Newly Designed Website

How do you like my newly designed website? I should’ve been writing but the way my website looked after changing it about a month ago really bugged me. So I worked on it all afternoon until 2:30 a.m. in the morning. I think I finally got it right and love it. What do you think? […]

T-Shirts Are Not For All Occasions

First remember, my blog, my opinion. I can’t tell you what to do. I can only tell my family. HA! And no, I’m not about to talk about hockey. I just want to first show you I do wear (what I consider) unfeminine clothing on occasion. That includes T-shirts. For years, I had only two […]

In The Fast Food Lane

In The Fast Food Lane

Like many Americans I love to eat fast food and most times, I enjoy walking in and taking it easy before heading back to the day job. One thing I noticed is all fast food places have skinny parking places. Really? What are they trying to do? Keep us from coming inside? Make us use […]

Divorce and Fancy Towels

Over the years, I’ve read many romances where the heroine or hero had children with a divorced (or never married) spouse. I find it all interesting to see how younger authors handle the situation. It appears to be one extreme to the other. The parents get along like old distant friends to pure hate for […]

Book Quote

“Do you want to know why men name their penis? So the most important decisions in their life aren’t made by a stranger.” ― Linda Howard, After the Night

Stories from Dark to Light

Stories from Dark to Light

Readers are really benefiting from all of the independent publishing. You like dark romance, you have your choice of how dark. Want a romantic comedy? Yep, you bet your sweet bippy they’re out there. How about erotica? What type? BDSM? Of course, sir. Age play? Yes, Papa. Have a fetish? There’s a book out there […]

The Beast Inside

I’m screaming inside right now. That’s what happens when you hear news you don’t want. As a reasonable human being with manners, you know you should never scare the people around you. You should grin and bear it. Never let people see you cry or be upset. Otherwise, you’ll have to explain what happened. When […]

What Did You Say?

So you’re planning to speak to a group of writers. Most guest speakers will give a little spiel about themselves.  All good. Be sure to tell the things that have relevance to what you’re going to talk about. Sure, you can include a short little story about that time you climbed a mountain, but make […]

Researching Mundane Words

The things you learn when you double check something you’ve never really thought about such as the difference between button-down and button-up shirts. I’ve always called a dress shirt (besides dress shirt) a button-up shirt. Well, it turns out that’s wrong. A button-down shirt includes the button on each collar to hold it in place […]

Enough is Enough

[Reprint of post from Romance Magicians’ blog May 29, 2011] This still applies and maybe will help others to understand the need to continue and be dedicated in becoming published with a traditional publisher or in finishing a novel and becoming self-published.   When is enough enough? I’ve thought about this a lot the last […]

The Emerald City

Being a published author is like being Dorthy going to the Emerald City. You want to get to that beautiful, magical place of where your wonderful story will be presented to the world. But you have to go through trials and detours. Scary things like flying monkeys trying to hold you back and witches trying […]

Ten Things I Hate About Writing

If you follow me here or on Facebook, you know that I love lists. This is one I did at the Romance Magics’ blog back on August 14, 2009. 10. I hate how I have to wait months and months (I’m a slow writer) before I can find out how my own book ends. 9. I […]

How Do You Know You’re A Writer?

You know you’re a writer when…. 10. You have a reputation at your day job of being a workaholic. What other reason would you grumble and talk to yourself as you type on your computer during lunch? 9. You write your child’s excuse for an absence and the teacher begs for the last three chapters. […]

Walks Like A Panther

How many times in numerous books have we heard the hero walks like a panther or tiger or some creature on the prowl? They’re cliches, but I understand the concept. He has a smooth step with a determined gaze. It makes me think of a certain actor named John. No. Not John Travolta. He’s known […]

Love My Shirt

For those who don’t know, I love hockey. See the jersey my husband’s cousin and his wife got me? I LOVE IT! I promise, Dan, I’ll get hubby to take my picture when I wear it. I’ve worn it at home a couple times already. I have three favorite hockey players on the Nashville Predator’s […]

Letter to Realtors

In the next six months, hubby and I plan to sell our house of 23 years and move closer to the grandkids and our moms.  Presently, we’re around an hour away and the traffic between the families are getting worse each year.   So we’re moving into the country on the other side of the […]

Recommendations

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. In the past, I’ve done a few blog posts on books I’ve loved but nothing consistently. In fact, the few I’ve done are on my old blog if I remember correctly. So I thought every once in awhile, I’ll recommend books and let you know what I’ve recently […]

Helpful, Friendly Book Stores

Some of you know (if you live in the Birmingham area) the Book Rack that use to be in Roebuck was bought out years ago and moved to Trussville near Kohl’s.  It has a new owner again, and DeDe is romance friendly.  New address – see below. YAY! Be sure to go by and visit […]

Head Explodes

Yep. Some days I feel my head will explode from all that I have to do and remember. I’m sure you’re the same way. So much information is thrown our way each day. Heck! Each second! I think all the information we receive in some ways makes us aware but not really smarter. So we […]

Getting Advice From Strange Places

This may sound strange but I rarely ask for advice. I might ask for advice on good restaurants or shoe stores. but little else. Why do I rarely ask? Because too often when I have in the past and followed it, I’ve regretted it. This makes me madder at myself than the other person. But […]

Party NYC

I had a blast in New York City. Here are some pictures to enjoy.  

