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  1. MeganRyder

    Homework Homework for Day 2

    Sorry this is so late. It's been a crazy week at the office after a vacation so I am playing catch up right now. Cam, now 32. Core Wound: Abandonment by parents (mother died when he was 12, father checked out into alcoholism, leaving him to run the family ranch and raise his little sister until...
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    THEWRONGCOWBOY_MR_FINAL.jpg

    After acting on her childhood crush crashes and burns, Emma must choose between the sexy cowboy who gives her what she needs or try to convince her crush she is more than a little sister.
  3. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME Lect #2 Thursday, May 7th

    Great points. I agree the readers won't like the hang from the crime not being solved. I will look at another series arc here. Thanks for the suggestion and the food for thought!
  4. MeganRyder

    Great points. I agree the readers won't like the hang from the crime not being solved. I will...

    Great points. I agree the readers won't like the hang from the crime not being solved. I will look at another series arc here. Thanks for the suggestion and the food for thought!
  5. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME Lect #2 Thursday, May 7th

    Hmmm, that was definitely a concern. That not solving the crime would create a problem for the reader. I thought I would "solve" it in the sense that they figure out that its not the situation as it first presented itself but its infinitely more complicated and requires less strength and more...
  6. MeganRyder

    Hmmm, that was definitely a concern. That not solving the crime would create a problem for the...

    Hmmm, that was definitely a concern. That not solving the crime would create a problem for the reader. I thought I would "solve" it in the sense that they figure out that its not the situation as it first presented itself but its infinitely more complicated and requires less strength and more...
  7. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME Lecture #3 Monday May 11

    Is your sleuth a magic user? If so do they have a specialty? Are they a one trick wonder (like Mike Carey’s Felix Castor who as an exorcist vanquishes things by specially crafted tunes played on his tin whistle, though he improvises well when it gets knocked out of his hand) or do they have a...
  8. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME Lect #2 Thursday, May 7th

    So, this is a good question: How many paranormals need to be killed and what are they? there will be a few paranormals killed. They will be shifters, wolves mainly. Does your sleuth come to the crime that needs to be solved when the kill is a fresh one or the victim is long buried (as in a cold...
  9. MeganRyder

    Well, you and me both! I want to see where this can go too. I have plans in my head but can I...

    Well, you and me both! I want to see where this can go too. I have plans in my head but can I translate that to the page? hmmmmm I know the characters for the 3 books but always hesitate if i can pull of the mystery side and weave the two together well enough. So I'm glad to be here!
  10. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME Lecture #1 - Monday, Nay 4th

    Is the victim of the crime human or some sort of paranormal, and what type if it is: The victim is a wolf shifter, kidnapping victim. There are also murders of humans mainly by shifters (incidental to the initial crime) Is the sleuth human or some sort of paranormal, and what type if it is? The...
  11. MeganRyder

    Lecture SCENE OF THE PARANORMAL CRIME: Introduction Monday, May 4th

    Hi, My name is Megan Ryder. I am published in Contemporary romance with a small press - Tule Publishing. I have also written two cozy mysteries with Annies Publishing. I also branched in PNR romance with a short story coming out in an anthology in June. I am focused on shifters mianly, though my...
  12. A Cowboy's Song

    A Cowboy's Song

    The lost boy… Tyler “Ty” lost everything in a car accident when he was twelve, retreating into his shell so tightly that it took months for him to come out again. Music and the ranch saved him, and he will always be grateful to his foster family for saving his life. Now, with the ranch on financial
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    The town bad boy with hidden pain…The town good girl who saw the good in everyone…Can Chase resist the call of the rodeo and man up for a woman he's loved for years or will he leave for the allure of the road?
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    He wanted to be left in peace… She wanted to be free of her past… Can they save the ranch without killing each other … or falling in love?
  15. MeganRyder

    Lecture Lesson One: What Makes You Laugh?

    Well, I love the Big Bang Theory b/c i think the one liners are hilarious even as they poke fun at stereotypes and each other, even as some of the humor may even seem mean and offensive at times. I like the one liners b/c they prove how well the characters know each other and they're only funny...
  16. MeganRyder

    Lecture Introduction

    Hi, Ally! My name is Megan and am excited to be here (if a little late as always). I am a member of RWA and PAN, published in contemporary romance. My books tend to be a bit serious and I guess I have a dry sense of humor and my publisher and plotting group has suggested (gently) that I look for...
  17. MeganRyder

    Discussion Introduction

    I am way late to the class and catching up now (Thanks to conference and late deadlines). I will catch up and do some lurking but I am working on my first suspense and I build out a series (hopefully) with a romantic suspense. I am currently published in contemporary romance. I have written a...
  18. MeganRyder

    Lecture Lesson 1: Crafting Mystery: The Basics

    Sorry for being late! How do you define books that handle cold cases? There is not a ton of action on the page except for finding out who actually committed the crime. And there is a strong romantic element. When I called it a mystery, people said nope, that's not a mystery but there wasn't a...
  19. MeganRyder

    Lecture Lesson One: The Big Five Personality Traits: Openness

    Phoebe always surprised me as being so open and optimistic despite her backstory. She was also somewhat trusting and naive, yet she'd turn around and see something so totally different and be so savvy about things. Such a great character, and yes she grew so much in that series, in a subtle way...
  20. MeganRyder

    Discussion Megan's characters

    So, I guess I'm worried that they have the same issue - they both worry about belonging, being accepted. So trust is an issue for both of them. Since they have the same issue, I'm not sure how they can help each other. I mean, he technically has the acceptance of the town - they already respect...