Good News: New Ventures as an Associate Editor Starts This Week!

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I was yet to come across a publishing house, with a literary magazine that’s purely dedicated to the romance genre. That was until recently Tallon Lake seem to be it, and I can’t believe my application was successful for the Associate Editor’s role! I submitted Sacrifices which is published on the 30th of this month, for consideration to be featured and saw the advert for the role. On the off chance I asked about the job, and what it’s all about. I really liked the sound of it so I applied, as of this week I landed the job to my surprise. Here’s a bit about the Tallon Lake:

Tallon Lake

Tallon Lake (TL) is a digital quarterly literary magazine that specializes in romance short fiction, poetry, and art. It represents the specific subgenres of contemporary, historical, and paranormal. Within these subgenres, various romance relationship levels will be explored, from insta-love to slow-burn and from innocent struggle to closed door. TL focuses on the relationship and its struggle, character development, and sensuality. The magazine does not print sexuality explicit content.

One goal of the magazine is to open opportunities for diverse voices, providing inclusivity. This means that the editor welcomes content from all writers, poets, and artists, including BIPOC,  LGBTQ, and international creatives. Another goal of the magazine is to pamper readers and to help them escape into a much safer, warmer environment – far away from the harsh reality of today’s stress-filled world, one page at a time. The last goal of the magazine is to give back to the community. Each quarter, the editing staff will select a charity that benefits critical social issues — like mental helath awareness, human trafficking, child abuse, homelessness, and addiction — and gift 10% of its sales to help create a better world for all.

Tallon Lake isn’t just a magazine… it’s a legecy of good will, entertainment, and positive energy.

To learn more about the people behind TL, see TL Staff.

 

What’s An Associate Editor’s Role?

Well I’ll read the submissions that come in from writers, then agree with the team which stories are a good fit for us. Then, it’s my job to work with authors who receive conditional publishing contracts, covering the editorial side of things, before the publication of their work in a nutshell.

Am I excited? You bet! The first magazine is published on my birthday in February. (That’s fate LOL). I really look forward to this role, it’s the second editorial role I’ve had.  My last one I enjoyed for a current affairs magazine, it’s just a shame the founder let the project go. I have faith that Tallon Lake as a publishing house and literary magazine will do great things! Plus, it’s the genre I love to read and write (other than thriller), it’s a dream job really.

Also, Tallon Lake’s main focus is to publish marginalised voices, this I am all about and I love that. This was a massive selling point for me when I decided to apply.  BIPOC ( Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), and LGBTQ stories and writers are sooooooooooooo welcome at this small press! I look forward to reading  what comes in. Note that BDSM and erotica genres are not accepted by Tallon Lake.  

 Do You Love Reading Romance Like Me?

Right now, the team are preparing to publish the February issue, there will be a preview copy available this November. If you’d love to grab a preview then just check out https://www.tallonlakemag.com/  and add yourself to the newsletter. There will be NO spam or unnecessary emails, don’t worry. You’ll be notified when the preview is ready!

Does This Mean I’ll Stop Writing?

Hell-to-the-no! Writing is my first love, you can make a writer an editor, but I don’t think you can convert or convince a true writer (who loves it) to give up that part for pure editorial work. Well, at least not in my case! I will be writing my romantic suspense stories and thrillers/mysteries just like normal. In fact my focus is my series of mysteries I shared the covers for last week. That will not stop. You might be thinking, ‘so why are you doing this?’ To be honest, I love magazine work,  and I love reading too. I always have and it’s even better when it’s focused on things I feel passionate about, be it current affairs or the genre I write in. Plus, this is so exciting I am yet to really see a romance only focused literary magazine, so why the hell not!? I’d read it even if I never had the role, if there’s a chance to be part of it even better.  I may enjoy it it’s worth a try!

I’ll keep you guys updated on what we’re working on, but in the mean time feel free to check out Tallon Lake here: https://www.tallonlakemag.com/

 

 

 

Audiobook Review: Blind Tasting ( The Love List) #3 by Angela Ford 5 Really Enjoyable Stars!

