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I was about 10 years old when I first plotted my sister’s death. She had eaten the tips of my chocolate bunny ears following the Easter Bunny’s visit and I was enraged. I was beyond consolation. I needed was revenge. And so, I lay in my bed and plotted out how I would destroy her. […]

Ashley Hodges Bazer | The Story Behind Poison

Many years ago, I lived alone, a great distance from any family. I had a few friends, but no one I could really count on. Being lonely, I sought comfort and solace on the Internet. There, I discovered the world of online role playing. I created a variety of characters that frolicked through AOL chat […]

Catching up with Paige Shelton, Author of the Country Cooking Mystery Series

Welcome to August! This month I’m featuring Paige Shelton and her brand new book, IF CATFISH HAD NINE LIVES. It’s the fourth book in the Country Cooking Mystery series and does not disappoint! Paige sat down with me to do a little Q&A. Enjoy! 1. Do you believe in ghosts like Betts does? Not in […]

Sarah MacLean | We Are All Sugar Beth

I am an unabashed Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan. I have been for most of my adult life, since I read NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE, fell deeply in love with Cal, and never looked back. For romance readers, Susan is the kind of author who keeps you watching the calendar, waiting for her latest release. For […]

Betsy St. Amant | Taking Risks

Writers love words—and some of my personal favorites are combined into the following quote by Jonathan Franzen. “Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.” This is one of the truest things about writing. When an author plays it safe and cranks out […]

Mary Ellis | Real Civil War Spies

In my historical romance, THE LADY AND THE OFFICER, Madeline Howard had never intended to become a spy. But when military intelligence practically falls into her lap, how could she not serve her country behind enemy lines? While researching this novel, I discovered plenty of real-life spies whose lives of intrigue provided plenty of inspiration. […]

Lynn Cahoon | Playing Tourist at Home

Last month, I braved the heat of Texas and spent a few days in San Antonio. I stayed in a historic hotel right next to the Alamo, strolled the Riverwalk to find an out of the way restaurant, and took in the sights and sounds of a place I’d never been before. I didn’t want […]

Eileen Goudge | Don’t Look Down: How I Survived the Leap from Traditional to Indie Publishing

Drama isn’t just the stuff of my fiction, it’s the story of my life. Case in point: two days ago, I’d just posted on Instagram when I realized to my horror I’d accidentally (don’t ask!) tacked a list of my passwords onto the post. I instantly deleted it, of course. I wasn’t aware it had […]

Anna Schmidt | Sometimes History Is Stranger Than Fiction

Whenever I tackle a story set in another time or place I really like to see if I can find some actual event that happened there and weave it into my novel. It has long been my belief that the best way to teach or learn from history is to take it out of the […]

Grace Burrowes | My Anti-Heroine

St. Clair was attempting a confession or a condemnation of himself; Milly wasn’t sure which, but she did know she wanted to take him in her arms when he spoke like this. “Every time you describe your role, my lord, you paint yourself as more and more of an animal, and less and less a […]