Overheard #Booknerdproblems, by Nikki Tetreault
We all know that booknerds are of the mermaid, unicorn, supersaiyan, pirate variety, which tends to lead to some really intense debates, and some very, very strange topics. Here are some of my favorite ‘overheard’#Booknerdproblems recently!   The dark side of #Booknerdproblems:  “He really needs to stop murdering people. It’s unhealthy.” “I can’t watch a […]
(B) BookTears: Awkward Times You’ve Caught Book Feels, by Nikki Tetreault
It’s for Booktears people. We’ve all had that book that we were so involved in the story, so connected with the characters, that our feels go into overdrive and salty water just seems to fall from our eyes for no reason at all. These are called booktears, and yes, they happen in the most awkward places. […]
Z is for Zilch- As in The Writer’s Block Mind and It’s Cause, by Nikki Tetreault
You sit at your desk, light on, fresh coffee steaming to your left, and a blank screen burning holes into your corneas. You’ve finally made time to write, and your mind goes completely blank. You know it well, it’s a well feared plague among writers everywhere. Writer’s block. While I myself am not a long […]
Y is for Yummy – deliciously hot actors and the fictional characters they play!, by Nikki Tetreault
Everyone has a favourite book boyfriend, and seeing them on-screen in the movie adaptation of their books just adds to their swoon-worthiness. Here’s our list of deliciously hot actors and the fictional characters they play! *warning: drooling may occur with prolonged exposure*       Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, in the Divergent Series […]
X is for X-Rated Scenes, by Clare Dugmore
“Becky and Billy sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a golden carriage.”   A challenge many contemporary-romance writers face is writing the (sometimes dreaded) X-Rated scene. I’m sure many writer have played out a hot action between their characters in their mind, but putting it […]
Women, Winning, and Other W words, by Nikki Tetreault
Today’s A-Z challenge letter is W, so as a female I obviously knew something about women was going to be part of the conversation. There are a lot of areas where women ‘fall short’, in the public eye, such as video game and comic usage, science-based careers, equal pay, and even the ratio of successful […]
V is for Vicki’s Literary World, by Clare Dugmore
I never knew just how big and varied the world of books is until I wrote one. And even then, it still took a while to completely sink in. It takes so many people to bring a book into the world- editors, designers, proofreaders, artists, photographers, typographers, pr and marketing…. Well, you get the idea. […]
U is for University: What I Learned Teaching Freshman Comp, by Clare Dugmore
Long before I was a writer, I taught Freshman Comp at a large, football-obsessed state university. I walked thousands of students through the writing process of academic papers. Naturally I thought this would be a big plus when I sat down to write my own novel. I mean, I had been teaching college writing for […]
T is for Trolling – Dealing with Negative Reviews, by Clare Dugmore
Ask most aspiring writers what they think are the fundamental ingredients for publishing success and they’ll probably say talent, a killer story idea, awesome characters, a perfectly polished query letter, and a lot of luck. In short, you need to write a kick-ass book and get it in front of the right people. All of […]
S is for Shelf-Life, by Clare Dugmore
The well-known idiom states: “you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes,” but for me, the most telling thing about a person is their bookshelves. Be it physical or digital, what’s on a person’s book shelf says a lot about their tastes, likes and dislikes.   Here’s my Kindle bookshelf, for example. […]