I’m Anti-Martyrdom

If you’re wondering what I mean, see if any of this sounds familiar? Everyone ignores me in the meeting/class/workshop/conferences. I’m always dumped on/given more work/forgotten. Others have more fun/time to talk/goof off. Oh, I’m sure I can think of a dozen more. Some that I’ve even said before I caught myself. Really, people, most of […]

Chains, Whips and Music

I love writing hot stories. And I especially like hot songs. Though I’m not presently writing a BDSM romance, I think the following would be some good songs to listen to while doing so. What do you think? What are your suggestions? Put a link in the comments.

How to please every reader

Yep. I tricked you. It’s on the Romance Magicians’ blog. HA! And you’re right. You have to click here again to read the post. It’s my monthly journey to the dark side . . . to my Romance Writers of America chapter’s blog.  *smirk* I’ll be back in next few days when the urge hits […]

Good Bye Bitter Sweet and Hello Brightness

Earlier this week, I wrote a long post about the last year and what I have to look forward to and then yesterday morning I deleted it. It was way too sad and wordy. So the short version is this. 2014 had a lot of good moments to celebrate while darkened by one bad event. […]

One in a Million

The past week, I’ve been on vacation. So nice. Working on my writing during the day and watching TV or reading at night. Mercy, I’ve watched quite a few movies and TV shows on Netflix. You know, it got me to thinking about the millions of actors and authors who hope to become famous for […]

Back In The Day

When my husband I were dating, he was known for being a bad boy. Since I don’t want to embarrass his family or my daughters, I won’t get into about what he did. But we hung out with some people you would call in a nice way – rough. Now, I’m not saying all of […]

Porn vs Erotica

Over the years, I’ve heard clueless people call romance novels porn. The last couple years, with the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY craze, the newest incorrect term is mommy porn. (Geez, if you do, you obviously have never read the real mommy porn. Yuck.) I can tell you there is a big difference between porn and […]

Just a Mishmash

This is just a mishmash of things I’ve been thinking about. 1) I’ve read so many books the last year (actually, most I didn’t finished) that were awful. Grammar ten times worse than mine (they really need an editor or a better one), heroines that get angry over stupid stuff, heroes who act like stalkers, […]

Love Hearing Another Woman’s Opinion

Maybe I’m still a teenager at heart, but I love coming across an article talking about sex positions and it not being porn. This simple article talks about having the woman on top. Good advice in my opinion. The best part about the article is that the guy’s hot. How often in pictures with articles or […]

Smorgasbord

With the holidays coming up, I have a dread of all the food. Yep. You read that right. If you know me, you know that rarely turn down a meal. But when the holidays come up, I have a problem with seeing so much food. It’s like mental overload. I’ll fix a plate but nothing […]

Keeping On Track

A fast pace, well-written book encourages me to write. I get excited and want my books to be just as fun to read. A book that doesn’t satisfy frightens me; I’m afraid I’ll pick up their bad habits. So, I quit reading and pass it on to the used book store or delete it off […]

Romance Novels and Women’s Expectations

Men worry about romance novels giving women too high of expectations.  Of course, Playboy magazine never did that for men (sarcastic font used here with extra large boobies and tiny ass). I believe that romance novels save a lot more marriages. You ask how? Women learn . . . How to give better blow jobs […]

Out of the Blue

I think it’s cool that BLUE is such a versatile word.  You can say you’re feeling BLUE. Cheer up! Or that you’re watching a BLUE film. Naughty, naughty. That he came out of the BLUE or something kicked it into the BLUE. It’s not my favorite color, but I just think it’s neat being a […]

I Love Readers

Really, what author doesn’t love readers? Well, knowing how cankerous us authors can be, there is probably a handful out there. But then I don’t understand why they even try to be/are published. Anyway, I was reading Suzanne Johnson’s blog, and she kindly pointed out to an Amazon reviewer a misconception some readers have about […]

Enough of The Angst!

I’ve been watching shows on Syfy and Netflix lately, and I have to say they’re some of the most angst filled I’ve ever seen. What’s up with the doom and gloom shows? And a better question is why in the hell do I watch them? On Syfy, I’ve been watching Defiance and Dominion. I have […]

What’s That In Your Pocket?

Over the years in romance and erotica, I’ve seen (or is that read) the size of a man’s penis go from average to King Kong in length and width (ouch!). I’ll never forget reading a historical romance where the guy’s cock was so big he had to wear a sheath around it whenever he rode […]

A Parent’s Revenge

They called this video First Moon Party, but I call it A Parent’s Revenge. See what happens when you lie.  LOL! I laughed so hard, I had to watch it twice to hear it all.  Mercy! I do have a warp sense of humor and obviously they do too.

Thinking Ahead

The other day I downloaded a book I was waiting for (read it in two days and it was regular size – a little under 400 pages I believe – it was wonderful – thank you, Cherise Sinclair) and while purchasing it, another book caught my eye and I bought it. (Addict, right?) I have to […]