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RONE Awards: Vote for The Beltane Escape


The Beltane Escape has been nominated for a RONE Award for excellence in

YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

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Reader voting begins today, May 22 – until May 28.

To vote:
1. Go to http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-six
2. Follow the instructions to vote, follow (“Click to register)
3. Click the verification link sent to you via email. If you do not verify that you registered, you will be unable to vote.
4. Return to www.indtale.com.
You will find The Beltane Escape under the YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi category.

All votes will be greatly appreciated!

Coming Soon!

  • The relaunch of The Teen Wytche Saga will begin in June with new covers, new content, and new stories.
  • The Amber Elixir, a Two Realms novella featuring the Lady of the Lake, Merlin, and Morgan le Fay will soon be available for preorder.
  • The Viking Mist, Book 2, The Two Realms Trilogy, is in the final stages of editing!



Great Opportunity For Aspiring Authors

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Why should you enter a writing contest?

  1. To gain valuable feedback.
  2. To gain access to acquiring editors and agents.
  3. To improve your craft.

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Toronto Romance Writers is accepting entries from unpublished writers for The Catherine 2017* from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Permission to forward is granted and encouraged!

Grand Prize

The Gold Ticket Round winner and runner-up will receive a three-month mentorship with a published author.

Mentors:  Molly O’Keefe and Eve Silver

Judge:  Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency

Finalist Round

The top three entries in each category from the preliminary round will advance to the Finalist Round. Each entry in the Finalist Round will be judged by one acquiring agent and one editor.

Each first place winner in their category will receive a critique by a published author prior to advancing to the Gold Ticket Round.


Agent:  Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis

Editor:  Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Published Author:  Stefanie London


Agent:  Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Editor:  Piya Campana, Harlequin

Published Author:  Mary Sullivan


Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary

Editor:  Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing

Published Author:  Christine d’Abo


Agent:  Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Editor:  Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press,

Published Author:  Ann Lethbridge


Agent:  Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency

Editor:  Allison Carroll, Harlequin, Graydon House Books

Published Author:  Kate James


Agent:  Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourett LLC

Editor:  Angela James, Carina Press

Published Author:  Morgan Rhodes


Agent:  Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group

Editor:  Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing

Published Author:  Kelley Armstrong


Agent:  Vanessa Robins, The Corvisiero Literary Agency

Editor:  Annie Berger, Sourcebooks

Published Author:  Juliana Stone


Preliminary Round 

Each entry will receive guaranteed feedback.

Judges: Toronto Romance Writers’ members.

*For the complete rules and regulations, please visit torontoromancewriters.com

Women Writers, Listen Up!

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Witches. Ghosts. Paranormal romances. October is THE month for curling up with a black cat and reading the Teen Wytche Saga, especially Spell Check, a Young Adult Halloween romance. But in the midst of immersing myself in all things spooky (I am a shaman, and most of my friends are witches, so spooky is  the norm for me.) I came across this terrific blog post by Kristen Lamb.

Good Girls Don’t Become Best Sellers

The post may scare you. Not in the Things That Go Bump in the Night kind of scary, but in the Oh Crap, She is Right, kind of scary. It was inspired by Kate White’s, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.

So women writers, do yourselves a favor and check it out.

The cat will wait.

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Copyright 2015 Ariella Moon

6 Ways to Conquer Writers Block

Every author dreads developing writer’s block. Luckily my guest host, Catherine Bennett, author of Devon’s Choice, offers six terrific ideas to kickstart your writing. Welcome Catherine! 1045235_10153069845085122_261005835_n copy 4Hi Ariella! Thank you for having me on your blog to discuss one of our favorite topics – writing. As an author, one of the hardest things to work through is writer’s block. It’s happened to me many times (nearly every time I sit down in front of the computer). The following are some suggestions that have helped me to break free! Help, I’m Stuck! (Or Free Yourself of Writer’s Block) According to Wikipedia, the definition of Writer’s block is as follows: “Writer’s Block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.” pen and notebook MF This dreaded “condition” seems to affect every writer at some time in his or her career. Words may pour forth easily for a while and then the mind shuts down at the very thought of writing. If the condition lingers too long, panic can ensue. From there, the writer might experience a feeling of failure and doom, especially when friends or even worse, your agent, asks what is in the hopper. The following are some suggestions that have helped me in the past to get out of a slump and move forward:

