Need writing prompts? We know where you can get them.
What? How do you use a writing prompt?
Simple. You use the sentence to get started. (thus Story Starters?) Choose one of the prompts and begin writing. Think about the who, what, where, why and how. You’ll be feeling creative again in no time.
“The last time I saw…..”
“The first chance I get…”
“He turned around quickly…”
Just to name a few from a very long list.
How about Writers Block?
Write With No Purpose – Set a time (15-20 minutes seems good) and write. Just write. No editing, no stopping, just let the words flow through your pen onto the paper, or your fingers onto the computer screen. Write whatever is in your head. If you are thinking about your lunch, describe it. If you are thinking about the eighteen things you need to get done, hey – start writing about it. Don’t stop until your time is up! You might be surprised at where some of your thoughts will take you.
That is just to name ONE example.
Okay…how about some Writing Tips?
Beginnings: The First Few Pages
How do you start your book? A strong opening is very important to a good story and a good book. Many people glance at the first few pages when thinking about reading a book; if it doesn’t grab them then, you’ve lost a potential reader. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got…
That is also, just to name ONE example on tips.
Still not grabbing you?
Hmm...Well, would you like a list of Writing Jobs?
Here is the “a” list:
Active Trade Magazine
All Free Lance *new*
That’s just the a’s. B through z is available to view as well.
It’s a no-brainer figuring out why Coffee Time Romance & More has selected Nicole as December’s Caramel Corner.
So…join with us and welcome, congratulate, and have a great time visiting Nicole and her site as she joins Coffee Time's 2013 Elite 12 websites for service and ingenuity.
By the way…in case the above sampling just isn’t your flavor, just wait until you sample some of the flavorful delicacies of Nicole’s alter ego found here. (not really an alter ego as Nicole wears all of these hats comfortably and authentically. Psst…she’s also a fabulous writer too).
It seems like it was just yesterday when I wrote the words "Happy New Year!" and now I'm watching 2013 wind down to nothing. It makes me sad to see this year end. I've lost some of the most important beings this year. I've shed so many tears this year, but I've counted more blessings than tears so I count this year a success.
I want to tell you a thank you from all of us at Coffee Time Romance & More. You are the reason we get to do what we love to do. We get to read all of these amazing stories and tell you about them. We get to invite you to chat with our favorite authors and give you chances to win prizes.
You have blessed our lives by stopping by and visiting with us! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your days (or nights) with us.
From our family to yours, May you be blessed during the holiday and all year through!
This is the book lover's community that has been waiting for you. Join us for fun and meet people who share the same love of books that you do.
Author's Coffee Corner - Stop by our Author group area and find hundreds of authors who have their Author area with us.
Java Junction is filled with publisher and author groups.
Special Interests is filled with hobbies, fun things, cooking tips, recipes, and great things to do.
Latte Lounge Events:
- 14: HeartFelt Promos Holiday Party all day in the Latte Lounge
Writing Seminar - Click here
Thank you for the wonderful seminars we have had this year. Check back in 2014 for more!
Coffee Thoughts, the Book Blog Click here
1 Blog Tour with Mitzi Szereto
2 Book Brew with the Crew
|Placemats and coasters plus a few extra goodies
Christmas classics!! We have all enjoyed some of the classic holiday stories from the past, both in books and on the small or larger screen. Home for Christmas, a visit from Santa, making a happy holiday when life hands out hard knocks, even the reindeer that doesn’t quite fit in or a mischievous elf wreaking havoc! Maybe a struggling single mom trying to make Christmas for her kids and getting some unexpected help. This month we have a score of authors ready to warm our hearts and maybe make us shed a few happy tears. We're going to be politically incorrect and shout Merry Christmas right out loud as we feature holiday themes in all our books for this December Book Brew!
We're going to have some special prizes--virtual gift baskets of e-books and another tangible gift basket with some Christmas-themed goodies such as a set of place mats and coasters and some other small surprises. I'll try to get a photo posted a day or two ahead of time.
Join us on Monday, December 2 at noon EST for an early Christmas Party--plenty of virtual egg nog, glog punch, and sugar cookies, all calorie free and a stocking full of wonderful stories that celebrate this very special time of year!
Santa’s got his list. So does Coffee Time Romance. Only our gifts are for the naughty boys and girls.
December 24, Coffee Time Romance will watch Santa’s flight across the sky. Come mingle with authors, publishers, and some of the best book review sites on the web. We’ve got a big bag full of goodies and we know how to use it. Join here
3 Claudine's Sweet Treats
4 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Barbara Edwards
5 Thursday Thirteen with DeeAnn Smallwood
6 Breathless Press
7 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Melissa Hosack
8 Celebrate with Etopia Press
9 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Susan Squires
10 Claudine's Sweet Treats
11 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Tigris Eden
12 Thursday Thirteen with Lisa Casian
14 New Release day with Total E-Bound
15 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Rachel Verhoff
16 Breathless Press
17 Claudine's Sweet Treats
18 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Nancy Corrigan
19 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Susanna Ives
20 Author Except Day
21 Author Spotlight Home for the Holidays
22 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Tal Valante
23 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Barbara Weitz
24 Santa Watch
25 Happy Holidays!
26 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Emily Greenwood
27 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Sommer Marsden
28 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Debra Mullins
31 Claudine's Sweet Treats
Have you ever wanted to know more about our lovely Coffee Crew? Check out their staffer pages here. Surviving our crazy little group is a major accomplishment (grin) so a big hand to these survivors who have amazingly enough have stuck around through all of the fun LOL:
Hcharju - 2 years
Isabel - 3 Years
Bama - 5 Years
A special holiday message from Little Latte.
