Job Description: The Romance Writer ❤️ #SundayBlogShare #Writer #Writing

Job Description: The Romance Writer ❤️ #SundayBlogShare #Writer #Writing

I thought this was clever … and much of it really does apply!


As a romance writer I thought it would be fun to create a mini job description.

Vacancy – Romance Writer

Do you enjoy writing about the first flushes of love and want to excite millions of romance readers around the world?

About The Role

Hours: Can vary each week. Dependent upon romantic feelings, number of love ballads on weekly playlist, hormonal fluctuations, writing confidence levels, quality of romance story ideas, social media activity, reading binges and marathon romcom film sessions on Netflix.

Location: Home based, although access to a coffee shop and a book shop will be required.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Will need to be able to get emotional about the romance being crafted.
  • Will need to possess the inner strength to break up a fictional character’s romance.
  • Will need to be able to pitch a romance story idea to their uninterested loved one in the kitchen and be…

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Sample Saturday: Thirty Days Later

thirty-copyHi, everyone.  Today is Bastille Day; the French equivalent of our Independence Day here in the United States.  In honor of the occasion, I wish to share a snippet from “Two Days in June, Part 1,” one of my stories in an anthology entitled Thirty Days Later, published by Thinking Ink Press. Enjoy!

“A toast to fallen comrades, my friends. General Lamarque has gone to his reward.”

Grantaire drains Bahorel’s glass and smacks his lips in satisfaction as he returns it to his dismayed companion.

“What do you know of the funeral plans?” Combeferre inquires. “Surely there will be a procession, with catafalque and all.”

“Indeed,” Feuilly joins in. “The people of Paris will want to pay their respects.”

“We must find out,” Enjolras speaks with authority. “For we may well use this somber occasion to make a change for the better, all over France.”

Grantaire sees the familiar light in his friend’s eye and shakes his head.

“Innkeeper,” he calls out genially. “More of your wine, and good meat pies, for all. Plotting has ever been hungry work.”

With that, he throws some coins on the table. The innkeeper’s daughter snatches them up when she brings the requested items, barely acknowledging Grantaire as she slaps greasy trays on tables.

And so it is that the night wears on, in discussion of weapons, gunpowder and treason. Revolution has ever been thus.

Want your own copy of Thirty Days Later, an anthology benefiting literacy charities? Here are purchasing options and the book blurb:

Hang on to the edge of your seat with the latest anthology of Steampunk flash fiction, featuring pairs of stories thirty days apart. Filled with rayguns and corsets, ghosts and gamblers, dragons and airships, Thirty Days Later is the latest from the Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists and poets returning with a sequel to Twelve Hours Later, the must-read Steampunk anthology of 2015. Thirty Days Later features stories of intrigue and deceit, of comeuppance and conspiracy, of myths and monsters, of defectors and dilettantes, of time travel and time relentlessly passing. Join us again in another nail-biting exploration of the churning worlds of gears, steam, action, and adventure!

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Alea Iacta Est

diceHi, everyone.  The title of this post refers to a remark, attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon and took troops into Rome.  It translates to “the die is cast.”

Now, what do I mean by that?

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around much. That’s because I’ve been hard at work on a project which I just completed. This morning, I pulled the trigger and sent two of my stories to Dan Alatorre for his latest Word Weaver contest.  Among other things, entrants have the opportunity for their work to appear in his next anthology, Voodoo.

I took two pieces originally written for It Happened in Memphis and Other Stories, and tightened them up.  I am pleased with how “Ghosts of Tupelo” and “Last Stop: Storyville” turned out.  Still, sending in a submission is always a little scary.

Regardless of whether or not my pieces are accepted for the final book, I’m proud of them. I’m also grateful to those who will read and consider my work.

Weekend Reads: “Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston”

I went into the “wayback machine” for this review; I read the book in 2010.

Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma JohnstonWild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston by David Cruise

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read about Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston in the pages of Marguerite Henry’s “Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West.” I dreamed of having a mustang like Velma’s Hobo.

As an adult, I’ve been honored to be face-to-face with famous mustangs like Rowdy Yates and Shy Boy, and to scratch between the ears of numerous BLM adoptees. Without Velma Johnston’s work, none of those events would have happened.

David Cruise and Allison Griffiths present a no-holds barred look at the woman who dared to stand up on behalf of creatures that many people in her time and locale considered to be a tremendous nuisance.

Johnston, daughter and wife of Nevada ranchers, was appalled at the airplane roundups of mustangs that led to the mutilated horses’ slaughter at rendering plants for pet food manufacturers. She began a one woman letter-writing campaign that eventually led to laws preserving space for mustangs and making it unlawful to hunt them in fashions that had been commonplace and cruel.

Johnston survived a disfiguring bout with polio and was devastatingly shy, yet found herself speaking before Congress on numerous occasions to champion her “wild ones,” as she called them.

Those of us who love the American mustang in all its colors and iterations owe a tremendous debt to “Wild Horse Annie” and all of her hard work. Highly recommended for horse lovers in particular and those concerned with animal welfare in general.

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