The cover for Marcie by Esme Rome, showing Clea DuVall and a city at night.

Marcie – A BTVS Novella

I’ve started publishing the first chapters of Marcie, a novella about Marcie Ross, the invisible girl from the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Marcie was last seen joining a government program for invisible teenagers, learning assassination and infiltration. And then, nothing. Marcie never returns in Buffy, Angel, the comic books, novels, or any other …

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Cupid and Psychedelia

When drafting a cover for my latest freebie short story, I created many, many, many variations of the cover. Most looked pretty awful, but some of them had a certain psychedelic charm that reminded me of 1960s psychedelic poster art. All of these images use (we could say misuse, even abuse) the lovely painting “Cupid and …

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A hand of a person off-camera scratches under a cat's chin.

Romance Prompt #2

Your heroine’s never been a cat person. She’s never had a pet, and views all animals with mixed alarm and confusion. But when a starving, boney cat shows up on her doorstep, she takes him to the vet right away. She’s not a total monster–and when she sees how cute the vet is, she wonders …

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College Romance Prompt #1

Your heroine just won a poetry competition. Her poem’s going to be published in an anthology put out by a big publishing house. Now she has two weeks to prepare for the party, where she hopes to meet an agent, publisher, publicist, or someone who can help her publish a book of poems she’s been …

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A man in an airport, talking on his cell phone, stares outside the window at the tarmac.

Romance Prompt #1

Your heroine’s stranded at O’Hare for the next six hours. She heads to the airport coffee shop (or bar, depending on your heroine) and strikes up a fascinating conversation with our hero. T She’s so into him, she almost misses her flight–and misses his number, last name, or any contact information to speak of. She …

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Teen book club hosts author who’s all heart.

A book is both a usually portable physical object and the body of immaterial representations or intellectual object whose material signs—written or drawn lines or other two-dimensional media—the physical object contains or houses