A great event with local NE Ohio romance authors coming up. Check it out!

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Sipping coffee + reading a book while my toddler snuggles up to watch Saturday morning cartoons = multitasking win. #amreading #storygenius #writermom #writersofinstagram

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Whenever I feel stuck, a little fresh air gets the wheels grinding again. #amwriting #writermom #writersofinstagram #greatoutdoors #fall

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Rainy day and my favorite reading chair is beckoning. #amreading #bookstagram #bookworm #wellesleycollege

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Adventures through the park on a beautiful fall day. #writermom

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If you're not using em-dashes in your writing, you're not living. #blog #blogs #blogger #amwriting #writerslife…/…/21/loving-elusive-em-dash/

Hold onto your hamburgers, folks, because I’m about to nerd-out—hard. I wasn’t always a punctuation nerd. My eighth grade English teacher nearly murdered any love I had for reading or language or writing with the absolutely dreaded, still-to-this-day confounding—wait for it—sentence diagram. Who els...

Some interesting industry factoids for my #writer friends.

So far in 2017: Traditional publishers are experiencing strong backlist sales and soft frontlist sales. Frontlist sales are new titles—so publishers are experie...ncing some trouble getting new titles to “break out.” The top 10 print books for the year include only one title published in 2017: Camino Island by John Grisham. Half of the top 10 list was published prior to 2015.

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Print sales for traditional publishers are increasing this year—up by 2.6% compared to the first half of 2016. Ebook sales are continuing their decline.|By Jane Friedman

Fantastic #writers conference outside Cleveland on Sept 9th. Only 1 week left to register!

Registration for the Cleveland Rocks Conference featuring Margie Lawson will close on September 2nd. You don't want to miss out, you won't be sorry. More info o...n our website:

Margie Lawson teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners.

This workshop will provide an overview of psychologically-based Deep Editing power tools that could boost your writing toward bestseller lists. Load your toolbox with deep editing tools including Margie’s Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, power words, back-loading, emotional hits, back story management,
character-speak and character-isms, as well as scene-themed, character-themed, and emotion-themed words.

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T minus one day until #RWA17 and counting. Can't wait!

I'm going to RWA's national conference for the first time. What do I want to get out of it? Connect, learn, have fun, be inspired.

I had a dream last night that I was at RWA Nationals, so sharing this post felt pretty apropos!

Tips for attending the RWA 2017 Conference

If you are a writer, especially if you write romance, then you can’t imagine the type affirmation that comes from being in a single location with hundreds, if

You know you could use more #poetry in your life. Chapbook by the insanely talented Zana Previti available for preorder now! #amreading

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Finishing Line Press is with Leah Maines and 2 others.


Providence by Zana Previti

$14.99, paper



Zana Previti was born and raised in New England. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. She lives and works in West Virginia.

Surely every poem desires to be read and read again. Zana Previti’s poems deserve it.

The poems of Zana Previti’s first collection, Providence, possess the rare capacity to make the personal appear universal and the universal appear personal. She blends present and historical time, immediate and distant place, and she applies layer after layer of rich details in lines that vary from a terse, trimeter-like pace to Whitmanic lines that threaten to sweep beyond the margins.
–Ron McFarland, author of Subtle Thieves (Pecan Grove Press, 2012) and Stranger in Town: New and Selected Poems (Confluence Press, 2000), among others. He teaches at the University of Idaho.

In language at once spare and unsparing, Zana Previti’s staggeringly wide-ranging and pitch-perfect “Providence” takes us from the “immense / old age of the Atlantic” through war-time starvation experiments, family, Kung Fu movies, Greek myth, bathtub mystery novel reading, a Galveston hurricane, environmental degradation, and King Lear—reckoning in deeply humane ways with individual and historically-aware questions of the human capacity for suffering and love. “These stones are the generations / upon which we build images of the end of us,” she writes, using her formal and lyrical skills to again and again find these “images of the end” and their complex corollaries in our continuance and living. “Kill us if you will / but kill us in the light,” Ajax is quoted as crying, and this poem—which is like nothing you’ve ever quite seen before—is a new, acute light.
–Alexandra Teague, author of the poetry collections The Wise and Foolish Builders (fPersea Books, 2015) and Mortal Geography (Persea Books, 2010), which which won the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and the 2010 California Book Award. In 2011 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Grrrr times 1000. A genre written largely by women for women should get all the respect.

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Maya Rodale

The reputation of romance novels, according to its readers. Check out more at!

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Philip Pullman

If Will and Lyra can go into the world of the dead, then you can do anything today. #MondayMotivation

My single title romantic suspense, THE HUSTLER, is a finalist in RWA Kiss of Death's Daphne du Maurier contest! Aaaand I'm dead. I've died. So thoroughly thrilled and honored.

Angie Hockman's The Hustler is a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in single title romantic mystery/suspense, unpublished division.

Love these #writingtips so much. Crafting a compelling story is hard, yo! #amwriting

How do great authors develop stunning narratives, break from tradition, and advance the form of their fiction?

Yep. Because writing romance automatically means you write book porn, amirite? #amwriting #romance

My experience at social gatherings has definitely changed since I've been's often a little hilarious, too

Here’s how it usually goes for me at a social gathering, where the attendees are often distant business associates of my husband’s. For some reason, some people are fascinated by my pro…