On Writing Romance
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The definitive guide on writing romance novels, by the author of 80 contemporary romance novels and four historical romance novels.
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.
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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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!
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.
As time goes on, the number of doubters – including authors, actors, attorneys, doctors, judges, university professors, and scholars of English literature – continues to grow, as does the list of books documenting the many reasons for doubt.
While the major books on the authorship question are excellent, they’re mostly big (often running upwards of 500 pages) and often densely written in order to fit in all the details. It’s a major commitment of time to thoroughly absorb the books, so it’s easier for readers who aren’t already doubters to pass by rather than dive into the literature to find out more.
MUCH ADO ABOUT SHAKESPEARE is a quick introduction to the authorship question. If you’ve heard that there’s a squabble about who Shakespeare really was, but you don’t know much about it – or if you’ve simply wondered what all the fuss is about – this 10,000-word summary is a good starting place.
This is not intended as a scholarly work. The aim of the book is to present the basic information and encourage a reader to inquire further.
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.
FOR THE LOVE OF TEA
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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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