Ten Things I Hate About Writing

If you follow me here or on Facebook, you know that I love lists. This is one I did at the Romance Magicians' blog back on August 14, 2009. 10. I hate how I have to wait months and months (I'm a slow writer) before I can find out how my own book ends. 9. I [...]

A Hero’s and Heroine’s Top Five Traits by Olivia St. Vincent

[Reprint of my post on 08/15/2014 at the Romance Magicians blog; it was so much fun, I thought it worth repeating here.] Carla's busy for the next couple of weeks. So she wanted my help in writing her post, and I told her I would on one condition, that she write me into her latest book. [...]

Things That Turn You On

The other day, I was re-watching a simple video (click here to go to my Facebook page to see it) I had made of a ice hockey netminder warming up before the second period of play. The way he skated back and forth to the beat of the music was so hypnotizing. I find myself [...]

Walks Like A Panther

How many times in numerous books have we heard the hero walks like a panther or tiger or some creature on the prowl? They're cliches, but I understand the concept. He has a smooth step with a determined gaze. It makes me think of a certain actor named John. No. Not John Travolta. He's known [...]

What’s In a Title?

The other day at a meeting with other writers, one NYT bestseller author said she couldn't start her book until she thought up a title. Most likely the publisher would change the title before releasing it, but it helped guide the author in the feel of the story line. I totally understood what she meant. [...]

Romance Readers Luncheon

With two Romance Readers Luncheons coming up this year, one in Huntsville with Kristan Higgins and another in Birmingham with Jennifer Ashley (special guests Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Lynn Raye Harris), I couldn't help but remember about my favorite luncheon. It was the year Anne Stuart appeared as the keynote speaker in Birmingham. Most [...]

A Growth of a Series

First, I love reading books with bad boy heroes. Hell, I married one. If you've ever read my Circle series, you'll know how much I love writing about dangerous, ill-tempered (HA!) men. When I began writing the Brothers of Mayhem series, I had already read a couple MC (romance/fiction) books and watched all of the [...]

It’s The Small Things

I can't help but laugh at the title. Being a romance author, I can imagine what some people may be thinking of what I'm about to post. Not THAT! Over the years of writing (a lot) and the few years published, I learned a few minor things I would like to pass on. Avoid naming [...]

What Model Of Alpha Do You Want?

Reviews are a double edge sword. Authors want and need them to get the word out about their books, but reviews with low ratings and pure hate for a book are not helpful in my opinion. The reason I say it that way is that I had a well-known blogger tell me even horrible reviews [...]

A THOUSAND FACES

Have you ever heard someone say about another person, “She’s the same every day.” They are usually referring to an even tempered, always pleasant person. They meant it as a compliment. I never thought it like that. To have the same emotion without showing frustration, anger, joy, despair, etc., something isn’t right. But that’s only [...]

Taking Time To Brush The Hero’s Teeth

Over the last year, I've read on Facebook and reviews for other authors' books, readers complaining about the characters not taking baths, mowing the lawn, doing laundry, or needing to stop to pee. *snicker* They're talking about the hero and heroine doing normal activities that a person will often do throughout the day. I know sometimes I get so involved [...]

My Thoughts on Self-Publishing

Yep. My thoughts. Doesn't mean they're written in stone or scientifically correct, this is mostly just what I read and heard from others, and personal experience. Sadly, I believe that the majority of the people who self-publish are like the thousands of people who went to California or Alaska to strike it rich. No. The gold [...]

Researching My Next Series

A couple times recently, I've been asked about my research on my latest series, Brothers of Mayhem. First, let me say that most writers love to do research. We love to read about other people's lives and the way they handle certain situations. Hey, we love to sit in a mall or in front of [...]

Chains, Whips and Music

I love writing hot stories. And I especially like hot songs. Though I'm not presently writing a BDSM romance, I think the following would be some good songs to listen to while doing so. What do you think? What are your suggestions? Put a link in the comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-mB91kuADM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8taXDD9RCL8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz6Q6SqXf2k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA_nnlmRQEk