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Great trailer for Rules of Conduct, enjoy

January 20th, 2010


Created by talented Canadian author, Marly Mathews.




The Amount of Work Involved

January 19th, 2010

Writing is work. The saying is obvious, but how much work is it?

I have a general idea by looking over the number of copies in my story folder.

For every story I write, I keep a computer folder named with the story’s title. The story itself is a Word file, again named by the title. At the end of a day when I make substantial changes, I save and number a copy.

For Mistletoe Everywhere, my Regency Christmas novella, version one is the original idea, at 3000 words. The final version I sent to the publisher, at 26, 600 words, is version seventy-four.

Now for the length of time the writing took. I generally write all day on Sunday, with some time, usually not much, during the week. I started Mistletoe Everywhere in June, and finished in mid-September. Then I let the story sit for a month to allow me to see it with fresh eyes. As I reread it in October, the story sounded good to me. I made some changes, mainly replacing words I repeat too often with better words.

Then I tackled the query letter and synopsis. They took two weeks. At the end of October, I sent the fifth version to my editor at The Wild Rose Press.

So, from when I started to when I sent in the query, the total effort was about five months, seventy-four (74) versions of the novella, and five (5) versions of the query and synopsis.

The editor will now send me her edits, and I’ll work on the story again for at least another month. I don’t know how typical this amount of work is, but I’ve worked a lot.

For the authors out there, how many versions do you write before you send your story in?

For the readers, how much work do you think writing is?

Thank you all,

Linda Banche Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal
Lady of the Stars--Regency time travel, 2010 EPIC EBook Competition Finalist, available from The Wild Rose Press
Pumpkinnapper--Regency Halloween comedy, available from The Wild Rose Press

Family Secrets by Jamie Hill

January 15th, 2010

I’m very pleased to announce the release of the first book in my new series, A Cop in the Family!

Family Secrets is a sweet/sensual contemporary romantic suspense novel. Here’s the set-up:

As if stumbling over a dead body isn’t enough, Crystal Cartwright finds herself playing surrogate mother to two small boys when their father–her neighbor–doesn’t come home. The kids aren’t much trouble, but the thieves, drug dealers and kidnappers they’re about to encounter are.

Detective Jack Dunlevy, a cop down on his luck, draws the cases no one else wants. A simple investigation involving a dead homeless man quickly changes as Crystal enlists Jack’s help with the children. Drawn into a mystery that none of them could have anticipated, they’re faced with a situation that will change their lives forever.

Catch a special sneak peek of the second book, Family Ties, in the back of Family Secrets!

Available now in ebook, and soon in print paperback. Read an excerpt or purchase at Accomplice Press!

Feeling the Winter Blues?

January 13th, 2010

Chase the winter blues away with Bridesmaid Blues, the latest sweet contemporary romance novella by, Lainey Bancroft!

Hello Classic Romance readers and writers! Last Minute Lainey here, sneaking in a post because I was lucky to find a blank spot on the blog calender that just happened to coincide with…MY RELEASE DAY!

Bridesmaid Blues is part of the Flower Basket Series for The Wild Rose Press Sweetheart Rose imprint. All the stories are set in the fictional town of Almendra California. Wouldn’t you love to escape to California right about now, even if it is just between the covers of a book? I know I would. Especially with the dreary sleet and howling winds we’re experiencing here today in Ontario!

When you pop over to pick up your copy of Bridesmaid Blues, you can download an intro to the Flower Basket Series FREE!

And to sweeten the deal, I’m compiling comments for my What Readers Are Saying File. Throughout January, anyone who contacts me–either through the contact page at My Website or in blog comments–and shares a favorite scene from Bridesmaid Blues or The Trouble With Tessa will be entered in a draw to win a sweet little bundle of goodies!

Happy Reading!

Lainey Bancroft

The History of New Years

January 1st, 2010

By Stephanie Burkhart

New Year’s wasn’t always celebrated on 1 January. In fact, in some places, even today, it doesn’t start in January. The ancient Babylonians celebrated New Years in March, at the beginning of spring when new crops were planted. It went on like this until the ancient Romans decided to have fun with the New Year.

