Fiction Friday: The Thin Line Between Alpha Heroes and Sexual Predators

Posted Nov 17 2017

  Recently, I went back and read a make-out scene I’d written a couple of years earlier, where the guy basically shoves my heroine up against a lamppost, sticks his tongue down her throat and presses his erection against her belly. At the time I wrote it, it seemed sexy. It was also well justified […]

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Fiction Friday: Interview with Priscilla Oliveras

Posted Nov 10 2017

  I’m experimenting with a new type of post–an interview with a fellow author. My plan is to ask, not just easy questions, but challenging questions specific to this particular author, either through their body of work, or through how they present themselves on social media. For my first-ever interview, I asked Priscilla Oliveras, a […]

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Fiction Friday: Dialogue Lessons

Posted Nov 4 2017 in

  In October, I took an online dialogue class with Linnea Sinclair. It was a great class and I learned a lot. If you get an opportunity to study with Linnea, I highly recommend her.   One of the lessons had to do with beats, those bits of action that are interspersed with dialogue to illuminate a […]

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Fiction Friday: A Quick Quiz About Conflict

Posted Oct 17 2017

Today we’re going to have a quiz. Let’s pretend you’re reading a book by a very popular author of contemporary romance. It features a young woman who discovers the guy she’s been engaged to for many years in bed with another woman. She flees the scene without confronting him, but just down the road, her […]

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Fiction Friday: Getting It Out of My System

Posted Oct 13 2017

I’m currently working on the second book in my Touched by a Demon series, The Demon’s in the Details.  So far I’m liking it. (Which is good, because that is not always the case.) One thing that I suspect isn’t so good are the jokes I’m writing into it. Some of you are now thinking, […]

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Fiction Friday: September Progress Report and a Sneak Peek

Posted Sep 29 2017

I was hoping to show off my brand new author website today, but it’s not quite ready for prime-time. It’s getting closer, though! It’s been over 4 months since I made my down payment to Spark Creative Partners (formerly Bemis Promotions). When I went to write my blog post last month, I realized that, aside […]

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Fiction Friday: Why I Don’t Write Erotica

Posted Jul 14 2017

This week, I tried to write a scene where Jake and Taylor, the H/H of my Contemporary work-in-progress, play out a little bondage scene. They’ve just been to dinner at the home of Taylor’s boss, a real estate developer who’s trying to take Jake’s land by whatever means necessary. Jake dislikes him very much, but […]

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Six, No, Make That Ten-Week Check-In

Posted Jul 8 2017

It’s been ten weeks since I stepped off the cliff that is retirement. Eight weeks ago, I was wondering how I’d do with my new life. I love it. My favorite part is Sundays. Sunday used to be the day that I’d look back over the weekend and realize I hadn’t gotten nearly enough done […]

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My Little Town Tuesday: Eintracht Park

Posted Jun 13 2017

Over the years, I’ve levied criticisms and poked fun at the leaders and public servants of Riverside for various things, including the time the SWAT had a twelve-hour standoff with a parrot. Now that they’ve done something I heartily approve of, it’s time to give praise where praise is due. On Saturday, they dedicated a […]

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Stepping Off the Edge of a Cliff

Posted Apr 27 2017

Today is my last day at work. Over the years, I’ve changed jobs a lot, as IT workers frequently do. What you don’t know about a potential employer’s business always seems to be worth more than what you do know about your current employer’s business. The money is always greener on the other side of […]

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