and we have some very exciting projects coming up. Here are a few of them, but please visit our websites and contact me at or for further information about what's coming up!

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS is open for submissions for stories for our summer anthologies in the historical western romance genre. As of now, two of the anthologies, LASSOING A BRIDE and COWBOY CRAVINGS have both been filled.


LASSOING A GROOM: This collection of stories will be sweet/sensual. The stories selected for this anthology will have to do with a summer wedding, or courtship leading up to a wedding—by a groom who might not be so willing in the beginning. But as women all know, there’s more than one way to romance a man! Silken bonds and words of love can be just as binding as any lasso. Word count for each selection will be around 12K, more or less. We want you to tell a good story and not worry if you run over the word count by a few words. Spots are limited! OPENINGS ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN THIS ANTHOLOGY!

LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE: This collection of stories will be sweet/sensual. The stories selected for this anthology will have to do with a summer wedding, or courtship leading up to a wedding—by a groom who needs a bride and is willing to order one by mail! What circumstances could lead to a man advertising for a bride, sight unseen—and a woman in such dire straits that she travels from her home and everything familiar to marry a man she doesn’t know? There are any number of situations that “might be”—and we’re waiting to see what can happen when love blossoms in the most unlikely circumstances! Word count for each selection will be around 12K, more or less. We want you to tell a good story and not worry if you run over the word count by a few words. Spots are limited! OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS ANTHOLOGY!

If you think you might have a story that would fit, please contact Cheryl at:

PRP is also accepting submissions for theirTornado Alley imprint, for YA MG and NA. From the website:

TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS offers an outstanding variety of novels, short stories, and novellas for Middle Grade Readers (9-12), Young Adult (13-17) and New Adult (18-24).

For more info, visit their website(s). Links are below.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

This N' That

NHere's a few interesting links. Hope you find something you like!


  • Yoga For The Desk Bound Writer
Check this out! Designed with writers in mind, here's a nine minute yoga video you can do right at your desk and in your chair! Sounds like my kind of yoga! :)

Yoga for the Desk Bound Writer

  • How To Write A Category Romance...
I don't write category romance, but for those of you who do, author Susan Meier posted a writing lesson in her ezine and on her blog:


Check out this lesson and others on Susan's blog.

Susan Meiers

  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 1
Need help setting up a WordPress blog? Check out this article (and other's) on the All Indie Writer's blog.

  • the character therapist
Have a question about your how your character should react to or in a certain situation or need answers about a character trait? Then visit Jeannie Campbell's the character therapist and check out her Dear Jeannie column, where does a Q&A on these kinds of things.

Jeannie is a Licensed Therapist, a freelance writer, author, editor, and book reviewer. Visit her blog to learn more (some good stuff there!). Also, sign up for her newsletter and receive a free copy of the Writer's Guide to Character Motivation.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

IndieReCon Online Writer's Conference w/ Keynote Speakers J.A.Konrath & Barry Eisler

Here's an awesome FREE online writer's conference that begins this Tuesday,
Feb 25, 2014 and runs through Thursday, Feb 27, 2014. They have a great line up of presenters, including Bob Mayer, and keynote speakers are authors Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler. Sounds like a great conference. I know I'll be registering. :)

Info from the website is below.


IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer's conference dedicated to indie publishing.

Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with chats and giveaways and days of helpful and pertinent information.

This year will be even bigger and better!

To kick us off, our keynote speakers, Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath, will host a 2-hour chat to talk about The Evolving Indie Industry and Standing out in the Pile and then entertain your questions.

You'll also discover insider secrets from representatives from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and Goodreads, and learn how to write fast, try your hand at serials, work with other authors to maximize your marketing efforts and much, much more.

We have contests and tons of giveaways including two KOBO eReaders!

Not to mention, it's a great place to network, connect and have a lot of fun. Click here for the top 15 reasons on why you should register.

Go here to Register and read more about it.

J.A. Konrath 
Barry Eisler
Bob Mayer

Tarot For Writing: Creating 3-D Characters With Arwen Lynch Poe

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it on my Facebook page. Always love (free) writing classes. At least I think it's free. It does mention fundraising, but I didn't see where it said anything on either the facebook or blogtalk radio page about donations or a fee. I asked, but haven't received a response as of yet :) Maybe someone knows...?

