Saturday, September 20, 2014


Admittedly, I am the Queen of Conflict Avoidance. I want everyone in my books to be happy, happy, happy. If my heroine falls down and bumps her knee, I want the hero to rush in and carry her off and kiss the boo-boo all better.

That might work once, but the second time it happens, readers are going to barf and drop the book. I know that. I smack my hands, back up, and remember the hero is a tough guy in a hurry and doesn't have time to pick her up. She dang well better pick herself up.

And therein is the key to storytelling.

Unfortunately, I've been reading a lot of books lately by authors who have forgotten or do not understand that creating obstacles and conflicts for our characters is what makes a reader keep reading.

I want to read and support new and indie authors. But out of the five new books I've read lately, only the one from a NYC publisher had a real story to tell. I picked out all five books because they were concepts I enjoyed--Cinderella tales, cozy mysteries, books about children, basic contemporary romances. I read the excerpts, so I knew the writing was excellent. But four of those five books let me down and left me skimming because they read as if the author was writing down their favorite fantasy where everyone has a happy day and if things went bump in the night, someone rescued them.

Put your favorite fantasy under the bed, folks. Read it in private. If you want readers other than yourself, you've got to create characters with problems to solve, and let them run into obstacles they have to overcome on their road to happiness.

Climbing down off soapbox now. As you were!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Who Denies the Existence of Love?

1805 Gillray Harmony Before Matrimony
Porter Anderson's blog You Tell Me: Why IS Romance Reviled?(based on a wonderful blog by Barbara O'Neal)  has raised quite a discussion among romance authors (read the comments). 

I have no interest in defending a genre that creates a large target for those who wish to inspire controversy. That romance dominates the book market speaks for itself.

My concern is Mr. Anderson's comments about romance being reviled by people who don't believe in love. That makes me seriously sad and deserves a discussion all its own.

I can understand that some people never find the right "soul mate." There are many factors involved in romantic love. It's a fragile concept, as our books show. But to not believe in love at all? That, in itself, would guarantee never finding love of any sort.

One has to love to be loved. That might sound like a trite cliche, but how can one recognize love if one doesn't open his heart to it? We can love our parents, our siblings, our friends, our houses, our pets, or we can love life itself. Love is a giving thing, not something one deserves for existing. If we allow ourselves to love, then we open ourselves to be loved by others.

So, are there really people out there who deny the existence of any love? My sincere sympathies to them, if so, because that seems like a bitter, narrow existence. If we can't reach these people with romance novels, how can we reach them?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Release: Risk of Love and Magic 
Just in case you've missed Facebook, Twitter, and my website ;), I'm letting everyone know that the third of my contemporary romance series about descendants of the magical Malcolms and their scientific heroes is out!

Finally, we meet the mysterious Librarian!

I had a lot of fun writing this book, as you can probably tell from the blurb. Who wouldn’t enjoy throwing together a stoic, military-minded mechanic with an anarchic passionate psychic who will do anything to save her sister? I love watching two disparate people peel back their respective layers to discover they were made for each other, don’t you?

Sparks fly when special forces meets psychic forces

Brilliant psychic Nadine Malcolm is held prisoner in an asylum by her stepfather, a power-mad general.  As the Librarian, she secretly hijacks computers to prevent his plans to turn paranormal children into weapons. When her younger sister ominously disappears, Nadine reaches through cyberspace for help.

Ex-Special Forces warrior Magnus Oswin has focused his formidable talents on stopping the rogue general who once held him prisoner. After picking up the Librarian’s frantic plea, he roars into the fray in his latest engineering marvel, a modified muscle car.

The last thing Nadine needs is another military control freak in her life. The last thing Magnus needs is an aluminum-foil-wearing nutcase. But fierce attraction forges an uneasy alliance as two desperate people fight to save the children who cannot save themselves.

“Patricia Rice writes stories with so much attention to detail the characters truly seem to come to life.”—Booklist starred review—Lure of Song and Magic

“Rice brings you great characters, a dynamite plot and plenty of magic and she accomplishes the whole thing without a shoot-out. Don’t miss it.” –RT Reviews 4 ½ stars— Lure of Song and Magic

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Series booklist

I did it! I think I did it. I've updated my series booklist with the new titles and reissued titles, and flotsam and jetsam, thanks to prodding by Elizabeth Naylor. Take a look and see what I've left out:

