Good Riddance, 2017

I've been blogging for several years now. Some years I write a "year in review" post; others I don't. I was going to skip it this year, but a friend and fellow writer (C. S. Boyack) wrote one, as he does every year, and when I read both his post and the comments, I realized … Continue reading Good Riddance, 2017

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!

Romance Your Autumn Nights

Fall is here. Time for pumpkin lattes and apple cider. Snuggling under blankets, curled up by the fire. Wearing sweaters and catching up on our reading. Romance readers, this is the perfect giveaway for you. Welcome to the Romance Your Autumn Nights Kindle Giveaway!  Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway here. PRIZES GRAND PRIZE – Kindle eReader + … Continue reading Romance Your Autumn Nights

Four Words of Wisdom for the Graduate, or the Writer

My daughter graduated middle school this past week. Just putting my age in perspective, when I was in school, you didn’t graduate middle school, you just moved on to the next grade. Kids today celebrate every milestone. In some ways, I kind of think that’s the problem with the younger generation. They get participation trophies … Continue reading Four Words of Wisdom for the Graduate, or the Writer

ABCs of Mystery Heir

Some writing friends recently participated in an alphabet blog challenge where every day for twenty-six days they wrote a post corresponding to a particular letter, each entry having to do with a work-in-progress or a recently released work. I didn’t participate; I figure one, maybe two posts a week is plenty. But I thought the … Continue reading ABCs of Mystery Heir

Intriguing Series for YA Paranormal Romance Fans

You know me, I love to help out my fellow writers. And today, I'm giving a shout-out to fellow writer Stacy Claflin, who has written two books in a series called The Transformed. Today I'm posting a review of Betrayal, the second in the series, but I highly recommend you check out Deception, the first … Continue reading Intriguing Series for YA Paranormal Romance Fans

What Inspires You?

I had planned on spending today’s post talking about contract terms. I recently signed a contract and thought it might be nice to go over some of the terminology that writers might find confusing. But earlier this week my parents-in-law were visiting, so I couldn’t write ahead of schedule, and the day I set actually … Continue reading What Inspires You?

How to Break into Indie Publishing… One Woman’s Journey

In my last post of 2012, “The Year in Review,” fellow author and blogger Janna Hill commented that 2012 was a journey for her because it was her first year as an indie author. You know me, I’m always interested in hearing about someone else’s path. I immediately asked her if she’d share her story … Continue reading How to Break into Indie Publishing… One Woman’s Journey

It’s NaNoEditMo—Five Ways to be Sure You’re Successful This Editcember

Congratulations to those of you who earned win badges from NaNoWriMo. Hitting the 50,000 word mark is an accomplishment for anyone; doing it in thirty days is a highlight few will ever be able to say they managed to hit. Now what? It’s easy to coast on a sugar cookie high (who wouldn’t want to … Continue reading It’s NaNoEditMo—Five Ways to be Sure You’re Successful This Editcember

How Dr. Seuss Can Improve Your Writing

When I was a kid, I loved Dr. Seuss. I liked everything he wrote, but my favorite was Fox in Socks. I’ve always been a sucker for tongue twisters, and that fox really had a few zingers. There are still a couple I stumble over. When I became a parent, I read his collection to … Continue reading How Dr. Seuss Can Improve Your Writing