Crime Bake Time Again

It’s Crime Bake time again! The New England Crime Bake is a small, writer focused, crime fiction conference. I am on the committee, which means this week is about preparation. On Saturday I am leading a discussion of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in a “Reading Like a Writer” session. On Sunday I am hosting a game show of sorts we’ve called the Wheel of Why, where three teams of writers (thriller, police proceduarl, cozy) are all given the same clue, the Wheel of Why is spun for motive, and they need to tell a story from the angle of their genre. I will report back on both of these.

Other things I am looking forward to? Seeing friends, including my fellow Wicked Cozy Authors. Hearing William Kent Krueger speak about the writing life. (He is the GoH. AMAZING writter.) Having lunch with my agent. Meeting with an editor. Being renewed and inspired by being around other writers.

When I first went to Crime Bake, being published was only a dream. This conference has a lot to do with the path I find myself on. Being grateful for that is a big part of the weekend.

Friends, what conferences do you go to? What do you like best about them?


J.A. Hennrikus and Julianne Holmes are the same person. They both write mysteries.

Learn to Write from a Herd of Cows


Jeffrey Lent credits his practice of writing daily to his youth spend milking cows.

At the recent Northern Woodlands Conference, novelist Jeffrey Lent described growing up on a mid-century hill farm in southwest Vermont, where his father kept sheep and cows. Lent told us that so little heat rose from the wood stove through the floor registers into his second-story bedroom that ice caked the windows, and he couldn’t see through the glass. He also said a farm is a good place to learn the habits necessary to be a writer, as dairy cows have to be milked daily, even on Christmas. He credits his practice of writing daily to his youth spent milking cows.

Since I care for that species of bovine that requires daily attendance at my desk, I’m always reluctant to leave home, especially after just Hiking The Long Trail. And ever since attending the famed Breadloaf Writers Conference over thirty years ago, I tend to avoid writers conferences all together, but there were several promising aspects about this one that lured me away from from the barn. I’m glad I went.

Two really interesting people in attendance included my friends: the poets Verandah Porche (L) & Pamela Ahlen (R)

Two really interesting people in attendance included my friends: the poets Verandah Porche (L) & Pamela Ahlen (R)

The conference included not just workshops for writers, but also for illustrators, naturalists, environmentalists, foresters, conservationists, hunters and trackers; really, anyone with any interest in the Northern Forest was welcome. With 26 million continuous acres stretching from Maine to New York, there’s a lot to learn about the Northern Forest in addition to writing about it. (I attended terrific workshops about writing the nature essay and writing a winning pitch.) Best of all, there were really interesting people in attendance, and a relaxed atmosphere where it was possible to meet and talk.

Held at the Hulbert Outdoor Center on Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vermont, the rustic venue allowed us to step outside into the muted splendor of an overcast autumn landscape, and to enjoy the basic indoor accommodations of camp. As someone just off 25 Days on The Long Trail, I found cabins with heat and hot water pretty luxurious after a month of lean-tos and privies.

In addition to hearing Jeffrey Lent read from his forthcoming novel, another highlight included Richard Ober’s keynote address, “If You Don’t Know the Ground.” As a place-based writer, I was heartened to hear Ober, a philanthropist whose mission at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is to improve lives, express a direct link between “knowing the ground” and the arts, the economy, civic engagement, education, health and the environment.

So after a great weekend, I’ve returned home to milk my ideas at my desk, encouraged and inspired to tend to my cows: to keep writing, to keep improving my craft, to keep telling stories to create change.

Deborah Lee Luskin at the US-Canadian border marker 592.

At the US-Canadian border marker 592 on September 8, 2016.

Deborah Lee Luskin blogs about Living In Place, Middle Age, Vermonters By Choice, and Lessons from the Long Trail at





I am in Bouchercon this week. Bouchercon is the largest mystery conference in the world. It is a fan conference–so while there are hundreds of authors, there are even more fans. I am on the board of Sisters in Crime, and we have our annual meeting at Bouchercon as well. Conferences like Bouchercon are about celebrating the mystery genre.

