Sunday, March 5, 2017

Back To School Again

Okay, so I’m not actually going back to school (sorry Dad, no PhD for me), but I am taking Angela James’s online course Before You Hit Send. And it is a lifesaver. I was going to send Holiday Love (Mia and Eli’s story) out the door with one more pass but something didn’t feel right. I needed a little more editing direction, and then entered Angela James like a fairy god mother come to save me. So I’ve pushed back deadlines to edit this sucker right. I want you to see Eli and Mia in the best light possible, so what’s a month or two longer wait? In the meantime, I’ll still be working on story about a desert sheik and the bellydancer who was captured his heart and mind (and lusts :). You’re going to love them too!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

You're My Obsession

I have a confession yall. I have become totally obsessed with perfume! This is a new obsession that was kicked off by a small gift of Opium from my aunt a little over a month ago. I got that little bottle in my hand and a switch just turned on. I needed more. At first I was consumed with finding vintage Opium, a scent I’ve loved since childhood. That search led me to perfume blogs (who knew that was a thing?) where writers lyrically wrote about scents, notes, noses and houses. Next came forums where enthusiasts have convinced me that I need certain bottles in my collection—thanks Fragrantica! I’m ashamed to say that Ebay has seen too much of me these last few weeks and I’m afraid to look at my next credit card statement. But I’ve realized that life is too short and I’ve decided I need to go through the next phase of life happily sniffing myself 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Please Dita Don't Hurt'em

My heroine Mia's favorite form of burlesque has a little more humor than Dita Von Teese's glamorous style. However, when you want to showcase an art form, you've go to the best. I won't say enjoy, because you have to be dead from the neck down if you don't :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Falling In Love Again

Five days ago I confessed to my honey that I hated my current work in progress. That’s right, I was sick of Mia and Eli’s story. I suppose it makes sense, I’ve been working on the sucker for two years. Wow, two years, just writing that sentence makes me wince. I was supposed to be done writing it the summer of 2015, and then the summer of 2016. I’d since moved my deadline to December 2016. The story just dragged on and on. And now that I’m in the editing and rewriting phase, I see all of the flaws. Passages need to be written, many re-written, lack luster sentences, worse yet, lack luster sex scenes. And the plot, don’t get me started on the plot. I really just wanted to chuck it and start on a new story. Ah, my new story, it is a story about a sheik and a belly dancer-the working title is the Sheikh and the Shake. I chuckle every time I say it. That’s what I needed to work on, a story that made me chuckle, not one that I dreaded facing every day. So I told my honey that Eli’s and Mia’s story was a lost cause. I’d work on it until the end of the year, but after that I was giving up. I couldn’t devote more time to this story, and lord knows it might be many more months before it was ready to send out. Come January, I was going to let myself work on that new project. And then something miraculous happened, suddenly I didn’t hate Mia and Eli’s story. It wasn’t such a lost cause. It had lots of flaws, but also a lot of great things going for it. This was a story I could fix, even if it might take a little extra time. Heck, I might even be able to get the story out the door come January first. That’s right; I fell in love with my story again. By admitting my frustration and fears out loud, and by allowing myself to give up on the story if I chose, I was able to appreciate it all over again. So I’m in love again yall. And it feels great! Who knows if the story will be done by the new year and maybe I will decide to work on something new in a few months, but for now I’m happy to keep plugging away at Eli and Mia’s journey. I hope you’ll soon be able to read about them 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

When You Were Mine

As you know I've been thinking of bucket lists and appreciating life more. I love live entertainment and I've decided that I need more of it in my life. In that spirit, I saw the Dixie Chicks last week and they were amazing! Nothing like a great group to inspire me and fill me with joy. If you don't know the Chicks, definitely check them out. You won't regret it. When You Were Mine is one of my favorites, but as a romance writer how could it not? 'Til next month.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Farewell Summer

Well, today marks the unofficial end of summer and I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't sad about that fact. Summer is my favorite season. I love the warm weather, time off from work, having more time to write, the chance to travel and of course watch way too many reruns of my favorite (and sometimes not so favorite) shows. But I'm getting older and I'm reminding myself that I shouldn't take any season, any day for granted. I have to remember that the end of summer brings red, orange and gold leaves, hot chocolate and cozy sweaters. My next birthday and Christmas cheer can't happen if summer lingers too long. I'll miss out on the first magical snow fall and the first snow day if the seasons don't change. Seeing the flowers bloom again and watching kids graduate would never happen if summer didn't end. So yes, I'm sad that summer will be gone for another 9 months. But soon I'll be able to enjoy a pumpkin pie blizzard while wearing fuzzy slippers, and let's face it, that's pretty great too!