What a wonderful short story this was to listen too! I’ve not read this author’s work before, my first experience with her audiobook. I really enjoyed the way the author used imaginative ways to bring Chase and Rebecca together. The narrator did a great job bringing the author’s work alive. I  was looking for a ‘feel good read’ last night,  I started just after mid-night and finished listing to the rest the this morning, while cleaning the kitchen I smiled a lot! Let’s get into the review.

Blind TastingLove is the last thing on Becca’s mind. Until she discovers her match is Chase Tanner.

Dr. Rebecca Miller’s life is perfect until she finds her fiancé in bed with her best friend.
She takes the first offer out of New York. Becca discovers Vinegrove in the heart of wine country. Country charm is the best medicine for the doctor. But when her book club friends decide to spice it up and create the love list of eligible bachelors to date; Becca hesitates until she draws Chase’s name.

She’s denied her attraction to the firefighter/playboy since she arrived in Vinegrove. Chase discovers the love list with his name on it and believes he’s been fooled.
Will Becca be able to convince him she really does love him?

 

Kim’s Review 5 Really Enjoyable Stars

Short stories can some times be hit and miss, rushed, under developed, not really that engaging from the start etc. I never found any of this with Blind Tasting. As I listened to the audio version it felt like a complete love story to me. An enjoyable ‘second chance romance’ ,my favourite romance trope! Without giving spoilers we follow the story of Rebecca who has had her heart broken, she ends up in a new place for a new start. Here she forms friendships and does find love. What I really enjoyed about this short story is that I could identify with the main character, she is a ‘city girl’ from New York and I enjoyed the way the author eased her into ‘small town life.’ The transition into her new life seemed realistic. I could also understand why she left New York– no spoilers from  me.

I also really enjoyed the characters– Rebecca her self yes, and I liked that she was a career woman a doctor. Her girlfriends were interesting to meet too, and hear about their stories. The male line up was swoon worthy! I actually found myself liking Chase’s brother as soon as came into the story, and Chase too. They came across as real gentlemen, from a small town. The author developed well their mannerisms to reflect this. In fact the whole ‘close knit’ community of a small town I found well written, and enjoyable being a ‘city girl’ myself.

Plot- I don’t like to give too many spoilers for readers, but I enjoyed the author’s imaginative ways for Rebecca to find love, that involved her girlfriends. As I listened I thought to myself, ‘how cool would it be to do that with a group of girls, yeah they’re  all bound to find a nice guy.’ It was a good twist or situation to include in the story-line. I’m also not always a reader that loves typical ‘sweet and clean’ romance. Partly because things can always just fall into place, no challenges and sometimes can be a little hard to believe that love and life just ‘happens’ like that. With Bling Tasting I really warmed to the author’s story-telling in the plot as there were slight challenges to it.

The journey to love- the change of heart Rebecca had towards Chase was very believable. It was not rushed, unclear or underdeveloped, considering it’s a short story. I could see easily why she fell for him, after her heart break. The date they had got the ball rolling, it was such a romantic date! One that I would have loved myself, and I am petrified of horse riding LOL. But the author made me feel as if I’d like to experience what Rebecca did. It was very romantic. I also liked that there were some ‘challenge’ for Chase and Rebecca, everything didn’t just fall into place. There was a little challenge for their union, which in the end worked out.

Overall, for my first experience of this author’s work I enjoyed this feel good, sweet and clean romance. Love developed without sex heavily linked to it, a genuine bond formed. 5 really enjoyable stars from me. I would read more from the author, especially in audio book. I recommend Blind Tasting to all romance lovers who like quick reads, second chance romance and even cowboys!

At the time of writing this it’s just .99 cent on Amazon too! Grab a copy, or even the audio.

