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Bleeding Like Me Infamy Tigress
Bleeding Like Me
Being gay in their 'hood is perilous. Being gay in a street gang is unheard of. Being gay & in love with a man in a rival gang is a death wish. learn more
Infamy
Landry isn't into sharing, especially when it comes to the secret that will give Brody the ammunition to take up permanent residence in her heart. learn more
Tigress
Caged her whole life, Raz escapes only to find herself caught in a tender trap created by the Alpha & Beta of the North Woods pack. learn more
Beyond Today Mistletoe Neo Geisha
Beyond Today
Ticking all the boxes, the new man in Hannah's life has a past with enough baggage for a voyage & she can't see how they'll make it work beyond today. learn more
Mistletoe
Caitlyn wants passion, love and a romance she can call her own, not a pretend love affair with her late sister's husband. learn more
Neo Geisha
Reluctant to become a spy again, Cage's instincts prove correct when all hell breaks loose for him & his lady love, who is also his new partner. learn more

Spotlight

We’re celebrating the 6th book in
M. Tasia's
Boys of Brighton series

Travis
Travis
The world can be a cruel place, and Travis Boone knows that better than most; wracked with guilt and living life as an outcast, finding love and happiness are the furthest things from his reality, until Bo Mason. learn more

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Writer's World

Tips & Answers

Titles of Works – Quotes or Italics

Many of our authors include movie, book, and song titles in their stories. Some have asked, "Should I put them in quotes or italics?"

Using The Chicago Manual of Style,
the style guide our editors and copy editors use,
here are some basic rules:

*Titles of books, newspapers, and musical albums should be italicized*

*Titles of movies, TV shows, and plays should be italicized*

*Titles of poems and songs should be in quotation marks*

*Titles of articles in newspapers or magazines, and chapter titles in books should be in quotation marks*


POP QUIZ

Test your knowledge. Below are underlined titles. Choose whether they should be italicized or in quotation marks. The answers are at the bottom.

1. Is the most popular book of all time Saving Alexander?

2. Dash wrote Lexi a new song entitled, You’re Still My Girl.

3. Who binge watched The Vampire Diaries?

4. Will you be attending the new play, Emily Mims Writes, at the Durango Street Theater?

5. After Lilli read the movie review for Victoria & Abdul, she ordered a ticket.


1. Italics. 2. Quotation marks 3. Italics 4. Italics 5. Italics.

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From the Editor's Desk

Go Ahead, Shock 'Em

Cat at TypewriterA favorite question reads something like this, "The heroine's mother is really horrible. Is it okay if I have her throw battery acid at the heroine?" Inevitably, the answer is, "Yes."

Real life is messy, and sometimes downright ugly. Headlines, push notifications, the evening news and social media are rife with all sorts of mind-boggling hideousness. And, for those of you that write historical novels, you need look no further than the newspapers and broadsheets of the day to know the world wasn't much prettier three hundred years ago. People are people, and whether they have an iWatch or a sundial, human nature hasn't changed for millennia.

Capitalize on that. Don't be afraid to have parents, siblings or lovers behave badly. The pathos is best when the people who are supposed to love and protect the H/H from harm are the ones who mess up the worst. BUT, few people are all bad. Be careful not to make the evildoer a caricature. The mother throwing the battery acid may have been a great parent until her life fell apart. In books, as in life, the better the person, the more horrific their bad deeds seem.

Also, don't shock just to shock. There have to be reasons that makes sense in the story and provide the trauma that justifies your H/H's fear of commitment, having children, taking risks...you get the idea. Which doesn't mean there has to be an explanation for the evildoer's behavior, only that whatever he/she did is the root or fulcrum for your H/H's issues.

Go on, create the worst possible background for your H/H. Give juicy, original reasons for their complex problems, which can be healed only by their newfound love.


EVERYONE AT BOROUGHS PUBLISHING GROUP WISHES THOSE WHO CELEBRATE, A HAPPY THANKSGIVING.