The “groove” referenced in my last post is more like a car with a wonky transmission that periodically stalls in traffic, but hey, eventually it will get me to where I need to go. Since my last post, I have updated my website, but that’s about it–the day job kept me even busier than usual. Read More
Finally! A New Book!
Hi guys! I am delighted to announce that the fourth book about the Tenwick Family is due to be released on September 17. This book is a prequel of sorts, and tells the love story of the parents of Jonathan (Stirring Up the Viscount) and Julia (Tempting Mr. Jordan). And you get the first look Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day!
And you know what that means. Yes, friends, it’s time for another round of Victorian Valentine’s verses from my two favorite sources: Hymen’s Rhapsodies (for gentlemen), and The Lady’s Own Fashionable Valentine’s Writer (for the ladies, obviously). I realize I’ve been neglecting the blog for a while–I should probably just admit that winter depresses me Read More
Deep Edits and Black Bean Soup
For the last several months, I’ve been looking forward to the first week in September. I hosted an immersion master class with the incomparable Margie Lawson and eight of my NEORWA friends. We followed the immersion with Margie presenting at NEORWA’s Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference. I learned how to use power words, have memorized rhetorical Read More
Very often, writing is a thankless task. Hours slogging away at words that people may or may not like, that sometimes don’t even make any sense. Once you’ve made all the edits you can stand to make, you submit your words to the gatekeepers of the publishing world–editors and agents who judge you, your writing Read More
Tips for Attending RWA’s National Conference
So I’m a wee bit embarrassed at how long it’s been since I posted on the blog. I’ve been buried in a novella–you wouldn’t think a 30,000 word book would take me so long to write, but alas. I am easily distracted. Lately, I have been distracted by anticipation. I have been getting ready for Read More
Cooking Up a Book
I’ve been slacking on the blog lately, as all my words have been going into a prequel novella I’m writing, featuring the parents of the hero in Stirring Up the Viscount. I’ve also been trying not to be a total slacker in my critique group, which is a bit easier said than done. And since Read More
Historical Book Blast Friday: Romance on the High Seas
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book blast, so I am pleased to get back in the game with the new boxed set featuring my friend and NEORWA sister, Chloe Flowers. Just released, Romance on the High Seas is a fabulous collection of pirate stories by best-selling authors. Chloe will also give a pirate bandana and Read More
Trying New Things
So for the last couple of months, I’ve been querying literary agents for my new series. Although I’ve had some interest, I’ve racked up quite a few rejections. The most recent one, a kick in the teeth disguised as a pleasant form rejection, arrived Friday night. Although some writers prefer personalized rejections, I actually prefer Read More
Would you like arsenic with that?
Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m back, finally, with a historical post. The book I’m working on now is more mystery than romance–my penchant for killing people off in my books suggested I ought to go in the mystery direction, although so far I’ve killed off fewer people in this book than in all the others. Go Read More