January 2016 e-Newsletter

Boroughs Publishing Group News


Romance to Keep Your Warm

Golden Boy Flying Solo Star Crossed
Golden Boy
Can a prince of privilege become a king among men when his independent tenant makes him consider what love really means? learn more
Flying Solo
Max has spent years cultivating his man about town image only to find he wants something more & that something more is the never-does-repeats game designer Gibson Henry. learn more
Star Crossed
Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl who lived in LA who wanted to be loved. She became a star but lost the man she loved... until this 2nd chance. learn more
Into the Heat Imperfect Hard Wind
Into the Heat
Veteran Leo Villeneuve found & lost love at 18, so his return to Palmira Island is a quest to right his wrongs, & a chance to reclaim the woman he wants. learn more
After moving to San Francisco to escape the aftermath of an attack, Sophie will learn from real estate tycoon William Peterson that she is safe, loved and perfect. learn more
Hard Wind
Star Kiernan fell in love with bad boy Dáire knowing his job as a covert operative might take him away forever, but she didn’t expect him to discover her secret. learn more

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SDSU Writers' Conference

Join Us At:

32nd Annual SDSU Writers' Conference

January 22-24, 2016
San Diego, California

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Desert Dreams Writers' Conference


A short monthly piece to show what's happening in the editor-in-chief's brain...and in his office. Besides reading. Lots of reading.

Old Acquaintance

Chris KeeslarEndings can be hard. They’re hard to even wrap your brain around sometimes, whether they exist in fiction or in real life, because by definition there comes nothing else afterward, no further time for transition. Whether this shift of reality is moving from a brilliantly written story back to mundane life, or whether it’s from the death of a loved one, the close of any movement is time to reflect and learn...and it’s not always clear what should be learned.

In life this is particularly true. Our relationships with those we love (and sometimes with those we hate) are intense and complex, and the meanings we should take from the sum of such interactions are not always self-evident.

That’s why fiction writers should make it easier. Especially writers of genre fiction.

Every well-written book is a movement that should hold at least one lesson. As humans we read to see interactions to which we would not otherwise be privy, whether that’s the realizations of responsibility and cosmic fraternity by a young girl stranded on a desert planet awaiting the return of her parents or the emotional education of two brilliant but overly opinionated gentles from Regency England. The more the contrast in the starting and ending points—from rags to riches, from pompous aristocrat to humble benefactor, from haunted and unlovable to outgoing soulmate—and the more logical, detailed and realistic the choices that made such a shift possible, the better our individual takeaways. This is the payoff we’re looking for: a road map for life, and the vicarious thrill of taking an educational journey without leaving home.

A particularly good book is difficult to leave because we’ve moved through a difficult place to somewhere cathartic; we’re momentarily safe and secure with some new realization—be it intellectual or emotional—crystallized in our psyches. Life is rarely so easy or so well packaged.

Regardless, endings come. Whether they’re satisfying or confused, they come in both life and entertainment. Take a moment to step back and learn. The good news is that after every ending is a beginning. (And with books we can read them again.)

Welcome to 2016.


Where you get to hear the people who make publishing–and Boroughs especially–what it is.


Short pieces by our authors

Susan Mac NicolSusan Mac Nicol Fresh Princes

One of the challenges of being a writer is keeping things fresh and interesting, and giving a story a unique flavour in a world of stories where it’s probably already ‘ been done.’ This is particularly challenging in the Romance genre. How to write about two people meeting and falling in love and make it a book someone wants to read?

The Men of London series introduces a diverse set of characters from differing backgrounds, ethnic roots and family life. It showcases men of ages ranging from eighteen (in a future book) to their late thirties. I tell stories about new relationships forming and existing relationships that might need some work. My men come from various parts of the spectrum with regards to their work life: chef, psychic, private investigator, detective, porn star, fashion designers, would be fashionista, financier, airline crew member, game designer, eco-warrior, drag queen, impaired teenager and sweet shop employee.

Flying Solo In appearance and in their choice of clothing they differ too–brooding suit clad hunky chaps, fabulous heel wearing divas,tough macho individuals in leather and jeans, a cross dresser with a superlative sense of fashion, a man in uniform, one who’s a bit of a hippy, a trendy teen and a sexy geek wearing shorts.

Of course, there are times when they wear nothing at all.

Two things my men have in common–their stories are set in and around London, and in most of the books there’s an underlying social element. Homelessness, depression, loneliness and insecurity, discrimination, damage to the environment–I like to bring in some sort of statement that tells the reader things can get better, that there is always hope for family, for love, and for starting over.

At the end of the day, I guess I’m a romantic at heart myself. And what better place is there to be than sitting in a favourite armchair reading a happy ever after book about sexy men falling in love and thinking the world can get better after all.

Tobi Doyle & Rebecca BarrayTobi Doyle & Rebecca Barray The Dynamic Duo

We met in 2013 at a NaNoWriMo write-in sponsored by our local library. After Nano, we joined a local writers’ group for support and motivation. When Tobi entered a short story contest, she was struggling to get her story under the word count limit, and Becca offered to help pare it down. We were thrilled with the resulting story and realized that our voices were similar and our talents complemented each other. We became official writing partners in January, 2014, and immediately began plotting.

Imperfect We begin with an idea, some index cards, and a lot of excitement. Once the story is mostly mapped out, Tobi gets to work writing the individual scenes, and Becca follows, checking punctuation, grammar and continuity, embellishing and cutting where necessary.

There are occasional discussions, but we’ve never actually argued. We’re both blunt, take criticism well, and when a disagreement arises, we listen to each other’s points and make a mutual decision for the benefit of the manuscript. We’ve decided there can be no ego in writing, and that family comes first.

We’ve become good friends and try to meet, face-to-face, three or four times a week. It doesn’t always work out, though, and often children are afoot. We signed their first contract with Boroughs at an indoor playground of inflatables, and can often be found writing by the play-land at local fast food restaurants.

Working as a duo is infinitely more fun, and easier. Each of us brings our strengths to each new project, and together we have become one hell of a writer.

Kate MooreKate Moore A Charmed Life

My inspiration? Unlikely attractions and love. In Golden Boy, the unlikely attraction is between a trust-fund slacker and hard-working single mom.

When the Canyon Club series came to me out of the ether, like a blip picked up by SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), I knew that this story of a group of princes of privilege born with Porsche keys in hand, would need a “golden boy.” He’d have a natural born cool and be incapable of an awkward move or a lame remark. He’d live a charmed life until his inevitable fall.

Golden Boy If you ever rooted for Molly Ringwald’s characters to win the hero in Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, you’ll root for Josh’s tenant, Emma Gray. She’s my fourteenth heroine and my first “mom” heroine. Being a single mom in L.A. keeps her praying for good car karma, cajoling a six-year-old, and working until she’s ready to drop. It makes her fiercely protective and endlessly practical. She has secrets to protect as well as a son, and goals just within reach. She has no time for sex, and there’s no place in the closed circle of mother and child love for anyone as idle and gorgeous as her golden boy landlord.

Let the Romance begin!