Visiting Friends and Talking About Tortured Soul, Day 5

Ciao, amici! As promised, the tour is winding down. I just have one stop today, and it's at Joan Hall's blog. Joan is a wonderful author, great friend, and an ardent supporter of other writers. She's graciously hosted me several times, and I'm honored to be there again. Today, I'm sharing another excerpt---something with a... Continue Reading →

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

My, how the days---weeks---are flying by. Feels like Christmas just ended, but we're staring at St. Patrick's Day. They say time moves faster when you're busy. That might be why I can't believe how fast this year is blowing by. I've been very busy---writing, editing, blogging, releasing a new novella, touring other sites, outlining and... Continue Reading →

Learn More About the Villains of GAMBLE

I'm honored to be hosted today by Joan Hall. Joan is a talented author, a great friend, and a staunch supporter. Today I'm at her site talking about the villains of Gamble, my latest release in the Nightforce Security Series. I hope you'll take a second to visit her site, learn a bit more about... Continue Reading →

Shameless Self-Promotion: #Romance for #ValentinesDay

Ciao, friends. In honor of Valentine's Day, I want to throw my hat in the proverbial romance ring (I've heard somewhere that love is a battlefield) and remind everyone about my selection of titles fit for this time of year. Here are brief descriptions of my work: Like alchemy, prophecy, and deep family roots? Try... Continue Reading →

Sometimes you feel like a nut…

Admit it. You're singing the song from the commercial. I am. (Probably will be all day, too.) I chose this because, today, I feel like a nut. Several of my friends released books around the same time I did. We've been scheduling visits at each other's sites to help promote. Sometimes the details became confusing.... Continue Reading →

Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

I can't tell you all how happy I am to be hosting today's guest. We've been friends for years and have had stories published in the same anthologies, but I don't think we've ever released novels so close to each other before. Today, let's celebrate Joan Hall's latest release, Unknown Reasons, and welcome her back... Continue Reading →

Judging a book by… well, you know.

When I was a young girl, I remember looking at food I didn't want to try (like pickled pigs feet or souse, for example) and my grandparents telling me not to judge a book by its cover. I'll admit, even book covers designed by amateurs don't look as bad as souse.  If they do, well, then... Continue Reading →

Words ~ Old and New

Consider yourself a wordsmith? Check out this post on Story Empire by Joan Hall, who discusses words—old and new.

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Hi, SE readers. Joan here. I thought we’d do something fun today and talk about words.

Over the years, our use of language has evolved. Thank goodness we no longer use seventeenth century English with words like thee, thou,  or shouldst. These days we’re much more casual in our conversations. For instance, how often do you order a vegetable burger? You order a veggie burger.

The last few years these words have sprung up: SCOTUS, POTUS, and FLOTUS. These are actually acronyms for Supreme Court of the United States, President of the United States, and First Lady of the United States.

I never used the entire term, but I still stay Supreme Court, President, and First Lady. Evidently, some people are too casual (or perhaps too lazy) to use these terms. It takes just as much effort to use the acronyms as it does to say the word.

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