Author Angela Knight Teaches How to Write Hot

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Angela Knight is well-known for writing steamy novels and teaching others how to craft them. She believes both aspiring and published authors should always keep learning and improving.

Her next workshop is Burning Ink: How to Write Erotic Romances with Characters and Scenes that Sizzle. It’s offered by the Passionate Ink Chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). The four week course starts September 8 and runs through October 6, 2016.

It’s for RWA/Passionate Ink members only but you can find out about joining RWA here and join Passionate Ink here. (Check her website for other courses over the year).

Also look for Angela’s latest novel is Paladin, the story of a fantasy novelist whose fictional hero becomes more real with every kiss.  We spoke with Angela about writing and teaching.

How would you define an erotic romance book?

An erotic romance is a romance in which the love scenes are a driving force in the plot. That is, they aren’t just porn breaks; if you tried to skip the love scenes, you’d have a hard time following the story because major plot events happen in those scenes.

Why do you suspect the field has become so popular and populated with new writers?

Women have historically been told that they shouldn’t like sex, that they’re sluts or worse if they do. If a woman is shown enjoying sex in, say, a horror movie, you can be sure she’s shortly going to die. Erotic romance shows women enjoying sex, going after what they want, and getting it. That’s very empowering. New writers are often readers who have discovered erotic romance and want to write it — to explore their own secret dreams of falling in love with an incredible man and doing all kinds of amazing, erotic things with him.

It’s been a few years since the steamy book market exploded. Why is it important for authors to update skills and gain new insights about how to craft good and sexy fiction?

I’ve been writing for 20 years, and I’ve written more than 50 novels, ebooks, and novellas, yet every year I go to conferences and read books on writing, often by people who haven’t written as many books as I have. Yet I often find I learn something new about the craft even from a writer who has less experience than I do. Maybe she’s created an interesting technique I haven’t thought of, or gives me an insight I didn’t have. The minute you think you’ve learned everything and have it down is the minute you start getting stale. It’s vital for writers to experiment with new techniques and learn new things in order to keep their work fresh and challenging. Otherwise you might as well flip burgers.

Can you share one secret ingredient needed to make erotic tension sizzle in a novel that you use in your own books?

Conflict. If the characters have a tremendous physical attraction, and yet some really good reason they think they really shouldn’t go to bed, that just lights a wonderful erotic fuse on the firecracker.

What are some of the keys to erotic romance writing success you will cover in your upcoming workshop?

We will be exploring how to:

  • Write a romance hot enough to burn the pixels off the screen.
  • Create characters with the intense sensuality needed in erotic romance
  • Build a believable erotic attraction that gets lovers into bed without turning either of them into sluts.
  • Design a plot in which sex plays a major role, without morphing into porn.
  • Craft an evolving romance with intense sexuality.
  • Give readers something they haven’t seen before.

Is your course also helpful for people who have trouble writing sex scenes? How so?

The mistake people make is they focus on what they’re revealing about themselves when they write a love scene. We have the attitude this is something good women aren’t supposed to talk about in such steamy detail. Put all that aside. Focus on the characters. Here you’ve created this sexy, remarkable man and this heroic woman.  You’ve worked so hard to build their romance. Now you have to give them the amazing sex scene these people deserve. You have to show how glorious it is. You don’t want your hot, sexy stud to be a lousy lover, right? Of course not. Focus on that, and you won’t feel shy about what you’re doing. Because then it’s THEM, not you.

People tend to think erotic novels are about the author’s love life? Any thoughts on how true or untrue that may be?

I also write about vampires. Nobody asks me if I drink blood. <Smile>

What makes you fall in love — or lust– with a character when you are writing?

I have to fall in love with him, or I can’t write about him. I think heroism and the fact that he genuinely cares about the heroine. She’s not just a piece of ass to him. Though it’s also important that he really CRAVES her, and that he’s dominant and demanding.

Where does the magic happen? Do you write in a home office?

Yep, sure do. Though these days I also go out and dictate the day’s pages into my smart phone in four-mile walks. Then I use Dragon Naturally Speaking to transcribe the pages. If I just wrote it at the keyboard, it would probably take me four or five hours to write 2000 words. This way I get it done in an hour and a half.

And the question we ask all authors: Why do you think erotic romances are good for readers?