Going to conferences as a published author is different than it was when I was starting out on this journey. At the beginning of my writing life, I went to every panel and took notes. The people on the panel were doing what I aspired to, and I had a lot to learn.

Now, I pick and choose my panels. I will attend panels to support friends. I also prefer interviews to panels–I enjoy the in-depth conversations about career arcs. I am still learning, but I am learning new things.

Conferences are also for networking. Agents, editors and publishers. They’re all here.Great opportunities to say hello, and build the network.

Conferences are also a chance to catch up with friends. As I travel down the path of publication, that is my favorite part of going to conferences. Catching up.

Sorry for the short post, but today I am going into a Sisters in Crime workshop about writing our differences. A future blog post.

Before You Hit Send with Angela James

Angela James presented her workshop Before You Hit Send in New Hampshire last month. James is an engaging and lively presenter, even when she’s talking about something as dry as the direct address comma. Her presentation style is conversational and witty, and never condescending. This is good for someone like me who has strong storytelling skills, but is weak with grammar. Don’t get me wrong, I still need an editor, but I’d prefer to eliminate as many of the potential errors in advance to make the process as expedient and efficient as possible. Angela delivered real world strategies that made me feel like I will deliver a more polished manuscript.

Author Claire Brett introduces Carina Press Executive Editor, Angela James

Author Claire Brett Introduces Carina Press Executive Editor, Angela James

Before You Hit Send is offered online as a multi-week course; the day-long workshop is a pared-down version of that course and it is still bursting at the seams with information. We had handouts with the PowerPoint slides and I still took close to 40 pages of notes. I can summarize the headlines here, but the value in this workshop comes from the examples Angela offers to demonstrate her points.

My personal highlights

Use descriptive words, but be careful of overwriting. A little subtlety can add polish to a story. She provided multiple powerful examples here.

Read your story out loud or use voice to text to read it to you. This will allow you to hear things you might otherwise miss.

  • Where your dialogue sounds unnatural.
  • Is the story boring?
  • Did you leave out a key piece of description (e.g., your character moving to another room).
  • Notice where your attention drifts from the story.

DO NOT edit as you listen – take notes or add comments to a Word or Kindle document.

Don’t overlook the basics such as formatting and spellcheck (even if Word does check your spelling as you type). She also offered tips on how to use MS Word’s Find and Replace function like a boss. I learned how to make paragraph marks appear in MS Office 365! This will mean nothing to 90% of the readers, but it was huge to me.

“Punctuation is there as support, not to carry the load.” Pare down your exclamation points. If you need to show excitement or extreme emotion of any kind, use words, not !!!!

Eliminate garbage words from your expository writing, but remember the rules are a little more lenient for dialogue.

Garbage words:

  • Really
  • So
  • That
  • Well
  • Very
  • Totally
  • Just
  • Quite
  • Good/Great

James asks her editors to ensure that something is grammatically correct for the story being told. This is especially in true dialogue. It’s unlikely you’ll find “coulda” in Victorian England, but you might find it in modern conversation.

Don’t use dialogue to convey information that the character already knows just so you can educate the reader: “As you know Bob, …”

Engage all five senses, BUT NOT ALL IN ONE PARAGRAPH!

Don’t tell the story in backstory. Your characters need to interact on the page. It’s their actions and dialogue that convey the story to the reader successfully.

Photo of a jagged mountain with the text "Commas are not the hill you want to die on." - Angela James

The Editorial Relationship

When I interviewed her prior to the workshop, Angela talked about how the editorial relationship should be a partnership. In the workshop, she offered some concrete examples.

  • When you selected a publisher, you also selected an editor and a certain editing ideology.
  • Every editorial relationship is different. She maintains a professional relationship with all of her writers, but she has become good friends with some of them.
  • The editorial relationship will evolve. There is more explanation earlier in the relationship, but you do develop a shorthand and a better understanding of expectations the more you work together.
  • Your editor is your best line of defense against a negative review. That doesn’t mean hiring a good editor will eliminate ALL negative reviews, but they understand readers and what the market wants.

