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Be the First to Welcome Louisa to Oklahoma!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Oklahoma, Writing | 0 comments

It’s June 11, 1885. Lovely Lola Bell lost her job last night, and is right now checking out the stagecoach times to Fort Reno, Indian Territory. And you want to be there when she arrives! Be the first to Welcome Louisa to Oklahoma!! Holding the Fort Launch Party Tuesday, December 5th 6:30 – 8:30 Mustang Public Library 1201 North Mustang Rd, Mustang, OK     Celebrate the release of Regina’s newest book with door prizes, refreshments, a costume photo booth, and behind the scene information about the new series set at Fort Reno, Indian Territory. All proceeds from book sales goes to benefit the Friends of the Mustang Library. I can just picture her, chewing her lip as she studies the fares, wondering how long her money can last and what she’s going to do now that her singing career...

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Continuity Issues

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Devotions, Writing | 0 comments

Let’s say you’re going to make up a story. A grand story. A story that’s going to span centuries with a cast of characters that numbers into the thousands. This story is going to be so big, that it’ll require several authors working with you – dozens in fact. And it’s going to take a long time to write. Generations will pass before it’s done. How are you going to plan for that? I’m currently editing a novella collection about three brothers, but it’s on a much smaller scale. The stories are all set in the same town and share a lot of the same characters, but a different author is writing each individual brother’s story. A project like this takes planning. Before these ladies started writing, they set down names, places, and characters. Together they matched the stories...

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6 Steps to Writing a Letter to a Corporation

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Writing | 2 comments

Many times we hear that a corporation we do business with or a public figure that we admire has done something that is disappointing. Many people mean to write to share their disapproval, but don’t know where to start. Others contact the organization, but their accusations don’t open a dialogue. Here are some thoughts on how to write an effect protest letter. 1. Why are you writing? An interview on TV, a product you find offensive, a news item – what was it that prompted you to start writing? Dear Pepsi-Cola, I noticed your company’s name on a list of corporate sponsors who fund Planned Parenthood. 2. Who are you? And what do you want? If you are a customer, tell them, but be honest. Don’t over-inflate your importance. And then tell them what you are hoping to accomplish....

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Before and After: Book Cover Changes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Books, Caught in the Middle, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 30 comments

My publisher Bethany House is famous for their historical romance books…and covers. Their covers are adored by authors and readers alike. I’ve never had a cover from them that I didn’t like, but occasionally I get a cover that needs just a little change to make it fit the story better.    For instance, this is my first book cover. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The blouse even matches the descriptions of Rosa’s hand-embroidery work and drawstring neckline.  The one problem we had was that this series takes place in Caldwell County, Texas – a real location that just happens to look nothing like a desert. Before:   After: Those sandy dunes and mountain ranges were replaced with wheat fields and some…well, smaller mountains. This picture could possibly be in central Texas, while the other could not. My Caught in the...

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History, Romance and Research

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in History, Writing | 12 comments

Writing historical fiction takes nerve…fake sign-language interpreter nerve. Unless your day job is at Historical Williamsburg chances are you really don’t know how people lived back then. You’ve read a lot of books yourself (mostly written by people who were also researching). You’ve watched movies, studied artifacts, read biographies, but when it comes down to it, you still need the every day details to make your stories and settings more realistic. With every book I search out specific resources based on the location of the story, the careers of the characters, and the exact year, but as long as I’m writing about the mid-19th century I have a few books that I keep nearby. First off, we must know what our heroines are wearing. Besides the hero’s broad shoulders, the ladies’ gowns merit the most descriptions. This book is...

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Voice and “The Voice”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Writing | 2 comments

If I had to choose a favorite of the TV talent shows, it’d be NBC’s “The Voice.” On The Voice four judges sit with their backs turned to the contestants as they perform so the singer’s appearance doesn’t factor into their decision. During the performance, if one of the four judges turns their chair around he is offering the contestant a place on his team. If more than one judge turns, then it’s up to the contestant whose team they want to join. There are no flops on The Voice. No delusional wanna-bes. These people are all talented, and yet some of them don’t impress the judges. Now, my untrained ear can’t always discern why the judges turn the moment they do. Many times they sit through most of the song before committing so they have as much information as...

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