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Joyce DiPastena

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Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

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Joyce DiPastena Hi Demelza! I don't write or read contemporary romance, so I'm probably not the best one to advise you. I think I've heard that contemporary cowboy st…moreHi Demelza! I don't write or read contemporary romance, so I'm probably not the best one to advise you. I think I've heard that contemporary cowboy stories are really popular. Also, I'm thinking that maybe some of the categories you've been writing "steamy" in, if those themes have done well for you, could you write a sweet/clean romance with the same basic theme? (For example, there are both "hot" and "sweet/clean" contemporary cowboy romances.) I know for me, there are a lot of historical romances I would read if they were sweet/clean instead of hot, so as I reader, I wish someone would write some sweet/clean versions of those stories so I could read them. Does that make sense? I could also recommend some sweet/clean romance groups on Facebook that you could join and maybe ask for suggestions from authors who do write contemporary sweet/clean romance. Let me know if you'd like me to share those links with you. Good luck! In my opinion, the romance world needs and wants more sweet/clean romance! :-)(less)
Joyce DiPastena Hi Leah,

Yes, you're allowed to add your book, as long as it's a clean/sweet secular romance! Here's how you do it:

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Hi Leah,

Yes, you're allowed to add your book, as long as it's a clean/sweet secular romance! Here's how you do it:

Go to the Clean Romances Group
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Click on Add Book
Search for the book you want to add
Click "Add to Group"
Choose shelves for which genre/s your book fits into
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Hope that helps! If you have any questions, let me know. :-)(less)
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Hug a Medievalist Day Winner ~ 2021

 Congratulations to Karen M, winner of my 

2021 Hug a Medievalist Giveaway!


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"Everyone has fleas, Margaret. It's part of God's plan."

"I don't. I wash them off."

"Margaret, you haven't any sense at all. They just hop back. You can't wash enough to keep them off."

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"Everyone tells me that. It hasn't come off yet."

"Margaret, you're too hardheaded for your own good. Now take for your next sentence, 'Fleas do not wash off.'"

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message 24: by Karen

Karen Malena Hello Joyce! Very nice to meet you in here!


message 23: by Joyce

Joyce Dear Friends,

Goodreads never tells me when you leave a comment here so it can literally be months before I find you. If it's important, please use the GR message feature. That's the only way I get an alert and know to answer. Thank you!

Joyce


LAWonder10 Hi Joyce,
I checked that I placed your book up on my Facebook but all that came up is you as an author. I guess I don't know how to click on your book to advertise. Can you give me any idea what I can do to get it to appear on my facebook account?


message 21: by Faith

Faith Dominguez thanks so much for accepting my friendship ^_^ an i'm sorry to ask this but do you know where I might be able to download your (books)for my ereader the formant has to be pdf or epub please help me


message 20: by Joyce

Joyce I haven't found it yet, either, but if I do, I'll share. :-)


message 19: by Joyce

Joyce Jeannette wrote: "Well, it sounds like fun!

It is a pain that you don't get notices, so who knows when you'll see this....

Is this the book with swimming in it? lol"


No, the venison is swimming in Acelet's story, not in Dangerous Favor. I don't think anyone or anything goes swimming there, but I might be wrong. I'll have to read it again. LOL!

Yes, it's a pain not to be getting notices. I thought I signed up for alerts, but I must have done something wrong. I'll have to check my settings again.


message 18: by Joyce

Joyce Jeannette wrote: "lol!

I read Illuminations first, then Loyalty's Web. I follow you with an alias on Facebook, so I'm sure we talked about this somewhere! (I follow your blog, too, with a different profile picture..."


Oh, heck! I never get alerts anymore when someone leaves me a comment, so I keep forgetting to check. Sorry, I really didn't mean to ignore you!

No, Dangerous Favor isn't Acelet's story. I'm still working on that one. :-) Dangerous Favor is kind of a dual romance for Etienne (Triston's brother) and Therri (Heléne's brother). They were best friends in Loyalty's Web, and still are. So it only seemed right that they should find their romances at the same time. Dangerous Favor is told in Etienne's POV, though. (And his sweetheart-to-be's, Mathilde. Assuming she eventually agrees to be his sweetheart, that is. ;-) )


message 17: by Joyce

Joyce Jeannette wrote: "I just finished Loyalty's Web and loved it! When does the next book come out?? :)"


Whoa, didn't know I had this comment. Sorry for not answering sooner! Illuminations of the Heart is available now, and a third book, Dangerous Favor, is currently with my editor. Knocking on wood that she's going to accept it!


message 16: by Lisa M

Lisa M Nice profile photo! ;-)


Stephanie Skeem Hey,

Thanks for the add. It's so cool to meet other authors on here. Your books look really fun.

Steph


message 14: by Dahlia

Dahlia (yadkny) Hi Joyce,
Thanx for the friending. I look forward to chatting with you more.


message 13: by Daysha (last edited May 21, 2010 10:37AM)

Daysha I did not read Just so stories. I will get it when mom takes me to the library Saturday.
thank you!


message 11: by Joyce

Joyce SpeedReader wrote: "Hey Joyce! When are you going to add your new book to GoodReads so I can add it to my To-Read list?? :) Can't wait for it!"

My pub's doing a "limited release" of the book to begin with, but I just noticed it's available for "pre-order" on DeseretBook.com, so it's getting closer. :-)



message 10: by Angela

Angela Hey Joyce! When are you going to add your new book to GoodReads so I can add it to my To-Read list?? :) Can't wait for it!


Jaimey Spectacular book, Joyce! When can we expect your next novel? LOL ;o)


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Joyce and thanks for the add. I have a real good friend that lives in Salt Lake! Also, our youngest son lives in Rock Springs, WY and this past summer we flew into Salt Lake and he picked us up for a visit. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Blessings,
Jeannie


Daysha Thanks for being my friend. I will get the book and tell you how I liked it.


Veronica Widya lol
yes, u're welcomee!! :)


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!


Bradley Hi Joyce! I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Jennifer Griffith Thanks for being my friend! I can see you've got a fabulous booklist and I can't wait to see what else there is on it that you'd recommend for me!
Jennifer


message 2: by Lee

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