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“Write what you know.”

As a writer, you hear that advice all the time. And for the most part, I follow it. Why? Because writing a story with elements based in my areas of expertise are the most fun for me to write.

Which means I’ve had fun writing about meteorology (The Sydney Croft Storm series,) animals (pretty much every book I’ve written has an animal in it,) medicine (my Demonica series is set in an underworld hospital, but long before that I was writing paramedic heroes and heroines,) and the military (I was in the Air Force, so military people keep showing up in my stories.)

But “write what you know” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write about your career expertise. If you’re a mechanic, you don’t have to write about mechanics. If you’re an accountant, your hero doesn’t have to crunch numbers if you don’t want him to.

We all have hobbies and areas of extreme interest. We all have experiences that have given us unique knowledge – good and bad. All of those things can be drawn on for ideas.

Just because you aren’t a degreed history professor doesn’t mean you can’t write a book set in ancient Egypt. Maybe you’ve been fascinated by Egyptian history since you were three, and you have more knowledge than the average person. Or maybe you just possess great research skills.

“Write what you know” can mean so many things, including, “write what you want.”

When I came up with the concept of my Demonica series, I did draw on what I know – emergency medicine. No, I’m not a doctor. But I did earn an Emergency Medical Technician degree, so I have a slight leg up. More importantly, I’ve been fascinated by emergency medicine since I was a kid. Some of my favorite TV shows are medical dramas and true-life medical shows. Many of my favorite reads? You guessed it – medical thrillers and medical memoirs.

But I also combined my love of medicine with the paranormal – another childhood love, born the day I read my first horror novel: Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.

After that, I read every horror novel I could get my hands on. I dove into the legends behind Vlad Dracul, werewolves, and demons. Man, I could not get enough of the paranormal.

I watch everything paranormal I can, from movies to TV series. Keep it coming, Hollywood! 🙂

So what about you? If you’re an author, do you like to write fiction using the “write what you know” advice? If you’re a reader, do you like to read in the areas in which you are knowledgeable?

Commenters will be eligible to win…either a copy of my latest Sydney Croft release, Hot Nights, Dark Desires, or my newest Larissa Ione release, Pleasure Unbound. Your choice!

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My June Reading

I didn’t think I read that many books this month but when I was looking at all that I had read, I was very surprised to have read 20 books. (Could probably up it to 21 by tomorrow as I’m in the middle of A PERFECT MATCH by Shelley Bradley.) I haven’t hit that number in months and with the girls out of school now, I didn’t think I would because we tend to keep busy so I don’t get constantly bombarded with the whinings of “I’m bored! Why can’t we go somewhere?” 😉

  • RECKLESS by Maya Banks
    DARE TO LOVE by Jaci Burton
    FATED by Lauren Dane
    TO DO LIST by Lauren Dane
    BEAST OF DARKNESS by Lisa Renee Jones
    PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione
    GO FETCH by Shelly Laurenston
    HERE KITTY KITTY by Shelly Laurenston
    WHEN HE WAS BAD by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden
    LOVE OUT LOUD by Marilyn Lee
    NO CHOICE BUT SEDUCTION by Johanna Lindsey
    RUNNING WILD by Sarah McCarty
    SAM’S CREED by Sarah McCarty
    FEARLESS by Diana Palmer
    FIRE’S TENDER KISS by Patricia Pelicane (villain’s name changed from Jack to Jake halfway through the story lol…someone must have been sleeping on the editing job)
    DRUI CLAIMING by Jory Strong
    ALL WORKED UP by Eve Vaughn
    DRASTIC MEASURES by Shiloh Walker

So what books have you read in June?

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Look what I found while I was browsing at Amazon! IT’S REV’S BOOK!!! (Excuse the shouting but, OMG, it’s Rev’s book!!) Amazon didn’t have a blurb so I surfed over to Sarah’s site and lookee here at what I found. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. 🙂 And the cover…is it a little HAWT in here or is it just me? 😉

You can Pre-Order it from Amazon here.


He’s a man who survives by his wits and lives by his own code. Along the way he’s left a trail of broken hearts, broken bones, and quite a few broken laws. But when he gives his heart to the right woman, it comes with a promise he’ll never, ever break…

Dedicated artist Evie Washington doesn’t fancy herself the marrying kind. But the moment she admitted that her faceless portrait of a naked man was modeled on the devilishly handsome Reverend Swanson, the whole town assumed her innocence had been ruined. Now her family’s determined to save her reputation—even if it means taking away her hard-won freedom.

It’s Brad “Shadow” Swanson’s preacher status that’s a pose—to avoid the law . Now he’s been convicted of the one crime he didn’t commit. And if he doesn’t step up and marry Evie, he’ll have to admit his true identity and replace his collar with a noose. Of course, a life sentence in the spirited beauty’s bed wouldn’t exactly be torture—and it just might be the key to making an honest man out of him…

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Make sure you drop by and visit me this coming week. I’ve got some wonderful authors popping in to chat about their books and offering prizes. You won’t want to miss it.

