Demystifying HTML part 3 – tables

With HTML, one of the most fun and versatile features is the table. A table allows you to present all sorts of information in a structured way. Today’s post will demonstrate how to create simple HTML tables.

A quick recap of the Demystifying HTML series: The goal of this series to help you understand (and perhaps correct) HTML in web pages. Part 1 included HTML basics. Part 2 described how to display information in lists.

Stop the (Negative) Insanity!

Happy Monday everyone! Okay, so you may not feel like celebrating the start of the work week, but I bet you can find something to smile about if you look. Perhaps the traffic lights were green or a butterfly landed on your arm. These might seem like little things, but they’re important. Often times we […]

Fangirl Friday

There’s a Ruby sister sale! (Say that 5 times fast.) All three of these Ruby sister books are only FREE for a day or two, so grab them while you can! First up, TODAY ONLY Bev Pettersen’s Fillies and Females is free. She’d rather die than be the center of attention…that may happen. Becky Rivers […]

Brainstorming Unusual Character

    Oops. The Ruby calendar had a few holes, so I thought we’d talk weather today. Not what it’s like in your area (however, you certainly can share), but how weather is used in our novels to trigger change in our characters’ lives. We know the well-worn cliché of the hero and heroine trapped […]

Is Your Book Already Out There?

Do you ever notice when you’re working on a book that you think is brilliant (or when you just finished one and you’re about to start shopping it around) that all of a sudden you start seeing books exactly like yours everywhere you look?  I know there is no such thing as a purely original […]

Fangirl Friday

There’s nothing special going on in Ruby land this week, which is good news for all you readers! You have this week to get caught up on all the wonderful Ruby stories out there before more stories come your way in the next few weeks. And there is a treasure trove! Between about fifty Ruby […]

Demystifying HTML – part 2 : Lists

In September, I posted the first article in a series to demystify HTML, which is the language we use to format web content. The goal of the series is to make it easier for you to read and (perhaps) correct the HTML you have in web pages. A quick recap: Part 1 included terminology and […]

Accidental Hitchhiker: The Story Behind the Story

People often ask writers where we get our ideas. Mine come from anywhere and everywhere—a dream, a snippet of conversation overheard in a bar, a walk with my husband. After that initial burst of inspiration, I build on the idea. Expand and improve it as only a romance writer can, making it more. More exciting. […]

Fangirl Friday

Ruby sister Kim Law has books on sale this week, no matter where you live! In the U.S. Sweet Nothings is on sale this month. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the cupcake story with the 235 wonderful ratings. A lot of people LOVE that story. http://www,           If […]

What First Dates Taught Me About Character Development

As a single writer on a quest for her own happily-ever-after, I’ve kissed my fair share of frogs.  My parents were college sweethearts, my sister met her husband in chemistry class, but I didn’t find my person in school – and working from home in a predominantly female industry doesn’t exactly give me a lot […]

The Accidental Series

When I started writing Marriage: Impossible, it wasn’t supposed to be the first book in my Voretti family series. It wasn’t supposed to be the first book in any series. It was a one-off experiment to see what would happen if I threw all my favorite romance tropes into a single novella. It never occurred […]

Fangirl Friday

I recently received an email from a lady who told me she’d read all four of my Victorian Bookshop Mysteries in four days, and then asked when the next one would be out. Oh, that we could write as fast as readers read! But never fear, readers. There’s plenty of new Ruby stories out this […]

Creative Minds: Dave Grohl on Voice

  This is the fourth post in an occasional series about finding inspiration in other artists’ creative processes. Read the first, about Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the second, featuring Trent Reznor, and the third, mourning the death of Scott Weiland, at the links. *** Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a massive Dave […]


I was sixteen when I was introduced to “self-defense” and began a lifelong road that has kept me safe. I took class after class through college and private organizations. Eventually I escalated into martial arts. I never got my black belt due to health reasons, but really, please don’t sneak up on me. There was […]

Fangirl Friday

First up, the Ruby Sisters have learned a new play by William Shakespeare has been found in an old manor house near Stratford on Avon. Scholars are going nuts over this new find. Already there is a bidding war to produce it as a movie as well as a stage show. The name? Rubies Rock […]

Quick! Write a Book!

Today is a momentous day for me! SACRIFICE, the fifth and final book in my paranormal romance series, The Dragonfly Chronicles, has released!   Amen! The first book in the series, PROPHECY, came out in 2009. Ugh! Really? So I had some hang-ups in the last seven years, which delayed each book: three busy kids, taking […]

Consolation Day: Phone Didn’t Ring Last Friday? We’ve Got Hugs, Prizes, and Lots of Inspiration for You!!!

Several days ago–Friday, to be precise–a few dozen talented romance authors received the happy news that they are RITA or Golden Heart finalists.  Hundreds more waited for a phone call that didn’t come. If you’re one of those talented romance authors who didn’t get “The Call,” we’re so glad you’ve joined us today as we […]

Welcome New Golden Heart Finalists, Class of 2016!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!! Finalist call day has so much wild, crackling energy, you’re probably still levitating three or four feet above the ground (possibly with a glass of bubbly in your hand). Making that list, for either Golden Heart or RITA, is a huge accomplishment—with so many excellent writers out there, you truly have to pass […]

It’s RITA and Golden Heart Announcement Day!! And We’re Throwing a Cyber-Party!!

LET THE ANNOUNCEMENTS BEGIN… Well, it’s the big day again!! We’re glad you’re here with us to cheer, commiserate, celebrate, hold hands with other nervous hopefuls, gnaw your fingernails in good company, or whatever it is you’re needing today. (Virtual wine…yeah, we got plenty!! Who cares if it’s the crack of dawn–pour yourself a cyber-glass!) […]

My Golden Heart Book is Here!! Lara Archer’s THE DEVIL MAY CARE!!

It’s release day for THE DEVIL MAY CARE!!! Let me tell you–I’ve waited a long time for this!! I started this book all the way back in 2009, shortly after my first Golden Heart nomination made me one of the Rubies. At the time, I was sure I was looking for a traditional publishing deal, […]

The Big Question

To self-publish or not to self-publish, that is the question. Whether you’re starting out and trying to decide if going traditional or indie is best for you… or are a midlist author with a dozen traditionally published books under your belt trying to decide whether to take another traditional contract or leap into self-publishing… or […]

Reinvesting in Craft

In May I will have published twenty books which when I think about it seems crazy because it wasn’t all that long ago that I was here talking about submitting my Golden Heart book (which never sold btw.) So to think seven years have passed since I first finaled in the Golden Heart and I’ve […]

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and I can’t wait to spend the weekend relaxing with a good book. Today we have TWO new Ruby releases to celebrate–TEXAS ROSE FOREVER by Katie Graykowski and STRANGE BEHAVIOR by Bev Pettersen! And Lizzie Shane’s COURTING TROUBLE is FREE on Amazon for Friday and Saturday only. Read on for all the details. […]

Green Sparkly Magic

Do you know what is special about tomorrow? It’s a day of magic! Leprechaun magic! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. And although this holiday is anchored in Ireland, many people off the green isle celebrate the magic of this fun day. Even though I have reddish hair and some freckles, and my dad looks like […]

March is National Women’s History Month.

I write about strong, extraordinary women. This post is about women I admire because they have moral courage and an ability to get beyond danger and do what is right because it needs to be done.   First, the women who settled North America. All the little mama’s who had the courage to get on […]

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