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Monthly Archives: October 2015


Happy birthday to Marketing for Romance Writers 2015. I
created MFRWorg on Halloween, 9 years ago this year. It’s hard to believe it’s
been that long. It had about 12 members because those were the people I was
always talking to and we would ask each other marketing type questions. We were
each other’s resource. I had been getting emails for a long time and would
answer with what I knew. When I realized I was getting the same questions in
slightly different forms from multiple people, I decided to make it easier on
all of us and create a group where we could post once and get answers from
everyone. Voila! MFRW was born. 

I should have called it Marketing for Writers. Many of our current members
don’t write romance, but some principles carry over to every kind
of book, and every kind of writer. It doesn’t matter though, because those who
don’t mind looking past the name will find answers to their questions.
There are thousands of members now. The group fills a unique place, and creates a safe place to ask questions, without having to deal with constant promo. However, if you need a place to share a post, come ask. Opportunities abound.

What is Marketing for Romance Writers?

MFRW is a peer-oriented mentoring
group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related
questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a
professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to
join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects
of writing.
News about pitch sessions and calls for submission are
posted on the Yahoo group. As a member, you can attend exclusive, member-only
pitch events with publishers. Members can attend free, online workshops and
Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on
most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest
boards, and show off your cover models. Share your tweets with the MFRW street
team and get them shared on Twitter. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor, and
#MFRWhop promote for you. Link your
blog to a community hop and draw readers to your site.
If you have questions about marketing your books, join us.
The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.” Services and
membership are free.

MFRW promotes its members 

Happy birthday, MFRW. Here’s to many more!

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Kayelle Allen
G.E. Taylor author of Desperate Decision answers five easy questions
to help readers get to know her better.
Author Bio
I became hooked on
reading romance novels during my teen years and my attempt at writing began in
high school. All of my manuscripts were mailed under my bed. Eventually, I
threw out most of them. That was painful especially since I’d hand written them
first, then typed them on my old typewriter.
In college I majored
in English but ended up with a Master in Social Work and a Master in Education.
Though I had these
different career paths, I never gave up my passion for writing. Now I’m much
more committed to it and writing full time. I’ve drawn on my years of
practicing social work to give my work authenticity and realism.
I live in New Jersey
with my family.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Now this
is difficult because I have two all time favorites. The first one is oxtail
with broad beans, rice and peas and ginger beer.  And the other is Jerk Chicken with rice and
peas and ginger beer. Just thinking about them now is making my mouth water.
What is your go-to meal when you
dine out?
Without a
doubt seafood Alfredo. I love it!
Describe the perfect vacation.
If I had
the financial pocket book to do this, the perfect vacation for me would be to
spend at least six weeks away with my husband on the island of Saint Barths.
 love the Caribbean waters, the lovely sandy
beaches, the food and culture. I’d like to enjoy that.
What are your hobbies?
favorite is reading. I’m absolutely lost if I don’t have a book to read. I like
to bake cakes and decorate them. I’ve done some wedding and birthday cakes
which turned out pretty well.
is right at the top of my list, so you’ll find me watching Master Chef and
other cooking shows. When I attended college and was invited to a party I would
run out get
material and a pattern and sew my own dress. Crocheting—I’ve not done much
lately but I do like to make various pieces.
When you read for pleasure, what
kind of books do you choose?
or Law. The romance book could be a historical or even contemporary one just as
long as it holds my interest. I enjoy
stories about the law, so I search for John Grisham’s books.
About the Book
Title: Desperate Decision
Genre: Contemporary romance
Author: G.E. Taylor
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
North’s flight to freedom is dangerous and desperate. As she scrambles into the
stranger’s car crying “drive,” she prays to God this is not her last day on
earth. Usually not a gambler, this move is high-stake gambling. Bruised,
battered, and with no money, she needs a place to hide and heal until she finds
work as a pastry chef. When the stranger offers her shelter, she takes it even
as fear rushes up her throat and threatens to choke her. Would she live to
regret her decision?
Franklin cannot believe his eyes but, with her urgent cry ringing in his ears,
he presses the gas and the car leaps forward. What had possessed her to do such
a dangerous act? He intends to find out. But no amount of probing loosened her
tongue. Just when he decides to let her go, he accidently sees her bruised
body. Angry that someone did that to her made him want to meet the coward. He
offers her shelter. Under his roof, he discovers she is the pastry chef who
could not only lift his business to the top, but who built up a need in him
that only she can satisfy. The wild passion they share can only lead to one
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The General’s Wife 
Regina Kammer author of The General’s Wife: An American
Revolutionary Tale answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an
award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical
erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the
era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even
sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has
been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press.
She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National
Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly
demanded to have sex.
Who is your “book
boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
My book boyfriend is actually a villain. No, I take that
back. He’s a misunderstood antagonist, with a cool demeanor and a complex
psyche. Oh, and a 17th-century Caribbean pirate. He’s Lord Odo Wraxall from Lord Wraxall’s Fancy by Anna Lieff
Saxby, a historical erotic romance (heavy on the erotic, light on the romance)
first issued by Black Lace circa 1996. Odo is a heroic villain, who can charm the
corset off a woman with assurances of sexy fun and sensual adventure.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Anywhere in Europe with Greco-Roman ruins, old churches, art
and history museums, and an old town center. Then after a day of walking around
and sight-seeing, an evening spent enjoying cocktails.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening, baking, making jam (with fruit from the garden),
hiking with Misterotica and the dog. One day soon I’ll get back to making mosaics.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
Romance! I prefer historical romance, but I’ll read any
sub-genre. I also like to thumb through home and garden magazines.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
If I’m writing a historical, I’ll read a novel written in
the era in which my book is set. So, I might read Victorian erotica if I’m
writing a Victorian-set erotic romance. I’ll read current historical
non-fiction, and also historical accounts written around the time my story
takes place. I’ll also look at newspapers and almanacs of the day. If my
characters travel, I’ll check out Baedekers and transportation timetables.
Plus, of course, the Oxford English Dictionary. I can get lost in that!