  • Write everyday. If you have an idea for a story, now matter how         unrefined, write it down. One simple phrase can begin a story or keep it moving.
  • Pictures can lead to an idea. I often look through photographs or drawings and will save my favorites. Using them as visuals can trigger an idea.
  • Think of the movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read and re-invent parts of them. I’m NOT advising plagiarizing, but there are seldom completely original plots in books or movies.
  • Don’t become overwhelmed. Thinking that “I’ve got to write a book” is certain to induce anxiety. Instead think, “I’ve got to think of some really cool characters names” which is more fun to play with.
  • Indulge in a good book. Many times reading can re-ignite the imagination.
  • If desperation sets in, walk the dog. Walking can free the mind and the dog won’t think you’re crazy if you talk to yourself about an idea.

For more ways to give your writing a boost, visit my website at www.catherinebennett.org devons-choice jpg copy About Catherine: I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs, so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I! Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true. You can find my newest romance, “Devon’s Choice” on the following sites:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AMhNfY

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1xkWZaw

Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/510322

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/devon-s-choice

Related Postshttp://catherinebennett.org/welcome-author-ariella-moon-with-her-five-secrets-to-becoming-a-better-writer/

How to Stand Out at a Group Book Signing

In a crowded event like the Romance Writers of America annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing (July 22, 2015, New York Marriott® Marquis, New York, New York) how can a writer stand out?

  1. Write a Bestseller. Easier said than done. But those who hit multiple bestseller lists have their own tables (as opposed to shared table space), set off to the side to accommodate their many fans. Looking for Nora Roberts or Catherine Coulter? Just follow the long lines at the edge of the group event. Alexa Palmer
  2. Wear an Eye-catching Hat. This is not for everyone. I have an amazing emerald witch’s hat, which fits with the theme of my Young Adult paranormal series, The Teen Wytche Saga. Since I’m petite, the hat would help me be seen. But I’m too tiny and the hat looks ridiculous on me. However, NYT, PW and USA Today Bestselling Author and shamanic witch, Yasmine Galenorn, (Otherworld Series), can totally rock a big hat. And hats aren’t just for paranormal authors. At the recent Desert Writers Expo, Alexa Palmer gained attention because of her large colorful hat — a perfect match for her children’s picture book, Jolene — Adventures of a Junk Food Queen.
  1. Have an Intriguing or Humorous Tagline. At the 2014 Romantic Times Convention, I shared a table Lori Crawford. When potential readers/buyers asked Lori about her books, her quick and startling comeback was, “I write Christian erotica.” You’d be amazed at how many people stopped and gave her books a second glance.IMG_0222
  1. Add Visual Effects. Your local Staples or Office Depot can print posters of your book covers and mount and laminate them on foam board. To add movement to your tabletop display, set your tablet on continuous loop and show a slide show of your covers, or run your book trailers.
  1. 512px-ChocolatebrownieOffer Chocolate. Romance readers aren’t the only readers who love chocolate. At the Desert Writers Expo, several of the 40 authors in attendance had bowls of candy on their tables. When word got out I had brought homemade brownies, authors and readers sought out my table.

Write the best book you can. Then, with a little creativity and planning, set yourself apart from the rest of the pack.

Copyright 2015 Ariella Moon

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Will Work For Chocolate

The Writer’s Block

Since submitting my manuscript for Book 3 of the Teen Wytche Saga, I’ve been reworking the first manuscript in my upcoming Middle Grade series. For two nights I have been blocked on a particular chapter – one I knew needed a lot of rewriting to crank up the tension. I woke today determined to tackle the beastly block.

