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I'm sharing some historical photographs today! By Kathryne Kennedy

My family and I visited the Phoenix Art Museum last weekend, and of course I headed for the European/American History exhibit right away. To my surprise, they had changed the rules to allow photographs of many of their displays, so I'm sharing the best of them with you all today. The art museum has a miniatures room, with glass cases of historically accurate rooms as they would appear in the nineteenth century (1800's), which of course includes my favorite Victorian era. Although the miniatures are such fun to study in person, the rooms actually look real in a photograph. I have a difficult time getting royalty-free pics for my blog and website, so I thought I'd share these with you all in case you'd like to use some yourself. You'll see some French designs, many European scenes, and some that are American. Enjoy!

















And here's some photographs I took of some remarkable paintings:





Feel free to copy and paste! If you need better quality, email me at: Kathryne@Kathr…

The party's over... By Cheryl Brooks

Oh, wow... summer's just about gone. The kids are back in school and some leaves are already starting to fall. Book ten of my Cat Star Chronicle series, Rebel, won't be out until next July, and though I'm still getting reviews of book nine, Wildcat, which was released this past February, that's a long, long time between books.

Not that I haven't been busy this summer. I self-published a four-book contemporary erotic romance series called Unlikely Lovers, and I've done some traveling, including attendance at a few writer's conferences. As a result of those conferences, I'm suffering from goodie bag overload. I've already given away two of them, but I have one left, so flex your fingers and get ready to post a comment for your chance to win!

I put the bags together from the stuff you see here, and I included two of my Cat Star Chronicles books in each bag.


This bag filled with predominately contemporary books has yet to be won, so here are the rules!


Fun with Research on GEEK GIRLS DON'T DATE DUKES

In only 5 days, GEEK GIRLS DON'T DATE DUKES will release. It seems unreal. I don't know if it was crazy fast or impossibly slow, but somehow, the time has passed and Leah and Avery will go out into the world to share their story with everyone!

It's definitely a trippy thing. I thought it was weird when I had one book in paperback, but now? You may as well toss me in the loony bin. ;)

I wanted to do something a little different with this book. I ADORE Regency romances, but sometimes they can be a bit predictable. Of course the beautiful young lady is going to fall for a handsome, titled gentleman, right? That's just how these things work! I know this, you guys know this, fans of Regencies all over the world know this.

Leah Ramsey knows this, so when she goes back in time, that's who she's convinced she's going to find.

Hurray for the unexpected!

I definitely got to delve a little deeper into the time period in this book than its' predecessor, THE GEEK GI…

Come to the Light Side

10 Reasons to Date an MMA Fighter by Sarah Castille

MMA fighters are hot.

Don't believe me? Check out a few MMA websites, maybe watch a live event, drool over Georges St-Pierre's Facebook page (I do!). You will discover man candy abounds in the rings and cages of the MMA world.

And what better way to celebrate the September 3 release of my erotic MMA fighter romance, Against the Ropes, than by convincing you that fighters are not all hot, sweaty bodies and tight little shorts over toned **ahem** bottoms. They are serious professional athletes, consummate performers, and definitely worth a shot on the dating front.

So, without further adieu...

10 Reasons to Date an MMA Fighter

Warning: not for the faint of heart, persons under the age of 18 or anyone expecting a gratuitous reference to the infamous "rear naked choke hold".

1. For an MMA fighter, it's all about technique.

2. They know how to score from many positions.

3. MMA fighters always use the best protection.

4. "My boyfriend is an MMA fighter" works b…

Mixing Sam & Dean Winchester into a historical novel

Sometimes books flow easily, others are dragged from me thanks to massive doses of caffeine and chocolate. Mostly, my books come with a mixture of both with some scenes arriving fully formed, others being written and rewritten until my fingers bleed. (Actually, they usually become chocolate stained, but I digress...) What the Bride Wore was of the hard-fought variety. Perversely, I think it makes it one of my best books just because of the struggle. At the very beginning, the book's core had little to do with romance. I've been watching a lot of Supernatural and was very intrigued by the two brothers. Sam and Dean anyone?



So I wanted to write two brothers with a simple but profound difference in perspective. Will, the younger brother (and the hero of Winning the Bride) is like Dean in that it's all about doing the work. He doesn't say much, but his actions speak volumes.



Grant is the older brother (hero of What the Bride Wore) and is more cerebral. He thinks about app…

One Sweet Weekend

Some Thoughts about Geography

by Deb Werksman
Editorial Manager
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Several times in the last few weeks I’ve found myself quoting a particular set of statistics to my authors, so I thought I would share the info here.
This comes from RWA’s website, from their data about romance readers.
38% of romance readers are located in the South
26% are in the Midwest
19% are in the West
17% are in the Northeast
This is really, really important to think about as you think about reaching your readers. The old saw “it won’t play in Peoria” has to be expanded to include maybe Savannah, Little Rock, and Louisville.
This doesn’t mean you have to locate your contemporary romances in the South or the Midwest, but it does mean you’ll want to be sensitive to your readers’ locations, local cultures, and sensibilities.
Thoughts?
All best, Deb Werksman

Only the Best by Shana Galen