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Title The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale
Genre Historical erotic romance
Author Regina Kammer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Seduced Into Marriage
Lady Clara Hastings is forced to leave her beloved England by her wicked
husband, the infamous British general Lord Jeremy Strathmore. They arrive upon
the shores of the uncivilized American colonies amidst the outbreak of that
young nation’s struggle for independence.
Kidnapped And Held For Ransom
Among Strathmore’s enemies is a man Clara secretly desires. As his captive, she
learns of her husband’s debauched pleasures and sadistic past, and discovers
her own passions and sensual needs.
A Quest For Freedom
In the clutches of patriot fighters, Clara’s beliefs are challenged, her values
are threatened, and she is caught up in a battle for her heart in the arms of a
handsome American revolutionary.
The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale is an award-nominated
historical erotic romance set in New York of 1777. Intermingling themes of
erotica and erotic romance, The General’s Wife follows the sexual
journey of the heroine culminating in a happily-ever-after.
The General’s Wife was a finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers’ 2014
Maggie Award for Excellence.

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Endless as the Rain

Interview with Alec Kaden

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself.
Tell us about
yourself, please.
Alec Kaden. Yes, one of those Kadens, the organized crime
family. My business is legitimate; I don’t give a shit if you don’t believe it.
The good thing about having money is I can hire people who aren’t insufferable
to keep the cretins away from me. I can’t exactly beat the hell out of people
who get in my way like Father did. Apparently, I was often in Father’s way.
What inner doubt
causes you the most difficulty?
It’s not doubt so much as Father’s ever-present commanding
voice. Even in his grave, he can reach out and choke me. But I’m thankful to
him for keeping me in my place.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is
you fear most and why.
I fear not being able to keep my word to Adriane.
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
While there is someone to whom I’m faithful, I don’t have
the right to call her my significant other.
What would that
person say about you?
My hope is that she never knows me well enough to form an
opinion, that she never discovers what she means to me. I would never wish that
upon her.
What is your family
My mother died during my birth, and Father is also dead.
What special skills
do you rely on?
I know how to make money, a skill I gained from my education
at Oxford. My greatest talent, though, I gained from Father. Just like with
him, people know better than to fuck with me.

About the Writer

M.S. Kaye has several published books
under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband
Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find
suspense and the unusual at
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
Alec is the most complex and intriguing character I’ve ever
written or read.
Are any sequels
planned for this book?
The prequel will be released this winter, I’m working on the
final draft of the sequel, and then I’ll start on the final book.
What would your
readers be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a fourth degree black belt and certified instructor of
Songahm Taekwondo, and I have a motorcycle license.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my stories, for being a part of
something I hold so passionately dear.

