Author Archives: Patricia Kiyono

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/

Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Daryl Devoré and The Last Dragon

In the author support groups to which I subscribe, many different genres are represented and many, many stories are told. Recently, a post piqued my interest when Daryl Devoré, already a multi-published author of spicy romances , stated that she … Continue reading

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Makin’ Music With My Friends

Happy New Year! The past ten months have presented many challenges for most of us. I’m fortunate in that I’m able to connect with my loved ones electronically, and it’s enough for me. Although my routine has changed sharply and … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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A Virtual Christmas

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “How will you and your family celebrate Christmas this year?” Our house will be quiet, because my husband and I are isolating. We aren’t sick, but even though our kids and grandkids are gathering as usual, … Continue reading

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Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Alina K. Field and The Duke She Despised

Belonging to an author support group is well worth the time, because not only do you have people promoting your books, but you inevitably find a wealth of wonderful stories to read. I decided to start reading holiday romances, starting … Continue reading

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My View of the World

Our Friday Fox asked, “How have moves or other locales affected your writing?” As you might expect, any life experience is going to color an author’s writing. But when I sat down to write this post, my first thought was … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Ten

This month I read a few books written by good friends, in addition to continuations of series I can’t seem to put down. Hairballs and Homicide by Ruth J. HartmanKitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book 1Fellow sweet romance author Ruth J. … Continue reading

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Who’s My Relief Pitcher?

Our resident hound blessed us with a lot of things to think about. Here’s what he wants us to ponder this week: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what … Continue reading

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