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Goodbye for Now »

The past three years have been a rush! Not only did I enjoy the community of my fellow bloggers and our wonderful visitors, but I loved all of the wonderful guest authors we’ve hosted over the years. Who can forget those fabulous posts by Sherry Thomas, Judi Fennell, Victoria Alexander, Toni Blake, Eloisa James, Jenna [...]

What’s Your Game? »

I love games. I can spend hours playing the solitaire and other games that came on my computer. Spider, Freecell, Hearts, Mahjong Titans, their insidious whispers call to me. “Sucker, come here. Just play once. I won’t tell anyone.” And I agree. I’ll only play one game and then I’ll get to work, but one [...]

Winner of Ashley March’s Seducing the Duchess! »

Congratulations… Keena Kincaid!! Please shoot us an email with your snail mail address. Looks like you’re in for a treat! SEDUCING THE DUCHESS looks like a delicious read!

Monday’s Question: Columbus Day, Yay or Nay? »

I have a friend who thinks Columbus Day is a meaningless holiday. She refuses to credit good old Chris Columbus with discovering America since natives were here long before those three ships sailed the Ocean Blue in fourteen hundred and ninety two (sorry, couldn’t resist :D ). I’m thinking that since she’s half American Indian, [...]

Author Ashley March on Writing About the Temptress Heroine »

We are excited to welcome guest author Ashley March to the Roundtable today! Her debut Victorian romance, SEDUCING THE DUCHESS, was just released on October 5 from Signet Books. Congratulations, Ashley! It’s wonderful that you could visit with us today! First of all, thank you to Laurie and the rest of the Romance Roundtable crew [...]

A Second Chance at Love »

I recently watched the movie Letters to Juliet. From those of you that haven’t seen it, here is the movie trailer and blurb from the official website: In Verona, Italy – the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet – there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It’s [...]

Monday’s Question of the Week: Brainstorming – A Group Activity? »

I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming lately to get ready for Book in a Week. In the past, I haven’t been forthcoming in workshops about the story I’m working on and I’m not really sure why. Maybe I just like to internalize at this stage of the book. When I get stuck, I do [...]

Monday’s Question: What is Your Writing Roadblock? »

What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to writing? I’m not talking about craft, but those mental issues that put up roadblocks on your writing path. It could be fear of failure or even success, lack of focus, no creative ideas or way too many, lack of organization, or even endless editing. Every writer [...]

Accountability Friday: Finding a Routine »

After so many years, I’ve learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That’s why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves. The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is quiet, the phones aren’t ringing, and their minds are rested, alert, and [...]

Caption Wednesday – Polly isn’t looking for a cracker, is she? »

I love the expression on this bird’s face. She is definitely trying to communicate. What do you think she’s saying?

Was It Good For You? »

I’ve read love scenes that are so hot they scorch the page and others that just leave me cold. A few authors go through the motions, but I can tell their hearts (or loins ;) just aren’t in it. Some think that quantity makes up for quality and I’m yawning by the umpteenth encounter. Whether [...]

Accountability Friday »

Hey everyone! Another week has passed. Can you believe summer is almost over? What a scary thought! I’ve been so busy working that I haven’t come even close to my writing goal. But instead of dwelling on that fact and getting down on myself, I’ve decided to buckle down, roll up my sleeves, and get [...]

When Nationals is Out of Reach, Chapter Conferences May Be the Way to Go! »

This past weekend, my writing buddy and I were glued to Twitter for Rita and Golden Heart results, while commiserating with each other at not being at Nationals. We had such fun last year in DC with all our Roundtable friends but none of us could attend this year. We are saving our money and [...]

Writing the Waves of Emotion »

I intended to write a cheerful and uplifting post today but instead needed to share. Sorry in advance for the depressing content but there is a point if you make it to the end. My cat, Breen died yesterday; I had to make the decision to put him to sleep. I like that description – [...]

Memorial Day »

Memorial Day In honor of the soldiers who have given their lives for our country. And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, [...]