Category Archives: contemporary

Never-Ending TBR, Part One

The new year brought a significant change in my daily routine, and my evenings are quieter. I’m reading at home, rather than in doctor’s offices or in the hospital. Will I read more? Time will tell. Once again, I set … Continue reading

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Mistitled

New Years Eve and I wish all of you a safe and happy 2022. Take care of yourself and those around you. It’s a Free Week and I was pressed for a topic. I have not finished a book recently,(save … Continue reading

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Getting a Foot in the Door

  Our Wednesday Fox asked, “Tell us about the publication of your first book.” In the spring of 2012, I was working on a historical novel set in 1870, about a former samurai who needed to find a new direction. … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Eleven

It’s been another challenging month at our house, with two more trips to the ER and many more doctor visits. Good thing I’ve always got my phone and/or Ipad with me, so I’ve always got something to read. This month … Continue reading

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Funny Bunny

 The Hound asked: Have you ever really had FUN writing a scene (or scenes)? I always have fun writing. That isn’t to say that all of my scenes are funny, often quite the contrary. My writings deal with some serious … Continue reading

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Grandma, Have You Read…

Our Friday Fox asked, “Tell us about books that you have been introduced to by your children/grandchildren.” One of my greatest blessings is knowing that my kids, grandkids, and two great-granddaughters  ALL love books. Specific titles often appear on Christmas … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Ten

It seems that the busier I am, the more I read. Perhaps it’s because it’s my way to de-stress at the end of a full day. Anyway, I’m getting closer toward my yearly goal of 50 books. Take a look … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Kellie Van Horn and Buried Evidence

My guest this week is a fellow member of the Mid-Michigan chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Kellie Van Horn writes inspirational romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, and her newest release, Buried Evidence, was released in July. … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Robert Coburn

Facebook Friend, Robert Coburn, is here for a guest post, forgoing a Q&A for a narrative. Let’s hear about his life directly from the man: I was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly after graduating from high school, I … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Gayle M. Irwin and Rescue Road

Gayle M. Irwin is fellow member of the author support group called Marketing for Romance Writers. When she discovered that our blog features mainly sweet and clean authors and their books, she contacted me about her new release featuring pet … Continue reading

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