Now Available: “The Beltane Kiss” and “The Faerie Key”

It’s official; my novelettes The Beltane Kiss and The Faerie Key are now available on Amazon. The stories follow the McAllister sisters as they find romance and are drawn into a world of faerie magic. More info: THE BELTANE KISS (Into the Faerie Forest: Book One) Daisy McAllister would do anything to save her sister, […]

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Summer Grillin’

Last fall, for hubby’s birthday, I bought him a grill. We moved into our house last August, so this is the first time we’ve been able to have a grill. And this summer that thing has paid off. We used it last night, when my in-laws came over for a cookout, and tonight we’re making […]

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Pumpkin Spice: Sunday #ROW80 check-in

Last night we celebrated hubby’s birthday with a dinner of roast beef and mashed potatoes followed by chocolate cake. Today we’re going to Lowe’s to buy one of his presents—a new grill. We haven’t owned a grill before, since we’ve spent most of our adult lives as apartment-dwellers, so this is exciting for us. We […]

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Story Organization: Midweek #ROW80 check-in

How do you keep your stories organized? Over the years, I’ve developed a system, but I’m always refining it. Here’s what I have so far: For each story or series, I start a binder. Critique notes from my CPs, beat sheets, character background info, etc. all go into the binder. Each story/series also gets its […]

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Electric Blankets and Goblin Glamours in the midweek #ROW80 check-in

My mother-in-law couldn’t have gotten us a more appropriate and timely Christmas present than the electric blanket she gave us. Hubby and I have spent the past few nights curled up under it and reading—anything to ignore the record-breaking cold temps outside. We haven’t been shoveling ourselves out of the snow here in Virginia, but […]

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Growing as a Writer and a Mash-Up of Awesomeness

Sometimes, when it comes to art, getting stuck is exactly what the doctor ordered. I’ve had some issues with writer’s block this year. It’s not that I can’t write. On the contrary, I can sit in front of a blank page and write. Like most writers, I have no shortage of stories or words to […]

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A snow-covered ROW80 check-in

I’m writing to you from Southwest Virginia, where I’m currently trapped in a snow globe–I mean, uh, snowstorm. And not really trapped, since the weather has been so mild and thus, the ground is fairly warm. So, from the sort-of winter wonderland, here’s my check-in for the week. Spent most of the week writing and […]

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The perfect brand is like the perfect pair of jeans.

Last night I came across a wonderful blog post about brand. Can you, the author challenged, sum up your brand in one word? (Check it out here.) Can we? When I come across people who are skeptical about brand, I tell them that brand isn’t the entire you; it’s a gateway to you and your […]

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Stop knockin’ the romance novel

So I just read this post by contemporary romance writer Jeannie Moon, which, of course, made me feel all twitchy. Why, tell me why, are people always knocking romance novels? Tell me how a romance novel is “not a real book.” What makes a “real” book? Plot, character, description, tone? Because romance novels have all […]

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