My Perfect Day

People often ask what my writing day is like. Since I’m a workaholic, most of my writing days are long and mentally tiring. I thought it might be fun to tell you what my perfect day would be. Aside from a trip to Paris, Rome, or some other exotic location, I had a perfect day… Read More

Remember When Opium Was Legal?

by Bronwen Evans Okay, I’ll prefix that title by explaining that I write early 1800’s historical romance. Believe it or not, opium could be bought over the counter like a tonic until 1864, and was not restricted as a medicine until 1901. In the early 1800’s opium, available in many forms, became the recreation past… Read More

Research

Every author has to do research in order to write a book.  The amount of research depends on the type of story.  For the Rose series I had to research the history of the Idaho Territory as well as the current workings of the legislature. Idaho has a very colorful history and several historical figures… Read More

5 Sending A Child Into An Unsafe World

By Veronica Forand The news from Manchester, England spilled onto my newsfeed like one of those unplanned, heart-wrenching phone calls received in the middle of the night. The deaths at the concert, however, were orchestrated to provide maximum psychological damage. Attack the children. Rip out the hearts of the adults. The plan for the most… Read More

An Interesting May

by Linda O. Johnston I’m delighted that it’s May.  Or at least I was.  This month, my third Barkery & Biscuits Mystery BAD TO THE BONE was published.  As I’d mentioned in earlier blogs, I’ve been doing all kinds of things to let people know about it, including participating on a panel at Malice Domestic… Read More

5 Dear Networks: You Are Mean

By Candace Havens This is the week the networks go to New York and announce their slate of programming to advertisers and the press. It’s also the week most fans find out their shows are canceled. It sucks. You’ve invested time, and possibly your heart, into a show that hasn’t made it. If you really… Read More

INSPIRATION AND THE ROMANCE WRITER

(Or How I Found My Muse In Music) WHERE DO YOU get your ideas? As questions go, writers probably hear this one as often as any. Not just from readers, friends, family, and casual acquaintances. We ask ourselves the same thing. Often. Sometimes on a daily basis. The answer isn’t simple. I guarantee if you… Read More

Ever Meet an Angel?

Since my post that was titled: “Dancing with the Angels” was so popular, I decided to go on with that theme. So have you ever met an angel? As a Christian, I do believe in angels, the messengers of God. I believe in the unseen (by us) spirit world. And I think I might have… Read More

My Favorite Mom’s Day Gift—a Shoe-in!

When my son made the basketball team as a sophomore in high school I thought it just might be the best thing for him. He was getting a bit chubby, definitely out of shape from too much Taco Bell, and he never exercised. Plus, he didn’t have very many friends. Little did I know how… Read More

18 George Saunders, Salty Potatoes, and So Much More

We took the ferry into town. I visited my mom. Put on latex gloves and massaged her swollen, purple feet and legs, trying to get them to a more natural color. I filled up her candy bowls, and we sang. It was one of her better days. She remembered me. Was able to do harmonies…. Read More