Category Romance novel

Paranormal Romance Rita Finalists, 2016

The Romance Writers of America have announced the finalists in the 2016 Rita contest for best romance writing of the year. Congratulations to all the finalists! You can see the full list of finalists here, but as an author of science fiction romance, I’d like to focus on the Paranormal Romance category (which is where RWA pigeonholes […]

Grammar is credibility. (So is spelling!)

Grammar is credibility “Grammar is credibility. If you’re not taking care of the small things, people assume you’re not taking care of the big things.” Amanda Sturgill (Associate Prof of Communications at Elon University) Right on, Dr. Sturgill!  Every independent author should post this quotation above their desks. At this year’s RWA conference, I received a […]

New Releases–and Farflung Angel

Today, a bit of news here and there. First I’ve gotten a tentative release date for my science fiction romance novella, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station.  Muse It Up publishing scheduled the release for October 21. Shiny! Farflung Angel is one of those extremely rare works that came to me in a flash, in structure […]

On Diversity

I loved this post from Ryan’s “Torrent of Diapers” blog.  Love that title, too! As someone who cut his teeth writing category romances and has featured French Canadian lead characters, Japanese  leads (that book didn’t sell, though), and Native American leads, I feel strongly that the issue of an author’s race/gender/sexual orientation is largely irrelevant. The events that […]

Top Ten Things Readers Hate about Books

The Paranormal Book Club recently asked their readers what is the “ONE thing you CAN NOT stand about a book when reading it?” While this is not a scientific survey, the results are nonetheless interesting. In a classic example of procrastination, I spent way too much time categorizing the issues, and I hereby present the results […]

My Next Big Thing

Time for an update on Mr. Valentine’s latest big thing.  A bunch of writer friends are writing similar posts about the books we’re currently writing, so be sure to check out their blogs, as well: Celia Breslin, author of Haven Amber Belldene, author of Blood Vine Paula Millhouse, author of Dragonstone Tricia Skinner, author of Angel […]

Profile: Angela Quarles

Angela Quarles, author of Beer and Groping in Las Vegas Mr. Valentine is delighted to have with us today Ms. Angela Quarles, whose upcoming contemporary  romance tale, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas has paranormal elements. Angela’s other works have been doing spectacularly well in writing contests around the US. With the excellent build up […]

The Next Big Thing

A bunch of writers are writing similar posts this weekend about the books we’re currently writing.  We’re all answering the same questions about our works-in-progress, so be sure to check out the links at the end of this post. Here are the ten questions we’re answering, along with my responses: What is your working title of […]

Writing Contest Updates

Alien Contact for Idiots garners a bronze … Awhile back, I mentioned that my science fiction fantasy manuscript, Alien Contact for Idiots, was a finalist in the On the Far Side Contest.  The contest is run annually by the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal  branch of the Romance Writers of America, which is one of the […]

Me, a Harlequin hero?

You’ve all seen those hunky heroes on the covers of romance novels. Washboard abs. Handsome as hell. Allergic to wearing shirts. That is not me. And yet,  in a way, I’m a real live Harlequin hero.  For I inspired the hero in a romance novel.  Truth, I swear. It happened years ago when I was in […]