Something for Everyone!
Welcome to another month of Coffee Time Romance & More’s Caramel Corner where we feature Writer Resources for the literary community.
We are proud to present March 2014’s Caramel Corner to Small Blue Dog Publishing and Belinda Pollard. What an amazing experience we had spending time over there and by golly, it's another jackpot of tools and information!
We are certain there is something for everyone just waiting to help you along with your literary journey.
So, let’s begin with the first topic and the myriad of helpful drop down menus of invaluable resources.
How to Write a great book
- Writing Technique
a) How to punctuate dialogue
b) Why grammar doesn’t matter
c) Write the introduction last
d) How to spell Your, You’re, There, They’re, Their, It’s and Its
- The importance of editing
a) What to do when you’ve finished the First Draft
b) Editing your book? Print it out!
c) The difference between editing and proofreading
- Is it still worth writing a book?
- Writing Memoir and family stories
a) How to write a Personal Story or Memoir that people want to read
b) Writing Memoir: Truth, fiction, or something in between?
- Writing tools
a) 3 reasons I’m a Scrivener Fan
b) Writers, are you backing up your work?
And those have barely touched the many other resources this site has for writers. You can spend HOURS over there.
Here are some other subject tabs but we invite you to visit the site for the delicious morsels of information found on the drop down menus.
- Beta Readers
- Self Publishing
- How to Market a Book
- Business Writing
Now, there are waaaay too many resources to list here and we know you simply cannot wait to see it for yourself.
So without further ado, here’s the link
Each month I sit at my computer and try to come up with an idea or two to talk to you about. I love it more than you will ever know, but after all this time, I will be signing off for good.
I love talking about books and authors with our readers and I will miss you all terribly. Juliette will still be around and maybe you will see her again soon, however, life is getting in my way and I need to walk away for a bit.
I hope you have all enjoyed this monthly chat as much as I have. Have a wonderful rest of 2014! Much love to all of you!!
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Writing Seminar - Click here
Many books and workshops teach the basics of plotting: conflict, complications, climax. Now learn advanced techniques that will make a
decent plot dynamic. Start with a “grab you by the throat” opening to
pull readers into the story. Learn how to pack the plot full by complicating your complications. Control your pacing through sentence and paragraph length. And finally, encourage late-night reading under
the covers cliffhanger chapter endings. Learn techniques to make any
story or book better. Novelists will benefit from these insights,
whether they are just starting out or have years of experience.
I've given variations of this talk at workshops around the country, and I'm doing an online video version for Delve Writing next month. I have also conducted forum workshops like the ones you have.
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Coffee Thoughts, the Book Blog Click here
1 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Sam Cheever
2 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Victoria James
3 Book Brew with the Crew
While it is hardly possible to get really tired of manly Highlanders, charming Irishmen and so on, March being a Celtic month, we still decided to go a bit wild this time. Our March theme is Myth and Mayhem! We're featuring all kinds of mythology from ancient Greece and Rome to Native American with stops along the way for a wide range of other gods and goddesses, demons, nymphs, pixies and goodness knows what else. Probably even some Celtic ones!! You just don't know what is going to pop up. We are probably going to have a couple of polls going during the event as well as our usual varied authors sharing excerpts and chit-chat. Of course we'll have a lot of fun so bring your friends and be sure to make a lot of comments to increase your chance of winning free books and maybe other neat prizes. Join us Monday, March 3 for Book Brew with myth, mayhem and of course lots of romance!
4 Claudine's Sweet Treats
5 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Julie Lence
6 Thursday Thirteen with Sam Cheever
7 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with B.J. Daniels
8 Immerse yourself in the Tall, Dark and Alpha Experience
He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can't get away—and after one sizzling night in his arms, you won't want to. He’s Tall, Dark & Alpha. The alpha male is the ultimate indulgence…the richest dark chocolate…and we’re offering him to you in abundance.
Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors: Randi Alexander, Koko Brown, Sam Cheever, Delaney Diamond, Eve Langlais, Afton Locke, Dawn Montgomery, Farrah Rochon, Paige Tyler, and Eve Vaughn. Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.
9 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with JJ Keller
11 Claudine's Sweet Treats
12 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Victoria James
13 Thursday Thirteen with Victoria James
14 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Aliyah Burke
15 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Susan Palmquist
16 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Cassandra Dean
17 Total E-Bound Excerpt Day
18 Claudine's Sweet Treats
19 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Constance Phillips
20 Author Excerpt Day
21 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Leslie D. Soule
22 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Nancy Corrigan
25 Claudine's Sweet Treats
27 Thursday Thirteen with Wendi Zwaduk
30 Author Spotlight Spring is in the Air
Have you ever wanted to know more about our lovely Coffee Crew? Check out their staffer pages here. Surviving our crazy little group is a major accomplishment (grin) so a big hand to these survivors who have amazingly enough have stuck around through all of the fun LOL:
Staffer Anniversaries! Happy anniversaries to these poor souls who were trapped in the Coffee Crew and just can't get out (evil laugh)
Staffers around the web...
In March I’m teaching two online workshops. One addressing point of view and the challenges many writers face in choosing the right one and not running afoul of head-hopping. The second one is the Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction, addressing common mistakes that can make the difference between a rejection and a contract. It covers such things as boring characters and dead- end dialogue. If you know anyone who’s interested in either of these topics, feel free to pass along these links.
