Best Selling author Carra Copelin writes contemporary and historical romance. The Texas Code Series, contemporary romantic suspense novels include Code Of Honor, Book One. The Brides of Texas Code Series, western historical novellas, explores the Texas Code Series beginnings. Katie and the Irish Texan, Book 1, Matelyn and the Texas Ranger, Book 2, and Angel and the Texan from County Cork, Book 3. Laurel:Bride of Arkansas, American Mail-Order Brides Series, Book 25

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rule of Three

Most of you have heard of the "Rule of Three", but some of you have not. More of us use it in our writing without even thinking about it.
While Googling for info the other night and watching a rerun of NCIS, Tony DiNozzo mentioned it while explaining the developement of a crime the team was investigating about a serial killer. He said, "Do something once it's a tragedy, twice it's a coincidence, three times it's a pattern." Just what I was looking for.
Further searching turned up a great blog by Brian Clark. He talks how the rule of three has been used throughout history in nursery rhymes, comedy, and diverse areas of life. Stop by and check out Brian's blog at:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Writers in the Storm Blog

Writers in the Storm Blog was founded by Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Sharla Rae, Fae Rowen and D.A. Watt a talented group of authors who share their knowledge and expertise in many areas of writing. Subjects covered are editing, proofreading, copyrights, ISBN, royalties, contest judges, keyboard shortcuts, writing links, word menus, research and many other facets of writing not mentioned here.

Each week guest bloggers are featured such as Lyn Horner, Linda O. Johnston and, most recently, Karen White. Their topics include publishing with Amazon, embedding your bookcover and getting your ebook noticed. They even offer fun contests to get us all involved in writing!

Please stop by Writers in the Storm and get to know this great group of writers and their contributers at:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lyn Horner, Author

Since I started this site to support and promote writing and writers, I'd like to take a few lines to do just that.

Lyn Horner, a good friend of mine, is an up and coming author who writes historical western romance with Irish magic and paranormal elements added for good measure. The first installment in her Texas Druids series, Darlin' Druid, is a wonderful blend of adventure, stormy, steamy romance and Druid magic.
She has also penned a lively, touching memoir, Six Cats in My Kitchen.

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please stop by her blog site to get to know Lyn and to get the scoop on how to purchase her wonderful stories. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cleaning House

My husband and I decided in May of this year to stay in the home we've shared for forty of the forty-four years we've been married. Great. Wonderful, in fact, except that we also decided to remodel and update. Ah, wonderful again, you say. Downstairs, yes, I agree and that has gone well with the exception of putting the kitchen on the backburner until after Christmas. So, next we hone in on the upstairs. Now this, too, sounds great on the surface...except no one has occupied that space since our daughter moved to her own apartment in 1993! My husband says I'm the only woman he knows that needs 1,000 square feet of space for storage. Ha! While I feel he should appreciate the fact that I saved him storage building fees for all those years, I gathered myself up and started cleaning out all the "stuff".

Now, I've said all that to say this: How in the world did I collect the number of books that are sitting up there gathering dust?

I love books. All sizes, shapes, condition, subject; you name it, I've bought it. I love the feel and the smell of them, and, for a long time, it was important for me to see all of the ones I'd read. Used bookstores are the best for getting one's fix and for a few years, I knew where all of them were for several counties. I own collections from Sandra Brown and Jayne Ann Krentz(every book they've ever written, including all their pseudonyms), Lynda Lael Miller, Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Jennifer Cruisie, Linda Howard, Merline Lovelace, Cindy Dees, and on and on. There are research books out somebody's wazoo, obviously not mine since they've been buried up there for who knows how long.

So, this week, I decided to get over myself. I've taken bags and bags of my good friends to Half-Price Books accepting the pittance offered. You'll be so proud of me, though, for I only kept the books that are autographed...three book shelves, three rows deep, plus a few hardbacks and a few research books. You are proud of me, aren't you? Hello??

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thank You

Well, I still have a lot to learn. I've tried to respond to the comments left by my good friend and author, Lyn Horner, and find I'm unable to leave a comment on my own site! So it's back to the drawing board.

While I'm here, though, I'll respond to Lyn's comments. Thank you for your welcome comments and continued support. You are fearless and continue to inspire me.

Follow this link to Lyn's informative and entertaining blog:
My name is Carra Copelin an aspiring romance writer/author. I've toyed with the idea of starting a blog for quite some time but something always held me back. How on earth would anything I write ever be of interest to anyone? I started writing back in 1994 to fill my mind with something other than the state of my life at the time. It's nothing to go into here, but suffice it to say I was bordering on going a little crazy.
I was reading about ten books a week when I realized there were people in my head who wanted their stories told. So...I started writing. After a year, I swallowed my fear and actually said to a total stranger, "I'm a writer." Until that moment, I hadn't even said that to my husband! Now, I'm not very brave. I kind of stand in the background and wait to see how I can contribute without being noticed. It's a pattern repeated throughout my life.
In 1995, my husband showed me an article in the newspaper that highlighted the romance writing industry and listed local writers groups. It was at his suggestion that I attended my first meeting, thus propelling me toward a new goal and two of the best friends anyone could hope for. My goal was to be published in three to five years. I promised my husband if nothing happened in that time frame, I would stop writing and rejoin our marriage.
Well, I didn't get published with that first submission(duh!), but I had made a promise. Little did I know that, just because I made that declaration, those people were never leaving my head until their stories were told. They are still there, Maggie, Jack, Wyatt, Britie, Andy, Andrew, Nic, Marisol, Miranda, Tomas... You get the picture.
So, I've started a blog. I hope it will eventually become more than an outlet. I would like it to become a place where I can develope and promote my characters, my writing career, myself.