For many years, the Romans celebrated New Years on 25 March, but several Emperors tampered with calendar – that is until Julius Caesar got a hold of it. He firmly established 1 January as the New Year. In order to synch it though, the previous year was 445 days long.

So where did the Romans get the month January? Janus was an ancient Roman god with two faces, one that looked back at the past and one that looked toward the future. He was also the god of beginnings and the perfect choice for the Romans to start their calendar with.

Interestingly, while Israel uses the current Gregorian calendar, New Years is not a public holiday there. Also, some Eastern Orthodox churches that follow the Julian calendar celebrate New Years (1 Jan) on 14 Jan on the Gregorian calendar.

The Gregorian calendar is the internationally accepted civil calendar. It is named after Pope Gregory XII who adopted it in 1582. Surprising fact: Japan adopted the calendar only recently: 1 January 1873!

The Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC. It is still used by many Orthodox churches. In the Julian calendar, leap year occurred every 3 years. The Gregorian calendar modified it to four.

The Early Christian Church

According to traditional Christian beliefs, 1 January is the 8th day of Christmas. In the first centuries AD, the Romans celebrated the New Year on 1 January, but the Catholic church thought it was pagan. They started having their own religious observances concurrently with the pagan ceremonies. Thus the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ was born on the 8th day of Christmas, 1 January. In the Middle Ages, the church changed New Years to 25 December, the birth of Jesus, then to 25 March! (remember those ancient Romans?) Finally, in 1582, Pope Gregory XII came up with the Gregorian calendar and returned the New Year to 1 January.

We’ve only been celebrating the New Year on 1 January consistently for 400 years!

The Calendars

Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar based, but some cultures use a lunar calendar. The Chinese use a lunar calendar based on the moon. Their year is less than 365 days because its based on the phases of the moon. Their new year usually begins at the time of the first full moon after the sun enter Aquarius – sometime between 19 January and 21 February.

Even to the ancients, New Years was a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. The ancient Babylonians threw parties that lasted 11 days. The Romans liked to exchange gifts with friends on New Years. Fireworks and loud noise were believed to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck for the New Year. So wherever you are on the New Years, enjoy your festivities and look forward to the future!

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Author of: Destination:Berlin, All That Remains, Are Your Dirty Little Secrets, and The Wolf’s Torment. All titles available at http://www.iuniverse.com in their bookstore! Print titles are available from Amazon and IUniverse. Ebook available for The Wolf’s Torment from the IUniverse bookstore.

December 1st, 2009

I am proud to announce the release of my latest novel ‘The Return’ on sale now. Published by Siren-Bookstrand you can find more out HERE

The Return an emotional roller-coaster ride, filled with passion and  desire.

Anyone leaving a comment will be entered into a draw to win a free ebook download of………..‘The Return’ in a format of their choice.

Whilst on assignment in Iraq, English TV presenter and journalist Robert Tremayne is captured by the Islamic Jihad and held hostage. His soul mate, Marielle, can barely come to terms with her loss. When she’s told he has been executed, she’s devastated, but tries to move on with her life.

Two years later Robert is discovered alive. Marielle is overjoyed, but her life has changed beyond all recognition, and the man she loved is now very different. His time in Iraq has left him cold, emotionless and detached. There’s much to tell, and each wants desperately to return to the way things once were. Can they find a way to recapture their lost love and be happy together once more?

Watch the video of The Return by Jan Bowles

It gives a brief taste of the emotion and passion that the couple go through before they find true love once more.

Why I chose to write this novel

The hostage situation in Iraq is always in the news. I wondered what would happen if someone moved on with their life, only to discover much later that their loved one was still alive. How would they cope? How would they both come to terms with the situation? I really enjoyed writing this novel. I feel I know Marielle and Robert very well, and I hope you will too.

For more information and an excerpt CLICK HERE

Release Party for Off The Moon!

November 27th, 2009

Hello! And Welcome to my Release Party!


