Hearts Talk – Kicking off the New Year

Kim Hudson – A Virgin’s Promise

Michelle Diener talks to Kim Hudson about her seminal work on the heroine’s journey.  Kim will be a guest speaker at Riding the Waves.

Group Grants are Back

Applications open February 1st.  See Hearts Talk for further information about how to apply and a detailed case study on how the Erotic Romance Authors Loop used their grant.

The Write Craft

It’s not only infamous Pirate Captains who need a good hook.  Helen Lacey discusses the use of chapter end hooks to build tension in a story and keep readers enticed and turning the page.

Flashback to 1992

A look at the very first issue of Heart’s Talk.

The New Kid on the Digital Block

Random House launches its new digital line Random Romance on February 1st with launch novels from:  Jaye Ford writing as Janette Paul with Just Breathe which was a finalist isn’t the 2009 First Kiss.  Loretta Hill with One Little White Lie, Melissa Smith writing as Alissa Callen, with Beneath Outback Skies and Kate Belle with Breaking the Rules and Bloom.

They expect to release about ten books each year and are looking for well-told love stories that captivate the reader.

A Writer’s Life

Sarah Mayberry’s last column for Hearts Talk discusses why she writes.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan delves into the deep dark dangers of the writer’s plague – sitting for too long, and how to respond to troll attacks.

The Writing Journey

Sarah Hantz talks to Louise Reynolds (Her Italian Aristocrat), about changing her focus from category writing single title.

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