6 Why historical romance is more important than ever:

I discovered historical romance as a teen! I fell instantly in love and devoured every Johanna Lindsay book I could get my hands on and then I discovered Julia Quinn. The rest, as they say, is history. Those books did lead me to falling in love with the whole romance genre and inspired me to… Read More

17 CORSETS, DUKES, & SCANDALS, OH MY!

If you’ve never tried historical romance or are already a lover of the genre, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card! Historical romance is all the rage now, thanks to the runaway popularity of the Netflix adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. And what’s not to love? For me, apart from the extremely swoon-worthy… Read More

15 Confessions of a Book Lover

I grew up attending Catholic school, complete with plaid jumpers, nuns, and occasionally, class trips to the confessional in the adjacent church. When I look back on my storied past as book fiend, I find several book adjacent sins I should have confessed to kindly Fr. Roger. As that time has passed, instead I shall… Read More

Diversity needs to be the new normal in Romance Writing

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was young. Being from India, over the years, I often wondered why the men and women from my country were not represented in romance books. Why was the hero not a dashing billionaire from India? Why was the heroine not a spunky, successful girl who reminded me of… Read More

7 Writing Baby Characters

I’m so happy to be on Writerspace, talking about my new book, About That Night. One of my favorite scenes in this book involves Archie, my couple’s nine-month-old son. I wanted to write this character with realism, and even though my own child is eleven, I went through old pictures and my kid’s baby book,… Read More

2 PUTTING YOUR OWN STAMP ON A VAMP by Marlene Perez

To celebrate the release of The Afterlife of the Party, the first book in my teen vampire trilogy, I’m giving away a signed copy to US residents only. I’ve always been fascinated by vampires. I think it started because my older sister was a fan of Dark Shadows and used to watch it when she… Read More

5 Why I Write Dragons by Chris Cannon

Whenever I tell people that I write shape-shifting dragons they have one of two responses. They act excited and they want to know more, or they change the topic of conversation and suddenly remember an appointment they have somewhere far, far away from the strange woman who writes about talking mythical creatures. I guess you… Read More

It Started With Besse

What a crazy year I had. Everything was planned and rolling along nicely, then COVID hit the fan.  I’m not telling you anything new. All of our lives were turned upside down. For me, writing stopped as I spent the first few months in front of the TV understanding what “social distancing” meant. In March… Read More

Exploring the Strange and Unusual

In Love Spells and Other Disasters, Rowan’s world is saturated with the strange and unusual. Her mom is a parapsychologist and on a never-ending quest to reconnect with the ghost of Rowan’s dad. Rowan is a non-believer, mainly because she thinks that all of the strange things that happen around her mom are just coincidences… Read More

8 Beyond Disney’s Magic and Miami’s Glitz

When you think of Florida, do you immediately think 1) Spring break on the beach or 2) Disney? If so, you’re not alone. But Florida, believe it or not, offers much more than that. I live in Central Florida, and when we moved up here from S. Florida’s hustle and bustle 25 years ago, we… Read More

3 Behind the Scenes With Christina Hovland

Thanks so much for having me here at Writerspace today! I am so excited to talk about my new romantic momedy, Rachel, Out of Office. This is the story of a single mom trying to be all the things to everybody in her life, while leaving no time for the things she really needs. Enter… Read More

10 New Beginnings

We’re almost three weeks into the new year. Christmas seems like it was so long ago—the baking, decorating, and shopping nothing but a dream. Many resolutions—made with the best of intention—have fallen to the wayside. But that doesn’t change the fact that January is traditionally a time for new beginnings. Even if you haven’t kept… Read More