Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

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Review: Rush: New York City by Emma Scott

I haven’t been reading like I usually do. Between the kids going back to school, soccer, softball, gymnastics, homework, editing, and my husband starting his own company I had little time for myself. So I’m going to go back in my archives and tell you about a book I fell in love with this year: Rush: New York City (City Lights #3) by Emma Scott....

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21 Sep 2015
in Special, Spotlights

New Release: Tied Together by ZB Heller

Ryan Keller has it all: a great supportive family, friends, and no limit to his self-confidence. Coming out of the closet was not as traumatic as he would have thought. In fact, it was glitter, unicorns, and rainbows. Navigating through life isn’t easy for any man, let alone a gay one. Rest assured that Ryan has it handled. Brandon Ford comes from the wrong side...

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07 Sep 2015
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Five Things Every Antagonist Needs

What makes up a good antagonist? There are a variety of aspects that make a antagonist great. Incorporating certain key factors you’ll read about below can help develop your “bad guy” into a believable and workable villain. Just as in my article “Five Things Every Protagonist Needs,” I’ll explain what you can do to motivate and make your villain credible. Some other good articles to...

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31 Aug 2015
Five Things Every Protagonist Needs
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Five Things Every Protagonist Needs

You’re writing a book, and you have a main character you love. You take this character on a journey, and you think your plot is solid. All the hard work shows as you reread your story and give yourself a pat on the back. When you send your manuscript to beta readers or a critique group, you get feedback you weren’t expecting: Your protagonist is...

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10 Aug 2015
in Articles, On Writing

What’s Killing Your Writing Dreams?

If any of you follow my articles, you know by now that I’m an editor and a struggling writer. And let me tell you, I struggle. A lot. I don’t know why I can’t get past my hump. Let me rethink what I just wrote. I do know what it is killing my writing dreams—excuses. I get hung up on so many things like self-doubt; it’s a...

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20 Jul 2015
in Spotlights

Spotlight: Priest by Sierra Simone

“Yowza! Priest by Sierra Simone is one taboo but highly addicting read.” –Diva Lauren Yep, I just quoted myself. I finished this book and literally said, “Yowza!” Priest by Sierra Simone is the hot book circulating in the indie world right now. Promotion was all over the place on my Facebook for a good week before it released. Since I’m a fan of the forbidden...

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15 Jul 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Indie Author Pep Talk

Oh jeez, where do I start with this pep talk. I know you’re thinking: A pep talk? Really? Yes, indeedy. I have a lot author friends, clients, Facebook friends, followers, etc., so I hear a variety of gripes, tales of woe, burning hatred, and envy for a plethora of reasons like “Why can’t I crank out books like so and so?” or “Where in the...

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29 Jun 2015
in Spotlights

Spotlight: Author A.C. Netzel

Diva Spotlight: Author A.C. Netzel A.C. Netzel asked me to read her book for my book blog, The Flirty Reader, and I really enjoyed it. What better way to showcase a new author then to make her a Diva Spotlight. Boom!  Congratulations, A.C., you’re the latest book crush of the month. Tell all your friends! Hehe! The Causal Rule, is a contemporary romance set in...

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24 Jun 2015
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Divas Rec: 6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

I know, I know. We’ve preached about how important it is to write an outline to your novel.  I’ve told many of my authors when they are stuck that they should outline the rest of their story so they have a clear path to follow. I need an outline to finish a book, well, anything I write, truthfully. In this rec, Steven James shares with us...

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18 Jun 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Your Team

Divas on Writing: Your Team There are plenty of places on the Internet to search for writing advice. I spoke about Pinterest in another article; it has many great pins that authors can use to help while they are actively researching or writing their books. But authors turn to other social mediums like Facebook and Twitter as well.  Recently, an author friend asked her friends...

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08 Jun 2015
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