Tip for Writing Dialogue: Don’t Overuse Names

dialogue imageToday, I want to give you a tip on the overuse of characters’ names in dialogue — as a writer, I avoid this, but as an editor, I see it all too often. It goes something like this:

“John, go to dinner with me,” said Maria. “And look, there’s Connor.” Maria approached Connor. “Connor, so good to see you.”

“Hi, Maria and John, good to see you, too.” They all took a seat at a round … Continue reading

How Bad Is My Dog’s Breath?

I just realized that my dog’s breath is so bad — and actually quite indescribable in its particular aroma — that I am distracted to the point of being unable to concentrate at my desk and get my daily quota of writing done. Here is the culprit, right at my feet, directly under my keyboard:


He is snoozing peacefully, unaware of the mayhem he is causing while dreaming of his next meal.

“Perry,” I call to … Continue reading

Defiant Hearts Boxed Set Hits Amazon #1

Doing a little bragging this Friday morning. I’m excited to learn that my boxed set of Defiant Hearts books (prequel and books 1 and 2) hit #1 on Amazon last night.

Defiant Hearts ranking

It’s now labeled a “best seller.”

Defiant Hearts best seller list

If you don’t have it … Continue reading

Defiant Hearts Boxed Set on Sale

I knew there was a sale starting in mid-September, but I was surprised to find it had started already when I saw this ad today:

Ad for Defiant Hearts Boxed Set Sale


If you don’t already have a copy, it’s good time to get it. If you already own this set, please feel free to pass the info along to your friends.

Sale links:


Barnes and Noble

Google … Continue reading

Perfect Image for the Anxious Author

I love Kristen Lamb’s posts. This one, Why Your Book Isn’t Selling, I admit I haven’t even read yet. I will do later today after work, but this first image in Kristen’s post had me laughing out loud:

Skeleton Author Awaiting SalesIt sure hits home for every author at some time or another. This skeleton writer would also be appropriate at a book signing, when one prays for eager readers to come to the bookstore, buy one’s … Continue reading

Discovering Hürrem Sultan: It All Started with a Horse

Hurrem SultanRecently, I was co-authoring a medieval tale, The Black Knight’s Reward, with Marliss Melton. She’d named the hero’s horse, Suleyman, and I wasn’t sure that our knight would use that name in 1155 A.D. I started researching its origins and learned about Suleiman and his wife, Roxelana.

She is a fascinating creature from mid-16th century Turkey, then the Ottoman Empire. She was a woman who knew how to get her man and to keep him. … Continue reading

Agree or Disagree — Brexit Is History in the Making

brit_flagIs this the end of globalization? The end of the EU? Perhaps the end of the world as we know it?

People are lining up on both sides to judge, mock, celebrate, condemn — and it’s only been a couple of days. But everyone is suddenly an expert on what this small island country should have done. I say, Keep Calm and Love British. Pour yourself a cuppa and give them, oh, I don’t know, maybe … Continue reading

A Video Featuring the Defiant Hearts Series and a Dog

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I have two new things today: 1) a video made by REX Video Productions featuring my DEFIANT HEARTS series and the new series, the WARRIORS OF YORK, that I’m writing with bestselling author Marliss Melton and 2) my own YouTube channel with exactly one video (see #1).

If you have less than a minute, and nothing better to do, you can take a look at the video by clicking here. My slightly overweight pooch, … Continue reading