Diary of a Debut

Last week I published my debut novel, THE LOVE WARS. As I’d been warned, the surrounding days were a jumble of nerves and elation, full of parties, long nights and—in a few exciting cases—bookstores selling out stock (!). Some of the highlights: 1. Monday, 9:01 a.m. I sit at the computer, pressing refresh. Refresh. Refresh…. Read More


So what does an author do when she’s written herself into a corner and can’t for the life of her figure out how to get out of it—all while thousands of fans are clamoring for her blood?  That’s the situation in which I found myself last year at this time. If you are a fan… Read More

Do-Overs and Second Chances: Thoughts on Revision

The French have a wonderful saying, l’esprit d’escalier, that translates to “staircase wit”: the smart comeback we think of after we’ve left the conversation and are already on the stairs.  Too little, too late.  Perhaps it is a witty reply, or perhaps it is the more thoughtful, appropriate response that failed to come to our… Read More

6 Company’s Coming, So There Goes My Budget

My best friend is coming to visit. As excited as that makes me, I’m also scared: the knowledge that she’s going to be here for over a week has left me looking at my home with new eyes. I’ve gotten busy and started replacing things that otherwise I’d probably just continue to put up with… Read More

The Name Game

Naming characters is one of the most enjoyable—and challenging—aspects of writing. In the case of the main characters in A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, one was perfectly simple and straightforward while the other was just as much trouble as you’d expect her to be… J. Ryder White is the hero of the book, and his… Read More

9 The Reason Is You

Hi!  Thanks for having me! It’s a crazy week for me, with the mass market paperback of THE REASON IS YOU coming out on Tuesday.  It debuted last year in trade paperback, and as much as I loved that cover, I love this one even more.  Soooo much fun, and I’m tickled to death that… Read More

9 Killer in Crinolines

Hi Reagan Summerside here to talk weddings. The good, the bad and the deadly. You know that old saying, always the bridesmaid never the bride, well I’ve been both. The bride part didn’t take proven by the fact that I caught Hollis, my husband and the hound of Savannah, doing the horizontal hula with Cupcake… Read More

It’s May, It’s May, a Lovely Month to Load Up on Some Books

Dash, for it’s definitely no time to dawdle, to your nearest bookstore and stock up on some of these great new May releases: Cheyenne Amber By Catherine Anderson Mass Market Paperback Released 5/07/13 (reissued from 04/94) Published by Signet www.CatherineAnderson.com 1864, Colorado: Born and bred in Boston, Laura Cheney was used to civilized society. She… Read More

4 Her Unforgettable Cowboy

Hi Everyone, Debra Clopton here with a behind the scenes look into the writing of HER UNFORGETTABLE COWBOY (May release from Harlequin’s Love Inspired) Have you ever had to make a really hard decision? One that would change the course of your life and be irreversible once you took the first step? A choice that… Read More

Orange Tabby Fever

My name is Ali Brandon, and even though I write the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, I’m an orange tabby cat junkie. If a kitty has sunny stripes, it’s automatically my kind of feline. And why not? Orange traditionally symbolizes strength and fortitude, happiness and success. Going more esoteric, the orange… Read More