My husband likes to drive without the radio on. I don’t know how he does it. Even when I know I’ll only be in the driver’s seat for a moment, I’ll still locate a good song on the radio before I pull out of the driveway. Complete silence is a lot for my overactive imagination … More Untangling from the Noise
I am super proud of this beautiful flower. That’s right – I said beautiful. Never mind that it has folded in on itself, has a bit of browning on a few of the petals, and is a little broken on one side. I know what this flower has been through. When I planned my flowerbed … More Still Beautiful
For every romance project I’ve been a part of thus far in my career, the end requirement has been basically the same: There has to be a happily ever after. It’s such an important thing in the world of romance novels, most reviewers don’t even bother spelling out the words in their blogs, calling it … More The Myth of Happily Ever After
I suppose I should really title this 10 Steps to a Perfect Christmas Romance, brought to you by your snarky neighborhood romance author. Let’s face it – romance in general tends to employ a lot of cliches, but Christmas romance hits a special high note. As someone who has recently been spending quality time writing … More 10 Steps to a Perfect Christmas Romance
When waiting is hard, what do you do during the in between? … More When the Answer is Wait
Hope Canyon is a little place that’s been rattling around in my brain for about 18 months. It’s a small town, but not one of those small towns you see on Hallmark movies with one stoplight…filled with cutesy downtown mom and pop coffee shops and hardware stores. No, Hope Canyon is more like the small … More Backroads Cover Reveal!
During the past month, I did a lot of sitting in a plastic chair watching my kids take swimming lessons. My daughter loves being in the water. Even if she manages to inhale a bit while she’s under, she comes up sputtering and then goes right back down again. Meanwhile, my son clings to the … More Over My Head
photo used by permission (c) Shutterstock If you ever plan to read one of my books, I’ll warn you in advance: My book characters all have a little ugly lurking in their stories. I think it’s a prerequisite for me to think them interesting enough to write about. To me, the flaws are the most … More Perfectly Ugly
Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month? Maybe you are blessed enough not to notice, but I can’t get away from it. Every single day, one of my writer friends is posting about how many words they have written in their quest to meet their NaNoWriMo goal. (Yes, NaNoWriMo – it’s a thing. … More Can You NaNo if You’re Nuts?
On this, my official one-year publishing birthday, it feels appropriate to wax poetic a bit about this journey. But I won’t. Instead, I’ll tell you that I started this process feeling kind of alone. I really didn’t want to tell many people about my plans ahead of time, because some have a way of trying to talk you … More A Year in Indie