Writing to market – a genre that doesn’t fail!

So many times we hear, “I write to market” or the opposing view “Write your heart”. But what if you could do both? There is a market that never goes out of favor. It has people buying all year long, year after year after year and they buy it by the millions. If you could tap into that market and you could write it on your own schedule, wouldn’t you want to? Heck yeah! And that’s why you need to be writing Holiday Romances!

Holiday Romance is a booming genre. From Christmas and Thanksgiving to Valentines Day and Halloween people love the feel of a Holiday Romance. They love to live it and devour it over and over and over. And Holiday Romances can be written in any genre.

Love contemporary? Maybe a contemporary Valentines Romance might be right for you. Are you devoted to paranormal? Christmas with a pack full of shifters could be your cup of tea. Historical? A witch historical Samhain story could really set you apart. No matter your genre Holiday Romances sell.

The beauty of writing a Holiday Romance is that you can write them anytime you can fit them in and if it doesn’t work in your schedule to publish it this year, the market will still be there next year. Holiday Romances are not going to go out of style. So you don’t have to worry about writing something and then having to sit on it for another seven years until the market comes back around.

While I personally write what I love and not to market- because honestly, I’ve missed every trend in the last 3 years by a matter of months – I love to write holiday romances because I write them when I want and release them when I want. They are the ultimate mashup of both worlds, writing to market and writing what you love. Are there other genres you can do that in? Sure, but not many. Because honestly by the time you find out what is hot- and you write something for it- if you are going traditional and you submit the houses are full of a thousand other books being submitted in the same genre. Or if you self-publish the market has been saturated by everyone else trying to get on the bandwagon as well. But with Holiday Romances you never have to worry about that.

So, where do you start? What components do you need? How do you make sure you are giving the readers what they are looking for? When do publishers send out calls for anthologies? All of these points will be discussed in my upcoming class for the FF&P chapter. It starts on May 15th and is called Romancing the Holidays. You can find the link to register HERE!

So come join me to find out more about this amazing genre and how you can make money all year long and have fun writing what you want, when you want, without the worry of whether you’ve missed the market or not.

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Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards in both writing and screenwriting, including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her new series Shifter Rising is released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing, you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark.

Writing Love for the Holidays – Part Two – Writers Wednesday

Writing Love for the Holidays
Part Two

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Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining me again for writing Holiday Romances. This is part two. If you missed part one, you can find it HERE.

So in part one we talked about using the five senses to convey the holiday season. But there is more to Holiday stories than just being around the holidays and setting the mood. You need to have themes and characters in your book that are affected by the holiday season.

Your characters need to affected by the season. They love that time of year or they hate it. They’re lonely and missing their family because they are working, or maybe they’re on their way to see their family. Or maybe they don’t want to be anywhere near their family this year and they’re headed to Hawaii! No matter what you choose, the holidays have to have something to with the character. For good or for bad.

The holidays need to bring the hero and heroine together. Maybe they meet in the airport or they are both reaching for the last bottle of wine. Maybe they’ve both gotten snowed in a ski lodge and people are being murdered. Whatever the reason, again. The holidays need to play a part in why the hero and heroine find each other.

If you decide on a theme for your book, or a message you want to share, it too needs to focus around the holidays. The stories can start around November 1st when Christmas decorations start taking over all the stores. And they usually end by Christmas or New Years. (If you are going for a winter holiday story and not a Valentines or St. Patrick’s Day or something else.) There are so many themes for holiday romances.

Themes & Plots:
1) It’s all about commercialism. It doesn’t really mean anything to people anymore.
2) Girl doesn’t want to celebrate because something bad happened before around the holidays.
3) Boy goes home for the holidays and runs into the love of his life that he left and they never stopped loving each other.
4) Boy and girl get trapped in an airport, or bus station, or hotel with only one room left or only one rental car.
5) A woman is traveling and finds the love of her life.
6) A man loves his riches more than relations until a woman shows him the error of his ways.
7) A poor woman with very little is happy with what she has and meets a man with lots of money who is unhappy.
8) The son of Santa has to find a wife.
9) A girl is going home for Hanukkah and she said she was engaged and gets someone to pose as her fiance.
10) A little boy wishes for a mom for the New Year.

