This made me very very happy this evening...

I'm stuck right into May Queen right now - 28k in, which if it is actually going to be a 50k story (and not something longer masquerading as a 50k story until its far too late for me to do anything about it) is a very good way in. And its going kind of well. (Oh how I will probably regret those words this evening).

The finale of Bones is on tonight which I will have to watch with obsessive compulsion to see if Seeley dies. Tell me beforehand and I WILL have to kill you. No matter where you are. I'm sure he won't because... you know... new series etc. Then again, Supernatural played with that time and again.

The Paranormal YA workshop is on at Divas and is an absolute blast. Lots of fun, lots of info. All very interesting. :)

Given what I'm working on, this is timely indeed. Great line up. Come along and play!

Writing Paranormal Young Adult Fiction with Some of The Hottest Authors in the Genre

May 28th-30th at Romance Divas


Rachel Caine

Cassandra Clare

Lucienne Diver

Christopher Golden

Jeff Mariotte

Alyson Noel

Rosemary Clement-Moore

This workshop will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Originally published at R. F. Long.

It's Excerpt Monday time again. This was so much fun last month, I'm doing it again, this time with a scene that focuses on Malachy and Cerys in The Scroll Thief.

Originally published at R. F. Long.
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rflong: (Buggre alle this...)
( May. 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm)
Here we are a couple of days into May and we're having great and productive fun at Romance Divas with MayNoWriMo. I'm working on finishing Moy Tura Echoes and I'm a hair's breadth from the end. Unfortunately the end keeps moving. I was aiming for 90k, but I'm now at 91k and still going. Especially as the characters have just changed the end. Or at least part of it. They tend to do that.

Particularly these characters.

So hopefully tomorrow. Hopefully. I really want it finished now. Pretty please?

I'm on a great team though, with loads of hard work being done. Yes, we're largely making things up as we go along (what's new, huh?) and that's part of why I'm enjoying it I think.

Here an excerpt detailing where it all went haywire this evening...

She didnt even cry out when his sword went right through her.

Hell in a handbag!

Originally published at R. F. Long.

rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 07:24 pm)
A new game for Monday (once a month) is Excerpt Monday in which various members of Romance Divas publish an excerpt from something. In my case, its The Scroll Thief and the excerpt is up on my website -

At the bottom of the excerpt is a list of excerpts from a number of other Romance Divas authors - there's Jeannie Lin's Golden Heart Finalist "Butterfly Swords" (I beta read this - as soon as its available, and it will be not doubt about it, rush out and buy it!), Kirsten Saell's forthcoming "Chancellor's Bride" and many more. Some are works in progress and some are published, some are PG and some are most definitely not.

(We've tried to give those that need them a rating so basically, if its marked Adult or NC-17 and you don't want to read that sort of thing, please don't click the link. In some cases the excerpt is PG but the site might contain some steamier stuff. Please just use common sense! It's a marvellous thing. :) The majority are PG.)

Happy reading.


I had insomnia the night before last, but not the "oh well I'm awake I might as well get up and write or do something similarly constructive". Oh no, I don't get that sort of insomnia. I get the "lie there tossing and turning trying to work out if you're really awake but not actually being awake enough to get out of the bed" insomnia. So yesterday was a bit of a blur.

Last night however I turned off the light at 10pm and blissfully slept through until the alarm went off. Didn't even notice the children coming in. So today I feel somewhat human again and less like a badly reanimated zombie with a need for crisps and coke.


Today Grace Draven ([ profile] grace_draven ) has an interview with me on her livejournal. Grace is hoping to do a lot more interviews with a variety of authors and I am her guinea pig which is very exciting. Her questions were great. As usual I only hope my answers make sense.

And... another Romance Divas workshop coming up

Writing Historical Paranormal Romance with Some of The Hottest Authors in the Genre

March 20th & 21st at Romance Divas


Colleen Gleason

Melissa Mayhue

Jennifer Ashley

Sharon Page

Jennifer St. Giles

Want to know how to write romance that brings a mysterious and paranormal twist to history? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the Historical Paranormal genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Oh, and it's writing discussion day on, where I'm talking about re-writing - "Not just Writering... RE-writering"


And finally, this is for [ profile] crystaljordan

Yay Crystal! :)

rflong: (OMG)
( Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:23 pm)
I am now on Twitter as RFLong. I'm not sure what this means but I will be sure to let you know. Please friend me! It's lonely out there.

