Good morning, Judy!
Let me tell you a little about the Black Rose line. In a nutshell: Fur and Fangs. That's it. Black Rose deals with dark paranormal romances. What's the difference? Don't worry. The editors often send them on to the other paranormal line if your submission doesn't fit a Black Rose but deserves publication. ;) Think shapeshifters, vampires, and guys with very tarnished reputations. There's more information for the curious... When the Black Rose line decided to run the Got Wolf! contest, the editors were very excited about a new release with a female shifter. So, they encouraged authors to write their heroines as shifters. ;) But I just didn't see my first release, HE OF THE FIERY SWORD, as dark. It seemed more a High Fantasy adventure romance set in medieval
I'm only published with WRP at the moment. I greatly appreciate having copies of my tales in print. ;) Any story you write over 65K words will be released in print if WRP contracts your piece. I'm also fortunate to have editors who talk to me and answer my e-mails. I don't hear that common with other presses. WRP is a wonderful place. And you asked for writing tips...
Writing tips are tough calls. Every writer has his/her own hangup. Me, I'm stubborn. One would think that a good thing based on what I'm about to say... With writing, persistence should be the word of every day. Find blogs about writing like Skhye's Ramblings http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com where writing tips are delivered daily to subscribers' mailboxes. I blog about THE SOUL OF FICTION, BARING YOUR CHARACTER'S SOUL, and WORLDBUILD LIKE A ZEN MASTER. I have a guest each week who describes the research she did for her works. And I blog about my personal collection of reference books. I also know that what works for me won't work for everyone else. Still, find those writers who think like you. Learn from those who've already walked the rocky path you're facing. And, if someone helps you, return the favor and buy their book! The economy is tough on authors. Who knows? You might find a gem, i.e. new favorite author.
And today, I'd like to give away a pdf of HE OF THE FIERY SWORD to one person who comments telling me which cover they like best at http://skhyemoncrief.com/Page_5.html. Just comment here by midnight, CST tonight. I'll announce the winner tomorrow. If you'd like to know who wins, just subscribe to Judy's blog! Best of luck to everyone on their writing journey! ~Skhye
"Arthur is a masterpiece..." He of the Fiery Sword's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio
“The Spell of the Killing Moon offers the best of spine-tingling suspense. The setting is perfect... Moncrief’s ability to wield magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you. Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic: “Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.” Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill these pages... a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books" ~Snapdragon, LASR
"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way..." ~Snapdragon; LASR
HE OF THE FIERY SWORD available at www.thewildrosepress.com
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