March 2016 e-Newsletter
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Passion Blossoming

Play Fair California Blue Damaged Goods
Play Fair
Sure he loves her, she’s his best friend, but when Jacks realizes he’s IN love with Bryan his already tumultuous world is turned up-side down. learn more
California Blue
High school junior Halen Stone is starting in a new school in CA. New friends include the gorgeous Austin, but can they be more than friends? learn more
Damaged Goods
For 18 year old Jax, love seems an impossible dream until he discovers he has a secret admirer who becomes the sweetest gift a man could ever ask for. learn more
When I Lied A Hero to Hold Rising Star
When I Lied
Rock star Olive Walt has fallen in love on line with Lexi - who doesn’t exist. She’s bookworm Kate’s creation & telling Oliver the truth is about to break Kate’s heart. learn more
A Hero to Hold
She doesn’t believe in true love & he’s certain he’ll be alone forever, yet Vicountess Haliday & war hero David Scott find each. Then a deadly plot seeks to end their affair – forever. learn more
Rising Star
Loud & earthy, Mia never met a curse word she didn’t like. When Randall Blue, sets his sights on Mia she is suddenly at a loss for words, and in danger of more than her heart. learn more

Boroughs About Town
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Desert Dreams Writers Conference

And on May 14th at:

Orange County Chapter - Romance Writers of America

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way

E-Musements

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.

Flash

Chris KeeslarGiven this is an election year, even if you’re the type who hides under a blanket and prays for politicians to go away, it’s impossible to avoid them entirely. But the politicos are learning. Some of them, maybe all of them, are shrinking the line dividing their campaigns from pure entertainment, and Americans—with fewer and fewer trustworthy sources of impartial journalism and seemingly less and less energy and desire to wade through the garbage—can easily find ourselves caught up and then taken for a ride.

But we won’t talk politics. Not really.

Authors, in their way, are like politicians. They must court the respect and attention of readers, and these days their success is often measured quantitatively and not qualitatively. So an author must decide whether they’re in it with a flash bang, give your audience just what they want, grab your bucks and get out, or if they’re in it to leave a lasting legacy.

If it’s the former, your target is somewhat clear: find what works and make it your own. Speed is your friend, and visibility, and a low price point—and pandering to the under-served. That’s why erotica did as well as it did for so long, because the old outlets weren’t giving readers what they wanted, at least not in a manner as immediate and anonymous as the Internet.

But such pandering must eventually pall. The envelope must be continually pushed, and bikinis become thongs and eventually nothing at all. And then what? A reader might just turn to someone who’s been slowly building a brand of emotional honesty and consistency, a tried-and-true performer who never gave up and whose books are remembered for a lifetime.

Or they might find the next hot thing.

Every time you walk into a bookstore, you’re holding an election.

Voices

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

Inspired!

Short pieces by our authors

Michelle Kemper BrownlowMichelle Kemper Brownlow Lying and Love

Romance sometimes brings you just the silver lining…the best of the best. But doesn’t that leave you feeling like you’ve been left off the Love Boat?

Not everything in life and in love is pure and true and honest. I think in any new relationship there is the temptation to stretch the truth a bit. I like to believe most people will make the right choice and, in the name of integrity, will always be truthful…but we’d all be naïve to think truth is a typical path of the majority of the dating population.

When I Lied The inception of social media and hoards of people hiding behind computer screens helps those little white lies seem a little more mainstream than maybe they were when I was dating in the ‘90’s. The anonymity of social media is also responsible statistically for the connection between the rise in bullying and teen suicide. Therefore, reinventing yourself with a couple little white lies must seem more like therapy than a strike against your integrity at times.

A couple little white lies in the beginning of an online relationship can quickly turn into a snowball that has the potential to come down on your world like an avalanche when the person on the other end of your messages falls in love with you and wants to meet.

The 2010 documentary “Catfish” coined the term “catfishing” which is defined in the Urban Dictionary as: “The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).”

But, I truly believe some of the “catfishing” that happens among the younger crowd starts as innocently as it did with Kate and Oliver in When I Lied. And I want to believe that sometimes those people get their happy ending, too.

Sheri HumphreysSheri Humphreys Romance Inspired by History

I got hooked on historical research while writing my first Romance novel. I love history and spend about as much time researching as I do writing. I love knowing historical details in my fiction are accurate.

Twining historical facts through a book helps the reader get lost in the novel’s setting, and presents me with fun challenges. Finding the perfect historical detail for a story is like finding the missing piece of a puzzle, and sometimes it takes hours.

One of those perfect fits of history and story happened when I began writing A Hero to Hold. David Scott, the hero, is disabled. He needed an office job. The heroine, Lady Haliday, needed something meaningful to fill her days and build her self-esteem. The perfect solution? David could manage a charity. Many Victorian ladies were involved in philanthropy. Charlotte could do volunteer work for the charity David directed.

A Hero to HoldThe next step was deciding on an appropriate charity. Because David became disabled during military service in the Crimean War, I thought a government-sponsored charity aiding veterans’ families would give his job special meaning. Then I wondered whether there had been an actual charity similar to the one I’d imagined.

It took very little research to discover the Royal Patriotic Fund, established by Queen Victoria in 1854 to provide assistance to widows and orphans of servicemen killed in the Crimean War. The similarities between my fictional charity and the Fund were amazing. I changed my fictional charity to the real one, and The Royal Patriotic Fund became the perfect puzzle piece for A Hero to Hold to revolve around.

I love to fit in small historical details whenever I can. When the story needed David and Charlotte to stay the night at an inn, I found a popular 1800’s stopping place on their route—Hockerill crossroads, where an inn sat on each corner.

Readers may not realize my novels are full of historical details. Sometimes the detail is so small, the reader really couldn’t know. But I think using real places, people, and events brings something special - a historical patina, even when the reader is unaware. I hope that translates into a setting the historical reader finds believable.

Even better, one they can get lost in.

Christine AshworthChristine Ashworth I Love L.A.

My love affair with Los Angeles began when I was twelve. My parents decided it was time for all of us to go on our first plane ride, so we flew from San Diego to L.A., rented a car, and did the tourist thing for five days before returning home.

It was…amazing.

I moved to L.A. when I was 19. My fiancé (now husband) had rented a house for us. Imagine my surprise when I found out the house didn’t have a stove. Or an oven. To this day I’m kind of amazed I managed to make anything edible with just a microwave and an electric skillet for TWO YEARS.

Rising Star I’ve been in L.A. for – well, let’s just say a lot of years now. And, yes, my home has all the modern conveniences. <g> I’ve done extra work on soap operas and TV shows, my husband is an actor, and my son is doing extra work now, too. It’s most definitely a Company town; everyone is connected to the industry somehow. People watching could be a full-time sport here. Visit the gyms in Hollywood, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, or Studio City and prepare to be entertained.

But, the best part of living in L.A. is the diversity. Walking in downtown a couple of weekends ago was like being in a different country…the Jewelry District, the Garment District, and oh my goodness the bead stores! Crafters, you’ve got to come to downtown Los Angeles. The trims, the beads, the fabrics…you think Mood Fabrics has it all? DTLA has it all and more… just not in one building.

Writing about the city I have lived in for most of my life is a joy. The movie industry is fascinating. Getting to blend the two with my characters? Priceless.