When working with an editor, you want to balance the edits with author voice. “Commas are not the hill you want to die on.” An editor should NOT eliminate your voice.  An editor should:

  • Make suggestions,
  • Show by example, but NOT rewriting entire paragraphs. Rewriting is the key word in that statement, changing the order of the text is not the same thing.
  • You are allowed to say “I don’t agree with this, can you explain your thinking here?”
  • You can’t reject every comment.
  • Read the editorial letter and then walk away to give the comments time to percolate.
  • When you are reviewing a contract with either an agent or a publisher, it is acceptable to ask how the editing process is handled.
  • Questions to ask your editor
    • Do you read for pleasure? What?
    • Do you use Track Changes?
    • Do you offer an editorial letter?

When to stop editing.

6 years is too long.   If you are unsure if you are done, set the story aside and come back to it with fresh eyes.

By the end of the day my head was ready to explode, but in a good way. The downside of learning all these polishing tips is that when you see a lack of sophistication in a story, you can’t un-see it.

The online course is offered two times a year and will be offered again in September. Registration is now open. For more information, visit You can also read my posts to learn more about Angela and her thoughts on publishing.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I’m excited to implement my new skills on my work in progress. I’m hoping my schedule will allow me to take the class in September, but if not, I will definitely be signing up for the early 2017 offering.

Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction.

The New England Crime Bake

2016 social media squareI have been to all but the very first New England Crime Bake. The first year, I went with my friend Regina, and was totally intimidated. At first. But then the venue ran out of toilet paper, so Kate Flora stood outside the ladies room giving people sheets. After that, and after meeting the really terrific people who ran the New England Crime Bake, I realized I had found my tribe, and I went back every year. For the last four years, I’ve been on the committee, and was co-chair of 2014 and 2015. Registration is open for the 2016 New England Crime Bake, and here’s why I think you crime writers at any stage of publication should come.

  • The New England Crime Bake is intentionally kept small, and geared towards writers. It is put on by Mystery Writers of America, the New England Chapter, and Sisters in Crime New England.
  • The Guest of Honor this year is William Kent Krueger. He writes the Cork O’Connor series, and is also the author of the extraordinary Ordinary Grace. Go to his website and read the story about the follow up to Ordinary Grace. Don’t you want to meet someone with that much passion and principle?
  • There are Master Classes on Friday afternoon on a variety of topics, including marketing, editing, and self publishing. The classes cost extra, but are worth it.
  • The Saturday and Sunday panels are interesting, and well curated to give writers something to chew on as they do their work.
  • You can pitch your project to an agent or editor. Or both.
  • You can get feedback on the first page of your manuscript.
  • You can get a manuscript critique. Again, it costs extra, but you will get feedback on 15 pages of your work in progress from a professional writer.
  • You can learn from experts on different subjects.
  • You can find your people. And have fun while you do it.

The New England Crime Bake is November 11-13 in Dedham MA. We will sell out, and shortly, so don’t wait. I’d love to see you there.

Also, if you have a crime based short story, read the guidelines here and submit it to Level Best BooksLast date for submission is May 31, so get on it!


Julie Hennrikus writes the Clock Shop Mystery series as Julianne Holmes. Clock and Dagger will be released on August 2. She is in book jail this weekend, working on Book #3, tentatively titled Chimes and Punishment.

A Week for the Books

Wicked Cozy AuthorsI suspect this will be a week I remember for a long time, and a blog post feels like a good memory book. I hesitate about blowing my own horn, but we know one another. We touch base every couple of weeks. I hope you’ll indulge me.

Today my picture was in the Boston Globe. Twice. And not because I did something terrible. Instead, it was because I hang out with some fabulous mystery writers, and we blog together at the Wicked Cozy Authors. A reporter wanted to write a story about cozy mysteries, and someone pointed her in our direction. It is a story about the genre, and about our friendship. I can’t even pretend it isn’t a thrill.

As if this wasn’t enough for my writing week, Malice Domestic is this weekend. This is a huge fan conference that celebrates the traditional mystery. It takes place in Bethesda, Maryland. Now, I’ve been going to Malice for years. When I first went, I was barely admitting that I wanted to write a mystery aloud. In 2005 Sherry Harris sat at the same table as I did. She was moving to Massachusetts that fall, and I suggested she join Sisters in Crime New England. Cut to today, where we are both Wicked Cozies, and her third book was just released.

