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Release News!

Release News!

I am very pleased to announce that my erotically-charged novella, Body Work is now available  on Amazon. Body Work’s original print edition was released in the launch anthology of the Kensington Books Aphrodisia imprint, in December 2005. As I worked on Body Work to prepare it for this release, I fell in love with these characters again: Lisa Brady Delaney and Tyce Branton… Read more →

The Total Buy In

The Total Buy In

Note: Spoiler Alert One Saturday night a while back my family and I rented Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (In an eerie coincidence, we were ten minutes into the movie when an earthquake measuring 7.7 hit a few hours north of us. Luckily there was no damage and I didn’t find out until later about it… Read more →

Book covers--not for the artistically challenged

Book covers–not for the artistically challenged

Coming up with cover art for a new book—or redoing a cover for an old one—is intimidating. It’s lots of fun, gives a nice break from words, words, words for a time. It even makes you feel a bit deified, being able to control not only the story but the image your story presents to the e-world. Control. It’s addictive…. Read more →

	                          Get a Ritual and Get Writing

Get a Ritual and Get Writing

This is the season of pumpkins, black cats, and superstitions. Maybe that’s why I’m thinking about writers and their rituals, superstitious or otherwise. We don’t all have rituals, but many of us do. And we’re in good company. Apparently Charles Dickens had to arrange the ornaments on his desk in a certain way before he started writing. May Sarton cued… Read more →

My Inbox is out of Control

My Inbox is out of Control

It occurred to me lately that a sure sign of one’s productivity—or lack thereof—is the state of one’s Inbox. Mine is out of control. I currently have 1249 emails in one box and nearly 400 in the other. That’s 1649 emails waiting to be dealt with. That may not seem like a lot of email for some people. It may not… Read more →

MISSING THE MARK ON READER EXPECTATIONS

MISSING THE MARK ON READER EXPECTATIONS

  I went to see The Master a couple of days ago, a movie I was very much looking forward to. The lead actors alone were enough to pull me into the theater: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams. All that fabulous talent sharing the screen, what could go wrong? Apparently nothing, because The Master has achieved a good… Read more →

            You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

I wasn’t that odd as a child, not really, although if you ask my father he’d probably disagree. I was highly sensitive to my surroundings (especially to the undercurrents of conversations and what wasn’t being said); I was prone to storytelling (others referred to this as exaggeration); and I had three special (imaginary-to-everyone-else) friends. I played with them, had conversations… Read more →

No Sex Please, Jane Austen’s in the Room!

No Sex Please, Jane Austen’s in the Room!

I seldom blog about the type of stories I write. Mainly because not everyone who follows the Pen Warriors’ blog reads historical romances and probably even less read traditional Regencies, which are the type of historicals I write. But given that NO OCCUPATION FOR A LADY, my October release from Mills & Boon Historicals, is definitely a “no sex please,… Read more →

   Advice That Resonates

Advice That Resonates

It’s back to school time, a time that conjures thoughts of new beginnings and, with any luck, renewed vigor for our writing. To celebrate fresh starts, we thought we’d share with you some of the best writing advice we’ve ever received.   Gail Whitiker: ‘Set the book aside and let it rest for as long as you can.’ I can’t… Read more →