Sunday, 17 May 2015

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Here is the latest Boroughs Publishing Group e-newsletter, including details of a competition, deadline June 2015:

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When a psychic gives Tensley the chance to erase her biggest regret & replay her life with the one who got away, who would have thought a simple ‘do-over’ could go so terribly wrong—and feel so right?

Under the Mayhaw Tree
Hunter's Crossing
Lip Service
Under the Mayhaw Tree
Living under a cloud of tragedy, Drew has known hell for the past 16 years. Then he meets Allison. But in the small town of Colquitt, evil lurks around every corner & capturing happiness has an incredibly high price. learn more
Hunter's Crossing
To save the world from a demon apocalypse, hunter Leilani Scott & sorcerer Blake Pratt will have to risk everything; their lives, their souls & their newfound love. learn more
Lip Service
Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave. learn more
The Protector Project
A Dangerous Attraction
You Again
The Protector Project
A warrior since childhood, Mara becomes injured in battle. Saved by Dalin, her sworn enemy, he coaxes her into an uneasy trust. Freedom for her people hangs in the balance while she searches all she’s believed against what her heart is telling her she must do. COMING SOON
A Dangerous Attraction
In 1985, FBI agent Cecelia Montemayor is about to find the man of her dreams & teach him a woman’s place is wherever she wants it to be. learn more
You Again
Fifteen years after making a terrible mistake, Lara gets a chance to redeem herself & find love. But first she has to discover why Steve has come to her sleepy, beautiful town of Island Park & why he’s running for his life. COMING SOON

From the Outside In

A Boroughs Publishing Group Romance Writers' Contest

Letters From InsideWho’s sexier than the rule-breaker, the bad boy, the charismatic leader of the rebel faction? What’s more satisfying than exerting your individuality against those who follow society’s most mindless routines?
Whether Robin Hood or Belle, Christian Grey or Han Solo, whether Neo or Zsadist, each of these characters act in contrast to a society, showing the natural conflict between us and our communities, and it’s through that conflict that communities - and people - change for the better.
This contest celebrates all who are different - and those who might learn to love them. Bring us your exiles, your pariahs, your good-at-heart criminals. Bring us your bluestockings and your hoydens, your smugglers and your rakes. Then show us how the world is better for having them - and how two lovers are better for having each other.
  • The Contest is open to all unpublished manuscripts between 45,000 and 100,000 words
  • Entries should be sent to:
  • In the email subject line put: Outside In Contest Submission
  • In the body of the email include your name, address & telephone number
  • Entries must be received via email before midnight in California, 15 June 2015

There will be one winner writing in any
of the following of sub-genres/categories:

Contemporary Erotic Romance Fantasy Historical
LGBT Multi-cultural Paranormal Regency
Romantic Suspense/Thriller Urban Fantasy Young Adult
The winner will be chosen by the Boroughs Publishing Group editorial staff and will be offered a contract to publish the winning submission.
The winner will be announced on Friday, 24 July 2015 at Boroughs Publishing Group’s Annual Party at the RWA National Conference in New York City. If the winner is not present, we will contact them directly.


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A short monthly piece to show what's happening in the editor-in-chief's brain...and in his office. Besides reading. Lots of reading.


Chris KeeslarTo do something well, understand it.
Genre fiction. Ultimately this publishing construct is about the author delivering a specific experiential payoff for the reader, simultaneously entertaining and educating. Mysteries work the logic circuits of the brain, ideally offering a series of clues that can be pieced together for a solution that’s both obvious and obfuscated at the same time; deduction is all. Science fiction follows a similar line, except it asks not, “What really happened?” but “What could happen, and should it?” Fantasy is all about the emotional, requiring not that situations be scientifically conceivable or demonstrable but the very opposite, that our imaginations be stretched, that our interaction with the characters be illuminating and exciting in worlds impossibly grand or horrible.

