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Romance Reviews | June Releases Accidentally in Love by Laura Drewry

I’ve been asked a few times about my writ­ing process. Truth is…it’s a mess. Yes, there are a few key things I do with every book to help map out what I’m writ­ing. I do love me some color-coded charts and spread­sheets after all, not to men­tion a healthy To-Do list. But even with my orga­ni­za­tional efforts, there are days—ahem…weeks—where I fly by the seat of my note­book and get shocked when my book takes a spin I didn’t see coming.

I love to eat. I mean, who doesn’t? Food is at the cen­ter of so much of what we do. Meet-ups often revolve around food. TV watch­ing, too. Cel­e­bra­tions and date nights. And for me, food is also a part of my writ­ing. Yep, you’ll catch me snack­ing on Swedish fish or Mike & Ikes while I write (I have a huge sweet tooth), but think­ing about it now, there are always scenes in my books that involve food, too. Some­times it’s messy, some­times it’s sexy, and some­times it’s humor­ous.

Queen of Swords - Katee Robert. When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.

Even with the tech­nol­ogy of GPS (Global Posi­tion­ing Satel­lite) devices, many of us still make a wrong turn now and then. Or we miss the turn alto­gether. Often, noth­ing more than mak­ing a U-turn gets us back on track. But for Nancy Emer­son, the wrong turn changed her life. Guilt plagued her.

September Takes a Mysterious Turn

Five Great Things about Being an Author by Rebecca Zanetti

Readers are enamored with series. I’m not talking about the books where there is a cliff-hanger at the end so you must buy the next one, or the same couple carries each story. I’m referring to books where the central theme is a family, a place, or a group of friends. Some of the characters may or may not appear in every book, but the each story is about a different couple.

The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn, Who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles II

As I men­tion in my bio, I learned my best vocab­u­lary (dul­cet, diaphanous, and turgid) from romance books. I learned his­tory from those same books, whether they took place in Tudor Eng­land, Napoleonic Europe or Gilded Age Amer­ica. Half the fun was sep­a­rat­ing the fic­tion from the real his­tory and pulling down the rel­e­vant vol­umes of Ency­clo­pe­dia Bri­tan­nica.