Fifty Shades of Gray

In FIXING TO DIE, my new Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mystery, newlyweds Josie and veterinarian Dr. Ted Scottsmeyer look for their first home.  During the house hunt, Josie learns that her real estate agent speaks English, but her words have a slightly different spin. Josie’s house hunt is based on mine. My husband Don and… Read More

2 Unplugging

The first time I wrote a novel, I had two children and a full-time job, and I slipped words onto pages in between carpools and clients. It took six years to write The School of Essential Ingredients. By the time I was writing my second novel, my children were in college, my job happily given… Read More

A Little Midsummer Magic

When my publisher asked me to write a series of Julia Grey novellas, I hopped on the idea. I suggested we theme them to traditional English holidays, and last year saw the debut of SILENT NIGHT—a Christmas story complete with all the trappings of a proper Victorian holiday, wassail, carols, and a Yule log so… Read More

The Importance of Writing

Are you a writer?  I don’t necessarily mean an author but someone who journals and records observations.  I want to encourage you to keep writing. My latest novel The Price of Freedom is set in Barbados between 1694 and 1696 and includes the connection between Barbados and Carolina (as it was called at the time). … Read More

1 What Makes the Perfect Romance Novel?

I’ve seen this question asked and answered many times.  Some say there’s a formula.  Others say its emotion on the page.   A unique writing voice comes into play. The RITA contest rules say only:   The work contains a central love story, and the resolution of the romance must be emotionally satisfying and optimistic. If you… Read More

7 Infinite Possibilities is available NOW!

Hello Everyone! Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes! I have had a wonderful wedding weekend in San Francisco! I’m a MRS. now 🙂 I’ll have beautiful pictures to share soon!! Exciting new for today – The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Book 2 – Infinite Possibilities is now available everywhere, here is an… Read More

16 Funny Signs

Funny signs. It’s like I’m naturally drawn to them! On occasion I’m the only one who laughs…okay, often times I’m the only one who laughs. Can I help I’m the only one in my family with a good sense of humor? My husband normally keeps walking and I’ll occasionally catch him shaking his head. My… Read More


The first time I fell in love—and even now, half a lifetime later, I know it was love—I was 21. It was love at first sight, or, as seems to be more the case with me, love at first conversation. We met at a college Halloween party and although our actual romance was short-lived, we stayed best… Read More

Stick to your Genre!

Why do I write in so many different and varying categories? I’ve been told by more than one party that I should pick a genre and stick to it. “You have to create a brand.” “It’s too confusing for your readers if you write in more than one genre.” That’s what they tell me. I… Read More


He’s here! Carponti and Nicole have finally arrived!  Here’s some awesome reviews of I’ll BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS! Advanced Reviews “Grab this book as soon as it is released! “Man dress”—I won’t spoil it, but it will give you hope, laughter and tears!” Romancing Rakes “Buy it. Read it. Have lots of Kleenex on hand. Scott’s… Read More