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Against All Odds

Huntress Knightfall
Huntress
Adopted into the wolf pack that saved her, Rose was content & that was enough, until she met her fated mates – the alpha & beta of a bear clan. learn more
Knightfall
After taking up residence at Red Ridge Hall, Leah learns dark secrets & unthinkable truths while being drawn in by the unsuitable yet enigmatic Grayson Slade. learn more
An Unexpected Highlander King of Fools
An Unexpected Highlander
Eliza must carry on her father’s legacy while settling in New Zealand & she is forced to deal with Angus McTavish who brings every type of trouble a young woman doesn't need. learn more
King of Fools
1780s Paris - two men fight for their right to love despite society's rules - one man obligated to his noble duty, the other trying to escape the hand he was dealt. learn more

Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs

Adjectives
Comparative & Superlative

Adjectives give more information about a noun.
Most adjectives come before the noun they modify.
“I saw a really slow turtle.”

Comparative adjective are used when comparing two nouns.
“Your horse is taller than mine.”

Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns.
“My gran’s baking is the best.”

You should use superlatives sparingly – this is another case of show, don’t tell.
Rather than saying your hero is awesome, show why he’s awesome.
Readers are savvy and can spot lazy writing in a heartbeat.
Keep them reading until 4 am and make your characters shine
via their actions and through their dialogue.

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From the Editor's Desk

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Are you writing an historical romance? A LGBTQ love story? A contemporary book where there was horrible trauma in one (or both) of the MC’s pasts that prevents them from seeking love?

Did you use a sensitivity reader before submitting the book?

Some of you are scratching your heads right now, and you’re not alone. But here’s the thing: everyone should be doing the research to make their books accurate, and, when you think you’re done, especially when the subjects of slavery, rape, domestic abuse, multi-culturalism, and being gay, lesbian, and transgender are part of your story, you should have at least one sensitivity reader, who has the appropriate background, read your book and provide feedback.

Recently, we asked a sensitivity reader to read an historical novel where slavery is an integral part of the story. The author and editor are not people of color, and while the author did a wonderful job - being accurate and careful - much to the editor’s credit, she asked for a sensitivity reader. Valuable feedback was provided, which was important and credible. While we understand that not everyone agrees about the depiction of slavery, the language history requires for accuracy, and the ugliness those attitudes promulgated, we know we vetted the subject matter properly.

You should do the same.

Most of you have beta readers, and if you don’t, get some. Included in the group you should have people that can provide a sensitivity read, or know people who can provide a sensitivity read for those subjects well outside your experience, especially for topics that could offend readers if not approached appropriately.

For those of you sighing and muttering, “Too PC,” please remember that most people walk around with some sort of hurt on their soul, and many of them turn to your books to make them feel better.

Wouldn’t it be great if you amassed a pile of emails that thanked you?