All of those have been done, but they can also be made fresh and new. They all revolve around the holidays and bring it further into the stories than just the setting.

There are all kinds of fun characters we can write into holiday stories too that help set up the season. The Yenta mom who wants her son to get married to a nice Orthodox girl more than anything. The child who only wants for her Mom to find happiness. The crazy great aunt who knits sweaters for everyone. The boss who doesn’t care about holidays and thinks they are a waste. The mysterious stranger who seems to show up with help when needed. The old man with the beard who thinks he really is Santa. Yes, some of those are cliche, I get it. But you get the point. There are people who can help add to your setting and plot as well.

Lastly, when you write a Holiday Romance you need to be aware that the calls for them come out sometimes a year in advance. In February or July they can be looking for stories to come out the following year. It’s sometimes difficult to get in the holiday spirit around that time of year. Especially if you are like me and you live in Sunny Southern California. So do what I do. Find some holiday scented candles. Pine, Cinnamon, Apple Pie and light them. Turn on some holiday music. Put up some decorations, especially lights. Watch holiday movies. Drink hot cocoa or hot apple cider and eat some pie while sitting in front of your fireplace. All of these warm cozy things will engage your senses and bring you back to that place where you feel your Holiday spirit the most.

I hope this has been a bit helpful for you and that you are already brimming with ideas for your next Holiday Romance. Drop me a line when you finish and let me know!

At christmas

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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The Christmas Nights Collection

As I mentioned yesterday my new release Saving Christmas is part of The Christmas Nights Collection.

Here are the books and amazing writers in The Christmas Nights Collection!

Christmas Come Early

by Bethany Lopez
Erotic Romance

Amazon

Interning over the holiday’s at an Easy Listening Radio Station may not be rock-lover Jules’s ideal position, but she’s eager to get her foot in the door and begin her journey towards her dream of being a DJ. When she meets co-intern Seth, she’s not impressed by his farm boy, country style, but you can’t always judge a man by his khaki pants.

At first glance, Seth knows that Jules is the kind of girl his mother always warned him about, and his brothers encouraged him to seek out in the city. More interested in music and lyrics than the DJ booth, Seth is interested in learning everything he can about the business, but welcomes the kind of distraction that Jules provides.

Can the magic of Christmas bring this country boy and rocker girl together, or will their spark die out when the holidays over?

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethany-Lopez/214630865247702
Twitter Handle – @bethanylopez2
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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5021061.Bethany_Lopez
Blog – http://bethanylopez.blogspot.com

Waiting for Christmas

by Cara North
Erotic Military

Abigail has been writing Simon for several months. She knew of him as a young rogue and adored him from afar when they were in high school. The opportunity to get to know him as a grown man, a Marine, was too much to pass up. Now all she needs this season is for Hunter Christmas to finally come home.

Cara North was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She is an honorably discharged US Marine. She began writing in 1996 and is the author of contemporary and erotic romance. She lives in Southern California and enjoys hearing from her readers.

Tiles you can find include: Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off (Book 1 of the Country Music/Montana Cowboys Collection); The Art of Ethan (Book 1 of the Beaufort, NC Series); I Love My Marine: Officer Edition; I Love My Marine: Enlisted Edition; and the controversial best selling book: The Object of My Obsession.

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Tessa’s Holiday Temptation

by Ella Jade
Erotic Contemporary Romance

Amazon

Let the temptation begin.

Chase Carlisle has never been so taken by any other woman, but when he met Tessa everything changed. Falling in love with the younger, sexy vixen was easy. She tempted him in ways he couldn’t resist. Now that she was his he’d do anything to keep her happy, safe and fulfilled.

Tessa Burke had been mesmerized by Chase almost from the moment she saw the attractive, successful, older man. He helped her during a low point in her life. Their whirlwind romance is just beginning and life couldn’t be better. When Chase surprises her with a tropical, holiday getaway she can’t wait to spend four romantic days alone with him.

