Psst! Wanna Write a Killer Book?

Of course you do! Whenever I meet people and tell them that I write historical mysteries, they often say “I’ve always wanted to write a mystery!” or “I have a great idea for a mystery; if only I knew how to write it all down!” Here’s the good news about all that…if you want to… Read More

1 A Love of Carousels

by Melinda Curtis When I was a kid, carousels were magical experiences. The animals – mostly horses – were beautiful and there was something exciting about riding around in a circle and waving to the spectators. One of my favorite carousels used to be at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California, where you could ride… Read More

3 Do you Read More in the Summer?

Or Less? I mean we hear a lot about “summer beach reads” and I do have friends who take my books on vacation (or they say they do! 🙂 I don’t think I read more or less in any season–about the same pace throughout the year. In case you didn’t know, authors start out as… Read More

The Glory of Sprawl

By Amy Lane I am not a very tidy writer. I’m not talking about my desk—although that would send shivers down your spine—and I’m not talking about individual books, because I’m pretty good at wrapping up loose ends. No—I’m talking about character sprawl. That saying, “Every character is a hero in his own story,” is… Read More

1 How history inspires romance novels.

Stolen art, stolen heart is the tagline for my newest novel, Thief of Hearts. The inspiration for the novel came to me while my husband and I were visiting Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Civita sits on a plateau, overlooking the Tiber river valley. It is beautiful and tragic all at the same time. It is nicknamed… Read More

1 August 26 is National Dog Day

I’m guessing many of you reading this have a dog. Or maybe you’re planning on getting a dog in the near future. This post is for everyone who loves dogs. National Dog Day was created for two reasons. The first is to honor dogs. This special day is our chance to recognize the importance of… Read More

Ask Peggy How to Make Your Money Last as Long as Your Bills!

Peggy Doviak, Ph.D., CFP® Have you ever run out of money before you ran out of month? It’s bad enough when you can’t eat out or buy something you want, but even scarier if you’re short before you have paid the mortgage or insurance. With a traditional job, if money is tight, the beginning of… Read More


by Mary J. Williams As July wanes into August—the dog days of summer—I stopped this morning and asked myself a question. Have I forgotten the little things in life? You know what I mean. Life is so busy. We rush from here to there and often all we think about is what’s next. We worry… Read More

2 Honeymoon Mishaps

When I tell people that my husband and I went to Canada for our honeymoon, I’m almost always met with a blank open-mouthed stare. Canada? Really? I realize it’s not the obvious choice. But the truth is, I’m a mountain girl at heart. I grew up camping and hiking and wandering all over the Rocky… Read More

Rise of the Firestarter: What Makes a Hero?

The romance and superhero genres have one major element in common: they’re about hope. That means Alec Farley, the star of my first superhero romance, Rise of the Firestarter, had to be heroic as a romance hero and as a “super” hero. Since this is the first book in my Phoenix Institute series, Alec also… Read More