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Guess what I’ve got? It’s on my desktop, and it’s gorgeous! It’s the cover of my book Temptation, and it’s exactly what I envisioned when I imagined my book cover. It’s…well, it’s tempting! All will be revealed soon…and, to make it even more interesting, I’m participating in a Blog Hop February 8 – 15. What’s […] Read more…

The Vulnerable Hero: Mr Darcy

Monday is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, everyone’s favorite Jane Austen novel. Well, maybe not everyone. If you’d asked me a few years ago which was my favorite, I’d have said Sense and Sensibility. Then I saw the film version of Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightly and Mathew Macfadyen. And suddenly I […] Read more…

There is no such thing as a perfect manuscript

If you had told me, before about 4 pm yesterday, that I’d mistake the word “bow” for “bough” I’d have laughed. I wouldn’t confuse two similar sounding words (known as homophones); that’s a rookie mistake. I know the difference between rein and reign (and even rain), navel and naval, throws and throes, reek and wreak. […] Read more…

Market news from Digital Book World

Yesterday I happened across the Digital Book World hashtag (#DBW13) on Twitter. Digital Book World is a publishing conference that focusses on, well, digital books, as well as other emerging technologies. I compiled some of the tidbits I gleaned on my Facebook page, but wanted to share here. I also found a few links that […] Read more…

A visit to Bath in Winter

The River Avon at dusk I visited Bath the other day, not my first visit, but my first visit in the winter. Bath is a lovely town, and that beauty isn’t diminished by the “headache gray” skies of winter. The Portland stone buildings glow even under the dingy light of early January. Christmas lights dazzle […] Read more…

Ten books that will help you write

From writing craft to writing fears, a few books I’ve found helpful in the writing journey. A friend recently asked for the title of a book I’d mentioned on the craft of writing—it turned out to be 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes, by Jack Bickham. (Not 28, as I’d told her—turns out I was […] Read more…

What Happens Next?

I’ve been stuck on my WIP (work in progress) for months now. Partly that’s due to the two rounds of edits and major revisions on previous novels that have taken up my time this summer and fall, but it’s mostly due to WHN. WHN is a form of writer’s block. It stands for What Happens […] Read more…

NaNo, WriMo, NoGo?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. No, it’s not a month set aside to appreciate the fine art of writing novels, it’s actually supposed to be a month where you sit down and write a novel. An actual novel, in one month. Sounds ridiculous, right? And after all, a serious novelist knows she’ll […] Read more…

“This is so exciting!” she said excitedly!!!

No, I haven’t written that sentence. Not exactly. I would never, ever, EVER use more than one exclamation mark in a row. But apparently I filled my manuscript with over 200 exclamation marks, almost all of them in dialogue, and most of those in the mouth of one rather excited character. I would have sworn […] Read more…

Summer of revisions

Despite a summer that’s been anything but—an ornery jet stream has brought us cold temperatures, overcast skies and endless rain—I’ve been having a pretty good time. That’s because I’ve been spending the summer doing revisions. First I had a set of revisions from my editor, and now I’m reworking a novel I’d written several years […] Read more…

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