Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”                                                                                                           Mark Twain

Redstone Science Fiction will reopen to submissions June 1 -15 only. The magazine publishes science fiction (“post cyber-punk to new space opera”) 750 to 4000 words. Payment is 5 cents a word. They also accept reprints at 1 cent a word. Follow their submission guidelines.

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According to feedback from the Romantic Times Convention, two Harlequin lines eager for submissions these days are Harlequin Presents and Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Presents releases 12 titles each month. The books are 50,000 words, with contemporary settings, highly emotional stories with intense conflict and sizzling sexual attraction. For more information, see their guidelines.

Love Inspired Romantic Suspense stories are 55,000 to 60,000 words, featuring contemporary Christian characters facing challenges to their faith, in contemporary romantic suspense stories.  Four titles per month. See their guidelines.

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My newest release, Her Mountain Man, is available now from eHarlequin.com, in paperback, large print and ebook formats. The book received a 4-star review from Romantic Times, which said  “When mountain climber Paul Teasdale finds the body of Sierra Winston’s father on Mount McKinley 12 years after his death, magazine writer Sierra travels to Colorado to interview him for an article. Attracted to Paul, Sierra fights her feelings, unwilling to once again offer her love to a man who will continuously risk his life climbing the world’s highest peaks. Paul’s climbing is his way of reaffirming his life after surviving cancer as a child, but he learns that Sierra makes him feel just as alive as climbing does. Myers offers a fascinating peek into the world of mountain climbing. Her use of description is wonderful, with explanations seamlessly woven in.” The book goes on sale in stores June 12, but get your copy now here.

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Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research beginning May 1st. This is the year the auction is poised to break $1 million. And there are so many cool things up for grabs: an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii from Jane Porter, a Writers for New Orleans package courtesy of Heather Graham, AuthorBuzz promotional services thanks to MJ Rose, Lunch with Diana Gabaldon, Catherine Coulter, Barry Eisler and/or others, and more editor/agent evaluations than ever before. New this year is a writing contest via which you could win a 6-month mentorship with Brenda that includes guaranteed reads from her agent and editor. Register at http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com The person who places the highest number of bids in the first week (whether that person actually ends up winning any of the auction items or not) will receive an iPad!
 
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