Anyway, if you're interested, here's the info posted on the FB page:

Tarot For Writing: Creating 3-D Characters With Arwen Lynch Poe

Saturday March 1st at 10:00 AM EST 9:00 AM CST 7:00 AM PST

March is for Fundraising and we’re starting the month off with a mini class from Arwen Lynch Poe! Bring Your Decks, Bring Your Notebooks!

A new way to approach your writing. Hang on to your manuscripts as she unleashes the power of Tarot for you. In a typical online workshop, you will learn how to utilize the Tarot for yourself on a personal level. Meet your characters as you have never met them before. Learn about their quirks and let your journey through the cards introduce you to their own past. Writer’s Block will never be a problem again with the Tarot cards to give you insight.
Call in number: (347) 989-0744
Skype in after the show begins

Arwen Lynch is a published romance author who writes under the pseudonym Marilu Mann. You can check out her books and her website here.

Hiatus Over

It's been way too long since I've posted. I feel so rusty! I've been wanting to get back to my blog, but life has a way of interfering, that and/or I'm huge procrastinator. Whichever the case, enough is enough. So, I"m going to try and post a couple of times a week, to start, and see how that goes, and hopefully increase as info and time allows. 

A huge thank you to those of you who have stayed with me, hung in there and haven't unsubscribed from RWW's. It's greatly appreciated. :)

So, without further ado, (following this blog) will be my first post-hiatus post.



Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Apologies

Dear RWW's Readers,

Please accept my apology.

I'm so very sorry for neglecting you these past months, and for this VERY, VERY, VERY late post. I know there is no excuse for me to leave you hanging, that's not what I intended. I've been so busy working on a new project(s), and working a new job, that I just haven't had time to post.

Even though everything has been kind of crazy, I'm happy to say, it's slowly letting up. I will be back to posting soon.

So, please, accept my apology.

Yours Truly,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leah Hultenschmidt of Casablanca Looking For Contempory Romance Today Only!

Attention Contempoary Romance Authors! Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor for Sourcebooks, Casablanca is "on a hunt-down for some contemporary romance" and wants you to leave a comment on the Casablanca Authors Blog if you have a complete manuscript.

Snipped the following from the blog:

If you’ve got a fresh complete contemporary romance with high action a la Suze Brockmann, small-town values like Robyn Carr, humor that sizzles like Robin Kaye, or just as all-round delicious as Jennifer Crusie’s BET ME, bring it on! Post a comment below with:
  • Your 2-4 sentence hook/pitch (not just a plot summary, but what makes me want to read)
  • A brief description of your hero
  • A one-sentence author history
I’ll accept pitches through midnight EST, ending at 12:01 a.m. 3/18. If you miss this chance for a critique, you can always email your project to me at romance[at]
Can’t wait to hear what you’ve got, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Good Luck!

Aspiring Historical Authors, Wanna Pitch To Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agentcy?


As part of Ashley Marchs' month-long March Maddness Celebration, beginning today (Thursday, March 17, 2001) agent Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency is taking 3 sentence blog pitches for historical romance on Ashley's blog.

Your 3 line pitch can be a combination of any 3 sentences: 1 sentence blurb of book + 1st 2 lines of ms; a 2 sentence blurb + 1st line of ms; or you can use all 3 lines for the synopsis blurb. The winner gets a partial read. 

Beginning today (Thursday, March 17, 2001), you will have until midnight MST on Thursday, March 24th (one week) to comment on this post with no more than three sentences.

The three sentences MUST be either: 1 sentence blurb + first 2 lines; 2 sentence blurb + 1st line; or 3 sentence blurb.

Barbara will choose the pitch/excerpt she likes the best (not random) and the winner will be announced on Thursday, March 31st, the last day of March Madness. Further details on how/when to submit partial will be sent to winner. Completed manuscripts are encouraged, but not required.

Open for aspiring historical romance authors only.

Ashley March Blog
Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Have A Safe And Happy St. Patty's Day!