Frothing and Weeping – Writing Sex Scenes that Sizzle not Suck – Allie McKnight

Allie introduces herself again and introduced Loose Id and her own novels.tanga-109155_150

Sex Scenes is a Scene.

It has a beginning a middle and an end. It will have a goal. It isn’t always orgasm. it may be their immediate goal but it isn’t their only motivation. They need to have a motivation beyond doing each other. There should be a disaster (per Jack Bickham, Scene and Structure). How do you do that if everyone gets off? End on a high note — a quip, a remembrance of something that needs doing. etc. Continue reading

Cherry Adair – Master Class – RomCon University 2014

For a copy of the workshop suitable for working along with Cherry, you can download it at Also get her master document for novel organization.

Plotters versus Pantsers

No one wants to read 17 chapters of interior design.

When Cherry had to write four books in a year, she had to become a Plotter instead of a pantser. In order to write fast, she needs a plan.  This workshop is good for both people who need to plot first, and for people who pants to learn structure.

26 important elements of your novel – (I’m not writing all of them but they all need to be in your books.) They include Black Moments, Plot, Scene Goal (witpots), story goal. Some of this you MUST be a plotter for. You can’t write fast or efficiently without a plan. Continue reading

RomCon 2014 & RomCon University Coverage Schedule

Hello my lovelies! I’m off to RomCon this week for some education and fun. As you’ve seen, I’ll be liveblogging my sessions so as to share the joy. Where will I be when? Follow me on Twitter or check back to this post for links to the posts as they go up.

Workshop #7 – Self Diagnosis for a Sick Manuscript – Editing Tips with Loose Id’s Allie McKnight 

Workshop #8 – Special 3 Hour Master Event- The Ultimate Plotting Workshop with Cherry Adair


Workshop #13 – Frothing & Weeping, Writing Sex Scenes that Make you sizzle, not Shudder with Loose Id’s Allie McKnight

Workshop #15 – Alternative Lifestyles Panel

Self Diagnosis for a Sick Manuscript – Allie Berg – RomCon 2014

RomCon 2014We’re here in beautiful Denver for Rom Con 2014 and I’ll be liveblogging sessions for the next two days. First up, we’re sitting in with Allie Berg as she teaches us how to self-edit our manuscripts.

Allie, as readers of this blog know, is an author, editor, and publisher at Loose Id. Allie kindly pimps our books before we begin.

First thing in editing your novel: if there are tentacles, get rid of them. Unless it’s steampunk and it’s a kraken, in which case, that’s hot right now so good on you.

Very brief how to:

Everyone has their own system of how to edit. This is not a system, these are questions to ask about.

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My Process – Blog Hop

Good heavens, that’s sounds so snobbish, doesn’t it? Hello, my lovelies. You are amazing today.
writing tools by Pete O'Shea on Flickr
Last week, Allie Berg tagged me in a blog hop on the writing process. She also gave a nice little explanation of what said blog hop actually is, so I’ll borrow that here. (You’ll have to follow the link to read the rest of her process though.)

But what is a blog hop, actually? We toss the term out like so many others and assume newbies and readers know what it means. Maybe some do. It’s not a complicated concept: a group of bloggers agree to a topic, someone writes a post, and tags other authors who’ve agreed to post, they post, lather rinse repeat. It’s actually more of a blog tree than a hop for authors. It’s the readers who (theoretically) travel from post to post to see what we all say.

That said, I suppose it’s my turn to answer the four questions of the blog hop. Continue reading

Three for You and Me

 He started to root through the basket, popping a piece of chocolate in his mouth as he went. It was oddly sparse of anything he’d consider traditional, with just some dark chocolate pieces to stand for the candy. A postcard of the Vatican was propped up against the side, but there was nothing written on it. Weird thing to send to someone in Rome from Hawaii. Next to that the adjustable leather wrist cuffs were almost reasonable, if inappropriate for Easter. Nestled in the center was a little wrapped box that with the paper gone, ended up being a black-velvet ring box. Curious now, he flicked it open with his thumb.

Then he dropped it like it had burned him.

Nestled in the creamy satin, two rings sat side by side, one bright and the other dark, each set with three stones—diamond and onyx. Three stones for you and me. Three for I love you.

Promises are funny things. We make them with the best of intentions, as though we can control the future, set our fates on a course and guarantee that it will never swerve or change. But a promise is only a wish, a hope sent into the future. Continue reading