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WRITING ROMANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PLANNING AND PLOTTING by Vaness Grant

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The 21st Century is an exciting time for authors. There are more books being published than ever before. The romance genre has expanded, and a variety of strong, romantic sub-genres have appeared, including young adult, sweet traditional, contemporary, sexy, erotic, urban fantasy, futuristic, and LGBTQ+. Increasingly, storytellers and writers are writing about a broader world.

Whatever kind of romance you want to write, and whether romance is the primary focus of your story, or a sub-plot for your mystery, science fiction, fantasy, historical or futuristic novel, the 21st century is calling for you to write about love realistically.

Read romances. Ask yourself what makes each one exciting, romantic, or fulfilling. Watch how people behave when they are in love. Look for the problems that make happy-ever-after difficult for lovers and explore how these problems can be overcome. Read this book, then start planning, plotting, and writing your own romance.


THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB by Nancy Warren
Book 1 in The Vampire Knitting Club series

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Vampires who knit
A troublemaking witch
Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?

At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she’s not exactly homeless, but it’s close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran’s undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey’s, Gran’s knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she’s going to do.

Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there’s a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?

When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there’s no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan.

The only one who seems to know what’s going on is her cat … or is it … her familiar?


MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Jo-Ann Carson

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Agatha Christie meets The House of Usher

When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest the week before Christmas, she expects a peaceful getaway from the fake Santas in the city and the drama of her family’s turkey feast, but Deadman’s Island offers no such sanctuary. Trapped in a maze of secrets, scandals and murder, with a side of ghost, Maddy struggles to make sense of it all. Macabre stories of gruesome deaths on the estate go back centuries. Her logical mind refuses to believe in legends, but there’s no reasonable explanation for what’s going on around her.

Twelve strangers invited to the gathering discover turkey is not the only thing on the menu, as one by one they meet their maker.

Will Mad Rath’s superior logician skills crack the mystery before the killer gets her? Or is there a supernatural force at work that cannot be conquered?


BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOORS by Marion Ann Berry

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If you liked, Kitchen Confidential and the Grand Budapest Hotel, you will enjoy this eye-opening life experience of one employee’s journey of working for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

When Marion Ann stepped on the plane for Alberta to work for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, she never thought her life would change. Sure, her first job was in the food service industry at McDonald’s, but the Golden Arches had nothing on the Chateau Lake Louise. A mountain resort where employees came to either experience a good time away from home, or to hide from secrets. Marion Ann was living both lives. She needed some time to heal from a broken love triangle and the secret of her not being the shy little girl she was labeled by her family.

When she was faced with a platter of cocaine during her first few weeks of working at the resort that essentially started her hospitality career, she knew life wasn’t going to be the same.

Intimate and truthful, Behind The Kitchen Doors is a coming of age for one employee who found out that working atop of a beautiful mountain came with a price.


A TRAIL OF EMBERS by C.A. Kinnee C.A. Kinnee's A Trail of Embers book cover

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A girl, a dragon’s egg & a dark Mage

Winter’s gloom spreads and spring fails to arrive. The people of the walled city of Vendonne grow hungry. Whispers of omens flourish. Anyone different stands out . . .

That’s not new to the outcast, Meara. In a city of blonde, blue-eyed inhabitants, her dark hair and gray eyes put a target on her back. Meara has no memory of where she came from, nor does she remember life outside the great walls. She does what she must to survive.

When she stumbles on a mysterious orb, she thinks it’s treasure. But Meara’s wealth is a dragon’s egg stolen from its nest. Its hatching will bring harmony between the people of Helligon and the dragon, Shakala.

On the egg’s trail is the tracker, Kieran. It was his mistake that let the egg be taken.

There is another hunting the egg, someone more powerful than a street girl, a tracker and an unhatched egg. The Mage of Remarne believes that the blood of the egg will strengthen his magic and grant him immortality.

Can Meara, Kieran, and the egg stay ahead of the Mage? To do so, they must follow the trail of embers leading to Meara’s past.

Will the Prophecy of the Egg be fulfilled?


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