Little Latte’s Continuation of the series: “Readers Rule”
Rule #2 – Readers Demand a Good Bookstore
Do you like visiting bookstores?
There is nothing like holding a book in your hands. And the smell! Used books sport such an old-yet familiar scent of enchanting stories while the aroma of new books light the senses with excitement. I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours and hours in a bookstore. Especially those independent family-owned ones.
Aw. Speaking of those mom-and-pop stores.
I just love where upon entering you are greeted by first name or at the very least, a warm welcome. Each book is cataloged in a home-made and unique style. And wouldn’t you know, the delightful filing system is just as charming as pouring over the treasures on the shelves. Such loving care is taken in the placement of each author’s characters assigned to their new home. And a bookstore is simply not a bookstore if there aren’t books lying in groups on the floor in anticipation of being put on display.
Then there are the bargain books typically found on strategically placed racks marked down for less than a dollar with the fabulous discount written in large black marker across the front cover. Many treasures to be discovered there…and remembered.
But alas, those stores seem to be less and less as the cyber world gains momentum in today’s world.
KarenneLyn (we call her The Mistress) at Coffee Time Romance & More understands the passion of such places. She has been known to shed many tears at the news of yet another bookstore closing its doors. Closed but not forgotten. Never forgotten.
Yet the world turns and thus progress steps in and although KarenneLyn has a devoted affection for the independent bookstore owners, she also has a strong loyalty to readers who want the best of both worlds.
Enter Coffee Time Romance & More’s Bookstore.
An online bookstore with a mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar feel. Where there are publishers as well as authors who love to hang their masterpieces on Coffee Time’s shelves for readers to find. Hours can be spent researching new reads and finding old ones. And, of course, bargain books are strategically placed around the site, categorized in an easy to find and user-friendly search.
Most of all, KarenneLyn is that beloved owner with a big heart. The one who catalogues each book with loving care and can greet most visitors by name.
Come on in to Coffee Time’s Bookstore. Sit down, relax. Enjoy your favorite brew and munch on the decadent chocolate. See for yourself how amazing it is and how much love is placed upon the shelf. A ton of effort is put into making each reader feel at home. And it shows.
Because to KarenneLyn, it’s personal. It was personal yesterday, it is personal today, and it will be personal tomorrow. The Mistress is cool like that.
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Publisher & Author News
We've also got three new lines that we're looking for submissions. Here's some basic info on them and authors can get more info from our submissions page
Beyond Fairytales -
Are you up for a challenge? Can you write a romance based on an assigned Grimm’s Fairytale? Yes. Then email me for your tale email@example.com
Contemporary, provocative stories about billionaires and their love interests. Hero or heroine may be the billionaire, or both may be. At least one must be a member of LEGACY, an exclusive country club type facility and resort.
New Adult, contemporary paranormal stories about shifters, weres and their love interests as they take their first real steps into adulthood and independence. Hero or heroine (or both) must be a type of shifter or were. The tales in Decadent Roar explore college life from the shapeshifter or were-shifter’s point of view. What’s it like to be away from the pack? What freedoms can be explored? What dangers lurk? Do you pledge a fraternity? What about a sorority? Does this college happen to have a shifter-only spot on Greek row? Through parties to mid-terms, to discovering who they are, characters in a Decadent Roar tale will take you on a journey through college love, the ups and the downs, and what happens when everything you thought you knew turns out to be even more difficult than you would have believed?
Champagne Books/BURST/Carnal Passions
We will be at Epicon, March 13-16, in San Antonio, Texas.
If you're in the area of the Menger Hotel, drop into the ballroom on Saturday afternoon (no charge after 1:30!) to the 'efiesta' and see samples and books from many authors including our own.
June 2014 -- They Do -- wedding stories -- deadline Mar 15
Every fairy-tale romance ends with a wedding -- but not every wedding is a fairy tale! Our They Do anthology will feature LGBTQ wedding stories ranging from groomzillas to rainy day disasters, from sweet I Dos to hot and steamy wedding nights! Remake the gay wedding in your image!
Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "They Do" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.
July 2014 -- Rode Hard -- cowboy stories -- deadline Apr 15
Cowboys, y'all! From the Wild West to the modern era and any time (or place) in between, our Rode Hard anthology will feature fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about cowboys and cowgirls. Whether they make their home on the range or in a neon-filled dancehall, give us real cowboys with real problems. And really steamy love lives!
Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to email@example.com with "Rode Hard" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.
August 2014 -- Dawg Days -- wolf/dog shifters -- deadline May 15
It's the way you growl, or maybe it's the way you use your teeth, or the way the moonlight shines on your fur... Wait, what? We want your best canine/lupine shifter stories for the Dawg Days of summer. Keep us on our toes with wolves, coyotes, dingoes or even a pit bull shifter or two. The more biting the better!
Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Dawg Days" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.
Riptide Publishing just posted SEVEN calls for submissions!
Shifters and Weres
Shades of the Rainbow
Turquoise Morning Press
We are also accepting YA and Steampunk (all sub-genres) submissions. Please visit our site for submission guidelines.