Beasts, Alphas, Doms, and the BDSM Line

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First, I’d like to thank my anonymous reviewer for their compliment, in saying that my story was well-written. But second, I would like to address some concerns that this reviewer brought up.

For those of you who haven’t read the review, the subject is the mentality behind alphas and dominants, and what that tendency actually says about the person in question. This begs the question of whether an alpha can ever be considered a well-rounded character. Since one of my two main characters is a beast character, and he is the focal point, this tension is makes up the crux of my story.

“I have always found over-the-top ‘alphas’ or ‘doms’ to be more than a little repugnant…”

Alphas and dominants certainly cater to a particular taste. The stories that revolve around them often center around the issue of control. This is because being an alpha means being at the…

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A Dash of Romance

Allison Whitmore, Author

On my journey to wrestle a good antagonist to life in story I am currently contracted to complete (for very little pay at the moment, mind you), I discovered this delightful article by C.S. Lakin. I was happily surprised to find that the article brought to light an argument for romance I had never quite seen before but seemed so incredibly logical. It’s sort of what I mean when I say “romance is the human condition”…sort of. Lakin states that we appreciate romance in our stories, even if it’s at the B plot or a C plot level because romance reflects life. I love that idea. Okay, sure, happily-ever-after does not necessarily reflect life, and romance stories are often reflective of the character’s maturation process. But her point is a good one, and I encourage you to take a look at what else she has to say about support characters and plot-lines. It’s was…

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Why you should write contemporary romance, even if you never publish it

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Anyone who knows me will also know that I?m not a great fan of romance. I?ve read a good deal of it (eons ago) and while I don?t hate reading it, I find other genres much more interesting.

But I think to be able to write contemporary romance is a great skill. Genre books often have romantic subplots, and it?s not unusual that the romance feels forced. Moreover, it?s likely that genre books have characters, and that you?d like the characters to be full and well-developed.

Writing contemporary romance can help immensely with both.

In contemporary romance, you strip away everything that makes a setting cool. You take away the space ships, the magic, the historical context, and you?re left with just characters and an everyday setting that?s well-known to all readers and needs no explanation?

Leaving the author to craft a story solely based on the characters and the…

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Romance Weekly

Leslie Hachtel, Writer

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‘Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

It’s nearly Halloween and time for spooky stories.  Jo Richardson wants us in the spirit.  No pun….

So here’s mine…

“Wake up, Dennis. Did you hear it?”

“Hear what?” He was sleepy and disinterested.

“That scraping noise.”

He listened. “I don’t hear anything. Probably just the house settling. Go back to sleep.”

I pulled the covers up high and snuggled down. This…

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Writing Habits – Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop

Dani Jace. Romance Author

RomanceWeeklyThis week Vicki Mixon ask authors of Romance Writers Weekly  questions about their writing life. Hope you have already visited with Victoria Barbour for her answers.

feather penWas there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it? Definitely not. I loved writing as a kid until the red pen slashed my spirit. Decades later, a movie incited me to write a fan fiction story, which turned into its own entity. I wasted way too much time editing, however, I learned perseverance for other manuscripts to come.

My first beta reader (who read all types of book) encouraged me to continue refining my skills. Still scarred by the bloodletting red pen, I hesitated to join a writers’ group. When I finally took the plunge, the chapter had just restarted a critique group. The three of us who joined were…

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How to infuriate a romance reader…

Writing Romance via Fiction 4 Writers and Readers

Fiction 4 Writers and Readers

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Readers have a universal love the creative twist, the one of a kind character, the sparklingly original  plot. There are also some universally aggravating qualities that can crop up in romance novels sure to infuriate the reader. Here are my top three.

1. The “too stupid to live” heroine. I’m not sure why it is that this phenomenon usually applies to a female, but modern readers don’t tolerate stupidity in their heroines. No walking into the dark basement where the killer lurks without so much as a cell phone in her pocket. No way. Women are smart, and having them behave as if they aren’t is sure to insult readers.

2. The heroine that’s tougher than the hero. Yes, we want our heroines to be smart, strong, and resilient, but we don’t want them to overshadow the hero. They can be partners, help each other and take turns being the…

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