Calling all authors!

If you are an aspiring romance writer and think you’d like to sell your work on our site, please let me know.  I’ll gladly put up and Amazon link to your work.  I’ll get a commission and you’ll get yet another point of exposure for your work.  Hey.  We’re writers.  We get it.  We all have to pitch in and help each other and getting your work seen is a whole lot more fun that not. :-)

Please however, limit your work to that within the romance genre.  It’s pretty wide open and frankly, lots of work that you don’t think of as “pure romance” fall into this category.

All about the Heart

I know I’ve not been writing a lot of blog posts of late, but that’s simply because I’m working on a couple of novels (to be available soon!) and I’ve just not taken the time to wrap my head around anything outside of my egocentric little universe.

But something happened recently in my family that pulled me out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t that I was all that upset, but it was the reaction of all the people around me that had me in a dither. So. I’m on a mission.

Anyone old enough to remember the movie Network? The one where Peter Finch got on the air and screamed, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore” and everyone all over town started shouting out their windows, echoing his sentiment? It stared a movement that changed the course of the lives of the people in that film.

Got a good picture of that? Good. Because we need to start a movement too.

Well..I’m not mad. I’m full of hope and faith and all kinds of positive vibe. I want to let you know, wherever you are today that there IS hope. No matter what has happened, no matter how bleak it looks right now, the sun will come up tomorrow. No your problems may not be gone with the rising of the sun, or even with the rising of 30 suns – but every day is an opportunity to make it a little better. And a bunch of little better days turns into something really great.

What if you can’t make your situation better? Ok, we all know that there are some things you just can’t “fix”. The death of a loved one, the end of a career, the breakup of a relationship. Those things are pretty final. You can’t make them better as they were, but maybe that’s because they weren’t in any condition to survive anymore.

To recover you have to forget the bad stuff and relive the good stuff and then pay it forward. Remind yourself of how good it feels to be strong and happy by sharing a little of yourself with someone who’s worse off. And believe me…if you look – you’ll find others that have bigger problems than yours.

This medium is so fantastic that it allows us to connect with long lost friends and relatives, with kindred spirits, and with brilliant minds that we’d otherwise never get to meet. But it also allows us to tap into a pervasive negativity that comes from complainers and the sad sacks of the world.

I read somewhere that you will become like the 5 people you most closely associate with. Who are YOU associating with? Are you associating with people who are full of negativity, anger, hate? Do they spread ridiculous rumors designed to invoke fear and hostility?

Or are your 5 the kind that lift up and encourage others? Are they the ones that tell you that it will be OK, even when it feels like nothing will ever be ok again? Do they make you laugh at them? Yourself? Do they enlighten you and share your loves and direct you away from hate?

THOSE are the people I want in my life. So no. I’m not mad as hell. But I am hopeful. Hopeful as all get out and I want to spread that to my friends. And I want them to spread it their friends. Let’s start a movement of hope. One that lets go of all the hatred and negativity and centers on lifiting each other up.

I’ll start. I know you have better days ahead. Put one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there. You might be dirty, tired and hungy when you get there…but it’ll have been worth the trip.

There Is No End

The first anthology of work from Scribe, the Riverbend writer’s group has hit the stands!  I’m so proud to have been a part of this project, not just because it was another opportunity to get my work out there in front of a reading audience, but also because the proceeds from the book go to support our Build A Blessing building campaign to provide new and improved facilities for our community youth.  It’s a great project and again, I’m very proud to be part of it knowing what joy it will bring to thousands of children for many years to come.  Oh, and the book’s pretty darn good too! :-)

Special thanks to Mike Robertson, our Editor for making this possible!

 

Still Updating

Well, we’ve been at it a week.  Still busily working to have excerpts formatted to post, so keep with us.  And, of course soon – there will be links where you can actually buy the books from which we’ve posted excerpts!

Didn’t think we’d let you walk away without being able to buy the whole thing, did ya?

 

Welcome to Heart Strings Romance

I’ve often tried to define romance.  But the more I try, the more it defies description because it seems to be different for everyone.  To some romance is a gooey-gooey concoction that makes your teeth ache from the sheer sweetness of it.

To others romance is the outward expression of a deep, visceral feeling that connects one lover to another.

For lovers of the classics, romance has a hint of the ethereal.  A touch of danger and perhaps mystery.  For more contemporary thinkers it is heated, feral and fated.

But for me, and the others out there like me, romance is all of those things.  It is as individual as a snowflake and as varied as the colors of the sky at twilight.  So, if you think that you’ll never read a romance novel – think again.

Some of the most popular and enduring movies have gotten their start between the pages of a mass market romance.  I’d name names, but this is only a blog and I don’t have that kind of space or time to write them all!

Just know that anything that moves you to emotion, where a couple of people are tempted by fate and saved by love can be, rightly, called a romance.  So open your mind to the guilty pleasure of getting lost in someone else’s romance for a little while.  Try out some of our sample chapters, you might just find a new favorite!