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Nine Essential Elements of Romance Fiction – Catherine LaRoche

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A grea tblog post, better than my conference notes.

Originally posted on The Romaniacs:

NINE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE FICTION

Catherine LaRoche

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I spend a lot of time thinking about romance fiction.  My mom reads the books, and I picked up the love of the genre from her when I was a teenager.  She always had a tottering pile of novels beside her bed that I’d rummage through for something to borrow.  Now I write historical romances and, in my day job, I’m a college professor of gender studies and cultural studies.  For the past several years, I’ve included romance fiction in my teaching while I’ve been writing an academic book entitled Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (forthcoming in mid-2015 from Indiana University Press).

My students choose romances from a big box that I bring into class and write responses on them.  We do cut-up exercises with the novels to create alternative storylines.  We write a collaborative online romance with…

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…another wee glimpse of a Celtic past in the Scottish Hebrides… #TBSU…

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A great post to save for my research for Scotch on the Rocks. Thanks, Seumas.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…a couple months or so ago, I posted a blog piece about my time as a teenager, employed as a trainee banker in Tobermory, a township with less than a thousand souls, nestled at the edge of the beautiful Tobermory Bay on the Scottish Hebridean Island of Mull…

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…many of yeez have asked for a few more snippets of what it was like living there… and I must confess, when I sit back and think of these days, I yearn for them more and more… folks had time to talk with each other…emb’dy remember what that was like?… the internet and SOSYAL NETWURKIN was a thing of the far-distant future… the stuff of H.G.Wells-type novels… what sticks with me most clearly are the mem’ries of people… every one a character… every one a real personality…. Gaelic music sat at the heart of the informal house ceilidhs, or gatherings at home…

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Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT

Originally posted on A Woman's Wisdom:

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Love books?  Get yourself over to Rosie Amber’s blog and join her book review team.

Rosie Amber says:

“I believe that book reviews help sell books. So I’m running a voluntary Book Review Team to help authors reach a wider audience. Any reader can ask to take part as long as they will read the books in a reasonable time frame, (Within a month of getting the book), write a review and post it on at least 2 sites plus send a copy of the review to me to post here on the blog with full recognition going to the reviewer. Posting sites can be reader’s blogs, and places like Goodreads, Amazon (Posting on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and possibly Amazon.ca), Smashwords etc

There is no minimum or maximum number of books.

Authors who have books for reviewers, will offer books in e-format such as e-pub, Mobi, or vouchers for Smashwords, Amazon, or…

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Book Review Challenge – Kerry reviewed Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today we have a book review from Challenger Kerry. She blogs at http://kerrysreviewsblog.wordpress.com/

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She chose to review “Boot Camp Bride” by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Here is Kerry’s review;

Bootcamp Bride is a real must-have for the beach this summer.

Charlee Montague, a feisty rookie reporter, desperate for her big break, is paired with experienced, and not unattractive, photographer Rafa Fonsecca-Ffinch for an assignment she cannot refuse.

Posing as an engaged couple, Charlee is sent to a bridal bootcamp in the Norfolk marshes to get the gossip on model Anastasia Markova and her husband-to-be, while Rafa gets some juicy snapshots.

Rafa makes it quite clear from the start that the engagement is purely for show and as soon as the assignment is over, so is the “engagement”.

Charlee has more intelligence that she is given credit for and realises early on that there is more…

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Book Review Challenge – Review from E.L. Lindley

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Many thanks to EL Lindley forr writing this review for Boot Camp Bride. I know some people might think that writers are a bit of a precious bunch, but receiving such a positive review really made my day. The writing, editing and reviewing process necessary to produce a well-crafted novel is long and arduous, but if I didn;t enjoy it I wouldn’t be working on #3 right now. A review like this really bucks up a writer and spurs them on. Thanks again to Rosie for organising this review tour and to EL for writing it. You both rock.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today’s book review comes form E.L.Lindley.

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She chose to read “Boot Camp Bride” by Lizzie Lamb,

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

THE PERFECT WEEKEND READ!

