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Happy August by Linda O. Johnston

August 6, 2019 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , ,

Happy August, everyone. 

Happy eighth month of the year.  Happy continuation toward the last part of the year… because, yes, this year is going fast, as always.

Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference

Last week I attended the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference.  It was in New York City, as it is every third year or so.  They vary the location across the country otherwise.  Next year, it will be handier for me to attend, since it will be in San Francisco.  In 2121, it’s scheduled to be in Nashville.  New York was fun, though, despite the crowds everywhere and a totally inefficient elevator system in the busy hotel.  But lots of Harlequin editors and writers were present, and that’s what I’m mostly up to right now.

Dogs

Plus, I managed to skip out of the conference for part of a day to go to the AKC Dog Museum—and if you know me at all, you know I love dogs!

That was the last conference I’m attending this year, even though there’s at least one major mystery conference still pending.  But I went to four conferences already in 2019.  Conferences are enjoyable for connecting with people, seeing long-time friends and associates, and more.  But four is enough for one year.

Deadlines

So now what?  Deadlines!  I still have some to go, and because of my traveling this year, including to the conference, I’m a bit behind.  But I’m working on them.

And you?  Do you have writing deadlines, other work deadlines, any other deadlines you’re struggling with this year?  If so, you’d better get busy.

It’s August!

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Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

August 28, 2018 by in category Featured Author of the Month tagged as , , ,

Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

 

For thirty-five years, Meriam Wilhelm worked in education. From high school teacher to college dean to her favorite job of elementary school principal, she took an excitingly non-traditional pathway, always passionate about shaping young minds.

 

When she retired, something magical happened. Wilhelm was bitten by the writing bug and her chosen genre was paranormal romance – specifically of the witchy persuasion. Now, six books into The Witches of New Moon Beach series, she is bringing her passion for learning to her new profession.

 

A world traveler, Wilhelm has researched the history and culture of witchcraft and found inspiration as far away as Bergen, Norway and as close as her home town. A Redondo Beach resident, she decided there was no better location for her family of witches to reside than the beaches outside her own front door. “I think there is magic in everyone you meet,” Wilhelm says. “You just have to look for it.”

 

In her case, you also must write about that magic. Currently, Wilhelm is working on book seven, The Witch of Bergen.  She is the recipient of the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Award. She is married and the mother of three grown children and a brand-new grandma. When not writing or traveling, Meriam Wilhelm can be found at her sewing machine, at yoga class or, of course, reading.


Books by Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS

MORNING MAGIC

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MORNING MAGIC

MURDER BY MAGIC

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MURDER BY MAGIC

NIGHT FLIGHT

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NIGHT FLIGHT

SEA DREAMS

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SEA DREAMS

SUNSET SPELLS

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SUNSET SPELLS
THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOXED SET

THE WITCH OF BERGEN

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THE WITCH OF BERGEN
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August Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

August 21, 2018 by in category Featured Author of the Month tagged as , , ,

August Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

 

August Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

 

For thirty-five years, Meriam Wilhelm worked in education. From high school teacher to college dean to her favorite job of elementary school principal, she took an excitingly non-traditional pathway, always passionate about shaping young minds.

 

When she retired, something magical happened. Wilhelm was bitten by the writing bug and her chosen genre was paranormal romance – specifically of the witchy persuasion. Now, six books into The Witches of New Moon Beach series, she is bringing her passion for learning to her new profession.

 

A world traveler, Wilhelm has researched the history and culture of witchcraft and found inspiration as far away as Bergen, Norway and as close as her home town. A Redondo Beach resident, she decided there was no better location for her family of witches to reside than the beaches outside her own front door. “I think there is magic in everyone you meet,” Wilhelm says. “You just have to look for it.”

 

In her case, you also must write about that magic. Currently, Wilhelm is working on book seven, The Witch of Bergen.  She is the recipient of the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Award. She is married and the mother of three grown children and a brand-new grandma. When not writing or traveling, Meriam Wilhelm can be found at her sewing machine, at yoga class or, of course, reading.


Books by August Featured Author: Meriam Wilhelm

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

Buy now!
MIDNIGHT MADNESS

MORNING MAGIC

Buy now!
MORNING MAGIC

MURDER BY MAGIC

Buy now!
MURDER BY MAGIC

NIGHT FLIGHT

Buy now!
NIGHT FLIGHT

SEA DREAMS

Buy now!
SEA DREAMS

SUNSET SPELLS

Buy now!
SUNSET SPELLS
THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOXED SET

THE WITCH OF BERGEN

Buy now!
THE WITCH OF BERGEN
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Featured Author of the Month: Meriam Wilhelm

August 14, 2018 by in category Featured Author of the Month tagged as , , ,

featured author meriam wilhelm

 

Featured Author of the Month: Meriam Wilhelm

 

For thirty-five years, Meriam Wilhelm worked in education. From high school teacher to college dean to her favorite job of elementary school principal, she took an excitingly non-traditional pathway, always passionate about shaping young minds.

 

When she retired, something magical happened. Wilhelm was bitten by the writing bug and her chosen genre was paranormal romance – specifically of the witchy persuasion. Now, six books into The Witches of New Moon Beach series, she is bringing her passion for learning to her new profession.

 

A world traveler, Wilhelm has researched the history and culture of witchcraft and found inspiration as far away as Bergen, Norway and as close as her home town. A Redondo Beach resident, she decided there was no better location for her family of witches to reside than the beaches outside her own front door. “I think there is magic in everyone you meet,” Wilhelm says. “You just have to look for it.”

 

In her case, you also must write about that magic. Currently, Wilhelm is working on book seven, The Witch of Bergen.  She is the recipient of the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Award. She is married and the mother of three grown children and a brand-new grandma. When not writing or traveling, Meriam Wilhelm can be found at her sewing machine, at yoga class or, of course, reading.

 

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

Buy now!
MIDNIGHT MADNESS

MORNING MAGIC

Buy now!
MORNING MAGIC

MURDER BY MAGIC

Buy now!
MURDER BY MAGIC

NIGHT FLIGHT

Buy now!
NIGHT FLIGHT

SEA DREAMS

Buy now!
SEA DREAMS

SUNSET SPELLS

Buy now!
SUNSET SPELLS
THE WITCHES OF NEW MOON BEACH BOXED SET

THE WITCH OF BERGEN

Buy now!
THE WITCH OF BERGEN
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Romance Awareness Month and why you need romance in your life by Jina Bacarr

August 11, 2018 by in category Jina’s Book Chat, Writing tagged as , , , ,

Find romance in a romance novel and this hunky guy, too!

August is romance awareness month.

Not sure why someone picked this month when half the world is on holiday with the family or wishing they were. Not enough time for romance when you’re watching the kids in the pool or trying to wave down a taxi in London with a toddler in your arms.

To me, romance should be about cool breezes and fruity drinks on a sexy, tropical island with lots of down time, sarongs, and him shirtless. Ah, yes… (see below)

We all need romance.

The subtle flirting of a cocked eyebrow raised in your direction, a low growl from the back of his throat when he sees you in your bikini, cuddling together under a blanket and playing footsies. Mood changers, for sure. That certain connection that doesn’t come in a bottle. The “feel good” hormone. I talked to a woman in Starbucks recently waiting for her Internet date. When I asked her why she’d meet up with a guy she didn’t know, she said, “I wanted a little romance in my life.”

Wow.

I so understand. However, the good thing is, if you’re between boyfriends or dates, you can pick your romantic destination as easily as picking up a romance novel. As writers, we get to experience both creating and writing about our heroes.

Works for me….

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Here’s the shirtless guy I promised you…oh, yeah.

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