So, for a Romance novel to be truly effective, what must we see?
Connection. Or, rather, we must first see the opposite. Pain. Emptiness. Solitude. The possibility of those things, the looming danger that awaits all of us who avoid genuine human connection, no matter how good the reason for such a choice. Especially if the reason is good. Which character is more compelling than he who stood at the abyss yet turned back? Who is our best example if not one who has trod easier paths and now walks forward with eyes open, choosing a difficult path with the most worthy reward?

What are all the reasons people shouldn’t be together? Know them. Then know the reasons of your characters. Finally, know your audience and how they will benefit from watching your characters learn the truth. Writing is communicating. You are providing the payoff to them. Choose something you know and can illustrate, and know why everyone should care. If you don’t, you’ll have struck a glancing blow not just for the happiness of your protagonists, but to the hearts of your readers.



Where you get to hear the people who make publishing–and Boroughs especially–what it is.


Short pieces by our authors
Charlotte Boyett-CompoCharlotte Boyett-Compo The Damaged Hero
You might pass him on the street and never take notice but if you do, you will see the shadows lurking in his sad eyes. There is pain there. Hurt. Scars raked across his heart that the world cannot see but you sense. It might be the way he glances at you that catches your attention. It might be the parting of his lips that lets you know there is longing within him. A need to be saved, salvaged, redeemed.
Look again. The telltale signs are there for the discerning observer. He is wounded. Damaged. Twisted in a way that will require great care to straighten out the sorrowful road he travels. All it will take is a gentle hand, soothing and encouraging words; a single kiss upon his brow. Push aside the lock of hair and place your lips to his forehead as you place your hand in his. Sometimes the touch of a hand shouts louder than any yell.
Under the Mayhaw TreeAnd when you have him calm—his soul eased, his heart on the mend—you might find a gallant warrior residing inside that cracked shell. A little of your time shared with him might be worth years of him trying to heal himself on his own.
Can you save him? Can he be mended? Most assuredly. The right person with the right words, the right touch will not only save his damaged soul, but redeem it. Are you the one to save him?
Jenna LincolnJenna Lincoln My Other Man
Writing is my semi-secret, super-hot boyfriend. We’ve been dating a while. Even though we see each other every morning, I daydream about Writing while I’m at work. And, more often than I care to admit, I’m thinking about Writing when I should be listening to oh, my family or the news.
Writing is always there for me when I’m sad, but Writing is also there for me when I’m happy. When we’re together, my heart lifts just typing the next page. My pulse races, my breathing grows shallow, and yes, my fingertips might occasionally get sweaty on the keyboard.
The Protector ProjectWriting allows me to be myself, gives me the space to find out who I might become. I didn’t used to talk about Writing much because I was afraid my friends wouldn’t understand. But they noticed my out-of-context smiles and my distraction. So I confessed, dished the details of the hours we’ve spent together. Turns out, some of them have dated Writing too.
Writing isn’t for everyone. But for those who’ve had a taste of the magic, experienced the power of story, it’s hard to consider anything but a happy ever after.
Sarah WagnerSarah Wagner Why a Demon Apocalypse?
As a child, I was a little bit obsessed with mythology from all over the world. Every culture seems to have its own brand of demon and they are all fascinating. At the heart of humanity's mythological past, that battle between good and evil takes the form of hero and demon over and over again, a war that is waging constantly and never really won or lost.
When I sat down to write Hunter's Crossing, I didn't set out to make it about a demon anything, let alone a demon apocalypse. As the story unfolded and the pieces of the puzzle started to come together, the apocalypse just sort of happened. Or almost happened.
When the broader scope of Leilani Scott's world opened up beyond the werewolves, fairies, and vampires, it allowed me to bring in all the elements of mythology that intrigued me most. And, for Leilani, the choice to either embrace or battle or both. Thousands of types of demons that want nothing more than to cause chaos and these people are doing their best to stop them.
Hunter's CrossingAs a writer, there is nothing more interesting than what people do when faced with difficult choices and long odds. For Leilani to really grow into the person and the hunter she was capable of being, she needed to face a challenge that could destroy her, so I gave her two. The apocalypse and falling in love.


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