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Merry Farmer’s Trail of Passion

Did you know that there’s an entire, beautiful blog and book store for the Pioneer Hearts reader’s group? It’s pretty awesome! I was asked to talk a bit about my latest release and future projects for today, so pop on over and read all about Trail of Passion and some other fun stuff I have coming up!

Pioneer Hearts

~ Talking with Merry Farmer

People frequently ask me, “What’s your favorite book that you’ve written?” The answer is always the same: “The one I’m working on now.” No, really! I’m not joking about that. There’s something about the book you’re working on now that’s magical. I feel that way about Trail of Passion at the moment. A lot of what makes me love it is how much fun I’ve been having with the characters and how they’re revealing themselves to me. So when Cissie asked me these questions, I knew just how to answer….

1) Where did the idea for Trail of Passion come from?

Okay, I’ll confess. I like nerdy guys. They’re just fantastic, as far as I’m concerned. A lot of romance heroes are the tough, strong, alpha male type (that I secretly don’t like very much). So I wanted to see how a smart, thoughtful, slightly…

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Medieval Monday: Girl Power

Well, I’ve been having trouble finding time to write blog posts lately. But fortunately, I have a whole store of them to draw on! I’ve been thinking a lot about the resurgence in demands for women to be treated equally that has popped up lately, so I thought I’d repost some of my old Medieval Monday posts about the amount of power that some women really did have back in the Middle Ages. Enjoy!

Merry Farmer

The Middle Ages.  They weren’t what you thought they were.  Welcome to Medieval Monday, in which I employ my two History degrees and irritation about the misconceptions of Days of Yore to bring you topics about an era you only think you know.  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet….

Girl Power

In one of the most breathtaking scenes from a movie that I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, Cate Blanchet as Elizabeth I makes the transformation from desperate young monarch to ass-kicking icon of leadership and invincibility.  If any given person knows anything about History at all they usually know that England’s Elizabeth I was one of the most powerful and long-ruling monarchs ever.  But Elizabeth I was just one in a long line of women who ruled and, unfortunately, have been neglected by the men who wrote the History books.

Long before Elizabeth I massive amounts of Medieval butt-kicking…

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Selfishness and the Writer

I’ve sort of been taking a vacation from blogging this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about a lot of topics in the writing-sphere. I’ve been particularly obsessed with the exchange between Joe Konrath and Kensington CEO Steven Zacharius over on Joe’s blog from Sunday the 19th. We live in such a changing world as writers! So I thought that since I haven’t been blogging anew this week, I’d share some past thoughts that I’ve been revisiting. Here’s one now…..

Merry Farmer

It takes drive and dedication to write and publish a novel.  That much everyone knows.  If you’re going to reach for the brass ring and write something that people will want to buy, that they will want to tell their friends to buy, you’re going to have to put in some serious hours.  You’re going to have to learn the craft, figure out the mysteries of grammar and punctuation.  You’re going to have to put in the time to get the entire story plotted, whether you do it in advance or as you write.  And you’re going to have to be painstakingly honest as you carry your novel through the revision process to make it the best work it can be.  And that’s all long before you start to market it and yourself.

But lately I’ve been thinking about one other aspect of what it takes to be a writer. …

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In Defense of Sexy Times

In lieu of a whole new blog post, today I bring you this golden oldie from my first year of blogging. The principles that I wrote about then are ones I still believe in now. So how about you? Do you like it hot and steamy or would you rather close the door on your hero and heroine when they get it on?

Merry Farmer

Earlier this week Sue Santore wrote a blog post about sex scenes in romance novels that I found super interesting.  She doesn’t like them.  If I’m understanding her post correctly, she believes that they interfere with the flow of the story and are too intimate, like an intrusion on the hero and heroine in their most private moments.  Please correct me if I’ve mistaken you, Sue!  I thought this post was wonderful and fascinating because my opinion about sex scenes is pretty much 180 degrees opposite of hers.  And it’s always interesting to me to hear the other side.  Especially since one of my other published author friends on Twitter made a similar statement, that not everyone likes sex in their novels.

Me?  I love a good sex scene.  A lot.  The juicier the better.  As long as it serves the plot.  Let me repeat that in bold: As long…

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