My first book, Just Killing Time, has been nominated for a Best First Novel Agatha. I’ve gotten to know my fellow nominees, and they are all terrific. On Saturday, either Ellen Byron, Art Taylor, Cindy Brown, Tessa Arlen or I will win the teapot. But honestly, this is a tough slate, and it is really an honor to be nominated. I know people always say that, but it is true. There were a lot of books to choose from, and I love that my debut made the short list.

Now, not all weeks in my writing life are this epic. In fact, most aren’t. All the more reason for celebrating this week. Then getting back to work on Book #3.


J.A. Hennrikus writes short stories. Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Just Killing Time is on sale now, Clock and Dagger will be released in August.


What Angela James Wishes Writers Knew About the Editing process

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, the New Hampshire chapter of Romance Writers of America is welcoming Angela James to present her workshop Before You Hit Send. In previous blog posts we’ve talked about the workshop, and we’ve talked about Angela’s career as an editor. Today we’ll get to know the personal side of Angela James, and Angela will share with us what she wishes authors (and editors) knew about the editing process.

The Personal Side of Angela James

Favorite Childhood Book (she couldn’t pick one):

  • Nancy Drew mysteries – Carolyn Keene
  • Trixie Belden mysteries – Julie Campbell
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
  • The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles – Julie Andrews

Relaxation and Recreation

  • james_pixIf you follow Angela on Twitter, you know her bad travel karma is epic! Despite that, she still enjoys traveling. Tops on her bucket list for travel is a European train trip. She hopes to visit Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland for a few weeks with her family when her daughter graduates from high school.
  • Angela is a huge sports fan. Football and hockey are her favorites, but in the summer she follows NASCAR and Major League Soccer as well as European football. She doesn’t watch much dramatic TV, but she’ll binge watch when she travels or use it as a distraction when she’s stressed.
  • Although she loves sports, her preferred workout is boot camp.
  • Her perfect day off involves never leaving her couch. She can read all day and someone else can do the cooking, etc.

Gastronomical Pleasures

  • Her favorite beverage is water, but she’s been known to enjoy a glass of wine or beer here and there, too.
  • She loves to make multi-step recipes like homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch.
  • Her favorite food to have prepared for her is Indian curry. No one else in her family likes it, so she only gets to order it when she’s eating out.

 What Angela James Wishes Every Author (and Editor) Knew About the Editing Process

  • Angela James holding an e book readerA good editor is not just going to fix your grammar. A good editor will help you enhance your story, your plot and your characters.
  •  A good editor can make all the difference between a reader liking your book and a reader loving your book.
  • The editor and the author work together in partnership. It’s not that either has final say; it’s that they are collaborating on the book.
  • Ego can be the one thing that really interferes with the editing process. If you go into edits full of ego, i.e. thinking “this is MY book” or “I’m the editor and *I* know best,” the editorial process is doomed to failure. Everyone involved has to go into the process with an open mind.

I hope you have enjoyed this opportunity to get to know Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press, and I hope you will join us Saturday May 21 at the Crowne Plaza Nashua for Before You Hit Send. Register before May 1 for a discounted rate.

I encourage you to visit one of Angela’s many spaces on the web.

Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction.

Angela James on Publishing

On May 21, 2016, the New Hampshire chapter of Romance Writers of America will be presenting Before You Hit Send, a workshop on self-editing created and presented by Angela James, the Editorial Director at Carina Press (the digital-first imprint of Harlequin). Last month Angela took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with me about herself, the workshop, and publishing. Workshop details can be found in my earlier post; today, we’ll talk about publishing.

When you think of the background and experience necessary to succeed in publishing, you probably think about a degree in English or maybe business, and maybe an internship at a New York publishing house. That path has certainly worked for many successful people, but Angela James would tell you the most important thing you need to be successful in publishing is a deep love of books and all things related to books, including authors and the editorial process.

