35 Putting the Character in Character

By Donnell Ann Bell One of the hardest things for me to do as a writer is to create characters. Some authors have told me, “Oh, my character came to me fully formed.” Others say, “Oh, I do character interviews to find out what makes him/her/them tick.” Me? I ask my characters, “Who are you?”… Read More

Ever Read an African-American Romance?

Lyn Cote here—Whether you have or haven’t, I have one that any sweet romance reader would enjoy—Lean on Me (Family is Forever, Book 1) by Pat Simmons. Here’s my review: Romantic, romantic, romantic–the chemistry between Tabitha and Marcus was real. Loved it. Also loved Aunt Tweet–the lovable woman whose memories are slipping away but whose… Read More

Ask Peggy Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?

Especially if you live in the south, black-eyed peas are always part of the meal on January 1st. We eat them for prosperity in the coming year. The origins of eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s is somewhat unclear. However, we know the practice goes back as far as 500 A.D. when they… Read More

1 The Stealth Series by author Danica Winters

The one trope I really enjoy reading is the lone wolf, alpha hero. I have to admit that this is one of those type of characters that make my mouth water and when I was coming up with the ideas behind the Stealth Series, I knew I had to have not just one, but several… Read More

1 A care and feeding guide for the romance author in your life

So, Ingrid has asked me to step in and offer a few points from a romance spouse’s perspective, a care and feeding guide for the romance author in your life, if you will. Quite literally care and feeding at times, as anyone who’s lived in the same house with an author on deadline can tell… Read More

1 What I Saw on Christmas Morning…

Lyn Cote here~ My husband and I moved to the northwoods of WI in the early 2000’s. On the first Christmas morning I witnessed something called sublimation. Not psychologically but in chemistry. Here’s what I mean. I was standing at the kitchen window and looked out and I saw what looked like snow but special… Read More

4 My Top Five TV/Movie Kisses

Giveaway: $10.00 Amazon Gift Card We all wait for that moment. The two characters eyes meet, wordless communication is exchanged. One cups the other’s face as both lean in and lips meet. Cue the sighs. Below is my personal Top 5 TV/Movie Kisses, but before that, let me share Tabby and Eli’s first kiss from… Read More

1 Christmas Mayhem

Christmas Crazy is a real element of the season at our house. I used to think that it was just a one-time thing, but turns out, nope. That’s just life around here! I got started with the online shopping early, knowing we had a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But family stayed over Thanksgiving… Read More

2 Witty Banter & the Strong, Silent Hero

I have a confession to make. My husband can be hard to read when it comes to emotions. I mean, he’ll tell me if I ask. But in general, he tends to be a “keep it to myself” kind of guy. Now, luckily, he’s also super easy going. Very little bothers him. But when he… Read More

1 Murder Most Ladylike

This month I’m celebrating the release of an omnibus collection of the first three Julia Grey novels in digital—THE LADY JULIA GREY MYSTERY COLLECTION VOL. 1. While I have moved on to another Victorian series (hello, Veronica Speedwell!) the Julia books will always have a special place in my heart for being my very first… Read More