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Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose
historical romance author
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Peggy, we all miss Edith. A wonderful writer and even more wonderful person.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Well, Kirsten, we got introduced to the creme de la creme of Regency Society right off the (cricket) bat! Hmm, but my tickets to Almacks must have gotten lost in the mail.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I'm joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!) Cheers to all!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Karin!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Thanks, everyone for the really helpful responses. It's incredibly valuable to get your feedback! Just goes to show you about expert advise . . .what ARE they getting all the push-push to do weekly newsletters. Sounded fishy to me, but now I'm convinced it's a BAD idea.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Faith—all very helpful comments!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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THanks so much for these thoughts, Janice, As an avid reader, I agree with you, and as a writer I have to say your points are exactly the one we wrestle with. I want to focus my creative energy on books. But the cold reality is that promo is the only way people will discover me. So, it's the old story of being caught between a rock and a hard place. As Pat says, I hope it gets better soon!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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Without humor, life seems a shade duller, doesn't it?
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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It really has sparked a really interesting conversation! Thanks again to all who have taken the time and thought to respond to the question!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Very true, Karin. Hard to make generalizations in writing because so many things depend on the the individual writer. Some people could make the telephone book sound compelling
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Annette, I like pink and fluffy at times too! At and times I want dark and gritty. I think most readers appreciate variety, and there is no right or wrong style in which to write.And that's all good!
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I agree-Meredith Duran does some really interesting books.
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Again, all of you have made this such an interesting and thoughtful discussion! THank you SO much for sharing your thoughts!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Thank you so much for the kind words, Kantu—that means a lot to us!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Ha, ha, ha!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Just want to thank everyone again for taking the time to write such wonderfully thoughtful responses. As a reader I love knowing what other readers are thinking about the current state of romance novels—and as an author I appreciate the feedback even more. So much is in flux in the world of publishing, so it's really great to hear from YOU all what you like and what you don't like! The Wenches really appreciate your sharing your thoughts!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Janice, the excerpt book my pub did was free, and it was supposed to be just to help readers try before buying. But clearly that form is just frustrating for readers. Good to know!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Totally agree with you, Sue. Nothing worse than spending money for a book that isn't what you thought it was. The promo material should be VERY clear.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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THanks, Sue—that's a very important distinction to make—yes, it's the story that truly should captivate us.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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As I said, weaving the explicit scenes in calls for a delicate touch. It's a challenge to make them just right.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Yup. We have LOTs of choices for reading, and that's all for the good.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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"Less is more" is a great mantra in writing as well as architecture. One can overembellish a work. Sometimes having a few well-placed elements—or words—is far more striking than crowding the space, or page.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Totally understandable!
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Great example, Judy. I think that movie did capture some emotionally charged moments like that—and they were very powerful.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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Thanks, everyone for such thoughtful, articulate comments. Please keep them coming—this is a really fascinating discussion!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Is X-Rated Over-Rated? at Word Wenches
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