Real Life Heroes

As a writer, I’m always looking for new story ideas.  For most writers, past experiences can be a very big help.  Have you ever survived a dangerous situation?  How did you do it? When I was first learning to snow ski, I got caught on top of Stowe Mountain, Vermont in a blizzard, after the… Read More

Ask Peggy about the Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ever!

Forget the flowers, candy, and teddy bears. What you and your love should share this Valentine’s Day is a heart-to-heart conversation about money. Wow—what a buzzkill! Maybe, maybe not. Did you know financial discord is the leading cause of divorce, destroying relationships even worse than infidelity? To keep this from happening to you, here are… Read More


Madness does not always howl. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “Hey, is there room in your head for one more?” That tongue-in-cheek quote sits on the shelf behind the desk in my office. It always makes me smile, but it also contains a certain amount of truth… Read More

1 The Steampunk Detectives are back!

Consulting Detective Gregor Sherringford and his partner, Joan Krieger, return in A Hanging at Lotus Hall by Corrina Lawson, the sequel to the Amazon bestselling book 1, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract. A Hanging at Lotus Hall shifts the setting from an alternate Victorian London changed by magic and steampower to the ancestral home… Read More

2019: New Year, New Resolutions by Traci Douglass

First off, Happy 2019 everyone! 365 days of blank pages for us to fill with whatever we choose. Honestly, I’ve never been much of a resolutions person and that task seems rather daunting, at least to me.  So, last year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of making resolutions, which I wouldn’t… Read More

Ask Peggy How to Turn a Financial Dream Into a Financial Goal

Fifty-six years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and next week, we are celebrating both the man and his message. Dreaming is important. Much of our focus originates in the dreams we have—getting a job, owning a home, or having a prosperous life. However, building a strategy around… Read More

Deleted Scenes

By: Shannyn Schroeder As I writer, I’ve often been told to use deleted scenes from my books as a bonus for readers. The problem is, although I don’t plot out books, I tend to be a pretty clean writer. That means I write scene to scene and rarely have a whole scene to cut. One… Read More

Researching Columbia

Sometimes what you think is going to be a great idea for a novel turns out to be a whole lot of work!  That’s what happens when you realize the idea you are now in the middle of isn’t going to work the way you thought it would. In THE CONSPIRACY, I got the idea… Read More

What Did You Do with your Turkey Leftovers?

Lyn Cote here-For a change of pace, how about a recipe today? One of my own based on the classic, “Bisquick Impossible Pie” concept. My title: Turkey & Dressing Leftover Pie (Or Quiche–if you want to sound classy.  Ingredients: 1/2 -3/4 lb turkey chunks 1-2 cups dressing, chunks (If you don’t have any left, substitute… Read More

Finding story ideas in the simplest things.

Whenever I’m at a book event, one question seems to spring up: Where do you get ideas for your books? Inspiration comes in various ways—a song on the radio, a current news story, or just while chilling with friends and family. The idea for Analiese Rising came from seeds planted in my past, fertilized with… Read More