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Non-Fiction Books

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.

List of all books referenced in 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

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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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SIMPLY GOOD -- Recipes for the Busy Cook 

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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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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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