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RSRReese Ryan writes sizzling contemporary romance and women’s fiction populated by deliciously-flawed, multicultural characters. She is fascinated by the secrets people keep, and how the revelation of those secrets changes everything. She enjoys torturing her characters with family and career drama; reformed bad boys; and the occasional identity crisis.

Novelist, freelance journalist, and hopeless romantic, Reese Ryan, is a native of The Cleve (refer to her favorite 30 Rock episode for clarification). She lived in Northeast Ohio most of her life mainly because of the endless supply of fresh water; the vibrant arts and cultural scene; and one of the most amazing symphonies in the world. Reese now lives in Central North Carolina where she basks in the ubiquitous sunshine while enjoying the state’s many green spaces, and dodging the inordinate number of decidedly bad drivers (most of whom have migrated from other states). A self-proclaimed Bohemian Southern Belle, she treads the line carefully between being a “Northerner” and a “damned Yankee” despite her insistence on calling soda ‘pop’. She gauges her progress by the number of “bless your lil’ hearts” she gets each week. She is currently down to two.

Reese is an avid reader with a to-be-read stack that resembles a small skyscraper, a serious thing for brilliant singer/songwriters, and an incurable addiction to musical soundtracks and film scores. Her stories are set in the Midwest and Southeast because, she insists, not everything cool happens in New York or LA. Her fiction celebrates everyday, amazing women because they are brilliant, complicated, strong, emotional, funny, and sexy, and they should never apologize it. Reese’s novels are a love letter to her hometown that is as passionate and complex as the relationships between her characters.

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Playing with Seduction by Reese Ryan

Thank you, Sherri!

An Author's Journey

Ms. Ryan has a way with characters. She brings you into their world and makes them feel like friends. Wes and Bree are the kids who made it. Both were poor kids who were given scholarships, allowing them to receive a better education and more opportunities. This similarity binds them, gives them an understanding of each other that others in their circle of friends couldn’t comprehend.

Reese Ryan is great about giving her characters a thread that binds them. Her technique of layering personality and backstory with plot is amazing. She can turn a simple boy-meets-girl story into one that is full of conflict, hope and real-life adversity.

Wes and Bree are as real as our best friends and next-door neighbors. As this couple struggles with their attraction to each other, their pasts and serious issues, we cannot help but cheer them on to the finish line. Thank goodness for…

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How to Write 10,000 Words in a Day

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How to write 10,000 words in a day: 6 steps to a successful writing marathon | www.sprintshack.wordpress.comWe word sprinters like to push ourselves. The pressure of a time limit makes us more productive and we thrive on the challenge. And what greater challenge is there for a sprinter than writing more words in a day than we believed possible?

For those of you looking to really test yourselves, the 10k Day Challenge might be just the thing. If you’re interested in giving it a go yourself, here are my six steps to writing 10,000 words in one day.

(Before I start, I will add a small note: although the focus of this post is on writing 10,000 words in a single day, the steps listed can apply to any word count goal you set yourself, whether that’s 1000 words, 10,000 or more.)

Step 1: Break down your target into manageable chunks.

10,000 words is a BIG number. To some, it seems impossible. It’s not. It’s all…

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A Virtuous Ruby, Rachel Dolezal and the value of blackness

Wonderful post from Piper Huguley.

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Ruby will be available on all platforms and in print exactly one month from today! Ruby will be available on all platforms and in print exactly one month from today!

In the flurry of discussion about the Rachel Dolezal story, people have overlooked one big issue. I haven’t though. This issue has made me think of how much, in one hundred years time when I set A Virtuous Ruby, how little has changed. Dolezal is clearly a pathological liar, but the reception of her deception is what interests me. Many have gone out of their way to treat blackness with complete and utter contempt.

Media figures have postured that the blackness that Dolezal sought to appropriate could not possibly be something that a sane person would want to take on as worthwhile. I witnessed this treatment in the quizzical voices of journalists as they interviewed her parents. Their treatment reminded me of how my light-skinned character, Ruby Bledsoe chose to work and live as…

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An Open Letter to White, Straight, Able-bodied Romance Authors

Awesome article by Mariana Gabrielle.