About the Book

Title Endless as the Rain
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author M.S. Kaye
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When Adriane Graham discovers a city councilman is part of
an embezzlement ring, she doesn’t realize her life is in danger until Alec Kaden,
the son of a mobster, kidnaps her—not to kill but to protect her. But why? And
how does he know so much about her, right down to her favorite books? In order
to find out, Adriane must get past Alec’s anger and secrecy to unravel his past
and find the key to her own.

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Love Me Not 

Interview with Heath Kalman

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself.
Tell us about
yourself, please.
I’m an Ivy League graduate with a degree in literature, a
widower, and a gigolo.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is
you fear most and why.
I fear that Kimber, somewhere deep with herself, loves me in
some way. I would rather she hate me. A person you hate can hurt you only so
much; a person you love can destroy you.
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Kimber is gentle, yet feisty. She’s a true fighter. Her
family turned their backs on her, simply because she followed her conscience
and chose for herself, and she’s finding a way to live on her own.
What would that
person say about you?
I pray she has nothing much to say, that she’s forgotten me.
When my one-year deadline is up, she’ll feel nothing. She won’t feel the need
to grieve.
What is your family
My mother died in a mental hospital. My sister raised me.
What special skills
do you rely on?
I make women moan and squeal with pleasure. I suppose I can
still write, but no one sees anything I put on paper anymore.

About the Writer

Villette Snowe is the girl you sat behind in
advanced English class, the one whom you thought was an angel. She makes the
best dirty jokes that so few people hear, the girl who rarely looks you in the
eye but makes you nervous when she does. She’s the one writing the intense
romances you won’t admit you read.
What was your biggest
challenge in writing this book?
Getting through it without crying.
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
He’s an intriguing juxtaposition of qualities.
Are any sequels
planned for this book?
No sequels. But I do hope to publish another similarly
intense title under this pen name.
Why should readers
who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Give it a try for the steam; stay for the intensity and
depth of the story and characters.

About the Book

Title Love Me Not
Genre Romance
Author Villette Snowe
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Heath is
an Ivy League graduate, a published writer, and a widower. He’s also a gigolo.
After his wife’s infidelity and suicide, he lost himself in sex with other
When he meets Kimber, he struggles
against his feelings for her but, eventually, accepts that he’s fallen in love.
But Heath’s sister tells her how he makes money, and Kimber leaves. Heath turns
his back on his sister and his clients and struggles with the urge to follow in
his wife’s footsteps. He settles on a compromise, a one-year deadline. If he
doesn’t feel he can move on with life after one year, he’ll allow himself to
end it. Will Kimber realize the honesty of his feelings and forgive him in

