Book Excerpt: Body Armor | Shimmer

Today's prompt is "shimmer". As a romantic suspense author, a lot of things can shimmer. Heat can cause shimmering waves to rise off a road. Light can shimmer off all manner of things---weapons, water, women. Because Medici Protectorate Book 3, Body Armor, is releasing soon, I've chosen to print a scene from the novel that uses the … Continue reading Book Excerpt: Body Armor | Shimmer

Novel Excerpt from Body Armor

Body Armor, book 3 of the Medici Protectorate series, will be released soon. It's been with the publisher for a while now, edits are done, and we're just awaiting cover design and layout. Today, I'm giving you a brief look at the burgeoning relationship between Dominico (Nico) Micelli and Donnatella (Donni) Notaro. Nico spends the … Continue reading Novel Excerpt from Body Armor

Valuable Treasures

When I was young, my father and both my grandfathers loved to watch westerns, particularly on the weekends. I was subjected to the genre more than I care to remember. Now I think back to those days fondly, but I still have no real love for the genre. Which is why I swore I'd never … Continue reading Valuable Treasures

The Modern Medici

Okay, the title probably is a bit misleading, but I'll be perfectly frank—I hate writing titles. At least, I hate coming up with them for me. I can usually find a good title for my editing clients if they're stuck. (Isn't it always easier to help someone else rather than ourselves?) But, as usual, I … Continue reading The Modern Medici

A Writer’s Ebbs and Flows

I think we, as writers, run hot and cold. At least, I do. Gosh, I hope I'm not the only one who isn't constantly running at highest productivity. It's probably healthy to have ebbs and flows, as much as we'd like to always have more flows than ebbs. Some slower productivity time lets us recharge for … Continue reading A Writer’s Ebbs and Flows

Lots of Writing News Today

Do you ever feel like some days nothing is going on and on other days, there's almost too much to keep up with? Today is the latter of the two for me. First, I hope you'll join me over at Rochelle Weber's site, where Mind Control's hero, Vinnie Falco, has an illuminating interview with the … Continue reading Lots of Writing News Today

Weaving History into Contemporary Fiction—RRBC Tour Stop

 Hi! Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Spring Book & Block Party. (For all the stops and oodles of chances to win a myriad of prizes, check out all the RRBC posts throughout the month-long tour.) This stop? Staci Troilo’s site currently hosted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. Today I'm Giving Prizes to Two Lucky Winners: … Continue reading Weaving History into Contemporary Fiction—RRBC Tour Stop

Satisfying Ends to Series

This week marks the end of two television series that I watch and love---Grimm and Bones. Grimm is on its sixth season, Bones its twelfth. And they share more with each other than eerie titles. I think there are several reasons why these series had such broad appeal: Each episode was a self-contained mystery while … Continue reading Satisfying Ends to Series

Tantalizing Tuesday Tidbits—Medici Protectorate Series

I'm busy working on Medici Protectorate book three, Body Armor. This story follows Nico and Donni, and they're in for a bumpy ride. To get readers out of the Cathedral Lake mindset and into the Medici Protectorate mood, I'm going to post not one, not two, but three tidbits today. That's right; three! One from … Continue reading Tantalizing Tuesday Tidbits—Medici Protectorate Series

It’s Element-ary, Watson!

Okay, I admit it. The title of this post is hokey. Way hokey. But in honor of my dad’s peculiar sense of humor (Bob jokes are bad enough but his puns are dreadful), I had to do it. Today I’m talking about elements. Not the metals and noble gases that gave us all headaches in … Continue reading It’s Element-ary, Watson!