Christmas is a magical time, isn’t it? Of course, we end the year with celebrations with friends and family. But something else occurs this time of year and it’s not just the gift we receive under the tree.
We give and receive the gift of hope. A hope shared with strangers. It is certainly true that in giving we receive. For those who stretch out hands and yes...wallets, with hope to those in need. Hope that the unknown stranger sees and feels how much caring is placed into the gesture of of that gift, regardless of the amount or the gesture.
For we give with the hope of helping and thus, fill the stocking of one spoken of in a sermon at the end of an old classic movie - The Bishop’s Wife. A sermon I’d like to recall now.
The Sermon from The Bishop’s Wife:
Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child.
All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. Its His birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share: loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.
Also! There’s a mini iPad floating around for one of our authors who participated in our Latte Likes earlier in the year whose page was nominated for likes. One fortunate individual will be randomly selected via random.org so watch for the announcement this month.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
P.S. Keep watch over Coffee Time’s Facebook page and watch for some surprises being delivered throughout the month of December.
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Author and Publisher News & Events
We will be at Taboo, The Naughty But Nice Sex Show in Calgary, AB Nov 7-10. Come find us and say hello!
Pure Speculation, in Edmonton AB Nov 15-17.
We are pleased to share that Highland Solution by debut author Ceci Giltenan has remained at the top of the Amazon bestselling lists for 4 weeks running. Other best selling titles include Haven by Celia Breslin, Waxing Deadly by Charles Pero and Hot Commodity by Linda Kage.
Do you live in the Dallas area? Join Kay Thomas at the Readers & 'Ritas weekend gathering along with thirty-five other Romance authors, November 8-10. Details at the Readers & 'Ritas website.
ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT! Are you working on your very own romance? How would you like to spend ten days with Eloisa James in Italy perfecting your craft? Slots are limited and applications must be received by December 15, 2013 for the May 2014 seminar. All the information is on the Minerva Education website.
Be sure to join Kay at her Facebook page for a HARD TARGET release day party on November 12 and follow her on the HARD TARGET blog tour during the month of November. Details are at her website.
Taliesin Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of noted military author, Gordon L. Rottman’s first fiction offering, The Hardest Ride. The author of 124 military non-fiction titles, including FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War II, Okinawa 1945: The Last Battle, World War II Infantry Antitank Tactics, World War II Infantry Assault Tactics, and Japanese Pacific Island Defenses.
The Hardest Ride is a Western Adventure that will grab your heart and mind and take them for a ride. Publication Date: December 5, 2013.
The Texas-Mexico border, the winter of 1886—The Great Die Up. A raw rift separates Mexicans and Anglos. A loner cowpoke and a mute Mexican girl fight man and nature to reunite.
Blurb: Out of work cowpoke Bud Eugen comes across Marta, a mute sixteen-year old Mexican girl whose family has been killed by Indians. Bud reluctantly takes her along, even though he’s never had to accommodate another person in his simple life. He’s unable to find anyone willing to take her. In spite of his prejudices, Bud grows to like the spunky girl (and her excellent cooking).
Eventually, they both find work on a border ranch. Here, the relationship between the girl and the young cowboy hesitantly grows. But banditos raid the ranch, kidnapping the rancher’s daughters and Marta. Bud, with twelve other men, pursue the banditos into the most desolate reaches of Mexico. Ambushes and battles with banditos, Rurales, and traitors are constant, and the brutal weather is as much a threat as the man-made perils. Life and death choices are made at every turn as one side gains the advantage, then the other.
The rancher’s daughters are rescued, and the exhausted party turns back. But Bud presses on alone, against insurmountable odds – determined to fulfill an unspoken promise to Marta.
Torquere Press - Click here to learn more
Our anthology calls are a great place to get your feet wet with a short story, or to explore a theme without committing to a full novella or novel. For all anthology calls, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about the chosen monthly theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!
Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to email@example.com with the title of the theme (ie: Torqued Tales) and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Each theme has a title and due date listed on the individual call.
March 2014 -- Spinning the Top -- deadline December 15
Twinky tops? Burly bottoms? Topping from beneath? Our Spinning the Top anthology is looking for stories that turn tops and bottoms on their ears. Stories need not be BDSM in nature (though that’s absolutely welcome), but these tales should definitely feature a distinct Top and bottom, and should turn those conventional stereotypes around to make them fresh and unexpected.
April 2014 -- Torqued Tales 2014 -- deadline January 15
There's something about a fairy tale that captures everyone's imaginations, so snuggle up by the fire and tell us a Once Upon a Time-- with a Torquere twist! For our Torqued Tales 2014 anthology, we're looking for stories with traditional fairy tale or fable themes with a fresh twist. How about a steampunk Cinderfella? Or a Rapunzel whose princess arrives to save her?
Join in the fun of Laura Kaye's blog tour for HARD AS IT GETS, November 29 - December 8. Prizes at every stop including an awesome grand prize!
Meet Eloisa James, Julia Quinn and Sarah MacLean! This lovely trio will be signing books in the NY and NJ area on December 4th and 5th. All of the details are on Eloisa's events page.
Do you love hot billionaire heroes? Read an excerpt of the sexy new contemporary romance, THE BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE'S WICKED ARRANGEMENT and enter to win a collection of my favorite books featuring billionaire heroes! For information on the prize and how to enter, visit Maya's contest page.