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Happily Ever After. And After. And After.

The idea for this blog came to me as I was reading a book by my newest favorite romance author. This was her fourth book, and just as awesome as the first three. But one thing that stuck out for me in the not-so-awesome category was the guest appearances by couples from books 1-3. They […]

Audiobook-An Interview with my narrator

Today, I’m interviewing, Pam Doughtery, my fantastic ACX audiobook producer—BTW producer is what you call the narrator who performs audiobooks. To date, she’s recorded two of my books, Perfect Summer and Place Your Betts, and is working on another book of mine, Getting Lucky. Pam Doughtery is a very talented actor with many stage and […]

Back Home Again

Not only does a sense of place permeate our writing, but I believe it’s a draw for our readers. The first place I became aware of in books was Saint Mary Mead, the home of Miss Jane Marple. An English village, it appeared both before and after the Second World War in many Agatha Christie […]

Self Publishing- Promotion-Let’s Get Down and Dirty

PROMO–HELLO WORLD, I HAVE A BOOK I WANT YOU TO BUY!!!! So you’ve written the book, edited it to within an inch of its life (BTW—I have a fantastic new editor who edits for content and grammar, her name is Jessica—check her out http://www.theeditingchick.com), your manuscript is formatted, you posted it on Amazon, Kobo, and […]

SELLING 101- Blurbs

Your book is written, polished and edited. Now comes the moment when you need to hook an agent, editor or buyers on your book in a few short lines.  After spending months writing your story, you might be knocking your head against the wall trying to decide how to condense everything wonderful about your work […]

The True Cost of Self-Publishing

The True Cost of Self-Publishing When it comes to self-publishing a novel, I don’t claim to know it all. But I have learned a thing or two from my other indie-pubbed Ruby Sisters and then there’s all of that stumbling around I did when I published my first book, Place Your Betts. Everyone thinks there’s […]

Plotting with your Characters

I don’t know about you, but I find plotting to be the most difficult thing about writing fiction. But now that I write for a living, I’m required to submit a synopsis and/or detailed outline to my publisher well before I ever start a book.  And since my publisher pays me to do this, I […]

Clueless-The Rule of Six

For those of you who know me, you know that I spend most of my life in the state known as clueless.  For example I’m mystified by the need for daylight savings time and pantyhose and signs that say, “hand dipped ice cream” because what else are you going to dip it with?  But I […]

A Writer’s World

Have you ever gone for a walk in the early morning when no one is awake yet? The birds are quiet, no airplanes streak overhead, even the hum of the distant highway is muted? And for an instant you wonder if civilization has faded away somehow. What would happen if suddenly every animal and human […]

Happy Holidays from The Story Masters!

In early November, I gave myself an early holiday gift: a four-day writing workshop with The Story Masters! I mean, COME ON. Look at this instructor lineup! And within a 50 mile drive of where I live?! I was SO there. Though I highly recommend everyone experience this awesome workshop for themselves – the next […]

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