Romance Blogfest is on!

The Romance Blogfest is closed. Thanks to all who participated!

How to participate (and rules)
1. The theme is Love at first sight . . . or not so much. Post a first meeting between two characters who will fall for each other (even if it doesn’t look like they will at the time!).

You may write a new scene on the topic, OR you may post a scene from your WIP. [This doesn’t preclude completed works. Because, after all, no work of art is ever finished, only abandoned.]

This should be a given, but all scenes should be clean (i.e. no sex [what kind of first meet is this?], limited violence and language [again, what kind of first meet is this?]).

2. Post your scene today, and link your post back to the blogfest here so your readers can read other entries, too. (The easiest way to create the link will be to cut and paste the code for the badge below into the Edit HTML tab on your post.)

3. Add your to the Mr. Linky below. Use your name (or your name@your blog’s name, or your blog’s name), and the link to your post (i.e. and NOT your blog (i.e.

4. Read, enjoy, and comment on other entries! Scroll down (or up if you’re in a feed reader) to see mine and use the list of links to find others’!

Want the badge? Copy this and paste it in the HTML of a blog post or your sidebar:

<a href="" title="Romance Blogfest. Photo by José Carlos Norte" style="text-decoration: none;"><img src="" width="300" alt="romance blogfest badge" /></a>

Want it bigger or smaller? Change the number at width="300" to adjust the size.

Sign up here!

Use your name (or your name@your blog’s name, or your blog’s name), and the link to your post (i.e. and NOT your blog (i.e.

(If you signed up on the announcement post, please add the link directly to your post here on this new Mr. Linky! Your link is still up on the announcement page.)

  1. Jordan McCollum
  2. Nichole Giles
  3. Joyce DiPastena
  4. Carol J. Garvin
  5. Tamara Hart Heiner
  6. Canda Mortensen
  7. Rachel Rossano
  8. Don Carey
  9. Krista Lynne Jensen
  10. Rebecca Shelley
  11. Gail Zuniga
  12. Heather Justesen
  13. Angie
  14. Lisa Asanuma
  15. Christine Bryant
  16. RaShelle Workman
  17. Carolyn Frank
  18. Danyelle Ferguson
  19. Rebecca Blevins
  20. Regina Andrews
  21. Andrew Rosenberg
  22. ali
  23. C. Michelle Jefferies
  24. Debbie Davis
  25. Robbin Peterson
  26. Marsha Ward
  27. Marta O. Smith
  28. Andrew Williams
  29. Erica aka Mightymouse
  30. Sharon Gerlach

Stay tuned for our series on emotion in writing!

Blogfest badge photo by José Carlos Norte

44 thoughts on “Romance Blogfest is on!”

  1. LOL, I forgot my blog’s not adjusted for Daylight Saving. So this went live earlier than anticipated. Awesome.

  2. Got mine posted before going to bed. It’s after 2 a.m. here but I didn’t want to wait until after breakfast. I’ll be back later to check out everyone’s contributions, including yours. Thanks again for doing this, Jordan.

  3. Please remember to use the link to your POST above, and not just your blog!! If someone comes here tomorrow or next month, they won’t be able to find your post if you use your blog address.

  4. Thanks for doing this, Jordan. You’ve done a great job!! I love the pic. And I’m excited to read everyone’s entry. I think I’ve got my blog linked, but I’m wondering how to link to that specific post and not just my blog. Any suggestions? And is it too late?

    1. It’s not too late!

      The easiest way to do that would be to go to the post itself (i.e. the post where you can see the comments—click on the TIME your post was posted to get there) and copying the URL from the address bar of your browser.

    1. I stayed up later than I wanted to, but I scheduled the post to go live without me. Of course, I can’t speak for everybody else 😀 . Thanks for participating!

  5. I wasn’t going to do this. I didn’t think I had time right now. But at the last minute I succombed. Thanks for accepting late comers.

  6. I wasn’t going to do this; actually, I just posted another blog post. But I decided to put myself out there for once! Thanks for hosting this, and I can’t wait to read them all! I’m going to have a fun evening immersing myself in the internet. 🙂

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for the innovation (hope I followed directions corrctly). I’m shy about these things but being in such a nice group really helps! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetheart Joyce and everyone! Hugs,

  8. Hi Everyone, I updated my link, hope I did it right 🙂 Nice to meet all of you! Thank you, Jordan and Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts – Jordan and everyone! Hugs, Regina

  9. Just a note: if you’ve “fixed” a link to your blog homepage by adding a new link directly to your post, I have updated the list so you’re still in your original spot with the right URL. Thanks so much!

  10. I posted a passage from my WIP where the female lead lays on the male lead for the first time. It’s not technically a “meeting,” as they don’t talk, but the emotion runs strong. (Also, the first actual meeting still needs some major editing… probably a total rewrite.) Hope this scene fits the rules. =)

    1. My comment above should read “where the female lead lays EYES on the male lead for the first time.” Just to clear up any possible confusion there.

  11. I tried to fix my url. I hope it works. Thanks for the contest. I’ve never had so many visitors to my blog in one day before. And I picked up 6 new followers. I’m on cloud nine. (oooh, cliche’, but it works).

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