Promises of sun, sand and swimming are in store for the couple, but will they ever make it out of the luxurious villa? This vacation may prove to be their hottest Christmas ever.

A short story featuring Tessa and Chase from Tessa’s Temptation. Both books stand alone, but to see how the couple started their journey check out their full length novel available now.

Contains adult content and graphic sexual situations

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can’t be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s busy creating sexy, domineering men and the strong women who know how to challenge them in and out of the bedroom.  She hopes you’ll get lost in her words.

She loves connecting with readers. You can find her here…

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Second Chance Holiday

by Lacey Wolfe
Contemporary Romance

All Maggie Carver wants for Christmas is for things to work out with her long time boyfriend Brock. But with his work schedule and putting her second, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen—especially because he plans to work on Christmas. She goes back to her family ranch for the holidays, alone and heartbroken.

Brock Wells thought Maggie was the one. That they’d be together through thick and thin. Before she heads home for the holidays, she ends things with him. While he loves her, he isn’t sure it’s worth fighting for any longer.

As the holidays draw closer and the need to spend the days with loved ones becomes overwhelming, can Maggie and Brock find their way back to one another, or will they let their stubborn nature get the best of them?

Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. Her goal as an author is to have a romance for everyone, whether it’s sweet, sensual, or spicy. She’s had several books on the Amazon best seller lists. When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, talking to her pets, spending time with her family, or lost in some sort of craft. Oh, and she takes kindly to anyone who feeds her cookies.

Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their herd of cats and one black lab who rules the house.

You can find Lacey at the following places:
Facebook / Facebook Page / Twitter / The Wolfe Pack

Bare Christmas
by N Kuhn
Romantic Suspense

Amazon

Penny’s husband was abusive. She’s trying to retake her life while dealing with the fact that she murdered him. Dodge is a strong silent Texas Ranger who wants to save her. Now someone is threatening to get her back for what happened to her husband though she was cleared of charges. Can Dodge help Penny over come her fear of men? Can he protect and love her enough that she can move on with her life? How can a battered wife trust again? Catch up with Mitch and Kelli and follow Dodge’s story in Bare Christmas.

*Please note, this story contains domestic violence which may not be suitable for some readers. Half of the proceeds from this book will be donated to my local Domestic Violence agencies. For more information on domestic violence or if you know someone being abused, you can check out this website for ways to help. http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php

N Kuhn grew up in a small town in Western New York. Having spent her afternoons outside or with a book, she grew up with a love of reading and writing. Her mother and grandmother fully encouraged this in her. Many years later, after a husband and children, she made a promise to her dying grandmother to fulfill her dream of being an author. Her grandmother lived to see N’s name in print. This was a turning moment for her. Driven by ambition and a promise made, she has since published several titles including the Mohawk Trilogy, Tucked In, Buffalo Rocker and the Tricks series.

N Kuhn has several other books that will be out later this year. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with her little girl, coloring, blogging, reading or crocheting. Her family and coffee are her two staples in life.

Check her out on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/nkuhnauthor
Blog: http://nkuhnebooks.blogspot.com
You can also follow her on twitter @mrsnkuhn

Christmas Angel

by Opal Carew
Fantasy Romance

Given one chance to break the curse which has held Angelique in its grip for two hundred years, she is faced with a heart-rending decision. Can she sacrifice Nick’s happiness for her own freedom?

As a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotic contemporary romance, Opal Carew writes about passion, love, and taking risks.  Her heroines follow their hearts and push past the fear that stops them from realizing their dreams… to the excitement and love of happily-ever-after.

Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult, Manga artwork, Zentangle, and all that glitters. She earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and spent 15 years as a software analyst before turning to her passion as a writer. She grew up in Toronto, and now lives in Ottawa with her husband, and three cats.  One of her sons is has completed his Masters degree at Sussex University in the UK and the other is working on his undergraduate degree at Carleton University.  Yes, mom is proud!

