Let’s hear it for the not-so-perfect heroine!

One of my all-time favorite secondary characters is now getting her time to shine! I created Miss Anne Adair for the third book in my Once Upon a Rogue series.  I really loved Anne from the beginning, and what drew me to her was her imperfection. Anne has one leg slightly shorter than the other,… Read More

Quick—What’s the Last Romantic Thing You Did?

by Laura Marie Altom Stumped? Me, too! LOL! A friend of mine tackles the newsletter for a writers’ organization we belong to, and out of the blue she hit me up for an emergency article quote. “Quick!” she said, “tell me something you did that was romantic.” I was mortified that as a romance writer,… Read More

2 LET’S TALK ABOUT… RESOLUTIONS

Happy New Year. A new beginning. As the calendar turns from December to January millions of us all over the world feel compelled to make ourselves promises we will never keep. Oh, I know. Some of you have constitutions of steel. You make up your mind to do something, you go the distance. I say,… Read More

Fact inspires Fiction

Do you enjoy stories which are inspired by real people? Winter Homecoming was inspired by a real life twentieth century heroine in my hometown. She was called the “Angel in Snowshoes.” To read about Dr. Kate Newcomb, drop by my previous blog post. Here’s more about my story~ Catching a freight train out of Chicago… Read More

Books and Comfort Food: A Magical Match

Judy, a super-fan, awesome cook, and co-founder of two San Francisco Bay Area book clubs, recently bemoaned the lack of food mentioned in my Arthurian fantasy, THE AMBER ELIXIR. She had chosen my tale of magic, shape-shifters, and the quest to win back a forbidden love as the novel of the month for one of… Read More

3 Me, too

Women are speaking up in the #Me,Too movement like never before and the world is taking notice. At last, women’s stories are being listened to and taken seriously. This is truly an extraordinary time. So how does Romance become part of the #Me,Too movement? While some critics claim Romance novels reinforce negative stereotypes, I disagree…. Read More

Realistic Resolutions

It’s 2018, and I have a New Year’s resolution. My next book, Mending Fences, centers around family and the relationships of four sisters and their father. I come from a big family. I have five sisters, no brothers, and the dynamics among us are beyond the scope of explaining in a blog. Suffice it to… Read More

The New Year Has Begun

In fact, 2018 is already marching forward. Today is the ninth day already. This will be a busy year for me. The first of my four new books to be published this year will be in March. It’s the first in my new K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Second Chance Soldier. The… Read More

It’s Time to Get Cozy

Five years ago I was the least likely person I knew to be a reader of cozy mysteries.  Okay, maybe my son and husband are actually the least likely people. Their tastes run to science fiction, classics, and grittier stuff. But as a writer of supernatural suspense novels and stories, I was pretty darned unlikely… Read More

Resolved in 2018: Less Jack the Ripper, More Laudanum!

I’ve spent way too many hours reading books about Jack the Ripper. And watching movies, documentaries, and docudramas about Jack the Ripper. And searching contemporary newspapers from around-the-world for Jack the Ripper insights. And months after the publication of my novel Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper (which builds on the Ripper mythology and… Read More