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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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I know in my classics I used to do that all the time--the gallant hero who worked his way up from the bottom. These days, if my guy is broke, he's also an aristocrat. I think the American historicals lent themselves to this theme more.
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Barbara is a long time favorite of many of us! The lack of word count hurts the ability to do story. We used to write 150k words and now it's almost half that. So often, authors today have to include sex, which means they have to exclude story. That leaves those of us who prefer the whole enchilada in a hurt!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I am afraid there are too many readers like you, Nancy, who are looking for books they can no longer find, and this makes me irrationally sad. The only way authors had to reach readers was the bookstore, where our covers gave you a good idea of what you're buying. These days...the bookstore is limited and we have no means of reaching our audience. I'm sure it will all settle out eventually, but I'm not sure when!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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They were certainly more complex if some of my oldies are any evidence! I'm torn on that one. I loved the oldies and I'm not fond of acres of sex, but I also love the dialogue and quick pacing of some of the new authors. So it burns down to whether they can make that pacing work with good characters and story. But yes, the old Regencies...they were a lovely world of their own.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I envy you the ability to go back and re-read. I never seem to find the time, and the few times I tried (while culling my keeper stack, sob), I couldn't remember anything about the book except pieces of plot. And I was sadly disappointed in so many that I finally just closed my eyes and grabbed what would fit in a box. I really need to re-read more often!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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oh, the wenches take everything collectively.
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Oh yes, Theo! We want to fall in love all over again, and we need to relate to those people and their feelings and stand in their shoes!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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a very insightful comment, thank you! I adore humor. It's extremely difficult to do humor that resonates with a large audience, and I'm in awe of the writers who can accomplish it!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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I know you have a mental block on your own material, but I can assure you, every single word in your books count! I've edited the book down to over 130k by now. But it's pulling off that satisfactory ending thing that may take some thought.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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Hi, Joan, and welcome! I totally agree that character is essential, which is why it's a little difficult to develop "original" when all the protagonists are pampered aristocrats. It can be done successfully, but how many times? I always read a sample of a book online before buying because writing quality tells me a lot before I even get started. Sometimes the opening is well written but it's a chatty discourse on the character's current circumstances. If I don't get "story" in a page or two, I quit. So it isn't just the writing. Lots of people have perfected good sentence structure. it's what they do with it that matters!
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Moon Dreams is as close as I've written to a pirate book, if you want to give it a try. I remember the old Johanna Lindsey books. Avon used to do pirates frequently. Do you think we're looking for less realism and that's why the adventure books aren't being written as they once were?
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Whither Goest Romance? at Word Wenches
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Thank you so much, Kay! Yes, our reading experience has changed so a lot of the old books don't work as well as they once did. But I still love the stories. Mary Jo is one of the cleanest (word wise) writers I know, so her books stand up to the test of time. I started earlier than she did--in the typewriter phase--and I cringe at how many extra words I padded into sentences. The plots were often of the "what horrible thing happens next?" variety, but they still work reasonably well. But when I can take 20k words out of a 150k manuscript, you know there was a lot of padding!
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In working through my backlist, I have become more aware of how much spine-tingling adventure we included, and how little spunky dialogue. There have been sea changes over the decades. Unfortunately, it's extremely difficult and time-consuming to take those old books and bring them up to the level of craft we see today. So I must give today's books applause for better editing. And I second Anne Gracie as one of the authors with a voice who stand out from the crowd! I think you'll find most of the wenches are thrill seekers, some just more so than others.
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I think I love you. But you have cogently hit on the exact problem--publishers need a huge audience to sell books, so they go straight to the middle. What we need is a good way of finding the indie authors who sell what we like to read. Let me know when you find that!
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Authors with strong voices carve out a romantic niche that speaks to their readers. What about you? Can you define what makes a romance work for you? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Thank you for stopping by, Teresa! Glad you enjoy our newsletter and took time to join in. I'm off to look up Karen Nutt!
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Writing in pets so that they become a part of the story isn't always easy, but Montague was a perfect foil for my talkative parrots! Glad you enjoyed them. And yes, Susan Mallery's pets serve a very worthy service!
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Jennifer Ashley is amazingly prolific and eminently readable. Thanks for the reminder to see what new books she has out! Keep the titles going, folks! I'm filling up my cruise list!
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on What We Are Reading at Word Wenches
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That's a fabulous story,Annette. I wish more people could take their lives in their hands and go forth to fix the world! And yes, I do believe God/the Universe/the Great Whatever connects us all in some way, and it's up to us to reach out and grab those connections.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Sonya, the problem is that the big publishers and agents are tied to an old system. Until the lawyers all work out how "foreign" rights are handled, every contract and every book is different. Those of us who indie-publish don't have those ancient rules hanging over us and are free to publish anywhere. But we're still the minority.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Spelling and punctuation I could handle. It was typing that I was lousy at. I spent most of those years looking for the perfect white-out.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Bless all of you for stopping by and joining our party. We plan to giggle all the way through the weekend, so drop in any time!
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Merry, it's so wonderful to see old friends! I'm so glad you stopped by our party! Have one of these chocolate biscuits.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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hear, hear! Have a turkey leg and mingle!
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Hi Maggie! That's what we love to hear.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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