Although Off The Moon is my fourth release, this is the first time I’ve done a tour and party. About time, right? And I’m spreading the party all over the net. Today I’ll be checking in here often, plus on Facebook, Myspace, my Blog, and my website Guest Book. You can find all the links for them here: http://www.lkhunsaker.com/find.htm


I’ll pull a winner after gathering names from all the different spots for a PDF of Off The Moon, so be sure to leave a comment! Of course, my CRR tour is still traveling along and a signed, print copy is up for grabs at a drawing for anyone who comments on any 8 of my stops.


I thought I’d sit back and take reader questions today. To get things started, I asked my Facebook friends to ask me anything. Here are a few that were sent along:



~~ How does a struggling author cope with struggling?


Chocolate. And coffee.   Okay, in all seriousness, I’m a big believer in balance. There are many, many downs that come along with writing — from not-so-great reviews to downright rejection — and there are days I feel like standing up, turning off the computer, and never opening my Word program again. Of course, reality sets in and I know that’s not an option. So I let myself sulk a bit, then yank myself up by the boot straps and remember WHY I’m doing this. It’s what I am. The downs are just part of the territory and the ups will return, especially if I go into my ‘special’ file, which means the place I store not only my good reviews but also some very sweet words I’ve been offered along the way about my work.


I also walk away temporarily enough to balance my writing life with the rest of my life. I garden. I read. I chat with my family. I do yoga or aerobics. I watch a very few fun TV shows. I blast my music. I email friends and play online (yes, sometimes I play, it’s not all work).


And I constantly remind myself that with every down comes an up if I only stay in it long enough to allow it to come.



~~ How do you write what you feel compelled to write without editing and/or changing it to ‘please’ people?  In other words, how do you stay true to yourself in your craft?


This is probably much easier for me than it is for many writers, because I’m an indie. I don’t have restrictions or guidelines I have to follow in order to be accepted for a contract.


On the other hand, there is always the issue of knowing, “Hey, my family and friends may read this and wow, this is … uh, kinda intense/embarrassing.” That thought does cross my mind, but then, I don’t write actual sex scenes, so although if I thought about my sensual scenes and family members reading them, I would be a bit embarrassed, but it’s not horribly embarrassing. I’ve learned to pretty well block that out of my head while I’m working on a book. I turn the outside world off and BE my characters. It’s their story, not mine. Some of my viewpoints are there, but so are some viewpoints I don’t agree with because my characters would. I like to present both sides of things when I can and like most literary fiction, I focus on the questions, not the answers. So if I’m talking about religious or political issues, for instance, I’ll generally have characters with differing ideas as to how they feel about it. I can still put my own feelings in there, but it doesn’t become preachy or know-it-all.


I consider this being true to myself because I know I don’t have all the answers anymore than anyone else does. I do have a lot of questions and thoughts and opinions. If it makes readers consider things in different views, that’s a very positive outcome, even if they don’t agree with mine.   I find myself not pulling as many punches as I grow as a writer, though, and I think that’s a good thing, also. It’s a certain confidence that we all hopefully learn as we go with whatever career we’re in.


That doesn’t mean I don’t wonder about whatever reactions might come. I often do. I just keep going because that’s what feels right.



~~ How do you shut out your life and concentrate on writing?  Don’t you find all the interruptions taking over sometimes?


It’s funny, when I first started writing novels instead of only dabbling with notes and scenes and such (13 years ago!), my kids were very young and I was writing everything long-hand and then eventually typing it into the computer my husband pushed me to use. Most of my work was done in the living room on the couch or at the computer desk where I could keep an eye on what was going on. With a three year old who liked to climb out his bedroom window and over the 6 foot privacy fence to find friends, or up the fence to the roof (honestly), my head was always first on him. It had to be. Much of my actual story planning was done while washing dishes and cooking and such. I got little progress done on paper in those days, other than nights when my husband came home and dinner was out of the way and I would escape into my bedroom and close the door with my loose-leaf paper and pencil. Even then, I was often interrupted by someone just saying hello. I couldn’t make them understand that a simple thing such as that could make me lose whatever I had in my head to say next.