Phase One: Procrastinate

Writers have to eat, right? And since the temperature was supposed to hit the 112 degree mark today, that meant grocery shopping had to be moved to the top of my To Do list. Once I had found a parking spot in the shade (score!) I reasoned, The bakery is just across the street. Why not buy my bread there?

Unwilling to relinquish a shady parking spot, I donned my hat, waded through the heat waves rising off the asphalt, and finally reached the six-lanes in all directions intersection that stood between me and a loaf of honey oat multi-grained bread. The metal signal button burned my finger. The automated recording yelled, “Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.” My blood pressure maxed. Finally the automated voice switched to “Walk sign is on. Walk sign is on.” Holding the brim of my hat, I speed walked to the far side as the voice counted down to one.

The Mirage

Aspen Mills Bakery and Deli makes some of the finest brownies on earth. So I really couldn’t just buy a loaf of bread, right? I knew you’d agree.

Purchases in hand, I hiked back to the intersection. When I first glanced up, I saw a motorcycle cop standing next to his bike in the middle of the intersection, his hands raised in a stop position. A quick sweep of the traffic revealed no accident. The traffic lights must be out. I looked back at the cop. He had vanished. I blinked.

I’m a shaman as well as an author. Yes, it was noon, I was hungry, and it was hotter than Hades. Any non-magical person would assume her eyes were playing tricks on her. But shamans can’t ignore visions. So I did a quick stop at the supermarket, then headed home, avoiding the intersection with the phantom cop.

Raising the Stakes: The Bargain

A bargain with yourself is easily broken (Who besides your dog and the gods would know?), so I went on Facebook and posted today’s house rule: No chocolate until I deal with the centaurs.

An earlier post had mentioned I was happily back writing about fairies, Vikings, and other magical creatures, so when I said centaurs, readers knew I referred to my Middle Grade trilogy. Those who know me, are well aware of my chocolate addiction. The stakes were high. The pressure huge.

Will Work For Chocolate

I kept the brownie in its little brown bag, stashed it in the pantry, ate lunch, and ignored the little dessert as it you hoo-ed from the cupboard. Back in front of the computer, I groaned as the word “brownie” kept appearing in the chapter (one of the main characters is a British brownie, a little man/ house elf) but I remained tough. Image

What I Learned 

I can be hyper-focused and amazingly productive when chocolate is at stake. I drew upon reserves I didn’t know I had, and powered through until I had wrestled those centaurs to the ground. I wielded the Delete button like a sword, excising text that slowed the action, and cutting a faulty subplot. Sure, I still have to hunt down the thread to the subplot and do some rewriting. But I kept my word. I dealt with the centaurs.

Now if you will excuse me, there is a brownie calling my name. And I have to figure out the shamanic meaning behind the phantom cop. I suspect he symbolized, Stop procrastinating and finish your rewrites!

Goodreads: A Source of Frustration and Trolling, or an Author’s BFF?

I’ll be the first to admit that Goodreads is low on my list of social media sites. I love the idea of Goodreads. As an author, I wish I found the site easier to navigate. And since it frustrates me, I don’t utilize it as often or as fully as I should. I always feel like an iMac girl in a PC world when I’m at Goodreads.

As a reader, my personal policy is to not publicly review any book I deem worthy of one or two stars. Call it my version of the Golden Rule. Fortunately, all the reviews for Spell Check have been great. I’m still waiting, nervously, for the first reviews of Spell Struck.

As this recent Huffington Post article by Penny C. Sansevieri demonstrates, authors should try to embrace Goodreads. But as the comments to the article warn, there are some solid reasons to avoid the site. 

How to Become a Goodreads Power User (and why you would want to)

Authors? Readers? What has been your experience with Goodreads?  

~Ariella Moon