• Miscellaneous

    How to Enhance Your Reading Experience with Soundscapes

    The sister blog post, “How to Enhance Your Writing Experience with Soundscapes,” can be found on Writer’s Atelier. What does your perfect reading experience look like? Maybe you picture yourself curled up on the couch or reading in the great outdoors. Maybe you don’t care where you are as long as you have something warm to drink. Maybe you’ve always been able to read any time, any place, under any conditions. (Lucky!) But what if I told you there was a way to truly immerse yourself in the book you’re reading like you never have before? You can do just that with soundscapes. What are soundscapes? Whether you’ve heard the…

  • Miscellaneous

    8 Unique Ways Readers Can Fill Their Empty Notebooks

    The sister blog post, “8 Unique Ways Writers Can Fill Their Empty Notebooks,” can be found on Writer’s Atelier. How many empty notebooks do you have around your house or apartment? It’s okay, I can wait while you count them. Is it five? Ten? More? We bookish types are notorious for our love of paper. We love the feel of paper between our fingers, tag images of massive home libraries with #goals, and even try to capture the smell of old books in candles and soap! It’s only natural that such a love would extend to notebooks, journals, and stationery as well. Since I’ve been spending so much time at…

  • Story Talk,  World's Fair Romances

    Celebrate Spring with Romance & Even More Romance

    I have a very special announcement, but you’ll have to act on these deals fast to take advantage of them… I’ve teamed up with over thirty authors to bring you the May Day Sweet Historical Romance Sale! For the first week of May only, all of the books will be priced between 99¢ and $2.99. This is my first BookFunnel promotion—yay author milestones!—but I’ll be bringing you all tons more in the future. I love discovering new authors and helping you discover new authors, so it’s the perfect tool for me. Plus, obviously, you get to take advantage of some sweet deals! But guess what? I’m already bringing you a…

  • About the Author,  Musings

    Staying Focused with the Flora App

    The Flora app was one of my favorite productivity tools before the pandemic. After a year of use, it’s now my favorite tool to help me track my time and stay focused in other ways, too. And now I’m using it to help me navigate the increasingly foggier days in self-isolation. I started using the Flora app back when I was still in college. I was looking for a free alternative to the super popular Forest app, and Flora drew my eye with its focus on flowers over trees. Not to mention that it had the same functionality, more or less, and it had overall positive reviews on the app…

  • Musings,  Story Talk

    Supporting Indie Creators During Coronavirus

    Maybe supporting indie creators during coronavirus is only at the back of your mind. Maybe you can’t even think about it because you’re trying to balance a thousand other things—homeschooling your kids, working from home, balancing your literal or figurative checkbook, or whatever obstacles the new world order has you facing. Money is tight, and tensions are high. That’s understandable. That’s to be expected, in fact, which is why the majority of my suggestions here will be completely free to you, but will mean the world (or, in some cases, a little extra money) to the indie creators you love. (And I say indie creators because I tried to keep…

  • Story Talk,  World's Fair Romances

    Read the First Chapter of IN BARCELONA WITH YOU

    My novelette In Barcelona With You is now available for pre-order on Amazon! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my first solo publication out in the world. (Well, sort of!) It’s been a journey, people. I debated pushing back this day so many times. At one point, I even—briefly!—considered scrapping the project altogether. But I didn’t. My friends wouldn’t let me, and ultimately, I wouldn’t let me. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines of the publishing game for too long! It’s time for me to play! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’m making the first chapter of In Barcelona With You available to read for free, for everyone, right…

  • Story Talk

    February 2020 Releases from Megan Fuentes & Emma Fontaine

    Ah, February—the month of Valentine’s Day. And February is an extra special month in my heart because it’s also my boyfriend’s birth month! I’d celebrate all twenty-nine days if he’d let me (and if our schedules allowed for it). Would you believe he used to buy me presents on his birthday? I’m a very lucky girl. But enough about me—onto me! I have three projects releasing this month, and I’m so excited to share them with you! Not all of the links are live right now, but I will go back and update this post as soon as they’re ready to be clicked and tapped. And now, without further ado……

  • Where I'm Writing

    Writing Around Disney World 2020: Epcot Festival of the Arts

    Being a Disney Cast Member comes with many, many perks. Among them is access to the theme parks for most of the year. In 2020, I’m making the most of this privilege by organizing writing retreats for myself around the Walt Disney World Resort. Just a couple of days before Christmas, I visited the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, and I fashioned for myself one of my all-time favorite Disney trips I’ve ever had. This particular outing was something of a gift to myself. I knew I wouldn’t be able to visit and celebrate the season with my family, what with work and all, and my boyfriend had already…

  • About the Author,  Interesting History

    Why I Write Historical Fiction

    You may recognize the painting. It’s Ferdinand Keller’s Scheherazade and Sultan Schariar. You will almost certainly recognize the story—or, rather, stories—behind the subjects of the work. When people ask me why I originally picked this image to wallpaper all over my website, I ask if they’ve seen the 1992 Disney animated classic Aladdin. Most of the time, the answer is yes. Even if it isn’t, I’ll sing the first few lyrics from one of the Genie’s songs and watch their eyes light up with recognition. The second line in “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin alludes to one of the most well-known frame narratives ever. It revolves around a young…