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My Story’s Theme of Bullying

My current manuscript deals with an important theme, one that so many people, young and old, go through every day – bullying. Mild or severe, all forms are hurtful and can lead to depression, anxiety or worse.

My heroine was bullied most of her childhood. When she started university she found solace in a man and their friendship made all those years melt away… until he betrayed her. Now five years later, they are working together in an industry where she has to deal with bullying again and try and find it in herself to forgive him.

Has bullying affected you or anyone you care about?

Here is a great link to read about bullying facts:

Bullying Statistics

 

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So You Think You Can Write 2015 (#SYTYCW15) is BACK!!!

So You Think You Can Write 2015 is back and in full swing. This year they are partnered with Wattpad. You have to register with Wattpad to submit your story. The neat thing about the process this year is that you submit one chapter at a time. The complete manuscript to be submitted in full by September 21, 2015. Promotion of your chapters is essential as you have fellow followers checking out your story and giving feedback/encouragement. Make sure the manuscript is complete. The first chapter and pitch are what the judges check out during the first round.

Good luck to all who enter! Here’s the link:

https://www.wattpad.com/140995571-enter-harlequin%27s-so-you-think-you-can-SYTYCW15

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Romance Writers of America writing classes

Romance Writers of America (AKA ‘RWA’) always has writing courses going on. You need to be a paid member to take advantage of these great opportunities. If you’re a romance writer I would highly recommended joining if you haven’t already. Right now I am taking a self-editing class and next month is Pitch Perfect which runs June 23-27. Cost for the class is $10.00. What a great deal to improve one’s writing skills. 

www.rwa.org

Have a great day! 🙂 

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Pitch Slam – no luck this time

Well, I didn’t advance to the agent stage in #Pitch Slam, but I learned so much about my 35 word pitch and my first 250 words. I would like to make a big shout out to the creators, bloggers, editors and agents who all made #Pitch Slam such a great success. I can’t wait until next time. 

The next contest #RT Slap is open to YA (young adult), NA (new adult) and A (adult) romance. No info on word count for the pitch but I will keep everyone posted. The contest is on Monday, May 5, 2014 8 am EST to 8 pm EST. 

Be brave and submit. It’s so much fun.

Remember the writing world is very subjective. If you aren’t selected to advance, it doesn’t mean that you’re a terrible writer and should stop writing forever. It means your story didn’t click for that particular agent/editor on that specific day. So keep trying. Someone out there will LOVE what you wrote — you just need to get your work out there and never stop trying.

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Disney Fantasy – view from Castaway Cay

Disney Fantasy - view from Castaway Cay

I recently returned from a holiday with my husband. A Disney Cruise in the Western Caribbean. What a wonderful time we had!
My plan was to capture all our moments in my journal which I had tucked away in the desk drawer in our room. Why wasn’t it in my beach bag you ask? I don’t know! Perhaps sometimes it’s better to live in the moment and capture it in written form later – when you’ve had some time to really think about all the oohs and ahhs.
I hope everyone had or gets a restful vacation to help with all of life’s curve balls.