Most of my writing life has been much the same, in between kids and jobs and moving. It used to drive me insane at times because my story was fully formed in my head and finding time to get it down was near impossible. Much of my actual work time was at night after the day job and dinner and clean-up and the kids were settled. At one point, after I stopped handwriting and started typing directly into the computer (much, much faster!), we were in military housing and had one very small room that served as living/dining/den, as well as hearing the kids next door thumping up and down the stairs. I was finishing my degree at the same time and had no choice but to learn to block the noise out. Over the years, I’ve also come to where, instead of being frustrated when something pulls me away and I lose what I was about to write, I can be mid-sentence, stop to answer a kid, and turn right back and keep going without skipping a beat. I had to teach myself to do it. Now I even write with my son playing his drumset over my head and hardly even notice it.


Writing, though, is how I jump out of my own world. It’s at the point now I have to remind myself to BE where I am in real life instead of where my characters are. I hardly go anywhere or do anything without my characters coming along, and I’m constantly picking up possible character traits or story lines when I am focused on the real world around me.



~~ The floor’s open! Other questions, comments, observations?


Thanks so much to Judah Raine for the fantastic tour she set up this month, and to all of my very gracious hosts!




Buy Link for Off the Moon preorders:

free US shipping through Nov. 27, discounted outside US


Off The Moon website:



Also, be sure to check my blog for novel-related features. I have an interview with NYC drummer Gino Scalmato up, as well as an interview with singer/songwriter Vicki Blankenship. More to come! http://lkhunsaker.blogspot.com



Off The Moon

LK Hunsaker


“Riveting” Ryan Reynauld is immersed in a world of music, parties, and temporary companionship. Having risen to the top of the pop charts, his biggest concern is objecting to the way his music is produced. That is, until he finds a young woman standing on a window ledge. Against the advice of family and friends, and through media attacks and fan protests, Ryan determines to care for her himself, making a promise that threatens to destroy his career.


Convincing the skittish girl she can learn to trust again comes with a steep price. Sometimes the path to recovery begins by allowing your world to implode.


Elucidate Publishing

November 2009

Print ISBN  978-0-9825299-0-4

Ebook ISBN  978-0-9825299-1-1




Next up— Interview: Daws and Ryan, hosted by Steph Burkhardt, Nov. 29


The full tour itinerary is available at http://www.classicromancerevival.com 


Don’t forget to leave your comments!  One person from each blog will be drawn to receive a signed, mailed copy of the short story LK has written as a bit of a prequel to Off The Moon, called Toward The Sky, plus there will be a signed print book drawing for anyone who comments on at least 8 blogs! Winners will be posted at http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1520


LK Hunsaker
Literary Romance with an Artsy Twist

Turkey Tales

November 26th, 2009

Here are two turkey (or turkel, as we call them) sightings around my house.

Turkey in the Snow

In December 2007, a big storm dropped a good foot and a half of snow. By late afternoon, the sky was clearing and two tom turkeys (all that chest hair) slogged to the bird feeder. We have several large pines in our yard which shelter the feeder. The snow wasn’t as deep there and the turkeys pecked at the seeds.

The next time I looked, only one turkey was left. He turned toward the hill to climb up to the woods, stepping into snow that was up to his belly. He stopped. For several minutes, he struggled and strained against the snow, but couldn’t make any progress. The light was fading, and I expected him to return along the path he and his friend had broken.

Instead, Mr. Turkey unfurled his wings (BIG wings) and flew up to a branch. Huge bird that he is, he made quite a sight, perched on that limb. As the night progressed, I looked out several times to check on him, but I couldn’t see him in the darkness. I worried about him, even as I told myself turkeys are professional wild animals and can survive outside.

The next morning, I heard “Gobble, gobble, gobble,” and sure enough, there he was, still sitting on that tree limb. He flapped his wings and flew down to the ground. A crust had formed on the snow overnight, so he was able to walk away, slipping and sliding and using his wings for balance.

A happy ending.

A Spring Turkey

Last May, as I sat in my front room, I heard clucking outside the open window. I jumped up to see the turkey (seeing a turkey is still a big deal) and sure enough, a hen stood on the front lawn.

