Show and Tell Wednesday: Book Nooks

All my life, I’ve wanted a room for just my books. With the new house, I finally have a study/library that’s all my own. Well, I do share with the twinsies and the cat–it is the best room in the house, after all.

But it gets better! Look at what else the room has…


A window seat!!!!!

Since moving in, I’ve been drooling over this and browsing pictures of book nooks on Pinterest and Houzz the way teenagers browse “pron”. (Mispelled to avoid bots)  I couldn’t post the best of the pictures because they belong to someone else, so I had to settle for some soft core stock images.


I could just go simple:


But wouldn’t it be awesome to have something like this?


One day, I promise myself. One day….

Do you have a nook or reading corner in your house? Please do share!

The September Hour-a-Day Challenge Starts Today!!

It’s here! It’s here! September is here! Most years, that hasn’t been good news for my writing productivity–I’m a teacher, and the start of each new school year is like falling down a well. (A good and noble well, to be sure, but one that swallows my time and energy whole.) For many of you, […]

Exit, Stage Left!

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Fangirl Friday

We have a new Ruby release this week from Vivi Andrews writing as Lizzie Shane. PLANNING ON PRINCE CHARMING by Lizzie Shane What would Cinderella do? Wedding planner Sidney Dewitt is always the fairy godmother, never the heroine of her own love story–until she’s selected for the reality dating show Marrying Mister Perfect. It might […]

In Case You Missed It – Nationals Videos Online

Were you unable to make it to the RWA National Conference in New York this year?  Did you get caught in a meeting or sleeping in after a fancy publisher party or running out to catch a Broadway show and you missed some parts?  This year, whether you were there in the ballroom or not, […]

Lessons from the Giants

I started writing when my son was eleven months old. He graduates from Junior High this coming May. I wrote my first book in under a year, at least I count it as my first book, because the other two before it weren’t fit to be coasters for the coffee table. So I wrote this […]

Creativity and The Author

Lately, in writers groups, there has been some discussion about keeping the joy in our writing. There are a bazillion answers. I think one is by indulging our other creative talents.  Yeaph. OTHER creative talents. Authors are very creative people. Think about all the other talents you have and how those creative outlets can nourish […]

Back to School=Back to Writing

Happy Monday! Why am I so happy this morning? Because my kids are all back in school today! Woot! Usually people talk about goals and new plans for productivity around January 1st, but as a mom, my “New Year” starts when the kids go back to school. So in celebration of a quiet house and […]

Fangirl Friday

We have one new Ruby release this week, and it is number 25 for our Vivi Andrews. And her tag line is perfect for so many marriages! TANGLING WITH THE TIGER It might be love. If they don’t kill each other first. Siberian tiger-shifter Dominec Giroux doesn’t play well with others. Horribly scarred by the […]

Announcing the 2015 September Hour-a-Day Challenge!

Hard to believe, but another summer’s winding to a close. For many writers, summer’s a slow time, what with family vacations and bored, housebound kids chipping away at their focus. For me, though, summer’s by far the most productive time of the year…because I’m a teacher, and the second I step back into the classroom […]

Show and Tell – Back to School

Apologies: The originally scheduled “Star Wars” edition post had to be pulled back due to me not yet having permissions for the images I wanted to post. I present to you instead a topic that is on many of our minds this week: Back To School And the twinsies already have their first assignment before […]

Birthdays, Books and Other Milestones

Last month at the RWA Annual General Meeting, the Board announced that they will soon be offering milestone pins so members can celebrate on their lanyards the achievement of publishing their first, fifth, tenth, twenty-fifth, fiftieth and hundredth books.  Cool idea, eh? At that moment, sitting in the Broadway Ballroom, I realized I had no […]

How to Stay Sane When You’re Writing Insanity

**WARNING: A few WWII descriptions ahead. Read please, as we should never forget, but read at your own risk.** Usually I’m entrenched in research about kilts and Henry VIII’s tantrums or the latest terms teens are using. Yes, I write historical romance and YA contemporary romance. But over the last few months I’ve been working […]

Fangirl Friday

Need a great summer read? Dive into Summer Kisses–a boxed set of TEN full-length contemporary romance novels by TEN Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award-winning or nominee authors–featuring NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, Theresa Ragan.  HAVING MY BABY by NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, THERESA RAGAN After being left at the […]

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words (I Hope!)

People always ask where I get my story ideas. It’s a complicated question…and yet it isn’t. Because they never come from any one place. Sometimes an article I read on the internet will get the wheels turning. Sometimes an overheard conversation sparks something. And sometimes it’s a picture. A picture like this one.  My son […]

Show and Tell Wednesday – Vintage romance covers

I was looking for public domain romance cover images, as one does, and came across these from, a repository of scanned comic book covers in the public domain. What can I say? I LOVE the titles. I think they’d still work today! The love triangle. A timeless trope indeed. Aww, the classic clinch cover. […]

Curiosity and the Author

Writers are Super Heroes. Their Superpowers are: Imagination, Curiosity and Creativity. A few weeks ago I shared thoughts about the author and imagination. Today it’s curiosity. Author’s professional curiosity is a huge subject on many levels. It begins with, can I write a book? Should I write a book? How do I write a book? […]

Psychic Distance

In all the workshops, conferences, and lectures I’ve attended through RWA, I never heard of this concept until I went to the International Thriller Writers Conference in July. There I attended two talks by Steve Berry, the thriller writer, and I highly recommend him for his talks on craft. In one of his talks, he […]

Fangirl Friday

Welcome to my first Fangirl Friday. This week we lead with a boxed set on sale for 99 cents. And not just any boxed set. Summer Kisses, 10 stories from Golden Heart finalists, nine Ruby sisters and Theresa Ragan, who is a Pixie Chick sister of mine. If that isn’t enough to get you rushing […]

Director’s Cut

The director’s cut, a movie released several years after the original, giving us a look into scenes and story we missed when the film was in the theaters. Aliens, released in 1986, the director’s cut coming out in 2003 with roughly eighteen minutes of a movie that really should have been in the first. Boondock […]

Show and Tell Wednesday – Coloring Books

There are few things I’m braggish about, but one of them is coloring. I’ve got mad coloring skills. Hubby chuckles whenever it happens. I’ll sit down or kneel down next to my twinsies as they color (which usually to them means a few scribbles before peeling crayons and breaking them). Or I’ll pick up a […]


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Writing is (Mostly) Writing by Nancy Holland

Today, I’m so pleased to welcome my friend, fellow author Nancy Holland. Nancy, a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, recently released her debut romance novel, “Owed: One Wedding Night.” But…one thing you might not know about the multi-talented Ms. Holland is that she was a published nonfiction writer first!  Process-wise, I’m utterly fascinated by this, so […]

Read a Romance Book Month

Welcome, weekend! And welcome to an event you as a writer (or a reader) will love – NPR’s annual Read a Romance Month! What’s RARM? Well, it’s a fabulous month of interviews, giveaways and celebration all for the wondrous beauty of something that gives you laughter, tears and a happily ever after – the romance […]

Fangirl Friday

New this week: Montana Cherries, by Kim Law After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to […]

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