Erin Fanning Mixes Myth, Needlework, and Paranormal Romance in “Blood Stitches”

Blood Stitches-highresWhen Erin Fanning was learning how to knit a few years ago, she happened to read an article about an Italian woman who occupied herself by knitting when she got trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake. “The story tumbled around in my brain, somehow intersecting with my interest in Mexican culture,” she said. The result—the paranormal romance, “Blood Stitches,” published by Lyrical Press. Read the full post »

How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

Cookbooks-CindyFazziYou can make your novel come to life by engaging the reader using all five senses—sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. You don’t have to be a foodie to indulge your reader’s sense of taste. Read the full post »

Surveys in U.S., U.K. & Canada Show Decline in Authors’ Earnings

Books3-CindyFazziIf you’re a published author and your name is neither J.K. Rowling nor Stephen King, then the results of three recent surveys will confirm what you probably already know—authors are earning less these days. Read the full post »

Win Gift Card and Copy of “In His Corner”

InHisCorner-ComputerScreenIt’s been a month since Lyrical Press released my first romance book, “In His Corner.” To celebrate the milestone, I’m giving away a free Kindle copy of the book and a $20 gift card through a raffle. Read the full post »

Romance Author Daisy Banks Explains How Rejection Can Help Writers

MarkedForMagic CoverPalmistry and an odd mark on author Daisy Banks’s palm sparked the idea for “Marked for Magic,” her new release. Banks, a former teacher, has written 10 other books in the “spicy” romance, historical, paranormal, and fantasy genres. Read the full post »

“St. Vincent”: Bill Murray Gets Better and Better with Age

St. Vincent-CindyFazziPicFilm Review: “St. Vincent” directed by Theodore Melfi, 2014

We’re all familiar with the curmudgeon character made popular by Archie Bunker on TV. Clint Eastwood played a similar character in “Gran Torino” and “Trouble with the Curve.” In “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray’s cantankerous neighbor is a refreshing take on the trope. Read the full post »

Romance Writers Report: The Art of Choosing the Perfect Book Title

The May 2015 edition of Romance Writers Report, the monthly magazine for members of the Romance Writers of America, published an article I wrote about how to choose the perfect title for your book. It described my experience choosing a title for my debut romance novella, “In His Corner,” published by Lyrical Press (April 2015).

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Top 10 Most Challenged Books Reflect Racially Diverse Authors and Content

Book Shelf-3Eighty percent of the 10 most challenged books in 2014 reflect works by authors of color and culturally diverse content, according to the American Library Association (ALA). Read the full post »

How to Use Music in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Playlist

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

In novels like “High Fidelity” (Nick Hornby) and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), music is central to the story. But even if your novel doesn’t focus on music, you can use it to establish the mood of a scene or strengthen your depiction of a character. Read the full post »

Small Presses: Three Publishers Welcome Unagented Submissions

Manuscript&Plant-CindyFazziMost unpublished writers consider the two obvious publishing paths available—traditional publishing with the Big Five and self-publishing. They should also consider small presses as a viable third path. Harvard Square Editions, Salvo Press, and Split Lip Press are small publishing houses that accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts. Read the full post »

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