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I like to switch things up when I write, and that includes where I
write. Here are my ten favorite writing places and spaces.
In my recliner. My number one place to write is seated in
my recliner with my laptop, preferably with coffee or water and a snack nearby.
At my desk. Yes, I finally have a desk after fifteen years
of Read More...
I have a number of things set up to celebrate my release day this year. I will
be featured on a host of websites and have really enjoyed answering questions
sent to me. Sourcebooks has me on a spotlight tour, in which you will read a
conversation between hero Jake Harkner and heroine Miranda (Randy) Harkner about
how they have made their relationship last over 30 years and have kept that
“spark” that keeps them Read More...
When you’re not writing, or reading, what is your go to activity for
Well, this question is impossible. Writing and reading historical romance
are my two modes of relaxation. Without them, I don’t relax. I do relax
a little on my one vacation a year to England, but I’m thinking that’s not a
great answer. Sleeping relaxes me. Can I say sleep?
There’s not a Read More...
As authors write, we get the opportunity to include any number of details. Some
are vital to the plot of the story, some give us insight into the characters,
some simply give us a sense of time and place, and some make us laugh, or cry.
But some details are just for the author themselves. So I thought I’d share a
hidden theme that runs through all four of my Read More...
Feeling down? Buy a new book. Seriously. Have you ever thought about the reasons
we love to read? Sure, there are several, but lately I’ve been giving a lot of
thought to the way stories comfort us.
At our core, we all yearn to connect with others. And we do it all the time. We
pet animals. We enjoy being held by and holding those we love. We like to share
our energy in Read More...
Years ago I read a romance novel which, based on the title—and yes, I do
sometimes judge books by their covers—made me expect a stepbrother/ stepsister
romance. The stepsibling romance is a genre subcategory I enjoy reading. I think
the book did revolve around a similar type of relationship but transgressing
those longstanding boundaries seemed to be treated as humdrum, or certainly not
as the illicit-temptation-being-vainly-resisted that usually drives Read More...
That sudden fascination…the nervousness of being around him but yet the
compulsion to seek out his company… Can anyone forget their first crush, finally
understanding why there is so much fuss about “love” and “romance” and “soul
mates?” The feeling that there is no place else and no other person with whom
you want to be?
For most of us, a first crush is an initiation into the wonder and beauty of
being in Read More...
I’m just back from DragonCon in Atlanta. Lots of pictures of the fun below.
Guess what that has to with bears?
Grizzly bears attacked Atlanta,
wiped out all cos players and ate all the sushi.
THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME released. Everyone read it and nominated me for
President. Next newsletter from the White House!
Absolutely nothing. ☹️ Read More...
This excerpt is a conversation between the hero, Jayson Harmon,
a wounded Special Forces lieutenant, and the deputy director of the Department
of Covert Ops, Dick Coleman. While readers (and almost everyone in the X-OPS Series) knows that
Dick is always up to no good, Jayson, who is in a bad place in his life right
now, sees a different side to Read More...
You ask what advice I’d give the hero and heroine at the beginning of WHAT THE DUKE DOESN'T KNOW.
Somehow, the question made me think about the whole concept of romantic advice.
Do people ever take it? Is anyone really in a position to give it?
Certainly there’s advice flying all over the place today. And I admit I have a
mild Read More...
Thanks for having me at Fresh Fiction. I’ve written over a hundred books. And
after writing a hundred romance books, it’s not so easy to keep my storylines
fresh. But with some stories, it’s easier than others. Writing contemporary
romance can be more difficult, because there’s only so much I can make up in a
real city like Seattle, with characters having real careers in real life and
death situations. Read More...
How will I be celebrating the release of THE REBEL HEIR? Well, pull
up a chair and I’ll tell you. I’m a fan of special occasions, confetti, parties,
and all the happy things in life. So do I take the opportunity to toss some
glitter in the air in the name of a new book? Yes. Yes I do.
There are many quiet Read More...
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