And in the meantime - the Divas are at it again. Workshopping, that is.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Marketing and Promotion for the Fiction Author

March 2-8 at Romance Divas



Want to know what really takes to promote your book? Romance Divas is hosting a weeklong workshop with author Colleen Gleason, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
1) A discovery from last night - it is difficult to make unbroken pancakes after half a bottle of champagne. I can make pancakes but they tend to get a bit mangled.

2) There is still time to enter the draw for a free copy of The Scroll Thief on my website - I haven't picked a winner yet, so come and have a go.

3) Romance Divas is having a wonderful workshop which starts today.

From the Call to the Bookstore

February 25th-26th at Romance Divas



Want to know what it takes to get from “the call” to the bookstore in New York publishing? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with RITA award winning author Kristan Higgins, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
Come, join the mayhem.

4) My hand is much improved but is still half red, with a lovely white band on my finger where my wedding ring was!

5) Battlestar Gallactica was good last night. (Yes, I'm rambling now).

6) I think I'm about to start another novel. The plot bunnies have been at me again. There's just no hope anymore.
From the lady who brought you "What Gwen said" and associated mugs, "Oh Goddess" by Gwen Hayes is out.

“Oh Goddess ” by Gwen Hayes

Read An Excerpt Online

ISBN: 978-1-60504-367-8
Length: Short Story
Price: 2.50
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
Cover art by Tuesday Dube

Born to protect women’s hearts, her own beats longingly for a mortal. Oops…

Ondina, one thousand years a goddess, doesn’t think much of mortal men. Probably because her sole purpose in life is to protect the hearts of women who don’t want to fall in love. And now one of those blasted men—Jack—has shattered her sacred chalice, trapping her in a mortal body.

Jackson Nichols, on the partner track at his law firm, is the first to admit he always follows his head. Never his heart. Dina is infuriating, messy, condescending, sexy, beautiful and…well, just about everything that doesn’t fit into his meticulously planned life.

Neither expects to find many redeeming qualities in the other. But when push comes to love, which will Dina choose? Her newly human heart…or one thousand years of duty?

*All author and editor proceeds from the sale of Oh Goddess will be donated to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis. You can find out more about the foundation at

Warning: Recent studies show that consuming beverages while reading this story can cause damage to computer monitors, clothing, and sometimes nearby walls. Reader agrees to hold both Samhain Publishing Ltd. and Gwen Hayes harmless in case of accidental spewing caused by laughter.

Read An Excerpt Online

A word from the Divas

Angela James, editor extraordinaire, is coming to Romance Divas for a 3 day class on Epublishing! Come join us Jan 13-15 and ask her anything.

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Epublishing (and some things you didn't know you should know)

Why doesn't epublishing offer advances? What are some of the pros and cons of publishing my manuscript via epublishing? How do I research publishers? Can I really make money in epublishing? What exactly is POD? Can you give me a snappy comeback for people who say that epublishing isn't real publishing?

Epublishing has evolved and grown, especially in the last 5 years, but with growth comes pitfalls and problems, and trusting an epublisher with your baby might seem like a risky proposition. We'll cover the basics of epublishing, from choosing an epublisher and contract details to methods of ebook and print distribution to reasons why you might not want to epublish your manuscript.


In 2005, Angela James joined Samhain Publishing, Ltd, a small press company focusing on digital publishing, as its executive editor, where she has played an instrumental role in building the company from the ground up. In her executive position at Samhain, Angela is responsible for managing the publisher's editorial services division. Her responsibilities include the management of editorial staff, quality oversight, networking and marketing efforts at regional, national and international writing conferences to promote the electronic publishing industry as well as Samhain.

In addition to her administrative duties, Angela continues to edit more than 50 authors including national bestselling authors Lucy Monroe, Lilith Saintcrow and Deidre Knight.
rflong: (Minoan)
( Nov. 10th, 2008 09:49 am)
Here's a something you don't see everyday - Angela James of Samhain's interesting blog entry

Don't you want to make an executive editor happy for Christmas?

And Romance Divas are having a Historical Romance Workshop this week...

And happy birthdays to [ profile] allichaton , [ profile] aliettedb and [ profile] wolf_dude64 


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