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Heather Long | Writing Happily Ever After is my Passion
Author Guest / June 15, 2018

I can’t believe I can finally share my second book in my Bravo Team WOLF series with the world! As some of you may know, I’ve been writing military romance for years. Joining my love and respect for those who serve with my love of paranormal romance has been a dream come true for me. Although each of these books standalone, they introduce you to a team of wolves who not only protect and defend their pack, they also strive to work for the greater good. In the case of Cage, he went in for a mission. On that job, he met Bianca, a woman brave enough to try to save a child when she is kidnapped in the jungle by guerillas. Although she’s human, this particular woman already shows she’s got the heart of a wolf… but is she in the process of changing physically? For me, writing military romance is all about giving happy ever afters to those who are willing to give it all in defense of their country. Wolves, as those who love the genre know, are equally loyal, dedicated to pack above all else. Passionate, powerful, and dedicated—these are three great qualities when it comes…

Daily DOSE | Trick or Treat: This Witch Is Whack
Daily Dose / October 31, 2009

Tomorrow is Halloween! October 31st! The countdown to the end of The Daily Dose’s Trick or Treat grab bag giveaway, the night to dress up in fun costumes, give away candy and to celebrate the new year that turns on Samhain and much more. It’s also a great excuse to count down some of my favorite whacky witches. Joanna, Kat and Roxie If you haven’t been watching Eastwick you have no idea what you’re missing. These ladies crack me up. Played by Rebecca Romjin, Roxie is a voluptuous, earthy woman with the gift of prophecy. She’s also a single mom, struggling to stay connected to her daughter. Kat on the other hand is the fiery red head with oodles of banked passion that she channels into motherhood and nursing and even into looking after her loser of an ex. Joanna is the nuttiest of the lot though, a reporter who wants to figure it all out and painfully awkward with the guys. The best thing about these whacky witches is the power of friendship they have discovered with each other. Fran and Jet Owens Played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest respectively [in Practical Magic], these ladies raised Sally and…

Daily Dose | Five Ways Readers Benefit from NaNoWriMo
Daily Dose / October 29, 2009

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. For those of you who don’t know what that is, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writer’s Month. It’s a fun, by the seat of your pants writing challenge that began in 1999 with just 21 participants. Now a decade later, NaNoWriMo averages over a 100,000 participants in a no-hold barred, write like mad for 30 days adventure to create a book from scratch. That’s right, NaNoWriMo is all about the writing, but it’s also about the connections and relationships you make with other writers going through the same things you are. I’ve participated officially in NaNoWriMo once, but unofficially, I’ve been following it since 2001 or thereabouts. November is the chosen month for NaNoWriMo; writing begins on the 1st and runs through the 30th with writers giving away prizes to other writers and more as a way to encourage success. For some writers, it’s also about competing with friends (friendly competition only, mind you) in order to drive word counts up. If you can successfully commit 30 days to NaNoWriMo, you can walk away with the bones of your novel or at least a solid first draft. But How Do Readers Benefit? Learn what the…

DAILY DOSE | Brown Paper Packages, Tied Up with String
Daily Dose / October 28, 2009

Bookstores. New books. Amazon packages on my door step. These are just a few of my favorite things. As November is rounding the bend and the holiday swing will begin to dance its jig, I get to be excited about new books from several of my favorite authors, but I must confess to a certain wicked delight I take when I know a new In Death book is waiting in the wings. Next Tuesday, on November 3rd, J.D. Robb’s 30th In Death is released featuring homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas, her mega-billionaire husband Roarke and their entire cast of characters. Nora Roberts is an extremely prolific writer and while I am a fan of several of her romances, I have to admit, I am completely captivated by the In Death series. Part of the affection is the cast of characters that populates these novels and fills out all the nooks and crannies of Roarke and Eve’s lives. Part of it is journeying with them into their happily ever after and honestly, part of it is the mystery that unravels in each book. Kindred in Death I am such a fan of these books that I rarely, if ever actually read their…

Heather Long | Harry Dresden Broke my CD Player
Uncategorized / October 24, 2009

You know the adage; sometimes life is stranger than fiction? Well, I have a little story to share that continues to support this idea. Since early September, I have been working on a contract that takes me to downtown. The drive from my house to my contract is roughly 50 minutes without traffic and closer to an hour and fifteen and sometimes over 90 minutes in traffic. I pass the time with books on CD or books on my iPod. Both are effective entertainment and are helping me whittle down my TBR list (well not really, but I am enjoying some great books this way.) So What Does Harry Dresden Have to Do With It? Want to know why? Click here to read the rest… Visit to learn more about books and authors.

DAILY DOSE | Shannon K. Butcher – Love You to Death
Daily Dose / October 3, 2009

Please join me in welcoming author Shannon K. Butcher to the Daily Dose to celebrate her newest release: Love You to Death. The novel takes Butcher fans to a new place as she explores romantic suspense. So kick back, grab your coffee and enjoy our little question and answer session. Tell us a little about Love You To Death? Is this a paranormal romance or a nitty, gritty crime drama/romance? LYTD is a romantic suspense, and possibly the creepiest stuff I’ve ever written. It’s about a woman whose sister has gone missing. No one believes Ashley’s disappearance is anything sinister, but Elise knows differently. With the help of hunky, ex-cop neighbor Trent, Elise will stop at nothing to discover what happened to her sister, despite the number of mutilated bodies that are piling up. What is about the romance genre that appeals to you? It’s the relationships between people that intrigues me most. There’s nothing more exciting to me than watching two people fall in love—whether they dive in head first or fight it every step of the way, it’s always fun to witness. Throwing in the complications of monsters, terrorists or serial killers just makes it that much more…

Heather Long | Shelf Wars: Science Fiction and Fantasy Strike Back
Uncategorized / September 9, 2009

My husband and I share similar tastes in books. Granted, he likes some authors that I just can’t get into and vice versa. But our last few trips to the bookstore haven’t been fruitful for him. Why? Because the plethora of urban fantasy and paranormal romance seem to have staged a coup on the science fiction and fantasy shelves of the bookstore. This is not to slight these wonderful books, not at all. For I am a huge fan not only of reading them, but of writing them. But my husband is floundering his way through the section looking for some solid science fiction in the flavor of David Weber‘s original Honor Harrington book: On Basilisk Station or Peter F. Hamilton‘s universe spanning Reality Dysfunction. For pure fantasy, he’s still enjoying Jim Butcher‘s Codex Alera series (which I have to confess, I haven’t started reading yet!) I love Jim’s Dresden books and my husband does too, but I’ve not been as into the high fantasy in a while. Luckily, I have the whole series on the shelf so far, so when I do get to reading it, I will have it. So, here is my dilemma. Finding the kind of…