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Subject: Newbie romance writer...
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 3:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2008
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Hi, Everyone! I'm brand new (well, I joined PBS about a month ago and love the trading, but I'm new to the forums). I'm a writer published under two pen names for historical romance. My publishers are Grand Central Publishing and Penguin/NAL, as well as the e-publishers Samhain and Ellora's Cave.

Anyway, it's nice to be here. Does anyone else write romance or historical fiction? :)

Jennifer

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 4:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/6/2008
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Hi Jennifer...I try to write paranormal romance and all my short stories are paranormal.  Nothing published, so I'm jealous.  (Only kidding)  You'll love PBS--almost always, it's a lot of fun.  Welcome, Roni

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 6:47 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I'm not published yet either, so I too, am envious. ;) Welcome to PBS! I'm more of the Fantasy/Horror writer myself but every now and then I'll pull out something with the main theme of romance. I'm not very good at romance, I'm afraid. :D

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 7:48 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Hi,

I'm a horror, thriller and fantasy writer with nothing published as yet.  Just not into the romance genre, I dont read it much but their is plenty of people that do.

I enjoy historical fiction if its set in ancient greece, egypt and middle ages britian. Never thought about writing in that genre but hey plenty of time yet.

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 11:31 AM ET
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Hey, thanks for the welcome.  It's pretty funny (to me) that I ended up as a romance author. I was raised on horror, and always thought I'd write books that were dark and disturbing (actually, my romances are fairly dark, as romances go!). 

Pam, my first book (still unpublished) is a pre-historic historical set in Egypt and Greece. Some day I'm going to pull that out from under the bed, fix the beginning, and see what I can do with it...

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:16 PM ET
Member Since: 12/3/2008
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Welcome, jenb!

I've been a TV writer for years (for the soaps!)  I recently poked my toe into fiction and have one silly, humorous book published (St. Martin's Press).  I've been working on my second novel for 8 years now.  And I'm just beginning yet another rewrite.  You'd think I'd have given up by now, but I still like this book and love working on it.

You'll enjoy our little community here, I think.

Cleo Author

 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Jennifer- awww go on get that manuscript out and give it a good dusting!  Plus what are your other books? I went to your website and it only lists one.. If they are books and not ebooks I would love to hear about them,. I select books for patron who cannot or do not want to go to a library and I am always am on the lookout for new authors :) I have a large group that love romance books.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 1:49 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2008
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Hi Linda! Great to "meet" you!

Pam, I also write as Dawn Halliday. So far, there are two anthologies in print, a contemporary romance coming in April (all from smaller publishers), and a historical (18th century Highland Scotland) is the first New York book (from Penguin/NAL Signet Eclipse) coming out in August.

So...that was a long way of saying that a few of Dawn's books are on Amazon, but no bigger print runs 'til the August book! :) And Dawn's books are quite a bit more erotic than Jennifer's.

Jen

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 7:23 PM ET
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hehe some of my older patrons enjoy the realllly steamy romances.  I once asked for a patron what type of romances she wanted, she replied "details, I want the details, not the gloss over the good bits type"..LOL  I think they do it to try and make me blush sometimes..

I will put in a request to get copies when they come out since amazon is one vendor we use :)

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 11:32 PM ET
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I always chuckle at the diversity of the people who read the reaaaaaalllly steamy stuff! :)

Jen

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:34 AM ET
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I still laugh hard over the patron who sent me a request card with "send me smut" LOL  That is all it said and to respect this poor old dear I shredded the request card.  On the other hand I have a patron that was mystery that does not have any rude words, racey bits (tongue kissing is racey- who knew) and no gorey details... thank goodness for cozy mysteries! She wanted the same in romance so I sent her some chit lit which she found amusing.."those girls just do not know how to court a man" was the reply..hehe  I gues when your in your 90's you've seen it all.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2009
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I started a book years ago, but never finished it. I wish I could find someone to finish it for me. I just don't have the time or inclination. It was a Scottish time-travel romance which were really the "thing" at the time.