She clucked again, and six tiny brown-and-yellow chicks (poults) ran out from under the rhododendron beside the house. From their small size, they must have hatched only a few days earlier.

Mama turkey clucked again and walked around the side of the house, her poults trailing in her wake. A resplendent tom, tail flaring in full courtship regalia, followed. The entire group climbed the hill behind my house and disappeared into the woods. I wonder where mama turkey built her nest. I hoped she used our woods, but I have no idea.

I have pictures of the poults, but I regret that Wordpress wouldn’t let me upload them. To see them, go here.

I never saw the poults again, but I do see the turkeys from time to time. They have no schedule, but they wander from yard to yard, climb the hill behind my house to the woods, and then climb down again, cross the street and head into the woods lower on the hill.

I’m glad we have turkels. And I hope they come around for a good many more years.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thank you all,
Linda Banche

Linda Banche Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal
Lady of the Stars--Regency time travel, 2010 EPIC EBook Competition Finalist, available from The Wild Rose Press
Pumpkinnapper--Regency Halloween comedy, available from The Wild Rose Press

Turkeys I Have Known

November 25th, 2009

I’m talking about the ones with feathers, not the non-feathered variety that plague us all everyday.

I live in a New England suburb. The area is mainly houses and lawns, with an occasional patch of woods like the one on the hill behind my house. We have the usual wildlife: squirrels, chipmunks, songbirds, rabbits, deer, raccoons and the occasional fox, opossum and groundhog. Up until a few years ago, we never had wild turkeys. Once, long ago, a domestic turkey, probably an escapee from someone’s yard, wandered through for a few days, and for a year or two we had ring-necked pheasants, but no wild turkeys.

One day I looked out at my back yard, and there the turkeys were, pecking at the spilled seed under the bird feeder. They usually arrive in groups of females (hens) or males (toms) but not the two together. The only time we’ll see them together is in the spring, when the toms display themselves for the hens. The traditional picture of a Thanksgiving turkey with his feathers fluffed up is a tom in courtship display. He’ll ruffle his feathers that way in the spring to attract the hens’ attention, but not in November. The hens also fan their tails, but their display is not nearly as striking.

How do you tell the sexes apart? Turkeys are all large brown birds with sharp beaks and big, spurred feet. The toms are generally larger than the hens and have bright, iridescent feathers. These distinctions are apparent in a mixed sex group, but for most of the year, the birds segregate into male or female only groups.

An undeniable difference is what my husband calls the tom’s “chest hair”–a bundle of long coarse feathers that hangs loose from the tom’s neck and swings as he walks. I would have called the feather bundle neckties, but chest hair works, too.

As for the noises they make, in most ways they sound like chickens. They all cackle and squawk. But the toms gobble, a rapid “gobble-gobble-gobble”, which is why they’re called gobblers.

I enjoy the turkeys. We call them turkels, to distinguish them from the turkey that will grace our dinner table on Thanksgiving. Watching them is still a treat. Most of the time all they do is stop for a snack at the bird feeder and a drink from the bird bath. But I do have two special stories about the turkeys that have visited my yard.

Tomorrow: Turkey Tales.

Thank you all,

Linda Banche Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal
Lady of the Stars--Regency time travel, 2010 EPIC EBook Competition Finalist, available from The Wild Rose Press
Pumpkinnapper--Regency Halloween comedy, available from The Wild Rose Press

My New Cover

November 11th, 2009
The Return

I thought I would show off my new front cover for my latest book ‘The Return’.

Whilst on assignment in Iraq, English journalist Robert Tremayne is captured by the Islamic Jihad and held hostage. His soul mate, Marielle, can barely come to terms with her loss. When she’s told he’ll never return home, she’s devastated, but tries to move on with her life.

Two years later Robert is discovered alive. Marielle is overjoyed, but her life has changed beyond all recognition, and the Robert she loved is now a very different man; his time in Iraq has left him cold and detached. There’s much to tell, and each wants desperately to return to the way things once were. Can they find a way to recapture their lost love and be happy together again?

Soon to be released 1st December 2009 from Siren Bookstrand


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