To learn more about Opal, visit her at www.OpalCarew.com

Newsletter:  http://tinyurl.com/OCNewsletter

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/OpalCarewRomanceAuthor

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/opalcarew

Blog: http://opalcarewromanceauthor.wordpress.com

Saving Christmas

by Rebekah R Ganiere
Paranormal Romance

Amazon

Raine’s a Fae with no magic. Banished to live among “Normals” in the human world she works as an Inquisitor for Otherworlders. But when her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Kringle, heir to the Santa Claus legacy, goes missing, it’s her job to find him. Problem is, she’d rather he just stayed missing.

Hurt by everyone she’s ever cared about Raine isn’t about to open up her heart to her “bad boy” best friend Jordan who’s been in love with her for years. Especially since his Pride’s made it abundantly clear that there’s no way in hell they’ll let him marry anyone but another weretiger.

As Raine investigates the disappearance of Gabriel, she discovers that he hasn’t just run off with a set of twin Christmas Fae for the weekend. Something more sinister is in the works; and if she can’t save him Christmas will be ruined forever. But will rescuing Gabriel bring Raine and Jordan closer, or will old feelings for Gabriel tear them apart forever?

Rebekah is an Award Winning, Bestselling Author. She’s the VP of Communications of the FF&P Chapter of RWA as well as a member of her local Chapters. Her debut novel released in January 2014 and will have 6 books released by the end of the year.

In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her moderating or teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and two tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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A Spanking Good Christmas

by Roz Lee
Erotic Romance F/F

Amazon 

Can a gift certificate to a fetish club and a pervertable Christmas decoration bring two co-workers together?

Cindy has fantasized about spanking Marley ever since her fellow designer admitted to missing the sexual kink after ending a short-lived relationship. Rigging the office gift exchange is simple compared to admitting her growing feelings for the other woman.

Marley can’t believe Cindy’s thoughtful present. The gift certificate to NYC’s notorious fetish club, Bottoms Up, would be perfect if Cindy herself were the one swinging the paddle, but admitting to having a thing for her co-worker could ruin a perfectly good working relationship as well as a treasured friendship.

USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee has penned over a dozen erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series.

Roz has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. Roz and her husband have two grown daughters (and a new Son-in-law) they couldn’t be more proud of.

Even though Roz has lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.”

When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.

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Forever December

by T.J. Michaels
Paranormal Romance

Blurb: Melaniece is looking forward to spending a nice quiet holiday at her vacation home up in the mountains. Expecting to enjoy ripping open gifts with her family, she’s surprised when they spring the ultimate present on her: Michael Bannon. Could his unexpected appearance have anything to do with the strange vampire dreams she’s been having lately?

Michael is determined not to blow a second chance with the woman he should have loved years ago, even if it means revealing his true nature. Is a good guy willing to be very bad to get what he wants? Absolutely…always and forever.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence. Short Novel. Previously published by Ellora’s Cave.

USA Today and NY Times bestseller, T.J. Michaels, is also an award-winning author of several romance genres, including paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and urban fantasy romance. Writing like a madman, TJ hasn’t lost steam. Her mind? Yep, that’s gone, but steam there is a-plenty. A true Taurus, TJ isn’t slowing down and she’s definitely too stubborn to stop when she sees the fence!

No matter the genre TJ is penning, her favorite thing to do is build worlds. To take you somewhere extraordinary. To transport you to a place where you can close your eyes and slip into your fantasy…

Links:

Website: www.tjmichaels.com

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/T.J.-Michaels/e/B002BMJ1RI

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tj_michaels

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/the.real.tjmichaels

Santa’s Helper

By Yvette Hines
Genre: Multicultural/Interracial

Amazon

ARe

Kobo

Nicole has been working for Marco department store for three years and has loved David, the owner’s middle son for just as long. Quiet, sexy business-minded David Marco with his thick black hair and chocolate brown eyes that makes her wet just looking at them.

Shoved inside of a too small elf costume, finding out that David is leaving in a few days to open up another store and having her car battery die is enough to make her Christmas Eve go from bad to worse. But when David shows up to assist her, she soon discovers that there are big perks in being Santa’s Helper.

