Christmas Romance Extravaganza

holiday romance graphicToday, I have a pleasant surprise to share with you. To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve teamed up with more than 150 highly acclaimed romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS over $1,000 in prizes!

You can download my novel, AN IMPASSIONED REDEMPTION for free, plus books from authors in every style of romance — from contemporary to historical to paranormal. Hopefully, you’ll find some authors new to you as well as reconnect with familiar ones. Enter the … Continue reading

How Did We Get Halloween, Anyway?

Vintage postcard HalloweenGood question. It’s definitely not an American-born custom, though we have run with it to a greater extent than the country of origin: the UK. English, Irish, Scottish, and no doubt the Welsh, too, honored the custom of November 1 as a Christian feast day of All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day (“hallow” being another word for “saint”). The evening before was, naturally, All Hallow Even, which became Halloween, which in turn got a bit tangled … Continue reading

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:

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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:

Amazon

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