Being a Dog Mom

Hello! We are the writing team of Storm Navarro and Jolie de la Cruz writing together as R.C. Alvarez. Recently, we have met up with a creative content strategist, Writing Bytes, to get a glimpse into what it takes to market your own book before and after its release date. She told us that one… Read More

The Little Teashop on Main

One cold day in March I walked through the sunroom where my granddaughters often play.  I stopped as the real world touched my writing world.  There the girls were, wearing their hand-me-down ladies hats and gloves having tea and cookies.  The tea cups might have been full of juice and the cookies were raided from… Read More

Raising a Glass to Books and the Past

Learning a new skill can be intimidating. Change is hard. And diving into a new technical project can be daunting, especially when you know only a nominal amount about the medium. I also happen to be less than tech savvy. I once tried to update my website and crashed my email account. It was not… Read More

2 Researching the Romance: Victorian Sexcapades

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read reviews that criticised historical romance for being inaccurate just because the characters engaged in pre-marital sexy times. But the Victorians were a lot sexier than people think. Our perception of them has been filtered by all those old photos of unsmiling grand dames and elder statesmen…. Read More

Our Connected World

Red Zone, out April 22 I do everything with my smartphone. It’s my wallet, my stereo, my library, my mailbox, my photo album, my place to hang out with friends, my calendar and my office. I use it to turn on my heating when I’m on my way home, to make sure the house is… Read More

1 Girls Weekend Away

Do you have a bunch of girlfriends that mean the world to you? Or maybe you just have one, or two, friends that are your besties. Doesn’t matter how many friends you have, when you have a best friend they are worth their weight in gold. That’s what GIRLS WEEKEND AWAY series is all about…. Read More

A Better Man

When we decided to co-author a new adult contemporary romance, we knew working together would make us better writers, but we didn’t realize it would make me us better men. Um…maybe we should back up at this point and mention that we are not, technically, men at all, so much as wives, moms, and card-carrying… Read More

Mixed Emotions

What do you do when something in your life seems both wonderful and not so wonderful?  Me?  I enjoy all that I can about it.  That’s mixed emotions to me. So what is giving me mixed emotions?  Well, May is quickly approaching.  I’m excited about that.  Why?  Well, I’m having another mystery published: For a Good… Read More

Ask Peggy How to Plan for Natural Disasters

If you live on the plains, like I do, you are used to bad weather. Oklahomans keep an eye to the sky, and we flip the radio or television to a local station if the horizon begins to darken. If you live near the coasts, you might have more time to plan, but the widespread… Read More

1 Heroes vs. Heroines: What’s Your Tolerance?

Rule #1 of bidding on a bachelor: Make sure he’s the right one. Hello, I’m Diane Alberts (though I also write as Jen McLaughlin) and I’m here today because I had a new book come out this week called An Accidental Date with a Billionaire. It’s the first in a new series of standalone books,… Read More