2 THE TWO FACES OF BETH CIOTTA

Intriguing title, yes? That’s not to say I am two-faced, as in being hypocritical or deceitful, but rather that I present two faces to the world. Creatively speaking. There’s the Beth Ciotta who write the Cupcake Lovers series—small town contemporary romance. And the Beth Ciotta who writes the Glorious Victorious Darcys series—steampunk paranormal romance.  I… Read More

1 Procrastination, Thy Name is Jaycie

I’m in no rush to write this blog: it’s just 10:30 the night before it’s due. And here I’ve already begun to think about my topic for discussion. Am I good or what? As sad as it is to admit, I am actually far better at taking care of business in a timely manner today… Read More

Multiples in Writing

Thanks to Writerspace for inviting me to blog! It’s delightful to be here… and I’ll be talking about my multiples in writing. This is a busy year for me. Of course, all years turn out busy for me. That’s partly because I write for a couple of publishers, and, yes, in different genres. And lots… Read More

Writing by the Numbers

This year I will debut 2 new series (Gluten For Punishment, a Baker’s Treat Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, May 7; All Fudged UP, a Candy Coated Mystery under the pen name Nancy Coco, Kensington Mystery, Nov. 5) with series #3 to debut in 2014 (Her Hand In Murder, a Perfect Proposal Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime… Read More

The Mystery in the Mystery Novel

I know the killer when I plan a new Dead-End Job mystery. Always. But in BOARD STIFF, my latest Dead-End Job mystery, I had to solve a mystery I’d started some time ago and didn’t know how to finish. Helen Hawthorne and her new husband, Phil, have opened their own private eye agency, Coronado Investigations…. Read More

11 Murderous Bystanders

Do you ever see a pair of people with their heads together and wonder exactly what they’re up to? Overhear a snippet of conversation and think… “That’s weird. I wonder what that was about…” I’m not sure when this happened, but somewhere in the span of time since I began writing murder mysteries, I’ve begun… Read More

2 No Laughing Matter

I usually try to give my blog readers a reason to smile. I’m afraid I can’t do that today. As I write this, one of my dearest friends is wondering where her 10-year-old nephew is… or if he still is. You see, he and his family live—make that lived—in Moore, OK where today (I’m writing… Read More

19 Having an Affair…With a Fictional Hero!

I admit it, I’ve been having a love affair of sorts…with the BAD Boys from the Enslaved Trilogy! My husband is very understanding, bless his heart. He knows how many late nights I’ve spent thinking about these three Doms, writing these books. Dreaming about them. And…well, falling a little bit in love with each one…. Read More

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