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 […]

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 […]

My Thoughts on Wendy’s Book

When I was on vacation in Alaska, I received a sweet email from my former editor at HarperCollins.  Back in 2011, Wendy Lee had offered me my first (and the second one too) contract with Avon, and we stayed in touch after she left. In the email, she wanted to check on my mailing address […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bah! Rules!

For the last few weeks I’ve been listening to some NYT bestselling books on audio. It’s inspiring all the way around. As I was telling a buddy the other day, when I decided to try my hand at writing, it was out of desperation for something I liked to read. I had read all of […]

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 […]

Writing With Tequila

How often have you heard that writers are crazy? Often, right? Just think, every writer lives in her head easily 90% of the time. She makes up worlds that she tries to control, at least in the beginning. Then the characters take over. They may not do what we want most of the time, but […]

Expectations In Romance

As anyone who reads romance knows, there is always a happy ending. The heroes or heroines never die, and they never break up. Sure, they may never marry, but as a reader you know they will be together forever. But I’ve noticed over the last several years there are other trends in particular of romance. […]

Heroes With Mommy Issues

One of my old favorite romances is a medieval that the hero was a bastard (figuratively and literally). His distrust of women stemmed from his mother’s abandonment when he was a child. That theme ran through many romances back in the seventies and eighties, probably for centuries before that too. Nowadays we see less of […]

Perseverance or The Need To Scream At the Top Of My Lungs

Last year was a turkey of a year and let’s leave it at that. I rather dwell on good things, and that’s how I’m looking at 2014. I’ve written a novella. The hero is Ice from The Circle series.  His lady love isn’t even mentioned in the books. A totally new character. And since it […]

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks to the fabulous Katherine Bone (Katherinebone.com) for inviting me to take part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. And I’m told this post will also show up on Novels Alive TV. Pretty neat website. You need to check it out. Now for the first question. What am I working on? I’m completing CIRCLE […]

Updating My Brand

I’ve decided to update my brand just a little. From Hot Romantic Suspense to Action  * Adventure Romantic Suspense. Simple and sweet, heh? Sure my books are still hot, but I believe the covers normally give readers that idea anyway. But I wanted people to understand my books are not about serial killers or slow […]

Hero Angst of The Circle Books

Beware – some spoilers mixed in. Who doesn’t love a hero with a problem?  It could be the trouble-making heroine he’s fallen in love with or it could be the garbage he brought to the story from years before. Sherrilyn Kenyon is great at making the hero suffer as a kid and young adult. I’m […]

Does It Work?

I just finished reading an interesting article (not on line, sorry) about what authors should do in marketing their books. *sigh* It wore me out. So many things that has nothing to do with true writing. There’s no way I’ll do all that. I just want to write. The most marketing I plan to do […]

Lassie, Come Home!

Don’t worry. I haven’t gone away. I’ve been mostly at the must-be-there-to-have-a-roof-over-my-head day job, but something new has happened to me. I have a new critique partner! *waves at Nancy* So far, I haven’t broken her or run her off. Personally, I believe she’s a keeper. We’re alike enough not to frustrate each other but […]

Top Sex Mistakes by Women

I came across this article and thought it had a lot of common sense points in it. Plus they had a few links to books. Love articles that do that (when the books are written by different people and not an info-commercial for one how-to author). You’re probably wondering why I read articles like that. It’s […]

Do You Have A Question?

The other day, I was thinking how people may have questions about my books? Maybe you’re curious about how I choose the names and places? Why I matched up the characters the way I did? What do I plan for future books? Well, if you have any questions, ask away.

Romance Writers Make Lousy Liars

Of course, you’re wondering, why would I say such a thing? Think of it this way. One of your friends arrives at the restaurant for your girls’ night out with her clothes in disarray and hair mussed. She tells you, “I’m sorry I’m late, but I had a flat tire, and this handsome stranger helped. It […]

Brain Surgery

I swear the day-job is sucking my brain dry, but I’m determined to write each day even if it is only one sentence. They better be glad I fell for their pretty green money or I would tell them to get lost. Mama likes paying her bills.

Yakety Yak!

Does being a ‘talker’ make an author a better writer?  My personal opinion is no. Being a talker (as in a person who talks to talk) for most of my life, I wasted a lot of words to get to a point. Sure an author needs to be able to expand and describe scenes, people, clothes, […]

New Year’s Plans

If you’re like me, you rarely make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. Usually, I find myself deciding in the middle of a year what to do the next year. I’m a firm planner-ahead person. Funny, considering I’m a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) writer. This year I decided […]

Baffled?

Love that word along with bamboozled, hoodwinked, charlatan, flummox and so many more. All words you don’t hear people say anymore. You’re more apt to read it in a historical novel. I wonder what words we say now that will be quaint fifty to hundred years from now? Anyway, that’s not what this post is […]

What Can You Learn?

One of the many lessons I’ve learned writing over the years is that you have to keep an open mind. There is so much to learn, and sometimes the smallest things will turn on the little light bulb above your head. For me, I wanted to improve on sexual tension. (And I’m still working on […]

Accents: How Do Ya’ll Say . . .

Have you ever read a story where the author used accents? I see it on occasion, and thankfully, nowadays most authors use it sparingly. In CIRCLE OF DANGER, Liam is a secondary character who’s Irish. He’d lived in the U.S. for about ten years, and his accent mostly showed up when he was emotional. So […]

Misconceptions

I love writing stories about misconceptions. You know where the hero appears to be a bad guy (and may be one) and he has a problem trusting that there are good people in the world. So cynical. And the woman is good, but people say ugly things about her and how her family is trash, […]

They Kissed as He . . .

The last few years I’ve seen a trend for the hero to be six foot five and taller. Yes, I know that my hero, Rex, whose story is in CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, is six foot five and even a secondary character, Liam, is six foot six. But for me those are exceptions in my manuscripts. […]

Starting With a Whimper

I had planned, and even wrote a little bit for a new blog post today, but didn’t finish it. My sinuses are dealing me fits. In fact, one eye is almost swollen shut. Ain’t I pitiful?  LOL! Whenever I get sick, I feel my age. I guess everyone is like that. Use to I could […]

Starting Over

January 1, 2013, I will move my old blog site at Blogger to this new site with WordPress. Why a new blog site? I had started the old one in 2008 and during the following four years, I’ve written over 1000 posts in that blog alone not counting posts in Romance Magicians. But the majority […]