Because sex is great for the brain and body. There have been all kinds of studies that say a good orgasm is fabulous for promoting mental and emotional health. It’s also good for your relationship with your significant other, because a hot romance makes you want to find your lover and try out some of the fun things you just read about! There’s just no downside to reading erotic romance, no matter what the prudes may say.

Find out more about Angela Knight here.

Buy her latest book, Paladin.

Join RWA and Passionate Ink.

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How to Write Erotic Romances with Characters and Scenes that Sizzle

Erotic romance authors: Here’s a chance to brush up on your skills and learn new tricks to writing sizzling fiction. Don’t miss this workshop! It is free to members of Passionate Ink, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. Click here to join PI.

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Burning Ink: How to Write Erotic Romances with Characters and Scenes that Sizzle
By Angela Knight
September 8 through October 6, 2016
TRACK: Craft
LENGTH: Four Weeks
FREE for Passionate Ink Members
MEMBER EXCLUSIVE –Click here to join PI

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

New York Times bestselling erotic romance author Angela Knight is back by popular demand with an all-new course on how to write erotic romance book. It’s been a few years since the steamy book market exploded and it’s time to update your skills and gain new insights about how to craft good and sexy fiction. Angela will cover everything from setting to sensual detail to BDSM. And she will discuss how to:

  • Write a romance hot enough to burn the pixels off the screen.
  • Create characters with the intense sensuality needed in erotic romance
  • Build a believable erotic attraction that gets lovers into bed without turning either of them into sluts.
  • Design a plot in which sex plays a major role, without morphing into porn.
  • Craft an evolving romance with intense sexuality.
  • Give readers something they haven’t seen before.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley imprint. She started out as a comic book writer in 1988, but was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series. Since then, she has written 21 novellas and eight novels. She has also won two Critics Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine for Best Erotic Romance and Best Werewolf Romance. This year, she was nominated for a career achievement award as well as an award for Best Shapeshifter for Master of Dragons. All of her novels have received Top Picks from the critics at Romantic Times.

This exclusive workshop is for Passionate Ink members only. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their required Registration Key. Click here to register.

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Jessie Clever Shows Romance Authors How to Create and Manage Newsletters

Every author needs a newsletter and an Email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list?

Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how and where to launch your newsletter, how to add value, and how to develop rapport with readers and keep them interested.

We spoke with Jessie Clever, who is teaching 16 Secrets to Creating a Successful Author Newsletter, August 8 through September 2, 2016. This offered online via Passionate Ink/Romance Writers of America.

How to Register: Click here to register. RWA Members should login to myRWA to receive their 10% discount. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their 25% Discount Code.

Jessie Clever

$25.00 for Non-RWA Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)

Why is a newsletter so important for author?
A newsletter is the strongest tool in your marketing arsenal.  It is your one direct connection to your reader that will guarantee delivery of your message. This reader has already indicated they are interested in your work, and your newsletter can take them from a casual read to an autobuy.
With so many newsletters out that, how can an author stand out?
There are two objectives you want to keep in mind when crafting your newsletter.  You want to make it memorable and you want to establish a personal connection with the reader.  The second is probably the strongest link you can create between you and your reader.  Be sure to focus on that for every newsletter.
What are some of the platforms authors can use to create newsletters?
Platforms range from Constant Contact to Mad Mimi to MailChimp.  In this workshop we’ll spend an entire lesson on determining which platform is right for you.  It’s not about one being better than the other.  It’s finding one that makes creating a newsletter seem less like a chore, so you’re more apt to complete it on a regular schedule.
What kind of bonus material makes newletters appealing?
Readers want more of the same.  The best bonus material is that which inserts the reader back into the world you’ve created.  Whether it’s a short story or a character interview, give the readers more of what they already love.
What are the topics covered in your class
Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Features
Lesson 2: Choosing a Platform
Lesson 3: Get Readers to Sign Up
Lesson 4: Avoiding Spammers
Lesson 5: Responsive Design
Lesson 6: Consistent Features
Lesson 7: Using Polls and Surveys
Lesson 8: Bonus Materials
Lesson 9: Get Personal
Lesson 10: Utilizing Photos
Lesson 11: Get Subscribers to Share Your Newsletter
Lesson 12: Giveaways
Lesson 13: Give Readers a Reason to Sign Up
Lesson 14: Buddy Up
Lesson 15: Members Only
Lesson 16: When to Send a Newsletter
Can participants look forward to your feedback and support on their newsletter ideas and plans?
Absolutely!  The last few days of the class are saved entirely to present your ideas and mock ups to the class and receive feedback.  This workshop will be a wealth of experience, and I want my students to be able to take advantage of that.
Anything else you hope to impart?
Newsletters above all else are the most important tool you have in marketing.  They are your direct connection to your reader.  Make the most of it.