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Interview with Guy Stone
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself.
Tell us about
yourself, please.
(Ahem!) My name is Stone. I’m the owner and bartender of
Stonewall Saloon in Old Town Stone Acres, California. The bar’s been in the
family from the frontier days when my great-grandpa entertained Wild Bill Cody
and other famous—and sometimes infamous—characters who roamed the West. You
don’t believe me, all you need to do is look at the pictures on the walls of
the saloon. I’m big, burly, the kind of guy who rides his Harley in the hills
to let off steam. Mostly, though, I’m pretty laid back. Ya gotta be to run a
saloon where motorcycle gangs and gay men hang out. Until I met Jimmy Patterson,
the guy who opened the coffee shop a couple doors down from the saloon, nobody
asked what my first name was. Everybody just called me Stone. But Jimmy had to
push it. But in the end, after he’d weaseled the name outta me, he agreed to
call me Guy, his Guy.
Authors call what you
want but cannot have “the conflict” — what is yours?
For the longest damn time, I wanted Jimmy, but he’s was
living with this creepy fuck. So I kept my hands off because it just doesn’t
sit well with me when I see guys coming on to other guys’ men. It just ain’t
right. You know? So I played it cagy and talked to Jimmy whenever his
“boyfriend” was chatting up other guys. You know, playing it cool. And hoping a
lot. Don’t know if you can call that conflict. Or do you mean Tommy Thompson
and his group of rough-housers who were always picking on the queers in high
school? Yeah, they’re still a problem, but we’re working on them. You can read
about it in the book.
What inner doubt
causes you the most difficulty?
Jimmy’s like smart, book smart and friendly, sometimes I
think too friendly. He sees everyone as good. Running a bar, I don’t. I know
some guys are just plain rattlesnakes inside. But sometimes, you know, I’d like
Jimmy to be right. I look at some crusty old drifter and I want to see somebody
good and decent, not somebody looking for another free drink. Sometimes I
wonder if I’m seeing the real world or Jimmy is. Of course, then another
drifter walks into the bar and I’ve got my doubts again.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is
you fear most and why.
No, see, you got it wrong. I’m the person everyone fears.
Probably the bald head and the beefy body, you know? Cuts down on a lot of
damage to the bar if everyone’s just a little uneasy about how unhappy I could
get if things get outta hand. Mostly what I fear is some good-looking,
smooth-talking, better-than-me-stud is going to walk into Jimmy’s life and he’s
gonna compare us and find me wanting. If that happens, I’ll probably turn into
the old drifter cuz Jimmy is my life.
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Jimmy? Well, you heard a lot about him in what I’ve already
said. But I wanna add a couple a other things. Jimmy and the coffee shop’s
co-owner Felicity had a hard life before they moved here. Jimmy’s happy all the
time, so he gets stomped on a lot. He’s funny and sweet—and God knows I’ve
never gone for sweet in a guy before—but realistic. He’s strong even though for
the past year or so he says he’s been leaning on me. But don’t listen to that.
He and Felicity have started two businesses and kept them going. People think
by looking at me that I’m the strong one in this relationship. Not hardly.
Why are you happy (or
not happy) with the way your story ended?
See, here’s the thing. Jimmy and me? We’re the real deal.
The story is a hundred percent. We’re in it for the long haul. If that Pat
Henshaw person had ended the story any other way, we’d have had some words
about that. Fortunately, she saw the truth, so I didn’t have to get tough.
About the Writer
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born
and raised in Nebraska and has lived at various times in  Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and
Northern California.  Pat has visited
Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and now enjoys trips to
Vermont, Oregon, and Arizona to see family. Pat spent her life surrounded by
words—teaching  English composition at
the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and
websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS
television programs.
What was your biggest
challenge in writing this book?
LOL. Actually writing it. I’ve always wanted to be a
published author—not to be confused with a published writer, which I’ve been
since my 20s. I’ve written about nine full-length novels, but never had one
published. I always promised myself that when I retired, I would get organized
about writing books. So actually sitting down and doing what I’d promised
myself was the biggest challenge I’ve overcome.
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
What’s in a Name? is written from the viewpoint of Jimmy,
but a lot of my readers are captivated by Guy Stone. So I thought it was about
time Guy had his chance to explain himself and share what he thinks about
Are any sequels
planned for this book?
This is the first in the series and came out in January
2015. The second in the series, Redesigning Max, published in July 2015, and
the third, Behr Facts, comes out in October 2015. I’ve submitted the fourth
Foothills Pride novella, When Adam Fell, to the publisher, Dreamspinner Press,
but haven’t heard anything back yet. I’m currently working on the fifth book in
the series. Although all the books have characters and setting in common, they
can be read independently.
Why should readers
who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Because my books have no explicit sex, they are perfect
starter books for traditional romance readers who are curious about the new
trend in gay romance. My books are about love, not sex, and while gay romance
and m/m romance books have been called erotica in the past, my books wouldn’t
fit into that category at all. Readers looking for sex shouldn’t read my books.
Readers looking for love and happy endings should read them.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your readers?
This has been a whirlwind year for me. My experiment to see
if I could be a published author has been a success. As of the end of December,
I will have published around 100,000 words with Dreamspinner and am blown away
when I think about it. I want to thank my readers for making this possible and
wish to pass on to them success in fulfilling their dreams.
About the Book
Title What’s in a Name?
Genre Contemporary gay romance
Author Pat Henshaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s
a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his
boyfriend.  When the burly owner of
Stonewall Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.
Now Jimmy just wants to know the
bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s
seen him.  “Guy” Stone gives
Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.
While Jimmy’s trying to come up
with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what
looks more and more like a hate crime.
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