Obstinate Headstrong Girl ... author Renée Reynolds

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My esteemed colleagues,

We have a very long way to go.

Most of us say “Diversity in literature is really important,” and/or “I am not racist/ ableist/homophobic,” and/or “Of course, I would buy a romance novel by or about a person of color/gay or lesbian/disabled person.” But when was the last time you did?

When was the last time you bought a romance by an author, or about a character, with a different cultural, historical, or physical experience than your own? About a person with a different skin color, nationality, religion? About a gay man or lesbian or transgender person? When was the last time you bought a romance with a physically or mentally disadvantaged hero or heroine? A novel about people who live in the margins?

When was the last time you wrote one?

Women are overlooked in myriad areas of publishing—book contracts, sales, awards…

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A to Z Challenge: P is for Persistence

Great post by Susanne Matthews on persistence. #AtoZChallenge

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a-to-z HEADER [2015] - aprilGood morning. It’s Saturday, and I’m ready for some rest and recreation. Later this morning, I’m attending a mini comic book/sci-fi convention. I won’t be in costume, but my grandkids will. I understand there’ll be Batman, Green Lantern and two clone stormtroopers.–Tonio was adamant about the clone part, so it should be lots of fun.

Badage linkedI wasn’t quite sure how to approach the A to Z Challenge today. I wanted to talk about how dismal I am at promotion, but as I was getting ready to do so, a poster one of my friends  gave me convinced me to that what I needed to write about was persistence.persistence-quote-600-x-3441

What exactly is persistence? I Googled for synonyms, and in them, I found my answer. Persistence means the same thing as: constancy, backbone, bulldog courage, continuance, endurance, perseverance, tenacity, doggedness, continuity, pluck, grit, stamina, indefatigableness, resolution, steadfastness,  pertinacity, game, permanence, singleness of purpose, patience, pertinaciousness…

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Hot Carolina Nights Series Coming in 2015

Wild Horse photo courtesy of Adnan Islam.

This morning I’ve been dancing around my kitchen with unbridled happiness, as if no-one is watching. Though my husband is, in fact, watching me and probably debating whether to call an ambulance. But I can barely contain the joy of finally making a decision about where my fiction-writing career is going next.

Thanks to a marathon session with a writing coach who helped me identify and move past some of the fears that were holding me back, I was able to settle on the series with which I’ll launch my venture into the world of indie publishing. And thanks to the amazing readers who took the time to share their opinions and ideas for a title, and said husband whose vote confirmed my final choice, my small town, contemporary romance series has a name: Hot Carolina Nights.

I’d already created titles for each of the books planned in the series. However, a serendipitous idea prompted me to spend yesterday morning renaming several of the books so that the story titles would all fit thematically with the series title. I also spent some time creating a relationship web to establish relationships between characters in each book and throughout the series.

So, yeah, I’m beyond happy. Thrilled, in fact. On that note, I’ll leave you with a live performance “Blue Rondo à la Turk,,” a classic jazz piece by the amazing Dave Brubeck Quartet (one of the songs I was dancing to this morning). This piece shares that same feeling of unrestrained joy (and unusual timing) that was on display in my kitchen this morning. 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

Reese Ryan. Colorful characters. Sinfully sweet romance.

Wild Horse photo courtesy of Adnan Islam.

Name My Next Contemporary Romance Series #Giveaway

Hot M.A.M.A. Land Hot Holiday #Giveaway Days

Today I’m over on Hot M.A.M.A. Land celebrating our Hot Holiday #Giveaway Days. During each one of our posts, between now and December 19th, commenters will be entered in that day’s giveaway and into the two grand prize giveaways of a $50 gift card and a handbag.

In today’s post, I’m asking readers for help naming a new contemporary romance series I’m writing that will be set in a small, but growing, town in North Carolina. Hop over to my post onHot M.A.M.A. Land and tell me in the comments which of the possible series names you prefer (or share your idea). Then you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway and the grand prize giveaway. If I choose your series name, I’m offering an additional bonus that will make you one of the first to read the first book in the series.

Good luck!