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Writing the Romance Novel

“The one book no serious romance author should be without” – Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

 Award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels walks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here – in “the definitive guide to writing the romance novel.”

Includes new genre definitions, new exercises, and a new chapter on independent publishing.

A previous version of this book was published in 2007 by Writers Digest Books under the title On Writing Romance.

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Creating Romantic Characters

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No matter how exciting the plot, it's the people who make a story memorable. Techniques and examples to help you produce provocative, forceful characters.

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Start Writing Romance


For five years, Leigh taught a beginning romance-writing class for Barnes & Noble in their online division. Many students were disappointed when the class ended. Now all the lectures, discussion guides, and activities which were posted online in the Start Writing Romance class are available in this handy guide.

If you took the class and want to revisit the lectures and writing assignments, or if you missed the opportunity to take the class, this book -- along with the textbook, Creating Romantic Characters -- contains all the necessary materials. It also include extras and answers to the questions which were most often asked during the class.

This book is intended as a guide for those beginning to write romance, for writers exploring the field, and for readers who want to know more about how their favorite books are created. It is NOT the same as Leigh's more complete guide to romance (On Writing Romance).

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Writing Between the Sexes

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Men and women think, talk, and act differently -- which causes problems for writers who are trying to create characters of the opposite sex. When we understand the difference between masculine and feminine qualities and habits, we can use those behaviors and patterns to create characters who are plausible and unique, but not stereotypical. Writing Between the Sexes will help you to identify your own gender-specific behaviors, notice those of the opposite sex, and use both to make your characters realistic and believable.

Includes checklists to help you make your characters more realistic!

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Much Ado About Shakespeare

Though professors and English teachers would have you believe the matter is settled and the author of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing has long since been identified, that is far from true.

There are good reasons to doubt that the man who was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon was ever any kind of writer, much less the most honored author in the English language. Read more

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The Dahls' House:

A Miniature Georgian Mansion

A full-color book about Leigh's dollhouse

Nearly every little girl dreams of having a dollhouse. Author Leigh Michaels did, too, and twenty years later, she and her husband, photographer and artist Michael W. Lemberger, built the dollhouse of her dreams: The Dahls’ House, the home of a fictional couple, Mr. and Mrs. Dahl, and their two daughters.

The Dahl's House, a Georgian-style mansion that is the equivalent of a 3,200 square foot home, is a labor of love. It took eighteen months to complete the house, which is insured for $10,000, but the process of furnishing and landscaping continues. Come visit the Dahls and see their Chippendale furniture, Oriental rugs, original paintings by noted local artists, hand-pieced quilts, the dollhouse-within-the-dollhouse, and more!


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SIMPLY GOOD -- Recipes for the Busy Cook 


In today's hectic world, it's hard to find time to slice, dice, roast and simmer. Award-winning romance novelist and amateur cook Leigh Michaels shares tested recipes which are family-pleasing good as well as easy and fast to fix. Includes recipes for tasty breakfasts, lunches, dinners, breads, muffins, snacks, and treats, with a hyperlinked table of contents for easy navigation to specific recipes.

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Whether it's a cup with a friend or an elegant afternoon affair, tea is a fun and flexible way to entertain. Leigh shares her favorite tea parties -- including formal tea receptions, Mad Hatter's Tea Parties, picnic teas, happy hour teas, and more -- complete with menus and recipes.

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