Hobbies Anyone?

I’ve never really had a hobby. My grandmother was an accomplished needlewoman (would needleperson be more politically correct?), but I never got the hang of crocheting or knitting or embroidery.  I don’t scrapbook.  As a matter of fact, I haven’t put any pictures in albums since around 1985 (the rest are in those photo boxes… Read More

Nell Gwynn, Popular Star of Restoration Theatre

Nell Gwynn, the subject of my novel The Darling Strumpet, was one of the first English actresses. She was a gifted comedienne and had a very likeable sex appeal, and she shot to stardom. Her theatrical career, though relatively brief, took place during one of the most interesting periods in theatre in England, when in… Read More

7 The cupcake maker and….the vampire

The cupcake maker and….the vampire.  An unusual combination you might say.  I like unusual combinations.  I also like cupcakes.  The inspiration for my vampire heroes comes from the likes of Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries or Alex O’Laughlin on Moonlight.  Yummy! SLEEPING WITH THE ENTITY SHE HAS A SWEET TOOTH AND A DREAM. Meet… Read More

1 Jesse Hayworth: How to Date a Hero

As a debut author—in this pen name, at least—I’ve been thinking lately about how hard it is for a new book like Summer at Mustang Ridge to stand out from the crowd. And it occurred to me that finding something wonderful to read is a whole lot like online dating these days, with lots of… Read More

4 No Repeat Offender Here, Until Now

I’ve decided there are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy watching favorite shows or movies, or reading beloved books, over and over . . . and those who don’t. From the title of this post you’ve probably already guessed I’ve always been one of the later. Oh, don’t get me wrong…. Read More

2 I’m a Reader Too!

Greetings, Fellow Readers; Yep, I’m a reader, too, and I’d like to address that today.  Some people forget that authors are usually still fellow readers.  Sometimes people think that, magically/instantaneously, an author suddenly stops reading books the moment they set pen to page, or fingers to keyboard—and for me, definitely the latter, you really, really… Read More

Keeping All The Balls in The Air

My debut novel, The Temporary Wife, is really a dream come true for me.  I’ve been writing for twelve years and have had so many “almost sold” close calls it was getting to be a cruel tease.  But it finally happened and when it did, boy, was that a roller coaster. I’m not going to… Read More

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