Patricia Rice - Related Series

The Rebellious Sons
  • The Wicked Wyckerly 7/6/2010
  • The Devilish Montague 7/2011
  • Notorious Atherton 7/2013
  • A Formidable Lord Quentin—coming summer 2015
Mystic Isle Series (historical)
  • Mystic Isle, A Novella prequel 2/14
  • Mystic Guardian  7/07
  • Mystic Rider 7/08
  • Mystic Warrior 7/09
The Carolina Magnolia Series (Carolina Trilogy - TJ McCloud and his brothers )
  • Dixie Rebel (Impossible Dreams)
  • Imperfect Rebel (Almost Perfect)
  • Rebel Charm (McCloud's Woman)
  • Carolina Rebel (Carolina Girl)
Magic Series (historical)
Those magical Malcolm women and those mostly marvelously meticulous Ives men
  • Merely Magic
  • Must Be Magic
  • The Trouble with Magic
  • This Magic Moment
  • Much Ado about Magic
  • Magic Man
The California Malcolms (contemporary descendants of Magic series)
  • The Lure of Song and Magic
  • The Trouble with Air and Magic
  • The Risk of Love and Magic
Too Hard to Handle series (Paper Series - American historicals - 1880's)
  • Texas Lily
  • Texas Rose (Paper Roses )
  • Texas Tiger (Paper Tiger )
  • Texas Moon (Paper Moon )
Regency Nobles series
  • The Genuine Article
  • The Marquess
  • The English Heiress
  • The Irish Duchess
The Family Genius series
  • Evil Genius
  • Undercover Genius
Connected Books
  • Moon Dreams
  • Rebel Dreams 
Writing as Jamie Quaid
The Saturn’s Daughters series
  • Boyfriend From Hell
  • Damn Him to Hell
  • Giving Him Hell—coming October 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mystic Guardian Sale

For those of you who like a little super hero fantasy with your romance--Mystic Guardian is going on sale for 99c in June.

I am obviously not an impartial reader, but I love this tale of a French woman who becomes so furious with her uncooperative hero that she swims after his ship and steals his golden chalice to feed her village.

Is there a better way to spend 99c than to laze away a summer day on a tropical isle?

Here are the various links, although not all of them are showing the sale price yet:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Risk of Love and Magic

Just reminding you that new books are in the works! Next up in July, the third California Malcolm book--the story of Magnus and the Librarian. Didn't Kim Killion do a fabulous job with the cover?  TROUBLE WITH AIR AND MAGIC, Conan's book, is still available in print and digital.

I've finally finished the draft of the next Rebellious Son book, currently being called A FORMIDABLE LORD QUENTIN. It needs work but the release date isn't until 2015. Sorry I'm so slow but I'm trying!

And I've sent the third Jamie Quaid book to my editors! It was supposed to come out last year but I added this whole Christmas theme that simply demanded a fall release. So we're now scheduled for October.

We're plotting a new website but life has a way of interfering, especially when so many people are involved in the construction. So until I get my act together, this blog and Facebook have to be my window on the world. Stop by anytime and say hi. I usually check in at least once a day--or more while I'm plotting the next book.

And a reminder that MYSTIC ISLE, the novella is still 99 cents for a little while longer. And if you keep an eye on Kobo, UNDERCOVER GENIUS will be on sale starting 4/17.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Value of Editing

I'm adding the image because it's pretty and sunny and the novella is still only 99c in case you missed all the announcements--

But my real reason for blogging is that I've just gone to B&N to read excerpts on three books I saw advertised today that looked interesting. The  concepts were strong, they had a few good reviews, the covers were nice, the prices were right...and they needed major editing.

These weren't just self-pubbed books, I'm afraid. One was from an e-pub only house and another was a major publisher's e-pub branch. Editing certainly should have been involved.

Perhaps I'm becoming overcritical with age and experience. Would you read a book that started with dialogue only, not explaining who the people were who were talking, not knowing where they are, or who or what they were talking about?  I really didn't understand the first line and by the third paragraph, I quit. How can I care about people who are nothing but quote marks?

The next one started out presumably in the protagonist's point of view, except she was thinking about her pretty blue eyes and long chestnut curls. Yup, I always sit around thinking about my pretty eyes when I'm criticizing someone else. Uh huh. When the next paragraph continued in the point of view of the person being criticized and in the third paragraph switched to some kind of weird author omniscient that covered half the audience, I gave up, again.

 The third book...maybe it's just my taste to blame. The craft was fine. But after three pages of describing a computer, a library, and the hunk working in it and getting no further than the heroine's bad luck, I decided the only plot was getting into the hunk's bed. Not my cuppa. Sure, she was working for a goal and I knew I ought to sympathize with it, but not while she's drooling. So, yeah, that one could just be me.

What makes you give up on a book in the opening pages?