Click here to register. RWA Members should login to myRWA to receive their 10% discount. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their 25% Discount Code.

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged***

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16 Secrets to Creating a Successful Author Newsletter-Online Workshop

16 Secrets to Creating a Successful Author Newsletter
By Jessie Clever
August 8 through September 2, 2016
TRACK: Marketing
LENGTH: Four Weeks

Bestseller Key Shows Best Seller Or Rated
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Every author needs a newsletter and an Email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list?

Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how and where to launch your newsletter, how to add value, and how to develop rapport with readers and keep them interested.

This workshop offers a step-by-step approach to creating a successful newsletter, including:

Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Features
Lesson 2: Choosing a Platform
Lesson 3: Get Readers to Sign Up
Lesson 4: Avoiding Spammers
Lesson 5: Responsive Design
Lesson 6: Consistent Features
Lesson 7: Using Polls and Surveys
Lesson 8: Bonus Materials
Lesson 9: Get Personal
Lesson 10: Utilizing Photos
Lesson 11: Get Subscribers to Share Your Newsletter
Lesson 12: Giveaways
Lesson 13: Give Readers a Reason to Sign Up
Lesson 14: Buddy Up
Lesson 15: Members Only
Lesson 16: When to Send a Newsletter

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write the bestselling Regency romance Spy Series, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at jessieclever.com.

Click here to register. RWA Members should login to myRWA to receive their 10% discount. PI members should visit the PI Workshops forum for their 25% Discount Code.

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged***

9 Great Writing Books on Sale for 99 Cents Each

OMG. Internet Concept.

Great sale for writers and aspiring writers. These nine books by top authors and writing coaches on sale for 99 cents, on July 13, 2-16 only.

You Are a Writer: So Start Acting Like One

The Audacity to Be a Writer

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Nail Your Novel: Draft, Fix, Finish, with Confidence

Outlining Your Novel Workbook

Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

The 15-Minute Writer: How To Write Your Book In Only 15 Minutes A Day

15 Days to Write and Submit a Short Story: Workbook

 

 

MY HOT COP New Cover Reveal

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Sometimes the best way to forget about a man who causes you heart ache is to find a man who can make you ache with desire. A man who can make you tingle with excitement. A man who devotes himself to your pleasure.

In this steamy novelette, New York reporter Belle Anderson accepts a weekend assignment in Florida to take her mind off of the handsome surgeon that broke her heart.

She meets hot cop Lucas Jensen. He’s a take-charge, dirty talking Alpha who likes to use his handcuffs for pleasing pursuits. Lucas agrees to dominate Belle for one night of wild, uncensored passion, with one condition: She must let him take complete command of her body.

Everything he does and says helps heal her heart. But when he asks for more than one night, she wonders if the devoted attention of one powerful man truly help her forget her feelings for another?

This is a stand-alone novelette with a HFN ending. A fast, sexy summer read for 99 cents.

MY HOT COP by A.C. Rose

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New Cover Designed by Najla Qamber Designs.

 

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‘Stay After Class’ Song List

A passionate professor. A smitten student. An attraction that cannot be denied. Here’s my song list for Stay After Class, coming soon.

A B C – The Jackson Five

Dreaming of You – Selena

Are you Ready? –  Barbara Mason

The Touch of You -Brenda and the Tabulations

When Will I See You Again? – The Three Degrees

Don’t Leave Me This Way  – Thelma Houston

Love Hangover – Diana Ross

Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin

Just to See Her Again – Smokey Robinson

Stay – Jackson Browne

Please Be Gentle (Calling Your Name) – Frederick

Happy -Smokey Robinson

Falling in Love – Joe, Frank, & Reynolds

 

Maybe:

Go Away Little Girl – Grown Up Donny Osmond

To Sir With Love – Lulu