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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TWRP Submission Call: Boots & Babies

Boots & Babies—new submission call for The Wild Rose Press’s Yellow Rose Line. Who doesn’t love a sexy, rugged cowboy?  And who can resist a cute, adorable, chubby-cheeked baby?  But what happens when you combine the two?  Commanding strength? Or total chaos? 

Each story should revolve around a cowboy and a baby (or babies) newborn to 18 months. The baby could be his or hers, a niece or nephew, a friend's being taking care of, or any other scenario you can think of as long as the story revolves around a cowboy and baby/babies. 

These stories can range from romantic comedy to more serious in nature and heat levels from sweet to hot (but not erotica) Stories should be 20,000 – 30,000 words in length.  Please be aware that these stories will not be released in print.  They will only be available in digital format. Send us your query and synopsis through with the subject line: Boots & Babies Query—[your Title]

For a perfect example of this theme read Asking for Trouble by Jannine Gallant:

Contact Stacy Holmes, Senior Editor, Yellow Rose line:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Surprise from my sweetheart

My wonderful husband sent me a text one day last week saying he had a surprise for me, but wouldn't tell me what it was.  When he got home that night, he brought--or rather, lugged--in this...

Since excitedly starting my writing career at the tender age of eleven on my mother's very old, huge, heavy, black antique typewriter, I have always had a thing for them. (Unfortunately, later in my teens, she sold hers at a yard sale. I didn't think I held a grudge, but with fond memories of the deep-pressed, clacking keys typing out the adventures of handsome private eyes, maybe I still do hold a little one LOL)

My husband saw this one with, believe it or not, a free sign attached to it--and teases me that he spends so much money on me ;)

I have been doing some research and am pretty sure it is a Remington Super-Riter, 1960s, and with a rare large carriage often used in legal type offices of that day because of the unusual paper sizes of certain documents.  Pretty cool to me!

The keys are quite deep set, and with small hands, I need to give a good little pound to get each one down.  The funny part was that when I came back to work on my laptop, my fingers retained the muscle memory from the typewriter and I hacked away a few words on the thin keys before realizing what I was doing LOL.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Come chat with me!

On June 7th , I will be hosting the weekly Tuesday night chat from 8pm to 9pm EST in The Wild Rose Press Chat Room   (if you haven't been in the room before, when the sign in box pops up, click the New User Account button in the bottom right corner and fill it in to join the fun)

I will be talking cowboys, and a special new submission call for the Yellow Rose line, but I love to talk about anything writing and editing so feel free to bring your questions!

Everyone is welcome!