What happened after “Lizzie Borden took an axe”?

Even if you’ve never heard the famous rhyme about Lizzie Borden, I’m sure you’ve heard about her. In August 1892, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were brutally murdered in their house in Fall River, Massachusetts. The size and shape of the bloody chop marks on the bodies suggested that a large axe had been used. Although… Read More


In the United States of America, we have the power to change things—through our vote. On November 6th, the right, and privilege so many Americans fought for will be in play once again. We have a choice. Sit and do nothing or get our rumps in gear and VOTE!!! Whatever your beliefs, your political party,… Read More

Where Everyone Knows Your Name: Writing small-town stories.

I have nothing against big cities. My youngest lives in Seattle, two blocks from the Space Needle. I fall more in love with the city each time I visit, but when it comes to where to set my stories, small-town wins every time. Although I admit, sitting near the water’s edge at Lake Union and… Read More

And More Anticipation

by Linda O. Johnston Last month I blogged here about anticipation, even including an official definition.  And part of what I was anticipating then came true! Of course, I expected it to.  I’d been waiting for the publication of my second K-9 Ranch Rescue story for Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Trained to Protect.  It was, in… Read More

Did History Class Bore You?

Lyn Cote here-History class often left out the “stuff” I find fascinating. How did events affect the people living then? History is just the story of life. I always end every historical with a Historical Note that tells the reader what was true history and what I made up within the real history. Here’s the… Read More

Do You Remember Your First Secret Crush?

by Ariella Moon October and the season of the witch are finally upon us! Here in the southern California desert, I miss crisp autumn days, cleansing rains, and swirling crimson and gold leaves. So I channel those sensations and the magic of First Love into my sweet romance series, the Teen Wytche Saga. Do you… Read More

Three Ways Fighting and Kissing are the Same

by Amber Mitchell I write fantasy romance because when I sit down at my computer screen, I like to escape. I want to be in a different world, going on bold adventures with the characters. I want to face things that terrify me in real life and I want to get swept up in the… Read More

Ask Peggy Why Walkers and Canes Don’t Come With Buckets

I knew it was going to be a long weekend when I heard water rushing in my garage. Yes, it was raining hard outside, but this sound was definitely coming from inside. I looked around without luck and finally opened the storm cellar door. Our tornado shelter had become a hot tub! No longer cool… Read More