Angela’s path to becoming the Editorial Director of Carina Press was not the traditional publishing career path. She grew up in North Dakota, where she learned to hate snow and love hockey, then went to college at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences where earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

She paid her dues in that field and eventually landed her dream occupational therapy job working on the East Coast at a state psychiatric facility. A lifelong lover of books and avid reader, she took on side work as a proofreader and copyeditor “just for fun.”

When she gave birth to her daughter, she left OT to be a stay at home mom, but quickly discovered she needed more interaction so she stepped up her freelance editing. By then she was working with authors like Jaci Burton and Mandy Roth. When Samhain Publishing opened its doors, Angela was recommended for an editor position.  While at Samhain, she moved up the ranks to Executive Editor, but she kept up her certifications and training credits because even then, she thought she’d go back to the occupational therapy field. Then Harlequin came knocking with their newly-minted Carina Press and Angela’s place in publishing was cemented.

It’s about the book and the reading experience. It’s about giving readers an amazing experience because books are awesome - Angela James with an ocean background

Angela loves new ideas and being able to make plans and take action on those new ideas. The constant change of the industry inspires her to continually develop ways to find new authors, improve things for their current authors, and grow the business.

Without that steady diet of change, Angela fears she’d lose her passion for the job and grow bored. Along with her management duties, James still carries a full editing schedule. She’s on track to edit 15 titles this year alone.

However, being responsible for the business success of Carina is equal parts blessing and burden. As much as she’d like to, she can’t just publish a book because she loves it. “When we say no to a book, it’s not always because we don’t think it’s good, or we don’t love it.” There are a multitude of authors the Carina team loves, or would love to work with, but much to her dismay she doesn’t have the luxury of publishing just to publish. It’s her job to publish books that ensure Carina’s continued growth and success. Sometimes that makes for hard choices. In a perfect world Angela wouldn’t have to worry about whether a book would be a moneymaker or grow the business.

Angela James on the future of publishing

I asked for her prediction about where publishing would be five years from now. On the outside she was polite, but on the inside, I had a sense she was groaning. “It’s hard to say where publishing will be one year from now, never mind five.” Her personal desire would be that in five years we will have long moved past the “us versus them” mentality that has taken hold, the idea that traditional publishers (which digital-first is now lumped with) are the enemy. In her experience, there are many people who work in publishing purely for the love of books, and who work hard to get good books in front of as many readers as possible. “It’s about the book and the reading experience. It’s about giving readers an amazing experience because books are awesome.”

This isn’t just talk. Angela tracked her personal reading on Good Reads last year and she read approximately 650 books. Stop for a minute and process that: six hundred and fifty books! This is in addition to the books she read for work. 650 books just for pleasure reading. Yes, she is a speed reader, and to be fair, some of the books were novella length or serializations, but she calculated it, and it worked out to be about 48 million words. That’s lots and lots and LOTS of words. Clearly, this is a woman who loves books; I guess she found her way to the right field after all.

Next time, I’ll share some of the personal side of Angela James, including what she wishes every author knew about publishing.

Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction.

Conferencing From The Other Side of the Table

Last weekend I went to Left Coast Crime, a mystery conference that was held in Phoenix this year. It is a fan conference, with around 700 people attending. It was my first time at LCC, but won’t be my last. A nice combination of readers and writers, interesting panels, a fun banquet, and lots of friends also attending.

Though I’ve been going to conferences for a number of years, this was one of my first conferences as a published author. I was able to pitch my book at the New Author’s Breakfast. I also had a panel–Main Street Murder. The moderator was Jenn McKinlay, and Kate Carlisle, Cheryl Hollon and Jennifer McAndrews were on the panel. Added to that, I was traveling with Sherry Harris, one of my Wicked Cozy Author blogmates and a very good friend.

