As always, keep sending me your news, and be sure to check out today's question of the day!
Lori Barber Has Story Published
Chapter member Lori Barber has great news! Her story, "Dumplings for Dinner," was published in Country Extra. Lori has a fun tale of how she discovered her success:
I sent a story to Country Extra back in March 2004. I never heard
back. Wrote if off as another rejection and completely forgot about
it. We subscribe to their magazines and received our July 2007 copy
last week. I look through a few pages each day. Wednesday I placed my
bookmark in pages 16-17. In the mail that afternoon I received a big
folder from Country magazine. Inside, I found another July 2007 issue,
a nice letter, and a fat check. They bought my story! It sits on page
Way to go Lori! Your tale shows that you are indeed a natural storyteller, and we hope this is a sign of more sales to come!
Paty Jager Finishes Outlaw in Petticoats
Paty Jager announced on her blog last week that she's finished the first draft of Outlaw in Petticoats, her sequel to Marshall in Petticoats. This is great news for the fans of MIP, who can't wait to read more! Paty had a very productive June, finishing her final edits of Perfectly Good Nanny, and hosting a successful reading in Sisters, Oregon. Way to go Paty! Your productivity and organization is an inspiration!
Karen Duvall Gets Great Review
Karen Duvall's Desert Guardian continues to rack up great reviews! Long and Short Reviews gave Karen an enthusiastic review, saying, "Duvall exhibits huge insight in this work." Click the link for the full text of the review. If you haven't checked out this review site, it's very well organized, and the blog format makes it easy to add new books to your TBR pile. Way to go Karen!
July Contests At Author Island
Author Island is celebrating it's first birthday, and they've made it easy for you to win one of several great prize packages. Just enter as many of the author-sponsored July contests on the site as you want! Each entry also gives you a chance at the July prizes. In addition to the great prizes donated by bestselling authors, the two lucky readers will win a book a week for a year! If you're a published author, you should think about signing up for Author Island's free monthly promo and market newsletter, full of opportunities for self-promotion!
Author Scene Looking for Articles!
Authorscene.com an online fiction reader's magazine is looking for new articles about genre fiction. Each issue focuses on different genre, and one of the upcoming issues focuses on paranormal fiction. They're also seeking articles reporting on summer conferences! For more information, click here.
July 7 Deadline for Ticket to Write Contest
Red River Romance Writer's annual Ticket to Write Contest has a July 7 deadline. But, more importantly, it has an outstanding slate of final round judges, experienced first round reviewers offering critique, and a low entry fee! Click here for more information!
July Exercise & Contest
If you can't get enough of our fun writing exercises, why not try an exercise that's also a contest? The Heartland Writer's Group has a fun, 500 word exercise. This is a great chance to work on adding sexual tension between characters, read other entries, and have fun outside of your WIP! Click here for all the details.
Question of the Day: Life Without a HEA?
What if there was no happily-ever-after ending in store for your characters? I've just finished two amazing books, The Alchemist's Daughter and What Comes After Crazy. Both books have strong romantic elements, yet each has an ambiguous ending. Will the hero and heroine actually make it? The unanswered questions sent me racing for Amazon to discover a sequel, but both appear to be stand alone books. In fact, they are so well written that the ambiguous ending doesn't take away from story, but instead leaves the reader hungry for more of the same ride. It's a bit like the last firework of the show--there has to be more right?
What do you think about ambiguous endings? Does a romance always need a clear HEA? Love them? Hate them? Even if you hate them, it is interesting to think about what the alternative to a HEA would be for your characters? What would be the second-best thing? What place do they need to come to regardless of the outcome of the romance? Thinking about these questions can actually increase the punch of a HEA ending. So, share your thoughts with us!