Layla Abdullah-Poulos is an alumna of SUNY Empire State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies and Literature and is presently a student in the School for Graduate Studies. She expects to complete her studies and receive a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Advance Certificates in Women and Gender Studies and American Studies by 2016. An aspiring academic, Abdullah-Poulos uses her knowledge not only to develop her own scholarship but also that of other SUNY Empire State College students. A proponent for the enrichment of higher education through diversity, she plans to continue her work as an educator who conveys to students an ethnically diverse historical awareness and furnish them with the skills necessary to acquire political proficiency and constructively affect societal change.
Hey, romance addicts. I am thrilled to be one of the authors in the phenomenal Savage Bloodline Collection. Authors will give readers an exciting range of mafia romance stories, centered on the men of the DeLuca family.
All of the men in this powerful family have a genteel ferociousness that leaves the women around them wondering if they are ready to kiss or kill them. Check it out and keep scrolling to get a free eBook of the Savage Bloodline prequel!
Hey, romance addicts. Author Gayle M. Irwin shares how she finds tranquility and creativity in nature. She is also giving readers a sneak peek of her book My Montana Love, a pet rescue romance. Welcome, Gayle!
By Gayle M. Irwin
A 60th birthday celebration at my friends’ ranch last month brought me down their ½-mile graveled lane. As I drove toward the house, two large, lanky birds squawked, jumped, and bowed. I smiled, stopped the car, and watched them. Springtime beckons sandhill cranes to this location, and every March when I visit the same spot to celebrate my birthday, the birds are almost always there to welcome me back, just as the land welcomes them.
Hey, romance addicts. Romance author Jailaa West joins us with tips for publishing during a pandemic. She also released a new book in her Savage Security romance series. Welcome, Jailaa!
Guest Post By Jailaa West
Publishing in Private:
Writing has always been a solitary journey. Maya Angelou liked to lock herself in a hotel room and allow no one to enter. She said, “I have a bedroom, with a bed, a table, and a bath. I have Roget’s Thesaurus, a dictionary, and the Bible. Usually a deck of cards and some crossword puzzles.” Lately it feels like this is all any of us have. Covid-19 has made our solitary choice, mandatory. This confinement has produced positive and negative side-effects. Effects that we are all learning to manage during this crisis.
Hey, romance addicts. Author Alana Lorens joins us today. She will share her experience writing and publishing and
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Interesting question. Obviously I want readers to read my books. But I see some authors coming out with a formula book (read: any Hallmark movie plot) every couple months, and I can’t imagine doing that just to get a book out there.
Hey, romance addicts. I am thrilled to post the covers for the exciting and unique romance series, Ramadan Nights. Muslim romance authors, Seyna Rytes, Jailaa West, B.F. Queen and yours truly wrote stories that center the holy month, showing the links between love, faith and passion. Check it the fantastic covers, and keep scrolling for a giveaway!
Hey, romance addicts. Author Sparkle Riley released an interracial erotic short. St. Patrick’s Bae features an exotic dancer who, in the midst of COVID lockdowns, gets an offer she can’t refuse. Riley’s tale is part of the Love & Lust at Lockdown series. Check it out!
Hey, romance addicts. Amber Daulton is back with another great book and interview. She joins us to share her writing process and a new Valentine’s adventure romance, My Valentine’s Adventure.
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in e-book, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
How did publishing your first book change your writing process? Boy, is that a loaded question! I’d modeled my style after what I was reading, only to learn with my first publisher that passive voice and head hopping are now frowned upon. I would love to go back in time and tell myself to do more research into grammar and writing style, and not to read so many romance books written in the 1990s and earlier. The writing and publishing guidelines have changed over the years, and what was accepted back then is no longer accepted now, as least for beginners without a huge following.
I had the pleasure of joining social media influencer Abdullah Najjar for an interview about my work. I found the experience interesting. Abdullah was the first Muslim male interviewer who discussed my romances and inclusion of sensual scenes with me.
I was glad to be able to express the reasons why I am committed to providing readers across social backgrounds diverse romance that touches on social issues and gives off some heat!
Happy October! Fall has arrived and there is now a chill in the air. Stay warm by cuddling up with the alphas from this month’s featured romances. We’ve got something for everyone. From contemporary heroes to sexy anti-heroes, you’re sure to find the perfect book boyfriend from this selection. “Can I massage your sexy muscles?”When […]
Hey, romance addicts. It’s been a minute since I had the time to review a book, but I have one for you guys!
Art, law enforcement and organized crime, who could want anything more? In Guarding His Midnight Witness, Anna J Stewart offers readers a respectable romantic suspense with the usual suspects and elements layered with stable and quirky characters.
Artist Greta is struggling with a creative block making painting impossible. So what does she do? Why, the only thing possible. Cooped up in a loft with her mind whizzing and creative juices not flowing, she takes to sipping tea, petting her cat and spying the neighborhood. Only thing is, she gets more than what she bargains for when she witnesses a murder, or at least she thinks she saw one. No, she did, right?
What are your top three distractions and how do you deal with them?
Note: I am writing this post on the road. Please forgive any typos.
A writer’s life is full of all kinds of distractions, which can make finding the time to develop ideas and getting out of one’s head and onto paper (or the screen) difficult. I have mentioned that time management can be an external factor hindering writing.
Damn those twenty-four hours in a day. They just won’t listen and become more. Authors have professional (novel writing is not the main source of income for most) and personal lives, each demanding energy and time. Finding sufficient time to develop a plot, construct character arcs and write content can be difficult. One cruel irony is that creative often burgeons when there is no time. Authors scramble to find a moment to weave a story, but frustration usually sets in when the brilliance blazing in their minds flickers into embers because that’s how it often works. Write right now or risk losing everything.
Note- I am traveling and working from my phone. Please have mercy in my typos.
Many would argue that a life without goals is a wasted one. We constantly set achievements for ourselves, striving to make our dreams come to fruition. We attain some while others stay out of our reach.
Setting goals can range from the sensible to outlandish. It is up to the individual to asses the viability of a goal and if they will pursue it. A good goal-setting metric is the S.M.A.R.T approach, which encourages one to critically discern the potential for success by determining of a goal is 1) specific, 2) measurable, 3) attainable, 4)relevant, and 5) time bound.
Toni and Marcus are preparing for their second course of infertility treatments. The first one left them heartbroken and Toni an emotional wreck, so he is hesitant about doing another one, and his deep love for her makes it hard to say no.
Toni is just as anxious as Marcus, but her urge to be a mother makes her determined to forge ahead with her loving husband by her side.
Will they have success the second time around, or will a worse agony come their way?