A few tips that I added to my toolbox after this weekend:

  • Have a one sentence pitch ready. “What’s your book about?” comes up, and the worst thing you can do is to take more than a sentence to either hook them, or answer their polite question. If they are also an author, remember to ask them what their book is about too!
  • Bring business cards and bookmarks everywhere. Everywhere. You never know.
  • Act interested and smile all the time you are on your panel. Resting face doesn’t photograph well.
  • For that matter, smile all the time. Be friendly. Say hello. I normally am, but it is a good reminder.
  • I write under a different name. A lot of people met me as Julianne. I have to figure out how to handle that. “Call me Julie” is the easiest. Note to self, if I write another series under a different name, I need to make it sound like Julie.
  • Practice gratitude. All the time.
  • Make time for friends. Though I am a real introvert, I only retreated to my room for one nap. Other than that, I was out and about.
  • Leave room in your suitcase for books. And pack fewer clothes. I should know that one by now, but I have to keep learning. And shipping books home.

Sherry and I did a recap over on Wicked Cozy Authors. Here are some of the photos of the weekend.

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How about you, dear readers? Any conference tips?


Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop Mystery series. Her first book, Just Killing Time, is up for a Best First Novel Agatha award. Clock and Dagger will be out in August.

Before You Hit Send Comes to New Hampshire

Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press to Present her Popular Workshop in Nashua.

This May, the New Hampshire chapter of Romance Writers of America will present Before You Hit Send (BYHS). BYHS is a workshop on self editing created and presented by Angela James, Editorial Director at Carina Press.

Before You Hit Send Logo

Before You Hit Send Workshop Specifics

Make a weekend of it! Come Friday night for a casual get together with other attendees at the hotel bar. The workshop takes place all day Saturday, and Sunday morning there will be a room available for those who want to implement what they’ve learned or work on their manuscripts.  Please note this Sunday session is a self-paced causal event with no formal program. Ms. James will not be in attendance.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 9am to 4pm

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua 603-886-1200 (Mention NHRWA for a discounted rate on your room)

Cost: $90 if you register by February 29th Register today to avoid increases!

Who Should Attend Before You Hit Send?

  • Aspiring authors
  • Authors interested in polishing their craft
  • Self-publishing authors
  • Multi-published authors–you may be surprised by what there still is to learn!
  • Freelance editors and copy editors looking to enhance their curriculum vitae.
  • Anyone interested in learning to edit and copy edit.

This workshop is targeted to writers of all genres – mystery, horror, New Adult, fantasy, sci-fi and romance –all welcome!

What will be covered?

  • point of view
  • passive vs. active voice
  • show don’t tell
  • formalizing your manuscript

and much more!

To register please visit the New Hampshire Romance Writers website .

Originally, Ms. James was asked to develop a week long online workshop on self editing. Her first reaction was “What a great topic.” It wasn’t until she sat down to outline the course that she realized what an overwhelming topic it could be. Over the years the workshop has morphed and grown. Angela has been presenting it online and in person for more than eight years. BYHS is never the same workshop twice. She updates it prior to every presentation. Because publishing is constantly changing and writers need different information at different times in their writing journey, it’s not uncommon for people to take the class multiple times. Sometimes as many as four or five people are repeat attendees!

Peggy Jaeger,  author of the soon to be released 3 Wishes from The Wild Rose Press has taken BYHS online and is looking forward to taking it again in person in May.  “Angela James showed me exactly what a manuscript ready for professional submission should look like. And after taking her class, my manuscripts now look professionally polished and ready for a publisher’s eyes.”

Registration for the inaugural presentation of Before You Hit Send in New Hampshire is open now. Your registration fee includes workshop materials, Saturday lunch buffet and an afternoon snack. Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Before You Hit Send is a labor of love from someone who is an avid reader and quite simply loves books. “It’s not about the money. It’s more important to me to know that people are getting the information.”

About Angela James

Angela James holding an e book readerAngela James is the Editorial Director of Carina press, a digital-first fiction imprint of Harlequin (Harper Collins). She has edited books from bestselling authors including Shannon Stacey (a New Hampshire author), Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane and many others. Look for a more detailed profile of Ms. James in mid-March.

Carina Press publishes books in romance, fantasy, sci-fi, action adventure, mystery, crime and new adult.

Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction. She is an NHRWA member and the opinions expressed here are hers and my not necessarily reflect those of her fellow NHWN blogmates.