Out Now On Pre-Sale : 365 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers! #amwriting

Happy Monday guys, I’m extremely proud to announce that ‘lock down’ during this pandemic world-wide has been helpful in some ways for me, at least with writing productivity.  365 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers is out now in paperback and e-book on pre-sale, and will be free on Kindle Unlimited to read.  Writing prompts are everywhere! But I thought I’d write a very comprehensive book with 365 writing prompts for romance writers especially,  that can be used all year around. You’ll find writing prompts for every sub-genre of romance. Take a look here’s more details…

Blurb

With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas.  For each day of the year there’s a dedicated space for plotting your ideas, with a writing prompt to create an outline for a romance short story, novella, novel or even flash fiction. All you need to do is adapt the characters or setting to your sub-genre.  For each day of the year you’ll find a creative, engaging, fun and challenging writing  prompt, with situations or people to craft your next story. There is also a personal blogging challenge with prompts, for every day for romance  writers to  engage with their readers, grow their following, find new readers and allow their audience to get to know them. With 356 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers you’ll never be stuck for a romance story idea, or blog topic again! Each month has a focus. Dip in and out of each day, week, month as you wish.

January- New Directions Love

February- Unexpected New Love

March- Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

April-  Love in Unexpected Places

May- Historical, Regency and Multicultural

June- Contemporary Romance

July- Paranormal, Horror and Dark Romance

August- Christmas and Holiday Love

September- Mixed Bag of Goodies!

October- December Romance Writers’ Blog Writing Challenge Prompts

Award-Winning Romantic Suspense and Thriller Author Kim Knight, also shares her secrets on writing page-turning romance, and her experience with writing prompts that allowed her to co-author two novels, and seventeen short-stories to date. So, romance writers around the world, grab your pen and your copy and get ready to write every day of the year and never run out of creativity. Note the paperback version will allow you to plot your ideas all in one space in the book, and let go of your hundreds of different idea notepads.

 

I love writing prompts and have found them so useful over the years!  They’re great for motivation and inspiration for all writers, I highly recommend using writing prompts if you’ve never done it. So here’s to a new venture. This is book one of a series of  “Savvy Writer’s” guides with writing prompts I’m planning to self-publish, in between books accepted by my publisher. In general I would recommend this  book of writing prompts ( without being bias lol) to romance writers who are ‘seasoned’ as well as those who aspire to write romance, no matter your background. This is a helpful book of writing prompts to help you outline romance stories of all heat levels, that are realistic, heart-felt and page turning! I wish all romance writers well. I wrote a blog about tips on writing realistic romance a 101 a little while back which may also be helpful.  Seven tips I recommend.

How To Use The Book:

The paper version will allow you to actually plot your stories in the book itself as there’s space. The e-book version is the same, the space is there however of course you can’t write in it. There’s no difference in the content.

The best way to use this writing reference is to keep in mind these five small things.

  1. Make every prompt your own- you will find situations or people within each prompt. Nothing is set in stone, each prompt is just an idea or even outline or direction if you like for where you could head. I don’t really recommend (unless you really feel drawn to my prompt) that you stick to it and not put your own spin on it somehow. Take a prompt and add, subtract, what you feel suits your style, story telling, experience or even desire. Basically don’t feel stuck with what you have it’s just an idea to get your juices flowing.
  2. No matter your genre, steal it and use it! So as you know when by now, in the romance genre  I’m a romantic suspense writer in principle. Yes I have written other stuff and yes I can do I always default here because I love to read it and write it. So with these prompts I have kept them as generic as possible. This means if you like an idea, and wish to make it a paranormal, urban or fantasy romance, go for it! Like I said don’t feel stuck. Take the general idea and flip it to your own script.
  3. Heat and steam levels are completely free for all! I like my romance steamy, maybe you’re a sweet and clean writer, that’s cool. Do what you wish in terms of heat levels, if you want to ramp up a prompt and make it high in heat…please do, I’d love to read it too!
  4. Dip in and out of each month, week etc as you see fit. You can go through January-December or mix it up.
  5. The last three months of the year all the prompts are personal blogging prompts and I recommend that if you have not already, you really start to develop an author site or use your current one and do some personal blogs. Again you don’t need to wait until October to start, start today!

 

 Head To Amazon- Click  Here E-book Version 3.99! On Pre-Sale Now! Release Date 22nd June 2020.

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