Sometimes I can better describe a person by another person’s reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldn’t think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, “I knew girls who saved his gum.” — Amy Hempel


The self-publishing platform, Lulu, is holding a short story contest. Publish your 600 word story for free on Lulu between November 1 and December 1 and you could win $500, a Barnes and Noble Nook, gift cards and more. Find all the details here.


I have a new release this Friday, November 11. If you enjoy sexy romantic comedy, check out The Handsomest PrinceSusan Murphree’s mother always told her she’d have to kiss a log of frogs to find her handsome prince  — until her sexy new neighbor turns out to be real royalty.


I removed the information about MoonGypsy Press. Thanks to the alert reader who pointed me to news released yesterday that they are closing and returning rights to authors.


All this week Harlequin is holding online workshops in conjuction with its second So You Think You Can Write competition. From November 11 to December 15 you can submit your completed manuscript to the contest.  First prize is publication with Harlequin. The winner will be announced March 1, 2012. Even if you don’t plan to enter the contest, the online workshops and bulletin boards have lots of great advice about writing for Harlequin from editors and authors with the line. Check it all out at So You Think You Can Write.


The Editors at Carina Press recently revealed what they’d especially like to see in their submission in-box:

Rhonda Helms: Steampunk, urban fantasy, gladiators, historicals featuring real historical people

Gina Bernal: military heroes and heroines, romantic adventure — especially pirates, shapeshifters

Melissa Johnson: “deep and difficult conflict” and big stories with series potential

Alison Janssen: space opera, steampunk, redemption stories

Denise Nielsen: gothic suspense, dark characters with secrets

Lynne Anderson: cross-genre, multi-cultural, LGBT

Deb Nemeth: high-stakes thrillers, steampunk, Arthurian fantasy

Elizabeth Bass: historical mysteries, westerns, 20th century historicals

Mallory Braus: a zombie hunter romance, psychics, historical mysteries

Check out all the details here.


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