 

Boot Camp Bride is the perfect weekend read, it’s a light hearted, feel good page turner and once I’d started it I couldn’t put it down. The story sees Charlee Montague, an ambitious, feisty young reporter paired with award winning photographer Rafael Ffinch in order to pose as an engaged couple at a boot camp for brides to be. As far as Charlee is concerned the mission is about gaining an expose on a supermodel and her Russian oligarch boyfriend but it soon becomes clear that there is more to the assignment than she knows.

In Boot Camp Bride, Lizzie Lamb has created a wonderful protagonist in Charlee. She is every bit the gutsy, contemporary heroine and I loved her immediately. Charlee is…

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Book Review Challenge Series – The Importance of Book Reviews by Lizzie Lamb

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Our last guest post on the Book review Challenge before we hand over to you the reader is author Lizzie Lamb. Plus authors might like to step around the fence to the book reviewers side and take a look.

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1)     How important are book reviews for an author?

Very important. Not only do they let writers know what their readers (the genuine ones, that is) think, they give readers feedback to see if the book is something they might enjoy and download. Reviews also help to keep a writer’s profile ‘up there’ with Amazon. They ‘ping’ with the SEO machine and make sure that writer doesn’t get forgotten by Amazon’s big publicity machine.

2)     What are the top sites for book reviews?

I must admit that I don’t search these types of sites very often so I really can’t say. Sites like Novelicious and Love Reading, for example…

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Life’s a beach… and then you read!

The New Romantics 4 Buy Last BIte of the Cherry by Margaret Cullingford on Amazon Buy The 20's Girl, the ghost, and all that jazz by June Kearns on Amazon Buy An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns on Amazon Buy A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan on Amazon Buy The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan on Amazon Buy Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb on Amazon Buy Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb

Book review Challenge Series – How I write a book review

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A great post which helps readers to leave reviews

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Welcome one and all to our Book review challenge, I just want to thank everyone who is supporting this series it means so much to me. So what have we got for you?

I truly believe that books and book sales are changing as people browse virtual book stores to buy their books. This is where the book review really will help sell a book in a market place full of millions and millions of books. If I had a £1 for every-time someone said to me in the last week “Since I starting writing my book I’ve come to realise how important book reviews are” well, we’d be well on the way down to the nearest bookstore to stock up on books!

So today I’m in the spotlight talking about book reviews and giving you some simple easy tips to start you off book reviewing. I’ll get…

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…Author Lizzie Lamb is no meek creature… as her Guest Blog Post here clearly demonstrates… #TBSU…

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Thanks to Seumas for widening my social networking reach beyond these four walls.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…enjoy !! …

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It’s Never Too Late to Realise a Dream

 

For me, my dream came true when I took early retirement from teaching after thirty four years at the chalk face and pursued my dream to become a published author. When I retired a colleague gave me a pillow embroidered with: May All Your Dreams Come True and since then I’ve done my best to make it happen.

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So far, it’s been a great journey.

I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme. It took me two years to write my first novel (a romantic comedy) and to submit it to the scheme. I received a critique from a published author in my genre, and although I didn’t agree with everything she said, I went away and worked on the manuscript a bit more. After receiving lots of encouragement from other RNA…

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Book Review Challenge Series

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If I wasn’t taking part I’d want to take part. If you see what I mean !!

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Book review Challenge Series

How often do you write and post a review of a book you’ve read? Ever wondered if your review would be of any use to anyone? Don’t know how to write a review?

Readers

I have a book review challenge series planned over the next few weeks. We will be hearing from several book reviewers on how they go about writing a review and from authors about the importance of reviews.

Coming up on Wednesday 25th June – Book reviewing by Rosie Amber + easy to follow tips for writing your own review.

Thursday 26th June – Book reviewing by Bodicia from A Woman’s Wisdom + How to download a PDF file of a book to your kindle.

Friday 27th June – The Importance of book reviews by author Terry Tyler + a look at Goodreads.

Saturday 28th June – Book Reviewing by Diane Coto from Fictionzeal

Sunday…

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