Cats, Dogs or–What’s Your Choice?

Do you have a pet or pets? Do you like to read books with pets in them? I have cats. I love dogs but I don’t have a large property where I can let them run and I live on a country road without much place to walk. So cats are easier. (And my husband… Read More

Killer Ideas for an 1889 New Orleans Christmas Story

by Ana Brazil Although I’m still crafting the follow-up story to FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER, this year I took a break from novel writing to write two short stories. One of them, “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending”, is slated for publication in 2019 in the upcoming Fault Lines anthology from… Read More

1 Fight Scenes That Make Your Heart Race

Any novel requires a fair bit of research regardless of its genre. I write historical romance which, to do well, entails an inordinate amount of research, which I love. I also like action and adventure woven in with steamy romance and, with it, may come a myriad of fight scenes. Almost three years ago, I… Read More

Don’t Let Finances Make You a Humbug!

by Peggy Doviak, CFP® Do you approach the holidays with a “Ho, ho, ho,” or a “Bah, humbug”? No doubt December can be a stressful month. It seems like the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is a nonstop cycle of events, expectations, and expenses. But you can break that cycle. This year, give… Read More

1 Holiday Season

Yes, we’re now ensconced in the holiday season. My husband and I visited family in Indiana for Halloween, and others, including family members, will be visiting us later this week for Thanksgiving.  Then, next month, are Christmas and Chanukah. How does my writing fare in all of this?  Well, my last two books of 2018,… Read More

NaNoWri…what?

It’s November, which means it’s NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth! Every November, anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel (which seems to be just about everyone at some time in their life) can join a free, online community dedicated to writing 50,000 words of a novel in 31 days. It can be your first… Read More

How to Reinvent Yourself in One Easy Step

My latest release, What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? is about a city girl who buys a bookstore in a small beach town in order to makeover her life, using a self help book to guide her. It’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a long time because the whole idea of reinvention fascinates… Read More

Love’s Inferno: Why Sex Needs To Be Part of the Story

I’ve written a book with no sex scenes, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract. I’ve written a book full of sex scenes, Carnal Blessings. The difference between those books was not whether I was in the mood to write sex scenes or that the market demanded sex scenes. Instead, the decision to write a book… Read More

What I Never Told My Editor

Lyn Cote here-I’m usually a forth-coming person, honest and frank, but some words are hard to say. And over a decade ago when I signed a contract for a new four-book historical inspirational series, I was told that the publisher had already chosen the title for the series. Okay–it was fine. I got busy and… Read More

1 Holiday Traditions

by Jennifer Hoopes For some of us, the Christmas holiday is full of traditions and memories, possibly both good and bad, and while writing The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, and more recently getting ready for its release, I couldn’t help but relive some of my favorite things about Christmas growing up. With my dad’s passing in… Read More