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Have you ever read a love/sex scene that seemed to be a catalog of moving body
parts? I have, and to be brutally honest, I've written scenes like that. Not to
say that a spirited recounting of the poetry of making love won't steam up your
bifocals or contact lenses or whatever ... LOL
When I was a beginning writer, I made certain that every kiss and caress was
recounted explicitly and with Read More...
In a blog
interview recently, someone asked me why I write fantasy. My answer was that
I always wanted the world to be more interesting than it really is. For example,
one autumn morning when I was a child, I looked out to see a leaf that looked
like a little fairy perched on a wind-tossed tree branch Read More...
Everyone at Etopia Press is excited and, well, practically crazy over the
changes happening this month! We have a brand new website going up on December
6th, with all new imprints—something for every reader. We're really happy
to announce this here, at Fresh Fiction, and invite all the readers in to
celebrate with us!
Here's the basics of our new lines:
Introducing Deadly Desires!
Deadly Desires is Etopia Read More...
Hello to all the readers here at Fresh Fiction! It's wonderful to be back here
again! In my brand new fourth book in the Relics of Merlin series, EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT,
readers again enter my magical Victorian London where titles are determined by
the level of magical power inherited down through the ages from the old sorcerer
of legend, Merlin. At the lowest level of Read More...
When I was growing up, secretaries didn't get much air time. There was Janine
from Ghostbusters—she was cool—but even she was a side character,
around to make smart comments, have a crush on Egon, and maybe have an adventure
or two in the cartoons. (Of course I watched the cartoons. Child of the
eighties, here.) It wasn't a job that really lent itself to main-character status.
Except it Read More...
Do you remember the old Gothic novels by Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt? If
you do, you probably can list those special ingredients these authors' books
These novels, some of them written a good fifty years ago and more, usually
featured a young woman alone in meager circumstances. She may or may not be an
orphan, but is usually penniless, or a reluctant heiress.
She finds herself in a creaky old house, a drafty Read More...
How to Stay Merry while Meeting Your Word Count!
My schedule has been crazy the last few months. I've turned in SILENCED, book #4 in my
Alaskan Courage series, then completed the
revisions and line edits, started the first draft of the final book in the
series, planned my oldest daughter's wedding, and continued homeschooling my
youngest, all while marketing book Read More...
A few weeks ago I was in Dallas for one of my favorite events of the year:
Readers and ‘Ritas. Tidbits of fun included gifting Pat with a Big Donkey Dick
mug (she begged me for it). Yes, I have pictures.
Also the PJ party including live erotic reads
which Read More...
Quiet. Calm. Peace. Serenity. Gratitude.
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we could wrap such gifts and give them at
will to those around us, in some cases—even to ourselves?
In the chaos of the holiday season, its easy (and I’m guilty as the next guy) of
getting swept up in the madness! Maybe it’s a sign I’m getting older when Read More...
Here's a bit of Hustlin'
Texas for your enjoyment.
Jett nodded, then glanced around the crowded bar. When he turned his gaze back
on her, a person would be hard pressed to describe his eyes as anything sweet or
candy like. “I was hoping you’d be up for Read More...
It’s December now, but if you’re anything like me, you plan your holiday travel
as far in advance as possible in order to minimize the likelihood of anything
going wrong. Flying during peak times is the worst, but no matter which way you
slice it, traveling anywhere this time of year can be hectic and
stress-inducing. I have three young kids, which just ratchets up the level of
travel insanity, so I Read More...
Wonderful reviews are coming in for my new culinary mystery Billionaire Blend.
Kirkus honored it with a Starred Review, RT Book Reviews named it
a Top Pick among December's Mysteries and Thrillers, and Publishers
Weekly called it "a highly satisfying mystery." But what matters now is what
Read the First Chapter by Read More...
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