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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...
Math. It’s an evil topic that pops up in way too many forms. As writers, we have
word counts, algorithms, and rankings. As readers, we have to control our
one-click obsession, and if you’re like me, you’re sometimes one click away from
needing an intervention. I’ve discussed some of the things we should know about
to my local RWA chapter—where I’m now the treasurer…Yay! More numbers!—and Read More...
My new series, Shadow
Warriors, has been five years in the making. Because I held a Secret
clearance in the US Navy, I'm more familiar with black ops than most simply
because of the area I worked in. I took three years and read every book on SEALs
written by SEALs to grasp their mindset. Because there is one and I did not want Read More...
A friend of mine is a film editor. She has worked on a number of major films,
including one of my all-time favorites, Under the Tuscan Sun.
She kindly offered to read my manuscript and make suggestions on THE MEMORY OF ROSES
at the point where I was readying it for submission to publishers. She was
helpful in a number Read More...
I'm not really much of a television watcher. I have commitment issues. If I get
into something in the evenings, it tends to be episodic and funny and
no-strings-attached. I like the Big Bang Theory for that reason. If I miss an
episode I can catch up with no problem. I've tried to make Black Widow Demon,
the second book in my Demon Outlaws trilogy, standalone for that reason. Nobody
likes Read More...
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