Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Steam punk and Coffee Time Romance

Do you write steam punk? Are you all excited about bicycles, balloons, steam engines, clock work and the Victorian Era transformed with a vast range of wild adventures shared by intrepid heroines and dashing heroes? Do you dream—and create tales-- about air ship pirates, hidden treasure to discover and a bit of magic and mayhem? If so, August’s Book Brew is for you! We’ll be hosting our day-long event in Monday, August 3 from noon until 8:00 PM EDT. The event takes place on our Coffee Thoughts blog page. Our participating authors can post one or two excerpts up to 1500 words, a cover or other picture and another post or two about your writing, the genre, or anything you think readers would enjoy. To sign up—and I suspect this will fill up fast—drop me an email at Once I hear from you I’ll send you all the procedures and how to share in this fun event!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Help Wanted: A new series from the Wild Rose Press

Help Wanted: At times, everyone needs a bit of help. And love doesn’t always come easily.   The historical department at The Wild Rose Press is pleased to announce Help Wanted, an exciting new arranged marriage series where cupid gets a little push. 

Help Wanted stories should focus on the struggles of heroes and heroines who need a mate—fast!   Maybe it’s the lonely frontiersman looking for a wife to help him settle his claim.  The war widow who needs a handyman. The soldier eager to marry before heading off to war. The hippie posting a sign at Woodstock. Let’s not forget the Regency heroine thought to be past the marriage market, the lord who needs to sire an heir, or the heroine desperate enough to become a mail order bride.

An announcement or advertisement must appear within the first twenty pages to get the story started. Your characters may advertise on their own or have the advertised-for spouse thrust upon them. We are looking for fresh ideas and unique twists to bring about the arranged marriage rather than the same old tired plots.

Stories must be historically accurate and suited to one of the following lines: American Rose, Cactus Rose, Tea Rose, Vintage Rose**. Story length of all ranges will be considered, but we prefer to see 2ok and up to give the relationship time to develop. Please follow the general submission guidelines on the website for formatting and submit via “Help Wanted” should appear in the subject line, as well as your title.

**while this series was created with historical authors in mind, if you can find a valid reason and believable plot for a contemporary arranged marriage story, TWRP will gladly consider it for this series!