Confessions of an E-publishing Rookie

- by Darlene Gardner

I spent a good chunk of the summer rewriting three single-title romantic comedies from my backlist for e-publishing. Follow the rules and it’s easy, right? Wrong. The rules seem simple: ✔ Make sure the writing is smooth and the books are free of typos and misspellings. Check. My husband is a professional copy editor. ✔ […]

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Oh? Canada?

- by Darlene Gardner

The border guard at the entry point into Canada eyed me suspiciously. I’d just told him I was a novelist on my way to Toronto to visit my editor. I have a book out this month called AN HONORABLE MAN. “What publisher?” he asked. “Harlequin. It’s a Superromance.” More eye narrowing. “What’s your editor doing […]

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Romantic Places

- by Darlene Gardner

When I told my mother my husband and I were planning a silver anniversary trip to Charleston, she asked why we didn’t go somewhere romantic instead. Say what, Mom? For those of you who’ve never been there, Charleston is a jewel of a city on the South Carolina coast, renowned for a historic district that […]

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Romantic Movie Quotes

- by Darlene Gardner

I’m in a mixed marriage. I’m tall. My husband isn’t. I once asked if it bothered him that I’m taller than he is. His response: “Why should something that enhances you detract from me?” That could be the most romantic thing he’s ever said to me. As a novelist, I believe in the power of […]

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