Monday 16 December 2013

Promoting My Competition: Are You On My List?

About a year ago, I embarked on a program on my blog to interview other authors in the romance genre. The idea was that my guests would share the wealth of their experiences as writers. I looked at it as an opportunity to get to know fellow authors and learn from them.
Many might consider this as promoting my competition, and they'd be right. That's one of the things I love about belonging to the writing community: not only do we promote each other incidentally with advice, information, reviews, tweets, FB announcements and the like, we actively help each other succeed.

A perfect example is the LoveHistoricals website I've recently had the good fortune to become part of. Thirteen historical romance authors have banded together to promote each other! Five of these writers are women who either blogged with me and/or I was a guest on their blog. I encourage you to read the stories written by these generous authors: Cynthia Woolf, Margery Scott, Sydney Jane Baily, Jill Hughey and Heather Boyd. At the end of this post is the complete list of the remainder of my guests since January 2013, with my thanks.

Cynthia Woolf: Fiery Bride.
After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she'll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker...and a very seductive kiss.

Margery Scott: Emma's Wish
A man consumed with grief ...
Sam Jenkins still hasn't come to terms with his wife’s death, but he can't build his ranch in the Texas wilderness and care for three children alone. He has only one heart-breaking choice – send his children away until he can provide for them properly.

A woman desperate for a family ...
A tragic accident changed Emma Witherspoon’s life. Now, she has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband and children of her own, but that doesn't ease the ache in her heart.

A proposition ...
When Emma offers Sam a marriage of convenience, neither of them can foresee the changes that will make their lives – and their relationship – anything but ‘convenient’.

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Sydney Jane Baily: An Inescapable Attraction

In a year of roaming the West, angel-faced, sharp-tongued Eliza encounters a world of card sharks and low-life gamesters, all the while trying to forget the searing brand of one man’s fiery kisses. In a dangerous game of high-stakes poker, she tangles with the wrong gambler and finds herself in a heap of trouble. With heartache haunting her relentlessly and a killer on her trail, she has no choice but to run.

Thaddeus Sanborn has always had a weakness for the girl he calls Ellie. Even though she cut him to the quick by getting engaged to his childhood friend, she’s the only female who’s ever kept his interest smoldering at a scorching level. When she steams unexpectedly into his carefree life, derailing his plans for getting rich, he’s stunned by the trouble that accompanies her. But he’ll do just about anything—even kill—to protect her.

Dangerous men, Indian trackers, and wanton women populate the landscape—while steam trains, swift horses, and a lively riverboat keep Eliza and Thaddeus on the move. Though they do their best to escape the peril that’s always merely a hoofbeat behind, they can never run away from their own Inescapable Attraction.

Jill Hughey: Vain
A tailor’s abandoned daughter fashions a vain nobleman’s tunic, finding passion between the neckline and hem as misfortune forces her into his precarious aristocratic world. 
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Heather Boyd: Miss George's Second Chance 

When desperately private writer Imogen George offered to marry neighbour Peter Watson it wasn't just to save a friend but to secure her own future. With her eyesight failing and no other prospects for marital bliss on the horizon, surely it wouldn't be too horrible to marry without the benefits of love. But then Peter gains a title a week before they’re set to wed and all of Imogen’s expectations change.

Peter once believed that marriage to Imogen would solve his financial problems. He didn't mind marrying for convenience and a large fortune when affection was within reach. Yet when he gains a title, an estate, and a fortune of his own the secretive writer releases him from their engagement so he might marry for love instead. Now he’s returned, unwed and unaware of changes in her life, should he do what is expected or listen to his heart instead?
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Here's the list of my remaining guests:
Virginia Henley
Danita Cahill
Victoria Pinder
Joan Reeves
Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Sandy Loyd
Lois Winston
Ruth Glick (Rebecca York)
Judy Roth
Lily Rede
Jennifer Zane
Mary Raimes Curtis
Rose Anderson
Jill James
Janis Patterson
Pati Jager
Sharon Kleve
BC Brown
Leanne Tyler
Bonnie Edwards *
Florence Witkop
Melissa Keir
Berengaria Brown
Gemma Juliana
Shelley Bates *
Cara Marsi
Virginia Vail Kelly
Diane Burton
Dawn Marie Hamilton
E. Ayers
Jodie Esch *
Lynda Bailey
Jane Toombs
Pat Amsden *
Tina Donahue
Reggi Allder *
Mary Marvella
Melba Moon
Kate Hill
Mona Risk
Mimi Barbour *

*Fellow members of Vancouver Island Chapter RWA.


  1. Anna, what an incredible list of writers you've had visit with you on your blog. I'm honored to be among them. And I, too, am very happy to be part of our new group.

  2. Wow - what a list. I also have lots of authors visit my blog - I seem to promote others more than I do myself.

  3. Anna - you're so right! Romance authors, and writes in general ar incredibly supportive of each other.

  4. What an incredible line-up of guest you've had. I'm proud to be one of them.

  5. It was a pleasure to be on your blog Anna!

    Hope that you have a wonderful festive season.

  6. I agree with Pat. This is a great part of being writers. Everyone supports each other. Thank you for having me on your site. I'm fortunate to consider you a friend!

  7. Anna, I'm very thankful I was your guest this year. You are always so helpful with information and author support. Our writing *world* is filled with good karma! Wishing you lots of success in 2014 with your books!