USA Today Bestselling Author Yvette loves romance and writing it is one of her greatest and guiltiest pleasures. She enjoys creating happily ever after stories with lots of HEAT. The hotter the better! Life is busy, it would be great to have a chance to sit down and enjoy a long read. Since that is often not the case, she brings you Short and Sexy, Sensual Erotica. Just long enough to help you meet the need. She was talking about your reading need…where’s your mind? As an erotic romance author, she tries to show that every woman no matter color, age, shape or size deserves a high level of passion in their life. Whether you like to see them spanked, tangled in a ménage or simply falling in love, she’s got it. So, if you like diversity and a good read, check out one of her books. Then send her a few words through e-mail about it so you all can chat. She runs a newsletter group where she posts contests, excerpts, blurbs, covers and news about where she is and what she’s doing.

Email: sasseyvettehines@yahoo.com Website Address: http://yvettehines.com Facebook Address: Author Yvette Hines Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/129676380540087/ Twitter: @SasseYvetteH Blog: www.sassesheets.blogspot.com

 

Saving Christmas (A Novella) – The Christmas Nights Collection

Hey everyone! My short Novella: Saving Christmas  – An Otherworlder Holiday Novella, part of The Christmas Nights Collection is releasing today!!

Length: 16k
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

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Raine’s a Fae with no magic. Banished to live among “Normals” in the human world she works as an Inquisitor for Otherworlders. But when her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Kringle, heir to the Santa Claus legacy, goes missing, it’s her job to find him. Problem is, she’d rather he just stayed missing.

Hurt by everyone she’s ever cared about Raine isn’t about to open up her heart to her “bad boy” best friend Jordan who’s been in love with her for years. Especially since his Pride’s made it abundantly clear that there’s no way in hell they’ll let him marry anyone but another weretiger.

As Raine investigates the disappearance of Gabriel, she discovers that he hasn’t just run off with a set of twin Christmas Fae for the weekend. Something more sinister is in the works; and if she can’t save him Christmas will be ruined forever. But will rescuing Gabriel bring Raine and Jordan closer, or will old feelings for Gabriel tear them apart forever?

Saving Christmas is part of The Christmas Nights Collection. A collection of short stories by a group of amazing writers. Be sure to check out all the stories by typing The Christmas Nights Collection into the search engine.

TheChristmasNightsCollectionEXCERPT:

“You are good just the way you are, darlin’. You don’t need magic to make you special.”

The scent of Jordan’s cologne wafted toward her, making her body wake up and pay attention. She fought the growing urges to run her tongue down the length of his torso and watch his toes curl as she rode him til—

“Raine?”

“What?” She pushed a spot of drool from her lip. Had she thought that out loud? Oh please don’t let her have thought that out loud!

“Did you hear me?” His eyes searched hers.

“Yeah, of course. I know. I’m perfect.”

He snickered. “I wouldn’t go that far.”

She smacked him on the shoulder and pushed him till he fell on his butt.

“So what’s not perfect about me?”

He studied her for a minute. “Well, your black hair is kind of straight.”

“So?”

“It’s almost too thin.”

“What?”

“And your bluish-green eyes are really…”

“Really what?”

He shrugged. “Almost too bluish-green. Like unnaturally so.”

“Are you serious? I’m Fae, of course they’re not natural human looking. Anything else?”

He got to his feet and yanked her up. She sucked in a sharp breath as he wrapped his arms around her.

“Your waist is too thin.” He smashed her against his chest. “But your breasts are a nice size and firmness.”

“Jerk.” She repressed the urge to laugh.

He leaned back. “You’re a tad on the small side, but I appreciate that in a woman.” His hands slid down to cup her rear.

Raine’s brain fuzzed over as shivers of desire raced through her, settling in her core and making her throb. Jordan leaned in so close his warm breath caressed her neck as his deep voice whispered in her ear.

“And you have a nice round handful of a backside that is, in fact, perfect for my large hands to hold on to.”

He tilted his head so his mouth stopped inches from hers. Raine licked her lips and her heart fluttered. No, she couldn’t.