Celebrating Cupcakes … with Beth Ciotta

As the author of a series entitled, Cupcake Lovers, a series that highlights a social and charitable baking club, most readers and interviewers assume I bake. A logical assumption. But a false one. At first I was embarrassed to admit I’m a bit of a klutz in the kitchen, but then I realized that just… Read More


Don’t worry, no spoiler alert is needed for this post. I’m not going to give specifics, but I just need to go on record as saying that the final episode of Breaking Bad was the most satisfying end to a series it’s ever been my pleasure to experience. Every loose thread ended up neatly and… Read More

2 On Creating a Sanctuary from Words and Memory

I’m so excited to visit Writerspace today, and thought I would share a bit of insight behind writing a “space” for my characters – more specifically, creating a sanctuary for them to find themselves and help them grow. The theme of existence runs through my debut novel, LOUDER THAN LOVE. That may sound heavy, but… Read More


When I sold my futuristic romance novels to BelleBridge Books the plan was to scan and reprint.  Maybe I’d tweak some scenes, but I certainly had no intention of re-writing an entire book.  Yet when I re-read Island Heat, I wasn’t happy with the story. Now, there was nothing wrong with Island Heat.  The book… Read More

Assembling Sid the Skeleton

I know what you’re thinking. How hard can it be to assemble a human skeleton? The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the… And so on. But that oh so helpful mnemonic only works with real skeletons. (Plus you’d need over… Read More

Those Horsey Girls

I’m so thrilled to have my friend, and writer, Lilian Darcy write for Montana Born. Lilian is a five-time RITA nominee. She’s award-winning — she’s so talented. And I’m so happy to be able to know her.  I just love her story, MARRY ME, COWBOY. It’s feminine, it’s sexy, it’s lovely and it’s a great… Read More

7 Secrets Behind The Surrender Trilogy

Today Lydia Michaels is here to discuss Seven Secrets Behind The Surrender Trilogy, a sizzling love story full of scandalous choices, dark deceptions, and secret sacrifices that will have readers staying up far past your bedtime. The question is… How deep do you want to go? It’s a pleasure to be here discussing the debut… Read More

What’s in a Name

I categorize all names I hear as better or worse than mine.  I’d say ninety-five percent fall into the better camp but once in while, I come across a name that I actually think is worse. When this happens, I feel an enormous amount of pity and tenderness, not only for the name itself, but… Read More

What Person… First or Third?

When I see an interesting looking mystery at the library or bookstore, the first thing I do is flip to the text and read the first page. I want to be engaged immediately, and I know that non-writing readers feel exactly the same way. And I noticed once, a long time ago, that if the… Read More

2 For Argument’s Sake

My husband is always one of the first people to read my books, right after my editor. I love that he’s willing to read them, and he even proclaims to enjoy them. On occasion he’ll text me and tell me about a scene that he particularly liked, or a character who stood out to him…. Read More

4 Forget Lightning Not Striking the Same Place Twice, Once is Plenty

Well, it happened . . . this very evening. It was raining absolute buckets outside and my Jack Russell terrorist was racing around the house barking challenges at the rolling thunder. But, me, I was minding my own business, puttering about, trying to decide what exciting menu (NOT!) I was going to throw together for… Read More

2 Still Not King

Tomorrow, September 18, is Stephen King’s birthday. I adore King. I want to be him someday but so far haven’t arrived on the bestseller lists, so I have a coffee mug that says on it, “Still not King.” The printing on it is faded, so you can tell I’ve had it a while. The first… Read More