by Amanda Usen Writing endings is my least favorite part of writing a book. By the end of the book, the hero and heroine have usually exhausted themselves and me by alternately fighting and making up until they are forced to come to a grand epiphany that will allow them to acknowledge their oh-tragic flaws… Read More
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a Russian tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.
Brazen authors Gina Gordon and Amanda Usen talk seduction…as in how they seduce their stories out of their heads and hearts! Amanda: Oh, the headache and the heartbreak of the writing process! I’m one of those seat-of-the-pants writers. Every time I try to plot out a book ahead of time, it veers off in another… Read More
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Birthing Babies and Books
By Ariella Moon Spring has arrived in Southern California. Blooming orange and grapefruit trees, still heavy with fruit, perfume the air. “Snowbirds” from the Midwest and Canada crowd local swimming pools and grocery store parking lots. And a tiny mother hummingbird has returned to nest in my patio. Mama Ava hummingbird (I’m a writer, and… Read More