June 30: Larissa Ione

July 1: Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully

July 2: Lisa Renee Jones

July 3: HelenKay Dimon

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Cyclops emailed to let me know that she already ordered a copy of PLEASURE UNBOUND so I’m choosing another winner. 🙂

The new winner is……..


Congrats Angie’la!

Please email me at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) to claim your prize. Enjoy!

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Just because Fate brings you your perfect mate doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.

Cascadia Wolves series

Could there be any worse fate than a road trip from Seattle to L.A.—with one’s mother—to attend a wedding? Why yes, when one isn’t married yet, like Megan Warden. Toss in a grandmother and a carload of already married sisters and it’s a recipe for sneaking sips of “special” coffee while someone else drives.

Shane Rosario has better things to do than attend a wedding where his father’s relatives will be at him nonstop about getting married and having children. If it weren’t for seeing his anchor bond, Layla, he’d have taken a pass on the entire weekend. It would be easy, since he’s become adept at hiding who and what he is.

When the two weren’t even looking, Fate steps in and before they know it, their bond is sealed. Bonded pair, married in the eyes of their people. Two people tied together in every way. Trouble is, Shane’s not sure he wants all that comes with Megan. And Megan’s certain she’s not willing to live outside her pack, pretending to be human.

The distance between them is more than geographical. It’s a widening gulf rapidly filling with resentment…an emotional divide only acceptance could bridge. Can Shane can accept himself to cross it? Only if they let love take control.

Ladies and gents, mark your calendars for August 12, 2008, ASAP!! That’s when FATED, book 6 of the Cascadia Wolves, comes out. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this (I think major begging was involved on my part but don’t quote me on that LOL) and read it in one sitting last night. It was fantastic! Too short, IMO, but then again I’m always saying that about my favorite books, I just want them to go on forever. 😉 Shane and Megan’s story will have you reaching for the tissues and firmly cementing their place in your heart right next to the other Cascadia Wolves already there. This is not to be missed!

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We have a winner! The winner of Eve Kenin/Eve Silver’s post is…….

Kathleen K.!!

Congrats Kathleen!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). Enjoy!

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We have a winner! The winner of my extra PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione book is……………….


Congrats Cyclops!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) before Monday, June 30th. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. 😉

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Series and Trilogies and Stand-Alones, Oh My!

Hello and thank you for the invitation to guest blog! Of course, my mind is mush this week as I celebrate (and lose sleep over) the release of a new book. THEN YOU HIDE hits bookstores this week, the second in a trilogy, the fifth in a series…and yet a truly stand alone romantic suspense that can be enjoyed all by itself.

Confused? Don’t be, and here’s why. When I started the Bullet Catchers, the series of bodyguard books I write for Pocket Books, I made a promise to myself, my editor, and my readers: the books had to stand alone, with no “prerequisite” of having read the one before. I would include reoccurring characters with personalities and issues that might evolve with each book, but I write the stories so that they are completely stand alone. Each has to have two unforgettable leads, a single story arc rich with danger and suspense, a fully resolved romance, some heart-wrenching emotion, a ton of non-stop action, and a healthy amount of bone-shattering sex in the middle of it all.

The three books I have out this year are a trilogy within the series, and there is a story thread that starts in book one (FIRST YOU RUN), gets a little more knotted in book two (THEN YOU HIDE), and ties up in book three (NOW YOU DIE). It was important to me that readers could follow that, but still fall in love with a hero and heroine who earn a fully satisfying, totally believable HEA – no matter if the reader starts with the first book or the last. It made for a writing challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoyed and hope readers do, too.

THEN YOU HIDE is the story of a woman on a very specific mission in the Caribbean to find her friend who has “dropped out of life” and a man who shows up and turns her plans – and life – upside down. They strike a shaky bargain so they both get what they want, but in the process they have to run for their lives, solve one murder, prevent another, save a life, and fall utterly in love. For the first time, I have written a deeply wounded heroine who struggles with affection, but is fiercely loyal. She’s tough, a New Yorker through and through, and skilled at the art of negotiation. She’s met her match in a sexy, southern charmer who wants something from her that she isn’t willing to give up without a fight. When these two team up, I guarantee you’ll see the steam rising from the Caribbean Sea.

So, series fans, write in and share: Do you love to start a series when the author does, read in order, and follow the connections…or do you prefer to wait until the series is well underway, and then go on a reading binge? Or does it not matter to you? Are you just about over series or can’t get enough??? Inquiring authors want to know…and I’m giving away prizes! Two commenters will win a copy of FIRST YOU RUN – the first book in the 2008 Bullet Catcher trilogy, which is part of a series, but stands….you get the idea.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling, RITA-Award winning author of twenty-two novels of romance and suspense. She currently writes a popular romantic suspense series called “The Bullet Catchers” that features a cadre of bodyguards and security professionals. Her books have won many prestigious awards, and are routinely selected by Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs as featured selections. In addition to the RITA, her books have won the Daphne Du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best, the Book Buyers Best, multiple Awards of Excellence, and Borders “Top Pick” for Romance in 2007. In 2008, readers are enjoying the first “Bullet Catcher Trilogy” featuring three connected stories titled First You Run, Then You Hide and Now You Die.

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Got this from Julianne MacLean today and had to share. 🙂

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